In the midst of perhaps his best season, hockey superstar Mario Lemieux of the champion Pittsburgh Penguins has contracted Hodgkin’s disease, a cancer of the lymph nodes. Doctors, who announced the diagnosis Jan. 12, say the disease is in an early, non-life-threatening stage; they will combat it with radiation treatments, and hold out hope that he might return later this season. Lemieux, 27, had overcome chronic back ailments to thrice lead the National Hockey League in scoring and has signed a seven-year, $42 million contract.
Mike Myers was not just schwinging us along when he mentioned In-impending marriage recently on Late Night with David Letterman. Myers, 29, a star of Saturday Night Lire and Wayne’s World, will wed his real-life babe of five years, aspiring actress Robin Ruzan, 28. He and Ruzan, whose mother was the inspiration for Myers’s popular “Coffee Talk” skits, plan on a day in May….
Tony Curtis, 67, will many for the fourth time when he exchanges vows with L.A. lawyer Lisa Dentsch, 30, sometime in the next few months. Curtis has six children from his earlier marriages, including actress Jamie Lee Curtis by first wife Janet Leigh.
While Princess Diana splashed in the Caribbean surf, Prince Charles made the royal separation more final by removing several van loads of paintings, furniture and clothing from the residence the couple had shared in London’s Kensington Palace. Last November, while firefighters fought the blaze that severely damaged Windsor Castle, Diana and her sister Lady Jane Fellowes had emptied her possessions from High-grove, the Waleses country estate, which is now all Charles’s.
Charles Keating Jr., 69, already serving a 10-year state sentence for looting California’s Lincoln Savings and Loan, was found guilty on Jan. 6 in L.A. of 73 federal counts as well. The bank’s collapse cost investors nearly $290 million—and U.S. taxpayers $2.6 billion. His son, Charles Keating III, 37, was convicted on 64 similar federal counts. Both will be sentenced in March….
In his rock concerts, Motor City Madman Ted Nugent, 44, is in the habit of shooting off two flaming arrows part way through his set. But when he did it Jan. 11 at Cincinnati Gardens, authorities deemed it a misdemeanor fire code violation. Nugent drew a three-day suspended sentence and a fine of $1,000.
Writer Lacey Fosburgh, 50, died of breast cancer Jan. 11 in San Francisco. One of her non-fiction books, Closing Time, examined the 1973 Manhattan murder that inspired the novel and film Looking for Mr. Goodbar. She is survived by second husband David Harris, the former antiwar activist who is Joan Baez’s ex….
Felix Grucci, 87, patriarch of the fireworks family that has brightened U.S. celebrations for 63 years (including the 1984 Los Angeles Olympics, the Statue of Liberty centennial in 1986 and Bill Clinton’s Inauguration), died Jan. 9 of Alzheimer’s disease in Patchogue, N.Y.