No Reasonable Doubts: Hearing-impaired actress Marlee Matlin, 27, who counts screen hunks William Hurl and Richard Dean Anderson among her ex-beaux, is settling down with a regular Joe, Los Angeles police officer Kevin Grandalski. The two plan to main this fall.
Ferruccio Lamborghini, 16, maker of the luxurious Italian sports cars bearing his name, died in Perugia, Italy, on Feb. 21. He had had a heart attack two weeks earlier. He began making his sleek, chic sports cars in 1963, attracting such glitterati customers as Grace Kelly and Frank Sinatra, but sold his interest in the company in the 1970s….
Soap actor Michael David Morrison, 33, who had played farmer turned policeman Caleb Snyder on CBS’s As the World Turns for nearly five years, was found dead of an apparent heart attack in New York City on Feb. 18. The friend with whom he had spent the night called paramedics after Morrison failed to respond to a 6:40 a.m. alarm. An autopsy report is expected. Morrison taped his final episode on Feb. 17, and it will air this Tuesday (March 2)….
Federal Judge Gerhard Gesell, 82, who ruled in favor of allowing The Washington Post to publish the Pentagon Papers and presided over the politically sensitive trials of several Watergate coconspirators and Iran-contra scandal defendant Oliver North, died of liver cancer on Feb. 19 in Washington.
Beginning in October, Pulitzer-prizewinning author and New York Times columnist Russell Baker, 67, will host the PBS Sunday night series Masterpiece Theatre. Baker takes over the armchair of Alistair Cooke, 84, who made his final appearance last November after 22 years of genteel commentary. Meanwhile, Baker has voiced two concerns: what to do with his hands on air and what stylists will do to his hair, which he cuts himself.
Actor C. Thomas Howell, 26, and his wife Sylvie, 22, welcomed an 8-lb. 13-oz. baby girl named Isabelle Yasmine Howell on Feb. 17 in L.A. Howell, best known for the film Soul Man, was previously married to actress Rae Dawn Chong.
A California Superior Court judge awarded Gary Coleman, the 25-year-old former star of TV’s Different Strokes, $1.28 million on Feb. 23 when he ruled on a four-year-old lawsuit Coleman had brought against his parents and a former manager. The court accepted Coleman’s contention that between 1983 and 1987, the three had taken excessive salaries and other fees for their services as his guardians and manager.
Michael Milken, 46, the former junk-bond king, who was released from jail Jan. 3 after serving 22 months for securities crimes and is now at home in Los Angeles, announced Feb. 23 that he has prostate cancer. His doctor anticipates a full recovery.