Actress Judith Ivey, 42, and her husband, Tim Braine, 43, a cable TV executive, had their second child, Thomas Carter (8 lbs., 14 ozs.), on Dec. 8 in Los Angeles. The couple already have a daughter, Maggie, 4.
Nobel Prize-winning author Toni Morrison, 62, lost her four-story country home near Grand View, N.Y., to a fire on Christmas. Morrison was not home at the time. Her son, Slade Kevin, 28, told firefighters the blaze might have started when an ember from the fireplace made contact with a sofa.
Ex-Monkee Davy Jones, 48, was charged with drunk driving near Selinsgrove, Pa., on Dec. 16. The British-born musician was released the next day after posting $5,000 bail. A hearing has not yet been set for Jones, who has lived on a nearby farm since 1987….
Action star Jean-Claude Van Damme, 32, was named as a defendant in a lawsuit filed in civil district court in New Orleans on Dec. 13. The actor has been accused of sexual assault by model Tara LeBlanc, 25, who claims the Belgian-born Van Damme forced her to engage in group sex with him and his fiancée, model Darcy LaPiere, 27, and LeBlanc’s then-boyfriend, Carey Crone (age not available), on Dec. 16, 1992. LeBlanc is seeking unspecified damages. Criminal charges have not been filed, however, and Van Damme denies LeBlanc’s allegations….
A former Fresh Prince of Bel-Air costar has accused actor Will Smith, 25, of defamation, invasion of privacy, negligence and intentional infliction of emotional distress. Actress Janet Hubert-Whitten, 37, who filed suit Dec. 10 in Los Angeles superior court, played Smith’s Aunt Vivian from 1989 to 1993. She claims Smith turned hostile when she became pregnant in mid-1992 and had NBC, which she has named as codefendant, reduce her salary and air time. She is seeking unspecified damages. Neither NBC nor Smith would comment.
Princess Yasmin Aga Khan, 43, and her husband, Christopher Jeffries, 42, a lawyer and real estate executive, were divorced Dec. 9 in New York Stale supreme court after four years of marriage. (They had no children.) Jeffries claimed the princess, who is the daughter of the late actress Rita Hayworth and the late Prince Aly Khan, abandoned him.
Anti-climax department: Real estate mogul Donald Trump, 47, and actress-model Maria Maples, 30, were finally married, on Dec. 20 in Manhattan. The marriage is the first for Maples and the second for Trump, who had played publicly hard-to-get since his divorce from first wife Ivana in 1990. The new Mr. and Mrs. Trump’s rep would not comment on the terms of their reported premarital agreement. The happy couple have one child, 3-month-old Tiffany….
Tennis star Boris Becker, 26, and actress-model Barbara Feltus, 27, were wed on Dec. 17 in his hometown of Leimen, Germany. They are expecting their first child later this month….
General Hospital’s Kristina Malandro, 31, and her former costar, Jack Wagner, 34, exchanged vows on Dec. 18 in Lake Tahoe, Nev. It is the second marriage for the bride, the first for the groom. The two have a son, Petey, 3.
Actor Don DeFore, 80, best known for his role as Mr. B. on the TV sitcom Hazel (1961-’65), died of cardiac arrest on Dec. 22 at a Santa Monica hospital. DeFore also co-starred as next-door neighbor Thorny on TV’s The Adventures of Ozzie & Harriet (1952-’58)….
The Rev. Dr. Norman Vincent Peale, 95, died in his sleep on Dec. 24 at his Pawling, N.Y., estate. He had suffered a mild stroke two weeks before. Peale, the retired pastor of New York City’s Marble Collegiate Church, was the author of more than 25 books, including the 1952 bestseller The Power of Positive Thinking. He spread his gospel through sermons, syndicated newspaper columns and radio and TV broadcasts….
Veteran film actor Sam Wanamaker, 74, whose 45-year career included such well-known movies as The Spy Who Came In from the Cold (1965), Private Benjamin (1980) and Guilty by Suspicion (1991), died of prostate cancer at his London home on Dec. 18. The actor was blacklisted during the McCarthy era and subsequently moved to England….
Actress Janet Margolin, 50, who won critical acclaim as an emotionally disturbed teenager in the film drama David and Lisa (1962), died of ovarian cancer on Dec. 17 at her home in L.A. Margolin also appeared with Woody Allen in both Take the Money and Run (1969) and Annie Hall (1977)….
Actor Moses Gunn, 64, who was nominated for an Emmy for his role in the 1977 miniseries Roots, died of complications of asthma on Dec. 16 at his Guilford, Conn., home. Gunn was a cofounder of the Negro Ensemble Company. He also won an NAACP Image Award for his portrayal of Booker T. Washington in the 1981 movie Ragtime….
Drummer Michael Clarke, 49, a member of the Byrds from 1964 to 1968, died of liver failure at his Treasure Island, Fla., home on Dec. 19….
Management expert William Edwards Deming, 93, who pioneered the idea of having supervisors treat their employees as associates rather than adversaries, died of cancer on Dec. 20 at his home in Washington. Deming’s methods are credited with helping post-World War II Japanese industrialists remake the defeated country into a global economic leader.
In recognition of his efforts during the 1991 Gulf War, U.S. Army General Colin Powell, 56, former chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, received an honorary knighthood from Queen Elizabeth on Dec. 15 at Buckingham Palace. He was the second U.S. citizen to be knighted in 1993; former President George Bush was so honored last November. Since Powell is not British, he is not allowed to be addressed as Sir Colin.
Actor Barry Corbin, 53, who plays Maurice Minnifield on CBS’s Northern Exposure, is recovering after falling from a horse on Dec. 17 near his home in the Seattle area. Corbin broke his left fool and leg….
Bobbi Kristina Houston Brown, the 10-month-old daughter of singers Whitney Houston, 30, and Bobby Brown, 24, was treated and released from a Miami hospital on Dec. 18 for a third-degree burn on her arm. The toddler was injured when she pulled a nanny’s curling iron down from a table.
Actress Connie Sellecca, 38, and her husband, Entertainment Tonight’s John Tesh, 40, are expecting their first child this summer. Sellecca has a son, Gib, 11, from her first marriage to actor Gil Gerard, 50.