British actor Jeremy Brett, 59, who played a brooding, cynical Sherlock Holmes in more than 40 episodes of PBS’s Mystery! series since 1984, died of heart disease in London on Sept. 12. It was Holmes, Brett said, who helped him through the depression he fell into after his second wife, American TV producer Joan Wilson, died of cancer 10 years ago. “I turned to Holmes, immersed myself,” said Brett. “It seemed to keep me going without her.” On the big screen, Brett was the lovestruck Freddy Eynsford-Hill opposite Audrey Hepburn in My Fair Lady (1964)…
Malvin R. Goode, 87, the first African-American correspondent on TV network news, died on Sept. 12 in Pittsburgh of a stroke. After stints as a Pittsburgh TV and radio reporter, Goode worked at ABC-TV from 1962 to 1973, covering international affairs and civil rights stories….
Catherine Buchanan, 83, mother of presidential hopeful Pat Buchanan, died on Sept. 18 in Fairfax, Va., of complications after stomach surgery.
Actress Marlee Matlin, 30, and her husband, Kevin Grandalski, 30, a Los Angeles-area policeman, expect their first child in January. Matlin is serving as mayor of Rome, Wis., on TV’s Picket Fences.
Mad About You’s Paul Reiser, 39, and his wife, Paula, 32, a psychotherapist, had their first baby, son Ezra Samuel, 3 lbs. 3 ozs., two weeks ago in L.A., more than a month early.
Elizabeth Taylor, 63, left St. John’s Hospital in Santa Monica, Calif., on Sept. 17, three days after checking in with an irregular heartbeat. While doctors medicated her, Taylor’s estranged seventh husband, Larry Fortensky, 43, reportedly visited her bedside. She’s now home and “just fine,” said her doctor….
On Sept. 13, oceanographer Jacques Cousteau, 85, broke a rib when he tripped on a phone cord at his Paris office.
Auto-body shop owner Joey Buttafuoco, 39, is back behind bars after being sentenced on Sept. 15 in Mineola, N.Y., to at least 67 days for violating parole. He finished serving a six-month jail term last year for statutory rape following his affair with then-underage Amy Fisher, who shot Buttafuoco’s wife, Mary Jo, in 1992. The new violation stems from his arrest in May in Los Angeles for soliciting sex from an undercover cop posing as a prostitute.
On Sept. 15, physicist Stephen Hawking, 53, wed Elaine Mason, 45, his nurse, in Cambridge, England. Hawking, who wrote the bestselling A Brief History of Time, has suffered for more than 30 years from motor-neuron disease and cannot speak without an electronic aid, so his vows were programmed into his voice synthesizer. He has three children from his first marriage, which ended in divorce this year, and Mason has two from hers.