The man who once told Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor to “loosen up” at a black-tie dinner and then fell asleep under the table got hitched on June 26. Former Washington Redskin star running back John Riggins, 46, and fellow thespian Lisa-Marie Felter, 30, were married by Mayor Rudolph Giuliani in New York City. It is Riggins’s second marriage. The couple are expecting their first child later this year….
Actor Kiefer Sutherland, 29, wed fellow Canadian Kelly Winn, 32, on June 29 in the chapel at St. Andrew’s College in Aurora, Ont. He has a daughter, Sarah, 8, from his first marriage, to actress Camelia Kath; Winn has two sons, Julian, 6, and Timothy, 3, from an earlier relationship.
Albert R. “Cubby” Broccoli, 87, producer of 17 James Bond movies, died of undisclosed causes at his Beverly Hills home on June 27. He underwent major heart surgery last year. A descendant of the Italian agronomist who reportedly developed the vegetable bearing the family name, Broccoli began his Hollywood career as a gofer for Howard Hughes in 1940. After turning to producing in 1953, he and coproducer Harry Saltzman launched, in 1962, one of the most successful movie series ever with Sean Connery starring as Agent 007 in Dr. No. Saltzman, who died in 1994, and Broccoli parted company in the mid-’70s, but Broccoli held on to the film rights….
Actress and former talk show host Pamela Mason, 80, died of heart failure at her Beverly Hills home on June 29. Mason, former wife of the late British actor James Mason (they divorced in 1964), helmed the syndicated The Pamela Mason Show for a season in 1965….
Mollie Beattie, 49, the first woman to head the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, died of brain cancer on June 27 in a hospital in Townshend, Vt. Beattie, an ardent supporter of the Endangered Species Act, oversaw the reintroduction of the gray wolf into the Northern Rockies in 1995. She was appointed to the office in 1993 by President Clinton….
Academy Award-winning screenwriter and playwright Steve Tesich, 53, died of a heart attack July 1 in Sydney, N.S., while vacationing with his family. Tesich was born in Yugoslavia and came to the United States at age 14, settling with his family in East Chicago, Ind. He graduated from Indiana University in 1965 and began writing plays while doing graduate work at New York City’s Columbia University. Tesich won an Oscar for the 1979 movie Breaking Away, about a group of townies who defeat some supercilious college students in a bike race….
Documentary filmmaker Peter Adair, 53, died June 27 at his home in San Francisco of complications from AIDS. In Adair’s 1978 documentary Word Is Out, which took five years and 200 interviews to make, 26 gays and lesbians told their often poignant stories. His last film, I991’s Absolutely Positive, looked at several HIV-positive women and men (including himself) and how the disease had changed their lives. In it, Adair reveals that being HIV-positive means one can “say anything…and people put up with it…because they feel sorry for you, or because they think since you’re facing death, you’re somehow wiser.”
Actor Anthony Quinn, 81, was discharged from Rhode Island Hospital in Providence on July 2, two days after being admitted for chest pains he suffered while vacationing at his 15-acre farm in Bristol, R.I. (He has a history of heart problems and underwent coronary bypass surgery in 1990.) Quinn won Best Supporting Actor Oscars for his roles in 1952’s Viva Zapata! and 1956’s Lust for Life. He and his companion, former secretary Kathy Benvin, 34, are expecting their second child this month. Quinn’s wife, Iolanda, filed for separation in 1995….
Green Bay Packer quarterback Brett Favre, 26, who went public with his addiction to painkillers on May 14, was released from a Topeka, Kans., mental-health clinic on June 28. Favre voluntarily entered the NFL’s substance-abuse program after consulting with a team doctor in February….
Los Angeles Dodger manager Tommy Lasorda, 68, was released from an L.A. area hospital on July 1. He had angioplasty to unblock a coronary artery on June 26 after doctors determined he had suffered a heart attack.
After less than one year of marriage, actress Gail O’Grady, 33, former secretary on NYPD Blue, filed for divorce on July 1 in Los Angeles superior court from her husband and manager, Steven Fenton, 26, citing irreconcilable differences.
“Smooth Operator” A O’Grady sultry singer Sade, 36, and her companion, Jamaican record producer Bob Morgan, 38, are expecting their first child in August.
A Dallas police officer scheduled to testify in the drug possession trial of Cowboy wide receiver Michael Irvin was arrested June 27 and charged with plotting to kill the football star. Johnnie Hernandez, 28, allegedly paid a Drug Enforcement Administration undercover agent posing as a hit man a down payment of $2,960 on a $30,000 fee to murder Irvin, 30. Police, citing a judge’s gag order, haven’t disclosed a motive. But KXAS-TV in Fort Worth has reported that unnamed sources told them Hernandez was living with a woman who had testified about Irvin’s alleged drug involvement to a grand jury, and that Irvin had allegedly threatened the woman for doing so.
An L.A. superior court I judge sentenced Erik Menendez, 25, and Lyle Menendez, 28, on July 2 to two consecutive life sentences each without possibility of parole. In March a jury found both brothers guilty of two counts of first-degree murder in the 1989 shotgun slayings of their parents, Jose and Kitty Menendez….
On June 27, an L.A. judge ordered actor Burt Reynolds, 60, to pay the William Morris talent agency more than $140,000 in back commissions. The agency sued Reynolds last year, claiming he failed to honor an agreement to pay $5,850 a month on the debt. No response from Reynolds, who currently costars with Demi Moore in Striptease.