Roughneck rocker Liam Gallagher, 23, vocalist for the British band Oasis, and his girlfriend, actress Patsy Kensit, 28, announced their engagement on July 31 in London. This will be Gallagher’s first marriage. Kensit, who has been wed twice before, is in the process of divorcing Simple Minds singer Jim Kerr….
Murder One’s Daniel Benzali, 50, and his girlfriend, actress Kim Cattrall (The Bonfire of the Vanities), 39, plan to marry next spring. This will be Benzali’s second marriage and Cattrall’s third….
If at first you don’t succeed: Less than eight months after divorcing real estate developer Ricky Taubman, former supermodel Christie Brinkley, 42, has become engaged to architect Peter Cook, 37, her boyfriend of several months. This will be Cook’s first marriage and Brinkley’s fourth. Her first two were with French illustrator Jean-Francois Allaux and piano man Billy Joel.
John Bryan, 40, the American financial adviser who was photographed sucking the toes of the Duchess of York during a 1992 vacation in the South of France, was declared bankrupt by a British court on Aug. 6. Bryan’s creditors include Fergie’s sister Jane Luedecke and her husband, Rainer, who had filed a claim against him. Two years ago the Luedeckes successfully sued Bryan for $84,700, money they claimed he owed them from the sale of the rights to their January 1994 wedding photos to Hello! magazine….
Quantum Leap star Scott Bakula, 40, won a temporary restraining order on Aug. 2 in L.A. superior court against a woman who, in 1989, pleaded guilty to making terrorist threats against Michael J. Fox. Bakula accuses Tina Marie Ledbetter, 34, of sending threatening letters to him and his girlfriend, actress Chelsea Field….
R&B great Wilson Pickett, 55, entered a drug and alcohol rehab center in Kenoza Lake, N.Y., on Aug. 6 after a New Jersey judge ordered him to get help or go to jail. Pickett pleaded guilty on July 1 to charges, stemming from an earlier arrest, of being under the influence of cocaine….
After pleading guilty to charges of spousal abuse, Def Leppard drummer Rick Allen, 32, was ordered by an L.A. judge on Aug. 6 to attend Alcoholics Anonymous meetings, seek counseling and spend 30 days on a graffiti-removal work crew. Allen’s wife, Stacey, 35, accused him of choking her and banging her head against a bathroom wall during a June 5 argument at Los Angeles International Airport.
A Manila court gave former Philippines first lady Imelda Marcos, 67, permission on July 30 to travel to Boston for 60 days to receive treatment for glaucoma. Marcos, who was convicted in 1993 of looting government funds and sentenced to 24 years in prison, has been free on bail pending an appeal….
Television actor Robert Urich, 49, who currently stars in the syndicated series The Lazarus Man, has been diagnosed with “synovial sarcoma, a rare form of cancer, and will undergo chemotherapy for several weeks at L.A.’s Cedars-Sinai Medical Center. Urich’s doctor says his prognosis for recovery is excellent, and he should be able to resume his shooting schedule in the fall….
Former Massachusetts governor and 1988 Democratic presidential candidate Michael Dukakis, 62, and his wife, Kitty, 58, were briefly hospitalized in Boston on Aug. 4 for neck injuries they sustained after she apparently fell asleep at the wheel of their car and lost control of it, side-swiping part of a concrete wall and guardrail. Police said that Kitty, who was treated for substance abuse in 1989, had no traces of drugs or alcohol in her body.
Trumpet-playing Chicago clothier Harold Fox, 86, who popularized the zoot suit in the early 1940s, died of cancer on July 28 at his home in Siesta Key, Fla. At his peak in the 1940s, Fox was playing trumpet for Billie Holiday and Nat King Cole while designing rad threads—the wide-shouldered zoot suit jacket dropped almost to the knees and was worn with high-waisted pants and a looping watch chain—for jazz greats such as Louis Armstrong and Miles Davis….
Following surgery for a gunshot wound to his liver during an outbreak of factional fighting, Somalian warlord Gen. Mohammed Farah Aidid, 61, died of a heart attack on Aug. 1 in the capital city of Mogadishu. In 1993, during the UN intervention in war-torn Somalia, Aidid’s forces were held responsible for the ambush and murder of 23 Pakistani peacekeepers, and they later wiped out 18 Army Rangers who were trying to capture Aidid….
Wine merchant Sam Aaron, 84, the man credited with introducing many Americans to fine wine in the ’40s, died of respiratory failure July 31 in New York City. Aaron cofounded Sherry-Lehmann Wine and Spirits, one of the world’s best-known retail wine shops, in Manhattan with his brother Jack in 1965 and later shared his vast knowledge of food and wine as coauthor of How to Eat Better for Less Money (1968).