Robert De Niro, 54, and his wife, former flight attendant Grace High-tower, 42, are expecting their first child together. De Niro has two adult children by his first wife, actress Diahnne Abbott, and 2-year-old twin boys with restaurateur Toukie Smith….
French actress Emmanuelle Seigner, 31, and her husband, director Roman Polanski, 64, are expecting their second child in the spring. Their daughter Morgane is 4.
Houston Rockets basketball star Charles Barkley, 34, was arrested for aggravated battery and resisting arrest without violence after, police say, he shoved Jorge Lugo, 20, a construction worker, through the plate-glass window of an Orlando bar on Oct. 26. Barkley claimed that Lugo twice had approached Barkley’s table and tossed ice at him and his companions. Lugo was treated for a minor cut on his right arm.
On Oct. 22, a federal judge in Chicago sentenced restaurateur Noah Robinson, half-brother of Jesse Jackson, to life in prison for laundering drug profits from a street gang and hiring its members to kill several former business partners. Robinson had been convicted on similar charges in 1991, but that verdict was overturned on grounds of prosecutorial misconduct….
Sportscaster Marv Albert, 56, who pleaded guilty in September to assaulting hotel clerk Vanessa Perhach, 42, during a sexual encounter in an Arlington, Va., hotel room on Feb. 12, was given a 12-month deferred sentence on Oct. 24. Albert must receive counseling, but if he does not commit a crime during the next year, his record will be cleared….
Lawyers for Carolyn Bessette Kennedy, 31, sent a cease-and-desist order to her former hair colorist Brad Johns, 42, demanding that he not use her name in ads promoting his Manhattan salon. Bessette Kennedy stopped using Johns several months ago, believing that he revealed details about her grooming habits to the press. Johns responded to the charges in a statement: “I have known Carolyn Bessette Kennedy for many years, and I have the greatest admiration for her. At no time would I or did I depart from my strict policy of client confidentiality in her regard.”
Singer Johnny Cash, 65, has been diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease and will postpone his scheduled concert and book tour promoting Cash: The Autobiography. According to his manager, Cash “feels confident that once the disease is medically stabilized, he’ll resume his normal schedule.”…
On Oct. 22, actress Janet Jones Gretzky, 36, wife of New York Rangers hockey star Wayne Gretzky, 36, suffered a mild concussion during a game at Madison Square Garden after two players slammed into sideboards of the rink, dislodging a 30-lb. pane of Plexiglas that fell on the actress, briefly knocking her unconscious. She was released from the hospital after being held overnight….
Crooner David Crosby, 56, had surgery to repair a torn muscle in his abdomen on Oct. 21 in Los Angeles. He was released from the hospital the following week and is expected to resume work on his new album early next year.
Hy Averback, 76, who started out as a radio announcer for Jack Paar in the ’40s and later worked with Bob Hope on radio and TV, died following open-heart surgery on Oct. 14 in L.A. Averback went on to produce and direct episodes of many TV series, including M*A*S*H and F Troop.