David Cobb Craig
January 12, 1998 12:00 PM

Actress Susan Sarandon, 51, who in 1982 received an alumni achievement award from Catholic University in Washington, gave it back last month. She was riled because her alma mater recently rescinded the same award for an alum who helped found the AIDS activist group ACT-UP….

Billionaire J. Paul Getty II, 65, heir to the oil fortune, renounced his U.S. citizenship shortly before Christmas. Long a resident of Britain, he’s now one of Her Majesty’s loyal subjects, even though—for whatever hardship it will cause—he’ll pay higher taxes in his new nation.

Former Miss America Phyllis George Brown, 48, has refiled for divorce from former Kentucky Gov. John Y. Brown Jr., 64, following a reconciliation last year. The couple, who married in 1979, have two teenage children….

Setting a possible land speed record for Fastest Dash Down the Aisle and Back-flip into Marital Catastrophe, actress Robin Givens, 33, married and separated from Yugoslavian-born tennis instructor Svetozar Marinkovic, 30, on the same day (Aug. 22). Givens, who divorced boxer Mike Tyson in 1989, filed for divorce in Los Angeles Dec. 19, citing irreconcilable differences.

Actress-model Paulina Porizkova, 32, and her husband, rock musician Ric Ocasek, 48, are expecting their second child, due in June. Their son Jonathan is now 4.

The secret proceedings of a grand jury—made public on Dec. 17—revealed that director Steven Spielberg, 51, was the target of a stalker who wanted to kidnap, torture and rape him. Jonathan Norman, 31, was apprehended in July near the director’s home in Pacific Palisades, Calif., and indicted in October. Spielberg testified on Oct. 8 that “I really felt my life was in danger.”…

Country music star Tanya Tucker, 39, and her ex-beau, actor Ben Reed, 32, are feuding. Tucker, who has custody of their daughter Presley, 8, and son Beau Grayson, 6, filed a petition on Nov. 21 seeking to have the children declared legal Tennessee residents and to stop Reed from interfering with her custody. Tucker took the action when Reed, who resides in Los Angeles, served her with papers, seeking a parental relationship with the children and $19,000 a month in child support….

Criminal charges were filed against retired basketball star Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, 50, on Dec. 29 in Los Angeles, stemming from a confrontation he had at a minimall there last spring. Police allege that the athlete pushed and pinned to the ground a man, whose name has not been released, apparently because of a parking dispute. Abdul-Jabbar is scheduled for arraignment on Jan. 29.

Titanic actor Bill Paxton, 42, and his wife, Louise, greeted their second baby, a girl named Lydia, born in L.A. on Dec. 19, the same day Dad’s film was launched nationwide….

Actress Pamela Lee, 30, gave birth to her second son, Dylan Jagger, weighing 6 lbs. 14 ozs., on Dec. 29 in Los Angeles. Father and Mötley Crüe rocker Tommy Lee, 35, says, “We’re ecstatic!” The Lees’ first child, Brandon, is 19 months old….

Janine Turner, 35, of Northern Exposure fame, gave birth to Juliette Loraine Gauntt on Nov. 22 in her home state of Texas. Gauntt is Turner’s real last name. She has declined to identify her new baby’s father….

Boogie Nights actress Julianne Moore, 37, and her boyfriend, director-writer Bart Freundlich (The Myth of Fingerprints) welcomed a 7-lb. baby boy, their first child, on Dec. 4 in Los Angeles.

Nebraska Rep. Jon Christensen, 34, proposed to 1997’s Miss America, Tara Dawn Holland, 25, at a White House Christmas party on Dec. 8. He aspires to be governor of the Cornhusker state, but, win or lose, they plan to marry soon after the November election. It will be his second marriage and her first….

Victoria Adams, 22, labeled Posh among the Spice Girls rack-and-file, became engaged to English soccer player David Beckham, it was announced on Dec. 22.

Character actor Denver Pyle, 77, who specialized in playing cuddly coots in such popular TV series as The Dukes of Hazzard and The Andy Griffith Show, died on Christmas Day in Burbank after a protracted battle with lung cancer. On Dec. 12, however, Pyle managed to attend the unveiling of his star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame….

Hollywood tune-smith Eliot Daniel, 89, said to have composed the catchy theme music for I Love Lucy in a mere 20 minutes, died on Dec. 6 of cancer in Placerville, Calif….

Veteran all-around entertainer Stubby Kaye, who in the ’50s played gambler Nicely-Nicely Johnson in Guys and Dolls on Broadway and on film, died in Rancho Mirage, Calif., of cancer. He was 79….

Actor Toshiro Mifune, 77, star of the classic Japanese films Rashomon and The Seven Samurai and the miniseries Shogun, died on Dec. 24 of organ failure in Japan….

Brendan Gill, 83, urbane author, critic and scribe for The New Yorker for more than half a century, died of undisclosed causes on Dec. 27 in Manhattan….

Singer Nicolette Larson, 45, whose biggest hit was Neil Young’s “Lotta Love” in 1978, died of complications from cerebral edema at UCLA Medical Center on Dec. 16.

Former First Lady Barbara Bush, 72, had hip-replacement surgery in mid-December at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn. She was released several days later….

Singer Johnny Cash, 65, returned to his home from a nearby Nashville hospital early last month and is showing significant improvement, according to his manager Lou Robin. Cash has Shy-Drager syndrome, a nervous-system disorder….

Kathleen Caronna, 34, who was struck by debris from a lamppost dislodged by a wayward Cat in the Hat balloon from the Macy’s parade on Thanksgiving Day, began to emerge from a coma on Dec. 21. Her doctors and family would not comment further on her condition.

The architects who designed Cher’s Malibu dream house are suing her for unspecified damages. The actress-singer, 51, fired the ARYA Group in November but, the firm contends, kept its designs and lured away its subcontractors to complete the project without compensating ARYA.

British actor Robert Carlyle, 36, star of The Full Monty, married makeup artist Anastasia Shirley on Dec. 28 in northern Scotland.

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