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Actors Dan Aykroyd, 45, and Donna Dixon, 40, who married in 1983, have a new daughter, their third. Stella Irene Augustus Aykroyd (6 lbs. 14 ozs.) was born April 5. Her big sisters are Danielle, 8, and Belle, 4….

New Love Boat skipper Robert Urich, 51, and his wife, Heather Menzies, 48, of The Sound of Music fame, welcomed a new daughter, Allison Grady Urich (6 lbs. 8 ozs.), on April 18. The couple have two other children, both teenagers.


Romance novelists Janet Dailey, 53, and Nora Roberts, 47, reached an out-of-court agreement in Los Angeles on April 16. Dailey admitted last summer that in two of her novels, Aspen Gold and Notorious, she lifted passages and ideas from several of her archrival Roberts’s books. Financial details of the settlement were not disclosed.


Actor Rodney Harvey, 30, who played leading roles in 1991 ‘s My Own Private Idaho and TV’s The Outsiders, died of a drug overdose on April 11 in L.A. His late Idaho costar River Phoenix also OD’d, in 1993 at 23….

Rev. Louis Saunders, 88, who presided over the 1963 burial of JFK’s assassin Lee Harvey Oswald when other ministers failed to do so, died on April 5 in Addison, Texas, of heart disease. Before a small gathering of Oswald’s kin, Saunders fulfilled his Christian duty by reciting scripture and giving this brief eulogy: “Mrs. Oswald tells me that her son Lee Harvey was a good boy and that she loved him. And today, Lord, we commit his spirit to Your divine care.”…

Nobel laureate Octavio Paz, Mexico’s premier poet-essayist, died on April 19 in Mexico City of undisclosed causes. He was 84….

Marie-Louise Febronie Meilleur, who was listed in the 1998 Guinness Book of World Records as the world’s oldest living soul, died on April 16 in North Bay, Ont. She was 117. (Sarah Knauss of Allentown, Pa., now holds the record: She’s 117 and is in fine fettle, thank you.)

In Treatment

Home Improvement’s Tim Allen, 44, who spent two years in prison for dealing cocaine in the late ’70s, entered a three-week alcohol rehab on April 16. Last May, Allen was arrested in Michigan, where he has a home, for driving his Ferrari while under the influence.

Behind Bars

Convicted extortionist Autumn Jackson, 23, who failed to wring $40 million from actor Bill Cosby by threatening to say she was his illegitimate daughter, entered Camp Dublin federal prison on April 22 in Oakland. Six months pregnant with twin boys, Jackson has never taken a DNA test to prove if she is in fact Cosby’s offspring. She will be transferred to a prison maternity program in San Francisco, shortly before the time of birth, and then allowed three months to bond with her babies before returning to Camp Dublin without them to serve the remainder of her 26-month sentence. Husband Antonay Williams, 27, will do the parenting for the duration.


Movie producer David Stutman filed a $10 million breach-of-contract lawsuit on April 14 in Los Angeles against actor Leonardo DiCaprio, 23, and his friend, 22-year-old fellow actor Tobey Maguire (The Ice Storm). Stutman claims that the duo are using DiCaprio’s titanic clout to stymie the release of a black-and-white, low-budget film, Don’s Plum, which they finished in 1996. A spokeswoman for the actors said that all the parties had agreed never to distribute the movie.