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Actor Chuck Norris, 58, star of TV’s Walker, Texas Ranger, and Gena O’Kelley, 35, an actress and model, announced their engagement this month and plan to wed in Dallas on Nov. 28. It will be the second marriage for both.


Democratic presidential advisor Clark Clifford, who as Secretary of Defense under LBJ counseled him to end the Vietnam War, died on Oct. 10 in Bethesda, Md. He was 91…

Actor Richard Denning, 84, who played the governor of the Aloha state for 12 years on Hawaii Five-0 and Deborah Kerr’s erstwhile fiancé in An Affair to Remember, died on Oct. 11 from emphysema in Escondido, Calif….

Pulitzer Prize-winning author Jerome Weidman, 85, whose 1937 book I Can Get It for You Wholesale was the best-known of his 22 novels, died in New York City on Oct. 6. Adapted for the stage in 1962 as a musical, Wholesale introduced Broadway audiences to the 20-year-old Barbra Streisand, who in turn met and married her first husband, the play’s star Elliot Gould.


Golf champion Nick Faldo, 41, and his wife of 12 years, Gill Faldo, divorced on Oct. 13 in London. They have three children. Faldo also recently split from his woman friend of three years, American Brenna Cepelak, 23.


Former Baltimore Orioles coach and manager Cal Ripken Sr., 62, has lung cancer and began a course of chemotherapy at Johns Hopkins Hospital earlier this month.

In Court

On Oct. 8 the High Court in London ruled that Victoria, Countess Spencer, 33, the ex-wife of Earl Spencer (and ex-sister-in-law of Princess Diana), has the right to sue her former divorce lawyers for $2.7 million, an amount she reckons their bad advice cost her. Though she won $3 million from Spencer in a settlement last December, the Countess claims that she would have gotten more if her case had been heard in England rather than in Cape Town, where the couple had lived. In a statement she said that she needs the extra money “to provide properly” for their children: Lady Kitty, 7, twins Lady Eliza and Lady Katya, 6, and Louis, Viscount Althorp, 4.


Tipper Gore, 50, suffered a partial tear of a muscle in her right leg while jogging on Oct. 7 in Washington, D.C. Her physician told her to keep the leg elevated but so far no surgery is planned.

Back Home

Johnny Cash, 66, who has Shy-Drager syndrome, a rare disease that affects the nervous system, left Nashville’s Baptist Hospital on Oct. 2 after battling pneumonia.

Fiscal Matters

On Oct. 7 a bankruptcy court in West Palm Beach, Fla., approved Burt Reynolds’s financial reorganization plan. Under its terms, the 62-year-old actor, who filed for Chapter 11 protection two years ago, will make payments to his creditors over the next three years.


Fashion designer Adrienne Vittadini, 55, whose comfortable coordinates were favored by knit-picking career women in the ’80s, resigned on Oct. 12 as head of the company she founded with her husband 19 years ago. Her departure follows that of Isaac Mizrahi, who recently called it quits after losing his backer’s support.