Actor Greg Kinnear, 35, and his girlfriend of more than six years, Helen Labdon, 29, a British-born former model who is now a freelance writer, married on May 1 in an 11th-century church in Sussex, England. She wore a gown by Vera Wang, he a tux by Armani. As for details of the honeymoon, they remain a private affair.
Amy Carter, 31, the former White House tenant who is now a member of the board of counselors at the Carter Center in Atlanta, and her husband of 2½ years, James Wentzel, 30, a computer specialist, are expecting their first baby in July. This will be the 10th grandchild for former President Jimmy Carter and First Lady Rosalynn Carter….
Actor Lou Diamond Phillips, 37, and his wife, Kelly, 31, a makeup artist, are getting ready to welcome their third child in September. The couple’s twins, Grace and Isabella, are 18 months.
Backlot buckaroo Rory Calhoun, 76, who headlined in numerous movie westerns and starred in TV’s The Texan from 1958 to ’60, died from diabetes and emphysema on April 28 in Burbank….
Ex-pro wrestler Rick Rood, 40, who was known for pinning his opponents with a maneuver known as the Rude Awakening, died on April 20 shortly after collapsing at his home in Alpharetta, Ga. The cause of death is unknown, but empty bottles of prescription medicine were found near the body. Results of an autopsy are expected to take three to six months….
Character actor Bert Remsen, 74, whose credits ranged from Brewster McCloud in 1970 to this spring’s Forces of Nature, died of natural causes on April 22 near L.A….
Tenor Walter Settles, who at one time led the Grammy-winning gospel group the Fairfield Four, died of complications related to a stroke and diabetes on April 25 in Nashville. He was 71.
On April 27 an appeals court in Rome ruled that Luciano Pavarotti, 63, must pay $2.5 million in back taxes to the Italian government. The top-dollar tenor had argued that his primary residence was the tax haven of Monte Carlo, but the court determined that in reality Pavarotti was living la dolce vita in Modena, his hometown in northern Italy. In law, as in opera, these things tend to get drawn out, and it looks like Pavarotti will lodge another appeal.
Call her secondhand Roseanne. The once hard-to-fit talk show hostess, who credits having been “biologically altered” as the reason behind her recent 65-lb. weight loss, has cleaned out her closet and plans to run a garage sale of “some very expensive [clothing],” she told Variety’s Army Archerd. The sale will take place on May 14 in the parking lot at CBS Television City in L.A., with proceeds going to a charity.
After a stay in a local hospital, where she was treated for pneumonia, poet-writer Maya Angelou, 71, is resting at her home in Winston-Salem, N.C. The illness caused her to cancel two speaking engagements.
On May 2, after 16 seasons with the NFL and two Super Bowl championships, Denver Broncos quarterback John Elway, 38, tearfully announced his retirement from football, saying he could no longer take the wear and tear of the game on his body.