On Oct. 16 in New Zealand, TV’s bellicose belle Lucy Lawless, 31, who plays Xena: Warrior Princess, gave birth to her second child, Julius Robert Bay Tapert, who weighed in at a princely 8 lbs. 13 oz. Daddy is Rob Tapert, 44, the executive producer of his wife’s show. Law-less’s daughter by her previous marriage, Daisy, is 11.
Humor writer and radio raconteur Jean Shepherd, 78, died on Oct. 16 of natural causes near Sanibel Island, Fla. One of his best known memoirs, based on his Indiana boyhood, was adapted into the now classic 1983 film A Christmas Story, narrated by Shepherd, who also appears in a cameo as a crabby department store customer….
Rubber-faced character actor Richard B. Shull, whose ubiquitous puss appeared in TV shows and movies from Hart to Hart to Splash, died of a heart attack in New York City on Oct. 14, the day after taking his final curtain call in the Broadway comedy Epic Proportions. He was 70….
High school basketball coach Marvin Wood, 71, who steered his small-town Milan, Ind., Indians to a nail-biting state championship victory that inspired the 1986 film Hoosiers, died of lymphoma in South Bend, Ind., on Oct. 13. In the movie, the mild-mannered Wood was played by a vein-popping Gene Hackman.
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Former First Lady Nancy Reagan, 78, tripped at her Bel Air, Calif., home on Oct. 8 and fractured a rib. Doctors predict a full recovery in five to seven weeks.
On Oct. 15, Susan and Thomas Klebold, parents of Columbine High School killer Dylan Klebold, filed intent-to-sue papers, giving them the option to sue the Jefferson County, Colo., sheriff’s department for failing to prevent their son’s deadly rampage. Dylan, 17, and Eric Harris, 18, killed 13 people and themselves on April 20. The Klebolds contend that, had they been informed of Harris’s hate-filled Web page and threatening behavior, they would have kept the boys apart. Facing one lawsuit filed by the parents of one of their son’s victims and braced for possibly several more, the Klebolds—if they ever choose to sue—would seek damages no greater than those claimed against them.
Citing irreconcilable differences, actor David Boreanaz, 30, the hunky hombre from The WB’s Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Angel, filed for divorce from wife Ingrid Quinn Boreanaz, 31, a social worker, on Oct. 15 in Los Angeles. The bust-up of the two-year marriage surprised a friend of the couple’s, who said, “The last few times I’ve seen them, nothing seemed wrong.”
Western movie queen Dale Evans, widow of the late Roy Rogers, who died last year, suffered a mild heart attack on Oct. 12. Evans, who turns 87 on Halloween, is in fair condition and resting comfortably in her home in Apple Valley, Calif.
After heading up the costly investigation of President and Mrs. Clinton for the past five years, independent counsel Kenneth Starr resigned on Oct. 18 in Washington, D.C. The 53-year-old Starr, who was once mentioned as a candidate for the Supreme Court, is reportedly expected to return to private law practice.