I duet…and I do. Pop superstar Amy Grant, 39, and country crooner Vince Gill, 42, announced their plan to marry March 10 in Nashville. Grant, who was divorced from songwriter Gary Chapman, 42, last year, has three children, Matthew, 12, Millie, 10, and Sarah, 7; Gill was married until 1997 to country singer Janis Gill, 44; they have one daughter, Jenny, 17.
Just a month after being released from a two-week stay in a Manhattan hospital, Ally McBeal’s Lisa Nicole Carson, 30, was arrested in Los Angeles on Feb. 22, after she began screaming obscenities in the upscale L’Ermitage Hotel, where she was staying. Police were called to the scene, and the actress was charged with a misdemeanor for “intentionally [interfering] with a lawful business establishment…and refusing to leave the premises.”
After five years of going steady, comic actress Whoopi Goldberg, 50, and erstwhile vampire Frank Langella, 62, have broken up. Neither party gave a reason for the split.
The Sean “Puffy” Combs saga continues. Appearing in New York State supreme court on Feb. 29, the hip-hop mogul, 30, pleaded not guilty to charges that he offered his driver Wardell Fenderson, 41, $50,000 to claim ownership of the loaded and illegal guns police found in Combs’s Lincoln Navigator after it raced from the scene of a Dec. 27 nightclub shooting in Manhattan. Calling the bribery accusation “outrageous,” Combs claims he is “totally innocent.” He remains free on $30,000 bail.
In Los Angeles on March 2, Sharon Stone’s former housekeeper Socorro Del Carmen Membreno, 48, pleaded not guilty to one count of grand theft, stemming from accusations that she took $300,000 worth of jewelry and other items from the actress’s L.A. home in January. Membreno, who worked for Stone for close to five years, is being held in lieu of $300,000 bail.
Rapper Foxy Brown, 21 (real name: Inga D. Marchand), was arrested on March 6 in New York City for driving with a suspended license after she drove her 1999 Range Rover into a fence.
Canadian actor John Colicos, 71, a talented Shakespearean player (at 22, he was the youngest ever to play King Lear at London’s Old Vic Theatre) who was better known for his role on the ’70s sci-fi TV show Battlestar Galactica, died on March 6 in Toronto.
With the help of O.J. Simpson attorney Johnnie Cochran, former heavyweight boxing champ Riddick Bowe, 32, has won his latest legal round. On Feb. 29 a U.S. district court judge in Charlotte, N.C., accepted the fighter’s claim that brain damage from more than 10 years in the ring may explain Bowe’s kidnapping of his estranged wife and their five children in February 1998. Bowe, who pleaded guilty in June 1998 to one charge of federal interstate domestic violence, had his sentence reduced from a possible 24 months in federal prison to 30 days in a halfway house, four years’ probation (during which he cannot box) and a $5,000 fine.