According to the New York Daily News, director Herb Ross (Steel Magnolias, The Turning Point), 74, has hired a divorce attorney in a move that might signal he is about to end his 12-year marriage to Lee Radziwill, sister of the late Jacqueline Onassis. Although Ross’s high-poweAred Manhattan lawyer Stanford Lotwin would not comment on the filmmaker’s intent, a divorce would come on top of tough times for the 66-year-old Radziwill: She lost her nephew JFK Jr. last July and then her 40-year-old son Anthony, to cancer, just a month later.
Law and Order
After having heard voluntary testimony from Sean “Puffy” Combs, a grand jury in Manhattan indicted the 30-year-old rapper on Jan. 13 for possession of two illegal handguns as part of its inquiry into gunplay at a Times Square nightclub on Dec. 27 that wounded three patrons. Actress-singer Jennifer Lopez, 30, was not charged even though she shared the backseat with Combs, her boyfriend, during a chase after they fled the incident with a driver and a bodyguard. Cops found a stolen 9 mm pistol in the front seat and allege that another gun was thrown from the 1999 Lincoln Navigator during the pursuit. Combs, who remains free on $10,000 bail and has hired lawyer Johnnie Cochran to represent him, faces a penalty of up to 15 years in prison.
Unguent idea man Ivan DeBlois Combe, who helped concoct the over-the-counter acne ointment Clearasil in the early 1950s, died on Jan. 11 in Greenwich, Conn. He was 88. As chairman of a company bearing his name, he made a fortune developing and marketing products like Lanacane, Vagisil and Odor-Eaters to remedy some of life’s more indelicate disorders….
‘Toonsmith Marc Davis, one of Disney’s “nine old men,” a core group of early animators that Walt wryly likened to the United States Supreme Court, died on Jan. 12 in Los Angeles at 86. Known at the studio as the “ladies man,” he earned the nickname for masterminding the designs of heroines and villainesses like Cinderella and Cruella de Vil. After leaving animation in 1961, he had a hand in designing rides for the Disney parks….
Sam Jaffe, 98, who as a top Hollywood agent in the ’30s and ’40s represented Golden Age greats like Humphrey Bogart and Lauren Bacall, died on Jan. 10 in Los Angeles.
On Jan. 17 at San Antonio’s Methodist Hospital, wrestling titan “Stone Cold” Steve Austin, 35, underwent spinal surgery to undo years of wear and tear in the ring. It took nearly three hours for doctors to remove bone spurs in Austin’s neck vertebrae. He is expected to remain out of commission for somewhere between six months and a year.
On the Indian Ocean island of Lamu on Jan. 14, Prince Ernst August of Hanover, apparently bent out of shape over noise from a discotheque, allegedly beat up its owner, leaving him with multiple face and chest injuries. The 45-year-old German blue blood married Monaco’s Princess Caroline a year ago this month.
Nobel laureate Saul Bellow, 84, the author of Humboldt’s Gift, and his fifth wife, Janis Freedman, 41, welcomed a baby girl on Dec. 23 in Boston. The newborn’s name and weight were not released. The esteemed writer has three adult sons from previous marriages.