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Money Matters

On Jan. 14 in Los Angeles, ER’s Eriq La Salle, 37, asked a judge in superior court to terminate any “purported partnership agreement” between the actor and his ex-fiancée, Angela Johnson, 32. Things got complicated for La Salle when he paid the bill last year for the couple’s vacation home, half of which Johnson now contends she is entitled to.


Genial string-bean actor Judge Reinhold, 42, and model Amy Miller, 30, got hitched in her hometown of Scott, Ark., on Jan. 8. It was his second marriage, her first. The groom first got a gander at his future bride last April at church in Malibu. “After I saw her, I couldn’t tell you one single word the pastor said that day,” he says.


Copper-haired tennis titan Don Budge, who in 1938 became the first player to win the Grand Slam (taking the top honor at Wimbledon and in the championships of Australia, France and the United States), died on Jan. 26 in Scranton, Pa., following injuries sustained in a December auto accident. He was 84….

LIFE photographer Ed Clark, 88, whose most memorable shot was perhaps that of the tear-streaked face of Navy accordionist Graham Jackson as he played after the death of Franklin Roosevelt in 1945, died Jan. 22 in Sarasota, Fla.


On Jan. 27 in London, Oasis musician Noel Gallagher and his wife, Meg Matthews, both in their early 30s, welcomed their first child, daughter Anais (7 lbs. 2 oz.), named after the racy novelist Anais Nin.

Back to School

Actress Elisabeth Shue (Leaving Las Vegas), 36, is taking a hiatus from film work to return to Harvard and finish course work toward a government degree. Shue left the school one’ semester shy of her B.A. in the 1980s to pursue a showbiz career.

Law and Order

Cops in L.A. arrested a man who actress Brooke Shields, 34, claims is stalking her and against whom she obtained a federal restraining order in 1998. Now behind bars with bail set at $500,000, Mark Ronald Bailey, 41, could face more than seven years in prison if convicted of stalking and illegal possession of a firearm.


Yankee slugger Darryl Strawberry, 37, who finished six months of chemo for colon cancer last April, and his wife, Charisse, 33, are looking forward to the birth of their third child….

Actor Michael Boatman, 35, who plays gay character Carter Heywood on ABC’s Spin City, and his wife, Myrna, 37, an attorney, are expecting their second child in July. Their daughter Jordan is 3.

Real-life Drama

Paramedics rushed novelist Kurt Vonnegut, 77, to the ER on Jan. 30 after he suffered smoke inhalation while trying to put out a fire at his New York City brownstone with the help of a neighbor. At press time the Slaughterhouse-Five writer was listed in critical but stable condition at a nearby hospital.


After the groom-to-be asked for mom Priscilla Presley’s blessing on Dec. 23, Elvis heiress Lisa Marie Presley, 32, and her boyfriend, John Oszajca, 25, a musician, pledged their intentions to marry, though no date has been set. This will be the bride’s third trip down the aisle and Oszajca’s first.