David Cobb Craig
July 03, 2000 12:00 PM


Tennis ace Pete Sampras, 28, lost the first round of the French Open on May 29 but on the same day won the hand of actress Bridgette Wilson, 26, who appeared in I Know What You Did Last Summer. No wedding date is set. Sampras begins competing for his seventh Wimbledon championship title on June 26.


Dowager Empress Nagako, who was married to Japan’s Emperor Hirohito from 1924 until his death in 1989, died on June 16 in her modest home on the grounds of the Imperial Palace in Tokyo. She was 97 and the mother of reigning Emperor Akihito….

Golf-course architect Robert Trent Jones Sr., whose tee-rific skills in links design and remodeling can be admired in more than 450 venues around the world, died on June 14 in Fort Lauderdale. He was 93.


Before 280 friends and family members, and with Regis Philbin as one of his groomsmen, Michael Gelman, 38, the executive producer of Live! with Regis & Kathie Lee, and his sweetie of almost seven years, CBS’s Early Show correspondent Laurie Hibberd, 36, exchanged “I dos” at a Long Island estate on June 10.

Noble Deed

In a gesture worthy of Friends, Matthew Perry, 30, asked on June 14 that his name be withdrawn from Emmy consideration in the best actor category. His publicist mistakenly placed him in leading-man contention, but he was loath to be there because he and the rest of his sitcom sextet consider themselves ensemble players. The Emmy nominations will be announced on July 20; the awards air on Sept. 10.


On June 15 actor Robert Wagner, 70, socked producer Aaron Spelling, 77, with a breach-of-contract lawsuit in L.A. superior court. It all stems from a 1988 deal in which Wagner signed on as consultant to a proposed Spelling series called Angels 88 and was guaranteed a portion of the show’s profits. FOX Television committed to air that show, backed out and eventually agreed to put on another Spelling production, one called Beverly Hills, 90210. Wagner, who had a pay-or-play deal, seeks damages of 7.5 percent of 90210’s proceeds or at least $20 million. Spelling’s office did not comment.

Legal Matters

On June 19 a Manhattan family court hearing examiner ordered Mick Jagger to provide a statement of his net worth so the official can decide how much the 56-year-old rocker must pay to support the son, now 1, he fathered with Brazilian model Luciana Morad, 30, who currently lives in New York City. The statement is due by Aug. 1, when the Rolling Stone must testify by speakerphone. Jagger’s lawyer said he will appeal the ruling.

Law and Order

Cops in New York City busted shoe designer Steve Madden, 43, on June 20 and charged him with multiple counts of securities fraud. Authorities accuse him of conspiring to manipulate various IPOs, including that of his own company, among other offenses.


Evangelist Billy Graham, 81, underwent a procedure to relieve fluid buildup around his brain in mid-June at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn. His spokesman said the condition is not life-threatening, and the preacher is expected to resume his schedule in a few weeks.

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