David Cobb Craig
September 25, 2000 12:00 PM


Before an audience estimated at 6 million, Today show lovebirds Peter Ginsberg, 28, a lawyer, and Melanie Nelson, 27, a psychology student, tied the knot in a televised ceremony on Sept. 6 that was 12 weeks in the planning (with viewers voting online for everything from the cake to the flowers) and reportedly cost an estimated $50,000.


In Austin, Texas, Gladiator’s Russell Crowe, 36, recently hurt himself while training for his role as a circus performer in Flora Plum and will need to undergo surgery on his shoulder. The film, which will be directed by Jodie Foster, has been put on indefinite hold.


Meredith Vieira, 46, one of the hosts of ABC’s The View, has revealed that her husband, Richard Cohen, 52, a TV producer, has multiple sclerosis, which now requires him to use a cane.

In Trouble

On Sept. 12 in Tampa, baseball’s Darryl Strawberry, 38, pleaded guilty to violating his probation after he was arrested the day before for driving while impaired and leaving the scene of an accident. He must serve two years of house arrest.


Actress Alex Kingston, 37, who plays Dr. Elizabeth Corday on NBC’s ER, and her husband of almost two years, Florian Haertel, 35, a German freelance journalist, are looking forward to the birth of their first child early next year. The pregnancy resulted from in vitro fertilization.


Barely two months after his brother and Oasis bandmate Liam Gallagher announced that he is divorcing, Noel Gallagher, 33, revealed on Sept. 5 that he is separating from his wife, Meg Mathews, 34, a PR professional. The couple have an 8-month-old daughter, Anaïs….

Gossip columnist Liz Smith has reported that author Victoria Gotti (Superstar), 37, the daughter of convicted Mob don John Gotti, recently filed for divorce from her husband of 16 years, Carmine Agnello, 39, a scrap-metal dealer who is behind bars on charges of arson, extortion and tax fraud. The couple have three sons.


Classical-music-prodigy-turned-pop-princess Tori Amos, 37, and her husband, Mark Hawley, 36, a sound engineer, welcomed their first child, daughter Natashya Lórien (7 lbs. 1 oz.), on Sept. 5….

Oscar-nominated actress Cathy Moriarty (Raging Bull), 39, and her husband, Joseph Gentile, a Wall Street financier, welcomed the birth of their first children—twins—on Sept. 11 in New York City. Catherine Patricia Gentile was born three minutes before her little brother Joseph John Gentile.

Legal Matters

Singer Julie Andrews, 64, who suffered damage to her voice as a result of a 1997 surgery to remove noncancerous nodules in her throat, has settled her medical malpractice lawsuit against Manhattan throat specialist Dr. Scott M. Kessler, a short time before the case was to go to trial this month. Terms of the settlement were not disclosed.


On Sept. 11 in Flint, Mich., Jamelle James, 20, received a sentence of up to 15 years in prison for letting a 6-year-old boy gain access to the pistol he allegedly used to kill his first-grade classmate Kayla Rolland on Feb. 29 (PEOPLE, April 3). The boy was not charged in the shooting.

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