Closing the curtain on a four-year legal battle, Italian tenor Luciano Pavarotti, 64, agreed on July 27 in Rome to fork over nearly $12 million in back taxes and interest to the Italian government. The singer had originally claimed the tax haven of Monte Carlo as his primary residence, but eventually changed his tune. “I cannot live being thought not a good person,” he reportedly said after shaking hands with Finance Minister Ottaviano Del Turco….
Despite world renown, rock icon Sting, 48, cannot use his name on the World Wide Web. On July 24 an arbitrator in Australia ruled that the British rock star did not own the name http://www.sting.com. Sting had wanted to take the prized moniker from Michael Urvan, a computer-game player in Marietta, Ga., who has been using the site for five years.
Versatile actor Max Showalter, whose many film and theater roles included starring with Marilyn Monroe in 1953’s Niagara and with Betty Grable in Broadway’s Hello, Dolly!, died of cancer on July 30 in Middle-town, Conn. He was 83….
Scottish composer Iain Hamilton, who wrote four symphonies but is best known for turning Tolstoy’s Anna Karenina into an opera, died of undisclosed causes on July 21 in London. He was 78….
Joyce Leviton, who served as PEOPLE’S Atlanta Bureau Chief from 1974 to 1994, died of cancer in Atlanta on July 28. She was 76.
Investment whiz Warren Buffett, 69, returned to his Omaha home on July 25, six days after having colon surgery to remove noncancerous polyps. According to a spokesman from his company, Berkshire Hathaway Inc., the billionaire requires no further treatment.
Actor Richard Schiff, 45, who plays the hyper White House communications director Toby Ziegler on NBC’s The West Wing, and his wife, actress-producer Sheila Kelley, 39 (who appears in the soon-to-be-released Nurse Betty), are expecting their second child this month. Son Gus is 5….
Latin pop sensation Marc Anthony, 31, and his bride of three months, former Miss Universe Dayanara Torres, 25, are expecting their first child late next winter. Anthony has a 6-year-old daughter, Arianna, from a previous relationship.
Change of Pace
On July 27 the White House confirmed that First Daughter Chelsea Clinton, 20, will skip the upcoming fall quarter of her senior year at Stanford University to support her parents’ activities, which include mother Hillary’s high-profile run for the Senate in New York.
Clean and Sober
Actor Charlton Heston, 75, told the National Enquirer that he spent three weeks in a Utah rehab center last spring to battle a drinking problem. Heston, who gave up Scotch years ago but continued to drink white wine, said that he no longer drinks any alcohol. “I wasn’t slurring my words, I wasn’t falling over, but I realized it had become an addiction for me,” he revealed to the tab.
Gonzo journalist Hunter S. Thompson, 63, slightly wounded his assistant Deborah Fuller, 58, when he accidentally shot her while attempting to chase a bear off his property near Aspen on July 27.