Singer-songwriter James Taylor, 52, married his longtime girlfriend, Caroline Smedvig, 46, an executive with the Boston Symphony Orchestra, on Feb. 18 in Boston. It’s Taylor’s third marriage, Smedvig’s second….
Star Trek star William Shatner, 69, beamed up his fourth bride when he wed Elizabeth J. Martin, 42, a horse trainer, on Feb. 13 in Lebanon, Ind., his wife’s hometown.
Megamodel Cindy Crawford, 35, is pregnant with her second child, due in September. Crawford and her husband, Rande Gerber, 38, a restaurateur, have a 20-month-old son, Presley Walker Gerber.
Producer and director Stanley Kramer, 87, whose movies include Inherit the Wind and Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner, died of pneumonia on Feb. 19 in Woodland Hills, Calif. Kramer’s films received 85 Academy Award nominations and 16 Oscars….
Producer Howard W. Koch (The Manchurian Candidate) died on Feb. 16 at his home in Beverly Hills. He was 84….
Burt Kennedy, 78, screenwriter and director of films such as the 1967 Western The War Wagon, died of cancer on Feb. 15 in Sherman Oaks, Calif….
Animal rights advocate Roger Caras, 72, a writer, broadcast personality and former president of the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, died on Feb. 18 in Towson, Md., from complications of a recent heart attack.
Novelist Stephen King has filed a lawsuit against Commercial Union York Insurance Co., claiming it failed to provide full coverage for medical bills and lost income after he was struck nearly two years ago by a van in North Lovell, Maine. King, 53, is seeking the insurance policy’s $10 million limit plus interest. A lawyer representing Commercial Union declined to comment.
Controversial rapper Eminem pleaded guilty Feb. 14 to carrying a concealed weapon in Mount Clemens, Mich. The plea stems from an altercation on June 4 outside a bar in which Eminem, 28, struck a former bouncer in the head with a pistol after the man allegedly kissed his wife, Kim. The rapper faces up to five years in prison. His sentencing is April 10.
Law and Order
Roger Clinton, 44, the half brother of former President Bill Clinton, was arrested near L.A. on Feb. 17 for suspicion of driving under the influence of alcohol. Clinton, who is to appear in court April 2, failed a series of balance and coordination tests, and his blood-alcohol level exceeded the legal limit. A singer, Clinton lives in nearby Torrance.
Troubled actor Robert Downey Jr., 35, who faces drug-possession charges in Palm Springs, Calif., will return to Ally McBeal for eight more episodes beginning on Feb. 26. Downey won a Golden Globe Award for best supporting actor in January for his portrayal of Calista Flockhart’s love interest.
Author Ellen Fein, 43, who cowrote (with Sherrie Schneider) the back-to-the-’50s primer The Rules: Time-Tested Secrets for Capturing the Heart of Mr. Right, and her Mr. Right, pharmacist Paul Feingertz, 41, are divorcing. The couple have been married for more than 15 years.