Veronica Byrd
August 13, 2001 12:00 PM


On July 25 in L. A. actor-director Jon Favreau, 34, and his wife, Joya, 31, a doctor at CedarsSinai Medical Center, had their first child, son Max, who is named for a character in Favreau’s comedy Made….

Growing Pains alum Kirk Cameron, 30, and his wife, actress Chelsea Noble, 36, welcomed their first biological child, daughter Olivia Rose, on July 18 in L.A. The couple have four adopted children.


Dorothy Rodham, 82, the mother of New York Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton, underwent surgery July 30 in Washington, D.C., to remove a cancerous tumor from her colon. Rodham is expected to make a full recovery….

Radio host Garrison Keillor, 58, underwent surgery to repair a heart valve July 25 at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn. Keillor, whose A Prairie Home Companion is heard weekly by nearly 3 million listeners, was in good condition….

Oscar-winning actress Katharine Hepburn, 94, was released from Hartford Hospital in Connecticut July 26 after being treated for a urinary-tract infection.


Musician John Fogerty, 56, and his wife, Julie, 41, a homemaker, are anticipating their third child in October. Fogerty has three grown children from his first marriage.

Legal Matters

On July 27 an L.A. judge rejected a motion by pop diva Janet Jackson, 35, to enforce the prenuptial agreement she signed with her estranged husband, lyricist Rene Elizondo Jr., 39, ruling that the matter must go to trial. The two secretly wed in 1991….

A Manhattan judge ordered New York City Mayor Rudolph Giuliani, 57, to pay his wife, Donna Hanover, 51, an additional $1, 800 a month in temporary child support for their children, Andrew, 15, and Caroline, 11….

Blues singer Bonnie Raitt, 51, was arrested July 25 in Itasca, Ill., for disorderly conduct while protesting against the logging industry’s cutting down rain forests.


Educator Frances Horwich, 94, who hosted the pioneering children’s TV program Ding Dong School in the 1950s, died July 22 of heart failure in Scottsdale, Ariz….

Bass guitarist Leon Wilkeson, 49, one of the founding members of the southern rock group Lynyrd Skynyrd, died in his sleep on July 27 in Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla., of undisclosed causes. In 1977 Wilkeson survived a plane crash that killed band members Ronnie Van Zant, Steve Gaines and Cassie Gaines.

End of an Era

The nonprofit Children’s Express, which trained children 8 to 18 years old as journalists, said July 29 that it is shutting its four news bureaus due to a $2.4 million debt. Founded in New York City, the news service gained fame at the 1976 Democratic National Convention when a 13-year-old reporter broke the news that presidential nominee Jimmy Carter had chosen Sen. Walter Mondale as his running mate.


On July 27 a West Palm Beach, Fla., judge sentenced 14-year-old Nathaniel Brazill to 28 years in prison, two years’ house arrest and five years’ probation in the shooting death of his English teacher Barry Grunow in May 2000 (People, May 7,2001). Brazill must also complete his GED.

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