New York City denizens and Gattaca costars Uma Thurman and Ethan Hawke, both 31, who wed in 1998, welcomed their second child, a boy, on Jan. 15. Big sister Maya Ray is 3….
Actor Chazz Palminteri (Analyze This), 55, and his wife of 10 years, actress Gianna Ranaudo-Palminteri (A Bronx Tale), 36, had their second baby, daughter Gabriella Rose, on Dec. 25 in Greenwich, Conn. She joins big brother Dante, 6.
A day after being diagnosed with cancer, singer and TV personality Rosemary Clooney, 73, had the upper lobe of her left lung removed on Jan. 11 at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn. According to her agent, George Clooney‘s aunt plans to attend next month’s Grammy ceremony, where she is set to receive a Lifetime Achievement Award.
Richard Sharpe, 47, the cross-dressing dermatologist who in November was convicted of killing his estranged wife, Karen (PEOPLE, Dec. 10, 2001), settled a wrongful-death suit with her family for $5 million on Dec. 31 in Salem, Mass.
Movie and TV director Ted Demme, 38, whose film Blow earned international acclaim last year, died in Santa Monica after he collapsed while playing in a celebrity basketball game on Jan 13. According to the coroner’s office, the cause of death will not be conclusive for several weeks. The filmmaker, who was the nephew of director Jonathan Demme (Philadelphia), also directed 1996’s Beautiful Girls….
Former Secretary of State Cyrus R. Vance, 84, who served under President Carter from 1977 until 1980, when he resigned in protest over the President’s plan to stage a military rescue of American hostages in Iran, died of pneumonia on Jan. 12 in New York City….
Gregorio Fuentes, 104, a mate on Ernest Hemingway’s boat while the novelist lived in Cuba and who helped inspire The Old Man and the Sea, died of cancer on Jan. 13 in Cojimar, Cuba.
On Jan. 15 in Alexandria, Va., American Taliban fighter John Walker Lindh, 20, was charged with four criminal counts, including conspiracy to kill U.S. nationals abroad and aiding outlawed terrorist groups. The Islam convert does not face the death penalty, but if convicted he could get life in prison, according to U.S. Attorney General John Ashcroft.
Physician Jay Nielsen, 55, filed a defamation lawsuit on Dec. 31 in Wood County, Ohio, against his former wife Jerri Nielsen, 49, the ER doctor who treated herself for breast cancer while stationed at the South Pole (PEOPLE, Nov. 1, 1999). Seeking $6 million, he alleges that his ex provided false information about him in her 2001 memoir, Ice Bound: A Doctor’s Incredible Battle for Survival at the South Bole, including that he physically abused their three children. A rep for Jerri had no comment.