Sex and the City star Cynthia Nixon, 36, and her longtime boyfriend, photographer Danny Mozes, 36, are expecting their second child this year. The couple have a daughter, Samantha, 5.
Author Candace Bushnell, 43, whose 1996 book Sex and the City spawned the hit HBO series, wed ballet dancer Charles Askegard, 33, on a Nantucket beach on July 4. The couple met 7½ weeks earlier.
Filmmaker John Franken-heimer, 72, who directed memorable Hollywood classics of the ’60s including The Manchurian Candidate and Birdman of Alcatraz, died of a stroke due to complications from spinal surgery on July 6 in L.A. He later became an Emmy-winning television director….
Famed jazz bassist Ray Brown, 75, a multiple Grammy winner who collaborated with top vocalists like Frank Sinatra and Ella Fitzgerald (to whom he was married for six years), died in his sleep on July 2 while on tour in Indianapolis….
Four-Star General Benjamin O. Davis Jr., 89, one of the military’s first black pilots who later commanded the Tuskegee Airmen, the all-black fighter pilots of World War II, died of Alzheimer’s disease on July 4 in Washington, D.C….
Engineer Alfred Carey, 72, pop star Mariah Carey‘s father, died on July 4 of cancer in New York City.
Minnesota Gov. Jesse Ventura, 51, was admitted to a Robbinsdale, Minn., hospital on July 9 for treatment of a blood clot in his lung. The former pro wrestler is in stable condition.
On July 1 in L.A., Canadian singer Alanis Morissette, 28, filed a lawsuit against Russell Smith, 40, the operator of http://www.alanis.net, seeking to shut down the Internet site that is “confusingly similar” to her official Web site, http://www.alanis.com. The Grammy winner says that Smith responded to a request to shut down his site by demanding $10,000. In a letter, Smith said that he had never used anything associated with the singer. Morissette is seeking more than $100,000 in damages….
On July 9 in L.A., actors Will Smith, 33, and his wife, Jada Pinkett Smith, 30, sought a restraining order against their ex-caretaker, Mike Cooley, 66. The Smiths allege that Cooley, who was fired in 2001, has been stalking their family and has threatened to go to the press with “embarrassing” allegations if they didn’t pay him “outrageous sums of money.” Cooley denies all the charges.
Law & Order
Friedrich Engel, 93, a former Nazi SS major known as the Butcher of Genoa for a World War II massacre of Italian prisoners, was convicted of 59 counts of murder on July 5 in Hamburg, Germany. Engel will not serve his seven-year prison sentence because of his age.
On July 3 in Manhattan, Lorraine Hale, 72, the former head of Hale House, and her husband, Jesse Devore, 70, pleaded guilty to allegedly stealing more than $700,000 from the charity that cares for abandoned infants of drug addicts (PEOPLE, June 4, 2001).