Richard Dreyfuss, 58, wed Russian native Svetlana Erokhin, 46, March 16 in Harrisonburg, Va. In town for an event at James Madison University, the actor turned up unannounced at the county courthouse, says a JMU rep, and then the pair wed in the magistrate’s office.
On March 17, Debi Mazar gave birth to daughter Giulia Isabel Mazar-Corcos, who joins big sister Evelyn Maria, 3. Dad is music producer Gabriele Corcos.
Phil Collins, 55, and his wife of six years, Orianne, 33, announced their separation March 15. The singer’s rep says the two—who have two sons, Nicholas, 4, and Mathew, 1—have lived apart since the start of the year. … Country singer Blake Shelton, 29, filed for divorce from Kaynette, 33, Feb. 27 in Hickman County, Tenn., citing irreconcilable differences.
Shannon Elizabeth’s estranged husband, actor Joseph Reitman, filed a suit March 14 in L.A. seeking half the pair’s assets accumulated during the five years they lived together before they wed. Elizabeth, 32, and Reitman, 37, who wed in 2002, announced their split last year (PEOPLE, March 21, 2005). Their reps could not be reached.
Russell Crowe bought a majority interest in an Australian rugby team called the Rabbitohs. “My last words to members were, ‘Let’s vote yes, let’s get into bed together, I hope you respect me in the morning,'” joked Crowe. Over three-quarters of the members were seduced, accepting the offer by Crowe and business partner Peter Holmes à Court.
On March 15 in Sarasota, Fla., former mechanic Joseph Smith was sentenced to death for the murder of Carlie Brucia, 11. Last November, Smith, 40, was found guilty of kidnapping, sexually battering and killing the sixth grader, who was abducted in February 2004 while walking home from a friend’s house (PEOPLE, Feb. 23, 2004). Five days later Brucia’s mother, Susan Schorpen, 36, was sentenced to 90 days in jail after pleading no contest to a felony drug charge and a misdemeanor count of facilitating prostitution. Schorpen’s lawyer could not be reached for comment.
Veteran newsman Bill Beutel died March 18 in Pinehurst, N.C., at 75 of complications from a progressive neurological disorder. Known for his polished delivery, Beutel worked for ABC for more than 30 years, anchoring, reporting and even hosting an ABC morning show that later became Good Morning America.
PRINCE: HOME WRECKER?
Was Prince a purple pain for his landlord, the Utah Jazz’s Carlos Boozer? Says The Smoking Gun Web site, the NBA star sued the man once known as the Artist Jan. 13 for painting his symbol and his new CD title, 3121, on Boozer’s L.A. mansion. Boozer sought $70,000, alleging the lease was violated by the renovations, including the installation of a purple monogrammed carpet and plumbing alterations for beauty salon chairs. The site also says the suit was dismissed Feb. 14 after it was shown that Boozer had accepted rent without complaint. Prince’s rep had no comment.