Amy Bonawitz
February 13, 2006 12:00 PM

SPLIT

Josie Bissett, 35, and Rob Estes, 42, onetime stars of Melrose Place, are divorcing after more than 13 years of marriage. The couple met at a casting call in 1991 and have two children, Mason, 6, and Maya, 3.

EXPECTING

Penn Jillette, 50, the speaking half of magicians Penn & Teller, and his wife, Emily, 39, are expecting a boy in June. Daughter Moxie Crime-Fighter is 8 months old.

BIRTHS

Actress Angela Bassett, 47, and her husband, actor Courtney B. Vance, 45, welcomed twins, a boy and a girl, born Jan. 27 to a surrogate mother.

LEGAL MATTERS

Charlene Richards filed a sexual harassment suit Jan. 26 in L.A. against Aaron Spelling, 82, father of actress Tori Spelling and producer of Dynasty and Beverly Hills, 90210. She alleges he asked for sexual favors when she was his private nurse in 2004. Last November, Spelling and his wife, Candy, 60, sued Richards for allegedly violating a confidentiality agreement and spreading rumors of sexual harassment. “There is absolutely nothing true about this suit,” said Spelling’s lawyer.

DEATHS

Gene McFadden, 56, who cowrote the 1979 hit “Ain’t No Stoppin’ Us Now” with his songwriting partner John Whitehead, died Jan. 27 in Philadelphia of liver and lung cancer. The song received a Grammy nod.

TRIBUTE

Fayard Nicholas, 91, of the dancing Nicholas Brothers, died Jan. 24 in Toluca Lake, Calif., from pneumonia and complications of a stroke. He and his brother Harold (who died in 2000 at 79) tapped their way from Harlem’s Cotton Club into dozens of films, including 1943’s Stormy Weather.

Some celebrity fans talked about them to PEOPLE: “Fayard Nicholas is a hero of mine. The brothers’ talent was so big .”

HALLE BERRY

“It’s easy for someone to make noise with their feet, but to incorporate style, athleticism and perfect rhythm? No one could like Fayard and Harold Nicholas.”

—MICHAEL FLATLEY

“I watched Fayard and Harold, and I’m amazed at what they [did]. They had such style and panache.”

—DON CHEADLE

“Their infectious exuberance and extraordinary craft were incomparable.”

—MIKHAIL BARYSHNIKOV

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