Oscar winner (and current Best Actor nominee) George Clooney, 46, was named a United Nations Messenger of Peace Jan. 18. An advocate for Darfur refugees, the Michael Clayton star is being “recognized for focusing public attention on crucial international political and social issues,” U.N. spokeswoman Michele Montas said.
British singer Lily Allen, 22, has suffered a miscarriage, a rep for the Grammy nominee announced Jan. 18. She was expecting a child with boyfriend Ed Simons, 37, of the electronic music duo the Chemical Brothers.
Gold medal Olympic figure skater Scott Hamilton, 49, and his wife of five years, Tracie, 38, welcomed their second child, son Maxx, in Nashville Jan. 21.
Former blink-182 drummer Travis Barker, 32, currently of the band +44, sued the energy drink company Rockstar in L.A. Jan. 16 for allegedly using his picture to promote a beverage on its Web site without permission. Reps for Rockstar could not be reached for comment.
The San Diego County Medical Examiner’s office revealed Jan. 16 that musician Ike Turner died of a cocaine overdose. The rock and roll pioneer was found dead at age 76 at his San Marcos, Calif., home Dec. 12. He spent two years in prison, beginning in 1989, on cocaine-related charges.
Bode Miller, 30, scored his 28th World Cup victory, the most ever for an American alpine skier, during the Hahnenkamm races in Kitzbuehel, Austria, Jan. 20. “It’s a nice record,” said Miller, a four-time world champion who won two silver medals at the 2002 Olympics. “It’s something you dream about as a kid.”
Actor and former Tennessee senator Fred Thompson, 65, dropped out of the 2008 presidential race on Jan. 22. “I hope that my country and my party have benefited from our having made this effort,” said the Republican, who had poor finishes in early primary elections and caucuses.
Allan Melvin, 84, who played Alice’s love interest Sam the Butcher on The Brady Bunch, died of cancer at his home in L.A. Jan. 17. Brady actress Ann B. Davis, 81, says, “He was a very nice man and I enjoyed working with him.” … Richard Knerr, 82, cofounder of Wham-O, Inc., which forever changed the face of outdoor recreation, died in Arcadia, Calif., Jan. 14 after suffering a stroke. The company, which Knerr started with childhood friend Arthur “Spud” Melin, produced the Hula Hoop, Frisbee and Slip ‘N Slide…. Georgia Frontiere, 80, the first woman to own and run an NFL team, died of breast cancer in L.A. Jan. 18. A former nightclub singer, the St. Louis native, who inherited the Rams after her husband’s death, brought the squad from L.A. to her hometown in 1995. The Rams won the Super Bowl in 2000.