Deirdre Gallagher
July 05, 2010 12:00 PM

ENGAGED

Wedding bells will ring for Ugly Betty star America Ferrera, 26, and her longtime boyfriend Ryan Piers Williams, 29. The pair met at the University of Southern California when Williams cast her in his student film.

RETIRING

After a showbiz career that started when she was 10, Amanda Bynes, 24, announced June 19 via Twitter that she was retiring from acting. “Being an actress isn’t as fun as it may seem,” Bynes wrote. “I don’t love acting anymore.” Bynes’ last major film role was in 2007’s Sydney White.

BIRTHS

White Collar actress Tiffani Thiessen, 36, and her husband, actor-artist Brady Smith, 38, welcomed their first child, a baby girl they named Harper Renn, on June 15 in Los Angeles. The former Beverly Hills, 90210 star and Smith, who married in 2005, said that starting a family is “something we’ve wanted for a long time, and we are thrilled that it’s actually happening.”

EXPECTING

Designer Stella McCartney, 38, and her husband, entrepreneur Alasdhair Willis, 40, will welcome their fourth child this fall. The couple have sons Miller, 5, and Beckett, 2, and daughter Bailey, 3. A source told Britain’s Daily Mail, “Stella loves the idea of a close-knit family, just like the one she grew up in.”

LEGAL MATTERS

Biology professor Amy Bishop, 45, who allegedly killed three colleagues in a shooting rampage at the University of Alabama-Huntsville in February, has been charged in Massachusetts with first-degree murder for the 1986 shotgun death of her 18-year-old brother Seth Bishop. Norfolk District Attorney William Keating, whose inquest led to the June 16 indictment, said there were “no excuses” for not charging Bishop in the first shooting, which was declared an accident at the time. Keating noted that Bishop, who could face the death penalty if convicted in Alabama, may never stand trial for her brother’s killing, but added, “You never know.”

UPDATE

After a nearly three-week delay due to legal wrangling, the body of Gary Coleman, 42, was cremated June 17 at a Sandy, Utah, mortuary. In accordance with the late actor’s wishes, there was no wake or funeral. Coleman died May 28 of a brain hemorrhage following a fall at home.

A GIANT AMONG MEN

Manute Bol, 47, who played 10 seasons in the NBA but devoted his life to the people of his native country, Sudan, died on June 19 in Charlottesville, Va. The former shot-blocking wonder, who stood nearly 7’7″ tall, died from a rare skin disease he contracted in Africa this spring. Bol reportedly earned $6 million during his career and spent most of it trying to help the Sudanese. Tom Prichard, executive director of the Sudan Sunrise foundation, said, “Manute really felt that his country needed him. He died for Sudan.”

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