A rep for late-night talk show host Jimmy Kimmel, 44, confirmed to PEOPLE Aug. 15 that the funny-man popped the question to girlfriend Molly McNearney, 34, while vacationing recently in South Africa’s Kruger National Park. The star and McNearney, a co-head writer on ABC’s Jimmy Kimmel Live!, started dating in 2009. It will be the second marriage for Kimmel.
ON THE MEND
On Aug. 15 Robert Downey Jr., 47, sustained an ankle injury while performing a stunt on the Wilmington, N.C., set of Iron Man 3. There will be a delay in production while the actor recuperates. • Wynonna Judd’s husband, drummer Michael Scott “Cactus” Moser, 55, had his left leg amputated following a horrific motorcycle accident on Aug. 18. His leg was severed at the scene of the accident, and doctors in Rapid City, S.Dak., amputated it above the knee.
Just a month after getting engaged, Melrose Place alum Grant Show, 50, said “I do” to actress Katherine LaNasa, 45, in Topanga, Calif., on Aug. 18. “We’re so happy we found each other,” the couple told PEOPLE. This is Show’s second marriage and LaNasa’s third.
Oscar winner Hilary Swank, 38, and her boyfriend, agent John Campisi, 45, have ended their five-year relationship. A rep for the actress confirmed Aug. 20 the pair had split earlier this summer.
Ron Palillo (inset), best known for his role as the nerdy high school student Arnold Horshack on the ’70s sitcom Welcome Back, Kotter, died Aug. 14 from a heart attack at his home in Palm Beach Gardens, Fla. He was 63.
Former talk show host Rosie “O’Donnell, 50, revealed on her blog Aug. 20 that she is recovering from a heart attack. O’Donnell said her chest ached and she began vomiting after helping a woman out of her car in Nyack, N.Y. on Aug. 14. She took aspirin but, she wrote, “I did not call 911.” The next day she went to doctors, who discovered a seriously blocked artery and had a stent inserted.
The Augusta National Golf Club, home of the Masters golf tournament, announced Aug. 20 that it will admit women for the first time in the private club’s 80-year history. Former U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, 57, and South Carolina financier Darla Moore, 58, both avid golfers, will formally join the exclusive club in Augusta, Ga., sometime this fall.
TONY SCOTT’S SHOCKING SUICIDE
Director/producer Tony Scott, 68, was known for three things: his red baseball cap, his cigar and his enthusiasm. “You never saw a guy with more zeal,” says Fox studio chairman Tom Rothman. “That’s why everyone is so taken aback.” On Aug. 19 Scott, the brother of director Ridley Scott and the creator of such hits as Top Gun, True Romance and Beverly Hills Cop II, took his life by jumping off L.A.’s Vincent Thomas Bridge. Despite initial reports, his family said he did not have inoperable brain cancer. He left behind a suicide note, but at press time the contents had not been made public. Tom Cruise, who was preparing to work with Scott on a Top Gun sequel, said, “He was a creative visionary.”