Big John Goodman, 38, the father to three kids on the hit Roseanne TV series, now has a real-life baby of his own. Goodman’s wife, former model Annabeth, 22, at right, gave birth to their first child. Molly Evangeline, on Aug, 31 in Los Angeles. Little Molly weighed in at 8 lbs., 11 oz., big for a baby but tiny compared with her old man.
Actress Diana (The Avengers) Rigs, 52, left, and her husband of eight years, producer Archie Stirling, are getting divorced, and the proceedings are threatening to get very messy. The trouble may have started last year when Stirling, 49, was seen squiring actress Joely Richardson, 25, the daughter of Vanessa Redgrave, around London. Rigg, who recently portrayed a harridan who smothered her son and despised her husband in a hit English TV drama, Mother Love, was quoted in a British tabloid as having told friends, “My performance in Mother Love is only a rehearsal for what I’ve got in store for Archie.” The enraged actress was also said to have rounded up her husband’s Savile Row suits and donated them to charity. Rigg and Stirling, both previously married, have a daughter, Rachael, 13.
Sandy, who played Little Orphan Annie’s canine companion for six years in Broadway’s Annie, died in his sleep in Higgamum, Conn., on Aug. 29 at the age of 16 (112 in dog years). In 1976 the actor, then a scruffy stray, was only a day away from being put to sleep at the Connecticut Humane Society when animal trainer William Berloni bought him for $8. The mixed-breed beige terrier opened in Annie in 1977 and missed only 14 of the show’s 2,377 performances. He also performed at the White House and pawed a first-person account, Sandy, the Autobiography of a Star, of his wags-to-riches saga in 1978. “We were both wet behind the ears when we started,” says his two-legged co-star, Andrea McArdle (right, in 1977), now 26. “Once, the orchestra conductor was waving his baton and Sandy jumped for it and fell off the stage. With kids and dogs, anything can happen.” Alas, another pooch got Sandy’s part in the 1982 Annie movie.
Raymond St. Jacques, below, a protean actor who helped break down racial stereotypes in Hollywood, died Aug. 27 of cancer of the lymph glands in Los Angeles at age 60. Born James Arthur Johnson, he put himself through Yale, performed in many Shakespeare festivals and made his film debut in 1964’s Black Like Me. The ruggedly handsome actor landed the first black role in a TV Western series on Rawhide in the mid-’60s and became a film star in 1970 when he played a cop named Coffin Ed Johnson in the action-comedy Cotton Comes to Harlem. “His characters were in distinctive contrast to the mild-mannered roles that Sidney Poitier had been playing,” says black film historian Donald Bogle. “He represented the ideas of black anger, black tension and black rage.”
The Today show’s Deborah Norville may soon be calling former colleague Jane Pauley for tips on coping with morning sickness now that Norville, 32, and her husband, auction house executive Karl Wellner, 36, expect their first child on March 6. Norville says she is planning to stay on the NBC show until as close as possible to her due date.