Lynda Carter, 39. best known as TV’s Wonder Woman, gave birth to daughter Jessica—6 lbs., 11 ozs.—Oct. 7 in Washington, D.C. Jessica, says her father, power lawyer Robert Altman, 43, has “fine features, a good head of hair, her mothers hands, feet and legs.” Mother and daughter are doing wonderfully.
Barbara Boggs Sigmund, 51, Mayor of Princeton, N.J., and the daughter of Louisiana Congresswoman Lindy Boggs. died Oct. 10 after an eight-year battle with cancer. Sigmund once described Princeton as “Population—12,500 feisty souls,” and in the struggle against melanoma she showed herself among the feistiest. After losing her left eye to the disease in 1982 while in the midst of an unsuccessful race for the Senate, she donned a VOTE SIGMUND eye patch. After Sigmund learned last year that the disease had spread, her mother decided not to seek reelection to the House seat she had held since the death of her husband, Rep. Hale Boggs, in 1972. “I can’t hug Barbara from here,” Boggs told PEOPLE in August. Sigmund remained defiantly upbeat, yet realistic, reflecting on the end of her life through her poems, one of which, “Bequest,” bestowed this inheritance on her three sons: “A passion for beauty and justice/ to hound you, and spirit you, push you and pursue you,/ all the days of your lives.”
Douglas Edwards, 73, the firs man ever to occupy TV journalism’s loftiest, and occasionally hottest, seat—evening news anchor—died of cancer Oct. 13 in Sarasota, Fla. Edwards started as a radio reporter in Troy, Ala., when he was only 15 years old; by age 27, he was in Europe with CBS’s legendary newsman Edward R. Murrow, covering the last months of World War II. He switched to the fledgling format of TV three years later, and in time his nightly appearances changed forever the face of TV journalism: On Aug. 15, 1948 at age 31, he launched the network’s first Monday-to-Friday evening news program, Douglas Edwards and the News, with the words: “Good evening, everyone, from coast to coast.” As anchor, Edwards was one of the first TV broadcasters to go on location—a national audience watched the dramatic sinking of the cruise ship Andrea Doria in 1956 through his exclusive coverage. Edwards, who retired from the evening-anchor spot in 1962, has had but two successors assume what has now become a very heavy mantle: Walter Cronkite and Dan Rather. Rather says of Edwards: “He is in the pantheon.”
Hollywood’s lankiest, loopiest couple-Jeff Goldblum (The Fly) and Oscar winner Geena Davis (The Accidental Tourist)—are calling it quits after three years of marriage. Davis, 33, has filed for divorce, citing irreconcilable differences. Goldblum, 38, hinted in a recent interview that serious problems were afoot. “Why would people want to—unless they had children. I suppose—why would they want to enter into some lifelong project?” he asked. “Mix their books together? [Being together] when they really take each other for granted?” It was the second marriage for both.