James B. Irwin, 61, an Apollo 15 astronaut who in 1971 walked on the moon and zipped across it in a four-wheel Rover 1 vehicle, died of a heart attack Aug. 8 in Glenwood Springs, Colo. Irwin, the eighth man ever to tread the lunar surface, said he experienced a religious epiphany during his 67 hours there. He retired the following year to become a lay evangelist and a year later created the High Flight Foundation, an interdenominational evangelistic organization. Irwin traveled five times to Mount Ararat in Turkey to search, without success, for the remains of Noah’s ark….
Shoe manufacturer Herbert Levine, 75, whose eponymous high-fashion footwear graced the soles of such well-heeled First Ladies as Jacqueline Kennedy, Lady Bird Johnson and Pat Nixon, died on Aug. 8 in Westhampton Beach, N.Y.
Bill Monroe, 79, the grandpappy of bluegrass mandolin, is in critical but stable condition in a Nashville hospital after undergoing double-bypass heart surgery Aug. 9. Monroe checked himself into the hospital after experiencing irregular heartbeats….
Paul Maguire, 53, an NBC sports commentator, is in fair condition in a hospital in Buffalo after suffering a heart attack on Aug. 10.
Actress Bebe Neuwirth, 32, who won an Emmy last year for playing astringent Lilith Sternin-Crane on NBC’s Cheers, has filed for divorce from her husband, theater director Paul Dorman, 36, after seven years of marriage. The two met at a New York City cabaret where she was performing and he was tending bar. Late last year, Neuwirth told PEOPLE, “I really don’t want to talk about my husband. We’re happily married—say that.”
Brit wit Tracey Ullman, 31, delivered her second child, an 8 lb., 13 oz. boy named John Albert Victor McKeown on Aug. 6 in Santa Monica. Ullman and her husband, producer Allan McKeown, already have a daughter, Mabel, 5.
Having twice played a daddy in Look Who’s Talking and in its sequel, John Travolta, 37, can now look forward to playing the role in real life. He and fiancée Kelly (Twins) Preston, 28, are expecting their first child in May. When do the two, engaged since New Year’s Eve, plan to marry? “Soon,” says a rep….
Pamperin’ Jack: Jack Nicholson, 54, and girlfriend Rebecca Broussard, 28, reportedly are telling friends they are expecting a second child in February. The couple already has an 18-month-old daughter, Lorraine.