Fiction writer Laurie Colwin, 48, died of a heart attack in Manhattan on Oct. 24. Praised for her renderings of upscale urbanites—and her upbeat endings—she published three volumes of short stories and four novels, including 1978’s Happy All the Time, while finding time to volunteer on behalf of the homeless….
Actor Cleavon Little, 53. died in Sherman Oaks, Calif., of colon cancer on Oct. 22. Winner of a 1970 Tomy for his work in Purlie, Little gained acclaim as the sheriff in Mel Brooks’s farcical western, Blazing Saddles. On TV he starred in the early-’70s sitcom Temperatures Rising and recently was on Fox’s True Colors….
Hall of Fame baseball broadcaster Red Barber, 84, died in Tallahassee, Fla., of complications following surgery for intestinal blockage. The mellifluous Mississippian, who believed in precise and impartial observation, began calling Cincinnati Reds games in 1934, then became the voice of the Brooklyn Dodgers and, in 1954, the New York Yankees (who fired him in 1966 for noting the sparse attendance at a game). From 1981 on, he was a commentator on National Public Radio….
Women’s baseball pioneer Dottie Green, 71, died of cancer in Natick, Mass., on Oct. 26. Green played catcher for the Rockford (Ill.) Peaches, one of the teams on which the film A League of Their Own was based.
Newlyweds Doro Koch, 33, daughter of George and Barbara Bush, and her husband of four months, Bobby Koch, 32, a former Democratic aide, are expecting a child next spring.
Hank Williams Jr., 42, and his fourth wife. Mary Jane, 28, had their first child in Nashville on Oct. 21. Katherine Diana, 6 lbs. 8 oz., joins Williams’s three other children….
Lee Majors rushed home from Hawaii, where he was filming the CBS series Raven, after his third wife, Karen Velez, 30, gave birth to twin sons: Banc Luke, 5 lbs. 12 oz., and Trey Kulley, 6 lbs. 5 oz., on Oct. 22 in Fort Lauderdale. Majors. 53. has a son, Lee Jr., 30, from a previous marriage and a daughter, Nikki, 4, by Velez….
Comedian Howie Mandel, 36, and wife Terry had their third child. Riley Paige, on Oct. 24 in Tarzana, Calif. The 7-lb. 3-oz. girl joins sister Jackie, 7, and brother Alex, 3.
After 40 years of marriage and three children, columnist Art Buchwald, 67, and his wife, Ann. have begun a trial separation….
In L.A. on Oct. 23, actor Barry Corbin (Northern Exposure) was sued for divorce by his wife of 16 years, Sue. The couple have two sons. In June, Corbin, 51, was unexpectedly reunited with his daughter from a long-ago relationship, Shannon Ross, 27 (PEOPLE, Oct. 12).
Nassau County, N.Y., prosecutors announced that no charges will be filed against Joey But-tafuoco. 36, whose wife, Mary Jo. 37, was shot in the head last May by Vim fisher, then 17. Fisher, awaiting sentence after pleading guilty to first-degree assault, had accused Joey of having sex with her while she was a minor and of helping to plot the attempted murder of Mary Jo.