Baritone Ronnie White, 56, a founder of the popular Motown group the Miracles, died of leukemia on Aug. 26 in his hometown of Detroit. With lead singer Smokey Robinson, White cowrote the 1965 No. 1 hit, “My Girl,” for the Temptations….
Educator Evelyn Wood, 86, whose name became synonymous with speed reading after she opened her first Evelyn Wood Reading Dynamics Institute in 1959 in Washington, died of heart failure on Aug. 26 in Tucson. Wood, a onetime high school English teacher who often could whiz through as many as 15,000 words per minute, rose to fame after President Kennedy asked her to teach her technique—reading down a page using the hand as a pacer while visually grouping words—to his Cabinet members. Eventually there were more than 150 Evelyn Wood institutes worldwide.
Singer-actress Andrea Marcovicci, 46, gave birth to a daughter, Alice Wolfe (9 lbs., 6 ozs.), on Aug. 17 in Los Angeles. It is the first child for Marcovicci and her husband, actor Daniel Reichert, 33….
Environmental attorney Robert Kennedy Jr., 41, and his wife, architect Mary Richardson, 35, welcomed daughter Kyra LeMoyne (8 lbs., 3 ozs.) on Aug. 22 in Mount Kisco, N.Y.
No aliens turned up when Species star Natasha Henstridge, 21, wed actor Damian Chapa (Bound by Honor), 32, on Aug. 26 in Fort McMurray, Alta….
Marriage revealed: Rapper LL Cool J (James Smith), 25, wed his live-in girlfriend, Simone Johnson, age unavailable, at their New York City home on Aug 7. The couple have two children and, reportedly, are expecting a third.
Actress Meredith Baxter, 48, will wed screenwriter Michael Blodgett (Turner & Hooch), 55, on Oct. 21. Baxter has five children from two previous marriages, and Blodgett has three children.
Singer Nina Simone, 62, received a suspended eight-month jail sentence on Aug. 23 for firing a BB gun at two noisy teen neighbors near her villa in Bouc-Bel-Air, France. The temperamental American diva was put on 18 months’ probation, ordered to seek psychological help and must also pay $4,000 in damages to the family of the boy she wounded.
Lee Starkey, 24, youngest child of Ringo Starr and his late ex-wife, Maureen, underwent emergency surgery in London on Aug. 25 to remove fluid from her brain. Ringo, 55, canceled his U.S. tour to be by her side. Starkey, a fledgling fashion designer, is doing well. Doctors are not yet sure what caused the problem….
Country singer K.T. Oslin (” ’80s Ladies”), 53, underwent quadruple bypass surgery on Aug. 29 in Nashville after a routine medical checkup. Oslin’s spokeswoman said the singer was hoping to be home within the week….
Former Harvard psychology professor Timothy Leary, 74, the LSD-promoting guru of the ’60s, revealed that he has terminal prostate cancer. Describing himself as “thrilled” at the prospect of going out in style, Leary told the Los Angeles Times, “How you die is the most important thing you ever do.”
Actress Patricia Richardson, 44, Tim Allen’s wife on Home Improvement, filed for divorce on Aug. 29 in L.A. superior court from actor Ray Baker, 47, who played the police chief on Under Suspicion. The couple, married 13 years, have three children.