Maxene Andrews, 79, of the singing Andrews Sisters, died on Oct. 21 of a heart attack in Hyannis, Mass. The trio, including Maxene’s older sister LaVerne, who died in 1967, and younger sister Patty, now 77, found fame in the ’30s and ’40s with upbeat hits like “Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy” and “Don’t Sit Under the Apple Tree.” The group entertained troops in World War II and appeared in some 15 films before breaking up in the early ’50s, when Patty went solo. Maxene, whose marriage ended in divorce in 1951, continued to sing through this fall when she performed for four weeks in an Off-Broadway revue, Swingtime Canteen….
British writer Sir Kingsley Amis, 73, died on Oct. 22 in London, a month after crushing several vertebrae in a fall in Swansea, Wales. In six volumes of poetry and more than 20 novels, from 1954’s inspired Lucky Jim to this year’s The Biographer’s Moustache, the curmudge only Amis bitingly satirized class distinctions and social mores….
Trumpeter Don Cherry, 58, who is credited with helping to modernize traditional jazz by infusing it with the sounds of funk and pop, died on Oct. 19 of liver failure near Málaga, Spain. Cherry brought African and Asian beats to his music and in the last 35 years recorded with John Coltrane, Sonny Rollins and Lou Reed….
Astrologer Linda Goodman died on Oct. 21 in Colorado Springs of diabetes-related health problems. Goodman, an Aries, never revealed her year of birth, but friends estimated her age at 70. In 1968 her Sun Signs became the first astrology book to hit the bestseller lists…
Bobby Riggs, the self-avowed male chauvinist pig of tennis, who took on Billie Jean King in 1973 in the infamous “Battle of the Sexes,” died on Oct. 25 at age 77 in Leucadia, Calif. after a long struggle with prostate cancer. Although he was a Wimbeldon champ in 1939, Riggs was more famous for the ballyhooed match he lost to King at the Houston Astrodome in front of 30,472 spectators and 50 million TV viewers. Though he lost 6-4, 6-3, 6-3, Riggs, then 55, collected $1.5 million in prize money.
At last—a Baldwin girl! On Oct. 23 acting couple Kim Basinger, 41, and husband Alec Baldwin, 37, welcomed their first child, daughter Ireland Eliesse (8 lbs., 3 ozs.), in Los Angeles….
U2 drummer Larry Mullen Jr., 34, makes no secret of his affection for the King. Three weeks ago in Dublin, he and his girlfriend of 15 years, Anne Acheson, 32, welcomed a son, Aaron Elvis. He is their first child.
Singer-actor Harry Connick Jr., 28, who stars as a villain in the movie Copycat, and his wife, model Jill Goodacre, 31, expect their first child in April.
ABC News correspondent John Hockenberry, 39, wed ABC News producer Alison Craiglow, 28, on Oct. 22 in New York City before 250 friends, including ABC’s Peter Jennings and Forrest Sawyer. It is a first marriage for both Hockenberry and Craiglow, who are now honeymooning in Hawaii.