Actress Roxie Roker, 66, died in Los Angeles on Dec. 2. Her family has not released the cause of death. Roker, mother of rocker Lenny Kravitz, is best remembered for playing Helen Willis, half of one of television’s first interracial couples, on Norman Lear’s 1975-85 sitcom The Jeffersons. Roker also enjoyed success on Broadway and was nominated for a 1974 Tony Award for her performance in The River Niger….
Canadian novelist Robertson Davies, 82, died of a stroke on Dec. 2 in Orangeville, Ont. Davies, whose books were translated into 17 languages, published more than 30 works, including the celebrated Deptford Trilogy. As recently as 1993, he was considered a candidate for a Nobel Prize in literature….
Former New York Times columnist and political correspondent James Reston, 86, onetime dean of the Washington press corps, died of cancer in Washington on Dec. 6. The Scottish-born Reston, a two-time Pulitzer Prize-winner, began his career in Springfield, Ohio, in 1932. He became a sympathetic observer and stern critic of Presidents from F.D.R. to Bill Clinton.
Actress Jane Seymour, 44, of Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman, and her fourth husband, actor-director James Keach, 48, welcomed twin sons John Stacy and Kristopher Steven, 5 lbs. each—on Nov. 30 in L.A. Seymour has two children, Katie, 13, and Sean, 10, from her third marriage. Keach, who was married twice before, has a son, Kalen, 18, from his first marriage.
Haiti’s priest-turned-President Jean-Bertrand Aristide, 42, announced his engagement on Nov. 30 to former speech-writer Mildred Trouillot, 33, a Haitian-American lawyer living in Washington. A wedding date has not been set.
Kung Fu’s David Carradine, 59, filed for legal separation from his third wife, producer-songwriter Gail Jensen, 46, on Nov. 28 in L.A. superior court. The couple had been married for almost seven years….
After nearly a dozen years of marriage, NYPD Blue’s Nicholas Turturro, 33, and his wife, Jami, 31, filed for divorce on Dec. 4 in L.A. superior court. Their daughter Erica is 10.
On Nov. 27, a Social Security panel in Washington rejected an application from music teacher Nancy Hart, 43, that her daughter Judith, 4, be deemed eligible for survivor’s benefits. Judith (PEOPLE, Feb. 13) was born a year after the death at age 51 of her father, Edward, who had placed his sperm in a New Orleans sperm bank after he was diagnosed with cancer. Hart has filed a federal lawsuit challenging the decision to deny benefits.
Tap dancer Savion Glover, 22, the choreographer and star of Off-Broadway’s Bring in ‘Da Noise, Bring in ‘Da Funk, was arrested on Nov. 30 in New York City on charges of driving under the influence of marijuana. Glover, a former Sesame Street regular, once filmed an antidrug public service ad for TV.