Speed skater Dan Jansen, 31, who returned to win a gold medal in the 1994 Winter Olympics after falling twice in 1988 following his sister’s death from leukemia, and his wife, Robin Jansen, 38, are ending their seven-year marriage. The couple, who separated last October, have two daughters, Jane, 3, and Olivia, 1….
New York Undercover star Patti D’Arbanville, 45, has filed for divorce from bar owner Terry Quinn, 36. In round one of the messy split, the actress had Quinn arrested Feb. 21 at the couple’s Long Island home after telling police he had stolen $75,000 worth of her jewelry, including gifts from actor Don Johnson, the father of her son Jesse, 14. Quinn now faces grand larceny charges. Married since 1993, the couple have three children of their own: Emmelyn, 6, Alexandra, 5, and Liam, 4.
Cyndy Truhan, 45, the I first wife of former Los Angeles Dodger Steve Garvey, has filed a defamation lawsuit for unspecified damages against Garvey’s second wife, Candace Garvey, 38. According to the suit filed Feb. 27 in L.A. Superior Court, Garvey incorrectly told several news publications that Truhan was potentially violent and blamed Truhan for her split from the retired baseball star last year….
Actress Shannen Doherty, 25, is being sued by a neighbor who claims she was attacked by Doherty’s three dogs on Feb. 9, 1996, when she visited Doherty’s Malibu, Calif., home and the ex-90210 star opened the front door. Beate Falk, 60, filed suit Feb. 3 in L.A. Superior Court and is seeking unspecified damages. Doherty had no comment….
Actor Walter Matthau, 76, filed a suit against building contractor Tom Buckley Feb. 19 in L.A. Superior Court, charging him and his company with fraud, negligence and breach of contract. Matthau claims he paid Buckley a $93,000 advance to remodel his Malibu and Pacific Palisades homes and that Buckley overcharged him and never finished the job.
The Fugees’ lead singer and rapper, Lauryn Hill, 21, is pregnant with her first child. She will not comment on her due date nor the father’s identity except to say through her group’s spokesman that he is someone she “loves very much.”
Charles Dederich, 83, a recovering alcoholic who in 1958 founded Synanon, the controversial drug rehabilitation program, died of cardiorespiratory failure Feb. 28 in Visalia, Calif. Although thousands of addicts eventually passed through his program, Dederich was fined, sentenced to five years’ probation and stripped of his role in running Synanon in 1980 after pleading no contest to charges that he had conspired to murder a lawyer who had sued the organization….
Television director Larry Stewart, 67, who worked on the hit series Perry Mason, The Waltons and Fantasy Island, died of undisclosed causes Feb. 26 in L.A. Stewart also served as the first president of the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences from 1976 to 1977.
Elizabeth Taylor, 65, was readmitted to Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in L.A. after suffering a seizure on March 1, nine days after undergoing surgery to remove a benign brain tumor. Taylor’s doctors, noting that seizures are common following such surgery, said she was in good condition.
An L.A. judge sentenced Death Row Records president Marion “Suge” Knight, 31, to nine years in prison on Feb. 28 for violating his probation following a 1992 assault conviction. Knight, who was with Tupac Shakur when the rap star was murdered last September, has been in jail since October for his involvement in a fight at a Las Vegas hotel the night of Shakur’s shooting.