May 05, 1997 12:00 PM

Olympic gold medalist Mary Lou Retton, 29, gave birth to her second child, a 5-lb., 9-oz. girl, McKenna Lane, on April 15 in Houston. Retton and her husband, investment broker Shannon Kelley, 31, have a 2-year-old daughter, Shayla….

Country star Toby Keith, 36, and his wife, Tricia, 34, welcomed their third child, a 7-lb., 10-oz. son, Stelen, on April 17 in Oklahoma City. Their other children are Shelley, 16, and Krystal, 11….

Actress Pia Zadora, 38, and her husband, director Jonathan Kaufer, 42, welcomed their first baby, a 7-lb., 8-oz. boy, Jordan Maxwell, on April 13 in Los Angeles. Zadora has two children from her previous marriage to businessman Meshulam Riklis.

Actor Donald T. Bexley, 87, who played Redd Foxx’s sidekick Bubba Hoover on the ’70s sitcom Sanford and Son, died of heart and kidney failure April 15 in Hampton, Va….

Edward Hall, 67, a former model who worked as the Marlboro Man during the late ’50s and early ’60s, died of lung cancer April 14 in Connecticut. Hall is at least the third Marlboro Man to succumb to lung cancer since 1992.

Afeni Shakur, mother I of slain rapper Tupac Shakur, filed suit April 18 in L.A. federal court against Death Row Records, seeking $17 million in royalties that the hip-hop label owes her son’s estate for his 1996 double album All Eyez on Me, as well as repayment of expenses she claims were wrongfully charged to Shakur by Death Row. The recording, released shortly before Shakur was fatally shot in Las Vegas last September, has sold more than 3 million copies in the United States….

Maxim Financial Corp., a Boulder, Colo., investment company, is suing actress Debbie Reynolds, 65, and her ex-husband, developer Richard Hamlett, for fraud, deceit and misrepresentation, claiming Reynolds and Hamlett have yet to repay an $800,000 loan made in 1993 for their Las Vegas hotel and museum. According to the lawsuit, filed April 21 in Denver federal court, only a single $50,000 payment has been made. Reynolds had no comment.

James Earl Ray, 69, currently serving 99 years in prison for the 1968 assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., was admitted to Columbia Nashville Memorial Hospital on April 19 with complications from terminal liver disease. Ray, who has been in and out of the hospital since December, was released a few days later.

Author Tom Clancy, 50, and his wife, Wanda Thomas, 49, have separated after nearly 28 years of marriage. The couple, who began divorce proceedings in 1995 but later reconciled, have four children, ages 11 to 23….

Michael Kennedy, 39, fourth son of the late Robert F. Kennedy and head of the nonprofit Citizens Energy Corp. of Boston, and his wife, Victoria Gifford Kennedy, 40, daughter of sportscaster Frank Gifford, announced on April 17 that they are separating after 16 years of marriage. The couple have three children, ages 10 to 13….

Michael’s cousin John F. Kennedy Jr., 36, has reportedly had a split of a different kind. He and business partner Michael J. Berman, who cofounded and launched the political magazine George in the fall of 1995, have parted ways. Berman has left his position as president of the magazine; Kennedy remains as editor-in-chief.

You May Like