June 16, 1997 12:00 PM

Sydney Guilaroff, 89, Hollywood’s most famous hairdresser for nearly 40 years, died of pneumonia on May 28 in Los Angeles. Guilaroff styled Judy Garland’s braids in The Wizard of Oz, transformed Lucille Ball from a blonde to a redhead in 1942 and gave Claudette Colbert her bangs. As the chief stylist for MGM from 1934 to 1970, he became a confidant to many of Hollywood’s leading ladies, including Grace Kelly, Joan Crawford and Marilyn Monroe.

On May 28 a Santa Maria, Calif., judge ordered five former employees of Michael Jackson, 38, to pay nearly $1.5 million in legal fees Jackson incurred while defending himself against their wrongful dismissal lawsuit. The five, who claimed that they were forced out of their jobs and had been harassed by Jackson’s security detail, lost their case on March 18….

Citing insufficient evidence, the L.A. district attorney’s office decided on May 29 to close its investigation into charges by actress Kristen Amber, 27, that Farrah Fawcett, 50, had stolen $72,000 worth of her clothes and destroyed photographs that she had stored at the home of director James Orr, 44, a friend of both women….

Sharitha Knight, 29, the estranged wife of Death Row Records cofounder Marion “Suge” Knight, filed an $8 million breach-of-contract suit against Calvin Broadus, 25, better known as Snoop Doggy Dogg, on May 30 in L.A., charging that the rapper had failed to pay her for work as his personal manager from 1993 to 1996.

Homicide star Yaphet Kotto, 48, will marry former secretary Tessie Sinahon, 28, next month after a year of lobbying immigration officials who had prevented him from bringing his Philippine fiancée to the U.S. The actor met Sinahon while on a 1993 vacation in Manila. It will be Kotto’s second marriage and Sinahon’s first.

Country singer Eddie Rabbitt, 55, was released from a Nashville hospital on May 29 after undergoing surgery to remove a cancerous tumor from his left lung. Rabbitt’s publicist says that the singer’s “prognosis is excellent.”

Seinfeld actress Julia Louis-Dreyfus, 36, and her husband, Brad Hall, 39, a writer, actor and TV producer, welcomed their second child, a 7-lb. 8-oz. boy, Charles, on May 30 in Los Angeles. The couple already have a son, Henry, 5….

General Hospital star Genie Francis, 35, gave birth to her second child, an 8-lb. 14-oz. girl, on May 30 in L.A. Francis and her husband, Star Trek: The Next Generation’s Jonathan Frakes, 44, also have a son, Jameson, 2….

Filmmaker Spike Lee, 40, and his wife, Tonya, 31, a lawyer, welcomed their second little leaguer, a 7-lb. 8-oz. boy, Jackson Lewis, on May 24 in New York City. Their daughter, Satchel, is 2.

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