Roy Lichtenstein, 73, the pop-art pioneer known for his ironic, cartoon-like panel paintings, prints and sculptures, died of complications from pneumonia on Sept, 29 in New York City. Lichtenstein lifted images from popular culture—ranging from bubble gum wrappers to classic paintings—and re-created them in his comic book style….
Murray Burnett, 86, coauthor of Everybody Comes to Rick’s, the play that became the basis for the movie Casablanca (1943), died of congestive heart failure on Sept. 23 in New York City. Burnett sold the play to Warner Bros, for $20,000 after he was unable to produce it on Broadway. He eventually made it to the Great White Way with his play Hickory Stick in 1944.
Political commentator David Brinkley, 77, ended his 54-year career as a broadcast journalist on Sept. 28. Brinkley, who started as a White House correspondent for NBC radio in 1943, hosted This Week with David Brinkley on ABC for 15 years before relinquishing that post last November.
Maria Shriver, 42, and Arnold Schwarzenegger, 50, became the parents of a 9-lb. 8-oz. as-yet-unnamed boy on Sept. 27 in Los Angeles. The couple have three other children: Katherine, 7, Christina, 6, and Patrick, 4….
Singer Kenny Loggins, 49, and his wife, colonic therapist Julia, 42, welcomed an 8-lb. 7-oz. girl, Hana Aluna, on Sept. 29 in L.A. The couple have a son, Lukas, who is 4. Loggins has three children from a previous marriage.
Ken Kesey, 62, author of One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, was released from a Eugene, Ore., hospital on Sept. 30 after being treated for a mild stroke. He is expected to make a full recovery….
Actor Dudley Moore, 62, is recovering from open-heart surgery on Sept. 25 in Rochester, Minn., to repair a blocked artery and a hole in his heart.
Wilbur and Belinda Rimes, the parents of 15-year-old country singing sensation LeAnn Rimes, are divorcing. Rimes reportedly will live with her mother while her father will continue to help manage her career.
On Sept. 22 tax authorities in Buenos Aires filed a court suit against Julio Iglesias, 54, charging that the singer owes $278,000 in back taxes on a ranch he owns in Argentina. Iglesias’s lawyers claim that the money has been paid.
Margaret Ray, 45, was arrested on Sept. 25 at the Kissimmee, Fla., home of former astronaut Story Musgrave, 62, and charged with stalking. Police say that Ray, previously arrested for repeatedly showing up at the Connecticut home of David Letterman, began banging on Musgrave’s front door at 5:30 a.m. and turned on the outdoor faucets when he refused to answer. According to Musgrave, Ray has been harassing him for four years with unwanted calls, letters and packages.
George of the Jungle star Brendan Fraser, 29, is engaged to former actress Afton Smith, 30. It will be the first marriage for both.
O.J. Simpson prosecutor Christopher Darden, 41, recently revealed that he married entertainment executive Marcia Carter on Aug. 31 in Vienna, Va. It is the first marriage for both.