By Erik Meers
July 21, 1997 12:00 PM

Spin City star Barry Bostwick, 52, underwent surgery to remove a cancerous prostate gland on June 24 in Los Angeles. The actor, who is expected to make a full recovery, will return to the set when City resumes filming next month….

Actress Rue McClanahan, 63, formerly of The Golden Girls, underwent a lumpectomy in early July in New York City. She begins a month of preventive radiation treatment this week.

Actress Rosina Lawrence, 84, who starred in the Little Rascals comedy shorts of the 1930s, died on June 23 of undisclosed causes in New York City. Lawrence also appeared in A Connecticut Yankee (1931) with Will Rogers and Way Out West (1937) with Laurel and Hardy….

Philanthropist Dorothy Chandler, 96, the wife of the late publisher of the Los Angeles Times, who led the drive to build L.A.’s Music Center, died of undisclosed causes in L.A. on July 6. The Music Center’s Dorothy Chandler Pavilion is the frequent home of the Academy Awards….

Bottling industry executive Christopher Buckley, 81, who pioneered the use of aluminum cans for foods and beverages, died of undisclosed causes on July 5 in Cheshire, Conn.

PrimeTime Live chief correspondent Chris Wallace, 49, is engaged to Lorraine Smothers, 38, the former wife of comedian Dick Smothers. It will be the second marriage for both.

Televangelist Rev. Robert Schuller, 70, is under investigation for allegedly assaulting a United Airlines flight attendant during a June 28 flight from L.A. to New York City. The attendant claims that after arguing with Schuller over the placement of a garment bag and a food request, the minister shoved and injured him. Schuller later told a press conference that he “had no impression, if I touched him, that [it] could…be considered a violent act.”…

Robert Chambers, 30, dubbed the Preppie Killer after he was convicted of the 1986 murder of student Jennifer Levin in New York City’s Central Park, was ordered to remain in solitary confinement until March 1998 for hiding 1.2 grams of heroin in his cell at Green Haven Correctional Facility in Dutchess County, N.Y. Chambers’s lawyer contends that he was set up by guards who waged a “vendetta” against his client….

TV producer Aaron Spelling, 74, went to court on June 30 in L.A. to testify in his suit against R.W. LaMar Construction of Studio City, Calif., charging that the company’s shoddy workmanship caused the roof of Spelling’s $48 million, 45-room Holmby Hills mansion to leak. Spelling is seeking $770,000—the cost of replacing the roof—plus unspecified punitive damages….

Debbie Reynolds, 65, filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection on July 3 in Las Vegas. The actress’s financial problems stem from losses incurred by her 193-room namesake Las Vegas hotel, which Reynolds has tried unsuccessfully to sell.