November 09, 1998 12:00 PM


Singer and bandleader Frank Sinatra Jr., 54, married his longtime sweetheart, Cynthia McMurrey, 45, an attorney, on Oct. 15 at the courthouse in Wharton, Texas. It was the third marriage for the bride—who has three daughters, ages 20, 12 and 10—and the first for the only son of Ol’ Blue Eyes.


Maybe Ginger is sage after all. Singer Geri Halliwell, who is believed to be 36 and split from the Spice Girls in May, signed a $3 million solo recording contract with Chrysalis Records in mid-October to make three albums.

Law and Order

Cops in New Canaan, Conn., arrested another unwanted admirer of David Letterman, 51. Charged on Sept. 28 with a misdemeanor after she trespassed on the Late Show host’s estate and ordered by a judge to stay away from it, Nellie Ruth Shirley, 39, was freed without bail and is on probation. On Oct. 5, Margaret Ray, 46, who stalked Letterman for years, committed suicide by kneeling in front of a train in Colorado.


On Oct. 19 designer Todd Oldham, 37, pulled the plug on the wholesale end of his signature couture collection and said he will concentrate on his moderate-priced jeans and menswear lines….

Isaac Mizrahi shuttered his shop on Oct. 1.


Novelist and screenwriter Eric Ambler, who brought literary distinction to the spy thriller (A Coffin for Dimitrios in 1939) and whose screenplay for A Night to Remember brought the Titanic tale to movie houses in 1958, died of undisclosed causes on Oct. 22 in London. He was 89….

Transparent opportunist Karl E. Pringle, 95, who invented the zip-tape strip to open tightly wrapped cellophane on billions of packets of cigarettes and chewing gum, died on Oct. 13 in Willoughby, Ohio….

Infamous “Trunk Murderess” Winnie Ruth Judd, who grabbed headlines in the 1930s for gruesomely packing her two victims into luggage (and, later, for escaping seven times from an asylum), died in Phoenix on Oct. 23. Finally freed in 1971, she was 93….

Marvin Gay Sr., 84, who fatally shot his son, singer Marvin Gaye, during an argument in 1984, died on Oct. 17 in L.A.


Autopsy results released on Oct. 22 revealed that U.S. Olympic sprinter Florence Griffith Joyner died of an epileptic seizure triggered by a brain abnormality. The three-time gold medalist passed away in her sleep on Sept. 21 when the attack caused her to suffocate at age 38.


CBS This Morning co-anchor Jane Robelot, 38, and her husband, Mario De Carvalho, 48, a CBS News cameraman, welcomed their first child, George (6 lbs. 14 ozs.), on Oct. 25 in New York City.


Real estate agent Michael Costanza, 43, who claims to be the inspiration for Seinfeld’s neurotic ne’er-do-well George Costanza, filed a lawsuit against Jerry Seinfeld, the show’s producers and NBC on Oct. 26 in New York City. Costanza claims that the program portrays him in “a negative light” and asks for $100 million in damages. While he says he has known the comedian since they were students at Queens College 24 years ago, publicists for Seinfeld say George was in fact based on the show’s co-creator, Larry David.

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