By David Cobb Craig
May 24, 1999 12:00 PM


English-born actor Dirk Bogarde, 78, who was dubbed the British Rock Hudson in the 1950s because of his dashing good looks and who starred in 1961’s Victim, one of the screen’s first explorations of the then taboo subject of homosexuality, died of a heart attack on May 8 in London.


Actor John Leguizamo (To Wong Foo, Thanks for Everything, Julie New-mar), 38, and girlfriend Justine Maurer, 31, an estate planner and economist, are set to welcome a baby in November.


Joan Kennedy, 62, who got a divorce from Sen. Ted Kennedy in 1983, suffered a mild heart attack on May 10 in Boston and underwent an angioplasty at Massachusetts General Hospital. A spokesman for her son, Rep. Patrick Kennedy, said a full recovery is expected.


On May 1, Emily Erwin, 26, one-third of the Dixie Chicks singing trio, married fellow musician Charlie Robison, 34, at the Cibolo Creek Ranch near Marfa, in their home state of Texas. At the conclusion of the evening ceremony, Erwin joined the Chicks (her sister and maid of honor, Martie Seidel, and Natalie Maines) to sing a song written especially for the couple, “Cowboy, Take Me Away.” Apparently, a few others got taken away by the festivities, too. “The bridesmaids all ended up getting in the Jacuzzi with their dresses on,” Seidel told The Dallas Morning News….

On April 19 in Sanibel Island, Fla., actress Kate Mulgrew, 44, who captains Star Trek: Voyager, and Tim Hagan, 53, a former county commissioner in Ohio, married at a ceremony attended only by the bride and groom, the officiant and a close friend of Mulgrew’s. It was the second marriage for both. The couple honeymooned on a yacht in the Caribbean….

Dynasty’s Catherine Oxenberg, 37, married Starsbip Troopers actor Casper Van Dien, 30, on May 8 at the Graceland Wedding Chapel in Las Vegas. It was the second marriage for both. (Oxenberg’s first, to producer Robert Evans, lasted but 12 days.)

Leagal Matters

The three daughters of Tammy Wynette who had filed a $50 million wrongful-death lawsuit against Wynette’s fifth husband, George Richey, 63, dismissed him from their complaint on May 6 in Nashville. But the same charge they leveled against him—that he overmedicated the country singer and contributed to her death last year—remains against her doctor James Wallis Marsh.


On May 6 in L.A., Jacqueline L. Domac, 34, the former girlfriend of actor Edward Furlong, 21, filed a lawsuit against the Terminator 2 star, alleging assault and battery and seeking compensation for allegedly acting as his manager for three years. Domac, who started dating Furlong in 1994 when she was 29 and he was 16, contends that during their relationship she was “subjected to a barrage of verbal abuse, threats [and] violent outbursts.” Furlong had no comment.


After taking a bone-density test in early May, Debbie Reynolds learned that she has osteoporosis, a progressive condition that affects primarily women. “I exercise and take calcium,” the still-singing, still-dancing 67-year-old actress told the New York Post. “I was very shocked.”