By David Cobb Craig
March 08, 1999 12:00 PM

Births

Country singer John Michael Montgomery, 34, and his wife, Crystal, 26, welcomed a son, Walker Carl (8 lbs. 10 ozs.), on Feb. 13 in Lexington, Ky. The couple also have a daughter, Madison, 2.

Deaths

Zaftig character actress Shirley Staler, who steered clear of typecasting with outré roles ranging from the Nazi concentration camp matron in 1976’s Seven Beauties to Mrs. Steve, the nutty neighbor on TV’s Pee-wee’s Play-house, died of heart failure on Feb. 17 in New York City. She was 70….

Retired advertising executive Christopher Ford, the father of Harrison Ford, died of natural causes on Feb. 10 in Laguna Hills, Calif. He was 92….

Former New York City bus and cab driver William Stiller, the father of veteran comic Jerry Stiller and the grandfather of actors Ben and Amy Stiller, died on Feb. 18 in Spring Valley, N.Y. He was 102.

Engaged

Boxer Oscar De La Hoya, 26, who successfully defended his welterweight crown on Feb. 13, and Wedding Singer actress Shanna Moakler, 23, a former Miss USA, plan to wed sometime this summer, but no, they aren’t counting on the services of Adam Sandler as the entertainment….

Rock and roll enigma Marilyn Manson, 30, proposed to actress Rose McGowan, 25, with an antique diamond ring on Valentine’s Eve. No word yet on when the couple will marry or if Manson will use his real name (Brian Warner) on the license.

Wed

Actress Diane Ladd, 60ish, who played Flo in the film Alice Doesn’t Live Here Anymore, and Robert Hunter, 50ish, a retired businessman, made their nuptials a star-studded affair on Valentine’s Day in Bel Air, Calif. Touched by an Angel star Delia Reese (an ordained minister) performed the ceremony in the home of actress Connie Stevens. Laura Dern (Ladd’s daughter) was maid of honor and Billy Bob Thornton, Dern’s beau, served as a groomsman. Ladd was previously married to actor Bruce Dern and stockbroker William Shea Jr.

Hired

Bodacious ex-Jerry Seinfeld flame-turned-fashion designer Shoshanna Lonstein, 23, can now add journalist to her résumé. Cosmopolitan has brought her onboard as a contributing editor to offer advice on trends for twentysomethings—perhaps even on the next urban sombrero.

Suing

Here’s the story of a lovely lady…who doesn’t want to be known as anything but Florence Henderson, 65, the matriarch of TV’s The Brady Bunch from 1969 to 1974. On Feb. 19 in L.A. Superior Court, the actress filed a lawsuit against a clothing outfit hawking T-shirts featuring her picture with the appellation “Porn Queen.” An outraged Henderson called the words “highly offensive and false” and alleges intentional infliction of emotional distress and invasion of privacy. Serial Killer, the El Segundo, Calif., distributor of the garments, had no comment.

Convicted

On Feb. 23, after deliberating for less than 272 hours, a jury in Jasper, Texas, convicted John William King, 24, an unemployed ex-convict and white supremacist, of capital murder for chaining James Byrd Jr., 49, a black man, to a pickup truck and dragging him to his death in a hate crime that stunned the nation. Two alleged accomplices are also scheduled to be tried for the June 7, 1998, slaying.