Entertainment Tonight correspondent Julie Moran, 37, and her husband, Rob Moran, 39, an actor, welcomed their first child, Maiya DuPree (7 lbs. 2 oz.), on Sept. 26 in Santa Monica.
Citing irreconcilable differences, country and western songbird Trisha Yearwood, 35, filed for divorce from her second husband, Robert Reynolds, 37, a bassist for the country band the Mavericks, on Oct. 5 in Gallatin, Tenn. Almost 5½ years ago the pair tied the knot at Nashville’s Ryman Auditorium, the former home of the Grand Ole Opry.
Entrepreneur Leonard Shoen, who in 1945 co-founded the U-Haul rental company, died by driving his car into a utility pole on Oct. 4 in Las Vegas, a death ruled a suicide by the Clark County Coroner’s Office. Shoen was 83….
Gorilla Monsoon, a lovable 6’6″ baddie of the wrestling ring from the ’60s to the early ’80s, died on Oct. 6 in Willingboro, N.J., after years of battling diabetes and heart ailments. He was 62. Born Robert Marella but known to friends as Gino, Monsoon fought more than 8,000 bouts during his career and, in his more recent position as a television announcer for the World Wrestling Federation, was sometimes paired on-air with Jesse “the Body” Ventura, now the governor of Minnesota….
Milt Jackson, the vibraphone virtuoso who played with Dizzy Gillespie and was a veteran of the Modern Jazz Quartet, died on Oct. 9 in Manhattan of liver cancer, at 76….
Covenant House founder Rev. Bruce Ritter, who ran the Manhattan refuge for runaways from its 1969 inception until February 1990, when he resigned amid accusations of financial and sexual malfeasance, died of cancer on Oct. 7 in Upstate New York. He was 72.
Law and Order
On Oct. 6 police in New York City charged soap actor Nathaniel Marston, 24, who plays Eddie Silva on As the World Turns, with criminal mischief for pummeling an automated teller machine. If convicted, Marston could face up to a year in jail.
More than 21 years after she starred in the mega-hit movie musical Grease, Olivia Newton-John, 51, has filed a lawsuit against Universal Music Group Inc. demanding at least $230,000 in unpaid royalties for the use of her name and likeness on the Grease soundtrack album cover. The singer contends that cot-star John Travolta was properly reimbursed for the use of his handle and image on the cover, but—in violation of her contract—she didn’t receive the same treatment….
It’s Round 2 in the legal tussle between Dana Carvey, 44, and a former landlord. Back in 1996, the comic went to arbitration against Walid Al-Omar to get back the $28,000 security deposit he had put down on a rented $14,000-a-month Malibu pad. The arbitrator awarded Carvey more than $36,000—half of the security deposit together with damages, costs and attorney fees. But Al-Omar had yet to pay up when Carvey, on Sept. 22, filed a civil lawsuit in an attempt to recoup his cash.
IN the ER
While in Monterey, Calif., Home Improvement, star Tim Allen, 46, suffered sharp stomach pains and had to go to a nearby hospital for an emergency appendectomy, according to his spokeswoman. He is expected to make a full recovery.