By David Cobb Craig
August 02, 1999 12:00 PM


After courting and sparking for several years, Helen Hunt, 36, who won the Best Actress Oscar last year for As Good as It Gets, and actor Hank Azaria, 35, who occasionally guest-starred on Hunt’s late TV series Mad About You, finally made it as legal as it gets. The couple were wed in a private ceremony at their Los Angeles home last weekend. It was the first marriage for both….

For his July 15 wedding to his bride Natascha Muenter, 32, a former elementary school teacher and now a stay-at-home mom, musician Bob Weir, 51, guitarist for the Grateful Dead, donned a kilt. Guests at the reception in Mill Valley, Calif., included drummer Mickey Hart, bassist Phil Lesh and actor Peter Coyote.


Actress Robin Givens, 34, the former costar of TV’s Head of the Class who went through a divorce from boxer Mike Tyson in 1989 after one year of marriage, and her boyfriend, tennis player Murphy Jensen, 30, are getting ready to welcome a child in October. Givens has a 6-year-old adopted son, Michael.


Wild Wild West producer Jon Peters, 54, who started out as a Hollywood hairdresser and broke into showbiz in the ’70s with the help of then-girlfriend Barbra Streisand, found himself the target of a sexual harassment lawsuit on July 14 in L.A. Colleen Bennett, 42, the executive VP of finance at the Peters Entertainment Company until she was sacked by Peters last August, alleges, among other things, that he made offensive comments and repeatedly asked her to say she loved him. Peters had no comment.


Newly wed in January, Monaco’s Princess Caroline, 42, and her third husband, Prince Ernst August of Hanover, 45, welcomed their first child, daughter Alexandra, on July 20 at a hospital in Vöcklabruck, Austria.


Former clothing salesman Aaron Lapin, who came up with the idea of putting whipped cream in a seamless, lined aerosol canister in the late 1940s and then made a fortune selling it as Reddi-wip, died July 10 in L.A. He was 85….

Donald Engen, who was the director of the National Air and Space Museum in Washington, D.C., the most heavily visited museum in the world, died on July 13 when the glider in which he was a passenger broke apart over Nevada. He was 75.

Back Home

Following his discharge from Central Maine Medical Center in Lewiston, bestselling author Stephen King, 51, who went home to his residence in Bangor, Maine, on July 9, continues his recovery from five recent surgeries. On June 19, a minivan struck King as he was walking near his summer home, causing multiple injuries, including several fractured bones in his right leg and hip. King’s surgeon, Dr. David Brown, told USA Today that it could take King three months to regain strength in his injured leg.

Legal Matters

Actor Tim Allen, 46, recently dropped a libel lawsuit he filed against a retired film librarian last year. The lawsuit alleged that Henry Armstrong, 73, made false statements to a tabloid after the comedian struck him with his sports car. A spokesman for Allen said that the comedian learned the defendant had brain cancer and “out of humanitarian reasons decided not to pursue the case any further.”