On Aug. 19 actor Leonardo DiCaprio, 24, won a lawsuit in Hamm, Germany, against the owner of an ice-cream parlor for calling it Di Caprio. Gerhard Bentrup had argued that DiCaprio was a common name in Italy, counting some 43 non-superstars with that handle in the Rome telephone book alone. Although the judge ruled that the establishment infringed the rights of the box-office powerhouse, he did admit that no one was likely to think that “Leonardo DiCaprio [was] standing behind the counter…filling cones.”
Actor Kiefer Sutherland, 32, and his wife of three years, Kelly Winn Sutherland, 38, a homemaker, have separated, though neither has filed for divorce. The couple have no children together, but he has a daughter from his first marriage and she has two sons from a previous relationship.
After a six-month battle against a virulent form of brain and lung cancer, Women’s National Basketball Association player Kim Perrot died in Houston on Aug. 19. She was 32. A native of Lafayette, La., Perrot overcame the limitations of her size (5’5″ and 130 lbs.) to help spur the Houston Comets to consecutive championships in 1997 and 1998. “Put a challenge in front of her and she’d fight you tooth and nail,” recalled her coach, Van Chancellor, to the Houston Chronicle….
Gallery owner Leo Castelli, 91, who pushed painters Jasper Johns and Andy Warhol to the forefront of the art world and in so doing helped erase European snobbery about American art, died on Aug. 21 in Manhattan….
Eva Shain, the first woman to judge a heavyweight boxing championship (Muhammad Ali vs. Earnie Shavers in 1977), died of cancer on Aug. 19 in Englewood, N.J. She was 81….
Designer Altina Schinasi Miranda, 92, who in the 1930s came up with the pointy-rimmed eyeglass frames she dubbed Harlequins, died of a heart attack on Aug. 12 in Santa Fe. Knockoffs of the eyewear have made geek-chic comebacks over the years with everyone from Marilyn Monroe in 1953’s How to Marry a Millionaire to pop songbird Lisa Loeb….
Musician Bobby Sheehan, 31, bass player for the Grammy Award-winning band Blues Traveler, died at his home in New Orleans on Aug. 20. The cause of death was not immediately known, but an autopsy is pending.
Actress Molly Ringwald, 31, the former movie teen queen of several glandular epics in the ’80s (Sixteen Candles, Pretty in Pink), is soon to become a mother. Ringwald and the baby’s father, French novelist Valéry Lameignère, whom she married on July 28 in Bordeaux, France, expect the child in March.
Chris Barron, 31, lead singer of the pop group the Spin Doctors (“Two Princes”), has been stricken with paralysis of the vocal cords. Doctors say he may never regain full use of his voice.
At an Aug. 21 semifinals competition to qualify for the U.S. Olympic archery team, actress Geena Davis, 43, placed 24th out of 28, ending her bid to participate in the Games in 2000 (she needed to place 16th or higher). Of the media attention surrounding her undertaking, Davis said, “I was unprepared for [the] onslaught. To do a sport with this kind of attention was kind of unsettling. It was like being at a premiere.”