By Veronica Byrd
April 02, 2001 12:00 PM


Natalie Maines, 26, lead singer of the Dixie Chicks, and her actor husband, Adrian Pasdar (Mysterious Ways), 35, welcomed their first child, son Jackson Slade Pasdar, on March 15 in Austin, Texas….

On March 5 former ER actress Maria Bello, 33, and her boyfriend, Dan McDermott, 37, head of DreamWorks Television, had their first child, Jackson Blue McDermott, in L.A.


Walker, Texas Ranger star Chuck Norris, 61, and his business-partner wife, Gena, 37, are expecting twins in September. Norris has three grown children….

The Geena Davis Show’s Mimi Rogers, 46, and her longtime boyfriend, producer Chris Ciaffa, 37, infanticipate their second child in August.


Indianapolis Colts quarterback Peyton Manning, 25, married his girlfriend, Ashley Thompson, 25, on March 17 in Memphis.

Legal Matters

Lawyers for Robert Downey Jr., 35, failed to reach a plea bargain with Palm Springs, Calif., prosecutors to keep their client out of prison on drug possession charges. He now faces a trial and a five-year sentence if convicted….

An appeals court in Rome found Michael Jackson’s “Will You Be There” was not a rip-off of “I Cigni di Balaka [The Swans of Balaka]” by Italian songwriter Albano Carrisi. A lower court ruled in May 1999 that Jackson, 42, had plagiarized the song….

Grammy-winning rapper Eminem, 28, has reached a temporary divorce agreement with his wife, Kim Mathers, 26, giving him joint custody of their daughter Hailie Jade, 5, and ownership of the couple’s $450,000 home. He must also give Kim about $475,000 to buy a new house.


Leather-goods-store owner Leopold Page, whose campaign to tell the story of Oskar Schindler, the German who saved him and about 1,300 other Jews during World War II, led to the Oscar-winning film Schindler’s List, died of heart failure at age 87 on March 9 in L.A….

Carl “Andy” Capasso, a sewer contractor who was involved in a municipal scandal in New York City in the late 1980s, along with former Miss America Bess Myerson, died on March 14 in Manhattan after a bout with pancreatic cancer. He was 55.


Film producer Corrinne Mann, 49, sued actor-director Alec Baldwin, 42, on March 9 in L.A., alleging that he failed to pay her at least $100,000 and did not credit her work on The Devil and Daniel Webster, which Baldwin finished filming in March….

Actor Tony Dow, 55, sued the cable network TV Land for producing print and television ads with his clean-cut character Wally Cleaver in Leave It to Beaver covered with tattoos. Dow, who calls the image “unwholesome,” wants $250,000 in damages.


The FBI confirmed on March 15 that human remains found on a southwest Texas ranch in January are those of atheist Madalyn Murray O’Hair, 76, her son Jon Garth Murray, 40, and her granddaughter Robin Murray O’Hair, 30, who vanished in 1995 (PEOPLE, Feb. 12, 2001). The elder O’Hair’s 1960 lawsuit, which resulted in a Supreme Court ruling that banned prayer in public schools, led to widespread uproar.