On Christmas Day Jenna Bush, one of President-elect George W. Bush’s twin 19-year-old daughters, was rushed to a hospital in Austin, Texas, for an emergency appendectomy. She was released shortly afterward and joined her family for a vacation in Florida….
Country crooner Tim McGraw, 33, is also recovering after an emergency appendectomy, his on Dec. 14 in Nashville….
On Dec. 10 in the Philippines, doctors operated on Imelda Marcos to remove a blood clot from her head caused by a fall. There was no injury to her brain, and the 71-year-old former first lady is expected to recover fully.
Mulling It Over
Actor Tom Poston, 79, recently proposed to fellow Bob Newhart Show alum Suzanne Pleshette, 63, who, like him, is widowed. So far, though, she has not given him an answer. “It’s sounds like a good idea to us,” says Pleshette. Her husband, Tommy, died on Jan. 14, 2000.
Actress Penelope Ann Miller, 36, and her husband, James Huggins, 37, a private investor, welcomed their first child, daughter Eloisa May (7 lbs. 6 oz.), on Dec. 10 in Santa Monica….
Actress Nia long (The Best Man), 30, and her fiancé, Massai Zhivago Dorsey, 29, a businessman, welcomed the birth of their first child, Massai Zhivago Dorsey II (7 lbs. 10 oz.), on Nov. 26 in L.A.
Actor, screenwriter and director Jon Favreau (Swingers), 34, and Joya Tillem, 30, a physician at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in L.A., tied the knot on Nov. 24 in Sonoma, Calif. It was the first marriage for both.
Law and Order
Tiger Woods, 25, testified in a Sacramento courtroom on Dec. 18 against an unemployed man from the area who was accused of using the golfer’s name and social security number to run up charges of about $17,000. Anthony Lemar Taylor, 30, has been charged with eight counts of felony identity theft and perjury.
Singer Toni Braxton, 34, is sporting an engagement ring with diamonds totaling 4.5 carats since her boyfriend of three years, Keri Lewis, 29, a producer-musician, popped the question in mid-December. The couple are planning a wedding for later this year.
On Dec. 14, Irish rocker Bob Geldof was awarded custody of Tiger Lily, 4, the orphaned daughter of his ex-wife, TV presenter Paula Yates, who died in September, and INXS singer Michael Hutchence, who was found hanged three years ago. Geldof has three daughters from his marriage to Yates.
Actor Billy Barty, who stood 3’10” and twinkled as one of Hollywood’s littlest stars in numerous films (including Willow and Foul Play) and TV shows during a 73-year career, died of heart problems and a lung infection on Dec. 23 in Glendale, Calif. He was 76….
John V. Lindsay, 79, the dashing, high-profile, often-in-hot-water mayor of New York City for two terms in the turbulent 1960s and early ’70s, died from complications of pneumonia and Parkinson’s disease on Dec. 19 at a hospital near his home in Hilton Head Island, S.C….
Actor George Montgomery, who appeared in 87 films (mostly westerns) and who was married to singer Dinah Shore from 1943 to ’62, died of heart failure on Dec. 12 in Rancho Mirage, Calif. He was 84….
Roebuck “Pops” Staples, 85, the founding father of the Staple Singers, an R&B group whose original members included daughters Mavis and Cleotha and son Pervis, died on Dec. 19 in Dolton, Ill., of complications from a fall. In 1972 the group’s “I’ll Take You There” hit No. 1 on the charts….
Strip-joint owner Jack Liebowitz, who cofounded DC Comics and in June 1938 published the first Superman comic book (an original copy of which now sells for as much as $200,000), died on Dec. 11 at age 100 in Great Neck, N.Y….
Randolph Apperson Hearst, the last survivor of five sons of newspaper chieftain William Randolph Hearst, died at a New York City hospital on Dec. 18 at 85 after suffering a stroke. Hearst, chairman of the family’s media empire from 1973 to ’96, became news himself when daughter Patty was kidnapped by the radical Symbionese Liberation Army in 1974….
Flamboyant attorney Florynce Rae “Flo” Kennedy, 84, a vocal advocate for civil rights and feminism in the ’60s and ’70s who was known for her trademark cowboy hat and pink sunglasses, died on Dec. 21 in New York City….
Cartoon tunesmith Hoyt Curtin, who composed the catchy themes for television’s The Flintstones, The Jetsons and Scooby-Doo, died at 78 on Dec. 3 in Thousand Oaks, Calif.
On Dec. 14 a pizza delivery man who stalked actress Gwyneth Paltrow, 28, was declared criminally insane and sent to a high-security psychiatric hospital for up to three years. Since 1999 Dante Michael Soiu, 51, had sent Paltrow numerous letters, e-mails and packages, some pornographic in nature.
Elizabeth Hurley, 35, will pony up $75,000 to the Screen Actors Guild for making an Estée Lauder commercial during the 6-month-long actors’ strike against advertisers. The British actress-model claimed that she had been unaware of the U.S. dispute….
Actor Michael Douglas, 56, has reportedly agreed to pay $1.5 million to the man he accidentally hit with a golf ball three years ago, a mishap that caused the caddie to lose a testicle.
Citing irreconcilable differences, Laverne & Shirley’s Cindy Williams, 53, filed for divorce from her husband of 18 years, Bill Hudson, 51, a musician who was previously married to Goldie Hawn, on Dec. 13 in L.A. The couple have a 14-year-old son, Zachary. In addition to joint custody, Williams is asking that her husband be denied spousal support.
After undergoing successful double-bypass heart surgery on Dec. 20, actor Mickey Rooney, 80, left Los Robles Regional Medical Center in Thousand Oaks, Calif., on Christmas Day.
Making It Official
After several months of separation, Helen Hunt, 37, is seeking a divorce from Hank Azaria, 36, just shy of a year and a half after they married. The Oscar-winning actress filed a petition citing irreconcilable differences on Dec. 18 in L.A. superior court.
Eminent rapper Eminem, 28, and wife Kim Mathers, 25, have decided to give their marriage another try after having filed for divorce in August. The couple say they want what’s best for their 5-year-old daughter, Hailie Jade.