On Nov. 24 in Southampton, N.Y., ABC News correspondent Chris Cuomo and Manhattan File magazine editor Cristina Greeven, both 31, were wed. It is the first marriage for the youngest son of former New York Gov. Mario Cuomo and for his bride.
After suffering a mild heart attack, seasoned comedian Rodney Danger-field, who turned his quip “I don’t get no respect” into a national catch-phrase, was hospitalized in L.A. on Nov. 22, his 80th birthday. The comic, who underwent double-bypass surgery last year, never lost his sense of humor. Arriving at the hospital, he demanded, “Who gave me this present?”
Defense attorney F. Lee Bailey, 68, whose clients have included Patty Hearst and O.J. Simpson, was disbarred by the Florida state supreme court on Nov. 21. The ruling stems from a 1994 drug case in which Bailey took control of nearly $6 million worth of stock from a client who was supposed to turn his assets over to the government. Bailey was unavailable for comment.
On the Mend
Mick Jagger’s former flame Luciana Morad, 32, left a Sao Paulo, Brazil, hospital on Nov. 26 after a three-day stay for viral meningitis. The Brazilian lingerie model, whose brief affair with the rocker produced their 2-year-old son Lucas, “just needs rest,” said her mother.
Pop singer Melanie Thornton, 34, half of the former duo La Bouche, who scored huge dance hits in 1996 with “Be My Lover” and “Sweet Dreams,” died on Nov. 24 in a plane crash that killed 23 other people in Zurich….
Tenor saxophonist Jerry Jerome, 89, a featured soloist with big band orchestras, including those of Glenn Miller and Benny Goodman, and the father of PEOPLE Writer-at-Large Jim Jerome, died of leukemia at his home in Sarasota, Fla., on Nov. 17. Jerome later arranged TV ad jingles, most famously the catchy “Winston tastes good, like a cigarette should.”…
O.C. (Ocie Lee) Smith, 65, a jazz singer who won a Grammy in 1968 for his rendition of “Little Green Apples,” died of undisclosed causes on Nov. 23 in L.A….
Jazz impresario Norman Granz, 83, who owned four record labels and managed Ella Fitzgerald, died of cancer in Geneva on Nov. 22.
On Nov. 27, after one day of deliberations, a jury in Lawrence, Mass., found Richard Sharpe, 47, a prominent dermatologist, guilty of first-degree murder in the July 2000 shooting death of his estranged wife, Karen, 44 (PEOPLE, Jan. 29, 2001). Throughout the high-profile trial, in which Sharpe admitted that he was a cross-dresser, the doctor claimed that he was insane at the time of the murder. The guilty finding carries a mandatory sentence of life in prison without parole.
On Nov. 26 in Factoryville, Pa., Tony Rodham, 47, the brother of U.S. Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton, testified that he may have smoked marijuana with a man who allegedly assaulted him (PEOPLE, Sept. 3, 2001). “I might have, but I don’t recall,” said Rodham at a hearing for Daniel Coyne, 45, who is charged with assault, burglary and trespassing for the Aug. 19 incident at the Rodham cottage in Lake Winola, Pa.