March 18, 2002 12:00 PM


Oscar-winning actress Marlee Matlin (The West Wing), 36, and husband Kevin Grandalski, also 36, who works in law enforcement, are anticipating the birth of their third child this summer. Daughter Sarah Rose is 6, son Brandon is 1.


Texas Rangers shortstop Alex Rodriguez, 26, who last year was awarded the biggest contract in sports history—$252 million for 10 years—and his girlfriend, teacher Cynthia Scurtis, 29, have announced that they plan to wed.


Linda Tripp, 52, the former Pentagon employee whose clandestine taping of telephone conversations with ex-White House intern Monica Lewinsky led to President Clinton’s impeachment in 1999, is being treated for breast cancer.


Actor Lawrence Tierney, 82, the consummate tough guy of dozens of B-movies in the 1940s and ’50s, including the title role in the 1945 classic Dillinger, died of undisclosed causes at an L.A. nursing home on Feb. 26….

British comedian Spike Milligan, 83, whose wacky humor helped create the Goons, the famous comedy act started in 1951 by Peter Sellers, Sir Harry Secombe and Michael Bentine, died of kidney failure at his home in Sussex Feb. 27….

Actress Mary Stuart, 75, who played leading lady Joanne Gardner Barron Tate Vincente Tourneur during the entire 35-year run of the CBS soap Search for Tomorrow, died in New York City on Feb. 28 due to complications from a stroke….

Harlan Howard, 74, who earned the moniker Mr. Songwriter by creating dozens of country hits, including “I Fall to Pieces,” died suddenly of undisclosed causes on March 3 in Nashville.


On March 4 in L.A., TV’s Roseanne, 49, filed for divorce from Ben Thomas, 35, who was her bodyguard and chauffeur at the time of their 1995 wedding. The couple, who separated in 1998 but later reconciled, have one son, Buck, 6. Roseanne’s previous marriages to former mailman William Pentland and actor Tom Arnold also ended in divorce….

Actress Shirley Jones, 67, the former matriarch of TV’s The Partridge Family, filed for divorce from her husband of 24 years, producer and former comedian Marty Ingels, 66, on March 1 in L.A….

Actor Edward James Olmos (12 Angry Men), 55, filed for divorce from his wife of eight years, Sopranos star Lorraine Bracco, 47, on March 1 in L.A. The couple, who have no children together, have been separated for three years.


Comic Kevin Meaney, 45, was arrested at the San Francisco International Airport on March 3 after allegedly getting into a scuffle with a National Guardsman who told him that he couldn’t shoot video footage of a security checkpoint. Meaney, who was charged with attempting to take a firearm from an officer, battery and disturbing the peace, will be in court on April 8. Meaney’s lawyer said the incident was “a terrible misunderstanding.”


On Feb. 27 authorities in Wiltshire, England, said that Prince Harry, 17, would not face any legal action concerning allegations that he smoked marijuana and drank alcohol at a local inn (PEOPLE, Jan. 28, 2002). A police spokesman said, “We now consider the matter closed.”

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