By Olivia Abel
September 09, 2002 12:00 PM


Comedian Jerry Seinfeld, 48, whose first children’s book, Halloween, was published this month, and his wife, Jessica, 30, are anticipating the birth of their second child next spring. The couple’s daughter Sascha turns 2 in November.

In Court

On Aug. 23 in Riverhead, N.Y., Manhattan publicist Lizzie Grubman, 31, pleaded guilty to assault and leaving the scene of an accident. Last July Grubman backed her Mercedes SUV into a crowd of people outside a Southampton, N.Y., nightclub, injuring 16. As part of a plea agreement, Grubman will serve 60 days in jail and five years’ probation.

I Do!

Actor John Forsythe, 84, best known as Blake Carrington in the ’80s TV series Dynasty, wed businesswoman Nicole Carter, 61, in Solvang, Calif., on July 25.

Legal Matters

On Aug. 23 Paul McCartney’s new wife, Heather Mills, 34, received $76,000 in damages after she settled a libel lawsuit she had brought against London’s Sunday Mirror. Mills sued the newspaper after they reported in May that she was being investigated for charity irregularities in raising money. Mills, an activist for the disabled, said she will donate the money to an anti-land mines charity. A rep for the Mirror refused to comment.


Former Beverly Hills, 90210 star Jason Priestley, 33, was released from an Indianapolis hospital on Aug. 24, 12 days after crashing his racecar into a wall at the Kentucky Speedway (PEOPLE, Aug. 26, 2002). Priestley, whose injuries included a broken vertebra, a broken nose, fractured feet and a concussion, was moved to an undisclosed physical rehabilitation center….

Actress Margot Kidder, 53, who starred in the Superman movies of the late ’70s and early ’80s, broke her pelvis on Aug. 25 when the SUV she was driving flipped over several times on a highway outside Brooks, Maine. Kidder won’t require surgery but will remain in a local hospital for several days.


On Aug. 21 in San Diego, engineer David Westerfield, 50, was found guilty of kidnapping and murdering his 7-year-old neighbor, Danielle van Dam. She was abducted from her bedroom in suburban San Diego in February (PEOPLE, Feb. 25, 2002). Westerfield may face the death penalty….

On Aug. 26 a San Jose, Calif., jury found former motel handyman Cary Stayner, 41, guilty of first-degree murder in the February 1999 killings of Carole Sund, 42, her daughter Juli, 15, and their friend Silvina Pelosso, 16, all three of whom were tourists in Yosemite National Park (PEOPLE, Aug. 9, 1999). Stayner, who now faces the death penalty, is already serving life in prison after being convicted of the 1999 murder of Yosemite nature guide Joie Armstrong….

On Aug. 26 in Miami, American Pie’s Natasha Lyonne,23, pleaded guilty to drunk driving. The actress, who was arrested after crashing a rental car in Miami Beach last August (People, Sept. 17, 2001), was fined $887 and had her driver’s license suspended for six months.