By Olivia Abel
Updated September 16, 2002 12:00 PM


British soccer star David Beckham, 27, and his wife, pop singer Victoria, 28, formerly Posh Spice of the Spice Girls, welcomed their second child, son Romeo, on Sept. 1 in London. Big brother Brooklyn is 3. “Romeo’s gorgeous,” said the proud pop. “He’s got Brooklyn’s nose and Victoria’s chin.”…

Actor Raphael Sbarge (The Guardian), 38, and his wife of eight years, actress Lisa Akey, 32, welcomed their first child, daughter Gracie, on Aug. 26 in L.A.


Liza Minnelli, 56, and event producer David Gest, 49, who wed in New York City in March, announced that in the next few months they will adopt a 3-year-old girl. The couple, whose reality-TV show, Liza and David, airs on VH1 this fall, plan to name the girl Serena…..

Jamie Oliver, 27, star of the Food Network’s The Naked Chef, and his wife, Jools, 26, a former model, are expecting their second child in the spring. Daughter Poppy was born in March.


Last month, MTV star Sharon Osbourne, 49, checked into an L.A. hospital where she was treated for dehydration caused by her chemotherapy regimen. A rep for Osbourne, who had surgery for colon cancer in July, said she was released several days later and that doctors “are pleased with her progress.”


Jazz great Lionel Hampton, 94, best known for his famous vibraphone solos during a storied six-decade career in which he broke racial barriers by playing with Benny Goodman’s quartet in the late 1930s, died of heart failure at a Manhattan hospital on Aug. 31. Jazz musician Wynton Marsalis said that Hampton, who was also an accomplished pianist and drummer, “astonished everyone who played with him. He had virtuoso command of his instrument.”…

British director J. Lee Thompson, 88, who made more than 50 films—including 1961’s The Guns of Navarone and 1962’s Cape Fear, as well as nine Charles Bronson movies—died of congestive heart failure on Aug. 30 in Sooke, B.C.

Law & order

German citizen Albrecht Stromeyer, 34, was arrested on Aug. 31 at the U.S. Open in Flushing, N.Y., and charged with stalking tennis star Serena Williams, 20. Stromeyer, who admitted in a statement that he has been following the world’s No. 1-ranked tennis player for more than a year, was arrested at Wimbledon in July and also detained at the Italian Open in May. Stromeyer may face up to a year in prison.


In a Norwalk, Conn., courtroom on Aug. 29, Michael Skakel, 42, was sentenced to 20 years to life for the 1975 killing of his 15-year-old neighbor Martha Moxley. Skakel, who was arrested in 2000 (PEOPLE, Feb. 7, 2000), continued to proclaim his innocence. But Judge John Kavanewsky imposed the harsh sentence, saying that Skakel “has accepted no responsibility, he has expressed no personal remorse.” Skakel, a nephew of Ethel Kennedy, plans to appeal.