By Olivia Abel
January 27, 2003 12:00 PM


Sabrina the Teenage Witch star Melissa Joan Hart, 26, and rocker Mark Wilkerson, 25, the lead singer of Course of Nature, became engaged on Dec. 26. The couple met at a Kentucky Derby party in Louisville last May. It will be the first marriage for both….

While picnicking in California’s Napa Valley on Dec. 21, Angel’s Alexis Denisof, 36, popped the question to his girlfriend of two years, actress Alyson Hannigan, 28, who plays Willow on Buffy the Vampire Slayer. She said yes. It will be the first marriage for both.

I Do!

In front of 80 guests, Australian actress Toni Collette (About a Boy), 30, married drummer Dave Galafassi, 25, in a Buddhist ceremony on Jan. 11 at the actress’s 25-acre ranch near Sydney. The couple began dating last January….

English actor Terence Stamp, 64 (The Limey), wed his girlfriend of five years, Elizabeth O’Rourke, 23, on Dec. 31 in London.


World-renowned tenor Luciano Pavarotti, 67, and his longtime girlfriend, Nicoletta Mantovani, 34, welcomed daughter Alice on Jan. 13 in Bologna, Italy. After a difficult pregnancy, Mantovani underwent an emergency cesarean; the couple had been expecting twins, but the boy was born dead. The opera singer has three adult daughters from his 39-year marriage to ex-wife Adua Veroni.


On Jan. 10 in L.A., manager Rick Siegel, 45, sued his former client My Big Fat Greek Wedding star and writer Nia Vardalos, 40, alleging that the actress had reneged on their verbal deal to share 15 percent of her profits from last year’s surprise-hit movie. Marty Singer, a lawyer for Vardalos, who fired Siegel in November 2000, called the suit “outrageous” and said that Siegel has already been fairly compensated.


On Jan. 14 a Tucson judge ruled that a police videotape showing singer Diana Ross, 58, undergoing a DUI investigation in December (People, Jan. 13, 2003) could be released to the public. Ross’s attorneys agreed to the tape’s release as long as the audio was blocked out.


On Dec. 19 in L.A, action star Steven Seagal, 51, sued German landlord Edeltrud Vordenwuhlbecke for fraud and infliction of emotional distress. Seagal alleges that Vordenwuhlbecke, who rented him a Berlin villa for six months while the actor filmed Half Past Dead in 2001, set out to “vex, injure, harass and annoy” him during his stay. Vordenwuhlbecke could not be reached for comment.


Veteran White House reporter Sarah McClendon, 92, known for her aggressive questioning of Presidents from Roosevelt through Clinton, died of pneumonia on Jan. 8 in Washington, D.C. McClendon worked for several Texas news organizations….

Ron Goodwin, 77, the British composer of more than 60 movie scores, including the one for the 1968 World War II thriller Where Eagles Dare, died following an asthma attack on Jan. 8 near Reading, England.