By Olivia Abel
February 10, 2003 12:00 PM


Actress Rena Sofer, 34, who plays Vicki on NBC’s Just Shoot Me, and TV director Sanford Bookstaver, 29, plan to wed on May 18. It will be the first marriage for Bookstaver, the second for Sofer, who was previously married to actor Wallace Kurth.


Olympic figure-skating gold medalist Scott Hamilton, 44, and his wife, Tracie Rose Robinson, 33, are expecting their first child in September. The couple wed last December.


Actor Barry Williams, 48, who played Greg on the 1970s sitcom The Brady Bunch, and his wife, Eila Matt, 40, an investment banker, had their first child, son Brandon Eric, on Jan. 17 in Santa Monica….

Actress Melina Kanakaredes, 35, who starred in NBC’s Providence, and her husband of 10 years, Peter Constantinides, 36, a chef, welcomed their second child, daughter Karina Eleni, on Jan. 25 in L.A. The tot joins big sister Zoe, 2.


The Las Vegas police department announced on Jan. 24 that rape charges against René Angélil, 61, the husband and manager of pop star Celine Dion, 34, were being dropped due to lack of evidence. In March L.A. minister Yun Kyeong Sung Kwon, 47, had sued Angélil, claiming that he raped her in a Las Vegas hotel room in March 2000 (PEOPLE, April 15, 2002). On Jan. 25 Kwon and her husband, Ae Hoe Kwon, were arrested for attempting to extort money from the celebrity couple.


On Jan. 22 Grammy-winning R&B singer R. Kelly, 36, was arrested at a Miami hotel on child-pornography charges after police found digital images of Kelly allegedly engaged in sexual conduct with a minor. Kelly is already awaiting trial on 21 counts of child pornography in Illinois, stemming from a videotape that allegedly shows him having sex with an underage girl (People, July 15, 2002). Kelly has pleaded not guilty to all the charges.


Gremlins star Zach Galligan, 38, was arrested for investigation of shoplifting on Jan. 22 after he allegedly stole a Deep Purple CD from a Tower Records store in L.A. A rep for Galligan had no comment.


On Dec. 31 in L.A., actor Lee Majors, 63, sued Universal Television Group for fraud and breach of contract for allegedly shortchanging him on profits from his hit 1970s TV show The Six Million Dollar Man. Majors claims he was entitled to 15 percent of any profits from the series and its subsequent syndication but that he has never received any money. Universal had no comment.


Pulitzer Prize-winning cartoonist Bill Mauldin, 81, who captured the frustrations of millions of WWII soldiers in a famed comic strip featuring downtrodden GIs “Willie & Joe,” died of complications from Alzheimer’s disease on Jan. 22 in a Newport Beach, Calif., nursing home. Mauldin later drew a syndicated newspaper cartoon.