Rocker Jon Bon Jovi, 41, and his wife of 14 years, Dorothea, 40, a karate instructor, are expecting their fourth child this spring. The couple’s other children are Stephanie, 10, Jesse, 8, and Jacob, 17 months.
Former Saturday Night Live cast member Molly Shannon, 39, and her fiancé, artist Fritz Chestnut, 30, welcomed daughter Stella on Sept. 28 in New York City. It’s the first child for the couple.
Actor Kevin James (The King of Queens), 38, recently announced that he and his longtime girlfriend, model Steffiana De La Cruz, plan to marry. The couple, who met on a blind date, have not yet set a wedding date.
Le Divorce star Naomi Watts, 35, and actor Heath Ledger (Ned Kelly), 24, recently ended their 16-month relationship. Reps for the pair confirm the breakup but refused to comment on what may have caused it.
Chicago Sun-Times film critic Roger Ebert, 61, had a malignant tumor removed from his salivary gland on Sept. 30 in Chicago. Ebert will now undergo several weeks of radiation therapy. His rep expects Ebert to “be back in the saddle soon.”
Black Hawk Down star Tom Sizemore, 41, entered a rehab facility in late September to treat an unspecified drug problem. In August Sizemore was convicted of abusing his ex-girlfriend, former Hollywood madam Heidi Fleiss (PEOPLE, Sept. 1, 2003). The date of his sentencing has been moved up a week to Oct. 9.
On Sept. 25, an Islamic appeals court in Katsina, Nigeria, overturned the conviction of Amina Lawal, 32, a single mother who last year was sentenced to death by stoning for having sex out of wedlock (PEOPLE, Sept. 15, 2003). The case had drawn criticism from international human rights groups….
The Russian Labor Ministry ruled on Sept. 30 that ballerina Anastasia Volochkova, 27, must be rehired by the Bolshoi Theater, two weeks after they fired her for being too heavy (PEOPLE, Oct. 6, 2003). The ballet company had claimed they couldn’t find partners for Volochkova (who says she weighs 110 lbs.) because she was too big.
Versatile performer Donald O’Connor, 78, whose acrobatic “Make ‘Em Laugh” solo in 1952’s Singin’ in the Rain, remains one of the most famous dance sequences in movie history, died of heart failure in Woodland Hills, Calif., on Sept. 27. In the 1950s O’Connor also starred in the hugely popular Francis the talking mule movies.