Rapper Kanye West, 29, recently proposed to girlfriend Alexis over pasta with lobster and grilled fish at Capri’s restaurant on the island of Capri, PEOPLE has confirmed. West, who split with model Brooke Crittenden earlier this year, and Alexis have dated off and on for years. “They are perfect for each other and really happy together,” says West’s stylist Charlene Roxborough.
Today‘s good news: Host Matt Lauer, 48, and wife Annette, 40, are expecting their third child. “I was on Today for five years before I had children,” Lauer—dad to son Jack, 5, and daughter Romy, 2—told The New York Times Magazine Aug. 13. “And back then the job took up a larger slice of the pie graph of my life than was healthy. When I had kids, that immediately changed. It flipped.”
Citing irreconcilable differences, Carmen Electra, 34, filed for divorce Aug. 10 in L.A. from her husband of almost three years, rocker Dave Navarro, 39…. Everybody Loves Raymond‘s Brad Garrett, 46, and his wife of seven years, Jill Diven, 41, have quietly split up, he told USA Today. Garrett said that he and Diven kept their separation a secret, even from his parents. Divorce papers were filed last month. The couple have two children, Max, 7, and Hope, 6.
Love bite? Paris Hilton‘s pet kinkajou, Baby Luv, bit the Simple Life star’s left arm Aug. 8. Hilton, 25, was given a tetanus shot at the emergency room and released the same day.
Former President Gerald Ford was admitted Aug. 15 to the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn. A hospital rep said Ford, 93, is “undergoing tests,” but offered no details. “No further releases or updates are anticipated prior to early next week,” said a statement from Ford’s office.
Film and television actor Lou Diamond Phillips was arrested Aug. 11 in Northridge, Calif., in a case of alleged domestic violence against his girlfriend. Phillips was later released on his own recognizance. His rep tells PEOPLE that no charges are being pursued, and the L.A. city attorney plans to schedule a mediation hearing.
Bruno Kirby, the character actor best known for his role as Billy Crystal’s sidekick in When Harry Met Sally, died at 57 Aug. 14 in L.A. due to complications from recently diagnosed leukemia. During his more than three-decade career, Kirby appeared in dozens of films, including The Godfather Part II, Donnie Brasco and City Slickers.
MIKE’S FINAL SIGN OFF
Long before Oprah and Ellen, talk show pioneer Mike Douglas dominated daytime TV with his good-natured repartee. The Emmy-winning host died Aug. 11—his 81st birthday—at a Palm Beach Gardens, Fla., hospital. Through the ’60s and ’70s, the former big-band singer juggled interviews, skits and music acts with guests the likes of John Lennon and Yoko Ono, President Nixon, Muhammad Ali and a 2-year-old golfer named Tiger Woods. “I want to make as many persons happy as I can,” Douglas said of his appeal. “I don’t smoke, I don’t drink, I get home every night. I’m a square.”