By Ivory Jeff Clinton
June 23, 2008 12:00 PM


Actress Anne Heche, 39, and cameraman Coley Laffoon, 34, had their divorce finalized in L.A. June 6. Heche agreed to pay her ex, whom she wed in 2001, a $275,000 lump sum and $3,700 per month in child support for their son Homer, 6. Three weeks earlier, Heche had requested that her $14,798 monthly payments be reduced because her income had been drastically reduced since the recent cancellation of her ABC series Men in Trees, which earned her about $65,000 an episode.


Actor Vin Diesel, 40, and his girlfriend, model Paloma Jimenez, announced June 5 that they had their first child, a girl, April 2.


Five months after Chicago chef Grant Achatz (inset), 34, announced that his stage-4 tongue cancer was in remission, he won outstanding chef at the James Beard Foundation Awards in New York City June 8. • Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling, 42, received an honorary doctor of letters degree from Harvard University in Cambridge, Mass., June 5. The British writer quipped at the opening of her commencement speech to grads—and some alumni who carried small brooms—”Now all I have to do is take deep breaths, squint at the red banners and fool myself into believing I am at the world’s best-educated Harry Potter convention.”


A children’s charity operated by Get Smart star Anne Hathaway‘s boyfriend, real estate developer Raffaello Follieri, 29, is under investigation by the New York State attorney general’s office, which declined to offer a reason. Hathaway, 25, formerly sat on the board of directors for the program, the financial records of which have been subpoenaed. A spokeswoman for Follieri said he and his attorney “have been cooperating fully” with the inquiry. • Former Law & Order star Dennis Farina, 64, was charged in L.A. June 4 with three counts of misdemeanor weapons possession, stemming from his May 11 arrest at LAX. The actor, who allegedly had a hand-gun in his briefcase when attempting to board a flight, faces up to 2 1/2 years in jail and $3,000 in fines if convicted on all counts.


Sportscaster and 13-time Emmy winner Jim McKay, 86, best remembered for relaying the murders of 11 Israeli athletes at the Munich Olympics in 1972 with the immortal phrase, “They’re all gone,” died in Monkton, Md., June 7.