By Ellen Shapiro
July 28, 2008 12:00 PM


Christie Brinkley, 54, and Peter Cook, 49, settled their divorce on July 10, eight days after their trial began. Brinkley receives sole custody of their children, Jack, 13, and Sailor, 10; Cook gets parenting time and $2.1 million.

  • Olivia Newton-John, 59, and natural-health businessman John Easterling, 56, got secretly hitched twice—on a Peruvian mountaintop June 21 and in a legal wedding nine days later on the beach in Jupiter Island, Fla. • Ethan Hawke, 37, and pregnant girlfriend Ryan Shawhughes, 28, were wed in mid-June in New York City. Hawke, the father of two from his marriage to Uma Thurman, has been dating Shawhughes—the children’s former nanny—since his 2005 divorce. • Black Eyed Peas rapper Taboo, 33, and fashion publicist Jaymie Dizon, 29, tied the knot in Pasadena July 12. The 150 guests included fellow Peas, Apl de ap and Fergie.


It’s another Hanson! On July 1 Isaac Hanson, 27—eldest of the rock trio—and wife Nikki, 24, announced the birth of their second son, James Monroe. The Hanson brothers, including Zac and Taylor, now have a total of six kids.


James Franco (inset), 30, graduated from UCLA last month. The Spider-Man costar plans to study creative writing at New York University graduate school in September.


Groundbreaking cardiovascular surgeon Dr. Michael DeBakey, 99, died of undisclosed causes July 11 in Houston. DeBakey developed medical procedures that saved millions of lives. • Rocky Aoki, 69, flamboyant founder of the Benihana steak house chain, died of pneumonia in New York City July 10. With knife-tossing chefs and sizzling grills, Aoki helped popularize Japanese cuisine throughout the world.


On July 18 film critic Roger Ebert, 66, celebrated his 16th wedding anniversary with wife Chaz, 55, after a grueling year in his ongoing battle with complications from salivary gland cancer. He suffered a hip fracture in April and remains unable to speak. “Chaz must have been listening during the part about ‘in sickness and in health,’ because she has been my champion and my strength during this difficult time,” notes Ebert. “I love her more every day.” Says Chaz: “Sixteen years ago our wedding was a fairy tale come true, and the fairy tale has continued and deepened all these years.” Ebert no longer appears on his TV show, though he continues to write reviews for the Chicago Sun-Times.