On May 19 Oscar winner Sean Penn, 48, asked a Marin County, Calif., court to dismiss his April 24 filing for legal separation from his wife of 13 years, actress Robin Wright Penn, 43. This is the second time he has rescinded divorce papers: In 2007 the couple asked that their petitions be dismissed four months after filing. They have a daughter, Dylan, 18, and a son, Hopper, 15.
Singer Natalie Cole, 59, diagnosed in February 2008 with hepatitis C, returned home May 24 after receiving a kidney transplant in L.A. five days earlier. While Natalie was undergoing the lifesaving surgery, her sister Carol “Cookie” Cole, 64, a former actress, died of lung cancer. “Natalie is continuing to do well under the circumstances,” says her rep.
• Kiefer Sutherland (inset), 42, and the fashion designer he allegedly head-butted have resolved their dispute. In a statement, the 24 star apologized to Jack McCollough, 30, who accused him of breaking his nose at a Manhattan club May 5. The resolution increases the chances that the district attorney will ask the judge to drop the assault charge against Sutherland, who is due in court June 22.
• Ex-policeman Drew Peterson, 55, suspected in the 2004 murder of his third wife, Kathleen Savio, tried to pay $25,000 to have her killed, according to James Glasgow, the state’s attorney of Will County, Ill. The prosecutor also said at a May 22 hearing that three weeks before Savio’s body was found in her tub, Peterson complained about their expensive pending divorce to another officer, saying, “My life would be easier if she were just dead.” Defense lawyers countered that the allegation won’t be provable at trial.
Champion golfer Phil Mickelson, 38, said on May 20 that he would stop playing on the PGA Tour indefinitely due to his wife Amy’s recent breast cancer diagnosis. His rep says she may have surgery “within the next two weeks.” The couple wed in 1996 and have daughters Amanda, 9, and Sophia, 7, and son Evan, 6.
British actress Lucy Gordon, 28, who played a TV reporter in 2007’s Spider-Man 3, was found dead after apparently hanging herself in her Paris apartment. The matter is under investigation, but detectives have ruled out foul play. • Wayne Allwine, 62, the voice of Mickey Mouse for more than 30 years starting in 1977, died of diabetes complications in L.A. May 18. His wife of 18 years, Russi Taylor, voices Minnie Mouse.
President Barack Obama revealed on May 26 that he was nominating U.S. Circuit Court Judge Sonia Sotomayor, 54, whom he called “inspiring,” to replace David Souter on the Supreme Court when he retires in June. If confirmed, she will be the first Hispanic and the third woman to sit on the country’s highest court.
Mike Tyson’s daughter Exodus, 4, was put on life support after a tragic accident at the family’s Phoenix home on Memorial Day. After playing alone, she was found by her brother Miguel, 7, with a treadmill cable wrapped around her neck. Her mother, Tyson’s girlfriend, called 911 and tried to revive her, but Sgt. Andy Hill of the Phoenix police called her condition “extremely critical.” In a statement, the boxer, who has six children, said, “The Tyson family would like to extend our deepest thanks for all the prayers and support.”
SURVIVOR’S ETHAN ZOHN GETS A MOHAWK
On May 20 the Survivor: Africa winner, 35, chopped off his famous mop top. Why? He was diagnosed in May with a rare form of Hodgkin’s disease and expects to lose all his hair during three months of intense chemotherapy. For video of his haircut and details about his cancer battle, log on to people.com/zohn.