By Ivory Jeff Clinton
July 20, 2009 12:00 PM

ENGAGED

The Office star Jenna Fischer, 35, is set to tie the knot with screenwriter Lee Kirk, 37, who popped the question during their recent European vacation. The couple have been dating since last year. It’s a first marriage for Kirk and the second for Fischer, who split with director James Gunn in 2007.

ACCIDENTS

Nearly a month after sustaining facial injuries at the Tony Awards, Rock of Love star Bret Michaels, 46, was involved in a highway collision in Canada July 4. The Poison frontman was en route to St. Paul after performing in Toronto when a car lost control and hit his tour bus, causing a five-car pileup, according to a statement on his Web site. No injuries were reported, and the musician and his crew were “released from the scene.”

UPDATE

Six weeks after champion golfer Phil Mickelson, 39, revealed that his wife, Amy, 37, was diagnosed with breast cancer, he learned his mother, Mary Mickelson, 67, has the same disease. “[She] has a long road ahead of her,” Phil’s sister Tina told reporters. “But at least things are looking like they are heading in the right direction.” On May 20 Phil bowed out of the PGA tour then returned briefly in June, finishing second at the U.S. Open in Bethpage, N.Y.

LEGAL MATTERS

Former Three’s Company star Joyce DeWitt, 60, was arrested on suspicion of DUI in El Segundo, Calif., July 4. “An officer saw DeWitt drive a vehicle past a barricade intended to control vehicular traffic near a park,” a police sergeant told E! News. The actress was taken into custody after undergoing field sobriety tests and released on $5,000 bail.

DEATHS

Karl Malden (inset), 97, who won an Oscar for his portrayal of the kindhearted Mitch in 1951’s A Streetcar Named Desire, died of natural causes at his Brentwood, Calif., home July 1. The famously bulbous-nosed actor also starred on the TV drama The Streets of San Francisco from 1972 to 1977 and won an Emmy for the 1984 miniseries Fatal Vision. “[Karl] was my surrogate father,” his Streets costar Michael Douglas told PEOPLE. “I love this man with all of my heart.” • Music executive Allen Klein, 77, who managed such iconic acts as the Rolling Stones and Bobby Darin, died in Manhattan July 4 after a long battle with Alzheimer’s disease. Known as a cutthroat businessman, he has been cited as a contributing factor in the breakup of the Beatles because Paul McCartney disagreed with his bandmates over hiring Klein in 1969.

AMERICAN BRIDAL

American Idol judge Kara DioGuardi, 38, exchanged vows with teacher-turned-general-contractor Mike McCuddy, 34, in Prospect Harbor, Maine, July 5. The songwriter and music producer wore a Vera Wang gown for the ceremony attended by 30 friends and family members.

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