August 30, 2010 12:00 PM


Lizzie McGuire star Hilary Duff, 22, married Canadian hockey player Mike Comrie, 29, on Aug. 14 in Santa Barbara. The actress-singer and the athlete exchanged vows in a sunset ceremony at the San Ysidro Ranch, with the bride’s sister Haylie, 25, serving as maid of honor. A wedding guest told PEOPLE, “Mike held his arm around Hilary for most of the romantic, candlelit ceremony, and they both looked extremely happy.” The couple became engaged in February after dating for two years.


Rocker Alanis Morissette, 36, and her husband, Mario Treadway, 30, are expecting their first child. The Ottawa-born Grammy winner and her rapper spouse, known professionally as Souleye, wed in May.


On Aug. 11 Paris Hilton, 29 (inset), was sued for fraud and breach of contract by Hairtech International, which is seeking at least $35 million in damages. The Georgia company charges that the heiress failed to honor her contract by wearing a rival firm’s hair extensions and missed a 2007 launch party because she was in jail. Hairtech also claims that the socialite’s partying lifestyle, including “chemical abuse, illicit drug use, alcohol abuse [and] other debaucheries,” has damaged the company. Hilton’s lawyers said they will “pursue all of our defenses vigorously.”


Los Angeles County sheriff Lee Baca confirmed on Aug. 12 that skeletal remains discovered three days earlier in Malibu Canyon were those of Mitrice Richardson, 24, who had been missing for nearly a year (PEOPLE Nov. 23, 2009). After her arrest for being unable to pay her $89 restaurant tab, the executive assistant and former beauty pageant contestant vanished last September after she was released from custody. Richardson’s parents have filed two lawsuits against the sheriff’s department.


Abbey Lincoln, 80, a singer, songwriter, actress and civil rights advocate, died on Aug. 14 in Manhattan. Acclaimed as a unique jazz vocalist, Lincoln was celebrated for her intense delivery and passionate idealism, which influenced generations of performers. Critic Will Friedwald called her “the most perfect singer of the era,” and actor Sidney Poitier told the Los Angeles Times that Lincoln was “the kind of person you expected to live forever.”


One day after what would have been his first wedding anniversary, accused “Craigslist Killer” Philip Markoff, 24, apparently took his own life while awaiting trial in a Massachusetts jail cell. The former Boston University medical student was found alone, reportedly with a plastic bag over his head. According to reports, he also stabbed himself with a pen and scrawled the first name of his ex-fiancee Megan McAllister in blood on his cell wall. Markoff was charged with killing Julissa Brisman, 25, an aspiring Manhattan actress and model found shot to death last April in an upscale Boston hotel. Engaged to marry McAllister, his college sweetheart, at the time of his arrest, Markoff was revealed to have led a double life, racking up gambling debts and using Craigslist to target prostitutes he could attack and rob.

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