September 26, 2011 12:00 PM


Princess Beatrice, 23, skipped the over-the-top fascinator that she wore to the April wedding of her cousin Prince William, 29, and Kate Middleton, 29, and instead donned a more traditional mortarboard when she received a BA Honors degree from London’s Goldsmiths College on Sept. 9. Her proud dad and mum, Prince Andrew, 51, and Sarah, Duchess of York, 51, were there to cheer on their new grad.


Actress Amy Smart, 35, married her chiseled handyman Carter Oosterhouse, 35, in his hometown of Traverse City, Mich., on Sept. 10. The Crank star and the Carter Can home-improvement show host, who were engaged in April, exchanged vows in front of 215 guests.


In Plain Sight star Mary McCormack, 42 (inset), and her husband, Brothers & Sisters director Michael Morris celebrated the arrival of their third daughter on Sept. 10. The little one joins big sisters Rose, 4, and Margaret, 7.


A plane crash on Sept. 7 north of Moscow killed 44 of the 45 people on board, including most of the players of the top-ranked Russian hockey team Lokomotiv Yaroslavl. Among those lost were former NHL players Brad McCrimmon, 52, Igor Korolev, 41, and Alexander Karpovtsev, 41. • Andy Whitfield, who propelled to fame as the lead character in Spartacus: Blood and Sand, died Sept. 11 of non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma at age 39 in Sydney. Whitfield’s wife, Vashti, said in a statement that the “beautiful young warrior” died in her arms, and Whitfield’s costar Lucy Lawless, 43, called him “a gentle man who never said a bad word about anyone … and a brilliant actor… . How lucky we were to have him grace all our lives.” • Salvatore Licitra had one of those voices that caused opera audiences to bound to their feet shouting “Bravissimo!” The tenor skyrocketed to fame in 2002 when he filled in for an ailing Luciano Pavarotti, yet on Sept. 5 he died in Catania, Sicily, at age 43, nine days after sustaining severe head injuries when he lost control of his motor scooter. •Charles Dubin, 92, whose career nearly ended in 1958 when he refused to answer questions before the House Committee on Un-American Activities about possible communist ties, yet ended up directing episodes of such hit TV shows as Hawaii Five-0, Ironside, Room 222 and Kojak, as well as more segments of M*A*S*H than anyone else, died Sept. 5 in Los Angeles.


Cliff Robertson, 88, who won an Oscar in 1969 for his portrayal of a disabled man in Charly (right), died Sept. 10 in Stony Brook, N.Y. Robertson appeared in such classics as the beach romp Gidget (1959) and the thriller Obsession (1976) and was personally chosen by President John F. Kennedy to portray him in PT 109 (1963), though JFK advised the actor that he parted his hair on the wrong side. Recent audiences will remember Robertson as Peter Parker’s devoted yet ill-fated Uncle Ben in Spider-Man (2002).

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