Country singer Ashley Monroe, 27, a member of the Pistol Annies, said “I do” to Chicago White Sox pitcher John Danks, 28, on Oct. 24 at Blackberry Farm in Walland, Tenn. Blake Shelton officiated the wedding while his wife, Miranda Lambert – Monroe’s best friend and bandmate – served as the maid of honor and wedding planner. • Actress Christina Ricci, 33, wed James Heerdegen, 31, on Oct. 26 at New York City’s Harold Pratt House and Peterson Hall. The couple met on the set of the ABC drama Pan Am.
Dina Eastwood, 48, filed for divorce on Oct. 22 in Carmel, Calif., seeking to end her 17-year marriage to Clint Eastwood, 83. The most recent filing comes just weeks after the former reality star withdrew her papers for legal separation. Dina seeks custody of their daughter Morgan, 16.
Conrad Murray, 60, the doctor convicted of involuntary manslaughter in the death of Michael Jackson, was released from the L.A. County Jail on Oct. 28 after serving two years.
Homeland’s Morena Baccarin, 34, and her husband, writer-director Austin Chick, 42, welcomed son Julius on Oct. 22 in Glendale, Calif. He weighed in at just under 8 lbs.
On Oct. 28 singer Chris Brown, 24, was released from custody after he and his bodyguard Christopher Hollosy, 35, were arrested for their alleged involvement in an altercation with Isaac Adams Parker, 20, in Washington, D.C. Brown, who has denied any wrongdoing through his attorney, is currently on probation for assaulting Rihanna in 2009.
Fleetwood Mac cofounder and bassist John McVie, 67, has been diagnosed with cancer. On Oct. 27 the band cancelled 14 of their New Zealand and Australia shows in order for McVie to undergo treatment.
Marcia Wallace, who voiced Bart Simpson’s teacher Edna Krabappel on The Simpsons after starring as the sassy receptionist Carol Kester on The Bob Newhart Show, died in L.A. on Oct. 25 due to complications related to breast cancer. She was 70.
Penn State settles with 26 victims of Jerry Sandusky
On Oct. 28 Penn State University announced that it has reached agreements with 26 victims of former assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky for settlements totaling $59.7 million. “We hope this is another step forward in the healing process for those hurt,” said Penn State’s President Rodney Erickson in a statement. Tom Kline, the attorney for Victim No. 5, says the settlement brought “finality and peace” to his client, who was assaulted in 2001 when he was just 13 years old. “That pain and those scars will remain with him forever,” adds Kline. Sandusky, 69, is serving a 30- to 60-year prison sentence after being convicted of 45 counts of child sexual abuse.