Comedian Kevin Hart, 35, proposed to girlfriend Eniko Parrish at her 30th- birthday party on Aug. 18. “I said YES!!!!! To the most amazing man in the world,” Parrish wrote on Instagram. “She said YEEEEESSSSS…… ” Hart added on his own Instagram.
Zac Efron, 26, and Michelle Rodriguez, 36, have broken up after two swimsuit- clad months of dating. “It was very mutual,” a source tells PEOPLE. • After five years together, Jersey Shore stars Ronnie Ortiz-Magro, 28, and Sammi “Sweetheart” Giancola, 27, have called it quits. “We were drifting apart and not really spending any time together,” Ortiz-Magro told PEOPLE at the premiere of former costar Jenni “JWoww” Farley’s new film Jersey Shore Massacre on Aug. 19. “She’s a great girl, but we were growing distant. It was for the best.”
Actress Stacy Keibler, 34, welcomed her first child, daughter Ava Grace, with husband Jared Pobre on Aug. 20. “Jared and I have been blessed with the new love of our lives,” she wrote on her website. The couple, who began dating after Keibler’s 2013 split from George Clooney, wed in March during a beach ceremony in Mexico.
Jennifer Hudson’s half brother Stephen Angelo Simpson, 45, was arraigned in South Haven, Mich., on Aug. 20 for allegedly stabbing the boyfriend of his estranged wife. Simpson was charged with attempted murder, says South Haven Assistant Police Chief Natalie Thompson. The victim’s injuries were not life-threatening.
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Hip-hop producer Suge Knight was shot during Chris Brown’s pre-VMA party at 1OAK nightclub in L.A. on Aug. 24. Another man and a woman were also injured, the L.A. Sheriff’s Department confirmed to People. All are “expected to recover,” police said in a statement. The perpetrator had not been caught at press time.
Don Pardo, the legendary Saturday Night Live announcer responsible for introducing each episode’s cast members, died Aug. 18 in Tucson. He was 96. “Every year the new cast couldn’t wait to hear their name said by him,” Lorne Michaels, the creator of SNL, told The New York Times of Pardo’s passing.
James Foley, 1973–2014
Held captive by militants for nearly two years, the photo-journalist became the first American victim of ISIS
The video footage is graphic and horrifying: U.S. journalist James Foley is beheaded by a masked man. In a distinct British accent, the killer, a militant in an Al-Qaida spinoff known as ISIS (Islamic State of Iraq and Syria), threatens further bloodshed if the U.S. doesn’t end military operations in Iraq. When the footage surfaced on Aug. 19, the outrage was immediate. “The entire world is appalled,” said President Barack Obama. “We are all heartbroken.” Most devastated is Foley’s family. “He was strong, courageous, loving to the end,” said his mother, Diane, outside their Rochester, N.H., home. “We hardly recognize our little boy. ” Added his father, John: “His last words were, ‘I wish I had more time to see my family.'”
Foley, 40, who had once been taken hostage by Libyan militants who held him for 44 days in 2011, was not deterred and continued covering Islamic fringe groups. In November 2012, on assignment for GlobalPost .com, he was captured in northern Syria. The U.S. government attempted to negotiate the release of Foley and reporter Steven Sotloff, who is still in captivity. As authorities try to identify the killer—British specialists using voice recognition say they are close—Foley’s loved ones try to come to terms with his death. “He was passionate” about telling difficult stories, says friend Josh Fleming, who helped set up a scholarship at Foley’s alma mater, Marquette University (muconnect.marquette.edu/giving/foley-scholarship). “He knew the risks but believed that his work was more important than his fear.”
Richard Attenborough 1923–2014
Favoring films with a conscience, he was, says Spielberg, a ‘perfect ringmaster’
He could have rested on his acting laurels. A British gem of character roles, Attenborough, who died Aug. 24 at age 90, first charmed U.S. audiences in 1963’s The Great Escape and delighted later generations as a well-intentioned grandfather who funds the return of dinosaurs in Jurassic Park (1993). But he slowed his onscreen career to direct, turning out films with heart like 1982’s Gandhi, the sweeping biopic of the Indian liberator, which earned eight Oscars, including Best Director, and 1987’s Cry Freedom, about anti-apartheid activist Steve Biko, played by Denzel Washington. He was also a philanthropist who inspired Princess Diana to take up her campaign against land mines. “He was passionate about everything in his life,” said Steven Spielberg. “He was a dear friend, and I am standing in an endless line of those who completely adored him.”
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PERSONAL STORIES ABOUT GIVING BACK
As a boy, he lost his father to cancer. Now the host of The Voice is helping to find a cure
Cancer is a very important part of my family as it is many people’s. We’ve made a lot of progress, but there is still a lot of work to be done. Stand Up to Cancer is a ground-breaking movement to accelerate innovative cancer research that will get new therapies to patients quickly and hopefully save lives. Hollywood can get a bad rap, but this really is a great portrait of what this town can do. It’s titans of various industries coming together to make a dent. My father had cancer of the bladder the year I was born, and we lost him when I was 5. My mom was diagnosed with cancer in 1998 and beat it. I’m sick of it affecting my family and other families. Enough is enough, and let’s take a stand. Being a father of three [Jackson, 5, Etta, 2, and newborn London], that incentivizes me to want to do everything I can. It really hits home when you have your own young family who are going to be a part of those staggering numbers, unfortunately. This cancer fight is for my kids and their generation. Cancer is not a death sentence anymore.
The biennial Stand Up to Cancer telethon airs Sept. 5 at 8 ET/7 CT on ABC, CBS, FOX, NBC and several other networks.
For more information, go to standup2cancer.org