Plus: Lou Diamond Phillips divorce, Billy Joel hospitalized, and more

By Todd Peterson
Updated February 09, 2005 08:00 AM

SPLIT: CSI: Miami star David Caruso and his wife Margaret are splitting after eight years, the Associated Press reports. According to a court petition filed Feb. 2, Margaret filed for divorce, citing irreconcilable differences. ? Actor and director Lou Diamond Phillips (La Bamba) and his wife, Kelley, are also ending their 11-year marriage, PEOPLE reports. The couple have three kids, 7-year-old twins and a 5-year-old, who they will continue to raise together.

HOSPITALIZED: The Piano Man is on the mend. Billy Joel has spent the past week in Long Island’s North Shore Hospital after he was admitted complaining of “severe gastric pain,” the New York Post reports. According to a rep for Joel, there is no specific diagnosis, but his condition may be linked to either pancreatitis or kidney stones. He is expected to be released either Wednesday or Thursday.

SELECTED: It’s a dirty job, but Ben Stiller is going to do it. Stiller has been tapped to host Nickelodeon’s 18th annual Kids’ Choice Awards, the unruly awards show in which unlucky participants often get doused with green slime, AP reports. The show honors kids’ picks in entertainment and sports, and this year’s nominees include Hilary Duff and Usher, among others. The ceremony will be held April 2.

REMEMBERED: Tuesday marked the 74th birthday of Rebel Without a Cause actor James Dean, and also the start of a yearlong celebration building toward the 75th anniversary of his birth, according to AP. Dean, who became an instant star following his appearance in Rebel, died in a car crash in California in 1955. He was 24 years old.

DISMISSED: A judge has tossed out a lawsuit against Elizabeth Taylor over the ownership of a Van Gogh painting, Reuters reports. Taylor bought “View of the Asylum and Chapel at Saint-Remy” in 1963, but heirs of a German woman recently came forward, claiming that the painting was taken from their relative by Nazis in the 1930s, and should be returned under the 1998 U.S. Holocaust Victims Redress Act. Taylor countersued, asserting that the painting had belonged to several owners before she took possession.

DIED: Keith Knudsen, drummer for the 1970s rock group the Doobie Brothers, died unexpectedly Tuesday of pneumonia. Knudsen, who had been with the band since 1974, had been hospitalized for more than a month, AP reports. He had previously had cancer in 1995, which had left him weak. He was 56.