January 13, 2003 08:27 AM

WED: Australian actress Toni Collette (“About a Boy”), 30, married Aussie musician Dave Galafassi, 25, in a Buddhist ceremony near Sydney, Australian media reported Sunday. Some 100 guests gathered at the bride’s 25-acre rural retreat for a ceremony presided over by Buddhist monks. The wedding also included a vegetarian banquet and a dazzling fireworks display, the Sun-Herald newspaper reported. The couple began dating last year.

ENTERED: Diana Ross, 58, pleaded innocent to charges that she was driving drunk when she was stopped outside a video store last month in southern Arizona, court officials said Friday. The former Supreme entered her plea to the three misdemeanor charges through her attorney in a “notice of appearance” letter to Tucson City Court, where she had been scheduled to be arraigned Monday, officials tell Reuters. The court date has been canceled. She is next scheduled to appear in court Jan. 31.

DIED: British glam rock star Mickey Finn, 55, bongo player with 1970s band T.Rex (“Get it On”), died in a south London hospital Saturday night after an undisclosed illness, his manager tells Reuters. “Mickey had been having health problems for a while,” said his manager, Barry Newby, who added that Finn was believed to have died of kidney and liver problems, but the exact cause of death has not been announced yet.

RESCUED: A mixed-breed dog named Gracie tumbled into New York and New Jersey’s Hudson River and was rescued on Friday after “The Sopranos” star Edie Falco, 39, flagged down a passerby to call 911, the New York Post reports. “It was a nightmare,” said Falco, who’d been walking her own dog, a Lab named Marlie, along with Gracie. “The dog quickly disappeared under the pier.” Gracie treaded water for about 20 minutes before a police officer and two emergency workers pulled her to safety by wading into the water and hooking her collar with a 12-foot pole.

SUSTAINED: Britain’s Queen Elizabeth, 76, successfully underwent surgery at a London hospital Monday to remove a torn cartilage after she stumbled on some uneven pavement last month, Reuters reports. “The 45-minute operation, which was performed by the Queen’s orthopedic surgeon Mr. Roger Vickers, went very well and Her Majesty is expected to leave hospital tomorrow morning,” says a statement from Buck House.

PRESENTED: Steven Spielberg, 56, received the first star of 2003 on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, where on Friday his sidewalk marker was unveiled before a crowd of nearly 2,000 outside the Kodak Theatre, home of the Academy Awards. “This is so surreal,” Spielberg said, according to the Associated Press. “Getting a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame really makes you feel like you are part of this community.” Hard to believe he felt like an outsider until now.

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