WEDDINGS It was a stealth marriage for Men in Black star Will Smith, 29, and Scream 2’s Jada Pinkett, 26, Dec. 31, in the bride’s hometown of Baltimore. The couple gave their guests directions to the ceremony only moments before the event. Smith (who has a son, Trey, 5, from a former marriage) and Pinkett (this is her first marriage) are expecting their first child in July…. After 12 years of cohabitation, Prime Suspect star Helen Mirren, 51, and director Taylor Hackford (The Devil’s Advocate), 53, were married on New Year’s Eve in Ardersier, Scotland. This is Hackford’s third marriage, Mirren’s first…. Musician Michael Penn (brother of Sean and Chris), 39, wed former ‘Til Tuesday frontwoman Aimee Mann, 37, Dec. 29, at the Castle Green hotel in Pasadena. It’s Mann’s first marriage, Penn’s second…. And more Highland nuptials: The Full Monty star Robert Carlyle, 36, wed film and television makeup artist Anastasia Shirley, 31, Dec. 28, in Sutherland, Scotland.
BIRTHS Titanic costar Bill Paxton, 42, and his wife, Louise, 32, welcomed 8-pound 1-ounce Lydia, Dec. 19, in L.A. The couple also have a son, James, 3.
ARRESTED Actor Mykelti Williamson (Con Air), 40, was arrested for investigation of stalking and assault with a deadly weapon, Jan. 6, in L.A. According to police, Williamson’s ex-wife, Cheryl Chisolm, who’s in her late 30s, saw the actor lurking near her home on the evening of Jan. 5. Williamson then allegedly stabbed Chisolm’s 32-year-old male companion (whose name has been withheld) outside the house. The victim is in stable condition at an unnamed area hospital. A spokeswoman for the actor has no comment other than to say that Williamson was released on $180,000 bail the same day.
DEATHS Pioneering country pianist Floyd Cramer, 64, of lung cancer, Dec. 31, in Madison, Tenn. Cramer recorded with such music greats as Elvis Presley, Patsy Cline, and Roy Orbison. His instrumental hit ”Last Date” reached No. 2 in 1960…. Silent-film star Billie Dove, 97, of pneumonia, Dec. 31, in Woodland Hills, Calif. Appearing in such films as 1926’s The Black Pirate (with Douglas Fairbanks Sr.) and 1927’s American Beauty, Dove made headlines in the late 1920s when she had an affair with Howard Hughes while married to her first husband, director Irving Willat.
– Kristen Baldwin and Anna Holmes