Clarissa Cruz
October 22, 1999 AT 04:00 AM EDT

Engaged The world really isn’t enough for 007: Actor Pierce Brosnan, 46, and his girlfriend, Entertainment Tonight reporter Keely Shaye Smith, 36, became betrothed Sept. 25, in L.A. It’s her first marriage, Brosnan’s second; his first wife, Cassandra Harris, died of cancer in 1991. Brosnan and Shaye Smith have a son, Dylan Thomas, 2. Brosnan and Harris’ son, Sean, is 16.

Splits Citing irreconcilable differences, Deborah Rowe Jackson, 40, filed for divorce from pop star Michael Jackson, 41, Oct. 8, in L.A. It was the second marriage for both (Jackson was divorced from Lisa Marie Presley in 1996). They have two children, Prince Michael, 2, and Paris-Michael, 1. Spokespeople for the couple had no comment.

Lawsuits ”Grease” is a legal word for Olivia Newton-John: Her company ON-J Productions filed a breach of contract suit against Universal Music Group, Oct. 6, in L.A., seeking unpaid royalties for her ”performance, name, and likeness on the [1978] Grease soundtrack album cover.” Newton-John, 51, claims Universal ”paid significant sums to [costar] John Travolta,” while she got nothing. She says Universal owes her $230,000. Spokespeople for Universal and Newton-John had no comment…. Singer Michael Bolton, 46, among others, appealed a $5.4 million judgment against them, Oct. 5, in Pasadena. In 1996, an L.A. jury found Bolton liable for copying parts of the 1966 Isley Bros. song ”Love Is a Wonderful Thing” for his 1991 single of the same name. A lawyer for the Isley Bros. says, ”There is no mistaking that they’re the same song.” Counters Bolton’s counsel: ”The similarities…are shared by innumerable other songs.”

Ailing Comedian Tim Allen, 46, underwent an emergency appendectomy Oct. 8 in Monterey, Calif. The actor was set to participate in a car race at the Laguna Seca Raceway when he suffered abdominal pains that forced him to quit the competition. ”The surgery went well, and he’s resting at the hospital,” says Allen’s publicist.

Deaths Basketball legend Wilt ”the Stilt” Chamberlain, 63, of an apparent cardiac arrest, Oct. 12, in L.A. The 7′ 1” center scored a record 100 points in a game in 1962 and was named MVP four times in a 15-year career, which began with the Harlem Globetrotters in 1958 and included championship seasons with the Philadelphia 76ers and the L.A. Lakers. In 1991 he made an impact on publishing with his autobiography A View From Above: Sports, Sex, and Controversy, in which he claimed he’d slept with 20,000 women. In ’92 he was hospitalized with an irregular heartbeat. ”Wilt was one of the greatest ever,” said fellow hoops great Kareem Abdul-Jabbar…. Former wrestler Robert ”Gorilla Monsoon” Marella, 62, of heart complications, Oct. 6, in Willingboro, N.J. As his alter ego, Marella grappled in over 8,000 matches. ”He was a beloved member of our family,” says WWF owner Vince McMahon…. Vibraphonist Milt Jackson, 76, of liver cancer, Oct. 9, in New York. Jackson played with Miles Davis and cofounded the Modern Jazz Quartet.

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