EXPECTING Actress Joan Cusack (In & Out), 36, and her husband, attorney Dick Burke, 35, will have their second child in May. The couple have a son, Dylan John, 2…. Chat host Larry King, 65, and his wife, Shawn Southwick King, 38, will have their second child in June. They have a 7-month-old boy, Chance; she has one child, and he three, from previous marriages.
SPLIT Shock jock Howard Stern, 45, announced Oct. 22 that he and his wife, Alison, 45, have separated after 21 years. Their relationship was chronicled in Stern’s book and film Private Parts. Divorce papers haven’t been filed, but Stern has hired divorce lawyer Stanford Lotwin. The couple have three children: Emily, 16, Debra, 12, and Ashley, 6. ”Alison and Howard, who love and care for each other very much…settled all their concerns,” Stern’s spokesman said in a statement.
ARRESTED Actor Matthew McConaughey (EDtv), 29, was charged with possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia, and resisting arrest, after police came to his home at 2:45 a.m. to answer a noise complaint, Oct. 25, in Austin, Tex. (The drug charges were later dropped.) Officers found McConaughey nude, playing bongos, and listening to music with a clothed male friend. Police say the actor became ”belligerent” and refused to dress; he was later released on $1,000 bond. A court date has not been set. If convicted, McConaughey could face up to a year in jail and a $4,000 fine. ”We’re trying to piece everything together,” says the actor’s spokesperson.
LOSER Erstwhile Hollywood madam Heidi Fleiss, 33, filed for bankruptcy, Oct. 20, in L.A. Fleiss, who was released from prison last month after serving three years for conspiracy, tax evasion, and money laundering, listed debts of more than $269,000.
RECOVERING Frasier star Kelsey Grammer, 44, from an appendectomy, Oct. 22, in L.A. ”He’s at home recuperating,” his rep said…. Also on the mend from an appendectomy: Oscar-winning actress and British Parliament member Glenda Jackson, 63. Jackson underwent surgery Oct. 23 in London…. Singer Johnny Cash, 67, was hospitalized with pneumonia, a result of a degenerative nerve disease, Shy-Drager syndrome, Oct. 20, in Nashville. The country star, who lives in nearby Hendersonville, was listed in good condition.
ACCIDENT Actor Harrison Ford, 57, whose recent film Random Hearts involved a plane crash, had a real-life air drama when the helicopter he was learning to fly made a crash landing, Oct. 23, near California’s Lake Piru. The chopper was damaged, but neither Ford nor his instructor was hurt in the incident.
DEATHS Songwriter-actor Hoyt Axton, 61, of complications from a stroke, Oct. 26, in Victor, Mont. Axton wrote Three Dog Night’s ”Joy to the World,” and had his own hits, including 1974’s ”Boney Fingers.” He appeared on screen in such films as The Black Stallion (1979) and Gremlins (1984).