BIRTHS On Jan. 13, opera star Luciano Pavarotti, 67, and partner Nicoletta Mantovani, 34, welcomed a baby girl whose name was not disclosed. A twin brother died in childbirth. It’s her first child; Pavarotti has three daughters with his former wife.
WEDDINGS About a Boy’s Toni Collette, 30, and musician David Galafassi, 25, exchanged vows Jan. 11 near Sydney. It’s the first marriage for both…. A Beautiful Mind Oscar winner Jennifer Connelly, 32, wed ex-costar Paul Bettany, 31, during the holidays in Scotland; reps won’t give details. It’s the first time for both.
ARRESTS On Jan. 13, London police arrested the Who’s Pete Townshend, 57, on suspicion of possessing indecent images of children after searching his house and confiscating computers. Before his arrest, Townshend admitted that he had paid to view illicit online materials solely to research his autobiography (he claims he was sexually abused as a child). The rocker’s lawyer notes that no charges have been filed.
COURTS My Big Fat Greek Wedding writer-star Nia Vardalos, 40, was sued Jan. 10 by her former management company, Marathon Entertainment, which claims she owes it 15 percent of her compensation from the $231 million hit. A rep for Vardalos said the suit is ”totally without merit.”
DEPARTURES Now we know how Aidan felt. On Jan. 7, HBO announced that Sex and the City will shoot its final 20 episodes this spring, with 12 to air beginning in June and the final eight in early 2004…. On Jan. 12, Steve Case, 44, the America Online cofounder who spearheaded the company’s 2001 merger with EW parent Time Warner, announced plans to resign in May as chairman of the battered media giant. In a statement, he said he would step down because ”the company does not need distractions at this critical time.”… On Jan. 13, CNN chief Walter Isaacson, 50, announced his resignation after 18 months in which the AOL Time Warner-owned network fell behind Fox News in ratings. He’ll become president of the Aspen Institute, a think tank…. On Jan. 9, Thomas Mottola, 53, longtime president of ailing Sony Music and ex-hubby of former Sony star Mariah Carey, resigned to start a new Sony-based label. The following day, the company named NBC president and music-biz novice Andrew Lack, 55, to replace him.
DEATHS Director Kinji Fukasaku, 72, whose portion of the team-directed 1970 film Tora! Tora! Tora! told the Pearl Harbor story from Japan’s perspective, of prostate cancer, Jan. 12, in Tokyo…. Bee Gee Maurice Gibb, 53, three days after abdominal surgery, Jan. 12, in Miami. (See Legacy on page 97.)… Glam-rocker Mickey Finn, 55, percussionist for T. Rex, of undisclosed causes, Jan. 11, in London…. Richard ”Dick” Simmons, star of the ’50s TV series Sergeant Preston of the Yukon, reportedly after battling Alzheimer’s, Jan. 11, in Oceanside, Calif…. Prolific film composer Ron Goodwin, 77, who scored such films as Alfred Hitchcock’s 1972 thriller Frenzy, of undisclosed causes, Jan. 8, in Reading, England.
– Jennifer Armstrong and Evan Serpick