SAVE THE DATE
Tom Cruise, 44, and Katie Holmes, 27, who got engaged in summer 2005, will tie the knot Nov. 18 in Italy. Little-known fact: The couple have a 6-month-old daughter, Suri.
Desperate Housewives charmer Dougray Scott, 40, proposed to actress Claire Forlani (Meet Joe Black), 35, last month…. May-September alert: Actress Gina Lollobrigida (Come September), 79, announced plans to marry her boyfriend of 22 years, Javier Rigau y Rafols, 45, before the end of the year.
Singer Melissa Etheridge, 45, and partner Tammy Lynn Michaels (Popular), 31, welcomed twins, son Miller Steven and daughter Johnnie Rose, on Oct. 17.
Whitney Houston, 43, filed for divorce from her husband of 14 years, Bobby Brown, 37, on Oct. 16. Houston is seeking custody of their 13-year-old daughter, Bobbi Christina.
In an apparent change of heart, Kazakhstan’s vice foreign minister has invited Kazakh character Borat (Sacha Baron Cohen) to visit the former Soviet republic.
Country singer Keith Urban, 39, checked himself into a substance abuse treatment center on Oct. 19, four months after his wedding to Nicole Kidman, 39…. On Oct. 19, ABC announced news anchor Bob Woodruff, 45, will return to TV next spring to report on both the Iraq bombing that injured him in January and his ongoing rehabilitation.
The Turcotte family, whose alleged antics were documented by Augusten Burroughs in his best-seller Running With Scissors, reached an undisclosed settlement with Sony Pictures on Oct. 17. The clan argue they’re inaccurately portrayed in both the 2002 memoir and its film adaptation, and will continue their lawsuit against Burroughs and his publisher…. Heather Mills, 37, says she suffered physical and emotional abuse during her marriage to Paul McCartney, 64, in leaked court papers filed in London. The ex-Beatle’s lawyers say McCartney will ”vigorously” dispute Mills’ claims. Mills is also planning to sue three British newspapers for printing ”immensely upsetting” statements…. The U.S. has revived efforts to deport British rapper Slick Rick (né Rick Walters), 41, in connection with his 1990 attempted murder conviction. Rick is fighting to remain in the country…. Rapper Fabolous (né John Jackson), 28, was charged with weapons possession after being shot in the thigh Oct. 17 in Manhattan. A court date is set for Dec. 4.
Tattooed underdog Jeffrey Sebelia took home top honors on Bravo’s Project Runway season 3 finale.
CBS Radio and TV correspondent Christopher Glenn, 68, of liver cancer, Oct. 17, in Norwalk, Conn…. Actress Phyllis Kirk (House of Wax), 79, of a brain aneurysm, Oct. 19, in Woodland Hills, Calif…. Producer Herbert B. Leonard (Route 66), 84, of cancer, Oct. 14, in Hollywood…. The Runaways’ cofounder and drummer Sandy West, 47, of lung cancer, Oct. 21, in San Dimas, Calif.
JANE WYATT 1910-2006
Best known for playing Mom on the ’50s sitcom Father Knows Best, Emmy winner Wyatt died at her home in Bel-Air, Calif., on Oct. 20. Wyatt, who also appeared in 1937’s Lost Horizon and as Spock’s mother on Star Trek, was mostly recognized for her domestic roles — parts she couldn’t quite relate to. ”I never vacuumed at home wearing my pearls,” she said in 1990. ”In fact, I never vacuumed at all; I was always working at the studio.”
Monitor Hall of Fame
What do the country of Malawi, a preachin’ papa, Oprah, NBC, and a 13-month-old baby have in common? They’re all in Madonna’s orbit this week, which makes her our latest inductee into the Monitor Hall of Fame. First to Africa, where her adoption of a toddler hit a snag after the boy’s father told the press he didn’t realize he was giving up full custody to the diva. Madge claims that she did not take any legal shortcuts, and even visited the Patron Saint of Contrition, Oprah, to talk about the adoption. Another TV appearance — her planned concert on NBC Nov. 22 — hasn’t gone as smoothly; the network says it’ll edit out the mock-crucifixion footage of her Confessions tour concert after protests from religious groups. We’d make a cross-to-bear joke here, but she’s already nailed it.