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Monitor: Remembering Ronnie James Dio

Plus Amy Adams, Roman Polanski, and more celebrities making news the week of May 21, 2010

BIRTHS
Amy Adams, 35, who's engaged to actor Darren Legallo, gave birth to a daughter in L.A. May 15. Aviana Olea is the first child for both.... On May 14, model Claudia Schiffer, 39, welcomed a baby girl, her third child with producer husband Matthew Vaughn. As of press time, the name had not been revealed.

ARRESTED
Former Food Network chef Juan-Carlos Cruz, 48, was arrested May 13 in Santa Monica after allegedly trying to hire homeless men to kill his wife. Cruz, the star of 2004's Calorie Commando, was charged with attempted murder. He pleaded not guilty and is being held on $2 million bail.

COURTS
A Palestinian man who's suing Sacha Baron Cohen and David Letterman refiled his $110 million lawsuit April 30, now including Brüno producers Jonah Hill and Jay Roach. Ayman Abu Aita alleges he was duped into appearing in Brüno, and that the movie falsely portrayed him as a terrorist. (Letterman is named because he aired a clip featuring Aita.)... On May 14, actress Charlotte Lewis, 42, came forward, claiming that Roman Polanski, 76, coerced her into having sex with him when she was 16. Polanski remains under house arrest in Switzerland, fighting extradition to the U.S., where he still faces sentencing for a 1977 sex charge involving a 13-year-old girl. His lawyers said they have no information on Lewis' claims. The Oscar-winning director, meanwhile, issued a statement saying American prosecutors only want to ''serve me on a platter to the media.'' — Additional reporting by Stewart Allen

BIRTHDAYS
Mr. T, 58
May 21

Bob Dylan, 69
May 24

Ian McKellen, 71
May 25

Lauryn Hill, 35
May 25

Lenny Kravitz, 46
May 26


Remembering A Rock Icon: Ronnie James Dio (1942 -- 2010)
Most vocalists are lucky to sing with one popular band. Ronnie James Dio, who died on May 16 at the age of 67 following a battle with cancer, fronted no fewer than three legendary rock acts. However, Dio's status as a metal icon owed little to luck. He possessed one of music's most titanic singing voices, as he repeatedly proved during his tenures with Black Sabbath, Rainbow, and Dio.

The singer first came to the attention of rock fans in the mid-'70s as the frontman of Rainbow, the band formed by Deep Purple guitarist Ritchie Blackmore. In 1979, Dio replaced Ozzy Osbourne as Black Sabbath's lead vocalist and recorded two studio albums, Heaven and Hell and Mob Rules. The singer then formed Dio, whose 1983 debut, Holy Diver, sold more than a million copies. More recently, the singer appeared in the 2006 film Tenacious D in the Pick of Destiny opposite Jack Black, and just last year he released an album called The Devil You Know with his former Sabbath bandmates. His considerable legacy lives on in the beloved-by-metalheads ''devil's horn'' greeting, which Dio helped popularize. He claimed it was a gesture his Italian grandmother made to protect young Ronnie from ''the evil eye.'' — Clark Collis

Originally posted May 21, 2010 Published in issue #1104 May 28, 2010 Order article reprints
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