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WEDDINGS

Ah, the union of fire and ice: Baywatch star Gena Lee Nolin, 32, wed NHL's Phoenix Coyotes defenseman Cale Hulse, 30, Sept. 3. It's his first marriage, her second.

BIRTHS

The Passion of the Christ's Monica Bellucci (below), 35, and her husband, French actor Vincent Cassel, 37, welcomed their first child, daughter Deva, Sept. 12.

PREMIERE

''If this movie was real life,'' mused Cellular's phone-toting hero Chris Evans (with costars William H. Macy and Kim Basinger) Sept. 9, ''the battery would be dead from the get-go, which is what always happens to me.''

CRIME

Dolce, the L.A. restaurant partly owned by Punk'd host Ashton Kutcher, 26, was burglarized on Sept. 4 and Sept. 6. The perps got away with an undisclosed amount of money. Kutcher could not be reached for comment.

COURTS

American Idol creator Simon Fuller filed suit Sept. 10 in London against the producers of U.K. talent-search show The X Factor, Idol cranky-pants Simon Cowell and FremantleMedia. Fuller is suing for copyright infringement and breach of contract, claiming the series, which premiered Sept. 4, is a rip-off of Idol and its British counterpart, Pop Idol. In a statement, FremantleMedia denied the allegations.... The family of actor John Ritter, who died Sept. 11, 2003, filed a wrongful death suit Sept. 3 against L.A.'s Providence St. Joseph Medical Center. Ritter's wife, Amy Yasbeck, 42, and children (including Joan of Arcadia's Jason Ritter, 24) claim the hospital made a misdiagnosis and are asking for unspecified damages. In a statement, the hospital says ''it would be premature to make any comments.''... On Sept. 7, a Cincinnati appeals court ruled that a two-second George Clinton sample in a 1990 N.W.A song, ''100 Miles and Runnin','' was pirated, despite being nearly unrecognizable. In its precedent-setting decision (which could open all of hip-hop up to new lawsuits), the court wrote, ''Get a license or do not sample.''

DEPARTURES

Embattled Disney CEO Michael Eisner announced Sept. 10 he'll step down when his contract expires in 2006. Despite a good-riddance letter from Disney heir Roy, it's rumored Eisner hopes to name COO Robert Iger as his successor and reinstall himself as chairman (a role he filled from 1984 until his ouster in March). His parting statement was less far-reaching: ''I can only conclude by telling you what I am doing next. 'I'm going to Disneyland!'''

DEATHS

Soap actor Michael Louden (As the World Turns), 40, of a brain aneurysm, Sept. 4, in Hollywood.... British actress Fritha Goodey (About a Boy), 31, an apparent suicide, Sept. 8, in London.... Disney animator Frank Thomas, 92, who helped create the characters of Lady and the Tramp, among others, of complications from a cerebral hemorrhage, Sept. 8, in L.A.... Ad exec Billy Davis, 72, who wrote ''I'd Like to Buy the World a Coke,'' of undisclosed causes, Sept. 2, in New Rochelle, N.Y.... Actor William ''Billy'' Pierson (Stalag 17), 78, of respiratory problems, Aug. 27, in Newton, N.J.... Guitar-string maker Ernie Ball, 74, after a long illness, Sept. 9, in San Luis Obispo, Calif.... Jonathan Mark Scharer, 56, original producer of spoof-fest Forbidden Broadway, of cancer, Sept. 7, in Greenwich, Conn.... Burlesque historian Ralph G. Allen, 70, who wrote the Broadway musical Sugar Babies, of undisclosed causes, Sept. 9, in NYC.... Jerome Chodorov, 93, a cowriter of the book for the musical Wonderful Town, of natural causes, Sept. 12, in Nyack, N.Y.

Originally posted Sep 24, 2004 Published in issue #785 Sep 24, 2004 Order article reprints
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