Tuesday, June 24, 2008

Some News Tidbits: Ruben Studdard, Dody Goodman, Shawn Southwick King

The wife of CNN host Larry King, Shawn Southwick King, has entered rehab for an addiction to painkillers, the New York Post's Page Six reports. Larry, 74, married actress Shawn, 48, in 1997, and the couple have two children together, ages 9 and 8. She also has a 26-year-old son from a previous marriage. A friend of Larry's tells the Post, "Shawn is in rehab for medication issues related to her chronic migraine problem."

Second-season American Idol champ Ruben Studdard obtained a marriage license Monday in Alabama, PEOPLE has learned. Ruben, 29, arrived at the Shelby County Probate Office in Birmingham with fiancée Surata Zuri McCants, 30, just before noon, filled out the paperwork and walked away with their license, an eyewitness says. Ruben is a Birmingham native. "They looked really happy," says the eyewitness. There was no immediate word on when they planned to marry. An Alabama marriage license is valid for 30 days.

Dody Goodman, the comedian known for her television appearances on Jack Paar's late-night talk show and as the mother on the soap-opera parody Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman, has died at 93. Dody died Sunday at Englewood (N.J.) Hospital and Medical Center, said Joan Adams, a close family friend. The actress had been ill for some time and had lived in the Actors Fund Home in Englewood since October, Adams said.

Goodman, with her pixyish appearance and Southern-tinged, quavery voice, had an eclectic show-business career. She moved easily from stage to television to movies, where she appeared in such popular films as Grease and Grease 2, playing Blanche, the principal's assistant, and in Splash.

Source: www.people.com and www.foxnews.com