Milestones Jan. 26, 1998

EXPECTING. UMA THURMAN, 27, other-worldly actress, and ETHAN HAWKE, 27, her companion and Gattaca co-star; their first child; in July.

REPLACED. FRANK GIFFORD, 67, co-host of ABC's Monday Night Football for the past 27 years; by BOOMER ESIASON, 36, the Cincinnati Bengals quarterback who quit the team last week to join the network.

DIED. JOHN WELLS, 61, satirical British writer-actor; of cancer; in London. An Oxford graduate and schoolmaster at Eton College, Wells found relief from his straitlaced company in dispatches to the humor magazine Private Eye, writing the columns Mrs. Wilson's Diary and Dear Bill--purportedly Denis Thatcher's crotchety chronicle of...

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