Arrested Development star Jason Bateman and wife Amanda Anka, both 37, had their first child, daughter Francesca Nora, on Oct. 28.
Reese Witherspoon, 30, and Ryan Phillippe, 32, announced Oct. 30 they are separating after seven years of marriage. They have two children, Ava, 7, and Deacon, 3…. After disappointing sales for Janet Jackson’s latest album, her boyfriend, Jermaine Dupri, said Oct. 24 that he’s quitting as president of urban music at Virgin Records, though sources say Dupri may remain at parent company EMI.
Serial airport nuisance Snoop Dogg, 35, was arrested on Oct. 26 in Burbank after airport police allegedly found marijuana and a gun in his car. This is the rapper’s second airport incident in as many months. ”There was no basis for the search,” says Snoop’s lawyer. A court date is set for Dec. 12…. Model Naomi Campbell, 36, was arrested in London Oct. 25 on suspicion of assault after she allegedly attacked her drug counselor. Campbell’s rep has said the incident was ”a misunderstanding.”
Diminutive socialite Nicole Richie, 25, is seeking treatment from doctors to help her gain weight, her rep said Oct. 26.
Actress and swimmer Esther Williams, 85, was released from an L.A. hospital Oct. 27 after being treated for a viral infection. She’s expected to make a full recovery.
Desperate Housewife Marcia Cross, 44, is trying to halt the sale of her own nude photos that she threw out, according to Dumpster diver to the stars David Hans Schmidt. Cross has said the pics are copyrighted. Schmidt says (seriously), ”Finders keepers, losers weepers.”… Former Today host Jane Pauley, 55, filed a lawsuit against The New York Times Co. Oct. 23. Pauley claims she was tricked into taking part in a pharmaceutical ad when she thought she was participating in an article about mental health (Pauley has bipolar disorder). An NYT rep said the suit has no merit.
Grey’s Anatomy star Isaiah Washington, 43, apologized for his ”actions and the unfortunate use of words during the recent incident” after a spat with costar Patrick Dempsey, 40, on set.
An act of God? A welder accidentally set fire to the L.A. set of Steve Carell’s Evan Almighty on Oct. 30, igniting more speculation about the sequel’s ever-swelling budget.
Mariah Carey’s Oct. 28 Hong Kong concert was called off. Organizers cited ”unreasonable demands”; Carey’s camp says the promoters reneged on their financial end.
Author Theodore Taylor (The Cay), 85, of complications after a heart attack, Oct. 26, in Laguna Beach, Calif…. Tony-winning actor Arthur Hill (Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?), 84, of Alzheimer’s, Oct. 22, in Pacific Palisades, Calif…. Tommy Johnson, 71, the tuba player behind the Jaws riff, of cancer and kidney failure, Oct. 16, in L.A.
BOB BARKER RETIRES
It is truly the end of an era: After 50 years on TV — 35 of them hosting CBS’ game show The Price Is Right — Bob Barker, 82, announced Oct. 31 that he will lay down the Plinko chips after the season’s final episode tapes in May 2007. Who will inherit the skinny mic? ”It’s premature to discuss any transition plans,” says a CBS rep. ”The focus now is on giving Bob a proper send-off.” With…a new car!
Controversy of the Week
Michael J. Fox’s campaign for stem-cell research sent ripples throughout Hollywood when the Parkinson’s-afflicted actor, 45, appeared in a recent political ad for a Senate candidate who supports his cause. Everybody Loves Raymond’s Patricia Heaton and The Passion of the Christ’s Jim Caviezel came out with another spot opposing the research. Then Rush Limbaugh accused the Spin City star, who was visibly shaky during the ad, of “either [being] off his medication or acting.” (“The irony of it is that I was too medicated,” Fox responded. “Sometimes it kicks in too hard.”) Though Limbaugh issued a halfhearted apology for the attack, maybe it’s not a good idea for someone with his rep to question the use of medication in the first place.