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Celebrity news for the week of February 1, 2008

BIRTHS
Chris Noth (a.k.a. Sex and the City's Mr. Big), 53, and his girlfriend, actress Tara Wilson, are now first-time parents. Son Orion Christopher arrived Jan. 18 in L.A.... Also in the new-parents club: Celebrity Rehab's Daniel Baldwin, 46, and wife Joanne Smith-Baldwin, who welcomed daughter Avis Ann on Jan. 17 in L.A.

SPLITS
In a joint statement released on Jan. 16, Eddie Murphy, 46, and Tracey Edmonds, 40, announced that they've parted ways only two weeks after holding an unofficial wedding ceremony on a private island near Bora Bora. The couple say they have ''decided to remain friends.''

RECOVERING
On Jan. 17, country star Faith Hill, 40, announced that she underwent knee surgery to repair an old softball injury from high school. Though now undergoing physical therapy, the singer will continue to record her 2008 Christmas album as planned.... On Jan. 18, a spokesperson for Lily Allen, 22, confirmed that the British singer suffered a miscarriage. Allen and her boyfriend, the Chemical Brothers' Ed Simons, 37, announced her pregnancy last month.

FREED
Kiefer Sutherland (24), 41, was released from a Glendale, Calif., prison on Jan. 21, after serving 48 days behind bars — his full sentence — for an October DUI conviction. The actor will remain on probation until 2012 and must attend an alcohol-education program.

COURTS
Three former DEA agents filed a $55 million defamation suit against NBC Universal on Jan. 16 in NYC. They refute the claim in the epilogue to the company's film American Gangster that ''three-quarters of New York City's Drug Enforcement Agency'' were convicted on corruption charges between 1973 and 1985, following the events depicted in the movie. Gangster chronicles the clash between real-life heroin kingpin Frank Lucas, played by Denzel Washington, and New Jersey detective Richie Roberts, played by Russell Crowe. A rep for NBC Universal did not return calls for comment.

DEATHS
Musician John Stewart, 68, a member of the Kingston Trio and composer of the Monkees' 1967 hit ''Daydream Believer,'' after suffering a stroke, Jan. 19, in San Diego.... Jazz bassist Earl May, 80, who played with greats like Charlie Parker, of a pulmonary embolism, Jan. 4, in South Orange, N.J.... Actress Lois Nettleton, 80, who starred in a 1973 Broadway revival of A Streetcar Named Desire and appeared on TV shows like The Golden Girls, of complications from lung cancer, Jan. 18, in Woodland Hills, Calif. — Additional reporting by Stewart Allen


Winehouse of Pain
Amy Winehouse's image took another hit on Jan. 22, when U.K. tabloid The Sun posted footage allegedly showing her smoking crack. A rep from The Sun said the clip was filmed Jan. 18. ''We are deeply disappointed...by these latest revelations and are doing everything we can to offer Amy our full support,'' said her label in a statement. Her publicist also told EW that the singer, nominated for six Grammys, plans to attend the ceremony next month. — Simon Vozick-Levinson

Originally posted Jan 25, 2008 Published in issue #976 Feb 01, 2008 Order article reprints