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BIRTHS

Cheryl Hines (Curb Your Enthusiasm), 38, and husband Paul Young, 34, welcomed their first child, Catherine Rose, March 8 in L.A.

EXPECTING

Harvey Keitel, 64, and his wife of two years, filmmaker Daphna Kastner, 42, are expecting their first child in August. Keitel has two children from previous relationships.

SPLITS

A rep for Willem Dafoe, 48, confirmed March 8 that the actor and his partner of 27 years, Wooster Group cofounder Elizabeth LeCompte, 59, have parted. The couple has a son, Jack, 22.

ARRESTS

David Crosby, 62, was arrested March 6 in NYC for allegedly possessing a loaded gun and marijuana. He pleaded not guilty, was released on $3,500 bail, and is due in court May 19.

COURTS

The battle between Alec Baldwin (right), 45, and Kim Basinger, 50, for custody of daughter Ireland, 8, ended in an L.A. Superior Court. Neither side would comment except to say they were happy the dispute was resolved.... Game show producer Ralph Andrews, 76, sued Dick Clark's production company March 1, claiming he was passed up for a job because, as America's Oldest Teenager (who's 74) put it, ''People our age are considered dinosaurs!'' Andrews seeks unspecified damages.... Mel Gibson's Icon Distribution Inc. sued L.A. postproduction facility Lightning Media on March 4 after a clip of The Passion of the Christ appeared on the Internet. The suit claims the company is responsible for former employees who allegedly pirated the film, and seeks $150,000 per copy. Lightning is looking to resolve the matter.... On March 4, a U.S. district court ruled that Orson Welles' daughter could sell his 1941 Oscar, in opposition to the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences' longstanding ban on sales. AMPAS will appeal.

DEPARTURES

On March 3, the Walt Disney Company replaced embattled CEO Michael Eisner, 62, as chairman with presiding director George Mitchell. Eisner will continue to oversee the company's day-to-day activities (his contract expires in 2006). A Disney statement claims, ''The board remains unanimous in its support of the company's management team and of Michael Eisner.''... Alistair Cooke, 95, read his last ''Letter From America'' on BBC radio, ending a 58-year career that included 21 years as host of PBS' Masterpiece Theatre.

RECOVERING

The Ladykillers costar Irma P. Hall (below), 68, sustained multiple injuries in a car accident Jan. 24 in Chicago. The actress is receiving postsurgery rehabilitation.... Playwright Neil Simon, 76, received a kidney March 2 from friend and publicist Bill Evans. A rep said both are ''doing fine.''... Siegfried & Roy's Roy Horn, 59, is back on his feet after being mauled by a 600-pound white tiger in October. On March 9, a rep said he was ''making progress every day.''

DEATHS

Writer Drake Sather (Saturday Night Live, Ed), 44, a suicide, March 3, in L.A.... Nuyorican playwright and poet Pedro Pietri, 59, of stomach cancer, March 3, en route to NYC from Mexico.... Oscar-winning film editor Ralph E. Winters (Ben-Hur), 94, of natural causes, Feb. 26, in L.A.... Songwriter Julius Dixon (''Lollipop''), 90, of natural causes, Jan. 30, in NYC.

VERDICT

Guilty of obstruction of justice, among other charges, Martha Stewart proclaimed on her website March 5: ''I will...fight to clear my name.'' Experts predict she faces up to 16 months in prison. Meanwhile, Viacom and UPN have pulled her TV show.

CONSPIRACY

After Clear Channel Communications' Feb. 25 decision to drop the shock jock's show from six of its stations, ''King of All Media'' Howard Stern took to the airwaves with the theory that there is a link between his anti-Bush stance and what he sees as the death of his show. ''Once they win the election, they're going to smack me down,'' he announced March 9.

Originally posted Mar 19, 2004 Published in issue #756 Mar 19, 2004 Order article reprints