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ENGAGEMENTS

Actress Laura Dern, 37, and rocker Ben Harper, 34, announced their engagement but have set no date to wed. It will be his second marriage, her first; the couple have a daughter, Ellery, 3, and are expecting a second child later this year. Harper has two children from a previous relationship.

EXPECTING

Footballer David Beckham, 29, and his wife, Victoria ''Posh Spice'' Beckham, 31, will welcome their third child in March. With siblings Brooklyn, 5, and Romeo, 2, the Beckham brood will be just eight players short of a side.

BIRTHS

Frasier star Kelsey Grammer, 49, and wife Camille, 35, welcomed son Jude Gordon Aug. 28. The tot joins them via a surrogate mother (as did daughter Mason, 2). Grammer has two children from previous relationships.... CNN American Morning's Soledad O'Brien, 37, and husband Brad Raymond greeted twin boys, Charlie and Jackson, Aug. 30. They join sisters Sofia, 4, and Cecilia, 2.... The Mummy's Brendan Fraser, 35, and wife Afton have a new son, Holden Fletcher, born Aug. 16. He joins brother Griffin, 1.

PREMIERE

''I like my job,'' said Criminal's John C. Reilly. ''I like to think the more movies I make, the better I become at being the connecting actor in the Kevin Bacon-type actor-matching games.''

SPLITS

Former Access Hollywood anchor Pat O'Brien, 56, filed for divorce from Linda, his wife of 30 years, Aug. 26 in L.A.

RECOVERING

Actress Charlize Theron, 29, suffered an unspecified injury Aug. 30 while doing her own stunts on the Berlin set of her upcoming film, Aeon Flux. ''She is taking some time off so she can get better quick,'' her publicist said.... Major Dad actor Gerald McRaney, 57, underwent surgery Aug. 30 in Houston to remove a cancerous growth from his lung. Production on McRaney's fall series, Commando Nanny, has been put on hold pending his recovery, say reps.

ARRESTS

Along with actor Vija Grosgalves and indie filmmaker Stephen Marshall, actress Rosario Dawson (Men in Black II), 25, was one of over two hundred people arrested in NYC Aug. 29, as hundreds of thousands of protesters flooded the streets before the Republican National Convention. The three were shooting a scene for The Revolution and using the protest for its free extras. Police said the actors' black bandanas violated laws prohibiting protestors from masking identity. Dawson, who was held for 12 hours, is due back in court Nov. 9. ''This is a simple misunderstanding,'' say her reps.... Danny Glover, 57, was arrested Aug. 25 outside the Sudanese embassy in Washington, D.C., while protesting the humanitarian crisis in the African country's Darfur region. The actor was booked for unlawful assembly and trespassing, then released.

LEGACY

We really do remember: In 1982, the voices in our head were calling ''Gloria,'' thanks to Laura Branigan's triumphant Grammy-nominated chorus. The singer and actress (last seen in Off Broadway's Love, Janis in '02), who died of a brain aneurysm Aug. 26 at age 47, was the first to record songwriter Diane Warren's work, including 1983's ''Solitaire.'' ''She always had a wink in her eye,'' says Warren. ''People might go, 'Oh, those were cheesy pop records,' but 'Gloria' is a classic.''

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