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Moulin Rouge star Ewan McGregor, 30, and his wife, Eve, 35, a production designer, had their second child, Esther Rose, on Nov. 7 in London. Big sister Clara is 5.


First baseman Mark McGwire, 38, whose 70 home runs in 1998 made baseball history, announced on Nov. 11 that he will retire from the game due to ongoing injuries. The slugger, who hit 583 homers in a 16-year career, was set to sign a two-year, $30 million contract with the St. Louis Cardinals.

In the Running

On Nov. 7 Democrat Chad Condit, 34, who has vigorously defended his father, Rep. Gary Condit, 53, regarding his involvement in the case of missing intern Chandra Levy, filed notice of intent to run for the California state senate.


Beverly Hills, 90210 alums Vanessa Marcil, 33, and Brian A. Green, 28,

await the birth of their first child in the spring. The couple plan to wed next summer.


Philanthropist Percy Ross, 84, who for nearly 17 years penned the syndicated column “Thanks a Million,” in which he gave away his self-made fortune to the needy for everything from graduation ties to organ transplants, died at his home in Edina, Minn., of undisclosed causes on Nov. 10….

Playwright Anthony Shaffer, 75, whose thriller Sleuth won a Tony Award for best play of 1970 and became a 1972 movie, died in his London home after a heart attack on Nov. 6….

Flamboyant fashion editor Carrie Donovan, 73, as well-known for her oversize black-rimmed glasses as her trend spotting over nearly four decades at The New York Times, Vogue and Harper’s Bazaar, died in Manhattan on Nov. 12 from a pulmonary illness. In 1997 the fashionista embarked on a second career, appearing in 44 cheeky TV ads for Old Navy….

Eunice Simpson, 80, who defended her son, former football star O.J. Simpson, 54, during his 1995 doublemurder trial, died of complications from a stroke in San Francisco on Nov. 9.

Down the Aisle

Actor Jeffrey Tambor (The Larry Sanders Show), 57, wed longtime love, actress Kasia Ostlun, 33, in New Orleans on Oct. 6.


The Crying Game‘s Forest Whitaker, 40, was charged with DUI on Nov. 3 after Santa Monica police pulled him over driving a 2001 BMW. The star, who posted $12,500 bail, said, “I regret the incident.”


A San Francisco federal appeals court ruled on Nov. 7 that the $5 billion

in punitive damages awarded to fishermen and Alaska natives for the 1989 Exxon Valdez oil spill—he worst in the nation’s history—n Alaska’s Prince William Sound is excessive. Barring any legal appeals, a judge will determine a lesser amount.


Joe Temeczko, an 86-year-old Polish immigrant from Minneapolis who died on Oct. 14, left more than $1 million to New York City. According to his lawyer, William Wangensteen, Temeczko, a self-employed carpenter, made a will after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks. “He wore work boots and carried a knapsack,” said Wangensteen. “You’d have thought he was a bag person”