Jennifer Wren
July 31, 2006 12:00 PM


Louise Brown, the world’s first test-tube baby, is pregnant with her first child. Brown, 28, who conceived naturally with her husband, Wesley Mullinder, 36, is due in January.


Bridget Jones’s Diary author Helen Fielding, 48, and her partner, producer Kevin Curran, 49, welcomed their second child, a girl, July 16 in L.A. “She’s gorgeous,” said Fielding’s rep, “but yet to be named.”


Talk show host Montel Williams is engaged to Tara Fowler, an American Airlines flight attendant. Williams popped the question at an N.Y.C. restaurant July 12 in front of both their families. “I had no idea,” confessed Fowler, who says they haven’t picked a date yet. Williams, who has been married twice before, added, “I feel like I have a true partner.”


American Idol finalist Kellie Pickler, 20, has signed a record deal with country label BNA Records and 19 Recordings. Her first single is due in September.


An L.A. court granted John Cusack a restraining order against Emily Leatherman July 18 after the actor claimed she was stalking him. The order requires Leatherman to stay at least 500 feet from him…. Model Naomi Campbell, 36, was sued July 13 in New York City by a third former employee, Amanda Brack, 20, who alleges she was subjected to “verbal, physical and emotional attacks” and is seeking unspecified damages…. Outed CIA officer Valerie Plame and her husband, former U.S. ambassador Joseph Wilson, filed a suit July 13 against Vice President Dick Cheney, his former aide I. Lewis “Scooter” Libby and presidential adviser Karl Rove, claiming they violated their constitutional rights. The couple, who are seeking unspecified damages, allege Plame’s identity as an agent was leaked to the press as punishment for Wilson’s criticism of the Bush Administration’s justification for the Iraq war.


On July 13, an L.A. judge and lawyers for Charlie Sheen and Denise Richards agreed to extend a restraining order for the second time against the actor through Aug. 14. It requires that Sheen, 40, stay at least 300 feet from Richards, 35, and their daughters, Sam, 2, and Lola, 1, except for supervised visits.


Tough-guy writer Mickey Spillane, creator of the Mike Hammer detective series, died July 17 in Murrells Inlet, S.C., at age 88 of undisclosed causes. During his career of five decades, critics often dismissed his blunt, gritty style, but his novels sold millions and spawned a 1980s TV show. Spillane even played up his image in Miller Lite beer commercials.


“I’m a little guy,” said Red Buttons, “and that’s what I play.” Yet, despite his 5′6″ height, the character actor, who died July 13 at 87 of vascular disease, made a big impression with his quick wit and dramatic skills, even winning a Best Supporting Actor Oscar for his role as a soldier in 1957’s Sayonora. “He was very warm,” notes comic Don Rickles. “Audiences loved him.” With a career that spanned 70 years, Buttons (born Aaron Chwatt) “made the transition from comedian to serious actor and then to a stand-up and [celebrity-roast] emcee,” says comedian Norm Crosby. “Everything he did well.” Adds actress Renee Taylor: “He was in a lot of pain at the end. Yet he said, ‘I had a great life and I’m ready to go.'”

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