Kevin Costner, 55, became a father for the seventh time when his wife, Christine, 36, gave birth to the couple’s first daughter, Grace, on June 2 in Los Angeles. The baby girl joins big brothers Cayden, 3, and Hayes, 16 months. Costner has four older children from previous relationships.
January Jones, 32, was involved in a car crash June 10 in Los Angeles but was uninjured and will not face any charges. Jones told police she was being trailed by photographers when she lost control of her Range Rover and struck three parked cars. Leaving her license in the vehicle, she walked to her nearby home, called 911 and returned to the scene of the accident. The actress, who plays Betty Draper on Mad Men, was not cited or arrested, but her car was impounded as an investigation was launched. Police said no drugs or alcohol were involved.
Catherine Zeta-Jones, 40, was named a Commander of the Order of the British Empire by Queen Elizabeth II on June 12 in London, the day before winning the Tony Award for Best Actress in a Musical. The Welsh-born wife of actor Michael Douglas was a tap-dancing champ and TV performer in England and went on to win the Oscar in 2003 for Chicago. She is a patron of the Children’s Hospital for Wales and was cited for her service to the film industry and to charity.
Jimmy Dean (inset), 81, a country music icon, TV star and sausage-making entrepreneur, died at his home in Henrico County, Va., on June 13. Dean’s 1961 smash hit “Big Bad John”—about a coal miner who saves his coworkers when a mine collapses—took him less than two hours to write and won a Grammy. After the success of his genre-crossing tune, Dean headlined at top venues such as Carnegie Hall. He also had a string of television shows and appeared in films, including Diamonds Are Forever. His childhood experience butchering hogs led the Country Music Hall of Famer to found his own sausage company in 1969.
Little Orphan Annie, her beloved pooch Sandy and Daddy Warbucks made their last newspaper appearance on June 13, when the comic strip ended after 85 years. Although Annie was carried by hundreds of newspapers at the height of its popularity, this year fewer than 20 publications featured the red-haired scamp and her cohorts. However, the sun will come out tomorrow: The characters are “moving into new channels,” the strip’s owner says, and the musical Annie is scheduled to return to Broadway in 2012 after a 15-year absence.
GARY COLEMAN UPDATE
Former manager Dion Mial dropped his claim over Coleman’s estate after a 2005 will surfaced June 11 from the actor’s ex-girlfriend Anna Gray (below right). The new document leaves the bulk of his estate to Gray, with his model trains going to hobby shops. Coleman’s ex-wife Shannon Price (below left), 24, argues she was his common-law wife despite their 2008 divorce and says a handwritten will names her as sole heir.