It’s a girl for Top Chef host Padma Lakshmi, 39, who welcomed her first child, daughter Krishna Thea, Feb. 20. The model and cookbook author announced her pregnancy last October after years of struggling with endometriosis, a condition that can lead to infertility. Although she has yet to identify the baby’s father, in January she did offer insight into her baby’s name. “It will be after someone in my family,” she said, “so don’t expect to see an Anglicized name; it will be a classically Indian Sanskrit name.”
Jon Gosselin, 32, and TLC have settled their months-long legal battle, the network announced Feb. 17. The cable channel sued the former Jon & Kate Plus 8 star last October, charging that he had breached his contract by making appearances for other TV stations without permission. He countersued for $5 million in November, claiming that TLC reps damaged his reputation and career by discouraging other media outlets from working with him, and also accused the network of violating Pennsylvania’s child labor laws while filming his 9-year-old twins and 5-year-old sextuplets with ex-wife Kate. A TLC rep said the terms of the settlement are confidential.
Jake Harris, 24, of the Discovery Channel’s Deadliest Catch, was arrested on suspicion of drunk driving and on hit-and-run charges after rear-ending another car with his father’s BMW in Seattle Feb. 18. The fishing-vessel deckhand—whose dad and costar, Phil, died Feb. 9 after suffering a massive stroke—was also jailed for operating the car with a suspended license. He was released after posting $2,000 bail two days later. His reps had no comment.
Former Vice President Dick Cheney, 69, was resting comfortably at a Washington, D.C., hospital Feb. 22, his office said, after being admitted for chest pains. He suffered four heart attacks between 1978 and 2000 and underwent a procedure in 2008 to restore his heart to a normal rhythm after experiencing a recurrence of atrial fibrillation.
Alexander Haig, 85, a secretary of state under President Ronald Reagan, died of complications from an infection in Baltimore Feb. 20. The retired Army four-star general was President Richard Nixon’s chief of staff during the 1973 Watergate scandal and unsuccessfully ran for the Republican nomination for president in 1988. Current secretary of state Hillary Rodham Clinton praised him for having earned “honor on the battlefield, the confidence of presidents and prime ministers, and the thanks of a grateful nation.” • Actor and director Lionel Jeffries, 83—best known for playing Grandpa Potts in the 1968 family movie Chitty Chitty Bang Bang—died at a nursing home in Poole, England, Feb. 19, following a long illness. An accomplished filmmaker, he also directed the 1970 film adaptation of the children’s book The Railway Children. • Kathryn Grayson, 88, star of the movie musicals Show Boat (1951) and Kiss Me Kate (1953), died in L.A. Feb. 17.