R&B singer Ne-Yo, 31, and his girlfriend, Monyetta Shaw, 30, welcomed their first child, Madilyn Grace, on Nov. 12 in Atlanta. “This feels like nothing I’ve ever felt before,” the multitalented artist said after witnessing the birth. “Like I’m in love for the first time.” • Up in the Air star Vera Farmiga, 37, and her husband, musician/carpenter Renn Hawkey, 36, added to their brood on Nov. 4 with the arrival of their second child, Gytta Lubov. The little girl joins big brother Fynn, 22 months.
Slightly more than a year after LeAnn Rimes, 28, revealed that her seven-year marriage to Dean Sheremet, 29, was over, Sheremet is planning to marry photographer Sarah Silver, 34, next summer in New York City. On Nov. 13 Rimes, who denies being engaged to her boyfriend, actor Eddie Cibrian, 37, tweeted, “Congrats to Dean and Sarah on your engagement! A little birdie told me the happy news last night. Wishes for a life full of happiness.”
Former Survivor contestant Stephenie LaGrossa, 30, married Philadelphia Phillies pitcher Kyle Kendrick, 26, on Nov. 13 in Napa, Calif. “I never thought there was ‘the one,’ but now I believe it,” the bride told People. Her wedding planner, Joannie Liss, added about the newlyweds, “These two are absolutely wild about each other!”
Former Miss California Carrie Prejean (inset), 23, and her husband, Oakland Raiders player Kyle Boller, 29, are happily awaiting the birth of their first child next May. An “ecstatic” Boller, who married the first runner-up in the Miss USA pageant in July, said, “We are so in love, and this was just the best news when we found out.” Prejean shot to fame in 2009 when she voiced her opposition to gay marriage during the contest, and then lost her Miss California title for allegedly violating the terms of her contract.
Kristen Hall, 48, a founding member of country music’s Sugarland, settled her suit against the band on Nov. 12 in Atlanta.
Hall, a singer-songwriter who left the Grammy-winning group in 2005, charged that Sugarland’s remaining members, Kristian Bush, 40, and Jennifer Nettles, 36, owed her a third of the band’s profits, which her lawyers estimated at more than $14 million. Terms of the settlement were not disclosed.
A FILM LEGEND PASSES AWAY
Dino De Laurentiis, 91, the prolific producer who cranked out scores of memorable movies over a 70-year career, died in Beverly Hills Nov. 11. The flamboyant Italian was a tireless showman whose films included the Oscar-winning La Strada and the magnificent Romeo and Juliet, along with turkeys such as Dune and 1976’s King Kong. Nominated for 38 Oscars, De Laurentiis (left, with Mia Farrow in 1979) also produced quality fare such as The Shootist, Serpico and Three Days of the Condor. David Lynch, who directed Blue Velvet for De Laurentiis, told the Los Angeles Times, “I don’t think anyone will ever top Dino. He always had fun, and he loved the cinema world.”