For entertaining maven Martha Stewart, 69, this is a really good thing. Stewart’s daughter Alexis, 45, who cohosts the radio show Whatever with Alexis & Jennifer, became a mother on March 8, when daughter Jude was born via gestational surrogate. The proud grandma said that her granddaughter shares Alexis’ “pouty little mouth” and is an “ideal baby.”
Spice Girl-turned-fashion designer Victoria Beckham, 36, and soccer-star husband, David, 35, announced on March 11 that they are expecting a baby girl. Older brothers Brooklyn, 12, Romeo, 8, and Cruz, 6, “are happy and excited” about the news, says David.
Singer Jewel, 36, was in a fender bender with a fire truck near her home in Stephenville, Texas, on March 11. Jewel, who is expecting her first child this spring with rodeo champion husband Ty Murray, tweeted that “me & the baby r ok.”
Who’s the Boss? actor Tony Danza, 59, cited “irreconcilable differences” and filed for divorce on March 4 from his wife, Tracy, 52. The couple, who married in 1986, have been separated since 2006 and have two children, Katherine, 23, and Emily, 17.
The space shuttle Discovery sailed back to earth on March 9, ending its 39th and final space mission. Commander Steven Lindsey, 50, called the landing “a pretty bittersweet moment.” Holding the record for the most missions, Discovery was the first to fly following the Challenger and Columbia disasters.
Tony Award-winning director Julie Taymor, 58, was replaced March 9 as the director of much-delayed Broadway musical Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark. The show—with music written by U2’s Bono and The Edge—has been plagued by cast accidents, and at $70 million and counting is the most expensive play ever to swing into the Great White Way. Taymor will stay on as an artistic adviser.
Kim Hill, whose childhood struggle with leukemia in the early 1970s inspired the first Ronald McDonald House, died March 12 of brain cancer in Orange, Calif., at age 44. The charity now has more than 300 houses in 30 countries.
BACK TO PRISON
Richard Hatch is currently making his way through the snake-pit rounds of The Celebrity Apprentice and cavorted naked around a Survivor desert island in 2000 before landing the $1 million prize. Hatch, 49, spent three years in prison for failure to pay taxes on those winnings, but after his release in 2009 he never refiled—or paid the original amount due—and according to the prosecutor now owes $2 million in additional taxes and penalties. A judge ordered him back to jail, and on March 14 he turned himself in. Notes tax expert Robert Willens, the “harsher punishment might be to serve as a deterrent to others.” Hatch proclaims his innocence, and his Apprentice boss Donald Trump says that he “may look into helping him.”