BABY ON BOARD
Four years after they married, Fergie, 37, and Josh Duhamel, 40, are expecting their first child. On Feb. 18 the singer tweeted, “Josh & Me & BABY makes three!!!” • Former Sopranos star Jamie-Lynn Sigler will welcome her first baby with her fiancé, Cutter Dykstra. The actress, 31, and the baseball player, 23, announced their engagement last month after dating for a year.
Her lively stage performances have taken a toll on Lady Gaga, who has a tear in her hip requiring surgery and a lengthy recovery period. The superstar, 26, revealed that she injured herself while performing and can barely walk. The remainder of the songbirds Born This Way Ball tour has been canceled.
On Feb. 14 in Los Angeles LeAnn Rimes (inset) sued Dr. Duane McKay for dental negli-gence, charging that his shoddy work left her with a “permanent cosmetic deficiency.” The singer, 30, claimed that because of the dentist’s poor treatment over three years, she has undergone bone grafting, nine root canals and the removal of eight crowns, all of which has affected her ability to perform and caused her “emotional and psychiatric injuries.” Dr. McKay had no comment. • Former congressman Jesse Jackson Jr. agreed on Feb. 15 to plead guilty to federal charges that he spent $750,000 in campaign funds on personal items, including Michael Jackson memorabilia, a gold-plated Rolex watch and fur coats. The son of civil rights activist Jesse Jackson faces a hefty fine and several years in prison when he is sentenced. The Chicago Democrat, 47, resigned from the House of Representatives last November for health reasons.
Hugh Grant, 52, announced via Twitter on Feb. 16 that his 17-month-old daughter Tabitha now has a new baby brother, reportedly named Felix Chang. The mother of the actor’s two children is Tinglan Hong, and Grant tweeted, “To be crystal clear. I am the Daddy.” • At the age of 67, Steve Martin has become a first-time father. The actor and his wife, Anne String-field, 40, welcomed a baby in December but have not yet revealed the child’s name or gender.
Danica Patrick, 30, roared into the record books when she became the first woman to win the pole position at the famous Daytona 500, scheduled this year for Feb. 24. After topping 196 mph on Feb. 17, the NASCAR trailblazer said, “I was brought up to be the fastest driver, not the fastest girl.”
CAMELOT ON THE BLOCK
Nearly 50 years after his assassination, the charisma of President Kennedy remains strong, as proven by the results of the Feb. 17 auction of JFK memorabilia in Amesbury, Mass. Bidding on thousands of items, including letters, photos and books belonging to the President’s close friend Dave Powers, went on until 5 a.m., with a total take of close to $2 million. JFK’s Air Force One leather bomber jacket, which was expected to fetch $20,000 to $40,000, sold for a mind-boggling $570,000. “There’s never been an auction like this,” said appraiser Dan Meader. “There were tears in people’s eyes.”