October 23, 2006 12:00 PM


In about six months TORI SPELLING and husband DEAN McDERMOTT will welcome a new addition to their family. Could her mom, Zwolinski, 61—who has been at odds with her daughter, 33, since family patriarch Aaron Spelling passed away in June—rejoin the fold? “I’m thrilled and ecstatic [about the pregnancy],” she told PEOPLE Oct. 6. “And if Aaron were here, I know how thrilled he would be to share in such a happy occasion.” Could Candy’s warm words end this cold war? A source close to Tori claims that Candy has yet to contact her daughter directly with any well-wishes. The actress’s rep had “no comment.”


No agents or lawyers in this acceptance speech. At the Noche de Niños Gala, benefiting Childrens Hospital Los Angeles, honoree JOHNNY DEPP knew just who to thank. “I salute the kids,” he said. “The courage I’ve seen in the eyes of these little ones you don’t see anywhere else.” Depp made sure the Oct. 7 attendees (including JENNIFER LOPEZ and BROOKE SHIELDS) let loose, quoting Dusty Meraz, a Childrens’ patient who died of cancer in 2003: “Today is a gift. Just have fun.”


When RACHAEL LEIGH COOK heard U.N. adviser Dr. Jeffrey Sachs speak for the antipoverty group Millennium Promise at a private home in L.A. Oct. 7, she was struck by “how much can be done with so little. I was looking around thinking, ‘How much did all our outfits cost? Would we give this up to save lives?'”

COURTENEY COX ARQUETTE ARQUETTE was equally moved, asking, “Where do I start?”

Curtain call: JULIANNA MARGULIES and MATTHEW LILLARD are the latest stars who will join JENNIFER ANISTON onstage in The 24 Hour Plays, an Oct. 23 Broadway benefit for Working Playground, which brings arts education to New York City public schools.

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