By Olivia Abel
May 10, 2004 12:00 PM


Law & Order: SVU star Mariska Hargitay, 40, and actor Peter Hermann, who occasionally guest-stars on the hit NBC show, plan to wed this summer. The couple have been dating” for two years.


Actress Marcia Gay Harden (Mystic River), 44, did double duty on April 22, giving birth to twins, son Hudson and daughter Julitta Dee. Harden, who won an Oscar for 2000’s Pollock, and her husband, Thaddaeus Scheel, 39, a filmmaker, also have a daughter, Eulala Grace, 5….

Actress Cate Blanchett (Lord of the Rings), 34, and screenwriter Andrew Upton (Bangers) welcomed son Roman Robert April 23 in London. The couple, who wed in 1997, also have a 2-year-old son, Dashiell.


Former Guns N’ Roses guitarist Slash (real name: Saul Hudson), 38, and his wife, Perla Hudson, 31, an ex-model, are expecting their second baby, a boy, in July. They plan to name him Cash Anthony. Their son London is 2. Slash now plays with the band Velvet Revolver.


Former Australian tennis star Patrick Rafter, 31, wed ex-model Lara Feltham April 24 at a resort in Fiji. The couple, who met at a charity event in 1997, have a son, Joshua,1.


Seven months after announcing that she was separating from her husband, actress Halle Berry, 37, filed for divorce from singer Eric Benet, also 37, April 26 in L.A. The couple wed in 2001.


Actor Jon Cryer, 39, who stars in the CBS sitcom Two and a Half Men, filed for divorce from his wife of four years, actress Sarah Trigger (Grand Canyon), 35, April 22 in L.A, citing irreconcilable differences. The couple have one son, Charlie, 3.


Sergei and Alla Kournikova sued their tennis star daughter Anna, 22, April 15 in a Florida court, claiming that they are entitled to two-thirds of the $5 million waterfront mansion she bought in 2000. On April 21, Anna countersued her parents, claiming that she paid for the home in full and that she put their names on the deed only for estate-planning purposes. A lawyer for Anna said “she wanted to keep it a private, family matter.”


Singer Billy Joel, 54, crashed his 1967 Citroen car into the Bayville, N.Y., home of a 94-year-old woman on April 25. Joel, who has been involved in three automobile mishaps in the last two years, received minor cuts and bruises but refused any medical attention. No charges were filed after the accident, which appeared to be caused by wet roads.