During an appearance on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno July 27, Will Ferrell, 39, announced that he and wife Viveca Paulin, 37, are expecting their second child. Asked by Leno if he is indeed the baby’s father, Ferrell cracked, “Chuck Norris is the dad.” The couple, who wed in 2000, also have a 2-year-old son, Magnus.
French actor Jean Reno (The Da Vinci Code), 58, walked down the aisle for the third time, marrying model and yoga instructor Zofia Borucka, 35, July 29 in Les Baux-de-Provence in the South of France. Among the 80 guests: Da Vinci director Ron Howard.
Prince’s wife, Manuela Testolini Nelson, filed a petition May 24 in Hennepin County, Minn., to end the couple’s five-year union….Citing irreconcilable differences, ER actress Maura Tierney filed for divorce July 26 from her husband of 13 years, actor Billy Morrissette. Tierney, 41, and Morrissette, 43, who have no children together, have been separated since March, according to L.A. court papers.
After more than 40 years in power, Cuban leader Fidel Castro, 80, has temporarily stepped down following surgery for gastrointestinal bleeding. His presidency has been handed over to his brother Raul, 75. Stress “had caused in me an acute intestinal crisis,” Castro said in a message to the nation, read by his secretary on TV July 31, adding, “The operation will force me to undertake several weeks of rest.”
Just days after winning the Tour de France, Floyd Landis confirmed he had tested positive for high levels of testosterone. “I have never been involved in doping,” Landis, 30, insisted at a July 28 press conference. Results from a final test are expected to be announced Aug. 5…. On July 26 a Houston jury found Andrea Yates, who drowned her five children in 2001, not guilty of murder by reason of insanity. This was the second trial for Yates, whose original murder conviction was overturned last year (PEOPLE, Nov. 28, 2005). Yates, 42, will be committed to a state mental hospital and undergo periodic reviews.
IN THE NAME OF THE SON
America’s Most Wanted host John Walsh marked the 25th anniversary of the abduction of his son Adam at a ceremony honoring the safeguarding of all children. On July 27 he and wife Revé (right, with President Bush) attended the signing of the Adam Walsh Child Protection and Safety Act at the White House. The new law, named for the 6-year-old who was nabbed from a Florida shopping mall in 1981 and later found murdered, will establish a national sex offender registry. Among the attendees was Elizabeth Smart, who was rescued in 2003 after a nine-month abduction. It’s a “bittersweet but wonderful day,” said Walsh. “This bill is a strike back for all of the victims.”