One day after coming in second at the U.S. Open Championship, golfer Tiger Woods, 31, and his wife, former model Elin Nordegren, had their first child, daughter Sam Alexis, June 18. The proud papa wrote on his Web site, “Both Elin and Sam are doing well and resting peacefully.” … Waitress star Keri Russell, 31, and her husband, carpenter Shane Deary, 30, greeted their first child, son River Russell, June 9 in New York City…. The King of Queens star Kevin James, 42, and his wife, model Steffiana De La Cruz, 32, became Mom and Dad for the second time when daughter Shea Joelle was born June 14 in L.A. The new arrival has a big sis in Sienna-Marie, 21 months…. Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James, 22, and longtime girlfriend Savannah Brinson, 20, welcomed their second son, Bryce Maximus, June 14 in Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio. “LeBron and Savannah are overjoyed,” says a rep. The newborn joins big brother LeBron Jr., 2.
- LEGAL MATTERS
- An L.A. judge named Anna Nicole Smith‘s companion Howard K. Stern, 38, executor of her estate and Larry Birkhead, 34, guardian of 9-month-old Dannielynn’s finances June 19. Birkhead, proven by a DNA test to be the baby’s father, now lives with her in the L.A. home owned by Smith, who died Feb. 8 at 39 from an accidental overdose…. A disciplinary panel ruled June 16 that Durham County, N.C., District Attorney Mike Nifong, 56, would be disbarred for allegedly mishandling the rape prosecution of three former Duke University lacrosse players. (Charges against the students were dropped in April.) In related news, Duke announced it has reached an undisclosed financial settlement with the indicted athletes, David Evans, 24, Collin Finnerty, 20, and Reade Seligmann, 21.
Bon Jovi guitarist Richie Sambora (inset), 47, completed detox at the UCLA Medical Center, he said on the Today Show June 19. “I didn’t check into rehab,” he told Matt Lauer after the band performed. “I was just drinking too much. I’m still in therapy, but it’s good.”
Frankie Abernathy, 25, of 2004’s The Real World: San Diego on MTV, died June 9 at her family’s home in Shorewood, Wis., following a nearly lifelong battle with cystic fibrosis…. Ruth Graham, 87, wife of evangelist Billy Graham, 88, died June 14 at her home in Montreat, N.C., after a long illness. Born to American missionaries in China, she married the controversial religious leader in 1943. The couple, who jointly received the Congressional Gold Medal in 1996, had five children.
Two and a Half Men star Jon Cryer, 42 (of Pretty in Pink fame), and entertainment reporter Lisa Joyner, 40 (far left, in Monique Lhuillier), exchanged vows at Pueblo Bonito Sunset Beach in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico, on June 16…. The same day, another TV star, Shark’s Jeri Ryan, 39, strolled down the aisle in Vera Wang to wed chef Christopher Emé, 37, in front of the 15th-century Château de Noirieux in the groom’s native France.