Actress Katie Holmes, 29, will star on Broadway this fall in a revival of Arthur Miller’s 1947 drama All My Sons.
Barbershop actor Sean Patrick Thomas and his actress wife, Aonika, both 37, welcomed their first child, daughter Lola Jolie, in L.A. May 16.
South African double-amputee sprinter Oscar Pistorius, 21, got the green light to compete against able-bodied runners, thanks to a May 16 ruling by the Court of Arbitration for Sport. The decision overturns a ban imposed in January by the International Association of Athletics Federations. Pistorius was 11 months old when his legs were amputated below the knees. He was born without fibulae, bones extending from the knees to the ankles. Pistorius said he will try to qualify for this summer’s Olympics in Beijing.
Anne Heche, 39, filed papers in L.A. May 14 asking a judge to reduce her $14,798 monthly support payments to estranged husband Coley Laffoon, 34, for him and their son Homer, 6. The actress said she has been unemployed since her ABC drama Men in Trees, which earned her about $65,000 an episode, ended production in January. A judge gave her one month off from making the payments while he reviews her finances. • Columbia University student Maria Markova, 22, filed a lawsuit in N.Y.C. May 19 seeking unspecified damages from Lindsay Lohan for allegedly taking off with her $12,000 mink coat from a Manhattan nightclub Jan. 26. • The divorce between 24 actor Kiefer Sutherland, 41, and Kelly Winn, 46, was finalized May 16. The couple separated in 1999. • Timothy Brown, 16, one of the five suspects in the 2007 shooting of Washington Redskins player Sean Taylor, was charged May 14 with first-degree murder and armed burglary.
On May 20 Sen. Ted Kennedy, D-Mass., was diagnosed with a malignant brain tumor. Three days earlier, Kennedy, 76, suffered a seizure at his Hyannisport, Mass., home and was flown to a Boston hospital. Kennedy “remains in good spirits,” said his doctors, “and full of energy.” Often referred to as the liberal lion, he’s the country’s second-longest-serving senator.
Famed Hollywood publicist Warren Cowan, 87, cofounder of the Rogers & Cowan public relations firm, died of cancer in L.A. May 14. The representative of such celebrities as Lucille Ball, Audrey Hepburn, Frank Sinatra and John Wayne, Cowan pioneered product placement in films. “His talent in promoting the welfare of others was born out of his genuine love and care for his friends,” said Paul Newman.