November 03, 2008 12:00 PM

EXPECTING

How I Met Your Mother star Alyson Hannigan, 34, and her husband, actor Alexis Denisof, 42, are awaiting their first child, due next spring. • Country star Brad Paisley, 36, and his wife, According to Jim actress Kimberly Williams-Paisley, 37, will have their second child next April. “We’re having so much fun with our [20-month-old] little boy Huck,” Kimberly tells People. “He’s going to be a great brother.”

BIRTHS

Californication star Natascha McElhone, 36, recently welcomed her third child in London. Tragically, the newborn’s father and the actress’s husband, plastic surgeon Dr. Martin Kelly, died of a heart attack at 42 in May. McElhone did not disclose any further information on the baby, who joins big brothers Theo, 8, and Otis, 5. • X-Files actress Gillian Anderson, 40, and her boyfriend, businessman Mark Griffiths, had their second child, son Felix, in London Oct. 15. Their other son Oscar, 2—like his brother—has the name of an Odd Couple character.

AILING

Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama, 47, announced he would take two days from the campaign trail beginning Oct. 23 to visit his seriously ill grandmother Madelyn Dunham, 86, who lives in Hawaii. His spokesman said Dunham, who helped raise Obama, “has always been one of the most important people in his life.” Details of her illness were not released.

UPDATE

Nick Bollea, 18, son of wrestler Hulk Hogan, 55, was released from a Clearwater, Fla., jail Oct. 21 after serving approximately five months of his eight-month sentence on reckless driving charges. Bollea, whose term was shortened for good behavior, was at the wheel in a 2007 car crash that left his best friend, John Graziano, 23, permanently brain-damaged. Nick’s mother, Linda, 49, said his incarceration “will mold and affect him for the rest of his adult life.”

DEATHS

Mr. Blackwell, 86, the former clothing designer who famously lampooned celebrities on his annual worst-dressed list, died in L.A. Oct. 19 of complications from an intestinal infection. Born Richard Selzer, he made his picks for the most fashion-challenged star of the year from 1960 to 2007, giving the distinction multiple times to Cher and Paris Hilton. • Four Tops lead singer Levi Stubbs, 72, who sang the 1960s classics “I Can’t Help Myself (Sugar Pie, Honey Bunch)” and “Reach Out (I’ll Be There),” died at his Detroit home Oct. 17. He had experienced a series of illnesses that forced him to stop performing in 2000 after 47 years with the group.

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