February 02, 2009 12:00 PM


Brothers & Sisters star Rachel Griffiths, 40, and her husband of six years, artist Andrew Taylor, will give their two children a little brother or sister in July. The couple have son Banjo Patrick, 5, and daughter Adelaide Rose, 3.


ER actress Parminder Nagra, 33, wed photographer James Stenson, 34, in Hollywood Jan. 17 in a traditional Sikh ceremony known as “Anand Karaj,” which means “blissful event or occasion.” The pair, together seven years, are expecting their first child this summer.


It’s a boy for country singer Jo Dee Messina (“My Give a Damn’s Busted”), 39, and her husband, businessman Chris Deffenbaugh, who had their first child, Noah, near Nashville Jan. 19.
• The Motorcycle Diaries star Gael García Bernal and Argentine actress Dolores Fonzi, both 30, became first-time parents with the arrival of son Lazaro in Madrid Jan. 15.
• Bear Grylls, 34, host of Discovery Channel’s Man vs. Wild, became a Papa Bear once again when he and wife Shara, also 34, welcomed their third child, son Huckleberry Edward Jocelyne, in England Jan. 15. The newborn joins big brothers Jesse, 5, and Marmaduke, 2.


Lance Armstrong, 37, is hopeful about his return to pro cycling, despite placing 64th out of 133 riders in the 30-mile criterium for the upcoming Tour Down Under in Adelaide, Australia, Jan. 18. “I’ve been training a lot for this comeback and this race. It’s good the first day is over, and now I can get into the racing,” the seven-time Tour de France winner told the Associated Press after the preliminary event. Armstrong recently revealed that he is going to be a father for the fourth time—his girlfriend, nonprofit worker Anna Hansen, is due in June.


A rep for Patrick Swayze, 56, told PEOPLE Jan. 16 that the actor had returned home, where he is resting, after checking himself into an L.A. hospital for pneumonia Jan. 9. The star of A&E’s The Beast has been battling pancreatic cancer for the past year.


Influential painter Andrew Wyeth, 91, best known for his realistic images of rural America, died in Chadds Ford, Pa., Jan. 16. Among his most famous works are 1948’s Christina’s World, which shows a woman dragging herself across a large field, and the controversial series The Helga Pictures, first publicized in 1986 and featuring sometimes nude portraits of a neighbor.


Mexican-born actor Ricardo Montalban, 88, who starred as the dapper, white-suited Mr. Roarke on the hit series Fantasy Island from 1978 to 1984, died from “complications of advancing age” at his Los Angeles home Jan. 14, a relative said. He also won an Emmy for his performance as Chief Satangkai in the 1978 miniseries How the West Was Won and played Admiral Kirk’s titular nemesis in the 1982 film Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan. “He had a great love for people,” says comic Don Rickles, 82, a longtime pal. “He was always trying to help somebody in any way that he could. Ricardo had this warm way about him. He never thought he was important, but he was.”

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