April 05, 2010 12:00 PM

MARRIED

Bruno star Sacha Baron Cohen, 38, and his longtime girlfriend, actress Isla Fisher, 34, were wed in Paris in a small, traditional Jewish ceremony on March 15. Fisher later e-mailed friends, “It was the absolute best day of my life” and added that her husband “wanted no fuss-just us!” The couple became engaged in 2004 and have a 2-year-old daughter, Olive.

LEGAL MATTERS

Oprah Winfrey, 56, is expected to testify in a trial starting March 29 in Philadelphia over a defamation lawsuit brought by the former headmistress of the media mogul’s Leadership Academy for Girls in South Africa. Lerato Nomvuyo Mzamane (inset above) argues Winfrey damaged her reputation in a 2007 parents meeting and a subsequent news conference when she suspended Mzamane amid allegations of abuse at the school. At the time the talk show host said she had “lost confidence” in Mzamane and was “cleaning house from top to bottom.” A dormitory matron hired by Mzamane was later charged with assaulting six students aged 13 to 15. Winfrey plans to defend her remarks on the grounds of free speech and the right to express her opinion.

ANNOUNCED

On March 16, In Treatment star Gabriel Byrne (inset), 59, was appointed to the new position of Cultural Ambassador for Ireland by the country’s prime minister Brian Cowen. The Dublin-born actor will work to promote Irish artists, shows and festivals in the U.S., a role he has been performing on an informal basis for years.

EXPECTING

Parks and Recreation star Amy Poehler, 38, and actor Will Arnett, 39, will welcome their second child later this year. The baby, who is due in late summer or early fall, will join big brother Archie, 17 months.

DEATHS

Fess Parker, 85, whose TV portrayal of Davy Crockett in the mid-1950s sparked a craze for coonskin caps, died of natural causes March 18 at his home near Los Olivos, Calif. Parker, who later starred as Daniel Boone in the series of the same name, became a successful vintner and real estate developer who was praised by governor Arnold Schwarzenegger as a “true Hollywood legend” and an “inspirational Californian whose contributions to our state will be remembered forever.”

BEST BIRTHDAY EVER!

Susan Boyle, who turns 49 on April 1, got a whopping present-her first major royalty check, for more than $6 million. The earnings, which were delivered to her in early March, come from the sales of Boyle’s chart-topping debut album, I Dreamed a Dream, and a series of international concerts. While waiting for her funds to come through, the Scottish singing sensation has been well taken care of, thanks to her guardian angel: Simon Cowell. A source tells PEOPLE that Boyle “has wanted for nothing financially. Simon has been making sure of that.” Friends say Boyle has remained down-to-earth and is looking for a new home in Blackburn, Scotland, where she has lived all her life.

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