The octuplets (six boys, two girls) born to Nadya “Octomom” Suleman turned 1 on Jan. 26 and “are really just now starting to become work,” her attorney Jeff Czech told NBC’s Today show. “It’s going to be hard for her, and she’s aware of that.” Suleman, 34, who has six older kids, conceived the healthy children with the help of in vitro fertilization. Dr. Michael Kamrava, who oversaw the procedure, has come under fire and was expelled from the American Society for Reproductive Medicine last year.
Casey Anthony, 23, who is in jail awaiting trial for the 2008 murder of her 2-year-old daughter Caylee, was found guilty of check fraud in Orlando Jan. 25. After admitting to 6 of 13 counts, she received one year of probation as well as credit for 412 days of time served in connection with her child’s disappearance. She was accused of buying more than $400 worth of clothes and groceries in summer 2008—around the time Caylee went missing—after she found a friend’s checks in a car she borrowed. • Former Diff’rent Strokes star Gary Coleman, 42, was arrested on a warrant and jailed in Santaquin, Utah, on Jan. 24. Police responded to an anonymous 911 call about an alleged domestic disturbance at the home he shares with wife Shannon Price, 24, but found no evidence of a crime. Instead officers booked him for failing to appear in court regarding a previous case. He was released on bail Jan. 25.
Singer-songwriter Kate McGarrigle, 63, mother of musicians Rufus Wainwright and Martha Wainwright and the ex-wife of singer-actor Loudon Wainwright III, died of clear-cell sarcoma, a rare form of cancer, in Montreal Jan. 18. She performed for more than 30 years with sibling Anna as the folk duo the McGarrigle Sisters. Their albums won two Juno Awards, Canada’s equivalent to the Grammy. • Actress Jean Simmons, 80—whose career spanned 66 years—died of lung cancer at her home in Santa Monica Jan. 22. She earned Academy Award nominations for playing Ophelia alongside Laurence Olivier in the 1948 adaptation of Hamlet and for her lead role in the 1969 drama The Happy Ending.
FAREWELL TO TWO TV LEGENDS
James Mitchell, 89, who played wealthy patriarch Palmer Cortlandt on All My Children from 1979 to 2008, died of lung disease in Los Angeles Jan. 22. He also performed dance numbers in Broadway shows starting in the 1940s and in films such as 1955’s Oklahoma!. Trapper John, M.D.’s
Pernell Roberts, 81, whose title character made his patients a top priority on the drama from 1979 to 1986, died of cancer in Malibu Jan. 24. He also played the levelheaded Adam Cartwright in the western series Bonanza from 1959 to 1965.