Celine Dion, 42, and her husband, Rene Angelil, 68, welcomed twin boys, as yet unnamed, on Oct. 23 in West Palm Beach, Fla. “This is the greatest thing that could have happened to us,” said Angelil. The superstar singer and Angelil have been public about their struggles to have more children since the birth of their son Rene-Charles, 9.
• Matt Damon, 40, and his wife, Luciana, 34, greeted their third daughter, Stella Zavala, on Oct. 20 in New York City. Damon told Parade, “If I had a bucket list, I’d say raising my girls to be strong, good women would be No. 1.” The Hereafter star and his wife are parents to Isabella, 4, and Gia, 2, and are raising Luciana’s daughter from her previous marriage, Alexia, 12.
Russian tennis star Maria Sharapova, 23, is planning to wed her beau of a year, L.A. Lakers guard Sasha Vujacic, 26. The three-time Grand Slam champ and the Slovenian hoopster have not yet set a date. About his proposal, which happened on the one-year anniversary of the couple’s first meeting, the Machine said, “It was probably old-school. I had to do it like a gentleman.”
Former Blossom star Jenna Von Oy, 33, wed computer consultant Brad Bratcher, 39, on Oct. 10 in Newtown, Conn. The couple met at a wine bar and dated for two years. Von Oy said, “My mama told me never to meet a man at a bar-so I did!”
After being hospitalized following a crash Oct. 14, BMX rider T.J. Lavin has been mumbling words and can breathe and be fed without tubes. The MTV host, 33, had been in a medically induced coma, but doctors say there is no brain damage.
The prognosis is favorable for legendary screen siren Kim Novak, 77, who has been diagnosed with breast cancer. The disease was caught early and minimal treatment is expected.
Paul the Octopus, who correctly predicted the outcome of eight consecutive World Cup soccer matches, was found dead of natural causes Oct. 26. The eight-legged oracle-who called the winner of each match by grabbing a mussel from one of two boxes labeled with the teams’ national flags-was 2½ years old (the species has a short lifespan). “His success made him almost a bigger story than the World Cup itself,” a Sea Life aquarium manager said. “He will be sorely missed.”
“HICCUP GIRL” CHARGED WITH MURDER
Jennifer Mee, 19, who gained fame in 2007 for her incessant hiccuping, is in the news again for her alleged participation in a murder. Mee, who has since been cured, is accused of luring Shannon Griffin, 22, to a St. Petersburg, Fla., home on Oct. 23, where he was robbed at gunpoint by two men and killed. Police say all three suspects admitted their involvement and could face the death penalty for first-degree murder.