Tracy Morgan, 42, revealed his engagement to model Megan Wollover, 24, while on the Emmy Awards red carpet. The 30 Rock star told E!’s Ryan Seacrest, 36, on Sept. 18 that “we got engaged six months ago,” and Wollover said her funnyman was “pretty traditional” when he popped the question and even got down on one knee.
Iron Chef Donatella Arpaia, 40, got quite a gift for her Sept. 15 birthday. She and her husband, Dr. Allan Stewart, 42, welcomed a baby boy. • Mad Men star January Jones, 33, welcomed son Xander Dane on Sept. 13. Her rep says that mother and child are “doing great,” and the show’s creator Matthew Weiner, 46, was thrilled when Jones told him the newborn had “his fingers crossed” during the Emmys for Mad Men, which took away a statuette for best drama series.
John Mayer, 33, had to postpone his upcoming concerts due to granuloma, a tissue inflammation of the throat. Telling fans on his blog that “I’m bummed to have to bow out,” he also announced that his Born and Raised album will be delayed until next year. Mayer promised that his illness was only “a temporary setback … and I will be singing and touring again as soon as I get the all clear.”
Lexi Thompson, 16, sunk one for the record books on Sept. 18 when she became the youngest golfer to win a Ladies Professional Golf Association tournament, besting the previous record holder by two years. Thompson, who called the win a “dream come true,” plans to give $20,000 of her earnings to a veterans’ charity.
Tom Wilson Sr., 80, who created the round-headed cartoon character Ziggy, [inset] died in Cincinnati Sept. 16. Wilson debuted Ziggy-who graces more than 500 newspapers as well as books and TV-in 1969 and characterized him as “the last picked for everything and kind of a lovable kind of loser character.” • Eleanor Poling, the daughter of former Vice President Walter Mondale, 83, died on Sept. 17 at age 51 in Prior Lake, Minn. A television and radio personality, Poling, who stumped for her father in his failed 1984 bid for the White House, had been battling brain cancer since 2005.•Dolores Hope, the widow of Bob Hope, died on Sept. 19 in Toluca Lake, Calif., at 102. She was singing in a Manhattan nightclub in 1933 when the comedian walked in. They wed the following year, and were together for 69 years at the time of his death in 2003.
KARA KENNEDY DIES AT 51
Sen. Edward Kennedy’s oldest child, Kara Kennedy, died of an apparent heart attack while exercising at a Washington-area health club on Sept. 16. Kennedy, a filmmaker who was born while her father was helping her uncle John run for President, assisted her dad in his victorious ’88 Senate campaign. Kara, who battled lung cancer and had a tumor removed in 2003, is survived by her ex-husband Michael Allen, 53, and children Grace, 17, and Max, 14. Being a mother was “the most important job she could ever have,” says her brother, former congressman Patrick Kennedy, 44.