Sam Trammell is a shape-shifting bar owner on True Blood. In real life? He’s just been transformed into a dad. Trammell, 42, and actress Missy Yager, 43, welcomed twin boys on Aug. 9. • Paul Stanley co-wrote KISS’s raucous hit “Rock and Roll All Nite,” but his newest evening activities will probably consist of sweet lullabies. Stanley, 59, and wife Erin, 39, welcomed daughter Emily Grace on Aug. 9 in L.A. Emily joins brother Colin, 4, sister Sarah, 2, as well as Evan, 17, Stanley’s son from a previous relationship. • Spy Kids 4 star Jessica Alba, 30, has another little one to look out for. On Aug. 13 she and producer husband Cash Warren, 32, welcomed Haven Garner, announcing on Facebook that “Big Sister Honor couldn’t be more excited.”
Hilary Duff, 23, and her husband, Mike Comrie, 30, had more than just their first anniversary to celebrate on Aug. 14. The Lizzie McGuire actress (inset) revealed that they “want to share the exciting news that … BABY MAKES THREE!!!”
Heather Locklear, 49, and her Melrose Place costar Jack Wagner, 51, are engaged. Locklear was previously married twice and Wagner once.
Warrant singer Jani Lane, 47, was found dead in a hotel room in Woodland Hills, Calif., on Aug. 11. The L.A. County Coroner’s office has not ruled on the cause of death of the heavy-metal frontman who wrote such hits as “Cherry Pie,” but Lane’s manager Obi Steinman, 45, said it was alcohol related. Musician Bret Michaels tweeted that “We’d like to offer our deepest condolences to the family of Jani Lane regarding their loss.” • Nancy Wake, a journalist who interviewed Adolf Hitler, helped in the French Resistance and saved the lives of hundreds of Allied soldiers and airamen, died in London on Aug. 7 at age 98. Cate Blanchett‘s character in the 2001 film Charlotte Gray is inspired by her life. Called the White Mouse because of her ability to elude capture, Wake led 7,000 Resistance fighters against the German defenses prior to the D-Day invasion in 1944 and became one of the most highly decorated Allied servicewomen of World War II.
A REALITY STAR’S TRAGIC SUICIDE
On Aug. 15, one month after Real Housewives of Beverly Hills star Taylor Armstrong filed for divorce from her husband of nearly six years, venture capitalist Russell Armstrong was found dead from an apparent suicide at his friend’s Los Angeles home, where he had been staying since the couple split. He leaves behind three children, including his and Taylor’s daughter Kennedy, 5. “Besides being upset with his divorce and its effect on his kids, he didn’t show any outward signs of depression,” says his attorney Ronald Richards. He added that Russell, 47, “had serious financial problems, and that no doubt caused him a lot of stress.” Last month Russell told PEOPLE that the Bravo reality show had caused the split with his wife. “It got really overwhelming,” he said of the spotlight. “This show has literally pushed us to the limit.”