Oscar-winning couple Penelope Cruz, 38, and Javier Bardem, 43, are adding a new member to their family. Cruz is pregnant with her second child. The Spanish parents, who married in 2010, have a 2-year-old son named Leo. • Comedian Tracy Morgan, 44, and his model fiancee Megan Wollover, 26, are having their first baby together early this summer. “I am over-the-moon excited and just want a happy and healthy baby and a safe delivery for Megan,” the 30 Rock star told People. This will be Morgan’s fourth child.
Actress Christina Ricci, 33, is getting hitched to her boyfriend, James Heerdegen, a camera technician. Ricci, who has been wearing a ring since October, confirmed the engagement while at an event on Feb. 1 in L.A. The two started dating last year after meeting on the set of ABC’s short-lived TV series Pan Am.
More than 500 years after King Richard III (inset) was killed at the Battle of Bosworth Field in 1485, British scientists announced Feb. 4 that DNA results confirm “beyond reasonable doubt” that skeletal remains found under a parking lot in Leicester, England, are those of the 15th-century king. William Shakespeare portrayed Richard as a tyrant who killed his nephews to ascend to the English throne. “We’re certain now, as certain as you can be of anything in life,” said University of Leicester registrar Richard Taylor, who coordinated a team of specialists since the remains were discovered last year.
Retired Navy SEAL Chris Kyle, 38, deemed America’s deadliest sniper during his four tours of duty in the Iraq war, was allegedly shot to death by Marine vet Eddie Ray Routh, 25, at a gun range near Glen Rose, Texas, on Feb 2. Kyle’s friend Chad Littlefield, 35, was also gunned down. Kyle, who wrote a bestselling book about his wartime experiences, had spent much of his time after leaving the service in 2009 helping other vets adjust to life back in the States. Routh was arrested and charged with two counts of capital murder. Police have revealed no motive for the killings. • Andre Cassagnes, creator of the Etch A Sketch, died Jan. 16 near Paris at the age of 86. The French electrical technician created the toy in the 1950s. Allowing users to draw a picture using two knobs and then erase it just by shaking the screen, the Etch A Sketch made its debut at a toy fair in Germany in 1959. More than 150 million have been sold since, and it was added to the Toy Industry Association’s “Century of Toys” list in 2003.
FORMER NEW YORK CITY MAYOR DIES
Ed Koch, the larger-than-life three-term New York City mayor, died of congestive heart failure in a Manhattan hospital Feb. 1. He was 88. Koch led New York from 1978 to 1989 and was credited with helping revive a filthy, crime-ridden city. Outside the Big Apple, he became a pop-culture fixture. He appeared in numerous films and TV shows, including Sex and the City and The Muppets Take Manhattan, and presided over The People’s Court. In 1983 he was New York’s first mayor to host Saturday Night Live. Koch was memorialized Feb. 4 by President Bill Clinton as a man with “a big brain, but … a bigger heart.”