It’s a girl for Gail Simmons. The Top Chef judge, 37, and her husband, Jeremy Abrams, 35, who heads the music-programming company Audiostiles, welcomed their first child, Dahlia Rae, on Dec. 29. She weighed in at 7 lbs. 3 oz. “Mother, father and baby are doing wonderfully,” said Simmons’ rep.
Alicia Rhett, who played India Wilkes in the 1939 film Gone with the Wind, died of natural causes on Jan. 3 in Charleston, S.C. She was 98. Rhett’s role in the Oscar-winning epic was her first and only acting gig. After the movie she became a painter and illustrated children’s books.
Once upon a Time’s Jamie Chung is headed to the altar. The Real World: San Diego alum, 30, is engaged to How to Make it in America actor Bryan Greenberg, 35. He popped the question in San Francisco over the holidays after nearly two years of dating. • Grammy Award-winning rapper Eve, 35, is set to marry British designer and Gumball 3000 founder Maximillion Cooper, 41. The couple got engaged in Scotland on Christmas Day. This will be Eve’s first marriage and his second. Cooper has four children from his previous marriage. • Former MTV reality star Olivia Palermo, 27, and German model Johannes Huebl are getting married. Huebl announced the engagement on Jan. 1 via an Instagram video.
Spy Kids star Alexa Vega, 25, wed Big Time Rush singer Carlos Pena, 24, at the Grand Velas Riviera Nayarit in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico on Jan. 4. “We are so thrilled and blessed that we were able to have all of our close friends and family join us on our special day,” the couple told People in a statement. The Machete Kills actress’s two-year marriage to producer Sean Covel ended in 2012.
Retired Formula One champion Michael Schumacher, 45, is in critical condition after sustaining a head injury in a skiing accident on Dec. 29 at a resort in the French Alps. Schumacher, who is one of the most successful F1 drivers in history, crashed and hit his head on a rock that split his helmet in two. He is currently in a medically induced coma for severe brain trauma at Grenoble University Hospital.
Uncle Phil Dies
James Avery – the actor best known for playing Uncle Phil, Will Smith’s loving but short-fused father figure on the hit 1990s sitcom The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air – died of complications from open-heart surgery in Glendale, Calif., on Dec. 31. He was 65. “Some of my greatest lessons in acting, living and being a respectable human being came through James Avery,” wrote Smith on his Facebook page. Avery, a U.S. Navy vet who served in the Vietnam War, is survived by his wife of 26 years, Barbara, his stepson Kevin and his mother, Florence.