Former Lost star Maggie Grace, 31, and writer-director Matthew Cooke are engaged. “I could not feel more grateful to share my life with this incredible man,” Grace posted to Instagram on Feb. 18. • Olympic swimmer Michael Phelps and former Miss California Nicole Johnson, both 29, are set to wed, the 18-time gold medalist revealed on Feb. 21.


Musician Ben Harper, 45, wed social advocate Jaclyn Matfus, 32, in New York City on New Year’s Day, PEOPLE learned exclusively on Feb. 23.


Former Saved by the Bell star Mark-Paul Gosselaar, 41, and wife Catriona McGinn welcomed baby girl Lachlyn Hope on Feb. 17, his rep confirmed to PEOPLE. She joins their 17-month-old son Dekker Edward, as well as Ava, 8, and Michael, 11 (Gosselaar’s children from a previous marriage). • Hart of Dixie actress Jaime King, 35, announced via Instagram on Feb. 19 that she is pregnant with her second child. King and her husband, director Kyle Newman, are already parents to James Knight, 17 months. • Country singer Eric Church, 37, and wife Katherine welcomed their second child, a baby boy named Tennessee Hawkins, on Feb. 15.


Singer Michelle Branch, 31, filled for divorce from her husband of more than a decade, Teddy Landau, 50, on Feb. 9. They have one child, Owen Isabelle, 9, and are seeking joint custody.


NBA star Chris Bosh, 30, will miss the rest of his season with the Miami Heat while he is being treated for blood clots on one of his lungs, the team announced on Feb. 21. • Former Smash star Krysta Rodriguez, 30, revealed that she was diagnosed with breast cancer in September. On Feb. 19 Rodriguez wrote on her blog that the tumor is “slow growing, highly treatable and not really interested in spreading.”


Vanilla Ice, 47, was charged with burglary of a residence and grand theft on Feb. 18, after allegedly breaking into a foreclosed Florida home. The former rapper and star of DIY’s The Vanilla Ice Project called the situation a “misunderstanding.”


Parks and Recreation‘s executive producer Harris Wittels died of a possible overdose on Feb. 19. He was 30. • American Horror Story: Freak Show actor Ben Woolf died on Feb. 23. He had been in critical condition after getting hit in the head by a side mirror of a passing car while crossing the street in Los Angeles on Feb. 19. • Robert O. Marshall, who was convicted of arranging the 1984 murder of his wife in a plot made famous in the book Blind Faith, died in prison at age 75 on Feb. 21.

‘I Dos’ on Hold for the Girls Star

In the wake of dad Brian Williams’s NBC scandal, Allison Williams decides to postpone plans for her wedding

The fallout from NBC Nightly News anchor Brian Williams’s recent scandal is starting to affect more than just his career. On Feb. 18 his daughter Allison Williams, a star of Girls, said that she and fiancé Ricky Van Veen have postponed their nuptials. “It’s been tough,” she told Seth Meyers during a Feb. 18 conversation at the 92nd Street Y in New York City. Williams, 26, said that when it came to wedding planning, she thought, “What could possibly come along that would make me not think about this?” The couple, who got engaged in February 2014, had already delayed planning due to her recent role in the NBC production of Peter Pan Live! “Then current events started happening,” Williams said of her father’s controversy.”So that derailed it a little bit.” NBC has suspended her father, 55, for six months without pay in the wake of his repeated exaggerations about his experiences during the Iraq War. While Williams will be excited about one day walking down the aisle, right now she is focused on defending her dad. “He’s a really good man. He’s an honest man. He’s a truthful man. He has so much integrity,” said Williams. “And, yes, he’s a really good dad.”

Julia Roberts Says Farewell to Her Mom

The actress will keep her beloved mother close

On Feb. 19 Julia Roberts lost her mother, Betty Lou Bredemus, who once ran an acting school in Smyrna, Ga. The 47-year-old star’s mom died at age 80 in Santa Monica after suffering from lung cancer—just a year after Roberts’s younger sister Nancy died at 37. Bredemus once told PEOPLE that she called acting the “family disease” because Roberts’s older siblings Eric and Lisa wanted to enter the field at a young age. Roberts’s turn came later, but she stayed close to her roots and to her mom. Bredemus—who was photographed with her daughter (above) by Brigitte Lacombe for a 2006 INSTYLE magazine interview—said, “Julia was always a good girl. She had a bit of the tomboy in her and was always fun to be with.”

Why I Care


The singer, 39, lends her support to low-income women interviewing for jobs

Dress for Success helps disadvantaged women who are trying to better their lives, and that touches a nerve with me. I remember when I ran out of money in the early 2000s—I moved back to my mom’s, and she was my angel for a period of time. Dress for Success is an angel to women who need, but can’t afford, business-appropriate clothing. I’ve met some of the women who have been helped to get a suit—and a week’s worth of professional attire when they get a job—and their stories are so touching. One woman was telling me she had to feed her kids, but she didn’t have the right clothes to wear to a business interview. Dress for Success made a world of difference for her. She was able to get a steady job, and it was a beautiful life change. This year, 100 percent of the proceeds from the limited edition Fergie Footwear holiday shoe, the Reagan, went to Dress for Success. I’m so proud to partner with an organization that builds self-esteem and helps women make improvements in their lives.

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