PASSAGES: Oprah Ready to Re-Open Book
ANTICIPATED: Oprah Winfrey, 49, will announce the return of her book club — and its latest selection — on her show next Wednesday, nearly four months after revealing that she was bringing it back and focusing on “classic” authors such as William Faulkner and Ernest Hemingway, reports the Associated Press. “It’s the book that brought back the Book Club,” Winfrey said Friday in a statement about her as-yet-undisclosed pick. She had suspended the club in April 2002, saying she didn’t have enough time to keep up monthly selections.
INFORMED: Nick Nolte, 61, was told by a Malibu judge Friday that there was an allegation he violated his probation by driving under the influence, but that more investigation was needed, reports AP. The jurist, noting that the actor’s progress reports “were all positive,” revealed no further details about the claim. Nolte was put on probation in December 2002 after pleading no contest to having drugs or alcohol in his system while driving his Mercedes-Benz near his Malibu home.
BORN: Elektra recording artist and New York radio personality Angie Martinez, whose albums include “Animal House” and “Up Close and Personal,” has given birth to her first child, a baby boy, Niko Ruffin, reports AP. Niko’s father is R&B singer Nokio from Def Jam recording group Dru Hill. The baby, who weighs 9 lbs. and is 21 inches long, was born Thursday in Manhattan, the record label said.
AWARDED: Former James Bond star Roger Moore, 75, was granted a knighthood by Queen Elizabeth II in her annual birthday honors list announced Saturday. Moore was cited for his work on behalf of the United Nations Children’s Fund. “Prime Suspect” actress Helen Mirren, 56, was made a dame, the female equivalent of a knight. Sting, 51, and former Pink Floyd guitarist David Gilmour, 57, were both named Commander of the British Empire, a notch below knighthood. Further down the honors scale, “The English Patient” actress Kristin Scott Thomas, 43, and soccer celebrity David Beckham, 28, were named Officer of the British Empire.
CONSIDERED: MTV’s “The Real World: Boston” alum Sean Duffy, 31, is weighing a run for Congress against U.S. Rep. Dave Obey in 2004, Wisconsin’s Wasau Daily Herald newspaper reports. Duffy, a Republican, is married to the former Rachel Campos, 31, who was a cast member on “The Real World: San Francisco.” They have two children. Duffy became district attorney in 2002, and he is also an accomplished professional lumberjack competitor.