X-Files star David Duchovny, 38, and his wife, actress Tea Leoni, 33, welcomed their first child, a 7-pound 5-ounce girl who has yet to be named, April 24, in L.A…. Director Woody Allen, 63, and his wife, teacher Soon-Yi Previn, 28, went public with their 5-month-old daughter, Bechet Dumaine Allen, April 24, in New York City. They won’t say if she’s adopted.
!Yo quiero dinero! Steve Martin’s Working Wildlife, the L.A.-based animal agency (not associated with the actor) that discovered the Taco Bell spokes-Chihuahua Gidget, has filed for breach of contract against the pooch’s owners, Paul Calabria and Karin McElhatton; Taco Bell; and ad agency TBWA Chiat/Day Inc., April 20, in L.A. Working Wildlife contends in court papers that Calabria and McElhatton (and, by extension, Taco Bell and Chiat/Day) froze it out of part of the merchandising rights once Gidget became a TV phenom. It is seeking more than $59,000 in damages. Lawyers for both sides had no comment…. Eyes Wide Shut stars Tom Cruise, 36, and Nicole Kidman, 31, filed a libel suit against The Star, April 22, in L.A. The tabloid alleged last month that sex therapists Tony and Wendy Duffield were hired to make Cruise and Kidman’s Eyes love scenes more realistic. The couple’s lawyer calls the Star story ”a total fabrication.” Lawyers for The Star could not be reached for comment.
British TV personality Jill Dando, 37, killed by a gunshot to the head, April 26, in London. Dando was the host of The Six O’Clock News and such BBC news series as Crimewatch, a show similar to America’s Most Wanted that has helped apprehend hundreds of British criminals. Dando was returning home when a lone gunman reportedly fired one shot and walked away in what the police speculated was a professional hit…. Jazz legend Al Hirt, 76, of liver failure, April 27, in New Orleans. A trumpeter of powerful virtuosity, Hirt received more than 20 Grammy nominations during his 50-year career and won in 1964 for best non-jazz instrumental for ”Java.”… Eighties rock-funk pioneer Roger Troutman, 47, apparently the victim of a murder-suicide, April 25, in Dayton, Ohio. Troutman was found by police outside his studio with four gunshot wounds. He died during surgery at a local hospital. Later that day the primary suspect, his brother Larry, 54, was found dead nearby in his car, after apparently shooting himself. As members of the group Zapp, the brothers helped develop the ”Dayton sound.”… Actor Charles ”Buddy” Rogers, 94, of natural causes, April 21, in Rancho Mirage, Calif. Rogers starred in 1927’s Wings, the winner of the first best picture Oscar. He married movie star Mary Pickford a decade after costarring with her in 1927’s My Best Girl, and the couple made their sumptuous home, Pickfair, the center of glamour during Hollywood’s golden age.