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Celebrity news for the week of April 21, 2000

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BIRTHS
Actress Annette Bening, 41, and hubby Warren Beatty, 63, welcomed a baby girl. Bening’s publicist says ”everyone is fine” but declined to offer further details. The new arrival joins siblings Kathlyn, 8, Ben, 5, and Isabel, 3.

EXPECTING
Forget Junior Mints. Comic Jerry Seinfeld, 45, and wife, Jessica, 28, will mint a junior (their first) in the fall…. Actors Felicity Huffman (Sports Night), 37, and hubby William H. Macy (Magnolia), 50, await the August birth of their first child.

ARRESTED
Novelist and former Tory MP Jeffrey Archer (Kane & Abel), 59, was reportedly arrested April 7 in London and charged with attempting to pervert the course of justice. After winning $820,000 in libel damages from Britain’s Daily Star for alleging he slept with a prostitute, Archer admitted last November that he asked a pal to lie on his behalf in the case.

SPLITS
Auteur Billy Bob Thornton (A Simple Plan), 44, and actress Laura Dern (October Sky), 33, have parted after three years. Their publicists had no comment…. After seven years of marriage and two children, talk-show host Montel Williams, 43, announced April 10 that he and actress wife Grace, 35, are divorcing.

LAWSUITS
Cody Gifford, 10-year-old son of Kathie Lee, filed a libel suit April 6 against The National Examiner for a Feb. 8 story (”Kathie Lee’s turning poor Cody into a monster”) that claimed he threw tantrums in public. The Examiner stands by its story…. Alleging permanent hearing damage from a Black Crowes concert last April in Knoxville, Tenn., Ohioan Joshua Harmon, 19, and his parents filed a $385,000 suit April 3 against the band and others. A band spokesman had no comment.

DEATHS
Actor Larry Linville, 60, who played Maj. Frank Burns on the ’70s sitcom M*A*S*H, of pneumonia, April 10, in Manhattan…. Stuntman Will Gaffney, 29, of injuries while filming the Russell CroweMeg Ryan movie Proof of Life, April 9, in Quito, Ecuador. The slow-moving flatbed truck he was riding in veered off a cliff unexpectedly; five local extras were hospitalized…. Actress Claire Trevor, 90, of undisclosed causes, April 8, in Newport Beach, Calif. Star of the ’39 John Wayne Western Stagecoach, she won an Oscar for 1948’s Key Largo…. German-born opera singer Helga Bullock, 63, mother of actress Sandra Bullock, April 4, in Arlington, Va.; details were unavailable.

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