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Jerry Seinfeld’s new daughter and Camryn Manheim’s pregnancy made news the week of November 17, 2000

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BIRTHS
You gotta see the bay-bee. On Nov. 7, Jerry Seinfeld, 46, and wife Jessica, 29, greeted a daughter, Sascha, in Manhattan…. On Oct. 31, actors Will and Jada Pinkett Smith welcomed 6-pound 10-ounce daughter, Willow Camille Reign. Their son, Jaden Christopher, is 2; Smith has another son, Trey, 7.

EXPECTING
Emmy winner Camryn Manheim, 39, has joined Kelli Williams in The Practice pregnancy club. Manheim expects a boy in April and, like her lawyer character, plans to raise him solo. No word on dad’s identity…. Director James Cameron, 46, and wife Suzy Amis (Titanic), 38, will welcome their first baby in April. Both have children from previous relationships.

WEDDINGS
Two years after meeting on the Felicity set, actors Scott Foley, 28, and Jennifer Garner (Dude, Where’s My Car?), 28, wed Oct. 19 in L.A. It’s the first marriage for both.

SPLITS
After 17 years of marriage, Harrison Ford, 58, and screenwriter Melissa Mathison (E.T.), 49, announced their separation Nov. 7. A joint statement said, ”We have been living apart for the past month. We sincerely hope that we can work out our differences.” Tab reports have linked Ford to fogey-loving Lara Flynn Boyle, 30 — a rumor his rep denies. Ford and Mathison have two children together.

DEPARTURES
Days after German media titan Bertelsmann announced its deal with song swapper Napster, the company’s North American heads are exiting. On Nov. 5, BMG Entertainment chair Michael Dornemann, 55, and president-CEO Strauss Zelnick, 43, announced their resignations. Neither would comment, but both were reportedly unhappy with plans to reduce their roles.

COURTS
Diff’rent Strokes star Gary Coleman, 32, came up short in a Nov. 2 TV trial before Judge Mills Lane, who ordered the actor to pay bus driver Tracy Fields, 32, $1,665 for hospital bills from a 1998 fight over an autograph in a Hawthorne, Calif., mall. Coleman said he felt threatened and punched her in the head. Fields, who had filed a $1 million civil suit, lost her claim for punitive damages.

DEATHS
Country Music Hall of Famer Jimmie Davis, 101, a two-time Louisiana governor credited with writing ”You Are My Sunshine,” of heart failure, Nov. 5, in Baton Rouge…. Robert Cormier, 75, author of 1974’s controversial young-adult novel The Chocolate War, of complications from a blood clot, Nov. 2, in Boston…. Blacklisted screenwriter Ring Lardner Jr., 85, of cancer, Oct. 31, in Manhattan. Despite Oscars for 1942’s Woman of the Year and 1970’s M*A*S*H, he is best known for this 1947 exchange with the House Un-American Activities Committee: Asked if he was ever a Communist, he said, ”I could answer the question… but I would hate myself in the morning.”