Births On March 20, Today weekend anchor Soledad O’Brien, 35, and her investment-banker husband, Brad Raymond, 36, welcomed 7-pound 6-ounce Cecilia. She joins sister Sofia, 1.
Weddings Bond of marriage: Roger Moore, 74, star of seven 007 flicks, tied the knot with Swedish socialite Kristina Tholstrup, 60, March 9 in Copenhagen. It’s his fourth marriage; exes include pop singer Dorothy Squires and Italian actress Luisa Mattioli. This is Tholstrup’s second trip down the aisle.
Dating Country heavyweights Garth Brooks, 40, and Trisha Yearwood, 37, whose duet ”In Another’s Eyes” won a Grammy in 1998, are rumored to be Music City’s newest power couple. Brooks divorced his wife of 15 years, Sandy, last December; Yearwood split with Mavericks bassist Robert Reynolds in 1999. Reps for Brooks and Yearwood did not return calls for comment.
Splits She’s not the one. Actor-auteur Edward Burns (Sidewalks of New York), 34, and model/yoga crusader/anti-smoking advocate Christy Turlington, 33, reportedly called off their yearlong engagement. Reps for neither Burns nor Turlington returned calls.
Ailing On March 27, country crooner Lyle Lovett, 44, broke his right leg after being trampled by a bull on his Klein, Tex., ranch. He was trying to rescue his uncle, who’d been flipped by the animal. Julia Roberts‘ ex was discharged from a Houston hospital March 30 and faces four to six months of rehabilitation.
Lawsuits A case of Shady sampling? On March 28, French jazz musician Jacques Loussier, 67, sued rap rogue Eminem (a.k.a. Marshall Mathers), 28, and Interscope Records, claiming Em lifted parts of the Frenchman’s 20-year-old composition ”Pulsion” for the controversial track ”Kill You” on 2000’s best-selling The Marshall Mathers LP. Loussier seeks $10 million. Eminem’s spokesman at Interscope did not return calls.
Deaths British sketch-comedy master Barry Took, 73, who produced such shows as Monty Python’s Flying Circus and post-WWII BBC radio series like Round the Horne, of complications from cancer of the esophagus, March 31, in London….CNN veteran Ed Turner, 66, an exec at the cable net from its 1980 launch until 1998, of liver cancer, March 30, in Washington, D.C. Working with CNN founder Ted Turner, Ed jokingly referred to himself as ”No Relation” Turner….Revered filmmaker Billy Wilder, 95, of pneumonia, on March 27, in Beverly Hills. (See Legacy on page 28.)…”Mr. Television” Milton Berle, 93, of complications from colon cancer, March 27, in L.A. (See Legacy on page 17.)…British actor Dudley Moore, 66, of a rare brain disorder, March 27, in Plainfield, N.J. (See Legacy on page 17.)…Drummer Randy Castillo, 49, who hit the skins for Motley Crue and Ozzy Osbourne, reportedly of throat cancer, March 26, in L.A. Crue bassist Nikki Sixx mourned Castillo on the band’s website: ”We will…jam together again someday soon.”