BIRTHS Good company: On June 28, Chris Rock, 36, and charity-exec wife Malaak Compton-Rock, 32, welcomed their first child, 6-pound 15-ounce Lola Simone, in Manhattan…. On June 16, singer-TV star Brandy Norwood, 23, and music-producer hubby Robert Smith (Michael Jackson’s ”Unbreakable”), 22, greeted their first child, daughter Sy’rai Smith…. On June 26, jazzman Harry Connick Jr., 34, and model wife Jill Goodacre Connick, 37, welcomed third daughter Charlotte…. On June 13, Braveheart’s Sophie Marceau, 35, and producer Jim Lemley (We Were Soldiers), 37, greeted their first child, Juliette, in Paris. Marceau has a son from a previous relationship.
EXPECTING Julia Roberts’ ex Benjamin Bratt (Pinero), 38, and new bride Talisa Soto (Mortal Kombat), 35, are expecting their first baby; reps won’t say when.
WEDDINGS GOP senator/actor Fred Thompson (In the Line of Fire), 59, wed political strategist Jeri Kehn, 35, June 29, in Naperville, Ill. It’s his second marriage, her first…. Roseanne’s ex Tom Arnold, 43, and political consultant Shelby Roos, 30, tied the knot June 29, in Beverly Hills. It’s his third marriage, her first…. American Pie’s Shannon Elizabeth, 28, wed actor Joe Reitman (The Perfect Storm), 34, June 15, in Jalisco, Mexico — the first for both…. A beautiful day: U2 guitarist the Edge, 40, wed dancer Morleigh Steinberg, 37, June 18, in southern France. The couple have two toddlers. It’s her first marriage, his second…. Singer Mary Chapin Carpenter, 44, swapped vows with contractor Timmy Smith, June 1, in Batesville, Va. It’s her first marriage, his second.
SPLITS Vivica A. Fox (Soul Food), 37, filed for divorce June 26 from her hubby since ’98, R&B performer Christopher Harvest (a.k.a. Sixx-Nine), 32…. He needs to go. Singer Marc Anthony, 33, and his wife of two years, former Miss Universe Dayanara Torres, 26, have separated, says a rep, adding that the couple — who have a 16-month-old son — have no plans to divorce.
AILING R&B bad boy Bobby Brown, 33, checked into a Fredericksburg, Va., hospital June 19 for treatment of an infection his rep wouldn’t specify. The singer, traveling with wife Whitney Houston, was discharged two days later…. On June 24, PBS chatterbox Charlie Rose, 60, underwent open-heart surgery. He plans to return to work this month…. On June 26, Billy Joel, 53, checked out of Silver Hill Hospital in New Canaan, Conn., after 10 days of treatment for a ”personal problem that had recently developed,” says a rep.
COURTS On June 19, a London court cited DNA tests in ruling that producer Stephen Bing (Get Carter), 37, is the father of Bedazzler Elizabeth Hurley’s 2-month-old son, Damian Charles Hurley. Bing, who had questioned his paternity, previously said he would support his child; he could not be reached for comment…. On July 1, London officials decided not to file charges against Woody Harrelson, 40, who was arrested last month on suspicion of vandalizing a taxi…. On June 24, an Aussie judge cited inadequate evidence in acquitting pub owners Philip Cropper, 38, and Malcolm Mercer, 38, who’d been charged with trying to extort $100,000 from Russell Crowe, 38, using a video of him in a barroom brawl…. On June 19, Marilyn Manson, 33, pleaded no contest to assault after he allegedly rubbed his crotch against security guard Joshua Keasler, 26, during a 2001 concert in Clarkston, Mich. Manson must pay $4,000 in fines and court costs.