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Celebrity news for the week of May 13, 2005

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BIRTHS

Dixie Chick Emily Robison, 32, and singer-songwriter husband Charlie, 40, welcomed twins Julianna and Henry Benjamin, April 14. The twosome joins brother Gus, 2.

PREMIERE

Jennifer Lopez goes toe-to-toe with Jane Fonda in Monster-in-Law, but who comes out on top? At the April 29 premiere in L.A., Lopez revealed her secret pain: ”Barbarella can throw a punch.”

DIVORCES

Las Vegas star James Caan, 65, filed for divorce April 18 in L.A. from Linda Stokes, his fourth wife of nearly 10 years, citing irreconcilable differences. The actor is seeking joint custody of their children, James Jr., 9, and Jacob, 6. . . .Samantha Bennington filed for divorce from Linkin Park frontman Chester Bennington, 29, her husband of eight years, Jan. 19 in L.A., citing irreconcilable differences. The couple has one son, Draven, 3. A rep for the singer declined to comment.

EXPECTING

Saturday Night Live co-workers and spouses, comedian-writer Tina Fey, 34, and composer Jeff Richmond, 44, will greet their first child in September.

COURTS

On April 19, Andrea Constand, the woman suing Bill Cosby, 67, for allegedly drugging and molesting her last year, asked a Pennsylvania judge to suppress the names of a dozen women scheduled to be deposed about similar alleged incidents. No decision has been reached. Cosby’s rep says, ”We will be responding to the allegations in court.”

RECOVERING

On May 2, ex-Partridge Danny Bonaduce, 45, took an unexpected break from taping his VH1 reality show, Being Bonaduce, by entering a 30-day alcohol treatment program at an undisclosed facility. The show’s rep said, ”Production will slow down so that Danny and his family can work through their issues.”. . .Comedian George Lopez, 44, star of his namesake ABC sitcom, announced on April 25 that he is recuperating after receiving a kidney transplant from his wife, Ann, in L.A. Both are expected to make a full recovery.

AILING

In an April 13 post on Peter, Paul and Mary’s website, singer Mary Travers, 68, who is being treated for leukemia, announced she will receive a bone marrow transplant now that she’s found a suitable match. ”I’m getting as ready as I can for the transplant that we will do in another two weeks,” she said.

DEATHS

British actress Kay Walsh (Stage Fright), 93, the second of director David Lean’s six wives, of undisclosed causes, April 16, in London. . . . Actor Mason Adams (Lou Grant), 86, the voice of Smucker’s jam radio and TV ads for more than 30 years, of natural causes, April 26, in NYC. . . . Actress Maria Schell (The Brothers Karamazov), 79, sister of Oscar-winning actor Maximilian Schell (Judgment at Nuremberg), after being hospitalized for pneumonia, April 26, in Preitenegg, Austria. . . . Director George P. Cosmatos (Rambo: First Blood Part II), 64, of lung cancer, April 19, in Victoria, British Columbia. . . .Oscar-winning British actor Sir John Mills (Gandhi), 97, father of actresses Juliet and Hayley Mills, of undisclosed causes, April 23, in Denham, England. . . .Oscar-nominated actress Ruth Hussey (The Philadelphia Story), 93, of complications from an appendectomy, April 19, in Newbury Park, Calif. . . .Jazz trumpeter Benny Bailey, 79, who accompanied Dizzy Gillespie and Lionel Hampton, of undisclosed causes, April 14, in Amsterdam.

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