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Celebrity news for the week of April 27, 2007

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BIRTH
Julie Bowen (Boston Legal), 38, and her husband, investor Scott Phillips, greeted their first child, son Oliver, on April 10.

RECOVERED
Regis Philbin, 75, has announced that he’ll return to Live With Regis and Kelly on April 26. He underwent triple-bypass surgery on March 14.

AWARDED
The winners of the 2007 Pulitzer Prizes were revealed on April 16. Among the feted: Lawrence Wright, whose book The Looming Tower: Al-Qaeda and the Road to 9/11 won the nonfiction award; Cormac McCarthy, whose Oprah’s Book Club pick The Road won for fiction; and David Lindsay-Abaire, whose play Rabbit Hole won the drama prize.

CONTROVERSY
Vivid Entertainment claims that on May 3 it will release a sex tape featuring Olivia Mojica, 22, a season 2 contestant on American Idol. Mojica could not be reached for comment.

COURTS
On April 16, Chris Rock, 42, filed a petition in Georgia to determine the paternity of journalist Kali Bowyer’s son. (Bowyer has claimed that the comedian fathered the 13-year-old.) Rock is offering to pay child support if tests determine that he is the teen’s dad. Bowyer could not be reached for comment…. Lawyers for Jennifer Lopez, 36, and her husband, Marc Anthony, 38, say that the couple sued the European edition of the National Enquirer on April 17. The duo, who claim a March article falsely linked them to a drug scandal, seek an apology and a six-figure settlement. One week earlier, Anthony agreed to pay the U.S. government roughly $2.5 million in back taxes and fines for failing to properly file his companies’ income taxes from 2000 to ’04. Lopez was not involved in the investigation…. The estate of Notorious B.I.G. filed another suit against the city of Los Angeles, seeking up to $500 million in damages for the rapper’s still-unsolved death in 1997. (His family filed a wrongful-death suit against the city in 2002. After a mistrial in ’05, a new trial will begin in February ’08.) The April 16 suit alleges that two former LAPD officers conspired to murder Biggie while covertly working for Death Row Records, and that the LAPD provided a cover-up for them. Death Row could not be reached for comment; L.A. officials had no comment…. On April 11 — a day after being jailed in Florida for contempt of court — Girls Gone Wild impresario Joe Francis, 34, was indicted in Reno for claiming $20 million-plus in false tax deductions in 2002 and 2003. And on April 12, Francis was charged with allegedly attempting to bribe a jail guard for a bottle of water and possessing prescription sleeping pills in his cell.

DEATHS
Stage, film, and TV actor Roscoe Lee Brown, 81, the narrator of 1995’s Babe, of cancer, April 11, in L.A…. Barry Nelson, 89, the first actor to play James Bond (in the 1954 TV adaptation of Casino Royale), of unknown causes, April 7, in Bucks County, Pa…. Emmy winner Stan Daniels, 72, who co-created Taxi and was a writer for The Mary Tyler Moore Show, of heart failure, April 6, in Encino, Calif. — Additonal reporting by Stewart Allen


LEGACY DON HO (1930-2007)
A Hawaiian crooner known for the kitschy 1966 classic ”Tiny Bubbles” and his beloved Waikiki stage show, Ho died April 14 of heart failure in Honolulu. ”I used to call him Chairman of the Surfboard,” says comedian Andy Bumatai, who performed regularly with the lounge singer at the Ohana Waikiki Beachcomber Hotel. ”He embodied what people associated with Hawaii.” — Tanner Stransky


GLAAD to be ‘Grey’
Yep, Grey’s Anatomy is a GLAAD Media Award winner. The drama took home a trophy at the April 14 L.A. ceremony for ”Where the Boys Are,” an episode that dealt with both a transgendered patient and Joe the bartender going on a camping trip with his boyfriend. While the nod is surprising given star Isaiah Washington’s infamous use of the F-word, GLAAD president Neil G. Giuliano says the award ”reminds people that there’s more to this show than one actor.” It was a good night for ABC: Ugly Betty and Brothers & Sisters also took home honors, and Grey’s T.R. Knight received a standing ovation. How’d that feel, T.R.? ”Overwhelming is the only word I can think of. Very overwhelming.” — Adam B. Vary

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