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Celebrity news for the week of November 2, 2007

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BIRTH
Borat star Sacha Baron Cohen, 36, and fiancée Isla Fisher (Wedding Crashers), 31, have welcomed a baby girl.

SPLIT
On Oct. 21, a rep for Dominic Purcell (Prison Break), 37, confirmed that the actor and his wife, Rebecca Williamson, have separated.

ANNOUNCED
The recently reunited Spice Girls revealed on Oct. 16 that their greatest-hits album (out Nov. 13) will be sold exclusively in Victoria’s Secret stores. It will also be available for download on iTunes and other music sites.

AWARDS
On Oct. 16, Britain’s prestigious Man Booker Prize was awarded to Irish author Anne Enright, 45, for her novel The Gathering.

AUCTION
On Oct. 16, Sotheby’s New York announced it will put the 1941 screenwriting Oscar won by Orson Welles for Citizen Kane on the block Dec. 11. The statue currently belongs to the Dax Foundation, a nonprofit that plans to use the projected $1.2 million for charitable causes.

COURTS
Britney Spears, 25, reportedly regained visitation rights with sons Preston, 2, and Jayden, 1, on Oct. 19 in L.A. Two days earlier she had lost all visitation rights after not complying with unspecified court demands. The kids will continue to live with Spears’ ex Kevin Federline, 29…. Actor Anthony Hopkins, 69, is asking an arbitrator to order production company Merchant Ivory, which made Hopkins’ films Howards End and The Remains of the Day, to pay him $750,000. He claims they owe him the money for his work in the upcoming drama The City of Your Final Destination…. Amy Winehouse, 24, was arrested on Oct. 18 for possession of marijuana in Norway. The English vocalist, currently on a European tour, was jailed for nearly 12 hours and fined 500 euros ($712). Her reps did not return calls for comment.

AILING
On Oct. 23, a rep for Robert Goulet, 73, confirmed that the performer is in critical condition with lung complications. The Broadway vet was diagnosed with interstitial pulmonary fibrosis on Sept. 30 in Las Vegas and is currently awaiting a lung transplant in an L.A. hospital.

RECOVERING
Two-time Pulitzer Prize-winning author Norman Mailer (The Executioner’s Song), 84, underwent surgery on Oct. 4 in NYC to remove scar tissue from his lung. A rep for Mailer, who at press time was still in the hospital, says that the author is ”doing well.”… On Oct. 18, actor John Goodman (Evan Almighty), 55, revealed that he’s completed voluntary treatment for an undisclosed addiction.

DEATHS
Pop and jazz singer Teresa Brewer, 76, who topped the charts in the ’50s with hits like ”Music! Music! Music!,” of a neuromuscular disease, Oct. 17, in New Rochelle, N.Y. — Additional reporting by Stewart Allen


Waffle Battery
Kid Rock (né Robert Ritchie), 36, and five members of his entourage were arrested for assault after a sold-out show on Oct. 21 in Atlanta. Police say the singer was involved in a brawl with a male customer at a Waffle House early Sunday morning. Rock, whose reps did not return calls for comment, was released on bond after 12 hours in jail. — Adam Markovitz

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