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Celebrity news for the week of November 30, 2007

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ENGAGED
Season 5 American Idol runner-up Katharine McPhee, 23, will marry actor Nick Cokas (Invasion), 42.

MARRIED
Grey’s Anatomy resident Ellen Pompeo, 38, and music producer Christopher Ivery, 39, made it official on Nov. 9 at Manhattan’s city hall. NYC mayor Michael Bloomberg served as a witness…. Former ER star Julianna Margulies, 41, tied the knot with lawyer Keith Lieberthal on Nov. 10 in Lenox, Mass. The actress is pregnant and reportedly due in mid-January.

EXPECTING
Sex and the City‘s Mr. Big, Chris Noth, 53, is having a baby with girlfriend Tara Wilson.

HONORED
Rumer Willis, 19, daughter of Bruce Willis and Demi Moore, has been named Miss Golden Globe 2008. She will distribute trophies at the ceremony, airing Jan. 13 on NBC.

POSTPONED
The ’08 release of Angels & Demons, a prequel to The Da Vinci Code, has been delayed due to the writers’ strike. The Tom Hanks film is now slated for ’09.

COURTS
Actor Jonathan Rhys Meyers, 30, was arrested at Dublin International Airport for alleged public intoxication on Nov. 18. The Tudors star will appear in court on Dec. 5. His reps did not return calls for comment…. On Nov. 15, Lindsay Lohan, 21, served 84 minutes at an L.A. jail as part of her sentence for recent cocaine and DUI charges. The actress, on probation through 2010, must also complete 10 days of community service and 18 months of alcohol education. Lohan’s reps did not return calls for comment…. On Nov. 15, the agency that arranged the 2005 adoption of Angelina Jolie‘s Ethiopian-born daughter, Zahara, now 2, refuted the claims of a woman who identified herself as the child’s biological mother. According to the agency, records show that Zahara’s mother is deceased, and Jolie’s adoption is therefore valid…. The Red Hot Chili Peppers sued Showtime Networks for unspecified damages on Nov. 19 in L.A. The band claims the show Californication appropriated the name of its 1999 album. The suit also notes that the series features a character called ”Dani California,” the title of one of the CD’s tracks.

DEATHS
Martha Kostyra, 93, a frequent guest on daughter Martha Stewart’s TV shows, of natural causes, Nov. 16, in Norwalk, Conn…. Makeup artist Monty Westmore (Hook), 84, of prostate cancer, Nov. 13, in Woodland Hills, Calif…. Oscar-winning editor Peter Zinner (The Deer Hunter), 88, after a long illness, Nov. 13, in Santa Monica…. Actor Ronnie Burns, 72, son of George Burns and Gracie Allen, of natural causes, Nov. 14, in L.A. — Additional reporting by Stewart Allen


LEGACY: Dick Wilson (1916-2007)
The British-born pitchman — a.k.a. Charmin’s wily grocer Mr. Whipple — died Nov. 18 in Woodland Hills, Calif., of natural causes. Wilson starred in 500-plus commercials, admonishing female shoppers not to ”squeeze the Charmin” before copping a feel of the TP himself. A ’75 poll named him the second-most-recognizable person in the U.S., after Nixon. — Aubry D’Arminio