Singer Fergie (née Stacy Ann Ferguson), 32, will wed Las Vegas actor Josh Duhamel, 35…. Jessica Alba, 26, is set to marry Cash Warren, 28. The couple’s first child is due in the spring.
Katherine Heigl (Grey’s Anatomy), 29, wed musician Josh Kelley, 27, on Dec. 23 in Deer Valley, Utah.
Sean Penn, 47, and wife Robin Wright Penn, 41, are reportedly ending their 11-year marriage.
Sweeney Todd director Tim Burton, 49, and the movie’s costar Helena Bonham Carter, 41, welcomed their second child, a daughter, on Dec. 15 in London.
On Dec. 28, the WGA and Worldwide Pants, Inc., David Letterman‘s independent production company behind his Late Show and The Late Late Show With Craig Ferguson, announced that both shows would resume production Jan. 2, with their scribes. ”This is not a solution to the strike, which unfortunately continues to disrupt the lives of thousands,” Letterman said in a statement. ”But I hope it will be seen as a step in the right direction.”
Sacha Baron Cohen, 36, told the media on Dec. 21 that he’ll officially put to rest his Kazakh-journalist character, Borat, as well as alter ego Ali G.
Jay-Z (né Shawn Carter), 38, stepped down as president of Universal Music Group’s Def Jam, effective Dec. 31. The rap mogul, who assumed the position in 2005, will continue recording for the label.
Mischa Barton (The O.C.), 21, was arrested Dec. 27 in L.A. on suspicion of driving under the influence, driving without a license, and possession of marijuana after police saw her car straddling two lanes of traffic. She spent several hours in a West Hollywood jail before being released on $10,000 bail. Charges have yet to be filed. Barton’s reps could not be reached for comment…. On Dec. 27, Rebecca De Mornay (Risky Business), 48, was charged with two misdemeanor counts of DUI, stemming from an October arrest. De Mornay’s reps could not be reached for comment…. After an investigation, the L.A. city attorney’s office announced Dec. 28 that Brandy Norwood (Moesha), 28, would not face misdemeanor vehicular-manslaughter charges for her involvement in a fatal car accident last December. Norwood’s lawyer said her camp is ”extremely pleased.”
TV host Jack Linkletter (Hootenanny), 70, of lymphoma, Dec. 18, in Cloverdale, Calif…. Award-winning choreographer Michael Kidd (Seven Brides for Seven Brothers), 92, Dec. 23, in L.A…. Former Rogue Wave bassist Evan Farrell, 31, of smoke inhalation, Dec. 23, in Berkeley, Calif. — Additional reporting by Stewart Allen
Oscar Peterson (1925-2007)
The Canadian jazz pianist — who took home eight Grammys during his seven-decade career — died Dec. 23 in Mississauga, Ontario. Peterson led his famed, eponymous trio throughout the ’50s and also collaborated with icons like Ella Fitzgerald, Charlie Parker, and Billie Holiday. He was once hailed by Duke Ellington as the ”Maharaja of the keyboard.” — Tanner Stransky