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Oprah Winfrey, Dolly Parton, and Liam Neeson’s advice for college graduates and Farrah Fawcett’s NBC documentary made news the week of May 15, 2009

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EXPECTING
Saturday Night Live‘s Maya Rudolph, 36, and her partner, director Paul Thomas Anderson (There Will Be Blood), 38, have a second child on the way.

BIRTHS
Grey’s Anatomy doc Chyler Leigh, 27, and her husband, actor Nathan West, 30, greeted daughter Anniston on May 7…. Julie Bowen (Boston Legal), 40, and husband Scott Phillips welcomed twin boys Gus and John May 7…. Tobey Maguire, 33, and wife Jennifer Meyer, 32, greeted their second child, a son, on May 8…. My Boys star Jim Gaffigan, 42, and wife Jeannie welcomed a baby girl, Katie Louise, May 10.

ENGAGED
The View cohost Joy Behar, 65, announced on-air May 12 that she and longtime beau Steve Janowitz, 59, will marry this fall. Behar joked that after 26 years together, she won’t be wearing a traditional gown. ”If I wear white, I would look like an ambulance.”

DONATION
Titanic stars Kate Winslet, 33, and Leonardo DiCaprio, 34, and director James Cameron, 54, collectively donated $30,000 to a fund for Millvina Dean, 97, the last remaining survivor from the Titanic. Set up by the Belfast, U.K., and International Titanic Societies, the Millvina Fund will help with Dean’s nursing-home bills.

UPDATE
Mia Farrow, 64, ended her fast to draw attention to the humanitarian crisis in Darfur, Sudan, on May 8 after 12 days due to health-related concerns. That same day, Virgin CEO Sir Richard Branson, 58, picked up Farrow’s cause and launched his own three-day Darfur-dedicated fast.

CONTROVERSY
On May 12, Donald Trump, 62, who owns the Miss Universe organization, ruled that Miss California, Carrie Prejean, would keep her crown despite racy images of the 22-year-old that surfaced online after the pageant. ”The pictures taken were acceptable, were fine, and in some cases were lovely,” Trump said at a press conference…. After risqué photos allegedly depicting Rihanna, 21, hit the Internet May 9, the singer’s label, Island Def Jam, reportedly sent a letter to various websites demanding they be taken down. A rep for Rihanna had no comment, and a rep for Island Def Jam did not return calls seeking comment.

COURTS
On May 8, a Santa Monica jury found Snoop Dogg, 37, not personally responsible for the beating of concertgoer Richard Monroe II during a 2005 show near Seattle, but ruled that his record company must pay Monroe $449,000. Monroe was injured by Snoop’s security after he got on stage and tried to put his arm around the rapper…. Gossip blogger Perez Hilton, 31, won the case based on his complaint of unfair competition against PerezRevenge.com on May 6. The owners of the site were ordered not to use the term ”Perez” for any medium containing entertainment news or gossip. Lawyers for PerezRevenge.com say they plan to ask that the verdict be set aside…. Michael Jackson‘s myriad legal woes continue: On May 6, Raymone Bain sued the King of Pop, 50, for $44 million, claiming he never paid Bain for fees relating to organizing his upcoming London concerts. And on May 11, AllGood Entertainment, the company behind a Jackson family concert series scheduled for 2010, announced it was planning to sue Jackson over his London solo concerts, slated for July. AllGood alleges that the singer is in violation of the family tour deal, which prohibits him from making other concert appearances prior to the family shows. Jackson’s reps did not return calls for comment.

DEATHS
Lynyrd Skynyrd bass player Ean Evans, 48, died of cancer May 6 at his home in Columbus, Miss…. Hollywood superagent Sam Cohn, 79, who represented Paul Newman and Meryl Streep, passed away May 6 in NYC…. Mickey Carroll, 89, who played a Munchkin in 1939’s The Wizard of Oz, died May 7 in Crestwood, Mo…. The eldest son of late Little House on the Prairie star Michael Landon, Mark Landon, 60, died of unknown causes on May 11 in L.A.

Additional reporting by Stewart Allen


From A-List to Dean’s List

Summer’s just starting, but Hollywood headed back to school last week as celebs picked up degrees and doled out advice at college graduations around the country. Oprah Winfrey jetted to North Carolina on May 10 to give the commencement address at Duke, where she poked fun at her godson, graduating senior William Bumpus (his mom is Winfrey BFF Gayle King). ”William never wants people to know that he knows me,” said the media mogul. ”I’m like the crazy aunt they keep in the attic.”… On May 8, Dolly Parton earned the right to call herself Dr. Dolly, thanks to an honorary doctorate from the University of Tennessee. Dressed in pink sequins, she performed ”Try” before donning a cap and gown for the ceremony…. Addressing students from his alma mater, Queen’s University Belfast, at the British consulate in NYC on May 7, Liam Neeson made his first public speaking appearance since the death of his wife, Natasha Richardson, in March. The actor apologized for his nerves before quoting Irish poet Paul Muldoon: ”[Art] builds from pain, from misery, from a deep-seated hurt.”… And Jimmy Fallon officially graduated from the College of St. Rose in Albany, N.Y., on May 9 — a mere 14 years after leaving the school a semester early to pursue a showbiz career. The actor earned his communications diploma by presenting a portfolio of his work on TV and film. ”Have you guys seen the movie The Graduate?” Fallon asked students during his speech. ”Well, the real world is nothing like that movie. When you leave here today, your parents’ hot friend will not try to have sex with you.” —Adam Markovitz


Farrah Fawcett Speaks Out

After maintaining her silence as she battles cancer, Farrah Fawcett is finally sharing her own thoughts about her health ordeal. On May 11, the L.A. Times ran an interview the paper conducted with the actress in August, in which she talked about her medical records surfacing in the National Enquirer in 2006. ”I’m a private person,” Fawcett said. ”There are areas that should be off-limits.” (EW has learned that the incident, allegedly involving a hospital employee, has led to an official FBI investigation.) Fawcett has also allowed cameras to chronicle her cancer battle in Farrah’s Story, a documentary set to air May 15 on NBC. Said the star in a press release, ”I have a certain responsibility to those who are fighting their own fights and may be able to benefit from learning about mine.” —Kate Ward, with additional reporting by Mike Bruno