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Jon Peters leaked memoir and Brooke Sheilds’ magazine interviews made news the week of May 29, 2009

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CELEBRATING
Gwen Stefani, 39, gave son Kingston a very special third birthday on May 25, bringing him on stage to be serenaded by the crowd at a No Doubt concert in Salt Lake City.

BIRTHS
24‘s Chad Lowe, 41, and producer fiancée Kim Painter became first-time parents when Mabel Painter Lowe arrived on May 16 in L.A.

MARRIED
White Stripes drummer Meg White, 34, tied the knot with Jackson Smith, 27, on May 22 in Nashville.

RECONCILED
Sean Penn, 48, and Robin Wright Penn, 43, may not be finished just yet. The Milk star withdrew his request for legal separation from his wife last week. This makes the second reconciliation for the couple, who previously filed separation papers in late 2007, only to request they be dismissed last April.

SPLIT
Film producer Brian Grazer, 57, and The Starter Wife author Gigi Levangie Grazer, 46, finalized their divorce on May 21 in L.A. She will receive more than $13 million in a one-time payment, and $40,000 a month in child support.

ENGAGED
Marriage, ahoy! Pirates of the Caribbean star Orlando Bloom, 32, is reportedly set to wed Victoria’s Secret model Miranda Kerr, 26.

PERFORMING
T.I., 28, played an emotional concert in his hometown of Atlanta on May 24, two days before reporting to an Arkansas federal prison for a one-year term. The rapper pleaded guilty to illegally purchasing several machine guns last March.

COURTS
Drummer Liberty DeVitto, 58, sued Billy Joel, 60, in NYC, claiming that he is owed unpaid royalties from part of the 30 years in which he played in the pop icon’s band…. On May 26, California’s Supreme Court ruled that Proposition 8, the ballot initiative that banned same-sex marriage in the state last November, was legally valid. However, the court said that all 18,000 same-sex marriages performed in California before Prop 8 passed — including the high-profile nuptials of Ellen DeGeneres, 51, and Portia de Rossi, 36, in August 2008 — would stand.

RECOVERING
Grammy winner Natalie Cole, 59, received a kidney transplant in L.A. on May 19 — the same day that her sister Carol, 64, died of lung cancer. A rep says the singer, who has been on dialysis since being diagnosed with hepatitis C in 2008, is ”resting comfortably.”

CONTROVERSY
Clay Aiken, 30, has apologized for blogging that American Idol runner-up Adam Lambert‘s version of Johnny Cash’s ”Ring of Fire” made him fear that his ”ears would bleed.” In a May 22 follow-up post, Aiken wrote: ”I apologize to Adam for my colorful (and negative) choice of words.” … Speaking of Idol, one of the show’s sponsors, AT&T, is under fire for reportedly offering lessons in ”power texting” to supporters of Kris Allen, 23, at parties of up to 2,000 fans in Arkansas. (Using power texting, multiple messages — in this case, votes — can be sent at once, which may violate the show’s rules.) No similar lessons seem to have been offered to Adam Lambert’s fans.

DEATHS
Mike Tyson‘s daughter Exodus Tyson, 4, died May 26 of injuries from an accident on a treadmill at the boxer’s Phoenix home. The Tyson family said in a statement, ”There are no words to describe the tragic loss of our beloved Exodus.”… Musician Jay Bennett, 45, a former member of Wilco who played on several of the band’s critically acclaimed albums, died in his sleep May 24 in Urbana, Ill. In a statement, Wilco frontman Jeff Tweedy called Bennett ”a truly unique and gifted human being and one who made significant contributions to the band’s songs and evolution.”… Actress Lucy Gordon (Spider-Man 3), 28, died of an apparent suicide in her Paris apartment on May 20…. Disney voice artist Wayne Allwine, 62, died of complications from diabetes on May 18 in L.A. Allwine had voiced Mickey Mouse in countless animated projects since 1977. — With additional reporting by Stewart Allen


A Tell-All Memoir That’s Too Hot for Hollywood
Call it a case of gossip gone wild: On May 21, a juicy memoir proposal by former Sony Pictures chief Jon Peters leaked online, making it clear that the hairdresser-turned-producer (who inspired Warren Beatty’s character in 1975’s Shampoo) was ready to dish about Hollywood’s brightest stars, including Catherine Zeta-Jones, Sharon Stone, Salma Hayek, and ex-lover Barbra Streisand. But 24 hours later, Peters’ $500,000-plus book deal with HarperCollins was kaput. According to a letter Peters wrote to the publishers, he backed out after being ”besieged by lawsuits…by some of the most important figures in show business.” Even with the book on hold, the town is still buzzing over Peters’ tales — tall or otherwise. (Among the most shocking: Peters’ claim of turning down an amorous Barbara Walters. The newswoman told EW, via e-mail: ”This is the most absurd, ridiculous thing I have ever heard” — a sentiment echoed by others mentioned in his proposal.) But that kind of chatter is exactly his intent, says Nancy Griffin, coauthor of the 1996 book Hit and Run, which chronicles Peters’ reign at Sony. ”He’s not motivated by money,” Griffin explains. ”He’s thinking about his legacy — he wants to be known as the most colorful tycoon Hollywood ever saw.” And thanks to the the magic of the Web, Peters is off to a good start. — Kate Ward, with additional reporting by Christine Spines

Brooke Shares It All
She may have left the Lipstick Jungle, but drama still manages to find Brooke Shields, 44. This week the actress revealed that she had a skin-cancer scare in 2008 (she told People that baby oil and tinfoil used to be part of her tanning ritual) and then admitted to Health magazine that she regrets not having sex earlier than age 22. ”I wish I had just gotten it over with,” Shields said. ”I think I would have been much more in touch with myself.” That news caps off a busy May for Shields: Earlier, she was linked to Kiefer Sutherland’s head-butting incident and then accused a reporter of using her mother, who suffers from dementia, for a tabloid story. With any luck, Shields will get a vacation from the drama come June. — Lindsay Soll

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