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Sarah Michelle Gellar, Avril Lavigne, and John Travolta were in the news the week of September 25

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BIRTHS
Buffy had a baby: Sarah Michelle Gellar, 32, and husband Freddie Prinze Jr., 33, welcomed their first child, daughter Charlotte Grace, on Sept. 19 in L.A. The couple has been married for seven years.

SPLIT
Singer Avril Lavigne, 24, and Sum 41 singer Deryck Whibley, 29, are separating, according to a Sept. 17 statement on Lavigne’s website. The couple married in July 2006.

MARRIED
Lucinda Williams, 56, and her manager, Tom Overby, said ”I do” on stage during the singer’s Sept. 18 concert in Minneapolis….Indie-movie queen Zooey Deschanel, 29, and indie-music king Ben Gibbard, 33, of Death Cab for Cutie fame, tied the knot Sept. 19 near Seattle.

RECOVERING
Burt Reynolds, 73, is at home after spending nearly a month at a rehab facility in West Palm Beach, Fla. The actor became hooked on pain medication after a recent back operation…. On Sept. 20, David Hasselhoff, 57, was taken to a hospital in Encino, Calif. His lawyer says the actor was simply feeling dizzy due to a medication he was taking for an ear infection, refuting reports claiming he was hospitalized for excessive drinking. Hasselhoff was released from the hospital the same day.

DEATHS
Mary Travers, 72, of the 1960s folk group Peter, Paul and Mary, died Sept. 16 in Danbury, Conn., after a lengthy battle with leukemia….Actor Henry Gibson (”The Poet” on Rowan & Martin’s Laugh-In), 73, died Sept. 14 of cancer in Malibu, Calif.
Additional reporting by Stewart Allen

Extortion Trial Begins in Travolta Case
Nine months after son Jett’s death in the Bahamas, John Travolta revisited the scene of the tragedy to attend an extortion trial stemming from his 16-year-old’s fatal seizure. In the trial, which began Sept. 22, paramedic Tarino Lightbourne and former Bahamian senator Pleasant Bridgewater stand accused of conspiring to extort $25 million from the Travoltas in exchange for not revealing a ”refusal to transport” document Travolta signed after Jett’s seizure. (Travolta reportedly wanted to fly Jett to a Florida hospital for treatment, but then decided to have his son sent to a Bahamian hospital instead.) According to People.com, Lightbourne’s paramedic partner, Derrex Rolle, was one of the first to testify, stating that Jett was unresponsive upon their arrival. Travolta — who has kept a low public profile since Jett’s passing and only made his first public appearance on Sept. 11, along with wife Kelly Preston and daughter Ella Blue, to promote his film Old Dogs — was also expected to testify per Bahamian law, but had not taken the stand as of press time.
Archana Ram