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Levi Johnston runs for mayor

Plus, Amy Poehler, Reese Witherspoon, and more celebrities making news the week of August 6, 2010

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BIRTHS
Amy Poehler, 38, and Will Arnett, 40, welcomed their second son Aug. 6 in L.A. Abel James joins big brother Archie, 1.

EXPECTING
Rod Stewart, 65, and model wife Penny Lancaster, 39, are expecting their second child together. The rocker also has five kids from previous relationships.

SPLIT
After years of wavering, Sean Penn, 50, and Robin Wright, 44, officially divorced July 22 in Marin County, Calif.

ANNOUNCED
Reese Witherspoon, 34, has signed on to star in an untitled Fox 2000 biopic of legendary singer Peggy Lee. The actress will also produce alongside Marc Platt (Legally Blonde), 53, with Nora Ephron, 69, on board to write and direct…. Former Playgirl cover boy Levi Johnston, 20, revealed Aug. 10 that he plans to run for mayor of Wasilla, Alaska — the same job once occupied by almost mother-in-law Sarah Palin, 46 — and document the journey in a reality show titled Loving Levi: The Road to the Mayor’s Office…. Haitian-American musician Wyclef Jean, 37, stated on Aug. 5 that he will run for president of Haiti this year.— With additional reporting by Stewart Allen

BIRTHDAYS
Halle Berry, 44
Aug. 14

Ben Affleck, 38
Aug. 15

Madonna, 52
Aug. 16

Robert De Niro, 67
Aug. 17

Alexander Skarsgärd, 34
Aug. 25

Patricia Neal (1926-2010): Five Essential Roles
Oscar and Tony winner Patricia Neal — whose life was characterized by professional triumph and personal tragedy, including the death of one of her children with ex-husband Roald Dahl — passed away Aug. 8 in Martha’s Vineyard after a long illness. She was 84. Here, a look at her greatest screen roles:

The Fountainhead (1949)
Neal was 23 when she costarred with Gary Cooper in this melodramatic take on Ayn Rand’s best-seller. She acts circles around the older legend, oozing a romantic desperation that carried over into a doomed real-life affair.

A Face in the Crowd (1957)
Elia Kazan‘s masterpiece about the corrupting nature of fame is as good as it gets, featuring first-rate performances from Andy Griffith as a Southern musician and Neal as a radio personality who enables his rise to power.

Breakfast at Tiffany’s (1961)
Neal doesn’t have the biggest role in this Audrey Hepburn classic, but man, does she pack a wallop as the wealthy woman who reminds George Peppard‘s gigolo how for-sale he is.

Hud (1963)
Neal won a Best Actress Oscar for her heartbreaking portrayal of a lonely woman who resists cowboy Casanova Paul Newman. A gem.

The Subject Was Roses (1968)
After suffering a series of strokes that should’ve ended her career, Neal earned another Oscar nom with her turn as a bitter wife warring with her husband. This is acting as force of will.— Chris Nashawaty