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Monitor: July 8, 2011

Neil Patrick Harris gets engaged, George Clooney is back on the market, and more

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Engaged
Neil Patrick Harris, 38, revealed his engagement to David Burtka following the passage of the Marriage Equality Act in New York. The couple proposed to each other more than five years ago…. Grey’s Anatomy actress Sara Ramirez, 35, and Ryan Debolt are engaged.

Splits
George Clooney, 50, and actress Elisabetta Canalis, 32, have broken up after dating for two years.

Ailing
Rapper Missy Elliott, 39, revealed on June 23 that she was diagnosed with Graves’ disease in 2008 but has since gotten it under control with treatment…. Singer Glen Campbell, 75, announced June 22 that he will be retiring after performances this fall due to Alzheimer’s disease.

Courts
A Michigan law firm has filed a class-action suit against Lady Gaga, 25. At issue is whether all of the money she raised for Japan earthquake relief made it to the victims…. On June 27, the Supreme Court struck down a California law banning the sale of violent videogames to minors. The court also ruled against the heirs of Anna Nicole Smith on June 23, denying their claim to $88 million of Smith’s late husband J. Howard Marshall II’s estate…. A lawsuit filed May 31 claims that Tobey Maguire, 35, must return more than $300,000 that he allegedly won from a hedge-fund manager who bet his clients’ money in a series of poker games.

Deaths
Comic-book artist Gene Colan, 84, died June 23 in New York City after a battle with cancer and liver disease…. CNN sports anchor Nick Charles, 64, passed away June 25 in Santa Fe from bladder cancer.

Birthdays
July 3: Tom Cruise, 49
July 8: Jaden Smith, 13; Kevin Bacon, 53
July 10: Sofia Vergara, 39
July 13: Harrison Ford, 69

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