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Monitor: Aug. 12, 2011

Alexander Skarsgård and Kate Bosworth split, Oprah Winfrey heads to court, and more

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Expecting
American Idol season 3 winner Fantasia Barrino, 26, announced that she is pregnant during a concert on July 31 in Jacksonville, Fla. The father’s identity is unknown at this time…. Grey’s Anatomy star Sarah Drew, 30, is expecting her first child with husband Peter Lanfer, 34, in January.

Births
Actress Selma Blair, 39, and her boyfriend, Jason Bleick, 41, welcomed their first child, Arthur Saint Bleick, on July 25 in Los Angeles.

Splits
True Blood vamp Alexander Skarsgård, 34, and his girlfriend of almost two years, actress Kate Bosworth, 28, have reportedly broken up.

Courts
A suit was filed against Oprah Winfrey, 57, on July 28 by Simone Kelly-Brown, CEO of Own Your Power Communications, Inc., who claims that the talk-show queen has infringed on the use of the company’s trademark slogan ”Own Your Power” by using it in O magazine, online, and at public events. Kelly-Brown is seeking $2 million per use…. Actor Joe Pesci, 68, is suing Fiore Films for $3 million. The actor alleges that the company used his name to garner interest in an upcoming John Gotti biopic, only to rescind its offer for Pesci to play the famous mobster’s right-hand man.

Deaths
Hollywood producer and screenwriter Polly Platt died July 27 in Brooklyn at age 72. She suffered from Lou Gehrig’s disease…. Dan Peek, one of the founders of the band America, died July 24 at his home in Farmington, Mo., at age 60…. Former Dukes of Hazzard star Christopher Mayer (Vance Duke), 57, passed away on July 24 in Sherman Oaks, Calif., due to natural causes.

Birthdays
Aug. 6: M. Night Shyamalan, 41
Aug. 7: Charlize Theron, 36
Aug. 8: Dustin Hoffman, 74
Aug. 9: Whitney Houston, 48
Aug. 10: Justin Theroux, 40

(Additional reporting by Stewart Allen)

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