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Monitor: Jan. 13, 2012

Aretha Franklin engaged, Eric Dane and Rebecca Gayheart welcome daughter, and more

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Engaged
Music legend Aretha Franklin, 69, announced on Jan. 2 that she is engaged to longtime friend William Wilkerson. The couple plan to marry this summer…. Bridesmaids‘ lovable cop Chris O’Dowd, 32, proposed to his girlfriend, British TV personality Dawn Porter, 32, on Dec. 26…. American Idol alumnus Danny Gokey, 31, whose first wife, Sophia, passed away in 2008, announced on Dec. 25 that he plans to marry his girlfriend, Leyicet Peralta, in late January…. Country singer Wynonna Judd, 47, and fellow musician Cactus Moser got engaged on Dec. 24…. R&B singer John Legend, 33, popped the question to his girlfriend, model Chrissy Teigen, while vacationing in the Maldives over the holidays…. Aerosmith frontman Steven Tyler, 63, confirmed on Jan. 2 that he’s engaged to girlfriend Erin Brady, 38.

Expecting
Kings of Leon lead singer Caleb Followill, 29, and his wife, Victoria’s Secret model Lily Aldridge, 26, announced on Dec. 28 that they are expecting their first child together.

Births
Grey’s Anatomy star Eric Dane, 39, and his wife, actress Rebecca Gayheart, 40, welcomed their second child, a girl named Georgia Geraldine. The couple have a 1-year-old daughter named Billie Beatrice.

Deaths
Bob Anderson, a former Olympic fencer and film fight coordinator who fought as Darth Vader in two Star Wars movies, died on Jan. 1 at age 89…. Former Saturday Night Live writer Joseph Bodolai was found dead in a Los Angeles hotel on Dec. 26 at age 63 in an apparent suicide.

Birthdays
Jan. 7: Nicholas Cage, 48; Katie Couric, 55
Jan 9.: Nina Dobrev, 23
Jan. 12: Naya Rivera, 25 Jan. 13: Liam Hemsworth, 22; Julia Louis-Dreyfus, 5

(Additional reporting by Stewart Allen)

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