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Monitor: March 23, 2012

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It’s Official
After months of speculation, Olivier Martinez, 46, confirmed his engagement to Halle Berry, 45. ”Yes, of course it’s true,” he told The Miami Herald March 10….Sienna Miller, 30, also confirmed that she is expecting her first child with her boyfriend, actor Tom Sturridge, 26.

Births
Radio host Alexis Stewart, 46 — the daughter of Martha Stewart — welcomed a son, Truman, via surrogate on March 6. Alexis also has a daughter, Jude, 1.

Married
Dick Van Dyke, 86, wed girlfriend Arlene Silver, 40, on Feb. 29 in Malibu.

Splits
Kimberly Buffington-Quaid filed for divorce from her husband of seven years, Dennis Quaid, 57, on March 2. They will share custody of their 4-year-old twins.

Ailing
John Mayer, 34, announced March 10 that he would ”take an indefinite break from live performing” due to a granuloma on his vocal cords.

Deaths
French comics artist Jean ”Moebius” Giraud, whose work helped inspire the design of films like Alien and Blade Runner, passed away on March 10 after a battle with cancer. He was 73…. ”Disco Inferno” singer Jimmy Ellis, who performed with the Trammps, died of Alzheimer’s complications on March 8 at the age of 74…. Songwriter Robert Sherman, who penned tracks for films like Mary Poppins and Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, died on March 5 of natural causes. He was 86.

Birthdays
March 17: Rob Lowe, 48
March 19: Harvey Weinstein, 60
March 20: Spike Lee, 55
March 22: Stephen Sondheim, 82; Reese Witherspoon, 36

(Additional reporting by Jason Clark)

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