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Monitor: May 25, 2012

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Expecting

Actress Anna Faris, 35, and her husband, Parks and Recreation star Chris Pratt, 32, are expecting their first child this fall.

Births

The Avengers‘ Chris Hemsworth, 28, and his wife, actress Elsa Pataky, 35, welcomed their first child, daughter India, on May 11…. Rosie Pope, 32, host of Bravo’s Pregnant in Heels, delivered baby Vivienne Madison on May 13. Pope and husband Daron, 34, also have two sons, James, 3, and Wellington, 1.

Courts

John Travolta, 58, is in the midst of a scandal after a number of men accused him of inappropriate conduct. Two unnamed masseurs are suing the actor for $2 million in damages. Travolta’s rep has called the accusations ”complete fiction.”… CBS is suing ABC for copyright infringement, claiming that the network’s upcoming reality show Glass House is a ”carbon copy” of CBS’ Big Brother. An ABC rep says the suit is ”without merit.”… William Balfour, 31, the former brother-in-law of singer Jennifer Hudson, 30, was found guilty by a Chicago jury of murdering her mother, brother, and nephew in 2008. He faces a maximum sentence of life in prison.

Deaths

Legendary bassist Donald ”Duck” Dunn, a member of Booker T. & the MGs, died in his sleep in Tokyo on May 13. He was 70…. Iconic hairstylist Vidal Sassoon, 84, passed away in L.A. on May 9 after a battle with leukemia…. Swamp People‘s Mitchell Guist, 47, died May 14 aboard his boat in Louisiana. The cause of death is unknown.

Birthdays
May 19: Pete Townshend, 67
May 22: Maggie Q, 33
May 24: Bob Dylan, 71

May 25: Ian McKellen, 73; Octavia Spencer, 40

(Additional reporting by Stewart Allen)

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