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Monitor: July 27, 2012

Kelsey Grammer welcomed a daughter, Vera Wang and her husband Arthur Becker separated, and more

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Births

Boss star Kelsey Grammer, 57, and wife Kayte, 31, welcomed daughter Faith Elisa on July 13. Unfortunately, the announcement came with sad news as well: ”We were ecstatic earlier this year when we announced that Kayte was carrying twins,” the couple said in a statement. ”Tragically we lost the little boy shortly thereafter.”… Uma Thurman, 42, and boyfriend Arpad Busson, 49, greeted a baby girl on July 15. Each parent has two children from a previous relationship.

Splits

Fashion designer Vera Wang, 63, and her husband of 23 years, Arthur Becker, announced their separation on July 11.

Retiring

Actor Peter O’Toole, 79, announced his retirement on July 10. ”The heart for it has gone out of me,” he said in a statement. ”It won’t come back.”

Courts

Singer Justin Bieber, 18, was sued July 11 by a woman, Stacey Betts, who claims she suffered hearing damage as a result of unsafe decibel levels from cheering fans at a 2010 Bieber concert in Portland, Ore. Betts is seeking $9.2 million. A rep for Bieber could not be reached for comment.

Ailing

Actor Michael Clarke Duncan, 54, suffered a heart attack on July 13. His girlfriend, former Apprentice contestant Omarosa Manigault-Stallworth, 38, reportedly resuscitated him with CPR before he was taken to the hospital. A rep for the star says Duncan is now ”stable.”… Kristin Chenoweth, 43, was hospitalized July 11 after hitting her head during an accident involving lighting equipment on the set of The Good Wife. She was released the following day.

Deaths

Country-music legend Kitty Wells, 92, who in 1952 became the first woman to hit No. 1 on the country chart with ”It Wasn’t God Who Made Honky Tonk Angels,” died in her Madison, Tenn., home on July 16 due to complications from a stroke…. Deep Purple songwriter and keyboardist Jon Lord passed away from pancreatic cancer in London on July 16. He was 71…. Donald J. Sobol, creator of the Encyclopedia Brown book series, died July 11 in South Miami at age 87…. Sylvester Stallone’s 36-year-old son, Sage Stallone, who appeared in Rocky V, was found dead in his L.A. home on July 13. The cause of death is under investigation…. Twilight fan Gisela Gagliardi, 53, was hit and killed by a car while crossing the street to attend the San Diego Comic-Con panel for Breaking Dawn — Part 2 on July 10.

Birthdays
July 21: Robin Williams, 61
July 22: Selena Gomez, 20
July 23: Daniel Radcliffe, 23; Woody Harrelson, 51

July 24: Anna Paquin, 30

(Additional reporting by Stewart Allen)