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Monitor: October 11, 2013

Kaley Cuoco gets engaged, Rachael Leigh Cook welcomes a new baby, and more

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Engagements
Apparently he courted her well: After nearly three months of dating, The Big Bang Theory star Kaley Cuoco, 27, and pro tennis player Ryan Sweeting, 26, announced their engagement on Sept. 26.

Splits
Actor Richard Gere, 64, and his wife, model and actress Carey Lowell, 52, have separated after 11 years of marriage. The couple have one child together, their son Homer, 13.

Babies
Actress Rachael Leigh Cook, 34, and her husband, The Vampire Diaries and The Originals actor Daniel Gillies, 37, welcomed their first child, a daughter. The pair have been married for nine years.

Deaths
Italian screenwriter Luciano Vincenzoni, 87, whose movies included Sergio Leone-directed spaghetti Western classics like The Good, the Bad and the Ugly and For a Few Dollars More, died of cancer in Rome on Sept. 22…. Actress Marta Heflin, 68, known for her stage roles in Jesus Christ Superstar, Hair, and Fiddler on the Roof as well as numerous Robert Altman films, died after a long illness on Sept. 18…. Famed Australian novelist Christopher Koch, 81, author of The Year of Living Dangerously, died of cancer on Sept. 23 in Hobart, Australia…. Director William A. Graham, whose résumé included the Elvis Presley film Change of Habit and TV shows like The Fugitive, died of complications from pneumonia on Sept. 12. He was 87.

Birthdays
Oct. 5: Jesse Eisenberg, 30
Oct. 8: Matt Damon, 43; Sigourney Weaver, 64
Oct. 9: Chris O’Dowd, 34
Oct. 11: Jane Krakowski, 45