Celebrity news for the week of July 19

By Chris Nashawaty
Updated July 19, 1996 at 04:00 AM EDT

Births/Expecting A 7-pound-1/2-ounce girl, Keypsiia Bluedaydream Gipp, to soul-singing siren Joi, 25, and her fiance, Gipp of the hip-hop group the Goodie Mob, June 30, in Atlanta. ”Parenthood has definitely put life into perspective,” says the mom….

From Sister Act to Mother Act. Actress Kathy Najimy, 35, and actor Dan Finnerty (Stomp), 26, announced that their first child, a girl, is due Christmas Day….Sade, 36, and her boyfriend, music producer Bob Morgan, 38, expect their first child in August.

Engagements There’s life after Emilio. Paula Abdul, 34, became engaged to businessman Brad Beckerman (age unavailable), July 4, in Hawaii. No wedding date has been set.

Splits Mixing business and pleasure didn’t pan out for Gail O’Grady, 33. The former NYPD Blue actress filed for divorce July 1, in L.A., from her manager/husband, Steven Fenton, 26, citing irreconcilable differences. Their professional relationship comes to an end after two years; their marriage, after 10 months.

Ailing Veteran news anchor John Chancellor, 69, checked into Princeton (N.J.) Medical Center July 1 with an undisclosed illness. Chancellor has reportedly been battling stomach cancer for the past two years….

Pop astronomer Carl Sagan, 61, who received a bone-marrow transplant last year for myelodysplasia — a disease that can lead to leukemia — returned to a Seattle cancer center after a possible recurrence.

Winners He may not score an Oscar for Mission: Impossible, but Tom Cruise should be up for a Good Samaritan citation. On July 4, at the film’s London premiere, Cruise rescued 7-year-old Laurence Sadler from being crushed against a security fence by a surging mob of fans. Earlier this year, Cruise came to the aid of a car-accident victim in L.A. Film rights to Cruise’s story have yet to be optioned.

Deaths Songwriter-pianist Charles DeForest, 72, of cancer, July 6, in Penn Yan, N.Y. DeForest was best known for writing such classic ballads as the Tony Bennett hit ”When Do the Bells Ring for Me?” ”He was one of the finest songwriters I’ve ever worked with,” says Bennett.