BIRTHS Friends star Lisa Kudrow, 34, and her husband, adman Michel Stern, 39, welcomed their first child, 6-pound, 12-ounce Julian Murray, in L.A., May 7. Kudrow’s TV alter ego Phoebe will give birth sometime next season.

LAWSUITS This is definitely not a good thing. Doyenne of domesticity Martha Stewart, 56, filed suit against landscaper Matthew Munnich, May 6, in New York City. According to court papers, Stewart is suing for extortion, coercion, and defamation in response to Munnich’s ”numerous false statements” in a complaint he filed last May with the East Hampton, N.Y., Police Dept. Munnich, 24, alleges that he was pinned between Stewart’s car and a security box, resulting in injuries. Stewart denies the claim. ”She tried to run my client down with her car, now she’s trying to run him down with a lawsuit,” says Munnich’s attorney, Leonard Austin. Stewart, who declined to comment, is seeking $825,000 in damages.

RECOVERING Dude looks like an injury. Aerosmith frontman Steven Tyler, 50, tore the anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee during an April 29 concert in Anchorage. Tyler knocked his leg against a microphone base doing one of his trademark high kicks. The band postponed the remaining dates on its North American tour, which was scheduled to run through June.

DEATHS Donald Conroy, 77, father of best-selling author Pat Conroy, of colon cancer, May 9, in Beaufort, S.C. The elder Conroy, a 33-year veteran of the U.S. Marine Corps, was the inspiration for his son’s novel The Great Santini, which was made into a 1979 film starring Robert Duvall…. Actress Alice Faye, 83, of complications from stomach cancer, May 9, in Rancho Mirage, Calif. Faye, America’s singing sweetheart in the late ’30s and early ’40s, was one of Hollywood’s biggest draws and starred in such films as Tin Pan Alley (1940) and Alexander’s Ragtime Band (1938), and introduced several classic tunes, including ”You’ll Never Know,” the 1943 Oscar-winning song from Hello, Frisco, Hello. In 1945, Faye left show business after a contract dispute with Twentieth Century Fox. She was married for 54 years to comic/song man Phil Harris, who died in 1995. Her last film was 1978’s The Magic of Lassie…. Actor Gene Raymond, 89, of pneumonia, May 3, in L.A. A popular star of the ’30s and ’40s, Raymond made more than 40 movies, including 1935’s Hooray for Love and 1941’s Smilin’ Through, which costarred his wife of 28 years, Jeanette MacDonald.