BIRTHS Touched by an Angel. On May 1, actor David Boreanaz, 31, and actress wife Jaime Bergman (Son of the Beach), 24, greeted their first child, 8-pound 6-ounce son Jaden Rayne…. Erstwhile action hero Lucy Lawless, 34, and producer hubby Rob Tapert (Xena: Warrior Princess), 46, welcomed their second child, 8-pound 8-ounce Judah Miro, May 7, in New Zealand. Lawless also has a daughter, 13, from a previous marriage.
EXPECTING A visit from the stjork: Icelandic actor-singer Bjork, 36, and her filmmaker beau, Matthew Barney (Cremaster), 35, will welcome their first child in August. Bjork has a son, 16, from her previous marriage to ex-Sugarcubes bandmate Thor Eldon, 38.
SPLITS On April 30, after a seven-year separation, Sir Anthony Hopkins, 64, and second wife Jenni filed for divorce in London, seeking to end their 29-year marriage. A spokesman for the Oscar winner wouldn’t comment.
AILING On May 7, actor Richard Dreyfuss (The Education of Max Bickford), 54, was released from a New York City hospital where doctors removed a fluid buildup, caused by an infection, from his right lung. Dreyfuss’ rep says the actor is ”feeling good” after eight days of inpatient care.
LAWSUITS On May 2, cleavage-happy crusader Erin Brockovich-Ellis, 41, settled the libel suit her stockbroker ex-hubby, Steven Brockovich, 44, filed against her last year. He took issue with comments attributed to her that suggested he sometimes failed to make child-support payments. Terms weren’t disclosed. Says her lawyer, ”The parties decided to put it behind them.”… Grumpy old estate. On May 3, Walter Matthau’s heirs sued Columbia Pictures for $1 million, claiming the studio owes them a larger cut of profits from video sales and licensing deals for 1969’s Cactus Flower and 1978’s California Suite. Columbia had no comment.
DEALS Today cohost Matt Lauer, 44, will be waking up early for three more years, reportedly at double his $4 million annual salary. NBC would not discuss the affable anchor’s new contract. Coanchor Katie Couric, 44, recently signed a new 4-year contract for a reported $60 million…. On May 6, former superagent Mike Ovitz, 56, unloaded his failing three-year-old talent agency, Artists Management Group, to music-heavy agency the Firm for an undisclosed sum. The Firm says it will assume AMG’s estimated $10 million debt — and such clients as Natalie Portman and Cameron Diaz. Ovitz will work as a consultant ”in and out of the industry,” says his rep.
DEATHS Songwriter Otis Blackwell, 70, who penned hits like Jerry Lee Lewis’ ”Great Balls of Fire” and Elvis Presley’s ”Don’t Be Cruel,” of undisclosed causes, May 6, in Nashville…. Film producer John Roberdeau (The Thin Red Line), 48, of a heart attack, May 6, in Manhattan…. Director George Sidney, 85, who helmed such Hollywood musicals as 1951’s Show Boat and 1953’s Kiss Me Kate, of complications of lymphoma, May 5, in Las Vegas.