Minnie Driver (The Riches), 38, is pregnant with her first child. The actress hasn’t identified the dad…. American Idol alum Bo Bice, 32, and wife Caroline Fisher, 27, have a second little one on the way.
It’s a girl — a first for Halle Berry, 41, and her boyfriend, model Gabriel Aubry, 32. The baby arrived on March 16…. Sabrina, the Teenage Witch‘s Melissa Joan Hart, 31, and her husband, musician Mark Wilkerson, 30, conjured up their second son, Braydon, on March 12 in L.A.
On March 14, an L.A. jury ruled that the doctors who treated John Ritter are not guilty of negligence. In 2003, Ritter was rushed to the hospital with chest pains and died hours later due to a torn aorta; his widow, Amy Yasbeck (The Mask), 45, sued his physicians a year later. According to the jury, Ritter ignored doctors’ advice in 2001 to seek follow-up treatment after a body scan…. On March 17, ex-Beatle Paul McCartney, 65, was ordered to pay roughly $50 million to estranged wife Heather Mills, 40. A London judge is expected to finalize their divorce on May 12…. An L.A. court ruled on March 17 that singer Britney Spears, 26, must pay $375,000 in legal bills for ex-husband Kevin Federline, 30, in the ongoing custody battle over their two sons…. Jackass prankster Steve-O (né Stephen Glover), 33, was charged with felony possession of cocaine on March 10 in L.A. The new charges stem from his March 3 arrest after allegedly banging on his neighbor’s door with a metal rod. According to Glover’s March 13 statement on his website, he’s been in an L.A. psych ward ever since a team of Jackass cast and crew members — including star Johnny Knoxville — escorted him there this month. ”I’m not getting out of this ‘insane asylum’ anytime in the immediate future,” he wrote. ”I did a great deal of damage to my brain by abusing drugs, and now that they’ve all worn off, I’m facing the consequences.”
Thomas Jane (The Punisher), 39, was arrested on DUI charges March 17 after being pulled over near Bakersfield, Calif., for allegedly driving over 120 mph.
Ola Brunkert, 61, the backing drummer for Swedish pop idols ABBA, after accidentally cutting himself on a broken glass door, March 16, in Majorca, Spain. — Additional reporting by Stewart Allen and Adam Markovitz
ARTHUR C. CLARKE (1917-2008)
The influential British sci-fi author, who died of respiratory problems in Sri Lanka on March 19, penned more than 100 books in his 90 years. But Clarke — a veritable scholar of science — will be best remembered for 2001: A Space Odyssey, his 1968 novel that he adapted into a film with director Stanley Kubrick that same year. ”Very few people could do better than Arthur,” says friend and colleague Frederik Pohl. ”He knew what he was talking about. He was a natural resource.” — Simon Vozick-Levinson