Farrah Fawcett's hospitalization and Tom Brady and Gisele Bundchen's wedding made news the week of April 6, 2009
Bachelorette alums Trista, 36, and Ryan Sutter, 34, have a new costar in life: baby girl Blakesley Grace, born April 3 in L.A. The couple’s first child, Max, was born in 2007…. CNN’s Campbell Brown, 40, has big news: The anchor welcomed son Asher Liam on April 6 in New York City. Brown and husband Dan Senor, 37, already have a 16-month-old son, Eli.
Lost star Marsha Thomason, 33, found her other half in Craig Sykes. The two were wed in Topanga Canyon, Calif., on April 5.
The Soloist star Robert Downey Jr. feted his 44th birthday with a bash April 4 at Thompson Hotel in Beverly Hills, where well-wishers including Downey’s wife, Susan, and celeb friends like Reese Witherspoon and Jake Gyllenhaal gathered.
On April 7, a rep for Two and a Half Men star Charlie Sheen, 43, confirmed that the actor’s infant son Max — who struggled to gain weight after his premature birth on March 14 — had finally been released from the hospital with a clean bill of health earlier in the week. Sheen and wife Brooke, 31, will bring Max home to join his twin brother, Bob…. Josh Hartnett, 30, was released from L.A.’s Cedars-Sinai Medical Center on April 3 after being hospitalized for abdominal pains. A rep for the actor says doctors are running tests to discern the cause of the gastrointestinal illness, which has affected Hartnett for months.
Alaska governor Sarah Palin, 45, had some harsh words for Levi Johnston, 19, after his April 6 appearance on The Tyra Banks Show, during which he alleged that the former vice-presidential candidate probably knew about the premarital sexual activity that he and her daughter Bristol, 18, engaged in. (The pair had a son, Tripp, before splitting a month ago.) In a statement to People.com, Palin’s rep said, ”We’re disappointed that Levi and his family…are engaging in flat-out lies, gross exaggeration, and even distortion of their relationship.”
Madonna, 50, returned to the U.K. on March 5 after a Malawi judge rejected the singer’s bid to adopt a 3-year-old girl named Chifundo ”Mercy” James. A rep for Madonna — who adopted son David, 3, in the country in 2006 — says the singer will appeal the ruling, although no time frame was given.
On April 6 in L.A., singer Chris Brown, 19, pleaded not guilty to felony counts of assault and making criminal threats. The charges stemmed from a February incident in which he allegedly attacked his girlfriend, Rihanna, 21. Brown, who could face more than four years in prison if convicted, is due back in court April 29…. After being arrested on April 4, choreographer Alex Da Silva (So You Think You Can Dance), 41, was released from jail on April 7 when the L.A. district attorney asked for ”further investigation” into police allegations that Da Silva had sexually assaulted four of his former dancing students. Da Silva’s lawyer says his client ”never used force or violence on anyone.” According to an LAPD rep, their investigation is ongoing…. A 49-year-old man was arrested March 31 in Philadelphia after allegedly trying to enter a penthouse hotel suite occupied by Jamie Foxx, 41. Police say Steven Taliver pretended to be Beyoncé producer in order to gain access to Foxx’s room. (Taliver could not be reached for comment.) Foxx was in Philadelphia on location shooting his new thriller Law Abiding Citizen.
Publication dates have been set for two novels by author Michael Crichton (Jurassic Park), who died at 66 of cancer last November. Pirate Latitudes, discovered among Crichton’s possessions, will be released this November; an as-yet-undetermined author will use Crichton’s notes to complete a technological thriller, which is slated to be published in late 2010. — With additional reporting by Stewart Allen
Farrah Fawcett: ”Very Resilient,” Says Doctor
On April 2, actress Farrah Fawcett, 62, experienced a new obstacle in her two-and-a-half-year battle with anal cancer: an overzealous press. Fawcett, who checked into an L.A. hospital for a hematoma after undergoing an unidentified surgical procedure in Germany, was photographed entering the facility in a wheelchair, fueling reports that her condition was worsening. But friend Craig Nevius insists that such reports are ”irresponsible” and, more importantly, false: ”She’s not at death’s door,” says Nevius, who’s producing the doc A Wing & a Prayer about Fawcett’s fight. ”She’s a little pissed off that people are counting her out already.” Fawcett’s physician, Dr. Lawrence Piro, adds that the actress will be discharged ”in the next couple days.” (As of press time, Fawcett remained in the hospital.) ”She continues to fight with all the tools available to her, including her sense of humor,” Piro says. ”She is very resilient.” (It’s a good thing, because Fawcett also has family worries to contend with: On April 7, Redmond O’Neal — her son with actor Ryan O’Neal — was charged with heroin possession after being arrested on April 5.) Those close to the Charlie’s Angels star say she has remained upbeat. ”Her spirits have always been good,” says friend Alana Stewart, who is co-producing Prayer. ”I think that’s part of what keeps her going.” — Kate Ward, with additional reporting by Mike Bruno, Jeff Jensen, and Dan Snierson
Tom and Gisele: Shotgun Wedding?
A little over a month after their first walk down the aisle, New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady, 31, and supermodel Gisele Bündchen, 28, exchanged vows again on April 4 in Costa Rica. But the romantic atmosphere was marred when a bodyguard allegedly shot at the car of Agence France-Presse photographer Yuri Cortez, who had been trying to snap photos of the event. Only Cortez’s vehicle was hit; he has since filed a complaint with the San José police, who are investigating to determine who fired the shots. A spokesman for Brady has said he has no knowledge of the incident. — Lindsay Soll