Singer/actress Marie Osmond has become a grandmother for the first time - her son welcomed a baby boy on Wednesday (18Dec13). The veteran entertainer is overjoyed with the early Christmas present and took to Twitter.com to share the news of the new addition to her son Stephen Craig and his wife Claire's family.
Osmond wrote, "Hey everyone... I just became a GRANDMA!!!!!!!! It's a boy!"
Craig is Osmond's eldest son and only child with husband Stephen Craig Sr. The couple divorced in 1985, only to reconcile and remarry in 2011.
Osmond has two biological children and five adopted children with ex-husband Brian Blosil, from whom she split in 2007.
Veteran entertainer Marie Osmond is set to receive an extra special Christmas present this year (13) - her first grandchild is due on 26 December (13). The Paper Roses hitmaker's 30-year-old son Stephen Craig and his wife Claire are expecting their first child, and Osmond reveals the new addition to her family will arrive during the holiday season.
The 53 year old tells U.S. breakfast show Good Morning America, "December 26th I will become a grandmother. I'm so excited, it's so crazy!"
Craig is Osmond's only child with her first husband Stephen Craig, Sr., who she remarried in 2011 after separating from her second spouse, Brian Blosil, with whom she had two other kids and adopted five more.
Marie Osmond's 21-year marriage to music producer Brian Blosil is to end in divorce.
The couple has announced their official split, asking the public and the press to "respect our privacy in this matter."
In a joint statement, the couple reveals there's no third party involved, and they plan on keeping all matters as amicable as possible for the sake of their eight children.
The statement reads, "Though our marriage is ending, we continue to have a very amicable relationship. Our marriage has always been a faithful one and neither of us is assigning fault for the divorce.
"Our children, as always, are our top priority and in our deep love for them we will continue to jointly fulfill our roles as active parents in their daily lives. Beyond this statement we will not be discussing the reasons for our divorce."
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Arnold Schwarzenegger has settled his $50 million lawsuit against the Globe tabloid over a 1998 story concerning his health, his publicist said Tuesday.
After the 52-year-old Schwarzenegger’s 1997 surgery to repair a heart valve, doctors had said there was no reason the star could not continue his active lifestyle. The Globe printed an article saying he was in ill health and in danger of a heart attack. The Terminator himself then sued the tabloid, alleging that the article defamed him by saying his heart was a "ticking time bomb in his chest" and that he was "living in fear that … his heart will suddenly quit."
The Globe will donate an undisclosed amount of money to Schwarzenegger’s charity, the Inner City Games Foundation, admit the story was wrong and publish a retraction, correction and apology, according to Catherine Olim, the actor’s publicist.
END OF (PLANET HOLLYWOOD) DAYS: While we have your attention, we also bring you word that Arnold Schwarzenegger is out of Planet Hollywood, and he won’t be back.
The action star announced in a statement issued by his publicist Tuesday that he is severing his relationship with the theme restaurant chain now that his five-year contract with the company has expired. His announcement arrives four days after Planet Hollywood recovered from Chapter 11 bankruptcy, and made plans to focus on its current restaurants rather than open new ones. It will also announce new celebrity affiliations in the next few weeks. Schwarzenegger’s spokeswoman said there was no connection between his departure and the announcement.
"Of course, I am disappointed that the company did not continue with the success I had expected and hoped for," Schwarzenegger said. "I wish Planet Hollywood well, but I want to focus my attention now on new U.S. and global business ventures, and on my movie career.''
The other investors ? Sylvester Stallone, Bruce Willis, Demi Moore and Whoopi Goldberg -- remain.
SUDDENLY STALKED?: A Los Angeles man pleaded not guilty Tuesday to stalking Brooke Shields. Mark Bailey, 41, also pleaded not guilty to being a felon in possession of a firearm with its identification numbers filed off.
Prosecutors say Bailey, 41, followed the "Suddenly Susan" star several times between Oct. 21, 1999, and Jan. 10. when he was arrested. The criminal complaint alleged Bailey ``did maliciously and repeatedly follow and harass Brooke Shields and made a credible threat with the intent that she be placed in reasonable fear for her safety and the safety of her immediate family," according to Reuters.
A preliminary hearing was set for Thursday to see if there is enough evidence to try Bailey; no word on if Shields, 34, will be presented as a witness.
TEARFUL TELEVISION: Marie Osmond addressed her marital heartache on her talk show, and the response was an emotional one.
"No outside parties or influences'' prompted her to separate from husband Brian Blosil, a music producer, Osmond said at the beginning of the syndicated "Donny & Marie" show Monday. Osmond and Blosil were married 13 years.
She called the separation ``a very private family issue,'' but said she didn't want to be secretive about it. She fought tears when she spoke of her seven children, and Donny Osmond, her brother and co-host, cried as he told Marie he loves and supports her.
QUICK TAKES: Robert De Niro will receive a lifetime achievement award at the Berlin Film Festival, which takes place Feb. 9-20 and will feature 12 of his films…
… Mike Myers’ chest hair will compete against Eddie Murphy’s wrinkles for the makeup Oscar nomination Feb. 12. Five films -- "Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me," "Bicentennial Man," "Blast From the Past," "Life" and "Topsy-Turvy" -- will be screened for the makeup award committee, which will either nominate up to three films, recommend one for a Special Achievement award or decide none of them deserve it…
…Globe winner Hilary Swank has just been named ShoWest’s Female Star of Tomorrow. The "Boys Don’t Cry" star joins past winners Nicole Kidman, Cameron Diaz and Winona Ryder…
…Rocker Mick Jagger has applied to the European Union to register his name as a trademark to sell items such as cologne, deodorant, fingernail treatments, footwear and headgear, according to Reuters. Sorry, Mick, but we can’t imagine anyone wanting to buy Jagger Press-On Nails.
So, what is Whitney Houston's "Greatest Love of All"?
Far be it for us to speculate, but it's worth noting that a Hawaiian newspaper reports that security guards at an island airport seized pot from the diva's carry-on bag last week.
Hilo's Tribune-Herald says guards found the weed (all 15.2 reputed grams of it) last Tuesday during a search of the Grammy-winning singer/actress' luggage. The bag was seized, but Houston went on to board a United Airlines flight for San Francisco anyway, escaping about 45 minutes before police arrived at Kahole-Kona International Airport, the paper said.
Hawaii police will refer the case to the local district attorney for possible prosecution, a process that could take up to a month, The Associated Press says. Possession of 15 grams of marijuana is a misdemeanor, punishable by up to 30 days in jail or a $1,000 fine.
Houston's reps and her record label, Arista, have declined comment.
CONSOLING KEANU: Looks like Keanu Reeves won't be a daddy after all.
Reeves' girlfriend, Jennifer Syme, has "lost" the couple's baby, which was due this month, USA Today reports. The 35-year-old actor' s camp could not be reached for comment.
The pregnancy -- as well as Reeves' intentions not to marry Syme -- were announced in July.
ADIOS, MUCHACHA: Teen actress Jena Malone ("Stepmom") has won legal emancipation from her mother.
The 15-year-old had accused her mom of squandering her money through "excessive spending and mismanagement," Malone's attorney told The Associated Press. California law allows minors as young as 14 to seek freedom from their folks, and Malone has been living on her own for some time, with pads in New York and Los Angeles, the attorney said. Malone recently won a court order preventing her mother from interfering with her career.
NORMAL BARBRA: After her New Year's Eve concert pulled in more than $14 million, Barbra Streisand says she won't take the stage to sing again. The concert, held at Las Vegas' MGM Grand Hotel, set an all-time single concert box-office record, but, big money or no, Streisand tells TV Guide that she's had it with performing because it makes her feel like she's in a beauty pageant. Says La Streisand: "They're making me into a diva, and I'm like this normal person. I do my own makeup."
RIDING INTO THE SUNSET: The Lone Ranger may be gone, but the things he stood for -- heroism and justice, silver bullets and cowboy hats, Silver and Tonto -- remain.
More than 200 admirers and friends of actor Clayton Moore, who died Dec. 28 at age 85, attended a memorial service Sunday in Los Angeles.
Moore donned the Ranger's signature black mask in 1949 and seemingly never removed it, even long after the "Lone Ranger" TV series ended. "Some people, some actors will complain about typecasting," movie reviewer Leonard Maltin told the audience. "That never worried [Moore], in part because he loved the role so much."
GOING SOLO? After 14 years of marriage and seven kids (four adopted), TV talker Marie Osmond is reportedly separating from husband Brian Blosil.
In today's USA Today, Larry King reports that Osmond "has asked me to announce" the split from Blosil, her second husband. "She asked me because I'm a friend of the family," King writes. An announcement on the official Osmond family Web site (www.osmond.com) neither confirms nor denies the report and asks fans to refrain from spreading rumors. "Obviously, this is a very private matter, and we have received no official announcement regarding a separation," the site says. " ... We ask and remind all those who choose to share their views on such a private matter that respect and consideration for Marie and her family be given the utmost priority in any [Internet] posting." ")
Milestone haircuts worked for Mia Farrow (see: "Rosemary's Baby") and Gwyneth Paltrow (see: "Sliding Doors"). But chopping off one's long locks did nothing for Keri Russell, star of the WB's "Felicity."
In fact, according to a network exec, the cut hurt the fledgling series, which won raves -- and a Golden Globe for Russell - in its first season. WB entertainment chief Susanne Daniels told reporters Monday that the reaction to Russell's crop top was "so overwhelmingly negative" that it hurt the show, which arguably was already suffering from creative drought. But Daniels won't dismiss the hair's factor in the downtrend. And just to play it safe, she says, "Nobody is cutting their hair again."
The 23-year-old Russell reportedly got tired of the long, corkscrew mane that became synonymous with her identity (and that of her show's lead character, Felicity Porter) and took to the barber, which resulted in a look so dramatic it warranted an episode of its own in the second season.
HOW TO WOO WOODY: In a new tell-all bio, "The Unruly Life of Woody Allen," out next month, we learn that the 64-year-old writer-director was roped into the relationship with his then-lover's adopted daughter.
Or so says author Marion Meade who writes that the young Soon-Yi Previn peppered Allen with questions about basketball and homework whenever he visited then-flame Mia Farrow. Allen, flattered by Soon-Yi's attentions, invited her to New York Knicks games, and she soon began to sneak out to visit him after classes in her high school uniform.
Also key to the capture, according to the tome, was Soon-Yi's biting remarks about mother Farrow, whom she regularly criticized, describing her as "no Mother Teresa." When Farrow finally discovered the affair, Soon-Yi threatened suicide, then gloated to Farrow that, "The person sleeping with the person is the one having the relationship," which spurred a physical fight between the two women.
"She shrewdly studied Mia's life and -- confident that a woman could win her heart's desire by aggressively pursuing older, successful men -- would soon emulate it," Meade writes.
NO PUFFY, EITHER: While country superstar Garth Brooks showed up to receive three American Music Awards at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles on Monday night, nominee (and scheduled performer) Jennifer Lopez was a conspicuous no-show.
Host Norm MacDonald took the opportunity to take a couple shots at the M.I.A. actress-singer, commenting on her recent run-in with the law over boyfriend Sean "Puffy" Combs, as well as noting that an extra seat-filler was needed to, um, fill in for Lopez -- and her widely discussed derriere.
OBITUARIES: Benjamin "Ben" Masselink, who wrote and produced episodes of "Hawaii Five-O," "Marcus Welby, M.D." and "Starsky and Hutch," died Thursday of prostate cancer. He was 80. ...
James Card, a film preservationist who co-founded the Telluride Film Festival, died Sunday at age 84 after a lengthy illness. ...
John Newland, host of television's "Alcoa Presents" (1959-61) (later known as "One Step Beyond"), died Jan. 10 at age 82. Newland also directed TV movies and series, including "Alfred Hitchcock Presents," "Wonder Woman" and "Fantasy Island."
QUICK TAKES: Filmmaker Anthony Minghella, Golden Globe nominee for "The Talented Mr. Ripley," has been named Director of the Year by the National Association of Theater Owners. He'll be presented with the award at the group's annual ShoWest convention March 6-9. ...
Talk-show host Marie Osmond has confirmed her separation from Brian Blosil, her husband of 13 years. In a statement released Monday by her publicist, Osmond says the split was amicable and hopes "the media will respect our privacy during this period of our lives." No other details were released.