Supermodel Tyra Banks
's big brother Devin, a 40-year-old Air Force member, will be sent to Iraq Aug. 9. The model, 33, and a group of family members held a warm send-off at a New York City restaurant on July 27.
Love and basketball: Houston Rockets center Yao Ming, 26, wed Ye Li, 25, of the Chinese women's national basketball team, Aug. 6 at the Pudong Shangri-La hotel in his hometown of Shanghai. The 7'6" groom and 6'2" bride began dating eight years ago.
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alumna Elisabeth Rohm, 34, and her boyfriend of two years, entrepreneur Ron Wooster, 40, are planning to tie the knot in December. Wooster proposed to the actress in their Venice, Calif., home and presented her with a band of stacked diamonds set in platinum. "I was in my pajamas, wearing my glasses, getting ready to go to bed," Rohm tells PEOPLE, "and he just got down on one knee. It was very sweet."
Oscar-nominee Samantha Morton, 30, will welcome her second child in January, her rep tells PEOPLE exclusively. The proud papa is Morton's fiancé, filmmaker Harry Holm, who popped the question in May 2006. Morton has a daughter, Esme, 7, with her ex-boyfriend, actor Charlie Creed-Miles.
More than a year after their divorce, actress Ellen Barkin (inset), 53, and Revlon chairman Ron Perelman, 64, may wind up back in court. A suit filed Aug. 1 in New York City on behalf of Barkin's film company, Applehead Pictures LLC, accuses Perelman of failure to deliver on a promised payment of about $3.4 million. A rep for Perelman had no comment.... Marilyn Manson's former keyboardist Stephen Bier, 43, sued the rocker in L.A. Aug. 2, claiming that he violated a written 1993 agreement to share their band's merchandising and touring profits. Bier accuses Manson, 38, of spending the money on such items as the skeleton of a 4-year-old Chinese girl and various Nazi memorabilia. Manson, however, told MTV News the financial claims are "really ridiculous."
In an Aug. 5 letter to Sudan's president, actress and UNICEF goodwill ambassador Mia Farrow, 62, offered to give up her freedom so that an ailing political activist could get safe passage out of the country. (The Sudanese government has threatened to arrest rebel leader Suleiman Jamous if he leaves the United Nations hospital, which cannot offer the stomach biopsy he needs.) She wrote on her Web site, "[I'm] offering to take Mr. Jamous's place."
AND BABY MAKES ... 17!
Michelle Duggar, 40, of Tontitown, Ark., and her husband, real estate agent Jim Bob, 42, welcomed their 17th child (PEOPLE, June 18, 2007), daughter Jennifer, Aug. 2. "The delivery was wonderful," Michelle says. "It was my fastest delivery ever. We are all so thankful for little Jennifer. She's beautiful. She looks like a lot of her siblings." The new arrival joins an alliterative brood consisting of Joshua, 19; twins Jana and John-David, 17; Jill, 16; Jessa, 14; Jinger, 13; Joseph, 12; Josiah, 10; Joy-Anna, 9; twins Jedidiah and Jeremiah, 8; Jason, 7; James, 6; Justin, 4; Jackson, 3; and Johanna, 22 months. "Everybody is doing so well," says Jim Bob. "We're so blessed."