BORN: "The Italian Job" star Mark Wahlberg, 32, and his model girlfriend, Rhea Durham, 25, welcomed their first child, a daughter named Ella Rae, last Tuesday in Los Angeles, reports the Boston Herald. On the same day, the actor lost one of his sisters, Deborah Wahlberg, 43. She reportedly entered a Boston hospital for a kidney stone, but died while there, possibly of heart attack. A spokesperson for Wahlberg confirmed the two events but offered no further comment.
QUOTED: "For me, it wasn't an issue. We talk every day. I know what he does. He knows what I do. We don't have those kinds of secrets." -- Jennifer Lopez, 34, to W magazine, on the tabloid reports of her fiance Ben Affleck's reputed visit to a strip club
CAST: Former "Dharma and Greg" Emmy winner Jenna Elfman, 31, will replace Tony winner Jane Krakowski as the sex siren of the Broadway musical "Nine" on Oct. 7, reports the Associated Press. That same day, John Stamos, 40, replaces outgoing star Antonio Banderas as the leading man, based on real-life Italian movie director Federico Fellini.
RECEIVED: Five months late, this year's Best Director Academy Award winner, Roman Polanski, 70, has been given his Oscar for "The Pianist," reports the BBC. Harrison Ford presented the director with the statuette at the Deauville Film Festival in France. Polanski, who lives in France, did not attend the Oscar ceremony in March because he could be arrested on child sex charges if he ever re-enters America. He fled the country in 1978, to escape sentencing on charges of having sex with a 13-year-old girl.
WON: Tennis star (and boyfriend of Mandy Moore) Andy Roddick, 21, won the U.S. Open in three sets, while Justine Henin-Hardenne, also 21, captured the women's crown in two sets this weekend. "It hasn't sunk in," Roddick told reporters as he accepted his trophy and $1 million prize. "I came to this tournament so many times as a little kid and watched from way up there. I just can't believe it."