NEWS BRIEFS: Cate Blanchett's Baby Boy

04/27/2004 at 01:00 AM EDT



WELCOMED: Australian-born actress Cate Blanchett (Elizabeth), 34, who is married to writer Andrew Upton, gave birth last Friday in London to a boy named Roman Robert, says her publicist. The couple already have a 2-year-old son, Dashiell. Blanchett is soon due to play Katharine Hepburn in the upcoming Howard Hughes biographical drama The Aviator.

PROMISED: Former President Clinton's memoirs will be published in late June, and promotion will begin a few weeks earlier with a speech at BookExpo America, the industry's annual convention, according to a statement from his publisher, Alfred A. Knopf. The book, for which Clinton received a reported advance of between $10 million-$12 million, will be called My Life. Knopf is planning a first printing of 1.5 million.

MENTIONED: Harvey Keitel, 63, and Kevin Kline, 56, are both possible contenders to play the leading roles in the America-bound version of the London hit Jerry Springer -- The Opera, based on the sensational TV show and its 60-year-old host. A Broadway opening is planned for October 2005 after a six-week San Francisco run beginning next spring, producers have announced.

BUSTED: June Pointer Whitmore, 50, formerly of the Pointer Sisters, was arrested last Thursday with two other people outside the Hollywood apartment of her older sister, Bonnie, and was charged on Monday with cocaine possession, the Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office said. She has been released on bail, the Associated Press reports. The two remaining members of the original lineup, Anita and Ruth Pointer, previously obtained a court order barring June, their younger sibling, from the group and asserting their exclusive rights to the Pointer Sisters name, their lawyer, Martin Singer, tells Reuters.

SOUGHT: A 94-year-old Long Island, N.Y., woman whose house was damaged last Sunday when Billy Joel, 54, slammed into it with his car, says she expects him to pay for repairs. "He hit my bushes and the wall. He'd better come fix it," Maria Dono, who'd never heard of the Piano Man, tells the New York Post. "I'm sure he has money." A spokeswoman for Joel said the rocker's "main concern" is to repair the damage.

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