Tuesday, June 19, 2001
Kelly has another co-host
Kelly Ripa is a mother for the second time. The co-host of "Live with Regis & Kelly" called the talk show Monday morning to announce that she'd given birth to a girl named Lola Grace. The baby arrived at a New York hospital at 6:30 a.m. Saturday, weighing 8 pounds, 3 ounces.
The co-star of the ABC soap opera "All My Children" went on maternity leave on June 8 from the talk show, which she shares with Regis Philbin. She'd planned to be gone for four weeks, but said Monday she may take a little more time.
Bon Jovi lectures at Oxford
Jon Bon Jovi told students at the prestigious Oxford Union debating society that the secrets of his success were "passion, perseverance and possibility." Bon Jovi gave a 20-minute speech extolling the virtues of hard work and self-belief to students of the elite 800-year-old university.
"Nothing is more important than passion," he said Friday. "Whatever you decide to do in life, just be passionate about it. Don't be intimidated by competition, as success is sweeter and failure less bitter when you have given everything. ... You are the masters of your destiny and passion, not pedigree, will win the end," he said.
The 178-year-old debating society has played host to world leaders and Nobel Prize winners, but has not shied away from more marketable guests, including O.J. Simpson, Jerry Springer and Michael Jackson.
Dudley meets the queen
Comedian and pianist Dudley Moore says he's delighted to be among those chosen to receive the Commander of the British Empire award from Queen Elizabeth II. "I am very grateful to receive this award and this recognition of my work," Moore said in a statement. "I shall look forward to meeting the Queen so that I can thank her personally." Officially bestowed by the queen, the list is selected by the government to recognize people for their contributions to their professions and to charity. Moore, now 66 and suffering from a degenerative brain condition called progressive supranuclear palsy, plans to attend the investiture ceremony in Britain in the fall.
Oprah home worth $50 million
Oprah Winfrey, 45, has some decorating to do. The queen of media has closed a $50 million deal for a 42-acre estate in California's Montecito, reports People magazine.
The property, which Oprah reportedly first spotted when she was at a nearby photo shoot for her O magazine, has both mountain and ocean views. The former owner was Southern California industrialist Robert Veloz and his wife, Marlene, who have been living in the property's 2,000-square-foot stone gatehouse since the structure was built a year ago. They plan to vacate by July.