Wednesday, October 29, 2003
It's a boy
Los Angeles -- Reese Witherspoon and Ryan Phillippe have a new co-star in their family: a baby boy.
The "Legally Blonde" actress gave birth to Deacon Phillippe on Oct. 23 in a Los Angeles-area hospital, her spokeswoman said Tuesday.
"The family is very happy and doing well," publicist Nanci Ryder said.
Witherspoon, 27, and Phillippe, 29, also have a 4-year-old daughter, Ava. They were wed in 1999.
Witherspoon's starred in "Election" and "Sweet Home Alabama," and Phillippe starred in "Gosford Park" and "I Know What You Did Last Summer."
The couple appeared together in "Cruel Intentions" in 1999.
Singer reports missing jewels after Radio Music Awards
Las Vegas -- Rapper Nelly had more than $1 million in jewelry taken from his Las Vegas Strip hotel room while he was in town for the 2003 Radio Music Awards, authorities said Tuesday.
Nelly, whose real name is Cornell Haynes, said the pieces were taken Monday from his room at the Aladdin hotel-casino.
Singer Michelle Branch, who also was staying at the Aladdin, reported that computer equipment was taken from her room.
Las Vegas Police Officer Tina Ellison said the burglaries were reported at 8:50 p.m. Monday and were being investigated.
Nelly, of St. Louis, won the award for best driving song for "Shake Ya Tailfeather," which he performed during the show with Sean "P. Diddy" Combs and Murphy Lee.
'Price is Right's' Rod Roddy dies
Los Angeles -- Rod Roddy, the flashy-dressed announcer on "The Price is Right" whose booming, jovial voice invited lucky audience members to "Come on down!" for nearly 20 years, died Monday. He was 67.
Roddy, who suffered from colon and breast cancer, died at Century City Hospital, according to his longtime agent, Don Pitts. He had been hospitalized for two months.
"He had such a strong spirit. He just wouldn't give up," Pitts said Monday.
Roddy had been ill for more than two years but continued to work as much as possible and for as long as he could, said Bob Barker, host of "The Price is Right." Roddy had been with the show for 17 years.
Breast cancer, although typically associated with women, is diagnosed in about 1,500 American men a year, Roddy said in a recent CBS interview.
Elvis richest dead celebrity
New York -- Elvis Presley is No. 1 on Forbes.com's list of top-earning deceased celebrities for the third consecutive year, earning an estimated $40 million.
"Peanuts" cartoonist Charles Schulz is No. 2, earning $32 million, followed by writer J.R.R. Tolkien, $22 million; former Beatle John Lennon, $19 million; and former Beatle George Harrison, $16 million.
The third annual list, edited by Forbes.com, is based on estate earnings, the Web site said.