Friday, October 31, 2003

It's a girl for McCartney, Mills

London -- Paul McCartney's wife, Heather Mills, has given birth to a girl, the couple said Thursday.

Beatrice Milly McCartney, the couple's first child, was born Tuesday at a London hospital and weighed 7 pounds.

"She is a little beauty. We couldn't be prouder," the 61-year-old former Beatle McCartney and Mills, 35, said, adding that they were "ecstatic."

The baby was named after Mills' late mother, Beatrice, and McCartney's aunt Milly, Hornick said.

Douglas, wife come as package

Oslo, Norway -- When the organizers of the annual Nobel Peace Prize concert asked Michael Douglas to serve as host for the event, the actor asked if his wife, Catherine Zeta-Jones, could lend a hand.

"That was our first choice, but we didn't dare to ask for both at the same time," concert organizer Odd Arvid Stroemstad said Thursday. "It didn't take us long to say yes."

Douglas and Zeta-Jones will act as co-masters of ceremony at the Dec. 11 concert in Oslo, the day after Iranian lawyer, writer and human rights activist Shirin Ebadi accepts her 2003 Nobel Peace Prize.

Tim McGraw, the Chieftains accompanied by Rosanne Cash, opera stars Roberto Alagna and Angela Gheorghiu and Senegal's Orchestra Baobab are among those scheduled to perform.

Travolta celebrates first flight

Raleigh, N.C. -- John Travolta will be the master of ceremonies for the final day of the First Flight Centennial events Dec. 17.

The actor, who has logged 5,000 hours as a pilot, will speak to the sold-out crowd of 35,000, announce guests and fly his Boeing 707 in a 100-plane squadron that will soar over the Outer Banks during the celebration.

Travolta's visit will be on the last day of a six-day celebration Dec. 12-17 at the Wright Brothers National Memorial to mark the 100th anniversary of Orville and Wilbur Wright's first successful powered flight Dec. 17, 1903.

"He is very interested in aviation and was excited about the event," said Kim Sawyer, a program coordinator for the First Flight Centennial Commission.

No Doubt diva now designing

New York -- Gwen Stefani's new line of clothes, L.A.M.B., has all the hallmarks of the No Doubt singer's style: bikini tops, Rasta-inspired colors, low-slung pants, even bum flaps.

Bum flaps?

A bum flap is a piece of fabric that looks like half of a pleated skirt, and it can be attached to the back of pants, worn slung across one hip or stacked for a layered effect.

After designing a collection of L.A.M.B. handbags for LeSportsac, the spring collection will be the first try at a clothes line for the 34-year-old singer, who has also branched out into acting, playing Jean Harlow in Martin Scorsese's upcoming "The Aviator."