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Last Updated: Friday, 23 April, 2004, 11:28 GMT 12:28 UK
Baby boy for singer Ellis Bextor
Singer Sophie Ellis Bextor has given birth to a boy eight weeks early , undergoing a Caesarean section.

Doctors had diagnosed the pop star with the potentially life-threatening condition pre-eclampsia.

Sonny was born on Friday at 28 weeks and mother and child were "doing well", said a spokesman for the star.

The baby has to remain in hospital for the next few weeks. Ellis Bextor is the daughter of former Blue Peter presenter Janet Ellis.


Basinger raises funds for charity\

Actress Kim Basinger has sold her engagement ring from ex-husband Alex Baldwin to raise money for an animal welfare society.

Basinger, an active animal rights campaigner, received $59,750 (33,100) for the 3.7 carat diamond ring.

The money will go towards the Performing Animal Welfare Society, which helps performing and exotic animals in captivity.

Basinger married Baldwin in 1993, but the couple split up in 2002.


Partridge Family to make comeback

The 70s TV series The Partridge Family, which turned David Cassidy into a teen idol, is to make a comeback.

The show, which ran from 1970-1974, followed the fortunes of a singing family who toured the US in a psychedelic bus.

Cassidy, 53, told GMTV he would star in and executive produce the new show, as well as being involved in casting.

"I thought it would be great to put a spin on it for a whole new generation of people," he said.


Thriller writer admits tax fraud

US thriller write Dale Brown is facing up to three years in jail after pleading guilty to tax fraud.

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) said the 47-year-old had created fictitious companies on his 1998 tax return in order to claim tax deductions.

"I take complete responsibility for everything I've done," said Brown, whose novels include Flight of the Old Dog and Fatal Terrain.

He will be sentenced in Portland, Oregon, on 9 August.


Chalmers receives travel honour

Travel presenter Judith Chalmers has become the latest recipient of the Excellence In England's outstanding contribution to tourism award.

Chalmers has presented the TV travel show Wish You Were Here? for the last 30 years on ITV.

"For decades Judith has shown us some of the best holidays England has to offer," said VisitBritain chairman Sir Michael Lickiss.

Previous recipients of the award include The Queen and Harry Potter.





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