People: Robin Roberts, Rosie O'Donnell, Nicole 'Snooki' Polizzi, Tony Scott, Sabrina Bryan
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Robin Roberts' final on-air date before taking an extended medical leave is Friday. That's when the 51-year-old "Good Morning America" anchor will say farewell to viewers before undergoing a bone-marrow transplant to treat the blood disorder myelodysplastic syndrome.
Roberts' sister, Sally, will act as the bone marrow donor, People.com reported. All this week, "Good Morning America" will share stories of others battling MDS.
"It's rare to have MDS and mine was because of complications from the breast cancer treatment," said Roberts, who battled breast cancer five years ago. "It's been quite a journey."
Rosie O'Donnell married Michelle Rounds in a private ceremony on June 9, just days before Rounds had surgery to treat desmoid tumors. The 50-year-old TV personality also said Monday on her blog that she is selling original paintings on eBay to raise money for the Desmoid Tumor Research Foundation.
A spokeswoman for O'Donnell confirmed the nuptials and fundraising efforts, The Associated Press said. Desmoid tumors occur rarely and can affect almost any area of the body. The tumors can be fatal.
Just a week ago, O'Donnell announced that she recently suffered a heart attack.
A couple of celebrities celebrated big arrivals this weekend, with "Jersey Shore" star Nicole "Snooki" Polizzi and actors Anna Faris and husband Chris Pratt welcoming baby boys.
• Reality TV star Snooki and her fiance, Jionni LaValle, are the parents of 6-pound, 5-ounce Lorenzo Dominic LaValle, who came into the world at just before 3 a.m. Sunday, MTV said.
"The world just got another Guido!!!," a Polizzi rep told MTV. "Nicole, Jionni & Enzo are doing great!"
MTV has said it's bringing 24-year-old Snooki back for "Jersey Shore's" sixth season but declined to offer specifics on how big a part the new mom will play in the show about hard-partying Italian-American friends.
• Faris ("The Dictator," "Scary Movie") and Pratt ("Moneyball"; TV's "Parks and Recreation") welcomed their first child, Jack, on Saturday.
"He arrived earlier than expected and will be spending some time in the NICU," a rep for the couple told People. "The happy parents thank you for your warm wishes and ask that you honor their privacy during this time."
Faris was due to give birth in the fall; she and Pratt have been married since 2009.
Tony Scott's family said their farewells in a private funeral ceremony Friday, less than a week after the "Top Gun" director plunged from a bridge to his death.
"The family will announce plans after Labor Day for a gathering to celebrate the life and work of Mr. Scott," his family said in a statement. Scott's older brother, "Prometheus" director Ridley Scott, was among the attendees at the somber ceremony, held at the Hollywood Forever Cemetery, TMZ.com and the Los Angeles Times reported.
"The intensity and passion Tony had for his work was matched by an acute sensitivity," said actor Chris Pine, who starred in Scott's final film, 2010's "Unstoppable." The statement released by the New York Daily News continued, "This is the Tony I will remember always. This truly, deeply, wonderfully gentle and kind soul. My heart aches. I loved him very much and will miss him dearly."
Sabrina Bryan is the viewers' choice as the 13th and final contestant for ABC's "Dancing With the Stars" upcoming all-star season. The 27-year-old "Cheetah Girls" star, who beat out Carson Kressley and Kyle Massey for the slot, will be paired with dancer Louis Van Amstel. The all-star season kicks off Sept. 24.
nSomewhere, Lois Lane and Steve Trevor should be commiserating about lost loves. Superman and Wonder Woman have been caught in a passionate kiss, the culmination of a story in "Justice League" No. 12, which marks a year since DC relaunched its stable of heroes with new stories.
Sure, the pair had a brief fling in the 1980s, but Superman went on to marry Lois Lane. There have been other romantic moments in the characters' history, but DC Comics co-publisher Jim Lee, who has drawn each issue of "Justice League" since its New 52 debut, told the AP's Matt Moore that the kiss in the new issue is not a stunt.
"This has been in the works for some time and we certainly wouldn't have pulled the trigger without there being great creative benefit to the liaison," he wrote in an email. "Beyond the joy and sorrows of new love, there are potentially huge ramifications and dramatic ways this single relationship between these iconic characters will change the entire political and interpersonal landscape of the DC Universe."
First Published August 28, 2012 12:00 am