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'Our America' Host Lisa Ling Welcomes a Daughter, Greg Johnson Joins NBCUniversal: Hitched, Hatched, Hired

William Choi and Peter Kiernan are named to the Management 360 board of directors, Discovery Communications promotes Eric Phillips to president of domestic distribution, and more.
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This story first appeared in the March 29 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine.

SYBIL CHRISTOPHER, 1929-2013

Actress and theater producer Sybil Christopher, whose marriage to Richard Burton ended with his infamous affair with Elizabeth Taylor during production of the 1963 film Cleopatra, died March 9. Christopher, who married musician Jordan Christopher in 1964, opened the Manhattan nightclub Arthur; was involved in the New Theater, whose first director was Mike Nichols; and co-founded the nonprofit Bay Street Theatre in Sag Harbor, N.Y. She was 83.

ENGAGEMENTS

Supermodel and former Fashion Star host Elle Macpherson became engaged to real estate developer Jeffrey Soffer. The couple split in March 2012 after two years of dating but reconciled in November after Soffer was injured in a helicopter crash.

BIRTHS

Our America host Lisa Ling and her husband, oncologist Paul Song, welcomed daughter Jett on March 8 in Santa Monica.

The Girls Next Door alum Holly Madison and her boyfriend, Electric Daisy Carnival founder Pasquale Rotella, welcomed daughter Rainbow Aurora on March 5 in Las Vegas.

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CONGRATS

William Choi and Peter Kiernan were named to the Management 360 board of directors March 5.

Lionsgate named Andrew Kramer COO of international distribution March 4. He will start in April.

Robert Bookman joined Paradigm as a senior film and television agent March 8.

Sundance Channel appointed Nena Rodrigue senior vp original production and development March 5.

Echo Bridge Entertainment promoted Emilia Nuccio to president of international distribution March 5.

Discovery Communications promoted Eric Phillips to president of domestic distribution March 6.

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Epic Pictures Group tapped John Short as vp international sales March 6.

Marc Liepis joined ID as vp March 7.

Sherry Lansing will be honored with the Israel Film Festival's Lifetime Achievement Award at its opening gala April 18 in Beverly Hills.

Entertainment Studios Networks appointed Eric Claytor senior vp affiliate distribution and marketing March 10.

The Academy of Television Arts & Sciences tapped Maury McIntyre as vp digital March 11.

Greg Jackson joined NBCUniversal as vp university outreach March 11.

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DEATHS

Alvin Lee, the British singer-guitarist in the band Ten Years After whose fiery performance at Woodstock was immortalized in the subsequent film, died March 6 of surgical complications. He was 68.

Swing Era singer Fran Warren, who worked with the likes of bandleader Billy Eckstine, died on her 87th birthday March 4.

Micky Moore, a child actor who went on to become a disciple of Cecil B. DeMille and a second-unit director on such films as Patton and the first three Indiana Jones movies, died at age 98.

BIRTHDAYS

March 14

• Billy Crystal

• Quincy Jones

• Kevin Williamson

March 15

• David Cronenberg

• Eva Longoria

March 17

• Kurt Russell

• Rob Lowe

March 18

• Queen Latifah

• Adam Levine

• Lily Collins

March 19

• Glenn Close

• Harvey Weinstein

• Bruce Willis

March 20

• Spike Lee

• Carl Reiner

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