Rosie O'Donnell Welcomes a Daughter, Lifetime Networks' Kimberly Chessler Promoted: Hitched, Hatched, Hired

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Rosie riffed for her OWN show, she told great stories, she was self-deprecating, she was funny, she was all over the map. She made you want to watch her show right that second. Best of all, unlike Oprah at the last tour, she didn't have a legendary filibuster.

Kent Rees is appointed Participant Media vp marketing, scheduling and operations, Ovation COO Chad Gutstein welcomes a baby boy, and more.

This story first appeared in the Jan. 25 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine.


Ovation COO Chad Gutstein and his wife, Sasha, welcomed son Brahm Allan on Jan. 4 in Los Angeles.

Julie Siegel, director of publicity at Sue Procko Public Relations, and Adam Lieberthal welcomed son Oliver Siegel on Jan. 2 at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles.

Rosie O'Donnell and wife Michelle Rounds welcomed daughter Dakota via adoption Jan. 5.

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The Change-Up actress Olivia Wilde became engaged to Saturday Night Live's Jason Sudeikis shortly after the holidays. The couple began dating in December 2011.


Actress Evan Rachel Wood and her actor husband, Jamie Bell, are expecting their first child. The couple married in October.


Lifetime Networks promoted Kimberly Chessler to vp reality programming and appointed Paul Hardy vp reality programming Jan. 10.

Participant Media appointed Kent Rees executive vp marketing, scheduling and operations, tapped Belisa Balaban as senior vp unscripted programming and appointed Ben McLean senior vp legal affairs and business development Jan. 8.

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Ned Wertimer, best known for playing Ralph the Doorman on The Jeffersons, died Jan. 2 in Los Angeles after a fall. He was 89.

Actress and union leader Martha Greenhouse, whose credits included Law & Order, died Jan. 5. She was 91.

Jack F. Murphy, who produced the Anne Hathaway film Havoc, died Jan. 6 of cancer in L.A. He was 69.

Evelyn Ward, a Broadway star during the 1940s and the mother of The Partridge Family's David Cassidy, died Dec. 23 in L.A. She was 89.