Ellen DeGeneres turns 52 today. Retired hockey star Wayne Gretzky is turning 49. Rocker Eddie Van Halen is 55. Orlando Magic guard Vince Carter is 33. Actor David Strathairn turns 61. R&B singer Anita Baker is turning 52. Singer-songwriter Lucinda Williams is 57. Model Frankie Rayder is turning 36. Actress Sara Rue (Less Than Perfect) is turning 31. Mega NYC real estate broker Serena Boardman is turning 40. Top literary agent Suzanne Gluck is 50. And perma-tanned socialite Denise Rich celebrates her 66th birthday today.
Denise Rich turns 65 today, so if you see the socialite on line to apply for social security benefits, now you know why. Others celebrating: Ellen DeGeneres is 51. Socialite and real estate broker Serena Boardman is turning 39. Nets guard Vince Carter is 32. Eddie Van Halen is turning 54. Model Frankie Rayder is 35. Actress Sara Rue is turning 30. William Morris agent Suzanne Gluck turns 49. Rabbi Marc Schneier is 50. And retired Rangers star Wayne Gretzky is turning 48 today.
♦ Rachael Ray's reps are denying reports that Ray has throat cancer, although they do admit she's having surgery for a cyst on her vocal cord in December. [People]
♦ It was a busy weekend for Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie. With hoards of paparazzi in tow, the couple made an appearance at the premiere of Changeling, where Angelina showed off her newest tattoos (the coordinates of the places where each of her kids was born) and told reporters that she and Brad are planning to have even more kids. [NYDN, OK!, previously]
♦ Howard Stern and Beth Ostrosky tied the knot on Friday night at Le Cirque with Billy Joel performing in front of guests like Denise Rich, Joan Rivers, Barbara Walters, and Donald Trump. [NYP, Us]
♦ A fire at Geraldo Rivera's home on Friday didn't singe his mustache, but it did damage the two 1954 Jaguars in his garage. [P6]
As you may have read, guitar hero Eddie Van Halen will be checking himself into rehab, where he'll be able to spend time with pretty much every celebrity not yet buried in the Bahamas. What's less shocking than the story is the photo that the Associated Press chose to run with it. Eddie kind of reminds us of someone... can't quite put our finger on it... oh, wait!
· Another little piece of our teenage innocence is torn from us as Eddie Van Halen heads off to rehab. We always thought Michael Anthony would be the first to go, what with that Jack Daniels bass and the constant whiskey-chugging on stage. We blame David Lee Roth, somehow.
· Anna Nicole: The lovingly crafted, hand-sewn finger puppets. It was only a matter of time.
· This depression stuff is really affecting Rosie's blogging. All she can say to the Idol guy's angry response to her weightism/racism charges is a weak, " well.../what can u say really/from the coca-cola red couch/i call it as i see it/nigel l - sam r/same same same/1985 - 2007/blah blah blah blah/blah blah blah blah."
· Happy third birthday to Thighs Wide Shut, whose celebratory post will completely overload your already blog-addled brain.