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September 28, 2005

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Trumps announce expansion

New York - Donald Trump's empire keeps on expanding, but his newest addition is on the home front.

Norma Foerderer, a Trump spokeswoman, confirmed a report Tuesday that the 59-year-old real estate mogul-TV reality star's wife, Melania, is pregnant.

"The baby is due in the spring," Foerderer said.

It would be the first child for the 35-year-old model and commercial actress, who exchanged vows with Trump in January.

Melania is Trump's third wife. He has four children from his previous marriages: Donald Jr., 27; Ivanka, 23; and Eric, 21, with first wife Ivana Trump, and Tiffany, 11, with second wife Marla Maples.

'The Tonight Show' guests signing on for hurricane relief

Burbank, Calif. - Celebrity guests on "The Tonight Show" are autographing a Harley-Davidson motorcycle that is being auctioned to raise money for Hurricane Katrina victims.

"Finally I can sign something my opponents won't criticize," Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger quipped during Monday's taping of the NBC late-night show.

Billy Bob Thornton and Nick Lachey joined Schwarzenegger in making surprise appearances to sign the bike, which also was autographed by scheduled guests Jessica Alba and Julian McMahon.

The bike was put up for bid on the eBay Internet auction Web site by "Tonight Show" host and motorcycle enthusiast Jay Leno on Sept. 19. Bidding was to close Thursday. Ninety-five percent of the winning bid will be donated to the American Red Cross for Katrina relief efforts.

'Get Smart' actor Don Adams inspired another Emmy winner

Los Angeles - Eric McCormack was a childhood fan of the '60s comedy series "Get Smart," starring Don Adams as bumbling secret agent Maxwell Smart, aka Agent 86.

When he realized "there really wasn't an Agent 86, that it was an actor playing it and won Emmys and made money," he decided to become an actor, McCormack told The Associated Press on Monday.

Years later, the Emmy-winning "Will & Grace" star told Adams that he was the inspiration for his career.

Adams died Sunday at age 82 of a lung infection.

Two years ago, McCormack said, there was a golden moment at a "Get Smart" panel that he attended as a fan. An audience member asked about the possibility of a movie based on "Get Smart," which aired from 1965 to 1970.

McCormack said Adams answered by saying, "I will tell you this: If they ever make it, I hope Eric plays me."

A "Get Smart" movie is on the drawing board, but it is to star Steve Carell.

Kidman does family research

Washington - Nicole Kidman says she didn't have to go far to research her role as a psychiatrist for the upcoming movie, "The Visiting."

"I have a father who is a psychologist, so my life has been research," the Oscar-winning actress told AP Radio in a recent interview.

Unlike ex-husband Tom Cruise, who went on a rant against psychiatry in a "Today" show interview earlier this year, Kidman said she thinks psychiatry is a profession that can help people.

"Yeah, of course. I think all sorts of things do in terms of Buddhism, in terms of therapy. I think people choose things that they need that are going to help them. And obviously, I've seen my father do some magnificent work," she said.

In "The Visiting," Kidman is separated from her child, a role that is even more painful, the actress said, considering the parents who were separated from their children during Hurricane Katrina.

"That's why this reverberated so strongly, because of seeing those images over and over and over again."

'The Road Less Traveled' author dies at age 69

Los Angeles - Author M. Scott Peck, who wrote the best-seller "The Road Less Traveled" and other self-helps, died Sunday. He was 69.

Peck died at his home in Connecticut, longtime friend and Los Angeles publicist Michael Levine said. He had suffered from pancreatic and liver duct cancer.

Born in New York City, Peck received his bachelor's degree from Harvard College in 1958 and his doctorate from the Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine in 1963. He served in the Army between 1963 and 1972.

Peck spent more than 10 years in the private practice of psychiatry and had his first book "The Road Less Traveled" published in 1978. The self-help book that begins, "Life is difficult," has sold more than 6 million copies in North America and been translated into 20 languages. By the mid-1990s, the book had made 258 appearances on The New York Times best-seller list.

His other books include "People of the Lie: The Hope For Healing Human Evil," "Meditations From the Road," and "Further Along the Road Less Traveled."

Actress files restraining order after 'stalker' approaches kids

Los Angeles - Actress Pamela Anderson filed a request for a restraining order against a man she claims has confronted her and her children, court records show.

Anderson contends that William Stansfield, 29, has been "stalking and harassing me, my sons and other family members for more than a month," according to court documents obtained by the TV show "Extra."

A hearing is scheduled Monday in Superior Court.

There were no local phone listings for Stansfield and he could not immediately be located for comment.

In a court document, Anderson said she saw Stansfield talking to her 7-year-old son at school. She said when she approached him, he told her he wanted her to stop working on her TV series "Stacked" and commit to a movie he had written for her.

"I was very uncomfortable and immediately told him to leave us alone, and my sons and I left the school," the former "Baywatch" star stated.

She mentioned three other incidents that "frightened me tremendously."

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