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Celebrity Recap - October 2002

Heath Ledger, Naomi Watts and Nicole Kidman.
Heath, Naomi and Nicole
Julia Roberts celebrated her 35th birthday three days befor Halloween.
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What happened this month in Hollywood? Find out which rapper was gunned down, which star had a baby and which R&B hottie got a year older. Kidzworld has the month of October 2002 in review so you can keep up with all your favorite stars.

Celebrity Birthdays

  • October 1st - Richard Harris, who plays Dumbledore in the first two Harry Potter flicks turned 72.
  • October 3rd - No Doubt's Gwen Stefani turned 33.
  • October 7th - Singer Toni Braxton turned 34.
  • October 8th - Hottie actor Matt Damon turned 32.
  • October 9th - Home Improvement kid and Buffy the Vampire Slayer guest-star Zachary Ty Bryan turned 21.
  • October 14th - Usher Raymond turned 24.
  • September 21st - American Dreams cutie Will Estes turned 24.
  • October 26th - Folk crooner Natalie Merchant turned 39.
  • October 28th - Julia Roberts turned 35.
  • Celebrities who have died

    Celebrity Deaths

  • Sir Richard Harris, the accomplished actor, who's most recent acting gig was playing Albus Dumbledore in the Harry Potter movies, died October 25th. Richard Harris had been receiving treatment for Hodgkins Disease (a type of cancer).
  • Rap legend Jam Master Jay was shot to death in a Queens, New York recording studio on October 30th. The member of Run-D.M.C. died from a gunshot wound to the head. Jam Master Jay, who's real name was Jason Mizell, was 37 years old.
  • Celebrity Injuries

  • 7th Heaven hottie, Barry Watson, is cancer-free. He was diagnosed with Hodgkins Disease last spring and, after a summer of chemo and other treatment, is said to be cancer-free. Barry Watson's character, Matt Camden, was written out of 7th Heaven at the end of the 2001-02 season but Barry has done some writing for the hit WB show since his acting departure.
  • Celebrity Baby News

  • Inspector Gadget actor Matthew Broderick and his wife, actress Sarah Jessica Parker are the new, proud parents of a lil' boy. Their son was born in the wee hours of the morning of October 28th in New York City.
  • Celebrity Couples
  • The total hottie from Down Under, Heath Ledger, has got a new girlfriend - fellow Aussie actor Naomi Watts. Heath hasn't broken his habit of dating older girls (like ex-GF Heather Graham, 32). Naomi is 34 while Heath is 22 years old.
  • Celebrity Rumors
  • The latest possible couple are also two aussies - the former Mrs. Tom Cruise and the Gladiator are said to be hot and heavy. Nicole Kidman and Russell Crowe have been seen hangin' together all around the globe. Russ and Nic are shopping, dining and vacationing together but their peeps say they aren't dating. Hmm... didn't Justin and Britney's peeps say the same thing?
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