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Jan. 13, 2011 at 4:00 AM

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DAVID NELSON: David Nelson, the last surviving cast member of his family's U.S. radio and TV show "The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet," has died, his publicist said.

The actor and director, who had colon cancer, died Tuesday at the age of 74, the Los Angeles Times reported Wednesday.

"Ozzie and Harriet" began airing on the radio in 1944.

David and his younger brother Rick joined the show in 1949 and the family brought the series to TV in 1952 where it ran for 14 years.

David Nelson directed about a dozen episodes of the show in the early 1960s and later went on to helm commercials and occasional TV series episodes and movies. He also had acting roles in the movies "Peyton Place," "The Remarkable Mr. Pennypacker," "The Big Circus," "Day of the Outlaw," "30," "The Big Show" and "Cry-Baby."

His father Ozzie died of liver cancer in 1975, brother Rick was killed in a plane crash in 1985 and mother Harriet died of congestive heart failure in 1994, the newspaper noted.

David Nelson is survived by his wife Yvonne, four sons and a daughter.


JOHN TRAVOLTA: Film star John Travolta says his baby son Benjamin has brought "renewed spirit and purpose" into his family's Florida home.

Travolta's 48-year-old wife, actress Kelly Preston, gave birth to their youngest child Nov. 23. The couple have a 10-year-old daughter, Ella Bleu. Their 16-year-old son, Jett, died in January 2009 after a seizure.

Preston told People magazine she and Travolta had been trying to have another child for three years and were "completely blown away" last year to learn she was pregnant.

"He's given the house a renewed spirit and purpose," Travolta said of his newborn son, who appears on the cover of this week's People with his beaming parents.

The magazine said the "Grease," "Saturday Night Fever" and "Pulp Fiction" star held his wife's hand while she delivered little Benjamin, and Ella Bleu waited outside the room with actress and family friend Kirstie Alley.

Preston's film credits include "Jerry Maguire," "For Love of the Game" and "What a Girl Wants."


ARETHA FRANKLIN: U.S. music icon Aretha Franklin, who reportedly has been treated for pancreatic cancer, says her health is now superb.

The 68-year-old artist dubbed the Queen of Soul has not confirmed she was diagnosed with the disease, but her representatives have said she underwent surgery to treat an illness and the operation was successful.

Asked by phone on Wednesday's edition of "The Wendy Williams Show" how her health is, Franklin replied: "My health is superb. It is superb."

Franklin went on to tell Williams she is spending a few days of her recovery time at a casino hotel in downtown Detroit because she "wanted to change the scenery."

"I do still have two more weeks of down-time before I can get out," Franklin said.

The singer said she is working on rescheduling the concert dates she missed while dealing with her health crisis.

"All of the dates I had to cancel -- Radio City, Kansas City, Washington and Virginia -- will be rescheduled right off the top," she told Williams.


KATE HUDSON: Hollywood actress Kate Hudson is 14 weeks pregnant with her second child, a source told Us Weekly.

The "Almost Famous" and "Nine" star has been dating Muse lead singer Matthew Bellamy for about nine months. Hudson also has a 7-year-old son named Ryder with her ex-husband, musician Chris Robinson.

"It was not planned, but they are excited and embracing it," an unnamed source told Us about Hudson's second pregnancy for Wednesday's issue.

"She is happy for Ryder to finally have a brother or sister."

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