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Actress Rosie O'Donnell participates in a news conference introducing the Foster Care Mentoring Act of 2009 on Capitol Hill in Washington on May 6, 2009. (UPI Photo/Roger L. Wollenberg)
Actress Rosie O'Donnell participates in a news conference introducing the Foster Care Mentoring Act of 2009 on Capitol Hill in Washington on May 6, 2009. (UPI Photo/Roger L. Wollenberg) | License Photo

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ROSIE O'DONNELL: Comedian and TV personality Rosie O'Donnell announced via Twitter she and her wife, Michelle Rounds, have adopted a baby girl.


"We [are] thrilled to announce the arrival of [our] daughter Dakota -- #withloveandthanks -- AMEN," O'Donnell tweeted, alongside a photo of herself snuggling with Rounds and the infant. said the baby weighed 5 pounds, 5 ounces when she was born Jan. 5.

"Moms and baby are healthy and happy," O'Donnell's publicist said Wednesday.

O'Donnell and Rounds married last June.

The former chat-show host is also the mother of Vivienne, 10, Blake, 13, Chelsea, 15, and Parker, 17, with her ex-wife, Kelli Carpenter.

DIRECTORS GUILD OF AMERICA: Television stars-directors Bryan Cranston, Lena Dunham and Louis C.K. are among those nominated for Directors Guild of America Awards Wednesday.


Up for the DGA Award for Outstanding Directorial Achievement for a Movie or Mini-Series for Television are Greg Berlanti for "Political Animals," Philip Kaufman for "Hemingway & Gellhorn," Kevin Reynolds for "Hatfields & McCoys," Jay Roach for "Game Change" and Michael Rymer for "American Horror Story: Asylum."

Shortlisted for the prize for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in a Dramatic Series are Michael Cuesta for "Homeland," Jennifer Getzinger for "Mad Men," Lesli Linka Glatter for "Homeland," Rian Johnson for "Breaking Bad" and Greg Mottola for "The Newsroom."

Up for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in a Comedy Series are Louis C.K. "Louie," Mark Cendrowski for "The Big Bang Theory," Bryan Cranston for "Modern Family," Lena Dunham for "Girls" and Beth McCarthy-Miller for "30 Rock."

"Television is in the midst of one of the most creative and fruitful periods in its history, and television directors are a critical element of that success," guild President Taylor Hackford said in a statement, adding the nominees "represent the highest caliber of directing seen on television this year, with a diverse range of projects highlighting their creativity and skill in eliciting performance, advancing the story and establishing the look and feel in all genres of television.


"I congratulate them for their excellent work," Hackford said.

The winners of the prizes will be announced at the 65th annual DGA Awards dinner Feb. 2 at the Ray Dolby Ballroom at Hollywood & Highland in Los Angeles. Director-actor-producer Kelsey Grammer is to serve as host of the event.

GENIE FRANCIS: Genie Francis, the U.S. actress who has played Laura Spencer on and off since 1976, is returning to "General Hospital" next month, ABC said.

Francis is to appear in the Feb. 11 episode -- 50 days before the show's official 50th anniversary.

"Last we saw Laura, she had emerged from her years-long catatonia to find that her beloved Luke had moved on with Tracy Quartermaine," a message on the "GH" website said Wednesday.

"Laura left Port Charles to seek treatment in France, to assure she would not relapse back into her old condition. That was 2008," the posting said. "In the interim, Ms. Francis appeared on 'The Young and the Restless,' but now she's headed back home. So many questions hang in the air for Laura's return, particularly where she and Luke will pick up. After all, Luke's not with Tracy anymore... but he certainly has feelings for Anna Devane. Should be deliciously complicated."


Anthony Geary plays Luke, Jane Elliot plays Tracy and Finola Hughes plays Anna.

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