Claire Danes a Mom; Ravi Shankar Remembered
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Emmy-winning actress Claire Danes has given birth to her first child, a boy, the publicist for the "Homeland" star said on Wednesday (December 19). Cyrus Michael Christopher Dancy was born on Monday to Danes, 33, and her husband, British actor Hugh Dancy. Danes' performance as CIA operative Carrie Matheson on Showtime's "Homeland" series scored her an Emmy win in September, while the psychological thriller won the TV industry's highest honor of best drama series.

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Emmy-winning actress Claire Danes has given birth to her first child, a boy, the publicist for the "Homeland" star said on Wednesday (December 19). Cyrus Michael Christopher Dancy was born on Monday to Danes, 33, and her husband, British actor Hugh Dancy. Danes' performance as CIA operative Carrie Matheson on Showtime's "Homeland" series scored her an Emmy win in September, while the psychological thriller won the TV industry's highest honor of best drama series. Danes is nominated for a second Golden Globe award in the role at the Hollywood awards show in January. Ravi Shankar, the Indian sitar virtuoso who died last week at the age of 92, was remembered at a public memorial service in San Diego on Thursday (December 20). Shankar, who is survived by his wife and two daughters, musician Anoushka Shankar and 5-time Grammy winner Norah Jones, is best known for his influence on George Harrison that led the late Beatle playing the sitar on a couple of songs by the group. The California Hamster Association is not a big fan of teen singer Justin Bieber. The online celebrity site TMZ is reporting that the organization is unhappy with Bieber after he gave his pet hamster away to a fan outside a concert this month. The CHA said that the singer basically issued a "death sentence" to his pet, despite claims by the fan to love it forever.