Studio executive seeks divorce from 'Private Practice' star Walsh

Private Practice star Kate Walsh, 41, is getting divorced after a year of marriage.


The actress' husband, Alex M. Young, a top-ranking executive at 20th Century Fox, filed for divorce this week in Los Angeles. His petition cites "irreconcilable differences" but offers no details.

The pair married September 2007, and the documents say they separated Nov. 22.


A phone message left for Walsh's publicist Thursday was not returned.

Let's do lunch

Mario Batali is doing it. So are Gwyneth Paltrow and Salman Rushdie.

These and other celebrities from the culinary, entertainment and literary worlds are donating one-of-a-kind lunchboxes they designed to help raise money for the hungry.

The boxes - each signed by the artist - are being sold online at until midnight Thursday. Bidding starts at $100.

They will benefit Food Bank for New York City and the Lunchbox Fund, which provides lunches to impoverished schoolchildren in South Africa.

Partying with Obama

Hollywood and rock stars are bringing their own razzle-dazzle to President-elect Barack Obama's inauguration.


Anne Hathaway, Susan Sarandon, Marcia Cross, Tim Robbins, Seal, Adrian Grenier, Ashley Judd, Jane Krakowski, Rachael Leigh Cook, Blair Underwood and directors Spike Lee and Ron Howard are confirmed as hosts of an unofficial inaugural ball.

Elvis Costello is the headliner and rock stars Sting and Sam Moore will also appear. The ball is a fundraising event for the Creative Coalition, the nonprofit arts and entertainment advocacy group.

The event will kick off in Washington's Harman Center for the Arts on Jan. 20.

Other hosts include members of Congress as well as policy, media and business leaders.

White House beat

Ed Henry, Suzanne Malveaux and Dan Lothian will become CNN's White House reporting team when President-elect Barack Obama takes office.


Henry has been at the White House for the past two years of the Bush administration. Malveaux worked at the White House previously, while Lothian has been Boston bureau chief.

From Sun news services

today's birthdays

Actor Dick Van Dyke, 83.

Actor Christopher Plummer, 79.

Musician Ted Nugent, 60.


Actor Steve Buscemi, 51.

Actor-comedian Jamie Foxx, 41.

Country singer Taylor Swift, 19.