Sunday 17 December 2017

Clintons' joy as Chelsea gives birth to baby Charlotte

Orla Healy - US Diary

Hillary and Bill Clinton with granddaughter Charlotte Clinton Mezvinsky, born to Chelsea and Marc Mezvinsky on Friday night. Photo: AP Photo/Office of President Clinton, Jon Davidson
Hillary and Bill Clinton with granddaughter Charlotte Clinton Mezvinsky, born to Chelsea and Marc Mezvinsky on Friday night. Photo: AP Photo/Office of President Clinton, Jon Davidson
Chelsea Clinton, her husband Marc Mezvinsky, and their daughter Charlotte Clinton. Photo credit: AP Photo/Office of President Clinton, Jon Davidson

Orla Healy

Chelsea Clinton has called her new daughter Charlotte. The baby girl is the first grandchild of former US President Bill Clinton and former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton.

Chelsea Clinton announced the baby's birth on Twitter, saying she and her husband Marc Mezvinsky are "full of love, awe and gratitude as we celebrate the birth of our daughter, Charlotte Clinton Mezvinsky".

The baby arrives as Hillary Clinton deliberates on whether to seek the White House in 2016, a decision that could put her on a path to becoming the first female president of the United States.

The baby has been eagerly anticipated as Hillary Clinton considers her political future - she has called the prospect of becoming a grandmother her "most exciting title yet". She has even picked out the first book she intends to read to her grandchild, the classic Goodnight Moon.

The former secretary of state has said she didn't want to make any decisions about another campaign until the baby's arrival, pointing to her interest in enjoying becoming a grandmother for the first time.

Bill Clinton, who cancelled a fundraising visit to Denver yesterday for Democrats running for the Senate and governor, has been eager to become a grandfather.

During an event with former President George W Bush earlier this month, Mr Clinton's mobile phone rang on stage and he joked that only two people had the number "and they are related to me", musing that he hoped he wasn't becoming "a premature grandfather".

"Every day I get up and I say: 'You have to remember whose child this is. Do not interfere. Be there when you are welcome. Be loving but not judgemental," Mr Clinton said to laughs in an interview with CNN at his annual Clinton Global Initiative, only days before the baby's arrival.

Even US President Barack Obama got in on the act. Addressing the annual Clinton confab, Obama quipped if Chelsea Clinton went into labour during his speech, "she has my motorcade and will be able to navigate traffic".

McAdams 'is True winner'

Days after Colin Farrell and Vince Vaughn were confirmed for True Detective: Season 2, Variety is reporting Rachel McAdams has beaten the likes of Elisabeth Moss, Oona Chaplin, Jessica Biel and Rosario Dawson to land the female lead in the eight-hour HBO hit.

McAdams, who will be playing Ani Bezzerides (a tough, no-nonsense Monterey sheriff whose troubled upbringing has driven her to gambling and alcohol) alongside Farrell's character Ray Velcoro (a compromised detective whose allegiances are torn between his masters in a corrupt police department and the mobster who owns him) is also expected to be joined by Taylor Kitsch in the role of Paul Woodrugh (a 28-year-old detective and veteran soldier who has seen his share of violence and destruction).

The casting of Vaughn as villain Frank Semyon (a career criminal in danger of losing his empire when his move into legitimate enterprise is upended by the murder of a business partner) has not been trending so well, but insiders say the actor, who is best known for bro-comedies (and a stint as Jennifer Aniston's rebound guy) may be the one to walk away from the project with a Matthew McConaughey-calibre career renaissance.

The sequel, slated to start filming in January, will broadcast next summer.

Girls star revs up her tribe

Lena Dunham is using her clout with the under 30s to go to bat for the Democrats by warning her followers a Grand Old Party vote in November could spell serious damage for their sex lives.

"When you can't get access to affordable birth control, suddenly your sex life is ruled by fear. And that's not fair. So if you are a woman, or you love a woman, or you've ever met a woman: vote," the 28-year-old Girls creator wrote in a five-point explainer penned for the Planned Parenthood Action Fund issued via newsletter on Thursday.

Dunham, who compared voting to being like a "gateway drug" to becoming "more involved", then name-checked four GOP Senate candidates as examples of "backwards, out-of-touch, downright freaking unbelievably anti-women's health politicians" who make her "blood boil".

It's unclear if the four named senators even knew who Dunham was before the newsletter hit the wires but it is assumed each of them will be in line for the outspoken writer's highly-anticipated memoir Not That Kind of Girl when it goes on sale on Tuesday.

Baby KK eyes up the fashion

Sounds like Kim & Kayne need to rethink their penchant for bragging about how unspoilt their daughter North will be.

Talking about the surprise appearance of the 15- month-old child at the Balenciaga show in Paris on Wednesday evening, Kim told Yahoo! Style: "She started to cry when we were walking out the door and we couldn't leave was a spur-of- the-moment thing. But it was an amazing fashion show for her to be at for her first show!"

Eric Wilson of InStyle magazine, seated across from the spectacle, wasn't quite as nonchalant, tweeting: "I think Carine (Roitfeld) just air kissed baby North West."

Kimye: 0. North: 10.

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