All About Baby Brangelina
Ahhh, Memorial Day weekend -- cookouts, open pools, parades, celebrity babies born in Africa...
That's right. While we (and by "we" I mean "me") were busy hoisting a cold one on the back porch, Angelina Jolie finally gave birth to her long-anticipated child, a girl: Shiloh Nouvel Jolie-Pitt. Proud papa Brad Pitt and mother and child are doing well tucked away at a secluded Namibian resort.
The Facts: Shiloh is eligible for Namibian citizenship. Jolie and Pitt donated $300,000 to fund maternity equipment for Namibian hospitals.
The Rumors: Due to complications, Jolie had a cesarean birth, but Pitt was by her side throughout the procedure. Excited Namibian officials are considering making the birthday a national holiday. The gene-lucky child reportedly has tufts of dark brown hair and dad's nose. Jennifer Aniston (Pitt's ex) and Jon Voight (Jolie's estranged father) offered early congratulations to the family.
The Name: The results of extensive (ahem) Internet research reveal Shiloh is not only the name of a Neil Diamond song and Civil War battle national park in Tennessee, but also an ancient Hebrew assembly place and rumored one-time site of the ark of the covenant. The name may also mean "peaceful one" and "Messiah" in Hebrew. All of which will endear baby Brangelina to Civil War reenactors, Indiana Jones enthusiasts and Neil Diamond.
The Pictures: None of the baby yet, but enjoy this fine retrospective of the Jolie-Pitt clan. Rights to the first pictures of the baby were reportedly pre-sold by the parents to Us Weekly.
And, with Suri and Shiloh -- THE celebrity births of the summer -- both healthy and happy, we look forward to the day when, in the grand tradition of celebrity offspring, they will co-star in a reality show.
| May 30, 2006; 10:46 AM ET
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