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Posted at 10:43 AM ET, 04/18/2007

Happy Birthday to Suri

By Liz Kelly

Birthday girl Suri Cruise. (Reuters)

As Little Suri Cruise celebrates her first human birthday today, we pause to wish her well and reflect back on a idyllic era for stargazers -- when tabloid breathlessness, a cultish religion and superstardom flowed like so much manna into a perfect melange of celebrity sensationalism.

Was it only a year ago that we were agog at rumors of silent births, adult pacifiers and the confinement of Katie Holmes? Remember the months-long wait for the first pictures that had us questioning Suri's very existence? And do you remember where you were when you first gazed upon the stylishly-coiffed visage of the hirsute pixie? (Okay, me either.)

No word yet on how the Cruise brood plans to celebrate Suri's big day, but festivities will likely take place in Louisiana where Holmes is filming "Mad Money" when not calling the cops. A quick spin around the Web didn't reveal any Scientology-based birthday traditions, except for the "Birthday Game" (scroll down) -- played annually on L. Ron Hubbard's birthday (March 13) and apparently won by accruing points. ("Points are won by having certain stats in the org in a condition of Normal or above.") Indeed.

P.S. Happy birthday to little Grier Henchy, born the same day in the same hospital to former Cruise nemesis Brooke Shields.

By Liz Kelly  | April 18, 2007; 10:43 AM ET
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Is it wrong that I laughed way too hard when Brooke Shields, responding to Cruise's inane comments about anti-depressents, offered to leave tickets at the office for her London play for "Cruise and his daughter?"

Posted by: Joseph J. Finn | April 18, 2007 10:38 AM | Report abuse

"first human birthday"

Well done.

Posted by: BF | April 18, 2007 11:24 AM | Report abuse

I simply can't believe that Katie was shopping for clothes at Target.
Maybe she called the police so we'd all take note of her new penny-pinching ways.

Posted by: Barb | April 18, 2007 11:49 AM | Report abuse

It's eerie how much she looks like both parents.

Here's hoping she gets more than a spoon, a cat or what the heck else those wacky Scientols give for birthdays. It would suck if her celebration involved getting L. Ron the 5x stars he wanted.

Posted by: petal | April 18, 2007 12:08 PM | Report abuse

Barb - my thoughts exactly - Katie Holmes shops for clothes at Target?!?!?

Maybe Katie and Tom realized dressing her in Armani everyday really wasn't all that practical considering the mess most babies make of themselves multiple times per day. (though I thought Tom made somewhere in the neighborhood of $100mil last year so it's not like it was a huge budget strain...) What protection did the police offer her that her "handlers" and body guards could not? Nice to see those police have nothing better to do in Shreveport, La.

Posted by: hello neuman | April 18, 2007 12:20 PM | Report abuse

Her parents may have a bizarre relationship, but Suri sure is cute!

Posted by: Noelle | April 18, 2007 12:42 PM | Report abuse

Does anyone else think she looks like Tom's cousin? The one who is/was on lost?

Posted by: Irish girl | April 18, 2007 12:48 PM | Report abuse

Maybe shopping at Target was all a publicity stunt so Katie can make us feel like she is just like us (APPEAL TO THE MASSES!!).
Katie is in all this for the publicity and money as is her husband. I don't buy the sweet innocent act. Remember, she is an actress!!
Right now, Suri is the moneymaker.
Keep the pics to a minimum and we will spend more money to see them. Thus, Katie and Tom make more money.

Posted by: Anonymous | April 18, 2007 12:49 PM | Report abuse

Target is the discount store for fashonitas. Barney's on the high end and Target on the low end.

Posted by: Lisa1 | April 18, 2007 1:19 PM | Report abuse

suri cruise is a cute baby but i sure feel sorry for her.
by the way, liz..."first human birthday"?? brilliant.

Posted by: methinks | April 18, 2007 1:26 PM | Report abuse

Grier is cuter. Good for Brooke. So nice to see her happy.

Posted by: Barb | April 18, 2007 1:51 PM | Report abuse

shouldn't a good akron girl be shopping at walmart, not target?

Posted by: Anonymous | April 18, 2007 1:59 PM | Report abuse

Not that I'm normally one to defend Katie Holmes, but maybe Target was all that was convenient and she needed some retail therapy.

Posted by: WhyOnlyWednesday | April 18, 2007 2:14 PM | Report abuse

Another kudos to Liz for "first human birthday" ... love it!

It's been said before and will no doubt be said again, but Suri still looks Asian to me.

Posted by: Catherine | April 18, 2007 2:39 PM | Report abuse

Irish Girl - Totally agree! Everytime I saw "Ethan" (William Mapother)on LOST I felt like I was looking at Suri all grown up (and male).

Posted by: Alex | April 18, 2007 4:03 PM | Report abuse

I guess I was implying he was the sperm donor. I mean didn't Tom say he was sterile?

Posted by: Irish girl | April 18, 2007 4:49 PM | Report abuse

Suri so looks like Chris Klein.

Posted by: JRS | April 18, 2007 5:12 PM | Report abuse

JRS, I thought the exact same thing: OMG, she is the spitting image of her father, Chris Klein.

Posted by: only1kcm | April 19, 2007 3:20 PM | Report abuse

I feel sorry for Suri. Poor thing has a self-centered egomaniac for a father and a space cadet for a mother.

Posted by: Kay | April 20, 2007 1:34 PM | Report abuse

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