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Published: Thursday, 4/20/2006

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STAFF AND WIRE REPORTS

LOS ANGELES - Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes were not the only people happy about the arrival of baby Suri. Some of their friends were, too.

"Yay, yay, yay," said fellow Scientologist Kirstie Alley. "Bring her over so I can meet her."

Tonight Show host Jay Leno announced the birth to his studio audience.

"I just got a phone call that Tom Cruise had a baby girl about two minutes ago. No joke," he said.

In Toledo Mayor Carty Finkbeiner said in a press release that he spoke to Holmes' father, Martin, yesterday to offer his congratulations and was told that parents and baby "are healthy, very happy, and doing just fine."

In a strange twist of fate, Suri was born on the same day Brooke Shields gave birth to her daughter, Grier Hammond Henchy. Shields and Cruise had a public spat last year after he criticized the actress for taking antidepressants following the birth of her first child.

The birth further whetted the appetite for Hollywood's next high-profile pregnancy: Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt, who have been staying in the southwest African country of Namibia, are expecting the birth of their first child.



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