Surprise! Laura Linney welcomes first baby at 49

Actress Laura Linney has welcomed her first child at age 49. What do you think of the name?

By Haley Overland

Surprise! Laura Linney welcomes first baby at 49 Photo by Willi Schneider/REX/Shutterstock

Wow! Laura Linney baby... at age 49!

That pregnancy slipped right through the cracks. Maybe that's why she's been MIA since the Women in Film’s 2013 Crystal + Lucy Awards in June 2013 (above). Hmmm...

Yes, the 49-year-old Emmy-winning, Oscar-nominated actress secretly welcomed a baby boy earlier this month — Wednesday, January 8. "Mother and baby are happy and healthy," her rep confirmed to various media outlets.

And the baby's name is... Bennett Armistead Schauer. Fancy! Actually, Laura starred in several episodes of the TV mini-series Armistead Maupin's Tales of the City back in the 90s... Maybe there's a connection?

This is the first child for The Big C star and her husband, real-estate agent Marc Schauer, who tied the knot in May 2009.

I'm a huge fan of Laura Linney. Loved her in The Truman ShowLove Actually... Congrats to the family!

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This article was originally published on Jan 20, 2014