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?

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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.

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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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xo Haley-O
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