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Posted at 08:37 AM ET, 01/27/2012

‘Welcome Back Kotter’ actor Robert Hegyes dies; Kim Kardashian to guest on ‘Drop Dead Diva’

John Travolta and Robert Hegyes in 2007. (Kevin Winter - Getty Images)
Robert Hegyes, the actor who played Sweathog Juan Epstein on “Welcome Back Kotter,” died Thursday after being brought to a New Jersey hospital in cardiac arrest. He was 60.

Hegyes, who also had a role on “Cagney & Lacey,” reunited with his former “Kotter” castmates at the TV Land Awards in April 2011. (AP via WaPo)

Kim Kardashian will have a recurring guest role on Lifetime’s “Drop Dead Diva.” Show creator Josh Berman said he was “blown away by her smarts, sense of humor, and passion.” (THR)

The 911 call placed from Demi Moore ’s home Monday will be released today. However, portions of the tape that violate medical privacy laws will be deleted. Update: Officials say the tape won’t be released until next week. (LA Times)

Katy Perry today will make her first public appearance since her split from Russell Brand was announced in late December. The pop star will attend the opening of 1 OAK Las Vegas, which doubles as a benefit for the GiveLOVE charity. (Us Weekly)

A baby girl named Max is born, after the jump

Actress Lindsay Sloane, of “Bring It On” and “Sabrina, the Teenage Witch” fame, recently welcomed a daughter named Maxwell Lue. I’m sure you’ll all have something to say about that. (People)

The release date for “ Mirror Mirror ,” the Snow White movie starring Julia Roberts, not Charlize Theron , has been pushed from March 16 to March 30. (E!)

The first posters for “What to Expect When You’re Expecting,” a movie about a self-help book, are really something else. (Vulture)

MediaTakeOut would like you to believe that Beyonce and Jay-Z have selected Oprah to be the godmother of Blue Ivy. (MTO)

Watch “Parks and Rec’s” Chris Pratt battle Darth Vader in an ad for Kinect Star Wars.

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