Laura Linney Secretly Becomes a Mom At 49

    January 18, 2014

Laura Linney and husband Marc Shauer quietly hid a pregnancy from the public eye for an entire nine months. On January 9th, the couple welcomed a baby boy, Bennett Armistead Schauer, into the world.

The couple, who married in 2009, were careful to not mention the pregnancy out in public, with Laura even wearing loose, comfortable clothing during red-carpet events to hide the bump. (Last event she attended was back in June, and she hid her few months bump with a loose, black dress.) She’s been quiet ever since – a rarity for celebrity moms-to-be. There’s nothing Hollywood loves more than celebrity baby bumps, but it looks like Laura was careful to keep herself off the tabloid covers.

Fans also seem to appreciate the new baby’s name, Bennett Armistead, which is named for author Armistead Maupin. Linney has starred in several miniseries’ based on the authors work, and remains a huge fan. (Armistead himself even mentioned that he imagines Laura as his character when he’s writing. “She makes it so much easier,” he says.)

In addition, there’s no concern for Linney’s health. Which is rare, since 51% of pregnancies in women over 40 end in miscarriage and health complications for the mother. But a representative told People magazine that “Mother and baby are happy and healthy.”

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