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NEW YORK (AP) – She’s got that pregnant glow, but it is Angelina Jolie’s humanitarian efforts that make her most radiant, according to People magazine.

The pillow-lipped actress graces the cover of People’s “100 Most Beautiful People” issue, on newsstands Friday. It’s her fourth time on the list, but first as cover girl.

“She looks the most beautiful when she’s in the field – natural, no makeup, nothing,” the magazine quotes musician Wyclef Jean, who worked with Jolie on a relief effort in Haiti. “Because you see Angelina, the angel. It doesn’t get any better than that.”

The magazine didn’t forget her boyfriend Brad Pitt, or her two children, either. People named the globe-trotting Jolie-Pitt clan the “World’s Most Beautiful Family.”

The world may have to wait several more weeks for the arrival of the Brangelina offspring: Jolie told NBC News that she is shy of eight months pregnant, according to MSNBC’s web site.

In the interview, which was set to air on Thursday’s “Today” and on “Dateline” Sunday, Jolie also said she knows the baby’s gender but did not disclose it, according to MSNBC. The actress, interviewed in Namibia, is awaiting the birth at an African resort.

Also making the “Beautiful People” list, which until this year was limited to 50: Halle Berry, Julia Roberts, George Clooney, Scarlett Johansson, Kirstie Alley, Ryan Seacrest and University of Southern California quarterback Matt Leinart.

All 26 spokesmodels of the NBC game show “Deal or No Deal” were also chosen.

NEW YORK (AP) – Chanel has selected “Pride & Prejudice” star Keira Knightley as the new face of its Coco Mademoiselle fragrance.

The 21-year-old actress will appear in Chanel ads beginning in 2007, the company announced Wednesday.

Knightley succeeds Kate Moss, whose contract expired last October. The 32-year-old British supermodel had starred in the Coco Mademoiselle ads since 2002.

Moss lost several high-profile modeling contracts last year after a tabloid published pictures of her allegedly using cocaine in a west London music studio.

“Keira Knightley is a bright, young actress who has already made her mark in a diverse portfolio of films, including her Oscar-nominated performance in “Pride & Prejudice,”‘ said Chanel artistic director Jacques Helleu in a statement.

He also said Knightley’s elegance, beauty and modernity parallel some of the brand’s other previous famous faces, including Catherine Deneuve and Nicole Kidman, who represented Chanel No. 5.

“(I am) really proud to have been asked to work with such an iconic house as Chanel, and thrilled to follow the extraordinary women who have been associated with it before,” Knightley said in a statement.

Knightley’s upcoming films include “Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest,” which is set for release this summer.

PARIS (AP) – Tom Cruise skipped a “Mission: Impossible III” press conference to go shopping for baby outfits for his new daughter, organizers said.

Hours later, the 43-year-old actor arrived by helicopter at La Defense, the sleek high-rise complex on the western edge of Paris, where thousands of fans massed Wednesday ahead of a red carpet showing of his new film. Cruise treated them to autographs.

His fiancee, Katie Holmes, and their week-old daughter, Suri, stayed home in Los Angeles while Cruise was in Europe this week to promote his role as superagent Ethan Hunt.

Suri is the first child for Cruise and Holmes, 27. The couple became engaged last year.

At the press conference, “Mission: Impossible III” director J.J. Abrams playfully asked Michelle Monaghan what it was like to kiss Cruise with Holmes on the set.

“Was it weird?” he asked.

No way, the actress replied.

“Just in general to kiss Tom Cruise is, you know … an experience of a lifetime,” she joked. “I highly recommend it. … I said to Katie, “I understand why you keep him around.”‘

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PHILADELPHIA (AP) – It’s no joke – standup comedian Yakov Smirnoff is getting an Ivy League graduate degree in psychology.

What a country!

Smirnoff, who is also working on a new humor-and-self-help book titled, “Living Happily Ever Laughter,” is finishing up his master’s degree in positive psychology at the University of Pennsylvania.

Smirnoff told The Philadelphia Inquirer he plans to use his newfound knowledge in his act and his books to create what he calls the “Age of Enlaughterment” – a period when love and laughter heal psychic scars.

In his Cold War heyday, the Ukranian-born comedian appeared with Robin Williams in the movie “Moscow on the Hudson” and was invited to perform at the White House.

Smirnoff, 55, says he plays 230 shows for 250,000 fans a year. Thirteen years ago, he built his own theater in Branson, Mo.

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