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Burt Reynolds’ big birthday party

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Burt Reynolds was treated like the Hollywood royal he is on his 80th birthday Feb. 11. Guests who attended the Gunsmoke vet’s bash at his Jupiter ranch told Closer Weekly that it was an affair to remember. “A tent was set up in his large garden for a dinner party, decorated with a fun Western theme,” an insider told the magazine. “As a mariachi band played, guests were encouraged to wear their boots and kick up their heels.” Reynolds, who is the subject of an upcoming documentary The Bandit, was eventually presented with a cowboy hat cake — with just one candle.

BABY MAKES 3

Bobby Cannavale’s latest role is new dad. The Coconut Creek High School grad and girlfriend, actress Rose Byrne (Bridesmaids), have welcomed a spanking new baby boy. Rocco Robin came into the world Feb. 1. “We just love the name,” Cannavale, who has a 20-year-old son from a previous relationship, told People. “His middle name is her dad’s name, Robin, and we liked the way it rang together. We’re just really, really over the moon.”

MADELEINE MARR

WAR STORIES

Trisha Posner, Miami Beach-based author and wife of bestselling investigative journalist Gerald Posner, has just inked a deal with a British publishing house — Crux Publishing — for The Pharmacist of Auschwitz, a tale of a Nazi pharmacist who went on after the war to his normal life and then later was charged with war crimes in the 1960s. The book is also about how the German pharma companies used Auschwitz as a giant human lab for their experimental drugs. “I’ve wanted to do this book ever since 1986 when I met Rolf Mengele, only son of the Angel of Death at Auschwitz,” Trisha Posner told us. “He told me that friends of the pharmacist of Auschwitz had helped his father escape after the war. And I thought, ‘Auschwitz had a pharmacist?!!’ That’s the seed for this book.”

LESLEY ABRAVANEL

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