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Carrie Fisher's Surprise First Grandchild Arrives

Billie Lourd, who hadn't publicly announced she was pregnant, pays tribute to mom with baby name
By Jenn Gidman,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 26, 2020 6:30 AM CDT
Billie Lourd's Big Surprise Pays Tribute to Famous Mom
In this Nov. 14, 2015, file photo, Carrie Fisher, left, and daughter Billie Lourd arrive at the Governors Awards at the Ray Dolby Ballroom in Los Angeles.   (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP, File)

(Newser) People gets right to the point: "Billie Lourd is a mom!" That was the American Horror Story actress's surprise announcement this week on Instagram, where she showed off the tiny feet of her new son with fiance Austen Rydell and revealed his name: Kingston Fisher Lourd Rydell, with his middle moniker in honor of Lourd's own mother, the late Carrie Fisher. Elle notes Lourd has "[joined] the rank of celebrities who have managed to keep their pregnancy completely secret."

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Lourd, who got engaged to Rydell in June, hadn't posted many recent pictures of herself on Instagram over the past several months. The 28-year-old was flooded with congrats after her announcement, but one message especially stood out: that of her mom's famous Star Wars co-star, on-screen brother Mark Hamill, who reposted the photo of Kingston's feet on his own Instagram, with a sweet, likely purposely misspelled message, per Cinema Blend. "Congratulations to Billie Lourd & Austen Rydell on the arrival of their firstborn child: Kingston Fisher Lord Rydell!!!" he wrote. "I can't think of another baby with both 'KING' AND 'LORD' in their name. Nice." (Read more Billie Lourd stories.)

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