Bryce Dallas Howard and Seth Gabel welcome a baby girl

bryce-dallas-howard-cannes.jpgCongratulations are in order for "The Help" star Bryce Dallas Howard and her husband, "Fringe" star Seth Gabel, who welcomed a daughter Jan. 19.

The actress' father, Ron Howard (heard of him?), tweeted the good news Jan. 21, writing, "Beatrice Jean Howard-Gabel Born Jan 19 2012 8lbs 6oz Bryce & Baby B are spectacular Daddy Seth & brother Theo are beaming ear to ear :-)"

Howard and Gabel married in 2006 after meeting in college at New York University. The couple welcomed Theodore Norman Howard-Gabel in 2007.

Famous friends tweeted the elder Howard congratulations after he announced Beatrice's birth. M. Night Shyamalan, who gave Bryce her break in 2004's "The Village" and 2006's "Lady in the Water," writes, "Ron, tell Bryce congratulations from our whole family. I'll be waiting to cast Beatrice in a few years!"

Jennifer Connelly
writes, "Please send Bryce my congrats and well wishes!!! & Congrats to you xo," while Bryce's "The Help" costar Octavia Spencer says, "Congrats Ron from bryce's help family! :-)"

Ron thanked everyone for their well wishes. "Beatrice's arrival is hugely exciting for our family Thanks for all the kind tweets folks."

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