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November 20, 2001

Xena Preggers!

Don't tell Gabrielle, but Xena's expecting a little warrior princess--or prince--of her own.

Lucy Lawless and her producer husband, Rob Tapert, are expecting another child, Lawless' publicist, Leah Krantzler, confirmed Tuesday.

The sex of the child was not announced. Lawless, 33, is due in late April or early May, Krantzler says.

She and Tapert (who produced Xena) already have a two-year-old son named Julius. Lawless also has a 13-year-old daughter, Daisy, from her first marriage.

Lawless most recently appeared on the two-part season premiere of The X-Files as a genetically altered super soldier. Although show producers initially said the role could be a recurring one--and the plot definitely left open the possibility of a return--her publicist says the actress won't be back.

Of course, the Australian-born Lawless will forever be known as Xena--Warrior Princess. The syndicated hit went out in a bloody blaze of glory after six seasons. In a finale still being debated by irate fans, Lawless' femme-hero was shot with arrows and beheaded--instead of riding off into the sunset with galpal Gabrielle, as some had hoped.

It's been something of a baby boom in the ancient kingdom. Xena's former battle buddy Hercules celebrated a birth of his own earlier this year. In August, Kevin Sorbo's wife, Sam, delivered their first child, a little he-man named Braeden

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