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Hugh Jackman shares very candid 50th birthday photo

<p>On his 50th birthday, Hugh Jackman has struck again. The Hollywood star has always been refreshingly down-to-earth, and like so many other stars, he’s made good use of social media to show this and make plenty of fun of himself.</p> <p>The actor posted a very candid shot of himself on his Instagram account where he can be seen having a lovely snooze on a sun-bed, with a not-so-flattering expression on his face, and his loyal French bulldog Dali perched beside him.</p> <p>Jackman candidly captioned the photo: “When people tell you ‘you don’t look 50’ part of you believes it ... until you see yourself sleeping’.”</p> <blockquote style="background: #FFF; border: 0; border-radius: 3px; box-shadow: 0 0 1px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.5),0 1px 10px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.15); margin: 1px; max-width: 540px; min-width: 326px; padding: 0; width: calc(100% - 2px);" class="instagram-media" data-instgrm-captioned="" data-instgrm-permalink="https://www.instagram.com/p/Boy2yFoj1YQ/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_medium=loading" data-instgrm-version="12"> <div style="padding: 16px;"> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: row; align-items: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 50%; flex-grow: 0; height: 40px; margin-right: 14px; width: 40px;"></div> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: column; flex-grow: 1; justify-content: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; margin-bottom: 6px; width: 100px;"></div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; width: 60px;"></div> </div> </div> <div style="padding: 19% 0;"></div> <div style="display: block; height: 50px; margin: 0 auto 12px; width: 50px;"></div> <div style="padding-top: 8px;"> <div style="color: #3897f0; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: 550; line-height: 18px;">View this post on Instagram</div> </div> <p style="margin: 8px 0 0 0; padding: 0 4px;"><a style="color: #000; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px; text-decoration: none; word-wrap: break-word;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/p/Boy2yFoj1YQ/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_medium=loading" target="_blank">When people tell you “you don’t look 50” part of you believes it ... until you see yourself sleeping.</a></p> <p style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 17px; margin-bottom: 0; margin-top: 8px; overflow: hidden; padding: 8px 0 7px; text-align: center; text-overflow: ellipsis; white-space: nowrap;">A post shared by <a style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/thehughjackman/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_medium=loading" target="_blank"> Hugh Jackman</a> (@thehughjackman) on Oct 11, 2018 at 6:32am PDT</p> </div> </blockquote> <p><span>It’s not the first time Jackman has made fun of his age. Last month, the actor shared a comical shot of himself wearing the Genius Light mask made by Taika.</span></p> <p>According to the company’s <a rel="noopener" href="https://www.talika.com.hk/products/genius-light-mask" target="_blank">website</a>, the mask – which retails at $AU534 – “brings together all the benefits of patented Swiss micro current stimulations technologies combined to its famous Light Therapy, in an easy to wear face device.”</p> <p>The mask is supposed to fight the ageing process, tackling the likes of wrinkles, age spots, dark spots and blemishes, reported the <em><a rel="noopener" href="https://www.dailymail.co.uk/tvshowbiz/article-6265761/X-men-actor-Hugh-Jackman-shares-candid-birthday-snap-himself.html?ITO=applenews" target="_blank">Daily Mail</a></em>.</p> <p>The handsome star, known for his fitness and ageless appearance, cheekily captioned the picture: “Coming up on 50...I'll try anything.”</p> <p>Jackman has previously said his wish for celebrating his big birthday milestone is a low-key dinner party.</p> <p>“I’d probably like a dinner party for 10,” he told <em><a rel="noopener" href="https://www.who.com.au/hugh-jackman-marriage-pact-with-deborra-lee-furness" target="_blank">Who</a></em> magazine, despite his wife Deborra-Lee Furness wanting to do something grander.</p> <p>“We’re going to meet somewhere in the middle,”<span> </span><em>The Greatest Showman </em>star added. “We’ll do something and it’s going to be fun. But no speeches. No speeches.”</p>

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15 facts you never knew about Audrey Hepburn

<p>Audrey Hepburn is a legend, and it’s not hard to understand why. Just think of that exquisite neck, those impossibly high cheekbones, the overall elfish persona and charismatic enthusiasm, not to mention her incredible intellect and compassion. While we could stand around all day touting the tremendous talent of this actor/dancer/humanitarian (now that’s a triple threat!), we’ll content ourselves with 15 of the most obvious reasons we still love Audrey Hepburn.</p> <p><strong>1. Breakfast at Tiffany’s</strong></p> <p>Hepburn’s portrayal of Holly Golightly not only catapulted her to icon status, it also spurned a fashion trend that has yet to go out of style – and likely never will. The little black dress (or LBD, if you will) is a wardrobe staple for scores of women across the globe. More than 50 years after the film first captivated audiences, the image of Holly gazing through the Fifth Avenue Tiffany &amp; Co. store windows – with THAT Givenchy dress swathed over her slight frame – is still recreated and adored. In fact, the original dress sold for a whopping $923,187 at Christie’s in 2006!</p> <p><strong>2. Dancing prowess</strong></p> <p>First tapping her teenage toes during the Dutch Resistance in a bid to raise money for the cause, Audrey was taken with the art form from a young age. She took ballet lessons, taught dance and portrayed Gigi in a stage version of Colette, among just a few of her early accomplishments. Audrey’s most memorable performance, however, came when she starred as Jo Stockton in <em>Funny Face</em> (1957) and floored audiences with her wacky beatnik dance.</p> <p><strong>3. Turbulent childhood</strong></p> <p>With an English banker as a father and a Dutch baroness as a mother, it seemed inevitable that Audrey would enjoy a charmed early life, but things weren’t quite as they seemed. Her parents split prior to WWII and Audrey’s mother carted her to the Netherlands in an attempt to avoid the conflict. Before long, though, the war made its way to Holland where German occupation began. Despite having been schooled in England and speaking fluent English, Audrey was forced to take on the Dutch alias of Edda van Heemstra. As Edda, she even acted as a courier and secret messenger for the Dutch Resistance.</p> <p><strong>4. Multilinguistic</strong></p> <p>More than just a pretty face, superb actress and accomplished dancer, Hepburn also spoke a handful of languages, including English (of course), Italian, French, Spanish and Dutch/Flemish.</p> <p><strong>5. A great survivor</strong></p> <p>Malnutrition, anaemia and respiratory problems are just a few hurdles Audrey Hepburn was forced to overcome during the Second World War. The result of food shortages and rationing, some reports suggest she even ate tulip bulbs and attempted to make bread from grass during her years in the Netherlands. She also struggled to cope with the capture and imprisonment of her brother in a Nazi labour camp.</p> <p><strong>6. Hollywood immortal</strong></p> <p>On February 8, 1960, Audrey Hepburn was awarded a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Located at 1652 Vine Street, the small patch of pavement is transformed into a shrine on the anniversary of her death every year (January 20), proving just how strong her legacy is, and how many people love her still.</p> <p><strong>7. Ageing gracefully</strong></p> <p>Never one to favour nips and tucks, Audrey Hepburn aged with a grace we can all aspire to. Hepburn once said: “The beauty of a woman is not in a facial mole, but true beauty in a woman is reflected in her soul. It is the caring that she lovingly gives, the passion that she knows.”</p> <p><strong>8. Animal lover</strong></p> <p>Audrey Hepburn had a particular fondness for animals, and this bond was evident in the 1959 film, <em>Green Mansions</em>. A pet deer named Pip and a dog named Famous were just two of the furry friends Audrey adopted over the years, and she was staunch in her support of animal rights. </p> <p style="text-align: center;"><img width="498" height="320" src="/media/7820361/1_498x320.jpg" alt="1 (192)"/></p> <p><strong>9. She attended the coolest parties</strong></p> <p>The now infamous Rothschild soiree – the Surrealist Ball – was held in France in 1972, and ranks as the most extravagant, ridiculous party we wished we’d been invited to. This photograph was taken by Cecil Beaton and reveals a costume inspired by Belgian surrealist artist Rene Magritte’s famous birdcages. Other prestigious invitees included artist Salvador Dali, supermodel Marisa Berenson and Baron Alexis de Redé.</p> <p><strong>10. Muse</strong></p> <p>The one and only Givenchy called Audrey his muse, and as the daughter of a baroness, she seemed almost born to inspire in a slightly regal sense. Her classic brand of femininity will always be on-trend, and she continues to inspire artists today. Indeed, her likeness has been recreated countless times in modern adverts and she will always be a go-to favourite for costume parties. Who wouldn't be inspired by that face?</p> <p><strong>11. Her work with UNICEF</strong></p> <p>From 1988 until her death in 1993, Audrey Hepburn held the position as Goodwill Ambassador for the United Nations International Children’s Emergency Fund. So powerful was her desire to help children in need, she crusaded to the very end, even while battling cancer. “Taking care of children has nothing to do with politics. I think perhaps with time, instead of there being a politicization of humanitarian aid, there will be a humanization of politics,” she said.</p> <p><strong>12. Fearless nature</strong></p> <p>Not afraid to tackle difficult roles and subject matter, her performance in the controversial 1961 feature film, <em>The Children’s Hour</em>, revealed Hepburn’s ability to embody any character thrown her way. Weaving the tale of two best friends, Karen Wright (Hepburn) and Martha Dobie (Shirley MacLaine), the movie is a complex story of love and friendship in the face of discrimination and accusations.</p> <p><strong>13. Women’s advocate</strong></p> <p>Never shy to voice her opinions on women’s issues, Hepburn coined a number of memorable phrases. “There is more to sex appeal than just measurements. I don’t need a bedroom to prove my womanliness. I can convey just as much sex appeal, picking apples off a tree or standing in the rain.” Another of her finest: “The beauty of a woman is not in the clothes she wears, the figure that she carries, or the way she combs her hair … True beauty in a woman is reflected in her soul. It’s the caring that she lovingly gives, the passion that she shows, and the beauty of a woman only grows with passing years.” </p> <p><strong>14. A great role model</strong></p> <p>Unlike modern movie stars and pop singers, Audrey Hepburn is a role model you wouldn't mind your daughters looking up to. With great talent and supreme intellect, she was articulation personified. “I believe that happy girls are the prettiest girls.”</p> <p><strong>15. Charming chameleon</strong></p> <p>With immense talent resting on her narrow shoulders, Audrey Hepburn was spectacular at inhabiting characters of all varieties. Each portrayal was genuine and some of her finest work can be seen in <em>Sabrina</em> (1954), <em>Roman Holiday</em> (1953), <em>My Fair Lady</em> (1964), <em>Paris When It Sizzles</em> (1964) and so many more. </p> <p>MREC-TAG-HERE</p> <p><em>Republished with permission of <a href="https://www.wyza.com.au/articles/entertainment/15-reasons-we-still-love-audrey-hepburn.aspx"><strong><span style="text-decoration: underline;">Wyza.com.au.</span></strong></a></em></p>

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The secret behind Hugh Jackman and Deborra-lee Furness' 22-year marriage

<p>Hollywood is notorious for short-lived marriages, but one celebrity couple seem to be pulling all the right strings after remaining committed for the last 22 years.</p> <p>Being a part of the minority of long-lasting marriages in Hollywood, Hugh Jackman recently shared the secret behind his 22-year union with his wife Deborra-lee Furness.</p> <p>The actor opened up about an agreement he and Deb, 62, made when they tied the knot back in 1996 in Toorak, Victoria.</p> <p>“When Deb and I got married, we made a pact that we would look at each other at every turning point in our lives and would ask ourselves if this is good or bad for our family,” the 49-year-old told<span> </span><em><a rel="noopener" href="https://www.who.com.au/" target="_blank">Who</a></em>.</p> <p>The Oscar-nominated actor also praised his wife for her selflessness towards him and their two children, Oscar, 18, and 13-year-old Ava.</p> <p>So much so, that Deb put her dream of accepting a place at her dream directing school to put Hugh’s career first.</p> <p>“There’s a time no-one knows about when I was offered<span> </span><em>Oklahoma</em><span> </span>in London and she was offered a spot at the prestigious directing school at the Victorian College of Arts – and that’s impossible to get into,” he explained.</p> <p>Despite Hugh insisting the pair stay in Australia, Deb was the one that made the push to go to London.</p> <p>“I never forgot her selflessness in saying that because I know she always wanted to direct, and that was a big moment for her,” he added.</p> <p>The couple celebrated their 22-year wedding anniversary earlier this year, with Hugh posting a touching tribute about Deb on his Twitter account, saying their connection “only gets deeper.”</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet"> <p dir="ltr">I believe in life we need to see and truly be seen by the most important people in our lives. Deb, from day one, we had that. 22 years later ... it only gets deeper. You and the kids are the greatest gift I will ever receive. I love you a gazillion times around the world. <a href="https://t.co/VsoDq4HxDw">pic.twitter.com/VsoDq4HxDw</a></p> — Hugh Jackman (@RealHughJackman) <a href="https://twitter.com/RealHughJackman/status/984032979411505153?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">11 April 2018</a></blockquote>

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Sally Field opens up about her controlling relationship with Burt Reynolds

<p>Sally Field is revealing more about her one-time relationship with the late Burt Reynolds in her new memoir, <em>In Pieces</em>.</p> <p>Released on Tuesday, the book exposed the pair's tumultuous relationship as Field described the actor – who she dated for several years since the beginning of 1977 – as controlling and distant.</p> <p>“By the time we met, the weight of his stardom had become a way for Burt to control everyone around him, and from the moment I walked through the door, it was a way to control me. We were a perfect match of flaws,” she wrote. “Blindly I fell into a rut that had long ago formed in my road, a pre-programmed behaviour as if in some past I had pledged a soul binding commitment to this man.”</p> <p>Reynolds, who first met Field on the set of <em>Smokey and the Bandit</em>, told <em><a href="https://www.vanityfair.com/hollywood/2015/11/burt-reynolds-on-career-bankruptcy-regrets" target="_blank">Vanity Fair</a></em> in 2015 that Field was the “love of my life".</p> <p>“I was always flattered when he said that,” Field told Diane Sawyer on <em>Good Morning America</em>. “But he was a complicated man.”</p> <p>Field has previously spoken to <em><a href="https://www.nytimes.com/2018/09/11/books/sally-field-burt-reynolds-in-pieces-memoir.html" target="_blank">The New York Times</a></em>, saying she was “glad” Reynolds wasn’t around to read her book. Reynolds died on September 6 at the age of 82.</p> <p>“This would hurt him,” she said in the interview last week. “I felt glad that he wasn’t going to read it, he wasn’t going to be asked about it, and he wasn’t going to have to defend himself or lash out, which he probably would have.”</p> <p>Field opened up about her dark past in her book as she revealed that she had been molested by her stepfather during her childhood, something that later on affected the relationship she shared with Reynolds.</p> <p>She told <em>The New York Times</em> that her time with Reynolds was “confusing and complicated, and not without loving and caring, but really complicated and hurtful to me.” </p>

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Here’s why Burt Reynolds has left his only son out of his will

<p>One would think that Burt Reynolds would have left all his assets and prized possessions in the hands of his only son, Quinton Reynolds, but that isn’t the case.</p> <p>The late Hollywood actor has left his son's name out of his will, and named his niece, Nancy Lee Brown Hess, as the trustee of his estate.</p> <p>At the peak of his career, Reynolds used to demand an upwards of US$10 million per movie but at the time of his death on September 6, he was only worth a reported US$5 million.</p> <p>According to court documents released by <em>The Blast</em>, Reynolds officially signed off on the will in 2011, putting all his life earnings into a trust which will be managed by Hess.</p> <p>But it wasn’t all doom and gloom for the actor's 30-year-old son, as his only child with ex-wife and actress, Loni Anderson, Quinton will still benefit from his father’s decision. The document states that the actor created the trust so that money will continuously be put aside for him. This is done to avoid estate taxes.</p> <p>“I intentionally omit him from this, my Last Will and Testament, as I have provided for him during my lifetime in my Declaration of Trust,” Reynolds stated in the legal document.</p> <p>The Hollywood actor tragically died after a heart attack in a Florida hospital earlier this month. The 82-year-old was surrounded by loved ones at the time of his death.</p> <p>“It is with a broken heart that I said goodbye to my uncle today,” Hess told Page Six in a statement at the time. “My uncle was not just a movie icon; he was a generous, passionate and sensitive man, who was dedicated to his family, friends, fans and acting students.”</p>

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Richard Gere is set to become a dad again – at 69!

<p>It’s never too late to become a dad, just look at Richard Gere who is set to become a father once again at 69 years old.</p> <p>The Pretty Woman star and his wife, Alejandra Silva, 35, have confirmed they are expecting a baby.</p> <p>Publicist and Spanish activist Silva took to social media to make the pregnancy announcement. Posting on her Instagram page, Silva uploaded a photo of the couple with the Dalai Lama, saying they were “getting blessings for our precious to come.”</p> <blockquote style="background: #FFF; border: 0; border-radius: 3px; box-shadow: 0 0 1px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.5),0 1px 10px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.15); margin: 1px; max-width: 540px; min-width: 326px; padding: 0; width: calc(100% - 2px);" class="instagram-media"> <div style="padding: 16px;"> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: row; align-items: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 50%; flex-grow: 0; height: 40px; margin-right: 14px; width: 40px;"></div> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: column; flex-grow: 1; justify-content: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; margin-bottom: 6px; width: 100px;"></div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; width: 60px;"></div> </div> </div> <div style="padding: 19% 0;"></div> <div style="display: block; height: 50px; margin: 0 auto 12px; width: 50px;"></div> <div style="padding-top: 8px;"> <div style="color: #3897f0; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: 550; line-height: 18px;">View this post on Instagram</div> </div> <p style="margin: 8px 0 0 0; padding: 0 4px;"><a style="color: #000; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px; text-decoration: none; word-wrap: break-word;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/p/BnyjL-cBMPW/?utm_source=ig_embed_loading" target="_blank">A very special moment just a few minutes ago... Getting blessings for our precious to come.. we couldn’t say it before telling HH Dalai Lama☺️ Un momento muy especial para nosotros hace unos minutos.. Muy feliz recibiendo bendiciones para nuestro preciado tesoro por llegar... no lo podía mencionarlo sin antes habérselo dicho a su SS Dalai Lama.. ☺️ #dalailama #richardgere #alejandragere #love</a></p> <p style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 17px; margin-bottom: 0; margin-top: 8px; overflow: hidden; padding: 8px 0 7px; text-align: center; text-overflow: ellipsis; white-space: nowrap;">A post shared by <a style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/alejandragere/?utm_source=ig_embed_loading" target="_blank"> Alejandra Gere</a> (@alejandragere) on Sep 16, 2018 at 7:10am PDT</p> </div> </blockquote> <p>The image shows the Dalai Lama resting his hand on Silva’s stomach.</p> <p>Gere, who is a Buddhist, is stood beside his wife with his hand on her side.</p> <p>“A very special moment just a few minutes ago … Getting blessings for our precious to come,” Silva wrote.</p> <p>“We couldn’t announce it before telling HH Dalai Lama.”</p> <p>Pregnancy rumours have been surrounding the couple ever since Gere married his third wife, Silva, in April.</p> <p>Speaking to <em><a rel="noopener" href="https://www.hellomagazine.com/" target="_blank">Hello!</a></em> magazine, he said he was “the happiest man in the universe” after they tied the knot.</p> <p>Gere was previously married to supermodel Cindy Crawford from 1991 to 1995, and actress Carey Lowell from 2002 to 2016, who he shares an 18-year-old son, Homer, with.</p> <p>Silva also has a five-year-old son from a previous relationship.</p>

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Grace Kelly wore a second wedding dress – and it wasn't white!

<p>When the name Grace Kelly comes to mind, there are many things one can think of, but one thing everyone remembers is her iconic wedding dress – a dress that is inspiring high-profile personalities still to this day.</p> <p>Her long-sleeved lace gown was designed by none other than costume designer Helen Rose, and what she created was nothing short of a masterpiece. The dress that still tops the world's best-dressed lists was the inspiration behind the wedding dresses of Miranda Kerr and the Duchess of Cambridge.</p> <p><img width="499" height="750" src="/media/7820192/gettyimages-117078422_499x750.jpg" alt="Getty Images -117078422"/></p> <p>But while that extravagant gown that was worn in 1956 is timeless, many forget that the Hollywood starlet wore two dresses that weekend.</p> <p>The day before she became the Princess of Monaco and wed Prince Rainer III of Monaco, Kelly said “I do” at a civil ceremony held at the royal palace.</p> <p><img width="500" height="630" src="/media/7820193/grace1_500x630.jpg" alt="Grace1"/></p> <p>Helen was also the mastermind behind her second dress, and responsible for many of the actress's looks throughout her film career.</p> <blockquote style="background: #FFF; border: 0; border-radius: 3px; box-shadow: 0 0 1px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.5),0 1px 10px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.15); margin: 1px; max-width: 540px; min-width: 326px; padding: 0; width: calc(100% - 2px);" class="instagram-media"> <div style="padding: 16px;"> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: row; align-items: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 50%; flex-grow: 0; height: 40px; margin-right: 14px; width: 40px;"></div> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: column; flex-grow: 1; justify-content: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; margin-bottom: 6px; width: 100px;"></div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; width: 60px;"></div> </div> </div> <div style="padding: 19% 0;"></div> <div style="display: block; height: 50px; margin: 0 auto 12px; width: 50px;"></div> <div style="padding-top: 8px;"> <div style="color: #3897f0; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: 550; line-height: 18px;">View this post on Instagram</div> </div> <p style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 17px; margin-bottom: 0; margin-top: 8px; overflow: hidden; padding: 8px 0 7px; text-align: center; text-overflow: ellipsis; white-space: nowrap;"><a style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px; text-decoration: none;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/p/0jbMDnD1Y6/?utm_source=ig_embed_loading" target="_blank">A post shared by Koren Harvey (@korenharveyweddings)</a> on Mar 22, 2015 at 7:30pm PDT</p> </div> </blockquote> <p>The dress was covered with hand-run Alencon lace, and the taffeta suit was paired with a tea-length skirt. The top consisted of a fitted bodice and a rounded collar. The fabric was then finished off with silk embroidery, to give a brocaded effect.</p> <p>In contrast with her ivory wedding dress, the colour of the midi dress fell somewhere between champagne, tan and blush. Grace finished off her outfit with a Juliet cap and kid gloves, looking like a true princess.</p> <p>And that wasn’t the end, as the actress proceeded to have two more outfit changes before her big day. One was another tea-length dress as she accepted public congratulations at a press conference, and the other was a white silk Lanvin gown that she accessorised with a tiara and jewels.</p> <p>What do you think of Princess Grace's second 'pink' wedding dress? Share your thoughts in the comments below. </p>

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Celebrities share their sorrow at passing of actor Burt Reynolds

<p class="sics-component__html-injector sics-component__story__intro sics-component__story__paragraph">Friends and colleagues in Hollywood are mourning the passing of actor Burt Reynolds, who has died aged 82.</p> <p class="sics-component__html-injector sics-component__story__paragraph">Reynolds was one of the hottest stars in the 1970s and '80s, putting in memorable performances in <em>Deliverance, Smokey and the Bandit</em> and <em>Best Little Whorehouse in Texas</em>. </p> <p class="sics-component__html-injector sics-component__story__paragraph">He earned an Oscar nomination for best supporting actor in <em>Boogie Nights</em> in 1997 and produced the popular sitcom <em>Evening Shade</em>. Those who knew him have taken to social media to remember his humour and warmth.</p> <p class="sics-component__html-injector sics-component__story__paragraph">Arnold Schwarznegger said Reynolds was one of his heroes.</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet"> <p dir="ltr">Burt Reynolds was one of my heroes. He was a trailblazer. He showed the way to transition from being an athlete to being the highest paid actor, and he always inspired me. He also had a great sense of humor - check out his Tonight Show clips. My thoughts are with his family.</p> — Arnold (@Schwarzenegger) <a href="https://twitter.com/Schwarzenegger/status/1037780242151010304?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">September 6, 2018</a></blockquote> <p class="sics-component__html-injector sics-component__story__paragraph">Dolly Parton, who acted and sang with him in <em>Best Little Whorehouse in Texas</em>, has said she will always love him.</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet"> <p dir="ltr"><a href="https://t.co/n5nL4D040v">pic.twitter.com/n5nL4D040v</a></p> — Dolly Parton (@DollyParton) <a href="https://twitter.com/DollyParton/status/1037797941069668352?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">September 6, 2018</a></blockquote> <p class="sics-component__html-injector sics-component__story__paragraph">Comedian Ricky Gervais has commented on Reynolds' sense of humour. "Seems his whole career was tongue in cheek. Always warm and funny."</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet"> <p dir="ltr">RIP Burt Reynolds. Seems his whole career was tongue in cheek. Always warm and funny.</p> — Ricky Gervais (@rickygervais) <a href="https://twitter.com/rickygervais/status/1037782841805991938?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">September 6, 2018</a></blockquote> <p class="sics-component__html-injector sics-component__story__paragraph">Singer and actress Reba McEntire, who starred with Reynolds in the TV film <em>The Man From Left Field</em> wrote, "I'll never forget the wonderful times we spent together."</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet"> <p dir="ltr">My good friend has started a new journey. Rest in my peace my friend. I’ll never forget the wonderful times we spent together. <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/BurtReynolds?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#BurtReynolds</a> <a href="https://t.co/DXzIchYDjl">pic.twitter.com/DXzIchYDjl</a></p> — Reba (@reba) <a href="https://twitter.com/reba/status/1037780888963174404?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">September 6, 2018</a></blockquote> <p class="sics-component__html-injector sics-component__story__paragraph"><em>Karate Kid</em> actor Ralph Macchio has recalled meeting him a few years ago.</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet"> <p dir="ltr">As a kid I must have seen Smokey and the Bandit 10 times in the theatre. Met Burt Reynolds a few years back... so glad I did. Deliverance, Boogie Nights... some great ones. RIP</p> — Ralph Macchio (@ralphmacchio) <a href="https://twitter.com/ralphmacchio/status/1037780748827348993?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">September 6, 2018</a></blockquote> <p class="sics-component__html-injector sics-component__story__paragraph">Patton Oswald has shared a story about Reynolds deciding to get acting lessons after he was fired from both <em>Gunsmoke</em> and <em>Rawhide</em>.</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet"> <p dir="ltr">Burt Reynolds &amp; Clint Eastwood were fired from GUNSMOKE &amp; RAWHIDE at the same time. Burt was told he couldn't act and Clint his neck was too skinny. In the parking lot, Burt said to Clint, "I dunno what you're gonna do, but I'm gonna take acting lessons." <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/RIPBurtReynolds?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#RIPBurtReynolds</a></p> — Patton Oswalt (@pattonoswalt) <a href="https://twitter.com/pattonoswalt/status/1037780253756731392?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">September 6, 2018</a></blockquote> <p class="sics-component__html-injector sics-component__story__paragraph">Rapper Vanilla Ice, who was quarantined on the Emirates plane in New York on which 100 people were sick, has tweeted about his "traumatic week" and shared a sweet photo of himself with the actor.</p> <p class="sics-component__html-injector sics-component__story__paragraph"> </p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet"> <p dir="ltr">What a traumatic week. Now today. My good friend Bert Reynolds has passed away. Feeling super emotional right now. Long live The <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Legend?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#Legend</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Bandit?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#Bandit</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/BurtReynolds?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#BurtReynolds</a> you will be missed. <a href="https://t.co/JcJZ5VmU1J">pic.twitter.com/JcJZ5VmU1J</a></p> — Vanilla Ice (@vanillaice) <a href="https://twitter.com/vanillaice/status/1037780556904321026?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">September 6, 2018</a></blockquote> <p><em>Republished by permission of <a href="https://www.stuff.co.nz/entertainment/celebrities/106896362/celebrities-share-their-sorrow-at-passing-of-actor-burt-reynolds-82">Stuff.co.nz</a>.</em></p> <p>MREC-TAG-HERE</p>

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Vanessa Redgrave recalls unapologetic speech at 1978 Oscars: "I had to do my bit"

<p>Vanessa Redgrave is someone who isn’t afraid to speak her mind, and that’s exactly what the 81-year-old actress did when she sat down with <em><a rel="noopener" href="https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/vanessa-redgrave-recalls-unapologetic-political-speech-at-1978-oscars-1136251" target="_blank">The Hollywood Reporter</a></em> for an exclusive interview.</p> <p>The actress, who made her on-screen debut at the age of 21 in the film <em>Behind the Mask</em> where her father Michael Redgrave played the lead, has made a name for herself throughout her time in the industry. </p> <p>She is the proud recipient of every acting honour available, including an Oscar, Golden Globe, Emmy, Tony, BAFTA and countless more awards from Venice and Cannes.</p> <p>But the successful star had other plans growing up, where she saw herself as a dancer. </p> <p>“I wanted that more than anything, but it became clear that it wouldn’t work, that I would be too tall,” she said, addressing her 6-foot tall height.</p> <p>She has been at the forefront of Hollywood’s most successful films. Movies such as Michelangelo Antonioni’s <em>Blow-Up</em> (1966) where she speaks fondly of the Italian director saying that he “is a terrific man and a real artist. I felt he was somewhat glorious", to the Catholic drama <em>The Devils</em> (1971). But for Redgrave, her most memorable role, and the one she constantly revisits is Josh Logan’s musical interpretation of <em>Camelot </em>(1967).</p> <p>“I was thrilled to bits to get that role,” she says. “It was a huge thing for me.”</p> <p>Regarding her work on stage, American playwrights Arthur Miller and Tennessee Williams have named her “the greatest living actress of our times” and in the UK, her name is spoken with the same level of respect as Dame Judi Dench and Sir Ian McKellen.</p> <p>But the talented artist isn’t immune from criticism, as she is a proud advocate for political causes and regularly uses her platform to speak up on what she believes in. In the past, she has voiced her disagreement with the Vietnam and Iraq war. She also ran for political office in Britain as a member of the Trotskyist Workers Revolutionary Party. And, at the age of 80, she directed her first ever film <em>Sea Sorrow</em>, which was a documentary highlighting the conditions refugees must face when fleeing to Europe.</p> <p>After congratulating the Academy for standing up “to a small bunch of Zionist hoodlums” who had criticised her for producing and featuring in a documentary regarding Palestine in her 1978 Oscar acceptance speech, she was put under intense scrutiny as many in the audience booed her off the stage.</p> <p>And while her comments were directed towards extremists in the Jewish Defense League, who had offered a bounty to have her killed, the phrase “Zionist hoodlums” tarnished her image for many, even though she ended her speech with a promise to “fight anti-Semitism and fascism for as long as I live".</p> <p>Fire bombings at cinemas showing her documentary and having a statue of her burned to ashes were only a few of the things Redgrave faced after saying those words, but 40 years later, she still remains unapologetic.</p> <p>“I didn’t realise pledging to fight anti-Semitism and fascism was controversial. I’m learning that it is,” she says. And her political conquests have always been driven by one thing: a sense of responsibility to do the right thing.</p> <p>“I had to do my bit,” she says.</p> <p>“Everybody had to do their bit, to try and change things for the better. To advocate for what’s right and not be dismayed if immediately you don’t see results.”</p> <p>She credits her parents as her inspirations behind her powerful personality – actors Sir Michael Redgrave and Rachel Kempson, but also writers such as Cecil Day-Lewis and EM Forster – for making her more politically aware. Her long list also features fellow co-worker and African-American actor Paul Robeson, who featured in one of Redgrave’s first acting jobs as the lead in a 1959 performance of <em>Othello</em>.</p> <p>“He was wonderful, wonderful,” she remembers, “Paul played Othello and Tony Richardson directed it! So, I have a sackful of people to admire and look up to there!”</p> <p>Redgrave recently finished shooting Matthew Lopez’s play <em>The Inheritance</em> and will soon be featuring in three other projects: Adrian Nobel’s <em>Mrs. Lowry and Son,</em> <em>The Aspern Papers</em> by director Julien Landais and Christoph Waltz’s directorial debut, <em>Georgetown</em>.</p> <p>“I have a big mortgage, so I have to pay the bills!” she says matter-of-factly while remaining thankful for the opportunities she is still given. “It’s still so rare. If you have the chance, well, you have to keep going at it.”</p>

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Christopher Reeve’s grown up son hopes his parents are proud of him

<p>The son of the late actor Christopher Reeve has written an emotional letter to his 13-year-old self about the “lowest point” in his life.</p> <p>Will Reeve, 26, wrote his vulnerable thoughts for <a href="https://www.cbsnews.com/news/note-to-self-will-reeve/" target="_blank"><strong><span style="text-decoration: underline;">CBS</span></strong></a>’s series ‘Note to Self: Inspiring Words From Inspiring People’.</p> <p>The sports journalist lost both of his parents at a young age after his famous dad died in 2004 and his mum, Dana Reeve, died less than two years later from lung cancer.</p> <p>Will told his younger self that in all his life, there is “no obstacle greater” than learning to move through life without his parents.</p> <p>While he admits that he still doesn’t have it all figured out, he said that his focus is to live a life that will make his parents proud.</p> <p>Read his full letter here:</p> <p><em>Dear Will,</em></p> <p><em>I've got good news and bad news. I'll start with the bad, because you always need to know exactly what's going on, no matter what. That won't change, by the way. The bad news is: You're at the lowest point of your life. You're in a hospital room in New York City, and you've just said your final goodbye to Mom.</em></p> <p><em>You're 13. She's 44. Lung cancer. Never smoked. Gone, just like Dad, who died a year-and-a-half ago, which at the time was the lowest you had been. Now you're at a new bottom and you're terrified and confused and just so sad.</em></p> <p><em>But! Here's the good news: this is the low point. There's nowhere to go but up, and that's exactly where you're headed.</em></p> <p><em>You will always remember the good stuff. Dad in the driveway teaching you how to ride a bike just by telling you what to do, you trusting him so fully that you just do it. Mom's singing voice filling the air with sweetness at home and in the car to school.</em></p> <p><em>How lucky are you that in her final moments, when she finally had to accept that she was dying, Mom knew where to put you? She signed you over to the Pucci's, your next-door neighbors, your second family and now your adoptive family. You'll move in with them and love them as fiercely and fully as they love you.</em></p> <p><em>There will be times when you will feel lost. You will feel insecure, less about the braces and bad haircut you have now and more about the choices you make, the direction of your career, missteps in relationships and social settings, but don't worry.</em></p> <p><em>You'll keep playing sports and singing in musicals and you'll get good grades and make great friends and you'll feel encouraged, supported and loved.</em></p> <p><em>You love to write and it will be essential at your dream job, reporting and anchoring at ESPN, where you promised mom and dad you would work one day. When you get that call, you'll want to call them and tell them the great news and of course, you can't, but you know that they already know.</em></p> <p><em>To millions of people, they embody love and loyalty, commitment and courage, perseverance and hope. You'll make them proud by honoring your family name, not by using it for special treatment but by living a life worthy of its legacy.</em></p> <p><em>Some days, like when you join the board of the Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation, you'll feel like you're doing a great job. Other times, like when your work-play balance gets a little too skewed toward fun, or you're lazy or rude or selfish, you'll feel nothing but shame.</em></p> <p><em>It sounds simple and clichéd, but just be you. Because you are what will make mom and dad most proud. Every moment you spent with them, they were preparing you for a life without them. You have their values and Mom's eyes and Dad's smile.</em></p> <p><em>I want you to know that we do not have all of this figured out. But you know that in the years ahead, you will face no obstacle greater than the one you are starting to overcome right now, and no matter which way your journey leads, mom and dad will be there with you every step of the way. How lucky are you?</em></p> <p><em>Sincerely, Will</em></p>

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Shocking footage released of George Clooney’s motorcycle crash

<p>CCTV footage has recorded the moment actor George Clooney was thrown off his motorcycle after colliding with a car in Italy.</p> <p>Clooney is now recovering after the scary incident, which occurred on Tuesday.</p> <p>“He was treated and released from an Olbia hospital. He is recovering at his home and will be fine,” a publicist for the actor told <em><a href="https://au.be.yahoo.com/shocking-footage-released-george-clooneys-motorcycle-crash-031840346.html" target="_blank"><strong><span style="text-decoration: underline;">Yahoo Entertainment</span></strong></a>.</em></p> <p>The 57-year-old star was riding his motorcycle in Sardinia, Italy, when a Mercedes pulled in front of him, throwing him off his vehicle.</p> <p>According to <em>TMZ</em>, Clooney was thrown 20 feet in the air after making impact with the car.</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><iframe src="https://www.facebook.com/plugins/video.php?href=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.facebook.com%2FABCWorldNewsNow%2Fvideos%2F10157482056915278%2F&amp;show_text=0&amp;width=560" width="560" height="315" style="border: none; overflow: hidden;" scrolling="no" frameborder="0" allowtransparency="true" allowfullscreen="true"></iframe></p> <p>The actor’s helmet struck the car’s windshield, causing it to shatter and the helmet to break.</p> <p>A police spokesman said: ''The driver of the car was a local man in his 60s and we are speaking to him about what happened.</p> <p>''It was fortunate the man on the motorbike was wearing a helmet as his head hit the windscreen which smashed.''</p> <p>Clooney was taken to a local hospital where he was treated for non-life-threatening injuries.</p> <p>MREC-TAG-HERE</p> <p>His wife Amal immediately rushed to the hospital to be with him and he was discharged two hours later.</p> <p>This is not the first time Clooney has been involved in a motorcycle accident.</p> <p>In 2007, Clooney and his former girlfriend Sarah Larson were involved in a crash while on his motorcycle in New Jersey.</p> <p>At the time, the actor suffered a broken rib and Larson broke her foot.  </p>

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Nicole Kidman shares the crucial decisions she credits for her daily happiness

<p>Aussie actress Nicole Kidman has shared the micro-decisions she believes helps maintain her daily happiness despite her overwhelmingly demanding schedule.</p> <p>The 51-year-old balances her duties as a mum, wife and award-winning actress all with a smile by making the right choices day in and day out.</p> <p>In an interview with <a href="https://www.byrdie.com/nicole-kidman-skincare-routine--5b35522486b08/slide3" target="_blank"><strong><em><span style="text-decoration: underline;">Byrdie</span></em></strong></a>, Kidman revealed the secret to her happiness, saying she always chooses “to feel gratitude, first and foremost.”</p> <p>“Choosing to sleep in sometimes rather than get up and exercise – give things up so that I can have more time with my kids," she said. </p> <p>The <em>Big Little Lies</em> star also said it was a priority for her to spend time with her husband of 12 years, Keith Urban.</p> <blockquote style="background: #FFF; border: 0; border-radius: 3px; box-shadow: 0 0 1px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.5),0 1px 10px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.15); margin: 1px; max-width: 658px; padding: 0; width: calc(100% - 2px);" class="instagram-media"> <div style="padding: 8px;"> <div style="background: #F8F8F8; line-height: 0; margin-top: 40px; padding: 33.24074074074074% 0; text-align: center; width: 100%;"> <div style="background: url(data:image/png; base64,ivborw0kggoaaaansuheugaaacwaaaascamaaaapwqozaaaabgdbtueaalgpc/xhbqaaaafzukdcak7ohokaaaamuexurczmzpf399fx1+bm5mzy9amaaadisurbvdjlvzxbesmgces5/p8/t9furvcrmu73jwlzosgsiizurcjo/ad+eqjjb4hv8bft+idpqocx1wjosbfhh2xssxeiyn3uli/6mnree07uiwjev8ueowds88ly97kqytlijkktuybbruayvh5wohixmpi5we58ek028czwyuqdlkpg1bkb4nnm+veanfhqn1k4+gpt6ugqcvu2h2ovuif/gwufyy8owepdyzsa3avcqpvovvzzz2vtnn2wu8qzvjddeto90gsy9mvlqtgysy231mxry6i2ggqjrty0l8fxcxfcbbhwrsyyaaaaaelftksuqmcc); display: block; height: 44px; margin: 0 auto -44px; position: relative; top: -22px; width: 44px;"></div> </div> <p style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 17px; margin-bottom: 0; margin-top: 8px; overflow: hidden; padding: 8px 0 7px; text-align: center; text-overflow: ellipsis; white-space: nowrap;"><a style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px; text-decoration: none;" href="https://www.instagram.com/p/Bk8YmOKlIDW/" target="_blank">A post shared by Nicole Kidman (@nicolekidman)</a> on Jul 7, 2018 at 1:15pm PDT</p> </div> </blockquote> <p>Kidman said to keep her relationship with her husband healthy, she always needs to stay flexible and always be “willing to adapt to change”.</p> <p>In such a fast-paced world, Kidman says she chooses to ‘go with the flow’ to live stress-free.</p> <p>“I like that feeling of going, you know what? This morning, I’m just not going to do that,” she said.</p> <p>“I’m just going to sit and read the paper, and we’re all just going to kick back.</p> <p>“And I know that we have plans, but we’re not going to do that,” she added.</p> <p>“We’re going to change that. I have a big thing about just being easy on yourself, and on others. To go with the flow.”</p> <p>Although the star keeps on top of current affairs by reading <em>The New York Times, The Washington Post</em> and <em>The Wall Street Journal</em>, she exercises when she needs to get away from it all. </p> <p>In the interview, Kidman confessed that she likes to get massages to ease stress, revealing that she has been trained as a masseuse since the age of 17.</p> <p>MREC-TAG-HERE</p> <p>“It’s an interesting story because my mother was diagnosed with breast cancer when she was 45, I was 17, and I became a masseuse and did a course because we couldn’t afford for her to get massages after her chemo and her radiation,” Kidman said.</p> <p>“We didn’t have enough money. So I learned to give massage. And then I really fell in love with giving massage.”</p> <p>Kidman also said that making decisions such as “saying thank you and smiling” also allow her to live a fuller life.</p> <p>Do you agree with Nicole Kidman’s tips? Share your thoughts in the comments below. </p>

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Amal Clooney's emotional tribute to husband George

<p>Amal Clooney has given a rare romantic toast to her husband Hollywood star George Clooney as he was honoured with an American Film Industry (AFI) Life Achievement Award earlier this week.</p> <p>Amal admitted she was nervous stepping into the spotlight but wanted to pay tribute to her husband.</p> <p>"It's somehow easier for me to address a court on behalf of a detainee than to speak publicly, as I'm doing for the first time tonight for my husband," the international human rights lawyer said from the stage.</p> <p><iframe width="560" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/wFTeturM0zo" frameborder="0" allow="autoplay; encrypted-media" allowfullscreen=""></iframe></p> <p>The barrister, 40, then shared some never-before-revealed details of their romance.</p> <p>"I met George when I was 35 and starting to become quite resigned to the idea that I was going to be a spinster," she said. "Then we met, started hiding out in my London flat and very soon it felt like no matter what happened I would never want to be with anyone else. I couldn't sleep when we were apart, and I'm told I would display a particular grin and head tilt when reading his text messages or the letters that he would hide in my bag.</p> <p>"Five years later, none of that has changed," she continued. "He is the person who has my complete admiration, and also the person whose smile makes me melt every time. My love, what I have found with you is the great love that I always hoped existed. And seeing you with our children, Ella and Alexander, is the greatest joy in my life. You fill our home with laughter and happiness and that's even before the children have worked out that 'Dada' is actually Batman."</p> <p>She also spoke about her husband’s generosity, his fight for justice, and his witty sense of humour.</p> <p>“Although George’s modesty attributes much of the success we are celebrating here tonight to luck, I think it’s incredible talent and character that got him here and these attributes also make him an amazing husband and father,” she said.</p> <p>George, who visibly teared up during Amal's speech, also gave a heartwarming speech when he took to the stage to accept his AFI award from past winner Shirley MacLaine.</p> <p>"So yesterday, my two children turned one year old," the Oscar-winner said, adding: "I thought if you had a successful career that you weren't really going to be able to have one great love in your life. And then Amal walked in.</p> <p>"And now we've got these two knuckleheads," Clooney continued. "And every day they make me feel small. And Amal...you make every single day, every Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, as special as today."</p> <p> </p>

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Famous last words of five beloved personalities

<p>“Famous last words.” It’s such a throwaway phrase sometimes, that we thought we’d dig around and find some actual last words of famous people.</p> <p><strong>Lucille Ball</strong></p> <p><em>“My Florida water.”</em></p> <p>The beloved actress and comedienne was asking for her perfumed water before she died from a ruptured aorta following open-heart surgery in 1989.</p> <p><strong>Joe DiMaggio</strong></p> <p><em>“I finally get to see Marilyn.”</em></p> <p>DiMaggio was talking about ex-wife Marilyn Monroe, who had died 37 years earlier. The baseball player reportedly had roses delivered to Monroe’s crypt several times a week for 20 years. He died from lung cancer in 1999.</p> <p><strong>Errol Flynn</strong></p> <p><em>“I’ve had a hell of a lot of fun and I’ve enjoyed every minute of it.”</em></p> <p>What a fantastic last sentence to leave behind. The iconic actor died of a heart attack in 1959, reportedly just moments after uttering those words.</p> <p><strong>Humphrey Bogart</strong></p> <p><em>“I should never have switched from Scotch to martinis.”</em></p> <p>When the Casablanca star succumbed to oesophageal cancer in 1957, his last utterance was reportedly lamenting his drink of choice. Other reports suggest that he said to his wife, Lauren Bacall, “Goodbye, kid. Hurry back,” as she left his side to pick up their children from school.</p> <p><strong>Elvis Presley</strong></p> <p><em>“I hope I haven’t bored you.”</em></p> <p>That’s the last thing Elvis said at his final press conference. He would later die of an overdose in 1977, with some reporting that his actual last words were a promise to his fiancée, Ginger Alden, that he wouldn’t fall asleep in the bathroom.</p> <p><strong>Related links:</strong></p> <p><span style="text-decoration: underline;"><em><strong><a href="/news/news/2015/06/older-women-most-at-risk-of-internet-scams/">A study has found older women to be the most at risk for online scams</a></strong></em></span></p> <p><span style="text-decoration: underline;"><em><strong><a href="/news/news/2015/06/stationmaster-cat-mourned-by-thousands/">Thousands turned up to mourn this stationmaster cat</a></strong></em></span></p> <p><span style="text-decoration: underline;"><em><a href="/news/news/2015/06/singing-fights-off-dementia/"><strong>Singing showtunes could help fight off dementia</strong></a></em></span></p>

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The true meaning behind Casablanca

<p><em><strong>Steven McVeigh is an Associate Professor in War and Society at Swansea University.</strong></em></p> <p><em>Casablanca</em>, which brought together the combined star-power of Humphrey Bogart and Ingrid Bergman, remains one of the best-loved movies ever produced in Hollywood. But the film, which hit the silver screen on November 26 1942, is more than just a love story set in Morocco. Released in the aftermath of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor – which propelled a reluctant United States to enter World War II – the film was actually a classic piece of propaganda cinema masquerading as popular entertainment.</p> <p>When war broke out in Europe in September 1939, the United States was the only major power with <span style="text-decoration: underline;"><strong><a href="https://fas.org/irp/ops/ci/docs/ci2/2ch3_a.htm" target="_blank">neither an intelligence nor a propaganda agency</a></strong></span>. But this all changed after the attack on Pearl Harbor in December 1941. Just as intelligence would be essential for shaping and directing political and military objectives in Europe and Asia as the conflict spread, propaganda would be vital for supporting the American war effort by shaping and directing American ideas and beliefs in relation to the conflict.</p> <p>In June 1942, the office of war information (OWI) <span style="text-decoration: underline;"><strong><a href="http://www.americaslibrary.gov/jb/wwii/jb_wwii_owi_1.html" target="_blank">was set up</a></strong></span> to promote the war effort and was given the task of developing campaigns to enhance public understanding of the war at home and abroad. A key element of this was the co-ordination of government information activities, as well as liaising with the press, radio, and – crucially – motion pictures.</p> <p>In effect, the OWI was charged with selling the war. After experimenting with propaganda in the form of posters and documentaries, the OWI turned to more imaginative sources. Its director, <span style="text-decoration: underline;"><strong><a href="https://www.britannica.com/biography/Elmer-Davis" target="_blank">Elmer Davis</a></strong></span> – formerly a reporter with the New York Times and CBS – made this key observation:</p> <p><em>The easiest way to inject a propaganda idea into most people’s minds is to let it go in through the medium of an entertainment picture when they do not realise they are being propagandised.</em></p> <p>Hollywood would play a significant role in this. For box office reasons as much as political ones, Hollywood was eager to harness the medium of entertainment to support the war effort. And so several popular films made at this time – including <em><span style="text-decoration: underline;"><strong><a href="http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0035093/" target="_blank">Mrs Miniver</a></strong></span> </em>(1942), <span style="text-decoration: underline;"><em><strong><a href="http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0036172/" target="_blank">The More the Merrier</a></strong></em></span> (1943), <span style="text-decoration: underline;"><em><strong><a href="http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0036430/" target="_blank">This is the Army</a></strong></em></span> (1943), <span style="text-decoration: underline;"><em><strong><a href="http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0037280/" target="_blank">Since You Went Away</a></strong></em></span> (1944) – combined traditional artistic and entertainment concerns with a <span style="text-decoration: underline;"><strong><a href="http://www.jstor.org/stable/1888275" target="_blank">purposeful political dimension</a></strong></span>.</p> <p>The agency issued specific guidelines, as well as reviewing scripts and early cuts of films, making suggestions for insertions or deletions. It required film makers to consider seven questions before producing a movie:</p> <ol> <li>Will this picture help win the war?</li> <li>What war information problem does it seek to clarify, dramatise, or interpret?</li> <li>If it is an “escape” picture, will it harm the war effort by creating a false picture of America, her allies, or the world we live in?</li> <li>Does it merely use the war as the basis for a profitable picture, contributing nothing of real significance to the war effort and possibly lessening the effect of other pictures of more importance?</li> <li>Does it contribute something new to our understanding of the world conflict and the various forces involved, or has the subject already been adequately</li> <li>When the picture reaches its maximum circulation on the screen, will it reflect conditions as they are and fill a need current at that time, or will it be out-dated?</li> <li>Does the picture tell the truth or will the young people of today have reason to say they were misled by propaganda?</li> </ol> <p><strong>A beautiful friendship</strong></p> <p>At the heart of <em>Casablanca</em> is a concern with the implications of American isolationism in the context of the threat posed to Europe by Nazism.</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><iframe width="500" height="281" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/BkL9l7qovsE?feature=oembed" frameborder="0" allow="autoplay; encrypted-media" allowfullscreen=""></iframe></p> <p>Elements of the dialogue between characters in the film echo and then argue with contemporary American foreign policy attitudes – offering reasons to engage. Bogart is perfectly cast as cynical bar owner Rick, an American formerly living in Paris who has fled the German occupation to open his Café Americain, which has become a melting pot of wartime nationalities. Rick advances what had traditionally been a popular American justification for isolationism:</p> <p><em>I stick my neck out for nobody. The problems of this world are not in my department. I’m a saloon keeper.</em></p> <p>But for Roosevelt’s administration – and for increasing numbers of Americans – the attack on Pearl Harbor had shattered any lingering illusions that America might turn its back on the world. From this perspective the story of <em>Casablanca</em> is the story of Rick’s transition from aloof to engaged. This is made explicit by the owner of the Blue Parrot cafe, Signor Ferrari (Sydney Greenstreet), who tells Rick:</p> <p><em>My dear Rick, when will you realise that in the world today, isolationism is no longer a practical policy?</em></p> <p>But more dynamic than these relatively subtle pieces of dialogue is the famous scene where Rick clearly takes sides, showing the audience who he believes are the heroes and the villains of the European conflict.</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><iframe width="400" height="300" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/HM-E2H1ChJM?feature=oembed" frameborder="0" allow="autoplay; encrypted-media" allowfullscreen=""></iframe></p> <p>A contingent of German officers is singing nationalist songs. Victor Lazlo (Paul Heinreid), a heroic resistance fighter who represents the nobility and sacrifice of the oppressed Europeans, demands that the band play La Marseillaise, the French national anthem. The band look to Rick, who nods assent and in that nod he relinquishes his isolationism. The anthem is rousingly played and the Nazis, who initially try to sing more loudly, are drowned out by the patrons singing in unison and they give up. By identifying with Rick, moviegoers were encouraged to make the same choice.</p> <p>MREC-TAG-HERE</p> <p><em>Casablanca</em> is a dramatic, heartbreaking movie, an unsurpassed classic from Hollywood’s golden era. But it is also an extremely effective piece of propaganda cinema, persuading an American audience reluctant to commit to another European conflict to set aside its isolationism simply by dramatising the heroism of the European resistance to Nazi Germany.</p> <p><em>Written by Stephen McVeigh. Republished with permission of <strong><span style="text-decoration: underline;"><a href="http://www.theconversation.com" target="_blank">The Conversation.</a></span></strong></em><img width="1" height="1" src="https://counter.theconversation.com/content/87113/count.gif?distributor=republish-lightbox-advanced" alt="The Conversation"/></p>

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The best piece of advice Clint Eastwood gave his son

<p>The success of actor and director Clint Eastwood is indisputable in Hollywood, with the 88-year-old collecting 5 Academy Awards during his multi-decade career.</p> <p>His son, Scott Eastwood, has also pursued acting but has tried to separate himself from his Dad’s success by starting a career under his mum’s maiden name Scott Clinton Reeves.</p> <p>In a recent interview, Scott revealed the best piece of advice his father has given him about dealing with fame.</p> <p>“Maybe [the best piece of advice I’ve been given in dealing with fame] is follow your instincts,” he told <em><a href="https://www.pedestrian.tv/entertainment/scott-eastwood-best-piece-of-advice-clint-eastwood/" target="_blank"><strong><span style="text-decoration: underline;">Pedestrian TV.</span></strong></a></em></p> <p>“Probably listen,” he continued. </p> <p>“Shut up and listen. You just gotta go out and keep putting yourself out there, and try and audition for movies,” he said. “No one can help you in the audition room.”</p> <p>Last year, Scott confessed in an interview that the best thing his dad did for him was choosing not to help him with his acting career.</p> <p>Until six years ago, Scott was balancing a job as a bartender as he auditioned for various roles in Los Angeles. He also paid his own way through college.</p> <p>“It was probably the best thing dad could have done for me,” he told the <span style="text-decoration: underline;"><em><strong><a href="http://www.mirror.co.uk/all-about/sunday-people" target="_blank">Sunday People</a></strong></em></span>.</p> <p>“He could have made it easy but I wouldn’t have learnt anything from that.</p> <blockquote style="background: #FFF; border: 0; border-radius: 3px; box-shadow: 0 0 1px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.5),0 1px 10px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.15); margin: 1px; max-width: 658px; padding: 0; width: calc(100% - 2px);" class="instagram-media"> <div style="padding: 8px;"> <div style="background: #F8F8F8; line-height: 0; margin-top: 40px; padding: 50.0% 0; text-align: center; width: 100%;"> <div style="background: url(data:image/png; base64,ivborw0kggoaaaansuheugaaacwaaaascamaaaapwqozaaaabgdbtueaalgpc/xhbqaaaafzukdcak7ohokaaaamuexurczmzpf399fx1+bm5mzy9amaaadisurbvdjlvzxbesmgces5/p8/t9furvcrmu73jwlzosgsiizurcjo/ad+eqjjb4hv8bft+idpqocx1wjosbfhh2xssxeiyn3uli/6mnree07uiwjev8ueowds88ly97kqytlijkktuybbruayvh5wohixmpi5we58ek028czwyuqdlkpg1bkb4nnm+veanfhqn1k4+gpt6ugqcvu2h2ovuif/gwufyy8owepdyzsa3avcqpvovvzzz2vtnn2wu8qzvjddeto90gsy9mvlqtgysy231mxry6i2ggqjrty0l8fxcxfcbbhwrsyyaaaaaelftksuqmcc); display: block; height: 44px; margin: 0 auto -44px; position: relative; top: -22px; width: 44px;"></div> </div> <p style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 17px; margin-bottom: 0; margin-top: 8px; overflow: hidden; padding: 8px 0 7px; text-align: center; text-overflow: ellipsis; white-space: nowrap;"><a style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px; text-decoration: none;" href="https://www.instagram.com/p/Be3CIiBBkTz/" target="_blank">A post shared by Scott Eastwood (@scotteastwood)</a> on Feb 6, 2018 at 7:14am PST</p> </div> </blockquote> <p>“I would work all night, study my lines until three or four in the morning, fall asleep, then get up at 7am and drive to LA.</p> <p>“I would audition for parts and then drive back down to San Diego to work that night.”</p> <p>Scott, who is the son of Clint and his former flight attendant partner Jacelyn Reeves, knew his father was teaching him an important lesson about work ethic.</p> <p>“He grew up during the Depression and he had to work hard for everything, including his early years as an actor,” said Scott.</p> <p>“He believes you have to earn your way in life and I agree, although there were a lot of times when I would be angry with him because I knew he could have helped me out with money.</p> <p>“He made me pay my way through college. That was hard. But he knew the best lesson in life that he could teach me was that I had to learn to take care of myself and not expect any favours.”</p> <p>MREC-TAG-HERE</p> <p>Clint Eastwood also instilled various other values into his son.</p> <p>“Dad has also ­always stayed very fit and encouraged me to take up running, go to the gym and do weights.</p> <p>“I do Muay Thai and Jiu-Jitsu. Dad’s philosophy is ‘healthy body, healthy mind’ and it’s important to stay active physically. I believe in that.”</p> <p>“I feel as if I absorbed from my father a love for ­traditional values,” he says. “I like being old school. I hate it when people stare at their phones during dinner and I will ­always call people rather than send text messages.</p>

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Sir Anthony Hopkins’ heartbreaking confession: “I don’t have any idea if I’m a grandfather”

<p><span>Actor Sir Anthony Hopkins sadly shares a lot in common with his latest character, King Lear.</span></p> <p><span>The 80-year-old also has a troubled relationship with his daughter and only child, Abigail, and has not spoken to her in two decades.</span></p> <p><span>Due to their estrangement, Hopkins is unaware if he is a grandfather.</span></p> <p><span>Asked if his daughter, who works as an actress and theatre director, had children, Hopkins said: “I don’t have any idea. People break up. Families split and, you know, ‘get on with your life’. People make choices. I don’t care one way or the other. It is cold. Because life is cold.”</span></p> <p><span>Abigail uses the surname “Harrison” so that she could have a “career on her own terms”,</span></p> <p><span>Harrison was raised by her mother, Hopkins’ first wife, Petronella Barker, after the couple divorced when she was four years old.</span></p> <p><span>Hopkins reconnected with his daughter briefly in the 1990s and she appeared in two of his films, Shadowlands and The Remains Of The Day.</span></p> <p><span>However, they became estranged again to the point where Hopkins now claims he doesn’t know where she lives.</span></p> <p><span>Hopkins accused Hollywood of being “insidious” and toxic and told Radio Times, “Children don’t like their fathers, you don’t have to love each other.</span></p> <p><span>“Look how people feel entitled to this, that and the other, and they can only be surrounded by Yes people. I don’t want to be surrounded by people like that. The 'luvvie'  and the kissing cheeks – I can’t stand it. There’s so much hypocrisy.”</span></p> <p><span>Hopkins now lives in California with his third wife, Colombian antiques dealer Stella Arroyave.</span></p> <p><span>“She’s very good for me,” he said.</span></p> <p><span>“My wife worries because I work too hard. I will go on working because what else would I do? I’ll retire when my teeth and my hair fall out.”</span></p>

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