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The 5 best Meryl Streep movies

<p>Thanks to a dazzling succession of films, Meryl Streep’s name has become synonymous with elegance, raw emotional depth and amazing performances. To celebrate the release of her latest film, Ricki and the Flash, we have revisited 5 of her best movies.</p> <p><strong>1. Kramer vs. Kramer (1979)</strong></p> <p>The first of Meryl Streep's three Academy Awards came in this classic family drama, co-starring Dustin Hoffman. This simple and affecting story about heartache and separation and constituted an iconic and groundbreaking study of the modern family unit. At the time the film boldly challenged stereotypes about parenthood and the role of women in domestic life.</p> <p><strong>2. Sophie’s Choice (1982)</strong></p> <p>In this acclaimed film, Meryl Streep shines as Sophie, a Polish immigrant with a haunting tale. Through the use of flashbacks, viewers are taken on a tear-inducing voyage through war-torn Europe. Sophie is a survivor of the holocaust and tells a young writer about her struggle with the most difficult situation a mother could face. Streep won her second Oscar with this tender portrayal (her first for Best Actress).</p> <p><strong>3. Silkwood (1983)</strong></p> <p>Taking on the unglamorous role of Karen Silkwood who works at a plutonium processing plant, with her boyfriend Drew (Kurt Russell) and flatmate Dolly (Cher). Streep brings an impressive and gritty performance which stands the test of time. Karen is determined to prove there is something very, very wrong going on at the plant and is prepared to put her life in danger to expose it. Directed by Mike Nichols and written by Nora Ephron and based on a true story. It is a must watch!</p> <p><strong>4. The Bridges of Madison County (1995)</strong></p> <p>Clint Eastwood's emotionally charged drama was a smash-hit and is still a heart-warming yet tear-jerker love story for the ages. The film centres on a four-day love affair between a photographer (Eastwood) and a former Italian war bride (Streep). As their romantic interlude unfolds, the pair is struck by the gravity of their impending choices and the everyday burdens of their lives. Poignant and romantic.</p> <p><strong>5. Adaptation (2002)</strong></p> <p>In this more experimental film, Adaptation saw Streep collaborating with Charlie Kaufman. The result is a sensational film jam-packed with meta-plot-twists and eccentrically engaging performances (Nicolas Cage, in a dual role as pair of screenwriter twins). Taking on the role of Susan Orlean, author of The Orchid Thief, Streep lights up the screen with her sensual, Oscar-nominated performance.</p> <p><em>Republished with permission of </em><a href="https://www.wyza.com.au/articles/entertainment/we-revisit-meryl-streep%E2%80%99s-7-best-movies/"><em>Wyza</em></a><em>.</em></p>

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The major role Russell Crowe turned down that would have made him $100 million

<p>Russell Crowe has revealed why he turned down a role in <em>The Lord of the Rings</em><span> </span>film series.</p> <p>The actor was offered 10 per cent of the film’s profits instead of an upfront fee to play Aragorn in the blockbuster trilogy.</p> <p>However, Crowe said he passed on the role because he believed Peter Jackson, the director of the film series, did not want him in the cast.</p> <p>“I think he was forced into talking to me [by the studio] because there was a moment in time where everybody wanted me in every [movie],” Crowe told Howard Stern in a <a rel="noopener" href="https://www.howardstern.com/show/2019/6/18/russell-crowe-making-gladiator-turning-down-lord-rings-and-buying-dinosaur-head-leonardo-dicaprio/" target="_blank">new interview</a>.</p> <p>The Oscar winning <em>Gladiator</em> star said when speaking to Jackson in a phone call, he could tell that the director was not familiar with his work. </p> <p>“And he's a fellow New Zealander, so I can hear his voice … My instinct was that he had somebody else in mind.</p> <p>“He should be allowed to hire the actor that he wants.”</p> <div class="embed-responsive embed-responsive-16by9"><iframe class="embed-responsive-item" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/KzYGjni_x-w"></iframe></div> <p>The role ended up going to Viggo Mortensen. Other actors who reportedly passed on playing Aragorn include Nicolas Cage and Daniel Day-Lewis.</p> <p>According to Stern, Crowe would have raked in about US$100 million if he had agreed to appear in the first movie.</p> <p>Crowe is not the only actor who missed out on a huge payday from the fantasy series. Sean Connery, who passed on the role of Gandalf, was <a rel="noopener" href="https://www.syfy.com/syfywire/sean-connery-would-have-earned-how-much-if-hed-played-gandalf" target="_blank">reportedly</a> offered US$10 million per film in addition to 15 per cent of the profits, which could have earned him around US$450 million.</p> <p>The <em>Lord of the Rings</em> trilogy earned a total of US$2.91 billion in global ticket sales.</p>

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Tim Allen’s dark past: How he almost served a life sentence in prison

<p>Apart from the Hollywood glamour that surrounds <em>Toy Story </em>star Tim Allen, it may be difficult to believe he lived a much different life over 40 years ago – one so different, he almost served a life sentence in prison.</p> <p>The 66-year-old was only 25 when he was arrested at Kalamazoo/Battle Creek International Airport for attempting to sell cocaine to an undercover officer.</p> <p>It was revealed the young and brooding Allen had over 650 grams of the illegal drug in possession, which is more than enough to earn a hefty life sentence.</p> <p>He pled guilty and gave the names of other dealers in exchange for a sentence of three to seven years instead of the life imprisonment he was facing.</p> <p>“It put me in a position of great humility, and I was able to make amends to friends and family and refocus my life on setting and achieving goals.” the actor told <em><a rel="noopener" href="http://www.closerweekly.com/posts/tim-allen-life-128954" target="_blank">Closer</a> </em>in 2017.</p> <p>“I’m not the same guy I was the first time [I was married], when I was hiding and doing what people who drink too much do. I was not connecting.”</p> <p>The star spent two years and four months in a federal prison following his 1978 arrest.</p> <p>Allen was married to Laura Deibel from 1984 to 1999 and they share a 21-year-old daughter, Katherine.</p> <p>He married Jane Hajduk in 2006 and they have an 11-year-old daughter, Elizabeth.</p> <p> </p>

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Sir Michael Caine reveals the strange way he met his wife

<p>Love works in mysterious ways, even for Sir Michael Caine.</p> <p>The veteran actor has revealed how he met and fell in love with his wife of 46 years, Shakira, on Andrew Denton’s<span> </span><em>Interview</em><span> </span>show.</p> <p>The 86-year-old said, he was watching TV at home with a friend when a Maxwell House Coffee commercial came on screen. Caine was entranced by the woman in the ad, which was set in Brazil.</p> <p>“I had plenty of money. I said to my mate, ‘We’re going to Brazil tomorrow, I gotta find her’,” he recalled.</p> <p>Caine and his friend then went to a bar, where he shared his spur-of-the-moment plan with another patron.</p> <p>“I said, ‘Well, I was watching television, and I saw this girl in an advert, and I’m going to Brazil in the morning to find her,’” Caine told Denton.</p> <p>“He said, ‘Really? What commercial?’ I said, ‘Maxwell House Coffee’.</p> <p>“He said, ‘We make that commercial … She’s not in Brazil, she’s in Fulham Road’.”</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"> <p dir="ltr">"We're going to Brazil tomorrow, I've gotta find her." - Michael Caine met his wife of 46 years via a fairly non-traditional means. He saw her in a coffee TV ad and fell in love. <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/InterviewAU?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#InterviewAU</a> <a href="https://t.co/K6CsRWL6MJ">pic.twitter.com/K6CsRWL6MJ</a></p> — Andrew Denton's "Interview" (@InterviewAU) <a href="https://twitter.com/InterviewAU/status/1138414478175793152?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">June 11, 2019</a></blockquote> <p>It turned out that the woman lived less than two kilometres away. Caine went on to track her phone number and ask her out.</p> <p>“I phoned her 11 times, 10 of which she wouldn’t go out with me,” Caine said.</p> <p>“The last one she decided to go out with me … We went out and fell in love instantly and have never parted since.”</p> <p>Shakira, 72, is a Guyanese-British actress and model. She and Caine tied the knot in Las Vegas in 1973, two years after their first meeting. The pair has a daughter named Natasha.</p>

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Jonathan Pryce on being an actor and not a star

<p>Jonathan Pryce is one of the finest actors of his generation yet you may not immediately know his name. Rather than seeing acting as a way of accruing riches and fame, Pryce has instead built a stage and screen career portraying a vast range of complex characters – people that leave a strong impression on his audiences.</p> <p>His acting career began in the early 1970s after accepting a scholarship to study acting at London’s famous Royal Academy of Dramatic Art (RADA). Today, almost five decades later, Pryce holds a prestigious Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire and, at 71, remains dedicated to his art.</p> <p>Growing up in the small village of Carmel in North Wales grounded Pryce. “As the years go on I feel more and more Welsh,” he says. “I’m a proud Welsh man – [though] I’d rather be a proud European.</p> <p>“My father was 14 when he went down the mines. He was a coal miner until he met my mother and the two of them opened a small grocery store in Greenfield when he was 19 or 20.”</p> <p>Pryce’s breakthrough role came in 1985 when he appeared as Sam Lowry in the futuristic science fiction film Brazil. Directed by Terry Gilliam and co-starring Robert De Niro, it’s now considered a cult sci-fi classic.</p> <p>Pryce views his role as Sam Lowry as his career favourite. Set in a consumer-obsessed world governed by a bureaucratic, totalitarian state, Lowry is forced to work a monotonous job by day while being haunted at night by dreams of a woman who is troubled and needs his help.</p> <p>“Brazil resonated then and it still resonates,” he says. “It’s an 1980s film that has kept up with political changes and life changes and it is still relevant.”</p> <p>Like the rest of Hollywood, Glenn Close, who co-stars alongside Pryce in his latest film The Wife,first became aware of Pryce when she saw him in Brazil. “I’ve never forgotten him in that performance,” she says. “He’s just one of the greats of his generation, so it’s a huge thrill and an honour to be working with him.”</p> <p>Over the years, the pair had crossed paths on several occasions. During filming The Wife, they got on very well ­together and developed a friendship based on mutual respect.</p> <p>“We stayed at the same hotel and had dinner most nights,” he explains. “Glenn and I have a lot in common. We are both the same age and have had long careers.” The topic of conversation least likely to be on the menu was the day’s work. “That was the last thing you wanted to do – it’s a bit like in any relationship you don’t go home and talk about your work.”</p> <p>The Wife portrays life inside a 40-year marriage. Pryce plays Joe, a philandering high-achieving novelist who has been awarded a Nobel Prize for Literature. His wife, Joan, played by Close, is also a talented writer but put her husband’s career ahead of her own. The film is an adaptation of the 2003 novel by Meg Wolitzer of the same name, and is directed by Swedish director Björn Runge. Although set in Sweden, most of the filming took place in Scotland. As the film has dark undertones, Pryce admits it was important that both he and Close were able to have some fun during their down time.</p> <p>“Off set we would tease each other,” he says. “We shared the make-up room in the morning. We had quite a bit of banter about what kind of music to put on. I like a variety of music – she [likes] show tunes.</p> <p>“We talked mostly about art and theatre. I like her honesty and integrity. She is a sharp, bright person and I knew that we would work well together. All the banter brings up a sense of trust.”</p> <p>Pryce’s own marriage is a happy one. “I have a happy relationship with my wife Kate. We have been together 46 years now,” he says. The couple have three children together. It was a second marriage for both actors and they only decided to get married secretly in 2015. “It has not made any difference to our relationship,” says Pryce of getting married. “It was a very nice thing to do after such a long time. Kate wears a ring and she never used to wear jewellery. I’ve worn a ring for years so now it is a wedding band.”</p> <p>As a character actor, Pryce’s experience is extensive: he portrayed the former president of Argentina, Juan Perón, in the 1996 film Evita, was the Bond villain Elliot Carver in Tomorrow Never Dies (1997) and Governor Weatherby Swann in the hugely successful Pirates of the Caribbean blockbusters. More ­recently, he played Cardinal Wolsey in the BBC’s award-winning adaptation of Hilary Mantel’s Wolf Hall. He has also gained a new following of fans as High Sparrow in the mega-series Game of Thrones.</p> <p>Pryce’s latest role is Pope Francis in the upcoming Netflix film The Pope, with Anthony Hopkins, which he recently finished filming in Italy.</p> <p>“What I tend to do as an actor is to believe in the character. You believe what you are saying. In the Game of Thrones I was constantly surprised people were saying what a frightening bad man High Sparrow was – I thought he was a good man who believed what he was doing was right.”</p> <p>As someone who prides himself on being an actor and not a ‘star’, it’s not surprising that Pryce sometimes finds ­attention from fans difficult. ­Although that attention is just as likely to come from a Game of Thrones devotee as a fan of an ­obscure 1970s film.</p> <p>“It can be intrusive at times if you’re with family having dinner,” he admits. “Mostly the downside of this recognition is selfies. You used to sign a piece of paper or sign a photo – now you have to be careful how you leave the house in the morning and what you are wearing.”</p> <p>A cause for concern given the fact that Pryce was once described by an old headmaster as resembling a ‘bottle of skinless pork sausages’. “I probably had my hair too long and I didn’t wear my cap – worst things have been said to me since!”</p> <p><em>Written by Kathy Buchanan. This article first appeared in </em><a href="http://www.readersdigest.com.au/true-stories-lifestyle/entertainment/jonathan-pryce-being-actor-not-star?items_per_page=All"><em>Reader’s Digest</em></a><em>. 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Helen Mirren oozes sophistication and glamour in stunning emerald gown

<p>Dame Helen Mirren was a picture of elegance and beauty when she appeared at the relaunch of Reinvents and Re-imagined Mandarin Oriental Hyde Park in London on Tuesday evening.</p> <p>Mirren is renowned for her incredible fashion taste and yet again she appeared looking sleek and effortlessly gorgeous at the London launch wearing an emerald green coat by Suzannah which featured a chic Italian jacquard fabric decorated with Japanese style flowers.</p> <p>The 73-year-old looked delightful as she cosied up to her former flame, Liam Neeson, 67.</p> <p>The two both enjoyed a “serious” romance in the early '80s where they both moved into a home together during the relationship.</p> <p>Oozing glamour and sparkle, the award-winning actress jokingly poked and giggled alongside Neeson while donning a dangling pair of earrings and a simple makeup look.</p> <p>Liam looked sophisticated and comfortable in a navy shirt along with a crisp grey suit.</p> <p>In January 2018, the former couple both appeared together on<span> </span><em>The Graham Norton Show</em><span> </span>where they cheekily chatted away about their romance where Helen insisted they were more than just a flame.</p> <p>“'We didn’t date, we lived together for four years – we were a serious item for a while. Lucky me!” she said.</p> <p>Scroll through the gallery above to see the gorgeous emerald green look worn by Dame Helen Mirren.</p>

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Reese Witherspoon just chopped off all her hair: The chic style that suits everyone

<p><em>Big Little Lies</em> star Reese Witherspoon has debuted her new haircut, which is on trend for many celebrities of late. </p> <p>She shared a video on her Instagram account that shows off her new haircut. Witherspoon also thanked her stylist for her “new summer cut”.</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/ByTBjDpAE7o/" 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/ByTBjDpAE7o/" target="_blank">Thanks for my new summer cut @lonavigi! 💇🏼‍♀️☀️</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/reesewitherspoon/" target="_blank"> Reese Witherspoon</a> (@reesewitherspoon) on Jun 4, 2019 at 11:05am PDT</p> </div> </blockquote> <p>Judging by the smile on her face, Witherspoon is thrilled with her new look.</p> <p>Fans were loving her chic new hairstyle as well.</p> <p>One fan commented saying, “Let’s be honest. Reese could shave her head, and still be breathtaking.”</p> <p>Another agreed saying that they were thinking about this cut for themselves and tagged a friend.</p> <p>As she was debuting long hair as recently as last week, during the promotional tour for the second series of<span> </span><em>Big Little Lies</em><span> </span>with her co-stars Zoe Kravitz and Laura Dern, it’s the signature style that Witherspoon is known for since <em>Legally Blonde</em>.</p> <p><img style="width: 500px; height: 281.25px;" src="/media/7827593/big-little-lies.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/6304803664144e6bba3d3d89f56c5786" /></p>

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Just married! Charlotte Casiraghi channels late grandmother Princess Grace Kelly

<p>Charlotte Casiraghi channelled her late grandmother, Princess Grace of Monaco, in her wedding outfits over the weekend.</p> <p>The 32-year-old daughter of Princess Caroline tied the knot to 37-year-old film producer Dimitri Rassam on Saturday at Monaco’s Prince’s Palace.</p> <p>The first photos from the couple’s nuptials revealed that the 11th in line to the Monegasque throne wore two ensembles for the occasion. During the civil ceremony, Casiraghi wore a brocade dress by Saint Laurent that is likely inspired by the suit her grandmother wore to her own civil ceremony to Prince Rainier in 1956.</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-permalink="https://www.instagram.com/p/ByLKqX7Ho1Z/" 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="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/ByLKqX7Ho1Z/" target="_blank">A post shared by HELLO! Magazine (@hellomag)</a> on Jun 1, 2019 at 9:50am PDT</p> </div> </blockquote> <p>For the evening reception at the luxury hotel Villa la Vigie, the bride switched into a satin Chanel dress, complemented with an Old Hollywood bob hairstyle and a three-strand Cartier diamond necklace from Princess Grace’s collection.</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/ByNEGPtH5FV/" 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/ByNEGPtH5FV/" target="_blank">How stunning is this photo from the evening reception of Monaco’s royal wedding yesterday? Charlotte Casiraghi is wearing a Cartier diamond necklace that belonged to her grandmother, Princess Grace ♥️📸: Félix Dol-Maillot #royalwedding</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/hellomag/" target="_blank"> HELLO! Magazine</a> (@hellomag) on Jun 2, 2019 at 3:31am PDT</p> </div> </blockquote> <p><img style="width: 500px; height: 281.25px; display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" src="/media/7827436/gracekelly.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/8b24a185319f423cb41f0ceba6aff304" /></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><em>Prince Rainier and Princess Grace at their wedding civil ceremony, April 18, 1956</em></p> <p>According to <a rel="noopener" href="https://www.hellomagazine.com/brides/2019060273685/first-photos-royal-wedding-reception-charlotte-casiraghi/" target="_blank"><em>Hello!</em></a>, the royal couple is set to have a bigger second celebration in the southern French commune of Saint-Rémy-de-Provence, where Casiraghi grew up.</p> <p>Casiraghi and Rassam, who got engaged in March 2018, welcomed their first son Balthazar in October the same year. Casiraghi also shares her five-year-old son Raphael with former partner and comedian Gad Elmaleh, while Rassam has seven-year-old-daughter Darya from a previous marriage.</p>

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The truth behind Elton John’s toxic relationship with his mother Sheila

<p>Before hopping into the nearest phone booth to come out to his mother, Elton John took a swig of whisky.</p> <p>“I’m a homosexual,” he told her through tears.</p> <p>“I know,” his mother Sheila Farebrother responded, telling him soon after to keep the news to himself.</p> <p>“You’re choosing a life of being alone forever. You’ll never be loved properly.”</p> <p>In the new just-released biopic <em>Rocketman</em>, based on the life of Elton John, one of the reoccurring themes in the film is the tumultuous relationship the singer had with his mother.</p> <p>The biopic shows Sheila Farebrother (played by Bryce Dallas-Howard) to be cold towards her only son (played by Taron Egerton) as their relationship constantly steered towards the realm of toxic.</p> <p>And the truth is, their relationship on the big screen was an accurate portrayal of what Elton faced in real life.</p> <p>The performer didn’t share a mother-son bond with Sheila, as she left him estranged during his childhood.</p> <p>In the earlier years of his life, the pair struggled with their relationship, but things became messier during a civil partnership ceremony of Elton and his now husband David Furnish back in 2005.</p> <p>As reported by <a rel="noopener" href="https://www.thesun.co.uk/" target="_blank"><em>The Sun</em></a>, Farebrother was told she could not appear in any of the photos as she refused to wear a hat.</p> <p>“That didn’t go down well with Furnish because he wanted it to be the Wedding of the Year,” Farebrother revealed.</p> <p>Fast forward to two years later when the relationship suffered yet again after Elton failed to visit Fred, his stepfather and Farebrother’s husband, before he passed away.</p> <p>“I think [Fred] was just hung on thinking that Elton would come to see him, and he never did,” explained Farebrother.</p> <p>But come 2008, and Elton decided to sever ties with his mother completely.</p> <p>The pair were embroiled in an argument after Elton wanted his mother to distance herself from two of their oldest and closest friends – Bob Halley, who had worked with the singer before, and John Reid, the musician’s former manager and partner.</p> <p>After she refused, Farebrother ended up losing whatever was left of her relationship with her son.</p> <p>They didn’t talk to one another for eight years.</p> <p>“I told [John]: ‘I’m not about to do that and drop them. Bob is like a son to me. He has always been marvellous to me and he lives nearby and keeps an eye on me,’” Farebrother told <a rel="noopener" href="https://www.dailymail.co.uk/auhome/index.html" target="_blank"><em>Daily Mail</em></a> at the time. </p> <p>“Then to my utter amazement, he told me he hated me. And he then banged the phone down. Imagine! To me, his mother!</p> <p>“He told me I thought more of Bob Halley that I did of my own son,” she continued.</p> <p>“I said to him, ‘And you think more of that f*cking thing you married than your own mother,” she said of Elton’s husband David Furnish.</p> <p>Then, in rather aggressive terms, Farebrother said that she’d like to “give Furnish a punch right on the bloody earhole".</p> <p>Soon after, Elton spoke up about his qualms.</p> <p>“I don’t hate her, but I don’t want her in my life,” he said in an interview.</p> <p>The two began talking again in 2015, when Elton paid for his mother’s hip replacement.</p> <p>Only two years after, she passed away, aged 92.</p> <p>“So sad to say that my mother passed away this morning. I only saw her last Monday and I am in shock,” Elton tweeted at the time.</p> <p>“Travel safe Mum. Thank you for everything. I will miss you so much. Love, Elton.”</p> <p>After her passing, it was discovered that Farebrother left half of her estate to Bob Halley, with Elton receiving a few family photos and two ceramic urns. The will was allegedly changed three weeks before she died.</p> <p>Bryce Dallas-Howard sat down with <em><a rel="noopener" href="https://www.cinemablend.com/" target="_blank">CinemaBlend</a> </em>to discuss her experience playing the important character, and how she came to learn more about their relationship as the days passed.</p> <p>"I not only struggled to connect, I questioned it. A lot. I had a lot of questions for production, but what I was interested in was hearing about Sheila from people who were not involved in the production," she explained.</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet tw-align-center" data-lang="en-gb"> <p dir="ltr">So sad to say that my mother passed away this morning. I only saw her last Monday and I am in shock. Travel safe Mum. Thank you for everything. I will miss you so much.<br /><br />Love, Elton <a href="https://t.co/dQKXRbpGRy">pic.twitter.com/dQKXRbpGRy</a></p> — Elton John (@eltonofficial) <a href="https://twitter.com/eltonofficial/status/937628441695879168?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">4 December 2017</a></blockquote> <p>"So I had a lot of confidential conversations, and again and again and again, heard stories where I realised that it was actually worse than what it was on the [script] page," she continued.</p> <p>"It’s not that it tipped over into abuse. But it was absolutely chronic cruelty. It was an incredibly toxic, dysfunctional relationship."</p> <p><em>Rocketman</em> is currently showing in cinemas around the country. The movie is rated M.</p>

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The fascinating life of Whitney Houston

<p>It is without a doubt that Whitney Houston was one of the greatest entertainers of our time. Her powerful voice and stage presence ensured that she sold out stadiums around the world, as fans flocked to see the legend up close.</p> <p>Now, seven years after her passing, we take a look at the life the singer lived, and while it wasn’t always rainbows and sunshine, this was the legacy she left behind.</p> <p><strong>She came from a family of singers</strong></p> <p>It’s no wonder she was gifted with a beautiful voice, as it’s practically in her blood. Her mother, Cissy Houston was a Grammy-winning gospel singer and also worked with Elvis and Aretha Franklin as a backup singer.</p> <p>Aretha was also Whitney’s godmother.</p> <p><strong>She grew up on the rougher side of town</strong></p> <p>During her childhood, Whitney didn’t live a lavish lifestyle, with the performer recalling ducking from gunfire during the 1967 riots in Newark, New Jersey – her hometown.</p> <p>“I grew up in the ghetto,” she said in her biopic titled <em>Whitney</em>.</p> <p><strong>Those closest to her called her “Nippy”</strong></p> <p>The nickname was given to her at a fairly young age and was later on used as an alter ego for Whitney to get away from the fame and drama that came with being in the public eye.</p> <p><strong>She dated high-profile men</strong></p> <p>In the early years of her career, Whitney was linked to a string of famous men, including Eddy Murphy, restaurateur Brad Johnson, Robert DeNiro and American football quarterback Randall Cunningham.</p> <p>She went on to marry Bobby Brown in 1992, with the couple sharing a daughter together.</p> <p><strong>She was considered to be a beacon of hope for the black community</strong></p> <p>Despite being bullied for being lighter-skinned, Houston was eventually embraced by the African American community after she catapulted to fame.</p> <p>Her defining moment came after she appeared in the movie <em>The Bodyguard</em> alongside Kevin Costner, a film that broke social norms by showing a mixed-race couple at the forefront.</p> <p>"The idea that she was my leading woman seemed to be a very big deal in the black community. I never saw that, I simply saw she was the cutest, most beautiful girl who could sing, and she happened to be black," recalled Costner.  </p> <p>"Then I realised that she asked the plane to stop and she ran down the steps that every white woman has run down to kiss Cary Grant or whatever, and the camera went around, the way it went around white people kissing throughout the history of Hollywood and we forgot about what colour everyone was. That did change everything."</p> <p>In 1994, Houston went on to play in post-apartheid South Africa where she dedicated her performance to Nelson Mandela. All proceeds were donated to local children’s charities.</p>

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Renee Zellweger shines as Judy Garland in first “Judy” trailer

<p>Fans of Hollywood icon Judy Garland are in for a treat, with Oscar winner Renee Zellweger playing the <em>Wizard of Oz </em>star in an upcoming movie.</p> <p>The biopic, titled <em>Judy </em>shows Zellweger singing a much more mellow version of Garland’s most recognisable song <em>Somewhere Over the Rainbow</em>. The movie, which is set in London in 1968-69 will be released in September.</p> <p><em>Judy </em>will shed light on Garland’s tumultuous life and her struggle with countless health problems during her London tour. The actress passed away at the age of 47 due to accidental drug overdose in June 1969.</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/BggE-WhD98a/" 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/BggE-WhD98a/" target="_blank">#JUDY starts principal photography in London today, starring Academy Award winner, Renée Zellweger as Judy Garland! #judygarland #reneezellweger #london #thetalkofthetown #jessiebuckley #finnwittrock #michaelgambon #rupertgoold #pathe #calamityfilms #bbcfilms #ingenious</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/judygarlandfilm/" target="_blank"> JUDY</a> (@judygarlandfilm) on Mar 19, 2018 at 3:20am PDT</p> </div> </blockquote> <p>Zellweger has quite an extensive resume herself, with her most notable role being <em>Bridget Jones</em>. The 50-year-old told <a href="https://people.com/"><em>People</em></a> magazine that she took voice lessons and spent two hours a day in the hair and makeup chair to prepare for the Judy Garland role.</p> <p>Zellweger went on to win an academy award for Best Supporting Actress in 2004 for her part in the movie Cold Mountain.</p> <p>Garland’s daughter, Liza Minnelli has refused to associate herself with the film, saying she never met or spoke with Zellweger.</p> <p>“I do not approve nor sanction the upcoming film about Judy Garland in any way,” wrote Minnelli on Facebook in 2018.</p> <div class="embed-responsive embed-responsive-16by9"></div> <div class="embed-responsive embed-responsive-16by9" style="text-align: center;"><iframe class="embed-responsive-item" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/g4ynUq8TjYA"></iframe></div>

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Spotlight on Steve Martin

<p>Hollywood funny man Steve Martin is turning 74 this year. We uncovered some of his lesser-known – though impressive – achievements.</p> <ul> <li>Since appearing in his first movie, The Absent-Minded Waiter (1977), Steve Martin has gone on to appear in over 50 movies, including The Jerk (1979), Planes, Train and Automobiles (1987), Father of the Bride (1991), and The Pink Panther (2006).</li> <li>He is an accomplished banjo player and this year was inducted into the American Banjo Museum Hall of Fame.</li> <li>He has won four Grammy Awards for his comedy acts and music.</li> <li>In 2014, his song “Love Has Come for You” won Best American Roots Song.</li> <li>He may have played the father of 12 kids in Cheaper By the Dozen (2003) but only became a first-time dad at the age of 67 in December 2012.</li> <li>Famous for his thick white hair, he began going grey in his twenties.</li> <li>While at California State University in the ’60s, he studied philosophy and considered becoming a professor.</li> </ul> <p><em>This article first appeared in </em><a href="http://www.readersdigest.com.au/true-stories-lifestyle/entertainment/Spotlight-on-Steve-Martin"><em>Reader’s Digest</em></a><em>. For more of what you love from the world’s best-loved magazine, </em><a href="http://readersdigest.innovations.co.nz/c/readersdigestemailsubscribe?utm_source=over60&amp;utm_medium=articles&amp;utm_campaign=RDSUB&amp;keycode=WRN93V"><em>here’s our best subscription offer</em></a></p> <p><img style="width: 100px !important; height: 100px !important;" src="/media/7820640/1.png" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/f30947086c8e47b89cb076eb5bb9b3e2" /></p>

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3 mind blowing movie theories

<p>Nothing beats the thrill of watching a brilliant movie for the first time. But you can come close to recapturing that magic if you’re willing to watch that familiar film from a different perspective.</p> <p>Many movies leave unanswered questions – and the occasional gaping plot hole – and it’s up to the audience to fill in the blanks. Often, the movie theories that fans come up with to explain a weak plot point or curious bit of character development are more imaginative than the filmmakers themselves claim to have intended. Nevertheless, these theories are based on hints – however subtle – that keen audiences have picked up on, viewing after viewing.</p> <p>Check out these mind-blowing movie theories, and get ready to re-watch your favourite flicks with fresh eyes.</p> <p><strong>1. “James Bond” is actually a code name</strong></p> <p>Fans of the James Bond film franchise may have noticed that even as the decades pass and the technology changes, Bond himself is forever young and ready for action. Some have attributed this to the production teams updating the character to keep him relevant, while others have a more cunning explanation. Have you ever considered that ‘James Bond’ is merely a code name for various 007 agents? This would certainly explain why the man never seems to age, and why he isn’t shy about introducing himself with the iconic “Bond … James Bond” in the presence of potential foes.  </p> <p><strong>2. Jar Jar Binks is a Sith Lord</strong></p> <p>Jar Jar Binks is probably the most hated character of the Star Wars prequels, and this theory gives us a reason to hate him even more.</p> <p>Some have suggested the gullible, dim-witted and clumsy character is in fact an evil Sith Lord, pulling the strings in the background to help Senator Palpatine become emperor.</p> <p>Where’s the proof, you ask? Well, his prowess on the battlefield and ability to escape Episode 1: The Phantom Menace unscathed is one piece of evidence. More insidiously, however, is the fact that in many scenes, Jar Jar appears to be mouthing the words other characters are saying and using subtle hand gestures – suggesting he may be using the Force to manipulate those around him. What’s more, Jar Jar is also the one who urges the senate to give Palpatine supreme power later on in the series.</p> <p>Still not convinced? You might recall Yoda is portrayed as an old, naïve and somewhat silly character when he’s first introduced in The Empire Strikes Back, but we quickly learn that despite appearances, he’s a wise and powerful Jedi knight …</p> <p><strong>3. The Hunger Games takes place in a parallel universe</strong></p> <p>Reddit user TheMartianManhunter developed a theory that argues that the popular book and film series takes place in an alternative universe where Britain won the American Revolutionary War of 1775-1783. According to this version of history, Britain defeated the Americans and struck fear into the hearts of the 13 colonies by destroying one – District 13. To continue demoralising the remaining colonies, the British developed the Hunger Games. They also established the Capitol and installed a ruthless governor (President Snow) to oversee the colonies.</p> <p><em>Written by James Jackson. This article first appeared in </em><a href="http://www.readersdigest.com.au/true-stories-lifestyle/thought-provoking/3-mind-blowing-movie-theories"><em>Reader’s Digest</em></a><em>. For more of what you love from the world’s best-loved magazine, </em><a href="http://readersdigest.innovations.co.nz/c/readersdigestemailsubscribe?utm_source=over60&amp;utm_medium=articles&amp;utm_campaign=RDSUB&amp;keycode=WRN93V"><em>here’s our best subscription offer</em></a><em>.</em></p> <p><img style="width: 100px !important; height: 100px !important;" src="/media/7820640/1.png" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/f30947086c8e47b89cb076eb5bb9b3e2" /></p>

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Why Doris Day's grandson was "cut off" from seeing her

<p>Doris Day’s grandson has revealed that he was prevented from seeing his grandmother in the final years of her life by her manager.</p> <p>Ryan Melcher, the only child of Day’s late son Terry Melcher, wrote in a statement that he found out about the iconic actress’s passing through social media.</p> <p>Doris died on Monday at the age of 97 from pneumonia.</p> <p>Melcher, who works as a real estate agent, shared that he had “not been allowed to see my grandmother for quite some time” due to his parents’ divorce.</p> <p>After his father’s death in 2004 from melanoma, Ryan was invited to a dinner with Doris. However, according to him, Doris' new manager intervened before the meeting took place.</p> <p>“I was asked by this man: 'Why do you want to see Doris?' I was shocked not only at the question, but also that it was coming from someone who was a stranger and outsider,” Ryan wrote.</p> <p>“I just responded, 'Um... She is my grandmother!'</p> <p>“He replied, 'I’m afraid you aren’t going to be able to see your grandmother,' citing the divorce between my parents as his excuse.”</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-permalink="https://www.instagram.com/p/BxdpfN1AEYn/" 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="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/BxdpfN1AEYn/" target="_blank">A post shared by Ryan Melcher (@ryan_melcher_properties)</a> on May 14, 2019 at 5:35pm PDT</p> </div> </blockquote> <p>Ryan continued, “Looking back, I should have said more; should have drove to her home and not let a stranger come between us, but unfortunately the tall fences and 24-hour guard under her new business manager’s direction prevented me taking a stand and reconnecting with my family. She had been so happy to talk to me and we were both excited for our upcoming dinner together just a week before, and this man was clearly manipulating the situation.”</p> <p>He said he would continue to look back on his memories with her fondly, as he spent a lot of time with her in his childhood. </p> <p>“I would go to her home every day after school and those are memories I will always cherish,” he wrote. “She instilled a drive and confidence that I will carry with me the rest of my life.”</p> <p>In a statement, the Doris Day Animal Foundation said that the actress died at her home in California “surrounded by a few close friends”.</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"> <p dir="ltr">With heavy hearts, we share the news that Doris Day passed away peacefully this morning at her home in Carmel, Calif. She was 97. More info: <a href="https://t.co/P1UuOhL69m">https://t.co/P1UuOhL69m</a> <a href="https://t.co/JDQf4XaG8I">pic.twitter.com/JDQf4XaG8I</a></p> — DDAF (@DDAF_org) <a href="https://twitter.com/DDAF_org/status/1127941728340664320?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">May 13, 2019</a></blockquote>

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All grown up! Julia Roberts’ husband shares rare family photo of their kids

<p>Julia Roberts is very private about her home life, but fans have received a glimpse into her world thanks to a sweet snap shared by her husband, Danny Moder.</p> <p>The Mother’s Day tribute was posted to Instagram on Monday, with Moder sharing a photo of himself, Roberts and the three children they share – twins Hazel and Phinnaeus, 14, and Henry, 11.</p> <p>The caption reads, “That pretty mama in the middle. We love you so much.”</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/BxYOJmKApwR/" 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/BxYOJmKApwR/" target="_blank">That pretty mama in the middle. We love you so much.</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/modermoder/" target="_blank"> modermoder</a> (@modermoder) on May 12, 2019 at 2:59pm PDT</p> </div> </blockquote> <p>Roberts and Moder wed in 2002, but Roberts shared on the Goop podcast what it was like when she met Moder on the set of <em>The Mexican</em> back in 2000.</p> <p>“That was the first, like, my life will never be the same in the most incredible, indescribable way … He truly, to this day, to this minute, is just my favourite human,” she gushed.</p> <p>“I’m more interested in what he has to say or his point of view just more than anybody. Really, we’re so lucky in that way. We just really, really like each other and we just enjoy each other’s company.”</p> <p>Roberts and Moder married in an intimate July 4th ceremony at her ranch in New Mexico in 2002, and shared in 2003 with<a rel="noopener" href="https://www.oprahmag.com/entertainment/a27465049/julia-roberts-husband-kids-rare-family-photo/" target="_blank"> Oprah</a> that meeting Moder changed her life.</p> <p>"I think it's not so much that I'm happier now than ever; it's that I'm more content. I'm in the harbor of my life," she said.</p> <p>"A huge part of it is my marriage. My husband, Danny, has really shined the light for me. Because of being married, I've met people and experienced all these little things that have nurtured my life – not so much changed it, just nurtured it in a way that's astounding."</p> <p>The last photo that was shared of the Roberts’ and Moder clan was back in 2017 when they accidentally bumped into each other at a surf shop when Roberts and Moder were supposed to be on a romantic birthday weekend.</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/Baz5y3-AR26/" 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/Baz5y3-AR26/" target="_blank">No Lovers birthday weekend is complete without a surprise bumping into your kids in a surf shop. 50 is better with 5. This is the road to the tavern...where there is promise and joy. Love you.</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/modermoder/" target="_blank"> modermoder</a> (@modermoder) on Oct 28, 2017 at 4:58pm PDT</p> </div> </blockquote>

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The truth about Doris Day's four tumultuous marriages

<p>On screen, Doris Day was known as America's sweetheart, the wholesome girl-next-door who always found love. However, her real-life romances had been less than stellar.</p> <p>Over her 97-year long life, Day endured four difficult marriages. These are the men with whom Day shared her life.</p> <p><strong>Husband no. 1: Al Jorden (March 1941-February 8, 1943)</strong></p> <p>Day first met the musician at the age of 16. The couple tied the knot in 1941 and had Day’s only son, Terry Paul. The marriage lasted only two years as Jorden proved to be physically abusive, beating her even throughout her pregnancy. </p> <p>“What had represented to me as love emerged as jealousy – a pathologic jealousy that was destined to make a nightmare out of the next few years of my life,” admitted Day. </p> <p><a rel="noopener" href="https://people.com/movies/doris-day-autobiography-biggest-bombshells/" target="_blank"><em>People</em></a> reported that Jorden was finally kicked out of the actress’s house in 1943, and committed suicide in 1967.</p> <p><strong>Husband no. 2: George Weidler (March 30, 1946-May 31, 1949)</strong></p> <p>Day’s second marriage was with another musician, namely saxophonist George Weidler. While Weidler was not violent, he reportedly did not get along with Day’s son, Terry Paul. According to the <a rel="noopener" href="https://www.standard.co.uk/showbiz/the-dark-days-of-doris-day-the-girl-next-door-had-a-dark-side-behind-her-squeaky-clean-public-image-6874760.html" target="_blank">Evening Standard</a>, he was also cheating on her, and was convinced that her continued success as a performer would continue to drive them apart.</p> <p><strong>Husband no. 3: Marty Melcher (April 3, 1951-April 20, 1968)</strong></p> <p>Day’s longest marriage was with film producer Martin Melcher, whom she wed on her birthday in 1951. Melcher was also her manager after she claimed her original one, Al Levy, became “obsessed” with her.</p> <p>Day initially believed that Melcher was the one she was looking for. </p> <p>“I seemed to have found the solid, serene life I had been seeking,” she said, claiming she had been charmed by “this man who had slept with me, adopted my son, managed my career and business life".</p> <p>However, after Melcher’s death in 1968, Day found out that he and his business partner Jerome Rosenthal had squandered all her money, left her with serious debt and committed her to TV appearances that she did not feel well enough to do. </p> <p>After a long battle in the courts against Rosenthal, Day was awarded <a rel="noopener" href="https://www.9news.com.au/world/doris-day-legendary-actress-singer-dead-at-97/0bc59d07-0821-472f-894f-0602367584f9" target="_blank">US$22.8 million</a> for the mishandling of her and Melcher’s assets.</p> <p><strong>Husband no. 4: Barry Comden (April 14, 1976-April 2, 1982)</strong></p> <p>The Hollywood legend’s last union was with a waiter at her favourite restaurant, who was 12 years her junior. They divorced years later, with Day saying they were “just incompatible”.</p> <p>In 1996, Comden told the <a rel="noopener" href="https://www.latimes.com/archives/la-xpm-2009-jun-02-me-barry-comden2-story.html" target="_blank"><em>London Sunday Mail</em></a> that his ex-wife preferred the company of her dogs. </p> <p>“She had 14 dogs, and the final straw was when I was kicked out of bed to make way for Tiger, a poodle,” he said.</p> <p>Both Comden and Day never remarried until their deaths in 2009 and 2019 respectively.</p>

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Paul McCartney pays tribute to Doris Day: “She was a true star”

<p><span>One of the most recognisable and beloved stars of the 20th century, Doris Day, has died at age 97.</span></p> <p>Day passed away on late Monday Australian Time at her home in California and was surrounded by close friends. This was confirmed by the Doris Day Animal Foundation in a statement.</p> <p>“Day had been in excellent physical health for her age, until recently contracting a serious case of pneumonia, resulting in her death,” the statement read.</p> <p>The foundation has also said that Day has requested “no funeral or memorial service and no grave marker”.</p> <p>The singer and actress starred in movie dramas, musicals and romantic comedies and it was this range of films that made her one of the biggest stars in the 1950s and 1960s.</p> <p>Paul McCartney, a friend, called Day: “A true star in more ways than one”.</p> <p>“She had a heart of gold and was a very funny lady who I shared many laughs with,” he said in a statement.</p> <p>“I will miss her but will always remember her twinkling smile and infectious laugh as well as the many great songs and movies she gave us. God bless Doris.”</p> <p>Her 1976 tell-all book <em>Doris Day: Her Own Story</em> chronicled her life story, which included money troubles and three failed marriages.</p> <p>“I have the unfortunate reputation of being Miss Goody Two-Shoes, America’s Virgin, and all that, so I’m afraid it’s going to shock some people for me to say this, but I staunchly believe no two people should get married until they have lived together,” she wrote.</p> <p>Day never won an Academy Award for her work in film but was given a Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2004.</p>

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