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Lourdes Leon lands high school Grease role

November 4th, 2013 10:20am EST
Madonna's daughter Lourdes Leon is to star in her school's version of 'Grease'.
The 17-year-old fashion designer has landed the role of Betty Rizzo in the LaGuardia High School production of the iconic musical, which is set in a 1950s high school, New York Daily News column Confidenti@l is reporting.
The role was played by Stockard Channing in the 1973 movie - which starred John Travolta as Danny Zuko and Olivia Newton-John as his love interest Sandy Olsson.
Wisecracking Betty is a member of The Pink Ladies clique of girls with Sandy and ends up dating T-Birds group member Kenickie (Jeff C...

Attorney Slams Allegations That John Travolta Groped Jeff Conaway

May 18th, 2012 9:24am EDT
Jeff Conaway
John Travolta's attorney Marty Singer has slammed allegations the actor groped his late "Grease" co-star Jeff Conaway during an awkward encounter six years ago.

Singer issued a statement to "This spate of recklessly published tabloid stories is just part of a malicious tabloid agenda to boost lagging sales by running outrageous defamatory stories about my client sourced by people seeking notoriety or a payday."

In the same week that two masseurs dropped sexual battery lawsuits against Travolta, in which they claimed the star acted inappropriately during alleged spa sessions, ...

2011 - The Year In Review, May

January 1st, 2012 1:00pm EST
2011 - The Year In Review
May was a shocking month as Hollywood tough guy Arnold Schwarzenegger split from his wife of 25 years Maria Shriver, only to reveal later on in the month he had fathered a lovechild with their housekeeper 13 years earlier. Although the scandal rocked Hollywood, he wasn't the only one heading for splitsville - Charlie Sheen and Brooke Mueller became officially divorced, as did actress Neve Campbell and James Bond star George Lazenby. Lady Gaga also split from boyfriend Luc Carl, while Hayden Panettiere ended her romance with her boxer boyfriend Wladimir Klitschko. Girls Aloud beauty Nadine C...

In Memoriam: Stars We Lost In 2011

December 29th, 2011 10:30am EST
Stars We Lost In 2011
As 2012 approaches, it's appropriate to look back at which stars we lost over the last year. As always, the number of famous names on the list seems astounding. Each one meant something to many people, and their legacies will live on forever in the hundreds of films, TV shows and songs on which they left their mark.

It's impossible to include everyone, but we think these are among the most notable deaths of the year.

Let's take a look back. These are in no particular order.

Harry Morgan, 96

The lovable TV and film actor will always be best known for playing the fatherly Col. Potter on '...

Coroner's Report Says Jeff Conaway's Death Was Accidental

October 2nd, 2011 11:45am EDT
Jeff Conaway
The Los Angeles County Coroner has declared Grease star Jeff Conaway's death an accident after a four month investigation into the tragedy.

The actor died a day after he was taken off life support in May. He was 60.

Conaway was hospitalized at Encino Hospital Medical Center after he was found unconscious at his home in California.

The actor's spokesman Phil Brock revealed he was found with a cocktail of "painkillers and cold medicine in his system", and doctors went on to diagnose him with pneumonia and sepsis, a potentially fatal blood poisoning caused by a bacterial infection.

He rema...

Jeff Conaway Snubbed By Emmys

September 19th, 2011 3:42pm EDT
Jeff Conaway
Jeff Conaway was missing from last night's Emmy memorial presentation. What happened?

It happens every year: Someone important is left out of the Emmy memorial presentation. This year fans were left indignant that actor Jeff Conaway was among the missing.

Conaway, who started his career on stage and the big screen -- you'll recognize him from Grease -- eventually moved over to TV, starting with a role on Happy Days and later winding up in the original cast of the hit show Taxi, playing out-of-work actor Bobby Wheeler.

While he never won an Emmy , his television career spanned four dec...

Dr. Drew Clarifies His Feelings On Amy Winehouse, Jeff Conaway

August 15th, 2011 10:26am EDT
Between Celebrity Rehab and his HLN show on CNN, Dr. Drew Pinsky has said a lot about celebrities struggling with addiction in the public eye. After introducing his new show, Dr. Drew’s Life Changers on The CW to the Television Critics Association, Pinsky clarified how the subject of Amy Winehouse came up on HLN.

“Just so you know what happened, people have missed the actual fact, Janice Dickinson was on my HLN show,” Pinsky said. “We were doing a panel on addiction and she all of a sudden blurted out and started crying that she had given Amy my number, she was trying to call me, she said ...

Marilu Henner Devastated By Jeff Conaway's Death

May 29th, 2011 1:00pm EDT
Marilu Henner
Actress Marilu Henner has been left devastated by the death of her Taxi co-star Jeff Conaway, after visiting the star in the hospital "almost daily" over the past few weeks.

The Grease actor was admitted to the Encino Hospital Medical Center in California on May 11 after he was found unconscious at his home.

Doctors diagnosed him with pneumonia and sepsis, a potentially fatal blood poisoning caused by a bacterial infection, and he remained in a coma.

Henner and fellow Taxi co-star Tony Danza regularly visited Conaway in the hospital during his health battle and the actress has spoken of ...

John Travolta Pays Tribute To Jeff Conaway

May 28th, 2011 9:00am EDT
John Travolta
John Travolta is leading the tributes to tragic actor Jeff Conaway, hailing his "Grease" co-star as a "wonderful" man.

Conaway died on Friday, a day after he was taken off life support. The 60 year old had been in a coma since he was hospitalised on May 11, when he was found unconscious in his California home following a suspected overdose from prescription pills.

The actor, who had a history of drug abuse, had also been suffering from pneumonia and blood poisoning.

Paying tribute to his old pal, Travolta says, "(He was a) wonderful and decent man and we will miss him. My heartfelt thoug...

'Grease' & 'Taxi' Star Jeff Conaway Dies At 60

May 27th, 2011 3:08pm EDT
Jeff Conaway
Grease star Jeff Conaway has died, a day after he was taken off life support. He was 60.

Conaway was hospitalized at Encino Hospital Medical Center on May 11 after he was found unconscious at his California home.

The actor's spokesman Phil Brock recently revealed he was found with a cocktail of "painkillers and cold medicine in his system", and doctors went on to diagnose him with pneumonia and sepsis, a potentially fatal blood poisoning caused by a bacterial infection.

He remained in a coma and his family decided to switch off his life support machine on Thursday after medics admitted h...

Dr. Drew: 'Jeff Conaway Did Not Overdose'

May 22nd, 2011 4:00pm EDT
Taxi star Jeff Conaway is in a "tenuous" state in hospital, but did not overdose on painkillers, according to TV personality Dr. Drew Pinsky.

The 60 year old, who played rocker Kenickie in the hit 1978 movie musical, has famously battled problems with cocaine, painkillers and alcohol, and was admitted to Encino Hospital Medical Center last week.

He has been diagnosed with pneumonia and was unconscious when hospitalized, with rumors suggesting he had taken an overdose of the medication he uses to aid his pain following a fall down a staircase which left him with a broken hip, a fractured n...

Jeff Conaway Hospitalized, In Critical Condition After Overdose

May 18th, 2011 10:53pm EDT
GreASE star Jeff Conaway has been hospitalized after suffering an apparent overdose.

The 60 year old, who played rocker Kenickie in the hit 1978 movie musical Grease, has famously battled problems with cocaine, painkillers and alcohol, and is in critical condition at Encino Hospital Medical Center, according to the Los Angeles Times.

Conaway recently told WENN he has been struggling with pain ever since he fell down a staircase and suffered a broken hip, a fractured neck and a brain hemorrhage last year.

He has been diagnosed with pneumonia and was unconscious at press time.

Conaway's t...

Jeff Conaway's Fiancée Granted A Restraining Order

March 9th, 2011 8:37am EST
Jeff Conaway
Grease star Jeff Conaway has been forced to move out of the California home he shared with his fiancée after she obtained a restraining order against him.

Victoria Spinoza filed papers at Los Angeles Superior Court last month applying for an injunction against her former partner. A temporary restraining order was granted on February 28th, as well as a ruling which forces the actor to move out of the home in Northridge, California which he shared with Spinoza.

In Spinoza's court papers, obtained by E! Online, she confirms the relationship is now over and alleges Conaway threatened her in...

Jeff Conaway Fearing The Worst After His Devastating Fall

January 20th, 2010 8:00pm EST
Jeff Conaway Fearing The Worst After His Devastating Fall
Jeff Conaway fears he is approaching his "final days" after he was seriously injured in a freak fall on Monday, according to his girlfriend.

The Grease star, who played Kenickie in the cult film, underwent emergency surgery after suffering a brain hemorrhage when he tumbled down the stairs of his California home. The actor also fractured his neck and broke his hip and arm in the accident.

And his girlfriend, Vikki Lizzi, insists the 59 year old is now fighting for his life - and he isn't optimistic about the prognosis. She tells E! Online, "Jeff thinks these are his final days. The...

Jeff Conaway Badly Injured After Freak Fall

January 19th, 2010 8:19am EST
Jeff Conaway Badly Injured After Freak Fall
Grease star Jeff Conaway was admitted to a hospital on Monday, after suffering a brain hemorrhage in a freak fall. The 59 year old tumbled down the stairs of his California home and was taken to a Los Angeles medical facility by ambulance.

He suffered a broken hip, a broken arm, a fractured neck and a brain hemorrhage in the accident and is set to undergo surgery, girlfriend Vikki Lizzi tells No further information was available as WENN went to press.

Conaway most recently appeared on TV show Celebrity Rehab in 2008 in a bid to conquer his alcohol and drug demons.

- Cli...

Artie Lange Takes Aim At 'Celebrity Rehab'

November 2nd, 2009 12:31pm EST
Artie Lange Takes Aim At
Outrageous comedian Artie Lange has taken aim at the producers of hit reality show Celebrity Rehab - insisting the popular program exploits stars seeking help with their addictions.

A regular on shock jock Howard Stern's radio show, Lange was offered a spot on the series after years of publicly battling his own drug demons. He pleaded recently guilty to driving under the influence of drugs in July, and confessed to police he had a prescribed sleeping pill in his system - but insists he is eight months sober from heroin and hasn't taken cocaine since 1997.

And now he's certain he mad...

DMX Set For 'Rehab'

April 25th, 2009 4:00pm EDT
Rapper DMX will be reaching out for help once he is released from prison - the hip-hop star has signed up for the new series of reality TV show Celebrity Rehab.

DMX, real name Earl Simmons, is currently serving time at Tent City Jail in Arizona for drug possession, animal cruelty and theft. Simmons was sentenced to a total of 90 days prison, plus an additional 18 months of supervised probation for his various convictions, and is due to be released on April 30th.

And now the rapper has become the first star to sign up to the new season of the reality show, which has previously se...

Pulse Patrol: The Weakly Round-Up Of User Comments

December 23rd, 2008 10:00am EST
Pulse Patrol
Each week the editors at Starpulse will be highlighting the best responses and remarks to news stories and celebrity topics that we've come across.

News Highlights = This week's most moving and humorous annotations were made on the latest stories on Hitler’s Ghost, the Emo status of a Disney Star, and Courtney Love’s prescription use, as well as a Story about the most recent “celebrity” hospitalization.

Topic Highlights = There were some welcoming and pleasant observations made about actors Hal Sparks, Peter Falk and actor/actress Alexis Arquette however, there was no love or affe...

Gary Busey And Jeff Conaway Fight On 'Celebrity Rehab'

November 19th, 2008 2:34pm EST
Gary Busey
Tempers flared during a recent taping of reality TV show Celebrity Rehab when actors Gary Busey and Jeff Conaway challenged each other to a fight.

Conaway accused the Into The West star of manhandling him and suggested Busey should be in a "psych unit" at a hospital, fuming, "You're a maniac, keep your hands off of me."

Upset Busey responded, "I'll break you tonight."

The Grease star then screamed, "Shove it up your ass."

Show leader Dr. Drew Pinsky insisted the two fallen stars spend a little time alone together to sort out their differences - and they quickly became fr...

'Celebrity Rehab With Dr. Drew' Returns Oct. 23

October 11th, 2008 8:00am EDT
Gary Busey
VH1 has once again partnered with Dr. Drew Pinsky for a second season of the hit reality series "Celebrity Rehab with Dr. Drew." The series, consisting of eight one-hour episodes, is slated to premiere Thursday, October 23 at 10 p.m.

Similar to the first cycle, the second season of "Celebrity Rehab with Dr. Drew" will follow the real-life experiences of celebrity patients undergoing detoxification and treatment at a center in the Los Angeles area. The show will follow Jeff Conaway as he checks back into rehab after a series of back surgeries, setbacks and subsequent reliance on pain me...

Starpulse Answers Your Burning Questions

July 7th, 2008 1:42pm EDT
Tawny Kitaen
1.) Starpulse user bren71 asks, "When does 'Celebrity Rehab' season 2 start?"

"Grease" star Jeff Conaway, Rod Stewart's son Sean, model Amber Smith, Rodney King, American Idol contestant Nikki McKibbon, Guns N' Roses star Steven Adler, and actress Tawny Kitaen will participate in the second season of "Celebrity Rehab With Dr. Drew." Gary Busey, who has been sober for 13 years, will also be on the show to offer support to the stars. Season two will air on VH1 in October.

2). mark15 asks, "Why is Sarah Michelle Gellar not doing the Alice McVille movie anymore?

Earlier this mo...

'Grease' Is The Word: Celebrating The Iconic Film's 30th Anniversary

June 16th, 2008 11:01am EDT
It opened on June 16, 1978: Grease, the Paramount movie musical about one school year at fictional Rydell High, was a phenomenon from the start, taking in $12.7 million dollars domestically in its opening weekend (more than double its production costs) and going on to gross $380 million worldwide.

Danny: Oh, bite the weenie, Riz.

Rizzo: With relish.

30 years have passed since "Grease" debuted in theatres yet the film itself remains as fresh, relevant and relatable as ever: Whether a baby-boomer or a Millennial, in the halls of old Rydell, we are all 17 again. Based on the orig...

Gary Dourdan To Join 'Celebrity Rehab?'

June 13th, 2008 10:36am EDT
Gary Dourdan
CSI star Gary Dourdan is joining the troubled stars on the second season of hard-hitting reality show "Celebrity Rehab With Dr. Drew," according to reports.

The actor was arrested in California in April after police found drugs in his car. He agreed a deal in court requiring him pay a $4,500 fine and to complete a 16-class drug program.

According to the National Enquirer, producers of the show approached Dourdan shortly after the plea bargain and asked him to take part in the series - and he agreed.

A source tells the tabloid, "Gary knows he screwed up, but he wants to stay i...

Gary Busey Serves As Camp Counselor

June 11th, 2008 10:37am EDT
Gary Busey
Gary Busey, rocker Steven Adler and 1980s pin-up Tawny Kitaen will join Taxi star Jeff Conaway for the second season of hard-hitting reality show "Celebrity Rehab." Conaway, who quit the show's first season days before his treatment was complete, revealed he was returning to the show to kick his dependency of painkillers on the red carpet at the TV Land Awards over the weekend.

Busey and the others seeking the help of TV psychologist Dr. Drew Pinsky checked into the televised rehab on Monday.

Busey, who claims 13 years of sobriety, is not among the troubled souls on the show - the...

'Celebrity Rehab' Star Jeff Conaway Back In Rehab

June 10th, 2008 8:47am EDT
Jeff Conaway
Jeff Conaway has re-entered rehab in a bid to kick his dependency on painkillers.

Appearing at the TV Land Awards in Los Angeles at the weekend, bent double and using a cane to limp down the red carpet, the actor told reporters he'll be taping reality show "Celebrity Rehab" from Monday.

Conaway quit the first season of the show days before completing his televised treatment, but, speaking from the red carpet at the awards show, he revealed he's determined to finish what he started last year.

The actor, who played rocker Kenickie in Grease, insists his years of substance abuse...

Jeff Conaway Was Drunk At Three

March 8th, 2008 1:04pm EST
Jeff Conaway
Troubled Taxi star Jeff Conaway owes his alcohol addiction to a boozy childhood - he first got drunk when he was three. The actor, who is currently battling drinking, cocaine and painkiller issues, admits his family had a very liberal approach to alcohol.

He says, "My grandmother used to make beer in the bathtub and we'd drink together; we'd sit there and suck on the hose and drink this deep dark brown beer that she would make. The first time I got drunk, I was three; I drank a bottle of sherry. I thought it tasted like ice-cream."

Conaway is hoping to kick his alcohol addiction w...

Jeff Conaway Plans A Second Stint In 'Celebrity Rehab'

March 7th, 2008 9:28am EST
Jeff Conaway
Troubled Grease star Jeff Conaway is planning a second stint on hard-hitting reality show Celebrity Rehab, despite quitting the program days before completing his televised treatment. The actor - who played Kenickie in the iconic 1978 musical movie - was struggling with severe cocaine, painkiller and alcohol addictions when he signed up to appear with other fallen stars on psychologist Dr. Drew Pinsky's TV experiment.

He quit the program early when the facility which housed himself and others, like fellow actor Daniel Baldwin, reportedly ran out of the pain medication he needed. Howev...

Jeff Conaway Says Scientology Saved Him From Drug Addiction

March 3rd, 2008 8:22am EST
Jeff Conaway
Actor Jeff Conaway has credited his faith in Scientology for helping him to successfully kick his drug habit. The 57-year-old star, who battled addictions to cocaine, alcohol, and painkillers on the reality TV show "Celebrity Rehab," claims he was introduced to the controversial religion by his Grease co-star John Travolta - and his newfound belief has cured his need for the damaging substances.

He tells "Inside Edition," "I've been doing Scientology... My doctor was like, 'Holy cow', he says whatever you've been doing keep doing it because it's really working. John and I stayed frien...

VH1 Gears Up For 'Celebrity Rehab,' Season 2 Of 'Rock Of Love' & More

December 18th, 2007 9:17am EST
Celebrity Rehab
VH1 is ringing in 2008 with a full slate of new premieres and returning series. For the first time VH1 will air The Broadcast Film Critics Association's (BFCA) "Critics' Choice Awards" and will also premiere the new series "Celebrity Rehab with Dr. Drew."

"Rock of Love with Bret Michaels" and "Scott Baio is 46 ... and Pregnant" both return for second seasons while "My Fair Brady ... Maybe Baby" returns for a third season.


The Broadcast Film Critics Association's (BFCA) "Critics' Choice Awards" will premiere LIVE on VH1 from ...

Brigitte Nielsen: 'I Consider Myself An Awful Mother'

November 29th, 2007 8:55am EST
Brigitte Nielsen
Sylvester Stallone's ex-wife Brigitte Nielsen fought back tears as she came to terms with the fact she's a bad mom as part of a hard-hitting new TV show.

The Danish actress is one of eight stars taking part in new show "Celebrity Rehab," which debuts in America in January. Counselor Dr. Drew Pinsky invited the addicts to open up about their insecurities in one episode and alcoholic Nielsen revealed her parenting skills were lacking when it came to her son Jullian.

She said, "He suffered brain tumors for two years and he was suicidal. It was so bad... I was not there. I consider ...

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