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William Shatner and stars pay tribute to Mickey Rooney

April 7th, 2014 6:20am EDT
William Shatner
William Shatner and Carol Channing are among the stars who have paid tribute to Hollywood actor Mickey Rooney who died yesterday (04.06.14).
The veteran actor, whose career spanned over nine decades, passed away aged 93 due to natural causes following a lengthy period of ill health, according to TMZ.
Mickey's former co-star Carol said in a statement: "I loved working with Mickey on 'Sugar Babies'. He was very professional, his stories were priceless and I love them all ... each and every one. We laughed all the time (sic)."
Oscar-winning actress Marlee Matlin took to Twitter after the news...

Marlee Matlin alerts police to fan's suicidal tweet

April 2nd, 2014 9:30pm EDT
Marlee Matlin
Actress Marlee Matlin became caught up in a Canadian fan's suicide drama on Wednesday (02Apr14) after the teenager declared she was going to take her own life on

The Children of a Lesser God star became panicked after Raena Patatta from Nova Scotia sent her a message via the social networking site and claimed she would be committing suicide at noon.

Matlin retweeted the message for the attention of local police, calling on them to help locate the devotee, who is described on her Twitter page as an 18-year-old quadriplegic.

She later revealed that she had been contacted by a ...

Marlee Matlin: 'Bogus sign language interpreter at Mandela memorial was a joke'

December 12th, 2013 3:10am EST
Marlee Matlin
Deaf actress Marlee Matlin has blasted the organisers of Nelson Mandela's memorial service in South Africa for allowing a mystery man to take to the stage and perform fake sign language during the speeches.

Officials are still trying to figure out how the bogus interpreter was allowed to get so close to world leaders at Tuesday's (10Dec13) send-off, and the Oscar winner insists that whoever is responsible for the gaffe should be reprimanded.

Matlin, who was watching the memorial service in Los Angeles early on Tuesday and trying to make sense of what sign language she saw, tweeted, "Fake ...

Marlee Matlin thanks fans for support as dad falls ill

October 4th, 2013 3:22am EDT
Marlee Matlin
Actress Marlee Matlin has thanked fans for their support following the hospitalisation of her father.

The Children of a Lesser God star took to on Thursday (03Oct13) to insist rumours that her father Donald had passed away were false, but revealed he is under doctors' care after falling ill.

After an outpouring of well wishes on the social networking site, Matlin reached out to thank her followers for their kind words.

She writes, "My dad has not passed. He's sick in the hospital. One day at a time.

"Thank you all for well wishes for my dad. We are still keeping a watch duri...

Marlee Matlin recovering from shoulder surgery

July 22nd, 2013 3:20am EDT
Marlee Matlin
Actress Marlee Matlin is experiencing a "slow and painful" recovery after undergoing shoulder surgery on Friday (19Jul13).

The Oscar-winning actress checked into hospital for the operation and warned fans she would be taking a break from to recuperate, but she returned to the site on Sunday (21Jul13) to update followers on her condition.

Uploading a photograph showing her resting in bed, she writes, "Shoulder surgery recovery is slow & painful but surely feeling fine soon thanks to husband family friends & YOU."

Rihanna And Other Stars Send Out Prayers And Condolences To Oklahoma Tornado Victims

May 21st, 2013 6:07pm EDT
Rihanna, Slash, and many other stars have reached out to offer their prayers to the people of Oklahoma following a devastating series of tornadoes.

Powerful tornadoes landed in Oklahoma City Monday, destroying several buildings. Currently, the death toll is over 90 people, with dozens being school children. The children were at Plaza Towers Elementary School when the storms ripped through the building.

Rihanna took to and posted the simple message, "Praying for Oklahoma." Slash wrote, "Horrible what the people in Oklahoma just went thru. The devastation they're facing now. & t...

'SNL' Pokes Fun At Sign Language Interpreters; Deaf Actress Marlee Matlin Insulted

November 5th, 2012 8:56am EST
Saturday Night Live
During the "Saturday Night Live" opening sketch over the weekend Fred Armisen and Bobby Moynihan impersonated New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg and New Jersey Governor Chris Christie in a press conference sketch about Hurricane Sandy.

What made the sketch so entertaining was two castmates offering comic signing beside the mayor and governor. But deaf actress Marlee Matlin wasn't amused.

In a series of tweets she wrote: "Millions of deaf people use sign (language). Why poke fun/fake it? Poke fun at ME but not the language.

"Sign is not mime; it is a legit language. That's why I develo...

Celebrity Fans Pay Tribute To 'Jeffersons' Star Sherman Hemsley

July 25th, 2012 9:01am EDT
Sherman Hemsley
Following his death on Tuesday, many celebrities paid tribute to "The Jeffersons" star Sherman Hemsley, including Josh Duhamel, Kevin Smith, Denise Richards and Lenny Kravitz.

Hemsley died at his home in El Paso, Texas, from apparent natural causes. He was most famous for his role as George Jefferson in sitcom "All in the Family" and spin-off series, "The Jeffersons," which featured a predominantly black cast.

Kravitz, whose late mother Roxie Roker was Hemsley's co-star on "The Jeffersons," wrote, "Rest in peace Sherman Hemsley. You are legendary. Your contribution changed the fabric of A...

Celebrities React To Death Of Donna Summer

May 17th, 2012 3:37pm EDT
Donna Summer died on Thursday at the age of 63 — and her fans are sharing their feelings on Twitter.

Here are some reactions to Donna’s passing away:

Sandra Bernhard: a moment please for the wonderful #donnasummer a beautiful person a great disco diva and revolutionary performer. it’s just not right.

Gloria Estefan: Few singers have impacted music & the world like Donna Summer! It’s the end of an era. Peace & prayers 2 all who loved her. I will miss her!

Mary J. Blige: RIP Donna Summers!!!!!!!!!

Billy Ray Cyrus: R I P #Donna Summer LEGEND !!! Your music will live forever.

Timbaland: t...

'The Celebrity Apprentice' – Teresa Giudice And Lisa Lampanelli Are 'Blown Away'

May 7th, 2012 1:28pm EDT
The Celebrity Apprentice
Last well, the celebrities were tasked with writing a jingle for Good Sam’s roadside assistance program. On Unanimous, Aubrey O’Day pushed her ideas forward, and teammates Teresa Giudice and Project Manager Arsenio Hall let her. On Team Forte, Dayana Mendoza micromanaged teammates Clay Aiken and Lisa Lampanelli to a loss, and it was Dayana’s turn, as Project Manager, to be fired.

This week on, Celebrity Apprentice: It’s the third to last episode of the series (ends May 20,) so hold on to your hats, folks. We have a task, followed by a Board Room firing, followed by an unexpected visit by t...

Red Carpet Fashion Hits Of 2011

December 22nd, 2011 8:00am EST
Fashion Hits Of 2011
It's been another star-studded year on the red carpet, but before putting 2011 completely in the books, we thought we'd take a look back at some fashion standouts that occurred throughout the past 12 months.

While some of 2012's big events are right around the corner, let's take one last look back at some of the fashion hits from 2011. Check out the slideshow and enjoy!

Catherine Zeta-Jones gave her beloved New York Jets a boost on the red carpet at the 2011 Golden Globe Awards.

"Glee" star Lea Michele in pink at last year's Globes.

Shakira rocked the carpet Cannes France last...

John Stamos Hosts Christmas Concert For The Troops

December 7th, 2011 11:17am EST
John Stamos
Actor John Stamos teamed up with the Beach Boys to honor America's troops at a special Christmas concert on Tuesday.

Country star Lorrie Morgan and actress Marlee Matlin also took to the stage to pay tribute to soldiers in active duty at the annual Christmas Concert For The Troops at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts Concert Hall in Washington, D.C.

Morgan sang the holiday classic My Favorite Things as well as In My Room with the Beach Boys, before joining with Broadway star John Lloyd Young to perform America The Beautiful as a duet.

The evening's host Stamos later t...

Stevie Wonder To Compete On 'Dancing With The Stars'

December 1st, 2011 10:00am EST
Stevie Wonder
Blind soul legend Stevie Wonder is losing weight so he can look good while competing on TV show "Dancing With The Stars."

The singer insists he's deadly serious about showing off his dancefloor moves on the show.

Announcing the news on Wednesday's Ellen DeGeneres Show, Wonder said, "I'm losing weight. When I get to where I feel like I'm gonna look good enough for what I wanna do I'll do that."

He'll be the first blind celebrity to dance on the show but not the first with a major disability - deaf actress Marlee Matlin and her partner Fabian Sanchez finished seventh in the contest in 2008...

Celebrities React to East Coast Quake!

August 23rd, 2011 3:55pm EDT
After a 5.9 magnitude earthquake hit the East Coast on Tuesday, many celebrities went straight onto their Twitter accounts to talk about the incident.

Marlee Matlin: “A 5.8 earthquake in DC? Hope all is well in the Beltway, if you live there. We’re used to them in LA.”

Andy Cohen: “Wow Mother Nature IS killing it today! Didn’t feel the quake where I am.. I feel left out! “

Adam Levine: “Ok. Even GOD is pissed off at Washington now. I’d rather laugh than panic. It’s much healthier.”

Nicole Polizzi: “Omg earthquakeeeee. 2012 is near, I knew it! I hope everyones okay!!!”

Caroline Manzo: ...

Marlee Matlin & Steven Tyler Pay Tribute To Betty Ford

July 10th, 2011 5:30pm EDT
Marlee Matlin
Former addicts Marlee Matlin, Stevie Nicks and Steven Tyler have paid tribute to beloved former U.S. First Lady and rehab pioneer Betty Ford, who died on Friday.

Ford, who passed away at the Eisenhower Medical Center in Rancho Mirage, California, battled breast cancer, prescription drug addiction and alcoholism during her life.

She went on to set up the Betty Ford Center in Palm Springs, which has become a sanctuary for celebrities battling addictions - and several stars have paid tribute to Ford, the wife of Gerald Ford, the 38th president of the United States.

Tyler says, "Betty Ford t...

'Celebrity Apprentice' – The Finale - And The Winner is …

May 23rd, 2011 8:54pm EDT
We start with Donald Trump bombastically proclaiming this season as, of course, the best season ever, thanks to him. Cue the unfolding of a red carpet for the Donald to strut along. Two poor fellows ran before him, unrolling a seemingly endless red carpet until it abruptly runs out, just before the entrance. As they fell to the ground, he tells them …. wait for it! … “You’re Fired.” Oh, that Donald …

We’re down to the Final Two – country star John Rich, and Academy Award winning actress, Marlee Matlin. When we left the duo last week, they were both enmeshed in the creation and production o...

Donald Trump Makes Toughest Apprentice Decision, Names John Rich 'The Celebrity Apprentice' (Video)

May 23rd, 2011 12:30pm EDT
John Rich name Celebrity Apprentice
Country star John Rich has been named the winner of The Celebrity Apprentice.

The singer saw off competition from Oscar-winner Marlee Matlin in a live finale on Sunday.

Host Donald Trump admitted he struggled with the decision, telling the contestants, "I've never had to go through something like this... You've both been amazing."

Rich picked up a $250,000 prize, which he has pledged to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital.

The series began with 16 celebrity competitors, including David Cassidy, Meat Loaf, Lil Jon, LaToya Jackson, Gary Busey and Mark McGrath.

Talking 'Celebrity Apprentice' With Marlee Matlin & John Rich

May 22nd, 2011 2:12pm EDT
Marlee Matlin
Tonight, NBC's latest edition of The Celebrity Apprentice comes to a close, with Oscar winner Marlee Matlin and country music star John Rich going head-to-head for the title and even more money for their respective charities. Before their showdown, both Marlee and John checked in with me to chat about their experiences on the show. They may be the two most gracious opponents I've ever interviewed.

(If you missed it earlier, you can also check out my earlier interview with fellow Celebrity Apprentice contestant Hope Dworaczyk.)

You've been tough competitors all season long. What do you...

'Celebrity Apprentice' – Retro Rumble – The Final Two Part 1

May 16th, 2011 11:51am EDT
Retro Rumble
Last week: two terrible OnStar promo videos later, Star Jones was fired. There are now only four Celebrities still in the game; Meat Loaf, Lil Jon, John Rich and Marlee Matlin.

We return to the lounge, where Lil Jon and John Rich are awaiting Trump’s decision. They know that Meat Loaf will give as good as he gets, but worry that Star will triumph again. They are ecstatic to see Meat. But Marlee, the other survivor, is teary and upset. She’s lost her team mate, and the win for her charity. Meat Loaf tries to cheer her up, but she clearly would have preferred Star to remain.

No time to rela...

'The Celebrity Apprentice' – Laugh On – Recap May 8

May 9th, 2011 1:37pm EDT
The Celebrity Apprentice
So last week, the teams organized “hair” shows, and NeNe Leakes declared war on Star Jones. LaToya Jackson came back, and joined the men’s team. Hope Dworaczyk was pronounced weak and fired.

This week: Continuing from the end of last week’s BoardRoom, we see Lil Jon and John Rich relaxing with LaToya and Marlee Matlin. The men are delighted to have LaToya on their team, but Marlee interviews that she doesn’t think it’s fair that LaToya not only was allowed to come back, but was assigned to work with the men. When Star and NeNe enter the room, NeNe hugs LaToya, but Star grabs her things an...

Meat Loaf Ashamed Of Gary Busey Fight On 'Celebrity Apprentice'

May 5th, 2011 10:15pm EDT
Meat Loaf
Rocker Meat Loaf is ashamed of his behavior on Donald Trump's reality show The Celebrity Apprentice, confessing his televised bust-up with actor Gary Busey was "one of the most embarrassing moments" of his life.

The star aimed an angry tirade at Busey, his fellow contestant, after accusing the actor of stealing his art supplies during one creative challenge.

It has become one of the talking points of the current series - and Meat Loaf admits he's not proud that he lost his cool while the cameras were rolling.

Appearing on Thursday's Ellen DeGeneres Show in America, the "Bat Out of Hell" ...

'Celebrity Apprentice' Shear Madness: 'I'm Telling Mr Trump On You'

May 2nd, 2011 11:33pm EDT
After briefly recapping last week’s debacle, it’s time to have a look at the celebrity line-up for this, the ninth episode. Minus castoff LaToya Jackson, Team ASAP is down to 4 ladies; Nene Leakes, Star Jones, Marlee Matlin, and Hope Dworaczyk. The men, Team BackBone, have 3 members; John Rich, Meat Loaf and Lil Jon.

We join John Rich as he visits a patient from St. Jude’s Hospital. He presents a check for $649,900. That’s a chunk of change that the families of the littlest patients can really use.

This week, the celebrities have gathered in a parking garage, where they meet up with Donal...

'The Celebrity Apprentice' - Bitter Suites - Recap For April 24

April 25th, 2011 12:10pm EDT
Trump Hotel Collection
We’re back in the Party Room, just after losing Gary Busey last week. NeNe Leakes is still sulking about LaToya Jackson not wanting to be her best friend, and Star Jones greets the men of BackBone as they file in for a much needed drink. Meat Loaf and Lil Jon tell the ladies of ASAP a few Busey stories. The men seem almost giggly in their relief. John Rich joins both teams in a toast to a great race.

Hope Dworaczyk brings her check to her visit with Best Buddies, a charity she supports.

A new day for the teams, and especially for NeNe, who is determined they’ll do whatever work they have...

Gary Busey Wants To Help Others Identify Hearing Disabilities

April 24th, 2011 3:45pm EDT
Gary Busey
Actor Gary Busey is planning to put his improved hearing to good use by helping others who may be suffering from deafness as a result of a traumatic brain injury.

The Lethal Weapon 4 star had no idea he was partially deaf until Oscar-winner Marlee Matlin, his fellow contestant on hit TV show The Celebrity Apprentice, recognized his tendency to shout for no reason.

The deaf actress recommended Busey see a specialist and he was subsequently fitted with a hearing aid.

The eccentric actor's hearing is now crystal clear and he is convinced the problem stems from brain surgery he underwent in ...

'Celebrity Apprentice' Recap 'Raising The Steaks' Yummm!

April 18th, 2011 11:30am EDT
Meat Loaf The Celebrity Apprentice
Keeping a team member in play when no one else wants to work with them will damage your overall energy. At Team Backbone this week, John Rich, Lil John, and Meat Loaf were working against a total, soul-sucking, energy hole. The fact that they could even raise their heads enough to try to bring the challenge in was a tribute to each of their commitments to their charities.

Continuing from last week’s firing of Mark McGrath, Backbone was visibly stunned to see Gary Busey walk through the door. Meat Loaf and Lil Jon were clearly unhappy, while John Rich went to a safe place in his mind, decid...

Marlee Matlin Shows Off Her Curves At GLAAD Media Awards

April 11th, 2011 1:00pm EDT
Marlee Matlin
Marlee Matlin looked spectacular in a sequined gown at the 22nd Annual GLAAD Media Awards in Los Angeles on Sunday.

The "Celebrity Apprentice" star and her team recently raised a staggering $986,000 for an all-time "Apprentice" record in their challenge. Do we smell a winner?

She recently told about the show, "I found myself in an environment where people dealt with each other in a manner that was completely foreign to me. But that's what I liked about it. I might be deaf, but I found a way through the noise and chatter to do my best work with everyone on my team."


'Celebrity Apprentice's' NeNe Is 'A Big Bully' - April 10 Recap

April 11th, 2011 11:55am EDT
The Celebrity Apprentice
This week: Pirates me Maties! Hope doesn’t show her biggest assets, and paranoia runs deep for LaToya. Oh yeah, and Busey’s STILL here.

Week 5 and I am now having recurring nightmares of Donald Trump’s weird lip movements. Last week, the teams made ‘art’, and sold it for record amounts. Meat Loaf spectacularly lost his temper on Gary Busey for no real reason, and Richard Hatch got the boot, despite the entire team wanting Busey gone. We can only go up from here, right?

Five celebrities now remain per team. LaToya Jackson, realizing that her team think her ineffective and weak, is determin...

'Celebrity Apprentice's' Meat Loaf Is A Bat Out Of Hell! The Recap

April 4th, 2011 11:07am EDT
Meat Loaf Is A Bat Out Of Hell
This week: Meat Loaf makes a meal of himself in front of the viewing audience, LaToya milks Michael’s fame, and Marlee shows the teams how to bring in the money.

We return to the aftermath of Dionne Warwick’s leaving last week, as the two teams gather. The Men (BackBone) are ecstatic, celebrating their third win in a row, but the Women (ASAP) are in tatters, with NeNe Leakes weeping over Dionne’s rudeness, Star comforting NeNe (“She gone, she gone.”,) and LaToya Jackson telling Lil Jon that she is being set up for a fall. “I know I’m dealing with sneaky, cunning girls, and I’m not used to ...

'The Celebrity Apprentice' - Dionne Warwick Is 'Off The Hook' – ReCap

March 28th, 2011 11:27am EDT
The Celebrity Apprentice
In which I learn very little about video phones, Jose Canseco ‘feels pretty’, and Dionne Warwick learns that The Boss cannot be faked out, no matter how much you need your beauty sleep.

This week’s episode began with several of the Backbone (Men’s) team admitting to Gary Busey and each other that their previous week’s win was due to the group effort, and that they needed to present a strong, united front to the A.S.A.P. (Women’s) team, in order to keep winning. Busey tearfully presented two $20,000 checks to a representative of his charity, The Centre for Head Injury Services, explaining...

Niki Taylor Wants Dionne Warwick To Sub Out On 'Celebrity Apprentice'

March 24th, 2011 10:53am EDT
Niki Taylor
Niki Taylor remained the ‘class act’ she truly is during a live conference call with the media yesterday. She praised fellow team members Marlee Matlin, NeNe Leakes and Hope Dworaczyk , but did not have any compliments for Dionne Warwick, whom she repeatedly identified as a 70 year old, miserable, woman who did not appear to want to be in the game.

Under questioning, Ms Taylor admitted that, having seen Lisa Rinna savaged by the team the previous week, she worried about her turn as Project Manager, but was the only player who had actually ever been camping. She also felt that, had her team...

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