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28 Celebrities Who Use Stage Names

November 14th, 2013 1:03pm EST
28 Celebrities Who Use Stage Names
Many celebrities have changed their names before they hit it big, and for many reasons. Let's take a look at some of the biggest stars who didn't take their birth name to Hollywood.

Katy Hudson didn't want to be confused with Kate Hudson, so she took her mother's maiden name and became Katy Perry.

Oprah Winfrey's name is iconic, but it's not actually her real name. It's Orpha, after the biblical figure. However, so many people mispronounced her name while she was growing up that the mispronunciation stuck.

Barry Manilow was born Barry Alan Pincus. He took his mother's maiden name...

Male Celebrities Who Have Had Plastic Surgery

October 1st, 2013 1:07pm EDT
Mickey Rourke
Usually we think about women when we think about plastic surgery in Hollywood. However, plenty of leading men had had some work done to keep their youthful appearance. Here are some male celebrities who have had plastic surgery...

Mickey Rourke

Despite never losing a matching during his three-year boxing career, the fights left Mickey's face disfigured. The actor says he went to the "wrong guy" for his cosmetic work. He had five operations on his nose and had to fix a broken cheekbone.

Bruce Jenner

Bruce had a facelift and nose job in the 80s during a rough period in his life. "I ...

Health And Storm Delay Barry Manilow Tour

July 14th, 2013 2:02pm EDT
Barry Manilow
Barry Manilow had to cancel a concert in Utah on Friday due to illness, a day after high winds and lightning forced him to call off another show in Colorado.

The veteran singer was preparing to perform at the outdoor Red Rocks Amphitheater near Morrison, Colorado on Thursday when bad weather hit, so he delayed the start of the show to let the storm pass.

However, the weather only worsened, prompting officials to evacuate the audience and axe the show. Manilow, 70, subsequently took to his page to apologies, writing, "I am very sorry that the Red Rocks show had to be canceled....

Barry Manilow Headlines 4th Of July Concert In Washington, D.C.

July 6th, 2013 12:57pm EDT
Barry Manilow
Veteran crooners Barry Manilow and Neil Diamond thrilled spectators (mostly the ones who were 30 in 1979) in Washington, D.C. on Thursday by performing a spectacular concert to celebrate America's Independence Day.

Thousands flocked to the city's National Mall to watch the Fourth of July extravaganza, which included an emotional performance from Diamond, who sang his anthem Sweet Caroline in tribute to victims of the recent Boston Marathon bombing.

The event also included a video message from Lincoln director Steven Spielberg before celebrated composer John Williams conducted the National...

Barry Manilow Rocks Rochester

September 9th, 2012 9:01am EDT
Barry Manilow
For the near capacity multi generational crowd it was all too short; but the fans at the Barry Manilow concert in Rochester, New York Friday night were jovial and in full voice. The crowd that gathered in the Blue Cross Arena was in large part female, but there were quite a number of male fans…and children.

Manilow opened this show as he has nearly all his shows for over 40 years, with “It’s a Miracle”. Donned in black pants and shirt with a hot pink jacket spent the next hour and a half with two jacket changes as he performed some of his biggest hits and a few not so famous songs from h...

New Music from Barry Manilow

September 4th, 2012 9:23pm EDT
Barry Manilow
School has barely begun for students with some yet to begin but the stores are filled with decorations for Halloween, Thanksgiving, and yes Christmas. But the stores are not the only place holiday items are popping up…

On October 2 Grammy, Emmy, and Tony Award winning performer Barry Manilow will be releasing his third Chirstmas album – “Barry Manilow: The Classic Christmas Album”. The album of 16 songs is a compilation with a majority of the tunes taken from his first two holiday albums – “Because it’s Christmas” and “A Gift of Love”.

“The Classic Christmas Album” is currently availabl...

Happy 30th Birthday, Britney Spears!

December 2nd, 2011 8:15am EST
Britney Spears
Happy birthday, Britney Spears - the pop princess turns 30 today.

Britney's come a long way since breaking into showbiz on "The New Mickey Mouse Club," releasing seven best-selling albums, scooping a Grammy Award, launching a multi-million dollar perfume empire and becoming a mum to two boys.

She suffered a public meltdown in 2008 and has two failed marriages behind her but the singer has turned her life around after settling down with boyfriend Jason Trawick and hitting the road with her "Femme Fatale Tour," which grossed more than $6 million in its first 10 shows.

To mark her latest mi...

Barry Manilow Donates To Joplin, Missouri Music Program

October 22nd, 2011 10:30am EDT
Barry Manilow
Barry Manilow is to donate $300,000 worth of instruments to a high school in Missouri after learning the music department's equipment was largely destroyed by tornadoes earlier this year.

Tornadoes devastated Joplin in May, killing dozens of people and levelling many homes, and touched by the tragedy, the singer's non-profit organisation, the Manilow Music Project, has now donated funds and launched a community instrument drive to help the students and administrators at Joplin High School rebuild it's music department.

He says, "I know firsthand how invaluable music can be to get you thro...

Barry Manilow Battling Heart Disease AFib

September 13th, 2011 12:36pm EDT
Barry Manilow
Legendary crooner Barry Manilow has been battling a serious heart disease for more than 15 years.

The singer has opened up about his health condition for the very first time, revealing he's been secretly suffering from atrial fibrillation, more commonly known as AFib, which causes the heart to beat out of rhythm, sometimes causing permanent damage, stroke or heart failure.

The 68-year-old Grammy winner says, "When I first experienced AFib more than 15 years ago, it was really scary - it felt like a fish flopping around in my chest. I thought I knew about all the risks, but it turns out ...

Don Cheadle And Brendan Gleeson Honored By Friars Club

July 26th, 2011 12:54pm EDT
Don Cheadle
Don Cheadle and Brendan Gleeson were the toast of New York's comedy circuit on Monday after they were inducted into the legendary Friars Club.

The pair was presented with the Best New Buddy Comedy Duo Award for their performances in new black comedy The Guard.

They were also given a lifetime membership to the private club, which boasts Barry Manilow, Frank Sinatra, Billy Crystal and Whoopi Goldberg in its ranks.

Veteran funnyman Jerry Lewis, abbot of the Friars Club, congratulated the pair on their achievements in a message read aloud at the bash.

Referring to his own partnership wi...

Barry Manilow, Suzanne Somers Make Bizarre Pact to Plan Each Other's Funerals

June 12th, 2011 9:12am EDT
Barry Manilow and Suzanne Somers  | Photo Credits: Stephen Lovek
As morbid as it sounds, Barry Manilow can rest easy knowing that when he dies, he could go out in style. That's because he and his best friend, Suzanne Somers, made a pact to produce each other's funerals ... or at least one will for "whoever goes first."

On Wednesday's The Talk, the ladies and guest host Somers sat down with Manilow, who was promoting his new album, "15 Minutes." The BFFs revealed that they...

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Barry Manilow To Release All Original New Album Entitled '15 Minutes'

May 24th, 2011 1:19pm EDT
Barry Manilow
Guitar-Driven Pop Album Explores Fame’s Double-Edged Sword: 15 MINUTES, the first original album from singer-songwriter Barry Manilow in 10 years, is set to be released on June 14th.

Manilow is releasing 15 MINUTES through the independent label STILETTO Entertainment and in partnership with FONTANA, the award-winning independent marketing and sales company of UNIVERSAL Music Group.

More than two years in the making, Manilow teams up once again with lyricist Enoch Anderson for this latest work.

After having recorded six critically acclaimed albums of songs written by the greatest songwrit...

Hugh Martin, 'Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas' Songwriter, Dies At 96

March 13th, 2011 11:54am EDT
Hugh Martin | Photo Credits: Jesse Grant/WireImage
"Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas" songwriter Hugh Martin has died. He was 96.

Martin is best known for composing the score to the 1944 musical Meet Me In St. Louis, in which Judy Garland famously performs the song that became a seasonal classic. Martin and songwriting partner Ralph Blane received an Academy Award nomination for Best Original Song for writing the film's "The Trolley Song."

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Katy Perry, Miley Cyrus, Ciara & More Were all out for Clive Davis' Annual Pre-Grammy Awards Bash (Pics!)

February 13th, 2011 3:37pm EST
Katy Miley Ciara
The stars were out in full-force Saturday night at music mogul Clive Davis' annual pre-Grammy Gala & Salute to Industry Icons. This year's event honored Davis' fellow music mogul David Geffen and was held at the Beverly Hilton in Beverly Hills, CA.

Several guests even performed during the party - Jennifer Hudson and Barry Manilow performed a duet together; and R. Kelly played a short set. And Mary J. Blige, Leona Lewis, Cee Lo Green and Rod Stewart also joined the festivities and sang some of their hits.

But Whitney Houston's performance was the big highlight of the evening as she took th...

'American Idol' Recap: The Idols Improve With Lennon And McCartney

April 7th, 2010 9:42am EDT
The Idols Improve With Lennon and McCartney
There’s something I’ve noticed about this season of ‘American Idol’: A lot of cringes.

Those cringes come whenever we see who’s coming up next. Like in this scenario: Ryan says, “Up next it’s Casey James”. Instantly, there’s a shudder as we think of the boring mess he’s about to give us.

This feeling of unease goes pretty much down the line. Be it Tim, Katie, Aaron or Andrew, there are so many contestants whose impending performance is something you’d rather not see.

But tonight, many of those shudders were unfounded as a lot of the former bottom dwellers raised their game, turning in...

Britney Spears Completes Tour, Gives Lance Bass A Lap Dance

September 28th, 2009 11:49am EDT
Britney Spears Gives Lance Bass A Lap Dance
Britney Spears concluded the North American leg of her Circus tour with two raunchy shows in Las Vegas - where she performed a lap dance for singer Lance Bass.

The pop star wrapped up her seven-month tour in Sin City on Sunday and gave fans a thrill by inviting the 'N Sync star - her friend and former tour mate - to join her onstage at the Mandalay Bay venue. Spears proceeded to serenade him while writhing seductively to her track Breathe On Me, while Bass could be seen singing along.

Barry Manilow was also in the audience, while former Spice Girl Melanie Brown and teen sensation Mi...

Elizabeth Taylor Pulls Out Of Michael Jackson Memorial

July 6th, 2009 9:25pm EDT
Elizabeth Taylor Pulls Out Of Jackson Memorial
Elizabeth Taylor has declined an invite to speak at pal Michael Jackson's memorial on Tuesday because she doesn't want to be a part of the hoopla surrounding the event.

The 77-year-old movie star was rumored to be attending the tribute with Barry Manilow, but she reveals she won't be going to the Staples Center event in Los Angeles.

In a message to fans via, the actress writes, "I've been asked to speak at the Staples Center. I cannot be part of the public whoopla (sic). And I cannot guarantee that I would be coherent to say a word. I just don't believe that Michael would ...

'King Kong', 'Creature' To Join Universal Studios Hollywood In 2010

May 24th, 2009 4:00pm EDT
King Kong
King Kong, among the screen’s most powerful and enduring icons, will re-emerge on the famed and newly upgraded Universal Studios Hollywood Studio Tour in summer, 2010 as a thrilling and ground-breaking 4-D multi-sensory marvel, a new signature attraction for Universal Studios Hollywood.

The new King Kong attraction, based on the Oscar®-winning 2005 Universal Pictures film, will combine thrilling visceral effects with the world’s largest Surround Digital projection system to create a next-generation theme park experience.

Larry Kurzweil, President and Chief Operating Officer, Unive...

Family Guy Volume Seven Arrives On DVD June 16 (Win A Copy!)

May 24th, 2009 9:00am EDT
Family Guy
Sick, twisted, politically incorrect and freakin' sweet, Family Guy Volume Seven arrives on DVD June 16 from Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment. With all-new uncensored hilarity and hi-jinx, the national phenomenon continues as the Griffin clan embarks on even more outrageous adventures. Highlights include zany antics such as Peter's obsession with a 1963 hit song "Surfin' Bird," Stewie kidnapping the entire cast of "Star Trek: The Next Generation" and Brian getting injured during a take of Peter's version of "Jackass."

The collection also features an all-star line-up of celebrit...

Barry Manilow Honored With Friars Club Accolade

February 16th, 2009 11:38am EST
Barry Manilow
Barry Manilow has been inducted into New York's legendary Friars Club - following in the footsteps of Frank Sinatra, Billy Crystal and Whoopi Goldberg.

The Copacabana singer, 65, was honored on Saturday by the private club - formerly the Press Agents' Association - which is known for paying mocking tributes, known as 'roasts', to its members. However Manilow, who was recognized for his chart-topping career, admitted he was relieved he had avoided being made fun of by his famous peers.

Accepting the honor, he told the crowd: "Thank you so much for not roasting me. I've been roas...

'American Idol' Week 4

February 5th, 2009 5:02pm EST
American Idol
The traveling circus known as the first weeks of "American Idol" packed up its tents from eight audition sites and finally set up shop in Hollywood. The Kodak Theatre, home of the Academy Awards, played host to 147 hopefuls for another round of individual try-outs.

Once everyone was settled in, Simon Cowell gave a nice welcome speech that didn't help anyone's nerves: "All we're looking for is a star. Good luck."

The potential pop stars were then taken away to a conference room, where Barry Manilow - was Neil Diamond busy that day? - gave them an inspired pep talk that included thi...

Paul McCartney To Appear On 'The Colbert Report' This Wednesday

January 27th, 2009 5:00pm EST
Paul McCartney
Music legend and Rock and Roll Hall of Fame musician Paul McCartney will appear as a guest on Comedy Central's Emmy® and Peabody® Award-winning The Colbert Report on Wednesday, January 28 at 11:30 p.m. ET/PT. McCartney's appearance will be his first and only scheduled U.S. late-night appearance in support of the new album, Electric Arguments, released under The Fireman alias used by McCartney and producer/musician Youth.

Other musicians who have previously appeared on the show include Neil Young, Tony Bennett, Willie Nelson, R.E.M., The Roots, John Legend, Barry Manilow, John Mellencam...

Actress/Singer Kristin Chenoweth Releases Christmas CD; Win A Signed Copy!

October 31st, 2008 7:00pm EDT
Kristin Chenoweth
On October 14, 2008 Sony BMG Masterworks released Kristin Chenoweth's new Christmas CD A Lovely Way To Spend Christmas. For her third album, Chenoweth covers a wide range of Christmas songs from "Christmas Island," popularized by The Andrew's Sisters to Kristin's personal favorite "Come On Ring Those Bells."

Recorded at Capitol Recording Studio's legendary Studios A & B where Sinatra, Judy Garland and Nat King Cole all etched their Christmas standards, A Lovely Way To Spend Christmas is an eclectic combination of full orchestral arrangements, along with big band, a bit of tropical isla...

Barry Manilow Is Not Sick, Not Dying

July 18th, 2008 10:11am EDT
Barry Manilow
Barry Manilow's aides have hit back at shock tabloid reports the crooner is wasting away. The crooner appears skeletal and frail in recent photos of him taken at the beach in Malibu, California.

But his publicist has dismissed stories Manilow is dying and weighs in at less than 100 pounds.

A spokesperson says, "He's pretty trim but 100 pounds? Give us a break... and no, he's not ill."

Manilow is currently rehearsing his one-man show in Las Vegas.

-Barry Manilow Pictures

(This news article provided by World Entertainment News Network)

Manilow Fans 'Friends'

July 8th, 2008 7:00pm EDT
Barry Manilow
Crooner Barry Manilow sees so many of the same fans at concerts, he considers them all his "friends."

The "Copacabana" singer is said to have the biggest fan club in the world - and they have been dubbed 'Fanilows.'

But Manilow hates using the term - because he looks upon some of his more familiar fans as pals.

He says, "I don't like the word fan. The people who come to see me are loyal and some of them come to so many shows that they feel like friends now."

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(This news article provided by World Entertainment News Network)

Notable Quotables

February 18th, 2008 7:00pm EST
Victoria Beckham
"My underwear is all fluorescent right now. David will love it." Spice Girl Victoria Beckham is confident her colorful lingerie will be a big turn on for her soccer star husband.

"I'm completely wet from head to toe. I'm soaked. I was freezing." Janet Jackson on the provocative naked cover shot for her new album "Discipline."

"I'd love to do a duet with Johnny Depp." Barry Manilow is thrilled by news Depp would be interested in recording with him.

"My features were too big and I had these kind of far-apart eyes, which looked like I had two fish swimming in my ears. I was seve...

Barry Manilow Plans Two New Albums In 2008

February 1st, 2008 12:35pm EST
Barry Manilow
Crooner Barry Manilow is planning a busy 2008 - he's hitting the road and releasing two new albums. The Copacabana singer refuses to slow down at the age of 64, and can't wait to unleash his new material on his army of fans.

Speaking at the AmfAR AIDS charity gala in New York on Thursday, Manilow says, "I'm releasing two new albums this year. One is the greatest hits of the 80s and the other is new material I've written."

(This news article provided by World Entertainment News Network)

Barry Manilow Returns Home To Revisit The Seventies

January 25th, 2008 10:38am EST
Barry Manilow
Performing live in his old Brooklyn stomping grounds, Barry Manilow's latest DVD is the best sort of homecoming. A wonderfully entertaining television special, Barry Manilow: Songs From The Seventies was filmed in September 2007 at the old Navy Yard in Brooklyn, "right down the block from where I grew up in Williamsburg," as Manilow explains onstage. The special will premiere on PBS stations across the nation in early December.

Rhino, in association with Stiletto Television, captures the artist's triumphant return to his old neighborhood where he sings his biggest hits -- and some gre...

Sony BMG Music Entertainment Launches Platinum Musicpass Digital Album Cards

January 15th, 2008 2:12pm EST
Celine Dion
SONY BMG Music Entertainment today announced the launch of Platinum MusicPass, a series of digital album cards that enable consumers to download full-length albums, and in many cases special bonus content, in the form of high-quality MP3 files. The first 37 titles in the series, which represent musical genres ranging from Rock and Pop to R&B and Country, will debut on January 15th, 2008 and by the end of the month will be available at 4,500 retail outlets across the United States. In Canada, MusicPass will debut in late January of 2008.

"The introduction of MusicPass is an important p...

Memorable Celebrity Quotes

November 13th, 2007 8:00pm EST
"Because of my culture, I wouldn't have wanted to date white guys before, but they're killing it right now - Paul Walker, Justin Timberlake, Orlando Bloom. Every hot guy I see is white." Rihanna, who recently confirmed she's dating Josh Hartnett, lines up her white hotties.

"There's a line that I've drawn about my personal life. Everyone's invited into my music, but you can't come into my personal life unless I invite you in." Barry Manilow likes to keep his private life under wraps.

"I want to hang my own laundry. You do that with sheets, it's a dream." Celine Dion loves certain...

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