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15 Celebrities Who Were Adopted

10/20/2014 11:15am EDT
15 Celebrities Who Were Adopted
Kristen Chenoweth was adopted by a family in Oklahoma when she was five days old.

The singer/actress is a strong advocate for adoption and told Pop Tarts in 2010: “It always goes back to my parents who adopted me, who gave me unconditional love and self-esteem. I don’t think I’d be where I am without them.”

She also told Yahoo! Music: "I feel a lot of love from my mom and dad who adopted me. Maybe I would have had a very different life had I not been adopted but my parents have really helped shape who I am. I do things sometimes they don't agree with, but I'm their kid and they love me. I...

Gone But Not Forgotten: Notable Celebrity Deaths In 2013

12/31/2013 7:01pm EST
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As 2013 comes to a close, it's time to reflect on all the stars we lost this year.

From the shocking deaths of Glee star Cory Monteith and Fast & Furious' Paul Walker, to those who left us in old age, on their terms, we bid them one last goodbye.

They may be gone but their legacies will live on. May they rest in peace.


Singer Patti Page died in California on January 1, 2013. She was 85. (obit)


"The Sopranos" actor Tony Lip died on January 4 at the age of 82. (obit)


"Diff'rent Strokes" actor Conrad Bain died of natural causes at the age of 89 on January 14. (obit)...

Thousands Mourn And Remember The Life Of Nelson Mandela

12/15/2013 12:00pm EST
Nelson Mandela
Thousands gathered to bid a final farewell to Nelson Mandela as he was laid to rest Sunday. Stars including Oprah Winfrey, Forest Whitaker, and Prince Charles were among were among the thousands of mourners in attendance.

Altogether, 4,500 guests gathered in the village of Qunu, South Africa to remember the country's former president, who passed away on  December 5 from a lung infection.
Mandela's family and friends congregated with global leaders and celebrities around the civil rights icon's casket during the service, which was held in a marquee in his ancestral village.
The casket...

Kate Middleton, Naomie Harris Attend Mandela Movie Premiere, Learn Of Icon's Death At Screening

12/6/2013 10:00am EST
Kate Middleton & Prince William
Kate Middleton and Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, attended the Royal Film Performance of "Mandela: Long Walk To Freedom" premiere in London on Thurseday.

The prince paid his respects to Mandela after learning of the civil rights icon's death after the screening. He said, "We are just reminded what an extraordinary and inspiring man Nelson Mandela was, and my thoughts and prayers are with him and his family right now."

The film is based on Mandela's biography and focuses on his early life, coming of age, education and the 27 years he spent in prison before becoming president of South A...

Paris Hilton Victimized By Online Prankster With 'Stupid Fake' Nelson Mandela Tweet

12/6/2013 9:02am EST
Paris Hilton
American heiress Paris Hilton has blamed an Internet practical joker for faking a message from her Twitter account suggesting she had confused Nelson Mandela with Martin Luther King, Jr.

On Thursday night, bloggers were sent into a tizzy when a screen grab of a message, purportedly from Hilton's account, appeared on the web in the hours after news of Mandela's death broke.

The tweet, which reports suggested had been deleted from Hilton's page after a few minutes, read, "RIP Nelson Mandela. Your 'I Have a Dream' speech was so inspiring. An amazing man."

However, the 32 year-old sociali...

Six Stars Who Have Played Late South African Civil Rights Icon Nelson Mandela

12/6/2013 7:31am EST
Nelson Mandela
South African civil rights icon and former president Nelson Mandela died on Thursday at the age of 95.

Mandela had been in poor health over most of the last year, and he "passed on peacefully," according to South African President Jacob Zuma, who announced the leader's death on Thursday.

Two films about Nelson Mandela this year, and a handful of movies about the South African anti-apartheid revolutionary have been released over the years. One film, Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom, stars Idris Elba in the title role.

"I am stunned at this very moment, in mourning with the rest of the world ...

Former South African President Nelson Mandela In Critical Condition

6/24/2013 12:44pm EDT
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Former South African president Nelson Mandela, 94, is fighting for his life after being downgraded from serious-but-stable condition to critical condition over the weekend.

The humanitarian leader was hospitalized on June 8 for a lung infection and his health took a turn for the worse on Saturday.

South African leader Jacob Zuma said in a statement that doctors are doing "everything possible" to keep Mandela alive.

Two weeks ago Mandela's ambulance broke down on a trip from Johannesburg to a medical center in Pretoria, forcing him to wait for almost an hour for another to arrive.

The de...

Nelson Mandela Has Fluid Drained From Lungs

3/31/2013 1:07pm EDT
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Former South African leader Nelson Mandela has undergone a surgical procedure to drain fluid from his lungs. 

The civil rights icon, 94, was hospitalized on Wednesday night to treat a recurring bout of pneumonia, and a spokesman for the country's President Jacob Zuma announced on Saturday that doctors had performed a procedure to ease Mandela's breathing difficulties. 

The statement reads, "Former President Nelson Mandela was admitted to hospital during the late hours of March 27 2013 due to a recurrence of pneumonia. Doctors advise that due to the lung infection former President Mandela ...

Nelson Mandela Hospitalized

12/9/2012 3:07pm EST
Nelson Mandela
Civil rights icon Nelson Mandela has been airlifted to a hospital in his native South Africa. The country's former president was taken from his home in the rural village of Qunu, in the Eastern Cape Province, to a medical center in the city of Pretoria on Saturday.

The 94 year old was kept under doctors' care overnight, but no details have been made available about his condition.

South African President Jacob Zuma visited Mandela in hospital on Sunday and relayed his condition in a statement, revealing he is "comfortable and in good care... and looks well after a restful night... (He) i...

Morgan Freeman Urges Fans To Take Part In Nelson Mandela Day

7/17/2011 11:02am EDT
Morgan Freeman
Morgan Freeman is calling on his fans to volunteer for 67 minutes of community service to mark Nelson Mandela's upcoming birthday.

The former South African president will turn 93 on Monday, which will be marked with the 2011 Nelson Mandela Day campaign.

Activists aim to encourage devotees around the world to give up 67 minutes of their time - to mark each year Mandela has dedicated his life to fight for humanity - by serving their local community or helping charities.

Freeman, who played Mandela on the big screen in Invictus, has given his backing to the initiative and is calling for mor...

Celine Dion Names Her Twins After Mandela And Marnay

10/29/2010 9:56am EDT
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Celine Dion has named her newborn twin boys after former South African president Nelson Mandela and her late songwriting partner Eddy Marnay.

The 42-year-old singer gave birth to the tots in Florida on Saturday, marking the end of a long struggle with in-vitro fertilization (IVF) treatments as she strived to expand her family with husband Rene Angelil. The baby boys were discharged from hospital on Thursday and Dion has now revealed the names of her newborns. One baby has been named Nelson, after Mandela, and the other Eddy, in memory of the Algerian songwriter who died in 2003.

A repre...

Naomi Campbell: 'I Was Used As A Scapegoat'

9/22/2010 3:30pm EDT
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Naomi Campbell is adamant prosecutors forced her to give evidence at the war crimes trial of former Liberian President Charles Taylor in a desperate bid to publicize the case.

The British supermodel testified during proceedings in the Netherlands last month, admitting she received a pouch of uncut gems after a dinner party hosted by Nelson Mandela in South Africa in 1997. Campbell claimed she didn't know what the "dirty stones" were or who had given them to her, while prosecutors claim the rocks were in fact blood diamonds, used to finance the 1991-2002 Sierra Leone civil war.

Now, the ...

Naomi Campbell's 'Blood Diamonds' Handed Over To The Police

8/7/2010 7:00am EDT
Naomi Campbell
The 'blood diamonds' which Naomi Campbell allegedly received from former Liberian president Charles Taylor have been handed over to authorities in South Africa.

The British supermodel took the stand at The Hague, Netherlands on Thursday as part of Taylor's ongoing war crimes trial to face allegations she accepted the illicit gems - which are used to fund conflicts - after a dinner party thrown by Nelson Mandela in 1997.Campbell claimed she didn't know what the "dirty stones" were or who had given them to her, while prosecutors claim the rocks were in fact blood diamonds, used to finance t...

Sexy Hip-Shaking Shakira Steals The Show At World Cup Closing Ceremony

7/12/2010 8:33am EDT
Shakira helped to get the party started in South Africa on Sunday when she kicked off the 2010 World Cup closing ceremony with an energetic performance of the tournament's official anthem, "Waka Waka (This Time For Africa)."

The Colombian superstar headlined the opening celebrations in Soweto last month and she took center stage again on Sunday to sing the track with local group FreshlyGround, ahead of the final between Spain and the Netherlands.

Shakira's hip-shaking set came after a lights and fireworks show, which also featured a military flyover, to bid farewell to the 2010 competitio...

R. Kelly Headlines World Cup Opening Game Concert

6/12/2010 1:27pm EDT
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R. Kelly officially kicked off the 2010 FIFA World Cup in South Africa on Friday with a rousing performance of the tournament's anthem "Sign Of Victory."

More than 84,000 soccer fans sang along at Soweto's Soccer City before the opening game between host nation South Africa and Mexico.

Kelly headlined the pre-game spectacular with the Soweto Spiritual Singers.

South Africa's former leader Nelson Mandela, who was expected to be a big part of the concert, had to miss the celebrations following the death of his 13-year-old great-granddaughter.

The teenager was killed in a car crash on her ...

Check Out 'Invictus' On Blu-ray, DVD, On Demand & Digital Download May 18

5/16/2010 7:23am EDT
Morgan Freeman portrays anti-apartheid activist and former South African president Nelson Mandela in "Invictus," a Clint Eastwood-helmed political drama adapted from author John Carlin's book - "The Human Factor: Nelson Mandela and the Game That Changed the World."

Set just after the fall of apartheid and during Mandela's first term in office, "The Human Factor" explores how the political prisoner-turned-president used the 1995 Rugby World Cup - which was hosted by South Africa - as a means of bringing blacks and whites together after decades of violence and mistrust.

Matt Damon co-star...

Naomi Campbell Storms Out Of Interview After Blood Diamond Questions (Video)

4/23/2010 11:56am EDT
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Naomi Campbell cut an interview short with ABC by walking out and knocking over a camera. The model stormed out after a reporter questioned her over an alleged gift she received from former Liberian president Charles Taylor.

Mia Farrow claims that Campbell received a blood diamond - named as such because they are mined in war zones and used to finance insurgencies and warlords in Africa - from the former president while they were visiting Nelson Mandela. Charles Taylor is now under investigation for crimes against humanity, and the gift of such a diamond would be key evidence.

So far, Cam...

Leona Lewis To Release Her Highly-Anticipated New Album 'Echo' Nov. 17

8/25/2009 12:51pm EDT
Leona Lewis new album Echo
Leona Lewis who took the music world by storm with the release of her 2008 debut album Spirit announces today that her follow up album entitled "Echo" will be released on November 17th on J Records/Syco Music.

"Spirit", Leona's debut album has sold over 6 million albums worldwide since its release, earned three Grammy award nominations, and was the best selling new artist of 2009. In the U.S., "Spirit" debuted at #1 on the Billboard album chart, marking the first time in music history that any album by a British female artist has entered Billboard's Top 200 album chart at #1, as well as ...

Just Jinjer: Huge In South Africa, Ready For The U.S.

4/9/2009 5:00pm EDT
Just Jinjer
Just Jinjer is the top selling artist in South Africa and the most successful rock act in South African history, selling an amazing two Double Platinum albums and one Gold album. Now the band has hit L.A. and is getting poised for their US debut. They've toured with U2 and Counting Crows; and their first US single, "Can I Have More", was released on April 7th.

YouTube user SiriusBackspin made an AMV (Anime Music Video) using the band's song "Can I Have More" with the Anime "Requiem From The Darkness". Check it out:

Can I Have More

A brief bio in the ...

Jeffrey Dean Morgan Upsets #1 Brad Pitt - Here's 'Celebrity Madness' Round 2! (Pt. 1)

3/23/2009 1:35pm EDT
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Cast your votes for your favorite celebs in Round 2 of's first annual "Celebrity Madness" tournament! With round one over, you've narrowed the field of 64 down to 32 and we've got 16 more matchups for you to vote on in both our men's and women's brackets!

Round 2 will consist of four parts with eight matchups in each one for you to vote on. Links to both men's and women's below.

-Click here to see the results of the first round!

For more information on the "Celebrity Madness" tournament and to get updated & printable brackets, go HERE.

The Matchup


Play Starpulse's 'Celebrity Madness 2009 - The Men' (Round 1, Group 2)

3/19/2009 1:02pm EDT
Number One Seed Brad Pitt
Cast your votes for your favorite male & female celebrities in's First Annual "Celebrity March Madness" showdown! In the spirit of the NCAA Men's and Women's Basketball Tournaments, we bring you two celebrity tournaments throughout the month of March that will determine the number one male and female celebrity - chosen by YOU!

All you have to do is cast your vote in the poll under the picture for one of the two celebs in each matchup! At the end of the round, we'll tally the votes and get the next round underway. There's even a bracket (updated after each round) with all ...

Bryan Adams Rocks For Peace

9/18/2008 10:55am EDT
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In the wake of the recent conflict in Georgia, global recording artist Bryan Adams will head to Tbilisi, Georgia, for a September 19th concert billed as Peace, Freedom and Democracy for Georgia.

The free concert will take place at 8pm at Rikhe Square in Tbilisi, the capital and largest city of the Republic of Georgia.

The performance comes 40 days following the first date of loss of life in that country – a significant day for the predominantly Orthodox Christian faith who believe the souls of those departed continue their journey after 40 days.

The concert will be follow...

Bryan Adams Spends The Summer On The Road

6/24/2008 6:30pm EDT
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Mega-platinum recording artist Bryan Adams will spend his summer in North America with a series of co-headlining tour dates with Foreigner, then Rod Stewart. Adams will also hit select cities during the run with his critically acclaimed acoustic shows, ‘A Very Special Solo Performance.’ Adams will perform selections from his current release, 11 (exclusively available at Wal-Mart stores and Sam’s Club nationwide), as well as classic hits, tour begins July 15th in Augusta, Maine.

The appropriately titled 11 is Adams’ 11th album of all-original music. Earlier this year, 11 debuted in ...

Goo Goo Dolls To Perform Free Concert At Best Buy

11/6/2007 5:35pm EST
Goo Goo Dolls
In an exciting promotion for their forthcoming release The Goo Goo Dolls Greatest Hits, Vol. 1 -- The Singles, the Goo Goo Dolls, one of the great American rock and roll bands of our generation, will perform a free 30-minute concert on Thursday, November 15th at 7:00pm for customers who purchase their copy of the album from consumer electronics retailer Best Buy on the street date of Tuesday, November 13th.

Beginning that day when The Goo Goo Dolls Greatest Hits, Vol. 1 -- The Singles is released by Warner Bros. Records, fans will be directed by the band's website (

Celebrity Birthdays, July 18

7/18/2007 3:00am EDT
Kristen Bell
Happy Birthday to "Veronica Mars" actress Kristen Bell (1980), System of a Down guitarist Daron Malakian (1975), "The Pacifier" star Vin Diesel (1967), actress Anne-Marie Johnson (1960), actor James Brolin (1940), "Total Recall" director Paul Verhoeven (1938), author Hunter S. Thompson (1937; d. 2005), singer Screamin' Jay Hawkins (1929; d. 2000), South African president Nelson Mandela (1918), comedian/actor Red Skelton (1913; d. 1997), and Canadian actory Hume Cronyn (1911; d. 2003).

Oprah’s Leadership Academy for Girls in South Africa Officially Opens

1/2/2007 9:00am EST
Oprah Winfrey
Former South African President Nelson Mandela and local dignitaries will join Oprah Winfrey in celebrating the opening of the Oprah Winfrey Leadership Academy for Girls - South Africa -- a private learning and residential environment for grades 7-12 that engenders high standards of academic achievement and service leadership for girls who show outstanding promise despite their social circumstances. The Leadership Academy, which is located in Henley-on-Klip in Gauteng Province, opens on Tuesday, January 2, 2007.

As part of the opening welcoming events, Oprah Winfrey will raise the Leade...

Celebrity Birthdays, July 18

7/18/2006 3:00am EDT
Kristen Bell
Happy Birthday to "Veronica Mars" actress Kristen Bell (1980), System of a Down guitarist Daron Malakian (1975), "The Pacifier" star Vin Diesel (1967), actress Anne-Marie Johnson (1960), actor James Brolin (1940), "Total Recall" director Paul Verhoeven (1938), author Hunter S. Thompson (1937; d. 2005), singer Screamin' Jay Hawkins (1929; d. 2000), South African president Nelson Mandela (1918), comedian/actor Red Skelton (1913; d. 1997), and Canadian actory Hume Cronyn (1911; d. 2003).

Top Selling International Superstar Katie Melua Will Join Il Divo On North American Leg Of World Tour

5/15/2006 2:30pm EDT
Katie Melua
Riding high on the success of her multi-platinum debut album "Call off the Search," Katie Melua's latest album "Piece By Piece," has sold over 2.5 million copies and holds steady at the top of the charts throughout Europe. She is currently Britain's biggest-selling female artist for two consecutive years (2004 and 2005). Katie's soulful, acoustic sound has captured audiences around the world and this summer she will be a special guest on the North American leg of Il Divo's 2006 World Tour.

At 21 years of age, this international singing sensation has performed for Nelson Mandela, rock...

Kate Moss Allegedly Used Faberge Egg to Transport Cocaine

3/7/2006 10:55am EST
Kate Moss
Kate Moss allegedly used a Faberge egg to carry cocaine, ecstasy and the date-rape drug Rohypnol around the world with her. The supermodel used the jewel-encrusted egg - worth $70,000 - to carry a supply of drugs through customs as she moved from one modelling job to another in the '90s.

A friend of the star has claimed she took ecstasy and Rohypnol, which is medically used to treat sufferers of acute insomnia, to "come down" from coke-fuelled highs. Kate, 32, took the egg - normally used as an ornament - on a South African trip in 1998, where she was due to meet the then South African...

Sir Bob Geldof Wins 'Freedom Of The City' of Dublin

3/7/2006 10:02am EST
Bob Geldof
Sir Bob Geldof has been given the 'Freedom Of The City' of Dublin. The former Boomtown Rats frontman-turned-activist was presented with the honor - which gives him the right to graze sheep in the city's central park - on Sunday. Accepting the award, he said: "It is raining and it's cold, but it is a beautiful day."

He was joined at the ceremony by his 91-year-old father, Bob Geldof Senior, and three of his daughters. The 'I Don't Like Mondays' singer also accepted a Waterford crystal globe in recognition of the two decades he has spent fundraising for the poor.

Geldof organized th...