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Statement from Paul Newman's daughters

The statement released Saturday by Paul Newman's daughters, Susan, Stephanie, Elinor, Melissa and Clea: Paul Newman played many unforgettable roles. But the ones for which he was proudest never had top billing on the marquee. Devoted husband. Loving father. Adoring grandfather. Dedicated philanthropist. Our father was a rare symbol of selfless humility, the last to acknowledge what he was doing was special. Intensely private, he quietly succeeded beyond measure in impacting the lives of so many with his generosity. Always and to the end, Dad was incredibly grateful for his good fortune. In his own words: "It's been a privilege to be here." He will be profoundly missed by those whose lives he touched, but he leaves us with extraordinary inspiration to draw upon. During this difficult time, we ask for privacy for our family.

Heath Ledger's Daughter to Inherit multi million estate

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Heath Ledger DeathOn 27 September 2008 Heath Ledger's father Kim stated that Matilda Rose would inherit the entire estate valued at 20 million U.S. Dollars. He is quoted as saying "There is no claim. Our family has gifted everything to Matilda."

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Controversy over will
After Heath Ledger's death, in response to some press reports about his will, filed in New York City on 28 February 2008, and his daughter's access to his financial legacy, his father, Kim Ledger, said that he considered the financial well-being of his granddaughter Matilda Rose the Ledger family's "absolute priority" and her mother, Michelle Williams, "an integral part of our family," adding "They will be taken care of and that's how Heath would want it to be." Some relatives of Heath Ledger may be challenging the legal status of his will signed in 2003, prior to his involvement with Michelle Williams and the birth of their daughter and not updated to include them, which was filed in New York and divides half of his estate between his parents and half among his siblings; they claim that there is a second, unsigned will, which leaves most of that estate to Matilda Rose. Williams' father, Larry Williams, has also joined the controversy about Ledger's will as it was filed in New York City soon after his death.

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On 31 March 2008, stimulating another controversy pertaining to Ledger's estate, Gemma Jones and Janet Fife-Yeomans published an "Exclusive" report, in The Daily Telegraph, citing Ledger's uncle Haydn Ledger and other family members, who "believe the late actor may have fathered a secret love child" when he was 17, and stating that "If it is confirmed that Ledger is the girl's biological father, it could split his multi-million dollar estate between ... Matilda Rose ... and his secret love child." A few days later, reports citing telephone interviews with Ledger's uncles Haydn and Mike Ledger and the family of the other little girl, published in OK! and Us Weekly, "denied" those "claims", with Ledger's uncles and the little girl's mother and stepfather describing them as unfounded "rumors" distorted and exaggerated by the media.

On 15 July 2008, Fife-Yeomans reported further, via Australian News Limited, that "While Ledger left everything to his parents and three sisters, it is understood they have legal advice that under WA law, Matilda Rose is entitled to the lion's share" of his estate; its executors, Kim Ledger's former business colleague Robert John Collins and Geraldton accountant William Mark Dyson, "have applied for probate in the West Australian Supreme Court in Perth, advertising "for 'creditors and other persons' having claims on the estate to lodge them by 11 August 2008 ... to ensure all debts are paid before the estate is distributed...." According to this report by Fife-Yeomans and earlier reports citing Ledger's uncles, which do not include his actual posthumous earnings, "his entire fortune, mostly held in Australian trusts, is likely to be worth up to $20 million."

Heather Locklear Arrested After "Concerned Citizen" Calls CHP

Locklear was arrested and released in Santa Barbara, California on September 27, 2008 on suspicion of driving while under the influence of prescription drugs.

Ryan O'Neal & Gary Coleman in trouble

Actor Ryan O'Neal, 67, and 23-year-old Redmond - his son with actress Farrah Fawcett - were busted Wednesday on felony drug charges.

Deputies found what is believed to be methamphetamine on them during a probation sweep of their Malibu home. Father and son were later released on $10,000 bail each.

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Former child star Gary Coleman was charged Wednesday with reckless driving and disorderly conduct following an argument in a bowling alley in Utah.

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Village People to receive Hollywood Star


Today (Friday September 12, 2008) Village People will receive 2,369th star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

Village People sang YMCA, Macho Man, In The Navy and other Dosco songs.

Dalai Lama's brother dies in U.S

Taktser Rinpoche, the pro-independence eldest brother of the Dalai Lama, has died in his U.S. home, a family member and a Tibet advocacy group said on Saturday. He was 86.

Dalai Lama was recently hospitalized for 5 days (August 28, 2008 - September 2, 208).

Lindsay Lohan's grandfather dies

Lindsay Lohan's father Michael confirmed the death of his dad Richard. Richard had been suffering from terminal colon cancer.

Dr. Dre's son Andre Young, Jr., 20, found dead

Dr. Dre's son Andre Young, Jr., 20, was found dead at 10:24 am on August 23, 2008. According to reports, Andre Jr. returned home early in the morning on Saturday and was later found unresponsive by his mother. The cause of death is deferred pending test results done by the Los Angeles County Coroner's office.

André Romelle Young (born February 18, 1965), better known by his stage name Dr. Dre, is an American record producer, rapper, and record executive. He is the founder and current CEO of Aftermath Entertainment and a former co-owner and artist of Death Row Records, also having produced albums for and overseeing the careers of many rappers signed to those record labels. As a producer he is credited as a key figure in the popularization of West Coast G-funk, a style of rap music characterized as synthesizer-based with slow, heavy beats.

Gladys Power, World's last female WW1 veteran dies 109

Gladys Stokes Luxford Powers (May 10, 1899 – August 15, 2008) was, at age 109, the last female veteran of the First World War following the March 27, 2007 death of fellow 109-year-old Charlotte Winters from the US. She was also the last veteran living in Canada following the death of Dwight Wilson on May 9, 2007, the day before Powers' 108th birthday. The last Canadian-born veteran, 108-year-old John Babcock, lives in the US.

Powers was born in Lewisham, County of London, the daughter of Frederick Charles Stokes. During her childhood she lived in both Turkey and Australia. In 1915, she volunteered as a barracks waitress for the WAAC despite the minimum age being 17. Later she transferred to the WRAF. In 1920, she married Edward Luxford, a Canadian soldier.

Death of two Allens - Christie Allen & Sandy Allen

2 persons with last name Allen died in about 24 hours period

Christie Allen (died August 12, 2008) was a pop singer in Australia
Sandy Allen (died August 13, 2008) was a world's tallest woman (lived in Indiana, USA).

Christie Allen (September 12, 1954 - August 12, 2008) was a pop singer who had a successful career as a recording artist in her adopted homeland of Australia.

Her first three singles from her debut album Magic Rhythm were substantial hits. The first single was a ballad "Falling In Love With Only You" reaching number 20 in 1979. Her next two singles were strongly influenced by the popular disco style - "Goosebumps" reached number 3 in 1979, and "He's My Number One" reached number 4 in 1980. With sales of 60,000, "Goosebumps" would be Allen's greatest success and was one of Mushroom Record's highest selling singles at that time.

Allen was voted the country's most popular female performer at the Countdown Awards in 1979 and 1980.

Christie Allen was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in March 2008 and died at her home in country Western Australia on 12 August 2008.

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Sandra (Sandy) Elaine Allen (June 18, 1955 - August 13, 2008) was the tallest living woman in the world according to Guinness World Records. She was 7' 7¼ inches (232 cm) in height.

She wrote a book named Cast A Giant Shadow, and appeared in the Guinness Book of World Records since 1976. Her abnormal height was due to a tumor in her pituitary gland that caused it to release growth hormone uncontrollably. At age 22, she underwent surgery for the condition. Without this she would have continued to grow and suffer further medical problems associated with gigantism.

She appeared in the Academy Award winning Italian film Il Casanova di Federico Fellini, a TV movie called Side Show and in a Canadian/American documentary film called Being Different. The New Zealand band Split Enz immortalized her in a song, "Hello Sandy Allen," released on their 1982 album Time and Tide.

Allen used a wheelchair because her legs and back could not support her tall stature in a standing position. At one point in her life, she was bedridden due to disease, and consequently her muscles atrophied. Because of this physical limitation, she spent her last years in Shelbyville, Indiana, in a retirement center, the same one as Edna Parker, the oldest living person in the world.

The Indianapolis Star reported that Ms. Allen died early in the morning of August 13, 2008.

Rumor of the day - "Lil' Wayne's daughter is dead"

There is a rumor going on in the WWW (among younger generation folks).

The rumor says the Hip Hop (rap) artist Lil Wayne's daughter Reginae is killed in a car accident Sunday, August 10, 2008.

But everyone related to Reginae says she's alive and well.

This is becomeing a news right now.

Celebrity Fashion Critic Mr. Blackwell Hospitalized

Richard Blackwell (AKA Mr. Blackwell), 85, has been in the hospital and unconscious since Tuesday, his partner, Robert Spencer, said from his home in Los Angeles. He is suffering from septic shock and is being treated with antibiotics. Doctors say his condition is stable.

Richard Blackwell (born August 29, 1922, Brooklyn, New York as Richard Sylvan Seltzer) is a fashion critic, journalist, television personality, artist, former child actor and former fashion designer, sometimes known just as Mr. Blackwell. He is the creator of the Ten Worst Dressed Women list, an annual awards presentation he unveils in January of each year.

Morgan Freeman in serious condition after auto accident

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On August 4, 2008, actor Morgan Freeman was listed in serious condition at Regional Medical Center in Memphis, Tennessee, after a car accident the previous night around 11:30pm

Morgan Freeman was seriously injured in an automobile accident near Ruleville, Mississippi, on August 3, 2008. The vehicle in which he was traveling, a 1997 Nissan Maxima, flipped over several times. He and a female passenger were rescued from the vehicle using the "Jaws of Life". Freeman was evacuated via medical helicopter to a hospital in Memphis. Drugs or alcohol have not been ruled out

* Update: Morgan Freeman is in good spirits and is planning to have surgery. "He has a broken arm, broken elbow and minor shoulder damage but he is in good spirits."

Morgan Freeman (born June 1, 1937) is an Academy Award-winning American actor, film director and narrator. Noted for his reserved demeanor and authoritative speaking voice, Freeman has become one of Hollywood's most popular and respected actors

Christina Applegate Fights Breast Cancer


* Christina Applegate's on-again, off-again boyfriend died last month (July 1, 2008) 

Christina Applegate Breast CancerOn 3 August 2008, People Magazine reported that Applegate had been diagnosed with breast cancer. This was confirmed by her representative, who said in a statement: "Christina Applegate was diagnosed with an early form of breast cancer. Benefiting from early detection through a doctor ordered MRI, the cancer is not life threatening...Christina is following the recommended treatment of her doctors and will have a full recovery. No further statement will be issued at this time."

Christina Applegate (born November 25, 1971) is an Emmy Award winning American actress, known for playing Kelly Bundy on the long-running FOX Broadcasting Company sitcom Married... with Children. She has since established a film and television career, with major roles in several pictures, such as Farce of the Penguins, Anchorman, The Sweetest Thing, a Broadway revival of the musical Sweet Charity. She currently plays the lead character, Samantha Newly, in the ABC sitcom Samantha Who?

Bernie Mac Hospitalized With Pneumonia

Bernie Mac’s publicist said the actor’s pneumonia was not related to his sarcoidosis, which has been in remission since 2005, according to the Chicago Sun Times.
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