Ashley Judd details painful childhood, sexual abuse in new memoir

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(CBS) - In her new book "All That is Bitter & Sweet," actress Ashley Judd opens up about her troubled past, revealing she felt like a stranger in her famous country-music family and was a victim of sexual abuse as a child.

"My mother, while she was transforming herself into the country legend Naomi Judd, created an origin myth for the Judds that did not match my reality," Judd writes in the memoir



Dispatch from Detroit: Charlie Sheen bombs in his concert kickoff

FYI: Charlie sheen scheduled 23 live shows in 20 cities.  It was the opening day today.

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Charlie Sheen got a lesson in the fickleness of crowds Saturday night. While doing his best to cash in on his recent cult with the launch of his "My Violent Torpedo of Truth / Defeat Is Not an Option Show," he tried to position himself as a folk hero of freedom. Unfortunately for him, the audience that turned out here at the Fox Theatre took him at his word: They essentially booed him off the stage.


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Judge Judy (Judith Sheindlin) Hospitalized

TV Judge, Judith Sheindlin was rushed to hospital after complaining nausea and intestinal discomfort on the TV set.

She will stay over night at hospital for tests.

Judith Sheindlin (born October 21, 1942, 68 years old), better known as Judge Judy, is an American lawyer, judge, television personality and author. She passed the New York Bar examination in 1965 and became a prosecutor in the family court system. In 1976, Mayor Ed Koch appointed her a judge, first in criminal court and later, in 1980, as Manhattan's supervising family court judge. She was featured on CBS's 60 Minutes in the 1990s as a result of her reputation as a tough judge.

Judge Judy recieves star on the Hollywood Walk Of Fame! 14/02/06

Susan Lucci's Memoir Published - All My Life: A Memoir

Susan Victoria Lucci (born December 23, 1946) is an American actress, best known for portraying Erica Kane on the daytime drama All My Children. The character is considered an icon, and Lucci has been called "Daytime's Leading Lady" by TV Guide, with New York Times and Los Angeles Times citing her as the highest-paid actor in daytime television. Midway into her career, her salary had been reported as over $1 million a year.

Lucci is best known for playing Erica Kane on the ABC television soap opera All My Children, on which she has appeared since the show's inception on January 5, 1970. She is the only original cast member remaining on the series.

Zsa Zsa Gabor Hospitalized After Liz Taylor's Death

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LOS ANGELES (KTLA) -- Actress Zsa Zsa Gabor was hospitalized Wednesday with high blood pressure, her publicist said, caused by shock over Elizabeth Taylor's death.

He said Gabor was inconsolable, and said, "Oh, Jane Russell and Liz Taylor -- I'm next."

Lawrence Taylor, ex-Giants star, declared sex offender

Lawrence Taylor (one of the greatest NFL players) was arrested for having sex with a 16-year-old girl. He was charged with felony third-degree statutory rape, for allegedly engaging in sexual intercourse with someone under 17. He was also charged with third-degree patronization for allegedly paying the underage girl $300 to have sex with him. His bail was set at $75,000. Taylor is facing up to five years in prison and lifetime sex offender registration if convicted of both crimes. On June 23, 2010, Taylor was indicted on these charges, and pleaded not guilty on July 13. On January 13, 2011 Taylor pleaded guilty to some of the charges thereby resolving the case. On March 22, 2011 Taylor was sentenced to six years probation as part of a plea agreement, which saw him plead guilty to the misdemeanors of sexual misconduct and patronizing a prostitute.

He will also have to register as a sex offender.

Lawrence Julius Taylor (born February 4, 1959), nicknamed "L.T.", is a Hall of Fame former American football player. Taylor played his entire professional career as a linebacker for the New York Giants in the National Football League (NFL). He is considered to be one of the greatest players in the history of football,

Memorable Comments from Visitors

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Guest comment on John Walker's death:

I grew up with this incredible talent singing on the radio in the 60's. I graduated high school in '67 and this is one of the groups, and particularly him, that gave us the music that is still played today. I'm an older dad with 14 and 15 year old kids. When I saw news of his passing yesterday, I played "The Sun Ain't Gonna Shine Anymore" for them before they got on the school bus. They sat in awe of his voice and I said, 'now that's music". (They both agreed.) This type of news hurts my heart because of what his music meant to me. I mourn his passing and hope time helps his loved ones' hearts heal.
Rick Columbia
Pensacola, Florida


Guest comment on Mel McDaniel's death:

I learned the 10-step to "Lousiana Saturday Night", I learned the 19-step to "Baby's Got Her Blue Jeans On" at Silver Dollar Saloon in Las Vegas, Nv. and "Stand Up" was one of my all time favorites. My prayers go out to your family for their loss, and my congradulations go out to u for being called home by the Father.


Guest comment on Chris Benoit's death:

"I am not a wrestler but have known a few over the years Chris (Benoit) was my helper on a furniture delivery truck when he was 16 and training to be a wrestler He was a good kid I hate what he did to himself and family but I feel he should be in the Hall of Fame Because he was a legend in the wrestling world"

Nancy Pelosi hospitalized in Italy

Nancy Patricia D'Alesandro Pelosi (born March 26, 1940, 70 years old) was hospitalized in Italy, after having a fainting spell. After undergoing tests, she is now resting at her hotel. Today's meeting with Italian defense minister was canceled.

Gilbert Gottfried Fires by Aflac After Japan Joke Tweets

From 2000 until 2011, Gilbert Gottfried was the voice of the duck in the AFLAC commercials

In March 2011, Gottfried made jokes on his @realgilbert Twitter account in reference to the earthquake disaster in Japan. Despite deleting the tweets and apologizing, Gottfried was fired by Aflac as the voice of the Aflac Duck on March 14, 2011 in response to the tweets.

He wrote:

  • “What do you get when you cross a tsunami and a nuclear explosion? Stir fry!”
  • “Why do the Japanese eat so much ramen? Because it’s so easy to make: Just add water.”
  • “Did you hear about the Japanese stock market? It crashed on purpose!”

AFLAC Duck Roller Coaster

Comedian Gallagher recovering from heart attack

Gallagher (64) is an American comedian and prop comic, most popularly known for smashing watermelons as part of his act.

During a March 10, 2011 performance in Rochester, Minnesota, Gallagher collapsed to the stage gripping his chest. He was rushed to St. Mary's hospital and is currently in stable condition.

Gallagher - Showtime Comedy Spotlight (Sledge-O-Matic)

Annette Funicello, Disney Mouseketeer, Actress, rushed to hospital after house fire

On March 10, 2011, Annette Funicello's Encino, California home caught fire. She suffered smoke inhalation but was otherwise unharmed.

Annette Joanne Funicello (born October 22, 1942) is an American singer and actress. She was Walt Disney's most popular cast member of The Mickey Mouse Club, and went on to appear in a series of beach party films.

Funicello announced in 1992 that she suffers from multiple sclerosis.  She's been on wheelchair since then.

Annette Funicello

'Last Comic Standing' finalist Mike DeStefano dies 44

Comedian Mike DeStefano, best known for his stint on last season’s installment of Last Comic Standing, has died of massive heart attack. He was 44.

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January, February, 2011 - Reference (Trivial)

This post is for future reference.
What was going on on January & February of 2011

* Each story was too insignificant to be posted individually.

  • Charlie Sheen went on many TV shows and ranted on his boss.  Top rated show Two and a Half Men got canceled. 200 crews lost jobs.
  • Cristina Aguilera:  After forgetting lyrics to Stars Spangled Banner on Superbowl, she tumbled on the stage at Grammy.  Then she was booked on public intoxication.
  • Lindsay Lohan was charged with grand theft ($25,000.00 necklace).  Story is still unfolding.
  • John Galliano (fashion designer) got fired by Christian Dior after he was caught making anti-semitic remarks.  ("I love Hitler" "Your forefathers would all have been gassed" he said)
  • Borders filed for bankruptcy - planned to close hundreds of stores.

Let me know if I'm forgetting any more trivia events.

"Anna Nicole", the opera, premieres in London Thursday

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"Anna Nicole," the opera -- yes, the opera -- premieres at London's Royal Opera House Thursday.

The life of the Texas-born stripper who married a multi-millionaire more than 60 years her senior, then spent the rest of her life fighting his heirs over his money after he died, might not seem to belong on the same stage that hosts Verdi and Puccini.

Elizabeth Taylor Hospitalized with Heart Failure

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The 78-year-old icon is currently hospitalized with symptoms caused by congestive heart failure, which she has suffered from for several years.

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