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Actress Debbie Reynolds dies one day after daughter Carrie Fisher

Published: Wednesday, December 28, 2016 @ 8:46 PM
Updated: Wednesday, December 28, 2016 @ 9:07 PM

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Actress Debbie Reynolds has died, her son Todd Fisher confirmed to Variety. She was 84 years old.

Reynolds' death comes a day after the death of her daughter, actress, Carrie Fisher, who went into cardiac arrest Friday on a flight from London to Los Angeles.

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"She missed her daughter and wanted to very much be with her and she had discussed some other things," Todd Fisher told Entertainment Tonight. "She had been very strong the last several days. (There was) enormous stress on her, obviously, and this morning, she said those words to me and 15 minutes later she had a stroke and virtually left."

TMZ reported Wednesday that Reynolds, 84, was at her son Todd Fisher's house discussing funeral plans for her daughter, who died Tuesday.

Debbie Reynolds was born Mary Frances Reynolds in El Paso, Texas April 1 1932. She started out in entertainment participating in pageants. She got a screen test for Warner Brothers the day after participating in a beauty pageant.

One of Reynolds' biggest roles was as Gene Kelly's love interest in 1952's "Singin' in the Rain." She was 19 in the movie, and danced with no formal training. She said she was encouraged to dance by Fred Astaire, who allowed her to sit in on his rehearsals to show how challenging it was for him and others.

Her portrayal of Margaret "Maggie" Brown in the film adaptation of the broadway musical "The Unsinkable Molly Brown" in 1964 earned her an Oscar nomination in 1965. She had a short-lived sitcom, "The Debbie Reynolds Show," for which she was nominated for a Golden Globe in 1970.

In the 1980s and 1990s, Reynolds appeared on multiple TV shows, including "The Love Boat" and "Will & Grace."

In 2016, she was honored with the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award at the Oscars.

Reynolds is survived by her son, Todd Fisher.

Country music star, actress Lari White dead at 52 after battle with cancer

Published: Tuesday, January 23, 2018 @ 11:19 PM

Lari White performs a tribute to Alan and Marilyn Bergman, not pictured, during the ASCAP Film and Television music awards in Beverly Hills, Calif. on Tuesday, May 6, 2008. 
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Lari White performs a tribute to Alan and Marilyn Bergman, not pictured, during the ASCAP Film and Television music awards in Beverly Hills, Calif. on Tuesday, May 6, 2008. (Matt Sayles/AP)

The multi-talented singer, songwriter, musician and actress Lari White has died.

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The artist was diagnosed with peritoneal cancer in late 2017. White first broke the news in a blog post on Artist Works, telling readers that she had already endured pneumonia, surgery and was dealing with pain management. A Caring Bridge page was then established by her family to keep family, fans and friends posted on her progress. Unfortunately, treatment, which included trying two new chemotherapy drugs, was unsuccessful, and on Jan. 23, White succumbed to the disease at the age of 52.

In one of the most recent posts on the Caring Bridge page, White’s mother wrote, “There is so much I could say about Lari, but multitudes of you have said it already. God gave us a very special gift when he sent this incredible baby to a young, inexperienced … and frightened … couple … But in spite of this, we loved her with all our hearts. From the beginning, we knew that she was ‘something else’ … wise and funny, intelligent and super-talented … so loving, kind and compassionate … with a heart as big as all of heaven. I have never known a person who did not love her and respect her, as evidenced by the great outpouring of love and concern of so many people. Every role she has played in life has been superb, and most of all, her role as mother. We are blessed to be her family. [Husband] Chuck [Cannon] and their three children are blessed to have her as wife and mother. Thank you, God, for Lari!”

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White earned Nashville’s attention in 1988 when she was named a winner in the reality competition show “You Can Be a Star,” a show that also helped launch the career of Trisha Yearwood.

She went on to release her first album, “Lead Me Not,” in 1993 and quickly established herself as a respected songwriter and singer with a sweet, but incredibly soulful, voice. Her sophomore album, “Wishes,” went on to produce three hit singles, including “That’s My Baby,” “Now I Know” and “That’s How You Know (When You’re In Love).” A 1997 duet with Travis Tritt, “Helping Me Get Over You,” cracked the Top 20 on “Billboard’s” Hot Country Songs chart.

In 1996, and then again in 1998, White became a Grammy winner for her contributions to “Amazing Grace: A Country Salute to Gospel” and “Amazing Grace 2.” She won a third Grammy in 1999 for her involvement on the soundtrack for the movie “The Apostle,” which featured June Carter Cash and Billy Joe Shaver. Lari performed the traditional hymn “There is Power in the Blood” for the collection.

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The star also had success as one of the few female producers working in country music. She produced Toby Keith’s 2006 album, “White Trash With Money,” and co-produced four songs on Billy Dean’s “Let Them Be Little” album in 2004.

White gained big screen recognition when she appeared in the 2000 film “Cast Away” starring Tom Hanks. She also went on to appear in the 2010 Tim McGraw and Gwyneth Paltrow movie, “Country Strong.” In addition, she appeared on the stage in the Broadway musical “Ring of Fire.”

Married to fellow hit songwriter Chuck Cannon (“I Love the Way You Love Me,” “How Do You Like Me Now?!”), White was the mother of three children–M’Kenzy, Kyra and Jaxon. White and Cannon co-wrote “I Will Not Say Goodbye” with songwriter Vicky McGehee, which became a Top 40 hit for Dany Gokey. Sadly, the song was inspired by the untimely passing of a dear friend’s 14-year-old son.

’Barefoot Contessa’ Ina Garten shows off fancy $15,500 stove

Published: Tuesday, January 23, 2018 @ 10:18 PM

Author and Food Network host Ina Garten attends the 2010 Matrix Awards presented by the New York Women in Communications at the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel on Monday, April 19, 2010 in New York. 
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Author and Food Network host Ina Garten attends the 2010 Matrix Awards presented by the New York Women in Communications at the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel on Monday, April 19, 2010 in New York. (Evan Agostini/AP)

Barefoot Contessa” Ina Garten just took upgrading your appliances to a whole new level.

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The Food Network star and celebrity chef took to social media last week to show off a new, stunning stove that she just added to the kitchen of her Manhattan apartment.

“First day cooking on my new @lacanche_us range – so much fun!! #NYC#newapartment,” she wrote to followers on Jan. 18.

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The very fancy appliance was custom designed for Garten by Lacanche, a French-owned family business that makes about 50 stoves per year for American customers. According to PEOPLE, Garten went for the “Sully” model (which starts at $13,850) and added two burners, costing an additional $825.

The stove takes about four months to design and build and Garten had to pay extra for shipping, of course.

On Jan. 19, Garten shared the first treat she baked using her new oven. Sharing a photo of freshly baked pistachio meringues, she wrote, “First thing out of the oven – gorgeous Pistachio Meringues inspired by my friend Yotam @ottolenghi !!”

In April 2017, Garten opened up about the decision she and husband Jeffery made to not have children.

“We decided not to have children,” she said at the time. “I really appreciate that other people do and we will always have friends that have children that we are close to but it was a choice I made very early. I really felt, I feel, that I would have never been able to have the life I’ve had. So it’s a choice and that was the choice I made.”

The couple celebrated 49 blissful years of marriage in December.

James Franco, ‘Wonder Woman’ among Oscar nomination snubs

Published: Tuesday, January 23, 2018 @ 2:32 PM

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Nominations were announced for the 90th Academy Awards‬‬ Tuesday, and although a number of actors and filmmakers and films have multiple noms, some names expected to be called were snubbed.

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According to The Hollywood Reporter, James Franco was considered by many to likely be nominated for his role  in “The Disaster Artist.” The actor, who faces multiple sexual misconduct allegations, was not among those nominated. “The Disaster Artist” only received one nomination for adapted screenplay for screenwriters Scott Neustadter and Michael H. Weber.

This image released by A24 shows James Franco in a scene from "The Disaster Artist." Franco failed to receive an Oscar nomination for best actor on Tuesday, Jan. 23, 2018. (Justina Mintz/A24 via AP)(Justina Mintz/AP)

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“Wonder Woman” was not nominated for any awards, technical or otherwise, despite being a high-grossing blockbuster last year. The star of the film, Gal Gadot, was also not nominated, Deadline reported.

Despite tremendous box office success, “Wonder Woman" and the film's star, Gal Gadot, received no Oscar nominations. (Warner Bros. Entertainment and RATPAC Entertainment, LLC)(Warner Bros. Entertainment and RATPAC Entertainment, LLC)

Tom Hanks was considered snubbed when he did not receive a Best Actor nomination for his role in “The Post.” Deadline reported that his co-star Meryl Streep received her 21st Oscar nomination overall for her role in the film. The movie also has a best picture nomination, but director Steven Spielberg was not nominated.

Streep is set to join other nominees at the 90th Academy Awards March 4.

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Meryl Streep, Jordan Peele, Guillermo del Toro and more react to 2018 Oscar nominations

Published: Tuesday, January 23, 2018 @ 5:29 PM

2018 Oscars Top Nominations

Tiffany Haddish and Andy Serkis were at the Samuel Goldwyn Theater in Los Angeles Tuesday to announce the nominees for the 90th Academy Awards. “The Shape of Water,” “Get Out,” “Dunkirk” and “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri” were among the films receiving multiple nominations.

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Some of the nominees have made history, including Jordan Peele, who is the first black filmmaker nominated for writing, producing and directing in the same year for “Get Out.” Mary J. Blige is the first person in the history of the awards to be nominated for best supporting actress and best original song in the same year for”Mudbound.” Vox reported that Christopher Plummer, nominated for best supporting actor for “All the Money in the World,” is the oldest nominee for acting at age 88.

Actress Meryl Streep poses for photographers during a photo call for the film 'The Post' in Milan, Italy, Monday, Jan.15, 2018. (AP Photo/Antonio Calanni)(Antonio Calanni/AP)

“The Post” was largely snubbed, but Meryl Streep earned her 21st Oscar nomination for best actress.

Here are some reactions from nominees, shared on Twitter and in statements to EW.com, for this year’s Oscars: