‘Happy Days’ Star DEAD At 56

Erin Moran, who played Joanie Cunnigham has died. She was 56.

Authorities were called to the scene of an “unresponsive female” at 4pm on Saturday afternoon. By the time paramedics arrived, Moran was already dead.

There has been no cause of death announced, but an autopsy has been scheduled.

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Moran shot to stardom as a child in the 70s for her role as the little sister on Happy Days. After her success on that program, she moved on to her spin-off “Joanie Loves Chachi” which lasted only one season.

Unfortunately for Moran, her contract on Happy Days was extremely unfair, and after she ended her run she essentially burned through all her money, receiving no residuals. A combination of drinking and behavioral problems landed her living in a mobil home for the past little while.

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Erin leaves behind her husband Steven Fleischmann.

We pray for Erin Moran and her family in this time.

13 Celebrities With Famous Relatives You Never Knew About

We’ve shared lists about celebrities with some tragic pasts before, but not all of the secrets about your favorite stars are upsetting.

You may be surprised to learn that some of Hollywood’s most talented actors have equally impressive family members.

Sometimes the family resemblance is so close you’ll kick yourself for not realizing this sooner, but in other cases it’s downright impossible to spot.

See how many of these famous families you already knew about!

1. Kate Hudson’s parents are Goldie Hawn and Kurt Russell

Let’s start off with one Hollywood family some people already know about. The Bride Wars star is Hollywood royalty, with a movie star mom and step-father.

2. Jenny McArthy and Melissa McArthy are cousins

Talk about a funny family! These two comediennes even share throwback memories of the days before they were famous

3. Alexander Skarsgard has a famous father

If you loved True Blood you’ll recognize this TV star, but remember his dad Stellan? He had roles in big films like The Avengers and Good Will Hunting.

4. Al Roker and Lenny Kravitz are distant cousins

These two are as close as you can get to total opposites, so it’s surprising that they’re actually related. The weatherman is connected to the rocker through their grandparents.

Click the next page to learn about some surprising celebrity siblings!

If you want to learn more Hollywood secrets, there are lots of secrets to uncover about child stars who died young. These are the tragic stories Hollywood would rather forget.

On a happier note, see what some of your favorite child stars used to look like and compare their looks now with these “then and now” photos.

But be sure to keep reading to learn the famous connections stars like Julia Roberts and Ben Affleck keep secret!

5. Warren Beatty and Shirley MacLaine are siblings

Warren says his sister’s success in Hollywood inspired him to pursue his own movie career. I bet she teased him pretty bad after his Oscars flub!

6. Rob Schneider is Elle King’s father

The “Exes and Ohs” singer says she wanted to be her “own person,” hence the name change.

7. Jason Sudeikis is George Wendt’s nephew

The SNL star shared some great advice from his famous uncle, who played Norm on Cheers, about succeeding in show business: “Get on one of the best sitcoms of all time and then ride it out!”

8. Prince Charles and Raph Fiennes are eighth cousins

The Harry Potter star has a royal connection hiding in his ancestry. Both these Brits were related to Scottish king James II, who ruled in the 1400s.

9. Rashida Jones is the daughter of music producer Quincy Jones

Jones produced some incredible records, including Michael Jackson’s Billie Jean and We Are The World, but arguably his biggest success is his daughter – Parks and Recreation star Rashida Jones.

Click the next page to learn about Julia Roberts movie star brother!

To learn about more Hollywood families, see if you already knew about these 10 celebrities who are adoptive parents.

If you love the Golden Age of Hollywood, you might be surprised to learn that some of your favorite movie stars fought in World War 2.

Got an itch for some Hollywood scandals? How about the celebrity cold case that’s been unsolved for decades.

But first, keep reading to learn which actress is related to Ron Howard!

10. Julia Roberts has a famous brother and niece

While she’s undoubtedly the biggest star in the family, Julia’s brother Eric has made his own mark in films like The Expendables. Now, his daughter Emma is stepping into the spotlight on TV shows like Scream Queens.

11. Matt Damon and Ben Affleck are distant cousins

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These two movie stars are so close it’s not surprising they had a secret connection. They’re tenth cousins once removed, both connected to a bricklayer who came to America from England.

12. Patrick Wilson and Scott Foley are brothers-in-law

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The star of The Conjuring has a pretty famous family, since his brother-in-law has a role on Scandal.

13. Bryce Dallas Howard is Ron Howard’s daughter

Odds are you only recognize either the Twilight star or her famous dad, but they’re both famous in their own right.

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9 Songs Way Bigger Than The Movies That Inspired Them

Hit movies and hit songs don’t necessarily go together. Sure sometimes they’ll both be the top of their respective charts, like a Hollywood “It” couple that just can’t do anything wrong. Think Titanic and My Heart Will Go On. More frequently you’ll see a movie create a splash, but the song written for it will barely create a ripple on the chart.

Sometimes a song is so big that is actually dwarfs the movie that inspired it. Like the forgotten Hemsworth brother, the movie has to watch from the shadows as the song rakes in the cash and adulation.

Sucks for the movie, but it’s great for us!

We’ve made a list of 11 songs that made their movies green with envy.

1.) Que Sera, Sera (Whatever Will Be Will Be)

Bizarrely this tune frequently sung among children is actually from an Alfred Hitchcock movie. Decidedly unfit for children the movie is a wartime spy drama. The song, originally performed by Doris Day, is one of those catchy tunes that everyone knows a little bit of, but few know all of.

2.) Call Me

Blondie is the bomb. Well Debbie Harry is. She’s the supercool badass that you’d expect from a legendary rocker, and the makers of American Gigolo should have known that. Sure the movie is responsible for giving us Richard Gere, but Call me, written for the movie, has stood the test of time where as the movie….well hasn’t.

3.) Gangsta’s Paradise

I have gotten into literal fights defending the lyrical masterpiece that is Coolio’s iconic Gangsta’s Paradise. There are two things everyone knows about Coolio. One is his hair, and the second is this song. Whenever you create something that can be as memorable as a do like that, you know you have something special. What a lot of people don’t know is that Gangsta’s Paradise was written for the movie Dangerous Minds which is sadly underrated. (You’ll probably remember the movie poster though.)

Are we bringing back some memories yet? Just because these songs were bigger than the movies that spawned them, that doesn’t mean that those movies aren’t worthy of a re-watch. Take these next for example.

4.) Mrs. Robinson

Simon and Garfunkel will be remembered forever as one of the best music duos. While Sound of Silence is iconic, their tune Mrs. Robinson is also great. The movie The Graduate is also a treasure, and there’s a reason the name “Mrs. Robinson” probably rings a bell. The song was written for this Oscar winning movie.

5.) Can’t Fight The Moonlight

Okay this one is bound to be controversial. Can’t Fight The Moonlight was a giant hit from the very talented, but even more annoying, Leanne Rimes. The movie which launched it Coyote Ugly was a cult classic which some of us will die defending. It’s not everyone’s cup of tea, but maybe after a few drinks you’ll be glad you took it home.

6.) Because You Loved Me

There was a time in the 90s where you didn’t make a movie without having Celine Dion belt out a few lyrics for you. If you missed this crucial step you were giving away millions of dollars in soundtrack sales. Thankfully for the mid-90s romance Up Close and Personal they adhered to this practice. Because You Loved Me is arguably one of Dion’s best love songs, but the movie, starring Robert Redford and Michelle Pfeiffer, stands up to the over-the-top emotion that we can’t help loving.

You can never tell just what’s going to make it big whenever you make a movie/song, if you could you’d be working in Hollywood and have way more money. There is one thing that tends to connect the movies with bigger songs though: they are guilty pleasures.

7.) How Do I Live Without You

Con Air has a rather strange distinction of spawning two hit songs of the same name. That’s because Leanne Rimes was the first one to record How Do I Live Without You but they thought it sounded too poppy. They turned to Trisha Yearwood to record the song and that’s the one you hear on the soundtrack. Both are great, but the movie is so bad in the best kind of ways.

8.) I Will Always Love You

The Bodyguard was a hit movie, but Whitney Houston’s I Will Always Love You is the type of song I wouldn’t be surprised to see as the center of a religion 1,000 years from now. Bow down to the epic ballad! The movie hit all the high notes too, romance, drama, Kevin Costner in his prime. Is the writing and acting stilted? Of course it is. Do we care? You know we don’t!

9.) Everything I Do (I Do It For You)

If it has parentheses in the name you just know you’re in for a treat. Bryan Adams was never better than he was when he recorded Everything I Do (I Do It For You) and Kevin Costner was agruably never worse than when he was a half-British half-American Robin Hood. It’s still a movie I’ve seen a million times and I won’t stop inflicting it upon myself any time soon.

Soap Star Reveals She Sprinkled Urine On Her Yard To Lure Her Cat Home

Soap fans from the UK recognize Samantha Giles as one of the stars of the hit show Emmerdale. But her neighbors might recognize her as the woman who emptied her vacuum bag onto their lawns last week, one of the unusual ways she tried to lure her missing cat home.

The 45-year-old actress woke up last week to find that her pet cat Bob was missing. After posting flyers didn’t help track down Bob, Giles decided to try a different approach.

Bob has epilepsy, and Giles thinks he might even have brain damage, so she wanted to bring her pet home before anything bad happened to him.

She tried hanging her clothes and Bob’s pet bed on the laundry line, hoping the smell would draw him back.

Next she tried emptying her vacuum cleaner outside and even making a trail of her urine leading back to her front door.

The actress admits she even tried Wicca – a type of witchcraft – to find Bob using dowsing rods.

“People must have been thinking ‘any minute now the police are going to arrive,'” she told The Mirror.

Despite how silly she must have looked to her neighbors, all of Giles’ hard work paid off. Nine days after he went missing, Bob wandered back home.

“I’d definitely recommend all those things and tell people not to give up if their cat has gone missing,” she said.

She says it would be “cruel” to lock Bob inside, but she’s considering putting a tracker on his collar so he can explore the streets safely.

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Find Out What Book Was Popular The Year You Were Born

What you see, hear, watch, listen to, and read can change the way you think about things and transforms your existence. Just as your actions affect how people see you, your thoughts influence how you view yourself and the world around you. Choosing to cultivate a positive outlook and gathering knowledge from other people’s insight and experiences are just some of the ways to live your best life.    

One of the most effective ways to learn, reflect, and open your mind is reading. We already know books aren’t just words on a page. They have the power to teach you life lessons and change the course of your future.  

Think about your favorite book and why you love it so much. Was the character relatable on a personal level? Did it transform your viewpoint about history? Were the details described in a beautiful way?

If you loved the book, it’s likely a lot of other people did too. Some books are timeless, and some come to light only when society needs them. Do you know what was the most popular book the year you were born? Check out the list below to see if you’ve read it!

Go to the next page to find books popular from 1960-1969!

Can you discover any underlying themes in each decade? Why do you think these particular books were so popular? It’s almost never a coincidence when people seek out stories that explain or reveal underlying issues in society.

The Pulizer Prize-winning book To Kill a Mockingbird rocketed to stardom in the 60s, and regained popularity in recent years when Harper Lee’s posthumous sequel Go Set a Watchman was published.

Tropic of Cancer sparked censoring issues in the Supreme Court, while another of J.D. Salinger’s books became famous for its great characters. Another book, The Shoes of the Fisherman, gained popularity because it was released the day Pope John XXIII died.

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Did you know The Exorcist and Jaws were both bestselling novels before their film adaptions? Tragedy, horror, and satire were all common genres during the 70s. In fact, one of the most popular books was one of Agatha Christie’s murder mysteries. The author died during this time period, which explains why her last novel was read so widely.

A few other books were intelligent commentaries on society and American politics, while others promised an answer to a question. Let’s face it, everyone wanted to know what Sophie’s Choice was.  

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Several of this decade’s popular books were made into major films. The Bourne Identity sparked a franchise starring Matt Damon and of course, no one can forget the iconic E.T.

Several of today’s bestselling authors rose to fame during this time also. Stephen King’s first bestselling novel happened to be a popular book during the 80s, along with books from Danielle Steel and Anne Rice.

Salman Rushdie’s best-seller demonstrated that words have the power to both inspire and offend. The author’s approach to sensitive passages in the Quran led to a call for his assassination.

We’re getting closer to modern day best-sellers. Do you remember any of these?

War, emigration, scandal, and love were all topics explored in the 90s. There’s no question this was a big year for books, with Oprah’s book club partially influencing what made it to the top of the list. In addition, the Harry Potter series began to take off with J.K. Rowling’s second book.

It’s also refreshing to see more variety in voice, style, and authorship. For the first time ever, a Hispanic author won a Pulitzer Prize during this time period. In addition, a novel about the lives of four African-American women was the top book in 1992.

How many of these have you read? Continue to discover what was popular in the early 2000s.

Many thought we wouldn’t make it to year 2000, but it arrived and the earth didn’t spontaneously combust. However, that didn’t stop people from returning from the one thing that really matters in life: love. Romance was the most popular genre from the year 2000-2009, with Nicholas Sparks’ books becoming a popular as well as the teen romance Twilight.

Not surprisingly, the final Harry Potter book also became a bestseller as well as the controversial Da Vinci Code. Do you remember Marley & Me? It also became a popular read at this time.

You’re almost there! Do you remember what was on the recommended reading list from 2010-2016?

Best reads took a bit of a dark turn in more recent years. 2010-2016 explored themes of sexual abuse, abduction, racism, lies, and death in the best-selling books. Interestingly enough, many of the most popular books ended up being adapted to films, including Kathryn Stockett’s The Help and The Fault in Our Stars.

A surprising book took a leap to fame in 2016 because of the popular musical Hamilton.

We can’t wait to see what book will be the best in 2017!

2012 – Fifty Shades of Grey by E.L. James

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Mr. Rogers Helps Someone Through a Dark Time and We Can’t Stop Crying

Mr. Rogers is one of our fondest memories of our childhood. From his wonderful world of make believe to the heart warming songs, we all looked forward to turning on the TV when we knew his program was on.

We all know about the fun facts like all of his sweaters being made by his mom and that he is the big reason for getting funding for PBS, but did you know that he made an impact in people’s lives off screen?

One man shares a story about how Mr. Rogers helped him through a dark time in his life, and now we can’t stop crying.

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“When I was a boy and I would see scary things in the news, my mother would say to me, ‘Look for the helpers,'” the children’s television show host famously once said in an interview.“‘You will always find people who are helping.'”

This quote often comes to mention in times of tragedy and Entertainment Weekly writer Anthony Breznican brought it to light once again following the attack in Manchester.

That’s when he decided to share a personal story of how Mr. Rogers became one of those “helpers” when he needed him the most.

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“Fred Rogers was from Pittsburgh, my hometown, and my generation grew up loving this man, who taught us to be kind above all,” he wrote on Twitter. “Fred Rogers was the real thing. That gentle soul? It was no act.”

Growing up in Pittsburgh, where Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood was based, Breznican loved watching the show.

“As I got older, I lost touch with the show, which kept running through 2001. But in college, one day, I rediscovered it,” he tweeted. “I was having a hard time. The future seemed dark. I was struggling, lonely, dealing with a lot of broken pieces and not adjusting well.”

In 1997, during his junior year at the University of Pittsburgh he heard the show playing in his dorm’s common room.

“I went to Pitt and devoted everything I had to the school paper, hoping that would propel me into some kind of worthwhile future,” he tweeted. “It was easy to feel hopeless. One span was especially bad. Walking out of the dorm, I heard familiar music: Won’t you be my neighbor.”

He stopped to watch a minute or two but ended up watching the whole episode instead.

“The TV was playing in an empty common room. Mr. Rogers as there, asking me what I do with the mad I feel. (I had lots to spare. still do),” he tweeted. “It feels silly to say – it felt silly then – but I stood mesmerized. His show felt like a cool hand on a hot head. I left feeling better.”

He remembers not even sitting down to watch the show. As he was watching he realized that even as an adult he could relate to what Mr. Rogers was saying on the program.

About a week later, Breznican got a huge surprise when he stepped into an elevator.

Continue to the next page to find out what it was.

“Days later, I get in the elevator at the paper to ride down to the lobby. The doors open. Mr. Rogers is standing there. For real,” he tweeted. “I can’t believe it. I get in and he nods at me. I do back. I think he could sense a geek-out coming. But I kept it together.”

“Almost.”

Breznican shared that it wasn’t the craziest coincidence, because Rogers filled his show in the same city and occasionally came to campus. At this point, he had never met him and the timing was uncanny.

“The doors open, he lets me go out first. I go, but turn around. “Mr. Rogers… I don’t mean to bother you. But I wanted to say thanks,” he tweeted.  “He smiles, but this has to happen to him every 10 feet. “Did you grow up as one of my neighbors?” I felt like crying. Yeah. I was.”

Breznican told Buzzfeed that he didn’t plan to hassle him, but he had to tell him thank you.

“Opens his arms, lifting his satchel for a hug. “It’s good to see you again neighbor.” I got to hug Mr. Rogers, y’all!” he tweeted. “I pull it together. We’re walking out and I mention liking Johnny Costa (he was the piano player on the show.) We made more small talk.”

That’s when Breznican told Rogers the story of rediscovering the show when he needed it the most.

“As he went out the door, I said (in a kind of rambling gush) that I’d stumbled on the show again recently, when I really needed it,” he tweeted. “So I just said, “Thanks for that.” Mr. Rogers nodded. He paused. He undid his scarf. He motioned to the window, & sat down on the ledge.”

That’s when Rogers invited him to come and talk about it.

“This is what set Mr. Rogers apart. No one else would’ve done this. He goes, “Do you want to tell me what was upsetting you?” he tweeted. “So I sat. I told him my grandfather had just died. He was one of the few good things I had. I felt adrift. Brokenhearted.”

What surprised the fan the most was that Mr. Rogers put aside whatever was going on in his day to sit and talk him through his tough time.

Not only did he let me talk, but he shared a personal story of his own.

“I like to think I didn’t go on and on, but pretty soon he was telling me about his grandfather & a boat the old man bought him as a kid,” he tweeted. “Mr. Rogers asked how long ago Pap had died. It was a couple months. His grandfather was obviously gone decades.”

That’s when he gave a piece of advise that will stick with Breznican.

“He still wished the old man was here. Wished he still had the boat. You’ll never stop missing the people you love, Mr. Rogers said,” he tweeted. “The grandfather gave Mr. Rogers the row boat as reward for something. I forget what. Grades, or graduation. Something important.”

“He didn’t have either now, but he had that work ethic, that knowledge that the old man encouraged with his gift,” he tweeted. “Those things never go away,” Mr. Rogers said. I’m sure my eyes looked like stewed tomatoes.”

After 10 to 15 minutes, they parted ways.

“Finally, I said thank you. And apologized if I made him late for an appointment. “Sometimes you’re right where you need to be,” he said,” he tweeted.

Breznican never saw Mr. Rogers again, but 20 years later his conversation is still with him.

“When Mr. Rogers died in 2003, I sat at my computer with tears in my eyes. But I wasn’t crying over the death of a celebrity,” he tweeted. “I was mourning the loss of a neighbor.”

“They often say you don’t want to meet your heroes because they’ll disappoint you, they’re just people,” said Breznican. “But Mister Rogers? That was who he was in real life. He was that gentle, kind soul, and I experienced it.”

“I guess people just needed to hear a story like that,” he said.

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She Was A 90s Bombshell, 20 Years Later Lori Petty Is Almost Unrecognizable

Lori Petty was on her road to stardom in the late 80s. By the early 90s almost everyone knew her name, and no one would have bet against the talented actress reigning over Hollywood. By the mid 90s however people were already starting to say “whatever happened…” and by the early 2000s people forget to say even that.

Petty is a great actress, fearless, funny, – yes attractive, but her talent goes beyond that – and was lucky enough to be cast in some iconic roles. Who can forget seeing A League Of Their Own, it may have starred Geena Davis and Tom Hanks, but the movie was really only made possible by Petty’s performance. You know you’re good when you’re more talked about than Madonna, who at the time was in her prime.

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There are many theories out there as to where exactly Petty disappeared to, or even if she disappeared at all. One thing is for sure though, her career took a hard turn when she was cast as Tank Girl.

The movie was a comic book movie before comic book movies were a license to print money, to make matters worse it was also very misunderstood. While the movie was supposed to be an action/comedy, many people just assumed they were laughing at the movie, not laughing with the movie. It was much like Petty herself, brave, odd, and sometimes a little tough to take.

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It effectively put her career on hold.

Not to say Petty stopped acting, (although I remember at the time buying groceries and seeing a cashier named Lori who could have been Petty’s reflection), she didn’t know it at the time Petty was actually laying the groundwork for the biggest movie star Hollywood had seen in decades.

After Tank Girl Lori Petty continued to act, but instead of trying to force her way into big budget movies that used to be her’s for the asking, she chose indie movies that critics loved and audiences avoided. She spent the next 10 years like this.

In an interview Petty explained:

“I was thirty-something and I hadn’t married my agent or any guy co-stars. I never wanted to be a bombshell, I wanted to be an actor,” she said. Hollywood is famously tough on aging actresses, and despite her talent, Petty found her roles drying up.

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She loved the movies, and was a student of film. She worked with some of the best female directors in the business, like Katheryn Bigelow on Point Break, and used them as motivation to try her hand at directing.

In 2008 Petty directed a movie based on her life called The Poker House. The movie, about 3 sisters growing up in a brothel, is an often times brutal retelling of Petty’s own upbringing. The role of Agnes, based on Petty herself, went to a previously unknown actress named Jennifer Lawrence.

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Few people saw the movie, but those that did loved it. Writer Director Debra Granik saw it and loved Lawrence, casting her in a project called Winter’s Bone, which launched Lawrence to stardom.

“I cast her in her first film,” gloats Petty. “She deserves 100 percent of her success, but I think I passed along 25 years worth of experience of being an actress to her.”

Petty clearly has an eye for talent, because a young Chloe Grace Moretz was also cast in The Poker House.

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Nowadays Petty is back on the screen, if only the small one. She was cast in Netflix’s hit Orange Is The New Black which debuts a new season early this summer. It’s enough to get Petty’s name back in everyone’s mind, so now if you hear someone say “what ever happened to Lori Petty?” you can feel free to tell them all about it.

[Video] Why The World Needs You To Be Different

Have you ever asked yourself: “How can I make a difference?” Talk to any successful celebrity or businessperson, and you’ll find the secret to their success is a lot of hard work coupled with a positive outlook and confidence in themselves.

Fame and success didn’t come easy for anyone, including Ed Sheeran, Jackie Chan, Arnold Schwarzenegger, or Justin Timberlake. Each had to go through criticism and negative opinions about how they’d never be good enough.

Thanks to their struggles, these celebrities have amazing insight into how being different made them successful. See what they had to say and make sure you go to the next page to watch the video!

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Before JT was a famous singer, he was a normal school kid who got picked on for being “different” and “weird.”

How did he overcome the haters and bullies?

“Thankfully my mother taught me that being different was a good thing, that being different meant you could actually make a difference,” he said.

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Ed Sheeran

Endearing British singer/songwriter Ed Sheeran describes his younger self as a “very weird child,” but he has some advice for kids struggling with being different.

“Be yourself. Embrace your quirks. Embrace your weirdness…being weird is a wonderful thing and it has lead to so many creative people.”

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Ellen DeGeneres

Being different is no reason to give up. Ellen lost her career but went on to become one of the most beloved talk-show hosts in the country.

“I found out what the most important thing is: To be true to yourself,” she said.

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Jeff Bezos

Even one of the richest people in the world had to work hard to achieve success. Jeff Bezos, the CEO of Amazon, says his success came from being adventurous and having faith in his own ideals.

“You can’t follow the fashion when you’re trying do…anything in life,” he said.

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Jackie Chan

When Jackie Chan first began acting, he claims movie directors would tell him exactly how to do a scene, instead of allowing it to unfold the way it would in real life.

“They don’t let you use, whatever you use. The arm – put it here. Finger – put it here. You’re just like a machine,” he said.

Chan explained that while he was filming fight scenes with Bruce Lee, he started acting as his real self. Rather than follow a set sequence, he dared to be different, and that’s the reason he’s so well-known for action scenes.  

“Everything I use in the movies, it’s my real life,” Chan said.

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Pharrell Williams

Pharrell is no stranger to the positive outlook. His upbeat hit single “Happy” became a chart topper in 2014 and he isn’t afraid to celebrate his uniqueness as a person.

“Individuality [is] just appreciating the way I think and the way I feel, and letting that have some value and worth,” he said.

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Arnold Schwarzenegger

During his rise to fame, Arnold Schwarzenegger was criticized for his accent. An agent told him “No one ever became a star with an accent like that.” Instead of giving up, the German actor went on to star in Terminator, where his accent resulted in one of the most famous lines in movie history.

“Dig deep down and ask yourselves, who do you want to be?..I’m talking about figuring out for yourselves what makes you happy, no matter how crazy it may sound to other people,” he said.  

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Steve Jobs

Until his death in 2011, Steve Jobs was the CEO of Apple Inc. He didn’t just have a passion for technology, though. Jobs had a great talent for inspiring others and encouraging them to step out of their comfort zones.  

“Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life…have the courage to follow your heart and intuition,” he said. “They somehow already know what you truly want to become.”

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“Battle Of The Network Stars” Is Returning And We Have All The Details

When Battle of the Network Stars hit the airwaves in 1976 the world was a simpler place. We still really only had three channels – NBC, CBS and ABC – and the American people were willing to watch sitcom actors compete against each other for glory and cash prizes like modern-day gladiators. If you look back fondly on days spent watching TV stars play Tug of War, we have some exciting news for you.

Battle of the Network Stars is finally getting a long-overdue reboot. Since the competition went off the air 30 years ago there has been a slew of celebrity competition shows, but none have measured up to this one.

In even better news, some familiar faces will returning to the new series.

Team “TV Moms and Dads,” L-R: Leslie Fera (Pretty Little Liars), Ted McGinley (Married…With Children), Greg Evigan (My 2 Dads), Jackee Harry (Sister Sister), Chad Lowe (E.R., Pretty Little Liars)TV Guide

The new series will feature MMA star Ronda Rousey and NFL player DeMarcus Ware as celebrity coaches, with ESPN announcers Mike Greenberg and Joe Tessitore replacing Howard Cosell in the iconic yellow jackets.

But while there are a handful of new celebrities competing, most of the 100 stars are competitors from the original show, who are most famous for their roles in the 70s and 80s.

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The Incredible Hulk’s Lou Ferrigno, Barry Williams from the Brady Bunch and Jimmie Walker from Good Times are all returning guests. Lorenzo Lamas, Danny Bonaduce and Erik Estrada will also make appearances.

Click the next page to revisit the original show’s wildest moments!

While things got serious during the 3 on 3 football competitions, bowling and bicycle races, most of the events in the competition were light-hearted. We’re not sure how games like Simon Says or the dunk tank tested athletic ability, but it was a good excuse to get stars like Linda Carter and Tom Selleck to change into a swimsuit. But of course, the true test came at the end of each episode, when the teams competed in an all-or-nothing Tug of War.

While the new show will air weekly, the original competition only happened once every 6 months, which meant it was a big deal and a sure ratings success.

But how did the networks convince all these actors to make fools of themselves? It turns out money talks.

Farah Fawcett and Tom Selleck both competed on the original show.

At the end of each competition, every member of the winning team would walk away with $20,000, which is a huge deal considering winning the Superbowl around the same time would only earn you a $15,000 bonus.

Sure it was silly, but we hope the new show keeps some of the feel of the original. It’s just nice to watch celebrities letting their hair down and having fun while competing with each other. After all, where else could you see a lineup like this:

Will you be tuning in to the new series? I’m not sure about some of the new stars, but I can’t wait to see some of the old ones compete. I bet Erik Estrada is a speed demon in the bike races!

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After Surviving a Plane Crash Her Voice Brings The Judges to Their Feet

Getting to the stage of America’s Got Talent was the easy part of Kechi Okwuchi’s journey.

Her performance of Ed Sheeran’s 2014 single “Thinking Out Loud” on Tuesday night’s episode had the judges on their feet as they celebrated a voice they will definitely be keeping an ear out for this season.

But it was her heartbreaking story that really caught everyone’s attention.

When Kechi was just 16-years-old she was on board the 2005 Sosoliso Airlines Flight 1145 which crashed over Nigeria, claiming the lives of 107 passengers. She was just 1 of 2 survivors.

Continue to the next page to see how she recovered and her performance on AGT.

“Fifteen minutes to the end of the flight, the pilot announced that we were soon to land in the Port Harcourt airport. I remember I was sitting in an aisle seat, and my close friend Toke was on the aisle seat to my right,” she said. “Everything was so surreal in that moment. I turned to Toke and we held hands, and I was like ‘Maybe we should pray?’ Before we could even start, there was this sudden shrill sound ringing in my ears, and next thing I knew, I was waking up in Milpark Hospital, South Africa. To this day I don’t remember the actual impact of the crash,” she wrote.

2 years later, Kechi and her family moved to Houston to continue medical treatments for her severe burns. She has gone through over 100 surgeries due to the burns she endured on over 65{49382ccf8aa3307257579caf6f867159d328eca730a0976815a1bacefc5bc6ee} of her body.  

Music has been her therapy.

“Lying in the hospital bed with bandages from head to foot. Not being able to more or do anything else, music was my escape. And that’s why it means so much to me,” Okwuchi told the AGT judges.

She did not let her devastating accident stop her from living a normal life.

In 2015, Kechi graduated top of her class from the University of St. Thomas, America with a BBA in Economics, where she delivered the commencement speech.

Since her graduation she has worked with a non-profit organization in Houston with a goal to work with either the United Nations, the World Bank or the World Health Organization. She also desires to obtain her Masters degree in the future.

Now the 27-year-old is able to look forward to the next round of the competition as she received a resounding “Yes” from all 4 judges.

Watch her performance and you will how much she deserves the standing ovation that she got at the end of the performance.

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I Bet You Wouldn’t Recognize Paul McCartney In These Acting Roles

We all recognize Paul McCartney for his stunning vocals, but did you know he can act too?

The English singer-songwriter and music guru was the bass guitarist and singer for The Beatles in the 60s where he gained world-fame.

As a two-time inductee to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, first as a member of the Beatles, and second as a solo artist, there is not question this artist deserves high honors.

So you can imagine why the television and film industry are chomping at the bit to get him on screen.

Flash back to 1995 in the episode Lisa the Vegetarian, you will see Paul and Linda McCartney appear in the garden with Lisa and Apu.

Watch the memorable clip below:

Netflix’s original animated series has landed some huge voices to the show including none-other than Sir Paul McCartney himself. In episode 4 of season 2, entitled After Party it’s hinted that Paul McCartney is hiding inside the giant birthday cake.

The tease continues throughout the episode.

Until the final moments of the episode after the party is long over.

Amazing!

Continue to the next page for his role in the new Pirates of the Caribbean movie.

The 21-time Grammy Award winner, McCartney has written or co-written 32 songs that have reached number 1 on the Billboard Hot 100.

He has a very busy schedule so when he is able to make some time for a cameo on screen, all eyes are drawn in to see what he’s up to.

It’s not just his voice that he lends on screen, but has made acting appearances on television as well.

After Keith Richards took up the role of Captain Jack Sparrow’s father in the the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise, it was only natural that Paul McCartney gives the pirate’s life a try.

Dead Men Tell No Tales, the fifth installment of the franchise has McCartney in the role of Captain Jack Sparrow’s uncle, a pirate prisoner.

His Uncle, also named Jack, can even be heard singing a sea shanty in the jail.

He even Tweeted about the role and everyone has gotten very excited about his involvement.

Do you remember when the 1964 British musical comedy starring the Beatles aired? During the height of Beatlemania this film was a stable for music-lovers. Time magazine rated it as one of the all-time great 100 films.

In 2006, you can find Paul McCartney on Saturday Night Live playing the role of Paul Simon and it’s hilarious. The episode also featured Alec Baldwin and Christina Aguilera, so it would be worth going back to watch this great piece.

It’s no doubt Paul McCartney has had a career of legends and even turning 75 this year, he doesn’t seem to be slowing down any!

Teen Girl Tearfully Dedicated America’s Got Talent Audition To Cancer-Stricken Father

You never know what to expect on America’s Got Talent, while most of the acts are fairly entertaining, there are those special few that truly take your breath away and Evie Clair’s moving performance was just such an act.

The 14-year-old girl from Florence, Arizona poured her heart out into Christina Perri’s 2011 song “Arms,” and left it all on the stage before the judges.

Her powerful voice shook with emotion as she sang the ballad – one she has been singing to her cancer-stricken father in his darkest moments.  

“About a year ago, my dad was diagnosed with Stage 4 cancer,” Evie tearfully told Mel B, Simon Cowell, Heidi Klum and Howie Mandel. “They gave him a five percent chance to live, and he continued working and supporting our family. So tonight I’m here to sing for him.”

As she spoke to the judges, she tearfully made it through the initial interview before host, Tyra Banks, rushed out with some water.

“When my dad is having rough days, I sing him this song to make him feel better and give him comfort and strength to continue fighting,” said the young teen.

After her moving performance, there wasn’t a dry eye in the room. Watch her incredible audition below to see if she made it onto the next round!

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After Years Of Regret, Courteney Cox Has Her Cosmetic Procedures Reversed

Courteney Cox is redefining what it means to be beautiful as an older woman in Hollywood.

She is often seen showing off her incredible body at the beach in a 2-piece bathing suit, making it clear that the former Friends star sees age only as a number.

However the Alabama native has faced pressure from being in the spotlight to chase the fountain of youth.

“I grew up thinking that appearance was the most important thing. That’s kind of sad because it got me in trouble. I was trying so hard to keep up, and I actually made things worse,” Cox said.

“Well, what would end up happening is that you go to a doctor who would say, ‘You look great, but what would help is a little injection here or filler there.’ So you walk out and you don’t look so bad and you think, no one noticed — it’s good. Then somebody tells you about another doctor: ‘This person’s amazing. They do this person who looks so natural.’ You meet them and they say, ‘You should just do this’,” she said.

After so many procedures the 53 year-old actress no longer felt like herself.

“The next thing you know, you’re layered and layered and layered. You have no idea because it’s gradual until you go, ‘Oh s–t, this doesn’t look right.’ And it’s worse in pictures than in real life,” Cox said. “I have one friend who was like, ‘Whoa, no more!’ I thought, I haven’t done anything in six months. I didn’t realize.”

With her 13 year-old daughter Coco, that she had with ex-husband David Arquette, watching, she knew she had to set an example. As her daughter starts to discover new trends and experiments with makeup in her teenage years, she wants her Coco to know what true beauty is.

“Luckily, at school she can only wear mascara, but on the weekends you would think she’s going out to a rager at 2 a.m. — eyeliner, mascara, highlighter on her cheeks,” Cox said.

She wants her daughter to be able to express herself through her appearance.

“I know some people think I should rein her in with the makeup, but it’s a form of self-expression. As long as she’s not sexualizing herself, it’s really just what makes her feel good,” Cox said.

In spite of some of her friends telling the Cougar Town star how good she looked, she had enough.

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“I’ve had all my fillers dissolved. I’m as natural as I can be. I feel better because I look like myself. I think that I now look more like the person that I was,” Cox added. “I hope I do. Things are going to change. Everything’s going to drop. I was trying to make it not drop, but that made me look fake. You need movement in your face, especially if you have thin skin like I do. Those aren’t wrinkles — they’re smile lines. I’ve had to learn to embrace movement and realize that fillers are not my friend.”

11 Last Meals Of The Rich And Famous

It’s not something we think very much about, but our daily meals have a big impact on our lives – and I don’t just mean how big your waistline is. It turns out that what we eat, where we eat it and how we eat it can change history. Don’t believe me? Look back at some of Hollywood’s most famous celebrities and history’s biggest names. Their last meals – which they certainly didn’t realize would be their last – tell a story about who they were and what they were doing, sometimes just moments before the end.

You can learn a lot about your favorite star by discovering what their final meal was, so dig into this list of last dishes enjoyed by 11 celebs!

1. Ernest Hemingway – July 2nd, 1961

The famous author of The Sun Also Rises and For Whom The Bell Tolls didn’t do anything halfway, and that applied to his meals. Hemingway had a famous appetite, as well as a thirst for alcohol. He was known for taking his daiquiris with “twice the rum, and no sugar.” Before taking his life because of depression, the author enjoyed a hearty meal including a New York strip steak, a baked potato, Caesar salad and Bordeaux.

2. James Dean – September 30, 1955

James Dean was just 24 years old and a rising star in Hollywood when he drove his infamous death car to Tip’s Coffee Shop, outside of Santa Clarita, California. The actor enjoyed a classic American combination: warm apple pie and a cold glass of milk. Some fans dispute this story, but you have to admit it would be a perfect ending for the Rebel Without a Cause star.

3. Julia Child – August 13, 2004

Did you know that this TV chef had a top-secret research job during the Second World War? While her past is classified, she’s famous for bringing classical French cooking to American TV, so it’s fitting that her last meal was a bowl of French onion soup. Child died of kidney failure just days before she would have turned 92 years old.

4. Abe Lincoln – April 14, 1865

Honest Abe was known for enjoying rich food, including oysters, bacon and gingerbread. So it’s no surprise that he treated himself to mock turtle soup, roast Virginia fowl with chestnut stuffing, baked yams and cauliflower with cheese sauce before heading to the play where he would be assassinated. For my money, Lincoln had the best final meal on this list. The only question is how did he keep his slim figure when he ate so much?

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5. John F. Kennedy – November 22, 1963

Another American president with an untimely death, Kennedy’s last meal was at the Hotel Texas in Forth Worth. The chef told reporters he prepared coffee, orange juice, a pair of hard boiled eggs (5 minutes each) and toast with marmalade for the president. Kennedy was on his way to a 1pm lunch in Dallas, but didn’t survive past 12:30.

6. John Belushi – March 5, 1982

The TV funnyman known for starring on SNL and in Animal House was on one of his famous benders when his friends took him to L.A.’s Rainbow Bar and forced him to eat a bowl of the restauraunt’s famous lentil soup, hoping it would calm him down. Belushi took a fatal dose of drugs later that night.

7. John Lennon – December 8, 1980

John Lennon and Yoko left their New York recording studio the night of his death, after hearing the good news that their latest album had gone platinum. Yoko wanted to go out to dinner to celebrate, but John insisted on going home to see their son Sean. The musician was shot outside his home by a crazed fan, making the corned beef sandwich he had for lunch his last meal.

8. Marilyn Monroe – August 5, 1962

The star’s favorite dishes were as indulgent as the rest of her life. While fans still debate whether her death was an accidental overdose or a suicide, her last meal is undisputed: stuffed mushrooms and meatballs from a local Mexican buffet, with Dom Perignon champagne to wash it down.

Click the next page to find out what Princess Diana’s last meal was!

9. Elvis Presley – August 16, 1977

The King couldn’t settle down to bed the night he died, so he wandered into the Graceland kitchen for a midnight snack: 4 scoops of ice cream and 6 chocolate chip cookies, yum! Later that night indigestion sent him to the bathroom, where he had a fatal heart attack. Do you think it was something he ate?

10. James Gandolfini – June 19, 2013

The Sopranos star treated himself to a gourmet dinner at the Boscolo Exedra Roma hotel in Italy before he died, living it up with two orders of fried king prawns and a plate of foie gras. Sadly, he died from a heart attack later that night, passing away at just 51 years old.

11. Princess Diana – August 31, 1997

The People’s Princess and her new flame, Dodi Al Fayed, were tired of being hounded by the paparazzi and planned to cut their trip to Paris short. The night before their fatal accident, they dined at the Espadon restaurant at the Ritz hotel, where Diana ordered a mushroom and asparagus omelette, Dover sole and vegetable tempura.

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‘Tremors’ TV Reboot Starring Kevin Bacon Picked Up By Syfy

One of the greatest and most iconic monster movies of the 90s is coming back to life, and it’s getting attention from fans across the globe.

After all these years and 4 direct-to-video sequels, the much anticipated TV reboot, starring none-other than Kevin Bacon, has been picked up by Syfy for a pilot and potential series.

“This is the only character I’ve played that I’ve ever thought about revisiting,” Kevin Bacon said. “I just got to thinking, where would this guy end up after 25 years? Andrew Miller has a fantastic take on it and we hope to create a show that will be fun and scary for fans of the movie and folks that have yet to discover it. Let’s kick some Graboid ass!”

Not only will the 58 year-old actor star in the remake, but he will also serve as executive producer of the television series adaption.

It’s unknown if any of the other actors from the original movie will be taking up their roles in the new series.

Continue to the next page to find out the plot of the new show.

Tremors was not only a cult-hit, but it also did well at the box office too.

“It did become a real classic. It was also at a time when the VHS was exploding. Movies took on a life of their own,” the Footloose star told Collider in August 2016.

The original 1990 film from Universal Pictures grossed $16.6 million in the United States.

Kevin Bacon had his doubts about the original movie too, recalling what he said to his wife Kyra Sedgwick about Tremors.

“I broke down and fell to the sidewalk, screaming to my pregnant wife, ‘I can’t believe I’m doing a movie about underground worms!'” he recalled to The Telegraph.

The new TV series will reportedly take place 25 years after the original film, with Bacon’s character Valentine McKee attempting to save the small town of Perfection, Nevada where Graboid worms wreak havoc. This time though, he is battling old age, alcoholism, and a delusional hero complex.  

The project has been in development without a network since late 2015.

“We are so pleased to continue our partnership with Syfy and UCP in reviving this cult classic with none other than Kevin Bacon as Valentine McKee; we look forward to thrilling original fans and new audiences alike,” said Blumhouse founder, Jason Blum.

This pilot is the second attempt at a TV series for Tremors. Back in 2003, the Sci-Fi Channel aired a show named Tremors: The Series, though Bacon wasn’t involved in the drama that lasted for only 13 episodes. Bacon was only involved in the original 1990 film even though the franchise followed-up with 4 direct-to-video sequels.

“They went and made a bunch of sequels to the movie. I want to put those aside because, first of all, I wasn’t in them. But what I was really interested in was taking this guy [Valentine] and, 25 years later, seeing what happened to him, to his dreams, and to his life,” Bacon said.

The Property Brothers’ Gift To Their Parents Will Make Your Kids Feel Guilty

After 50 years of marriage Jonathan and Drew Scott have something special planned for their parents who have taught them a lot about love and marriage.

“Drew and Linda could take a lesson from mom and dad,” Jonathan notes of his twin and fiancee Linda Phan, who got engaged in December.

While their parents’ romantic nature have clearly been passed down to the brothers, their preference for a low-key union may have skipped a generation.

Drew’s epic proposal in a Toronto bistro certainly got a lot of attention. A professional recording of him singing Train’s “Marry Me” played over the restaurant speaker and a giant Dr. Seuss-themed cake.

Linda and Drew are in the early stages of planning a destination wedding.

“They haven’t set a date yet, but I know that they’re really prepping and I think Drew is one of those guys who’s had his wedding planned since he was a kid,” Jonathan says. “I know it’ll be great.”

Drew is not the first brother to have tied the knot. Jonathan had been married once before.

“We were young, and there was a rush going into it,” he explains of his brief union.

After the relationship ended, he was single for a long stretch. He even continued to live with Drew after Linda moved in, in 2012, surprising their fans.

“People were always like, ‘Isn’t that weird?’ But there’s an ease to it,” Linda said. “You wake up and you go to work. It’s nice and really convenient to be able to have meetings with the people you live with.”

Drew and Linda ended up buying a place of their own in Los Angles while Jonathan and Jacinta are based in Toronto.

Find out what the brothers have planned for their parent’s 50th wedding anniversary on the next page.

“They had originally eloped, so they never had a real wedding,” Jonathan explains during a Facebook Live stream. “So after 50 years of marriage, this August we’re going to Scotland and we’re going to renew their vows.”

His father Jim is a retired actor and director that moved from Scotland to Canada as a teenager. There he met and married Joanne, a paralegal. The couple now lives part time at the Las Vegas home Drew and Jonathan built for their family.

The family consists of older brother 41 year-old J.D. Scott and the twin 39 year-old brothers.

“There was always sibling rivalry but they build each other up, not tear each other down,” says Joanne.

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As the brothers close in on 40, they look ahead to the future to make starting a family a big priority.

“I’m definitely looking forward to having kids,” says Drew. “Linda and I have talked about it, and we’ve considered adopting.”

Jonathan also feels the same way.

“I love kids, and I get along great with kids,” he says. “Plus I’m very immature, so that helps.”

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10 Celebrities Without Kids Open Up About Why They Chose Not To Be Parents

Starting a family or deciding not to have children is not an easy decision. We are often raised that the societal norm is to fall in love, get married and have kids – in that order.

While that may be the common path for some, it doesn’t apply to everyone. Some people choose to never marry and remain in long-term relationships without ever saying “I Do”.

Others plan to focus their energy into their careers, charity work and hobbies that improve the quality of their lives.

Find out which celebrities have chosen to avoid growing their families and why. Some of these may surprise you!

It’s no secret that Oprah does not have any children. She never married, despite being with her boyfriend, Stedman Graham, since 1986.

The couple never wed, because Oprah didn’t feel that she could handle the responsibilities that title holds.

“If you ever interviewed him, he would tell you that had we married, we would not be together today,” Oprah said of Stedman. “Because he’s a traditional man and this is a very untraditional relationship.”

Not having children was something that Oprah settled on early in life. In seventh grade, while her friend wrote out the names of her children in Home Ec class, she had other ideas.

“While she was having those kind of daydreams, I was having daydreams about how I could be Martin Luther King.”

She is still certain that was is the right choice for her.

“If I had kids, my kids would hate me. They would have ended up on the equivalent of the Oprah show talking about me; because something [in my life] would have had to suffer and it would’ve probably been them,” she said.

Her decision to not marry and not have children goes against so many societal norms. But it seems to have worked for her proving that you can rise from poverty and abuse to becoming a household name.

You may remember seeing her on the cover of many tabloid magazines claiming that she was pregnant. As it turns out, none of those rumors were never true.

Fed up with the constant discussion around her having children, she put an end to the rumors in an interview and is not shy about her feelings on motherhood.

“I don’t like [the pressure] that people put on me, on women—that you’ve failed yourself as a female because you haven’t procreated,” she told Allure.

She goes on to explain that mothering is more than just making and raising little humans of your own.

“I don’t think it’s fair. You may not have a child come out of your vagina, but that doesn’t mean you aren’t mothering — dogs, friends, friends’ children,” she said.

You can imagine how ticked off she gets when people keep bringing up the subject and criticizing her decision.

“This continually is said about me: that I was so career-driven and focused on myself; that I don’t want to be a mother, and how selfish that is.”

Jay Leno and his wife, Mavis have opted to be child-free. The comedian’s long-time wife, who is 4 years his senior, takes full credit for the couple’s decision not to have children.

After watching The Honeymooners when she was a young girl, it influence the decision that impacted their lives.

“I would see a young woman who was very attractive, and a thousand times smarter, and she’s living in this little tenement hovel with her husband, Ralph, and then this Ed Norton, who has an even hotter wife,” Mavis said. “These men spend all their time talking about what a drag the wives are and asking how can they get away from them. It’s perfectly obvious the women are the ones trapped.”

Not only did she not want to have children, she also never wanted to marry.

“I remember telling my mother when I was 7 or 8 that I was never going to get married or have children,” continued Mavis. “To me, this is the way women get caught.”

She changed her mind about marriage, but never changed her stance on growing their family.

Next we find out why another talk show host and several actresses have opted to not have children.

Having kids is a 24/7 job that never ends. Even when they’re off to college or married with families of their own, you can still expect a call for help every now and again.

Some people do not have that “need to breed” and while they may experience pressure from the outside world about their life decisions, they are firmly happy with their choices and the way their life is turning out.

After marrying in 2008, the celebrity couple has been vocal about not having children.

“You have to really want to have kids, and neither of us did,” says Portia. “So it’s just going to be me and Ellen and no babies.”

She doesn’t think that her marriage is any worse for their decision.

“But we’re the best of friends and married life is blissful, it really is. I’ve never been happier than I am right now,” she added.

Ellen is completely on the same page as Portia.

She wrote in her book, Seriously… I’m Kidding, “We thought about it. We love to be around children after they’ve been fed and bathed. But we ultimately decided that we don’t want children of our own. There is far too much glass in our house.”

While they may not have the pitter-patter of little human feet, they still have their hands full with little creatures.

“We have two dogs, Mabel and Wolf, and three cats at home, Charlie, George and Chairman. We have two cats on our farm, Tom and Little Sister, two horses, and two mini horses, Hannah and Tricky, We also have two cows, Holy and Madonna. And those are only the animals we let sleep in our bed,” Ellen says.

While their stance on having children is no secret, it doesn’t stop the tabloids from coming up with rumors. Portia even appeared on Ellen’s show after a pregnancy report surprised.

She joked to Ellen, “So I hear we are having a baby. I probably should have told you before the tabloids told you.”

While there are no babies in the future for these two, they are perfectly happy with their lives together right now.

Cameron Diaz is a household name, from her long successful career in Hollywood. While the Charlie’s Angels star may seem like she has it all, children were never in the cards for her.

“It’s so much more work to have children. To have lives besides your own that you are responsible for — I didn’t take that on,” she said.

Admitting that having children is an all-day every-day job for the rest of your life is a lot to endure, especially with the busy schedule Cameron has.

“Not having a baby might really make things easier, but that doesn’t make it an easy decision. I like protecting people, but I was never drawn to being a mother,” she says.

She is happy with the life she has made for herself.

“I like being forty-one. I love it. So much shit just falls away. Fear, mostly. It’s the best age. That’s when a woman knows how to work things, or she doesn’t care about that anymore. You just stop being afraid. You don’t worry about what men think. You just don’t worry that time registers anything awful.”

The Leatherheads star has no plans to become a parent. In an interview with the London Times, Renée said, “Motherhood has never been an ambition. I don’t think like that.”

The 48 year-old actress just takes it one day at a time.

“I never have expectations like ‘when I’m 19 I’m going to do this, and by the time I’ve hit 25 I’m going to do that’. I just take things as they come, each day at a time, and if things happen, all well and good. I just want to be independent and be able to take care of myself. Anything else is just gravy.”

She was engaged to Jim Carrey in 2000, later having a brief relationship with musician Jack White. In 2005 she married singer Kenny Chesney, but 4 months later obtained an annulment. In 2009, she dated Bradley Cooper, but they separated in 2011. Since 2012 she has been in a relationship with musician, songwriter and producers Doyle Bramhall II.

Renée seems to know what she wants. Not every woman wants to have kids, and from the sounds of it if it happens, it will happen. If it doesn’t she’s not going to freak out about it.

Helen Mirren has many accolades to her name- Damehood, Oscar, Emmys, Baftas, Golden Globes, but parent is not among them.

While missing out on becoming a mother is something that made her sob, once for 20 minutes, she has no regrets.

“I love children, they are so funny and so sweet, but I never wanted my own,” she said. “I have never had a moment of regret about not having children. Well, I lie. When I watched the movie, Parenthood, I sobbed for about 20 minutes.”

It was the story that pulled on her heartstrings.

“It was about the whole story of being a parent and how it never stops, even when you’re a grandparent. I realized I would never experience that, and for about 20 minutes, I sobbed for the loss of that and the fact that I never experienced it.

“Then I got over it and I was happy again,” the pop culture icon added.

The Queen star married Director Taylor Hackford in 1997, her partner since 1986 and became a stepmother to his two sons from previous marriages.

“I’m so happy I don’t have children. But I do love children and I’ve got family, and Taylor has children that I’m involved with – and with great pleasure – but it’s just not for me.”

Having children of her own was just not in the cards.

“I’m just not interested. I’ve no maternal instinct whatsoever. And I don’t think I’m so unusual. I think an awful lot of women don’t really want children but feel they ought to. They think there’s something wrong with them if they don’t want to, but it’s not true,” she said.

This next Golden Girl explains why she never had a baby and one country star had no interest in settling down.

Even though these celebrities do not have biological children of their own, it doesn’t mean that they don’t love kids. Some have step-children or are involved in organizations that help kids in their community.

Obviously, their choices have turned out for them but they can often become frustrated with what is said about them in the tabloids. These celebrities have set the record straight about why they made the decision they did, and that they are happy about it.

Betty White put her career above having a family.

“I didn’t choose to have children because I’m focused on my career, and I don’t think as compulsive as I am that I could manage both,” she said.

The Golden Girl also adds that she never regretted the decision to not have children.

Her big regret was not marrying late husband Allen Ludden sooner.

“I spent a whole year, wasted a whole year that Allen and I could have had together, saying, ‘No, I wouldn’t marry him. No, I won’t. No, I won’t leave California. No, I won’t move to New York.”

After 2 previous failed marriages, she ended up marrying Ludden in 1963 and remained his wife until his death in 1981.

White never remarried, and once told Larry King “Once you’ve had the best, who needs the rest?”

White has also said, “I had lovely relationships, but not anything in the league of Allen.”

While Betty White has no biological children of her own, her third husband Allen Ludden, did have 3 children and she says she is blessed to still have them in her life.

After growing up with 8 younger siblings, Dolly Parton decided that she wasn’t meant to have kids.

“I grew up in a big old family with eight kids younger than me and several of my brothers and sisters came to live with me early on in my life,” she tells PEOPLE Country. “I’ve loved their kids just like they’re my grandkids, and now I’ve got great-grand-kids!”

That doesn’t mean that she doesn’t love kids, she is very close with her nieces and nephews and loves them as her own.

Her husband Carl Dean is Uncle PeePaw to their nieces and nephews and she is Aunt Granny.

“Now I’m GeeGee, which is great-granny. I often think, it just wasn’t meant for me to have kids so everybody’s kids can be mine,” she said.

Her maternal instincts may have never gotten use in her immediate family, but many children have benefited from her non-profit Imagination Library, which offers free books to preschoolers.

“I think kids relate to me because they think of me like a Mother Goose or a Fairy Godmother,” says the singer. “I’m like a cartoon character – my voice is little and I’m an excitable little person like them! I’m very childlike in that way, in my nature.”

Ashley Judd says that she doesn’t have children because there are so many orphaned children who need love.

“I figured it was selfish for us to pour our resources into making our ‘own’ babies when those very resources and energy could not only help children already here…” she wrote.

She is passionate on her stance on this subject.

“…but through advocacy and service transform the world into a place where no child ever needs to be born into poverty and abuse again,” she explained.

The Double Jeopardy actress is a well-known political activist after experiencing a traumatic event in her life.

As a sexual assault survivor, she had to make the tough choice after she was abused.

“If abortion had not been safe and legal at that time, I would have been forced to carry to term and deliver a child that was conceived in rape,” Judd said.

What do you think of these celebrities’ decisions? They’re all different and they have their reasons, but are they missing out on an important part of life?

5 Celebrities You Didn’t Know Gave Their Baby Up For Adoption

Celebrities are normal people just like us. They go to the grocery store, they eat fast food and they have the same urge for privacy that all people do. While they may have huge mansions, luxury cars and make millions of dollar, their lives were always that way.  

Many celebrities have given up a baby for adoption before they had the resources to care for their child. Giving up your baby is not an easy decision, nor one that should be taken lightly. Sometimes the child remains a secret of the past, while other times, the celebrity tries to make contact later in life.

Here’s a list of celebrities you didn’t know gave up a baby for adoption:

While you may recognize Kate Mulgrew as Captain Janeway from Star Trek: Voyager or from her recent role as Red on the show, Orange is the New Black, she was not always a household name.

Katherine Kiernan Milgrew grew up in a large Irish Catholic family in Iowa.

When she was just 17, she left home to study acting at Stella Adler’s Conservatory in New York City. Her first big role came during her junior year, so she quit school to portray Mary Ryan on the soap opera Ryan’s Hope. Shortly after accepting this lead role, she found out she was pregnant.

The producers of the show, didn’t want to lose the actress, so they wrote her pregnancy into the story line. With no support from family or the baby’s father, Kate decided to give the baby up for adoption.

Shortly after giving her up for adoption with the church, she started looking for her baby.

“I instantly regretted giving her up. It was instant. I went immediately the first week. I begged,” Mulgrew said.

The decision was not reversible, however. She moved on with her life. Married and had 2 sons, but she never gave up looking for her first born.

She had no luck until 1998 when Kate and her daughter got in contact. While on the set of Star Trek, she received a call from her daughter, Danielle Gaudette and then immediately flew out to see her. The two have been close ever since.

A powerful and well-known singer, songwriter and record producer, Roberta Joan Anderson would become Joni Mitchell after she married her husband.

At 21, Joan Anderson was dirt poor and pregnant as an unknown folksinger in a Toronto rooming house. The baby girl was born February 19, 1965. The child’s father, a Calgary artist named Brad MacMath disappeared to California leaving her alone.

Being pregnant out of wedlock was a huge scandal in the early 60’s and she didn’t want to ask her parents in Saskatchewan for help. Feeling it was her only choice, she gave up the baby for adoption.

At the age of 6 months, Kelly- renamed Kilauren Gibb was adopted by two teachers David and Ida Gibb in the Toronto suburb of Don Mills. She grew up in a world of private schools, country clubs, and tropical vacations. She later landed a career as a fashion model.

She says that her parents didn’t tell her that she was adopted until she was 27 and pregnant with her own child. After that, she embarked on a 5 year quest to track down her birth mother.

The two were reunited in 1997 after Mitchell received a letter. They met a week later.

“(Gibb) had abandonment issues and she was pretty rough on me and conscripted my granddaughter, but we’ve worked through all of that. We reminisced about all the little tricks we pulled and the ways we can hurt each other. That’s over. We’re going to see each other soon,” Mitchell said.

The mother-daughter reunion only lasted until 2001, when they had a fight and separated.

While many celebrities are known for adopting babies into their families, those who have given up babies in their youth, is much less talked about.

Not having the resources to care for themselves let alone a baby, made them feel like adoption was the best choice for everyone at the time.

Years later most children and their celebrity parents find each other in a joyful reunion.

Having sold over 100 million records worldwide, Rob Stewart is one the best-selling music artists of all time. The British rock singer-songwriter was born and raised in London, England.

When Stewart was still in his teens, his girlfriend became pregnant and gave birth in 1963. She tried to keep the baby, but without any help from Stewart, she eventually gave the baby up for adoption.

Stewart tried to make contact in the 80’s when he discovered the link with his daughter Sarah Streeter. The connection was unsuccessful at the time because there were still a lot of hard feelings held against Stewart by his daughter and her birth mother, Susannah Boffey.

50 years after the adoption, Stewart and Streeter finally met, and have kept in touch. Sarah is the first of Stewart’s 8 children.

Stewart has married 3 times and his children have 5 different mothers.

Roseanne Barr is most well-known for her sitcom, Roseanne which ran for 9 season on ABC. Before her success on the prime-time show, she was a stand-up comedian doing odd jobs. After her appearance on Johnny Carson in 1962 she was thrust into stardom.

When Roseanne was just 17, she became pregnant with a little girl and decided to give her up for adoption. She admits that she initially wanted to keep the little girl, but she didn’t think she would be able to provide for her since she was an unwed mother with no support.

“At first, [during pregnancy] I wanted to keep the baby. I got on welfare and rented a room for 50 bucks a month. I turned on the water, and cockroaches came out of the spigot. Outside, there were drunks. I just couldn’t go on there, so I went away to Denver and moved into a Salvation Army home for unwed mothers,” Roseanne said.

“I gave my baby up to the Jewish Family & Children’s Service in Denver. They said they had a couple that had waited seven years for a Jewish baby. But the day they came to take my baby away, I whispered to her, “You remember this, I’ll see you when you’re 18.” I always knew that. I always knew we would get back,” she said.

18 years later, Roseanne and her daughter, Brandi Brown were reunited.

“I turned around and felt this powerful magnet. We looked at each other, Brandi jumped out of her seat, and we started running toward each other. We embraced and wouldn’t let go of each other, hugging and crying. We went up in the elevator finally and had ourselves a reunion,” she said.

Brandi even went on to work as a production assistant on the set of Roseanne.

You may remember Lucille Ball from her sitcom I Love Lucy. She was working as a model, comedian, and actress when she met Desi Arnaz. The 2 eloped in 1940 and in 1951 created one of the most loved sitcoms in television history.

Eventually Lucille and Desi divorced, and Ball went on to marry Gary Morton in 1960. In April 1989, Lucille Ball died from a ruptured aorta.

In 2014, a woman named Cassandria Carlson came forward claiming to be Lucille Ball’s granddaughter.

Carlson’s mother, Linda Jane Dee would have been born 4 years before the debut of I Love Lucy. Carlson claims that she has memories of a red-headed woman coming to visit her house and playing cards in her early childhood. She has been attempting to get DNA samples to prove her claims but relatives of the Ball-Arnaz family have rejected all requests.

What do you think of their decisions? Were you surprised to find any of these names on this list?

Source: Baby Gaga