Leonard Nimoy, the actor known for his role as the iconic Spock character on the original Star Trek, died recently at age 83. What took him? COPD, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, which happens to be the number 3 killer in America.
Out of all the original Star Trek characters he was my favorite. I even went to see him speak at a Star Trek convention is St. Petersburg, Florida, years ago. He was not only entertaining but personable.
At that time he talked about shooting Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home, and what it was like shooting in front of the green screen pretending to stand in front of the whale tank. It required some real acting because nothing was there.
He was a regular guy that talked to his fans like they were friends. He will be missed my Star Trek fans for sure.
Nimoy had been a smoker, but gave up cigarettes 30 years ago. He announced last year that he had COPD, and added that he hadn’t given up smoking soon enough.
The fact is that cigarettes are responsible for 80 to 90 percent of COPD cases according to the American Lung Association, but they state that non-smokers can develop the condition, too.
While we don’t know all the specifics in Nimoy’s case, we do know COPD makes it harder to breathe over time as less and less air comes in and out of the body’s airways. This can be due to a number of reasons such as mucus clogging the lung’s air tubes, damage to the walls between the airways, or thickened or inflamed airways. It can also involve damaged lung tissue where oxygen is actually exchanged.
The 83-year-old actor was admitted to the hospital with chest pains, but he didn’t get to come home. He posted his final tweet just days before he passed, leaving a bit of advice for his 1.1 million followers.
A life is like a garden. Perfect moments can be had, but not preserved, except in memory. LLAP (which stands for Live long and prosper—his usual signature). – Twitter
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Each new season of Dancing with the Stars brings with it surprises and sometimes disappointments. And really, the reason they are surprises and disappointments is because I go into watching the new season with my own preconceived favorites and expectations.
I think that’s one of the reasons this show is so popular. There is something in our makeup, that as we watch the dance routines this inner battle of our own expectations are often taken on by how well or poorly someone has performed. Those take downs gradually form new loyalties and favorites.
This season premiered last Monday night, and the competition was pretty fierce for a first night. The biggest surprise was Rumer Willis and Valentin Chmerkovski.
If you didn’t know, Rumer is the daughter of Bruce Willis and Demi Moore (back before she changed the way she says her name). Both parents were in the audience as their daughter and her partner took the stage with a foxtrot. They took everyone by surprise, including the judges with moves more complex than those usually performed in the first week out.
Judge Carrie Ann Inaba said, “Season 20 just got real, really fast. That was incredible! … What I saw that no one else brought was a fierce competitor. You are in it to win it, girl!”
They were the top scorers for the night with 8s from each judge for a total of 32 out of 40 points.
Another surprise (for me) was army veteran, Noah Galloway. The double amputee who “likes to do things to challenge” himself.
In the intro, he told us that what he is lacking in limbs, he is willing to make up in determination and hard work. He and pro Sharna Burgess performed the Cha Cha Cha and brought the audience to their feet including his kids who were jumping up and down and cheering for their dad.
Judge Bruno Tonioli said, “You are a titan amongst men. Your interplay with your partner is wonderful.”
Noah and Sharna earned 26 points out of 40, which left them tied with others in the middle of the pack.
Overall, results for the first night of season 20 Dancing with the Stars tallied up like this:
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Kelly Clarkson has the distinction of being American Idol’s season one winner. Since then she has enjoyed a successful career in the industry with ten Top 10 singles, over 20 million albums sold, and is now married with three kids. Her youngest, River Rose, was born last summer.
When asked about married life and being the mom of three in a recent interview she said, “It’s actually awesome. I love it. It’s nice to have the focus not just on me and my career.”
So what’s next for Clarkston at this stage in life? It turns out she has aspirations to be on Broadway.
She says that she’d love to do something new and understands that that takes more time and would keep her in New York longer, but that’s not a problem because she loves New York.
“I would love to do something from the ground up just because it would be interesting to be able to create the role the first time around and not have to either try and not imitate or try to imitate someone. That can be hard.”
For now, she is scheduled to tour this summer to promote her current album Piece by Piece and will be working on her next project at the same time. Her positive attitude is energizing as she looks to the future.
It turns out that Piece by Piece is the last record of her current contract. She says, “It will be interesting to build another contract and make sure that musically, I get to be adventurous and make sure whoever’s working with me is supportive of that.”
And speaking of her positive attitude, did you see the recent fat-bashing against Clarkson by Katie Hopkins?
Yes, Clarkson put on weight during her pregnancy and is still bigger than she used to be, but when Hopkins tweeted, “Jesus, what happened to Kelly Clarkson? Did she eat all of her backing singers? Happily I have wide-screen. #grahamnorton,” Clarkson let it roll off her back when asked about it.
“She’s tweeted something nasty about me? That’s because she doesn’t know me. I’m awesome! It doesn’t bother me. It’s a free world. Say what you will.” Kelly Clarkson Heat Magazine
She went on to say that she has never cared what people think. People often say that, but their actions don’t always match up. It’s hard to ignore hurtful words, but Clarkson went on to explain what is important.
“It’s more if I’m happy and I’m confident and feeling good, that’s always been my thing. And more so now, since having a family — I don’t seek out any other acceptance.”
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Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie have six children, and rumors have resurfaced that they are ready to grow that number to seven. This would be the first child the couple would add to their family since they became husband and wife last August.
According to Women’s Day, the couple has reportedly started the process to adopt a two-year-old boy from Syria named “Moussa.”
After months of “top-secret negations,” Brad and his wife Angelina are allegedly ready to welcome a sweet two-year-old boy from Syria into their family. – Women’s Day
Pitt (51) and Jolie (39), are known for their large hearts, and are no strangers to the idea of adoption. Jolie had already adopted son, Maddox in 2002, before she and Pitt became a couple.
In 2005, the two of them traveled to Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, where Jolie adopted her second child Zahara Marley. In 2006, they legally changed the children’s last name from Jolie to Jolie Pitt.
In 2006, Angelina gave birth to their first biological child, Shiloh Nouvel in Swakopmund, Namibia and People magazine paid more than $4 million for the first pictures. The couple donated the money to charities that help African children.
In 2007, Angelina adopted a three year old, Pax Thien, from an orphanage in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, and Pitt adopted him in the United States in 2008.
In that same year, Jolie announced she was expecting twins, and in July gave birth to son Knox Leon and daughter Vivienne Marcheline in Nice, France. This time first rights for pictures of the babies were sold to both People and Hello! For $14 million and the money was donated to the Jolie-Pitt Foundation.
No word of exactly when Moussa will join the rest of the family. Angelina met the child while visiting as a United Nations ambassador for refugees and displaced people earlier this year.
At the time Moussa lived in the Altinozu refugee camp in Turkey. The little guy toddled up to her and gave her a hug when he saw she was crying. She kissed the top of his head the two were inseparable for the rest of her visit. Sounds like a match made for life!
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Will Prince George have a baby sister or a baby brother? Enquiring minds want to know.
Rumors flourish that the Duchess of Cambridge is expecting a girl this time around, and that she will be named after Kate’s sister Charlotte. Yet another rumor says she will be named Diana after Princess Di.
Why do people think she’s having a girl? In February, “palace insiders” said it would be a girl. But none of these rumors have been confirmed.
With Kate entering her eight month of pregnancy, we’ll know the gender of the future royal very soon. Until then, new speculation has sprouted up that the baby is a girl. And why?
If you saw coverage of Kate on March 9, when she joined the Queen and other senior royals for a Commonwealth Day service at Westminster Abbey, she was dressed in a blush-hued Alexander McQueen coat with oversized pearl buttons and a wide Peter Pan collar. She accessorized with a matching hat, rose clutch and satin heels.
Some are hoping she is sending a hint of the baby’s gender with her pretty in pink fashion.
While I’d be happy to see a little princess join the Royal Family, the blush coat was also worn by Kate in 2013 at the Queen’s birthday when she was expecting Prince George.
So as much as people would like to think the pink coat points to a daughter on the way, I’m afraid it just points to the fact that Kate recycles her maternity clothing just like the rest of us.
Plus, if her clothing is offering clues to the baby’s gender, what did it mean back in January when she wore that blue Seraphine to the Kensington Aldridge Academy and the Kensington Leisure Center.
Very soon the guessing and predicting will be over and we’ll know both the baby’s gender and name! I look forward to it, and I’m still hoping it’s a girl.
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It seems like just a few months ago when country star Carrie Underwood and Brad Paisley stood on the stage of the CMA’s and he spilled the beans that she and her husband Mike Fisher were expecting a boy.
I knew she was due in the spring, but had no idea exactly when. Things have been pretty quiet on the subject in recent days, as her due date drew near. Now, even though spring isn’t officially here, the baby boy has arrived.
Underwood gave birth to Isaiah Michael Fisher on February 27. She made the announcement on her Twitter account saying:
“Tiny hands and tiny feet…God has blessed us with an amazing gift! Isaiah Michael Fisher – born February 27.”
Isaiah is the first child for Underwood and her husband. She originally made the announcement that she was pregnant last September in a “Today Show” interview.
She talked about how excited she and her husband were at the prospect of being parents. “Sometimes I’ll be with my husband and I’m like, ‘I’m going to be a mom. You’re going to be a dad. Like, is this real life?’ But we’re really excited.”
Last month, she talked to People about her pregnancy and said, “Even when I feel pretty large, it really is such a miracle and such a beautiful thing.”
Though she went on to admit that she is looking forward to being able to reclaim her body. “I’ve been saying it’s been on loan for the past many months. I’m excited to take it back.”
Underwood hasn’t been reclusive during her pregnancy but last month she skipped the Grammys. It wasn’t because she didn’t want to be there. In fact the night before the event she admitted, “I wish I could go to the Grammys, but travel’s kind of out for me at this point. It’s tempting, but I can’t fly that far away this late in my pregnancy.” Instead, she settled for watching the awards ceremony in her pajamas from the comfort of her couch.
Now the fun begins. I wish the new family all the best!
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If your kids can’t get enough of Frozen, you can surprise them with more of Anna, Elsa, Olaf, and the rest of the Frozen cast starting on March 13.
It turns out that the creators of Frozen have put together a new 7-minute featurette called Frozen Fever which will be featured in theaters preceding Disney’s new feature film Cinderella.
The cast of this short Frozen featurette includes all of the original movie’s main characters and will include a new song by the Oscar-winning duo behind “Let It Go.”
But of course, things don’t turn out as expected. Just think “Olaf plastered in birthday cake.” But that’s just the comic relief. It turns out that something is awry and it might just might thwart the entire celebration.
You’ll want to manage expectations with the kids, remind them that the film is only seven minutes long. It isn’t full of too many massive plot twists, but it does deliver a new song, “Making Today a Perfect Day,” which is brought to us by the same team behind “Let it Go.”‘
However, the song is more along the lines of “For the First Time in Forever” sung by Anna and Elsa while Anna collects presents and Elsa sneezes.
While it might not become the same kind of phenomenal success as “Let It Go” it is a catchy tune, and I don’t doubt that you’ll be hearing it sung around the house.
Other things to look forward to in this short film include Anna getting a new green dress, and snow babies. (That’s not an official Disney name).
Frozen Fever is being shown at theater screenings of Disney’s new version of Cinderella.
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Will Smith is one of my favorite actors. He brings a natural reality to his roles even when they are as out there as Men in Black. And he brings that same element in real life. He hasn’t forgotten his roots, and he hasn’t forgotten his wife either.
He and Jada Pinkett Smith have been married for 18 years now. They are the parents of two kids, daughter Willow, 14, and son, Jaden, 16; and as a couple they have a reputation as a solid couple.
But both Will and his wife admit their relationship isn’t always a bed of roses. However, they also admit it’s something you work and grow through.
In a recent interview with The Sun newspaper, Will Smith said, “Whatever you have is gonna die and you are gonna have to rebirth something new. You have to be willing to ride the waves. There’s gonna be some flat days and some stormy days, and that has to be okay.”
So how did they get to this place in their relationship when so many other celebs, not to mention everyday folk, succumb to the pressures that tear so many couples apart?
Jada says that once she broke free from her idea of what a husband looks like and what a wife is supposed to be that she saw her husband in a new light. For them, it was like an evolution in their relationship that broke free of preconceived stereotypes.
Throughout their marriage, they’ve been prey to the tabloids claiming their marriage was on the rocks, and Jada addresses the public criticism head on.
She has said, “Will and I BOTH can do WHATEVER we want, because we TRUST each other to do so. This does NOT mean we have an open relationship…this means we have a GROWN one.”
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I was sitting in a little diner eating dinner with my husband and son last week when news of Harrison Ford’s plane crash flashed across the screen. It was a static picture of the crashed plane, with a yellow ribbon of information scrolling along the bottom of the screen.
The sound was off, and most of the people in the diner paid no attention. Along with concern for the 72-year-old Indiana Jones actor, I thought about his wife Calista Flockhart (50). Flockhart is Ford’s third wife. They were married in 2010 after eight years together, and have a 12-year-old son, Liam.
The day of the crash was a beautiful sunny day in L.A., and she went out for a walk. That’s where she was when her husband experienced, the what some consider a near-fatal crash in his WWII era plane on the Penmar Golf Course last week soon after his take off from the Santa Monica airport.
A source told People magazine that Flockhart arrived at the hospital short after her husband arrived by ambulance, and she admits she feels very blessed that he survived the crash.
“Calista arrived at the ER shortly after Harrison. She looked concerned and stayed with Harrison until late last night. This morning, she drove [their son] Liam to school and then straight to the hospital. She is still at the hospital now.”
Ford has received some humorous jabs from former co-stars since the accident, like Carrie Fisher saying, “I know you have incredible bounce back, please take a bounce break for a while. Can I drive next time?”
But Flockhart isn’t seeing anything funny about it. She has reportedly banned her husband from flying solo after this recent crash.
One source has even said that she and Ford’s children have worried for him with this dangerous hobby, and that Flockhart is now strongly urging her husband to call it quits as a pilot.
Only time will tell whether or not he will heed his wife’s plea. I for one hope he will consider her advice.
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