Diana grew from being a naive 20 years old girl with a lot of public responsibility girl struggling with protocol—to becoming a wildly popular young mother and, eventually, into the sleek, confidently stylish independent People’s Princess the whole world loved. Today it’s marked the 19th anniversary of her tragic death. To honor her we’ve gathered her most iconic styles over the years of her remarkable life.
RIP Princess Diana ... you will be remember as the people Princess ...you will live on in the hearts of everyone forever. The PICs
Happy Birthday to the 19th Amendment! On August 18, 1920, the 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution was ratified, granting women the right to vote for the first time. Huzzah! It wasn’t really that long ago – which sucks, to be honest. But anyway, HUZZAH!! In light of the present presidential race, I want to talk about Victoria Woodhull for a minute. In case you’re wondering who that is:
Woodhull didn’t just run for president (which was considered a ludicrous idea for a woman in the Victorian era [and onward]), oh no. She also dabbled in newspaper publishing, lobbying, public speaking, clairvoyance, and philanthropy, and she and her sister Tennessee Celeste Claflin were also the first female brokers on Wall Street. Basically, she was a can-do kind of gal living in a man-do kind of world. But that wasn’t going to stop her.
Never one to shy from the limelight, she spoke out in favor of women’s rights whenever she had the chance. She was the first woman to address a congressional committee, which she promptly used as a metaphorical platform from which to fight for her beliefs. Initially, she was supported by other women’s suffrage activists like Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Susan B. Anthony because they saw her as a valiant crusader for their cause.
But the more she spoke out, the more they distanced themselves from her. You see, Woodhull was also in favor of some very ‘scandalous’ things, like free love, letting women be in control of their own bodies, having the right to escape unwanted or abusive marriages, and being respected in the bedroom – aka being allowed to say no to sex (which was very much not an option for most women at the time).
Ironically, many women’s rights activists were not in favor of such ideas. Granted, she did tell crowds of people that she wanted “the love of you all, promiscuously,” in the 1870s (pretty friggin ballsy, if you ask me). Unfortunately, people didn’t take kindly to women giving speeches at all, let alone filling them with quotes like this: “It makes no difference who or what you are, old or young, black or white, pagan, Jew, or Christian, I want to love you all and be loved by you all, and I mean to have your love.”
She spent election day in jail with her sister because she’d published an article in their newspaper exposing well-known clergyman Henry Ward Beecher as a hypocrite and adulterer. Naturally, she was arrested for sending obscene literature through the mail. Beecher’s sister, Harriet Beecher Stowe (you may have heard of her), was not amused, and she called Woodhull a “vile jailbird” and an “impudent witch.” The press had a field day, and cartoonist Thomas Nast referred to her as “Mrs. Satan.”
After running for president, she stopped receiving invitations to speak at suffrage conventions. In fact, Susan B. Anthony advised a British suffrage leader not to meet with her because she and her sister were “regarded as lewd and indecent.”
Despite her critics, Victoria had no problem living the life that she wanted for all women. At one point, she shared an apartment with her ex-husband, her husband, and her lover. But I have no doubt that she probably gave them all the long finger if they didn’t respect her as their equal: “Let women issue a declaration of independence sexually, and absolutely refuse to cohabit with men until they are acknowledged as equals in everything, and the victory would be won in a single week,” she wrote. I wanted to share this with you because I think she’s a fascinating human and an extremely notable piece of U.S. history that isn’t often talked about. I mean, yeah, I know who she is, but I don’t remember learning about her in school. Not even in numerous high school and college American history classes. But I’ve drunk a lot of gin since then, so who knows… Happy women’s suffrage, ladies! Thanx Huffington Post
BySandy Cohen, The Associated Press Posted: 08/29/2016
Gene Wilder as Willy Wonka in 'Willy Wonka & The Chocolate Factory'. (Photo: Silver Screen Collection/Hulton Archive/Getty Images) LOS ANGELES — Gene Wilder, the frizzy-haired actor who brought his deft comedic touch to such unforgettable roles as the neurotic accountant in "The Producers" and the deranged animator of "Young Frankenstein," has died. He was 83. Wilder's nephew said Monday that the actor and writer died late Sunday at his home in Stamford, Connecticut, from complications from Alzheimer's disease. Jordan Walker-Pearlman said in a statement that Wilder was diagnosed with the disease three years ago, but kept the condition private so as not to disappoint fans. "He simply couldn't bear the idea of one less smile in the world," Walker-Pearlman said.
Actor Gene Wilder appears at Barnes & Noble to sign copies of his book 'The Woman Who Wouldn't', March 26, 2008. (Photo: Bryan Bedder/Getty Images) Wilder started his acting career on the stage, but millions knew him from his work in the movies, especially his collaborations with Mel Brooks on "The Producers," "Blazing Saddles" and "Young Frankenstein." The last film — with Wilder playing a California-born descendant of the mad scientist, insisting that his name is pronounced "Frahn-ken-SHTEEN" — was co-written by Brooks and Wilder. "One of the truly great talents of our time," Mel Brooks tweeted. "He blessed every film we did with his magic & he blessed me with his friendship." With his unkempt hair and big, buggy eyes, Wilder was a master at playing panicked characters caught up in schemes that only a madman such as Brooks could devise, whether reviving a monster in "Young Frankenstein" or bilking Broadway in "The Producers.'' Brooks would call him "God's perfect prey, the victim in all of us." But he also knew how to keep it cool as the boozy gunslinger in "Blazing Saddles" or the charming candy man in the children's favourite "Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory." His craziest role: the therapist having an affair with a sheep in Woody Allen's "Everything You Wanted to Know About Sex.'' "One of the truly great talents of our time." He was close friends with Richard Pryor and their contrasting personas — Wilder uptight, Pryor loose — were ideal for comedy. They co-starred in four films: "Silver Streak,'' ''Stir Crazy," "See No Evil, Hear No Evil" and ''Another You." And they created several memorable scenes, particularly when Pryor provided Wilder with directions on how to "act black" as they tried to avoid police in "Silver Streak." In 1968, Wilder received an Oscar nomination for his work in Brooks' "The Producers." He played the introverted Leo Bloom, an accountant who discovers the liberating joys of greed and corruption as he and Max Bialystock (Zero Mostel) conceive a Broadway flop titled "Springtime For Hitler" and plan to flee with the money raised for the show's production. Matthew Broderick played Wilder's role in the 2001 Broadway stage revival of the show. Though they collaborated on film, Wilder and Brooks met through the theatre. Wilder was in a play with Brooks' then-future wife, Anne Bancroft, who introduced the pair backstage in 1963. Wilder, a Milwaukee native, was born Jerome Silberman on June 11, 1935. His father was a Russian emigre, his mother was of Polish descent. When he was 6, Wilder's mother suffered a heart attack that left her a semi-invalid. He soon began improvising comedy skits to entertain her, the first indication of his future career.
Gene Wilder listens as he is introduced to receive the Governor's Awards for Excellence in Culture and Tourism at the Legislative Office Building in Hartford, Conn. in 2008 (Photo: Jessica Hill/AP) He started taking acting classes at age 12 and continued performing and taking lesson through college. In 1961, Wilder became a member of Lee Strasberg's prestigious Actor's Studio in Manhattan. That same year, he made both his off-Broadway and Broadway debuts. He won the Clarence Derwent Award, given to promising newcomers, for the Broadway work in Graham Greene's comedy "The Complaisant Lover." He used his new name, Gene Wilder, for the off-Broadway and Broadway roles. He lifted the first name from the character Eugene Gant in Thomas Wolfe's "Look Back, Homeward Angel," while the last name was clipped from playwright Thornton Wilder. A key break came when he co-starred with Bancroft in Bertolt Brecht's "Mother Courage," and met Brooks, her future husband. "I was having trouble with one little section of the play, and he gave me tips on how to act. He said, 'That's a song and dance. He's proselytizing about communism. Just skip over it, sing and dance over it, and get on to the good stuff.' And he was right," Wilder later explained.
Gene Wilder performs during the rehearsal of a scene from Neil Simon's 'Laughter on the 23rd Floor,' Oct. 2, 1996. (Photo: Shawn Baldwin/Reuters) Before starring in "The Producers," he had a small role as the hostage of gangsters in the 1967 classic "Bonnie and Clyde." He peaked in the mid-1970s with the twin Brooks hits "Blazing Saddles" and "Young Frankenstein." He went on to write several screenplays and direct several films. In 1982, while making the generally forgettable "Hanky-Panky,'' he fell in love with co-star Gilda Radner. They were married in 1984, and co-starred in two Wilder-penned films: "The Lady in Red'' and "Haunted Honeymoon." After Radner died of ovarian cancer in 1989, Wilder spent much of his time after promoting cancer research. He opened a support facility for cancer patients called "Gilda's Place." In 1991, he testified before Congress about the need for increased testing for cancer. Wilder guest-starred on two episodes of NBC's "Will & Grace" in 2002 and 2003, winning a Primetime Emmy Award for outstanding guest actor on a comedy series for his role as Mr. Stein, the boss of Will Truman, played by Canadian Eric McCormack. Wilder is survived by his wife, Karen, whom he married in 1991. Condolences to the family & friends . RIP Gene Wilder ... you will be sadly missed . The PICs
When people talk about "Sin City" in the United States, they're most likely referring to Las Vegas. But a new study says America's most sinful city is known by a different nickname: The Big Easy (or the City That Care Forgot, or the Crescent City.) According to online real estate site Trulia, which recently ranked major U.S. cities based on the seven deadly sins -- or cardinal sins -- New Orleans is America's true "Sin City" while Provo, Utah is the most saintly city. Here's how Trulia measured each city's sinfulness: Lust: Number of adult entertainment venues Gluttony: Rates of obesity, binge drinking and smoking Greed: Number of racing and gambling venues and residents' reported charitable donations Sloth: Number of residents who have not exercised in 30 days Wrath: Per capita violent crime Envy: Inequality in home prices Vanity: Number of beauty and tanning salons and plastic surgery offices "With nearly three times the national rate of adult entertainment establishments and twice the number gambling establishments per household, [New Orleans] scores highly in lust and greed," Trulia explains. "Additionally, above average rates of smoking, binge- and heavy-drinking and obesity, as well as high incidents of violent crime make the Crescent City a great place for those looking to explore gluttony and wrath." According to Trulia, these are the 10 most "sinful" cities in the country:
New Orleans, Louisiana
Atlantic City, New Jersey
Las Vegas, Nevada
San Antonio, Texas
Columbus, Ohio On the other hand, these are America's most "saintly" cities: Provo, Utah Ogden, Utah Fort Collins, Colorado Tuscaloosa, Alabama Raleigh, North Carolina Claremont, New Hampshire Boise, Idaho Asheville, North Carolina Greeley, Colorado Cambridge, Massachusetts My city made the list as one of the most sinful ... now ain't that a chick in the head (giggling).
The slayings did more than shock people and plunge Lexington into mourning. The two 68-year-old nuns leave a gaping hole in what was already a strapped health care system.
This is a smartphone photograph taken and released by the Mississippi Department of Public Safety in Durant, Miss. on Friday of Rodney Earl Sanders, 46, of Kosciusko, who has been charged with two counts of capital murder in connection with the killing of Sister Margaret Held and Sister Paula Merrill, both nurse practitioners who were found dead in their Durant house Thursday. (WARREN STRAIN / AP) By EMILY WAGSTER PETTUS Associated Press Saturday, August. 27, 2016 LEXINGTON, MISS.—A man suspected in the slayings of two Mississippi nuns who were found dead inside a residence within the community they served has been arrested and charged with two counts of capital murder, Mississippi authorities said. Rodney Earl Sanders, 46, of Kosciusko, Mississippi, was charged in the deaths of Sister Margaret Held and Sister Paula Merrill, Mississippi Department of Public Safety spokesman Warren Strain said in a statement released late Friday night. Both women were 68. The bodies of both women were discovered Thursday after they failed to show up for work at a clinic in Lexington, Mississippi, about 10 miles (16 kilometres) from where they lived. “Sanders was developed as a person of interest early on in the investigation,” Lt. Colonel Jimmy Jordan said in the statement. Authorities said Sanders was being held in an undisclosed detention centre pending a court appearance. Meanwhile, in the poverty-stricken Mississippi county where the two nuns were slain, forgiveness for their killer is hard to find, even if forgiveness is what the victims would have wanted.
This undated photo provided by Sisters of Charity of Nazareth shows Sister Paula Merrill. Sister Margaret Held and Merrill were found slain in their home and there were signs of a break-in and their vehicle was missing, officials said on August 25,2016 (SISTERS OF CHARITY OF NAZARETH/AP) Held and Merrill were nurse practitioners who dedicated their lives to providing health care to people in the poorest county in the state. And as authorities sought the killer, many residents wondered how they will fill the hole the women’s deaths have left. “Right now, I don’t see no forgiveness on my heart,” said Joe Morgan Jr., a 58-year-old former factory worker who has diabetes and was a patient of Merrill’s at the clinic where the two nuns worked. He said Merrill would want him to forgive whoever killed the women, but he hopes the perpetrator is arrested, convicted and executed. “She doesn’t deserve to die like this, doing God’s work,” Morgan said, shaking his head. “There’s something wrong with the world.”
This 2015 photo provided by the School Sisters of St. Francis shows Sister Margaret Held, who worked as a nurse and helped the poor in rural Mississippi. (MICHAEL O'LOUGHLIN/AP)
Both women worked at the clinic, where they gave flu shots, dispensed insulin and provided other medical care for children and adults who couldn’t afford it. Their stolen car was found abandoned a mile from their home, and there were signs of a break-in, but police haven’t disclosed a motive. Authorities have not said how the women were killed, but the Rev. Greg Plata of St. Thomas Catholic Church in Lexington, where the nuns had led Bible study for years, said police told him they were stabbed. The state posted a reward of $20,000 for information leading to an arrest and conviction. Plata said both nuns’ religious communities have asked that people pray for the killer or killers. Asked about people’s struggles to forgive, the priest said: “Forgiveness is at the heart of being a Christian. Look at Jesus on the cross: ‘Father, forgive them for they know not what they do.’” On Friday, a handwritten sign on the front door of Lexington Medical Clinic said it was closed until Monday. The clinic and the nuns’ home in Durant are in Holmes County, population 18,000. With 44 per cent of its residents living in poverty, Holmes is the seventh-poorest county in America, according to the Census Bureau.
A verse of scripture, a cross, three candles and some faded flowers lay on a tree root across from the Durant, Miss., home of Sister Margaret Held and Sister Paula Merrill on Friday. The slayings did more than shock people and plunge the county into mourning. They leave a gaping hole in what was already a strapped health care system. Dr. Elias Abboud, who worked with the sisters for years and helped build the clinic, said it provided about 25 per cent of all medical care in the county. The two nuns cultivated relationships with drug company representatives, who often left extra free samples, according to clinic manager Lisa Dew. “This is a poor area, and they dignified those who are poor with outreach and respect for them,” Plata said. “They treated each person as a child of God.” Merrill’s sister Rosemarie, speaking by telephone from her Stoneham, Massachusetts, home, said her sister had been in Mississippi helping the poor since 1981 and had previously worked in Holly Springs, where she used to ride around on a moped and was instrumental in locating the source of a tuberculosis outbreak. Merrill was raised in the suburbs of Boston and came from a working-class family, her father a labourer and her mother a bookkeeper, her nephew David said. He said his aunt had worked with Held for many years. “We always considered Margaret just part of the family,” he said. “The word ‘sister’ has many meanings, and they fulfilled all of them.” RIP Sister Paula Merrill & Sister Margaret Held Deepest and heartfelt condolences to family and friends ... The PICs
August 25th 2016 By: Keri Lumm Angry 1934 letter from Bonnie and Clyde goes up for auction Bonnie and Clyde were a couple in love with each other -- and with robbing banks and killing people. It was The Great Depression, and they did their part to make it more depressing. Now we have this amazing letter, which will be sold to the highest bidder through RR Auctions. The letter was written by Clyde Barrow in April of 1934. Clyde was understandably upset with Raymond Hamilton, a man whom Clyde freed from the Easton Prison Farm. You would think that would buy some loyalty, but apparently it did not. Clyde didn't hold back his ire from Hamilton after he was arrested again. He calls the man "yellow," and tells him he has no sympathy for him-- but does hope he can avoid the electric chair. The letter confirms that things were fine with the Barrow gang until Hamilton fell in love with a prostitute, Mary O'Dare. Bonnie and Clyde were suspicious of her, thinking she was a rat, and as it turns out, she was. The result was Hamilton's arrest and this letter. Unfortunately for Hamilton, he did not avoid the electric chair, and was executed on May 10, 1935. But thanks to this letter, written in beautiful cursive, we know that Clyde didn't care.
EMILY CAHN Aug 26th 2016 NBC News reported Friday the letter from Donald Trump's doctor that declared Trump would be the "healthiest individual ever elected to the presidency" was written in five minutes as a limo waited downstairs to collect it. In an interview from his Park Avenue office, Dr. Harold Bornstein said he hastily wrote the letter, but defended his over-the-top wording, telling NBC News that he "picked up [Trump's] kind of language" as he wrote. "I thought about it all day, and at the end I get rushed and I get anxious when I get rushed, so I tried to get four or five lines done as fast as possible," Bornstein said of his writing process. REPORT : Donald Trump's doctor wrote health letter in 5 minutes
SOURCE: Donald J. Trump Bornstein's letter, released to the public in December, has again gained attention in recent days, as Trump and his surrogates have touted conspiracy theories about Hillary Clinton's health. MSNBC's Rachel Maddow asked Trump's new campaign manager Kellyanne Conway in an interview earlier this week — after Trump pushed unsubstantiated rumors about Clinton's health — whether Trump should release a more serious health letter. "As a doctor's letter, it's a little bit absurd. It's a non-serious letter," Maddow said, according to a transcript from MSNBC. "It's full of typos. It's hyperbolic. It's unprofessional. Most of the letter has no medical meaning." Conway responded with a simple, "perhaps," adding that she did not want to comment on Clinton's health.
August 19, 2016 | By Daniel Halper President Barack Obama and his daughter Malia Photo: Getty Images President Obama is “furious” with daughter Malia for puffing on what appeared to be a marijuana cigarette, according to a report. “This is the president’s worst nightmare!” said a source, who told RadarOnline that the commander in chief took executive action, confronting his daughter about her alleged antics during the family’s summer vacation. “The end of his term is in sight — and the carefully crafted image of a world-beating family is unraveling right before his eyes!” Video first emerged of Malia Obama, 18, appearing to puff on ganja at the Lollapalooza festival in Chicago last month. Then, a “rowdy” party Malia attended on the island where her family is vacation — Martha’s Vineyard — was busted up by local cops. “I’m sure he had some choice words for his daughter during that walk they took,” the source said, referring to a private walk the president and Malia took on Martha’s Vineyard following the publication of the footage. Malia graduated this year from the exclusive private school Sidwell Friends in Washington, DC, and after a planned year off, intends to begin at Harvard in 2017. Meanwhile, sister Sasha Obama, 15, has been toiling away at a Martha’s Vineyard fish restaurant, busing tables and prepping for the lunch rush. Story & photo below ... you be the judge .
Malia Obama won’t be able to roll her way out of this one. The 18-year-old first kid was caught smoking what looks like a joint at a concert in a video that emerged Wednesday. The video, posted by Radar Online, shows Obama puffing away on the cigarette at the Lollapalooza festival in Chicago last month. In the 9-second clip, the elder child of President Obama can be seen in the background smoking as a young girl in the foreground of the video dances and sticks her tongue out. An eyewitness claimed that Obama was smoking pot, according to the website. Obama sparked some controversy in July after she skipped out on Hillary Clinton’s historic speech at the Democratic National Convention to rock out at Lollapalooza instead. Photographs and videos of Obama also surfaced showing her bustin’ a move at the music fest. Her commander-in-chief dad admitted in his memoir to smoking pot and using “a little blow” in high school and college. Marijuana was recently decriminalized in the state of Illinois – where Malia was allegedly caught smoking. State Gov. Bruce Rauner signed a bill into law this month that removes criminal penalties for those found in possession of 10 grams of marijuana or less.
Universal announces Illumination’s Sing for December 2016
Starring : Matthew McConaughey, Reese Witherspoon, Seth MacFarlane, Scarlett Johansson, Tori Kelly and Taron Egerton
In a world like ours, but entirely inhabited by animals, Sing stars Buster Moon (Academy Award winner Matthew McConaughey), a dapper Koala who presides over a once-grand theater that has fallen on hard times. Buster is an eternal optimist—okay, maybe a bit of a scoundrel—who loves his theater above all and will do anything to preserve it. Now facing the crumbling of his life’s ambition, he has one final chance to restore his fading jewel to its former glory by producing the world’s greatest singing competition. Five lead contestants emerge: A mouse (Seth MacFarlane) who croons as smoothly as he cons, a timid teenage elephant (Tori Kelly) with an enormous case of stage fright, an overtaxed mother (Academy Award® winner Reese Witherspoon) run ragged tending a litter of 25 piglets, a young gangster gorilla (Taron Egerton) looking to break free of his family’s felonies, and a punk-rock porcupine (Scarlett Johansson) struggling to shed her arrogant boyfriend and go solo. Each animal arrives under Buster’s marquee believing that this is their shot to change the course of their life.
Featuring more than 85 hit songs, Sing is written and directed by Garth Jennings (Son of Rambow, The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy) and produced by Chris Meledandri and Janet Healy., Seth MacFarlane, Scarlett Johansson, John C. Reilly, Taron Egerton and Tori Kelly star in a musical comedy about finding the shining star that lives inside all of us.
Prince's family had guests in tears this weekend honoring the late singer, but at least they got to leave with a bag full o' tchotchkes ... TMZ has learned. Members of Prince's family gave gift bags to everyone who came to the private memorial Saturday at Paisley Park -- and they were loaded with Prince goodies. A witness tells us mourners got everything from pens to tote bags and more -- all specially marked "The Eternity of Prince." There was even a chain with Prince's famous symbol. We're told the gathering was small -- with just a small handful of celebs there like Rosario Dawson and Maya Rudolph. You'd like to think these items don't end up on eBay, but ya know they will. Soon. Thank TMZ
8/11/2016 BY TMZ STAFF Mel Gibson's baby mama, Oksana Grigorieva, just got word from a California appeals court ... she made one of the worst business decisions in the history of business ... because they just ruled she's only entitled to 1/60 of what she could have gotten from him had she just shut her trap. The California Court of Appeals just dropped the hammer, saying Oksana screwed herself when she went on Howard Stern in 2013 and claimed domestic abuse at the hands of Gibson. The actor was on the hook for $750,000 -- a settlement he had struck with her -- but had only shelled out $250,000. The agreement said she would forfeit the balance if she blabbed about her allegations, and the court said that's exactly what she did when she went on Stern. So, Mel does not have to pay the $500k balance. Mind you ... Mel had agreed to pay Oksana $15 million if she kept those horrible audiotapes secret, but she changed her mind thinking she could get even more and disavowed the deal. Instead of $15 mil, she eventually struck a deal for $750k ... and that has now been whittled down to $250k. Maybe she's just bad at math.
NBC News MILENA VESELINOVIC AND MATTHEW GRIMSON Aug 7th 2016 Convicted murderer Oscar Pistorius was treated in hospital Saturday after suffering injuries to his wrists while in prison, according to South Africa's Correctional Services Department. Pistorius had sustained minor injuries to his wrists, Manelisi Wolela, a spokesman for South Africa's Department of Correctional Services, told NBC News. Pistorius told prison staff he'd been injured while falling out of bed, according to another spokesman for the corrections department, Singabakho Nxumalo. Pistorius denied "speculations" of a suicide attempt, Wolela said. "I have just seen Oscar and he is doing well given the circumstances," Carl Pistorius wrote. "He slipped in his cell and injured himself, nothing serious. Please don't believe the media reports." The former Paralympic champion was taken to the Kalafong hospital in Pretoria and returned to prison later in the day, Nxumalo said. Pistorius, a double-amputee, was sentence to six-years' prison in July for the murder of his girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp, on Valentine's Day 2013. Prosecutors say they plan to appeal that sentence, calling it "shockingly lenient."