Did you know the 'Golden Girl' was once a US Marine?
Golden Girl Bea Arthur may have passed away back in April of 2009 but the late comedienne is STILL finding ways to surprise us. Did you know that Bea was once a Marine in the US military? Yep, she sure was. For her entire life, Bea denied that she ever served in the military … but we now know she was not being truthful, and why. Here is a photo of the hard-nosed Bea Arthur as a young military woman and some deets about her brave service to our country:
In 1943, when she was 21 and known as Bernice Frankel, Bea Arthur enlisted in the military. Recently unearthed documents reveal she came across as a tough broad, even then. The Smoking Gun obtained the documents from her enlistment and personnel file, in which she wrote that she “heard last week that enlistments for women in the Marines were open, so decided the only thing to do was to join.” She also notes: “As far as hobbies are concerned, I’ve dabbled in music and dramatics.” But most interesting: A personality appraisal! An interviewing officer describes the young Ms. Frankel as “argumentative” and “over aggressive.” Under “General rating on personality,” the officer wrote: “Officious—but probably a good worker—if she has her own way!” A year after she enlisted, Bernice Frankel married fellow marine Private Robert Arthur. As she served as Bernice Arthur, her rank went from private to corporal to sergeant to staff sergeant. It seems that she served her country well — she was honorably discharged in 1945 — but her sole “misconduct” was contracting a venereal disease. Bea Arthur always denied serving in the military — maybe she didn’t want her medical history brought up?
The article I quote here is from Jezebel but you can read more HERE at The Smoking Gun‘s website. To be honest … I don’t even know what to say about this. I hadn’t even heard the rumors that she may have served in the military … and, to be more honest, when I first saw this photo I thought it was a mugshot from an arrest in her youth. I can’t say I’m shocked that Bea was a Marine but … she will always be my Golden Girl. Bea Arthur managed to keep her secret in life but in death we can actually look back and be proud of her service to her country. She was a very special lady …. a very special lady, indeed.
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Protesters shouted, "CHOP OFF THEIR HEADS!"
Things got very scary for Prince Charles and Camilla the Duchess of Wales in London, England last night when their chauffeured car (complete with police escort) was attacked by student protesters. Chanting things like, CHOP OFF THEIR HEADS!, the protesters hurled rocks and paint at the royal limousine … very obviously scaring Prince Charles and Camilla:
Things turned ugly Thursday as the Rolls-Royce carrying England’s future king Prince Charles and his wife Camilla drove into a group of protestors. CBS News … reports that some of the student demonstrators shouted “off with their heads,” smashed a window, and splattered the royals’ car with paint. The prince’s police escort quickly came to the rescue and the couple – unharmed, but clearly shocked – arrived safely at a gala variety show in central London. Charles and Camilla put a brave face on as they emerged from the car, quickly picking up their ceremonial duties and shaking hands with a few well wishers before heading into the theater. “They were whisked right through to hospitality where Camilla had a rather stiff brandy to calm her nerves,” reveals CBS News contributor Neil Sean, who reports frequently on the royal family and attended the Royal Variety Show. Police say the prince’s car, and his security detail, were caught off guard by a fast-moving group of protesters who converged on the area of the theater at short notice. Regardless of where they came from and how long they had been there, the violent group’s ability to come within inches of the man next in line to sit on the throne will doubtless prompt a review of security plans for the wedding of Charles’ son, Prince William, being planned for this summer … Earlier Thursday, thousands of students demonstrated in central London against a government move to enable the country’s universities to triple tuition fees – to 14,000 dollars per year. Sporadic pushing and shoving with the police gradually escalated, with officers on horseback brought in to break up the crowds. As night fell, it turned violent. Some demonstrators lit fires, others attacked government buildings. But it’s the attack on the royal car that’s grabbing the headlines this morning.
Wow! These student protests have been going on in London for some time now … but only recently have they started to turn violent. This successful attack on members of the Royal Family are very shocking to me. It is unfathomable that they British police force let the next King of England get that close to such violence. While I do not believe the lives of Charles and Camilla were in any actual danger, the violent nature of the attack on their car is pretty stunning. After the jump, check out some photos of Charles and Camilla‘s damaged Rolls Royce and find out how they spent the remainder of their evening after this attack … More »
Whatcha smokin', Miley?
Miley Cyrus is 18, y’all …. and that means she is growin’ up. It also means that she is ready to experiment with new things on camera … for example, TMZ managed to get hold of a video recorded around Miley‘s recent 18th birthday that clearly shows her smoking something from a water bong (a device usually associated with marijuana use). Now, it’s not unusual for kids her age to experiment with things … but it is kinda unusual for a celebrity of her magnitude to be DUMB enough to experiment with drug paraphernalia on camera:
Miley Cyrus celebrated her 18th birthday by experimenting with a bong and catching a case of the giggles. The video was shot during a party at Miley’s L.A. area home 5 days after her 18th birthday. According to a source connected with Miley … the smoke filling the bong is a natural herb called Salvia which has psychedelic qualities. Possession of salvia is legal in California. As for the video … the source tells us it was shot by one of Miley’s friends — and theory is that someone stole or copied the video from that friend’s camera.
Yeah … I’m not sure I’m buying this “Salvia” business … but it is possible. NPR just did a story on the popularity of the legal herb among teens and young adults. What makes me personally suspicious that marijuana is being smoked in this bong is the very prominent appearance of breakfast cereal in the video (the Bush song playing the background is another red flag). Munchies are also usually associated with weed. BUT, whatever the Hell Miley is smokin’, she’s an idiot for doing so ON CAMERA! It’s clear she trusts the friend recording her and mebbe it wasn’t her friend who leaked the video … but in this day and age, if you do something like this on camera … it’s going to make its way to the Internets … and the Internets never forget. Head over to TMZ HERE to watch Miley smoke on this bong and judge for yourself. Is this a troublesome video for Miss Cyrus … or is she just being Miley?
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Goodbye Ian, Hello Marco
Trevor Donovan‘s character Teddy on 90210 may have shared a same-sex kiss with Kyle Riabko‘s character Ian ONCE or TWICE but the days of Teddy and Ian kissing on the show are about to be over. According to a new report, Riabko is leaving 90210 very soon leaving the role of Teddy‘s love interest wide open … enter actor Freddie Smith and his character Marco:
For someone who’s not even out of the closet, 90210’s resident gay Teddy (Trevor Donovan) sure is seeing a lot of action. On the heels of the wannabe McEnroe’s first man-on-man smooch with current love interest Ian (Kyle Riabko), the increasingly addictive CW soap has cast newcomer Freddie Smith to play Teddy’s super-athletic and friendly new beau Marco. Although a 90210 rep declined to comment, a West Bev insider tells me that [spoiler alert!] Smith is being brought in to fill the void left by Riabko, who is leaving of his own accord. (I’m told Riabko wants to make himself available for the looming pilot season).
Marco is rumored to be making his debut on the show in February, which means that we only have a few more eps to look forward to that will feature the burgeoning romantic relationship between Teddy and Ian. I must say, in terms of Teddy‘s careful coming out, the timing couldn’t be worse. He is finally coming to terms with his homosexuality, he has finally declared his feelings for another guy … and that guy will soon be out of the picture. I’m glad to hear that the 90210 bosses already have another guy lined up to play Teddy‘s love interest but … dang … I have really been enjoying the growing relationship between Teddy and Ian. Ah well … love can be a fragile thing. I’m very glad that producers plan to keep featuring same-sex love relationships on the show … it’s one of the many things I love about watching 90210.
The TV Guide
Last night David and I were invited to the Egyptian Theater in Hollywood, CA for a screening event for Star Wars: The Clone Wars animated series … which is about to introduce a new villain on the series. Darth Maul may have been killed in Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace but his brother Savage Opress lives on in the animated series The Clone Wars:
Three new episodes, written by Katie Lucas (daughter of the master George Lucas himself), were screened last night on the big screen and it really felt like an entire Star Wars movie. After the jump, check out some promo stills from the eps and read more about the villainous Savage Opress … More »
Last month we learned that David Beckham was planning the launch of his own line of underwear … but did you know that actor James Franco already has a line of underwear named for him? Yeah, neither did I. It turns out, tho, that the undies don’t really sell very well. No, the undies have not been spotted in high end department stores like Bloomingdale’s or Saks Fifth Avenue … they have, instead, been spotted in a close-out mall in Brooklyn, NY marked way, way down … behold:
James Franco is truly Hollywood’s greatest multi-hyphenated entity since Barbra Streisand became a certified public notary. Actor, writer, director, Ph. D. student and even Oscar Host are just some of the entries in Franco’s C.V. And to that storied list we can now add underwear magnate. Click through for the photograph evidence. Sadly, Franco’s James Franco Brand Underwear is not doing as well as its namesake. Though blessed with an elastic band and a breathable cotton panel, this man-undies were snapped in the Brooklyn Close-Out Mall. Better luck next time, James Franco and James Franco Brand Underwear!
LMAO!! I don’t even know what to make of this. I don’t know that I believe that James Franco has anything to do with his namesake undies. A lot of counterfeit companies manufacture products and slap famous people’s names on them in an effort to trick people into buying their wares so my guess is that that is what is going on here. Still … who wouldn’t want to get their hands on James Franco‘s underwear … and for such a low, low price!? Should these Franco boxers show up at any close-out malls here on the West Coast, I might have to pick me up a few pairs … then all of my Xmas shopping for friends will be complete!
No Jake, No Coffee, Still Weird
It appears that Jake isn’t the only Gyllenhaal that Taylor Swift likes to hang out with … cuz US Weekly brings us a previously unseen photo of Taylor hangin’ out on Thanksgiving with Jake‘s older sister Maggie Gyllenhaal and her daughter Ramona. As you are all WELL aware, Taylor spent part of her Thanksgiving in the (IMHO, posed) arm of Jake Gyllenhaal but as this photo makes clear, she spent part of her Thanksgiving with Maggie and Ramona as well:
Maggie Gyllenhaal had an extra reason to be thankful this year: She got to spend Thanksgiving with her brother Jake and his new sudden squeeze, Taylor Swift. The new Us Weekly (on newsstands now) has the first photos of the two lovebirds taking a stroll in Brooklyn’s Park Slope neighborhood, where Maggie, 33, and her family live. Asked how the day went, Maggie told UsMagazine.com Thursday at the Focus For Change benefit in NYC: “Great.” She paused when asked what makes her brother, 29, such a great guy, prompting her husband, Peter Sarsgaard, to tell Us: “Why is Jake a wonderful guy? Because he’s an adventurer!”
At this point, I expect we’ll soon be seeing photos of Taylor hanging out with Jake‘s divorcing parents next. I mean … doesn’t this all seem a bit too much? Doesn’t all of this sudden happy togetherness seem like a publicist’s wet dream? I simply cannot shake the feeling that this just seems much too perfect, really convenient and … WEIRD! I just can’t buy it. Personal feelings aside, this Taylor/Jake thing just keeps getting odder by day. I mean … really? Maggie likes hanging out with Taylor Swift? C’mon …
[Photo credit: INFdaily; Source]
"Every aspect of the story published by Star Magazine is completely ... false"
Yesterday, just one day before Britney Spears‘s 29th birthday today, Star magazine published an unfounded and completely irresponsible report that claimed that Britney confessed to Jason Alexander (the loser Britney married for 55 hours back in 2004) that she was being abused by her current boyfriend Jason Trawick. When I first heard the report yesterday, I was so disgusted by its falsity that I didn’t even bother to mention it because of its sheer lunacy (I’m also refraining from linking to the ridiculous story today). Unfortunately, Britney does not have the luxury of ignoring these sorts of outrageous matters so she was forced to issue an official statement of denial of the Star magazine report. But, even tho a firestorm of controversy was brewing yesterday, Britney and Jason wanted to be together in a show of unity for one another. Here is a photo of Britwick weathering the storm yesterday along with the full text of Britney‘s denial statement:
Every aspect of the story published by Star Magazine is completely and utterly false and Star Magazine was informed of the falsity of this story before it was published. The statements attributed to Jason Alexander are a complete fabrication as Britney has not had any form of communication with Mr. Alexander in years. The audio recording posted on Radaronline this morning purporting to be between Britney Spears and Jason Alexander is so obviously fake as to be laughable. Suffice it to say, that Jason Trawick has never laid a hand on Britney. This is just another example of the irresponsible nature of the tabloid media relying on shoddy sources and false information for the sole purpose of selling magazines, without regard to the truth and without regard to who they hurt in the process. These irresponsible statements are defamatory and Britney Spears’ legal team will be taking legal action against all of the appropriate parties.
I understand there is a recording that purports to be of Britney telling Alexander of the abuse claims. TMZ reports that an audio expert has already shot down the validity of this recording as a fake so all that is left is for the lawsuits to come out. I have no doubt that Britney‘s legal team will launch a vigorous and unrelenting lawsuit against everyone involved in the publication of this abuse report. It sucks so bad that Britney has to deal with this kind of garbage on her birthday today but she’s weathered much worse storms and I have full faith that she will not only be vindicated but with end up having a Happy Birthday … thanks to all the LURVE that we are sending to her today :D
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It gets WORSE, y'all
Just when you thought all the coffee dating that Jake Gyllenhaal and Taylor Swift have been doing lately couldn’t get any worse … it goes and gets worse. The first photo of Jake and Taylor together on Thanksgiving has finally surfaced … on the cover of this week’s issue of US Weekly magazine. While the photos that we’ve seen HERE and HERE were snapped clandestinely, this new photo was taken full on face-front … behold:
The new Us Weekly (now on newsstands) has the first photos of Taylor Swift and Jake Gyllenhaal’s romantic Thanksgiving Day weekend. Arm in arm, the two looked more smitten than ever as they took an afternoon stroll in Brooklyn’s Park Slope neighborhood, where the actor’s sister, Maggie, lives. Dating for just five weeks, the romance is heating up, several insiders tell Us Weekly. “She loves his family and he loves hers,” says a Swift source. Adds another pal, “It’s definitely serious.” So, how did the unlikely romance come about? Find out and get more – including why their relationship works; their thoughts on the nine-year age gap and what their families think; how Swift is already “love-struck” and must-see exclusive photos – in new Us Weekly today!
Now … I think it’s pretty clear that I am not a fan of this Jake and Taylor pairing so, naturally, my commentary about the two of them together will prolly never be favorable. But I have to point out the curious nature of this new photo of Jake and Taylor looking so happy and smiley together. All of the photos we’ve seen of the pair have been taken from behind or from far away … this photo looks way too posed to look like a genuine candid shot. I mean, doesn’t this photo look like the couple are posing? The casual one hand hold, the laughing and looking away … the coffee cup. Doesn’t it seem curious that all of the sudden a professional photographer not only happened to get a clear shot of the couple lookin’ all “coupled up” but that they managed to get the photo face front? It’s all too … perfect. To be honest, I was more willing to believe the couple were actually a couple from all the clandestine camera phone photos snapped of the two of them. This perfectly posed photo makes the whole “relationship” seem … staged. Mebbe I’m wrong and my personal feelings are getting in the way but … what do y’all think?
Without editing, 'Hurricane' will NOT be shown on television here in the US
At the start of this month, we got our first look at Jared Leto on the set of the new 30 Seconds to Mars music video for their new single Hurricane. Just last week, we got our first look at the first footage from the 20-minute long film … and it seemed like the vid’s release was just a few days away. Today we learn from Leto himself on his official Twitter profile that the video for Hurricane has been banned from broadcast on US television due to some of the imagery in the video:
Looks like #HURRICANETHEFILM has been banned / Working on solutions for #HURRICANETHEFILM. Going to post one of the many emails we received listing broadcast issues. Stay tuned..
On his official website/blog, Jared posted the full text of one of the emails he received from TV broadcasters that spells out in great detail all of the reasons why Hurricane in its uncut version will not be broadcast on TV. The email is an enlightening read because it reveals many elements from the video that have not yet been revealed in any other way. After the jump, read the full text of the email to find out what television broadcasters here in the US do not want you to see … More »