Aretha Franklin: Incredible reason she always carried a handbag on stage

Aretha Franklin: Incredible reason she always carried a handbag on stage

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THE late, great Aretha Franklin will be remembered for many things: her powerhouse voice, her influence, her legendary style … and the fact she was never far from her handbag.At countless red carpet appearances and shows over the years, the Queen of Soul was seen placing her large purse somewhere nearby as she took the requisite photo or finished up her set.media_cameraBoth a fabulous accessory and helpful moneybox. Credit: Jemal Countess/Getty Images/AFPIn fact, during the performance in 2015 at the Kennedy Center Honors which left then-President Barack Obama in tears, Franklin even brought her handbag on stage, placing it high atop the piano as she belted out You Make Me Feel (Like A Natural Woman).media_cameraFranklin — and her bag — at the Kennedy Center. Picture: PBSWhile the accessories she chose…
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Keanu Reeves, Winona Ryder: Actors could be married, Ryder suggests

Keanu Reeves, Winona Ryder: Actors could be married, Ryder suggests

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WINONA Ryder and Keanu Reeves married?Now this isn’t something we saw coming.While promoting their upcoming rom-com Destination Wedding, Ryder revealed to EW that there’s a possibility the pair had a real wedding in 1992 while filming Bram Stoker’s Dracula.“We actually got married in Dracula. No, I swear to god I think we’re married in real life,” said Ryder.“In that scene, Francis (Ford Coppola) used a real Romanian priest.“We shot the master and he did the whole thing. So I think we’re married.”Reeves joked: “It’s lovely to see you again.”media_cameraRyder revealed to EW the pair could have actually had a real wedding while filming in 1992. Picture: Mega AgencyBut Ryder remains convinced pointing out they went through the entire ceremony and said their “I dos.”When Reeves asked, “We said yes?” Ryder…
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Karl Stefanovic responds to Cass Thoburn: ‘I’m not going anywhere’

Karl Stefanovic responds to Cass Thoburn: ‘I’m not going anywhere’

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KARL Stefanovic has taken the unusual step of penning a column defending his relationship with his children and detailing his divorce, saying he and ex-wife Cassandra Thorburn are doing “the best we can”.The Today host, who divorced Thorburn in October last year and in February announced his engagement to designer Jasmine Yarbrough, was in the news once more last week after his ex gave a candid interview to Women’s Weeky magazine in which she claimed her former husband had abandoned their three children.“We’re dead to his family and almost anyone from our old life,” she told the publication.“There has been practically no contact. I feel like we’ve been discarded and disposed of, replaced by a whole new line-up of starters. It has been a real adjustment period for me.”In a…
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Meghan Markle, Prince Harry ‘not going to engage’ with Thomas Markle Sr

Meghan Markle, Prince Harry ‘not going to engage’ with Thomas Markle Sr

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PRINCE Harry and Meghan Markle are refusing to be drawn into a war of words with her father after his public criticism of the couple in recent weeks.Thomas Markle has hit out with a series of interviews in which he labelled the Royal Family “cult-like” and compared them to Scientologists, as The Sun reports.MORE: Markle family to star in ‘Kardashian-style reality show’However, sources have now told The Sunday Times that the frustrated couple will not try and set the record straight with him.One told the paper: “Meghan doesn’t think it’s a fair game between her father and the media so she’s not going to engage in it or instruct anyone on her behalf to set the record straight.“There have always been fears over his vulnerability. Now he’s got himself into…
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Stormy Daniels pulls out of Celebrity Big Brother, hires bodyguard

Stormy Daniels pulls out of Celebrity Big Brother, hires bodyguard

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ADULT film star and alleged ex-mistress of US president Donald Trump was expected to be one of the housemates on the UK series Celebrity Big Brother but she pulled out at the last minute. Now, according to The Sun, the former porn star has hired a bodyguard and bought a gun.The blonde, 39, is said to be so concerned about her safety since reneging on her deal to appear on the show, she is taking special measures to ensure her safety.media_cameraAdult film star Stormy Daniels is allegedly afraid for her life following cancelling her appearances on two UK TV shows. Picture: AFP Photo/Robyn BeckDaniels is said to have grown increasingly paranoid since revealing her alleged affair with US president Donald Trump.A TV source told the Mirror: “She’s terrified.“She feels like…
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Meghan Markle’s family ‘to star in Kardashian-style’ reality show

Meghan Markle’s family ‘to star in Kardashian-style’ reality show

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MEGHAN Markle’s family are reportedly in talks to star in their own reality show.In a fresh blow to the Duchess of Sussex, her half-sister Samantha Markle is thought to be in negotiations with American television cable channel Bravo.Producers are said to have offered the 53-year-old a “bumper pay deal” and they are keen to get Meghan’s dad Thomas Markle 74, involved, reports The Sun.A source told the Mirror: “They want something that is similar to Keeping Up With The Kardashians.”The claims are certain to deepen the rift with Ms Markle, who last spoke to Meghan in 2015.If Mr Markle were to go along with the plans, it would also dash any hopes he may have of a reunion with his royal daughter.The former lighting director says he has been “frozen…
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Scottish comic Billy Connolly battles Parkinson’s disease

Scottish comic Billy Connolly battles Parkinson’s disease

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SIR Billy Connolly is suffering from the dementia associated with Parkinson’s disease.The Scottish comic’s close friend Michael Parkinson made the sad admission during an appearance on the British lifestyle show Saturday Morning with James MartinAccording to The Sun, Connolly ‘no longer recognises close friends’ as he continues to battle Parkinson’s disease.The Scottish comic went public with his diagnosis five years ago, but now one of his oldest friends, Sir Michael Parkinson, has admitted it’s starting to take its toll.media_cameraSir Billy Connolly is battling Parkinson’s disease and no longer recognises friends, according to reports. Picture: SuppliedSpeaking on Saturday with James Martin, the legendary chat show host recalled a recent meeting with the 75-year-old, and how they had an “awkward dinner”.He said: “The sadness of Billy now is that wonderful brain is…
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Backstreet Boys fans injured while queuing for concert

Backstreet Boys fans injured while queuing for concert

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A NUMBER of Backstreet Boys fans have been injured while queuing for a concert in Oklahoma.Severe weather conditions caused a structure to collapse on top of fans who were waiting to see the band outside the WinStar World Casino and Resort in Oklahoma.Fourteen fans were injured and taken to local hospitals.media_cameraFans were injured while waiting for a Backstreet Boys concert. Picture: Daniel WilkinsSinger Nick Carter tweeted that he was “praying for our fans that were injured”.media_cameraNick Carter said he was praying for those injured. Picture: Mark Cranitch.His bandmate Kevin Richardson referred to the structure as a “tent” and tweeted before the band’s Saturday show that severe weather had passed through Thackerville causing the metal structure to come down.Update... we are waiting on the safety inspector to inspect the structural integrity…
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Baby boom at Arizona hospital: 16 nurses pregnant

Baby boom at Arizona hospital: 16 nurses pregnant

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There's a baby boom coming to a hospital in Arizona, with 16 nurses preparing to give birth over the coming months. The intensive care nurses work at Banner Desert Medical Center in Mesa, which is about 20 miles from Phoenix.They are all expecting between October and January.Nurse Rochelle Sherman, nearly eight months pregnant, said: "I don't think we realised just how many of us were pregnant until we started a Facebook group."Her pregnant colleague Jolene Garrow joked: "We all formulated this plan to have the holidays off." Image: The intensive care nurses work at Banner Desert Medical Center in Mesa, Arizona Ms Garrow added that non-pregnant colleagues have been helping by taking care of patients whose illnesses or treatments could be dangerous to expecting mothers and unborn babies.These include tuberculosis,…
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Buckingham Palace: Job serving Royal family

Buckingham Palace: Job serving Royal family

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JUST because one Meghan Markle has permanently filled the role of Prince Harry’s wife, your dream of living at Buckingham Palace does not have to die.Brush up your resume because the Master of The Household’s Office at Buckingham Palace has just posted a job advertisement looking for a kitchen porter. Or, as we so elegantly say in Australia, a noble dish pig.The full-time job pays $34,740 per year plus a 15 per cent super contribution and you’ll receive a reasonable 33 days annual leave for your services. You’ll also get discounted digs at Buckingham Palace as a part of the package.“You’ll join a committed kitchen team who work together to prepare and serve food to the very highest standards,” the job description reads.“By maintaining the kitchen and clear-up areas, you’ll…
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