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Bette Midler has revealed she's lost an incredible 30lbs since she started performing in the lead role of Hello, Dolly! at the Shubert Theatre on Broadway. 

The veteran actress dropped that gem of information backstage after her emotional acceptance speech for her Tony Award for best actress in a musical on Sunday evening at Radio City Music Hall in New York.

The actress flaunted her fabulous figure in a glittering, silver, form-fitting gown with a small train on the night, with her strawberry blonde hair cut into a full, pixie style for the gala. 

'It’s a very, very tough schedule and I’m a woman of a certain age,' she joked, according to The Daily News, adding that it was producer Scott Rudin who persuaded her to take on the iconic role as socialite-turned-matchmaker Dolly Gallagher Levi.

'I’m at death’s door so I wasn’t really keen to put these dancing shoes on again.

'But he made it sound as though I had missed something in life and I would be a changed person from this experience and indeed I have been.

'I lost 30 pounds, for starters,' Bette dished.

And it's little wonder.

Previews started March 15 and the musical opened April 20 at the Shubert Theatre, running eight performances a week.

Bette's stand in, Donna Murphy, plays Dolly on Tuesday evenings, but that's still a heck of a lot of hoofin' for the star.

The musical is due to run until January 14.

Based on Thornton Wilder's 1938 farce The Merchant of Yonkers, It was first staged as a musical in 1964 with lyrics and music by Jerry Herman and story by Michael Stewart.

 

Even Batman had his secrets.

New details of the extravagant sex life of the late Hollywood legend Adam West, have been revealed.

The actor best known for his role as Batman - which he played between 1966 and 1968 -  reportedly led a wild life, which was filled with so much sex and booze he slept with up to eight women a night.

'It was the Swinging Sixties with free love and women threw themselves at us,' West said of the attention him and his co-stars would receive in an interview. 

The details emerged mere hours after the actor died, aged 88, after a short battle with leukemia. 

The actor became an icon when he played the role of his life as Batman. Dressed in a black and grey costume which he said drove the ladies 'crazy', he got a lot of female attention - and he made sure to make the most of it.

He and Burt Ward, his co-star who played Robin, would have 'quickies' with women in between scenes and while in costume. 

The actor said, years after the show: 'Because of the physical limitations of the costume, you gotta have quickies.'

Offset, his sex life appeared even wilder.

West reportedly became a regular at orgies. Once, he and his friend and co-star Frank Gorshin - who played the villain, The Riddler - were banned from an orgy because they were mimicking the characters they played on television.

West said: 'We walked in and it was an orgy. So I immediately went into the Batman character, and Frank went into the Riddler character, because we were getting the big giggles.

'It was so funny to us, what we walked into. And we were kicked out. We were expelled from the orgy.'

West - who was twice divorced by the time he took on the iconic role - dated actresses including sisters Natalie and Lana Wood - who was a former Bond girl. 

After the ABC show died out in 1968, West struggled with being typecast and had a hard time finding consistent work. 

His personal life became more tame and he married his third wife, Marcelle Tagand Lear, in 1970. The pair had four children together.

'Our dad always saw himself as The Bright Knight and aspired to make a positive impact on his fans' lives. He was and always will be our hero,' his family said in a statement, according to the Hollywood Reporter. 

West was born William West Anderson on September 19, 1928 in Walla Walla, Washington. He was the second of two sons.

The star was married three times, and had six children. He had homes in Los Angeles and Palm Springs, but he and his wife, Marcelle, spent most of their time at their ranch near Sun Valley, Idaho. 

 

Spain's Rafael Nadal made history by winning a record 10th French Open title with victory over Stan Wawrinka in the Paris final.

 

Nadal, 31, came through 6-2 6-3 6-1 against the Swiss third seed to claim his 15th major title.

 

He becomes the first man or woman in the Open era to have won a Grand Slam tournament 10 times.

 

Wawrinka, 32, was beaten in a major final for the first time after winning his first three.

 

Nadal moves above Pete Sampras on the list of all-time Grand Slam winners into second place behind Roger Federer, who beat the Spaniard to win his 18th at the Australian Open in January.

 

Only Australia's Margaret Court has more victories at a single Grand Slam tournament, with 11 Australian Open wins between 1960 and 1973.

 

The Open era, when the Grand Slam tournaments allowed professional players to compete with amateurs, began in 1968.

 

Securing a 10th title in Paris - La Decima - further entrenches Nadal's place as the greatest clay-courter in history.

 

The Spaniard won the title for the loss of just 35 games over the course of seven matches, second only to six-time champion Bjorn Borg's 32 at the 1978 French Open.

 

He extended his record at Roland Garros to 79 wins and two losses since his first victory in 2005, the only defeats coming against Robin Soderling in 2009 and Novak Djokovic in 2014.

 

Martina Navratilova won Wimbledon nine times, while Roger Federer and Pete Sampras are the only post-war players among a group of six men to have won a Grand Slam seven times.

Usain Bolt marked an emotional farewell at a sell-out stadium in Jamaica by winning his final 100m on home soil.

 

The 30-year-old will bring down the curtain on his illustrious career when he retires in August after the World Championships in London and began his goodbye in front of 30,000 adoring fans in Kingston.

 

An eight-time Olympic gold medallist, Bolt easily won the 'Salute a Legend' race in his first 100m of 2017 but admitted to a rare attack of nerves.

 

"The run, it was just OK. I must say it was OK. I don't think I've ever been that nervous running a 100m," he said.

 

Bolt clocked 10.03 seconds to win before a lap of honour in front of a raucous crowd who danced, waved flags and blew their vuvuzela horns while fireworks lit the sky.

 

The 100m and 200m world record holder returned to kiss the finishing line before flashing his signature 'lightning bolt' pose.

 

Bolt may not have been too happy with "possibly one of my worst races" but was more concerned with staying injury free and putting "on a show for the crowd" to show them "I'm thankful for the support over the years".

 

He added: "Just the atmosphere and the people, the support they came out and gave me, it was really nerve-racking.

 

"I never expected this, I knew it was going to be big, the stadium was ram-packed so thank you guys for coming out and supporting me."

 

He added: "It's big to see everybody that turned out. It shows that what I've done for the sport is a big deal to them and they really appreciate it.

 

"So thank you and it was my honour to put the sport of track and field at the top and to continue to dominate.

 

"I'll try my best even when I've hung up my spikes, to really continue to push track and field in any way possible."

 

Jamaican Prime Minister Andrew Holness and International Association of Athletics Federations president Sebastian Coe were also in attendance.

 

"When you're sitting in the pub and you're having the discussion: who is the greatest footballer? Nobody will agree on that," Coe said.

 

"If you have the same discussion around golf or tennis, everybody will have different views.

 

"It's a slam dunk. [Bolt] is the greatest sprinter the world has ever seen."

 

Bolt has won the 100m, 200m and 4x100m gold at past three Olympic Games - Beijing 2008, London 2012 and Rio 2016.

 

His unprecedented 'triple triple' of nine gold medals was downgraded to eight after Jamaican team-mate Nesta Carter, who was part of the quartet that won the 4x100m in Beijing, tested positive for a banned substance. Carter has appealed against the decision.

 

Nevertheless, Bolt's exploits remain unprecedented and he also holds the world record in the 100m (9.58) and 200m (19.19).

 

"I wish Usain Bolt could run for another 40 years. He is going to be missed," said fruit seller Carlos Morgan, who was at Bolt's last race in Jamaica and comes from the Trelawny region where Bolt grew up.

 

"I don't know what is going to happen to track and field when he retires.

 

"He is a blessing to not just Jamaica but track and field and the world."

 

 

 

 

 

Phil Collins is forced to postpone his two upcoming concerts in London after he was hospitalized. The 66-year-old singer was rushed to hospital after suffering a fall in his hotel room overnight. 

 

Phil was scheduled to perform at Royal Albert Hall on Thursday, June 8 and Friday, June 9. The shows have been rescheduled for November 26 and 27. The Genesis lead singer will resume his tour on Sunday, June 18 in Cologne, Germany. He will return to London on June 30 to headline BST Hyde Park. 

 

A spokesperson for Phil writes on Facebook, "We unfortunately have to announce that Phil Collins' performance at the Royal Albert Hall in London will be postponed tonight (June 8) and tomorrow (June 9). Phil suffers from 'drop foot' as a result of a back operation which makes it difficult to walk. He rose in the middle of the night to go to the toilet and slipped in his hotel room, hitting his head in the fall on a chair. He was taken to hospital where he had stitches for a severe gash on his head close to his eye and is recovering well. He will be kept under observation for 24 hours." 

 

"Phil sends his sincere apologies and thanks to fans," continues the rep, "He has had a fantastic week at his first shows in 10 years, cannot thank people enough for their warm reaction and is excited to return. These Royal Albert Hall shows will be rearranged for November 26th and 27th this year. All tickets for June 8th will be valid for November 26th and tickets for June 9th will be valid for November 27th." 

 

Olivia Newton-John is not submitting to a second cancer battle, and has shared an optimistic update about the fight ahead.

In May, Newton-John shared news on Facebook that she had been diagnosed with cancer that had metastasized in her sacrum. She said she planned to postpone tour dates to properly treat the condition, and in a new statement published by People, she adds she appreciates fans who’ve shown their support over the past week.

“I am really grateful for and touched by the worldwide outpouring of love and concern. Thank you,” she noted. “I am feeling good and enjoying total support from my family and friends, along with a team of wellness and medical practitioners both here in the US and at my Olivia Newton-John Cancer Wellness and Research Centre in Melbourne, Australia. I’m totally confident that my new journey will have a positive success story to inspire others! Love and light, Olivia.”

Newton-John previously told fans she plans to undergo a “short course of photon radiation therapy” and will hopefully return to her touring circuit by the year’s end. Her latest album LIV ON addresses overcoming cancer in 1992 and living with the trauma of the illness.

 

For Deshauna Barber, Miss USA 2016, the hardships that came along with pageantry were more complex than just Vaselined teeth and never-ending rehearsals. As a WOC contestant, she faced adversity specific to the color of her skin.

While competing in the Miss Universe pageant, these burdens became all the more prominent. "I had no idea how much racism I would experience from an international standpoint. They'd send me monkey emojis, and say that my skin looked like a poop emoji and tag me in photos with apes," she said. "I didn’t speak about it, because I didn't want to deter anyone from competing. You want to make it seem like everything is happy and hunky-dory, but there are a lot of very challenging moments."

While the internet has revolutionized our lives in so many ways, the speed and access with which we can disseminate information makes hateful communication that much easier to accomplish. Barber cites her confidence as instrumental in drowning out the hatred. "If they’re ignorant, then they're ignorant. There's nothing I can do to fix that," she said.

Her final walk as Miss USA tells a touching story about her connectedness to her mother. For her own big reveal in 2016, Barber's mother urged her to walk out with her natural hair. Barber "didn't think I would be crowned Miss USA if my hair was in its natural state." In 2017, keeping it a secret from the production and staff, she walked out on stage with her Afro, a defiant act that surprised both the audience and crew simultaneously. It was a tribute to her mother, who had died two months after her win the year before.

It was then Barber urged Kara McCullough to wear her curls in the last leg of the pageant. In a moving transition of power, Barber, with her Afro, crowned a natural-haired McCullough as the new Miss USA. 

"That moment felt so good not only to embrace diversity of races and backgrounds, but diversity of appearances and hair textures, too," Barber said of the moment. "For me to walk out in my natural hair and to crown someone with natural hair broke down walls. It opened up a world for the girls who feel they need to straighten their curls and add long extensions." 

 

It's official: George Clooney is a dad!

 

Clooney and wife Amal Alamuddin Clooney on Tuesday welcomed their twins, a boy and a girl, according to a witty statement they issued through their spokesman, Stan Rosenfield, in an email to USA TODAY.

 

"This morning Amal and George welcomed Ella and Alexander Clooney into their lives. Ella, Alexander and Amal are all healthy, happy and doing fine. George is sedated and should recover in a few days."

 

Over the last several years the world has watched Clooney reverse his positions on what he'd never, ever do: Settle down, marry again (he was married to actress Talia Balsam from 1989 to 1993) or have kids.

 

That all changed in 2013 when the actor met Amal Alamuddin, a Lebanese-British human rights lawyer, and proposed in April of the following year.

 

The Clooneys' march toward diapers and matching onesies officially began when they wed in Venice in September 2014 with a star-studded ceremony that was later displayed in the pages of People and InStyle magazine. A-list friends at the celebration included Bono, Matt Damon, Ellen Barkin, Emily Blunt and John Krasinski and Bill Murray.

 

Since their wedding day, the couple have popped up at a number of Hollywood and philanthropic events, from the 2015 Golden Globes and the Cannes Film Festival to a January event supporting the Netflix documentary White Helmets in Davos at the annual World Economic Forum.

Don't stiff Martha Stewart on the restaurant bill and think you are getting another date.

The Doyenne of Domesticity recently sat down with Town & Country Magazine to talk about everything from her love life to her love of the Big Green Egg.

Here's some of what we learned from the interview.

Even Martha has bad dates

Stewart said she doesn't have time for casual dating, but she has vivid memories of her worst date.

It was a second or third date at Le Bernardin with an unnamed man who said he had something to do later, Stewart recalled.

"We had cocktails and a little caviar or something," she said. "Then he just got up and said he had to run, and he ran out and didn't pay! And I thought that was extremely rude."

In the sauce with Snoop

Snoop Dogg and Stewart have been friends for years and last year they starred in VH1's variety series "Martha & Snoop's Potluck Dinner Party."

She said the rapper is extremely loyal to his many friends.

According to Stewart, he also can't hold his liquor.

"I make up all the cocktails and I feed them to Snoop, who's not really a drinker, so he gets totally drunk off of them," she said.

She's a fan of the Big Green Egg

Stewart digs that high-end grill on which you can roast food and make pizza.

She said she's been begging the company to make a blue version for her "but they haven't agreed to do that yet."

Why she partnered with a meal kit company

The woman who become famous for her recipes now has a business deal with subscription recipe box service Marley Spoon.

She said it's about convenience.

"I'm all about saving time in the most important places so you make time for other things," Stewart said.

Speaking of food...

When it comes to snacking, Stewart is not at all highbrow.

She said she enjoys a spoonful of organic peanut butter, or some pickled herring or a bit of liverwurst.

And then there is the cheese she will occasionally nick from her housekeeper's drawer.

"I steal American slices sometimes—in the plastic, it's so horrible," she said. "But it's such a good snack."

 

The mother of one of Bill Cosby's accusers recalled Tuesday how her daughter called her crying in 1996 to tell her that the famed actor had drugged and assaulted her, then tried to have her fired from the agency that represented him.

Patrice Sewell took the stand to corroborate daughter Kelly Johnson's allegation that she called her mother after Cosby gave her an incapacitating pill and took advantage of her at his hotel in the Bel-Air neighborhood of Los Angeles. Sewell also recounted a call in which Johnson told her Cosby was pressuring Tom Illius, his now-deceased agent at William Morris talent agency, to terminate her.

"She called me at work. She was nearly hysterical. She was crying. She was telling me, 'Mommy something's going on. I don't know what's going on, but they're telling lies about me,' " Johnson said, according to Sewell. "Mr. Cosby is telling Tom to get rid of me."

Tuesday was Day Two of Cosby's trial on charges that he drugged and assaulted Andrea Constand at his home in 2004.

The 79-year-old comedian has pleaded not guilty to three charges of aggravated indecent assault in the case.

Gripping the elbow of his publicist, Andrew Wyatt, Cosby smiled at times as he walked into the Montgomery County Courthouse. His head slightly downward, he closed or squinted his eyes. As was the case Monday, his wife, Camille, did not arrive at the courthouse with him. It isn't clear if she will attend the proceedings.

Though Cosby has been publicly accused of assault by dozens of women, the charges deal solely with accusations from Constand. Johnson was allowed to testify as prosecutors seek to establish that the alleged assault was part of a pattern.

Johnson told jurors Monday that Cosby used his fame and influence to pressure her to take a pill that made her feel "underwater" and unable to resist his advances. Cosby then engaged in sexual activity with her when she could not consent or resist, she testified through tears.

On Tuesday, Sewell said Johnson's father, a retired Los Angeles police detective, instructed his daughter at the time not to call the police because he "didn't want her to be humiliated and feel shame and embarrassment, as he had seen others who went to the police at that time. He didn't want that to happen to her."

Jurors also heard from Joseph Miller, an attorney present at Johnson's deposition during her 1996 workers' compensation claim against William Morris.

Johnson told those present that Cosby gave her a pill that made her semi-unconscious and then asked her to fondle him, Miller testified.

"She didn't want to do that," Miller said. "That I do remember."

The defense was scheduled to cross-examine Miller later Tuesday. However, the tack of the Cosby legal team was apparent in its questioning of Sewell, and in its Monday cross-examination of Johnson.

Johnson, defense lawyers said, was dismissed from the agency for other reasons, noting that the woman's complaints in her workers' compensation claim address verbal abuse from Illius, not sexual advances from Cosby. (Johnson has said she wanted to complain about Cosby but couldn't get the words out.)

Defense lawyer Brian McMonagle on Monday questioned why Johnson waited 19 years to come forward with her allegations and didn't speak to police until 2016. He further alleged that Johnson had a romantic encounter with Cosby in 1990 but rebuffed his advances during a 1996 visit to his home, which Cosby respected.

When William Morris sought to fire her for violating its policy on dating clients, Johnson filed a workers' compensation lawsuit, alleging Cosby had harassed her, McMonagle said.

"What she did was eerily similar to Mrs. Constand," McMonagle said, accusing both women of changing their stories repeatedly. "You will never see Mr. Cosby under oath running from anything."

On Monday, McMonagle pointed out inconsistencies in Johnson's story, which he used to argue that the incident did not occur.

Legal experts have said the trial will hinge on the "he said, she said" arguments so common to sexual offense cases. There is little forensic evidence against Cosby.

In opening statements, prosecutors argued that Cosby gained the trust of Constand -- a basketball manager at Temple University, Cosby's alma mater, and more than 30 years his junior -- by offering to mentor her.

He betrayed that trust when he pushed her to take drugs that incapacitated her and then took advantage of her sexually, Assistant District Attorney Kristen Feden said.

"This is a case about a man, this man," Feden said, pointing to Cosby, "who used his power and his fame and his previously practiced method of placing a young trusting woman in an incapacitated state so that he could sexually pleasure himself so that she couldn't say no."

McMonagle said in opening statements that their sexual activity was consensual and that Constand had repeatedly changed her story while talking to law enforcement.

Constand told police about the incident in 2005, a year after it occurred. At the time, the district attorney declined to press charges, citing insufficient evidence.

Constand sued in civil court, and Cosby provided sworn deposition in which he admitted to sexual activity with Constand but said the encounter was consensual. The drugs he gave Constand were over-the-counter Benadryl, he testified.

Cosby also said he had obtained Quaaludes to give them to women with whom he wanted to have sex. The civil suit was settled in 2006, and the deposition was sealed away from public eyes until 2015.

Based on that deposition, Montgomery County District Attorney Kevin Steele filed charges against Cosby in December 2015.

Cosby has said he does not plan to testify in the trial, so the deposition will serve to tell Cosby's side of the story.

Cosby arrived in court Monday arm in arm with Keshia Knight Pulliam, who played his daughter Rudy Huxtable on "The Cosby Show."

Several women who have accused Cosby of assault were in court Monday, including ex-Playboy model Victoria Valentino, Florida nurse Therese Serignese and former actor Lili Bernard.

Cosby starred in "Fat Albert and the Cosby Kids," "I Spy" and "The Cosby Show." Through the latter he turned the lives of an upper middle-class African-American family into a groundbreaking TV sitcom.

His sweater-wearing portrayal of Dr. Cliff Huxtable made him a household name and one of the most beloved comedians in the world. In later years, Cosby became somewhat of a public moralizer, speaking out against what he saw as the failings of the African-American community in raising children.

Cosby is facing a jury of seven men and five women. Two jurors are black. The jurors, who were selected in Allegheny County in an effort to ensure a fair trial, will be sequestered in the criminal trial for about two weeks, the lawyers in the case have predicted.

 

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