06:09 PM EDT 05/18/2013
Originally posted 05/18/2013 05:30PM
The knock on the front door of Charlie Sheen's troubled ex-wife Brooke Mueller's home came around 9 p.m. on May 2. Social workers from L.A.'s Department of Child and Family Services, alarmed by Mueller's erratic behavior in recent weeks, had arrived for one explicit reason: to take custody of her two 4-year-old twins, Bob and Max.
"It was a real mess," says a Sheen friend familiar with the incident.
But what happened next came to many as a shock.
Denise Richards, 42, Sheen's ex wife, stepped forward to offer her help, caring for the children. "Denise told Charlie that she wished she could take them," says a source in their circle. "Someone needed to step up."
Originally posted 05/18/2013 10:30AM
She was facing down the most frightening challenge of her life, but on Valentine's Day of this year, Angelina Jolie was focused on nothing more than dinosaurs, bugs and precious family time.
When the star visited the Natural History Museum in Los Angeles on Feb. 14 with fiancé Brad Pitt and their 4-year-old twins Vivienne and Knox, "the kids could barely contain themselves, but Brad and Angie spoke to them in quiet voices to calm them down," says an observer. "They stayed back and let the kids explore fossils and insects on their own. They all seemed to have fun."
Before Mom and Dad headed out for a romantic dinner later that evening, they gathered all six children together for a family gift exchange – the very sort of tradition Jolie's mom, Marcheline Bertrand, delighted in fostering during Jolie's own childhood. "The older kids had made art projects at school that they gave Brad and Angie," says a family source. "Every special calendar day sparks a big celebration for them."
It would be the last such celebration before the surgery that Jolie would quietly undergo just two days later: On Feb. 16 – and with Pitt, 49, by her side – the 37-year-old Oscar winner underwent a preventive double mastectomy at the Pink Lotus Breast Center in Beverly Hills. In a candid op-ed published in the New York Times on May 14, the actress explained the gut-wrenching decision as a "proactive" choice that was "not easy" but "is one I am very happy I made."
Originally posted 05/16/2013 04:00PM
She's ready for her close-up!
Christina Aguilera Tweeted a photo from the set of her new video on Tuesday, giving fans a clear look at her slim figure.
"On set shooting music video with @Alexoficial for #HoyTengoGanasDeTi," she writes.
In the image, The Voice judge, who will return as a mentor when season 5 picks up Sept. 23, shows off her curves by posing in a black bra and skin-tight skirt.
Originally posted 05/16/2013 02:05PM
Darian Craig was just 3 years old when she was diagnosed with neuroblastoma, a cancerous tumor that affects mostly infants.
She was given less than a 15 percent chance of surviving.
Darian eventually beat the disease, but spent the next 14 years of her life in and out of emergency rooms battling Behcet's syndrome, a rare disorder that causes blood vessels to become inflamed, and receiving radiation treatments, chemotherapy and undergoing a bone marrow transplant.
Originally posted 05/16/2013 11:15AM
Angelina Jolie's doctor marveled at the actress's spirit and optimism during the three months of surgeries needed to complete her double mastectomy, and says her speedy recovery was due in large part to her positive outlook.
"To a large extent, I believe recovery reflects expectation," Dr. Kristi Funk of the Pink Lotus Breast Center writes in a lengthy blog post offering step-by-step details of Jolie's BRCA diagnosis, surgeries and recuperation.
"On day four after her mastectomies, I was pleased to find her not only in good spirits with bountiful energy, but with two walls in her house covered with freshly assembled storyboards for the next project she is directing," Funk writes.
Originally posted 05/16/2013 10:00AM
After publicly supporting fiancée Angelina Jolie after her recent revelation that she underwent a preventative double mastectomy, it's back to business for Brad Pitt.
The actor stepped out to visit Paramount Studios on Wednesday, where he was photographed sporting aviators and an all-black ensemble.
On Tuesday, Jolie, 37, revealed in an op-ed for the New York Times that she had undergone a double mastectomy after genetic tests showed her to have a high risk of developing breast cancer. Her mother, Marcheline Bertrand, died of ovarian cancer at 56 in 2007.
Originally posted 05/16/2013 07:00AM
Angelina Jolie says she underwent a double mastectomy after she found out she carried the "faulty" BRCA1 gene and was told she had an 87 percent chance of developing breast cancer.
The announcement not only made headlines around the world, but prompted questions of whether other women need to be concerned if they too carry the mutated gene.
Here are seven things to know:
1. What is BRCA1 and BRCA 2?
They're genes everyone has. But those who have a bad copy or mutation are at increased risk for developing breast and ovarian cancer.
Originally posted 05/15/2013 04:00PM
Chaz Bono is a changed man.
The LGBT activist showed off a much different side at Tuesday night's Dancing with the Stars's 300th anniversary celebration, compared to when he competed on the show in 2011.
"I'm feeling really good," the once-timid son of Cher told PEOPLE at the Boulevard 3-held event in Hollywood. "I'd love to do Dancing all over again. I'd do it much better now than I did it then."
Originally posted 05/15/2013 02:00PM
On Feb. 2, Angelina Jolie, 37, began the long, complex process of undergoing a double mastectomy and reconstructive surgery – yet she still kept living her very full life without anyone around her the wiser. How did she do it?
Her father Jon Voight, 74, with whom she reconciled after a difficult relationship, told the New York Daily News that he was surprised along with the rest of the world to learn of his daughter's surgeries, saying that he understood her decision.
"I want the focus to be on the inspiration," he said.
Originally posted 05/15/2013 08:55AM
We have seen the future of cancer, says Dr. Oz.
Angelina Jolie's bold announcement that she had undergone a preventative double mastectomy has realigned our thinking about the disease, Oz tells PEOPLE:
"It changes everything about how the public will perceive cancer," Oz says. "She had remarkable insight into the challenges she faced, she embraced information, knowledge. She realized testing gave her power and she spoke very directly to women with some very sage advice, which I applaud. It changes everything on how we perceive cancer prevention."
"This shows us what the future of cancer will look like. What Angelina did was to change the dynamic – when a young, sexy woman electively, because of remarkable advancements in technology, allows some of her most sensuous parts to be removed in order to save her life so she can be here for her kids, that's a seismic shift."
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