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Channing Tatum, Charlize Theron Join Oscars Telecast

Channing Tatum, Charlize Theron Join Oscars Telecast

Originally posted 02/07/2013 08:20AM

PEOPLE's Sexiest Man Alive, Channing Tatum, will make his debut on the Academy Awards stage this month as one of four newly announced special guests who are joining the Feb. 24 broadcast.

Oscar winner Charlize Theron, Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Daniel Radcliffe are the other three actors who will make special appearances, producers said Thursday.

The four join a list of previously announced Oscar presenters, including Robert Downey Jr., Samuel L. Jackson, Chris Evans, Jeremy Renner, Mark Ruffalo, Octavia Spencer, Meryl Streep and Mark Wahlberg.

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Justin vs. Barbra: Who's More Excited for These Performances – You or Your Mom? | Barbra Streisand, Justin Timberlake

Justin Timberlake & Barbra Streisand Performing at Grammys & Oscars

Originally posted 01/30/2013 01:30PM

How's this for a generational gap?

This year's Grammy and Oscar ceremonies will feature top performers from two very different times. For the first time in four years, Justin Timberlake will appear onstage at the Grammy Awards with a live performance, according to Rolling Stone. Two weeks later, Barbra Streisand will make her own return to the Oscar stage, performing there for the second time.

Timberlake, 31, recently released a new single, "Suit and Tie." His upcoming album, The 20/20 Experience, drops March 19, and he'll put on his first show in four years at a Feb. 2 Super Bowl event, Rolling Stone reports.

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Phyllis Diller: Her Funniest Appearances (VIDEO)

Phyllis Diller: Her Funniest Appearances (VIDEO)

Originally posted 08/21/2012 06:45AM

Phyllis Diller used to say that freckles were kisses from the sun. Then, noting her own spotted complexion, she'd look skyward and wisecrack, "All right, lover. Enough!"

It wasn't just the sun that loved Phyllis Diller, who died at her Brentwood home Monday at the age of 95. Her fans spanned generations and also included the top names in the business she fought so hard to break into – and then remained, to elicit gales of laughter for more than 50 years.

"What she accomplished was something I don't think younger people can even grasp," Kathy Griffin, 51, told PEOPLE on Monday.

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Aretha Franklin, Dolly Parton Mourn Donna Summer's Death | Aretha Franklin, Barbra Streisand, Donna Summer

Donna Summer Dies: Dolly Parton, Aretha Franklin Mourn Her Passing

Originally posted 05/17/2012 06:45PM

Following the sad news on Thursday that disco legend Donna Summer lost her battle with cancer, celebrity fans have expressed their appreciation for the singer.

"So shocking to hear about the passing of Donna Summer," Aretha Franklin said in a statement. "In the '70s, she reigned over the disco era and kept the disco jumping. Who will forget, 'Last Dance?' [She was] a fine performer and a very nice person."

Barbra Streisand said she was "shocked" to hear about the death of Summer, 63, who never let on to the public that she was so sick.

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Barbra Streisand Celebrates 70th Birthday with John Travolta & Celeb Pals | Barbra Streisand

Barbra Streisand Celebrates 70th Birthday with John Travolta & Celeb Pals

Originally posted 04/26/2012 10:45AM

Barbra Streisand enjoyed a 70th birthday party to remember in Malibu, Calif., on Tuesday night, celebrating with close friends and enjoying a performance by her favorite singer, Johnny Mathis.

The legendary actress and singer was joined at Taverna Tony by about 80 guests, including John Travolta, Warren Beatty, Pierce Brosnan and Keely Smith, Steven Spielberg and Kate Capshaw, her stepson Josh Brolin and Diane Lane, Kenny G and Donna Karan.

The group dined on traditional Greek food, including hummus dip, Greek peasant salad, homemade veal sausages, chicken breast souvlaki and roast baby lamb.

"It was an intimate magical event with only very close friends, people I've known and loved more than 20 years," Streisand tells PEOPLE. "The highlight of the evening was my son's film that he made for me. People kept asking, 'Who is that singing?' And when I said it was Jason, everyone was blown away by the beauty and soulfulness of his voice. Quincy Jones wanted to sign him on the spot."

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What the Stars Ate (and Sang) at the Barbra Streisand MusiCares Tribute

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What the Stars Ate (and Sang) at the Barbra Streisand MusiCares Tribute

Originally posted 02/14/2011 07:00AM

Every year before the Grammys, one artist is honored as MusiCares's Person of the Year. This year, the honor went to Barbra Streisand, who also performed at Sunday's Grammy Awards.

While stars and music industry insiders gathered at the Los Angeles Convention Center to honor Streisand, the evening was marked by plenty of food and loving performances, including tributes by Glee's Lea Michele and Matthew Morrison, Faith Hill and Kristin Chenoweth, among others.

Before the concert began, though, assembled guests sat down for a three course dinner (see full menu above), which began with a beet salad, topped with dried figs and an orange sesame dressing.

For the second course, diners enjoyed anise braised beef short ribs and a mushroom-stuffed chicken breast, as well as a multigrain pilaf.

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Barbra Streisand Flattered by Jen Aniston's Homage to Her | Jennifer Aniston

Barbra Streisand Flattered by Jennifer Aniston's Transformation

Originally posted 08/05/2010 06:40PM

Jennifer Aniston's amazing transformation into Barbra Streisand has caught the attention of none other than the Funny Girl herself.

"I was very flattered that Jennifer Aniston chose to interpret my style with the photos in Harper's Bazaar," Streisand, 68, says on her Web site.

So much so that the Oscar winner and Grammy-winning singer posted her own set of look-alike photos of the two stars, which shows them each lying on their sides with their heads resting on their left hand.

Aniston, 41, who paid homage to her idol in the fashion magazine's September issue, is "a delightful person," says Streisand. "I think she did a wonderful job."

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Jennifer Aniston's Amazing Transformation into Barbra Streisand | Jennifer Aniston

Jennifer Aniston's Amazing Transformation into Barbra Streisand

Originally posted 08/04/2010 08:00AM

Jennifer Aniston is one funny lady – but in a new photo shoot she's channeling Funny Girl star Barbra Streisand.

Aniston, who is a Streisand superfan, didn't need much convincing to dress up like one of her idols for the September issue of Harper's Bazaar.

In fact, San Fernando Valley-born Aniston, 41, who stars in the Aug. 20 movie release The Switch, was already intimately acquainted with the Brooklyn-born Oscar-, Grammy-, Emmy- and Tony-winning superstar, 68.

"[Barbra] was wonderful, and you could talk to her about anything," Aniston tells the magazine about meeting Streisand at a Hollywood party on New Year's Eve a few years ago.

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Barbra Streisand Didn't Have a Doll, Couch Growing Up | Barbra Streisand

Barbra Streisand Didn't Have a Doll, Couch Growing Up

Originally posted 12/29/2008 04:00PM

Barbra Streisand is counted among Hollywood's royalty – but the singer is opening up about her humble beginnings.

"We never had a couch. We never had a living room," the singer/actress, who grew up living in a Brooklyn housing project, says in an interview set to air on CBS's Early Show Tuesday.

"We only had a dining room and then my grandmother and grandfather lived in one bedroom. My mother, my brother and I slept in another bedroom … Now, I love couches," says the star.

Another thing she lived without: "You know, I never had a doll – I had a hot water bottle," says Streisand.

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Barbra Bashes Bush and 'Reign of Witches' | Barbra Streisand

Barbra Bashes Bush and 'Reign of Witches'

Originally posted 11/09/2004 12:00PM

Barbra Streisand, never one to shy away from politics, has released a statement regarding President Bush's victory in last Tuesday's national election, in which the highly vocal Democrat quotes Thomas Jefferson.

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