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PHOTO: Mariska Hargitay & Hilary Swank Toss Out Beads for Mardi Gras | Hilary Swank, Mariska Hargitay

Mariska Hargitay, Hilary Swank Celebrate Mardi Gras in New Orleans

Originally posted 02/22/2012 11:10AM

Forget about Law & Order – stars like Mariska Hargitay and Hilary Swank got into the Mardi Gras spirit this week in New Orleans, participating in the festival's traditional Krewe of Orpheus parade on Monday.

Decked out in bright, sparkling attire atop a decorated float, the actresses tossed beads and doubloons to the crowd gathered along the parade route.

Singer Bret Michaels, donning a bandana and sunglasses, also rode in the procession and tossed out beads to the throng of spectators.

The Poison frontman posted pictures of himself with both actresses on his Twitter feed. – Liz Raftery

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Cuddle Alert! Bret Michaels Hugs a Sloth | Bret Michaels

Cuddle Alert! Bret Michaels Hugs a Sloth

Originally posted 02/22/2012 10:30AM

Kristen Bell is going to be so jealous!

During a visit to Busch Gardens in Tampa, Fla., rocker Bret Michaels got to know a few members of the zoo's Animal Ambassadors team, including Harry the sloth, who enjoyed a big hug from Michaels.

Michaels took to the stage at Busch Gardens' Bands, Brew & BBQ festival over the weekend, and began an unusual pre-show ritual by hanging out with Harry, a young southern ground hornbill named Tufts, and a Burmese python.

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Bret Michaels Feeling 'Blessed' to Be Alive | Bret Michaels

Bret Michaels Feeling 'Blessed' to Be Alive

Originally posted 11/14/2011 07:15AM

Bret Michaels has been through a lot in the past two years – and knows he's one of the lucky ones.

Sitting backstage with PEOPLE at the Orlando Hard Rock Cafe, a thin but energetic Michaels, discussing his health scare and his fortunes both good and bad, says: "It has been rough. But I'm feeling pretty damn good. I'm really blessed to be here."

In April 2010, the Poison frontman and reality star, 48, underwent an emergency appendectomy. A few days later, he was struck by a subarachnoid hemorrhage – bleeding in his brain stem that could have proved fatal.

After surgery, he was hospitalized again, this time with a small stroke. And in January, he had surgery to repair a hole in his heart. "It was one thing after another," says Michaels. "It was like, 'What next?' "

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Warrant Singer Jani Lane Found Dead

Warrant Singer Jani Lane Found Dead

Originally posted 08/12/2011 07:30AM

Jani Lane, former lead singer of the '80s glam metal group Warrant, was found dead in a Southern California motel Thursday night, according to reports. He was 47.

No cause of death has been announced. Lane's body was found at the Comfort Inn in Woodland Hills, reports TMZ.com.

"We'd like to offer our deepest condolences to the family of Jani Lane regarding their loss," longtime friend Bret Michaels Tweeted Thursday night. "Respectfully, Bret and all at MEGI."

Mötley Crüe's Nikki Sixx added: "I just heard the sad news about Janie Lane. So hard to swallow when people have kids. RIP."

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PHOTO: Alec Baldwin Channels Bret Michaels

PHOTO: Alec Baldwin Channels Bret Michaels

Originally posted 05/31/2011 05:30PM

Alec Baldwin has gone from 30 Rock to '80s rock.

Sporting long locks and facial hair, the actor, 53, threw on a bandana and a Levi's jacket while filming a scene for the big-screen adaptation of Rock of Ages.

Director Adam Shankman Tweeted the photo of Baldwin and the flick's costar Russell Brand.

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Bret Michaels Sues CBS and Tony Awards over Head Injury | Bret Michaels

Bret Michaels Sues CBS and Tony Awards over Head Injury

Originally posted 03/26/2011 11:20AM

The June 2009 Tony Awards scenery mishap that resulted in a head injury to Bret Michaels has now erupted into a lawsuit that the musician filed Friday in Los Angeles, according to documents obtained by PEOPLE.

Michaels's attorney, Alex Weingarten, issued the following press statement, reports EW.com: "The Tony Awards dropped a piece of the stage on Bret’s head, and then instead of doing the right thing, joked about it and played it off for ratings … Bret never wanted to file a lawsuit, but the Tony Awards have left us with no choice. They must be held accountable for almost killing Bret, and that is what we are going to do."

In the suit against CBS and the Tony Awards for unspecified damages, Michaels – who ever since the incident has suffered precarious health – claims that despite his asking producers for instructions on where to stand on the Radio City Music Hall stage during his performance, he was only told to "simply exit the stage from the rear."

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Bret Michaels Has Winning Advice for Celebrity Apprentice Contestants | Bret Michaels

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Bret Michaels Has Winning Advice for Celebrity Apprentice Contestants

Originally posted 03/13/2011 06:10PM

After all the battles Bret Michaels has fought over the past 12 months, he still ranks winning Celebrity Apprentice as "one the toughest things I've ever done emotionally and physically, because they drain you down to find who the winner is." So now he has some expert advice for the show's remaining hopefuls.

"You got to work hard, delegate and be able to perform on a fume," says Michaels, who turns 48 March 15. "Because you don't eat a whole lot and you don't sleep a whole lot, and that's the truth."

He adds: "Listen to what Donald Trump and the task assigners are asking you to do. And you better be good at rallying your team, even when they don't like you or believe in you. Eventually, you're going to be facing the same people you worked with."

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Recovering Bret Michaels  'Pumped' to Return to Stage

Recovering Bret Michaels 'Pumped' to Return to Stage

Originally posted 02/17/2011 03:25PM

Bret Michaels is recovering so well from surgery in January to repair a hole in his heart that he's ready to perform again next month.

"I am pumped to get back on the road and start rocking out on stage for all my awesome fans,” Michaels, 47, says.

He's gearing up to headline the Rock 'n' Roll Marathon Series sponsored by the Competitor Group, with a four-city tour that kicks off in Dallas and benefits Susan G. Komen for the Cure (to breast cancer) on March 27.

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Bret Michaels Has Health Scare After Heart Surgery | Bret Michaels

Bret Michaels Has Health Scare After Heart Surgery

Originally posted 01/31/2011 09:35PM

While recovering from heart surgery, Bret Michaels suffered a massive drop in blood pressure, but his doctor found the cause and the singer is doing better again.

"Bret suffered no setbacks and is fine. It's always good for patients to be evaluated when they're not feeling well," says Dr. Mansour Assar, an interventional cardiologist.

The rocker, 47, is recuperating at home in Arizona after undergoing surgery Jan. 24 to repair a hole in his heart. The hole was discovered when he suffered a mini-stroke last May.

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Bret Michaels Recuperating with Family After Heart Surgery | Bret Michaels

Bret Michaels Recuperating with Family After Heart Surgery

Originally posted 01/26/2011 04:15PM

Bret Michaels has bounced back once again.

Two days after undergoing a successful operation to repair a hole in his heart, the rocker has been released from the hospital.

Michaels headed home, where he's surrounded by loved ones as he heals, including his new fiancée Kristi Gibson.

"Bret is recuperating at home with his family," a source tells PEOPLE. "He is looking forward to enjoying time with Kristi and his daughters as well as getting back on the road."

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