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Originally posted 06/19/2011 11:40PM
Alyssa Campanella, an outgoing auburn-haired beauty from California, bested 50 other women to win the 2011 Miss USA Pageant on Sunday night in Las Vegas.
In the 60th anniversary of the Donald Trump-owned pageant, Campanella, 21, of Los Angeles, dazzled judges with her poise and looks and didn't miss a beat when thrown a potentially tough question.
When asked if marijuana should be legalized, she said that medical marijuana should be legal, but otherwise banned.
Originally posted 05/23/2011 07:30AM
After a tumultuous season of rivalries on NBC's Celebrity Apprentice, John Rich and Marlee Matlin proved a harmonious final pairing.
Just before the final decision was announced on Sunday night – the final challenge had involved promoting a brand of soda – the pair performed a song, "For the Kids," which Rich sang and Matlin, who is deaf, signed.
Then came the moment of truth.
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Originally posted 05/22/2011 06:00AM
Perhaps surprisingly, the two calmest of this season's contestants – Marlee Matlin and John Rich – ended up making it to the finale of Celebrity Apprentice, which will air on NBC Sunday night.
Unlike others who went before them, the Oscar-winning Matlin, 45, and country music's Rich, 37, never locked horns with others, as did Meat Loaf with Gary Busey, and Star Jones with NeNe Leakes.
Not that there isn't some sense of rivalry between the two finalists. "We are friends but we are still competing," Rich tells PEOPLE. "We still have to go before [judge Donald]Trump and America. I want the quarter million [dollars for charity], and I want it bad."
Originally posted 05/16/2011 01:40PM
He's sure he'd get the job, but Donald Trump is withdrawing his application.
"I will not be running for president as much as I'd like to," he told reporters Monday in New York while promoting his show The Apprentice.
Trump, 64, was among several potential Republican candidates for president in 2012 election and made headlines most recently when he raised questions about where President Obama was born.
Originally posted 05/11/2011 08:25AM
NeNe Leakes never had second thoughts about quitting Celebrity Apprentice. It all just got to be too much, she says.
"I don't regret it. I felt very good about it. I always do what my gut tells me to do," the Real Housewives of Atlanta star says in an interview airing Wednesday on The Ellen DeGeneres Show.
She adds: "I'm a grown woman, and nobody makes decisions for me. I make my own decisions. It was a toxic situation for me."
Originally posted 03/14/2011 04:00PM
Celebrity Apprentice contestant Richard Hatch turned himself into U.S. marshals on Monday to begin a nine-month prison sentence, according to The Providence Journal.
But Hatch, who is serving time for failing to pay taxes on his $1 million prize from the first season of Survivor, has someone on the outside who may be willing to help him.
Originally posted 01/21/2011 05:40PM
Donald Trump has always had confidence in his daughter Ivanka, relying on her during The Celebrity Apprentice and in the boardroom.
Now that Ivanka, 29, is expecting a child with husband Jared Kushner, Trump says he's sure she'll make the perfect mom.
"I know Ivanka and Jared will be great parents," Donald Trump tells PEOPLE. "They're a wonderful couple."
Adds Trump, already grandfather to son Donald Jr.'s kids Kai and Donnie III: "They are thrilled to be starting a family. I am very happy for them."
Originally posted 11/02/2010 11:00AM
Charlie Sheen has a new job offer.
"I'd hire him in a minute," Donald Trump told PEOPLE about having the actor as a contestant on The Celebrity Apprentice.
Trump, who attended the Accessories Council 2010 Ace Awards at Cipriani 42nd Street in New York on Monday, had a cameo role alongside Sheen in the movie Wall Street 2: Money Never Sleeps.
"He's a good man, I know him," Trump added. "He's going through a difficulty."
Originally posted 09/27/2010 10:50AM
They might not be dangerous, but they're armed.
Seeking an added layer of protection, more high-profile celebrities are seeking permits to carry guns in New York City, according to New York's Daily News.
Among the big names licensed to pack heat: Marc Anthony, Robert De Niro, Donald Trump, and his son, Donald Jr., Mets third baseman David Wright, and Martha Stewart's daughter, radio host Alexis Stewart.
Originally posted 04/06/2010 09:30AM
Even worse than messing with The Donald? Stalking his daughter.
"He’s got really big problems, and the things he wrote and said were really terrible and at the worst level, where the police said they’ve never seen anything quite as bad," Donald Trump told PEOPLE at Monday's 8th Annual Dressed to Kilt Charity Fashion Show at New York's M2 Ultra Lounge in New York. The concerned father described the the extreme behavior of his daughter Ivanka's stalker, Justin Massler, and assured PEOPLE that the family is dealing with the crisis: "He's a really sick guy ... So, we’re handling it!"
Last week, a New York judge ordered Massler to stay away from Ivanka and her family before releasing him on $10,000 bail. Massler was arraigned on misdemeanor stalking and harassment charges after he was arrested in Nevada on a New York warrant.
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