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Originally posted 08/27/2012 11:15AM
Heroic World War II general and president of Columbia University – and one of the best-liked American presidents – Dwight D. Eisenhower wasn't particularly known for his sense of humor, but that may change now that he is being played by Robin Williams.
As seen in this photo, Williams, 61, is made up to play Eisenhower during his White House years. Ike was 62 when first sworn in, and 71 when he handed over the reins to the 43-year-old JFK in 1961.
And the role is for The Butler, an adaptation of a Washington Post article about the real-life Eugene Allen, a White House domestic-staff member who served under eight First Families. Forest Whitaker plays Allen and Oprah Winfrey will play his wife.
Originally posted 04/20/2012 10:50AM
Some of the biggest names in music are honoring one of the biggest legends.
After Levon Helm, the drummer for The Band, died Thursday at 71, Sheryl Crow took to Twitter to express her condolences.
"My heart [is] heavy with sad news of Levon Helm's passing," she wrote. "My thoughts and prayers are with Levon's family."
Also Tweeting about the late Helm, who had cancer: Maroon 5 frontman and The Voice coach Adam Levine.
Originally posted 11/19/2010 12:00PM
At 64 years old, Susan Sarandon couldn't be happier.
"I wouldn't want to be 20 now," the actress tell V magazine, in their special Age Issue, also featuring Jane Fonda and Sigourney Weaver. "I know so much more, and I'm much more comfortable in my skin, saggy as it is."
Sarandon says life's too short to spend it worrying about your body. "When I hear young girls complaining about superficial things ... You're at the peak of your physical beauty right now!" she exclaims. "Just enjoy it and stop worrying about your thighs being too big."
Originally posted 11/11/2010 02:00PM
Jane Fonda has revealed that she recently had a breast cancer scare, but after a successful procedure is free of the disease.
The actress and fitness guru, 72, is "completely fine," her rep tells PEOPLE.
A small tumor was discovered during a routine checkup a few weeks ago. The cancer was found to be non-invasive, and Fonda had a procedure earlier this week to remove the tumor.
"She's 100 percent cancer-free,” says her rep. "She's completely fine and it's business as usual for her.
Originally posted 03/22/2010 08:30AM
Jane Fonda is ready to make the world sweat again: On May 1, the actress will host the first-ever World Fitness Day in Atlanta's Georgia Dome.
The fitness guru – who inspired the nation to "feel the burn!" in the '70s with her at-home workout videos – decided to host the event to promote "the fun and value of exercise," Fonda tells PEOPLE. "It can be a determining factor in the quality of your life and it's never too late to start."
More than 3,000 participants will have the opportunity to sign-up for work-out sessions that range from aerobics with Richard Simmons to tae-bo with Billy Blanks. The event will also be available live online via ustream.tv.
Originally posted 03/08/2010 02:50PM
Farrah Fawcett's longtime partner, Ryan O'Neal, has joined other Hollywood figures including Jane Fonda and Roger Ebert in expressing dismay that Fawcett was left out of the "In Memoriam" segment of Sunday's Academy Awards.
"There is no comment other than we were disappointed that she was not included," a rep for O'Neal tells PEOPLE.
Fonda and Ebert both Tweeted about the snub during the broadcast. "No Farrah Fawcett in the memorial tribute? Major fail," Ebert wrote. "And where was Farrah Fawcett? She should have been included #oscars #FAIL," wrote Fonda.
Originally posted 06/17/2009 02:45PM
Jane Fonda bid farewell to her left knee as she headed into surgery Tuesday morning, where according to Fonda, it would be replaced with a "titanium rod and ceramic joint."
Right before her operation she Tweeted, "Lying on a guerney [sic]. Drugs are starting to hit. Wheeee. So long left knee. You're toast!" She also posted a photo on Twitter of her left knee, marked with the doctor's initials J.R.M (see below) and an arrow to make sure the correct knee gets removed.
Originally posted 03/19/2009 11:20AM
As Broadway prepares to dim its lights Thursday night in her memory, the shock and sadness over Natasha Richardson's untimely death is still settling in among the theatrical and filmmaking communities, with reactions pouring in from both sides of the Atlantic from several generations of fellow performers, including Ralph Fiennes, Judi Dench, Jane Fonda and Lindsay Lohan.
"For everyone who knew and loved her, Natasha's death is a terrible, devastating loss. She was a star. A great actress, a beautiful woman, a fiercely loyal friend, a brilliant and generous companion," said Fiennes, 46, a longtime friend who costarred with Richardson in 2001's Maid in Manhattan. "She was an adoring and loving wife and mother. She was unique. My thoughts and prayers go out to Liam and her beautiful sons, Michael and Danny and to all her family. I cannot imagine a world without her wit, her love, her mischief, her great, great talent and her gift for living. I loved her very much. She was a supreme friend. I shall miss her deeply."
Originally posted 03/11/2009 03:00PM
Jane Fonda has returned to the Broadway stage after 46 years, and recently her dog, Tulea, decided to get in on the action.
Fonda's 8-pound Bischon-like pup somehow wiggled away from her handler during a curtain call for her new play 33 Variations, according to The Associated Press, and was onstage for the actress' bows.
Originally posted 04/01/2008 11:00AM
There were scores of stars at Monday's night screening of Smart People, but Jane Fonda only had eyes for boyfriend Lynden Gillis.
The 70-year-old screen star and Gillis, a retired businessman, were nearly inseparable at the dinner – cohosted by Allure editor Linda Wells and Cinema Society – held at New York's Bowery Hotel.
While Sarah Jessica Parker, Matthew Broderick and Dennis Quaid mingled, Gillis, 75, remained at Fonda's side – first over drinks at the bar and then on a secluded outdoor patio. (The actress has said the distinguished-looking Gillis – who was previously married to Fonda's college roommate – resembles both her father, Henry Fonda, and Clint Eastwood.)
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