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Originally posted 11/03/2012 05:10PM
What a year!
While the nation moved through an economically challenging election year, Hollywood kept things interesting by focusing on everything from engagements and divorces to babies and bikinis.
Here, in descending order of popularity, were the biggest PEOPLE.com news stories of 2012.
Originally posted 10/24/2012 02:50PM
Rosie O'Donnell could have died when she suffered a heart attack earlier this year, and she now says that deciding not to call 911 was a nearly fatal choice.
"I said to Michelle, 'I think this could be a heart attack,' " O'Donnell, 50, says, referring to her wife Michelle Rounds, on the The Dr. Oz Show airing Thursday. "She says, 'I'm going get you some aspirin.' By chance, three days before, [Michelle] had purchased Bayer Women's Aspirin. I chewed them, and then I fell asleep. But then I did not call 911, and I should have."
O'Donnell says she later learned that women often don't reach out for help during a heart attack. "Fifty percent of women, while having heart attacks and suspecting they're having heart attacks, do not call 911," she says. "It was the stupidest decision I ever made in my life."
Originally posted 10/18/2012 12:00PM
Since Rosie O'Donnell told PEOPLE she wants to buy a new house for the stars of Here Comes Honey Boo Boo, matriarch Mama June has said her family doesn't need a new house but sure could use some renovations on their McIntyre, Ga., abode.
"We're in! Are you kidding me? Of course," O'Donnell – who compared the show's 7-year-old star, Alana Thompson, to Shirley Temple – told PEOPLE Monday at her Annual Building Dreams for Kids Gala to benefit Rosie's Theater Kids.
And she insisted she'd head to Georgia herself to help do the work.
"They do that Extreme Makeover show – hello! I will call David Zaslav [President and CEO of Discovery Communications] when I get home. I will say [the family is] very into an addition, maybe we get Home Depot to chip in, and we make it the Christmas special: Rosie O'Donnell and Honey Boo Boo's Renovation."
Originally posted 10/15/2012 03:05PM
Rosie O'Donnell is mourning a beloved family member.
Nicky, a Lab mix adopted from an animal shelter 13 years ago, died from old age.
"RIP NICKY O BOY – [our] miami born rescue dog – loyal smart nearly perfect for over a dozen years," O'Donnell, 50, Tweeted Friday.
The comedian, who recently suffered a heart attack that nearly killed her, told PEOPLE that the dog was a protective presence in her family, which includes new wife Michelle Rounds, and children Parker, 17, Chelsea, 15, Blake, 12, and Vivienne, 9.
Originally posted 10/07/2012 01:00PM
Living through a heart attack has given Rosie O'Donnell a new lease on life – but she hasn't lost her trademark sense of humor.
In a sit-down interview with PEOPLE, the 50-year-old comedian reveals that she digs the reality TV family on Here Comes Honey Boo Boo – and does a spot-on impression of Mama June.
"I love Mama June. I love Sugar Bear. I love Chubbs," she says referring to some of the family members by their nicknames. "I love 'em all."
Originally posted 10/05/2012 07:00AM
Rosie O'Donnell has had an amazingly successful life – but suffering a heart attack earlier this year has given her a new sense of purpose.
Revealing for the first time exactly how she felt on the afternoon of Aug. 14 when she suffered the heart attack – unknowingly at first – O'Donnell, 50, tells PEOPLE in its new issue, "My arms starting aching and my chest hurt. My son, Blake, said, 'Mommy you look very white.' I told him, 'I don't feel so good, honey.' "
The comedian didn't find out what had happened to her until the next day when she visited her doctor, who immediately put in a stent to restore blood flow.
Originally posted 08/27/2012 12:10PM
Congratulations – and surprise! – Rosie O'Donnell is married.
O'Donnell, 50, who recently suffered a heart attack, moved up her planned wedding to fianceé Michelle Rounds after Rounds was diagnosed with desmoid tumors, a rare disease that only affects three out of every million people.
The couple, who announced their engagement in Dec. 2011, exchanged vows on June 9 in a private ceremony in New York, O'Donnell's rep Cindi Berger tells PEOPLE exclusively. "They got married but they haven't had the wedding celebration."
The two originally planned to be married in August, but they choose to get married quietly in June before Rounds's first surgery on June 14.
Originally posted 08/21/2012 05:45PM
There are roses for Rosie.
On the mend from a heart attack, Rosie O'Donnell is getting showered with flowers and best wishes from fans – and returning the sentiments on Twitter.
Calling herself "happy" and "grateful," O'Donnell, 50, wrote Tuesday that she was, "Listening to Barry Manilow – painting – feeling good."
Along with images of some of her abstract works, O'Donnell also posted pictures of roses she's received and of a Grape-nuts box reading "good for your heart."
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.
Originally posted 08/20/2012 04:15PM
Calling it a "miracle" she's still alive, Rosie O'Donnell suffered a heart attack last week and is now recovering at home.
O'Donnell, 50, credited her survival to quick Internet research on her painful symptoms and a Bayer aspirin she had seen recommended in ads.
"Thank god/saved by a tv commercial/literally," she wrote Monday in her usual verse form on her blog.
O'Donnell said she had a stent inserted after doctors found that her coronary artery was 99 percent blocked. In a statement on Monday, her rep Cindi Berger tells PEOPLE, "She is now home and resting comfortably. She is very, very lucky."
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