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Stephen Colbert's Mother Dies at 92

Stephen Colbert's Mother Dies at 92

Originally posted 06/14/2013 06:30PM

Lorna Elizabeth Tuck Colbert, the mother of 11 children – including Comedy Central host Stephen Colbert – died on Wednesday. She was 92.

With an extended family of 82, the mother of The Colbert Report star was an accomplished artist, church leader, businesswoman and supporter of the arts, according to her obituary in South Carolina's Post and Courier.

Her husband and three of her children previously passed away – three of the four deceased family members died in a plane crash in 1974 – and she is survived by her remaining eight kids, and her grandchildren and great grandchildren.

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The Best of Celebrity Commencement Speeches! | Michelle Obama, Stephen Colbert

Amy Poehler, Michelle Obama, Stephen Colbert & More Commencement Speeches

Originally posted 05/27/2013 01:15PM

It's that time of year again – graduation!

As college graduates move on the next stage of their lives, they're sent into the real world with an overabundance of advice.

But luckily, some of it comes from some very famous faces in the shape of commencement speeches.

Before applying to jobs or landing your dream apartment, listen to what Amy Poehler, Melinda Gates, Stephen Colbert, First Lady Michelle Obama and more have to say:

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Julie Bowen's Pick for Sexiest Man Alive? Hint: He Makes Her Laugh!

Julie Bowen Picks Stephen Colbert as the Sexiest Man Alive

Originally posted 11/05/2012 02:15PM

What turns Julie Bowen on? Perhaps not surprisingly, it's a guy who can make her laugh.

Asked at a charity event on Saturday whom she would pick as PEOPLE's Sexiest Man Alive this year, the two-time Emmy-winning Modern Family actress didn't hesitate.

"Stephen Colbert!" she replied. "Other than my husband, it's Stephen Colbert. My hall pass. He's just so funny."

PEOPLE's choice for the title will be revealed Nov. 14. Be one of the first to find out.

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Stephen Colbert Hugs a Cat at Book Signing | Stephen Colbert

Stephen Colbert Hugs a Cat at Book Signing

Originally posted 10/04/2012 09:00AM

Fans of Stephen Colbert lined up to catch a glimpse of the satirical TV host on Tuesday, some waiting more than five hours at New York City's Union Square-area Barnes & Noble bookstore to get a seat at the event.

One fan brought out the claws, and then the fur started flying – literally – because that fan was a cat.

After taking questions from the audience and reading from his new book, America Again: Re-becoming the Greatness We Never Weren't, Colbert, a known lover of the feline kind, picked up an audience member's cat and gave it a hug.

The fully-grown, leash-wearing cat appeared to be comfortable in Colbert's arms. What can we say? The man knows how to handle a kitty.

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Stephen Colbert Returns to Show & Salutes a 'Lovely Lady'

Originally posted 02/21/2012 08:35AM

Stephen Colbert took a break from picking on politicians Monday night to address the reason behind his unexplained hiatus from his Comedy Central show last week.

Without delving into specifics, The Colbert Report star hinted that he halted production last Wednesday and Thursday because of his 91-year-old mother's health, as had been speculated.

"Evidently, having 11 children makes you tough as nails," Colbert, 47, and the youngest of the brood, said, seemingly implying his mother, Lorna, is on the mend. "Confidential to a lovely lady."

The comedian, who's earned a loyal following with his satirical take on conservative newsmakers, then touched his nose – perhaps a shout-out to his mother tuning in from home?

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Stephen Colbert Returning to TV After Hiatus | Stephen Colbert

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Stephen Colbert Returning to TV After Hiatus

Originally posted 02/20/2012 09:20AM

Conservative politicians heed warning: He's back.

After new episodes of Stephen Colbert's The Colbert Report were abruptly suspended last week, reportedly because of a his 91-year-old mother's health, the Comedy Central late-night show is returning to TV this week, starting Monday, with a guest line-up that includes Nancy Pelosi, the minority leader of the House of Representatives.

"My family and I would like to thank everyone who has offered their thoughts and prayers," Colbert, 47, who's earned a loyal fan following with his satirical take on conservative politics and newsmakers, Tweeted. "We are grateful and touched by your concern."

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Stephen Colbert Halts His Show for His Mom: Report | Stephen Colbert

Stephen Colbert Halts His Show for His Mom: Report

Originally posted 02/17/2012 07:45AM

He is missed.

New episodes of Stephen Colbert's Comedy Central The Colbert Report were abruptly suspended this week, with the network saying only, "Due to unforeseen circumstances, the show will air repeat episodes on Wednesday, Feb. 15, and Thursday, Feb. 16."

The announcement immediately gave rise to speculation about the cause. On Thursday, the Wall Street Journal reported that the schedule change was prompted by an unspecified family emergency, although production could resume as early as next week. No date was given.

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Stephen Colbert Enters South Carolina Primary | Stephen Colbert

Stephen Colbert Enters South Carolina Primary

Originally posted 01/13/2012 03:25PM

With some 2012 presidential aspirants considering dropping out after the New Hampshire and Iowa caucuses, one hopeful is just now throwing his hat into the ring.

Stephen Colbert announced his bid for "candidacy for the president of the United States of South Carolina" on Thursday's The Colbert Report, the satirical Comedy Central news show on which he poses as a conservative political pundit.

Colbert, 47, is polling at 5 percent in his home state, ahead of longstanding candidate Jon Huntsman.

The TV host's previous attempt to get on the ballot in South Carolina, for the 2008 election, was blocked by Democratic Party officials.

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Stephen Colbert Asks, Have You Seen Our Cat? | Stephen Colbert

Stephen Colbert Asks, Have You Seen Our Cat?

Originally posted 06/24/2011 01:30PM

When it comes to Stephen Colbert's biases, there's no doubt the man's a cat lover.

The host of The Colbert Report has been spotted reading Cat Fancy, has launched the career of psychic cat correspondent Christiane Aman-purr, and now, the leader of Colbert Nation has launched a national campaign asking, "Have you seen our cat?"

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Stephen Colbert & Jimmy Fallon Sing Rebecca Black's 'Friday'

Originally posted 04/02/2011 04:15PM

Just how excited is Rebecca Black? She's probably partying now that her viral hit "Friday" just got some all-star attention.

Sure, today is Saturday, but Stephen Colbert and Jimmy Fallon got the weekend started just right on Friday's Late Night with Jimmy Fallon – performing a spirited cover of Black's tune, which caused a sensation when it premiered online in March.

With the Roots backing them, the guys pulled out all the stops, skipping around the stage and even getting the AutoTune treatment for the song's much quoted (and maligned) refrain: "Yesterday was Thursday/Today is Friday/We so excited/We gonna have a ball today."

In a final flourish, former American Idol winner Taylor Hicks slides on stage and helps the guys bring the song to a rousing conclusion.

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