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Luann de Lesseps is a happy honeymooner!
After marrying Tom D’Agostino Jr. on New Year’s Eve in Palm Beach, Florida in front of 250 guests, the Real Housewives of New York City star and her husband are relaxing and enjoying a picture perfect paradise.
On Thursday, the Bravo personality shared an adorable selfie of the newlyweds cuddling up on a white, sandy beach.
“#Honeymoon #happy xo,” de Lesseps, 51, captioned the photo of herself giving a smiley D’Agostino Jr. a kiss on the cheek.
Earlier in the day, the RHONY star shared a photo of the sunny, umbrella-adorned beach. “#palmbeach #glorious day xo.”
Under a crescent moonlit sky, de Lesseps tied the knot with D’Agostino Jr. at Brazilian Court on the groom’s 50th birthday, PEOPLE exclusively reported of the modern-chic Dec. 31 event.
“It was one of the best days of my life. To celebrate our wedding, New Year’s Eve and Tom’s birthday with all my friends and family in one night was just magical,” de Lesseps told PEOPLE about her wedding day. “It was a dream.”
Added D’Agostino Jr.: “Luann put her heart and soul into the weekend and it really shows. She made all of her family and friends feel so welcome. I’ve never been happier, I couldn’t wishing for a better 50th birthday present than marrying Luann.”
Rita Moreno may have just turned 85 a month ago, but she’s not looking to slow down anytime soon!
The legendary actress is starring in Netflix’s reimagining of Normal Lear’s One Day at a Time with a Latin twist: This time around, the plot centers on a Cuban-American family with an Army vet mother that takes on major themes from today’s world.
Lear’s involvement as an executive producer is exactly what got Moreno on board for the new show. “He’s a remarkable man. He’s 94 and he said, ‘Look, we can be peers,’ ” the actress tells PEOPLE before adding that she “loved the fact that we are a Cubana family.”
And although the family may be Cuban, Moreno says she loves the fact that the show is able to balance that without excluding any non-Latin viewers: “The Latin part of it doesn’t leave anybody out. We happen to be a Cuban family, but it doesn’t leave anybody out because they aren’t also Hispanic. The balance is absolutely brilliant.”
The Oscar winner for her role as Anita in the 1961 film West Side Story is hitting her mid-80s in stride and not looking to take any breaks anytime soon. “The moment we finished our 13th episode, I had one week off. And then I went on tour doing cabaret and lectures,” the actress reveals.
Moreno says she decided to go on the tour right after filming because she saw the positive effect filming and having to memorize lines was having on her mind and health. Where she would sometimes struggle to find words, she realized that they came easier to her after so much reading through the 13-episode filming schedule.
“I found that I stopped searching for words,” she recalls. “What amazes me is what they say is absolutely true, even more in a way than exercise, is engaging your brain. I’m telling you, when I do my cabaret act or do my lectures, people are just standing up in wonder saying, Wow! How do you do that? And I say, engagement!”
Quips Moreno, “I should be a representative for AARP!”
One Day at a Time premieres Friday on Netflix.
Over the holidays, the NBC star went on a hike at a nature preserve with her family while in Gainseville, Florida. Come New Year’s Day, she “literally couldn’t walk,” Entertainment Weekly reported, and she later discovered she had torn her meniscus.
But although the actress says she is currently battling “discomfort and the knee being swollen” and “inflammation” from the tear, for which she received a cortisone shot, Metz intends to attend Sunday’s upcoming awards show — and will of course celebrate her supporting actress nomination.
“During Chrissy’s holiday hiatus vacation back home in Gainesville, FL., Chrissy injured her knee on a hike with her family,” a rep for Metz, who plays Kate on This Is Us, tells PEOPLE in a statement. “Unfortunately due to the fall, it has been confirmed, Chrissy has torn her meniscus. She has sought great medical treatment and is receiving amazing care.”
And while there was speculation that the actress, 36, personally underwent Gastric bypass surgery after Metz revealed to PEOPLE that she would have to go on the same weight loss journey as her character Kate does on the show, her rep denies that she went under the knife.
“We again want to reiterate Chrissy has NOT undergone Gastric bypass surgery. We cannot speak for her character Kate; However, Chrissy personally has NOT,” her rep continued in the statement, and added, “You can expect to see Chrissy out and about this weekend celebrating. Her injury will not impact production or her attendance to the Golden Globes. We sincerely appreciate everyones well wishes.”
Metz later clarified that her This Is Us contract does not say she has to lose weight. “It wasn’t mandated in the contract, and I probably — if I ever said the word contract, I didn’t mean it in that way,” she said, and added, “I was pitched that the trajectory of Kate is that she’s going to lose weight. That is who and what’s going on.”
This Is Us airs Tuesday nights (9 p.m. ET) on NBC.
Debbie Reynolds and Carrie Fisher shared a bond like no other. Subscribe now for an inside look at Hollywood’s legendary mother-daughter duo — only in PEOPLE.
Friends and family of Carrie Fisher, who died at age 60 on Dec. 27 after a heart attack, gathered Thursday for an intimate memorial at her Beverly Hills home. On Friday, a funeral service for Fisher’s mother, Debbie Reynolds, who died at age 84 following a possible stroke just one day after her daughter, will take place at Forest Lawn Memorial Park in Los Angeles. She will be buried with some of her daughter’s ashes.
For Fisher’s memorial on Thursday, her daughter, Billie Lourd, 24, chose to have it at her mother’s home, where Fisher famously and frequently entertained (Reynolds also lived on the property). The afternoon gathering was a bittersweet throwback to the star-studded but casual parties that Fisher often threw in the eclectic, art-filled house — a piece of Hollywood history that was previously inhabited by Bette Davis and costume designer Edith Head.
According to a family friend, “Billie wanted the people her mother loved to gather in that living room one last time.” Family members in attendance included Fisher’s brother, Todd, her half-sisters Joely Fisher and Tricia Leigh Fisher, and Billie’s father, Bryan Lourd. Fisher’s beloved dog Gary Fisher was also there.
The 125 guests included Penny Marshall, Meg Ryan, Richard Dreyfuss, Buck Henry, Candice Bergen, George Lucas and Gwyneth Paltrow. Eulogies were delivered by Billie Lourd, as well as Fisher’s close friends Meryl Streep, Tracey Ullman, author Bruce Wagner, comedian Stephen Fry and security expert Gavin de Becker. “All the tributes circled back to Billie and how much Carrie loved her,” says the friend.
Guests dined on the same menu Fisher served regularly at her legendary parties: fried chicken, collard greens, and cornbread. “The only things missing were Carrie and Debbie,” says the friend, who attended many parties at the house. “Debbie would sit in the corner, and everyone there would come up and pay homage. Even the biggest stars were starstruck by her. Carrie would walk around barefoot with a can of Coca-Cola, making sure everyone was having a good time, saying the funniest things you’ve ever heard.”
At the memorial, Streep also performed Fisher’s favorite song, “Happy Days Are Here Again.” “By the end,” says the family friend, “Everyone was singing.”
Vivica A. Fox is starting the New Year with a clean slate.
“I walked to him and I said, ‘Happy New Year,’” she said, when Williams asked if she’d walked past him at the game. “It is so time for this to be over with, as far as beefing back and forth.”
The encounter took place backstage at Madison Square Garden, away from prying eyes and fans, Fox divulged.
“Someone has to be the bigger person,” the actress said, adding, “I walked over to him, we sat down. I gave him a hug, we talked for a few minutes and that was that.”
The two exes dated in 2003, but it wasn’t until 2015 that controversy surrounded the pair when the rapper shared and deleted an Instagram post from a third party that blamed a recent Empire‘s ratings drop on a homosexual storyline explored in the show.
When asked about the Instagram post on Watch What Happens Live, Fox made comments that led viewers to wonder if she was insinuating that 50 Cent was gay. He responded the next day by blasting the actress on Twitter, calling her “crazy.”
“Listen… I will always have love for him,” Fox told Williams, clearing the air on any bad blood between the two. “As much as we’ve been through, I will always have love for him. I’ve said he was literally like… my true love.”
She teared up when she mentioned the bitter turn their relationship took in 2015, saying, “I hated to have beef with him, but I let nobody mess with me. I ain’t no punk.”
“I told him, ‘I will always love you,’” she continued. “‘We’re not meant to be together, but I’ll always have love for you.’”
The Wendy Williams Show airs weekdays — check your local listings.
And Trump’s tweets have caught the attention of Vice President Joe Biden.
“Grow up, Donald. Grow up. Time to be an adult. You’re president,” Biden, 74, said about the real estate mogul in his interview with PBS, airing Thursday evening. “You’ve got to do something. Show us what you have. You’re going to propose legislation. We’re going to get to debate it. Let the public decide. Let them vote in Congress. Let’s see what happens.”
“You gotta do something, show us what you have,” Biden continued. “You’re going to propose to the legislation, we’re going to get to debate it.”
While Trump will not officially be in charge until the Jan. 20 inauguration, Biden believes the president-elect needs to step up to the plate.
“Let the public decide, let them vote in Congress, let’s see what happens,” he said. “It’s going to be much clearer what he’s for and against, and what we’re for and against. Now that it’s going to get down to actually discussing in detail these issues that affect people’s lives.”
Viola Davis is the first celebrity to receive a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 2017, but all she could think about while accepting the honor was her late father.
“I wish he were here,” Davis, 51, said while accepting the honor on Thursday. “He died in 2006 and, um, he would think this is pretty fantastic.”
The Suicide Squad star’s husband, actor Julius Tennon, 63, and her daughter Genesis were in attendance, along with legendary actress Meryl Streep, who spoke at the ceremony.
Davis also reflected on her difficult upbringing in Central Falls, R.I., saying, “The only picture I have of myself as a kid in kindergarten is with a little … sucker and an expression that’s not really a smile, not really a frown, just something.”
She continued, “But every time I look at the little girl, I always thought, ‘Oh, that’s a cute outfit.’ But she was always hungry, she was always shy, she was always kind of in the background, but inside she had big dreams bursting. And the only thing I could think about is that saying, ‘What the caterpillar calls the end of the world, the master calls the butterfly.”
After thanking her family and Streep for their support, Davis said, “I cannot believe my life right now,” adding, “All I can say is, ‘God has blessed my life in abundance.’”
Ed Sheeran is back!
The singer, 25, released two singles –“Shape of You” and “Castle on the Hill” — on Friday at midnight. The songs mark his first new material in nearly two years after teasing the release of new music with a video on social media on Jan. 1.
— Ed Sheeran (@edsheeran) January 6, 2017
“Hello 2017! I’ve been working hard on the new material and I hope you can be as excited about it as I am,” Sheeran said in a statement. “I really wanted to show two different sides to my music that I’m equally as passionate about and I just knew I wanted to roll with two songs at the same time. I’m absolutely buzzing to be back.”
“Shape Of You” was co-produced by Sheeran, and co-written by Steve Mac and Johnny McDaid, the Snow Patrol musician and boyfriend of Courteney Cox.
“Castle on the Hill,” which was written and produced by Sheeran and Benny Blanco, pays homage to his English hometown of Framlingham, Suffolk.
His most recent album, the critically acclaimed x, was released in June 2014. His album before that was titled + and he’ll be sticking with the mathematical theme for this next release, ÷.
The two-time Grammy winner returned to Twitter recently to announce his return to music, which fans were eagerly anticipating since he began his year of self-imposed radio (and social media) silence in December 2015.
Lyle Menéndez has spent the last 26 years of his life in a California prison after he and his brother murdered their parents in 1989. But he has managed to achieve a sense of normalcy, even maintaining a 13-year marriage.
Menéndez married Rebecca Sneed in 2003 while serving out his life sentence at Mule Creek State Prison in Ione, California. The now-48-year-old opened up about the unconventional relationship during a recent phone interview with ABC News as part of a two-hour special called Truth and Lies: The Menendez Brothers.
“One thing I’ve learned is that your physical comfort is much less important than your connection with the people around you,” Menéndez said. “I’ve found I can have a healthy marriage that is complicated and built around conversation and finding creative ways to communicate, sharing, without all the props that are normally there in marriage in terms of going out to dinner and having as much intimate time together and so on.”
Conjugal visits are prohibited for those sentenced to life without parole, ABC reports.
Menéndez and his brother Erik, who were 21 and 18 respectively at the time, shot their sleeping parents, Jose and Mary Menéndez, execution-style in the den of the family’s Spanish-style, Beverly Hills mansion on the night of Aug. 20, 1989.
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The murder case gripped the nation. Investigators initially believed the killings to be a mafia hit, but after Lyle confessed to his ex-girlfriend and Erik confessed to a psychologist, the brothers were arrested.
At the time, prosecutors said that the privileged brothers killed their parents in an attempt to obtain the family fortune. However, the defense argued that the brothers acted in self-defense after suffering years of sexual abuse from their father.
“My own father, he was a person of means and stature, and my mother was sort of a socialite-type person, a country club type person,” Menéndez said. “No one’s going to intervene in how they raise their family.”
The first trial in 1993 ended in a hung jury, but the second ended in first-degree murder convictions and two-term life sentences for the men — a fate Menéndez said he has come to terms with.
“My life is a struggle not be defined by what happened,” he said. “I’m at peace with my life growing up. I’m at peace with it, because I’ve just sort of accepted it’s okay not to understand.”