A nurse who was caught up in the notorious Catherine, Duchess Of Cambridge radio prank committed suicide after becoming tormented by the hoax, an official inquiry has ruled. Jacintha Saldanha was found dead three days after an Australian radio DJ convinced her she was Queen Elizabeth II and asked to be put through to the duchess, who was receiving treatment for morning sickness at the London hospital where the nurse worked.
The prank call was broadcast by Mel Greig and Michael Christian on their show on Australia's 2Day FM network in December, 2012, attracting headlines around the world.
An inquest into Saldanha's death concluded in London on Friday (12Sep14), with the coroner ruling she had hanged herself and stating that the prank call "was clearly pressing on her mind", as were some problems she had with a work colleague.
Coroner Fiona Wilcox also ruled it was "inconceivable" Saldanha would have given permission to broadcast the hoax phone call.
The hearing was told Saldanha had sent several emails in the wake of the incident telling colleagues, "It's all my fault", and revealing she felt "ashamed" at being fooled by the DJs.
Greig, who quit her radio job in December (13) after being taken off air for a year, attended the inquest but did not give evidence. Following the hearing, she apologised to the Saldanha family, saying, "I am truly sorry. I have wanted to say that for so long."
The hoax call was made while the duchess was pregnant with her first child, son George. On Monday (08Sep14), her husband Prince William announced she is expecting again.
Actress Elizabeth Olsen has signed on to play Hank Williams' wife, opposite Tom Hiddleston, in a new biopic. The British actor was cast as Williams in I Saw The Light in June (14), and now he has been joined by fellow The Avengers franchise star Olsen, who will play Audrey Mae.
Williams, who battled drug and alcohol problems, wed Audrey Sheppard in 1944. She served as his manager until the couple divorced in 1952.
Marc Abraham will direct the film from a script based on author Colin Escott's book, Hank Williams: The Biography, which chronicles the singer's meteoric rise to fame and his untimely death in 1953, at the age of 29.
Production on I Saw The Light is scheduled to begin in Louisiana this autumn (14), ahead of a 2015 release.
Olsen joined the cast of The Avengers sequel Age of Ultron as Scarlet Witch last year (13), but she did not work with Thor star Hiddleston, because his evil character, Loki, is not featured in the next instalment of the superhero franchise.
British actor Idris Elba read poetry onstage to kick off the Invictus Games sporting competition in London on Wednesday (10Sep14). The Wire star appeared onstage in front of 6,500 people at the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park in the capital to recite the powerful poem Invictus, written by William Ernest Henley, as part of the opening celebrations.
British royal Prince Harry, who created the event, also took to the stage to give an empowering speech for the wounded military personnel competing in the sporting event.
An Invictus anthem, written by Coldplay's Chris Martin, was performed by a military choir and British soprano Laura Wright sang her track Invincible. U.S. First Lady Michelle Obama also praised the athletes in a video message.
Charles, Prince of Wales, Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall and William, Duke of Cambridge also attended the ceremony.
Prince William's pregnant wife Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge cancelled her appearance as she is suffering from severe morning sickness.
The opening ceremony went ahead a day after a launch party was held for the competitors and their families on Tuesday (09Sep14). Prince Harry attended the bash and Foo Fighters performed. The rockers will headline the closing concert on Sunday (14Sep14).
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Odds have it that you’ve been put off by Joan Rivers at one point or another. Just a few weeks back, before health problems took way for the 81-year-old comedian, a good chunk of society took umbrage with a her expression of antipathy for the Palestinian civilians killed in a military attack. Throughout her years in film, television, the stage, and every red carpet we can remember, Rivers has taken heat for a wide variety of jokes that the world deemed too crass, insensitive, or otherwise politically incorrect. But Joan, who believed in comedy above all else — whose principal devotion was not to any one individual, group, or political leaning, but to the very idea of the laugh — never let up.
Rivers must have understood that this was the kind of attitude — no, ideology —necessary to weather the challenges of starting a career in the boys’ club that was the comedy world of the 1960s… hell, that remains the comedy world to this day. But the vigor with which Rivers established herself was wholly important for not only the future of women in comedy, but for the very idea of comedy altogether.
This bravado demanded that her targets be indiscriminate: she’d mock individuals as beloved as Elizabeth Taylor and Adele, mine comedy from events as sensitive as the Holocaust and the Ariel Castro kidnappings. With each new “crossing of the line,” as it were, Rivers would face more and more backlash. Rivers carried through in the face of professional setbacks — like the cold shoulder of Johnny Carson (after she accepted a television series opposite The Tonight Show) and 18-year-long banishment from the late night institution where she got her start — as well as personal tragedy, notably the suicide of her husband Edgar Rosenberg. Throughout all, Rivers entrenched herself in comedy and vice versa, proving often that she was her favorite thing to make fun of.
It is unlikely that Rivers, an active force in comedy for more than half a century and riddled with tenacity up to the end of her life, didn’t offend each of us at one time. While her legions of watchers and listeners might hold true to the ideals of sensitivity, compassion, and courtesy — all perfectly legitimate values, in fact — Rivers’ allegiance was to one thing only, and she held true to this maxim without a hiccup. Whether it was a conscious decision to remain strong and convicted in the face of adversity, attack, and the relentless erosions of life, or simply the nature of the acerbic and cunning Brooklynite, Rivers wore the philosophy like a glove: making people laugh is what she was here for. And she sure as hell made sure to do it.
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Today is a very sad day in the comedy world. We lost one of the greats. Joan Rivers has been the pioneer in "speaking your mind" since she started her career 50+ years ago. Because of her stark humor and quick wit, she has been a controversial comedienne over the years, but her talent cannot be questioned. Twitter users, us normal folks and big name celebrities, all used the social media site to mourn the loss of the wonderful woman.
People still reeling from Robin Williams passing commented:
Losing Joan Rivers and Robin WIlliams? That is a cruel sense of humor.
— Amy Vansant (@AmyVansant) September 4, 2014
The King and Queen of comedy, may they both rest well. #joanrivers #robinwilliams pic.twitter.com/UZj0GWVXIt
— Girl Code! (@itsGirICode) September 4, 2014
We've lost Robin Williams and Joan Rivers in the space of a month. I just don't know what to say. #RIPJOANRIVERS
— Rebekka-Mary Darling (@RebekkaMary) September 4, 2014
YouTube posted in her honor:
Remembering the life and laughter of comedian extraordinaire, Joan Rivers. http://t.co/XneKX0rYgV
— YouTube (@YouTube) September 4, 2014
People wished she rest happily:
Rest in paradise, Joan Rivers.
— Breanna Sayegh (@Breanna_Natalia) September 4, 2014
People recognized the path she paved for women:
You can't be a self-proclaimed feminist and not appreciate what Joan Rivers did for your whiny asses. You wouldn't be here without her.
— Money Moochelle (@MsMoochelle) September 4, 2014
but srsly Joan Rivers is very influential to me and made me dream of being in entertainment news as a youngin. RIP
— T (@t_gyenz_) September 4, 2014
Others plan to remember her dedication:
Joan Rivers was 81 years old and still hardworking. That's amazing dedication.
— Shades of Rihanna (@iDreamRihanna) September 4, 2014
People loved her for her honesty, even if it was brutal:
RIP, Joan Rivers! You told it like it was and for that, you will forever live on in our hearts as a true New Yorker.
— Village Voice Street (@VoiceStreet) September 4, 2014
"I succeeded by saying what everyone else is thinking." - Joan Rivers. RIP #women #comedy #trailblazers
— Elizabeth Karr (@elizabethkarr) September 4, 2014
why don't people understand that joan rivers was a comedian and never actually meant the things she said lol it was her job #RIPJoanRivers
— hannah (@imforbieber) September 4, 2014
Comedy just lost a very funny, pretty lady. @Joan_Rivers, you made it cool not to take yourself too seriously. Thank you! Rest peacefully.
— Leigh-Allyn Baker (@L_A_Baker) September 4, 2014
People hoped she left the world how she entered it:
Joan Rivers was truly a good soul. I've never seen a room light up with laughter the way it did when she entered it. You will be missed. RIP
— Chase Chrisley (@ChrisleyChase) September 4, 2014
Celebrities chimed in to remember Joan:
“We don’t apologize for a joke. We are comics. We are here to make you laugh. If you don’t get it, then don’t watch us.” - Joan Rivers
— Perez Hilton (@PerezHilton) September 4, 2014
A legend, a friend, a mentor, an icon, and wildly funny. One of a kind. RIP #JoanRivers @joan_rivers pic.twitter.com/jnAC5G4AQo
— Kathy Griffin (@kathygriffin) September 4, 2014
My friend Joan Rivers has passed away once again to quote Billy Crystal... There are no words. Bon Voyage Joan
— Whoopi Goldberg (@WhoopiGoldberg) September 4, 2014
My heart is torn in half. She wasn't done. #Joan http://t.co/XH87wAT4Mb
— Sarah Silverman (@SarahKSilverman) September 4, 2014
Joan Rivers will always be a pioneer. She paved the way for a lot of comedians. I’m very sad she’s gone. pic.twitter.com/i1uE9fyHMh
— Ellen DeGeneres (@TheEllenShow) September 4, 2014
we lost a great one in @Joan_Rivers - she was funny all the way to the end
— Jimmy Kimmel (@jimmykimmel) September 4, 2014
RIP the mighty Joan Rivers. Funny & fearless. Truly one of a kind.
— Ricky Gervais (@rickygervais) September 4, 2014
RIP Joan Rivers. A force of nature.
— Seth Meyers (@sethmeyers) September 4, 2014
RIP Joan Rivers... You made fun of my boobies just last week and it was an HONOR. Thanks for making so many people laugh here on Earth.
— Demi Lovato (@ddlovato) September 4, 2014
Thanks for the laughs @Joan_Rivers ! The last woman to bed me!
— Lance Bass (@LanceBass) September 4, 2014
Love Her or Hate Her, we're gonna Miss JOAN RIVERS! I always Respected her go for broke humor. One of a kind.R.I.P.
— Samuel L. Jackson (@SamuelLJackson) September 4, 2014
But most importantly, people remembered her for her talent and honored her:
"When my water broke, my dog drowned!" - Joan Rivers. RIP, you truly were one of the funniest people ever.
— Brian Bonds (@brianbonds) September 4, 2014
"I enjoy life when things are happening. It doesn't matter if it's good things or bad things. That means you're alive." - Joan Rivers
— kristen johnston (@kjothesmartass) September 4, 2014
"Never be afraid to laugh at yourself, after all, you could be missing out on the joke of the century." — Joan Rivers
— Robyn (@robza160) September 4, 2014
What are your thoughts on this comedienne's passing? Tweets us your thoughts and well wishes with the hashtag #RIPJoanRivers.
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Joan Rivers' lawyers scored a legal victory for the late comedienne the day before she died in a New York hospital on Thursday (04Sep14). The Fashion Police host had been locked in a $15 million (£8.8 million) legal battle with former neighbour Elizabeth Hazan since last year (13), after she alleged Rivers went overboard in her role as their condominium's president, cutting her cable and filling her door locks with glue after she fell behind on her bills.
In November (13), a judge issued a preliminary injunction banning Hazan and the condo owners from using the apartment she once lived in until the debts were settled, and this week (begs01Sep14), Hazan, Rivers' lawyers and the condo board members reached an undisclosed settlement, according to the New York Daily News.
The good news came as the 81 year old's daughter Melissa revealed her mother had died a week after suffering a cardiac and respiratory arrest during a routine throat operation.
The bridal gown Princess Diana wore when she wed Britain's Prince Charles in 1981 is set to be handed over to the couple's sons William and Harry, 17 years after her tragic death. Diana stipulated in her will that the silk and taffeta lace dress, designed by David and Elizabeth Emanuel, should be given to her boys once her youngest, Prince Harry, turns 30. He will reach the age milestone on 15 September (14).
The iconic outfit, which featured 10,000 pearls and boasted a 25-foot (7.62-metre) train, has been in the possession of the late princess' brother, Charles Spencer, since Diana lost her life in a car crash in Paris, France in 1997.
He previously used it as the centrepiece of the Spencer family museum at Althorp in Northamptonshire, England, where it remained on display for over 10 years from 1998.
It is not yet known what Princes William and Harry plan to do with the dress.
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Hollywood actress Kirsten Dunst has criticised technology giant Apple over the nude photo leak which led to saucy photographs of the star emerging online.
The Spider-Man heroine was among a number of celebrities targeted by a hacker who published reams of explicit personal pictures on the Internet. The images were reportedly obtained from Apple iCloud accounts, and Dunst, who was shown topless in a number of the leaked shots, has now hit out at the company through her Twitter.com account.
In a message posed on her page, she writes, "Thank you iCloud" along with an emoticon of a slice of pizza and a pile of excrement.
Apple bosses have confirmed they have launched an investigation into the alleged security breach, saying in a statement, "We take user privacy very seriously and are actively investigating this report."
Other stars caught up in the scandal include Jessica Brown Findlay, Kate Upton, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, and Jennifer Lawrence, whose publicist has warned that anyone caught sharing the snaps could face prosecution. Agents at America's Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) are also investigating the scandal.
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Lena Dunham has condemned a mystery hacker who leaked nude photographs of celebrities including Jennifer Lawrence.
The Hunger Games actress hit headlines on Sunday (31Aug14) when intimate snaps of her were posted on the Internet by a hacker who claims to have similar pictures of more than 100 female stars. Now Girls actress Dunham has reached out to her fans and urged them to discourage the leaking of photos by not viewing them.
In a series of posts on Twitter.com, she writes, "The way in which you share your body must be a CHOICE. Support these women and do not look at these pictures... Remember, when you look at these pictures you are violating these women again and again. It's not okay... Seriously, do not forget that the person who stole these pictures and leaked them is not a hacker: they're a sex offender."
Lawrence and Mary Elizabeth Winstead have confirmed the authenticity of their snaps while condemning the breach of privacy.
Like Lawrence, model Kate Upton's attorney is threatening legal action, saying, "This is obviously an outrageous violation of our client Kate Upton's privacy. We intend to pursue anyone disseminating or duplicating these illegally obtained images to the fullest extent possible."
Ariana Grande and Victoria Justice claim the pictures of them are fake.
Actress Jennifer Lawrence's representative has threatened to prosecute whoever is behind a new celebrity phone hacking scandal after naked photos of The Hunger Games star appeared online on Sunday (31Aug14). Risque pictures of the Oscar winner, along with other female celebrities such as Victoria Justice, Ariana Grande, Kate Upton and Kirsten Dunst, surfaced on the Internet, and Lawrence's spokeswoman is waging war on the person responsible for leaking the personal photos, which she confirms are real.
A statement from her rep to Us Weekly reads: "This is a flagrant violation of privacy. The authorities have been contacted and will prosecute anyone who posts the stolen photos of Jennifer Lawrence."
Revealing photos of actress Mary Elizabeth Winstead also appeared online, and she took to Twitter.com herself to address the leak, writing, "To those of you looking at photos I took with my husband years ago in the privacy of our home, hope you feel great 'bout yourselves."
She continued, "Knowing those photos were deleted long ago, I can only imagine the creepy effort that went into this. Feeling for everyone who got hacked."
Meanwhile, former Victorious co-stars Grande and Justice have denied the leaked images of them are for real.
Grande's rep tells JustJared.com that the photos are "completely fake", while Justice took to Twitter and wrote, "These so called nudes of me are FAKE people. Let me nip this in the bud right now. *pun intended*".
The haul of celebrity photos originated on 4Chan.org after a hacker found them on numerous iCloud accounts. Site bosses also claim to have nude images of newlyweds Gabrielle Union and Jenny McCarthy, mum-to-be Hayden Panettiere, Hilary Duff, Kaley Cuoco Sweeting, Kim Kardashian, Rihanna, Lea Michele and Selena Gomez, among others.