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Emma Watson jetted to Uruguay this week (beg15Sep14) to give a speech as part of her new role as a United Nations (U.N.) Goodwill Ambassador.
The Harry Potter actress, who was appointed to the position in July (14), addressed an event at Uruguay's Parliament in the capital city Montevideo on Wednesday (17Sep14) which was organized by several women's groups. Watson spoke via a translator backing the U.N.'s HeForShe campaign, which is fighting for more elected female senators, and she won applause from audience members including Uruguay's Vice President Danilo Astori.
The 24 year old admits she was pleased with how her speech was received, saying, "At the back of the room there were five young women, probably under the age of 17, who were holding a banner that said, 'Say yes to more women in politics'. To see this kind of participation is why I'm here. It's why I've come to Uruguay and why I want to work with U.N. Women...Thankfully, I have this platform and I'm able to shine a light on these issues, which are really important to me and this is what I want to continue to do and what I believe in passionately."
"Dolly had never done a movie before... I spent all the time watching her watch herself... People were laughing hysterically at the movie and at her, and her absorbing the love and the applause, she loved it." Jane Fonda on watching 9 to 5 at a cinema with co-star Dolly Parton.
Tennis champion Martina Navratilova proposed to her long-term girlfriend on a big screen at the U.S. Open tournament on Saturday (06Sep14). The former world number one tennis player asked her girlfriend Julia Lemigova to marry her in front of a large crowd which had just finished watching Novak Djokovic's semi-final match.
The 57 year old appeared on the screen at the Arthur Ashe Stadium in New York and the Russian model said yes to rounds of cheers and applause.
Afterwards, Navratilova said, "I have been waiting for the right time to ask Julia to marry me... I thought this was the right place and the right time to pop the question and thankfully I got a 'yes'."
The couple has been dating for six years.
Celebrities including Morgan Freeman, Robert Pattinson and Channing Tatum honoured late Hollywood stars Robin Williams and Lauren Bacall at an exclusive charity dinner on Thursday (14Aug14).
The actors attended the Grants Banquet at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills, California for the handing out of donations to more than 40 non-profit entertainment industry-related organisations and scholarship programs. The grants, which totalled $1.9 million (£1.1 million), are funded by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association (HFPA), the committee behind the Golden Globe Awards.
At the gala, celebrities took a moment to remember Williams and Bacall, who both passed away this week (beg11Aug14), with a round of applause.
Actress Kristen Bell, who was among the guests at the event, writes in a post on Twitter.com, "Kudos to #HFPA #hfpaGrantBanquet this eve for honouring Robin Williams and Lauren Bacall w/a (with a) moment of not silence but applause."
During the gala, Bell also performed the song Do You Want To Build A Snowman? from hit Disney movie Frozen. Kerry Washington, Chris Evans, Jason Segel, Eddie Redmayne, James Marsden and Sofia Vergara also attended the event.
Williams died of an apparent suicide on Monday (11Aug14) and Bacall passed away following a stroke on Tuesday (12Aug14).
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Movie legend Lauren Bacall has died after suffering a stroke at her home in Manhattan, New York. The 89-year-old star of classic films The Mirror Has Two Faces, How to Marry a Millionaire and Key Largo was married to two other big screen greats, Humphrey Bogart and Jason Robards, and she famously romanced Frank Sinatra. Bacall first emerged as a leading lady opposite Bogart in 1944's To Have and Have Not and enjoyed success onstage as well as on the big screen. She scored Tony Awards for her Broadway shows Applause and Woman of the Year, and Golden Globe and Oscar nominations for her role in 1996's The Mirror Has Two Faces. She received an honorary Academy Award in 2009. Her autobiography, By Myself, won a National Book Award in 1980. Born Betty Joan Perske in New York, Bacall's mother was a Romanian immigrant and her father was a New Jersey salesman. After studying at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts in New York, she landed a handful of small off-Broadway productions while making waves as a young model. Rumour has it that the wife of moviemaker Howard Hawks was so taken by the one-time Miss Greenwich Village's beauty when she appeared on the cover of style bible Harper's Bazaar, she suggested her husband should screen test her. That meeting led to her breakthrough as Marie Browning in To Have and Have Not, which became the first of many projects that teamed her up with Bogart. The 'Bogie-Bacall' romance is still considered one of Hollywood's greatest love stories. The stars wed in 1945 and were inseparable until the actor's death in 1957. She also appeared in Bright Leaf, opposite Gary Cooper, and teamed up with fellow big screen pin-ups Marilyn Monroe and Betty Grable in 1953's How to Marry a Millionaire. Her leading men also included Henry Fonda and Tony Curtis (Sex & the Single Girl), Paul Newman (Harper), John Wayne (The Shootist) and Jack Lemmon and James Garner (My Fellow Americans). Bacall's voice was used in 2012 Oscar-nominated animated movie Ernest & Celestine and she was reportedly filming crime drama Trouble Is My Business at the time of her death on Tuesday morning (12Aug14).
Actor/rapper Will Smith made a surprise appearance at Scotland's T in the Park music festival on Saturday night (12Jul14) by introducing DJ Calvin Harris. The Men in Black star is no stranger to the music stage, but he stunned fans who were anticipating a closing set from native Scotsman Harris.
Before Harris entered, Smith walked out in front of the thousands in attendance to a roar of applause, and told them, "I said to Calvin Harris, I have two weeks free and I want an experience. Calvin said, 'Come home with me, come to Scotland... Ladies and gentlemen - Scotland's own Calvin Harris!"
Near the end of his gig, Harris told the revellers, "T in the Park, I brought Will Smith here so I could see a real Scottish reaction. I want to see you jump up and down for Will Smith!"
Smith took to the stage yet again, as Harris finished up his set and fireworks lit up the sky.
Smith and Harris have spent the past few days together - they hit the party scene in Ibiza, Spain, where Harris posted a photo of himself with the actor at Amnesia nightclub on his Instagram.com page on Wednesday (09Jul14).
British TV icon Stephen Fry stunned guests at a political fundraiser on Wednesday (09Jul14) by taking aim at a high-profile investigation into allegations of sex abuse against some of the U.K.'s most popular stars. Operation Yewtree was launched following the shocking revelations of TV and radio host Sir Jimmy Savile's widespread historic sexual abuse, and it has led to the successful prosecution of stars including entertainer Rolf Harris, TV host Stuart Hall, and PR guru Max Clifford for offences committed in the 1960s and '70s.
However Fry, who was hosting the Labour Party event at London's Roundhouse, reportedly reminded guests that "fewer than half" of those held in the probe have been convicted, urged attendees to remember "people are innocent until proven guilty", and called for tougher punishments for those who make false claims.
Attempts to prosecute comedians Jim Davidson, Jimmy Tarbuck and Freddie Starr, as well as Coronation Street actor William Roache, failed after months of negative publicity.
One guest at the event tells Britain's Mail on Sunday newspaper, "It was all a bit awkward. There was a smattering of applause, but mostly there was just this deadly silence."
Fry's friend, BBC DJ Paul Gambaccini, was arrested in October (13) under Operation Yewtree on suspicion of historical sexual offences but was released on bail and was later cleared of any wrongdoing, and Fry is understood to be angry that the failure to charge Gambaccini has received less publicity than his initial arrest.
Pop star Jessica Simpson burst into tears as she walked down the aisle at her wedding on Saturday (05Jul14).
The singer/actress married former football player Eric Johnson at a ranch in Santa Barbara, California in front of more than 250 guests, and the ceremony was officiated by Simpson's father Joe.
The groom has now revealed his bride began crying as she walked down the aisle to him before they exchanged vows, telling People.com, "I saw my gorgeous wife coming towards me and she was crying. I think my heart was exploding a little bit."
Simpson adds of her big day, "It's so surreal. This has been something we've wanted ever since we met... It's all about family for us."
The couple is parents to a young son and daughter, who acted as a ring bearer and flower girl, and the singer reveals the youngsters received a rapturous reception as they walked out in front of the congregation, adding, "Before I walked out, I kept hearing all the applause, so my kids got standing ovations!"
Simpson wore a gold dress by Carolina Herrera for the ceremony, and later changed into a sparkly blue mini-dress for the reception, and she adds of her fashion choices, "Everybody thought I was going to wear a dress that completely showed off my new bod (body). But I can't help but want a princess dress! I'm a Southern girl at heart. I like everything big!"
Rocker Ozzy Osbourne paid tribute to his wife Sharon on their 32nd wedding anniversary on Friday (04Jul14) as his band Black Sabbath played a huge concert at London's Hyde Park. The Paranoid hitmakers were headlining at the British Summer Time festival in the U.K. capital, and frontman Osbourne took the opportunity to give a shout out to his TV star wife.
He asked the crowd to give a round of applause for Sharon for sticking by him through his years of drink and drug addiction, adding, "Do you know what day it is today? It's my f**king wedding anniversary. Sharon! Get out here!"
Earlier on Friday, Sharon tweeted a message of love to her husband, writing, "Happy 32nd anniversary to my darling @OzzyOsbourne - oh how time flies!"
Comedienne Joan Rivers came under fire from anti-fur protesters at a book promotion in New York on Tuesday (01Jul14).
The Fashion Police host was fielding questions about her latest tome at a branch of Barnes & Noble when a member of People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) stood up and asked why she wears fur. Other PETA activists then brandished anti-fur signs, including one featuring an altered cover of Rivers' new book Diary of a Mad Diva, showing her apparently holding a skinned animal.
Rivers began to respond by insisting she supports the campaigners but she snapped when one interrupted her, saying, "Oh shut up, you don't know what the f**k you're talking about."
Rivers went on to insist she does not condone the production of new fur garments, saying, "Number one, all the fur I wear has been killed over the years and those furs can either lie in my cellar or go to the opera. Number two, I totally agree with you but there are other issues, I also work very hard, I have four rescue dogs so we all do what we do."
The explanation was greeted with applause from the audience. The incident was the second consecutive day of drama for the funnywoman in New York - during a book signing on Monday (30Jun14) Rivers, who is an ordained minister, officiated at the impromptu marriage of a gay couple.