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Where Are They Now? Famous Female Celebrities From The Past

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Have you ever watched an old television series or movie and wondered how the actress’ career turned out? There have been a lot of television reboots and reunions of series that I watched when I was in middle school and high school. Some of the actresses on the series were popular and had a career ahead of them. But then I thought, I haven’t seen much from them since the show ended.

From Alyssa Milano to Olivia Newton-John, Lynda Carter, and more. Here is a look at where popular actresses from the past have been up to.

Olivia Newton-John

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I never got to experience “Grease” when it first hit theaters, but I remember watching it as a kid and absolutely falling in love. Like many young girls, I had the biggest crush on John Travolta and felt like I could relate to Sandy.

“Grease” was Newton-John’s most popular film, but she’s also known for the cult-classic hit song “Let’s Get Physical.” Over the years, she’s done a lot of actor roles, and is still singing.

Lynda Carter

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The newest “Wonder Woman” movie was a massive hit, with many young girls falling in love with and emulating the character Diana Prince, also known as Wonder Woman. However, Gal Gadot is not the original Wonder Woman. That title belongs to Lynda Carter who took on the role in the 1970s. Carter is still acting, taking on roles in various movies like the upcoming “Wonder Woman 2,” and series like “Two and a Half Men” and most recently, “Supergirl.”

Danica McKellar

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Danica McKellar grew up on the small screen where became a household name after playing the beloved Winnie Cooper in the hit series “The Wonder Years,” for five years. Since then she’s done voice work on several series, earned a Bachelor of Science in Mathematics from UCLA and wrote four books on math. Recently, she became a household name starring in several hit movies for the Hallmark Channel.

Mary Kate & Ashley Olsen

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In the 1980s Mary Kate and Ashley Olsen dominated the tween market. They got their start on the popular family comedy series “Full House,” but went on to star in various straight to DVD movies and various TV shows, and also released music that were massive hits for the young crowd. They were millionaires before they were old enough to drive. Their last film was the 2004 film “New York Minute.” Since they stopped acting, the fashion duo started their insanely successful fashion line.

Drew Barrymore

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America pretty much fell in love with Drew Barrymore when she starred as the adorable scene stealer Gertie in the 1982 cult classic, “E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial.” Over the years she appeared in multiple hit movies and constantly made headlines for her behavior and relationships. Since then, she’s started her own successful beauty company, Flower Beauty, which is available at Walmart and ULTA. She also stars in the hit Netflix series “Santa Clarita Diet.”

Jenny Lewis

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At the age of 9, Jenny Lewis made her acting debut, the next year she was cast in the short-lived series “Life With Lucy,” alongside iconic actress Lucille Ball. Her big break came in the hit 1989 film, “Troop Beverly Hills,” where she played Hannah. Now, she’s the lead singer in the successful indie rock group Rilo Kiley, which she formed with her then-boyfriend Blake Sennet back in 1998. In 2014, she released three solo albums.

Keshia Knight Pulliam

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Keshia Knight Pulliam began acting at the of 4 on the popular educational television series “Sesame Street.” She then won the role as the adorable Rudy Huxtable on “The Cosby Show” where she became the youngest actress to earn an Emmy Nomination for best-supporting actress for her performance. Following the show, she starred in several movies including the 2005’s “BeautyShop,” and the series “Tyler Perry’s House of Payne” from 2007 2012. Currently, she’s running a production company in Atlanta while raising her daughter Ella. She recently made news following a public and drama-filled divorce from her now ex-husband, Ed Hartwell.

Alyssa Milano

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Many teen boys had massive crushes on Alyssa Milano following her big break in 1984 when she landed the role of Samantha Micelli at the age of 11 in the comedy series “Who’s the Boss?” Following the series, she starred in several movies and made her return to television in the 1998 WB “Charmed,” which became a cult classic and even getting reboot in 2018. Today, she’s still acting but is most known for helping bring back the #MeToo movie, which was founded by activist Tarana Burke following the Harvey Weinstein sexual misconduct scandal in 2017.

Tiffany Brissette

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Tiffany Brissette is not as well know like the others, but she scored her big break at age 10 and when she starred in the 1985 series “Small Wonder,” playing a child robot named Vicki. Following the series in 1989, she acted in a few episodes of “Equal Justice.” Since then she earned her psychology degree from Westmont College in Santa Barbara, CA and took a job as a nanny. In 2007, she spoke with ABC News about living on a horse farm in Boulder, CO where she was attending nursing school. Nothing is known about her now, other than she allegedly lives in San Diego, CA.

It’s interesting to see how many actresses are still acting today and how many chose to leave Hollywood for a quieter, more normal life. Are there any actresses you’re curious to see what they’re up to?

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Dr. Oz: “I’m Very Concerned About the Corona Virus, Here’s Why”

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While coronaviruses have been known to medical science since the 1960s, few have been anywhere near as dangerous as this new one from the market in Wuhan China. 

A coronavirus is typified by its protective shell which resembles a crown or a halo under a microscope. That is where it gets its name. The average coronavirus does little more than cause the symptoms of the common cold, sniffles, cough, flu-like symptoms and so on. Part of the reason that these viruses are so hard to prevent from causing millions of colds each year is their protective shell. They can remain on a surface for hours, sometimes days, before they begin to lose structural integrity. But few trigger symptoms as severe as this one known as 2019-nCoV. 

Dr. Oz had this to say about what has become known as the Wuhan Coronavirus, “It’s alarming, this is the big news today, the Chinese leadership is starting to say ‘this incubation period is a lot longer than we thought.’” 

If this report is true, it means that many, many more people may be infected than have been reported- or even anticipated. It means that people could be walking around, infected, and not even know it- not taking precautions and spreading the virus everywhere they go. That means anyone who has recently returned from the area around the Wuhan market, where the outbreak started, could be carrying the disease. 

At the time of this writing, the total enumerated infection count is over 1,800. The total deaths are approaching 200. Other researchers are suggesting that this virus has a rapid mutation rate. That is particularly terrifying because it is what made the HIV-AIDS virus so difficult to treat.

At present, the World Health Organization had laid down a series of suggestions to help people avoid infection.

They advise that anyone who may come into contact with the virus should:

  • Wash their hands frequently
  • Maintain good sanitation on and around all frequently used objects and surfaces
  • Avoid centers of mass travel such as airports
  • Sneeze and cough into the elbow or a tissue
  • Take immunity-boosting supplements like vitamin C

The source of the infection is believed to have come from a specific market in Wuhan, where live animals were kept in stalls for sale and trade. Researchers believe the virus came from either a snake or a bat. The initial cases of illness were reported in December 2019 by employees of the Wuhan market. That market is now shut down for the foreseeable future.

As health officials struggle to understand the virus and contain its progress, other researchers are asking even more startling questions. The shell of this virus is similar to the shell of a virus created in a university research lab in 2015 at the University of North Carolina. What’s more, there is a known military biological weapons lab in Wuhan China.

If these reports are true, it could have serious implications, not only for global health- but for relations between the US and China. 

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Big Brother Contestants Make How Much on the Show?!?

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Big Brother has been a wildly popular, dramatic reality TV game show since 2000. Audiences are captivated by the twists, the turns, the strange alliances, and the betrayals. The show is based on a Dutch program with the same premise which also became wildly popular in Spain and Germany before the reboot came to America.

As the US version grew in popularity, the producers eventually made it possible for fans to watch the contestants on a non-live streaming video feed available 24 hours a day seven days a week. Yes, the contestants on Big Brother are now on display to be viewed by anyone in the world at every waking moment. How they avoid getting caught in their all-togethers or during toilet breaks, we don’t know. Maybe they have certain camera-safe areas to which they can retreat.

Later on, the house the Big Brother contestants live in was stripped of all communication devices- depriving them of contact with the outside world. That is- except for the live feeds the public has unfettered access to. So, if one of them was being held hostage, we suppose they could let us know.

So the question came up of, how much do the contestants really earn? By playing the game they have the chance to make friends, or enemies, become Internet sensations, and to win half a million dollars. But, given everything they have to put up with; being ripped out of their lives, possibly losing jobs, experiencing the anguish of betrayal- all while being on public display- do they get anything else?

According to a report by Reality Blurred, a site that follows the happenings of reality TV stars, programs, and related matters- the contestants “[…] receive $750 per week that they’re in the house.”

Any pay they receive while in the jury house is harder to account for since nothing about it appears on the contract. However, it is believed that contestants receive consolation prizes during their time out of the main house. It also seems reasonable that the consolation prizes received in the jury house should be worth at least $500 since keeping them away from other gainful employment for less than that would be near to slavery. (We’re looking at you, jury duty.)

However, while the big prize on Big Brother is a cool half-million on top of what the contestants earn as their weekly salary, in reality- they have much more to gain in Internet stardom.

Many former Big Brother players have gone on to lucrative careers as influencers on Instagram, Facebook, YouTube, and other social media sites. While any gains from that are unlikely to be as exhilarating as half a million in fast cash- the best of them certainly earn more than that over the long term.

So, it would appear that our curiosity MacGuffins on Big Brother are at least doing as well as someone earning minimum wage- while essentially fooling around Truman Show style.

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Single Mom Irina Shayk, Happy Single

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Those in the public spotlight seem to be an open book. Their every move seems to is covered by gossip sites. Their whereabouts are nearly always and it seems as if we are updated on who’s dating who and what luxurious vacation they are on.

That’s why it is surprising that Irina Shayk and Bradley Cooper kept their relationship under wraps for so long, dating all the way back to 2015. The couple was first spotted together after the actor and model were first seen in 2015. Cooper split from Suki Waterhouse and Shayk ended her five-year relationship with soccer player Cristiano Ronaldo.

The couple was first seen together at a Broadway show, then shortly thereafter, the White House Correspondents’ dinner. Things seemed to move quickly from there. Within months the couple moved in together, soon they announced they were expecting.

Work Gets in the Way:

Irina, who has been quiet about her relationship and breakup with Bradley Cooper, recently spoke up about their relationship.

The couple ended their relationship in 2019, on the heels of the release of the stars’ remake of a Star is Born. The on-screen chemistry between Bradley Cooper and his co-star, Stefani Germanotta, better known as Lady Gaga, sent tongues wagging. Rumors were raging that the two co-stars were in a relationship based on their pationate adaption of the film.

Irina set the record straight in some recent interviews about the end of their relationship. According to Shayk, the couple hadn’t been getting along for quite some time. After the baby was born, Shayk was hoping that Cooper would put their family first and slow down his busy working schedule. She was secretly hoping that after A Star is Born was released and the promotional tour was over, he would spend more time at home. That was not the case.

Irina, 33, was ready to settle into family life. This included getting married and more children. But the marriage never happened, and Cooper’s work schedule was as busy as ever.

Irina felt that her expectations weren’t met and she didn’t have the commitment level she wanted from Cooper. Shortly after the Award season in June 2019, the news broke that the couple had split. Irina had taken baby Lea and moved out of the couples Los Angeles home.At first, the separation was thought to be temporary. Both partners have decided that they are better apart than together.

Better Apart:

The couple continues to co-parent their daughter, but it seems like the couple are happty being apart. They both seem to be quite content focusing on their child and carreers.

Irina recently said that “life without Cooper” and being a single mom is “new ground.” She also said that just because two people are great on their own, they are not always good together.

Irina is a strong woman, and while she often feels overwhelmed being a single-mom, she’s ready for the challenge. Both parents are dedicated to doing what is best for their child and are curently working on a visitation schedule.

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