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  1. http://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-38948674 Olivia Jones: The German drag queen who wants to be president 12 February 2017 From the sectionEurope Share Image copyrightAFP Image captionMs Jone with Chancellor Merkel (centre) and national football manager Joachim Low (left) A drag queen standing more than 2m (6ft5) tall and with a bright orange bouffant stood out among the otherwise soberly-attired delegates at the ceremony to choose Germany's new president in Berlin. Olivia Jones, real name Oliver Knobel, is well known in Germany for her guided tours of Hamburg's infamous Reeperbahn red light and bar district, her numerous TV appearances and her activism in support of animal rights, AIDs patients and anti-racism. The 47-year-old was invited to be among the 1,260 voting delegates by the Green Party, who chose Frank-Walter Steinmeier to succeed Joachim Gauck as president, a largely ceremonial role. She arrived in a wheelchair after undergoing a leg-shortening operation to reduce the length of her legs by 6cm. Image copyrightAFP Image captionThe drag queen was among 1,260 delegates casting votes Image copyrightAFP/GETTY Image captionMs Jones said she hoped Mr Steinmeier (right) would be an "anti-Trump" figure Ms Jones, who stood 2m07 tall before her operation, has said she had the procedure because her long legs were giving her backache, but has also admitted she also just felt too tall. She mingled with other high-profile Germans at the event, putting her hand round Chancellor Angela Merkel's shoulder and chatting with national football coach Joachim Low. Ms Jones said she hoped Mr Steinmeier would be an "anti-Trump" figure and said his reputation for calmness and strategic thinking would also be useful in countering the US president, Die Welt newspaper reported. The drag queen also has political ambitions of her own - earlier this month she told Saarbruecker Zeitung she would like to be president herself. "The role would suit me wonderfully," she said adding that her time in office "would not be boring". "I am a very political person. This is where I get to speak with the right people. This is where my message needs to get to. My presence and appearance alone set an example," she said. Image copyrightGETTY IMAGES Image captionMs Jones, seen here at the Oktoberfest beer festival in Munich, is well known for her tours of Hamburg's red light district Image copyrightGETTY IMAGES Image captionThe TV personality, seen here at an anti-AIDS event in 2005, also supports causes including animal rights and anti-racism The fact that some right-wingers would not like to see her enter political life was the very reason for her to do so, she said, adding that it was important not to be intimidated by conservative or right-wing politicians. Among those joining her at Sunday's presidential vote was Frauke Petry, the leader of the anti-Islam Alternative for Germany (AfD). The drag queen previously said she would be happy to meet Ms Petry and "take a photo with her". "If I meet her I would say clearly to her that we do not need more hatred in society. The AfD also does not need to be afraid of gays and lesbians. There is no danger there," she said. Despite being just metres from each other at the ceremony, it not clear whether the pair got the opportunity to speak.
  2. http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-38958999 Pakistan capital bans Valentine's Day 11 minutes ago From the sectionAsia Share Image copyrightEPA Image captionSome religious groups view Valentine's Day as promoting indecency A court in Pakistan has banned public celebrations of Valentine's Day in the capital, Islamabad, on the grounds that it is not part of Muslim culture. The Islamabad High Court's order prohibits all Valentine's Day festivities in government offices and public spaces with immediate effect. It also directs the media not to promote or cover Valentine's events. The orders were a response to a private petition which argued that Valentine's Day was contrary to Islamic teaching. According to the Dawn newspaper, the petition argued that the festival promoted immorality, nudity and indecency under the cover of spreading love. Valentine's Day has grown in popularity in many cities in Pakistan over the past decade, but some religious groups have denounced it as decadent. The ban does not affect shops and restaurants, but it is the first time such a ruling has been imposed in the capital. It comes a year after Pakistan's President Mamnoon Hussain said Valentine's Day should be avoided, calling it a Western tradition that was not part of Pakistan's culture. There have been other localised measures. Last year local officials in Kohat, in north-west Pakistan, banned the sale of Valentine cards and goods, and Peshawar local council banned celebrations. However, officials in both places later said the bans had been discarded or ignored for being unpopular. Image copyrightAFP Image captionValentine's Day is popular in big cities in Pakistan Love or obscenity? - Analysis by Haroon Rashid, BBC Urdu This is not the first time that Valentine's Day has made the news in Pakistan for the wrong reasons. Last year it was vigilantes burning Valentine cards, but now for the first time a court has barred it. Many believe this shows the reluctance of religiously conservative parts of Pakistani society to assimilate international events or ideas. Many religious hardliners believe Valentine's Day is a foreign idea with no roots in Pakistan. They argue that it is is essentially a Christian festival. Last year one conservative newspaper ran an advertisement which described it as "a festival of obscenity". They fear in the future they will also be celebrating Diwali, Christmas and who knows what else. Also creating concern among ordinary Pakistanis is the fact that it is the commercial entities that are out promoting these days to make them spend their hard-earned money. Online stores and restaurants offer special deals, while prices of flowers, especially red roses, soar on the day. But the real problem is probably the narrow definition of the Valentine's Day message. It is not seen as promoting love, but perceived in a more sexual way. How the ban is implemented depends on how the government and, especially, the police interpret it. If they think it means going after shops selling Valentine's Day items, it could mean a ban on them too.
  3. http://news.abs-cbn.com/news/02/13/17/manila-rolls-out-smoking-ban Manila rolls out smoking ban ABS-CBN News Posted at Feb 13 2017 12:31 PM | Updated as of Feb 13 2017 01:10 PM Manila City Mayor Joseph Estrada answers questions during a briefing, January 2016. Jonathan Cellona, ABS-CBN News Manila Mayor Joseph Estrada on Monday implemented a smoking ban in the capital, emulating an existing law in Davao City where President Duterte ruled as mayor for 22 years. Estrada, through City Ordinance 7748, prohibited smoking in public areas in Manila, including the city hall. At the town hall located in Ermita district, smoking will only be allowed at the Arroceros, Taft Avenue and Freedom Triangle gates. Violators of the ordinance will be arrested by city hall employees. Estrada was a longtime smoker himself but stopped the vice after he was hospitalized last December due to asthma attacks. A smoker takes a puff from his cigarette along a sidewalk in Manila on October 2016. Mike Alquinto, NPPA Images An executive order on a nationwide smoking ban is still awaiting Duterte's signature. Before his rise to the presidency, Duterte imposed in Davao City an anti-smoking ordinance that imposes a P5,000 fine or four months in prison as penalty. Around 17 million people, or nearly a third of the adult population, smoke in the Philippines -- the second highest in the region after Indonesia -- according to a 2014 report by Southeast Asia Tobacco Control Alliance. Nearly half of all Filipino men and 9 percent of women smoke and experts say the habit costs the economy nearly $4 billion in healthcare and productivity losses every year. -- With reports from Dennis Datu, DZMM; Reuters
  4. Trust me on this, you don't want to see the photos. There was another story on this that included a face pic that would make you throw up in your mouth. But since you asked, here you go... Still want to see the photos?
  5. http://www.charlotteobserver.com/news/nation-world/national/article130087579.html Cartwheeling teacher wasn’t wearing underwear, arrested for indecent exposure, police say Associated Press LINKEDIN GOOGLE+ PINTEREST REDDIT PRINT ORDER REPRINT OF THIS STORY PAWHUSKA, OKLA. Police in northern Oklahoma say they’ve arrested a substitute teacher on an indecent exposure complaint after she reportedly did a cartwheel in front of students while wearing a skirt but no undergarments. The Pawhuska Police Department says a student recorded the incident on a cellphone. Police Chief Scott Laird says the incident reportedly happened during a high school choir class in Pawhuska, about 100 miles northeast of Oklahoma City. The substitute teacher, whose name has not been released, was arrested Tuesday afternoon. Pawhuska police say she remains jailed Wednesday morning. Read more here: http://www.charlotteobserver.com/news/nation-world/national/article130087579.html#storylink=cpy
  6. https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/in-sight/wp/2016/06/13/heartbreaking-photos-show-what-its-like-living-in-a-walled-city-of-a-brothel/?tid=hybrid_experimentrandom_1_na&utm_term=.7888935c8be4 Heartbreaking photos show what it’s like living in a walled city of a brothel Producer Kenneth Dickerman. Photos By Sandra Hoyn June 13, 2016 Kajol with a customer. (Sandra Hoyn) Women waiting for customers in the Kandapara brothel in Tangail. (Sandra Hoyn) Bangladesh is one of the few Muslim countries in the world where prostitution is legal. The Kandapara brothel in the district of Tangail is the oldest and second-largest in the country — it has existed for some 200 years. It was demolished in 2014, but has been established again with the help of local NGOs. Many of the women were born there, grew up there and didn’t know where else to go when it disappeared. Supporters of the brothel believe that sex work is also work — and that these women don’t want to do something else. The women themselves demonstrated for their rights as workers, and so at the end of 2014, the Bangladesh National Women Lawyers Association convinced the High Court that the eviction of the sex workers was an illegal act. The sex workers quickly returned to their homes. Today, the area’s “brothel district” is surrounded by a wall. In the narrow streets, there are food stalls, tea shops and street vendors. The brothel is a place with its own rules and hierarchies of power which are completely different from mainstream society. For example, inside the brothels, the women are weak but also powerful. The most vulnerable stage is when a young sex worker enters the brothel — she is called a bonded girl. Bonded girls are usually 12 to 14 years old. These girls come from poor families and are often victims of trafficking. They have no freedom or rights. They belong to a madam, have debts and are not allowed to go outside or keep their money. When they have paid all their debts, which takes somewhere between one to five years, they become independent sex workers. Then, they can refuse customers and keep their own money. From the moment that a woman has paid her debts, she is free to leave the brothel. But these women are socially stigmatized outside their “homes” and thus often choose to stay and continue supporting their families with their earnings. Mim showers in the Kandapara brothel in Tangail. (Sandra Hoyn) Dipa crying. (Sandra Hoyn) Papia with two customers on a bed in the Kandapara brothel. (Sandra Hoyn) People congregate inside the Kandapara brothel in Tangail. (Sandra Hoyn) Priya teases a friend. (Sandra Hoyn) Twin babies of one of the workers in the Kandapara brothel lie on a bed. (Sandra Hoyn) A man tries to kiss Priya. (Sandra Hoyn) Asma with a customer. She was born in the Kandapara brothel. (Sandra Hoyn) Kajol. (Sandra Hoyn) Kajol with her 6-month-old baby Mehedi and a customer on her bed. (Sandra Hoyn) Pakhi and Mim. (Sandra Hoyn) The Kandapara brothel in Tangail is the oldest and second-largest one in Bangladesh. It has existed for some 200 years. (Sandra Hoyn)
  7. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/pit-bull-sexual-assault-charge_us_58795c93e4b09281d0eafe5c ESCAMBIA COUNTY JAIL Bradley Hubbard, 23, of Pensacola, Florida, is accused of assaulting a family pet. A man in Pensacola, Florida, is charged in the repeated sexual assault of a pit bull over about 3½ years. Bradley Jean Hubbard, 23, was arrested Monday after a roommate accused him of assaulting his family dog, Baby Girl, according to the Pensacola News Journal. The accuser told police she estimated she had seen Hubbard take the dog to his bedroom for sexual abuse at least 100 times. She claimed she witnessed Hubbard assault the dog when she looked through a hole in his door that had been caused by a violent outburst. The witness also said she heard the dog cry out in pain during episodes that she said escalated during 2016. She told police Hubbard brushed off questions by saying the victimized animal was in heat, according to 11 Alive.com. Hubbard’s roommate told officers she didn’t report it earlier because she “did not want to get Hubbard in trouble,” according to WEAR-TV. The accuser said when Hubbard took the dog from her room on Dec. 28 and then appeared to be abusing it in his room, she decided to contact the police, according to the TV station. The dog was taken to a veterinarian for tests, according to the Pensacola News Journal. It reportedly showed signs of abuse, and the police report said the dog is very aggressive. Hubbard was charged with engaging in sexual conduct with an animal and causing death, pain or suffering to an animal. He was released Wednesday on $15,000 bond. He’s due in court Feb. 2. Jail records show Hubbard has been arrested five times since 2013.
  8. And I thought having as many children as possible was their form of old age pension or social security. If you're poor and have no kids, who's going to take care of you in old age? The government? The oligarchs? The Catholic church?
  9. http://nypost.com/2017/01/05/man-gets-harpooned-on-fishing-trip/ Man gets harpooned on fishing trip By Joshua Rhett Miller January 5, 2017 | 10:48am | Updated Modal Trigger Hugo Pereira da Silva, 27, before removal of the harpoon spearMilitary Fire Brigade of Minas Gerais A fisherman is lucky to be alive after he was shot in the head with a harpoon during a fishing trip in Brazil. The 27-year-old man — identified in local television reports as Hugo Pereira da Silva — was on a fishing trip with a friend at the Rio Paranaiba dam in Araguari when the 3-foot spear pierced his face on Tuesday, according to officials, Diaro de Pernambuco reported. “Unfortunately, they were not careful with the positioning, the distance,” Araguari fire department Deputy Lt. Lucenildo Batista Alves told the site. “And the waters of the river in our region are murky, especially in the very dirty rainy season.” The metal shaft — which was just inches away from causing more serious injuries or even death — was removed and the man was released from a hospital Wednesday. Hugo Pereira da Silva, before and after the removal of the harpoon.Military Fire Brigade of Minas Gerais Alves said it was not immediately clear exactly how the man was struck, or whether his friend — who was fishing on the opposite side of the dam — had fired the spear. Authorities are investigating the fishing trip, since it’s illegal to use harpoons from November through February. “We do not know if the friend saw any fish or if the gun fired alone, but it hit the face of this boy,” Alves told PescaAmadora.com, according to a translation of the page. “He was very lucky, as the harpoon crossed the soft part of the mouth, did not reach any bone or more sensitive part, such as the brain. It could have been fatal.”
  10. http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-38362274 Leila de Lima: The woman who dares to defy Philippine president Rodrigo Duterte By Jonathan HeadSouth East Asia correspondent 4 hours ago From the sectionAsia Share Image copyrightAFP/GETTY IMAGES Image captionMs de Lima was the justice secretary in the former administration Philippine Senator Leila de Lima has made herself a thorn in the side of controversial President Rodrigo Duterte. The BBC's South East Asia correspondent Jonathan Head profiles a polarising figure, as part of a series on the Asian women likely to make the news in 2017. Six months into his presidency Rodrigo Duterte dominates the Philippines in a way no leader has since the days of Ferdinand Marcos. His gruff profanities and impromptu leadership style, his shockingly violent campaign against drugs, and his unpredictable policy shifts have guaranteed him constant media attention, and helped maintain strong popularity ratings in a country hungry for change. He appals liberal Filipinos and human rights advocates, but is seen as a saviour by others. Families have been bitterly divided over the president; social media commentary about Mr Duterte has been passionate and often abusive. The president has a skilled, some say manipulative, social media team. The dramatic groundswell of support that propelled the former mayor of Davao, a very late contender, to the presidency, persuaded politicians even from rival parties to throw their support behind him in both houses of Congress, forming what is known as a "supermajority". In effect he started his six-year term with no formal opposition. Among a handful of politicians who have stood up to the president is Senator Leila de Lima, a lawyer who served as justice secretary in the outgoing administration. Her epic, unequal battle with Mr Duterte and his allies, taking place against a backdrop of Congressional inquiries and lurid allegations and counter-allegations in the media, has gripped the country. 'Narcissist' versus 'immoral woman' Senator de Lima initially chaired a senate inquiry into the extrajudicial killings of drug suspects, which increased dramatically after President Duterte took office. Image copyrightAP Image captionMr Duterte is known for his brutal crackdown on drug dealers and addicts She brought in an alleged former death squad member from his home city of Davao to testify that Mr Duterte himself had taken part in extrajudicial killings there while he was mayor, something he has both denied and confirmed. He has responded by accusing her of receiving payments from drug lords incarcerated in the country's biggest prison while she was justice secretary. In September his allies in the Senate had her removed from chairing the inquiry, which then exonerated President Duterte of involvement in extrajudicial killings. At least five criminal complaints have been made against her, although she has not been indicted. She has called him a "tired old narcissist" with a temperament ill-suited to finding lasting solutions to the country's problems. He has called her an "immoral woman", and suggested she should hang herself. His allies in the Congress have launched their own investigation into Senator de Lima, exposing lurid details of her relationship with her driver, and getting imprisoned drug dealers to testify against her. 'Never asked to be controversial' Leila de Lima was born in 1957 and brought up in the Bicol region of the main island of Luzon. Her father was a lawyer and ran the national Election Commission in the 1990s. Ms De Lima also studied law, graduating with the 8th highest marks in the country in 1985. She has two sons, but her marriage ended in 2001, something she blames on her commitment to her work. She practised law, with an interlude working in the House of Representatives, before being appointed as chair of the Commission on Human Rights by then-President Gloria Arroyo in 2008. Already known for being an outspoken advocate of "justice without fear or favour", she launched an investigation into allegations that then mayor Rodrigo Duterte was running death squads in Davao in his popular anti-crime campaign. She held a series of hearings in Davao in 2009, but was unable to find witnesses or clear evidence that linked Mr Duterte or the police to the mysterious hit squads which killed more than 1,000 people over the previous decade, many of them children. Image copyrightAFP/GETTY IMAGES Image captionMs de Lima has also garnered supporters for her campaign against Mr Duterte When she was appointed justice secretary in 2010 by the-President Benigno Aquino III she showed an undiminished willingness to go after high-profile people. In 2011, she had former-President Arroyo arrested as she was about to board a flight to seek hospital treatment overseas. In 2013, she filed criminal charges against three prominent senators for alleged misuse of development funds. She also took on the country's third largest church, Iglesia ni Cristo, over an alleged kidnapping case, prompting large demonstrations outside her office. Some even sympathetic commentators accused the Justice Secretary of seeking controversy, of fighting too many of her battles through media publicity. "Some have called me a controversial public figure," she said last year. "I will not and cannot deny that. But I never asked to be controversial. In fact, it would have been impossible to remain uncontroversial when high profile cases kept arising. The only way to keep a low profile is not to do anything worth public notice." Her critics, though, say that in practice not much changed in the poor performance of the justice system under her watch. In particular they point to the proliferation of drug dealing, even manufacturing, in the New Bilibid Prison, the country's largest. Ms De Lima herself led a well-publicised raid on the prison in December 2014. Behind the drab exteriors of the cells occupied by some of the most well-known inmates they discovered astonishing levels of luxury - saunas, fully-stocked bars, an inflatable sex doll, mobile phones, and stocks of narcotics and firearms. Image copyrightAFP Image captionDrugs and alcohol were found in some prison cells during the raid Nineteen prisoners were transferred and several officials punished. But stories of drug-dealing in the prison continued, so that in July this year the running of it was taken over by police special forces. President Duterte has used the prison scandal to discredit Senator de Lima. His allies brought 10 people, seven of them prison inmates, to testify to a House of Representatives inquiry that drug money was paid to Ms De Lima's driver, and lover, to help fund her campaign for a senate seat. The driver, Ronnie Dayan, with whom Ms De Lima admits having a seven-year romantic relationship, also testified against her. Image copyrightREUTERS Image captionMr Dayan (left) was Ms de Lima's driver and bodyguard Going down fighting? Senator de Lima has dismissed all the allegations as absurd; her friends point out that she has no obvious signs of wealth, and they argue that it is easy for an administration as dominant as President Duterte's to coerce people, especially prisoners, to speak against her. She has certainly made plenty of enemies in her career. Her personal life has been laid out in what must be excruciating detail; she has been vilified by President Duterte's supporters on social media. She has few allies in mainstream politics, and none that can help her take on the Duterte roller-coaster. Her future now hangs on potential criminal indictments, and on moves to strip her of her senate seat. Yet Senator de Lima remains defiant, insisting she will be vindicated, and calling now for international intervention to investigate the drug killings. She continues to campaign against the reintroduction of the death penalty. This month she was honoured by the US publication Foreign Policy as one of its top Global Thinkers of 2016, for her willingness to "stand up to an extremist leader". If she is going down, she is going down fighting.
  11. http://www.eonline.com/news/818520/debbie-reynolds-dead-at-84-singin-in-the-rain-star-passes-1-day-after-death-of-daughter-carrie-fisher Debbie Reynolds Dead at 84; Singin' in the Rain Star Passes 1 Day After Death of Daughter Carrie Fisher by NATALIE FINN | Thu, Dec 29, 2016 8:47 AM LATEST NEWS Debbie Reynolds Hospitalized After Carrie Fisher's Death: Report Debbie Reynolds' Son Todd Fisher Opens Up About His Mom's Final Hours But her cheerful self-deprecation was a hallmark of her personality that extended even into her personal life. A few years ago she humorously compared herself to Jennifer Aniston when she recalled being the odd woman out when her first husband, Eddie Fisher, left her to marry the recently widowed Elizabeth Taylor in 1959. But years after the fact, Reynolds didn't hold back when asked about the subject. Her candor about love, loss and self-scrutiny resembled the type of no-holds-barred straight talk daughter Carrie became famous for as well. "I was the last to find out about the affair," Reynolds told the Daily Mail in 2010. "There had been hints in the papers and I had noticed that when I turned up at functions or parties on my own my friends were whispering. Hulton Archive/Getty Images "Although I didn't want to find out the truth, I had to face up to it. Even so, it was a great shock to find them together. It left me shattered." Moreover, "I was a virgin when I married Eddie, but Elizabeth had been married three times…I was very religious so I didn't believe in divorce, but they laid guilt on me that I was keeping them and true love apart. So, I finally let Eddie off the hook. I told him to go." Taylor would soon divorce Fisher when she met Richard Burton on the set of Cleopatra, and she and Reynolds rekindled their friendship not long afterward. Reynolds married two more times, to Harry Karl and Richard Hamlett, and she called all three of her marriages "dreadful." What she did take pride in was her decades-long career, which after Singin' in the Rain included starring roles in films such as The Affairs of Dobie Gillis, The Tender Trap, Tammy and the Bachelor, The Unsinkable Molly Brown, for which she received her sole Oscar nomination for Best Actress, and Divorce American Style. She started performing in Las Vegas, which would become a second home for her as an entertainer, in 1960—and along with Shirley MacLaine became one of the few honorary female members of the Rat Pack. Hulton Archive/Getty Images "I loved to party with the Rat Pack, they were so much fun," she told the U.K.'s Telegraph in 2010 while on a 15-stop concert tour of England at the age of 77. "All they did was have a good time. We'd get off work at two in the morning and hang out at a club and listen to other performers. I loved Frank Sinatra. If he liked you it was forever, and if he disliked you—I wouldn't want to be there." She recalled Sinatra telling her not to marry a singer, as she was engaged to Fisher at the time. "But Eddie was a darling boy and at the time I loved him very much," Reynolds said. "Of course Frank was right." She had her own sitcom, The Debbie Reynolds Show, in which she played a housewife who wanted to be a newspaper reporter and was always trying to scheme her way to a scoop in I Love Lucy-esque fashion, but she walked away from it after only one season—because she didn't like that they were selling ad time to cigarette makers, knowing firsthand how addictive they were and how hard it was to quit. Reynolds remained a frequent presence on TV, however, appearing on The Love Boat, The Golden Girls, Perry Mason: The Case of the Musical Murder, Hotel and more. She was nominated for a Tony Award as the star of the 1973 Broadway revival of Irene. In 1976 she headlined the musical revue Debbie and later followed Lauren Bacall as Tess Harding in the 1981 musical adaptation of the classic Hepburn-Tracy comedy Woman of the Year. Reynolds also became known as a bit of a caricature thanks to Fisher's semi-autobiographical novels, such as Postcards From the Edge—which was turned into a film starring MacLaine and Meryl Streep as heavy-drinking mother-daughter actresses with a stormy relationship. Sony Pictures "There's a line in Postcards from the Edge where Meryl Streep says to my mother, 'We're designed more for public than for private,'" Fisher told Vanity Fair in 2009 after the release of her memoir Wishful Drinking, which she also adapted into a one-woman show on Broadway. "I've finally turned into my mother." And just last month, in an interview with NPR's Fresh Air, Fisher called her mother "an immensely powerful woman." Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images "There's very few women from her generation who worked like that, who just kept a career going all her life, and raised children, and had horrible relationships, and lost all her money, and got it back again." The documentary Bright Lights: Starring Carrie Fisher and Debbie Reynolds premiered at the Cannes Film Festival in May and is slated to air on HBO in March 2017. Reynolds' film career received a late boost when she starred as Albert Brooks' doting yet unwittingly manipulative mom in the 1996 film Mother, which earned Reynolds a Golden Globe nomination for best actress in a comedy or musical. "The most amazing thing about Debbie was the way she approached this role, like a method actress," Brooks told Psychology Today. "And she did something that I requested; she stopped all of her live performing about two months before the movie. I just wanted to clean out that Vegas person. Her own daughter was like, 'Where did this come from?' Because nothing in her career suggests this performance. She was never asked to do the real moments, you know? The musicals were always at a certain level." Paramount Pictures In 1997, Reynolds was honored with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. And without a doubt, the actress who was such a famous mother in real life had found her niche playing Mom onscreen. Reynolds stood out as Kevin Kline's startled yet understanding mother in the hit big-screen comedy In & Out, and she earned an Emmy nomination in 2000 for best guest actress in a comedy series for her turn as Debra Messing's scene-chewing mom in Will & Grace, a recurring character on the hit NBC series. Chris Haston/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images Unrecognizable behind a prosthetic nose, Reynolds also gave a standout performance as Liberace's elderly mother in the 2013 HBO biopic Behind the Candelabra, starring Michael Douglas as the renowned entertainer. A regular in Vegas as well, Reynolds knew both Liberace, who died in 1987, and his mother, Frances. Also in 2013, Reynolds released her memoir Unsinkable, the title a nod to one of her most famous roles. In the book, which picked up on her life in the late 1980s, she revealed that she had asked director Mike Nichols if she could audition for the MacLaine role in Postcards. Nichols said she wasn't right for the part, to which she replied, "'Excuse me? I'm not right to play myself, a part I'd been creating—admittedly unwittingly—for my daughter for a decade?!'" Metro Goldwyn Mayer In November 2014, 54 years after making her performance debut in Las Vegas at the Riviera Hotel, Reynolds bid Sin City farewell with a weekend engagement at the South Point Casino. Daughter Carrie, son Todd and granddaughter Billie joined her on stage and Reynolds closed the vaudeville-inspired show singing "Tammy," a No. 1 hit for her in 1957. Asked in January 2015 if she planned on slowing down for good after having "no vacation ever in 66 years," she assured it was just a "hiatus." "I'll never retire," Reynolds told The Hollywood Reporter. "I'll always perform. It's the ham in me—I love to sing and dance. I watch Turner Classic Movies every night—what would I do without TCM?" And what would TCM have done without stars such as Debbie Reynolds, the likes of whom belong to a forever-golden age.
  12. Better to Remain Silent and Be Thought a Fool than to Speak and Remove All Doubt
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