Hollywood is in mourning following two deaths overnight.
Meryl: Margaret was a pioneer
Following the news that Margaret Thatcher has passed away at age 87 following a stroke, Meryl Streep, who portrayed her in The Iron Lady, released a statement:
“Margaret Thatcher was a pioneer, willingly or unwillingly, for the role of women in politics. It is hard to imagine a part of our current history that has not been affected by measures she put forward in the U.K. at the end of the 20th century. Her hard-nosed fiscal measures took a toll on the poor, and her hands-off approach to financial regulation led to great wealth for others. There is an argument that her steadfast, almost emotional loyalty to the pound sterling has helped the U.K. weather the storms of European monetary uncertainty.
“But to me she was a figure of awe for her personal strength and grit. To have come up, legitimately, through the ranks of the British political system, class bound and gender phobic as it was, in the time that she did and the way that she did, was a formidable achievement.
“To have won it, not because she inherited position as the daughter of a great man, or the widow of an important man, but by dint of her own striving. To have withstood the special hatred and ridicule, unprecedented in my opinion, leveled in our time at a public figure who was not a mass murderer; and to have managed to keep her convictions attached to fervent ideals and ideas – wrongheaded or misguided as we might see them now – without corruption; I see that as evidence of some kind of greatness, worthy for the argument of history to settle,” Streep said. “To have given women and girls around the world reason to supplant fantasies of being princesses with a different dream: the real-life option of leading their nation; this was groundbreaking and admirable.
“I was honored to try to imagine her late life journey, after power; but I have only a glancing understanding of what her many struggles were, and how she managed to sail through to the other side. I wish to convey my respectful condolences to her family and many friends.”
Annette’s brave battle over
Annette Funicello, star of the original 1955-59 incarnation of The Mickey Mouse Club, and Disney movies including Zorro, The Shaggy Dog and Babes in Toyland, died Monday after a long battle with multiple sclerosis. She was 70.
“She’s on her toes dancing in heaven. No more MS,” Gina Gilardi, Funicello’s daughter, told Extra. “My brothers and I were there, holding her sweet hands when she left us.”
Former Roseanne star Sara Gilbert, currently a co-host on The View, has announced her engagement to girlfriend Linda Perry.
Singer Perry popped the question during a “musical picnic”. The pair were eating in a park and enjoying listening to a musician playing nearby when the remarkable proposal occurred.
“I’m sitting there listening and I’m kind of daydreaming and I’m thinking like, ‘If I ever proposed to her this would be an amazing way to do it,’ ” Gilbert said. “The people picnicking next to us pull out string instruments from under the blanket, walk over and they start playing ‘Love Song.’ ”
Then Perry chose this unique way to ask Sara to marry her: “She goes to her backpack and she pulls out these T-shirts and the first T-Shirt says ‘will’ and then puts on another T-shirt and it says, ‘you,’ then ‘marry,’ ‘me.’ And the last one’s a question mark. It’s the most amazing proposal ever.”
Halle: pregnancy was “the biggest surprise of my life”
Halle Berry isn’t letting pregnancy stand in the way of her latest project, launching the Watch Hunger Stop campaign with fashion designer Michael Kors.
Berry, 46, and designer, 53, have created two versions of his Runway watch with the proceeds from each one sold providing 100 meals to children through the World Food Programme.
At the launch event, Halle told CNN:“I feel fantastic. This has been the biggest surprise of my life, to tell you the truth. Thought I was kind of past the point where this could be a reality for me. So it’s been a big surprise and the most wonderful.”
Halle and Michael still plan to travel with the charity to visit areas where the food will be sent, including Syria and various countries in Africa.
“I hope we go while I’m pregnant, so I can talk about prenatal care,” she told Associated Press. “And I will have time off — “I’m not working right now. It’s so important to me, being a mom, that I can help educate women on how important it is that when you have a healthy child, it helps set them up for life.”
Must-watch trailer of the week
Gaze in awe at the campy treat that is the trailer for the long-awaited Liberace biopic Behind the Candelabra, starring Michael Douglas in the title role, with Matt Damon as his lover (and yes, that’s Rob Lowe in there too!).
Drew Barrymore: mums can’t have it all
Even Drew Barrymore says she’s had to make career sacrifices now that she’s a mother.
The 38-year-old star, who gave birth to her first child, daughter Olive, last September says: “It sucks when you’ve worked really hard for certain things and you have to give them up because you know that you’re going to miss out on your child’s upbringing, or you realize that your relationship has suffered,” she told People magazine at a conference on Thursday.
The sacrifice she has made is giving up directing projects in favor of spending more time with her baby.
“I was raised in that generation of ‘women can have it all,’ and I don’t think you can. I think some things fall off the table. The good news is, what does stay on the table becomes much more in focus and much more important. I feel guilty all the time — but you combat it by being a superhero. When you go out there in the world you have to remember, ‘I’m doing the best I can, I’m doing it for them, and I’m going to be there for them too. I’m just going to figure out the balance.’”