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Television personality Nate Berkus has signed with Brillstein Entertainment Partners. Berkus, an interior designer and author, was catapulted to fame by his appearance on The Oprah Winfrey Show in 2002. Multiple guest stints on Oprah and Rachael Ray led to Berkus getting his own syndicated show, The Nate Berkus Show, which launched in September 2010 and ran for two seasons. It featured makeovers, culture, design and personal advice. Berkus will make his return to… »
30-year-old Erika Cockrell’s issues with her weight started right after high school. “I went through a hard time when my parents got divorced when I was 18, and it spiraled from there,” says Cockrell, 30, who is one of People’s 2017 Half Their Size stars.
“I ended up in a relationship that just didn’t work out. I got married and as time went on I just felt really isolated. I was away from my support system which was my family, and I just couldn’t dig myself out of that at that time,” she says.
“The more depressed I got, »
There is a good reason why Oprah Winfrey‘s new cookbook starts out with 19 soup recipes.
Not only is it a nourishing meal for the Weight Watchers shareholder who displayed her 42.5 pound weight loss on this week’s cover of People, but soup is a symbol of love for her.
In a recent appearance on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, Winfrey says she first felt connected to soup while watching episodes of Lassie growing up.
“At the end of Lassie, there was a Campbell’s soup commercial where his mom would always say, ‘Timmy, come here!’” Winfrey says. “It was product placement, »
- Jessica Fecteau
Famous faces from the entertainment industry and politics honored civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr. on Monday, taking to Twitter and other social media platforms to salute him and his legacy.
Twitter has also launched a #Mlk emoji, which can be activated by using hashtags such as #Mlk, #IHaveADream, #MLKDay, #MartinLutherKingJr, and #MartinLutherKing.
- Stephanie Petit
Growing up in a town with just three traffic lights, Ashley O’Reilly didn’t have much exposure to foods outside of her home. So when she turned 16 and got her driver’s license, a whole new world of fast food opened up.
“There were all these restaurants I had never even seen before,” O’Reilly, 21, tells People. “I remember going to Applebee’s and ordering a three-cheese chicken patty, beer-breadsticks, and another appetizer. And I live only two miles away, but I drove there, got my food, pulled into a parking lot and scarfed it all down.”
The figure skater from Saginaw, »
- Julie Mazziotta
In recent months, Fantasia has begun documenting her intense fitness regimen (and sleek new physique!) on social media. But her transformation is much more than a cosmetic shift — it was inspired by personal loss.
“I lost my grandmother untimely from a massive heart attack, after which I began to take notice of my habits, such as what I was eating and allowing to enter my body, and monitoring stress — as well as the fact that I want to look and feel my best each and every day,” Fantasia, 32, tells People exclusively.
For more on Fantasia and more celeb slim-downs, pick »
- Jeff Nelson
On Wednesday night, Michelle Obama made her final appearance on a late-night show as first lady. During her eight years in the White House, she has made the talk show circuit many times, sharing iconic moments with hosts like James Corden, Jimmy Fallon and Ellen DeGeneres.
Here are some of the most memorable moments from her visits to the various couches of American late-night television.
What Corden thought would be a routine trip to the White House turned out to be one of the most epic “Carpool Karaoke” segments of all time. »
- Diana Pearl
If you want to stay competitive in the dating game, you have to bring the bling … or car, or luxury handbag — really anything that costs more than most Americans make in a year.
Recently, Drake took his relationship with Jennifer Lopez to the next level, gifting her a very special piece of jewelry: a Tiffany Victoria necklace valued at $100,000. Lopez wore the 17-in. diamond strand— which features more than 15 carats worth of round-, pear- and marquise-shaped diamonds set in platinum — on New Year’s Eve, as seen in the photo above.
The 30-year-old rapper is not the first celebrity to »
- Maria Yagoda
After years of public yo-yo dieting and losing weight and putting it back on, Oprah Winfrey understands why some fans may not believe her 42.5-lb. weight loss is for real this time.
“People who say, ‘She’ll put the weight back on’ — they’re right,” the media mogul, 62, tells People. “I will if I don’t manage it. It’s not like I’m home free.”
But Winfrey, who joined Weight Watchers 17 months ago after purchasing a stake in the company, is confident that won’t happen because she’s finally on a plan she enjoys.
Oprah gets candid about »
- Julie Mazziotta
Lindita Halimi grew up during the war in Kosovo, so eating was an act of survival.
“We never knew when the next time was we were going to eat,” Halimi, 27, tells People in this week’s Half Their Size feature. “It was the worst feeling in the world, not being able to eat when you wanted to. So, when the war ended, I ate uncontrollably to make up for all the times that I couldn’t. And it took a wrong turn.”
The singer began eating entire pizzas, family-size bags of candy and almost entire jars of Nutella by herself. »
- Catherine Kast
Joanne Raymond is no stranger to losing large amounts of weight.
The Allentown, Pennsylvania-based real estate agent, 49, had lost over 100 lbs. twice before in her adult life — but this time she’s determined to make the weight loss stick.
“The first time I lost over 100 lbs. I was 27. It took me 13 months to get to my goal weight, and I literally started going up the next week,” Raymond, who weighed 249 lbs. at her highest weight, tells People. “The second time was when I was 35. I lost 122 lbs. that I kept off for two months.”
Each time she gained the weight back, »
The First Lady’s final appearance on the Tonight Show before she and President Barack Obama vacate the White House was a star-studded affair, which featured a game of Catchphrase with comedians Jerry Seinfeld and Dave Chappelle (as seen in the video above), and a musical performance by Stevie Wonder. Flotus also joined Fallon for his signature Thank You Notes segment, where the host got a chance to »
After 17 months on Weight Watchers, Oprah is a master at working her daily points.
“I play those points like a game!” Winfrey, 62, tells People.
The media mogul and Weight Watchers stakeholder carefully follows the healthy eating program, which assigns points to food based on calorie, sugar, saturated fat and protein totals. Winfrey eats around 30 points of food a day, a number determined by her height, weight, gender and age.
And she saves most of those 30 for dinner, so she can have her usual glass of wine.
“Listen, I have had 12 points of wine and one shrimp for dinner. That was a really good dinner, »
- Julie Mazziotta
Since Oprah Winfrey launched her talk show in 1986, she’s taken viewers along with her as she has fought a lifelong battle with her weight.
Winfrey concurs, “I have suffered publicly — fasting, eating no carbs, green juices, protein shakes, blah blah blah.”
Winfrey, who overcame an impoverished childhood to reach the pinnacle of success, says, “My public struggle with weight has always embarrassed me because it felt off principle.”
Oprah gets candid »
Food was always there for Diana Anguh — when she was happy, sad or just plain bored — but her fast food-filled days pushed her weight all the way to 275 lbs.
“I was constantly sneaking food,” Anguh, one of our 2017 Half Their Size stars, tells People. “I would buy a whole box of pizza and eat it all by myself really quickly so no one knew, and hide the boxes under my bed. Or I would go to McDonalds and buy a bunch of stuff from there and eat it in my car, and then roll down the windows and spray air freshener. »
- Julie Mazziotta
For many people, a Disneyland vacation is a dream come true. But for Christina Jordan, who weighed 271 lbs. after years of struggling with overeating, extreme dieting and more, a trip to the iconic amusement park became one of the worst days of her life.
It was also a major turning point.
“My family and I waited two hours in line for one ride, and we’re hot and cranky. And when we finally go to sit, the seat belt doesn’t fit over me,” Jordan, a 34-year-old mom of three, tells People. “The poor kid that’s manning the ride says, »
- Julie Mazziotta
For all of her success, there was one challenge Oprah Winfrey had yet to conquer: her struggle with weight.
She was determined to lose 20 lbs. in the summer of 2015, but an ankle injury derailed those hopes. While laid up for a month “eating jalapeño bagels,” she gained 17 lbs. “You are doing some serious eating and not moving,” she says in People’s new cover story about that difficult time. “I was in yet another funk about my weight.”
Then one day she received the call that would set her on a new course. Weight Watchers offered her a basic endorsement deal, »
[[tmz:video id="0_ettdi9cc"]] Donald Trump's opponents better get their jabs in now, 'cause they won't have him in the White House for too long ... if renowned political pundit Charlie Sheen is right. When we got Charlie at Lax he went off about Meryl Streep's attack on Trump, and quickly piled on ... calling out the Prez-elect for missing 2 key qualities. As for the nation moving forward -- Charlie sees only one word in Trump's future. Think Tricky Dick or Bubba. »
- TMZ Staff
Barack Obama delivered his final formal address as president of the United States on Tuesday with an impassioned, profoundly moving speech that reflected on all the nation has accomplished during the last eight years and the obstacles that lay ahead.
Obama, who spent much of his speech encouraging political involvement and warning against complacency, also shared his thanks with the people in his life who helped him the most over his two terms in office -- First Lady Michelle Obama and their daughters, Sasha and Malia.
More: The Obama Family's Big 2016: The 12 Best Moments from the President's Last Year in Office
"Michelle – for the past twenty-five years, you’ve been not only my wife and mother of my children, but my best friend," an emotional Obama said to his wife. "You took on a role you didn’t ask for and made it your own with grace and grit and style and good humor. You made the »
The 46-year-old actor joins Stockard Channing as Elizabeth Taylor and Brian Cox as Marlon Brando in a half-hour episode of Urban Myths, an eight-part series focusing on rumored celebrity experiences. In "Elizabeth, Michael & Marlon," Fiennes portrays Jackson in a retelling of the time the three stars embarked on a road trip after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks.
Fiennes' casting in the role understandably made headlines when it was announced last year, after outlets and individuals alike criticized the decision to cast a white man, Fiennes, as the African-American pop icon.
See the trailer (which also features other scenes from Urban Myths, including Iwan Rheon as Adolf Hitler, Rupert Grint as "Hitler's friend," Ben Chaplin as Cary Grant, Aidan Gillen as Dr. Timothy Leary, Eddie Marsan as [link »
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