Oscar-Winning Actress Patricia Neal Dead at 84

Oscar-winning actress Patricia Neal, 84, died Sunday at her home in Edgartown, Massachusetts. Neal received a Best Actress Academy Award in 1964 for her role as housekeeper Alma in Hud opposite Paul Newman. She was also nominated for an Oscar in 1968 for The Subject was Roses, but lost out to co-winners Katharine Hepburn and Barbra Streisand.

Patricial Neal in THE FOUNTAINHEAD
Patricial Neal in THE FOUNTAINHEAD

Patricia Neal began her film career in 1949 at the age of 21 starring with Ronald Reagan in John Loves Mary. She starred in such films as The Day the Earth Stood Still, Breakfast at Tiffany’s and The Fountainhead.

Neal suffered a series of strokes in 1965, a year after winning the Best Actress Oscar for Hud. She was left paralyzed and unable to speak, but eventually recovered enough to return to the silver screen.

Her role in The Fountainhead was the beginning of a three year romance for Neal with co-star Gary Cooper. Cooper was married at the time and refused to leave his wife. Neal revealed later in a 1988 memoir that she became pregnant with his child and had an abortion.

Neal later married Charlie and the Chocolate Factory author Roald Dahl, with whom she had five children. They divorced after 30 years of marriage in 1983.

Although an official cause of death was not given, Neal was reportedly suffering from lung cancer when she died, according to People.

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Taylor Swift New Single ‘Mine’ Released Two Weeks Early Due to Leak

Taylor Swift‘s new single “Mine” has been released two weeks ahead of schedule due to a leak of the song onto the Internet. “Mine” is now available to download via iTunes and playing on radio nationwide.

Taylor Swift's "Mine" (Big Machine Records)
Taylor Swift's "Mine" (Big Machine Records)

A low-quality copy of “Mine” leaked to the Web on August 4. Swift’s record label quickly decided to do an immediate release of the official single to combat the leaked file. “Mine made it into the Top 40 on Billboard’s Top Country Songs just a few hours after being released.

Taylor Swift describes the news single as a reflection of her own love-life, saying that she has “developed this pattern of running away” when a relationship gets serious, according to The Hollywood Reporter. She says the song is about the hope of “finding someone who would make you believe in love and realize that it could work out.”

“Do you remember we were sitting there by the water?/ You put your arm around me for the first time/ You made a rebel of a careless man’s careful daughter/ You are the best thing that’s ever been mine,” Swift sings.

Swift will perform the new single during ABC’s CMA Music Festival: Country’s Night to Rock airing on September 1. Swift’s third album, Speak Now, is due to hit shelves in October.

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Nigel Lythgoe Returns to American Idol: Wants Paula Abdul Back Too

Former executive producer Nigel Lythgoe has confirmed he will be returning to American Idol for the show’s upcoming 10th season. Lythgoe, executive producer and judge on So You Think You Can Dance, would also like to see former judge Paula Abdul return to the show.

Nigel Lythgoe
Nigel Lythgoe (FOX)

“I still love Paula,” Nigel Lythgoe told Daily Variety. Paula Abdul is currently working on her own new dancing show on CBS, but Lythgoe would dearly like to get her back on American Idol too. “She’s signed to CBS, probably exclusively, but I’d recommend we have her in a heartbeat.”

Ellen DeGeneres recently announced she would not be returning to American Idol and rumor has it songwriter Kara DioGuardi might be out as well. Simon Cowell, of course, is already long out the door. Only Randy Jackson will remain to represent the original judging cast. We’d personally love to see Abdul back at the American Idol judges table too.

Aerosmith singer Steven Tyler and diva Jennifer Lopez are rumored to be working on deals with FOX to possibly come on board as American Idol judges. So far Lythgoe and FOX are keeping quiet about the rumors.

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Lily Allen Pregnant with Boyfriend Sam Cooper’s Baby

Lilly Allen is pregnant with her first child, a rep for the British singer confirmed in a press statement on Thursday. Allen, 25, and boyfriend Sam Cooper, 32, have been dating for just over a year. Allen has called Cooper – a “normal bloke” who owns a building company – “the love of my life.”

Lily Allen
Lily Allen (Photo: 20minutos.es - Wikimedia Commons)

“Lily Allen and Sam Cooper are very happy to confirm that Lily is expecting their first child,” her rep said in a press statement. The British songstress is reportedly three months along.  “Lily’s professional commitments will carry on as normal, including a scheduled performance at Big Chill this weekend.”

Allen previously announced she was pregnant in December, 2007 with the child of Chemical BrothersEd Simons. Sadly she suffered a miscarriage just a month later.

“It goes without saying we are both absolutely delighted,” Allen told The Sun about the new baby on the way.

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Kellie Pickler Engaged to Songwriter Kyle Jacobs

Former American Idol contestant Kellie Pickler is now officially engaged to boyfriend Kyle Jacobs. Pickler says Jacobs proposed to her on June 15 under the sunset on a beach in Florida.

Kellie Pickler on AMERICAN IDOL (FOX)
Kellie Pickler on AMERICAN IDOL (FOX)

Kellie Pickler and Kyle Jacobs, a songwriter, met through friends have been together for over two years. Jacobs proposed to Pickler on a very special day for the country music star; the birthday of her late grandmother. Pickler was raised by her grandmother after she was abandoned by her mother and her father ended up in jail.

“It turned out to be the most amazing day of my life,” the former American Idol contestant told People. “My whole world changed. We both feel like we got my grandmother’s blessing.”

“I remember saying to Kyle, ‘Baby it’s like I’m dreaming – but if this isn’t real, I’m going to be very upset!’” Pickler said.

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Gossip Girl Star Chace Crawford Arrested for Pot Possession

Gossip Girl star Chace Crawford was arrested early Friday morning near Dallas, TX for possession of marijuana. Crawford was reportedly arrested shortly after 1 AM for carrying less than two ounces of pot.

Chace Crawford mug shot (Photo: Plano Police Department)
Chace Crawford mug shot (Photo: Plano Police Department)

Chace Crawford was reportedly sitting in a car with a friend in a Plano, TX parking lot when he was busted by police. TMZ.com reports a single marijuana cigarette was found by the cops.

Crawford was booked on charges of misdemeanor marijuana possession and released on bail. The Gossip Girl star could face a maximum of 180 days in jail and a $2,000 fine if convicted.

Reps for the actor have so far not commented about his arrest.

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