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Closer Weekly January 6, 2020

Closer Weekly reports the latest news about a generation of celebrities who deserve to be called "stars"- from Dolly Parton and Doris Day to Michael Douglas and Paul McCartney. Along with health tips, decorating advice and delicious recipies, each issue is packed with features that you won't get in any other magazine.

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In this issue

1 min.
opens up about the royal family

“When [royal family members] misbehave, they shorten its viability.”— Stefanie She became friends with Prince Charles thanks to their shared passion for polo, but former Hart to Hart star Stefanie Powers doesn’t have such warm feelings about some other members of the royal family. Meghan Markle “wants to be a star, which, I’m sorry, is not what she is supposed to be doing,” says Stefanie, 77. “It’s her job to be Harry’s wife, not change the royal dynamic.” The scandal-scarred Prince Andrew “is stupid,” Stefanie adds. “Both him and Harry have making fools of themselves in common.” But she has nothing but kind words for Charles (“he’s lovely, witty”) and his sister, Anne (“she is sensational — she is her mother’s daughter, totally committed to what she does”). And as for…

1 min.
the icon ponders putting off retirement for one final film

HE TALKED ABOUT last year’s The Old Man & the Gun possibly being his farewell to film, but Robert Redford may not be ready to ride off into the sunset just yet. “The only thing about retiring is you should never announce it,” the 83-year-old Hollywood legend recently said at the Marrakech Film Festival, where he received an honorary tribute. During a 90-minute Q&A, Robert discussed a project he’s still considering: 109 East Palace, a biopic of J. Robert Oppenheimer, who led the invention of the atomic bomb. Robert wouldn’t play the role, but he’s still deciding what his behind-the-camera job will be. “Some part of me would like to direct it to control things,” he says. “The other part says, ‘No, you said you didn’t want to do that…

1 min.
downton led her back to the stage

HER ROLES AS Violet Crawley, the Dowager Countess of Grantham, in Downton Abbey and Professor McGonagall in the Harry Potter movies introduced Dame Maggie Smith, 84, to new generations of fans. But they’re far from her favorite parts she’s ever played. “I am deeply grateful for the work in Potter and Downton, but it wasn’t what you’d call satisfying,” she says. “I didn’t really feel I was acting in those things.” She and her late Harry Potter co-star Alan Rickman bemoaned the fact that their performances mostly involved reaction shots. That’s why she returned to the London theater in the recent one-woman show A German Life. “I wanted to get back to the stage so much, because theater is basically my favorite medium,” she says. “And I felt as though…

2 min.
hellos & goodbyes

● BLAKE CHECK It wasn’t goodbye time yet. Recently, country star Blake Shelton, 43, admitted he thought his career was on the downturn until his latest song “God’s Country” got him back on top of the charts. “You always wonder what that would feel like, when that starts slipping away a little bit. I think about that stuff a lot. And I was kind of OK with it. I was like, ‘Man, I got a lot more out of this than I thought I would.’ I was having that kind of pity party.” ● ALL SIGNED UP Picture this. On Jan. 8, auction house RR Auction is putting up for bid around 1,000 lots of art, artifacts and autographs — including a 1962 Beatles pic autographed by the Fab Four, a hand-drawn self-portrait…

3 min.
picture perfect

MARIE OSMOND A Li’l Bit Country Wait…is that Wynonna Judd rockin’ a cowboy hat and an upside-down W guitar? No, it’s our very own Marie in a getup that pays subtle tribute to “Man in Black” legend Johnny Cash (with a touch of her brother Donny’s favorite color — purple — thrown in to boot!). She’s dressed up for a performance during an all-musical holiday episode of The Talk, airing Dec. 20 on CBS. PATRICK SCHWARZENEGGER & MARIA SHRIVER Squeeze Play Patrick gave his mom, Maria, a warm hello before sitting down to chat about his new movie, Daniel Isn’t Real, on the Dec. 12 episode of Today. JAMIKA PESSOA, DAPHNE OZ & DR. OZ Chat & Chew “Chef Jamika is showing us her family’s football-favorite shrimp boil complete with Cajun butter that is potentially [the] eighth wonder…

2 min.
life, love & laughter

When Julia Louis-Dreyfus was in fifth grade, she was cast as a queen in the play Serendipity. “I was supposed to faint, so I did, and I got a laugh, but I didn’t mean to get a laugh,” she told Stephen Colbert at a recent fundraiser for Montclair Film in New Jersey. “And it didn’t bother me at all.” Julia, 58, has been making millions of viewers guffaw ever since, winning Em-mys for her comedic roles on Seinfeld, The New Adventures of Old Christine and Veep. But her life hasn’t always been a laughing matter. In 2017, she was diagnosed with breast cancer, and she underwent chemotherapy and a double mastectomy. “The extraordinary virtue that came out of that was that I’ve been able to talk to people about this experience,” says…