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Closer Weekly January 13, 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.
mementos of a stellar movie year

“I don’t think any year will live up to 1939. It will always be revered.”— TCM host Dave Karger Film historians have declared 1939 to be Hollywood’s greatest year, with such classics as Gone With the Wind, The Wizard of Oz, Stagecoa h and Mr. Smith Goes to Washington all being released. Turner Classic Movies and Bonhams auction house recently celebrated the 80th anniversary of this cinematic milestone with an auction of items used on the big screen during that year. Among the offerings were a necklace worn by Vivien Leigh (right) as Scarlett O’Hara on her honeymoon ($31,325), a cigar case owned by Clark Gable’s Rhett Butler ($27,575) and props and costumes from the land of Oz. “A lot of the biggest names in classic film were doing great things…

1 min.
the beloved actor’s family members bid farewell

MORE THAN 500 mourners came to the Riverside Memorial Chapel in NYC recently for the funeral of Oscar-nominated actor Danny Aiello, who died on Dec. 12 at 86. Sandy, his wife of nearly 65 years, spoke to Closer about the secret to their marital success. “The only thing we had in common is we had nothing in common,” she said. “There wasn’t one thing that we thought alike about. Not one thing. My kids, my grandchildren, the weather. But I guess it kept us happy.” Danny’s eldest son, Rick, followed his father into acting (another son, stuntman Danny Aiello III, died of pancreatic cancer at 53 in 2010). “He taught me how to handle tough situations,” says Rick. “He told me I can do anything I want in my life.…

1 min.
the late showbiz legend’s ex-lover shares secrets

WHEN JUDY GARLAND met John Meyer in 1968, he was an up-and-coming 28-year-old piano player and she was a down-on-her-luck 46-year-old entertainer. “She was broke, literally had nothing but a $5 bill in her purse,” says Meyer of Judy, who had been swindled by a former agent and was in deep debt to the IRS. “I called the owner of a club and said, ‘I could get Judy Garland to sing for you for $100. Cash. And cab fare.’ ” From there, “I became her manager, her agent, her lover, her companion, the shoulder that she could lean on,” says Meyer. “It was amazing. Her reality was that she would rely on the kindness of strangers.” Though they split up after only a short time together, Meyer still has fond memories…

2 min.
hellos & goodbyes

● A NEW WOMAN Wonders never cease. It’s been announced that toy company Diamond Select Toys will be offering a Wonder Woman statuette based on Lynda Carter’s 1970s TV superhero — complete in her satin tights and the ol’ red, white and blue. If that weren’t enough, they’ll also be offering a statue of Michelle Pfeiffer’s Catwoman from 1992’s Batman Returns. Each 9-inch figure is expected to be out in May and go for around $45–$50. ● CARRYING ON He took quite a spin. Recently, Wheel of Fortune host Pat Sajak, 73, opened up about his lifesaving surgery from a blocked intestine…and the drugs administered for the pain at the hospital. “I could hear my wife and daughter talking…. And I remember thinking, not in a morbid way, ‘I think this must be…

3 min.
picture perfect

MELISSA MCCARTHY & ALLISON JANNEY Very Curious Cats Indeed! What, you don’t recognize this scene from the new film adaptation of Cats? According to Melissa, that’s because it was “cut” from the musical! So when the actress guest-hosted The Late Late Show With James Corden on Dec. 18, it gave her the purr-fect excuse to perform it with Allison — and they even coughed up a pair of hair balls! “Cute, little, cuddly, finicky, flea-ridden cats!” the pair sang. Too bad James — who’s actually in the movie — wasn’t there to hear it. “Believe it or not, we wrote that song ourselves,” Melissa deadpanned. “And I think Andrew Lloyd Webber…. What I heard is that he was jealous, and that’s why we got cut out.” Whatever you say, Melissa! KEN JEONG Snake Charmer When…

2 min.
still great at 98!

Betty White plans to celebrate her birthday on Jan. 17 with a small group of pals and a lot of good humor. “She still likes to drink, laugh and tell stories,” says a friend of the soon-to-be 98-year-old television legend. “It will be at her home with her longtime friends and stepchildren. She’s still close with them and their children. They’ll order food in and have fun.” Despite the passage of time, this former Golden Girl, who began her TV career way back in the late 1940s, remains in fine condition, albeit with typical aches and pains. “She doesn’t have any major health problems,” confides her friend. “She says she’s a little ‘creaky.’ Walking is a bit of an issue and she uses a walker at home, but she’s OK. And…