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Closer Weekly February 17, 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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1 min.
a swimming queen’s treasures

“The wisdom acquired with the passage of time is useless unless you share it.” — Esther Esther Williams was more than just an aquatic movie star — she was a businesswoman who revolutionized women’s swimwear. “Esther used to say about bathing suits, ‘It’s the least amount of clothing a woman is going to wear in public, so she better look good,’ ” recalls fourth husband Edward Bell. Now Esther (who died at 91 in 2013) is being remembered with an exhibit at the Catalina Island Museum, “Esther Williams: The Swimming Queen of the Silver Screen,” featuring some of the bathing suits she helped design as well as rare photos, home movies and more. “In 1949 and 1950, she was the top-earning female movie star, all while she was raising a family,”…

1 min.
remembers his controversial oscars gig 25 years later

“I think it was just not my night,” Dave recalls of the 1995 Academy Awards. “[IT WAS] THE single biggest professional embarrassment of my life,” says David Letterman of his widely panned turn as the host of the Academy Awards in 1995. But 25 years later, Dave, 72, can laugh about it — sort of. “I really thought, ‘Oh, well, this will be good, because I can come out and make fun of people,’ ” he says. “And it turned out I was wrong.” The evening got off on a bad note, as a gag in which the emcee introduced stars with odd names to each other fell flat. “I felt like, ‘I think someone’s perspiring in this suit — oh, it’s me!’ ” he remembers. “I knew right away.” Still,…

1 min.
how son milo makes her proud

“IT’S SO SURREAL and wonderful and magical,” says Camryn Manheim of seeing son Milo follow in her acting footsteps. “It’s the best gift a mother could have!” Camryn, 58 — who won an Emmy for her role on The Practice in 1998 — recently attended the premiere of Milo’s Disney Channel movie sequel Zombies 2 as his date. “It’s quite an amazing experience to watch your kid fly so high and shine so brightly,” Camryn tells Closer. “It’s been a long and fabulous journey.” Along the way, Milo, 18, competed on Dancing With the Stars, finishing second in 2018. While Camryn’s tempted to offer her son advice constantly, “I realize he has his own path and he has to figure it out himself,” she says. Still, Milo says he’s learned…

2 min.
hellos & goodbyes

● FOR KICKS Wax on! On Jan. 27, Madame Tussauds in NYC marked the Chinese New Year by unveiling its latest statue — martial arts star Jackie Chan, caught in his famed “Drunken Feet” pose. But before the effigy of the 65-year-old actor was placed in the museum, it was offered up to fans for Instagram moments in Chinatown and Times Square. ● BAND OF GOLD Dream on…if you didn’t get tickets. To celebrate their golden anniversary, Aerosmith announced on Jan. 27 that they’re staging a 50th anniversary show in their hometown of Boston. Scheduled for Sept. 18, Steven Tyler, 71, and the boys will hit Fenway Park with the only question being if original drummer Joey Kramer, 69, will join them. He and the band have been in a dispute for the…

2 min.
picture perfect

KATHIE LEE GIFFORD & HODA KOTB Squeeze Play Kathie Lee stopped by Today for a fun visit with her BFF and former co-host on Jan. 23. The two talked about Kathie Lee’s new life in Nashville as well as some upcoming celebrations. “I got three big weddings this year,” gushed Kathie Lee, whose daughter Cassidy, son Cody and pal Hoda will all get married within months of each other. “I’m just excited!” Looks like Hoda is, too! JENNIFER LOPEZ Idol Chatter “Love this!” shared Barbra Streisand of J. Lo’s new ad campaign for Coach. “Nice to see you wearing my face!” The Hustlers actress was quick to reply: “You know you’re my idol!” JIMMY KIMMEL A Fine Feathered Friend “It’s talking!” the Jimmy Kimmel Live! host exclaimed on Jan. 22 as a slender-billed cockatoo squawked in his ear. LINDA…

3 min.
keeps calm carries on

At a children’s hospital in London, a young boy shyly handed Kate Middleton a wreath he’d made. “Wow! That’s so lovely,” the beaming Duchess of Cambridge told Luke Wheeler-Waddison, 10, promising to hang his gift in her daughter’s room. “Charlotte will love this!” It’s been business as usual for Kate, 38, whose schedule remains packed with charity events and personal appearances on behalf of the crown. She’s likely to become even busier in the coming weeks now that Prince Harry and his wife, Meghan Markle, have left royal service and moved to Canada. “Kate’s disappointed in Harry and Meghan,” confides a friend. “She and William have been left to pick up the pieces and it’s causing a lot of stress.” “Being royal isn’t all it’s cracked up to be.”— Princess Diana’s former…