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People June 28, 2021

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United States
Meredith Corporation
54 Issues

in this issue

1 min
samantha bee

If you live in the U.S. or know anything about the U.S., you probably are well aware that we have a massive issue with gun violence. Everytown for Gun Safety is an organization whose mission is to save lives. They work to mobilize people on the ground and pressure our politicians to stop “sending thoughts and prayers” [after a shooting] and actually live by those values. I’ve been a supporter of one of their subgroups, Moms Demand Action, for a few years. Most recently we did a Full Frontal special focusing on gun violence and worked with Shannon Watts of Moms Demand Action to discuss gun control as a local issue. Every June is their Wear Orange campaign, which was started by friends of Hadiya Pendleton, a high schooler who…

1 min
annie murphy: my life after ‘schitt’s creek’

For five years Annie Murphy starred as bubbly ex-socialite Alexis Rose on Schitt’s Creek. Now the Emmy-winning actress, 34, talks about moving on from the surprise hit series, why she almost quit acting and her dark new AMC comedy, Kevin Can F*** Himself (premieres June 20). You play a fed-up house-wife with a dangerous agenda on Kevin. How did you choose the role? It was really important to prove to myself that I could do something different. This character was the most beautiful 180 from Alexis. She is very angry, frustrated, sad and unfashionable. It checked all the boxes for what I was looking to do next. In 2013 you nearly quit acting. Why? I had gone almost two years without booking a job. It was bleak as hell. I would wait by the…

4 min
bindi irwin: ‘i never knew love like this!’

It’s been nearly three months since Bindi Irwin and her husband, Chandler Powell, welcomed daughter Grace Warrior Irwin Powell, but the Crikey! It’s the Irwins star says she feels like she’s known her first-born forever. “When we first got her home, it’s as if she’s always been with us,” says Bindi, 22, who gave birth to Grace on March 25. “It’s a really strange feeling when you can’t remember what your life was like before this beautiful little person. I never knew love like this before.” The daughter of Crocodile Hunter star Steve Irwin is now happily settled into life at home at the Australia Zoo, where she and Powell, 24, are raising Grace with help from Bindi’s mom, Terri (who goes by “Bunny” instead of “Grandma”), and younger brother…

6 min
a new end-of-life choice: human composting: a greener grave

As he lay dying of throat cancer last fall, Robert Cantisano faced what he felt was one of the most essential decisions of his life: What should be done with his body when he died? An organic farmer and activist known in his Northern California community as Amigo Bob, Cantisano was a passionate advocate for green growing, so when he heard about a Seattle company called Recompose that could turn a human body into compost, “his eyes sparked up,” says his wife, Jenifer Bliss. “He was an expert in making compost, so it was a perfect fit.” Three days after Amigo Bob died at the age of 69 on Dec. 26—and following an at-home wake and blessing—Bliss sent his body to Recompose. Twelve weeks later she drove a pickup truck from…

4 min
a gift of family

In January 2019, after 30 years of marriage and five kids together, Pam and Gary Willis were just months away from becoming happy empty nesters. Four of their kids had already moved out of the Willis’s Menifee, Calif., home, and were settled with jobs and/or families of their own; their youngest, Sam, was preparing to graduate from high school and set off on a mission trip for their church. Then Pam spotted a story on Facebook about seven siblings whose parents had been killed in a car accident. The children had been living in a private foster home in San Diego. “I knew if I told Gary that we should adopt seven children, he’d tell me I’m crazy,” recalls Pam, 50, with a laugh. “So I tagged him on the…

6 min
alfre woodard: what i know now

Alfre Woodard can distinctly remember laying out her future plans in her 20s. “I said, ‘I want to act. I want to travel. I want to be respected,’” she recalls. The award-winning actress can certainly check all three off her list. A Tulsa native, Woodard, 68, studied acting at Boston University and broke out in a 1982 televised production of the theater piece For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide/When the Rainbow Is Enuf. She went on to earn four Emmys, three Screen Actors Guild Awards and a Golden Globe, and in 1984 she picked up an Oscar nomination for her supporting role in Cross Creek. Next up she can be seen in the Netflix comedy-drama Fatherhood with Kevin Hart. Off camera Woodard is the proud mom to son Duncan,…