Sex Pistols member Sid Vicious was only 20 when he met Nancy Spungen in 1977. British punk god and veteran American groupie bonded instantly over their mutual passion for extreme drug use. Less than two years later, both were dead.
The story goes that the couple holed up in Manhattan’s Chelsea Hotel after the Pistols broke up to binge on smack while planning Sid’s solo career. On October 12, 1978, Nancy was found in the couple’s bathroom, dead from a knife wound in her abdomen. Ten days later Sid slit his own wrist. He survived, but only to be charged with Nancy’s murder (the knife was traced back to him) before overdosing on February 2, 1979, at the home of his new girlfriend.
Speculation still swirls about both deaths. Some say that Sid’s overprotective mom injected him with a lethal dose of heroin to spare him from prison. Others maintain that it was drug dealers that stabbed Nancy. In his book Vicious: Too Fast to Live, Alan Parker argues that both were murdered by Rockets Redglare, an East Village actor and alleged drug dealer. Tragic? Yes. Totally sex, drugs, and rock ‘n’ roll? Yeah, baby.
Nirvana’s Kurt Cobain charmed the world with his mopey outlook and striped t-shirts. It was a brief romance. Fans barely had time to memorize the lyrics on Nirvana’s third album before Cobain checked out, killing himself with a 20-gauge shotgun blast.
Conspiracy theories abounded. Was he moved to suicide by some bad heroin? Was he murdered? Skeptics pointed to facts such as the massive amount of heroin in Cobain’s system, which would have sapped him of the strength to pull a trigger. Handwriting experts also scrutinized the suicide note to see if Cobain really had written it.
Only the angels Cobain now sleeps with know the answer, and we have it on good authority that they’re Neil Sedaka fans. So while Cobain tunes his harp to “Laughter in the Rain,” we’re left with pondering the continuing spectacle of Eddie Vedder and the continuing decline of Courtney “Time for another box set” Love. (She’s said to have sold 25% of her interest in the back catalog for “an undisclosed sum”). Oh, what Nevermind hath wrought. — Charles Bottomley
Zac Efron and Chace Crawford are basically the same exact dude with two different, douchey names. [BWE.tv]
Katie Holmes was allowed out of her robot cage to steal Lindsay’s leggings and rehearse her new Broadway show. [DListed]
Whoever believes that babies don’t come from storks hasn’t seen Nicole Kidman‘s post-pregnancy bod. Did she botox her bump away? [Seriously? OMG!]
Justin Timberlake might host the Oscars. We have a feeling Britney Spears will be watching Seinfeld reruns that night. [ICYDK]
Kate Hudson still likes hanging out with her long-haired kid. [PopSugar]
Lil Kim got drunk for her birthday. The Queen B loves booze. [Bossip]
The teen clones were out in full force last night at the Teen Choice Awards, contorting their legs into weird poses and grabbing at their hips to see just how damn bony they really are. Also, peace is in this year!
Unfortunately, our celebrity kiddie pool wasted this opportunity to dress like the reckless, rebellious, fad-loving followers that they are and instead went for a look way beyond their years. Cute mini-dresses were in, Paris Hilton skank suits of yesteryear were sadly out. Also, Gossip Girls star Ed Westwick wore a man scarf. Nothing says Teen Choice like choosing to dress like a newly divorced 35-year old mom desperate to meet some hot arse at her local ladies night. We’re talking about you, Ed.
They may make millions, but celebrities still suffer health scares just like everyone else. Here’s the latest Hollywood hospital visits on our radar:
1. Morgan Freeman is in serious condition after a car accident in Mississippi on Sunday in which his vehicle flipped and jaws of life had to be used to remove him. He’s currently being treated for a broken arm and a broken shoulder.
2. Christina Applegate has breast cancer, but it’s totally treatable and in the early stages. Her mom is also a breast cancer suvivor, and we trust that Kelly Bundy can kick that cancer’s ass.
3. Contrary to rumors alleging his death, Bernie Mac is indeed alive! However he’s “being treated in a Chicago hospital for pneumonia and is expected to make a full recovery,” says his rep. Stop your mourning already, people!
Mary-Kate Olsen has no problem opening up her tiny troll mouth to slurp down Venti Iced Lattes, so why won’t she say a peep to the police about Heath Ledger‘s death? The “actress” is refusing to speak with the feds handling Heath’s case, and will only do so unless she receives immunity from the prosecution, even though everyone else, including Michelle Williams, has chatted with the cops already. Apparently MK is the “final witness they need to conclude their investigation into where he got his drugs and medicines.”
So let’s see – Mary-Kate won’t talk about where Heath got his drugs? Seems a little fishy to us – but maybe she’s just too busy polishing her gladiator sandals to call the NYPD. [NYPost]
Hairspray actress Nikki Blonsky and America’s Next Top Model reject Bianca Golden got into a serious fist fight this weekend, over a couple of seats at a Turks Caicos airport that the Blonskys had covered with their luggage. An all out brawl ensued, and Bianca’s mom landed in intensive care after she “alleged to have been repeatedly kicked and punched all over her body.” Nikki and her father were arrested, and Mr. B remains in jail, on charges of grievous bodily harm. Somehow chance brought the two “stars” together for the sole purpose of beating the sh*t out of each other and possibly ruining each other’s lives forever. All over a few chairs.
In addition to the beat down, Bianca’s family is accusing the Blonskys of dropping some racial slurs and N-bombs after they were asked by the Goldens to move their luggage from the chairs. Nikki’s been spotted in a neck brace, while her dad is still stuck behind bars, hoping someone can spot him the $75,000 to post bail. He even faces an eight year prison sentence, which might teach him not to f*ck with anyone who identifies herself as fierce. Bianca may smile with her eyes, but she fights with her fists! [NYPost]
Here you go – the first picture of the latest additions to the Jolie-Pitt posse, twins Vivienne and Knox. We’re not gonna lie – they have yet to develop from shriveled newborns into adorable Ang-babies, but that’s because Mommy and Daddy dragged them onto the cover of People
(for a cool $14 million!)before they could open their eyes. But give ‘em a few months and we’re sure their cuteness will be making Shiloh prematurely insecure about her looks.
Angelina tells the mag that while raising six precious tots is “chaos,” the clan is also “having a wonderful time,” just in case Jennifer Aniston was wondering. [People]
Courtney Semel isn’t a household name (not even after appearing on Filthy Rich: Cattle Drive on E!), but she should be. She’s rumored to have gotten it on with Lindsay Lohan, and up until recently was dating Johnson & Johnson heir Casey Johnson. Semel’s an heir of sorts herself – her dad Terry was the CEO of Yahoo! But it looks like her most recent relationship has ended after a fling this week with Tila Tequila – and we’ve got the pics to prove it! Check ‘em out below – seems like they pair were caught getting a little flirty, huh!?
A source tells Scandalist exclusively that Semel is a notorious playgirl – she even supposedly stole an LA guy’s girlfriend away from him a few years ago. Yahoo! [NYPost]
Dear Katie Holmes and Rachel Bilson,
It is not 1984. It is also not 1985, 1986, 1987, 1988, 1989, 1990, 1991, 1992, or 1993. Therefore it is not appropriate to french cuff your jeans, no matter how avant garde you may consider this new old look to be. In addition, it is unfair to the average-paid women of America to go and introduce this trend just when we all got on board with skinny jeans and gladiator sandals. For though we loathe your look, we will follow you blindly, but will only be able to afford the $40 H&M baggie-roll jeans that will come out next year and will consequently fail at mimicking your new style.
Please, do us a favor: Bring sweatpants back instead.
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