It’s hard to believe that Whitney Houston made her acting debut 20 years ago today in the classic film The Bodyguard! The multi-platinum diva showed off her killer acting chops along side Kevin Costner, and the heat between the pair made the flick the second highest grossing movie of 1992. Plus, the soundtrack also went on to become the greatest selling soundtrack album of all time (in your face, Grease)!
And we also imagine it’s Heidi Klum’s favorite movie. In case you haven’t heard, the 39 year old modeling legend is currently romantically involved with her bodyguard, Martin Kristen. But she’s by no means the only celebrity who took The Bodyguard as a how-to-guide for relationship success. We’re guessing that stars like Britney Spears and Scarlett Johansson were also big fans. Head on down to the gallery below to see more actresses who’ve (allegedly) had a fling with their hired help. Enjoy!
When we first saw photos from Jean-Paul Gaultier’s Paris Couture show on Wednesday, we thought the designer’s tribute to Amy Winehouse — models in behive wigs, outfits slightly askew, as an a capella doowop band performed her hits — sounded playful and kind of sweet. Apparently, her family disagrees.
“The family was upset to see those pictures, they were a total shock,” Mitch Winehouse reportedly told The Sun, accusing the fashion house of cashing in on Amy’s image. (This coming from a grieving father who’s publishing a memoir about Amy due out this summer, but you know, he’s doing it for the kids.) Many agree that it was not in the best taste, what with the models’ smeared makeup and cigarettes not showing Amy at her best, and say JPG probably should be pledging some cash to the Amy Winehouse Foundation, the way her Fred Perry Collection has done. We’re torn.
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Lady Gaga and Amy Winehouse have more than a few things in common: gorgeous voices, singular style, massive hair game. Are those similarities enough to suggest Gaga would be be a good choice to play Amy Winehouse in a potential biopic? According to Amy’s Dad Mitch Winehouse, yes. “I have heard that Lady Gaga is keen to play Amy in a film. I donâ€™t know what her English accent is like but itâ€™s not just an English accent she would have to perfect â€“ itâ€™s an English-Cockney-Jewish accent so she better start practising now,â€ Mitch allegedly told Britain’s Mirror. “But she would be great.” Plus, a role like this seems like clear Oscar bait. Then Gaga would be half way to an EGOT!
Unfortunately for fans currently squealing over the thought of Gaga donning the beehive and going method with the tattoos, Papa Winehouse, who met Lady Gaga‘s parents at Tony Bennett‘s birthday party, allegedly explained to Britain’s Daily Mail he would “never allow the songs to be released” for use by filmmakers. Mitch’s response might come as a reaction to rumors that Amy’s ex Reg Traviss was attempting to produce a biopic of the singer. So what do you think? Would Lady Gaga make an amazing Winehouse, or does that film have disaster written all over it? And not a fun disaster like Showgirls?
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It’s been four months and we’re still aching over the tragic death of Amy Winehouse. But today the pain of her loss is lessened slightly with the release of two new products that celebrate what made her a legend: her music and her style. The posthumous collection Lioness: Hidden Treasures hit shelves and speakers today, and the final designs from her fashion collaboration with Fred Perry were officially released. The 14 styles were unveiled today on the clothing company’s website as part of the Spring 2012 collection. The selections included shirts, skirts and handbags, all heavily soaked in her trademark retro vibe.
“Referencing Amy’s love of ’50s Americana and art deco Miami, the collection features an exclusive print scattered with Cadillacs, jukeboxes and cats-eye sunglasses in a palette of pink mist, pale blue and black,” the site explains. They definitely borrowed liberally from the singer’s everyday dress. In fact, we’ve seen her out and about in most of these looks for years! And most important, they’re still as hot as ever. Back to Black is the new black, you guys! Check out the gallery below to see how the collection compares with the star herself.
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Amy Winehouse’s tragic passing in July was ruled “death by misadventure” by British coroner Suzanne Greenaway, according to The Associated Press. After the initial autopsy found that she had no illegal drugs in her system, this latest inquest found that she had five times the legal driving limit in her system at the time of her death.
Shortly after her passing, her family had put forth the unorthodox theory that it was actually alcohol withdrawal that caused her death. But police reported finding empty vodka bottles in her bedroom, and her doctor, Christina Romete, said Amy had been drinking again.
Amy Winehouse’s death was a devastating event for those who knew her solely through her music; we can only imagine how hard it must have been for those close to her in life. In an interview with Britain’s Mirror, Winehouse’s boyfriend Reg Traviss discusses her sobriety, which prior to her death had Amy Winehouse‘s friends and family hopeful that the singer was well on the road to recovery. “It’s been foggy, very foggy … very tough. I have started getting back to work and keeping busy, but it’s difficult,” film director Traviss tearfully explained. “You start thinking about it, you get down — it brings you down. Amy had turned a corner, that is the tragedy.
After Amy Winehouse’s toxicology report allegedly turned up alcohol but no illegal drugs back in August, a further inquest was scheduled to start this week into the factors around her passing.
In honor of what should have been Amy Winehouse’s twenty-eighth birthday, the singer’s final recording is being released today, leading to a sudden shortage of Kleenex around the globe. The track responsible for the mass crying sesh is ‘Body And Soul’, the much anticipated duet with legendary crooner Tony Bennett for his upcoming Duets II album. “Recording with Amy was just so beautiful,” he told told MTV News. “I knew after singing with her what a true artistic genius she was because she performed with total and complete honesty. That is a very rare quality.”
The behind-the-scenes clip of the recording session, taken a few short months before her death, show a side of the soulstress that we’re not used to seeing. This isn’t the achingly thin, strung out, destructive and incoherent Amy of tabloid lore. Instead she looks healthy, happy, and giddy to be recording with a star like Bennett, whom she slyly asks if she can call “Tone.” The fact that she looks (and sounds!) better than ever makes the clip all the more heartbreaking. But it also reminds us that though her body gave our far too soon, the girl had enough soul to last a dozen lifetimes. Proceeds from the song will go towards the Amy Winehouse Foundation, established by the late singer’s family. According to a press release, the organization seeks “to support charities and organizations undertaking charitable activities in both the United Kingdom and abroad who help, support, or care for young people.”
Well, we can be sure of at least one thing regarding Amy Winehouse’s death: there’s no possible cause that won’t be incredly sad. Currently the singer’s family is alleging that Amy Winehouse’s death was due to seizures brought on from her withdrawal from alcohol. “She had a series of seizures brought on by this binge drinking and then stopping to drink….I think it’s what the doctor said, I think she had a seizure and this was the time when there was no one there to rescue her,” the singer’s father Mitch Winehouse claims on Anderson Cooper’s new show Anderson, which premieres today. Let’s see…yup, yes, that is still heart-breaking.
Mitch, along with Amy Winehouse‘s mother Janis Winehouse, use their interview with Cooper to defend their claim that the Back In Black singer had not done drugs in three years, as well as promote their newly-formed Amy Winehouse Foundation. Says Winehouse’s father, “We are hoping to raise money, we will raise money for disadvantaged children suffering with drug abuse, illl health,” i.e. the only thing that would make this whole affair any less deeply, deeply tragic.
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A couple years ago, Lily Allen and Amy Winehouse had more in common than just amazing pipes; they also both hit the nightlife. Hard. “I’ve had nights out with Amy and know exactly what used to go on. It’s so easy to get caught up in that madness,” Allen told British magazine Evening Standard this week, discussing Amy Winehouse’s death less than two months after the singer’s passing. “I could totally see why she didn’t want to leave her house. It seemed more appealing to stay in and take heroin. Why would anyone want that chaos in their life? It’s not something anyone chooses.” Personally, we maaaaaybe wouldn’t have tried to rationalize heroin use while talking about a friend’s death, but hey, it wouldn’t be a Lily Allen interview without some cringing. It’s like we’re in 2008 all over again.
While the singer’s family alleges that Amy Winehouse’s toxicology report indicated that there were no illegal drugs in her system when she passed on, Lily Allen seems certain she too could have fallen victim to a self-destructive lifestyle. “Actually, when Amy died, I got several texts from friends saying they were really glad I was still here. That I hadn’t died, too. It’s so easy to get caught up in that madness and I count my lucky stars I’ve been strong enough to walk away.” Not strong enough not to somehow make the conversation about herself, but certain on the way there.
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With results finally emerging a month to the day of her passing, Amy Winehouse’s autopsy has allegedly revealed that there were no illegal drugs in the singer’s body at the time of her death, at least according to her family. Said their spokesperson Chris Goodman, “toxicology results returned to the Winehouse family by authorities have confirmed that there were no illegal substances in Amy’s system at the time of her death.” While Amy’s family reports that it is still unclear what killed the Back To Black musician, the results supposedly do show that “alcohol was present” in her body.
Winehouse’s rehab stint earlier this year, combined with her rocky history of substance abuse, had many assuming drugs would be a significant factor in Amy Winehouse’s death. However, prior to autopsy results, Amy’s family suspected alcohol withdrawal might have been a factor instead. There will apparently be a second inquest into the singer’s death in October, which will hopefully offer a clearer picture as to the exact circumstances around her passing.
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