Buzzmakers: MET Ball Fashion & Jeanne Cooper Dies
By ETONLINE STAFF
May 11, 2013
What had ETonline readers buzzing this week?
It's arguably the most risque red-carpet event of the year, and at Monday night's Metropolitan Museum of Art's Annual Costume Institute Gala, punk rock was the theme.
Click here to see the most style-savvy stars of the stage, screen and runway as they descended on New York City with some hot, high-fashion and rather outlandish ensembles that are tough to top.
Jeanne Cooper, iconic star of the long-running soap opera The Young and the Restless, died on May 8 at the age of 84.
Cooper's death was confirmed on Twitter Wednesday by the star's actor son, Corbin Bernsen, who had been providing regular updates on his mother's condition. "Mom passed this morning. She was in peace and without fear. U all have been incredible in your love. In her name share it 2 day with others," Bernsen wrote.
In another message posted May 3, Bernsen indicated that he was finally coming to terms with his mother's imminent passing. "2 nite I'm letting go. I have come 2 a place of peace and want the same 4 mom. 2 ask more of her is unfair and really, only for me," he wrote.
Cooper had been hospitalized several times recent recently for an undisclosed illness, TV Line reports.
Born October 25, 1928 in Taft, CA, Cooper made her movie debut at age 25 in the Western The Redhead from Wyoming. But she quickly moved into TV and starred in countless shows over 20 years before landing her iconic role as Katherine "Kay" Chancellor on The Young and the Restless in 1973. She continued the role for nearly 40 years.
Longtime co-star Eric Braeden (Victor Newman) issued his thoughts on Cooper's passing in a statement to ET: "She was an absolute to join to work with. We never did a scene without having laughs. After a painful struggle she has finally found peace. I will miss working with her a lot."
The president of Sony Pictures Television, Steve Mosko, also reacted to the news. "Jeanne Cooper was a legend in daytime and a beloved member of our Y&R family. She touched the lives of millions, who watched her every day over the past 40 years. We send our sincerest condolences to her family as we also celebrate her wonderful life."
In a rather candid but bizarre interview with CNN personality Piers Morgan, Lindsay Lohan (who entered rehab per the court's order this past week) talked in detail about her drug and alcohol use --but her answers aren't what you'd expect.
"Everyone thinks I've done [cocaine] so many times. But I've only done it maybe four or five times in my life," Lohan, 26, told Morgan of her cocaine use (via London Daily Mail). "I don't like it. It reminds me of my dad (Michael Lohan). I took it four times in a period from about the age of 20 to 23, and I got caught twice. ...I felt a little too buzzed -- it made me feel uncomfortable."
When asked about experimenting with other drugs like heroin, the Mean Girls star answered, "It's the truth. I've never taken heroin either, never injected myself with anything, never done LSD. Those things all scare me."
Lohan did, however, admit to trying other drugs, telling Morgan, "Pot, obviously. And ecstasy. I liked that better than the others (giggles). I didn't drink on it, so I was just chilling. It's something that a lot of people experience when they're in college. I just should have known that being in the public eye, someone was bound to say something or try to make some money off it."
When pressed to recall the last time she did a drug, Lohan claims after a long pause, "Probably a year ago ...some pot. But I'm not a stoner."
The troubled actress also claims she doesn't drink a lot, so why has she been court ordered to go to rehab six times? "This is where it gets hard for me to explain. I don't think there's anything wrong with people taking time to just be by themselves. I think people want to see me do that. They will keep saying the same things about me if I don't. I don't think it will be a bad thing for me to be away with myself for three months."
Lohan adds, "I could write the book on rehab. Constantly sending me to rehab is pointless. The first few times I was court-ordered to rehab it was like a joke, like killing time."
Despite her claims that she doesn't have a substance abuse problem, Lohan did admit to taking pills. "I have severe ADD (Attention Deficit Disorder). I can't stand still. So I take Adderall (a prescription drug) for that, it calms me. ...It works well for me," she told Morgan. "Trazodone (a tranquillizer) if I've been traveling and can't sleep from jet lag. But in small doses, I'm not a pill-popper."
As for the worst moment of her life, Lohan confided, "The day I had to turn myself in to jail, and I had to see my mom's face. I spent 12 days inside and I felt utter shock and cried for four days straight."
When asked if she thinks her latest stint in rehab will help her state of mind, the actress added, "Yes. Being in New York has helped me. Just being with my family more, and being able to walk around and have more of a life."
Wade Robson, who denied that Michael Jackson molested him during a 2005 trial, has now filed a posthumous claim against Jackson's estate.
In court documents obtained by ET, Robson requests money from the Michael Jackson Estate for alleged childhood molestation.
Robson developed a friendship with Jackson when he was five and even appeared in the music videos for Black or White, Jam and Heal the World. Now 30 years old, Robson is a well-respected choreographer who has appeared on So You Think You Can Dance and hosted the MTV show The Wade Robson Project in 2003.
In the papers, Robson's lawyer asks to file the childhood sexual abuse case under seal, which would prevent it from being made available to the public.
Howard Weitzman, attorney for the Michael Jackson Estate and its co-executors, calls the claim "outrageous and pathetic" in a statement to ET.
"Mr. Robson's claim is outrageous and pathetic. This is a young man who has testified at least twice under oath over the past 20 years and said in numerous interviews that Michael Jackson never did anything inappropriate to him or with him. Now, nearly 4 years after Michael has passed this sad and less than credible claim has been made. We are confident that the court will see this for what it is," the statement reads.
Robson's lawyer counters, "Michael Jackson was a monster and in their hearts every normal person knows it. Wade Robson, in addition to being one of the most talented people on the planet, is one of the kindest, most gentle, decent and introspective human beings one will ever meet. He is the loving father of a young son and happily married. Last year, on a career trajectory that was off the charts, he collapsed under the stress and sexual trauma of what had happened to him for seven years as a child. He lived with the brain washing by a sexual predator until the burden of it all crushed him. 'If anyone ever finds out about what we did we will go to jail for the rest of our lives' and 'our lives will be ruined forever,' Michael would say to him. This kind of intimidation of a child by a sexual predator is tragically characteristic and effective, keeping them quiet about the abuse - often for a lifetime. The irony here is that we were the ones who filed under seal and still tried to keep it secret. Amidst all the accusations of a financial motive, no amount of damages is even listed in our papers. There are significant legal issues involved in this case that have the potential to impact lives beyond just our client. But the Jackson money machine, in which everyone is indeed financially motivated, is at it once again to keep the truth from coming out. This time it won't work."
Gwyneth Paltrow may have appeared happy as she posed for photos on the red carpet of Monday's Costume Institute Gala at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, but she was apparently quite the opposite.
The 40-year-old actress was quoted by USA Today admitting that she didn't enjoy herself at the event and has no plans of attending the event again in the future.
"I'm never going again. It was so un-fun," Paltrow told USA Today. "It was boiling. It was too crowded. I did not enjoy it at all."
The Iron Man 3 actress attended the event, often referred to as fashion's biggest A-list gathering, in a vibrant pink Valentino dress that took a unique spin on the Met Gala's punk theme.
Paltrow, mother of two children with Coldplay front man Chris Martin, was recently chosen as People's annual Most Beautiful Woman.