Actress Alison Arngrim, most well-known for playing bratty Nellie Oleson on "The Little House on the Prairie," revealed that she was molested by someone close to her starting when she was just 6 years old and lasting for three years. Arngrim recently said that playing a brat on TV helped her cope with the pain of sexual abuse.
"So here I was playing this girl that everyone was afraid of and it's great," Arngrim said on an episode of "Oprah: Where Are They Now?" "I'm paid to play this person who screams, yells, throws things, vents her anger, just lets it out, doesn't care who's looking, shows all the worst parts, makes terrible faces and doesn't care how awful she looks. It was absolutely therapeutic."
"I wasn't quite completely clear on exactly what it was that was being done to go report this," she added. "So when I started to get older and realize what it was, that's when I actually said, 'No, I'm not doing this anymore.' And amazingly, it stopped." more >>
Amy Robach, one of the stars of "Good Morning America" has completed the first stage of treatment for breast and lymph node cancer, having both breasts and her lymph nodes removed. Now, Robach says, she is moving on to the next phase of her life, which includes learning to live her new life and taking chemotherapy.
"It's going to be a crappy year," Robach told People, "and then I'll be on drugs for probably the next 10 years and there are other issues down the road that we're discussing and we're dealing with. It's about being vigilant and taking care of myself."
An on-air mammogram for "GMA" led to the discovery of breast cancer; prior to the operation, doctors noticed the cancer had spread to the lymph nodes. In all, she had 13 lymph nodes removed, which she said was much more painful than having her breasts removed. more >>
Valessa Robinson, the Florida teenager convicted of killing her own mother in 1998, is set to be released from prison on Friday after serving 85 percent of her sentence. She allegedly worked with her boyfriend and another friend in order to kill Vicki Robinson because she did not approve of Valessa's relationship with boyfriend Adam Davis.
According to reports, Valessa, then 15, Davis, 19, and a friend, Jon Whispel, tried to inject Vicki with bleach, but when that did not work, they simply stabbed her to death and put her body in a garbage can, which they hid in the woods. The three attempted to flee the state and made it as far as west Texas, but deputies shot out their tires and finally took them into custody.
Valessa was sentenced to 20 years in prison for third-degree murder and grand theft of a motor vehicle. Davis received the death sentence and Whispel made a deal with prosecutors and testified against his friends. For his efforts, he received a 25-year sentence and is scheduled to be released in 2020. Valessa has served 85 percent of her sentence and is being released, though the department of corrections has not stated what led to her early release. more >>
Actress Claire Danes stars on one of the most popular TV shows, "Homeland," and plays a character whose bipolar disorder sometimes gets the best of her. Danes insists that showing raw emotion doesn't bother her, as she's never been concerned about being "beautiful" while on-screen.
"She gets emotional a lot," Danes told Glamour magazine, which she is on the cover of. "But I actually think feelings are really hard for people. I think people are made uncomfortable by uncensored expressions of emotion. But, you know, that's my job. I don't have those fears. I really have never been concerned about being beautiful on-screen. I'm concerned about it if I'm playing a beautiful character, but it's not relevant for Carrie. I don't need to worry about that, and I think that's really great."
Danes was pregnant while filming this latest season and is now focused on raising son Cyrus, who will turn one this month. She married actor Hugh Dancy in 2009 and the couple has had a much more stable relationship than the one portrayed between Danes and co-star Damian Lewis. more >>
Actress Brooke Burns once starred on the hit series "Baywatch" before moving on to other work. The actress made headlines by speaking about her experience of being a Christian in Hollywood.
"I grew up in a Christian home," Burns told Fox News. "I definitely have a Christian background. It taught me to keep a world view perspective on a work industry and that's how I view Hollywood. It's a very tiny piece of the world. It's not what life is about. Working in this industry is an occupation which is really fun; I enjoy myself. We get paid really well; I feel very lucky to be doing what I'm doing, but it's not to me what life is about. My identity has been grounded in something greater than who I am or what I'm doing in Hollywood, for sure."
Burns explained that she grew up in Texas, where it's the norm to regularly attend church but in Hollywood, "if you go to church, you're crazy." She explained that she had to make the decision to sacrifice in order to attend church, which is very important to her, especially as she raises her 13-year-old daughter. more >>
James "Jim" Lovell, 58, was killed when the Metro-North train he was riding yesterday derailed. His colleagues at NBC paid tribute to their friend today and remembered him as a good man and father.
"Jim worked on 'Today' for over 20 years," executive producer Don Nash said. "He was not only a skilled technician but also one of the nicest guys you ever met. You may have seen him working at many of our outdoor concerts. He always had a smile on his face and was quick to share a friendly greeting. Jim is survived by his wife, Nancy Montgomery, three sons, Hudson, Jack and Finn, and a daughter, Brooke. On behalf of all of us who had the pleasure of working with Jim, our deepest sympathies and condolences go out to all of them."
Lovell was one of four passengers killed when the train apparently missed a turn and derailed. James Ferrari, 59; Kisook Ahn, 55; and Donna Smith, 54 were also killed. An investigation is pending into what went wrong. more >>