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John Cornell and Delvene Delaney’s relationship timeline

TV veteran Delvene ­Delaney and her late husband John “Strop” Cornell had a love story for the ages.

The couple were married for 45 years after Cornell’s sidekick and famed actor Paul Hogan decided Delaney was his perfect match. “He’s so lucky to have you. You’re his guardian angel,” Hogan told Delaney during a recent podcast episode of Evenin’ Viewers.

She simply replied, “I love him.”

They welcomed two children together, Liana Cornell and Allira Cornell. Cornell also had a daughter, Melissa Cornell, from a previous marriage.

Sadly, the film and TV icon died this morning after a long battle with Parkinson’s disease. He was 80.

“A classic Australian character, John Cornell made the lives he touched much richer, not only through donations but also through his generosity of spirit, humour, humility and honour. A true egalitarian, John sought equity and equality, and fought for a fair go,” his family said in a statement.

READ MORE: ‘Classic Australian character’: TV and film icon John ‘Strop’ Cornell dies aged 80

While Cornell is remembered for his indelible mark on the TV and sporting industry, he was also lucky enough to spend his life with the woman of his dreams.

We take a trip down memory lane at some of the couple’s sweetest memories.

1970: Cornell produces the comedy special The Paul Hogan Show. It’s the start of a long working relationship and friendship with Hogan, lasting more than 16 years.

Delaney appears in several sketches and Cornell plays the charming and goofy “strop”. It’s on the comedy special where Hogan introduces Cornell to the love of his life.

1976: Hogan and Cornell arrive in Sydney after touring the US together. In the States, they tape a television special titled Paul Hogan Pays Back Glen Campbell.

Delaney welcomes her partner at Sydney airport and plants a kiss on his cheek. She co-starred in the TV special.

Her career skyrockets as she became a panel member on the game show Blankety Blanks between 1977 to 1979. She then co-presents Sale of the Century from 1982 to 1986.

1978: Cornell marries Delaney in 1978 in a paddock.

“We married on my sister’s property, in secret, with just 11 guests,” Delaney told The Advertiser last year.

“It was a beautiful place, but my sister and her husband were very self-sufficient and were trying to live a simpler lifestyle, so it had no electricity, no running water, and we spent our wedding night in a tent.”

1980: Cornell goes to live with Delaney on a 120-acre farm in Byron Bay, where he bought the Hotel Brunswick.

1984: Hogan and Cornell collaborate on the critically acclaimed Crocodile Dundee film. He also produces and directs the successful 1988 sequel, Crocodile Dundee II.

The film earns the pair an Academy Award nomination for Best Original Screenplay. Hogan wins Best Actor at The Golden Globes.

2001: Cornell is diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease.

2007: Cornell and Delaney sell up the Beach Hotel in Byron Bay for $65 million. Cornell originally had the hotel built for $9 million in 1990.

2012: Cornell, Delaney and Hogan team up once again! The trio are depicted in the drama-mini series titled Howzat! Kerry Packer’s War.

2019: Liana shares a rare photo with her family on Instagram.

“This photo makes my heart so full,” she captions the family shot.

2020: Their longtime friend and colleague Paul Hogan shares some beautiful insight on Cornell’s relationship with Delaney during an episode of his podcast Evenin’ Viewers.

“I’d met Dellie and she was funny and smart and easy going and I thought ‘I can see Corny falling in love with this lady’,” Hogan said.

“And he did, and she did, and he still is — so there you go, I was better at matchmaking for them than I am for myself.”

Meanwhile, Delaney reflects on Cornell’s condition as he lives with Parkinson’s disease.

“He has good days and bad days. On his good days, he’s still got a twinkle in his eye,” she says. “He’s the bravest man I know, he continues to see the bright side of light. He never gets miserable.”

“He’s so lucky to have you. You’re his guardian angel,” Hogan tells Delaney. “I love him,” she replies.

March 2021: Liana honours her father with a beautiful tribute on Instagram for his 80th birthday.

“The gentlest, kindest and most generous man I’ve ever known,” she says on the special occasion.

“You’re a genius in so many ways, always the one with a calming word in my times of extreme pain and trauma. A true feminist. A protector of multitudes. An environmentalist to your core.”

Jennifer Lopez and Ben Affleck pose for first photo at Leah Remini’s birthday party

Jennifer Lopez and Ben Affleck have made their official Instagram debut!

Leah Remini shared a series of photos from her 51st birthday party, attended by some celebrity friends.

In her Instagram video, fans instantly spotted a black-and-white image of Remini posing with Lopez and Affleck at the bash, held on June 15.

The ‘Let’s Get Loud’ singer and Affleck looked loved-up, with Lopez’s hand firmly planted on his chest.

“Wanted to share a little video from my birthday with you all because I got so much love from you on my birthday but also every day,” Remini captioned the post on July 22. “I consider myself to have the best support system here on social media. Also, I can’t thank my family & friends enough for coming, for celebrating with me in a way that was very special to me.”

READ MORE: Jennifer Lopez deflects question about Ben Affleck in TV interview

Affleck and Lopez appeared to reunite in April when he was pictured at her LA home.

They were previously engaged between 2002 and 2004. Lopez once referred to the split from Affleck as “probably my first big heartbreak.”

The couple appears to be publicly enjoying their rekindled relationship with family and friends. They even brought their kids along for some recent escapades.

“They are slowly getting to know Ben,” a source recently told People. “Everything seems to be running smoothly. It’s very obvious that Jennifer is serious about Ben. She hasn’t looked this happy for a long time.”

John ‘Strop’ Cornell’s most memorable moments: How the Aussie legend impacted the film, media and sporting industries

John Cornell has been described as an accidental star. 

The Aussie legend started his career behind the scenes as a journalist in Perth before becoming a producer on A Current Affair in the ’70s. But soon enough, he was living his life in front of the cameras.

In tribute to Cornell, who passed away today aged 80 after a 20-year battle with Parkinson’s disease, let’s take a look at the most memorable moments in the life of the man who will forever be known as Strop.


Cornell was born in the West Australia gold mining town of Kalgoorlie in 1941. He would go on to become a journalist for The Daily News before relocating to Sydney and working as a producer for Nine’s A Current Affair, which was then hosted by Mike Willesee.

During a fateful meeting in 1971, Cornell befriended Paul Hogan, who was being interviewed by Willisee at the time. They instantly became each other’s sidekicks. 

READ MORE: John Cornell and Delvene Delaney’s relationship timeline

“John Cornell was a man of enormous intellect and a creative genius who managed to touch so many, but as importantly he was a man with a big heart that filled a room,” Michael Healy, Channel 9’s director of television, said, as per the Financial Review


Thick as thieves, Hogan invited Cornell to appear alongside him on his hit ’70s variety TV program, The Paul Hogan Show. Cornell would play the character of Strop, a man of few words who always wore his surf lifesaver’s cap. The character became loved by audiences nationwide. 

They even delighted international star Hugh Hefner back in 1986, with the Playboy mogul wearing Strop’s signature lifesaver’s cap as they posed for a photo.

“John was seeking the equivalent for A Current Affair of a newspaper cartoonist, and recognised the quintessential larrikin qualities in Paul Hogan,” his family said in a statement obtained by 9Honey Celebrity.

“The two teamed on the bond of a handshake, creating a 16-year run of the highest rating comedy specials, The Paul Hogan Shows.”

READ MORE: Tributes flow for Aussie TV and film icon John ‘Strop’ Cornell

Cornell would go on to become Hogan’s manager. In 1986, the comedic duo produced Crocodile Dundee, which has since been hailed the most profitable Aussie movie of all time.

Cornell also produced and directed the 1988 sequel, Crocodile Dundee II.


The beloved Aussie was also instrumental in the introduction of the World Series Cricket in 1977. He worked closely with Kerry Packer, presenting the mogul with the idea aimed to create better financial rewards for players.

With this, Cornell undoubtedly made his mark on the sporting world. 

“John’s acute instincts and sharp intelligence drove his rebellious push of World Series Cricket against the establishment for higher recognition and bigger salaries for the world’s players of his favourite game, re-imagining, marketing and capturing it in a brand-new form,” his family said in the statement.

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Phil Dunster says Jason Sudeikis truly is his Ted Lasso character: ‘He’s generous’

Ted Lasso’s Phil Dunster has only the highest praise for Jason Sudeikis and his approach to bringing the hit show to life.

Sudeikis is the brains behind the series after playing soccer coach Ted Lasso in a series of commercials for NBC. Dunster credits the success of the show to the actor’s impressive leadership qualities.

“I was really excited to work with him. I think Jason is Ted Lasso, he is there to offer his time, he’s generous with his emotional story and he wanted the cast to really understand what he had in mind,” he tells 9Honey Celebrity.

READ MORE: The five most valuable lessons to learn from Ted Lasso

Sudeikis co-wrote, executive produced and developed the hilarious series about a coach who is recruited to lead an English Premier League team without an ounce of experience.

Like Ted Lasso himself, he witnessed Sudeikis lead the team with positivity, openness, and a willingness to experiment with the material.

“This show is so incredibly important to Jason,” he reveals. “He was just a great creator to have, he would use these methods that Ted Lasso would. Leading a horse to water, and letting them do the rest.

“He’d always say ‘you can massage the text’ which I really loved. If that’s not what you’d say then don’t say it. We can find it in the moment. He was always happy for us to play around, it was an incitement to his leadership qualities. I think people micromanage and that can make for a bad team.”

READ MORE: Ted Lasso’s Hannah Waddingham recalls her shock at being cast as Rebecca Welton: ‘I’m never going to get this’

When viewers first meet Dunster’s character Jamie Tartt, he is AFC’s Richmond’s top striker. He is the smug, star player widely adored by fans who even have their own jingle for him.

As a fan of football himself, Dunster views the opportunity as a “dream job.”

“I was obsessed with football. I’d play once or twice a week. I’m a very enthusiastic footballer. My love of football stretches back to when I was very young,” he says.

Prior to starring in Ted Lasso, he’d mostly made his name on some UK-based shows like The Trouble with Maggie Cole, Save Me and Strike Back.

However, it was a long process before he’d finally received the phone call that would skyrocket him to fame.

“They were seeing a lot of people. For Jamie Tartt, the ethnicity, background and accent was very open,” he says. “But for me it was coming in, trying a few accents on. They said ‘we liked you, it’s good but not quite right.'”

He added, “It happened over a few months, as these things sometimes do. I came in and met everyone and was obviously terrified. I went in and it was all a bit of a blur, and sort of hoping and praying. I was with my girlfriend, we woke up in the morning and it was the best weekend ever. There’s no feeling like getting a job like this.”

The show has since picked up 20 Emmy nominations. The comedy became a surprising success for Apple TV+ who debuted the series during a global pandemic.

“They said it’d be a tiny show, really small,” he says. “I’ve never been in anything like this before that’s had this reception. I had no idea what I was getting myself into.

“All the time, when you’re auditioning for these things you don’t know much about it. Even when we finished the first season, you never really know. It was a fairly slow burn, and to have people discover it is amazing.”

In the second season of Ted Lasso, we can expect to delve deeper into Jamie’s psyche.

“We spend more time going into his past, understanding the challenges he’s having coming to terms with the emotionally awake Jamie,” Dunster says. “Progress is never linear when it comes to this. We see two steps forwards, one step back sometimes.

“We see Jamie at the start of this monumental shift and how he can ingratiate himself to other people.”

Britney Spears’ boyfriend Sam Asghari responds to engagement rumours

Britney Spears’ longtime beau, Sam Asghari, has responded to engagement rumours surrounding the couple – with a bit of lighthearted fun.

“People don’t know, but we’ve been married for about five years,” the model joked to TMZ when asked about the speculation sparked by a recent photo of the couple.

“You know, we secretly got married in Hawaii. And we have twins.”

RELATED: Britney Spears sparks engagement rumours with Sam Asghari after being spotted wearing ring on finger

While fans might be thrilled by the comment, it’s not the first time the pair have mentioned the M-word, with Spears affirming she’d like to get married and have more children in her most recent court testimony.

In the gripping speech, the singer spoke of how her ongoing conservatorship barred her from making serious moves in her life and relationship.

“I would like to progressively move forward, and I want to have the real deal. I want to be able to get married and have a baby,” she said.

“I have an (IUD) inside of myself right now so I don’t get pregnant. I want to take the (IUD) out so I c an start trying to have another baby,” she told the judge.

But rumours really started flying after Spears was spotted wearing a diamond ring on her left finger a few days ago.

RELATED: Britney Spears and Sam Asghari have reportedly ‘talked about marriage’

The 27 year-old model and dancer met the star-studded performer on set of her 2016 “Slumber Party” music video and went Instagram official one year later.

They’ve been together for four strong years, with Asghari reportedly providing huge support and refuge for the star as she deals with the stress of her conservatorship.

To Us Weekly, an inside source said Asghari was excited for his future with Spears.

“Sam would love to start a family with Britney,” they said.

“Sam also sees marriage in his and Britney’s future when the time is right and they are able to wed without the restraints of her conservatorship.”

For now, the couple seem thoroughly loved up, as seen all over their social media.

John Cornell’s daughter Liana Cornell honours him with beautiful tribute: ‘The brightest light has left us’

John Cornell’s daughter Liana Cornell is grieving the loss of her father.

The 31-year-old actress shared several photos on Instagram in honour of her legendary dad.

“The brightest light has left us. There are no words,” she wrote. “I will love you forever and beyond. Rest in power, Papa.”

READ MORE: John Cornell and Delvene Delaney’s relationship timeline

The TV legend shared Liana with his wife of 45 years Delvene Delaney, as well as Allira Cornell. John was also the father of Melissa Cornell, from a previous marriage.

In a separate Instagram Story, she wrote, “Return to the great river of life, Papa. Return to freedom. I love you so much.”

She also added, “I will be offline for a while.”

READ MORE: John ‘Strop’ Cornell’s most memorable moments: How the Aussie legend impacted the film, media and sporting industries

News of John’s death was announced by his family this morning.

“A classic Australian character, John Cornell made the lives he touched much richer, not only through donations but also through his generosity of spirit, humour, humility and honour. A true egalitarian, John sought equity and equality, and fought for a fair go,” his family said in a statement.

Liana graduated from NIDA in 2012. She’s best known for her role as Ania in Brittania between 2017 and 2019. Her other credits have included parts in Wolf Creek, Love Child and East of Everything.

Dr. Dre ordered to pay ex-wife Nicole Young $4.7 million a year in spousal support

Music mogul Dr. Dre has been ordered to pay his ex-wife, Nicole Young US$3.5 million (approx. $4.7 million) per year in spousal support.

A Los Angeles court made the order earlier this week, with the staggering sum said to cover US$294,000 (approx. $398,000) per month in spousal support, the expenses of their Malibu and Pacific Palisades homes, and Young’s health insurance.

According to legal documents obtained by People magazine, the agreement will be in place until 51-year-old Young remarries, enters a new domestic partnership, either of them dies or “until further order of the Court”. Young shares two adult children with the 56-year-record producer: son Truce, 24, and Truly, 20.

Prior to the ruling, Dre paid his ex US$2 million (approx. $3.2 million) in temporary spousal support until a judge reached a ruling in their ongoing divorce case. Young had requested the staggering amount as well as US$5 million (approx. $6.4 million) in legal fees, claiming the record producer has the means to meet the request. 

Dre is one of the wealthiest musical figures and is estimated to be worth US$800 million (approx. $1.03 billion).

The ruling comes three months after the exes were officially declared single amid their bitter divorce battle. In April, The Blast reported that the estranged couple asked a California judge to sign off on legally ending their marriage. This means the rapper and Young were officially single and clear to get married again in the eyes of the law. The pair agreed to legally end their marriage on April 15.

Dre and Young were married for 24 years before their split in March 2020. Young then filed for divorce in June 2020. 

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Actress Bella Thorne thanks FBI following arrest of suspected hacker who threatened to leak her nude photos

Bella Thorne has thanked the FBI for arresting the suspected hacker behind her nude photo scandal.

In a candid Instagram post, the actress expressed her gratitude to investigators who were “searching tirelessly” for the culprit who threatened to leak her nude photos back in 2019. Prior to the FBI getting involved, Thorne released her topless pictures to thwart the blackmailer. 

“I want to thank the FBI for searching tirelessly for the person who made my life and others a living hell,” she began in a lengthy Instagram post.

“I have felt violated many times in my life, but I thought I didn’t have a way out, so I made a choice. My choice. A choice I didn’t want to make but felt I had to because I wouldn’t spend another day feeling someone was taking away from me my body, my soul, my mental health, and my love and hope for the world. 

“So thank you, FBI, for a step in the right direction and just one less bad guy to worry about.”

The former Disney star said it felt like a weight has been lifted off her shoulders since the Justice Department announced yesterday Joseph O’Connor, a 22-year-old man from the UK, had been apprehended by National Police in Spain. Thorne shared a photo of the department’s official announcement on Instagram. O’Connor is facing a slew of charges, including multiple counts of conspiracy, extortion, communicating threats, and cyberstalking. 

In her post, Thorne wanted to make it clear scandals like the one she was subjected to are never the victim’s fault. 

“For all the people who think because a woman is comfortable with their body and how they portray themselves that they are ‘asking for it’, for the people who think ‘she deserves it’ because she was there or had a beer in her hand or wore a short skirt, and for the people that think because she took the photo she deserves to be humiliated with it – and she deserves for everyone to look at it and inscribe every piece and bit of her in their mind. Or because she took the photo, she deserves that one moment to follow her, taunt her for the rest of her life through every waking moment. To those who made those remarks, they were disgusting. I hope you feel disgusting. To those few people. Sincerely f–k you.”

It was back in 2019 that Thorne’s Twitter and Snapchat accounts were compromised. To take back control, she released her own nude photos alongside a statement to the person who hacked her photos and threatened to leak them. 

“For the last 24 hours I have been threatened with my own nudes. I feel gross, I feel watched, I feel someone has taken something from me that I only wanted one special person to see,” she wrote at the time.

“For too long I let a man take advantage of me over and over and I’m f—ing sick of it, I’m putting this out because it’s MY DECISION NOW U DONT GET TO TAKE YET ANOTHER THING FROM ME. I can sleep tonight better knowing I took my power back. U can’t control my life u never will.”

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Paulina Porizkova says she keeps being kicked off dating app Hinge

Paulina Porizkova has a bone to pick with dating app Hinge!

The supermodel, 56, who recently split from Aaron Sorkin, tried to get back into the dating game before being kicked off for a second time.

“OK. What’s up, @hinge? I signed up a while back, and was booted off instantly because I had violated guidelines. I didn’t even get to post my photo. My name, it seems, is against guidelines? I called, I emailed. No one bothered to reply,” she wrote on Instagram.

“Then, a friend suggested I use a different phone number and my nickname. I got a few nice dates that way. And boom, now when I need it — I discover @hinge has booted me off again! What’s a lady to do?”

However, a rep for the app told Page Six it wasn’t intentional.

“People thought having her on Hinge was too good to be true and immediately reported her profile for being fake,” a rep told the outlet.

The company also publicly apologised to the model for the ordeal.

“We are so sorry for the heartache we’ve caused you! We want everyone to have a positive Hinge experience that ultimately leads to finding love,” Hinge wrote.

“People thought having you on Hinge was too good to be true and immediately reported your profile for being fake. Your account is back on the runway with a few Roses on us.”

READ MORE: Paulina Porizkova confirms she’s split from boyfriend Aaron Sorkin: ‘He helped heal me’

Porizkova recently told fans she had split from the Sorkin after a couple of months of dating.

READ MORE: Paulina Porizkova says Aaron Sorkin is a ‘great kisser’ after debuting relationship at the Oscars

“I’m so grateful for his presence in my life. He helped heal me and reclaim myself. There truly may be no better man, no man who’s more genuinely ‘good’. He’s brilliant and witty and funny and sexy. But it doesn’t matter how much we may wish we were birds of a feather — we’re still a duck and a goose,” Porizkova wrote on July 20.

Courtney Stodden suggests Chrissy Teigen volunteer with an anti-bullying charity instead of complaining about being cancelled

Courtney Stodden is not impressed with Chrissy Teigen moaning about being part of the “cancel club”.

Speaking to TMZ during a PETA event in Washington D.C. on July 22, Stodden said Teigen should do something proactive, instead of moping around feeling sorry for herself after being called out for cyberbullying Stodden a decade ago. 

“I have a message for her,” Stodden — who identifies as non-binary and uses they/them pronouns — told the outlet. “Continuing to gripe about being in ‘cancel club’ or whatever that is – I think, step out, take your part and maybe do something with charities. Step out and do something anti-bullying if she really means what she says — get out, do something and it really helps the spirit. It does.”

In their chat with TMZ, Stodden, 26, reaffirmed Teigen has never reached out privately to apologise, despite vowing to do so in her public apology on Twitter back in May.

“You know what, I haven’t received anything from her. I don’t know what she’s talking about,” Stodden said. “I don’t know — she never reached out to my team, I haven’t gotten any emails, anything, so.” 

READ MORE: What happened between Chrissy Teigen and Courtney Stodden?

It was just days ago, in her own chat with TMZ, that Teigen said she had “reached out” and “texted” Stodden. In that same conversation with the outlet, the cookbook mogul said she now wanted to focus on her husband John Legend and their kids: Luna, five, and Miles, three.

“I have decided I’m not getting involved in anyone’s s–t ever again,” said the mum-of-two. “All I can do is live my life and take care of my kids and family. Everyone else can make their choice.”

It was in a Daily Beast article published in May that Stodden revealed Teigen had persistently bullied them while they were just 16.

“She wouldn’t just publicly tweet about wanting me to take ‘a dirt nap’ but would privately DM me and tell me to kill myself. Things like, ‘I can’t wait for you to die,'” Stodden told the outlet. 

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Tributes flow for Aussie TV and film icon John ‘Strop’ Cornell

Tributes have flowed in for TV and film icon John ‘Strop’ Cornell after he passed away peacefully this morning in Byron Bay aged 80.

Following a statement from Cornell’s family, in which they said he “made the lives he touched much richer, not only through donations, but also through his generosity of spirit, humour, humility and honour”, Aussie media and TV personalities have also remembered the legendary star.

Leading the way is Today Extra co-host David Campbell, who shared loving words on Instagram.

“Farewell John Cornell. Grew up with him. He epitomised the Aussie best mate. Thanks for the laughs Strop,” Campbell wrote alongside a throwback photo of the star.

Singer Kate Ceberano was also saddened by the news.

“Oh nooooo wow Aussie institution,” she commented on Campbell’s post.

Nine personality Leila McKinnon also remembered Cornell, her one-time neighbour and the ex-colleague of her husband, former Nine CEO David Gyngell.

“It’s so sad to say goodbye to such a special man. We loved Corny for his irreverence, his rebelliousness, his kindness and his brilliance. He took on the snooty cricketing establishment with World Series Cricket and helped to make it a fairer, fun, and more accessible sport,” McKinnonbegan in her post.

“But, for me, it’s the love he had for my husband and the way he showed him how to be a happy, generous, humble and community minded man. At a time when Australian men were often expected to be hard and ego-driven he showed him a different way.”

Media personality and author Peter FitzSimons was also shocked to hear of Cornell’s passing. 

‘A classic Australian character’: John ‘Strop’ Cornell dies at 80,” FitzSimons wrote as he retweeted an article about Cornell’s death.

Renowned entertainment journalist Andrew Mercado credited Cornell for helping to save the Aussie drive-in cinemas back in the day.

“Remembering that the phenomenal success of Crocodile Dundee, which #johncornell co-wrote, saved many Australian cinemas and drive-ins from going under in the 1980’s … they had been smashed by home video, but this was the Aussie flick that brought them BACK to the movies,” Mercado tweeted.

Aussie-American NBC sports Leigh Diffey tweeted: “Vale #johncornell … growing up in Australia with Hoges (Paul Hogan) & Strop (John Cornell) as TV entertainers was epic. Lots of laughs. You were the silent, ego-less creative genius … thanks mate!”

Bruce Springsteen and President Barack Obama to release Renegades: Born in the USA interview book

Following on their podcast series earlier this year, former President Barack Obama and Bruce Springsteen will release a book titled Renegades: Born in the USA via Higher Ground and Penguin Random House on October 26 in the US.

The book is described as “a collection of candid, intimate, and entertaining conversations between the two,” building on the Spotify podcast series by adding new stories as well as more than 350 photographs and illustrations, including exclusive images and archival materials from the authors’ personal collections, among them Springsteen’s handwritten song lyrics and annotated drafts of Obama’s acclaimed ‘Selma’ and ‘Amazing Grace’ speeches.

The news was announced by Markus Dohle, CEO of Penguin Random House, who acquired world rights from Deneen Howell of Williams & Connolly LLP.

In the book’s opening pages, Obama writes of the pair’s conversations, “Over the years, what we’ve found is that we’ve got a shared sensibility. About work, about family, and about America. In our own ways, Bruce and I have been on parallel journeys trying to understand this country that’s given us both so much. Trying to chronicle the stories of its people. Looking for a way to connect our own individual searches for meaning and truth and community with the larger story of America.”

The conversations took place in Springsteen’s home recording studio — where Variety interviewed and photographed the singer in 2017 — and over “at least one Corvette ride,” covering “marriage and fatherhood, race and masculinity, the lure of the open road and the call back to home, some of the most inspiring American heroes of all time, and music. . . . They talk a lot about music.”

Springsteen writes, “There were serious conversations about the fate of the country, the fortune of its citizens, and the destructive, ugly, corrupt forces at play that would like to take it all down. This is a time of vigilance when who we are is being seriously tested. Hard conversations about who we are and who we want to become can perhaps serve as a small guiding map for some of our fellow citizens. . . . This is a time for serious consideration of who we want to be and what kind of country we will leave our children. Will we let slip through our hands the best of us or will we turn united to face the fire? Within this book you won’t find the answers to those questions, but you will find a couple of seekers doing their best to get us to ask better questions.”

And as President Obama writes, “the conversations Bruce and I had in 2020 feel as urgent today as they did back then. They represent our ongoing effort to figure out how it is that we got here, and how we can tell a more unifying story that starts to close the gap between America’s ideals and its reality.”

13 Reasons Why star Tommy Dorfman comes out as trans woman

Tommy Dorfman, one of the breakout stars of Netflix‘s 13 Reasons Why, has come out as a trans woman.

Dorfman posted on Instagram on Thursday, proudly announcing: “Thrilled to reintroduce myself as the woman I am today.”

“I’m especially grateful to every single trans person who walked this path, broke down barriers, and risked their lives to live authentically and radically as themselves before me,” the post continued.

“Thank you to all the trans woman that showed me who I am, how to live, celebrate myself, and take up space in this world.”

Dorfman said that the new pronouns she identifies with are “she/her”.

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In her announcement, Dorfman posted editorial photographs of herself, wearing a dress and heels, and thanked her “day one team,” including stylists and a glam squad, that has supported her “evolution in the most affirming of ways.”

Dorfman rose to fame in 2017 as one of the young stars of Netflix’s 13 Reasons Why, which is based on the YA novel of the same name. Dorfman has amassed a sizable social media following where she frequently posts about LGBTQ+ causes to her 1.3 million Instagram followers.

Dorfman will next be seen in Lena Dunham’s Sharp Stick, a feature film completed in secret over the coronavirus pandemic. Plot details are under wraps but Dorfman plays opposite Taylour Paige, Scott Speedman, Jon Bernthal and Jennifer Jason Leigh. She is repped by CAA and Anonymous Content.

Along with her Instagram post, Dorfman spoke to Time in a Q&A, titled, Tommy Dorfman Would Like To Clarify. In the piece, Dorfman says that she has made a transition medically and has been transitioning for a year.

“It’s funny to think about coming out, because I haven’t gone anywhere,” Dorfman told the publication.

“I view today as a reintroduction to me as a woman, having made a transition medically. Coming out is always viewed as this grand reveal, but I was never not out. Today is about clarity: I am a trans woman. My pronouns are she/her. My name is Tommy.”

Matt Donnelly contributed to this post.

Reality star Erika Jayne accused of ‘acting’ by estranged husband’s ex-employee

Erika Jayne has been accused of “acting” when she recently broke down on her reality TV show when discussing her divorce to lawyer Tom Girardi.

Kim Archie — who is a former legal consultant at Girardi’s firm — weighed in on that scene from the Real Housewives of Beverly Hills last week when Jayne basically cried off all her mascara during a heart-to-heart with castmate Kyle Richards.

“That whole scene — and I watched it — did she take acting classes?” Archie said in Heather McDonald’s ‘Juicy Scoop’ podcast this week. “I thought she went to, like, an art high school in Atlanta. She needs to get her money back from any classes because nobody was buying any of that. I mean, that was terrible acting. It was horrible.”

Archie said it’s “natural” for people to wipe away their tears in emotional situations, so she remains stumped as to why Jayne let hers fall so freely especially since she’s a super-private person.

“There’s been waterproof mascara since 1938 — before we were all born — so I’m sure she could get waterproof mascara,” Archie commented on the podcast. “She likes big sunglasses. There are scenes that somebody posted where she’s inside with sunglasses. So she’s sitting in bright sunlight with non-waterproof mascara, you know, just sobbing.”

See more of the interview in the video above.

In the scenes Archie was referring to, Jayne appeared inconsolable as she reflected on the aftermath of her divorce filing back in November after 21 years of marriage. 

“It’s lonely and it’s quiet, and you would be shocked how quickly people turn on you, how quickly people distance themselves from you,” Jayne told Richards. “Automatically they turn because they don’t want to be involved. But they were there when it was good, though.”

“Want to know who your friends are? Go broke,” Jayne said in a separate confessional. “Want to know who your friends are? Go to jail. Want to know who your friends are? Ask them to help you bury a body, I don’t know. You’ll find out who’s there for you.”

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Chuck E. Weiss, songwriter and fixture of LA music scene, dies at 76

Chuck E. Weiss, the musician who helped launch the Viper Room with Johnny Depp and was a fixture of Los Angeles’ music scene for decades, died on Tuesday. He was 76.

His bandmate Jimmy Wood confirmed his death, telling Variety, “Chuck E. Weiss left the room yesterday morning around 8:30. JJ Holiday was by his side. He was one of a kind and certainly made Los Angeles a better city!”

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Holiday posted on Facebook on the page for his band, the Imperial Crowns, writing, “All of us who remain must feel very lucky to have been invited to his one-of-a-kind party too. He means a lot and the very most to so many of us.”

Known for his friendship with Tom Waits and for being the subject of Rickie Lee Jones’ hit song ‘Chuck E.’s In Love,’ Weiss spent his career as a LA scene-maker, releasing uniquely rhythmic music himself that teetered between blues and rock.

Weiss got his start in music growing up in Denver, Colorado, where his parents owned a record store. Despite becoming known primarily as a songwriter and vocalist, Weiss began as a drummer, meeting blues singer Lightnin’ Hopkins and eventually going on tour with him, where he played alongside legends like Muddy Waters and Dr. John.

While still living in Denver, Weiss became acquainted with Waits, and the two struck up a friendship and writing partnership. Weiss co-wrote Waits’ song ‘Spare Parts I (A Nocturnal Emission),’ which appeared on his 1975 album Nighthawks at the Diner. Weiss and Waits eventually decided to move to LA, and the two lived in West Hollywood’s Tropicana Motel, a storied hangout for rockers like Joan Jett and the Ramones.

While there, Jones penned the song ‘Chuck E.’s In Love’ inspired by Weiss, while she was romantically involved with Waits. “He sure has acquired this kinda cool / And inspired sorta jazz when he walks / Where’s his jacket and his old blue jeans?/ Well this ain’t healthy, it is some kinda clean,” Jones croons on the track.

Weiss released his first album, The Other Side of Town, in 1981 via Select Records. The album contains the guitar-driven cut ‘Gina,’ among other demos. Weiss then formed his band, the G-d Damn Liars, and they began a weekly gig performing at the Sunset Strip club the Central. When the venue threatened to go under after 11 years, Weiss partnered with his friend and musical collaborator Depp to revamp it as the Viper Room, which became a famous L.A. venue, as well as notorious as the site of River Phoenix‘s death in 1993.

Weiss’ second project and first full-length album, Extremely Cool, was released in 1999. The record featured production from Waits and Tony Gilkyson, and Waits appeared on several tracks. Weiss followed it up with Extremely Cool, Old Souls and Wolf Tickets in 2001, which leaned heavier on the blues side of Weiss’ musical palette. Another album, 23rd & Stout, followed in 2007. Weiss’ latest release was 2013’s Red Beans & Weiss via Anti Records, which featured production from both Waits and Depp.

Weiss also made cameos in several television shows, playing a New York City record store owner in the Gilmore Girls episode ‘Lorelai’s Graduation Day,’ as well as appearing on Married… With Children, Brotherly Love and My Wife and Kids.