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Loretta Young’s son says ‘40s star remained devoted to her faith during final years: ‘She had a moral compass’

Chris Lewis has always known his mother was special. And now he wants to share his admiration for her with the world.

Loretta Young, a reigning Hollywood actress of the ‘30s and ‘40s who first appeared on screen at age 4 and would later make her mark on television, passed away in 2000 at age 87 from ovarian cancer, the New York Times reported. In her lifetime, the Oscar-winning star appeared in nearly 100 films alongside Lon Chaney, Clark Gable, Spencer Tracy, Tyrone Power and Cary Grant — to name a just few.

Now items worn by the Old Hollywood icon, as well as personal mementos she collected over the years, are now up for grabs online at Los Angeles-based auction house Julien’s Auctions in a sale titled “Property From the Estate of Loretta Young.” According to Lewis, longtime fans of one of Hollywood’s most famous stars can own her pieces such as jewelry, jewelry, couture and more.

Lewis and his wife, Linda, spoke to Fox News about why they’re auctioning off Young’s dazzling belongings now, what it was really like growing up with Young, her final years, how she overcame personal scandal, as well as how she never gave up on her faith.

‘BRADY BUNCH’ STAR SUSAN OLSEN REMEMBERS HER FRIENDSHIP WITH FLORENCE HENDERSON: ‘ALL THE LOVE WAS GENUINE’

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Actress Loretta Young in a scene from the 1940 movie ‘He Stayed for Breakfast.’ (Photo by Donaldson Collection/Getty Images)

SUSAN LUCCI RECALLS HER ‘WIDOW-MAKER’ HEART ATTACK SCARE: ‘I PROBABLY WOULDN’T HAVE GOTTEN UP’

Fox News: What compelled you to participate in this auction and why now?
Chris Lewis: Since my mother passed away in 2000, my wife and I have been going around the country doing trunk shows of her possessions and talking about her career in film festivals. And over the years, we’ve acquired a lot of her belongings. But we’re getting older and we’re cutting down. We’re not doing as many of those events anymore. So we decided it would be best for everybody if we just shared these things with her fans.

Fox News: Were you hesitant to auction off any of your mother’s personal possessions?
Chris: Everything has its time, you know? [laughs] They weren’t doing any good in our closet or in storage. And even if you weren’t a fan of Loretta Young, my mother had some wonderful furniture and dresses from her years as a movie star.

Linda Lewis: Many of the furniture pieces at the auction were found or made by grandma, Loretta’s mother. Many, many years ago Grandma and Mom came with a U-Haul truck filled with some very special pieces of furniture *laughs*.

‘I DREAM OF JEANNIE’ STAR BARBARA EDEN SHARES THE SECRET BEHIND HER 29-YEAR MARRIAGE: ‘IT’S NOT EASY’

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Loretta Young’s Gucci purse. (Julien’s Auctions)

‘50S STAR TERRY MOORE RECALLS DATING JAMES DEAN, BEFRIENDING MARILYN MONROE AND POSING FOR PLAYBOY

Fox News: How determined have you been to keep your mother’s legacy alive?
Chris: Very determined, of course. She was unique in the industry. She had a 70-year career. She was successful in both movies and television. She won an Academy Award in 1948 and then won three Emmys during the ‘50s. She grew up with Hollywood and survived in television. She had a remarkable career, but more importantly, she was a remarkable person. She wasn’t at all a diva like you would expect from a movie star. She was very down to earth and just as generous as a person.

Fox News: When did you realize that your mother was different from other moms?
Chris: When you grow up in an environment as we did, you always think it’s normal. We grew up in a big house with 18 rooms, an elevator and service. You assume everyone lives that way. [laughs] But both my parents worked and they were very successful. So we had a nice home. But the first time I really figured she was different was when we would go to church. We were Catholics so we would go to church in Beverly Hills every Sunday. When leaving the church, people would ultimately come up to mom and ask for her autograph. She would always say, “I don’t give autographs when I’m out with my children.” I noticed that didn’t happen to everyone else.

AUDREY HEPBURN, OSCAR-WINNER FOR ‘ROMAN HOLIDAY,’ CONTINUES TO INSPIRE HOLLYWOOD STARS, EXPERT SAYS

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American actress Loretta Young (1913 – 2000), circa 1940. (Photo by Silver Screen Collection/Getty Images)

‘TOO CLOSE FOR COMFORT’ STAR LYDIA CORNELL RECALLS OVERCOMING ALCOHOLISM: ‘A RIVER OF TEARS JUST FLOWED’

Then the time that really made a difference? I was 8 years old. My mother was doing a movie called “It Happens Every Thursday” with John Forsythe. It was done at Universal Studios. My dad told me and my brother one day, “We’re going to have lunch with mom at the studio.” We didn’t know what that meant but we went with him. When we got to the studio, we went over to the stage where they were filming. And when we got there, the stage was dark and everyone was on their lunch break. But I saw the set, which was supposed to be this little newspaper office. And then after lunch, I remember going to what they called dailies, which allowed the crew to watch what they shot the day before to judge their performances. My mother was insistent upon seeing dailies on all her films. But that same newspaper office I saw earlier had come to life. It was bustling with people. And my mom was up there on the screen. So it kind of clicked with my mom.

‘FACTS OF LIFE’ STAR LISA WHELCHEL EXPLAINS WHY SHE DIDN’T RELEASE MORE MUSIC AFTER HER ’80S SOLO ALBUM

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Loretta Young made her mark both in film and television. (Photo by Horst P. Horst/Conde Nast via Getty Images)

‘MY THREE SONS’ STAR TINA COLE DITCHED TWIN BEDS WITH ON-SCREEN HUSBAND DON GRADY

And I remember one night in New York … Mom and I went to see some play. As we walked down the aisle to get our seats, people in the theater stood up and applauded mom. During the intermission, it got so crowded that we couldn’t leave our seats. But people were so respectful of her. And at that time, I was just 13-14 years old. But that made a lasting impression on me.

Fox News: What are some fun facts about your mom that would surprise fans today?
Chris: She was an excellent seamstress. Especially during the later years, she would sew [dresses] for her friends. She would get these really great fabrics and turn them into gifts. She had this little Singer sewing machine she used all her life, which is part of the auction, along with her sewing table. She especially loved sewing with my sister. Mom and Judy would sew all the time. And at the end of her life, she did a lot of philanthropy. She would visit AIDS patients, go to hospices, spend a lot of time with veterans – she used her time well. But she did it quietly. She didn’t have cameras there and all that stuff. She just wanted to do it herself. She was a great role model. When she was a child, her mother ran a boarding house in Los Angeles. So it was there where mom learned how to serve others and help people. She came from humble beginnings and she never forgot that.

RONNIE WOOD’S EX-WIFE JO WOOD RECALLS PHOTOGRAPHING THE ROLLING STONES OVER THE YEARS: ‘THEY DIDN’T NOTICE’

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Loretta Young in her later years. (Photo by The LIFE Picture Collection via Getty Images)

CURLY HOWARD’S GRANDSON DESCRIBES LEARNING HE WAS RELATED TO THE THREE STOOGES ICON: ‘NO ONE WOULD BELIEVE US’

Fox News: Is it true she was a devoted Catholic in Hollywood?
Chris: She was very Catholic and would go to mass every day [in her later years]. Usually at 11 o’clock in Beverly Hills. In Palms Springs, the earliest mass was eight in the morning, but she didn’t get up early. [laughs] The Desert Regional Medical Center even named its chapel after her because she would attend the mass there all the time. [laughs] … [And] there were a whole bunch of people in Hollywood who were Catholics. Bob Hope’s wife was very Catholic. John Wayne’s wife, very Catholic. And they were all lifelong friends. There was even a group called the “Catholic Mafia” in Hollywood [laughs] so there were a bunch of them. And our house was full of priests all the time.

RISQUÉ STORIES WRITTEN BY ED WOOD REVEALED DECADES AFTER FILMMAKER’S TRAGIC DEATH

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Loretta Young’s Hermes purse. (Julien’s Auctions)

HUMPHREY BOGART’S EX-WIFE MAYO METHOT STRUGGLED TO BOUNCE BACK IN HOLLYWOOD AFTER DIVORCE, BOOK CLAIMS

Fox News: How did she feel about her work on television?
Chris: She was very passionate about it. She was a pioneer in the business. She was one of the first women, aside from Lucille Ball, to produce her own television show. Mom was the executive producer of her own television show, so she was also a pretty good businesswoman. And television was the enemy back then. She was told by executives that if she pursed television, she would never do another film again. … But Dad was in the advertising business and it was really him who pushed her into television. She was in her late 40s at the time. So your chances of continuing your career as a woman, at the time, was very tough. So you had to redefine yourself. And mom never liked the parts she was given by the studio executives. So she thought about getting into television. She got to play all the parts she wanted to play and she was the executive producer, which meant that she called the shots.

DEAN MARTIN’S DAUGHTER DEANA RECALLS GROWING UP WITH ‘THE KING OF COOL,’ THE RAT PACK AND JERRY LEWIS

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Tyrone Power holds Loretta Young in publicity portrait for the film ‘Love Is News’, 1937. (Photo by 20th Century-Fox/Getty Images)

MICHAEL HUTCHENCE’S SISTER RECALLS GROWING UP WITH INXS SINGER, FINAL TRAGIC YEARS FOLLOWING BRAIN INJURY

Fox News: What do you believe was the secret behind her lasting success?
Chris: She had a moral compass. Growing up for us kids, you always respected everybody. We treated everyone equally. She knew she never wanted to play parts that were negative or brought people down. She fought the studios and got suspended several times because she refused to do the movies that the studio guys wanted her to do. That can ruin a career. But I think people sense that moral compass. She would take six months off and not get paid because she was suspended. But she would then come back and get her way.

Linda: She told me — when she was 85 — “Even now when I leave the room, I hope people say, ‘What a nice girl!’” [laughs] She really cared about everybody. She really listened to people. She was genuine. And because she played so many different characters, she truly had empathy for everyone. She put her toe in the water of every lifestyle you could possibly have. Therefore she truly led from her heart. And I really think that had a lot to do with her success.

LIBERACE TOLD ELVIS PRESLEY HE NEEDED ‘MORE GLITZ’ IN HIS SHOWS BEFORE LAS VEGAS TRANSFORMATION, BOOK CLAIMS

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Judy Lewis and her actress mother, Loretta Young, at an American Film Institute cocktail party held aboard the Pacific Princess cruise ship in California, circa 1974. (Photo by Frank Edwards/Fotos International/Getty Images)

MARLON BRANDO AND MYSTERIOUS FIRST WIFE ANNA KASHFI HAD VIOLENT RELATIONSHIP, BOOK CLAIMS

Fox News: You previously spoke out about your sister, Judy Lewis, and the identity of her father. According to the New York Times, Judy maintained in her 1994 autobiography “Uncommon Knowledge” that Clark Gable was her father and she was conceived during the making of 1935’s “Call of the Wild.” Looking back, why did you choose to speak out?
Chris: I didn’t think that Judy should have written the book while mom was still alive, but that was Judy’s decision to make. … She needed her catharsis, her voice to be heard I guess. I wouldn’t have written it while mom was alive though because it was embarrassing to mom. But it’s not an unusual story. Hollywood is just about that, but that wasn’t about me. That was about Judy and mom. And I certainly didn’t want to get involved with that… The thing is Judy had a great life just like my brother and me and it was provided by mom.

Fox News: It sounded like, based on your mother’s final years and her work, she must have made some sort of peace with the situation.
Chris: Oh yeah, of course. After the book came out all of my mom’s friends said, “Oh, that’s terrible! You should take Judy out of the will!” Stuff like that. But mom was above all that. She got a lot of advice from priests. But the last thing mom would ever do is get retribution. In the end, everyone got equal in mom’s will. And mom reconciled it very easily.

Fox News: What do you hope audiences will get from this auction and your mother’s contributions to Hollywood?
Chris: As a celebrity, her work speaks for itself. She was a beautiful actress, but she took her business seriously. She could light a set as well as any director of photography. That’s because she worked with all the best, yes, but she also paid attention. She would get a script and it was as if she had a photographic memory. She would know what page a certain line was on. It never took her much time to read a script.

JANIS JOPLIN ENJOYED ‘THE MANY PLEASURES THAT CAME HER WAY’ TO COPE WITH INSECURITIES, BOOK CLAIMS

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Loretta Young’s coat. (Julien’s Auctions)

‘30S STAR THELMA TODD ‘WAS BECOMING’ TIRED ‘OF HOLLYWOOD’ BEFORE HER MYSTERIOUS DEATH, BOOK CLAIMS

Not only did she take her craft seriously, but it was just as important for her to be a good wife and mother. To me, that was amazing because the film business takes a lot of your time. You go to work at five in the morning and not return until nine at night. And then to balance your personal life on top of that? That’s why a lot of Hollywood marriages don’t work because they’re never there and everybody wants something from you… but she remained very dedicated. She was just special.

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Loretta Young’s son says ‘40s star remained devoted to her faith during final years: ‘She had a moral compass’

Chris Lewis has always known his mother was special. And now he wants to share his admiration for her with the world.

Loretta Young, a reigning Hollywood actress of the ‘30s and ‘40s who first appeared on screen at age 4 and would later make her mark on television, passed away in 2000 at age 87 from ovarian cancer, the New York Times reported. In her lifetime, the Oscar-winning star appeared in nearly 100 films alongside Lon Chaney, Clark Gable, Spencer Tracy, Tyrone Power and Cary Grant — to name a just few.

Now items worn by the Old Hollywood icon, as well as personal mementos she collected over the years, are now up for grabs online at Los Angeles-based auction house Julien’s Auctions in a sale titled “Property From the Estate of Loretta Young.” According to Lewis, longtime fans of one of Hollywood’s most famous stars can own her pieces such as jewelry, jewelry, couture and more.

Lewis and his wife, Linda, spoke to Fox News about why they’re auctioning off Young’s dazzling belongings now, what it was really like growing up with Young, her final years, how she overcame personal scandal, as well as how she never gave up on her faith.

‘BRADY BUNCH’ STAR SUSAN OLSEN REMEMBERS HER FRIENDSHIP WITH FLORENCE HENDERSON: ‘ALL THE LOVE WAS GENUINE’

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Actress Loretta Young in a scene from the 1940 movie ‘He Stayed for Breakfast.’ (Photo by Donaldson Collection/Getty Images)

SUSAN LUCCI RECALLS HER ‘WIDOW-MAKER’ HEART ATTACK SCARE: ‘I PROBABLY WOULDN’T HAVE GOTTEN UP’

Fox News: What compelled you to participate in this auction and why now?
Chris Lewis: Since my mother passed away in 2000, my wife and I have been going around the country doing trunk shows of her possessions and talking about her career in film festivals. And over the years, we’ve acquired a lot of her belongings. But we’re getting older and we’re cutting down. We’re not doing as many of those events anymore. So we decided it would be best for everybody if we just shared these things with her fans.

Fox News: Were you hesitant to auction off any of your mother’s personal possessions?
Chris: Everything has its time, you know? [laughs] They weren’t doing any good in our closet or in storage. And even if you weren’t a fan of Loretta Young, my mother had some wonderful furniture and dresses from her years as a movie star.

Linda Lewis: Many of the furniture pieces at the auction were found or made by grandma, Loretta’s mother. Many, many years ago Grandma and Mom came with a U-Haul truck filled with some very special pieces of furniture *laughs*.

‘I DREAM OF JEANNIE’ STAR BARBARA EDEN SHARES THE SECRET BEHIND HER 29-YEAR MARRIAGE: ‘IT’S NOT EASY’

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Loretta Young’s Gucci purse. (Julien’s Auctions)

‘50S STAR TERRY MOORE RECALLS DATING JAMES DEAN, BEFRIENDING MARILYN MONROE AND POSING FOR PLAYBOY

Fox News: How determined have you been to keep your mother’s legacy alive?
Chris: Very determined, of course. She was unique in the industry. She had a 70-year career. She was successful in both movies and television. She won an Academy Award in 1948 and then won three Emmys during the ‘50s. She grew up with Hollywood and survived in television. She had a remarkable career, but more importantly, she was a remarkable person. She wasn’t at all a diva like you would expect from a movie star. She was very down to earth and just as generous as a person.

Fox News: When did you realize that your mother was different from other moms?
Chris: When you grow up in an environment as we did, you always think it’s normal. We grew up in a big house with 18 rooms, an elevator and service. You assume everyone lives that way. [laughs] But both my parents worked and they were very successful. So we had a nice home. But the first time I really figured she was different was when we would go to church. We were Catholics so we would go to church in Beverly Hills every Sunday. When leaving the church, people would ultimately come up to mom and ask for her autograph. She would always say, “I don’t give autographs when I’m out with my children.” I noticed that didn’t happen to everyone else.

AUDREY HEPBURN, OSCAR-WINNER FOR ‘ROMAN HOLIDAY,’ CONTINUES TO INSPIRE HOLLYWOOD STARS, EXPERT SAYS

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American actress Loretta Young (1913 – 2000), circa 1940. (Photo by Silver Screen Collection/Getty Images)

‘TOO CLOSE FOR COMFORT’ STAR LYDIA CORNELL RECALLS OVERCOMING ALCOHOLISM: ‘A RIVER OF TEARS JUST FLOWED’

Then the time that really made a difference? I was 8 years old. My mother was doing a movie called “It Happens Every Thursday” with John Forsythe. It was done at Universal Studios. My dad told me and my brother one day, “We’re going to have lunch with mom at the studio.” We didn’t know what that meant but we went with him. When we got to the studio, we went over to the stage where they were filming. And when we got there, the stage was dark and everyone was on their lunch break. But I saw the set, which was supposed to be this little newspaper office. And then after lunch, I remember going to what they called dailies, which allowed the crew to watch what they shot the day before to judge their performances. My mother was insistent upon seeing dailies on all her films. But that same newspaper office I saw earlier had come to life. It was bustling with people. And my mom was up there on the screen. So it kind of clicked with my mom.

‘FACTS OF LIFE’ STAR LISA WHELCHEL EXPLAINS WHY SHE DIDN’T RELEASE MORE MUSIC AFTER HER ’80S SOLO ALBUM

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Loretta Young made her mark both in film and television. (Photo by Horst P. Horst/Conde Nast via Getty Images)

‘MY THREE SONS’ STAR TINA COLE DITCHED TWIN BEDS WITH ON-SCREEN HUSBAND DON GRADY

And I remember one night in New York … Mom and I went to see some play. As we walked down the aisle to get our seats, people in the theater stood up and applauded mom. During the intermission, it got so crowded that we couldn’t leave our seats. But people were so respectful of her. And at that time, I was just 13-14 years old. But that made a lasting impression on me.

Fox News: What are some fun facts about your mom that would surprise fans today?
Chris: She was an excellent seamstress. Especially during the later years, she would sew [dresses] for her friends. She would get these really great fabrics and turn them into gifts. She had this little Singer sewing machine she used all her life, which is part of the auction, along with her sewing table. She especially loved sewing with my sister. Mom and Judy would sew all the time. And at the end of her life, she did a lot of philanthropy. She would visit AIDS patients, go to hospices, spend a lot of time with veterans – she used her time well. But she did it quietly. She didn’t have cameras there and all that stuff. She just wanted to do it herself. She was a great role model. When she was a child, her mother ran a boarding house in Los Angeles. So it was there where mom learned how to serve others and help people. She came from humble beginnings and she never forgot that.

RONNIE WOOD’S EX-WIFE JO WOOD RECALLS PHOTOGRAPHING THE ROLLING STONES OVER THE YEARS: ‘THEY DIDN’T NOTICE’

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Loretta Young in her later years. (Photo by The LIFE Picture Collection via Getty Images)

CURLY HOWARD’S GRANDSON DESCRIBES LEARNING HE WAS RELATED TO THE THREE STOOGES ICON: ‘NO ONE WOULD BELIEVE US’

Fox News: Is it true she was a devoted Catholic in Hollywood?
Chris: She was very Catholic and would go to mass every day [in her later years]. Usually at 11 o’clock in Beverly Hills. In Palms Springs, the earliest mass was eight in the morning, but she didn’t get up early. [laughs] The Desert Regional Medical Center even named its chapel after her because she would attend the mass there all the time. [laughs] … [And] there were a whole bunch of people in Hollywood who were Catholics. Bob Hope’s wife was very Catholic. John Wayne’s wife, very Catholic. And they were all lifelong friends. There was even a group called the “Catholic Mafia” in Hollywood [laughs] so there were a bunch of them. And our house was full of priests all the time.

RISQUÉ STORIES WRITTEN BY ED WOOD REVEALED DECADES AFTER FILMMAKER’S TRAGIC DEATH

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Loretta Young’s Hermes purse. (Julien’s Auctions)

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Fox News: How did she feel about her work on television?
Chris: She was very passionate about it. She was a pioneer in the business. She was one of the first women, aside from Lucille Ball, to produce her own television show. Mom was the executive producer of her own television show, so she was also a pretty good businesswoman. And television was the enemy back then. She was told by executives that if she pursed television, she would never do another film again. … But Dad was in the advertising business and it was really him who pushed her into television. She was in her late 40s at the time. So your chances of continuing your career as a woman, at the time, was very tough. So you had to redefine yourself. And mom never liked the parts she was given by the studio executives. So she thought about getting into television. She got to play all the parts she wanted to play and she was the executive producer, which meant that she called the shots.

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Tyrone Power holds Loretta Young in publicity portrait for the film ‘Love Is News’, 1937. (Photo by 20th Century-Fox/Getty Images)

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Fox News: What do you believe was the secret behind her lasting success?
Chris: She had a moral compass. Growing up for us kids, you always respected everybody. We treated everyone equally. She knew she never wanted to play parts that were negative or brought people down. She fought the studios and got suspended several times because she refused to do the movies that the studio guys wanted her to do. That can ruin a career. But I think people sense that moral compass. She would take six months off and not get paid because she was suspended. But she would then come back and get her way.

Linda: She told me — when she was 85 — “Even now when I leave the room, I hope people say, ‘What a nice girl!’” [laughs] She really cared about everybody. She really listened to people. She was genuine. And because she played so many different characters, she truly had empathy for everyone. She put her toe in the water of every lifestyle you could possibly have. Therefore she truly led from her heart. And I really think that had a lot to do with her success.

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Judy Lewis and her actress mother, Loretta Young, at an American Film Institute cocktail party held aboard the Pacific Princess cruise ship in California, circa 1974. (Photo by Frank Edwards/Fotos International/Getty Images)

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Fox News: You previously spoke out about your sister, Judy Lewis, and the identity of her father. According to the New York Times, Judy maintained in her 1994 autobiography “Uncommon Knowledge” that Clark Gable was her father and she was conceived during the making of 1935’s “Call of the Wild.” Looking back, why did you choose to speak out?
Chris: I didn’t think that Judy should have written the book while mom was still alive, but that was Judy’s decision to make. … She needed her catharsis, her voice to be heard I guess. I wouldn’t have written it while mom was alive though because it was embarrassing to mom. But it’s not an unusual story. Hollywood is just about that, but that wasn’t about me. That was about Judy and mom. And I certainly didn’t want to get involved with that… The thing is Judy had a great life just like my brother and me and it was provided by mom.

Fox News: It sounded like, based on your mother’s final years and her work, she must have made some sort of peace with the situation.
Chris: Oh yeah, of course. After the book came out all of my mom’s friends said, “Oh, that’s terrible! You should take Judy out of the will!” Stuff like that. But mom was above all that. She got a lot of advice from priests. But the last thing mom would ever do is get retribution. In the end, everyone got equal in mom’s will. And mom reconciled it very easily.

Fox News: What do you hope audiences will get from this auction and your mother’s contributions to Hollywood?
Chris: As a celebrity, her work speaks for itself. She was a beautiful actress, but she took her business seriously. She could light a set as well as any director of photography. That’s because she worked with all the best, yes, but she also paid attention. She would get a script and it was as if she had a photographic memory. She would know what page a certain line was on. It never took her much time to read a script.

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Loretta Young’s coat. (Julien’s Auctions)

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Not only did she take her craft seriously, but it was just as important for her to be a good wife and mother. To me, that was amazing because the film business takes a lot of your time. You go to work at five in the morning and not return until nine at night. And then to balance your personal life on top of that? That’s why a lot of Hollywood marriages don’t work because they’re never there and everybody wants something from you… but she remained very dedicated. She was just special.

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Meghan Markle, Prince Harry will skip Prince Andrew’s birthday, royal source claims: ‘It’s an open secret’

Prince Andrew will be turning the big 6-0 on Feb. 19 but there are two royal guests who will be noticeably absent from the royal family get-together.

U.K.-based broadcaster Neil Sean told Fox News that Prince Harry and his wife, Meghan Markle, reportedly won’t be returning from Canada for the royal’s birthday.

Andrew is Harry’s uncle as well as Queen Elizabeth II’s third child and second son. The Duke of York is eighth in the line of succession to the British throne. In November 2019, Andrew announced he asked his mother, 93, if he can “step back” from his public duties following a disastrous interview with the BBC about his relationship with the financier and convicted pedophile Jeffrey Epstein.

“A mole [told] me, ‘It’s an open secret they declined the invite but it’s not very nice for the queen as, whatever people say and think, he is [still] her son and she wanted her close family around her,’” Sean alleged. “’The reason given is that they already have commitments on the day but also plan to send a gift/card and a video message to be played at the party.”

According to Sean, the reigning monarch originally had plans for a party in honor of her son’s birthday, which would also celebrate his charities. However, a palace source told him that Elizabeth “is [now] understood to be holding only a small family dinner.”

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(L-R) Britain’s Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex, Britain’s Meghan, Duchess of Sussex and Britain’s Prince Andrew, Duke of York. (KIRSTY WIGGLESWORTH/AFP via Getty Images)

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And while Andrew is laying low following the ongoing scandal and nuclear interview, Sean said he will make an appearance for his daughter Princess Beatrice’s wedding in May.

The royal family announced on its official social media accounts that Princess Beatrice of York will tie the knot to Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi on May 29, 2020.

“The wedding of HRH Princess Beatrice of York and Mr. Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi will take place on Friday 29 May 2020. The couple became engaged in Italy in September 2019,” the statement reads.

“Her Majesty The Queen has kindly given permission for the ceremony to take place at The Chapel Royal, St James’s Palace. The ceremony will be followed by a private reception, given by The Queen, in the gardens of Buckingham Palace.”

A source told People magazine that Beatrice and Mozzi’s wedding will be a “low-key” celebration amid reports that the ceremony will not be televised due to Andrew’s connection to Epstein.

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This undated photo released by Buckingham Palace shows Britain’s Princess Beatrice and Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi, in Italy. Prince Andrew and his former wife Sarah Ferguson announced on Thursday, Sept. 25, 2019, the engagement of their elder daughter, Princess Beatrice to Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi. (Photo by Princess Eugenie/Buckingham Palace via AP)

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Sean said it’s uncertain whether The Duke and Duchess of Sussex will travel across the pond for Beatrice’s big day.

“Fans will have to wait and see if Meghan and Harry attend this event,” he said. “A mole [told] me, ‘Beatrice really got on well with Meghan and is sad she left, but so far they have been unable to keep that friendship going.’ Others though [say] that Meghan values her own PR and believes any association right now with the brand of York may not be that great for the couple earning power outside the royal family.”

Andrew didn’t attend Beatrice’s engagement party in London, which was held in December 2019, People magazine previously reported. It is believed he skipped the festivities, hosted by Mozzi’s mother at Chiltern Firehouse, due to the ongoing controversy surrounding his connection to Epstein.

However, the outlet shared Andrew has remained incredibly close to his family, including his ex-wife. In addition, he has continued to spend time with his mother. They were seen together exchanging smiles during a church outing on Jan. 19 and then spotted horseback riding around the Windsor Castle estate.

In January, authorities announced Andrew has refused to cooperate with federal investigators as they continue their probe into Epstein.

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Photo from 2001 that was included in court files released last week shows Prince Andrew with his arm around the waist of 17-year-old Virginia Giuffre who says Jeffrey Epstein paid her to have sex with the prince. Andrew has denied the charges. In the background is Epstein’s girlfriend Ghislaine Maxwell. (Florida Southern District Court) (U.S. Second Circuit Court of Appeals)

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According to the New York Post, Manhattan US Attorney Geoffrey Berman told reporters at a news conference outside Epstein’s former Upper East Side residence that federal prosecutors reached out to Andrew and have been struggling to get the prince to agree to sit down with them.

Berman told the press outside the mansion: “The Southern District of New York and the FBI have contacted Prince Andrew’s attorneys and requested to interview Prince Andrew, and to date, Prince Andrew has provided zero cooperation.”

Andrew is accused of having sex with at least one of the women Epstein allegedly trafficked.

Berman said he elected to share Andrew’s reluctance to cooperate simply because the prince “publicly offered, indeed in a press release, to cooperate with law enforcement investigating the crimes committed by Jeffrey Epstein and his co-conspirators.”

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Prince Andrew (right) is dealing with harsh backlash from critics and media personalities over an interview about his relationship with now-deceased sex offender Jeffrey Epstein and the numerous sexual assault allegations against the British royal. (Getty)

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A royal insider told the Post in an e-mail: “This issue is being dealt with by The Duke of York’s legal team. Buckingham Palace will not be commenting further on this particular matter.”

Andrew has vehemently denied any claims of wrongdoing at the hands of his relationship with Epstein.

Epstein, 66, was found unresponsive in his cell at the Metropolitan Correctional Center in New York City in August. Despite the fact the financier died behind bars awaiting trial for sex trafficking, the top prosecutor said the feds’ investigation into his sex abuse network will continue because “Jeffrey Epstein couldn’t have done what he did without the assistance of others.”

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“And I can assure you that the investigation is moving forward,” Berman added.

Fox News’ Julius Young contributed to this report.

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‘Brady Bunch’ star Susan Olsen remembers her friendship with Florence Henderson: ‘All the love was genuine’

Susan Olsen still has vivid memories of “a lovely lady” who happened to be her TV mom.

Florence Henderson, who is famously known as perky matriarch Carol Brady in the ‘70s sitcom “The Brady Bunch,” passed away in November 2016 from heart failure at age 82. Feb. 14 — Valentine’s Day — would have been her birthday.

“Florence was the ultimate team player,” Olsen, who played the youngest daughter Cindy Brady, told Fox News. “She not only got along well with cast members but everyone on the set — electricians, makeup, everyone was a respected team member and one of her goals was to get everyone home to their families as soon as possible.”

“That said, if time allowed, she enjoyed creating deliberate bloopers,” the 58-year-old continued. “She would purposefully screw up a scene to get everyone laughing. Florence was all about putting smiles on peoples’ faces! When Joe Namath was our guest star, we were filming the scene where he says goodbye to the Brady family. In one take, Florence threw her arms around him and shouted, ‘Joe please take me away! I’m so sick of these kids!’ Joe didn’t miss a beat, he picked her up and carried her off-screen.”

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Florence Henderson (left) with her TV daughter Susan Olsen. (Photo by Toby Canham/Getty Images)

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Henderson was making a film in Norway in 1969 when she was asked to appear in the pilot episode of “The Brady Bunch,” the New York Times reported. The actress began her career as a stage musical performer in the 1950s. She was also a frequent guest on “The Tonight Show” and, in 1966, became one of the first women to be the show’s guest host.

“The Brady Bunch” ran from 1969 until 1974, but also spawned TV films, reunion specials, spinoffs and even two feature films, the outlet noted.

Olsen, a former child star, said Henderson was eager to share plenty of motherly advice when the pair weren’t filming.

“[She would tell me to] know your face, know how to do your own makeup,” Olsen explained. “Florence still arrived in the mornings for touch-ups but her point was to never be dependent on the makeup person. I think she may have learned this lesson herself on the day of her screen test for ‘The Brady Bunch.’ She arrived clean-faced and they had a makeup artist from the set of ‘Star Trek’ make her up. He made her look like some galactic siren, not what was suitable for Carol Brady.”

“In the early ‘90s when we were making the smash flop ‘The Bradys,’ we were all in Florida doing a talk show to promote it,” reflected Olsen. “It was outside and it was raining. The makeup people were stuck in traffic. Florence came to me and said, ‘Aren’t you glad you’re camera-ready? You never know what’s going to happen.’ Florence and I were the only ones made up and ready to go. We didn’t need to wait for the makeup people who were stuck in traffic.”

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Susan Olsen and Florence Henderson filming a scene of “The Brady Bunch,” circa 1969. (Photo by Walt Disney Television via Getty Images Photo Archives/Walt Disney Television via Getty Images)

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Long after “The Brady Bunch” came to an end, Henderson kept busy pursuing her passion for performance. In 2010, she appeared on “Dancing With the Stars,” but was eliminated in the televised competition after performing a tango to the “Brady Bunch” theme. Shortly before her death, Henderson was spotted in the show’s studio audience to support Maureen McCormick, who played her daughter Marcia Brady in “The Brady Bunch.”

Olsen said it’s easy to understand why Henderson is still such a beloved TV mom.

“I’ve always said that people are more psychic than given credit for,” she said. “Our audience saw that Florence’s love was genuine. All of the love between the cast members was genuine and people were drawn to that.”

Today, Olsen hopes audiences will remember Henderson for the way she made them feel, as well as how “their spirits [were] lifted and their faces smiling from her art.”

“That’s what she wanted to give,” Olsen added.

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Back in 2016, shortly before her death, Henderson told Fox News she was grateful to stay in touch with her “Brady” family.

“I do keep in touch with my Brady family,” she said at the time. “I was heartbroken over the loss of Ann B. Davis — Alice. She was such a great friend and a great talent. But I do keep in touch with them. And they all turned out to be really wonderful adults.”

Henderson also said she was “very proud” to be recognized as one of America’s favorite TV moms.

“I’m the youngest of 10 children,” she said. “And yet, I always feel like the mother of my siblings. That’s just the way it is. I have four children. I have five grandchildren. And, I don’t know, it’s like I’ve always been a caregiver.”

Henderson married Broadway casting director Ira Bernstein in 1956 but divorced in 1985, the New York Times noted. She married Dr. John Happas in 1987 and that union lasted until his death in 2002.

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When Henderson was asked in 1999 by the Archive of American Television on how she wanted to be remembered, she responded: “Probably as someone who survived for a long time in a very tough business and, hopefully, managed to retain a sense of humanity.”

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‘The Sinner’ star Bill Pullman reflects on his friendship with John Candy: ‘He took me under his wing’

Bill Pullman got his first big break at age 33 and currently has more than 70 films to his name — but the actor is now eager for a good thrill.

The 66-year-old is enjoying new fame as a TV star while appearing on USA Network’s critically acclaimed series titled “The Sinner” alongside Matt Bomer and Jessica Biel. The show, which first premiered in 2017, examines how and why ordinary people commit brutal crimes.

Despite the show’s success, Pullman isn’t afraid to revisit the past. In fact, he admitted that his former castmate and pal John Candy has been on his mind lately. The comedian, who is known for his roles in “Spaceballs,” “Splash” and “Cool Runnings,” passed away in 1994 at age 43 from a heart attack.

Pullman spoke to Fox News about one of his favorite memories involving Candy, whether he would play another American president after “Independence Day” and “1600 Penn,” as well as how Biel, 37, managed to surprise him on set.

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Fox News: You must have many, but what’s one memory of John Candy that makes you smile, or has remained vivid in your mind over the years?
Bill Pullman: Yeah, I think of John quite a bit. “Spaceballs” was my second movie, and he had been pretty successful and was so jovial. And I think of him a couple of times. I learned a lot from him and he took me under his wing. But one thing was that he had to sit in the makeup chair because he was Mog [in the film], half-man, half-dog. It took hours in those days.

There were seemingly lots more prosthetic pieces, and he was animated all the way through. I would be in and out and he would be teasing me, but it always reminded me of how important that makeup trailer can be to set the tone of the day, because he set a great tone, even though he had to sit there for a long time.

Fox News: You played an American president twice. Would you consider taking on that role a third time?
Pullman: I do have this unusual history of being president… I did something that was in the science fiction world and then something that was a comedy version of it.

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And I think maybe there’s something about that kind of interior side, of that personal side that is alone. I think of that with Robert Altman’s film on Nixon. That was so interesting. Philip Baker Hall played [President Richard] Nixon and that may be a direction I could see myself going in.

Fox News: You got your first big break in the film industry at age 33. What’s one piece of advice you would give to your younger self?
Pullman: I did end up coming to it late. Late bloomer, 33 when I was first in films, but now my son Louis is an actor, he’s just turned 27, so I get inclined to see if I can offer him any advice. And usually, I find that he’s way ahead of me. He’s figured out things faster than I ever did. But I think for the one thing that I have offered, I think is that sense of you can always remind yourself you’re not just looking to achieve the ordinary. You’re trying to find some angle that makes it somewhat extraordinary.

Fox News: Any chance you and your son might work together in a project either for “The Sinner” or something completely different?
Pullman: Well, Louis and I have done two movies together already. This is so rare, but we were both in “Battle of the Sexes” and “The Ballad of Lefty Brown.” In “The Ballad of Lefty Brown” we had a brief scene together. I really enjoy seeing him on the set and at this point, it’s good that we’re in separate scenes. He’s developing and I think it’s good. At some point we’ll circle back I think.

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Bill Pullman stars in “The Sinner.” (Photo by USA Network)

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Fox News: You have more than 70 films to your name. How do you feel about the fact that “The Sinner,” along with your character, has received so much praise?
Pullman: I’ve been making films and doing theater for a long time, and television, usually a limited series from time to time, but this is my first recurring role in a series. I’m so intrigued. Maybe that’s why I’ve waited so long. They got a character that I really can engage in each season in a lot of ways that are close to my interest in being an actor.

Fox News: What’s it been like working with Matt Bomer?
Pullman: Matt Bomer is a person of interest in this season. He’s a very cordial guy and had a strong part that he had to stay engaged with through a lot of months. I really admire him a lot.

Fox News: What surprised you the most about Jessica Biel?
Pullman: [While filming] there were a few times when she is physically resisting and I was amazed at how athletic she is. I have heard stories about her playing soccer and things like that, and she has a mean kick.

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Bill Pullman and Jessica Biel in ‘The Sinner.’ (Photo by USA Network)

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Fox News: You happen to be a fan of noir films. Are there any classic noir films that help you shape your character in “The Sinner”?
Pullman: Yeah, I think I’ve always had some kind of sense of affinity for noir films, the sense that sometimes it’s an individual who seems isolated and sometimes culpable for things that then is trying to sort out some compelling issue. But I think, when I first saw “Double Indemnity,” I think that was an eye-opener to me.

I liked the sense of… Usually, there’s some degree of betrayal involved. And then “Body Heat” was a movie that Larry Kasdan directed that was really intriguing to me, and, of course, “Chinatown.” I think the kind of performances that you see in there are very small, closely observed performances, where there are usually people hiding something, and that interests me.

Fox News: What was the biggest challenge that you faced filming this season?
Pullman: Well this series is interesting. It’s set in a small town in Western New York state, or upstate New York. And somehow we always end up in the woods. This season we shot it in the fall and it gets cold in the woods in the fall. And I’ve learned that there’re all kinds of new things that have batteries in them to keep you warm. You can get a hat that has batteries in it, and you can get socks. I know sportspeople have known this for a long time, but it’s new to me and I was glad that it was invented.

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Renee Zellweger pays tribute to ‘courageous men and women in uniform’ during Oscar speech

Renee Zellweger made sure American military service members weren’t forgotten during her acceptance speech at the 92nd Academy Awards on Sunday night.

The 50-year-old won best actress for her performance as the late Hollywood icon Judy Garland in the biopic “Judy.” During her speech, Zellweger thanked the American military for their service.

“I have to say that this past year of conversations celebrating Judy Garland across genders and … I’m sorry, it’s across generations and across cultures has been a really cool reminder that our heroes unite us. No, the best among us who inspire us to find the best in ourselves,” said Zellweger.

“They unite us,” she continued. “When we look to our heroes, we agree, and that matters. Neil Armstrong, Sally Ride, Dolores Huerta, Venus and Serena and Selena, Bob Dylan, Scorsese, Fred Rogers, Harriet Tubman. We agree on our teachers, and we agree on our courageous men and women in uniform who serve. We agree on our first responders and firefighters. When we celebrate our heroes, we’re reminded of who we are as one people united.”

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The actress also paid tribute to Garland, who passed away in 1969 at age 47 from a barbiturate overdose.

“No, Judy Garland did not receive this honor in her time,” noted the star. “I am certain that this moment is an extension of the celebration of her legacy that began on our film set. It’s also representative of the fact that her legacy of unique exceptionalism and inclusivity and generosity of spirit, it transcends any one artistic achievement. Miss Garland, you are certainly among the heroes who unite and define us, and this is certainly for you. I am so grateful.”

Zellweger also thanked her “immigrant folks,” who inspired her to pursue the American dream. She previously told People magazine her mother endured a difficult childhood in Norway during World War II. The outlet also noted her father immigrated from Switzerland.

“My immigrant folks who came here with nothing but each other and a belief in the American dream. How about this?” said Zellweger while holding her Oscar.

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Renee Zellweger stars as the late Hollywood icon in the biopic ‘Judy.’ (Official Teaser Trailer | Roadside Attractions)

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Before her Oscar win, Zellweger recalled her mother’s tumultuous upbringing before arriving in America.

“She was a tiny girl in World War II,” she explained to People magazine. “There’s a World War II museum in New Orleans, it’s an extraordinary experience. We walked it all and we were looking in the glass cases and my mom’s like, ‘Oh,’ and she pointed at a series of hand grenades. There were a bunch of hand grenades in the case and she said, ‘We used to play with those ones. Not those ones, not those ones, but those ones. We used to play with those!’“

“She was living in an occupied country and there were bullets falling from the sky and you had to run inside because that was part of your day. And you’d find one every now and then,” Zellweger continued. “It was a real treat apparently. ‘Don’t pull the pin! You better run!’ And when you think about that being your reality as a child, can you imagine the value system that you establish? And my brother and I have been the beneficiaries of that. She’s cool.”

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‘American Gigolo’ star Carole Cook recalls working with Richard Gere: ‘He was carrying the mother lode’

On Feb. 8, 1980 “American Gigolo” premiered in theaters, quickly transforming Richard Gere into a sought-after sex symbol and the Armani suit into a fashion-must have.

But for Carole Cook, it was another gig she was eager to take on — one that left an unforgettable impression on her.

The mystery film, directed by Paul Schrader, tells the tale of how a Los Angeles male escort (Gere), who mostly caters to an older female clientele, is accused of a murder he did not commit. The film also stars Hector Elizondo, Nina van Pallandt, as well as supermodel Lauren Hutton, among others.

The movie caused a stir for showcasing full-frontal male nudity, which Gere, now 70, previously told Entertainment Weekly that it happened naturally and wasn’t originally in the script.

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Feb. 8, 2020 marks the 40th anniversary of “American Gigolo” featuring Richard Gere, Lauren Hutton, Carole Cook and more. (Paramount Pictures)

Cook, who appeared in the film alongside Gere, spoke to Fox News about the original actor who ultimately turned “American Gigolo” down, what it was really like working with Gere, and how she unexpectedly paid tribute to her pal Lucille Ball while filming.

Fox News: Does it surprise you that “American Gigolo” is still getting a lot of buzz 40 years later?


Carole Cook: No, it doesn’t. The reason why I wanted to do it so much was that Paul Schrader wrote it and directed it. He was edgy – I love that word. And Paul Schrader is terrific. So for me, it was fabulous for me to do this. But 40?! I want you to know I was a child star at the time *laughs*.

Fox News: Is it true that John Travolta was originally in the film before Richard Gere?
Cook: That is true. At the time, his manager approached me and said, “There’s a part in the film that I think you should consider.” I said, “Loved to.” And that was that. But then I heard that John Travolta was not doing it.  Then I thoughts, “Oops, there goes the part.” But Paul Schrader met with me anyway. He said, “You still have the part – welcome aboard.” That’s when I then learned of Richard Gere. And this film made Richard a star.

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Supermodel Lauren Hutton starred in the motion picture, which premiered in 1980. (Paramount Pictures)

I wish I could remember which movie John Travolta ended up doing after getting out of “American Gigolo.” But whatever he did, he did it well too *laughs*. They both are still big stars today.

Fox News: What was your first impression of Richard?
Cook: A gentleman. He was so cordial. All my scenes were in his in the movie so I really didn’t get to know anybody else. But he was so friendly right from the beginning. My scenes with him were so wonderful. I do remember that he was always very quiet and so observant.

And apparently, he was carrying the mother lode on that movie! But I’m telling you, he looked fabulous and he was a wonderful actor. I was very impressed with him. He really was there to work and be the best that he could be. And that was good enough. There was no ego.

I remembered how fabulous he looked. When he would get his ensembles together in a scene – oh, how wonderful. I remembered at the time, “This is something you would normally see the woman do in a film. But he made it look so swell.” He made Armani so popular and it’s easy to see why.

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“When Richard looks at you, he really sees you,” Cook tells Fox News of Gere’s acting chops. (Paramount Pictures)

I love doing those intimate scenes with him. He made me feel like a Southern grande dame. And I took to that right away. I almost needed a mint julep after filming a scene *laughs*. It was just swell! When Richard looks at you, he really sees you. And that helped! It certainly inspires you. Let’s not get dirty here. But it does. Forget sexual – he had a very seductive manner to him. You just wanted to talk to him and find out who he really is.

Fox News: What did you think of Paul Schrader?
Cook: I just thought Paul Schrader was wonderful. As I said, he had an edge, which I loved at the time.

Fox News: What did you think of Lauren Hutton?
Cook: She was a very famous model at the time. I thought that was damn brave of her to do that. That was a big part for her to take on. I wished I was able to work with her more closely, but all my scenes were with Richard – not that I’m complaining. But I remember it being a very enjoyable experience.

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Carole Cook revealed that John Travolta was originally in the film before Richard Gere. (Getty, Reuters)


Fox News: This film is recognized as a mainstream Hollywood movie that showcases frontal male nudity. How shocking was this back then?

Cook: That was the talk all over Hollywood. But I thought it was the men that make the motion pictures, which is why you don’t see frontal male nudity in films. Sure, they’ll have women do all sorts of things and put them in all kinds of positions, but they don’t have the men doing the same because apparently, the men are the ones in charge.

But everyone was talking about it at the time. But even seeing a man where all the gorgeous clothes – generally, that was a woman’s part in a movie. I thought it was daring. I mean, we are still talking about it now. It certainly made Richard’s career. And I guess John Travolta didn’t do so bad himself. *laughs*.

Fox News: What’s a fun fact about the film that would surprise viewers today?
Cook: I actually wore a dress in it that my dear friend Lucille Ball gave me. It was actually one of her favorite dresses to wear. She later gave me the dress and it stayed in my wardrobe… I remember going through my wardrobe one day and seeing it again. I thought, “That’s a perfect dress for the film.”

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“American Gigolo” was directed by Paul Schrader and follows a Los Angeles male escort, played by Richard Gere, who omstly caters to an older female clientele. (Paramount Pictures)

Lucille Ball called me and said, “Well honey, I saw that you wore my dress!” I sure did. I still remember it vividly. It was brown with a brown mink collar. I brought several dresses to the set and Paul chose that one. You may not be stunned by it when you see it, but I thought it was an elegant dress to wear, one that was given to me by a dear friend. And somewhere in my closet, I still have that dress. It’s funny, I have red hair still and I always joke, “Lucille Ball left me all of her old hair dye and I’m almost running out because she didn’t know I was going to live this long!”

Fox News: Have you stayed in touch with Richard?
Cook: I haven’t seen him much over the years. But my opinion of him has held up over the years. In fact, I remember doing the Broadway show “42nd Street” and he was on Broadway too doing “Bent.” We saw each other then and he couldn’t have been nicer. He was also wonderful in the play. It only confirmed it for me – I was right about his acting. Not only does he look good, but he can act! I just have fond memories of working with him. That’s all there is to it.

And I gotta tell you, he looks better with grey hair, I think. He looks fabulous. Well, I guess it’s because I have quite of bit of grey hair under this red dye. That’s gotta be it.

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Meghan Markle, Prince Harry ‘are looking at houses’ in Los Angeles, pal claims

It looks like Meghan Markle and her husband Prince Harry will be soaking up the sun this summer at the Duchess of Sussex’s hometown.

“They love being in Canada, but they are looking at houses in L.A., too,” a friend who is part of their close circle told People magazine in this week’s issue.

“They’ll likely have houses in both places,” added the pal.

According to the outlet, the former American actress has a big support system in Los Angeles, including her mother Doria Ragland, as well as several friends who visited the couple on Vancouver Island, where they have been staying with their son Archie.

The insider said life in Vancouver Island is similar to the one Markle, 38, enjoyed in Los Angeles.

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The Duke and Duchess of Sussex will be splitting their time between the U.K. and North America. (Photo by Karwai Tang/WireImage)

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“[The couple] go for long walks, they do yoga, and Meghan cooks,” said the friend. “They are real homebodies who love to chill out with Archie and the dogs,”

The outlet noted that Markle once wrote on her now-defunct lifestyle blog The Tig: “I was born and raised in Los Angeles, a California girl who lives by the ethos that most things can be cured with either yoga, the beach or a few avocados.”

The British royal and former American actress kicked off the New Year by announcing on Jan. 8 they were stepping back as senior royals and instead splitting their time between the U.K. and North America.

However, pals claimed that Markle and Harry aren’t just sitting back and relaxing far away from the rest of the British royal family. They said the pair is actively working on “laying the groundwork” for their own charity foundation.

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Meghan Markle originally starred in ‘Suits’ before becoming a member of the British royal family. (Shane Mahood/USA Network/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)

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“These plans take a lot of time, and staff is putting in the legwork to prepare it properly and make sure it delivers on the expectations and the couple’s ambitions,” said a source. “[Harry] really cares about his work. He’s a good guy. It’s full throttle for them right now. They have a lot happening in 2020, and it will be really exciting to see.”

Back in October 2019, Princess Diana’s former butler Paul Burrell told Fox News he wouldn’t be surprised if the Duke and Duchess of Sussex would eventually consider leaving the U.K. altogether to escape the intense British press.

Burrell served as a footman to Harry’s grandmother Queen Elizabeth II before he began working for the Princess of Wales in 1987 until her passing.

“Diana was looking for a refuge to take her children,” said Burrell at the time. “She looked at South Africa herself because [her brother] Charles Spencer has an estate in South Africa. So the princess decided to disguise it by going to visit Christiaan Barnard, the heart surgeon. She was also looking for an estate or property, but she couldn’t find one in South Africa, and security was an issue there.”

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Princess Diana on a ski holiday with her sons in Lech, Austria, on March 25, 1994. (Kent Gavin/Mirrorpix/Getty Images)

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Burrell alleged Diana was considering moving across the pond.

“She turned her search to America,” he claimed. “Ironically, we had the plans for a house on the west coast of America in Malibu. It used to be owned by Blake Edwards and [his wife] Julie Andrews. We had the plans for that house, and we dedicated the rooms to William and Harry and the princess. Myself and my wife and the children were going to live above the house. So her future was turning towards America.”

“And I do believe wholeheartedly that Meghan will want to bring up her children as half American, so they will need a place here,” added Burrell. “It wouldn’t surprise me if they bought a place in the United States.”

Burrell pointed out that the former “Suits” star has been treated unfairly by the tabloids since becoming a member of the British royal family when she married Harry in May 2018.

“I just feel we should give them space to develop as a young family and as a newlywed couple,” he explained. “She’s only been married to him for a year. She’s a newlywed. She’s a wife, a mother, a royal — all in one year — as well as being embraced by a family who is renowned for not having really much love. They’re not used to expressing their emotions… Do we really want to chase two people down the same path [as Diana]?”

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Princess Diana’s former butler Paul Burrell. (Reuters)

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Burrell noted that unlike Prince William, who is second in line to the British royal throne, his younger brother Harry is still trying to carve out his own role within the family. Harry is sixth in line after William’s three children: Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis.

“William and [his wife] Kate [Middleton], they have a road map in front of them,” said Burrell. “They know exactly where they’re destined. Meghan and Harry don’t. They’re trying to forge their way forward, and I just feel it’s very unfair, as Meghan said, to have so much vitriolic media pointed in your direction. I think it’s really unfair and I think the media should lay off of them, let them live and give then oxygen to develop a young family. Otherwise, we’ll lose them.”

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Prince William, Kate Middleton weren’t prepared for stars to mock Prince Andrew, ‘Megxit,’ insider claims

Prince William and his wife Kate Middleton were apparently not prepared for the shocking jokes made by Hollywood about their family.

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge walked the red carpet for the BAFTAs (British Academy of Film and Television Arts) at London’s Royal Albert Hall Sunday night.

The ceremony is noted for being Britain’s equivalent of the Oscars. It is the fourth consecutive year the British royal couple has attended the ceremony. It is also William’s 10th anniversary as BAFTA’s president.

William, 37, and Middleton, 38, sat front row and appeared tense at the ceremony as stars such as Brad Pitt and Rebel Wilson poked fun at “Megxit” and Prince Andrew.

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“The feedback is that many of the stars stepped out of line in front of the patron, which is the Duke of Cambridge,” U.K. media commentator Neil Sean told Fox News. “William is a huge supporter of films and spoke openly in his speech about the lack of diversity at the awards.”

Sean noted the star who “offended the most” was Wilson, who had no problem poking fun at recent royal controversies. The Australian actress, who took to the stage as a presenter in the “Best Director” category, was quick to crack jokes that drew gasps from the audience.

“It is really great to be here at the Royal Andrew… uh, Royal Harry, no, at this royal palace place,” the 39-year-old quipped, referencing William’s uncle and younger brother, respectively.

The camera then immediately cut to William and Middleton who looked visibly uncomfortable by the commentary.

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Following a disastrous interview with the BBC about his relationship with accused pedophile Jeffrey Epstein, Andrew announced in November 2019 that he asked his mother Queen Elizabeth II if he can “step back” from his public duties.

As for Harry, 35, the prince and his wife Meghan Markle announced in January that they will take “a step back” as senior members of the royal family and instead work independently, splitting their time between the U.K. and North America.

Pitt also poked fun at “Megxit” while having Margot Robbie accept his award for best-supporting actor.

The 56-year-old was unable to attend the event but tasked his “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood” co-star with accepting the accolade on his behalf and reading a few tongue-in-cheek remarks he had prepared.

“He says that he is going to name this Harry,” said the 29-year-old, holding up the trophy. “Because he is really excited about bringing it back to the states with him… His words, not mine!”

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“This was not met with the smiling faces that you saw on the final edited version of the show,” claimed Sean, saying the broadcast had been allegedly edited so that there were minimal reaction shots from the royal couple.

Sean further alleged: “A mole also told me that to ensure that the royals are not embarrassed or made fun of again at such a prestigious event like this one… they will have a ‘moral clause’ inserted into their acceptance agreement ensuring that due reverence is given to the royal couple who gave their time and support to such a wonderful celebration of film and is respected.”

However, not every moment at the ceremony was an awkward experience for the pair, Sean insisted.

“I can reveal that Kate loved ‘Judy,’ which starred Renee Zellweger,” Sean said. “[She] told the star and team how much she had enjoyed the whole performance… and in particular, the fact that Renee sang the film songs in character on stage in front of an audience.”

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BAFTA winner Renee Zellweger and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge speak at the EE British Academy Film Awards 2020 at Royal Albert Hall on February 2, 2020, in London, England. ((Photo by Jeff Gilbert – WPA Pool / Getty Images))

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And Middleton supposedly wasn’t the only royal who supported Zellweger’s performance. Sean claimed Prince Philip enjoyed revisiting his past, saying the Duke of Edinburgh saw the late Hollywood icon live “many times” when she performed in London.

“Judy was also a close friend of the queen’s sister Princess Margaret,” Sean added.

After the ceremony, William and Middleton met the winners of the 27 award categories, including Joaquin Phoenix, who was named best actor for “Joker.”

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“Lovely to meet you,” William told the 45-year-old actor, People magazine reported. “I absolutely loved ‘The Joker.’ It was brilliant. I put it off and put it off before watching it, as people kept telling me ‘be careful when you choose to watch it.’ I’m glad I didn’t watch it before bed, but huge congratulations on an amazing performance.”

The outlet said Phoenix praised William for his speech, which addressed the lack of diversity in the awards nominations.

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SI Swimsuit model Brooks Nader reflects on becoming a rookie, famous sheer dress: ‘I’ve always liked my body’

Brooks Nader doesn’t mind causing a stir wherever she goes.

The Baton Rouge beauty made heads turn when she attended Sports Illustrated Swimsuit’s first-ever open casting call in Miami in 2018 and earned a spot in the final six out of more than 10,000 applicants. After strutting her stuff for famed photographer Yu Tsai in Paradise Island, The Bahamas, Nader was named the 2019 model search winner. For her upcoming rookie spread, Nader headed to Bali, where she was once again photographed by Tsai, this time for the sizzling issue.

But many were first introduced to Nader when she bared nearly all at the Sports Illustrated Sportsperson of the Year awards in December 2019 by rocking a dangerously sheer dress that went viral overnight. Despite the backlash Nader endured, she isn’t feeling the heat these days.

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Brooks Nader is the SI Swim Search winner. (Photo by Cindy Ord/Getty Images for Maybelline New York)

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The star, represented by The Lions, spoke to Fox News about her famous mini-dress, posing for SI and how she copeswith criticism, and she shared a fun facts every fan should know about her.

Fox News: You caused a sensation when you attended the Sports Illustrated Sportsperson of the Year awards. When you saw your dress on the hanger, were you thinking, “I’m going to go viral after I wear this?”
Brooks Nader: No [laughs] When I saw all the stuff about that dress, even the designer who designed the dress was like, “Wait, was it really that sheer?” It was really dark… I really didn’t know it was that sheer when I tried it on. And then with the flash on the red carpet, I thought it was just a normal event. But then when I saw it I was like, “Oh, it looks kind of cool. It’s pretty sheer, I kind of like it.” [laughs]

So when people were commenting mean stuff about the sheer dress — whatever — I kind of don’t really care because I really liked the dress and it was such an empowering event. Megan Rapinoe won Sportsperson of the Year. She was talking about how unapologetic she is with the signature move that she does when she scores a goal.

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Brooks Nader attends the Sports Illustrated Sportsperson Of The Year 2019 at The Ziegfeld Ballroom on December 09, 2019, in New York City. (Photo by Bennett Raglin/Getty Images for Sports Illustrated Sportsperson of the Year 2019)

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And people say it’s arrogant. … That’s what the whole event was about — her being totally unapologetic for who she was. And she’s like, “I’m accepting of myself. You guys should be accepting of me too and not give me so much hate for being myself when I score a goal. If I do something awesome, I should be able to celebrate it.”

And so I was kind of like, “Well I’m a rookie this year so I can wear a sheer dress if I want to.” Not really [laughs] but I mean I thought it looked good and half the people thought it did, half the people thought it didn’t. … I think people that comment mean things and give hate over stuff like that just kind of have nothing better to do. I really did like the dress and I thought it looked good. So that’s that.

Fox News: You previously participated in the SI Swim Search competition. What made you take a chance on that opportunity?
Nader: I really wanted to be in Sports Illustrated. I’ve always admired the girls and what it represents. I was told by the agency at that time, “Oh, I don’t think that they’ll like you. We can’t send you into the casting. I don’t think it’s going to be a good fit.” They put me on the back burner with that.

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Brooks Nader attends the 2019 Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Runway Show During Miami Swim Week At W South Beach – Front Row/Backstage at WET poolside lounge at W South Beach on July 14, 2019, in Miami Beach, Florida. (Photo by Alexander Tamargo/Getty Images for Sports Illustrated)

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I basically heard about an open call from Camile [Kostek] and Haley [Kalil], who won the year before me. I saw it all over their Instagram and saw it advertised in Miami. So I was like, “… I really want to be in it this year somehow. So this is my only other chance.”

I went to the open call. There were thousands of girls in Miami in the summer. You wait in line outside. You’re sweating like crazy … but it was totally worth it. I met so many girls that I’m still friends with. That’s what I tell people now when they ask me if they should do it. If anything, you’ll definitely get to meet the editors. You’ll definitely make friends and connections if you’re trying to be a model. It’s putting yourself out there, and you’ll totally regret it if you don’t go.

Fox News: What was your first shoot like? 
Nader: I got the call from [editor] MJ [Day]… [She was] like, “All right, pack your bags. You’re going to the Bahamas to shoot with Yu Tsai.” No pressure. So I was obviously a little bit nervous. I tried to just have a good mindset going into it and not be too nervous, even though I had never really done a bikini shoot like that… I was a little nervous but literally the second that we started shooting, everything went away.

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Brooks Nader said she was initially nervous shooting for SI. (Yu Tsai)

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He made me feel so comfortable. I love photographers that are really encouraging and he’s always like, “Gorgeous, gorgeous, you look so beautiful.” Even if I wasn’t doing the right thing, he made you feel like you were just crushing it. That was the best part about it, was being able to shoot with him and being able to have MJ behind the camera being like, “Oh my gosh, I love that shot.”

I mean everyone was so encouraging and their energy was uplifting, so that was a crazy experience. … You wake up at 4 a.m. for hair and makeup and you shoot until sunset. But with him and the whole team, you’re running on adrenaline and you’re just so excited that I genuinely didn’t get tired the whole time.

Fox News: You won the competition. Who was your first phone call?
Nader: I was in such disbelief. I was so shocked because we had to wait for so long after voting. … I think I FaceTimed my mom first, and she was driving and she was like, “Oh my gosh, I have to pull over. I’m crying,” because she was with me from the beginning of the process to the end.

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Brooks Nader attends Sports Illustrated Swimsuit x W South Beach Host Miami Swim Week Kickoff Party at W Hotel on July 12, 2019, in Miami, Florida. ((Photo by Alexander Tamargo/Getty Images for Sports Illustrated)

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She’s also a real big drama queen, so she was like, “I’m crying so hard I have to pull the car over on the interstate.” And then my dad, I called my dad and he was super excited. And then I called my now-husband and he was also very excited.

My whole family in Louisiana was voting for me every day because it was won by a vote, basically. And my grandmother, it took her 20 minutes to submit one vote. But she voted as many times as she could. [laughs] It meant so much to them to know that all their votes paid off.

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Fox News: Looking back, how were you discovered as a model?
Nader: I was discovered as a model when I was 18 years old. I was actually in New York for an internship. I was attending Tulane University for finance. … I moved to New York for the summer and was out at a bar. Somebody who worked with Wilhelmina, which was my first agency, asked me if I had ever considered modeling. And I obviously took it as a compliment, but I didn’t entertain the idea right away. I went back to school for my sophomore year, but then I was thinking about it. It was kind of always in the back of my mind when I was studying and [being] miserable, crunching numbers. I was like, “What if I could be a model?” So then I just basically dropped out after my sophomore year and moved to New York and signed with my first agency. That was my discovery story.

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Brooks Nader was originally pursuing finance before taking on the modeling world. ((Photo by Alexander Tamargo/Getty Images for Sports Illustrated)

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Fox News: It’s been reported you initially had a difficult time modeling because you didn’t have the typical body type for the industry. 
Nader: There were certain people [who were] not accepting of curvier body types, people that are bustier, girls that “Sports Illustrated”-type brands gravitate towards. So that was obviously a little disheartening to hear no. Nobody wants to hear no. But a lot of the most successful models that I know have always been told no in the beginning. If anything, I feel like it was a little bit more motivation to keep going. And now luckily the industry has shifted.

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Brooks Nader walks the runway during the 2019 Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Runway Show During Miami Swim Week At W South Beach – Runway at WET poolside lounge at W South Beach on July 14, 2019, in Miami Beach, Florida. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images for Sports Illustrated)

SPORTS ILLUSTRATED SWIMSUIT MODEL CAMILLE KOSTEK SAYS SHE WAS ONCE TOLD BY AN AGENCY TO GAIN WEIGHT

I wasn’t ever plus-size or anything. I was just a little curvier than what the New York market for models was used to. I’ve always liked my body. I was bustier growing up. I thought that people would be receptive to that in New York, but it was obviously challenging at first. But now I’m in a really good place, mainly because a brand like “Sports Illustrated” noticed me.

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Fox News: How do you stay in swimsuit-ready shape all year?
Nader: I try to do everything in moderation and not limit myself too much. If I want a sweet I’ll just have portion control and have a little bit of a cupcake instead of four cupcakes. I think that you can totally drive yourself crazy if you go on insane diets for long periods of time. You’re just going to crack. It’s taken me a while to just do everything in moderation — try and eat healthy as much as you can.

Fox News: What’s your cheat meal?
Nader: This is so weird, but I love McDonald’s. I eat cheeseburgers and french fries from McDonald’s on my cheat days, which people might find gross. But I love McDonald’s and I love pizza and I love wine. So that would probably be my meal, a very weird meal.

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Fox News: What are some fun facts our viewers should know about you? 
Nader: I am obsessed with eating jalapenos out of the jar. And I also drink pickle juice all the time. I don’t have a Southern accent, but whenever I go home or am around my friends from home, my Southern side starts to come out. And people are like, “Wait, that’s so weird. You just talked like a different person.”  I used to have a little bit of a Southern accent, and then when I moved to New York I felt so strange saying “y’all” all the time and sounding so country. So when I go home I just totally unleash and let it all out.

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Brooks Nader attends the 2019 Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Runway Show During Miami Swim Week At W South Beach – Front Row/Backstage at WET poolside lounge at W South Beach on July 14, 2019, in Miami Beach, Florida. (. (Photo by Alexander Tamargo/Getty Images for Sports Illustrated)

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And then another weird quirk is … This is a good one — I used to be really scared to sleep alone in my bed, even up until the age of 18. I was scared that a robber was going to come in and steal from us. I had all these crazy paranoias. … My little sister would fall asleep. She was 12, and I would literally run across the house when my parents would fall asleep at the age of 18, all the way up until 20 when I’d come home from college, and pick her up and run across to the other side of the house and put her in my bed. … I would carry her across the house to sleep with me because I thought that it would help prevent us from getting robbed. Such a weird thing to do but I was really scared.

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