Shadowhunters Star Isaiah Mustafa Marries Lisa Mitchell — All the Details!

He’s an actor in Freeform’s hit supernatural show. She was a publicist for Warner Brothers. And when they met in the green room backstage at a comic book convention, it really was love at first sight.

Shadowhunters star Isaiah Mustafa married Lisa Mitchell on Saturday in a rustic and romantic Texas ceremony just over two years after she first caught his eye at WonderCon in March 2016.

“I feel like right away when I met him, it was different,” Mitchell, 36, tells PEOPLE exclusively. “The connection was — I always say magnetic, but it was. Immediately, I was so drawn to him.”

Her groom, 44, agrees. “I just never met someone who was so well put together as far as the way she spoke and carried herself. That it blew me away,” he says. “I had to know her more.”

For their first date, he remembers picking her up in a Toyota truck — not exactly the most glamorous mode of transportation. Still, “I was just like, wow,” he says. “She’s just sitting there, and she was just glowing.”

Their relaxed wedding at Camp Lucy in Austin, Texas, reflected the couple’s easygoing nature and deep commitment to each other. Mustafa — also known as “The Old Spice Guy” — grew up in Los Angeles and Mitchell in Jupiter, Florida, “so we figured we’d meet in the middle of the country and make everybody fly out,” the actor says.

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The groom wore a custom Elevee tux with a hint of the event’s wine-colored theme, and the bride stunned in Monique Lhuillier’s Emannuela gown and a cathedral-length veil.

After Mustafa’s teenage daughter Haley walked him down the aisle, they exchanged the vows they wrote themselves beneath a tall oak tree in front of about 150 guests before heading into the reception in the estate’s country house, where everyone danced to songs by L.A. rock abnd Doors and, later, a DJ. During the father-daughter dance to “It’s a Wonderful World” by Louis Armstrong, Mustafa twirled with Haley as Mitchell swayed with her dad.

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The attendees — including Mustafa’s costars Harry Shum Jr., Alberto Rosende and Emeraude Toubia — sipped on Moscow Mules and ate upscale comfort food like salmon with figs and macaroni and cheese.

“We feel so blessed to have such amazing friends and family that all traveled to Austin to celebrate with us,” Mitchell says. “It was just everything we dreamed it would be.”

What’s next for the newlyweds? “Putting a pool in our backyard,” Mustafa says with a laugh before adding, “Definitely kids also.”

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Lisa Vanderpump Is Looking for Homes for Two Rescue Dogs

Lisa Vanderpump and dog Giggy at The Vanderpump Dog Center in Los Angeles, California.
Lisa Vanderpump and dog Giggy at The Vanderpump Dog Center in Los Angeles, California. Rodin Eckenroth/Getty Images

Looking for a home! Lisa Vanderpump is on a mission to find forever homes for two adorable dogs, Mopsy and Lisa, whom she and her Vanderpump Dog Foundation recently rescued from terrible conditions.

Vanderpump, 57, shared an Instagram clip on Friday, April 20, to tell the story about what the sweet pooches had endured under the care of their previous owners. “Meet Mopsy & Lisa, two of our newest rescues! They came from horrific conditions and suffered serious neglect,” she captioned the video. “Nevertheless it didn’t break their spirits! They are now at the @VanderpumpDogs Rescue Center – clean, happy and patiently awaiting their forever homes! Stop by and meet them today! 💕🐶.”

The video described the pooches’ living conditions, saying that they had been surviving on occasional food from the neighbors, were living outside surrounded by their own waste, and had severe sores and injuries from being neglected. They were brought in to The Vanderpump Dog Center and properly cared for and are now ready to be adopted. “These precious pups have been through a lot, and yet are still so joyous and happy… all that’s missing is you!! Come visit them and give them their fur-ever home they so greatly deserve! 💕🐶,” the Vanderpump Dogs Instagram page captioned the same video.

The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills star recently revealed that she adopted another dog named Binky Boo, who also had a rough start in her life. “Binky spent first 7 months in a tiny cage, moving was impossible, sad dog, but now a bouncing bear at Villa Rosa,” she tweeted on Wednesday, April 18. She also shared a photo on Instagram from Binky’s debut on the reality show. “Binky Boo surrendered after months of being in a cage where she couldn’t stand up,” she explained. “I said no more dogs after our loss, she was very sad at the rescue so it was agreed she would stay with us for three days. That was then and this now!”

Binky is now the eighth dog who lives in the TV star’s home, and the first one she’s brought in since losing her dog Pikachu in October 2017 and Pink in September 2017. The dog lover attended the premiere of her documentary, The Road to Yulin and Beyond, at the Awareness Film Festival in L.A. in October and spoke to Us Weekly about her loss.

“To even talk about that right now — having lost two of my dogs in just a few days has been unbelievable. At this time, it’s difficult to do it,” she told Us.

“We’re trying to create a humane environment for dogs everywhere,” she said about the film, which draws attention to the Yulin Dog Meat Festival and its horrifying practices. “It is important for us to be here, and I thank everybody else for coming out and supporting this short documentary. But it’s been a wonderful year as well because the Vanderpump Dog Rescue Center has already adopted out, I think, 250 dogs from the kill shelters.”

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Lisa Bonet Rips Into Bill Cosby: “I Don’t Need To Say, ‘I Told You So’”

For those of you who don’t know your Cosby Show history, Lisa Bonet, who played Denise Huxtable, had a contentious relationship with Bill Cosby in real life. Cosby was also allegedly upset Bonet became pregnant by Lenny Kravitz and did a nude scene in the 1987 movie Angel Heart. She was reportedly fired from the sitcom in April of 1991, due to “creative differences.” Bonet has never appeared at any of the multiple Cosby Show reunions and she has barely spoken about her former boss — until now.

In an interview with Net-a-Porter, Bonet didn’t hold back when discussing the 80-year-old who has been accused of sexual misconduct by countless women. When asked if the Cosby allegations “tainted” her memories of The Cosby Show, she said, “No, it’s exactly as I remember it.” She also made it clear she was not aware of him being an alleged sexual predator, but she did sense a “sinister, shadow energy.”

“There was no knowledge on my part about his specific actions, but… There was just energy. And that type of sinister, shadow energy cannot be concealed.” You sensed a darkness? “Always. And if I had anything more to reveal then it would have happened a long time ago. That’s my nature. The truth will set you free.”

She also added, “I don’t need to say, ‘I told you so.’ I just leave all that to karma and justice and what will be.”

Well, damn. You can’t be any clearer than that. We will see if Cosby or anyone else from the sitcom responds. However, Bonet clearly has nothing to lose by saying exactly what is on her mind.


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‘RHOBH’ Recap: Lisa Vanderpump Brings Kyle to Tears

Life’s a beach – sometimes. On the Tuesday, February 6, episode of The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills, Teddi Mellencamp was getting organized to have the women over to her beach house. Even though she and Dorit Kemsley and had been fighting, she’d invited Dorit to join… and Dorit accepted.

Meanwhile, Dorit’s husband was basking in the afterglow of his over-the-top 50th birthday. Still, he enjoyed breaking some news to his wife, who had performed “Fever” with Boy George in the midst of the event. “George loves to sing with singers that can’t sing,” PK told Dorit. Dorit laughed it off, perhaps because she was too busy fighting with Teddi.

Dorit Vs. Teddi

Dorit was hurt that Kyle Richards had sided with Teddi instead of her during their battle over the serving of wine in a champagne glass. Meanwhile Teddi told Kyle Richards that her ongoing argument with Dorit was like “Chinese water torture.” Dorit and Kyle then met up for a meal with Lisa Vanderpump, who happily announced that the lawsuit that had been filed against her had been dropped.

Then the conversation turned towards Dorit’s battle with Teddi. Kyle asked if Dorit was offended that she had chimed in and Dorit made it clear that she was. Kyle and Vanderpump then got into it about whether Vanderpump had sided with Dorit. One thing led to another and finally Dorit told Kyle she loved Vanderpump more than she loved her. Kyle broke down in tears. Then Vanderpump stormed out – she was angry that they weren’t celebrating her legal victory.

Kyle Richards
Kyle Richards

Kyle and Dorit then forgot about their own issues and started complaining about Vanderpump instead. Dorit then mentioned details about Vanderpump’s childhood that Kyle didn’t know. Kyle didn’t like that Vanderpump had confided in Dorit and not her. “It hurts,” Kyle said to the camera.

Babes on the Beach

Dorit, Kyle, Vanderpump, Erika Jayne and Teddi met up at Teddi’s beach house for the mini-getaway. (Lisa Rinna missed it because she was filming Days of Our Lives.) Dorit arrived with loads of food, which was her version of extending an olive branch to Teddi. Two minutes later, though, Dorit, Kyle, and Vanderpump got into it. Vanderpump said she’d felt dismissed and they argued she was only upset because the focus wasn’t on her.

Erika Jayne

Erika Jayne“If Dorit was sitting there crying, would you have gotten up and left?” Kyle asked. “I don’t know,” Vanderpump admitted. Kyle decided this meant Vanderpump didn’t care about her very much. They continued their fight later by a fire pit, but eventually Vanderpump apologized and Kyle seemed to feel better.

Tell Us: Do you think Vanderpump and Kyle truly made up?

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Lisa Rinna’s Daughters Reveal the Very Unique Way She Taught Them About Sex in This Real Housewives of Beverly Hills Sneak Peek

Lisa Rinna, Real Housewives of Beverly Hills, RHOBHThere’s preparing your children for the world as a parent and then there’s…this.
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‘RHOBH’ Recap: Dorit’s Husband Claims Lisa Rinna Is a ‘Schizophrenic’

What happens in Vegas, comes back to Beverly Hills. Dorit Kemsley wasted no time debriefing to her husband, PK, about how she bonded with Erika Girardi during their trip to Sin City. Though Dorit said she still didn’t really want to invite Lisa Rinna to her upcoming birthday party, she didn’t want her to be the only one left out.

Meanwhile, Kyle Richards and her family were busy preparing to leave on their family vacation to Croatia. Kyle couldn’t escape soon enough, as she and her husband were deep in “renovation hell” redoing their home.

Ladies Who Lunch

Teddi Mellencamp Arroyave met with Rinna for lunch. Though Lisa Vanderpump and Dorit had tried to “warn” Teddi about Rinna, Teddi liked her and decided to make her own decisions about which women to befriend. Teddi and Rinna bonded over their alleged rejection of things such as Cartier bracelets. As they bonded over that, Rinna reapplied her makeup. Enough said. Teddi then mentioned that she was inviting several of the women to watch her in a horse jumping competition – more on that later.

Birthday Babies

The eve of Dorit’s birthday dinner arrived and everyone gathered to celebrate. Teddi brought her husband, Edwin. Hosted by Vanderpump and (unofficially) her husband Ken, the party kicked off with martinis. Rinna was happy that she was invited, but was nervous just the same. Also in attendance were Camille Grammer, her girlfriend Kimber, and Erika. There was a surprise guest as well: Jagger, Dorit’s son. “Jagger is my heart and soul,” Dorit said before admitting she also loved her new Birkin bag.

Dorit Kemsley’s son
Dorit Kemsley’s son Bravo

Shortly after arriving at dinner, Jagger called Erika the “bad guy.” Dorit swore to the camera that she never said that. “My son’s very into bad guys and superheroes,” Dorit said. Shortly after that, Rinna decided to make a speech. “We are in a really nice place, so thank you and happy birthday to you,” Rinna said.

Daddy’s Girl … Not So Much

Erika met the man who was collaborating with her on her book. Through their chat, she re-emphasized just how nonexistent her relationship was with her father. “I just knew that whatever I was searching for was not there,” she shrugged. “It is what it is.” The collaborator didn’t seem completely convinced that Erika was as over it as she claimed, but he didn’t push it – at least for now.

Horsing Around

Vanderpump, Rinna, and Dorit arrived to watch Teddi compete at the horse show. Dorit ignored Teddi’s advice and arrived in open-toed shoes, which weren’t great for the dusty grounds – but Dorit liked her look so she wasn’t too worried about it. Teddi rode her trainer’s horse, admitting that having her own horse was too rich for her blood. She completed the course quite smoothly and actually took first place. All of the women were very impressed, especially Vanderpump, who was the only one who seemed to know anything about horses.

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The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills BRAVO

Dinner Party for Four

Dorit decided she wanted PK and Edwin to know each other, so she invited them over for an intimate dinner. “My husband loves my cooking,” Dorit bragged to the camera. Yes, she cooked dinner – so she said. They quickly got down to business, with Dorit admitting she had been engaged twice before PK. Then Teddi revealed she and Edwin had struggled through IVF. “You also feel bad, because you feel like you’re failing,” she cried to the camera.

Over dinner, PK warned Teddi and Edwin about their experience with Rinna. “He thinks Lisa Rinna is schizophrenic,” Dorit said. “She’s one person one minute and then another person another minute. She’s rage and regret – rage and regret,” Dorit said. She then basically ragged on Rinna for making a speech during her birthday party.

“I’m confused. You just had this big moment where you’ve forgiven each other,” Teddi said to the camera. “And now you’re at a dinner, talking about it again. That’s not forgiveness, in my opinion.” She is an accountability coach, so that assessment isn’t so surprising.

Tell Us: Do you think Dorit and Rinna have really buried the hatchet?

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Liz Hurley, 52, looks stunning in age-defying white dress as she’s joined by Mel Sykes and Lisa Snowdon at charity event

ELIZABETH Hurley lights up a glitzy bash in a pure white frock with frilly shoulders.

The actress looked better than ever in the figure-hugging dress, which she teamed with pointed high heels and a glamorous gold clutch bag.

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To finish the look Hurley donned a pink ribbon in support of the charity and diamond earrings.

The actress, 52, joined stars including Mel Sykes and Lisa Snowdon for the Make Your Mark lunch at London’s Savoy Hotel to mark Breast Cancer Awareness month.

Mel Sykes showed off her svelte figure in a lace midi dress.

Lisa Snowdon opted for a figure-flattering patterned dress.

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Mel showed off her slender frame in a flattering blue lace dress[/caption]

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Lisa “The Inventress” Ascolese Covers Exclusive ‘Shark Tank’ Season 9 Premiere Event

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Calling all inventors and entrepreneurs: Have you ever wondered what happens on the set Shark Tank, the critically acclaimed and multi-Emmy ® Award-winning ABC reality show that has reinvigorated entrepreneurship in America? Lucky for YOU, I’ve documented my journey to Los Angeles where Season Nine of Shark Tank was filmed and I share how the innovative magic happens below.


Lisa Ascolese (Image: Lisa Ascolese)


Here’s a behind-the-scenes glimpse into the lives of the iconic, innovative souls and superstar “Sharks” who, over the years, have helped shape and mold what entrepreneurship is to date.

As most of you know, I reside in the NYC area, and so naturally, I chose to fly out of EWR Newark, New Jersey into Los Angeles, California LAX. For the line of work I do, flying is a daily practice. When you are an entrepreneur, always have a bag packed and be ready to take the next flight out whenever to wherever. Here’s the thing, you need to go where opportunities arise. And most of the time, opportunities don’t stay around forever. Act fast and always be prepared to move.

As I settled down in my seat, I reached for my journal. Fun fact! You will never find The Inventress in flight without these three staples: pencil, journal, and a bottle of sparkling water. I do most of my creative brainstorming on planes or during long car rides. I choose to journal in pencil for many reasons but most predominantly because the direction of my thoughts change continuously. I am always searching for the next innovative idea. Before I knew it, we arrived in beautiful, L.A.—one of my favorite cities in the entire world! My flights always seem to zip by so quickly because I tend to sink into a writers coma…  (Ha!) And now, the real fun begins…

I took an Uber (shout out to an ingenious company) to my hotel. And because I arrived late at night, once I checked in, I completely checked out and it was time to catch some zzz’s. Jet lag will do that to you, my friends.

The following morning I woke up from my slumber at approximately 5 AM. Regardless of the West Coast time difference, my body knows not to sleep past that mark. Although I followed my typical morning routine; journal, yoga, juice, emails, etc., my routine added in some additions that I must say, I wasn’t too inconvenienced by. In fact, I was elated to add them to the list. Following my delicious organic green juice and a few thousand client emails (just kidding… it was only a few hundred), I began to prepare for my big day as a consultant on the set of Shark Tank. I got busy preparing topics of discussion, questions, background information and fun facts. I couldn’t wait to arrive and collaborate with like-minded individuals who share the same passions as me! I am inspired by people who live their purpose… because I live mine.

And we’re off! A beautiful stretch limo arrived to my hotel at 8 am sharp to bring me to Culver City aka my Shark Tank family.

For those of you who aren’t too familiar with the television industry, it takes a village of hardworking, passionate, and focused individuals to make a production (of any size) come to fruition. Excuses and exhaustion do not exist… especially on Hollywood sets. And here’s why; Shark Tank films for approximately 10-12 hours a day. There is very limited time to capture all that needs capturing and so, each minute must be valued at its highest level. Also meaning, everyone must perform at their best all day, every day.

Upon settling into to my designated area, I am greeted by one of the most highly respected businessmen in the entire world, Mark Cuban! Mark is extremely kind, patient and humble. And although this was day seven of filming 10-12 hour days, he had no complaints and was standing strong. Our conversation was short, yet riveting. Time was not on our side as it was time to film and business is business. One thing Mark shared with me I find worth mentioning is his passion behind building schools across the country. To him, education is priceless and he will do what it takes to ensure children have an opportunity to indulge in creativity and arts.

I then witnessed an amazing product pitch…. top secret information! You’ll have to tune into Season Nine to experience this innovation.

We were all given a small break and it was at that time I was introduced to a full of smiles, Robert Herjavec. Robert is the jokester of the group. Always looking for a laugh, very pleasant and adds a fresh perspective into the mix. I was elated to connect with him and share our similarities. We both share a strong creative vision.

Next up, I reconnected with Daymond John and I was thrilled! It had been a minute since I had last seen Daymond and so getting ready for the day, I was excited to reconnect with a man whose work ethic and creativity I admire so much. Daymond has always been extremely focused and driven. In that moment, he was also very serious. You could tell he was there to get the job done and I cannot tell you how much I admire his outlook when it comes to the workplace. Fun fact! I will share this with you… the minute his beautiful daughter, Minka arrived on set, his entire demeanor changed! That little girl lights up his entire world and gives him life. It was a beautiful sight to see… oh, the joy of being a parent!

Time flies when you’re having fun… it was officially time for lunch. The cuisine was delicious and I had the honor of enjoying it while mingling with some of the Sharks. It was here I connected with Season Nine guest Shark, Bethenny Frankel and my QVC neighbor, Lori Greiner. Both Bethenny and Lori are fabulous, powerful women who lift others up, two hands at a time! This was my first time meeting Bethenny and her aura is wonderful. She is a very classy lady and extremely intelligent. As for Lori, it was also a delight reconnecting with her. Although we both run circles at The Q, it’s a nice treat seeing your colleagues outside of your typical workspace. And I must note, Lori’s outfit was stunning. She has a new clothing line launching soon and I highly recommend you check it out!

Other notes worth mentioning…

The entire Sony/ABC team deserves to be recognized for treating everyone on that set like family. For me personally, it was one of the most sincere welcomes I have ever experienced. The team’s hospitality and warmth is something I will never forget and admire deeply. And mind you, every single team member held these spectacular standards. It did not matter if you were an executive producer, intern, or an assistant, everyone was kind, everyone was caring and everyone was hard at work because they loved their job. I cannot explain how important it is to love what you do. Being passionate keeps you going… makes you feel alive… it invigorates your soul! Find something that lights up your world and I promise you, YOU will NEVER work a day in your life.

And in the blink of an eye, the filming of Shark Tank Season Nine wrapped! What now? I take you behind-the-scenes to the after party…. and trust me, you don’t want to miss this!

There was no time for me to change. So ladies and gentlemen, always be prepared to spice your outfit up or down. In this industry, time is never on your side. Fortunately, I was already dressed to the nines (my mother always said it was better to be over-dressed than under-dressed). But of course, The Inventress always travels with accessories to give her outfit that extra splash of fun. I can’t help it… I’m innovative!

The after-party vibe was super edgy, sexy, and cool. Between the karaoke, Shark Tank-themed cocktails, and old school music, we all had a blast! A weight was lifted off of everyone’s shoulders now that the season had officially ended filming. This was a celebration…. Mark Cuban changed out of his suit and switched to sweats! It was nice to be able to let your hair down in a judgment-free zone. The entire cast and crew was invited! No one was left out and everyone celebrated together as one big, happy family. Barbara Corcoran was missed deeply as she was rehearsing with her Dancing with the Stars partner, Keo. Not to worry, we will catch up with her toward the end of this blog!

Following the party, it was time for bed. I got into my limo and as I was driven back to my hotel, I thanked God for the life that I currently have. Not many people get the opportunity to live their dreams, meet their passions, and surround themselves with others who truly want to see them succeed. I, in that moment, reminded myself how truly blessed I am and why it is so important for me to help others get to that same space. I strongly believe in lifting each other up, two hands at a time!

Upon entering my hotel room, I had the biggest smile on my face. I was so grateful for that wonderful night, with wonderful people I now consider family. Within five minutes I was out for the count… tomorrow would be the most exciting, yet most labor intensive day of the trip as I would be working my magic on the red carpet.

Once again, I woke up at 5 AM to begin my day. By now, you probably have my routine memorized… journal, yoga, juice, emails, etc., and once again my routine added in some additions. This time, I was studying the media deck Sony, ABC, and Black Enterprise magazine supplied me with. The deck consisted of headshots of every single Shark and guest Shark, their respective bios and facts. It was my job to memorize each page to the best of my ability and also come up with unique questions to ask everyone at the red carpet premiere. I studied the pages for hours and organized my questions all while continuing to run my for-profit-business, Inventing A-to-Z; my nonprofit business, The Association of Women Inventors and Entrepreneurs; and balancing my family from L.A.

And now, it was time to get this show on the road…

The press event took place at the gorgeous, Paley Center in Beverly Hills, California. My driver picked me up early to ensure I took my place on the red carpet with time to spare. Beverly Hills is a fabulous sight to see. The views are spectacular, the environment is innovative and rich. I gathered myself together and got out of the limo. God is good my friends… I ended up sharing an elevator ride with one of my childhood idols, Alfonso Ribeiro! I adored Fresh Prince of Bel Air.… what a wonderful trip down memory lane! Alfonso and I enjoyed a beautiful chat. He is so very warm, loving and overall a super cool guy. I knew he was going to be the Shark Tank Premiere Panel Moderator following the red carpet, but it was so nice to share this intimate moment with him.

As we both stepped off the elevator, we went in different directions. Alfonso went inside the building to prep for his moderating position, while I took my place on the carpet to interview the stars. The atmosphere was chaotic. Press was everywhere you turned. It was a unique experience to be behind-the-scenes as an interviewer, as I am typically in front of the camera for these types of events. That said, I wouldn’t change it for the world! I was honored to have been granted this experience through my dear friend Brandon Andrews, top talent scout for Shark Tank and my Black Enterprise magazine family whom I also adore.

For those of you who are not in the entertainment industry, here is another fun fact you will find interesting. As I settled into my spot on the carpet, I was surrounded by every single major media network you could imagine… E!, Extra, etc…. it was fascinating! Press people mean business. It is all a competition, and what I mean by that is, just because you have a designated space on the carpet, does not guarantee you an interview with every star because, once again, time is not on your side. And so, each reporter must go to battle to ensure their network gets the coverage they are looking to achieve by interviewing the stars they admire most. I am always up for a challenge. When I put my mind to something, nothing and no one will stop me and so, I was 100% positive I was going to do whatever it took to get Black Enterprise and my fan base the coverage they deserved!

The talent starts to arrive and everyone looks dapper, super elegant, and chic! Not to mention, the rooftop where the premiere was taking place overlooked the iconic Hollywood sign. Simply priceless!

My first interview was with Mark Cuban. I was thrilled to connect with him after all the fun the entire cast had the previous night. Mark shared that fans will be blown away by Season Nine. He is still so honored and humbled to be a part of something so special and that to me is commendable. Fame certainly hasn’t gone to his head… he does this because he loves it, not because he has to. He is truly blessed.

My next interview was with Bethenny Frankel. She is such a doll! She placed emphasis on taking nothing for granted in life… she is extremely proud to be a guest Shark this season and has many surprises in store for the viewers! And I must also mention, she was gracious and dressed beautifully!

Next up, Daymond John. Daymond is very comfortable in front of a camera. You could tell he was excited to launch the new season and hear everyone’s thoughts. He is a very cool, honest entrepreneur. I also had the opportunity to present him with a Humanitarian Award on behalf of my nonprofit organization, The Association of Women Inventors and Entrepreneurs or  “AOWIE.” He was completely blown away and humbled. We as an AOWIE family, are thrilled to honor him!

And finally… it was about time! I had the opportunity to connect with Barbara Corcoran. She had been missing during the majority of filming as she was also juggling a cast role on Dancing with the Stars. She is funny as hell and sweet as pie! She stood out in a beautifully detailed and tailored bright orange suit. We bonded over innovative thoughts and had some real girl talk! I love that woman with all my heart!

Rohan Oza… such a fun, silly down-to-earth businessman! One of his biggest projects to date is the beverage drink, Bai, which he collaborates with Justin Timberlake on. The minute he started talking about Bai during our interview… I naturally had to start singing his own commercial to him! And guess what? He LOVED it! Listen guys… sometimes you have to put yourself out there. Never be afraid to be true to yourself! When you’re genuine, you are able to build connections with others in a more organic way.

And… Mr. Kevin O’ Leary….

Kevin is misunderstood. And I hate to blow his cover but…. he is absolutely wonderful!!! He is extremely personable. Kevin took his time on the carpet by giving each network an extremely generous amount of his time. He even started asking ME questions during our interview!

I also had the opportunity to speak with Jennifer Lopez and her beau (and guest Shark) Alex Rodriguez. Both are very pleasant, creative, and charming!

Following the red carpet… there was a special panel discussion hosted by Alfonso Ribeiro inside of the building with all of the Sharks and Guest Sharks for Season Nine. The panel was very interesting and the commentary from others was brilliant!

The entire cast acts like one big family. Everyone is super playful, have a great sense of humor, and push each other to be the best version of themselves. A common theme most touched on was how they started and how they now use their platforms for good.

For me, Alex Rodriguez stood out of the crowd. He shared that when he was young, he loved sports and knew that one day he wanted to get into the field. However, he was fearful that if that happened, he would go broke after hearing horror stories. And so, he started investing his money at a young age and continues to do so on a much larger scale present day.

Daymond also shared some very inspiring, insightful words of wisdom. He spoke about how you don’t need to have a famous last name and a truckload of money to make a difference in this world or build an empire. He placed emphasis on having a hustle mentality and pursuing only things you are passionate about. He is very humble and inspired many.

As I was leaving, I bumped into Barbara Corcoran’s brother and his beautiful wife. Both are so genuine and full of life. Her brother, Ed, is an ingenious graphic artist and has his own company. But something about him was different. Instead of talking about himself and his own business (which is extremely successful and worth mentioning) he instead, spent the majority of our conversation highlighting his sister. Explaining how proud he was of her and how lucky he was to be a part of her life. That is true love. That is family values. That is, precisely how we should aspire to act. Instead of being so self-driven, take time to lift others up and recognize their success. He is a special man, and Barbara, you are a very lucky sister. I am a big believer in speaking things into existence, and so publicly, I’d like to take a moment to formally invite Ms. Barbara Corcoran to be a speaker at The Association of Women Inventors and Entrepreneurs “AOWIE” Conference on August 18, 2018, in the NYC area.

Before my Los Angeles trip came to a close, I knew it was imperative for me to capture all of my emotions via journal in that moment. And so, instead of taking my limo back to my hotel, I decided to walk the streets of Rodeo Drive, journal in one hand, pencil in the other. I walked, I wrote, I walked, I wrote… until finally it was time to go back to my hotel, pack up my belongings and head back to NYC.

I am so looking forward to future collaborations with all of the magnificent people I met during my stay in LA. For anyone reading this, I want you to realize that you too, can be a part of something this special! YOU are no different than I am. In fact, we all have the same 24 hours in a day. Please realize this is 38 years’ worth of me grinding to get to this place. My success wasn’t created overnight… Passion, hard work, perseverance, dedication, and inspiration got me to this space and I am here to help you get to this space as well. Never…. and I mean never be afraid to ask for help, seek guidance, or find a mentor. Find a way to turn “no” into “yes.” And always grab the opportunities God places in front of you with all of your might and run as fast as you can. And when you get to your place of achievement, always bring someone with you. I always say it, but it is true! There is so much room at the top… let’s share it together and lift each other up, two hands at a time!

And before I end, I must thank many people who deserve to be credited. Please realize, I am not the only one involved with making this entire experience come to fruition. I have my own village (quite literally).

Brandon Andrews, thank you for your innovative mind, huge heart and beautiful friendship.

Clay Newbill, Mark Burnett, Yun Lingner and Phil Gurin; thank you for your kindness, ingenious wit, passion and hard work. (Television Producers)

And finally, Daymond John, thank you for publicly accepting your AOWIE Achievement Award and now being an honorary member of our organization, The Association of Women Inventors and Entrepreneurs.

Until next time my friends….

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Clerks Actress Lisa Spoonauer Passes Away At Age 44

Lisa Spoonauer, known for playing Caitlin Bree in Kevin Smith’s cult classic Clerks, has died at the age of 44.

She died at home in New Jersey on Saturday, according to her obituary. Born and raised in the state, Spoonauer appeared in just two films: 1994’s Clerks and 1997’s Bartender. She was briefly married to her Clerks costar Jeff Anderson from 1998-1999, and later went on to become a restaurant manager and event planner.

Spoonauer is survived by her husband, Tom Caron; her daughter, Mia Spoonauer; her stepson, Tyler Caron; her mother, Dolores Spoonauer; her twin brothers, Michael and Mark Spoonauer and their families; and her grandfather, Frank Figurelli, according to the website.

Her Clerks costar and onscreen love interest, Brian O’Halloran, was the first cast member to confirm the news on Facebook. He did not elaborate on the cause of death. “I’m truly gutted by this news,” O’Halloran, who played Dante Hicks in the film, wrote on Tuesday. “My deepest condolences and prayers to her husband Tom and his family.”


He added, “She always had a wicked sense of humor and smile. I was blessed to have been part of an incredible life changing adventure with her. To this day it is a part of my life. Not a day goes by that she was mentioned or remembered in some fashion. She will live on in my heart and in the hearts of millions. Always in my heart. Rest in Peace Lisa.”

Clerks writer and director Smith posted his condolences to Instagram shortly afterwards. “Devastated to report that #LisaSpoonauer, who played Caitlin in #clerks, has passed away,” he wrote.

He went on to describe the process of casting Spoonauer in the dark, verbose comedy about suburban slackers, saying that when open auditions failed to produce a strong candidate, he dropped by an acting class at Brookdale Community College, where he saw her perform for the first time. “Lisa was easily the most natural and authentic voice in the room,” he explained. “She didn’t sound like she was acting at all; she delivered scripted dialogue as if she was inventing her conversation in the moment, like people do in real life.”

Smith approached Spoonauer in the parking lot after class and offered her the script. She said she’d take a look, but wouldn’t do any adult films. “She called me a few days later and said ‘Well it’s not porn, but everybody talks like it is. It’s funny. I’ll do it,’ ” Smith remembered.

“A complete stranger at first, Lisa quickly became one of the most important people I’d ever meet when she joined Brian, #JeffAnderson, Marilyn, @jaymewes, @samosier, @davidkleinasc and me as one of the chief architects of my first film,” he added.

“As strong an actress as she was,” he continued, “Lisa was an even more excellent mother to her daughter Mia. Whenever we’d Facebook later in life, she’d gush about her baby girl proudly. My heart goes out to Tom, Mia and Lisa’s family. Thank you for dreaming my dream with me. You changed my life, Lisa.”

Other cast members have since taken to social media to express their condolences, including Marilyn Ghigliotti, who played Veronica in Clerks. “Words can not even begin to express how heartbroken I am to hear thatLisa Spoonauer passed away on Saturday,” she wrote. “My sincerest and deepest condolences to her husband Tom, her dearest daughter Mia and the rest of the family.”

Clerks actor Scott Schiaffo also posted, “I was fortunate that Lisa had become an incredibly sweet and endeared Facebook friend these last few years. Always very upbeat, complimentary and so down to earth. She was an awesome mom and an amazing spirit throughout her battle.”

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Lisa Brown: 34-Year-Old Succumbs to Rare Disease That Caused Her to Starve to Death

Lisa Brown, the 34-year-old woman who was slowly starving to death because of a rare disease she’d fought for six years, died this weekend at her home in Brookfield, Wisconsin, her husband confirms to PEOPLE.

Throughout Brown’s 20s, she was healthy, happy and excited for her future with her husband, Patrick Brown. But that all quickly changed when she became very ill shortly after turning 28.

The 5’10” former model and substance abuse counselor began to lose weight and couldn’t figure out why. Her clothing became loose, she started vomiting after every meal and was barely able to move from severe stomach pain. When she finally stepped on a scale, she was shocked to see she weighed just 112 lbs. (down from 140 lbs., her normal weight).

In December 2013 doctors at Froedtert Hospital in Milwaukee were finally able to make a diagnosis: Superior mesenteric artery syndrome, a rare digestive-system disorder where part of the small intestine is pinched, blocking food from getting through.

After a corrective surgery didn’t help, doctors were at a loss as to what else was wrong.

With her mother and best friend, Patricia Neuhauser, they flew to the Cleveland Clinic in Columbus, Ohio, to meet with a team with experts on SMAS. Of the 400 cases ever reported, they’ve treated 14 of those patients.

Unable to get an intestinal transplant — something Brown was told could potentially save her life — she knew she’d continue to decline.

Patricia says insurance wouldn’t cover the hefty bill that her mother estimates would end up being over $ 1,000,000.

Brown, who was just 77 lbs. when she died, stayed strong until her very last breath.

Patrick vowed to be with her until she died.

“I’ll do anything for her,” he said. “We’ve always made a really great team.”

He’s also created a GoFundMe page to help with the costs of her memorial and for the money he’s lost for taking off work to be by her side full time.

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On hospice care at home since October, she was still able to cook Pat an occasional dinner and work on her favorite past time, arts and crafts.

Days before her death Brown told PEOPLE she was ready to end her long and grueling battle.

“I’m not giving up,” she said, “I’ve just been fighting for so long. My body can’t take it.”

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Book, “Bead Metamorphosis: Exquisite Jewelry Custom Components” Lisa Kan. Sold Individually

Book, “Bead Metamorphosis: Exquisite Jewelry Custom Components” Lisa Kan. Sold Individually

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Jane Lynch Tells The Real Story Of How Lisa Kudrow Became Phoebe

Actress and comedian Jane Lynch knows a little something about Lisa Kudrow’s career before Kudrow landed the iconic role of Phoebe in the beloved TV series “Friends.”

In a conversation with HuffPost Live’s Alyona Minkovski about the final season of “Glee,” Lynch both debunked the “Hollywood urban myth” that claimed she auditioned for the quirky “Friends” role and explained how Lisa Kudrow nailed the part.

“Lisa Kudrow got the role [as Roz] on ‘Fraiser’ and was fired,” Lynch said, later adding, “And then Lisa, they cast in ‘Friends,’ and then I mean, come on, that was the role of a lifetime.”

As far as for the aforementioned urban myth, Lynch said, “I read … that I auditioned for that, too” and later added she wished she had gotten that caliber of audition at that time in her career.

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What ‘Girlfriends’ Guide To Divorce’ Taught Newlywed Lisa Edelstein About Marriage

Earlier this year, Lisa Edelstein found herself in a unique scenario: On May 25, she was marrying artist Robert Russell, and the next day she was driving to Vancouver to play a newly single woman in Bravo’s “Girlfriends’ Guide To Divorce.”

Luckily for Edelstein, portraying a divorcee taught her a lot about being a newlywed, she told HuffPost Live’s Josh Zepps on Thursday.

“It really planted a seed to remind myself on a daily basis not to take my husband for granted, not to take our relationship for granted, to really remember that anything can end,” she said.

That reminder is important because divorce is becoming more and more common in American life, Edelstein added. And she has been touched by it too.

“My husband was in the middle of a divorce when I met him, so I have walked through divorce from that point of view. I have stepchildren, so learning how to have an alternative family is something you’re really not trained for,” she said.

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‘Friends’ Reunion On ‘Jimmy Kimmel Live’ With Jennifer Aniston, Courteney Cox And Lisa Kudrow

Call it “The One Where Some Of The Cast Of ‘Friends’ Got Back Together.”

Appearing on Wednesday night’s “Jimmy Kimmel Live,” Jennifer Aniston agreed to act out some fan fiction supposedly written by Kimmel — but things took a turn for the surreal when the talk-show host unveiled an exact replica of the sitcom’s famous kitchen for the scene.

Before long, the two are joined by fellow “Friends” Courteney Cox and Lisa Kudrow.

Watch the clip above to see the whole thing.

“Friends” celebrates its 20th anniversary in September, and enthusiasm for the NBC comedy hasn’t waned much despite the fact that it went off the air in 2004.

As part of the celebration, a replica of the show’s Central Perk coffee shop will open for a month in New York City, according to the New York Post.
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