Why Lisa Graves is Calling for Brett Kavanaugh’s Impeachment

Judge Brett Kavanaugh, President Trump’s nominee to replace Justice Anthony Kennedy on the Supreme Court, has been credibly accused of lying under oath to the Senate Judiciary Committee during his confirmation hearings and during previous hearings regarding his prior appointments.

Many of these claims center on Kavanaugh’s having received stolen memos from GOP Senate aide Manuel Miranda that included confidential memos, letters, talking points and research documents. In the years that followed, Miranda was ultimately forced to resign for stealing the documents, and the U.S. Seargant-at-Arms lauched a bipartisan investigation into the incident.

Kavanaugh denied ever receiving stolen materials from Miranda before the Senate in 2004 and again in 2006, but newly released documents to the chamber members show otherwise. The full extent of what Kavanaugh did or did not receive still remains a question, because many of his documents are being withheld from the committee—even now.

Lisa Graves, however, is quite familiar with the documents we now know Kavanaugh received—because she wrote some of them. And now, the former chief counsel for nominations for the ranking member of the Senate Judiciary Committee and deputy assistant attorney general in the Department of Justice is speaking out about Kavanaugh’s deception.

Protestors gathered in Washington, D.C. earlier this month to protest Brett Kavanaugh’s nomination. (Ziggyfan23 / Wikimedia Commons)

In an explosive op-ed published by Slate, Graves doesn’t mince words in calling not just for Kavanaugh to be rejected by the committee for his current nomination, but for him to be impeached from his current seat on the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals bench.

Even if Kavanaugh could claim that he didn’t have any hint at the time he received the emails that these documents were of suspect provenance—which I personally find implausible—there is no reasonable way for him to assert honestly that he had no idea what they were after the revelation of the theft. Any reasonable person would have realized they had been stolen, and certainly someone as smart as Kavanaugh would have too.

But he lied.

Under oath.

And he did so repeatedly.

Significantly, he did so even though a few years earlier he had helped spearhead the impeachment of President Bill Clinton for perjury in a private civil case. Back then Kavanaugh took lying under oath so seriously that he was determined to do everything he could to help remove a president from office.

Now we know that he procured his own confirmation to the federal bench by committing the same offense. And he did so not in a private case but in the midst of public hearings for a position of trust, for a lifetime appointment to the federal judiciary.

His actions were dishonorable and dishonest.

This week, as part of his efforts to be elevated to the highest court in the land, he has calmly continued to deceive, falsely claiming that it would have been perfectly normal for him to receive secret Democratic letters, talking points, and other materials. And if this absurd notion were somehow true, it would not even be consistent with what he testified to 12 and 14 years ago. Back then, he didn’t state it would have been normal for him to receive secret Democratic strategy materials.

Instead, he explicitly and repeatedly went out of his way to say he never had access to any such materials. These objectively false statements were offered under oath to convince the committee of something that was untrue. It was clearly intentional, with Kavanaugh going so far as to correct Sen. Kennedy when the senator described the document situation accurately.

That’s why—without even getting into other reasonable objections to his nomination—he should not be confirmed.

In fact, by his own standard, he should clearly be impeached.

Read the full piece at Slate. When you’re done, call 202-224-3121 and request to be connected to your Senators—and urge them to reject Kavanaugh’s nomination.

Carmen Rios is the Digital Editor at Ms. and Contributing Editor and Co-Founder of Argot Magazine; her work has also appeared at BuzzFeed, Bitch, Mic, MEL, Everyday Feminism and Autostraddle, where she was previously Community Director and Feminism Editor. Like everyone else in LA, she once had a podcast; unlike everyone else, she stays pretty zen in traffic. You can find her on Twitter, Instagram and Tumblr.

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‘600 Pound Life’ Star Lisa Fleming Dies At 50

Reality TV can be dramatic and rachet, but there are also the shows that reveal people in challenging situations, like Hoarders, Intervention and My 600 Pound Life. Some of the people featured on My 600 Pound Life are able to overcome the obesity that got them featured on the show.

For others, the intervention is too little, too late. Sadly, that is the case for Lisa Fleming, who was featured on the show in February.

People.com reports:

Lisa Fleming, a formerly 704-lb. woman who was featured on TLC’s My 600-Lb. Life in February, has died at 50, her daughter confirmed.

Danielle Fleming shared the news on Facebook on Thursday, and said she was unable to see her mother before she passed away.


“I am truly at a loss for words right now,” she wrote. “God knows I wanted you to hold on until I got here but He knew what was best for me. I didn’t need to see you like that! This morning I sat and held your hand for four hours knowing nothing I could’ve done would bring you back to me.”

Danielle told TMZ on Friday that Lisa’s death was unrelated to her weight. She said that her mother had lost 200 lbs. after undergoing weight loss surgery, and was finally able to stand on her own for the first time in years.

But Danielle said Lisa was sick prior to appearing on the show, and her death was due to those illnesses.

Fleming’s story was particularly heart-wrenching as she struggled to change her behavior to lose the weight that was necessary for her to get healthier.

TLC issued a statement via their website:

TLC is saddened to hear that Lisa Fleming, who appeared on My 600-lb Life, passed away on August 23, 2018. In February, viewers followed Lisa’s story to overcome childhood struggles and family tragedy during her weight-loss journey with Dr. Now.


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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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‘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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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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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

Stitch a beautiful jewelry collection that’s reversible, interchangeable and convertible! Discover how you can morph your jewelry designs from simple to exquisite with former Beadwork Designer of the Year Lisa Kan in her new book, Bead Metamorphosis. In the pages of this fantastic book, you’ll learn to create romantic bead-woven jewelry that is reversible, convertible, interchangeable or otherwise transformable. You decide whether to wear the Encanto necklace with one, two or three focals; the Bella Fiore as a lariat, pendant or wrap bracelet; or the Hanami as a brooch or pendant. All the while, you’ll be building your skills as you create projects that include herringbone, netting, peyote stitch, right-angle weave, cubic right-angle weave, square stitch, St. Petersburg chain and their variations. Plus, Lisa shows you how to combine the popular shaped 2-hole seed beads (SuperDuos, Rullas, bricks, triangles, lentils), along with round seed beads, pearls, crystals, firepolish beads, Swarovski rhinestones, hand-dyed Shibori silk ribbons, delicate chain and other materials to create 16 projectsnecklaces, bracelets, earrings and brooches. Each project includes detailed step-by-step instructions and high-quality, clear diagrams with thread paths. Bead Metamorphosis reveals Lisa’s secrets for selecting bead colors, adding texture to jewelry designs, finding inspiration and developing your own artistic voice too. Many projects also include variations illustrating different colorways so you can easily customize designs to suit your own taste. Once you’ve mastered a beaded component, you’ll be able to modify it with different beads, colors or embellishments to create something uniquely yours. Softcover, full color, 160 pages 16 projects Book size: 10-1/4 x 8-1/2 inches Level: Beginning to advanced Books are shrink-wrapped and are returnable if unopened.
List Price: $ 18.65
Price: $ 18.65

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.

Watch the full HuffPost Live conversation with Jane Lynch here.

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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.

Watch Lisa Edelstein discuss divorce in the video above, and click here for her full HuffPost Live conversation.

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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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