Long before Kate Middleton was a real-life duchess, she played a wanna-be one in her school play. As a Cockney-accented Eliza Doolittle in a production of “My Fair Lady,” Kate played a down-with-the-people role even back then. The adorable 1:23-minute video, from 1993, emerged Monday and is poised to blow up the Internet.
The footage shows the 11-year-old Middleton starring as the unpolished-to-posh faux duchess, reciting famous lines — “The rain in Spain stays mainly in the plain” — and receiving lively applause, generally lighting up the scenes with her stage presence. And while no one seems to know where this video has been all our lives or why it’s here now, the consensus is that it’s awesome.
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Other worth-noting details about the short but satisfying clip: Middleton’s co-star in the St. Andrew’s School production was played by Andrew Alexander, who recently appeared as aristocrat Sir
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- Beth Greenfield, Shine Staff | Healthy Living – Mon, Jan 27, 2014 1:33 PM EST
Long before Kate Middleton was a real-life duchess, she played a wanna-be one in her school play. As a Cockney-accented Eliza Doolittle in a production of “My Fair Lady,” Kate played a down-with-the-people role even back then. The adorable 1:23-minute video, from 1993, emerged Monday and is poised to blow up the Internet.Read More »from Found! 11-Year-Old Kate Middleton in 'My Fair Lady' School Play (Sorry, Kate!)
- Beth Greenfield, Shine Staff | Healthy Living – Fri, Jan 24, 2014 4:32 PM EST
Used to be that important news interrupted pop culture — like when Walter Cronkite broke into “As the World Turns” in 1963 to announce that JFK had been shot, or when “Another World” was halted in 1981 (much to my adolescent dismay) for a report about Ronald Reagan’s assassination attempt. Even “The Celebrity Apprentice” got put on hold for news of Osama Bin Laden’s demise in 2011. On Thursday, though, MSNBC made it abundantly clear that the tables have truly turned.
That’s when Andrea Mitchell cut a former congresswoman off mid-sentence to make an earth-shattering announcement: The Biebs was on his way to the slammer. “Congresswoman, let me interrupt you just for a moment, we have some breaking news out of Miami,” Mitchell said, completely straight-faced, as Jane Harman, former Democratic Rep. of California, ardently discussed the NSA’s collecting of phone records, via satellite from Switzerland. “Stand by if you will.” Because the right to privacy, apparently, has got nothing on the Read More »from MSNBC Interrupts Congresswoman to Announce Justin Bieber's Arrest. World Implodes.
- Beth Greenfield, Shine Staff | Parenting – Fri, Jan 24, 2014 3:03 PM ESTIn response to cruel cyberbullying that has left their 16-year-old daughter feeling humiliated and unable to sleep, a pair of fed-up parents are striking back at the offending classmates in a unique and public way: They're suing all seven of the teens for libel and all of their parents for negligence.
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“We’re being superaggressive about it, because this behavior really needs to stop,” Tej Paranjpe, the Houston-based attorney for parents Reymundo Esquivel and Shellie Tingle-Esquivel, tells Yahoo Shine. “It’s really an issue of principle.”
Although the Esquivels’ daughter (who is not being named to protect her privacy) has been getting bullied in person by several fellow students at Klein High School in Klein, Texas, for about a year now, the situation came to a head in recent weeks, according to her mother. That’s when the girl’s photo appeared, along with those of many others (some of whom were topless), on Read More »from Parents Slap Daughter's Cyberbullies With Rare Lawsuit
Marquis de Sade—living in her 17th-century chateau and making many a BDSM dream come true. Vanity Fair’s Toni Bentley spent some time with her recently, and writes extensively about the legend’s intriguing life and loves in the February issue. Herewith, a crib sheet:Eighty-three-year-old widow Catherine Robbe-Grillet is France’s most famous dominatrix. Though she’s achieved renown over the years as a writer, photographer and actor, she’s perhaps best known in her country (and in certain circles) as being a modern Read More »from The Real-Life, Lady Christian Grey (She's 83)
She was married to a famous sadist: In 1951, she became the mistress of the Alain Robbe-Grillet—writer, theoretician, filmmaker, sadist, member of the Académie Française, and “pope” of the avant-garde literary movement known as the nouveau roman. Soon after they married, he presented his wife with unique contract, which read, in part, that he would have “special rights” to demand from Catherine “sessions of a particular nature,” to be compensated with cash, “during which the
are slamming a new baby doll with a strange gimmick: refusing to eat. They say that the doll, called Nenuco Won’t Eat, encourages unhealthy behaviors — possibly even eating disorders — in its young target audience, despite the fact that it won a Best New Toy Award at the U.K. Toy Fair on Tuesday.Critics on both sides of the pond Read More »from Doll That Won't Eat Causes Uproar
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“What are they thinking? It’s irresponsible,” Lynn Grefe, president of the National Eating Disorders Association, based in New York, tells Yahoo Shine. “It seems clear to me they have no clue what eating disorders are, and that they’re not tuned in or well-educated on how life-threatening they can be.” The doll, she adds, “belongs in the garbage.”
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The plastic blue-eyed infant with the pink ribbon on its bald head is just the latest in a series of Nenuco dolls — others dole out kisses, close their eyes for
- Beth Greenfield, Shine Staff | Parenting – Wed, Jan 22, 2014 4:12 PM EST
soda aisle, a new study has found that perhaps the scariest hazard of all is your shopping cart. The classic basket on wheels is responsible for an average of 24,000 childhood emergency-room injuries a year — that’s 66 a day — with the rate of cart-related concussions on the upswing, according to the findings published in the journal Clinical Pediatrics in December but announced with fanfare on Tuesday.Lest you think the worst supermarket threat to your kids lurks in the Read More »from Parents, Beware: Shopping Carts Send 66 Kids to the ER Every Day
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"Some people may think: My goodness, it's just a shopping cart,” head researcher Dr. Gary Smith, director of the Center for Injury Research and Policy at Nationwide Children's Hospital in Columbus, Ohio, tells Yahoo Shine. "So we need to let parents know these injuries can be life-threatening but that they are preventable."
Smith's study is just the latest in a series over many years that has helped bring the issue of shopping-cart safety to the
- Beth Greenfield, Shine Staff | Healthy Living – Wed, Jan 22, 2014 12:14 PM EST
Forty-one years ago today, Roe v. Wade expanded abortion rights in the U.S. with one sweeping, landmark Supreme Court decision. It was a monumental change — abortion was illegal in the majority of states in 1973 — and its announcement on the evening news was delivered with the tone of importance now lavished on everything from bridge scandals to snow updates.
"In a landmark ruling, the Supreme Court today legalized abortions," Walter Cronkite reported at the start of the CBS Evening News, the sound of typewriters clacking in the background. "A majority, in cases from Texas to Georgia, said that the decision to end a pregnancy during the first three months belongs to a woman and her doctor, not the government. Thus, the anti-abortion laws of 46 states were rendered unconstitutional."
And though the decision still stands today, a whole lot has changed since that historic day, with abortion opponents successfully chipping away at access, resulting in fewer abortion providers and clinics Read More »from Roe V. Wade 41st Anniversary: Walter Cronkite Delivers the News
- Beth Greenfield, Shine Staff | Healthy Living – Tue, Jan 21, 2014 6:07 PM EST
So it’s pretty much a given by now that any public image of a model, actor, or pop star has been digitally altered. But it doesn’t make peeking under the hood to see exactly what gets slimmed, smoothed, doctored, and deleted any less mind-blowing, especially when it’s the latest striking example, this one of Hungarian singer Boggie.
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In her official music video for a song called “Nouveau Parfum,” we see her in close-up while she sings — and, for the entire three and a half minutes, has her face and hair fixed up, thanks to a software program. Blemishes get erased, skin tone gets lightened, bra straps are banished, hair gets recolored and styled, and eyes and lips are bedazzled. It’s all pretty cool and mesmerizing — unless, of course, you stop and think about the fact that a perfectly beautiful woman is being transformed into yet another unrealistically glossy gal who can help feed the plummeting self-esteem of ladies everywhere.
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- Beth Greenfield, Shine Staff | Healthy Living – Tue, Jan 21, 2014 3:44 PM EST
Many survivors of childhood sexual abuse may envision confronting their abusers — but even if they do get the chance, it’s not likely to be before an audience of nearly 400,000 witnesses. That’s how many YouTube viewers have watched so far as a young California woman telephones and confronts her former middle-school teacher and basketball coach over alleged sexual abuse that began when she was just 12 years old.
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The 28-year-old mother of three, who is going under the name Jamie X to protect her privacy, posted a video of her phone conversation with a high school assistant principal on Friday. “Do you realize that you brainwashed me and you manipulated me and that what you did was wrong?" Jamie asks on the video. A woman identified as the alleged abuser replies, “Yes, and I regret it.” A visibly upset Jamie continues, “You sicken me, and every day when I think about what you did, you sicken me. You should be so ashamed and so Read More »from Why One Woman Used YouTube to Confront Her Alleged Childhood Abuser
Dawnn Karen, New York-based fashion psychologist, tells Yahoo Shine, “because people are attached to their clothes.” That’s where Karen and others in the relatively new but growing field of fashion-psychology step in — by helping folks who want to reboot their wardrobes figure out a little more about themselves first. a way to get to the heart of the matter for folks wanting to reboot their wardrobes.Watching makeover shows can be amusing — if occasionally cringe-inducing, particularly when people are forced to throw away that sweater they've had forever or favorite old pair of shoes. “That can be traumatizing,” Read More »from What Your Wardrobe Says About Your Psyche
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“I use counseling to assess where they’re at and why,” explains Karen, who uses her background in psychology, design, modeling, and performance to counsel clients ranging from CEOs to entertainers. “That way, the changes tend to stick.”
This week, the Australian publication Daily Life wrote about the rise of Karen’s