Blog Posts by Ali Wentworth

  • Marlo Thomas: 'I Didn't Listen to My Husband for 10 Years'

    Actress, producer, and activist Marlo Thomas has won four Emmy Awards, a Peabody Award, a Golden Globe, and a Grammy over her storied career. She's also been happily married to talk show host Phil Donahue for nearly 35 years.

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    What's the secret to the couple's long and happy marriage? "Aside from loving each other and having a good chemistry is listening to each other," Marlo says. "I really don't think I listened to Phil for several years. … I was too busy advising him." One day, 10 years into their marriage, Phil said, "Could you just nod? I don't really want any advice, I just want to talk about it." Marlo says the lesson about the importance of listening has since helped her with all of her relationships.

    The "Free to Be… You & Me" creator's most recent project is her new book, "It Ain't Over … Till It's Over: Reinventing Your Life — and Realizing Your Dreams — Anytime, at Any Age," which features 60 examples of women throughout the

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  • Josh and Fergie "Don't Want to Raise a Kid That's Entitled"

    The last time Josh Duhamel stopped by "Daily Shot,” he said he and pregnant wife Fergie "just wanted to raise a normal kid." Now that baby Axl is here, has the couple stayed true to their parenting promise?

    WATCH: Josh Duhamel's Fatherhood Fears

    "For the first two years, my sole job as a parent is just to keep him alive," Josh says, but beyond that, the hunky dad wants to make sure Axl appreciates hard work. He and Fergie hope to "teach the kid how to understand that not everything is just handed to you," Josh says. "We don't want to raise a kid that's entitled, or a brat."

    How? Josh's family leads by example. The actor follows in his mom's footsteps by encouraging others to get involved. "My mother volunteers for everything, it doesn't matter what," he says. Now, Josh is working with the Advil Relief in Action campaign to encourage others to make a pledge to volunteer in their communities. "It's really important that people give back in some way," he says. "This is an opportunity to do

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  • Why Being a Bridesmaid Sucks

    From expensive dresses to dealing with bridezillas, being a bridesmaid can be the ultimate annoyance. Comedian Ophira Eisenberg is the author of "Screw Everyone: Sleeping My Way to Monogamy," and she stopped by "Daily Shot" to sound off on why being a bridesmaid is just the worst.

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    "I think it's actually gotten more horrible," Ophira says of the financial burden. "The money, that's why most people say no. It's a great expense."

    Her second grievance? The dresses. "That's endless material!" She says. Even when laid-back brides allow bridesmaids to select their own dresses, "it's like some terrible color" like "dusty rose."

    And every bride turns into a bridezilla at one point or another during the planning process. "Brides who are the nicest people in normal life, right before the wedding go nuts," Ophira says. "If you're in the bridal party, there's an expectation that you're there!"

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  • How to Make Lingerie Work for You

    Dita Von Teese's first job was working in a lingerie store when she was 15 years old. Little did she know the experience would shape her future career. The burlesque dancer and model now has a lingerie line of her own, and she's encouraging women everywhere to embrace the glam.

    WATCH: Real Body Style

    "I've always been attracted to the era of the '30s, '40s, '50s, because it was a moment of glamour and self-creation," she says, though her vintage look has humble roots. Dita grew up as a natural blonde in a small farming town in Michigan. "I'm an ordinary-looking girl underneath all the tricks, so I loved this idea of giving myself my own big Hollywood makeover."

    According to Dita, lingerie is less about sex and more about creative expression. "My relationship with lingerie is really about self-expression and reveling in being a woman and having little moments of luxury and glamour in my everyday life," she explains. "The way that you feel, it radiates."

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  • Actress's Hilarious Run-In With Jimmy Kimmel

    On "American Horror Story," Jamie Brewer plays Nan, the clever and mysterious young witch. The actress, who's been performing since she was a young teen, sees her work as more than just a career.

    "I've been in theater since eighth grade," Jamie says. "I really knew that I would rather change lives through the arts than medically."

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    Jamie enjoys her character's "quirky side" and loves doing her own stunts. Her favorite "American Horror Story" scene to shoot came in the episode "Burn, Witch. Burn!" The best moment? "Being chased by zombies," Jamie says.

    Over the course of her time in the spotlight, Jamie has had the chance to meet all sorts of Hollywood celebrities, but she shared one particularly special moment with talk show host Jimmy Kimmel.

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    Jamie ran into the talk show host at an award ceremony while she was trying to find a place to sit. "Glee" star Jane Lynch invited Jamie to sit at their

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  • How to Be Friends With Your Ex

    Isabel Gillies was a happily married new mom when her husband broke the news that he was in love with someone else. While many women might start plotting revenge and cut the former partner out of their life, Isabel took a different approach: She became friends with her ex and his new partner.

    WATCH: Surviving the End of Your Marriage

    "I think what people miss is that you just have to deal with the truth of what's going on," Isabel says. "Once you accept that your life is what it is, it becomes easier."

    After Isabel came to terms with her husband leaving, she realized that she had a big choice to make. "We're either going to hate each other and not be friends, or we're going to try to be friends." For the sake of the children, she quickly realized friendship was the only option.

    "Divorce is way too hard for children," she says. "Your whole job has to be making it better for them, and the best way to do that is communicating well. You sort of just have to say, 'Get over it.'"

    WATCH: How

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  • What You Need to Know to Beat Allergy Season

    This year is expected to bring one of the worst allergy seasons on record. But before you fall victim to an annoying itchy throat, a runny nose, and congestion, try taking Dr. Travis Stork's advice for preventing allergy flare-ups.

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    "You can prevent your allergies from being bad by taking some simple steps," Stork says. First, he recommends a nasal saline solution or a neti pot to ease congestion.

    Next, wash your hair more frequently, especially if you're spending more time outdoors as the weather gets warmer. "You've been outside, and that pollen will literally stick to your hair," he says. When you go to bed, that same pollen can get all over your pillow and cause a bad allergy reaction.

    Stork says to be mindful of the time of day when pollen levels are at their worst. "Between 5 a.m. and 10 a.m., that's when pollen counts are usually the highest," he explains. If you're working in the house or driving at this time, make sure your

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  • Good News: Getting Older Isn’t Entirely Awful

    Some people say 30 is the new 20 and 50 is the new 40, but Annabelle Gurwitch isn't buying it. The author of "I See You Made an Effort: Compliments, Indignities, and Survival Stories From the Edge of 50" is certain 50 is the new 50 and that's all there is to it.

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    Annabelle joined Ali for some cautionary tales from the other side of menopause. “We should retire that phrase ‘aging gracefully,’” she says. “There’s nothing graceful about this.”

    The book is a collection of essays, each addressing something Anabelle says you can expect when you hit 50.

    Among them, “There’s the indignity of realizing you are becoming invisible to people younger than you. They just can’t see you.”

    Other indignities? “Your teenagers start to hate you, the way your parents are getting older.”

    WATCH: Embarrassing Medical Questions

    So what are the good parts? "It has made me closer to my girlfriends, this whole experience," she says. "You can't talk about it with your

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  • Sally Jessy Raphael on Her Worst Interview Subject

    Sally Jesse Raphael has spent five decades covering news, radio, and TV, interviewing countless controversial guests, experts, and celebrities.

    The Emmy Award-winning talk show host says her favorite interview of all time was with actress Audrey Hepburn. But there's also a subject that sticks out as the worst: "Woody Allen," Sally Jessy says. Why did the director make for an unpleasant interview? "He just smelled," Sally Jessy says. "But you know, a lot of celebrities smell."

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    There is one media personality Sally Jessy will always look up to: Phil Donahue, who hosted "Donahue," which ran for 28 years on national television. "I have, to this day, extremely high respect for that man," Sally Jessy says. "I think he did talk television when it was a decent art." What does she think of it today? "It's a crock of junk!"

    Fans can find Sally Jessy these days on "Sally Jessy Rides!" her Logo TV Web series, which features short celebrity interviews on some form of

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  • 'Good Wife' Actor Talks About Getting Hazed Online

    Ben Rappaport plays fourth-year associate Carey Zepps on CBS's "The Good Wife," and if you knew him a few years ago, you probably wouldn't be surprised by his onscreen success. Ben went to school at Julliard, no small feat for an aspiring performer. "I took myself really seriously when I was a high school actor," Ben says. "You would have really hated me."

    WATCH: Carrie Preston on her 'Good Wife' Emmy Nod

    Before he landed big-name projects such as "Outsourced," "Hope Springs," and "The Good Wife," Ben could be found in a sentimental 2008 jewelry ad. "My first gig out of school was a Kay Jewelers commercial," he says. In the ad, he surprises his deaf girlfriend with a watch at Christmastime. It set the tone for more work to follow. "I had a few years of off-Broadway stuff, running around auditioning, and "Outsourced" was my first big break."

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    Ben knew he made it big when haters began posting comments about him

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