• 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.”

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    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 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 tra

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  • 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."

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    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 on

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  • As a hit singer and former member of super group Destiny's Child, Kelly Rowland has accomplished a lot during her years of performing and traveling the globe. But the sexy singer says there are a few things left on her bucket list.

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    "A clothing line, definitely," Kelly says. "I would love to do designs for kids. But I'm so excited about doing a jewelry line." It's quite fitting for the singer, fashionista, and Caress spokesperson, who's known for her stylish red carpet looks.

    Speaking of fashion, there are a few trends that Kelly is looking forward to rocking this spring. "Color, even the pop of color that you can try on your lips," Kelly says. "I'm all about the crop top," she adds. "It's important to wear the clothes. Don't let the clothes wear you."

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    Kelly also shared her favorite on-the-road memory from her Destiny's Child days. "Last tour was pretty awesome," she says. "We looked at everything, we went

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  • Maria Menounos lives with her boyfriend of 16 years … and with her traditional Greek immigrant parents. Sound like a reality show? It is! On her new Oxygen series, "Chasing Maria Menounos," fans get an inside look at what it's like to be an untraditional gal with a very, very traditional family.

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    Maria's Greek father was originally against the idea of a reality show, but now sees it as a way to further his case for Maria to get married and give him some grandchildren. "They want us to have kids, and my dad is literally so excited about the show because it's his platform to prove to people that he's honest about it," Maria says. "Now everyone wants us to get married!"

    Maria's facing pressure from both her parents and industry peers, who say having a baby will do great things for her professional life. She's not taking it. "I'm not looking to make a child for a career booster," Maria says. "You can't put that thing back in on

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