- Sara Haines and Mary-Rose Abraham at Newsmakers3 mths ago
It's not every book which opens with a disclaimer that readers take nothing in it seriously. Diary of a Mad Diva is trademark Joan Rivers -- skewering celebrities, public figures and most especially, the comedian herself. Yet Rivers says the caution didn't stop actress Kristen Stewart from wanting the book pulled for a crude reference to Stewart's affair with a married movie director.
"Did anyone read to her that it's a joke?" Rivers wondered. "I am looking forward to going to court with Kristen Stewart."
If that actually happens, Rivers is likely to be the only party gleefully anticipating her day in court. But it's all in a day's work for the longtime actress, comedian and author – this is her 12 th book – who at 81 has a full schedule which includes hosting Fashion Police and her Web series In Bed With Joan , comedy tours, and designing and selling her own jewelry line and accessories on QVC. So what would happen if she eased up a bit?
"I would kill myself," Rivers said. "All I wanted ever was this business. Ever."
- Rebecca Jarvis and Mary-Rose Abraham at Newsmakers3 mths ago
Despite 12 million matches a day, A-list celeb users like Katy Perry, and starting his own year-long relationship through the app, Sean Rad doesn’t believe Tinder is yet a success.
For the founder & CEO of the popular dating app, success is not only that “everyone who can use Tinder is on Tinder” but also “getting recurring life-altering value out of it.”
Seemingly impossible goals, but for now Rad does seem satisfied that his app has facilitated 2 billion matches since its founding about a year and a half ago. And in a given day, Tinder racks up 950 million swipes per day, when users go on their smartphones and swipe right in hopes of making a connection or swipe left to pass.
“If you look through Tinder, part of the reason that it’s fun is because it’s not just headshots,” he explained. “These are fun photos that people are using to express who they are. It’s sort of like that first impression but even better. I mean, if I see somebody walking down the street, all I really have is their body language, their look. But on Tinder, I have a photo that they choose to really tell me about themselves. And that’s, I think, a first impression but a little better.”
- Dan Kloeffler at Newsmakers4 mths ago
Five albums (a sixth due in October), millions in the bank, two Grammy nominations and international fame have done very little to change the woman who sent jaws to the floor with her version of “I Dreamed a Dream,” on Britain’s Got Talent in 2009.
Susan Boyle, about to kick-off a U.S. tour, remains as humble, honest and appreciative as that night she determinedly walked on stage, contestant name sticker on her chest, and sang to the world a lesson about first impressions.
“I would have a new dress,” Boyle said, given a re-do of her audition. “I would have ditched that frock. It was just so terrible. It looked like I was wearing a doily.”
But once Boyle opened her mouth, few were taking note of what she was wearing. Her performance melted even the most hardened of judges, Simon Cowell, whom she still chats with on occasion. Even in her wildest dreams, Boyle could not have imagined the success that would follow.
- Dan Kloeffler at Newsmakers5 mths ago
When you meet Dolly Parton, you can’t help but wonder where the natural ends and the man-made begins. While she’s never been shy about crediting doctors and makeup artists for giving her what God left out, the depth of her sweetness and sincerity seems almost supernatural.
But spend a few minutes chatting with her, and once your eyes focus directly into hers and beyond some of her more ubiquitous assets, you discover there is an abundance of realness that outshines those glossy pink lips.
For a woman universally known, floating between generations and musical genres, Dolly knows what it’s like to be an outcast. She was taunted in school for her ambitions to become a famous singer, and was ridiculed for her poverty, which she later celebrated in her favorite song, “Coat of Many Colors.”
When she was a child, Parton was given a patchwork coat sewn from scraps of cloth, that her mother had labored over. Eager to show it off at school, Parton’s pride was shattered when kids teased her about her handmade wares. It was a schoolyard lesson in values and self-respect that inspired the song, years later.
- Rebecca Jarvis and Mary-Rose Abraham at Newsmakers5 mths ago
What are the odds that an eBay shop run by a 22-year-old would one day become a multimillion-dollar company?
Not so great. Yet Sophia Amoruso did just that. As CEO of Nasty Gal, Amoruso turned her knack for selling vintage clothing into one of the fastest-growing online retailers today. She writes about her unlikely story and advice for other young women in her new book #GIRLBOSS .
“The biggest thing I’ve learned along the way is to trust my instincts,” said Amoruso, now 30. “Whenever I’ve hesitated, I’ve failed. I grew up snowboarding and it’s kind of similar, where if you think that you might fall, you will fall.”
- Dan Kloeffler and Mary-Rose Abraham at Newsmakers5 mths ago
Musician Boy George has released an album -- “This Is What I Do” -- is wrapping up a North American tour and is set to play a summer’s worth of music festivals throughout Europe. It’s been nearly two decades since his last full album, but the pop culture phenomenon was doing anything but quietly hanging out at home in the intervening years. He’s been a DJ for the last quarter-century, traveling much of the time, to clubs in Asia, Australia and Eastern Europe.
“The DJ world is kind of a parallel universe,” he said. “If you don’t go to clubs, you really won’t know what I’m doing or even half the music that I play.”
Boy George said his new record ended up being quite reflective, a change from his earlier music which was “a diary of my life, the dramas of my existence.”
In the early 1980s, as lead singer for the band Culture Club, he literally became successful overnight, when the single “Do You Really Want to Hurt Me?” became an international chart-topper. Though Boy George’s dreadlocks and over-the-top makeup arguably drew as much attention as his music, he described the fame “as a hoot” to start with.
- Rebecca Jarvis and Mary-Rose Abraham at Newsmakers6 mths ago
Despite all his successes as an entrepreneur and investor – owning the NBA’s Dallas Mavericks, Magnolia Pictures, cable television’s AXS TV and Landmark Theaters – billionaire Mark Cuban said the lessons from his business failures are his biggest motivator.
“It’s so painful, I don’t ever want to experience it again,” he said. “I take the lesson of what I did wrong but more than that I take the fact that I hated it so much as motivation to do the work. That fear of failure motivates me more than anything.”
That doesn’t mean Cuban dwells on the failure or its associated emotions saying, “You can take your energy and apply it to being mad or you can go to work. The best revenge is success and doing it right.”
Worth an estimated $2.6 billion, Cuban’s latest venture is Cyber Dust, a smartphone app which has been dubbed as the Snapchat of texting. Encrypted texts sent through the app are destroyed 24 seconds after the recipient opens it, reducing both parties’ digital footprint.
- Ryan Smith and Mary-Rose Abraham at Newsmakers6 mths ago
Bill Ford takes no pains to hide the fact that he has a favorite child.
“Perhaps a parent shouldn’t have a favorite child, but I do,” said the executive chairman of the Ford Motor Co. “I love all of our cars and trucks, but my favorite is the Mustang.”
In an interview at the New York International Auto Show, Ford said he owns various models of the car – celebrating its 50 th anniversary this year -- including a number of serial No. 1, all the way back to its introduction in 1964.
In fact, his very first car was an “awesome looking” Mustang in electric green. But it had an unfortunate ending when he drove it up to go skiing in northern Michigan. Because it was a show car, it was never meant for those extreme conditions. The next morning “every bit of paint was standing straight up.” Like any parent seeing a hurt child, he said “I came very close to crying.”
Though he primarily drives Ford cars and trucks, he’ll bring home many competitors’ vehicles as well because “it’s important to know what they’re up to.” That includes cars from manufacturers such as Hyundai, Honda, Toyota, Tesla and whatever else is “new and relevant.”
- Dan Kloeffler and Mary-Rose Abraham at Newsmakers6 mths ago
Take a listen to Meb Keflezighi’s running playlist and you’ll find plenty of hip-hop. An example: “Empire State of Mind,” by Jay-Z featuring Alicia Keys.
“Any music is great, but hip-hop especially because it’s what I grew up to,” said Keflizighi, this year’s winner of the Boston Marathon. “It gets me in a nice cadence. I love music and it allows me to be who I am and run freely.”
Keflezighi, 38, became the first American to win the Boston Marathon in more than three decades. A victory made doubly meaningful as it came the year after the horrific bombings which claimed four lives and injured dozens. Last year, Keflezighi was watching from the stands and said he left just 5 minutes before the explosions.
This year, he honored the dead with their names handwritten onto his racing bib.
“It was the most meaningful victory ever because of what happened [last year],” he explained. “I did it for Boston and did it for the U.S.A. and did it for the world.”
- Mara Schiavocampo and Mary-Rose Abraham at Newsmakers6 mths ago
When Carly Rae Jepsen first joined the cast of Broadway’s “Cinderella,” she recalled a conversation with the stage manager about fame.
“He said, ‘The funny thing about being famous is that we all know this about you,’ and he went on to explain something that he thought he knew. And I said, ‘Actually the funny thing about being famous is that everyone thinks that they know things,’ and we kind of figured out the truth of it together. The quick lesson that I learned is that none of the fame part is really real.”
That explains why Jepsen – whose hit single “Call Me Maybe” quickly escalated her singing career – has been able to stay grounded, feel grateful for her fans’ support, and focused on what she loves most: the music. She is currently working on her next album, writing songs she calls very “personal and from the heart,” in between a hectic schedule of eight shows a week as Cinderella opposite Fran Drescher, who plays her wicked stepmother.