Hollywood Yenta Roundup: Gabrielle Giffords, Diane von Furstenberg, and Amanda Bynes…

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1. Gabrielle Giffords to Receive Courage Award

Former Arizona congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords, who was Arizona’a first Jewish congresswoman, was chosen to receive the John F. Kennedy Profile in Courage Award.

Giffords, who was shot in the head during a constituents’ event in January of 2011, went on to survive the shooting and later launched a gun control initiative following the December shootings at the Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut, in which 20 first-graders and seven adults were killed by one gunman.

Giffords will be recognized for the “political, personal, and physical courage she has demonstrated in her fearless public advocacy for policy reforms aimed at reducing gun violence.” She will be presented with the award on May 5th at the John F. Kennedy Library Foundation.

 

2. Diane von Furstenberg Weaves Support for the Holocaust

Fashion designer Diane von Furstenberg, best known for her wrap dress, is set to host a special event to commemorate the 20th anniversary of the US Holocaust Memorial Museum. The Jewish clothing designer’s mother was a Holocaust survivor and von Furstenberg has spoken about her mother’s influence in her life, crediting her for teaching her that “Fear is not an option.”

“I’m involved with the Holocaust museum because I firmly believe in its importance, and there’s no one else doing work like this,” she tells JTA.org. “Last month they did something amazing for me. Without telling me, they mailed me this giant box of all the details of my mother and father during the Holocaust that the Germans and Swiss kept. They had photos and documentation of everything, and it was so special to me.”

 

3. Amanda Bynes Reveals a Whole New Look

Amanda Bynes revealed a dramatically different look for herself on Twitter over the weekend. The Jewish actress Tweeted a photograph of herself captioned only: Wink ;)

Click here to see the photo of the former Nickelodeon star with long, curly hair and a cheek piercing. It’s much different from this picture she Tweeted just a few days earlier.

The transformation follows a series of legal problems that Bynes faces from fall, including two hit-and-run charges, a DUI, and two counts of driving with a suspended license.


Hollywood Yenta Roundup: Gabrielle Giffords, Bethenny Frankel and Marissa Jaret Winokur…

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1. Gabby Giffords Visits with Sandy Hook Families

Gabrielle Giffords, the former member of Congress from Arizona who was gunned down at a Tucson shopping center two years ago, met privately last Friday with the families of the Sandy Hook school in Newtown, Connecticut where a school shooting took place last month.

Giffords, who is Arizona’s first Jewish congresswoman, met with local officials at the municipal building in Newtown on Friday afternoon. She then went to visit with victims’ families at a private home later in the day.

“What drew her was the shared experience — our 26 victims and survivors, and what she experienced in Arizona,” Newtown First Selectman Pat Llodra told the Newtown Bee.

 

2. Bethenny Frankel Files for Divorce

Bethenny Frankel has filed for divorce from her husband Jason Hoppy. The former Housewife took the first step in ending her two-year marriage to Hoppy by filing a summons for divorce in New York City this month.

The Jewish founder of “Skinnygirl®” isn’t shying away from discussing the divorce in public, recently Tweeting, “To those of you who are being supportive: thank you. To those of you who are judging: I totally get it.”

Frankel and Hoppy have a 2-year-old daughter together named Bryn.

 

3. Marissa Jaret Winokur Dishes the Skinny on Being Skinny

Marissa Jaret Winokur is happy to call herself a “loser” this week! That’s because the Hairspray actress lost a total of 60 pounds over the last seven months.

The 39-year-old Jewish actress says her motivation was simple. “I did it for heath,” Winokur blogged for People.com. “I had a doctor’s appointment in April, and my cholesterol was high (220). My doctor mentioned I should lose some weight.”

Winokur told Us Weekly she thought she would try to lose 20 pounds and see what happened. “It was the little steps,” she said. “I think it worked because I was genuinely doing it for myself.”


The Tweet Life On Twitter

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This Week’s Top Three Tweet-Worthy Events From Jews Who Make News

1. One Year Later

Rep. Gabrielle Giffords plans to attend an Arizona candlelight vigil exactly one year after she and 18 others were shot outside a Tucson grocery store during a congressional meet-and-greet. Giffords, Arizona’s first Jewish congresswoman, suffered a gunshot wound in the head that day.

A number of commemorative events are planned for this weekend. A staff member on Giffords’s team Tweeted, “Rep. Gabrielle Giffords will be in Tucson this weekend & participate in Jan. 8 vigil at @UofA. Details: giffords.house.gov/2012/01/us-rep…”

 

2. Mila Kunis: The New Face Of Dior

She may claim to be a “jeans and T-shirt” kind of girl, but Mila Kunis is about to turn up the glam, big time! The Jewish actress has just been named the new face of Christian Dior.

Images of the 28-year-old star showcasing the latest versions of the Miss Dior handbag were just released this week. E! Online took to Twitter on Thursday to show their support, “Whatever Mila Kunis is selling (@Dior), we’re buying! So pretty.”

 

3. The Way To Jason Segel’s Heart…

Is through the World Wide Web! Check out this YouTube video of aspiring singer Chelsea Gill asking the “Muppets” revivalist, Jason Segel, on a date. She promises she’s completely sane, disease-free and down with his dorky side.

Segel’s response? Let’s just say he was pretty enthusiastic! On Wednesday, Segel Tweeted, “My favorite thing, maybe ever. I am in awe. Response on the way.” He later Tweeted, “I’m gonna need a couple days on this one.”


The Tweet Life On Twitter

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2011’s Top Five Tweet-Worthy Events From Jews Who Make News

1. Amy Winehouse Dies

Amy Winehouse, the Jewish singer whose career was rocked by drug addiction and alcohol abuse, died in July at age 27. A London police official said she was found dead in her home and that alcohol toxicity was the cause of  death.

One of Winehouses’s reps used her Twitter page to promote her final song and posthumous foundation, “Amy’s final track ‘Body And Soul’ w/ @itstonybennett is out today on iTunes http://bit.ly/TonyAmy, proceeds to the Amy Winehouse Foundation.”

2. Gabby Giffords Shot

Arizona Rep. Gabrielle Giffords was shot in the head during a public campaign appearance in Tucson, Ariz. Giffords, a Democrat, is the first Jewish woman elected to Congress from Arizona.

Giffords suffered a traumatic brain injury, but is recovering and recently hosted an online town hall meeting about traumatic brain injuries. In early December, Giffords Tweeted, “Send your traumatic brain injury questions to @Rep_Giffords & we’ll try to answer during our #TBItownhall today.”

3. Ashton & Demi Divorce

Demi Moore ends her marriage to Ashton Kutcher. The two actors were married in a Jewish Kabbalah wedding ceremony in September 2005, but filed for divorce in November 2011.

After the divorce was announced, Kutcher Tweeted, “I will forever cherish the time I spent with Demi.”

Moore has not yet changed her Twitter handle, @mrskutcher, Tweeting, “changing my twitter name isn’t a top priority right now. sorry it bothers so many of u. should I not tweet until I do? does it really matter?”

4. Natalie Portman Wins The Oscar

Natalie Portman won the Oscar for Best Actress at the 83rd Academy Awards last February. The award is a credit to the Jewish actress’s terrifying portrayal of an obsessed, paranoid ballerina in Black Swan.

Portman’s win puts her in elite company with only a few Jewish actresses who have won an Oscar for Best Actress, including Elizabeth Taylor and Barbara Streisand.

The Academy used its Twitter page to give Portman a special shout out, “Congratulations Natalie Portman Best Actress Winner for Black Swan #Oscars.”

5. It’s A Jewish Wedding For Lauren Bush

Lauren Bush married designer Ralph Lauren’s son, David Lauren, in a ceremony presided over by a rabbi last September. Bush is the granddaughter of President George H. W. Bush and niece of President George W. Bush.

The wedding ceremony itself was Jewish, lead by famed New York-based Rabbi Angela Buchdahl. Bush didn’t reveal much about the ceremony, other than this simple Tweet, “Good morning world… I’m getting married today! Yay! Xo.”