Serena Williams and Her Daughter Olympia Are the Cutest in Matching Sock Hop Style

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This mother-daughter duo is ready for a sock hop in style!

Serena Williams and her 1-year-old only child, Alexis Olympia Ohanian Jr., are certainly at the top of the list when it comes to stylish moms and their kiddos—and their newest matching outfits are the latest proof. 

The tennis star and her youngster dressed up in nearly identical pink ’50s looks, featuring a white button-down shirt and pink skirt with poodle appliqués. The looks were finished off with pink scarves and rhinestone belts, the little one also accessorizing with a pink parasol. How on theme!

“Pink things,” she simply captioned the sweet shot, taken by husband Alexis Ohanian

While it’s unclear where these two were headed, we’d venture to say they were the best dressed there. 

Of course, any fans of Williams and her youngster are well aware these two have aced social media with their adorable snaps. 

Get ready to say “Awww!” over more of the toddler’s cutest pictures in E!’s gallery below: 

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…Like Her Mama.

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Serena and her little girl love Snapchat!

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“Making moves,” read the caption on the photo, posted on the child’s Instagram page.

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“When you realize you’re the hero Gotham needs,” read the caption on the photo, posted on the child’s Instagram page.

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Serena posted on her Instagram page this photo of Alexis and baby Alexis, writing, “We love bath time.”

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Serena showcases her new wedding ring in this adorable pic of her daughter.

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“Wait till I see you S,” read the caption to this photo, posted on the child’s Instagram page in December 2017.

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Alexis appears with Serena’s sister Isha Price.

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“Dad & I hit the gym hard today,” read the caption to this photo, posted on the child’s Instagram page in December 2017.

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Mommy and daughter are twinsies!

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The happy mama has some fun on Snapchat.

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Serena’s baby girl shows off Janie and Jack’s striped sweater dress on Instagram Stories. 

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Introducing the most stylish mother-daughter duo!

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Ariana Grande Is Trademarking Thank U, Next

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Ariana Grande is taking “Thank U, Next” all the way to the bank.

Following the massive success of the song and album of the same name, E! News has confirmed that the 25-year-old Grammy winner has submitted an application to trademark the phrase “Ariana Grande Thank U, Next.” The application, filed on April 2 and obtained by E! News, shows that Grande hopes to use the phrase for products such as perfume, cologne, body lotions, bath gels, shower gels, body scrubs, body powders and body mist.

So, it seems like Arianators might be getting a line of products from their fave artist in the near future.

After months of heartache and heartbreak, Grande released her self-love hit song “Thank U, Next” in November.

Shortly after the song’s release, Grande’s brother, Frankie Grande, told E! News that his sister felt “empowered” by the track.

“I am unbelievably proud of my sister. This project that she has been working on, it’s from the heart. If you listen to the lyrics…I sobbed and I cried the first time she played it for me. When she said, ‘I met someone else / And her name is Ari,’ I wept. Because it’s a message of self-love!” Frankie shared. “And if you don’t put yourself first, then no other relationship matters, and no other relationship is going to work. To hear that being said by her is so beautiful.”

In February, Grande went on to release her new album of the same name, which instantly climbed to the top of the charts.

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Amid the trademark filing, Grande has been on the road performing for her Sweetener World Tour. The tour kicked off on March 18 and will wrap up in Switzerland in October. 

This weekend, Grande will take over Indio, Calif. when she headlines the 2019 Coachella music festival.

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Parks and Recreation Turns 10: See the Cast Then and Now

Parks and Recreation cast then and now

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Can you believe it’s been 10 years since Parks and Recreation first brought us to Pawnee?

Indeed, the hit NBC series created by Greg Daniels and Michael Schur debuted a decade ago today on April 9, 2009, eventually sky rocketing to stardom and turning some of its cast members into household names. 

The show went on to score dozens of award nominations, including one for Best Television Series—Musical or Comedy at the 2014 Golden Globes. 

After seven seasons and 125 episodes, fans said goodbye to the Parks Department of Pawnee in February 2015, but that doesn’t mean the show stopped living on in the hearts of fans. 

In fact, the cast recently reunited last month for a 10th anniversary celebration at PaleyFest. “It felt like the most important thing I would ever do,” Schur said of the show and a possible reboot during a panel at the event. “So I would never, ever, ever say never—the chance, should it arise, would be incredible…but as tempting as it is, I don’t want to make more episodes just to do it.”

While the ultimate fate of the series remains up in the air, we can always take a walk down memory lane and revisit our favorite stars from the show. 

Drum roll please!

Parks and Recreation cast then and now, Amy Poehler

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The star who brought Leslie Knope to life has gone on to other film and TV roles as well as host the reality competition show, Making It, with her former co-star, Nick Offerman

Parks and Recreation cast then and now, Chris Pratt

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After he was Andy Dwyer, Pratt became an action star with lead roles in the Jurassic World and Guardians of the Galaxy franchises. 

Parks and Recreation cast then and now, Aubrey Plaza

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After April Ludgate, Plaza kept audiences laughing in films like Dirty Grandpa and Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates

Parks and Recreation cast then and now, Nick Offerman

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The man behind the iconic Ron Swanson continues to pop up on the big and small screen. 

Parks and Recreation cast then and now, Rashida Jones

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The face of Ann Perkins now stars in and produces her own comedy series, Angie Tribeca

Parks and Recreation cast then and now, Aziz Ansari

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The comedian found further stardom as an actor and executive producer of the Netflix series, Master of None, which garnered him a Golden Globe. 

Parks and Recreation cast then and now, Retta

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The actress behind Donna Meagle now stars on NBC’s Good Girls

Parks and Recreation cast then and now, Adam Scott

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The actor behind Ben Wyatt has since taken a dramatic turn with a role on Big Little Lies

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The Crown Finds Its Princess Diana in Emma Corrin

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The Crown has found its Princess Diana.

Emma Corrin will play Lady Diana Spencer in Netflix’s royal drama. Corrin will first appear in season four of The Crown, which is scheduled to begin filming later in 2019. The Crown season three, which does not have a premiere date yet, is the first to feature a new cast and jump forward in time.

“I have been glued to the show and to think I’m now joining this incredibly talented acting family is surreal,” Corrin said in a statement released by Netflix. “Princess Diana was an icon and her effect on the world remains profound and inspiring. To explore her through Peter Morgan‘s writing is the most exceptional opportunity and I will strive to do her justice!”

Corrin’s a relative newcomer. Her credits include Alex’s Dream, a short film, an episode of Grantchester and the upcoming Misbehaviour.

“Emma is a brilliant talent who immediately captivated us when she came in for the part of Diana Spencer. As well as having the innocence and beauty of a young Diana, she also has, in abundance, the range and complexity to portray an extraordinary woman who went from anonymous teenager to becoming the most iconic woman of her generation,” The Crown creator Peter Morgan told The Hollywood Reporter.

The Crown tells the story of Queen Elizabeth II and her royal family. Claire Foy played the royal in the first two seasons and won an Emmy for her portrayal. Oscar winner Olivia Colman will play the monarch in seasons three and four. The season three cast also includes Tobias Menzies as Prince Philip, and Helena Bonham Carter as Princess Margaret.

Meet The Crown season three cast below.

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Actress Gillian Anderson is poised to play the Iron Lady in upcoming seasons of The Crown, according to multiple outlets.

Netflix has yet to comment on Anderson’s possible role as the former British prime minister. As it stands, it’s unclear if The Crown‘s Thatcher character will appear in both seasons three and four of the critically-acclaimed drama. 

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Marion Bailey will take over the role of the Queen Mother from Victoria Hamilton.

“Wonderful to be joining The Crown. It’s a brilliant show and we have tough act to follow but what a gift to be playing the fascinating and greatly loved Queen Mother. Thrilled to be on board and working with such a top notch team,” Bailey said in a statement.

Prince Charles, Josh O'Connor

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Viewers saw a young Prince Charles in The Crown season two, but that changes with a time jump.

“I am thrilled to be joining the firm for the next installment of The Crown. Seasons three and four will follow some of the most turbulent events in the Prince of Wales’s life and our national story and I’m excited to be bringing to life the man in the midst of it all. I’m very aware it’s a formidably talented family to be joining, but reliably informed I have the ears for the part and will fit right in,” Josh O’Connor said in a statement.

His other credits include Peaky Blinders, Ripper Street and Florence Foster Jenkins.

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There’s a new prime minister when The Crown jumps ahead some years for season three. Jason Watkins is playing Prime Minister Harold Wilson.

“I am delighted to become part of this exceptional show. Harold Wilson is a significant and fascinating character in our history. So looking forward to bringing him to life, through a decade that transformed us culturally and politically. And excited to be working so closely with Olivia and the whole team,” he in a statement.

Watkins’ other credits include Taboo, A Very English Scandal and Being Human.

Tobias Menzies, Prince Phillip

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Doctor Who star Matt Smith played Prince Philip in the first two seasons of The Crown. Outlander‘s Tobias Menzies is taking over the role for the upcoming third season.

“I’m thrilled to be joining the new cast of The Crown and to be working with Olivia Colman again. I look forward to becoming her ‘liege man of life and limb,'” he said in a statement.

In addition to Outlander, Menzies’ credits include The Night Manager opposite Colman, Game of Thrones, Catastrophe and the British Getting On.

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Call the Midwife veteran Erin Doherty is reportedly playing Princess Anne, daughter of Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip.

In addition to Call the Midwife, Doherty is in the Les Misérables miniseries.

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Vanessa Kirby played Princess Margaret in the first two seasons of the royal drama. Helena Bonham Carter met with Kirby before her participation was confirmed.

“I’m not sure which I’m more terrified about—doing justice to the real Princess Margaret or following in the shoes of Vanessa Kirby,” Bonham Carter said in a statement. “The only thing I can guarantee is that I’ll be shorter than Vanessa.”

Bonham Carter’s credits include the Harry Potter film series, Ocean’s Eight and The King’s Speech.

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Matthew Goode played the character of Antony Armstrong-Jones, Lord Snowdon, in the second season. Ben Daniels of Jesus Christ Superstar Live, House of Cards and The Exorcist fame, will play the part in season three.

“After being glued to the first two seasons of The Crown I am beyond thrilled to be joining the cast of this incredible piece of television,” Daniels said in a statement. “Snowdon was such a dynamic and complex man, I’m really looking forward to playing him.”

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Claire Foy is handing over the crown to Olivia Colman for the third season.

“I’m so thrilled to be part of The Crown, I was utterly gripped watching it, a proper ‘Just one more’ feeling,” Colman said in a statement. “I think Claire Foy is an absolute genius, she’s an incredibly hard act to follow, I’m basically going to rewatch every episode and copy her!”

Colman won a Golden Globe for The Night Manager and has appeared in numerous other projects including Peep Show, Fleabag and Murder on the Orient Express.

Emerald Fennell, Camilla Parker Bowles

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Emerald Fennell will play the future Duchess of Cornwall in the upcoming season.

“I’m absolutely over the moon, and completely terrified, to be joining so many hugely talented people on The Crown,” Fennell said in a statement. “I absolutely love Camilla, and am very grateful that my teenage years have well prepared me for playing a chain-smoking serial snogger with a pudding bowl haircut.”

The Crown season three is expected to debut in 2019 on Netflix.

You’ll Never Believe Which Olympic Athlete Is Giving John Legend Swimming Lessons

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John Legend is getting his blood flowin’ and his body movin’ on this lovely Monday. Because nothing beats a fun workout!

Forget about running or SoulCycle, the 40-year-old “Good Night” singer is taking swimming lessons from the 12-time Olympic medalist, Ryan Lochte. That’s right, the two are hanging out and getting ready for the “2020 Olympics.”

“Swimming with Ryan Lochte in my backyard,” Legend captions his Instagram Stories, which features a short clip of him and Lochte taking a lap in his massive pool. “2020 Olympic Team.”

“I made the team,” the Grammy winner jokes as he stands in the pool, hands in the air, in triumph over his finished lap.

For the 34-year-old Olympic medalist, he admits hanging with the EGOT recipient is “not a bad way to start my week,” and we don’t blame him!

“Swimming with @johnlegend,” Ryan posts on Instagram. “Giving him some swim tips and getting him ready for 2020 Olympics haha!”

In late January, John confessed he was taking swimming lessons with his kids, Luna Stephens and Miles Stephens, who started “months” before him.

“I can’t really swim,” he revealed on Twitter. “Today I took my first swim lesson since I was like 5. My dad learned in his 60’s so I feel like I’m ahead of schedule.”

“You might be a competitive swimmer now,” he wrote on Instagram last month, alongside a short video of him swimming from one end of the pool to the other.

Now, it seems the 40-year-old “Preach” singer is ready to take on the Olympics with Lochte come 2020!

On that note, can we get an invite to the next pool session, John?

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Carrie Underwood Opens Up About Her New Baby and Figuring Things Out

Carrie Underwood may be a country music superstar and multiple Grammy Award winner, but she admits she’s “still figuring things out” just like the rest of us.

Underwood and her husband Mike Fisher welcomed their second child, a boy named Jacob Bryan Fisher, on Jan. 21 and the family of four is adjusting to life with a newborn. They also have a 4-year-old named Isaiah Michael Fisher.

The 36-year-old chatted with E! News’ Carissa Culiner on the red carpet at the 2019 ACM Awards in Las Vegas on Sunday and discussed what life has been like for the past few months. For starters, Isaiah is diving headfirst into his role as big brother.

“He loves it,” the “Love Wins” singer said. “He calls Jacob ‘My baby.'”

Isaiah apparently goes around asking, “Where’s my baby? How’s my baby? I wanna kiss my baby.”

Underwood called the sweet brotherly love “really cute.”

She also talked about how Isaiah changed in her eyes when she came home with their newborn. She said he “just seemed like a big boy.”

Although Jacob isn’t Underwood and Fisher’s first child, she admitted life with two kids has been a big adjustment. “We’re still figuring out our groove, to be honest,” she explained.

Underwood added, “I don’t know if we’ll ever figure it out.”

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The singer talked a bit about expectations that people have just because she’s a celebrity. She’s been candid about how “bouncing back” after giving birth to Jacob has been “difficult” and she’s learning to appreciate her body the way it is.

“I’m going to be honest, ‘bouncing back’ after having Jacob has been much more difficult than after I had Isaiah and I’ve been pretty hard on myself lately,” she said in a March 19 Instagram post. “I just want to feel like myself again…for my body to feel the way that I know it can.”

Underwood told E! News that getting real about herself and dealing with everyday motherhood challenges is “just life.”

“People expect more of us ‘celebrities,'” she said while also adding that she finds it weird to use that term. “Everyone is busy showing the highlight reels of their life, but life is messy.”

She continued, “I’m a mom first and foremost. That’s my favorite. I love my job but that’s my favorite role to play.”

The American Idol winner arrived at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on Sunday in a gorgeous one-shoulder Nicolas Jebran dress that was embroidered with diamonds and had thigh-high slits going up each leg. She performed on two separate occasions during the awards show and even prepped for the evening in a very relatable way—by pumping breast milk before the show.

Underwood may still be “figuring things out,” but with a new album, upcoming tour, Billboard Music Award nominations and more, she seems unstoppable from here.

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A Down-to-earth Star, Real Life Romance and a Simpsons Cameo: 20 Secrets About Never Been Kissed

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Along with Napster, Harry Potter and Y2K panic, teen rom-coms were all the rage in 1999. 

It’s unclear if a certain sect of screenwriters got together and agreed that the waning years of the millennium were the time to churn out delightful fare for the underage set, but between 10 Things I Hate About You, Varsity Blues, Cruel Intentions and She’s All That it was quite the time to be in high school and dreaming wistfully of first loves and perfect prom dates. Albeit, somewhat disturbing to realize that a bespectacled Rachael Leigh Cook and a poorly attired Drew Barrymore are what pass for impossibly nerdy in Hollywood. 

Such was the premise for Never Been Kissed. Barrymore’s Josie Geller is the youngest editor at the Chicago Sun-Times with a penchant for correcting her colleagues’ grammar (which, respect), but, perhaps, not all of the skills necessary to land the reporting job of her dreams. Then, apropos of nothing, her editor-in-chief instructs her to go undercover at nearby South Glen South and write about her semester in high school.  

The only issue? She didn’t exactly have the strongest social game as a teen the first time around. And while she totally has been kissed, she’s the type of hopeless romantic that believes she should only be puckering up for “the person you’re supposed to kiss for the rest of your life.” So basically she’s totally going to kill it with her fellow youths. 

Dressed in an unfortunate feather boa-lined all-white ensemble, Josie quickly befriends brainy Aldys (Leelee Sobieski), an aspiring professor, novelist and flautist who’s already figured out that her best years lie ahead, and develops a troubling crush on Cool Teacher Sam Coulson (Michael Vartan). But with prom  fast approaching, hanging with the math club (appropriately named the Denominators) and lusting over an English instructor with boundary issues is not going to get Josie the story she’s after. 

For that she relies on brother Rob (David Arquette), also going undercover, to gain her entrée into the cool kids group, which includes a pre-stardom James Franco and Jessica Alba

With Rob vouching for her—perhaps the truest line uttered in the movie is when he tells Josie, “All you need is for one person to think you’re cool, and you’re in. Everyone else will be scared to question it,”—she scores a popular date to the big dance, the title of queen and the chance to finally yell out, “I’m not Josie Grossie anymore!” But she blows her own cover when she spies the mean girls trying to douse Aldys with dog food Carrie-style. 

Everyone’s a little weirded out, but no one more so than Mr. Coulson who seemingly realizes in tandem that it’s suddenly okay that he was crushing on a student and that, whoops, he was totally crushing on a minor. 

We’re not saying it’s without its troubling moments. The so-called dream guy, whose name is actually Guy (Jeremy Jordan), refers to unpopular girls as “dogs”, and the school clearly has very lax admission standards. But the overarching message about how it’s cool to be yourself is sweet. And the whole teacher falling for a student storyline is made more palatable by the winning charms of Michael Vartan. 

By the end, after Josie has apologized for duping him and asked for a shot at a legitimate relationship with all the trappings of a rom-com, who wasn’t rooting for Mr. Coulson to show up at the packed baseball stadium and just kiss her already. 

Coming out 20 years ago today, Never Been Kissed‘s legacy is such that Bachelor producers were able to employ the concept for a running gag on the most recent season. Not to mention it’s served as a vehicle for more than a couple legitimate Hollywood careers (hi, Academy Award-winner Octavia Spencer!) and boasts quite a few behind-the-scenes tidbits you’ve likely forgotten in the past two decades. 

Drew Barrymore, Nancy Juvonen, Never Been Kissed

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The rom-com was the first production for Barrymore and Nancy Juvonen‘s Flower Films. “I wanted to make this movie because it taps into an emotion that everyone can identify with—the awkward moments of our high school years,” the actress told Wild About Movies in 1999. Coming off her work in Ever After and The Wedding Singer, it was a marked success for the former child star and led to a slew of other successful work. (See: 50 First DatesHe’s Just Not That Into YouWhip It!)  “I had fun but wanted to make it work,” she recently told E! News of her first producing gig, “and then when it did I was allowed to make Charlie’s Angels so each movie is a piece.”

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Just three months before selling the script, screenwriting partners Marc Silverstein and Abby Kohn were master’s degree candidates at University of Southern California. And their stellar first project launched a romantic comedy career for the ages. After some TV work, they re-teamed with Flower Films for 2009’s He’s Just Not That Into You before diving into Valentine’s DayThe Vow and How to Be Single. “We ride the wave and you just push it around into different areas,” he told ET. “We moved into the romantic drama, we moved into the multi-character story arc version of that movie. You just try to keep it fresh. People want to see stories about relationships.”

Marc Silverstein, Busy Philipps, 2019 SXSW

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Before Silverstein would go on to meet Busy Philipps he and Kohn were a thing for some seven years before breaking off an engagement in the early aughts. “When we decided not to get married, we were contractually obligated on a pilot,” Silverstein told the Los Angeles Times. “So we figured we should try to work together.” It wasn’t great, they agree, “but it didn’t take that long to get normal again.” Kohn would go on to wed music exec Jason Linn and Silverstein married Philipps and now, he said, “I think we have the best of both worlds. I know a lot of writing teams that, as good friends as they are, still can’t say to each other what we can say to each other.” 

James Franco, Never Been Kissed, Stars' First Roles

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He was perhaps a little hard to spot in his debut film role of cool kid Jason, which saw the UCLA student (credited as James Edward Franco) offer up a scant few lines and mostly serve as a background player in prom-perfect disco attire. Before the comedy, Franco’s credits were limited to a TV movie and a guest spot on Pacific Blue, but later that year he’d break out as head freak Daniel Desario in Freaks and Geeks alongside Silverstein’s future bride Busy Philipps.

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The teen fare also featured a little-known 17-year-old Jessica Alba, a year away from landing on TV screens in Dark Angel. Though she was spot-on as cool kid Kirsten, Alba has admitted she had very little to draw on. “I actually never went to high school. I graduated when I was sixteen,” she said of her stint at an L.A.-area academy, “but when I was in junior high, I was, like, the biggest nerd and I had no friends.” Once she began acting—including a two-season gig on Flipper, “They wanted to be my friends, then they wanted to beat me up because I was in magazines and stuff,” she continued, “but yeah it brings back weird issues.”

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Supporting leads Barrymore and Michael Vartan was a wealth of talent in secondary roles. All told, the film can claim their cast was made up of three Emmy-nominated actors (Barrymore, Leelee Sobieski and Molly Shannon, who nailed her part as Josie’s work BFF), two Oscar nominees (Franco and John C. Reilly—Josie’s grumpy boss Augustus in the flick) and an Academy Award winner in Octavia Spencer, underutilized in a bit part as one of Josie’s coworkers. 

Jeremy Jordan, Never Been Kissed

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Jeremy Jordan had some experience to draw on playing Guy, the high school heartthrob you totally want to be crunched by. In a bid for pop star fame, he released his debut disc, Try My Love in 1993, with his two biggest hits, “The Right Kind of Love” and “Wanna Girl,” peaking at 14 and 28, respectively, on the Billboard Hot 100. Though his acting credits were limited post-Never Been Kissed, he did put out another album in 2013 titled Where Do We Go From Here.

Leelee Sobieski, Never Been Kissed, 90s Forgotten Girl Crush

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One of the bigger stars in the film thanks to her work in Deep Impact and A Soldier’s Daughter Never Cries, Sobieski was reportedly offered popular Kirsten, before saying she found the role of ambitious Aldys more interesting. She’d continue racking up parts before telling Vogue in 2012 that she was looking to retire in deference to her marriage to fashion designer Adam Kimmel: “Ninety percent of acting roles involve so much sexual stuff with other people, and I don’t want to do that. It’s such a strange fire to play with, and our relationship is surely strong enough to handle it, but if you’re going to walk through fire, there has to be something incredible on the other side.”

Sam Coulson, Never Been Kissed, Forgotten 90s Crushes

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“I auditioned for Never Been Kissed 116 years ago and I was as nervous as can be,” Vartan told E! News during a 2017 visit to The Arrangement‘s set. “It was my first, one of my first really big movie auditions and I really had no notion or thought that I was gonna get the job.” He credits screen partner and producer Barrymore with helping him score the role of far-too-dreamy teacher Mr. Coulson saying, she “fought very hard for me and I got the job.”

Drew Barrymore

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As if Vartan wasn’t charmed enough by Barrymore, her arrival on set certainly sealed the deal. Though the former child actress was already a bonafide star many times over (not to mention the boss, with her Flower Films helming production), “The first day she showed up on that job, she showed up in a 1970s beat-up white Volvo,” Vartan told Bravo’s The Daily Dish last year, “and I was like, ‘I like that girl. [She’s] down-to-earth, salt-of-the-earth. No nonsense with her. [She’s] just a real sweet person.”

Best Movie Makeovers of All Time, Drew Barrymore, Never Been Kissed

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Costume designer Mona May revealed Barrymore got very hands-on choosing Josie’s eccentric fashions for the film. (Never forget the all-white, boa-tinged outfit with an accompanying citrus-themed tote.) “We went to Loehmanns to try clothes on because she really wanted to find the coolest, weirdest stuff to create this character,” May told Interview last year. “She’s so strong in her visuals and how she likes things, so it was really us creating it together, which is always really fun.” By the credits, Josie has undergone more than an internal evolution. “At the end we clean her up and you find her soul,” said May. “She’s gone through this crazy journey and she’s now who she’s supposed to be.”

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In the decades since that first release, Barrymore and May have gone on more than one department star adventure. “I’ve worked with her for many years,” May raved to Interview of dressing the actress. For the past three seasons the pair have teamed up for Barrymore’s Netflix series, the Flower Films-produced Santa Clarita Diet

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With a peak nineties soundtrack, the film secured the rights to choice songs by Jimmy Eat World, Cyndi Lauper, Blind Melon, Pat BenatarMadonna and Big Bad Voodoo Daddy. But one standout moment comes when Josie discovers that the more charming parts of South Glenn South’s student body have pushed her car into the middle of the football field. The number the marching band is practicing at that moment: the theme song for The Simpsons

Drew Barrymore, Never Been Kissed

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Even legendarily tough film critic Roger Ebert was won over by Barrymore’s charms. Though he goes in on the screenplay a bit (it’s “not deep or sophisticated, but it’s funny and big-hearted and it wins us over”), he admitted he found himself cheering for the requisite happy ending. “The scene is so contrived and artificial, it could be subtitled ‘Shameless Audience Manipulation,'” he wrote in his 1999 review. “But you know what? Because the wait involved Barrymore, I actually cared. Yes, I did.” 

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Despite the use of the very legitimate Chicago Sun-Times and a various necessary exteriors in the Windy City, the movie was largely shot on location in Los Angeles. John Burroughs Middle School filled in for South Glen South, UCLA’s Jackie Robinson Stadium served as the backdrop for the all-important finale and Josie’s childhood home was actually located in the city’s Hancock Park neighborhood. As for The Tiki Post, where Rob toiled before his dreams of a baseball career could take off, it’s now a Cold Stone Creamery in Monrovia, Calif. 

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As a clichéd editor-in-chief with nary a trace of subtly, Garry Marshall remarks in one conference room scene, “I don’t even know my own kids.” Sitting directly to his right: real life daughter Kathleen Marshall, whose other credits include Happy DaysLaverne & ShirleyRunaway Bride and The Princess Diaries.

Molly Shannon

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To promote the April premiere of the flick, Barrymore turned up on Saturday Night Live, her second of six hosting gigs and her first since her debut at age 7 made her the youngest lead ever. And, yes, there was some kissing. “That was the best thing ever,” the actress told Wild About Movies of returning to the sketch comedy show. “But kissing Molly Shannon was even better.” Her costar agreed, telling the outlet that Barrymore had skills: “We even did some kissing during our dress rehearsal.” 

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Though there’s no chatter of a reprisal for the 1999 flick, screenwriters Kohn and Silverstein say it did serve as inspiration of sort for last year’s I Feel Pretty, starring Amy Schumer as a cosmetics employee who gets the self-confidence knocked into her after falling off a SoulCycle bike. Asked how their approach for that comedy varied from their first, Silverstein told ET, “Between this and Never Been Kissed, not that different at all. When we started this, we felt like this is a spiritual successor to that movie in a way. Because, again, it’s a lead character comedy that has a broad, high concept to it, but it’s treated in a very real way.”

Never Been Kissed, Drew Barrymore, Michael Vartan

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For the record, though, if there were to be a reprisal, count Vartan among those who believe Josie and Sam are still holding steady. “Well, I mean, I think we’d be age appropriate, at least,” he told Bravo’s The Daily Dish last year. (At 24, Barrymore was just a year younger than her character while Vartan was 30.) “I mean, she’s still younger than me, but yeah maybe I’d be the janitor and she’d be the principal of the school. I guess I’d still be a teacher. Maybe I’d have a tie now, like a little cloth tie. I have no idea.”

Drew Barrymore, Never Been Kissed

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Despite a bevy of roles to choose from, Barrymore names Never Been Kissed as one of her “favorite films” from her storied four-decade career, telling UK’s Glamour she “loved playing Josie.” The experience is edged out just slightly by 1998’s Ever After, a riff on the classic Cinderella fairytale because the decidedly feminist retelling of the story taught Barrymore how to “rescue” herself. No wonder, then, that the actress would be down to reconnect with her former costars. “We need to do something—a reunion,” she recently told E! News of the milestone anniversary. “We loved it and each other.”

From Imprinting on a Twilight Hunk to Loving as Her Authentic Self: Charting Kristen Stewart’s Dating History

It’s been over a decade since Twilight turned Kristen Stewart into a bona fide star.

And in the time since the actress, turning 29 on April 9, became the leading lady of one of the biggest film franchise’s in the world, she’s also managed to become something of a tabloid fixture thanks to her endlessly fascinating dating history. But as her tastes in partners have evolved and broadened, with Kristen openly declaring in a 2017 interview with The Guardian that she’s, in fact, bisexual, so too has her position on the way she approaches the public’s role in her relationships.

While she’s always been fiercely private and surely always will be, there was marked shift in Kristen’s thoughts right around the time she began dating women as well as men. 

“When I was dating a guy I was hiding everything that I did because everything personal felt like it was immediately trivialized, so I didn’t like it,” she told Elle U.K. in July 2016. “We were turned into these characters and placed into this ridiculous comic book, and I was like, ‘That’s mine. You’re making my relationship something that it’s not.’ I didn’t like that.”

But when she started dating a girl, it all changed. “I was like, ‘Actually, to hide this provides the implication that I’m not down with it or I’m ashamed of it, so I had to alter how I approached being in public,” she continued. “It opened my life up and I’m so much happier.”

For Stewart, the subtle shift in how she and her paramours present themselves in public—aka, in front of the paparazzi—comes from the feeling that it’s “really important” that her young fans see the photos, she told Variety that same year. “As much as I want to protect myself, it’s not about hiding. As soon as you start throwing up so many walls, you cannot see over them yourself, so you just start isolating in a way that’s not honest. I definitely found where I’m comfortable. I don’t take credit for that,” she told the publication. “Things have really shifted in this wonderful way. I’m reaping the benefits.”

So, though she’s yet to publicly confirm her latest rumored romance, with blogger and stylist Sara Dinkin, one can assume from the photos that this is, in fact, the real deal. And it’s a far cry from the way she used to handle herself back when she and Twilight co-star Robert Pattinson were hot and heavy. After all, it did take her around two years to ever even refer to him as her “boyfriend” in an interview…

Here’s your comprehensive guide to all the people—that we know of—that Kristen has spent time with.

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After meeting the former Will & Grace star—Angarano appeared as Jack’s son Elliot for 12 episodes during the NBC hit’s original run and one during the revival’s first season in 2017—on the set of the 2004 film Speak, Kristen dated Michael for three years. As her career catapulted to new heights thanks to the 2008 release of Twilight, things in their relationship took a turn while she was filming the 2009 sequel New Moon—all those rumors about something going on with her leading man couldn’t have helped—and they split during production. “He’s a wonderful actor,” Twilight director Catherine Hardwicke told Vulture about the former couple in 2012. “He was in [Lords ofDogtown, one of my favorites, so I felt pretty bad because I love him and they were such a great couple.”

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It turned out that all those rumors and Kristen and her hunky co-star had a kernel of truth in them because the co-workers quickly began mixing business with pleasure after she split from Michael. After photos of Kristen and Robert getting quite cozy at an August 2009 Kings of Leon concert were released, they became an instant source of tabloid fascination. Despite years of intimate moments caught via wide-angle lens, Kristen wouldn’t publicly call Rob her “boyfriend” until the November 2011 issue of British GQ. And if they were the thing that tabloid dreams are made of then, a twist coming eight months later would make them even more so. The cheating scandal with her Snow White and the Huntsman director Rupert Sanders would eventually tear them asunder. By May 2013, after a few break ups and make ups, they’d be done for good.

Rupert Sanders, Kristen Stewart


OK, so this was never a real relationship, but who doesn’t remember exactly where they were when photos of Kristen and Rupert caught in a remarkably intimate moment were made public by Us Weekly in July 2012? At the time, she was still with Rob and he was married to actress Liberty Ross, the mother of his two children. “I am utterly distraught about the pain I have caused my family,” Sanders said in a statement to People at the time. “My beautiful wife and heavenly children are all I have in this world. I love them with all my heart. I am praying that we can get through this together.” They did not: Ross would file for divorce the following January. And the sequel to their hit film, 2016’s The Huntsman: Winter’s War, would go on to include neither Kristen nor Rupert.

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In early 2015, fans began to speculate that Kristen and her close pal Alicia Cargile were maybe more than just friends. And they were right. The two would date on-and-off for over a year (with Kristen dating others during those “off” times, as you’ll see below), before the actress finally officially confirmed not only the relationship, but the true nature of her sexual preference in a July 2016 interview with Elle U.K. “Right now I’m just really in love with my girlfriend,” Kristen told the publication. “We’ve broken up a couple of times and gotten back together, and this time I was like, ‘Finally, I can feel again.'” Sadly, a few months after that interview was published, the couple called it quits for good.

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During one of Kristen’s “off” periods with Alicia, she and French singer Stephanie “Soko” Sokolinski shared a few public outings together. They were first spotted engaging in some PDA in March of 2016, and Soko would tell W at the end of that month, “I’m very, very, very in love and very happy in a relationship.” However, they’d split just two months later and Kristen would reunite with Alicia for one final time.

St. Vincent, Kristen Stewart

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After her final split with Alicia, KStew began enjoying the company of singer St. Vincent (real name Annie Clark). However, the outings between the two seemed to be just more of a rebound situation that anything truly serious—Annie had just split with Cara Delevingne—and despite making a public appearance as a couple sitting front row at The CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund Show in October 2016, they’d split shortly thereafter.

Stella Maxwell, Kristen Stewart

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In early 2017, after an earlier rumored dalliance back when she was on-off with Alicia, Kristen began dating the in-demand model hailing from New Zealand. For the better part of two years, these two would manage to keep their relationship incredibly private. So much so that the world wouldn’t even learn that they had split until December 2018, when Kristen was photographed holding hands with a woman who decidedly was not Stella. “Kristen and Stella are still in touch, but decided it was best to see other people,” a source told E! News at the time. “They started to disagree on things and it stopped being fun. Kristen went to Germany to film and they realized that the relationship had run its course and they needed a change.”

Kristen Stewart relationships, Kristen Stewart and Sara Dinkin

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Fans learned that Kristen and Stella had split when photos of the actress holding hands with a new mystery woman, later identified as fashion blogger and L.A.-based wardrobe stylist Sara Dinkin, were made public in late December 2018. A source told E! News at the time that Kristen had affectionately planted a kiss on Sara after the two enjoyed a breakfast date. While she’s remained characteristically mum on the new coupling, the two were caught on camera by paparazzi as recently as mid-March, so all signs point to them still going strong.

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Playing the Waiting Game: Inside Allison Mack’s New Life as She Awaits a Potential Prison Sentence

To those in the know, it was clear she was unraveling. 

Allison Mack‘s social media had always trended toward the uplifting, her page littered with quotes from the likes of Maya AngelouToni Morrison and the Dalai Lama, or this thought from Catholic Benedictine monk David Steindl-Rast: “I always say joy is the happiness that doesn’t depend on what happens.” 

Her goal, as she shared in an unearthed YouTube video from 2013, was to spread that sense of optimism. “I want to be remembered for my joy. I want to be remembered for the way I impacted people. I want to be remembered as a woman who was honest and true and joyful.”

But in the summer of 2017, entries on her blog read more like a cry for help. “Cold sweats. Constantly. The anxiety of being caught makes my heart thrum like a hummingbird,” she wrote. “Someday I will be discovered. I will be found out!” 

Scanning through her litany of posts, one woman she hired as a consultant shared with The Hollywood Reporter, “You could see her mind shattering over time.” 

It was her entire world that came crashing down on Apr. 20 of last year. That’s when the 36-year-old Smallville alum was arrested on federal sex trafficking charges and conspiracy to commit forced labor nearly a month after Keith Raniere, founder of the purported self-help organization NXIVM (pronounced nexium) was nabbed near Puerto Vallarta, Mexico. According to the federal criminal complaint filed against him, Raniere, known as “The Vanguard” to his acolytes in the Albany, N.Y.-based group, had “a rotating group of 15 to 20 women with whom he maintains sexual relationships.”

The women, continued the complaint, weren’t permitted to sleep with anyone but Raniere, nor could they discuss their relationship with him. They were also forced to run errands and complete seemingly arbitrary tasks such as holding a plank position, severely cut calories to maintain Raniere’s preferred slim body shape and undergo a branding ceremony that left a 2-inch by 2-inch mark of Raniere and Mack’s initials seared into the skin near their pubic region.

Allison Mack

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Mack was the alleged brainchild and overseer of such rituals for the group, which at one point boasted as many as 50 members. 

In a statement about the star’s arrest, United States Attorney Richard Donoghue asserted, “Allison Mack recruited women to join what was purported to be a female mentorship group that was, in fact, created and led by Keith Raniere. The victims were then exploited, both sexually and for their labor, to the defendants’ benefit.” (An initial statement posted to NXIVM’s website said they were “currently working with the authorities” to demonstrate Raniere’s “innocence and true character,” but they have since suspended operations.) 

On Monday, Mack’s yearlong wait for a trial, came to an end when the former actress pleaded guilty to racketeering conspiracy and racketeering acts of state law extortion and forced labor. As she stood in the Brooklyn federal court, Mack said she had looked back at the decisions she made and the people she trusted and is prepared to take responsibility. (E! News has reached out to Mack’s attorneys, who declined to comment.) 

“Through it all, I believed Keith Raniere’s intentions were to help people,” she said, while admitting to being a member of a secret society and founding DOS, as well as holding property as collateral and concealing Raniere’s role as the alleged head of DOS. “I was wrong.”

Continued Mack, fighting back tears, “I must take full responsibility for my conduct and that is why I am pleading guilty today. I am and will be a better person as a result of this.”

Keith Ranere, Allison Mack

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What that route will actually entail remains to be seen. After the judge accepted her plea, he set her sentencing for Sept. 11. And the punishment could be steep. According to the U.S. attorney, Mack faces a maximum sentence of 40 years in prison, or 20 years per count. 

Friends remain torn on how Mack’s involvement in NXIVM should be viewed. Raniere’s brainchild existed under the guise of a self-help organization, offering guidance and life coaching. But it’s main purpose, Feds charged, was as a pyramid scheme. Women paid to absorb his teachings and were only able to move up the ladder towards their own personal growth by spending increasingly more cash. (A five-day workshop could cost them upwards of $5,000.) 

Within NXIVM, according to court filings, existed an even more sinister organization. Marketed to members as a women-only secret society designed to eradicate weakness, DOS derived its initials from a Latin phrase translating loosely to “Master Over Slave Women,” or “The Vow.” 

The organization was comprised of different levels of slaves expected to recruit others so that they could move up to master status, the filings detail. To join, members had to provide collateral, in the form of embarrassing photos, videos or information about themselves or relatives, and were then told they owed services not only to their direct master but anyone above them. 

At the top of the heap was Raniere with his second-in-command, Mack, allegedly sitting in the pyramid just below. 

But those who know Mack can imagine a scenario where she didn’t fully absorb her wrongdoings. “I don’t think she was thinking she was actually trafficking girls,” a former roommate told The Hollywood Reporter. “It doesn’t mean she doesn’t deserve punishment, but I think she had drunk enough Kool-Aid to really believe that these girls were going to save the world with [Raniere’s] super-sperm.” 

When Mack first turned up for a two-day introduction to Jness, a program billed as a “women’s movement” within NXIVM, in late 2006 she had spent some two decades of her life in show business, a commercial for German chocolate she shot at age four leading to roles in 7th Heaven, Disney’s HoneyWe Shrunk Ourselves and Camp Nowhere before she landed her star-making part on Smallville

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“She was so hungry for something bigger, some kind of sign [that would show] the purpose and meaning of life,” Step by Step alum and fellow former 90s child actor Christine Lakin explained to THR

She had turned up to the event at a nondescript hotel conference room in Vancouver, where she was five seasons into filming Smallville, with costar Kristin Kreuk. (Then a new member, Kreuk has long since severed ties, tweeting after Mack’s arrest that she never “experienced any illegal or nefarious activity. I am horrified and disgusted by what has come out.”)  

Former member Susan Dones recalled to THR how Mack accepted an invite to fly back to company headquarters in Albany on Seagram heiresses Sara Bronfman and Clare Bronfman‘s jet for a meeting with the man himself and was still there weeks later when Dones arrived at the corporate offices. “She said she was having a great time,” she remembered. 

Truthfully, Mack had never envisioned her existence as a sitcom star. Born to American parents in Preetz, German, where her father Jonathan was an opera singer, she took classes at the Young Actors Space in Los Angeles, where the likes of Keri Russell and Leonardo DiCaprio had trained, when her family relocated to California. And she intended to follow up high school by heading to London for theater school. But at 18, a casting director convinced her to audition for a new WB drama documenting Superman’s teen years. “My life was going in a very specific direction,” she recalled in a 2011 interview, “and it wasn’t a TV show that filmed in Vancouver!” 

And yet she scored the role as wholesome school newspaper editor Chloe Sullivan, best friend of a young Clark Kent, and relocated to Canada. From the outside, she seemed to have it made, collecting a steady paycheck and scores of fans, but pals told THR she had insecurities about forgoing the more traditional schooling route. 

“I have a tendency to say I am stupid. I [have become] very comfortable chalking things up to the fact that I don’t have a ‘proper education,'” she wrote on her blog in 2007. “The truth is…I am an eternal student, and I am loving all the opportunities I have to grow.”

And nowhere did she feel more encouraged to expand than in the NXIVM intensives she began taking on the regular. Her former roommate credits Barbara Bouchey, a senior exec who once dated Raniere, with drawing her in. “It was really Bouchey that put her under her spell,” the roommate told THR. “I heard three years of how wonderful Barbara Bouchey was and how she was so great with business. Allison had such a desire to be a strong businesswoman and have a mentor.” (Bouchey left the organization in 2009 and ha since spoken out about what she witnessed.)

In NXVIM, Mack quickly became a star pupil. One former member told THR the group made a strong push in 2009 to replicate the impressive outreach of Scientology, a religion that counts a cadre of celebrities, including Tom Cruise and John Travolta as devotees. “The group’s leaders were studying Scientology and saying they wanted to be more like them—more visually appealing, more streamlined, more like the cool kids,” said the former member. “And they wanted people who were attractive and compelling; that’s why they went after people like Allison Mack.” 

Allison Mack, 2005

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But Mack provided more than just the right look. An enthusiastic member, she committed herself to recruiting more followers, even convincing her parents to take courses. “She told me about Jness and ESP within 30 or 40 minutes of meeting her,” the former consultant told THR. She also tried to get former 7th Heaven pal Beverley Mitchell to try out a Jness seminar and reached out to other stars such as Kelly Clarkson and Emma Watson via Twitter. 

As her decade on Smallville drew to a close, she doubled-down on her commitment. Though she continued to notch smaller parts, including a recurring role on FX’s Wilfred in 2012, she admitted to feeling a bit adrift in life. “I realized that I kind of grew up on a TV show and didn’t really know where to go afterwards,” she recounted to Fine Magazine in March 2017. “I was 28 and I felt not quite sure where I was going or who I was. I think that was probably the most bumpy transition.”  

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So she purchased a house in Clifton Park, near NXIVM’s Albany headquarters and devoted herself to Jness. “She really believed that teaching the difference between men and women was good, that it was pure and noble,” her former consultant told THR. “I don’t think any of us saw where it was going, that it was teaching women to be subservient.”

Still, the consultant began noticing not-so-subtle changes in Mack’s behavior, with the actress berating her for even the smallest of infractions. Another former member said a chance meeting with Mack after a 2010 yoga class left her certain that she had entered Raniere’s harem. Her appearance showed signs that she had committed to his rigid standards, with multiple insiders saying he forced his women to consume just 900 calories a day. “I took one look at Allison, and I knew she was involved romantically and sexually with Keith,” the woman told THR. “She had a gray pallor that was common to Keith’s women because they all start to get a little sickly. I know I did.”

With a presence in New York, Mack certainly had the opportunity to dive deeper into Raniere’s circle. And as he lost some of his most trusted allies (confidante Barbara Jeskie passed in 2013, another, Pam Cafritz, succumbed to cancer in 2016 and adviser Kristin Keeffe left the group in 2014), Mack seemed to be the next woman up. “She had the ability to bring women to Raniere’s bed,” theorized Frank Parlato, a publicist who briefly worked with NXIVM and was the first to expose the sinister dealings of DOS on his blog. “She procured some startling beauties.” 

And thus began the most disjointed period of Mack’s double life. While one insider, who spoke with two of Mack’s alleged DOS slaves, told THR, “These slaves said Mack was incredibly intimidating, cruel and punitive,” often berating them and threatening to release their collateral if they didn’t sleep with Raniere, refused orders or dated other men, another close friend said she noticed nothing strange when they met up for coffee at The Four Seasons in Beverly Hills shortly before Raniere’s March arrest. 

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“I didn’t think she was part of a cult because you think of cult members as cutting themselves off from family and friends,” she said, noting their daily phone conversations. “She didn’t do that [with me.]”

Her former roommate chalked that up to her years of training. “Allison’s an actress,” she told the outlet. “Even when she’s been in pain, she’s good at pretending things are OK. It doesn’t surprise me that she could make it seem like things were fine.” 

The facade crumbled for good after Raniere’s March arrest. When FBI investigators hunted him down in a lavish $10,000-a-week Mexican compound, Mack and Lauren Salzman, daughter of cofounder Nancy Salzman, chased after the blue sedan that drove him away. Though THR reported she texted an inquiring friend, “I’m home and I’m safe,” after his capture, she herself was arrested at her Brooklyn home just a month later. 

Initially Mack pled not guilty to charges, and released on $5 million bail was allowed to wile away most of her days inside her parents’ home in Orange County, Calif., able to attend classes and religious services and complete some errands as her legal team worked to fight the charges. 

In November, they argued in court papers that the federal indictments should be erased because they are a “wonderful humanitarian organization,” not a mob. “If there was a polar-opposite of an organized-crime family, NXIVM would be it,” read the motion asking for charges to be dropped against Raniere and his associates, noting they “have sought to end the violence in Mexico, have introduced tools useful to people with difficult conditions, such as Tourette’s syndrome, have pioneered multi-linguistic schools for young children, who would become proficient in multiple languages and later multi-cultural adults, and have developed approaches to help people lead happier, more productive, more enriched lives.”

The next month, lawyers tried a new tact, arguing that threats to release the disparaging collateral doesn’t equate the “serious harm” required to prove someone is guilty of inducing forced labor. Citing a 2009 case in which a couple unsuccessfully sued the Church of Scientology for forced labor, the motion stated, “the court did not find that plaintiffs were compelled to remain in the organization even though, if they chose to leave, they would be ‘excommunicated’ from their friends and family and labeled a ‘dissenter.'”

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And if that threat of reputational harm didn’t cut it with the courts, this shouldn’t either. “The government argues that Ms. Mack obtained forced labor through ‘threats of serious harm,’ with serious harm being the embarrassment that would result from the exposure of one’s collateral,” the court document said. “Courts have found, however, that such an outcome, albeit embarrassing, does not amount to serious harm under the statute.”

By mid-March, though, after Nancy Salzman pleaded guilty to a single charge of racketeering conspiracy, it became clear that Mack’s team were working to avoid a trial with the New York Post reporting she was in plea negotiations.

And with just hours to go before jury selection was to start Apr. 8, Mack turned up in court to tearfully take responsibility for her actions and apologize for all that she’d hurt along the way. “I am very sorry for my role in this case,” she said per the New York Post. “I am very sorry to my family and to the good people I hurt through my misguided adherence to [Nxivm leader] Keith Raniere’s teachings.”

For her part, Catherine Oxenberg, whose daughter India Oxenberg was involved in Nxivm is sympathetic to her position, but is still interested in seeing justice carried out. “Alison Mack’s life is in ruins and I can’t help but feel sadness for her,” the actress shared in a statement to People. “At the same time, she had to be stopped. What she participated in was dangerous and criminal.” 

The Truth About Duchess Camilla’s Life Before She Ended Up With Prince Charles

Prince Charles and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall have now been married for 14 years. 

They’ve been in love for almost 50, however, to one degree or another.

Their marriage, on April 9, 2005, started a new chapter of their epic love story but also was the culmination of a journey that easily could have gone another way, considering both married and had children with other people first—and one hails from a family that historically holds the reins rather tightly when it comes to who is considered a suitable mate for one of their own.

They had been constant companions for years by the time they said their I-dos at Windsor Guildhall, but by then each well into their 50s and with the confrontation-averse Charles content to just continue on as they were, there had been no certainty that they would ever become husband and wife.

But seemingly anyone who’s spent time with the couple thinks he made the right move by tying the knot. Even his mother, the piece of the puzzle that took the longest to fit into place, thought so.

At their wedding reception, Queen Elizabeth II famously said in toasting the newlyweds, “I have two important announcements to make. The first is that Hedgehunter has won the Grand National.” The steeplechase that also took place that morning was delayed 25 minutes so the BBC could televise their prayer service at St. George’s Chapel.

Continuing with the racing metaphor, the mother of the groom added, “They have overcome Becher’s Brook and The Chair and all kinds of other terrible obstacles. They have come through, and I’m very proud and wish them well. My son is home and dry with the woman he loves.”

And the woman he really loved had to date been the only woman who turned Charles into the best version of himself—because she loved him just as he was, no matter what.

Prince Charles, Camila, Duchess of Cornwall

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“She’s made a massive difference in him,” a longtime royals correspondent told Vanity Fair last year about the duchess’ ongoing effect on the Prince of Wales. “He’s much more relaxed now. They are always laughing and chatting, they have great affection and humor between them.”

That being said, “when she joined the royal family it was a very different situation to the one we see now,” Daily Mail royals correspondent Rebecca English told Victoria Murphy for Town & Country recently. “They decided the way to do it wasn’t to ‘sell her’. They concluded that the best way to move things forward was to just let her be herself and let people see for themselves what she is actually really like.”

Unlike Princess Diana, Charles’ first wife and the wife whom many people still carry a torch for 21 years after her death, Camilla never felt the pressure to be anything other than herself—because she had, in theory, gone off to live her own life by the time Charles proposed to Diana. And by the time she was thrust into the judgmental public eye, first as “the other woman,” the third party in Charles and Di’s marriage; then as his actual girlfriend; and then, at last, his wife—she could be nothing but herself.

Charles was 22 when he first met a 23-year-old Camilla Shand in the summer of 1971, the pair introduced by mutual friend Lucia Santa Cruz. Lucia knew Charles from Trinity College, where she, a few years older, had been working as a research assistant when he first enrolled, and Camilla was then her downstairs neighbor in London.

Camilla’s flatmate at the time was Virginia Carington, whose father, Lord Peter Carington, had just become Britain’s Defense Secretary. Camilla was busy enjoying a rich social life since her official “debut” at 17, and she and Lucia became fast friends. 

Camilla had also by then been dating British Army Capt. Andrew Parker-Bowles for the better part of five years. They had met at the cocktail party Camilla’s mother, Rosalind Shand, threw for her daughter’s “coming out” in 1965 and, though Camilla had a boyfriend then, too, she was drawn to the charming officer. When they reunited at a dance in Scotland in 1966, Camilla was down for the count.

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Andrew, meanwhile, already had multiple inroads with the royal family. His parents were longtime friends of Charles’ grandmother Elizabeth, the Queen Mother, and at 13 Andrew was a pageboy at Queen Elizabeth II’s coronation. He also had been an officer of the Household Cavalry, the queen’s official bodyguard, since 1960.

Though more is made of how Camilla’s enduring affection helped Prince Charles come into his own and, eventually, helped repair both of their reputations in the public eye, Charles’ love for Camilla also helped her heal from life’s indignities as well. And his undivided attention was what she deserved after having signed up for a relationship that for years had a big question mark looming over it. Again.

Starting in 1966, Camilla was nuts about Andrew Parker Bowles—country-song-style, at times.

Though she was for all intents and purposes his No. 1 girlfriend, the one who spent cozy country weekends with him and his whole family and all their friends, Andrew loved the ladies and didn’t give them up. One night, according to Penny Junor’s The Duchess, Camilla saw his car parked outside the home of one of her best friends, and she let the air out of his tires and scrawled a message in lipstick across the windshield.

In fact, that’s why Lucia decided to set her up with her pal Prince Charles—she thought her fun, generous, bubbly friend Camilla needed to meet an actually nice guy.

So Lucia arranged for both to come over to her flat one night, and Charles, just returned from a trip to Japan, brought gifts for both ladies.

Though it’s been reported that Camilla’s first words to Charles were, “Oh you know your great grandfather and my great grandmother were lovers. How about it?,” according to Junor it’s Lucia who introduced the pair by saying, “Now you two be very careful, you’ve got genetic antecedents—careful, careful!” (Camilla’s great-grandmother Alice Keppel is said to have been a mistress of King Edward VII—not to be confused with Charles’ great-uncle Edward VIII, who abdicated to marry Wallis Simpson.)

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Either way, Charles may have been a little gobsmacked by the cheeky comment, but he was also instantly charmed by Camilla’s warmth and sense of humor. His own parents, after all, were known for their dry, ribald senses of humor, and Charles—as the whole world would find out down the road—certainly enjoys his share of banter.

Their friendship blossomed immediately, but Charles had just graduated from Royal Air Force College and, though more enthusiastic about being a pilot, was on his way to his father’s alma mater, Royal Naval College at Dartmouth that September. After he graduated from RNC, he was stationed aboard the destroyer HMS Norfolk for nine months.

At the time, the closest father figure in Charles’ life was his great-uncle Louis, Earl of Mountbatten, or Dickie as he was familiarly called. And Dickie recommended to Charles that he sow his royal oats while he could.

But when it came time for a man in Charles’ position to marry, Mountbatten added, “for a wife he should choose a suitable attractive and sweet-charactered girl before she has met anyone else she might fall for…I think it is disturbing for women to have experiences if they have to remain on a pedestal after marriage.” 

Hence all that was made years later of a 19-year-old Lady Diana Spencer’s presumed virginity.

So Charles was getting all of this sage advice, but he was also seeing Camilla as much as possible while not busy with his naval duties, sometimes taking her to Mountbatten’s estate, Broadlands, for private time alone.

Camilla and Andrew were still an item, and in the fall of 1972 he and Charles found themselves playing for awhile on the same polo team at Smith’s Lawn, the Guards Polo Club in Windsor Great Park—a welcome opportunity for Charles and Camilla to see even more of each other.

When Charles was about to go on an eight-month tour in the Caribbean aboard the HMS Minerva, he invited Camilla and Mountbatten to tour the ship. Mountbatten thought Camilla was just terrific—but still not a real prospect for his great-nephew, the future king.

But while he was head-over-heels for Camilla, she was still determined to make it work with Andrew—who toward the end of 1972 had taken up with Charles’ sister, Princess Anne, these royal/noble/military social circles apparently only having so big a circumference. Anne knew in the back of her mind that she couldn’t marry Andrew, who was a Roman Catholic (the rule doing away with that barrier wasn’t changed until 2011), but they were serious enough for the queen to invite him to join the family during Royal Ascot week—all of which left Camilla free to enjoy herself, which she was intent on doing, though not to the extent that she considered actually setting herself free.

On his end, Charles didn’t exactly help matters by never explicitly telling Camilla how he felt.

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After Anne paired off for good (at the time) with Mark Phillips, whom she had known for several years from the equestrian circuit, Andrew proposed to Camilla—which, despite her deep affection for Prince Charles, is what she had wanted for almost seven years. (Anne and Phillips didn’t get engaged until April 1973, however, a month after Andrew proposed to Camilla, so it’s ever possible that one decision affected another.) 

Camilla wrote to Charles, who was stationed in the West Indies, to break the news. 

“I can see I shall have to find myself a wife pretty rapidly, otherwise I shall get left behind and feel very miserable,” Charles, starting to feel abandoned by the most important women in his life, wrote to a friend in the wake of his sister and Camilla’s engagements, per Sally Bedell Smith’s 2017 biography Prince Charles: The Passions and Paradoxes of an Improbable Life.

“I suppose the feeling of emptiness will pass eventually,” he mused.

According to Junor’s The Duchess, Charles pleaded with Camilla a week before her wedding to call it off, but there was no question that she wanted to go through with it.

Camilla was very close to both of her parents, especially her father whom she idolized, Army Major Bruce Middleton Shand. Bruce became a partner in a wine supply business after World War II and later was appointed an officer of the Queen’s Body Guard. Rosalind and Bruce Shand had by all accounts a very happy marriage and Camilla would turn to her father for comfort when her own marriage was on the rocks (and as she was being dragged in the press as the “other woman”).

Growing up at The Laines, the seven-bedroom home in East Sussex where Rosalind and Bruce settled when their eldest daughter was born, Camilla had a messy bedroom and shared a bathroom with her younger sister Annabel (an interior designer who has remained one of Camilla’s closest confidantes). Rosalind was an attentive, full-time mom and Camilla, Annabel and their little brother Mark didn’t have nannies.

Camilla inherited a love of horses and books from their father and an affinity for parties and socializing from both parents, and their house was often full of friends and family. The Shands remained there for 45 years until Bruce moved away following Rosalind’s death in 1994.

For all of the passion she put into her pursuits, especially riding, Camilla was decidedly not interested in going to work, or at least in pursuing a career.

She wanted her mother’s life: husband (preferably a strapping military man), children, country home. In the fall of 1964 she went to finishing school at Mon Fertile in Switzerland, where she skied, worked on her French and learned to be a proper hostess, and then went for an additional polish at the Institut Britannique in Paris.

Camilla told Penny Junor years later that she left Paris with what would be a lasting fear of elevators after getting stuck in one with three other people for seven hours one day. Subsequently, she always prefers to take the stairs.

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On July 4, 1973, she became Camilla Parker Bowles. She and Andrew had a Roman Catholic ceremony at Guards Chapel at the Wellington Barracks in London. The queen, Princess Margaret, the Queen Mother and Princess Anne all came and sat right up front.

Charles was invited but was still in the Caribbean and he has maintained it wasn’t wounded feelings that kept him away, but rather a commitment to appear in the Bahamas on behalf of the queen.

The newlyweds honeymooned in the south of France, then started hunting for a house in the English countryside to call their own—though Andrew spent most of the week in London working. Bruce Shand had hired him on in the wine business, a move that gave his Rosalind pause, as she thought her son-in-law was a little pompous.

They rented a house near Andrew’s parents, one of whom Camilla felt close to. She and her brother-in-law Nic Paravicini (who married Andrew’s sister Mary Ann) bonded over their love of their father-in-law, Derek Parker Bowles, and their prickly feelings for their mother-in-law, Dame Ann.

Eventually Camilla and Andrew found a home to buy in Wiltshire, 200-acre Bolehyde Manor, not long before they welcomed son Tom on Dec. 18, 1974. Daughter Laura Rose was born on Jan. 1, 1978. 

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In the meantime, Camilla had been long since disabused of the hope that her husband would change his ways.

“I’m really hurt, Andrew. I’m the only one of Camilla’s friends you haven’t made a pass at—what’s wrong with me?” one of Camilla’s so-called friends supposedly told Andrew at a dinner party, per The Duchess. Yet while it seemed that everyone in their circle knew what Andrew was up to (in London he and brother-in-law Nic shared a bachelor pad and had a system involving milk bottles left outside the door), he and Camilla remained a dazzling couple at dinner and when otherwise together. Mrs. Parker-Bowles just accepted that her husband’s philandering was part of the deal.  

In addition to reading and riding, Camilla turned to gardening to stay sane, and per Penny Junor, she and her friends would laugh at the to-do lists Andrew would leave for her when he’d go off to London for the week.

Camilla was also determined to give Tom and Laura a stable home life, as her parents gave her, so she made it clear she didn’t want to move—as so often military families are compelled to do.

What Camilla didn’t do was find solace in other men.

She did, however, still have a friend in Charles throughout all of this, as did Andrew. The men still played polo together and Charles frequently spent the weekend at their home. They even asked the Prince of Wales to be Tom’s godfather. In turn, the Parker Bowleses hobnobbed frequently with the royal family, Camilla getting along famously with the queen over their love of riding and the outdoors.

Charles, meanwhile, had dated a slew of women, including Dale Tryon, an Australian who adored Charles and in turn loathed Camilla. In 1977 he started seeing Lady Sarah Spencer; a few months later he first met Sarah’s then 16-year-old sister, Diana, at Althorp, the Spencer family home in Northamptonshire.

The prince wasn’t in any rush to get married personally, but he knew it was expected of him. In January 1981, once he and Diana had been courting for a few months, Charles’ father, Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh, advised him to either propose or break up with her—and a bit to his surprise, Charles proposed.

Though Charles and Camilla did not sleep together aboard the royal train the night before Charles married Diana in July 1981, as Diana believed they did, by the beginning of 1979 Charles—mourning his late Uncle Dickie Mountbatten, assassinated by an IRA bomb—had renewed his romance with Camilla, while also seeing other women, including Dale Tryon and Anna Wallace.

“I once heard him on the telephone in his bath on his hand-held set saying, ‘Whatever happens, I will always love you,'” Diana later recalled in tapes she gave to biographer Andrew Morton. “I told him afterwards that I had listened at the door and we had a filthy row.” 

Andrew Parker Bowles is said to have not felt a bit threatened, figuring his wife wasn’t actually in love with Charles—and it wasn’t as if Charles, as the future king, was going to marry a divorcée.

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Meanwhile, after the engagement was announced, Camilla invited Diana to lunch while Charles was going to be on a trip to Australia and New Zealand, writing to her that she would “love to see the ring.”

According to Morton’s Diana: Her True Story in Her Own Words, Diana later described the lunch as “very tricky indeed,” having come to believe that Charles and Camilla has joined forces to try to put her at ease from the beginning. Again, Charles didn’t help matters because he never was honest about Camilla being an old flame. He just called her a friend.

Inevitably Diana started seeing Camilla all the time, too, including on weekends staying at Bolehyde, in the months leading up to her marriage.

“…I couldn’t understand why she kept saying to me, ‘Don’t push him into doing this, don’t do that,'” Diana said in the Morton tapes. “She knew so much about what [Charles] was doing privately…if we were going to stay at Broadlands, I couldn’t understand it. Eventually I worked it all out and found the proof of the pudding and people were willing to talk to me.”

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In turn, Diana was wretchedly jealous of Camilla by her wedding day—though, by then, she was jealous or resentful of almost everyone in Charles’ life. Diana even refused to let Tom Parker Bowles, Charles’ godson, be a member of their wedding party.

Also before their wedding, Charles—a big gift giver—had his top aide buy jewelry for several of his former girlfriends, including Camilla, as a token of appreciation. Diana had become close with the aide, a former Royal Navy officer named Michael Colborne, and found a bracelet intended for Camilla on his desk. She was sick over it. 

When she confronted Charles, who was tired of arguing about every little thing, reassured her that he planned to be a devoted husband—which by multiple accounts, he absolutely did.

Camilla, Andrew (on duty withe Household Cavalry, protecting the happy couple) and Tom were at Charles and Diana’s wedding on July 29, 1981.

For the first five years, Charles is said to have remained entirely faithful, phoning Camilla to tell him he was going to be father and sending her and Andrew Christmas cards, but otherwise staying away.

Camilla was going through a transitional period, too, with Tom away at boarding school from the age of 7, as tended to be the custom (although Rosalind Shand ended up renting a flat in London so Camilla could later be a day student at Queen’s Gate as a teen). Tom’s mum turned up at every school function and, back home, drove Laura to all her play dates, parties and lessons. 

Camilla and Andrew decided to sell Bolehyde, planning to downsize, and she took it upon herself to show the house to prospective buyers; the property sold for £600,000 in 1985. The couple then moved into Middlewick House, in Corsham. Andrew continued to leave his wife to-do lists to tackle while he was in London.

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Meanwhile, Charles rejoiced over Prince William‘s birth in 1982 and, despite Diana’s brooding recollections of him wanting a girl, similarly celebrated Prince Harry‘s arrival in 1984.

But according to Diana, what was left of their marriage imploded not long after Harry was born.

According to Junor, Emilie van Cutsem—who along with husband Hugh knew Camilla from past socializing with the Prince of Wales—contacted Camilla to let her know that she was worried about Charles, as did Lady Susan Hussey, a former lady in waiting to the queen who had known Charles since he was 12. Both women felt that the light had gone out of him and Camilla was the only person who could switch it back on.

“I never thought it would end up like this,” Charles wrote in one of his many letters to friends. “How could I have got it all so wrong.” In another he wrote that he couldn’t see the light at the end of “a rather appalling tunnel.”

Junor suspects Camilla reached out toward the end of 1986.

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Royal biographers do not think that Charles ever meant to dupe Diana, and had every intention of staying faithful. The Princess of Wales had already started an affair with cavalry officer James Hewitt, who had been giving her riding lessons. 

First it was just phone calls, then both Camilla and Andrew would go for visits at Highgrove, Charles’ country home, when he was there alone. He and Diana were leading increasingly separate lives but put up a still-glamorous facade for the press, as well as did their best to hold it together for William and Harry before their sons inevitably went to boarding school.

It was Diana who eventually tipped off the papers about Camilla being back in Charles’ life, and then Andrew Morton’s book blew the lid off the whole operation when it came out in 1992.

According to Diana, she approached Camilla during a dinner party in 1988 and told her that she knew everything, so there was no need to treat her “like an idiot.”

The princess claimed that Camilla said, “‘You’ve got everything you ever wanted. You’ve got all the men in the world falling in love with you, and you’ve got two beautiful children. What more could you want?'” To which Diana says she replied, “My husband.”

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Up until then, thanks to Camilla and Andrew’s concerted efforts, Tom and Laura Parker Bowles thought they had a perfectly happy family; they also got along great with Charles, whom they had known all their lives.

After the Morton book came out, the queen insisted that Diana and Charles still take a planned trip to Korea together that November. When they got back, Diana made Charles cancel a planned shooting weekend for him, William and Harry and various friends, including Andrew and Camilla. It was an annual trip and the boys were looking forward to it—subsequently, Charles was livid.

That was the last straw, and on Dec. 9, 1992, British Prime Minister John Major announced in the House of Commons that the Prince and Princess of Wales had separated. Their official split followed that of Prince Andrew and Sarah Ferguson and Princess Anne and Mark Phillips earlier in the year.

In January 1993, the Daily Mirror published snippets of leaked phone conversations between Charles and Camilla, the infamous “Camillagate,” or, less delicately, “Tampon-gate,” due to the prince’s expressed desire to “live inside [Camilla’s] trousers or something.” “What are you going to turn into, a pair of knickers?” she joked as they both laughed. “Oh, you’re going to come back as a pair of knickers.” 

“Or, god forbid, a Tampax,” he quipped. “Just my luck!” Camilla jested back, “You’re a complete idiot. Oh, what a wonderful idea!”

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Though Diana’s infidelity had also been exposed, Charles and Camilla were the villains of this story, as far as most people were concerned.

Camilla was most concerned about her kids, and Tom—who went from Eton to Oxford during that period—would later recall that those were the times when he found out who his real friends were. Like William and Harry, he also got a taste at an early age of what a rabid pack of paparazzi looked like.

“When you were 15 or 16 and you’re coming out of an airport,” Tom said, “and they were really winding you up, all I wanted to do was smack them in the face and beat the hell out of them. But you couldn’t do that.”

It was Charles’ turn to scandalize his parents directly in 1994, when BBC journalist Jonathan Dimbleby’s interview special Charles: The Private Man, the Public Role, featuring unprecedented access to Charles, came out, followed by the book The Prince of Wales: A Biography.

Asked if he intended to remain faithful to Diana, Charles told Dimbleby in the film, “Yes,” then paused. “Until it became irretrievably broken down, us both having tried.”

Charles called Camilla “a great friend of mine…a friend for a very long time. She will continue to be a friend for a very long time.”

After that, Andrew, by then involved with Rosemary Pitman (whose philandering husband Hugh had played polo with Andrew), decided he was done being married to Camilla.

Rosalind Shand had died in July 1994, so Camilla (who would go on to advocate for osteoporosis research and treatment in honor of her mother, who suffered from the condition) was still devastated by that loss when the house of cards came tumbling down. After the funeral Camilla went with her father, sister Annabel, brother-in-law Simon Elliot and a few others to Portugal to decompress. Then, in the wake of the one-two Dimbleby punch, she retreated to Annabel and Simon’s home in Dorset to ride out the headlines.

Andrew and Camilla divorced in January 1995, issuing a statement in which they said outright that had “no expectation that our privacy will be respected.”

Andrew married Rose Pittman in 1996 and they remained together until her death in 2010.

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Camilla, however, was adrift in the days after the divorce. The tabloids were relentless, unearthing one “scoop” after another about her and Charles and time they spent together while both were still married. But friends and family, including her beloved dad, rallied around her and tried to keep her occupied. She eventually found a new house, Ray Mill (about 30 minutes away from Highgrove), having sold Middlewick to Pink Floyd drummer Nick Mason. (Camilla still goes to Ray Mill for private country getaways with her kids and five grandchildren to this day.)

All the wounds were made fresh, however, when Diana sat down with Martin Bashir for the BBC’s Panorama in November 1995, the infamous “three of us in this marriage” interview.

Asked what effect finding out about Charles’ affair with Camilla had on her, Diana replied, “Pretty devastating. Rampant bulimia, if you can have rampant bulimia, and just a feeling of being no good at anything and being useless and hopeless and failed in every direction.”

By July 1996, the queen had approved a settlement and Charles and Diana were officially divorced on Aug. 28, 1996.

Then, however, Charles’ office put out a statement saying the Prince of Wales had “no intention of remarrying”—an olive branch to the queen, perhaps, but also the last straw for the prince’s private secretary Richard Aylard, who had also put the Dimebleby interview together.

While that didn’t sit well with Camilla, it’s not as if she had any intention of not being with Charles, and so their relationship continued, and Charles threw her a 50th birthday party at Highgrove in July 1997—what they didn’t know would be the calm before all hell broke loose.

Princess Diana was killed in a car crash in Paris on Aug. 31, 1997, triggering a wave of grief that washed over the U.K. and reached shores around the world. In not addressing the public as soon as possible, the queen may have made one of the few missteps in what has been a lifetime of pitch-perfect behavior, but the monarch’s focus—as well as Charles’—was protecting William and Harry.

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And because of Charles’ obvious devotion to his boys, it was in the months following Diana’s death that public opinion slowly started to turn in Charles’ favor. No one was singing “he’s a jolly good fellow” just yet, but a mourning populace overwhelmingly approved of the job he was doing with William and Harry, only 15 and 12 when they lost their mum.

But if opinion was slow to turn for Charles, it moved at a glacial pace for Camilla.

The queen and Philip, who had tolerated their son’s affair with Camilla as a “safety valve” that alleviated pressure that could lead to divorce, were not thrilled at first about Charles and Camilla’s not exactly out-in-the-open but no-longer-secret relationship.

In 1998, a series of celebrations were held leading up to Charles’ 50th birthday that November, including a variety show at the Lyceum Theater featuring the Spice Girls and a reception at Hampton Court Palace with about 200 guests. The latter marked Camilla’s first appearance at one of Charles’ official royal engagements—though they were careful not to actually speak in front of people.

Charles’ parents also hosted a party for him at Buckingham Palace, and Camilla was not among the 850 guests invited.

On Charles’ actual birthday, Nov. 14, 1998, Camilla momentously was his date, receiving guests alongside him as hostess, at a party at Highgrove—which his parents and siblings did not attend.

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Their first public appearance together since Diana’s death occurred Jan. 28, 1999, when they were photographed leaving Annabel Elliot’s 50th birthday party at the Ritz in London.

However, Camilla was not among the guests when Charles’ brother Prince Edward married Sophie Rhys-Jones that June. Camilla wouldn’t have any sort of face time with the queen as Charles’ partner until June 2001 when they had a nod-and-curtsy, followed by smiles and small talk, at a birthday party Charles threw for a cousin at Highgrove, their first time socializing since the 1980s.

Camilla didn’t stand with the family but did attend the funeral when the Queen Mother died in 2002. As the years went on, Camilla was generally accepted as Charles’ companion, but she wasn’t making “official” royal appearances.

Charles, like the 1996 statement claimed, didn’t necessarily see himself remarrying. But in the fall of 2004, Camilla was informed ahead of the wedding of Charles’ godson Edward van Cutsem—who was a page boy at Charles and Diana’s wedding, and whose mother Emilie had told Camilla in 1985 that Charles was in a sorry state and needed her—that she would be seated a few rows behind Charles and they would have to arrive and leave separately, because they were not husband and wife.

Camilla, refused to attend—and Charles, agonizing over the decision, didn’t go either.

Instead, it was time to have their own wedding.

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Once Charles felt that William and Harry were truly onboard, plans commenced to get Charles and Camilla to the altar. The bride became Duchess of Cornwall, as well as Duchess of Rothesay in Scotland.

“She’s not the wicked stepmother,” Harry said in 2005. “She’s a wonderful woman and she’s made my father very, very happy.”

Marriage the second time around has been as close to an idyll for Charles and Camilla as it gets. 

“As soon as they looked at each other, there was a sparkle in their eyes—that’s when the magic happened,” gushed photographer Alexi Lubormiski, who photographed them for Vanity Fair last fall. “You feel like they are a young couple in love.”

“He’s definitely a more relaxed person since she’s been on the scene,” the Mail‘s Rebecca English told Town & Country. “I think we’re starting to see a bit more of what he’s like in private as well and she’s responsible for bringing that out in him. It’s a side to him that everyone really likes.”

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At the time of their marriage, the couple assuaged the still-critical public with word that, one day down the road, Camilla would go by princess consort, rather than queen consort—but the ice has thawed so much that, more recently, there’s been speculation that she will go by queen, as daughter-in-law Kate Middleton absolutely will when William becomes king.

Besides, Camilla is working it like a born royal these days.

In 2016, the queen made her a member of the Privy Council, her highest-ranking advisors. Though it still barely equaled half of Charles’ jam-packed schedule, in addition to being patron or president of more than 90 organizations, she carried out 219 engagements in 2018, including 70 overseas. She and Charles also just made history with a trip to Cuba, becoming the first members of the royal family to ever go there on an official trip. And what worked for Charles nearly 48 years ago did, in fact, end up working for a lot of other people.

“They are both clearly great on their own. But two and two makes five in a big way here,” Camilla’s nephew Ben Elliot told Vanity Fair last fall. “You can see it when they are together. They enjoy each other’s company so much. You can see it best when they are dancing together—such genuine, deep-down affection and love. They both get the giggles—she first, then he tries to hold it together. She knows that he is the boss, the star. She does everything she can possibly do to support him. At the same time, he’s very proud of her. She’s very sharp and perceptive.”

Elliot added about his aunt, “She doesn’t wake up in the morning thinking about what her title will be.”