December 24, 2012 in Nation/World

‘Real Housewives’ star, hubby separate

From Wire Reports
 

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Bethenny Frankel and husband Jason Hoppy are separating.

The 42-year-old TV personality, chef, author and entrepreneur told the Associated Press on Sunday that the split brings her “great sadness.”

“This was an extremely difficult decision that as a woman and a mother, I have to accept as the best choice for our family,” Frankel said. “We have love and respect for one another and will continue to amicably co-parent our daughter who is and will always remain our first priority. This is an immensely painful and heartbreaking time for us.”

Frankel and Hoppy were married in 2010 and have a daughter, Bryn, who was born that same year. The couple’s courtship and marriage were documented in two reality series, “Bethenny Getting Married?” and “Bethenny Ever After …” Frankel gained fame as a star of “The Real Housewives of New York City.” Since her stint on the Bravo show, she has written four books, released a fitness video and founded her Skinnygirl line of cocktails, shapewear and nutritional supplements.

She launched a talk show, “Bethenny,” over the summer that is set to air nationally on Fox stations in 2013.

Serpico says Pacino did him better

New York City police whistle-blower Frank Serpico says Al Pacino played him better than he did himself.

Pacino played the detective who exposed widespread police corruption in the 1973 movie “Serpico.” The Daily News interviewed the real-life Serpico in Ghent, in New York’s Hudson Valley, for a story published Sunday.

The 76-year-old retiree spoke weeks after the death of fellow whistle-blowing ex-detective David Durk.

Serpico smiled as an interviewer noted he is ranked No. 41, just behind Lassie, on the American Film Institute’s list of movie heroes. That’s “good company,” he said.

The newspaper says Serpico keeps busy trying to finish a book and taking solitary walks.

Serpico and Durk’s efforts resulted in front-page newspaper stories and a city panel that recommended reforms to prevent police corruption.

The birthday bunch

Songwriter-bandleader-producer Dave Bartholomew is 92. Actor Clarence Gilyard (“Walker, Texas Ranger”) is 57. Actress Stephanie Hodge (“Unhappily Ever After”) is 56. Actor Anil Kapoor (“Slumdog Millionaire”) is 53. Singer Mary Ramsey (10,000 Maniacs) is 49. Actor Mark Valley (“Boston Legal”) is 48. Actor Diedrich Bader (“The Drew Carey Show”) is 46. Singer Ricky Martin is 41. “Twilight” series author Stephenie Meyer is 39. “American Idol” host Ryan Seacrest is 38. Singer Louis Tomlinson (One Direction) is 21.

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