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21 Stars Who Served in the Military: A Salute

We often salute celebrities for their work on screen or on stage.

But these are the celebrities who truly deserve our praise and admiration for something much more important. Something bigger than themselves.

These are the famous men and women who served in the armed forces prior to striking it big, and we're here to offer them an online ovation...

1. Morgan Freeman

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Hollywood legend Freeman served in the Air Force, where he worked as a radar technician. This period instilled in Freeman, an avid flying enthusiast, a lifelong love of the sky.

2. Drew Carey

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The Price is Right host Drew Carey spent six years (1980-1986) in the U.S. Marine Corps Reserves. He still has the haircut!

3. Chuck Norris

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Not only did Chuck Norris serve in the Air Force, but he has served as spokesman for the VA and was named the Air Force's Veteran of the Year in 2001. It's unclear if he won any top-secret wars using only his unparalleled martial arts skills.

4. Nate Dogg

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Before becoming one of the men who took hip hop to the mainstream in the 1990s, Nate Dogg was a munitions specialist in the US Marines. The late rapper once said he joined the military to "see if I was a man."

5. Elvis Presley

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Elvis Presley, seen here in a 1958 photo, is perhaps the most famous celebrity veteran of all.

6. Bea Arthur

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The Golden Girls star listed bow and rifle hunting on her Corps qualification card, and served as a typist and truck driver from 1943-1945, when she was honorably discharged.
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Hugh Hefner: I’m Not Dying, People!

Hugh Hefner is 90 years old.

He may not leave his house very often, but that may have more to do with the beautiful women there than anything going on inside of the Playboy founder's body.

Because the often-erect senior citizen would like to make something clear:

Hugh Hefner, Ahoy!

He isn't going anywhere any time soon.

Not to his knowledge at least.

Following multiple days of rumors that claimed Hefner was on his death bed, the ultra wealthy chic magnet jumped online to shoot down this silly chatter on Friday.

Wrote Hefner via Twitter:

"I wish the tabloids had informed me a little earlier in the week that I'm sick. I might have cancelled my weekend plans."

Hefner's sense of humor is alive and well, that's for sure.

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Hefner had not posted any photos on social media since August, but, in response to these sickness rumors, he shared the following snapshot on Instagram last night.

It features him seated alongside wife Crystal Harris in his mansion's home theater.

"Tonight's Mansion movie is the classic western, Shane," wrote Hef as a caption.

Hugh Hefner and His Wife

An insider confirms to Entertainment Tonight Hefner really is doing just fine.

"It's no secret that over the past few years he has suffered with back pain that has made it a bit more challenging for him to get around, but at 90 years of age, he is enjoying his life, and is still very involved in the day-to-day activities of editing the magazine," the source says.

It had been an article in The New York Post that got the rumor mill churning this week.

“He looks like he is down to around 90 pounds and super sick," a source told the newspaper of Hefner, adding that the millionaire's people are attempting to keep this under wraps.

"You even have to sign a confidentiality agreement to go up to see him."

Hefner recently sold his Playboy Mansion for $100 million; he hasn’t been seen out in Los Angeles in many weeks, according to another insider, but, again, the guy is 90 years.

It's also worth noting Hefner isn't the only one managing the day-to-day activities of Playboy any longer.

In July, his son, Cooper, returned as the company’s Chief Creative Officer.

We're just glad to hear that the Hef is okay.

Kendra on Top Recap: Close Encounters of the SEXorcist

Friday night's double shot of Kendra on Top saw K-Dubs and Hank Baskett see a sex therapist, and the model meet with her infamous ex, as well.

When Kendra on Top Season 4 Episode 10 began, we saw K-Dubs and Jessica Hall gearing up to go to Holly Madison's book signing to f--k her up.

Or so we were led to believe last Friday when they made a huge deal out of Holly's book and were fired up to give Madison a piece of their minds.

Until they concluded they weren't after all.

In a complete 180 and a surprisingly grounded - read, scripted - move for Wilkinson, she decided not to make a scene and play into Holly's hand.

Crisis? Averted. Cliffhanger? Staged.

Wilkinson isn't totally read to let it go, however; Kendra tells Hank that she was most concerned about Hugh Hefner and how Holly trashed him.

After checking in on him (you can find out how that predictably went when you watch Kendra on Top online), Kendra also welcomes the "Grand-dude."

Also known as Eric, her father.

Despite their conflicted and often contentious history, Kendra has her dad to confide in about her conflicting emotions, and that is just wonderful.

Less wonderful? Her sex life.

On Kendra on Top Season 4 Episode 11, Kendra and Hank meet up with a sex therapist for some "love energy exercises" that proved ... well, challenging.

In therapy, we learn that Baskett recently caught Wilkinson flirting with a former flame. Kendra vows she didn't cheat, she admits she loves attention.

This, more than anything, seems to get under Hank's skin ... not what KW did per se, but that she's so happy and having so much fun doing it.

Afterward, Wilkinson asks Baskett to teach her how to hug, which was part sweet and part awkward. These two can't come together on much.

Except the fact that we need sex.

Sexologist and 2015 Sexpert of the Year (yes, that is a real thing) Ava Cadell comes in to work with the couple, and she has her work cut out.

"You treat him a little bit like a naughty boy instead of an equal partner who you absolutely love," Cadell tells Wilkinson, and she's not wrong.

Hank, to his credit, doesn't make Kendra feel worse about this than she already does, and she does appear to be trying ... we think at least.

Plus, her background was tough.

"I was a young f--king girl," she says of her childhood. "All I wanted was my mom to say I love you and I'm here for you. I never got that."

Be strong, K. Be f--king strong.

A Salute to 19 Celebrities Who Served in the Military

We often salute celebrities for their work on screen or on stage.

But these are the celebrities who truly deserve our praise and admiration.

These are the famous men who served in the armed forces prior to striking it big, and we're here to offer them an online ovation. Won't you join in?

1. Drew Carey

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The Price is Right host Drew Carey spent six years (1980-1986) in the U.S. Marine Corps Reserves. He still has the haircut!

2. Chuck Norris

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Not only did Chuck Norris serve in the Air Force, but he has served as spokesman for the VA and was named the Air Force's Veteran of the Year in 2001. It's unclear if he won any top-secret wars using only his unparalleled martial arts skills.

3. Nate Dogg

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Before becoming one of the men who took hip hop to the mainstream in the 1990s, Nate Dogg was a munitions specialist in the US Marines. The late rapper once said he joined the military to "see if I was a man."

4. Elvis Presley

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Elvis Presley, seen here in a 1958 photo, is perhaps the most famous celebrity veteran of all.

5. Ice-T

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Law & Order: SVU star Ice-T (real name Tracy Marrow) has quite the resume over the years, but nothing is more surprising than his four-year stint in the U.S. Army from 1979-1983.

6. Bea Arthur

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The Golden Girls star listed bow and rifle hunting on her Corps qualification card, and served as a typist and truck driver from 1943-1945, when she was honorably discharged.
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Holly Madison Reacts to Kendra Backlash: No Surprise, FAKER!

Holly Madison's new memoir Down the Rabbit Hole received some serious backlash from both Kendra Wilkinson and Hugh Hefner.

What does she have to say about that?

Well, she's not particularly surprised that Hef would deny her claims as "rewriting history" ... what's he could to do, admit she's right?

That would entail confessing to offering girls "thigh openers" and making love to rooms full of women as graphic porn played on TV.

As for Kendra, Holly says that's no shocker either, given that she's closely aligned with Hef and "part of the Playboy machine."

Madison has called Kendra the fakest person alive and basically says Hef is a manipulative, dirty old man who is miserable in bed.

For a woman who dated him for three years and co-starred on The Girls Next Door with K-Dubs, it does seem a bit like sour grapes.

Holly says it was more cathartic than anything else, and that telling her story both heals herself and hopefully helps other models.

Kendra says Holly is all about Revenge; Hef says she's trying to stay in the spotlight by any means necessary. Who do you believe?

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You’ll Never Guess What Holly Madison Says Is The Most Embarrassing Part About Her Memoir!

It seems we just can't stop talking about Holly Madison's book about her life in the Playboy mansion!

And neither can she!

Inside the pages of her memoir, Hugh Hefner's ex spilled secrets about the 89-year-old's sexcapades, as well as her feud with her Girls Next Door co-star Kendra Wilkinson.

[ Related: Holly Says Hef Sent Her Creepy Letters! ]

And while she's gotten backlash from both of them, she's revealed that all the name-calling and the headline drama isn't even the most embarrassing part of the whole thing! She said writing the memoir was way worse:

"It's very embarrassing – I mean, there were chapters that were very hard for me to write, and during the writing process I kept skipping over them and saying, 'Okay, I'm going to go back to this chapter,' and it's very hard to be this honest."

Wow!

Now, you may be wondering why Holly decided to do something so public if reliving these memories was so traumatizing for her.

But, she explains that regardless of how uncomfortable she felt writing certain parts of her memoir, the book's ultimate purpose was much bigger than her own personal feelings:

"I'm not asking anyone to feel sorry for me, but I did a lot of things I'm embarrassed of, I made a lot of mistakes, I was very young and naive when I got into this situation, and of course that's embarrassing, and for people to know the truth and to know where I'm coming from, I need to put the whole truth out."

Have U read Holly's shocking story yet, Perezcious readers?

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Here’s Everything Holly Madison Has Accused Hugh Hefner & Playboy Of So Far

Holly Madison has been making headlines ever since she's been leaking excerpts of her new memoir.

And now that her book, Down the Rabbit Hole: Curious Adventures and Cautionary Tales From a Playboy Bunny, hit store shelves, the 35-year-old has just been dishing the dirty deets about what really goes on behind closed doors at the Playboy mansion.

The reality star spilled secrets about Hugh Hefner's craaaaazy bedroom antics and her feud with Girls Next Door co-star Kendra Wilkinson.

[ Related: Hef's Son SLAMS Holly Madison! ]

So what exactly has the blonde beauty accused of Playboy, its head honcho, and her frenemy? We've got it all for you right here!

CLICK HERE to view the gallery "Everything Holly Madison Has Accused Hugh Hefner & Playboy Of So Far!"

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Holly Madison: Hugh Hefner Bedroom Was MISERABLE Place

Holly Madison continues to rail against Hugh Hefner and Playboy, describing the bedroom antics that went on in the mansion as "miserable."

How miserable are we talking? Pretty darn depressing, if you believe her ... and we can sadly envision everything she says awfully easily.

"The first night I had spent at the Playboy Mansion was definitely very eye-opening. It was clear that there was certain things expected of you."

"It was clear that there was a definite routine going on, and it was very bizarre. It definitely wasn't what I expected it to be, it was a lot scarier."

Holly was offered prescription drugs, she says, adding:

"It was always very much the same, and it was very intimidating. It was not something that I liked. It was a miserable part of my life."

Madison says the girls were made to dip their feet into a black bathtub before slipping into pink flannel pajamas and heading to the bedroom.

There, she said, what she discovered was eye-popping:

"Two huge television screens projecting graphic porn lit up the otherwise dark bed."

"In the middle, a very pale man was tending to his own business (if you're catching my thinly veiled innuendo) and puffing on a joint before passing it around to the nearest blonde."

"The girlfriends, in various stages of undress, were sitting in a semicircle at the edge of the bed ... some kneeling, some standing, some lying down."

Madison's memoir, Down the Rabbit Hole: Curious Adventures and Cautionary Tales of a Former Playboy Bunny, is pulling zero punches.

"When I first started going to parties at the mansion, it was very glamorous," Madison said. "I was still in college and very starstruck."

"I am happy to be able to finally set the record straight."

Is she reinventing the record? While Madison's made these claims, Hefner says Madison is full of it, releasing his own statement to the media:

"Over the course of my life I’ve had more than my fair share of romantic relationships with wonderful women," the Playboy founder said.

"Many moved on to live happy, healthy, and productive lives, and I’m pleased to say remain dear friends today."

"Sadly, there are a few who have chosen to rewrite history in an attempt to stay in the spotlight. I guess, as the old saying goes: You can’t win 'em all!"

No you can't, but if what Holly's saying is true, she might be right in discouraging Playmates from getting naked or every setting foot in there.

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Hugh Hefner: Holly Madison is Full of It!

Over the past few weeks, Holly Madison has been promoting her new book, Down the Rabbit Hole: Curious Adventures and Cautionary Tales of a Former Playboy Bunny.

In doing so she's shared some seriously unflattering stories about her former boss and boyfriend, Hugh Hefner.

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Hugh Hefner in a Tux

First, we learned that life at the Playboy Mansion made Holly ponder suicide.

Shortly thereafter, Holly went into specifics, revealing that Hefner tried to buy her with a $3 million inheritance. She added that within minutes of their first meeting, he attempted to ply her with Quaaludes, which he called "thigh openers."

Like we said, she doesn't exactly describe old Hef in the most glowing terms.

So perhaps it's not surprising that Hefner is now firing back and claiming that Madison is lying about everything from the way they met to his allegedly nefarious seduction methods. 

"Over the course of my life, I've had more than my fair share of romantic relationships with wonderful women," said Hefner in a statement to Entertainment Tonight.

"Many moved on to live happy, healthy and productive lives, and I’m pleased to say remain dear friends today. Sadly, there are a few who have chosen to rewrite history in an attempt to stay in the spotlight. I guess, as the old saying goes: You can’t win 'em all!"" 

Madison has already fired back, saying, "I don't really care about his response. I wanted to share my story to inspire other women who might be in a bad relationship to get out, or not be branded by bad decisions they've made, and take charge of their lives and move on."

"I'm definitely not rewriting history. I'm finally telling the truth of my experience."

Though Hefner made no mention of taking legal action against Madison, we wouldn't be surprised if this thing ends up in court. There's a case that's likely to have some very interesting testimony. 

Holly Madison to Potential Playmates: Keep Your Clothes On!

Holly Madison is hoping to serve as a cautionary tale to other insecure, large-breasted blondes.

The former Playmate is on a promotional tour for her memoir (“Down the Rabbit Hole: Curious Adventures and Cautionary Tales of a Former Playboy Bunny”) and told E! News how she responds when potential Playmates ask her for advice.

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"I kind of advise against it," Madison says.

"It might seem like something fun and glamorous or rebellious and dangerous in your 20s, but guess what? When you're 30 or 40, you're not going to want those pictures floating around."

Unless you're Kim Kardashian, that is. She seems cool with her naked images being out there.

Madison continued, speaking of how Playboy holds all copyright over these pictures:

"You don't have control over them - someone else does.

"They can bring them out of the archives at any time. You don't have creative control over what the pictures look like. It's just something people should think about five times before doing."

Earlier this month, disturbing excerpts from Madison's book went viral, with Holly admitting she contemplated suicide in the past.

The busty blonde painted a VERY bleak picture of life as Hugh Hefner's girlfriend.

"I don't regret it because I learned a lot from the situation," Madison said of getting involved with Hefner when she was still in college.

"There were some good experiences that came along with the bad and I love where I ended up today. That's what life is. You can't really end up in a good place without going through some crazy stuff, too."

22 Couples With Big Age Differences: #7 is Just NUTS

These celebrity couples have massive age gaps between them. Some bigger than others, but all huge age gaps just the same.

Not surprisingly, the majority of them involve older men, but there are some exceptions. Also, some of them are still together!

Find out which ones in the gallery ...

1. Johnny Depp and Amber Heard - 23 Years

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Yes, Amber and Johnny are separated by 22 years. One of many Hollywood couples with a giant age gap.

2. Hugh Hefner and Crystal Harris - 60 Years!

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Hugh is 60 years older than Crystal. These two take the age difference crown!

3. Beyonce and Jay Z - 12 Years!

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No one talks about this one, given that they're the power couple of music (and the Illuminati) but Beyonce is actually 12 years Jay Z's junior!

4. Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie - 12 Years

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Brad is 12 years older than Angie. One of many Hollywood couples with a giant age gap.

5. Wladimir Klitschko and Hayden Panettiere - 14 Years

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Wladimir Klitschko and Hayden Panettiere, who are somewhat surprisingly a thing, are 14 years apart (38-24).

6. Courtney Stodden and Doug Hutchison - 35 Years!

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Courtney Stodden and Doug Hutchison are 35 years apart, and engaged to be married again. It's slightly less scandalous with her 19 going on 20 than when she was just 16. Slightly.
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