Legendary Stylist Vidal Sassoon Dies At 84

Famous hairstyling pioneer Vidal Sassoon died in his California home on Mulholland Drive this morning. Sassoon, 84, died of natural causes with his family at his bedside. According to the AP, there will be no police investigation and no further details are available at this time.

Sassoon was born in England in 1928, and after his father’s early death, his impoverished mother placed him and his brother in a Jewish orphanage for seven years. Upon his return to London he left school at the age of 14 and began a hairdressing apprenticeship at his mother’s request. Later he fought in the Israeli army before fulfilling his mother’s dream and becoming a hairdresser.

He opened his first salon in London in 1954, and in 1963 he revolutionized the current popular hairstyles with modern, angular bob cuts. This style was made famous by British designer Mary Quant, the woman responsible for popularizing mini skirts. Sassoon’s geometric wash-and-wear hairstyles drew lots of attention, as they were so perfect they required little to no styling–ideal for the women’s liberation movement going on at that time.


Sassoon rose to international fame in 1968 after giving actress Mia Farrow her pixie cut in the film “Rosemary’s Baby.” He flew to Hollywood and cut off her long hair for a whopping $5,000. The style is still imitated to this day. He opened more salons in London and the United States, and in 1973 Sassoon launched his own line of hair care products with the slogan, “If you don’t look good, we don’t look good.” He also established Vidal Sassoon Academies to teach young stylists his perfected technique.

Sassoon was married four times and had four children with his second wife, a part-time actress named Beverly Adams. His eldest daughter Catya, an actress and model, died in 2002 of an accidental overdose. Sassoon is survived by three children and his fourth wife, Ronnie.

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‘Pregnant Man’ Separates From Wife

Thomas Beatie, who made headlines in 2008 as the only legally recognized man known to have given birth, has separated from his wife of nine years, according to People magazine.

Beatie, who has had three children with wife Nancy, announced the split during a taping of the CBS syndicated show “The Doctors.” Beatie also revealed that he’s had the final female-to-male gender reassignment surgery. He also discussed how people have reacted to the transgendered dad and his family, and detailed the medical complications from years of hormone treatments.


Beatie was born in Hawaii as Tracy Lagondino in 1974. He was a Girl Scout, model, and finalist in a Miss Hawaii Teen USA pageant before he began to dress and live as a man in his 20s, he told People. He had sex-reassignment surgery in 2002, took twice-weekly doses of testosterone, and had his breasts surgically removed during his female-to-male transition before legally changing his gender on his passport and Hawaii driver’s license. In 2003, he legally married Nancy, a divorced mother of two who had had a hysterectomy due to endometriosis.

Despite his legal male status, Beatie left his female reproductive organs in place, and had never undergone “bottom” surgery, known as phalloplasty, to create an artificial penis — until now. It’s unclear if the couple will divorce, though the International Business Times reports that “more information will be revealed” when the interview airs next month.

Do you think Thomas Beatie would still be a good dad despite being a “mom” plus the complications of being separated from his wife? Tell us what you think!

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‘America’s Oldest Teenager’ Dick Clark Dies at 82

Dick Clark, the producer and television personality known as “America’s Oldest Teenager” for his perennially youthful looks and enthusiasm, has died at age 82.

Clark suffered a “massive heart attack” on Wednesday morning, his rep says in a statement, after he entered St. John’s Health Center in Santa Monica, Calif., for an outpatient procedure on Tuesday night. ”Attempts to resuscitate were unsuccessful. He is survived by his wife Kari and his three children, RAC, Duane and Cindy,” the statement continues. Clark, a diabetic, had suffered a stroke in 2004 but continued in recent years to appear on his New Year’s Eve special from Times Square with Ryan Seacrest hosting.


The Mount Vernon, N.Y.-born Clark got his start in the mailroom of his father’s radio station in upstate New York before working as a disc jockey at his college station and then in Philadelphia in the early 1950s. When ABC picked up his dance show Bandstand, renaming it American Bandstand, the program became a sensation and featured the biggest names in the early days of rock ‘n’ roll – everyone from Little Richard to Chuck Berry.

Clark went on to produce and to host the $10,000 Pyramid and other game shows, as well as the American Music Awards, the Golden Globes and, starting in 1972, the New Year’s countdown show Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve

In December 2004, Clark suffered a major stroke that left him partially paralyzed with his speech impaired. After Regis Philbin filled in for him, Clark returned a year later for an emotional appearance on the show, addressing the audience in slurred speech. He continued to appear on the show but later handed over hosting duties to Seacrest.

Will Dick Clark be missed in the showbiz industry? Tell us what you liked about him!

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