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A decade earlier than James Bond, Sean Connery was a nude mannequin

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Earlier than Bond and fame, Sean Connery spent his early 20s lifting weights and dealing odd jobs — together with as a nude mannequin for a reknowned Scottish artwork college.

The actor’s dying at age 90 was introduced by household on Saturday; quite a few obits have paid tribute to his profession as James Bond and different roles, and to his humble beginnings in Scotland.

“You used to do nude modeling as a younger man, is that true?” Jay Leno requested Connery in a 1999 interview.

When the viewers whooping simmered down, Connery raised one eyebrow wryly acknowledged this was true.

“On the Edinbugh School of Artwork, to make ends meet if you already know what I imply,” he quipped.

“There was three of us, truly,” he instructed Leno.

“There was an previous man who’d performed it for years and years, and a fairly a pretty younger lady and myself. And we had been the three fashions.”

The category was “largely ladies,” Connery instructed Leno.

“We used to get six and eight pence an hour for standing stationary and with 15 minutes off,” he mentioned.

At the very least one of many scholar works has since surfaced, a portrait painted in 1951, ten years earlier than he could be forged in his first of seven Bond motion pictures, Dr. No.

The oil portray reveals a buff, standing Connery at age 21, as seen from behind; it was found 9 years in the past among the many previous canvases of an aged British artist.

Connery was bodybuilding on the time, and two years later entered the Mr. Universe pageant in London, putting third, Folks journal famous on Saturday.

Whereas there competing, a fellow bodybuilder instructed him that auditions had been being held for the present “South Pacific.”

Connery is seen at the 2012 US Open Tennis Tournament
Connery is seen on the 2012 US Open Tennis MatchCorbis by way of Getty Photos

He fibbed about having performing expertise to get the function, he later confessed.

“I’d no expertise no matter, and hadn’t even been on a stage earlier than, nevertheless it turned out to be certainly one of my extra clever strikes,” he mentioned in a 1965 Playboy interview, Huffington Publish famous Saturday.

In calling Connery “one of many best actors of all time” on Saturday, Arnold Schwarzenegger famous their shared bodybuilding roots — and their shared path from pageant to cinema.

“He offered limitless leisure for all of us & inspiration for me,” Schwarzenegger tweeted.

“I’m not simply saying that as a result of he was a bodybuilder who positioned within the Mr. Universe contest! He was an icon.”

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April Love Geary posts nude being pregnant pic

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April Love Geary shared a nude selfie of her child bump.

On Wednesday, the 25-year-old fiancée of singer Robin Thicke posted the pic alongside the caption, “Child mama.”

Final month she shared one other photograph cradling her tummy, noting there have been a few extra weeks to go till her supply.

This would be the third baby for the couple who share Mia, 2, and Lola, 1. The “Blurred Strains” singer additionally has a son Julian, 10 with ex-wife Paula Patton.

The couple, who obtained engaged on Christmas Eve 2018, just lately celebrated their six-year anniversary. 

To mark the milestone, Geary posted a candy video montage.

“Omg SIX years, two infants, one burned down home and one much less appendix between us 😂 I really like you a lot and I couldn’t think about my life with out you,” she wrote.  “You’re the most effective father, associate, cook dinner, lover! I do know I’m hardly ever ever romantic or critical (lol) however you’re actually my different half and you like me greater than anybody ever has earlier than. Ceaselessly & at all times ♥️ @robinthicke“.

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Blackpink plans livestream live performance amid COVID-19 pandemic

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They’re making it Okay-pop off the small display.

South Korean woman group Blackpink is circumventing the coronavirus lockdown by holding their premiere digital live performance later this month.

“We hope everybody can comfortably get pleasure from our first-ever livestream live performance ‘The Present’ at residence,” the group mentioned in an announcement.

“The Present” will air Dec. 27 at 12 a.m. EST solely on YouTube, a platform on which Blackpink is the second-most in style artist after Justin Bieber, Rolling Stone reported. Blinks — the group’s rabid followers — will likely be handled to a medley of songs from the Okay-pop quartet’s highly-touted “The Album,” which was launched in October. The document debuted at No. 2 on the Rolling Stone High 200 chart and racked up greater than 90,000 album gross sales, making it the highest-selling LP that week.

Viewers can click on “be a part of” on Blackpink’s YouTube channel to purchase tickets to “The Present,” whose normal bundle runs followers $29.99 and consists of entry to the livestream, rebroadcast and customized emojis. A $39.99 bundle options further behind-the-scenes content material.

Extra particulars will likely be disclosed Friday at midnight jap time when Blackpink makes an look on its YouTube channel.

“We wished to finish the 12 months with one thing very particular for our Blinks who’ve been ready so patiently for us,” Blackpink mentioned. “General we’re tremendous excited to share this enjoyable second with our Blinks and we will’t wait until ‘The Present.’ “

Blackpink is going virtual with a livestream concert titled "The Show."
Blackpink goes digital with a livestream live performance titled “The Present.”
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Braunwyn Windham-Burke posts first picture with girlfriend

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Braunwyn Windham-Burke shared the primary picture together with her girlfriend after popping out as homosexual on Wednesday.

Within the image posted to her Instagram story, the “Actual Housewives of Orange County” star is seen posing subsequent to a girl who’s her associate Kris, a supply confirmed to Folks. Windham-Burke, 43, didn’t share any particulars about Kris, however posted a rainbow flag and hearts on the pic.

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On Wednesday, the fact star — who has been married to husband Sean Burke for 20 years — proudly instructed GLAAD in an interview, “I like girls. I’m homosexual.”

“To have the ability to be snug in my very own pores and skin after so lengthy is simply so good,” she mentioned.

Windham-Burke, who has seven kids with Sean, instructed GLAAD that she and her husband plan to remain married. She additionally confirmed that she has a girlfriend, and mentioned Sean has hung out together with her.

“I really like Sean. I really like him dearly, he’s my individual, he’s my household. However I’m not drawn to males and I by no means have been,” she mentioned.

Windham-Burke additionally spoke about how her newfound sobriety has helped her embrace her actual self.

“I do know once you get sober and also you begin doing the work that goes into that, you begin realizing plenty of the explanations you drank needed to do with who you have been on the within,” she mentioned.

Windham-Burke not too long ago instructed Web page Six how she’s going to give again to LGBTQ+ charities and different organizations this vacation season.

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