The heiress who willed her Filipino nurse $37 million

The photo used to announce Ms Huguette Clark's marriage. The heiress was last photographed in her 20s.

She was so wealthy she could have toured the world many times over, held extravagant parties every night and led a flamboyant lifestyle. But Huguette Clark did none of those.

Instead, the heiress lived the life of a recluse, shunning fame and the public eye.

When she died at the grand old age of 104 in May 2011, Ms Clark left a stunning US$30 million (S$37m) to her caretaker Hadassah Peri, reported NBC News. That worked out to US$15m after taxes. 

But the Filipino nurse had to return the money after relatives, who had never met Ms Clark, won a 2013 court case that gave them most of the fortune, reported Vanity Fair

Ms Clark had inherited the equivalent of £600 million (S$1.3 billion) in 1925, according to Mirror.

Mrs Hadassah Peri (above) said she was blessed to have met Ms Clark.

Generous woman

Ms Clark, who was born in 1906, began shutting herself away after her brief marriage ended in divorce. She did not meet with her relatives and was last photographed in her 20s.

In 1991, she checked into a private hospital and never checked out even after she was well. It was there that she met Ms Hadassah, 64, and became close to her.

The duo spent 12 hours every day of the week together.

The Mirror reported the nurse as saying: "Sometimes I would say,‘You gave me a cheque already today’. But she would say: ‘You have a lot of expense, you can use it’. I accepted the cheques because we have a lot of bills. Madam is very generous. I don’t ask for it."

Raised a ruckus

When Ms Clark died, her relatives raised a ruckus over the will. Despite having never met the heiress, they wanted 75 per cent of her US$400 million estate, reported Mirror.

Mrs Hadassah eventually returned the US$30 million as well as some gifts. She had received more than US$30 million in gifts the 20 years she attended to Ms Clark. These gifts included seven houses, six cars including a Bentley, a Stradivarius violin and cash. 

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Mrs Hadassah reportedly received three cheques like the one above for US$5 million.

Author Bill Dedman, who has written Empty Mansions, a book about Ms Clark​’s remarkable life, told Mirror: “Huguette thought her family were just out for her wealth. Of course, she was right. They never reached out to her while she was alive – they only reached out for her money after she died.”​

Sources: Mirror, The Wall Street Journal, www.emptymansionsbook.com, Vanity Fair, NBC News, NY Post

Tags: wealth, rich, Death and nurse

Come and get me, Pool! Lovren slams Saints over transfer

Croatia defender Dejan Lovren (right) has hit out at Southampton over a proposed transfer to Liverpool.
Croatia defender Dejan Lovren (right) has hit out at Southampton over a proposed transfer to Liverpool.

The exodus of Southampton players to Anfield looks set to continue after Dejan Lovren hit out at the club over a rejected transfer bid from Liverpool.

Following a good season that saw them finish eighth in the English Premier League, the Saints have been haemorrhaging talent at an alarming rate.

Rickie Lambert and former captain Adam Lallana have already signed for the Reds while left-back Luke Shaw has joined Manchester United.

Lovren, who was recently on World Cup duty with Croatia, now looks set to be the third Saint to be cherry-picked by Brendan Rodgers after making an emphatic statement on where he sees himself next season while pretty much burning all ties with St Mary's.

His head's in Liverpool

Speaking to Croatian newspaper Sportske Novosti, the centre-back said: "Liverpool sent the offer and the club haven't informed me.

"That wasn't right. I found out about the bid from other people which disappointed me and I realised I've got no business staying at Southampton.

"Liverpool sent a £20m offer and they (Southampton) paid £9m for me, so they would've earned more than twice the amount. 

"At this point, I don't know what I'll do and I don't like it...Frankly, my head is already at Liverpool.

"Look, I'd gladly stay at Southampton if the club had any ambitions, if they kept the key players. Not even the Liverpool bid would have dissuaded me."

Buttering up

After firing off his incendiary rounds at Southampton, Lovren then had the butter out for his prospective employers, saying: "Liverpool is one of the biggest clubs in the world.

"Only Real Madrid have as many fans around the world. The last time I played at Anfield, I got chills when I heard You'll Never Walk Alone.

"I would like to listen to it all the time."

Source: PA Sport

Footballer booked for selfie after scoring

Sporting Kansas City striker Dom Dwyer snapped a selfie with fans after scoring in the Sunday match and earned himself a caution.
Sporting Kansas City striker Dom Dwyer snapped a selfie with fans after scoring in the Sunday match and earned himself a caution.

We've heard of people taking selfies everywhere but this footballer took it a bit too far for the referee's liking. 

After putting his side 1-0 up in Sunday's MLS match against Chicago Fire, Sporting Kansas City striker Dom Dwyer took a camera phone from a photographer and grinned for a few self portraits with the fans.

He was promptly booked by the referee Alan Kelly who failed to see the funny side of his antics, reported The Mirror.

Evidently Dwyer did not mind the yellow card.

The former Norwich City youth player did not have the last laugh as his team failed to win with the match ending 1-1, reported Daily Mail.

Sources: The Mirror, Daily Mail

Wimbledon celebrity sightings

US actors Bradley Cooper and his girlfriend British model Suki Waterhouse sit in the Royal Box before the start of the men's singles semi-final match on day 11 of the 2014 Wimbledon Championships on July 4, 2014. Photo: AFP
US actors Bradley Cooper and his girlfriend British model Suki Waterhouse sit in the Royal Box before the start of the men's singles semi-final match on day 11 of the 2014 Wimbledon Championships on July 4, 2014. Photo: AFP

It's known to be a classy sophisticated game, where the rich and famous gather not only to watch the game itself but to parade their outfits.

At a tennis game, you may find yourself next to a familiar face - someone you've seen on television or even a member of the royal family.

At this year's Wimbledon held in London, many graced the grounds to watch the highly anticipated sporting event.

Here's a look at some of the who's who spotted:


Britain's Prince William and his wife Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge sit on Centre Court at the Wimbledon Tennis Championships, in London July 6, 2014. Photo: Reuters


US actor Samuel L Jackson (R) speaks with Former English footballer David Beckham and his wife Victoria as they sit in the Royal Box on Centre Court before the start of the men's singles final match between Serbia's Novak Djokovic and Switzerland's Roger Federer on day thirteen of the 2014 Wimbledon Championships at The All England Tennis Club in Wimbledon, southwest London, on July 6, 2014. Photo: AFP


Actor Chris Hemsworth and Elsa Pataky arrive on Centre Court at the Wimbledon Tennis Championships, in London July 6, 2014. Photo: Reuters


Actress Keira Knightley (CENTRE L) and her husband James Righton (C) speak to former tennis player Martina Navratilova (R) on Centre Court at the Wimbledon Tennis Championships in London July 5, 2014. Photo: Reuters


Actor Jude Law (R) and television presenter Bear Grylls (L) sit on Centre Court at the Wimbledon Tennis Championships, in London July 4, 2014. Photo: Reuters


Australian actor hugh Jackman and his wife Deborra-Lee Furness sit on Centre Court before the start of the men's singles final match between Serbia's Novak Djokovic and Switzerland's Roger Federer on day thirteen of the 2014 Wimbledon Championships at The All England Tennis Club in Wimbledon, southwest London, on July 6, 2014. Photo: AFP


US actors Bradley Cooper and his girlfriend British model Suki Waterhouse sit in the Royal Box before the start of the men's singles semi-final match on day 11 of the 2014 Wimbledon Championships on July 4, 2014. Photo: AFP

Sources: Reuters, AFP

WATCH: Dog shakes head at smoking habit

Dog to man: No smoking
Dog to human: No smoking

No smoking, this cigarette-hating dog seems to be telling you.

The four-legged furball has no qualms showing the full extent of its disdain: Each time it inhales a puff or two, it draws back in disgust, following the action with a vigorous head shake or two.

And if that doesn't convince you to butt out, then talk to the paw.

Watch Doggy physically push that offending nicotine stick far away, almost as if to say: "Get that outta my face."

All hail the next anti-smoking star.

Sources: The Telegraph, rumble.com

Name the celebs! At Taylor Swift's star-studded Fourth of July bash

Taylor Swift celebrated the Fourth of July weekend with her celeb friends and posted the photos on Instagram.
Taylor Swift celebrated the Fourth of July weekend with her celeb friends and posted the photos on Instagram.

Is there any celeb whom Taylor Swift is not friends with?

The 24-year-old singer spent the Fourth of July weekend hosting her celeb besties in Rhode Island. 

Can you name the celebs below?

Give up?

Let us help you:

We spotted adorable couple Emma Stone and Spiderman actor Andrew Garfield, Gossip Girl actress Jessica Szohr, models Amanda Griffith and Jessica Stam, Hart of Dixie actresss Jaime King, and Girls' writer/actress Lena Dunham.

Sources: Instagram/taylorswift, Instagram/jaime_king

Phone out of power? Sorry, no entry to US

US is tightening airport security checks by disallowing powerless devices on board.
US is tightening airport security checks by disallowing powerless devices on board.

Watch out iPhone and Samsung Galaxy users.  ​If you're a passenger at an airport offering direct flights to the US, do charge your phones and other electronic devices before you leave for the airport.

The US Transportation Security Administration (TSA) warned on Sunday that powerless devices will not be permitted onboard the aircraft.

According to reports last week, US officials have singled out the Apple and Samsung phones as devices that need to be paid more attention.

Enhanced airport security checks

The new measure is the first to be confirmed since US Homeland Security secretary Jeh Johnson warned of enhanced security checks, especially at "overseas airports with direct flights into the United States", reported British newspaper The Guardian.

This move follows intelligence that Al-Qaeda operatives in Syria and Yemen may have developed bombs that could be placed in mobile telephones. The extremist bomb threat can potentially avoid detection, stoking fears it is potentially capable of bringing down America-bound aircraft.

It was not revealed which airports will face these checks.

Reports last week said passengers at British and Belgian airports travelling to the US faced these extra checks on their phones.

Sources: The Guardian, Reuters, Telegraph

Look back at five epic World Cup semi-finals

1998 FRANCE 2 CROATIA 1. Photo: Press Association Images
1998 FRANCE 2 CROATIA 1. Photo: Press Association Images
Paul Gascoigne (second left) cries after England lost to West Germany on penalties in 1990. Photo: Empics Sports
Paul Gascoigne (second left) cries after England lost to West Germany on penalties in 1990. Photo: Empics Sports

With two potentially epic semi-final face-offs between Brazil-Germany and Argentina-the Netherlands this week, it's time we flash back to five other classic World Cup semis.

Stockholm June 24 1958 BRAZIL 5 FRANCE 2

Pele, then 17, scored his first World Cup goal in Brazil’s 1-0 win over Wales in the quarter-finals. But it was his performance in the semi-final against France that spread his fame, thanks partly to the power of television.

The stage was set for a classic after Vava put Brazil ahead in the second minute and Just Fontaine equalised seven minutes later. Didi put Brazil back in front six minutes before halftime.

Pele then took over, scoring a hat-trick with goals in the 52nd, 64th and 75th minutes to secure Brazil’s place in the final.

Roger Piantoni scored a late consolation to make the score 5-2.

Brazil won the World Cup against Sweden by the same scoreline with Pele scoring another two goals to take his 1958 World Cup tally to six.

Mexico City, June 17 1970 ITALY 4 WEST GERMANY 3 (AET)

One of the greatest World Cup matches of all time remembered mainly for the astonishing extra time period that settled it and put Italy into the final for the first time since 1938.

Roberto Boninsegna’s eighth minute goal at Azteca Stadium looked to be the winning goal but as injury time drew to an end German sweeper Karl-Heinz Schnellinger equalised.

After four minutes of extra time West Germany struck again with Gerd Mueller putting them 2-1 ahead.

Tarcisio Burgnich made it 2-2 before Gigi Riva put the Italians back in front later with a shot on the turn.

That lead only last six minutes before Mueller scored to make it 3-3. Gianni Rivera of Italy scored in the 111th minute to make it 4-3.

One of the lasting memories of the game is Franz Beckenbauer continuing to play even after dislocating his shoulder with his arm clung in a makeshift sling.

Seville, July 8 1982 WEST GERMANY 3 FRANCE 3 (AET)

West Germany won 5-4 on penalties

West Germany triumphed in 1982 in one of the World Cup’s most dramatic and controversial matches, featuring the infamous assault by German keeper Harald Schumacher on Patrick Battiston.

That incident was crucial to the outcome, because although Battiston was badly injured by Schumacher, the goalkeeper was not even yellow carded. He kept his place in goal for the penalty shootout, which the Germans won.

France appeared to be heading for their first World Cup final, when they led 3-1 after eight minutes of extra time.

Justice appeared to be done when Marius Tresor and Alain Giresse struck to put France 3-1 ahead after 98. But with injured captain Karl-Heinz Rummenigge coming off the bench to lead the fightback, the Germans pulled level with goals from him and Klaus Fischer before they won the World Cup’s first shootout.

Turin, July 4 1990 WEST GERMANY 1 ENGLAND 1 (AET)

West Germany won 4-3 on penalties

England reached the semi-finals for the first time since 1966 but Germany triumphed in a highly emotional and dramatic clash.

Andreas Brehme put Germany ahead after an hour with a deflected free-kick before Gary Lineker equalised 10 minutes from time.

TV images showed Paul Gascoigne welling up in tears after a booking that would have kept him out of the final. Lineker was seen mouthing to the England bench to keep Gascoigne calm for the remainder of the match.

All extra time goals, so onto penalties. Stuart Pearce missed for England, Olaf Thon scored for West Germany which made the score 4-3 before Chris Waddle famously sent his penalty into orbit to give the Germans victory.

Paris July 8 1998 FRANCE 2 CROATIA 1

On a night of almost unbelievable tension, host France came from behind to reach the World Cup final for the first time.

Croatia had qualified for the last four in style beating Germany 3-0 in the quarter-finals.

France looked superb too, chalking up wins over South Africa, Saudi Arabia, Denmark and Paraguay before reaching the semis with a penalty shootout win over Italy.

But they fell behind to Croatia just after halftime when Davor Suker scored.

A minute later, defender Lilian Thuram equalised, before scoring what proved to be the winner 20 minutes from time. They were the only goals he scored in a 142-cap, 14-year international career.

- Reuters

Man in All By Myself airport video meets Celine Dion

Richard Dunn was stuck at the Las Vegas Airport so he made an awesome video of Celine Dion's "All By Myself". He has since gotten the chance to meet his idol.
Richard Dunn was stuck at the Las Vegas Airport so he made an awesome video of Celine Dion's "All By Myself". He has since gotten the chance to meet his idol.
Richard Dunn (in black, holding the young girl) meeting his idol Celine Dion.
Richard Dunn (in black, holding the young girl) meeting his idol Celine Dion.

Remember the man who filmed himself lip-synching to Celine Dion's classic 'All by Myself' while stranded overnight at a Las Vegas airport last month?

Well, Richard Dunn, creator of the viral video, was back at Vegas again.

But this time, instead of staying at the airport, he got to meet Celine Dion.

The Canadian pop diva performed live at Caesars Place and he even met her backstage on Friday.

He said: "This is a once-in-a-lifetime memory I never thought would happen but will last forever."

In June, his video went viral.

Soon after, Dion had even reached out to him via her own YouTube video.

She said: "Next time, you know, you're stuck all by yourself at Last Vegas airport for hours and hours, please be my guest at my show."

 

We're glad she kept her word.

And if you need to watch the video to chase away those Monday blues, we've got you covered.

Sources: People, Las Vegas Sun

What did you do to yourself Jessica Alba?!

Jessica Alba in a scene from the upcoming Sin City: A Dame to Kill For.
Jessica Alba in a scene from the upcoming Sin City: A Dame to Kill For.

Okay, relax.

Jessica Alba did not just accidentally cut her face in a dozen different spots. 

It's just her new look for upcoming movie Sin City: A Dame to Kill For. 

Alba returns to the Sin City series as exotic dancer Nancy, but she's not the same sweetie pie she was in 2005's Sin City movie. 

Jessica Alba as Nancy in Sin City: A Dame to Kill For.

In a new teaser for the movie, she's seen staring, distraught, into a mirror, before grabbing a pair of scissors.

"Maybe I'll go crazy," she says, angrily chopping off her own locks. 

In the background stands Detective John Hartigan (Bruce Willis), who ended his life in the first Sin City movie to protect Nancy from the villainous Roark family. 

Pretty easy to guess what she's after with her new vixen look ... Revenge. 

The movie opens here in August. 

Source: YouTube

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