No solo de fama y de sus millonarios trabajos viven las estrellas del Star System y en muchas ocasiones pensamos que su dedicación a la profesión es al cien por cien. Muchas veces nos viene a la cabeza la imagen de aquellos actores y actrices que quizás llevan un tiempo sin aparecer por la pequeña o gran pantalla, por lo que nos preguntamos ¿qué hacen de verdad?. Muy simple, la mayoría de ellos emplean sus fortunas en negocios que sean rentables, ya que nunca saben cuando se va a terminar la gallina de los huevos de oro o cuando va a llegar una persona con más talento que los destrone. Uno de los negocios más populares es el del turismo y ese es el punto en común que tienen muchos ellos. El negocio de la hotelería es como un dulce, saber que te va a gustar porque más o menos ya sabes su sabor, por lo que vamos a ver los hoteles que pertenecen a famosos o que son inversores en ellos.
En muchas ocasiones sus figuras antes estos son ocultas y, en otras, ellos mismos prestan su cuidada imagen para ayudar a la promoción del espacio.
Nobu – Robert de Niro
¿Qué dirías si te contamos que Robert de Niro es uno de los inversores de Nobu Ibiza? Seguro que te llevas la misma sorpresa que nosotros. Habitaciones amplias y llenas de luz, decoradas de manera elegante y relajante, con pinceladas muy mediterráneas, mediante obras de arte de origen ibicenco y baños de mármol. Sin olvidar sus restaurantes, con el Nobu y su nueva cocina japonesa a la cabeza, pero con otras propuestas más informales, como el Chambao, con especialidades baleares. Además, su propia pequeña cadena de hoteles se va expendiendo poco a poco, abriendo, cada vez, más hoteles por el mundo. Uno de los muchos hoteles que pertenecen a famosos.
Palazzo Margherita – Francis Ford Coppola
Con ubicación en Italia, el hotel del mítico actor es el Palazzo Margherita. Un palacio pintado, con frescos en sus techos, con paredes y salas palaciegas con innumerables detalles. Es moderno en cuanto a tecnología se refiere y en prestaciones, conservando, sin embargo, la pátina de su época. Situado en la localidad italiana de Bernalda, donde nació el abuelo de Coppola, en un edificio del siglo XIX, cuenta con un precioso jardín interior, protegido por el departamento de Patrimonio Cultural de Italia. Con una decoración barroca, teñida con pinceladas marroquíes, en recuerdo de la abuela tunecina del autor de la saga El Padrino, el cine ocupa un lugar privilegiado, ya que en su salón se proyectan cada tarde alguna de las películas o documentales italianos de la colección privada del director.
Cadogan Gardens – Elizabeth Hurley
La modelo y amiga eterna de Hugh Grant es copropietaria de este encantador hotel boutique londinense, situado en la elegante zona de Sloane Square, llamado Cadogan Gardens. Otro de los hoteles que pertenecen a famosos, ubicado sobre un edificio de estilo victoriano, estética que se mantiene también en su interior, que cuenta con retratos de personajes de la realeza y la aristocracia, y 54 habitaciones, de ellas 19 son suites.Aunque todas ellas han sido decoradas de manera distinta, mantienen un cierto aire decadente, debido a sus muebles de época, sus sillones de terciopelo y las chimeneas.
Hotel Cardozo – Gloria Estefan
Ubicado en South Beach, uno de esos destinos idílicos para las vacaciones veraniegas, el Hotel Cardozo, mantiene la arquitectura art déco, que lo rodea, con una decoración que hace de la comodidad, la sencillez y la calidad de los materiales sus mejores señas de identidad. Por cierto, no es el único establecimiento hotelero que tiene la popular pareja, ya que en Boca Ratón, Florida, poseen el Costa d’Este.
Hotel Bedford Post Inn – Richard Gere
Lo de Richard Gere y los hoteles es una relación bien avenida y no nos referimos únicamente a su papel en ‘El exótico Hotel Marigold 2’ ni siquiera que conociera y se enamorara de su actual mujer, Alejandra Silva, en el hotel de Positano, que gestionaba la española, sino a la posada de lujo en la que invirtió, junto a su entonces esposa Carey Lowell, para que se mantuviera abierta. Situada en el corazón del condado de Westchester, el Hotel Bedford Post Inn, solo tiene 8 habitaciones, muchas de ellas con chimenea, un estudio de yoga y dos restaurantes. Con una decoración romántica y acogedora, es el lugar perfecto para una escapada en pareja.
Una relación empresarial entre ambas partes, donde las caras conocidas no sólo buscan un flujo de ingresos pasivos, sino que para ellos es una pasión. No son simples hoteles que pertenecen a famosos, son espacios que les representa y que siempre conservaran su esencia.
A host of well-known rugby players, footballers, boxers and reality TV stars are among the laundry list of celebrities heading to Neath next month to take part in a charity football match. Organised by Swansea resident Dan Richards and Love Island’s Jake Cornish, the aptly-named ‘Celebrity Football Match’ will take place on October 1 and will see more than 30 celebs dust off their football boots and take to the field at The Gnoll sports ground in Neath.
The event aims to raise awareness and funds for the Swansea Veterans Hub, a community interest company which supports local veterans with their mental health and wellbeing. It is the third celebrity football match Dan has organised, coming after a brilliant event in 2019 in memory of Swansea City fan and dad-of-one Mitchell Powell, who sadly died after he went into cardiac arrest while undergoing double heart valve replacement surgery, and a popular ‘Sellebrity Soccer’ game in memory of Call Centre star Nev Wilshire last May.
“In 2020, in lockdown, I started doing runs for charity. I’d share my progress on social media and raised money for the British Heart Foundation,” ,” Dan explained. “Jake Woods, the actor from EastEnders, found out about it and he and Danny Dyer actually phoned me – it was so funny because when they rung me I thought it was the boys [my friends] just pranking me, but it was actually Jake and Danny. They said they wanted to get involved and we came up with the idea of a charity football match. The first one in 2019 was in memory of Mitchell Powell, then I organised another one last year.” For the latest Neath Port Talbot news, sign up to our newsletter here
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At the time of the event in memory of Mitchell Powell, Dan said: “I play football in the local leagues in Swansea and Mitchell was heavily involved with Maltsters Sports AFC. I wasn’t friends with him, but I played against his team and often saw him stood on the side-lines. Over the last couple of months, we’ve done lots of charity events for Mitchell’s family. I’m running the London and Florida marathons to help raise money in his memory but I also thought I would like to organise a charity football match.
“I got in touch with Sellebrity Soccer who have helped us and they said a number of celebrities would be keen to be involved because they have connections to heart charities. Mitchell raised so much money for the British Heart Foundation and other charities. It was remarkable what he did and he always kept a smile on his face even with all he went through. I always believe in giving back and I knew we had to keep Mitchell’s legacy going. Hopefully it will live on and he can continue to help people even though he’s no longer here.”
This year’s event is being held in aid of Swansea Veterans Hub as Dan and business partner Jake Cornish wanted to support a local charity which helps veterans with their mental health. “My father used to be in the army and he came back here when I was 12 or 13 – I just saw how much being in the army affected him and his mental health,” Dan said.
“And one of my best mates did two tours in Afghan and Iraq and he just wasn’t the same person when he came home.. He’s okay now, because of the support he’s had, but he just wasn’t the same when he came home – he’d obviously seen some stuff and some of it he couldn’t even tell us about. So I chose this charity as they support veterans with their mental health and I could see how important that support is.”
Explaining how he’s managed to get so many great names to sign up to the event (scroll down for the full list), Dan added: “This year I’ve started a company with Jake Cornish from Love Island and so when we were first talking about having another celebrity football match, he was able to use his contacts to invite the celebrities to come. A lot of the celebrities coming do a lot to support veterans’ charities so when we told them that this was to raise money for a charity supporting veterans they were really happy to get involved.”
“Gerwyn Price, the darts player, used to play rugby for Neath so we’ve got him as one of our team captains, and the other team captain will be rugby player James Hook. The other celebrities will make up the teams,” he added.
Who’s playing in the Celebrity Football Match in Neath?
Gerwyn Price – Darts player and former rugby player
James Hook – Rugby player
Paul James – Rugby player
Josh Navidi – Rugby player
Tom Williams – Rugby player
Luke and Tom Stoltman – ‘The World’s strongest brothers’ weightlifters
James Lilley – MMA fighter
Ebanie Bridges – Boxer
Martin Murray – Boxer
Leon Britton – Footballer and coach
Lee Trundle – Footballer
Liv Cooke – Footballer
Jazz Richards – Footballer
Scott Murray – Footballer
Wayne Routledge – Footballer
Lewis Leigh – Footballer
Danny Graham – Footballer
James Jones – Footballer
Shaun MacDonald – Footballer
Joe Skipper – Triathlete
Brett Johns – Mixed martial artist
Matthew Pritchard – Skateboarder and stunt performer
Travis George – Singer and Britain’s Got Talent finalist
Andrew ‘Biggie’ Morris – Viral video creator turned musician
Nicola McLean – Model and Television personality (Celebrity Big Brother, I’m A Celeb)
Jake Cornish – Reality TV star (Love Island 2021)
Danny Bibby – Reality TV star (Love Island 2021)
Tyler Cruikshank – Reality TV star (Love Island 2021)
Callum MacLeod – Reality TV star (Love Island 2019)
Joe and Nicole Sealey – Reality TV stars (The Real Housewives of Cheshire)
Further names to be added in the coming weeks
OTB Promotions ‘Celebrity Football Match’ is taking place at The Lextan Gnoll, Neath Rugby ClubSA11 3AW on October 1, 2023. Doors open at 12pm, with kick-off at 3pm. Anyone who is interested in sponsoring a player and having their business advertised on the matchday kit is invited to contact organisers OTB Promotions.
John Verzi spent six decades amassing 25,000 autographs and over 12,000 photos of celebrities.
After his death in 2018, his collection of photographs sold at auction for over $140,000.
The Verzi collection has hundreds of never-before-seen photographs of celebrities.
John Verzi spent decades photographing everyone from A-list Hollywood celebrities to lesser-known niche stars.
His private collection is now being prepared for the public to view at the Los Angeles Public Library.
After his death in 2018, Verzi’s exclusive photos bounced among collectors and auction houses before it found its permanent home at the central branch of the LAPL in Downtown Los Angeles. The library bid over $140,000 for the collection.
Verzi was born in Santa Clara County, California, and spent much of his adult years in San Francisco and Los Angeles. He was not a paparazzi and was not, by any official accounts, a professional photographer, but he was taken with the world of Hollywood.
While the collection is still being scanned and studied, the LAPL has granted Insider access to some never-before-seen photos from the collection.
John Verzi took photos of celebrities across Los Angeles and even obtained press credentials to attend carpet events.
Christina Rice, the senior librarian at the Los Angeles Public Library associated with the photo collection, said that Verzi had a friend at a film publication in the 1960s who helped him gain the necessary credentials.
Los Angeles librarians have used their collective knowledge and archival resources to determine locations and possible events some of the celebrities might be attending in Verzi’s photos.
But not all of Verzi’s photos were taken at events.
Some were taken on a whim, like this photo of Elvis in the backseat of his car as he leaves a movie studio.
Some of Verzi’s photos feature celebrities at the Hollywood unemployment office — a frequent stop for stars who were in between jobs.
Verzi would frequent the Hollywood unemployment office in his search for celebrities.
Verzi also had a penchant for finding stars attending dinner parties throughout Hollywood and Beverly Hills.
All of the photographs in the Verzi collection are in color, which is one of the unique factors that sets his collection apart from others taken around the same time.
Of the 4 million photos in the Los Angeles Public Library’s collection, a majority of them are black and white, Rice said.
The fact that Verzi’s photos are in color and dated aids the librarians in understanding the context around them.
Some photos in the Verzi collection offer one-of-a-kind glimpses of celebrities, like Marilyn Monroe going to a dinner party in Los Angeles.
This photo of Marilyn Monroe getting in her car after attending a dinner party at Romanoff’s is the only one that exists.
“There’s no other known photos of her at this event. It’s known she went to this event, but nobody else photographed her,” Rice said. “So it is not only is it one-of-a-kind Marilyn image, but it’s truly one-of-a-kind that nobody else photographed her at this event as far as we know.”
Verzi didn’t only focus on movie stars. He collected photographs of musicians, models, Broadway stars, and amateur adult film stars as well.
One of the photos in the Verzi collection is of Jim Morrison outside of a theater. Thanks to Verzi’s handwritten dating, Los Angeles librarians have been able to determine that Morrison was attending the play, “The Beard.”
The play centers around a fictional encounter between the famous outlaw, Billy the Kid, and the 1930s actress, Jean Harlow. The two communicate with each other with four-letter expletives, and the play culminates in a scene of simulated intercourse between the two.
The play was considered so controversial that it only ran for a couple of weeks and the actors in it were arrested frequently.
Verzi once photographed 300 celebrities in an 11-month span between 1960 and 1961, the Los Angeles Times reported.
Verzi was known to be reclusive at moments and not easy to get along with.
In one instance, actress Sylvia Sidney reportedly said, “Get that man out of here,” upon seeing Verzi.
Verzi continued taking photos of a new generation of up-and-coming stars through the 1970s and 1980s.
The LA Times reported Verzi moved to Las Vegas in 1989, where he lived in a trailer until he died in 2018.
Verzi’s collection of a lifetime of photographs sold for $144,000 to the LAPL.
To the librarians who found and bid on the collection, it’s worth every penny. The collection gathers photos that might not exist anywhere else, and many of the photos themselves add new visual context to history.
“To have such incredible snapshots of time that might not exist elsewhere,” Rice said, “I don’t know that you can really put a price on it.”
Now that the collection is being digitized, librarians at the LAPL hope that the images can be useful to the public.
The Verzi collection displays a different view of celebrities and stars in Hollywood in the 60s.
His photos are those of an avid fan and collector and contextualize an otherwise inaccessible lifestyle.
“It definitely tells a story of what’s going on in the city and that our entertainment industry isn’t just the Academy Awards — sometimes it’s just people hanging out at restaurants or collecting unemployment,” Rice said. “So it kind of tells a fuller story of what it is to be in the entertainment industry in our city.”
Ozempic is a once-weekly injectable medication formulated to help adults with type 2 diabetes manage their blood sugar.
The medication is also known for being a solution to weight loss, which some celebrities have used for that reason, and that reason alone.
Despite Ozempic being a growing weight loss trend, a plastic surgeon confirmed to Us Weekly in March 2023 that it was never meant for people who are near their ideal weight, and that “it’s not even approved by the FDA for casual weight loss.”
Despite that, some celebrities have and still take Ozempic for weight loss. Others have spoken out when accused of taking the drug. With that in mind, we’re looking at celebrities who’ve denied and admitted to taking Ozempic.
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