Friday's intriguing people
Actress Denise Richards was married to Charlie Sheen from 2002 to 2006. They have two daughters.
March 4th, 2011
12:44 PM ET

Friday's intriguing people

Denise Richards

As if Charlie Sheen didn’t have enough problems, like having his show canceled and sons taken, now his ex-wife is saying he poses a risk to their daughters, TMZ reported. Richards said she is “disgusted” with Sheen and called him unstable, saying she didn’t want him or his “goddesses” – girlfriends Bree Olsen and Natalie Kenly – around daughters Sam, 6, and Lola, 5, according to the website.

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Thursday's intriguing people
December 9th, 2010
02:17 PM ET

Thursday's intriguing people

Salma Hayek

Cinema buffs across the nation are thankful the Mexican thespian was never deported.

The 44-year-old Hayek (yes, she’s 44) said in a recent interview, without much elaboration, that she was once an illegal immigrant. She made the statement to Spain’s V magazine, which featured her on the cover with its logo rising out of her cleavage.

In the article, titled “Armas de Mujer,” or “A Woman’s Weapons,” Hayek said she was illegally in the U.S. “for a small period of time, but I still did it."

E! News reported that Hayek moved to Los Angeles in 1991 to study acting after a previous stint attending the Academy of the Sacred Heart in New Orleans. Her rep told the website that the actress returned to Mexico and immediately cleared up the immigration issue.

One of just a few Latinas to be nominated for the best actress Oscar, Hayek also told V it was difficult fighting Hollywood’s discrimination when she first came on the scene.

“It was inconceivable to American directors and producers that a Mexican woman could have a lead role,” she told V, according to Fox News Latino.

In addition to her roles in “Frida” and “From Dusk Till Dawn,” Hayek is also known for her advocacy on behalf of women and of undocumented workers.

Her remarks were made public as the U.S. House on Wednesday approved the DREAM Act, which paves a path to citizenship for illegal immigrants who came to the U.S. when they were children. Observers say it’s uncertain whether the bill can navigate the Senate.


November 15th, 2010
02:13 PM ET

Monday's intriguing people

Garry Trudeau

The creator of "Doonesbury" is celebrating his 40th anniversary drawing the politically and socially charged comic strip.

He is making the media rounds in support of two books being published: “40: A Doonesbury Retrospective” and “Doonesbury and the Art of G.B. Trudeau.”

The comic strip, which is more likely to appear on the op-ed page of a newspaper than in the comics section, routinely skewers those on the political landscape. Trudeau’s loyal readership has led to the strip being published in 1,500 newspapers around the world since it was first published on October 26, 1970.

Collections of his cartoons have filled almost 60 books and have sold more than 7 million total copies. His 1975 Pulitzer Prize for editorial cartooning made him the first comic strip artist to win the award.

His comic has sometimes earned him a reputation as a left-winger, but a column in The Boston Globe pointed out that Trudeau’s jabs can target anyone.

“I’ve always thought he was an equal-opportunity balloon-popper,” wrote Alex Beam. “Anybody who figured out that John Kerry was a narcissistic blowhard as a Yale undergraduate is someone who sees the world through a wide-angle lens, taking in all azimuths of social and political tomfoolery.”

Several media outlets are paying homage to Trudeau and his drawings this week. NPR is one of the few media outlets to have gotten an interview with oft-reclusive Yale graduate.

The radio network offers a condensed retrospective of Trudeau’s work as well as several anecdotes from the artist. In one, the 62-year-old recounts how he became syndicated shortly after his strip appeared on campus.

“It's a ridiculous story, and it nauseates my children,” Trudeau says, “that I would find my life's work six weeks into it.”