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Identifying American Pottery Look at the Bottom!

Have you ever wondered why some people turn every piece of pottery over and look at the bottom?

Maybe you thought they were emptying the contents or dusting the shop! Well, some of the pottery lovers like myself have spent years identifying American pottery, and one of the best ways to do this is by looking at the bottom of the piece.

In most of the American pottery pieces, the bottom tells more than the glaze. The bottom shows the name, if there is one, the color of the clay, the way the piece is fired, and other characteristics that help with the identification.

If you're looking to identify a piece of marked pottery, you may want to check our American Pottery Marks and Resource Directory and compare the mark there.

If you pick up a piece of pottery and it has identifying marks such as a name or logo, you can easily determine the maker. This is wonderful, but not always available. See the Frankoma pitcher, right.

Since not all pottery is marked, the identification must be done with a little more resourcefulness.

The best identifier I have found for determining if an unmarked piece of pottery is American made is the heft of the piece. Most American pottery pieces have some weight to them–unlike the Japan imports of the 1940s, 1950s and 1960s that seem fairly light in comparison.

This is a good place to start to identify the country of origin, if it is not shown.

So, just in the process of picking up the piece, the weight is registering in my mind. This is something that has to be developed over time.

It is not that any piece over a certain weight is American pottery–it is the relationship between the size and the weight that helps determine the country of origin. The American pieces feel like they have "heavy bottoms" and often the walls are thicker than Japan and other foreign potteries.

The clay color is the first thing I see on the bottom of any piece of pottery, and certain colors can identify the maker. It is essential to look for an unglazed area to determine the clay color.

For example, you probably know that Frankoma was made with a red clay for many years. Look at the feet on the Frankoma leaf (left).

Ada clay was a yellow beige and was earlier than the red clay pieces. Note the bottom on the Frankoma piece (right).

Blue Mountain pottery of Canada is usually made of red clay, is often unmarked and looks and feels much like American pottery.

Early Peters and Reed pottery was red clay, too, as were many of the Arts and Crafts pots like Grueby.

Some Italian and Mexican pottery is made with red clay, and much of the southwest or Native American pottery uses shades of red.

Harris G. Strong used red clay sometimes, too, and Nicodemus is a red clay pottery.

Jugtown is often red clay, and there are some North Carolina potters who used red clay. See this red clay dish by Harris G. Strong (left).

Georgia, Alabama, and North and South Carolina have available veins of red clay that are suitable for pottery, so consider makers in those geographical areas if you have a red clay pot to identify.

Of course there are lots more, but if you have a piece of pottery with a red clay base, this is a start. There are many different shades of "red" clay, but red and deep pink clays have been readily available to the potter for centuries, and this color often gives the glaze a different look than it would have with another color clay.

Yellow clay was primarily from Ohio, so most of the Ohio potteries used yellow clay. Roseville, McCoy and Brush are examples of the yellow clay potters. For an example, see the yellow clay bowl produced by McCoy (right).

Robinson-Ransbottom was mostly yellow clay. Watt Pottery is in a class I call yellowware, since they used a clear glaze over the yellow clay instead of colors. Robinson-Ransbottom, Blue Ridge, Purinton, Watt all made some yellowware with a clear glaze over the yellow clay. Take a look at the Watt Pottery yellowware bowl (left).

Weller sometimes used yellow to cream colored clay, but just when you think you have learned how to identify these pots by clay color, an anomaly shows up.

Hull and Shawnee are a cream color with a pink tint to the clay. So are American Bisque and Royal Copley. Don't confuse this with pink clay–used by Coventry and Kay Finch and a few other California potters, including some Hagen-Renaker. See how the pink clay Dutch boy (left) has a pink clay color so his face, base and backpack don't require additional paint?

Camark and some Arkansas potteries as well as Texas potters used a white to ecru clay, primarily. See the dry foot on the Camark console bowl (right).

Niloak is often white clay, and much of the Niloak was heavier with a wider foot (left) or base than many other American potteries of that era.

(A quick aside about Alamo and Gilmer: Alamo and Gilmer potteries were related companies and used many of the same designs — some originally from famous Texas potter Harding Black. For more information, see the book ALAMO POTTERY: A History of Alamo Pottery and its Offspring, Gilmer Pottery by N.P. Collins.)

Stangl Pottery is often made of a white clay, too. Some Hawaii pieces are also white clay, like this Hawaiian pitcher on the left.

Beige clay was used by Rosemeade and some eras of Dryden, primarily Kansas Dryden. This green Dryden pitcher (right) shows the beige clay clearly.

Monmouth (which later became Western Stoneware) used a sandy clay, often seen with a maple leaf and USA incised into the clay. If you examine a pot like the sandy jug (left), you can quickly recognize the clay and maple leaf.

Some of the southwest Native American pottery is beige clay, too. This pitcher (right) is marked Acoma on the side.

Mosaic Tile made pieces that were not tiles, and they often have a beige clay. See the odd boomerang ashtray (left) by Mosiac Tile.

Heath used a sandy clay for much of its dinnerware lines. Dryden and Rosemeade may be sandy clay, too. This Heath bowl is clearly marked, but notice the clay color on the unglazed ring.

Any pottery that has been soaked in water may be beige, too, so beware of dirty bottoms!

The shape, glazing and markings of the "foot" or base surface of the piece which makes contact with a supporting surface (ie – table or shelf) can be as revealing as the color and texture of the clay.

Many pieces of pottery have a dry rim around the bottom edge, known as a dry foot. This green Camark ashtray (right) has a white unpainted rim.

Others have a completely dry or unglazed bottom, and still others have wedge shapes on the bottom.

Royal Copley frequently used bars across the bottom. Note the bars across this Royal Copley planter (left) from the manufacturing process.

American Bisque used the wedge shapes routinely, so that is always my first guess on a piece with a dry wedge foot. Here's a good example of the American Bisque wedge foot (right).

Companies using a dry foot include most of the Ohio companies and some Stangl of New Jersey.

Several companies used stilts for glazing pottery, and the bottom will be glazed over completely with three small marks for the stilts. Haeger and Royal Haeger are often glazed like this. Stilt marks (left) may look like damage at first, but are a good distinguishing feature.

There are also some California potters who used stilts or firing pins for most of their glazing. Metlox was one California pottery using firing pins. Notice the three flaws on this Metlox pitcher (right), indicative of firing pins.

Vohann is another example of a glazed bottom with firing pins. These stilt marks (left) can help you establish the maker of this bowl.

RedWing (also RumRill) and Stangl used stilts for some of their ware lines. Take a look at the marks on this RumRill console bowl (right).

(A brief aside about RedWing and RumRill: RumRill was made by RedWing for several years, using George RumRill's designs at RedWing.)

Peters and Reed often has three stilt marks, too, and the old pieces show red clay under the glaze.

So, if you see three little flaws on a glazed bottom, these are not damage–they are stilt marks or firing pin marks used for the firing process. Examining the bottom for stilt marks may reveal some numbers that may help with identification, too.

For many years, three numbers were used to identify many of the shapes for American pottery. Some companies only used two numbers for some of the shapes, and some used four. These are numbers that are in the mold, not handwritten. Just a glance at the foot shows the numbers on this McCoy or Brush pot (left).

Notice the tilt to the numbers? If you see three numbers at a slant on a yellow clay pot, it may be Brush or McCoy.

RedWing and RumRill are routinely marked with numbers, and sometimes the name. Some of the pieces were also marked with a letter, a dash, then a number – so items marked similar to "M-3333" are often Redwing (Murphy Era).

Three square numbers on a white pottery bottom may be Alamo Pottery, made in San Antonio, Texas from about 1946-1952, or it may be Gilmer, another Texas pottery in business for much longer. Notice the block style to the numbers on this Gilmer vase (right) made with white clay.

Remember to look at Camark and Niloak, too, because they used a white clay for much of their production.

Note the difference, though. Alamo and Gilmer often have a completely unglazed bottom, while Camark and Niloak may have just a dry foot. Compare these cups and saucers (left) with the Gilmer vase (above).

The way the numbers are written, the style of number and even the number of numbers are all significant in determining the maker of a piece of pottery. It is that combination of details that help the pottery enthusiast to determine the maker.

This article is about the identification of American pottery by the bottom, and it is not my intent to vary from that topic much, but it is difficult to look at the bottoms and not see the tops–so a comment on glaze seems essential here.

Once the clay color has been examined, the weight of the pot has been considered, and it has been determined to likely be an American pottery, then a cursory glance at the glaze may help with certain identification.

The glazes in pottery went with fashion of the day, and trends can be noted, although there are lots of exceptions.

The era of standard glaze–the shiny brown finish used by Weller, Loy-Nel-Art, Peters and Reed and Rozane–was at the turn of the Twentieth Century.

Great detail in hand-painting and hand-work including sgraffito Scratching the surface to create a graffiti design. with pastels, predominated the next 15 years or so. (More information through this link to Wikipedia.) Think Rookwood and Newcomb. By 1915, much American pottery was matte finish and early Art Deco shapes. This continued through the 1920's.

Some American potteries went back to shiny glazes in the late 1930s and 1950s, and through the 1960s for many of the companies. Much of the newer Roseville, not reproduction but 1960s era production, was a shiny glaze, but this started as early as 1937 with Ivory II production.

Roseville, for one, had both shiny and matte patterns side by side for many years. By 1947, most of their lines had gone to shiny glaze.

The same general dating can be used for Hull, Weller, and other American companies of the first half of the Twentieth Century.

In general, shiny glaze has not met with the same favor by collectors as the matte glaze pieces. This is probably most evident in Van Briggle and Rookwood. The shiny pieces do not sell for the premium prices of matte glaze pieces.

Some companies typically made certain colors and styles of glazes. Winart Pottery made a drip glaze, such as the glaze on this Winart pitcher (right), that identifies much of their wares. Notice how the glaze looks incomplete.

Guppys Island Ware of California used a drip glaze, shown by the glaze on the outer rim of this plate (left).

Drip glazes were also common in Fulper, Stangl, and Zanesville pottery. Morton pottery made lots of drip glaze pots and figurines, and it is becoming collectible.

Crystalline glazes were done in early Camark and early Haeger, like this pot by Haeger marked 431 (right). Notice how the glaze has depth of color in shades from orange to brown?

There are some contemporary studio potters making glazes with large crystal formations in the glaze – but these early production works were small crystals. Note how large the crystals in this glaze (left) are — this is a contemporary piece.

Lava or foam glazes were common in VanBriggle and Haeger – the most recognized being Bennington Brown Foam by Haeger.

These are a type of drip glaze, but are bubbled at the top and do not form the “drips” of drip glazes.

Mottled glazes were most often made by Ohio potters–Burley-Winter, McCoy and Zanesville come to mind. A good example is this McCoy vase with a mottled glaze (right).

Camark used a cutting tool that left what I call "saw marks" on the dry foot of their pots.

I have been able to identify several Camark pieces instantly by the saw marks — take a look at this Camark creamer with saw marks (left).

Nemadji has a distinctive look, done almost in mission style like the swirl clay potters. Scrutinize the swirl patterns on this Nemadji pot (right), you'll notice how this is similar to Native American pottery.

Haeger often looks as if it has a "seam" in the middle of the glazed bottom, and that helps in the identification of any Haeger or Royal Haeger that is not otherwise marked.

Some Weller has a distinctive three-part seam at the bottom, like this Weller vase (left) where the seam is clearly visible.

Purinton may have a seam with an unglazed foot. This Purinton Pitcher (right) has a faint seam on the base.

Some Dryden has a flat unglazed bottom, and that, along with the sandy clay helps identify older Dryden, even if the mark is not readable.

Vitreous china was made by many of the American potters, and it is best known as restaurant ware. It is usually white clay with a very hard, high-fired finish.

Much of the Alamo and Gilmer pottery is vitreous, pottery fired at a high temperature in the kiln.

Mosaic also did vitreous with a white or sandy clay and hard shiny glaze.

This pottery is difficult to chip or break, and feels like bathtub porcelain. It is usually very heavy, almost the weight of stoneware.

Vontury of New Jersey was also high-fired pottery, and much of the Vontury is done in pastels with impressionistic nature scenes. View this Vontury leaf bowl (left), for example.

Most Vontury is marked, but the name is difficult to read unless you know what it should be. Here's a look at the Vontury mark (right).

Handles were often elaborate on Fulper and Stangl and sometimes Dryden and Morton. Camark had some intricate handles as well.

Most of the Floraline McCoy line was very plain, Art Deco style pottery, made for the florist trade. Hyalyn also made Deco style pieces, and often they had cork bottoms, like this cork-bottomed ashtray by Hyalyn (left).

What I call "sloppy" pots were made by Burley-Winter, Zanesville and sometimes McCoy. These had a glaze that ran down over the edge of the dry foot, oftentimes not trimmed.

VanBriggle did some of these, too, but most of the VanBriggle pottery is marked and not difficult to identify. Notice how the glaze dripped over the bottom in this Van Briggle "sloppy" pot (right).

When looking at a piece of pottery, learning to combine the information here will be the most helpful.


  1. Check the weight, then the bottom.
  2. Check the color, then the design of the bottom – whether a dry foot, flat bottom, wedged base, ridged bottom or stilts.
  3. Then, identify the piece by style, glaze, or some other identifier.
  4. Confirm your conclusion by checking in a book or the internet.

Once you have done this for a few years, you will develop confidence in your skill.

This is just a lightweight review for identification of unmarked American Pottery. Maybe it will encourage you to try your luck at identification of pieces on your shelf or in the collectibles malls.

It may also give some insight into why some people pick up pottery and check out the bottom.

They aren't dusting the shop, or emptying the spiders (or crickets in Texas). They are looking under the pot for answers!

About the Author: Linda H. Richard has been collecting American Pottery for twenty years, and has been an ISA Appraiser for ten years. She is currently pursuing other interests and is not an active appraiser with the International Society of Appraisers. She has contributed to several books and articles. Her husband, Darrell, does the photography and design work for her pursuits.

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Prophetic dream warns of economic collapse in December

Z3er Joe Petersen shared the following dream he received in 2015 regarding a coming economic collapse.

I’d like to share a dream I had a while ago. It was much more vivid than others so I wrote it down.

Start of dream: I was in my accounting office where I used to work. The lights were off but one wall had large windows so the daylight was good enough to see your way around. It seemed a lot more empty than it used to be. Some of the workstations had been removed and replaced with long folding tables and some chairs. There were still a few people working.

Economic trouble had just been announced. I said, “I hope everyone has taken a lot of money out of their bank accounts.”

The scene changed and I was in front of a calendar. It was December, but the year was not shown. It had five rows of weeks as all calendar months have, but there were no numbers in the squares. I was told, “Economic collapse will happen at the end of the second week of December.”

The first two rows of the calendar were highlighted. End of dream.

I had the dream in 2015. I have been following the visions and dreams your contributors have been posting about economic, stock market, and crypto-currencies for this fall, and that prompted me to finally send it in.

Since Joe had this dream in 2015 and no year was shown on the calendar, it would be a mistake to assume it will happen this year. It might just as easily be for 2018 or beyond.

Like other prophetic warnings, this is a warning to pray and watch for it. We can pray God would show us what He wants us to do to prepare and we can watch for more clues confirming what’s coming and when.

Author: James Bailey

James Bailey is an author, business owner, husband and father of two children. His vision is to broadcast the good news of Jesus Christ through blog sites and other media outlets.

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Important one from Glynda

A new leader emerges soon who is not who he appears to be. He has been sent by the Evil One, and has come on to kill, steal and destroy. You will begin to hear about him in your news. Prepare, for his plans for you are very dark indeed.

You must understand, My people, that there is no place to hide from the coming destruction, except in Me. I alone can keep you alive amidst devastation and persecution. I alone can feed you in famine where no food abounds. I alone can hide you in the glory of My Presence, where no man can see you. I alone.

I will keep some of My people alive much longer than others, that they may witness of Me in the earth. These will be hunted and persecuted, but I will be with them. Their reward shall be very great in heaven, and they will see things no one else shall see. My angels shall travel with them. My warriors shall surround them. They will lead the last souls to be saved into My Kingdom.

Prepare, that you may be ready for what is about to transpire, for it is happening now. Decisions have been made behind the scenes and destruction is coming. The enemy’s plans are being released.

Remember, I am with you always, even to the end of the world.

Could this dream mean we are to withdraw all our “investments” in this world and worldly system? This strikes me as a “Revelation 18:4 NKJV And I heard another voice from heaven saying, “Come out of her, my people, lest you share in her sins, and lest you receive of her plagues.”

The currency of this world is not the same as the currency of the kingdom of God where we do not put our trust in gold or silver by in those things only coming from the Spirit of God.

God is calling for those who can hear, to withdraw their earthly investments because where their treasure is, so will their heart be. We are to “invest” in heavenly things where thief cannot break in and steal, where moth cannot eat or rust corrupt. Our investments need to NOT be in the wealth of this world but in the currency of Faith in God’s kingdom.

I do not see these dreams as literal but as spiritual with this world’s goods as being that which will perish but the kingdom’s goods as being imperishable. I know that some will not see this as I do but will see these dreams as if God were guiding them regarding their treasures of gold and silver. Yet, we did not see those same things in the life of Jesus and it is He that we are to walk in with full reliance on the same Spirit that guided Him.

Then we could be like the people of Germany around the time of the world wars where they wheeled their worthless money about in wheelbarrows, it had devalued so much.

I feel totally screwed…all I have is debt debt debt…and more debt…last week I was eating dill pickles and peanut butter for dinner and it hasn’t even begun yet:P

Dear Robert, do not despair! We are going through forced liquidation of our restaurant at the moment but God has been so gracious through it. My declaration/thanks for a while now is “My God supplies ALL of my needs according to His riches in glory through Christ Jesus”. God has provided amazingly for us through this…including having a liquidator who carried on running the business so we still got paid during the process! We had to cut right back our giving, but God gave us a single mum with two kids to take in and share with instead!

Thank God for EVERY little thing you have. ..even the pickles and peanut butter! Thank God that He’s giving you a little taste of what us to come. …so to speak. When you’re despairing, cry to your Heavenly Father and ask Him to increase your faith! Spend time every day worshipping God…tell Him how Great He is and how much you love Him and how grateful you are to Him that you know him…that you’re breathing… that your hope is in Him and no-one whose hope is in Him will be put to shame…etc! And AFTER that, thank Him that the curse of poverty was broken at the cross, declare every bill paid and every mortgage cleared and thank Him for supplying your every need.

With much love brother Robert…God will still provide for those of us who have a monopoly money load of debt! ??

Sorry to her about your business…that must be challenging…you are completely right…besides lots of my debt is my own fault…plus God has blessed me with many many good things in abundance. I’m glad to hear you are not letting ur circumstances get you down and God is making a way…I know Hes calling me to give up a lot of things so I can go follow my calling…Thanks for the encouragement!…you guys are the only chuch family Ive got…being alone all of the time is extremely difficult…Im looking forward to the new thing the lord has for me and being around people again:) Praise God for His goodness and wonderful works to the children of men!

Hey Lynne. Exceedingly above all we could ask and think. And look how the grapes are being crushed and the anointing poured forth. When the situation is a contradiction to the LORD’s word the situation must bow down and give way to the promises of God by your testimony and by the blood of the lamb. Just as you are doing… Send the arrow and strike the ground again. In the name of Yahushua.

Thanks sister!! Lots of love.

You are so right Thomas….I am well aware of the reality of the situation…your story fascinates and inspires me!…God is doing something like that in my life right now also…I have been very blessed in many ways but I don’t have total peace about being where I am because I know He has called me somewhere else…well I do now since I’ve repented of going my own way…however its taking a bit of time to organize and undo certain things in the natural…thats where Im at now…my focus has completely changed…I am in the process of laying down my unintentionally self consumed life…it is difficult and scary especially because I’m all alone as my wife divorced me…I desire to live a genuine sacrificed life…a life where I have plently of opportunity to be a blessing and a giver to others…being a debtslave to the banksters who lend fictitious money then ratchet up the interest is a complete waste of my life! God has told me He is going to help me…I think He intended a RV/bike ministry for us in the past but Im not sure if it still applies or if there’s time left for that….whatever He keeps saying that He will multiply me greatly and make me fruitful…kinda sounds like the end time harvest to me:)

Check out my website if you have not already and maybe some of the things I’ve (already) had to walk through I may be of help to allow you to avoid some of the errors and pitfalls I fell in to by ignorance when I first started walking on this part of the journey. Read my post there about, IAm A Crazy Lunatic. It may help you to understand (somewhat of) what your wife and family/friends are seeing you as? Or, put another way, they may be judging you not able to walk a mile in your moccasins … Y-E-T, with Big Big Emphasis on ‘yet’.

I just checked out your site…likewise God has been calling me to “come out of her” too…although I do not know exactly how it’s gonna work but I have begun the process…My wife divorced me 5 years ago and we no longer communicate…a few years ago I was trying to reconcile with her so we could go do the ministry God intended for us when out of the blue He told me to warn her not to get involved with another man. She didn’t deny the fact but ignored me and said it was a “God thing”….Previously I was the one who was reluctant to surrender my own ambitions and fear to step out in faith and follow Gods leading…Im still kinda lost without her because God specifically put us together as a ministry team…she wouldn’t of thought I was crazy at all…but now I don’t even know how I’m supposed to move to the USA because she was American. Nobody else really knows what I’m planning as I am pretty isolated.

Death is not easy. Death is not pretty. Dying to self, dying to lust of more, lust of me, lust of my, mine will not be pretty.

God YHWH does not ask you how to decide, He asks you only WHO TO DECIDE? Who will decide? Read my post, ”WRITE 100 times, ‘Not my will, Thy will be Done’ ”

The bottom line of it is this, and you won’t even have to read it, is this: take this day and every minute repeat ‘Not my will, Thy will be Done’ whenever you have a choice to make about your wife, your career, your place, your money, your marriage, your wife’s husband/boyfriend/lover, your car, your family, your dog, your cat,………every minute choose one decision and choose to let Him carry that one load.

The second day you will take 2 things every minute and do the same. Continue on until you are doing 100 things per minute of giving it to Him and to His will. Then, and only then, will you be able to understand what He bore for you, me, your wife, your job, your everything when you chose to do your will and not His. Now, multiply that by every soul living on the earth today. Then, add on to that load, everyone who ever lived throughout history. That is what you and I do each and every time we are not ‘dead’ to self. Read Linda’s dream. It is more important to prepare spiritually than physically.

Wow ur words grip me to the core…I know…God has not had me prepare physically in any way…but nonstop spiritually like u say…seeking Him constantly!…Its been wonderful…Im so grateful Hes turned me around from going astray and losing focus on Him…and no dyin ain’t easy…but yet its so stupid how we resist…you know the time i gave up everything to follow God?…afterwards He rewarded me with the most fulfilling and satisfying time of my life!…i dunno how to desribe it without getting censored…He even gave me physical pleasures beyond my imagination…the very thing everyone strives for in life…and in a completely holy sanctified way…I was so retarded not to run after His call on my life with my whole heart sooner…He gave me a totally gorgeous pure and holy wife who was more than I could ever ask for or imagine…the pinnacle of my life was sharing Gods love with others together with her…everything truly good in life comes only from Him!…following the evil dictates of ones mind only leads to absolute misery death and despair…

Robert, read “Anders Says: ” on my site. The physical pleasure you enjoyed is the distraction

Pay particular attention to the statement, ” The flesh is a prison…”

I read the post and i understand the concept to a point…it reminds me of Jonathan klecks work too…I confess it gets confusing to me…i do not believe that the physical flesh is satans invention and is evil in and of itself but I totally agree with how it can easily lead to idolatry because of our weak fallen state if we turn and worship the creature instead of our daddy God…..i became guilty of that myself…however I find the whole thing irrelevant to my experience in general for the most part…my marriage was a pure and holy spiritual bonding ordained by God himself…a reflection of Jesus and us His bride! My wife was completely sexually pure when God joined us together as was I…our physical bonding was definitely satisfying but only because it was a physical manifestation of our spiritual bond in the lord…we were a cord of three strands in blood covenant just like Gods word describes…the two became one…

from a worldly fleshly perspective my wife was very hot…and that was certainly a blessing we enjoyed but like I said our marriage was based on a spiritual covenant ordained by God himself…so i will never concede to calling something bad or sinful what God termed good and right…our physical intimacy brought us both a great blessing to our overall heath and vitality….God intended to use that for His kingdom work…everyone was drawn to us because they could sense we had a rare wonderful living dynamic in us. ..literally Christ in us…the hope of glory. Unfortunately the adversary recognized our blessing and took us out before we could realize our full potential in the lord…

Please say YAHUWSHUA haMashiach has come in the flesh. Please say, Yahuwshua, Jesus is Master of All. Please say the blood of Yahuwshua covers me and washes me and He is my God and King of kings.

O the best part about my exwife is that she is was the only girl that I’ve know who isn’t consumed with money and this worlds system…I went on a popular christian dating site and I couldn’t find anyone who is interested in living a surrendered life…they all just want worldly successful men to take care of them and pay for trips and stuff…

Blessings and peace to you in Jesus’s name. Because the scripture says that the power of life and death is in the tongue (Prov. 18:21), I would counsel you not to speak death to yourself and life to your problem (which you’ve mentioned is debt), even in jest. Jesus came so that you may have life and have it more abundantly. Living in debt is not abundant living, so consider this a great time to get to know the Lord as your daily provider for all your needs, including getting out of debt. Notice the emphasis on “daily”? While instant provision is not beyond him, it is his daily provision that will draw you into deeper intimacy with him. It would also be wise to note, brother, that biblical abundance is vastly different from material opulence.

Ur totally right bro…my bad…i know better than that…i repent of those words…God has told me He is breaking the chains gates bars…many times over…Im gonna stick with His word!

God had me come out of the prosperity movement years ago…I know He had us go to a word church for a season of learning to believe God for practical things…Unfortunately the pervasive “me now” spirit coupled with hypergrace is a deadly combination that causes many people to get caught in greed and materialism which is idolatry and spiritual adultery. I want to live efficiently as possible so I can have time and energy to devote to serving others…I dont care about having an expensive house or anything. Right now I live offgrid in a cabin…wood heat/cooking…outhouse…the other night a weasel ran across my pillow and woke me up! Lol…but it is very peaceful and allows me much quiet time with the lord. I will be going soon but my only goal is to seek Gods kingdom first…I once sold my previous house and went to a Christian community…I didnt have hardly any possessions there but it was an extremely abundant season in my life!

Tithe + Offerings [as your heart decides] is the only cure for this. Start with what you have. Eldon, if he is reading this can offer more enlightenment on the matter.

I’ve recently increased my giving and have also asked God to make divine connections and send me people who need something that I have….

Spring traps (bear traps, mouse traps) are designed to snap closed very quickly or suddenly. The reaction of some animals are so fast, that the trap must be of a very quick closing action. Now in light of what may be coming to America as her downward spiral continues and her judgments are in progress…….no financial institution, planner, NWO persons or those who are to cause this to come to fruition are going to announce, warn or alert the “general’ population. . In my view, the Mark of the Beast system and the NWO cannot fully operate with perceived American Imperialism dominating the world physical paper dollar, they must change the game!! So it would be wise of all of us and many have been warning on Z3 to begin preparing with small cash hold backs and supplies along with food and water while things still have the appearance of normal.

Well said Steven . This timing aligns with Armstrongs nov high so I think a collapse by year end is very possible .

An economic collapse in Dec,17 and high Dow numbers above 30000 seen by many prophets, including our own are compatible. Just have to look at Venezuelan stock index which is at all time high. I think Chinese plans to open an oil trading exchange where payment is made in Gold trade notes which can be redeemed for physical gold is a game changer in many ways.

Gold price will go up immediately and Dollar goes down. Russia,Iran,Qatar,Venezuela,and Africans can by pass Dollar. Saudi will join if Chinese buy into Aramco IPO. Gold and Oil prices will be set by the Chinese. Also feel many nations will sell Treasury and buy into these gold trade notes for international trade and as a means to park their reserves.

All US markets are based on the confidence in the strength of the Dollar. Once that confidence goes, all parts of the economy goes down.

Whatever happened to the prophetic word about the market that “the fall comes in the fall”? I dont see how that word jives with a market high in Dec.

The end of the 2nd week of December is still Fall. Winter doesn’t begin until Dec. 21st, which is the end of the 3rd week.

“California Dreamin” was the song that Mena Lee Grebin heard throughout her vision of a massive california Earthquake. California dreaming was recorded Nov 4th 1965 and released Dec 8th 1965.

Speaking of November 4, the group titled refuse fascism, stopped a highway in L.A. the other day holding up combined signs reading, “Nov 4th, It Begins.”

And notice in the picture in the article that the side of the concrete guard rail has pictures of a bell in various stages of ringing like in a flip book, so if you’re driving by it, the bell would appear to be ringing. Perhaps on Nov. 4th we’ll see for whom the bell tolls.

Larry nichols on lisa havens show, 4 min mark, riots in 5 cities or more automatically triggers FEMA provisional gov.

On another note, the flood began on 17 Cheshvan, 17 cheshvan in 5778 is 6 Nov, I think this is one of Phanuels watch dates. 6 Nov plus 40 days of rain (falling markets? Money printing?) Is 16 Dec.

Venezuelan stock index is at all time high despite currency and economy at all time low. Those figures are really meaningless and doesn’t reflect the strength of an economy. US can have such a scenario in case of a Dollar collapse and inflation. Link to Venezuelan index. Look at the 5 yr chart.

Makes scary sense

Article today says Peurto RICO residents cannot use cards and they do not have cash to buy things. Heads up!

I just wanted to mention that it would have to be 2019–2022 if the calendar for December has five rows on it.

“It had five rows of weeks as all calendar months have, but there were no numbers in the squares”

Hmm…if its at the end of the second week of Dec…and the first two rows of December were lit up…it seems to for best 2019 pr 2024. In those years, Dec 1-7 take up the first row and Dec 8-14 take up the second row cleanly.

Maybe something, maybe nothing – 121/7 starts on a Friday and ends on a Sunday and 12/18starts on a Saturday and ends on a Monday – both SHOULD utilize lines for six weeks, imo. Not an accountant so could be wrong.

I think that the fact that the first two rows were highlighted suggests that the first two weeks of December completely fill in the first two rows. This happens in December of 2019. Also, Chuck Youngbrandt prophesied that Russia would “accidentally” nuke four cities of the US, including just north of NYC, on December 14 of the first of three years of judgment that he saw. That could definitely be a big blow to make our economy finally collapse.

You are right Tom. We can just look at the lower right of our computer for the calendar. Five rows for December comes up until 2019.

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Chester Bennington, the ferocious lead singer of the platinum-selling hard rock band Linkin Park, has died. He was 41.

Brian Elias, chief of operations for the Los Angeles County coroner's office, confirmed the death and said it was being investigated as an apparent suicide.

Elias said that law enforcement authorities responded to a call shortly after 9am local time and were conducting a death investigation in Palos Verdes Estates in Los Angeles County.

Bennington, who was known for his piercing scream and free-flowing anguish, released seven albums with Linkin Park. The band's most recent record, One More Light arrived in May and debuted at No.1 on the Billboard album chart. The band was on tour and scheduled to perform at a concert in Mansfield, Massachusetts, on Thursday night.

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Linkin Park sold 10 million copies of their 2000 debut, Hybrid Theory, and then another 4 million with 2003's multi-platinum Meteora.

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Bennington also performed in the side project Dead by Sunrise and joined Stone Temple Pilots as its lead singer after the band split with singer Scott Weiland in 2013.

In May, he responded to the death of his friend, singer Chris Cornell, in a note he shared on social media.

"I can't imagine a world without you in it," he wrote. "I pray you find peace in the next life."

A week later, he posted a series of positive tweets. In one, he shared a photo of his daughter graduating from the University of San Diego. In another, he wrote about being creatively inspired: "Feeling very creative this last week. I've written 6 songs and I'm happy with all of them. Just getting started."

But Bennington had also been open about his struggles with the drug and alcohol addiction that had fuelled many of his biggest hits with Linkin Park.

"I have been able to tap into all the negative things that can happen to me throughout my life by numbing myself to the pain so to speak and kind of being able to vent it through my music," he said in an interview with music news website Noisecreep in 2009.

"I don't have a problem with people knowing that I had a drinking problem. That's who I am and I'm kind of lucky in a lot of ways 'cause I get to do something about it."

Bennington's fans and former collaborators, including Rihanna, Chance The Rapper, Nikki Sixx and Jimmy Kimmel, were among those who paid tribute to the singer.

Shocked and heartbroken, but it's true. An official statement will come out as soon as we have one.

Chester was one of the kindest men I've had on my show. My heart breaks for his family and friends. He will be missed terribly.

I am in tears.Chester just told me how happy he was…..He was such a sweet and talented man……Ifeel so sad for his family,band mates and fans

RIP Chester. Tragic ending. Condolences his family and friends and Linkin Park

RIP Chester Bennington. This feels like a kick in the chest. My December has pulled me through many times. Depression is a real monster.

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Narrative Pt. I: Nature of Clinton-Lewinsky Relationship

From independent counsel Kenneth Starr's report to the House on President Clinton. Some of the language in these documents is sexually explicit.

Relationship with Monica Lewinsky

This Referral presents substantial and credible information that President Clinton criminally obstructed the judicial process, first in a sexual harassment lawsuit in which he was the defendant and then in a grand jury investigation. The opening section of the Narrative provides an overview of the object of the President's cover-up, the sexual relationship between the President and Ms. Lewinsky. Subsequent sections recount the evolution of the relationship chronologically, including the sexual contacts, the President's efforts to get Ms. Lewinsky a job, Ms. Lewinsky's subpoena in Jones v. Clinton, the role of Vernon Jordan, the President's discussions with Ms. Lewinsky about her affidavit and deposition, the President's deposition testimony in Jones, the President's attempts to coach a potential witness in the harassment case, the President's false and misleading statements to aides and to the American public after the Lewinsky story became public, and, finally, the President's testimony before a federal grand jury.

Physical evidence conclusively establishes that the President and Ms. Lewinsky had a sexual relationship. After reaching an immunity and cooperation agreement with the Office of the Independent Counsel on July 28, 1998, Ms. Lewinsky turned over a navy blue dress that she said she had worn during a sexual encounter with the President on February 28, 1997. According to Ms. Lewinsky, she noticed stains on the garment the next time she took it from her closet. From their location, she surmised that the stains were the President's semen. (1)

Initial tests revealed that the stains are in fact semen. (2) Based on that result, the OIC asked the President for a blood sample. (3) After requesting and being given assurances that the OIC had an evidentiary basis for making the request, the President agreed. (4) In the White House Map Room on August 3, 1998, the White House Physician drew a vial of blood from the President in the presence of an FBI agent and an OIC attorney. (5) By conducting the two standard DNA comparison tests, the FBI Laboratory concluded that the President was the source of the DNA obtained from the dress. (6) According to the more sensitive RFLP test, the genetic markers on the semen, which match the President's DNA, are characteristic of one out of 7.87 trillion Caucasians. (7)

In addition to the dress, Ms. Lewinsky provided what she said were answering machine tapes containing brief messages from the President, as well as several gifts that the President had given her.

Ms. Lewinsky was extensively debriefed about her relationship with the President. For the initial evaluation of her credibility, she submitted to a detailed "proffer" interview on July 27, 1998. (8) After entering into a cooperation agreement, she was questioned over the course of approximately 15 days. She also provided testimony under oath on three occasions: twice before the grand jury, and, because of the personal and sensitive nature of particular topics, once in a deposition. In addition, Ms. Lewinsky worked with prosecutors and investigators to create an 11-page chart that chronologically lists her contacts with President Clinton, including meetings, phone calls, gifts, and messages. (9) Ms. Lewinsky twice verified the accuracy of the chart under oath. (10)

In the evaluation of experienced prosecutors and investigators, Ms. Lewinsky has provided truthful information. She has not falsely inculpated the President. Harming him, she has testified, is "the last thing in the world I want to do." (11)

Moreover, the OIC's immunity and cooperation agreement with Ms. Lewinsky includes safeguards crafted to ensure that she tells the truth. Court-ordered immunity and written immunity agreements often provide that the witness can be prosecuted only for false statements made during the period of cooperation, and not for the underlying offense. The OIC's agreement goes further, providing that Ms. Lewinsky will lose her immunity altogether if the government can prove to a federal district judge -- by a preponderance of the evidence, not the higher standard of beyond a reasonable doubt -- that she lied. Moreover, the agreement provides that, in the course of such a prosecution, the United States could introduce into evidence the statements made by Ms. Lewinsky during her cooperation. Since Ms. Lewinsky acknowledged in her proffer interview and in debriefings that she violated the law, she has a strong incentive to tell the truth: If she did not, it would be relatively straightforward to void the immunity agreement and prosecute her, using her own admissions against her.

Between 1995 and 1998, Ms. Lewinsky confided in 11 people about her relationship with the President. All have been questioned by the OIC, most before a federal grand jury: Andrew Bleiler, Catherine Allday Davis, Neysa Erbland, Kathleen Estep, Deborah Finerman, Dr. Irene Kassorla, Marcia Lewis, Ashley Raines, Linda Tripp, Natalie Ungvari, and Dale Young. (12) Ms. Lewinsky told most of these confidants about events in her relationship with the President as they occurred, sometimes in considerable detail.

Some of Ms. Lewinsky's statements about the relationship were contemporaneously memorialized. These include deleted email recovered from her home computer and her Pentagon computer, email messages retained by two of the recipients, tape recordings of some of Ms. Lewinsky's conversations with Ms. Tripp, and notes taken by Ms. Tripp during some of their conversations. The Tripp notes, which have been extensively corroborated, refer specifically to places, dates, and times of physical contacts between the President and Ms. Lewinsky. (13)

Everyone in whom Ms. Lewinsky confided in detail believed she was telling the truth about her relationship with the President. Ms. Lewinsky told her psychologist, Dr. Irene Kassorla, about the affair shortly after it began. Thereafter, she related details of sexual encounters soon after they occurred (sometimes calling from her White House office). (14) Ms. Lewinsky showed no indications of delusional thinking, according to Dr. Kassorla, and Dr. Kassorla had no doubts whatsoever about the truth of what Ms. Lewinsky told her. (15) Ms. Lewinsky's friend Catherine Allday Davis testified that she believed Ms. Lewinsky's accounts of the sexual relationship with the President because "I trusted in the way she had confided in me on other things in her life. . . . I just trusted the relationship, so I trusted her." (16) Dale Young, a friend in whom Ms. Lewinsky confided starting in mid-1996, testified:

[I]f she was going to lie to me, she would have said to me, "Oh, he calls me all the time. He does wonderful things. He can't wait to see me." . . . [S]he would have embellished the story. You know, she wouldn't be telling me, "He told me he'd call me, I waited home all weekend and I didn't do anything and he didn't call and then he didn't call for two weeks." (17)

In addition to her remarks and email to friends, Ms. Lewinsky wrote a number of documents, including letters and draft letters to the President. Among these documents are (i) papers found in a consensual search of her apartment; (ii) papers that Ms. Lewinsky turned over pursuant to her cooperation agreement, including a calendar with dates circled when she met or talked by telephone with the President in 1996 and 1997; and (iii) files recovered from Ms. Lewinsky's computers at home and at the Pentagon.

The details of Ms. Lewinsky's many statements have been checked, cross-checked, and corroborated. When negotiations with Ms. Lewinsky in January and February 1998 did not culminate in an agreement, the OIC proceeded with a comprehensive investigation, which generated a great deal of probative evidence.

In July and August 1998, circumstances brought more direct and compelling evidence to the investigation. After the courts rejected a novel privilege claim, Secret Service officers and agents testified about their observations of the President and Ms. Lewinsky in the White House. Ms. Lewinsky agreed to submit to a proffer interview (previous negotiations had deadlocked over her refusal to do so), and, after assessing her credibility in that session, the OIC entered into a cooperation agreement with her. Pursuant to the cooperation agreement, Ms. Lewinsky turned over the dress that proved to bear traces of the President's semen. And the President, who had spurned six invitations to testify, finally agreed to provide his account to the grand jury. In that sworn testimony, he acknowledged "inappropriate intimate contact" with Ms. Lewinsky.

Because of the fashion in which the investigation had unfolded, in sum, a massive quantity of evidence was available to test and verify Ms. Lewinsky's statements during her proffer interview and her later cooperation. Consequently, Ms. Lewinsky's statements have been corroborated to a remarkable degree. Her detailed statements to the grand jury and the OIC in 1998 are consistent with statements to her confidants dating back to 1995, documents that she created, and physical evidence. (18) Moreover, her accounts generally match the testimony of White House staff members; the testimony of Secret Service agents and officers; and White House records showing Ms. Lewinsky's entries and exits, the President's whereabouts, and the President's telephone calls.

In the Jones deposition on January 17, 1998, the President denied having had "a sexual affair," "sexual relations," or "a sexual relationship" with Ms. Lewinsky. (19) He noted that "[t]here are no curtains on the Oval Office, there are no curtains on my private office, there are no curtains or blinds that can close [on] the windows in my private dining room," and added: "I have done everything I could to avoid the kind of questions you are asking me here today. . . ." (20)

During the deposition, the President's attorney, Robert Bennett, sought to limit questioning about Ms. Lewinsky. Mr. Bennett told Judge Susan Webber Wright that Ms. Lewinsky had executed "an affidavit which [Ms. Jones's lawyers] are in possession of saying that there is absolutely no sex of any kind in any manner, shape or form, with President Clinton." In a subsequent colloquy with Judge Wright, Mr. Bennett declared that as a result of "preparation of [President Clinton] for this deposition, the witness is fully aware of Ms. Lewinsky's affidavit." (21) The President did not dispute his legal representative's assertion that the President and Ms. Lewinsky had had "absolutely no sex of any kind in any manner, shape or form," nor did he dispute the implication that Ms. Lewinsky's affidavit, in denying "a sexual relationship," meant that there was "absolutely no sex of any kind in any manner, shape or form." In subsequent questioning by his attorney, President Clinton testified under oath that Ms. Lewinsky's affidavit was "absolutely true." (22)

Testifying before the grand jury on August 17, 1998, seven months after his Jones deposition, the President acknowledged "inappropriate intimate contact" with Ms. Lewinsky but maintained that his January deposition testimony was accurate. (23) In his account, "what began as a friendship [with Ms. Lewinsky] came to include this conduct." (24) He said he remembered "meeting her, or having my first real conversation with her during the government shutdown in November of '95." According to the President, the inappropriate contact occurred later (after Ms. Lewinsky's internship had ended), "in early 1996 and once in early 1997." (25)

The President refused to answer questions about the precise nature of his intimate contacts with Ms. Lewinsky, but he did explain his earlier denials. (26) As to his denial in the Jones deposition that he and Ms. Lewinsky had had a "sexual relationship," the President maintained that there can be no sexual relationship without sexual intercourse, regardless of what other sexual activities may transpire. He stated that "most ordinary Americans" would embrace this distinction. (27)

The President also maintained that none of his sexual contacts with Ms. Lewinsky constituted "sexual relations" within a specific definition used in the Jones deposition. (28) Under that definition:

[A] person engages in "sexual relations" when the person knowingly engages in or causes -- (1) contact with the genitalia, anus, groin, breast, inner thigh, or buttocks of any person with an intent to arouse or gratify the sexual desire of any person . . . . "Contact" means intentional touching, either directly or through clothing. (29)

According to what the President testified was his understanding, this definition "covers contact by the person being deposed with the enumerated areas, if the contact is done with an intent to arouse or gratify," but it does not cover oral sex performed on the person being deposed. (30) He testified:

[I]f the deponent is the person who has oral sex performed on him, then the contact is with -- not with anything on that list, but with the lips of another person. It seems to be self-evident that that's what it is. . . . Let me remind you, sir, I read this carefully. (31)

In the President's view, "any person, reasonable person" would recognize that oral sex performed on the deponent falls outside the definition. (32)

If Ms. Lewinsky performed oral sex on the President, then -- under this interpretation -- she engaged in sexual relations but he did not. The President refused to answer whether Ms. Lewinsky in fact had performed oral sex on him. (33) He did testify that direct contact with Ms. Lewinsky's breasts or genitalia would fall within the definition, and he denied having had any such contact. (34)

In his grand jury testimony, the President relied heavily on a particular interpretation of "sexual relations" as defined in the Jones deposition. Beyond insisting that his conduct did not fall within the Jones definition, he refused to answer questions about the nature of his physical contact with Ms. Lewinsky, thus placing the grand jury in the position of having to accept his conclusion without being able to explore the underlying facts. This strategy -- evidently an effort to account for possible traces of the President's semen on Ms. Lewinsky's clothing without undermining his position that he did not lie in the Jones deposition -- mandates that this Referral set forth evidence of an explicit nature that otherwise would be omitted.

In light of the President's testimony, Ms. Lewinsky's accounts of their sexual encounters are indispensable for two reasons. First, the detail and consistency of these accounts tend to bolster Ms. Lewinsky's credibility. Second, and particularly important, Ms. Lewinsky contradicts the President on a key issue. According to Ms. Lewinsky, the President touched her breasts and genitalia -- which means that his conduct met the Jones definition of sexual relations even under his theory. On these matters, the evidence of the President's perjury cannot be presented without specific, explicit, and possibly offensive descriptions of sexual encounters.

According to Ms. Lewinsky, she and the President had ten sexual encounters, eight while she worked at the White House and two thereafter. (35) The sexual encounters generally occurred in or near the private study off the Oval Office -- most often in the windowless hallway outside the study. (36) During many of their sexual encounters, the President stood leaning against the doorway of the bathroom across from the study, which, he told Ms. Lewinsky, eased his sore back. (37)

Ms. Lewinsky testified that her physical relationship with the President included oral sex but not sexual intercourse. (38) According to Ms. Lewinsky, she performed oral sex on the President; he never performed oral sex on her. (39) Initially, according to Ms. Lewinsky, the President would not let her perform oral sex to completion. In Ms. Lewinsky's understanding, his refusal was related to "trust and not knowing me well enough." (40) During their last two sexual encounters, both in 1997, he did ejaculate. (41)

According to Ms. Lewinsky, she performed oral sex on the President on nine occasions. On all nine of those occasions, the President fondled and kissed her bare breasts. He touched her genitals, both through her underwear and directly, bringing her to orgasm on two occasions. On one occasion, the President inserted a cigar into her vagina. On another occasion, she and the President had brief genital-to-genital contact. (42)

Whereas the President testified that "what began as a friendship came to include [intimate contact]," Ms. Lewinsky explained that the relationship moved in the opposite direction: "[T]he emotional and friendship aspects . . . developed after the beginning of our sexual relationship." (43)

As the relationship developed over time, Ms. Lewinsky grew emotionally attached to President Clinton. She testified: "I never expected to fall in love with the President. I was surprised that I did." (44) Ms. Lewinsky told him of her feelings. (45) At times, she believed that he loved her too. (46) They were physically affectionate: "A lot of hugging, holding hands sometimes. He always used to push the hair out of my face." (47) She called him "Handsome"; on occasion, he called her "Sweetie," "Baby," or sometimes "Dear." (48) He told her that he enjoyed talking to her -- she recalled his saying that the two of them were "emotive and full of fire," and she made him feel young. (49) He said he wished he could spend more time with her. (50)

Ms. Lewinsky told confidants of the emotional underpinnings of the relationship as it evolved. According to her mother, Marcia Lewis, the President once told Ms. Lewinsky that she "had been hurt a lot or something by different men and that he would be her friend or he would help her, not hurt her." (51) According to Ms. Lewinsky's friend Neysa Erbland, President Clinton once confided in Ms. Lewinsky that he was uncertain whether he would remain married after he left the White House. He said in essence, "[W]ho knows what will happen four years from now when I am out of office?" Ms. Lewinsky thought, according to Ms. Erbland, that "maybe she will be his wife." (52)

Ms. Lewinsky testified that she and the President "enjoyed talking to each other and being with each other." In her recollection, "We would tell jokes. We would talk about our childhoods. Talk about current events. I was always giving him my stupid ideas about what I thought should be done in the administration or different views on things." (53) One of Ms. Lewinsky's friends testified that, in her understanding, "[The President] would talk about his childhood and growing up, and [Ms. Lewinsky] would relay stories about her childhood and growing up. I guess normal conversations that you would have with someone that you're getting to know." (54)

The longer conversations often occurred after their sexual contact. Ms. Lewinsky testified: "[W]hen I was working there [at the White House] . . . we'd start in the back [in or near the private study] and we'd talk and that was where we were physically intimate, and we'd usually end up, kind of the pillow talk of it, I guess, . . . sitting in the Oval Office . . . ." (55) During several meetings when they were not sexually intimate, they talked in the Oval Office or in the area of the study. (56)

Along with face-to-face meetings, according to Ms. Lewinsky, she spoke on the telephone with the President approximately 50 times, often after 10 p.m. and sometimes well after midnight. (57) The President placed the calls himself or, during working hours, had his secretary, Betty Currie, do so; Ms. Lewinsky could not telephone him directly, though she sometimes reached him through Ms. Currie. (58) Ms. Lewinsky testified: "[W]e spent hours on the phone talking." (59) Their telephone conversations were "[s]imilar to what we discussed in person, just how we were doing. A lot of discussions about my job, when I was trying to come back to the White House and then once I decided to move to New York. . . . We talked about everything under the sun." (60) On 10 to 15 occasions, she and the President had phone sex. (61) After phone sex late one night, the President fell asleep mid-conversation. (62)

On four occasions, the President left very brief messages on Ms. Lewinsky's answering machine, though he told her that he did not like doing so because (in her recollection) he "felt it was a little unsafe." (63) She saved his messages and played the tapes for several confidants, who said they believed that the voice was the President's. (64)

By phone and in person, according to Ms. Lewinsky, she and the President sometimes had arguments. On a number of occasions in 1997, she complained that he had not brought her back from the Pentagon to work in the White House, as he had promised to do after the election. (65) In a face-to-face meeting on July 4, 1997, the President reprimanded her for a letter she had sent him that obliquely threatened to disclose their relationship. (66) During an argument on December 6, 1997, according to Ms. Lewinsky, the President said that "he had never been treated as poorly by anyone else as I treated him," and added that "he spent more time with me than anyone else in the world, aside from his family, friends and staff, which I don't know exactly which category that put me in." (67)

Testifying before the grand jury, the President confirmed that he and Ms. Lewinsky had had personal conversations, and he acknowledged that their telephone conversations sometimes included "inappropriate sexual banter." (68) The President said that Ms. Lewinsky told him about "her personal life," "her upbringing," and "her job ambitions." (69) After terminating their intimate relationship in 1997, he said, he tried "to be a friend to Ms. Lewinsky, to be a counselor to her, to give her good advice, and to help her." (70)

Ms. Lewinsky and the President exchanged numerous gifts. By her estimate, she gave him about 30 items, and he gave her about 18. (71) Ms. Lewinsky's first gift to him was a matted poem given by her and other White House interns to commemorate "National Boss Day," October 24, 1995. (72) This was the only item reflected in White House records that Ms. Lewinsky gave the President before (in her account) the sexual relationship began, and the only item that he sent to the archives instead of keeping. (73) On November 20 -- five days after the intimate relationship began, according to Ms. Lewinsky -- she gave him a necktie, which he chose to keep rather than send to the archives. (74) According to Ms. Lewinsky, the President telephoned the night she gave him the tie, then sent her a photo of himself wearing it. (75) The tie was logged pursuant to White House procedures for gifts to the President. (76)

In a draft note to the President in December 1997, Ms. Lewinsky wrote that she was "very particular about presents and could never give them to anyone else -- they were all bought with you in mind." (77) Many of the 30 or so gifts that she gave the President reflected his interests in history, antiques, cigars, and frogs. Ms. Lewinsky gave him, among other things, six neckties, an antique paperweight showing the White House, a silver tabletop holder for cigars or cigarettes, a pair of sunglasses, a casual shirt, a mug emblazoned "Santa Monica," a frog figurine, a letter opener depicting a frog, several novels, a humorous book of quotations, and several antique books. (78) He gave her, among other things, a hat pin, two brooches, a blanket, a marble bear figurine, and a special edition of Walt Whitman's Leaves of Grass. (79)

Ms. Lewinsky construed it as a sign of affection when the President wore a necktie or other item of clothing she had given him. She testified: "I used to say to him that 'I like it when you wear my ties because then I know I'm close to your heart.' So -- literally and figuratively." (80) The President was aware of her reaction, according to Ms. Lewinsky, and he would sometimes wear one of the items to reassure her -- occasionally on the day they were scheduled to meet or the day after they had met in person or talked by telephone. (81) The President would sometimes say to her, "Did you see I wore your tie the other day?" (82)

In his grand jury testimony, the President acknowledged that he had exchanged a number of gifts with Ms. Lewinsky. After their intimate relationship ended in 1997, he testified, "[S]he continued to give me gifts. And I felt that it was a right thing to do to give her gifts back." (83)

According to Ms. Lewinsky, she sent the President a number of cards and letters. In some, she expressed anger that he was "not paying enough attention to me"; in others, she said she missed him; in still others, she just sent "a funny card that I saw." (84) In early January 1998, she sent him, along with an antique book about American presidents, "[a]n embarrassing mushy note." (85) She testified that the President never sent her any cards or notes other than formal thank-you letters. (86)

Testifying before the grand jury, the President acknowledged having received cards and notes from Ms. Lewinsky that were "somewhat intimate" and "quite affectionate," even after the intimate relationship ended. (87)

Both Ms. Lewinsky and the President testified that they took steps to maintain the secrecy of the relationship. According to Ms. Lewinsky, the President from the outset stressed the importance of keeping the relationship secret. In her handwritten statement to this Office, Ms. Lewinsky wrote that "the President told Ms. L to deny a relationship, if ever asked about it. He also said something to the effect of if the two people who are involved say it didn't happen -- it didn't happen." (88) According to Ms. Lewinsky, the President sometimes asked if she had told anyone about their sexual relationship or about the gifts they had exchanged; she (falsely) assured him that she had not. (89) She told him that "I would always deny it, I would always protect him," and he responded approvingly. (90) The two of them had, in her words, "a mutual understanding" that they would "keep this private, so that meant deny it and . . . take whatever appropriate steps needed to be taken." (91) When she and the President both were subpoenaed to testify in the Jones case, Ms. Lewinsky anticipated that "as we had on every other occasion and every other instance of this relationship, we would deny it." (92)

In his grand jury testimony, the President confirmed his efforts to keep their liaisons secret. (93) He said he did not want the facts of their relationship to be disclosed "in any context," and added: "I certainly didn't want this to come out, if I could help it. And I was concerned about that. I was embarrassed about it. I knew it was wrong." (94) Asked if he wanted to avoid having the facts come out through Ms. Lewinsky's testimony in Jones, he said: "Well, I did not want her to have to testify and go through that. And, of course, I didn't want her to do that, of course not." (95)

For her visits to see the President, according to Ms. Lewinsky, "[T]here was always some sort of a cover." (96) When visiting the President while she worked at the White House, she generally planned to tell anyone who asked (including Secret Service officers and agents) that she was delivering papers to the President. (97) Ms. Lewinsky explained that this artifice may have originated when "I got there kind of saying, 'Oh, gee, here are your letters,' wink, wink, wink, and him saying, 'Okay, that's good.'" (98) To back up her stories, she generally carried a folder on these visits. (99) (In truth, according to Ms. Lewinsky, her job never required her to deliver papers to the President. (100) ) On a few occasions during her White House employment, Ms. Lewinsky and the President arranged to bump into each other in the hallway; he then would invite her to accompany him to the Oval Office. (101) Later, after she left the White House and started working at the Pentagon, Ms. Lewinsky relied on Ms. Currie to arrange times when she could see the President. The cover story for those visits was that Ms. Lewinsky was coming to see Ms. Currie, not the President. (102)

While the President did not expressly instruct her to lie, according to Ms. Lewinsky, he did suggest misleading cover stories. (103) And, when she assured him that she planned to lie about the relationship, he responded approvingly. On the frequent occasions when Ms. Lewinsky promised that she would "always deny" the relationship and "always protect him," for example, the President responded, in her recollection, "'That's good,' or -- something affirmative. . . . [N]ot -- 'Don't deny it.'" (104)

Once she was named as a possible witness in the Jones case, according to Ms. Lewinsky, the President reminded her of the cover stories. After telling her that she was a potential witness, the President suggested that, if she were subpoenaed, she could file an affidavit to avoid being deposed. He also told her she could say that, when working at the White House, she had sometimes delivered letters to him, and, after leaving her White House job, she had sometimes returned to visit Ms. Currie. (105) (The President's own testimony in the Jones case mirrors the recommendations he made to Ms. Lewinsky for her testimony. In his deposition, the President testified that he saw Ms. Lewinsky "on two or three occasions" during the November 1995 government furlough, "one or two other times when she brought some documents to me," and "sometime before Christmas" when Ms. Lewinsky "came by to see Betty." (106) )

In his grand jury testimony, the President acknowledged that he and Ms. Lewinsky "might have talked about what to do in a nonlegal context" to hide their relationship, and that he "might well have said" that Ms. Lewinsky should tell people that she was bringing letters to him or coming to visit Ms. Currie. (107) But he also stated that "I never asked Ms. Lewinsky to lie." (108)

After their first two sexual encounters during the November 1995 government shutdown, according to Ms. Lewinsky, her encounters with the President generally occurred on weekends, when fewer people were in the West Wing. (109) Ms. Lewinsky testified:

He had told me . . . that he was usually around on the weekends and that it was okay to come see him on the weekends. So he would call and we would arrange either to bump into each other in the hall or that I would bring papers to the office. (110)

From some of the President's comments, Ms. Lewinsky gathered that she should try to avoid being seen by several White House employees, including Nancy Hernreich, Deputy Assistant to the President and Director of Oval Office Operations, and Stephen Goodin, the President's personal aide. (111)

Out of concern about being seen, the sexual encounters most often occurred in the windowless hallway outside the study. (112) According to Ms. Lewinsky, the President was concerned that the two of them might be spotted through a White House window. When they were in the study together in the evenings, he sometimes turned out the light. (113) Once, when she spotted a gardener outside the study window, they left the room. (114) Ms. Lewinsky testified that, on December 28, 1997, "when I was getting my Christmas kiss" in the doorway to the study, the President was "looking out the window with his eyes wide open while he was kissing me and then I got mad because it wasn't very romantic." He responded, "Well, I was just looking to see to make sure no one was out there." (115)

Fear of discovery constrained their sexual encounters in several respects, according to Ms. Lewinsky. The President ordinarily kept the door between the private hallway and the Oval Office several inches ajar during their encounters, both so that he could hear if anyone approached and so that anyone who did approach would be less likely to suspect impropriety. (116) During their sexual encounters, Ms. Lewinsky testified, "[W]e were both aware of the volume and sometimes . . . I bit my hand -- so that I wouldn't make any noise." (117) On one occasion, according to Ms. Lewinsky, the President put his hand over her mouth during a sexual encounter to keep her quiet. (118) Concerned that they might be interrupted abruptly, according to Ms. Lewinsky, the two of them never fully undressed. (119)

While noting that "the door to the hallway was always somewhat open," the President testified that he did try to keep the intimate relationship secret: "I did what people do when they do the wrong thing. I tried to do it where nobody else was looking at it." (120)

The President expressed concern about documents that might hint at an improper relationship between them, according to Ms. Lewinsky. He cautioned her about messages she sent:

There were . . . some occasions when I sent him cards or notes that I wrote things that he deemed too personal to put on paper just in case something ever happened, if it got lost getting there or someone else opened it. So there were several times when he remarked to me, you know, you shouldn't put that on paper. (121)

She said that the President made this point to her in their last conversation, on January 5, 1998, in reference to what she characterized as "[a]n embarrassing mushy note" she had sent him. (122) In addition, according to Ms. Lewinsky, the President expressed concerns about official records that could establish aspects of their relationship. She said that on two occasions she asked the President if she could go upstairs to the Residence with him. No, he said, because a record is kept of everyone who accompanies him there. (123)

The President testified before the grand jury: "I remember telling her she should be careful what she wrote, because a lot of it was clearly inappropriate and would be embarrassing if somebody else read it." (124)

5. Ms. Lewinsky's Evaluation of Their Secrecy Efforts

In two conversations recorded after she was subpoenaed in the Jones case, Ms. Lewinsky expressed confidence that her relationship with the President would never be discovered. (125) She believed that no records showed her and the President alone in the area of the study. (126) Regardless of the evidence, in any event, she would continue denying the relationship. "If someone looked in the study window, it's not me," she said. (127) If someone produced tapes of her telephone calls with the President, she would say they were fakes. (128)

In another recorded conversation, Ms. Lewinsky said she was especially comforted by the fact that the President, like her, would be swearing under oath that "nothing happened." (129) She said:

[T]o tell you the truth, I'm not concerned all that much anymore because I know I'm not going to get in trouble. I will not get in trouble because you know what? The story I've signed under -- under oath is what someone else is saying under oath. (130)

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Theatergruppe

Alle Freunde des Laienspiels kommen auch in diesem Jahr wieder in Morsbach auf ihre Kosten. Das Republiktheater „Vurhang op“ des Heimatvereins Morsbach kehrt auf die Buhne zuruck: „Neurosige Zeiten“ hei?t die irre Komodie, die im Herbst aufgefuhrt wird.

Aus dem Inhalt: Wie empfangt man Besuch in einer Psychiatrie, ohne, dass der Besuch merkt, dass er in einer Klapsmuhle ist? Vor dieser Herausforderung steht Agnes Adolon, Tochter einer reichen Hoteldynastie. Denn ihre Mutter meldet sich spontan zu Besuch an – nur, dass diese davon ausgeht, Agnes residiere in einer Villa und nicht in der Klapse. Kurzerhand sollen die Mitbewohner aus Agnes skurriler Psychiatrie-Wohngruppe nun versuchen, wie ganz normale Menschen zu wirken, und das wahnwitzige Verwechslungsspiel nimmt seinen Lauf, bzw. lauft vollig aus dem Ruder.

Die Schauspieler haben bereits gro?en Spa? beim Einstudieren des Stuckes und freuen sich jetzt schon auf ein begeistertes Publikum bei den im November geplanten Vorstellungen im Gertrudisheim Morsbach.

Die Premiere findet am Freitag, 11. November um 19.00 Uhr statt. Darauf folgen am 12./13. November und 17./18. sowie 19. November funf weitere Auffuhrungen.

Die Theatergruppe „Vurhang op“ des Heimatvereins Morsbach hat dieses Jahr ein modernes Lustspiel mit dem Titel “Hair und Mehr” einstudiert. Der Vorverkauf findet am Samstag, 26.09.2015, 15.00 Uhr, im Bistro „Alt Morsbach“, Zur Burg, statt (nicht in der Gaststatte „An der Seelhardt“). Bitte haben Sie Verstandnis dafur, dass auf Grund der hohen Nachfrage lediglich 8 Eintrittskarten pro Person abgegeben werden. Restkarten konnen ab 28.09.2015 ggf. noch im Buchladen „Lesebuch“, Bahnhofstr. 8, in Morsbach erworben werden. Der Eintritt kostet 8,00 Euro.

Freitag 06.11.2015, 19.00 Uhr, Samstag 07.11.2015, 19.00 Uhr, Sonntag 08.11.2015, 16.00 Uhr, Donnerstag 12.11.2015, 19.00 Uhr, Freitag 13.11.2015, 19.00 Uhr, Samstag 14.11.2015, 17.00 Uhr im Gertrudisheim Morsbach. Einlass ist jeweils 1 Stunde vor der Auffuhrung.

Auch in diesem Jahr bringt die Theatergruppe „Vurhang op“ wieder ein turbulentes Lustspiel auf die Buhnenbretter des Gertrudisheims. Die Vorbereitungen laufen bereits seit Wochen auf vollen Touren. Bei den wochentlichen Proben halten in gewohnter Manier Marlies Roth zusammen mit Diana Weber die Regiezugel in festen Handen, wobei den Darstellern so einiges abverlangt wird. Denn „ohne Flei? kein Preis“! Obendrein hat das diesjahrige Buhnenstuck eine bemerkenswerte Besonderheit aufzubieten, denn die Idee zur Komodie „Hair und Mehr“ entsprang der Feder von Diana Weber, die das Textbuch zu Papier brachte.

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Friseurmeisterin Doreen Prachtwickler liegt die Zufriedenheit der Kunden sehr am Herzen. So fasst sie den Entschluss zusammen mit Ihren Angestellten Geselle Ingo Brause und Azubine Cindy dem Liebesgluck ihrer ach so einsamen Kundin Eva Herzeleid, kurzfristig auf die Sprunge zu helfen. Geselle Ingo hat die Idee im Salon eine Art Speed-Dating zu organisieren, um bei den mannlichen Kunden den geeigneten Kandidaten zu finden. Gesagt, getan!

Eva Herzeleid ist von der Idee begeistert, benotigt jedoch mentale Unterstutzung von ihrer Freundin Angela Manze-Frackig.

Ohne zu zogern stimmen vier potentielle, gut aussehende Anwarter aus Mueschbech, darunter Frank Reich, Vinzent Vuhl, Manfred Bauer und Veit Friedvoll einem Spontan-Rendezvous im Salon zu.

Uberdies tauchen auf der Bildflache Stammkundin Frau von Reinlich-Fimmel, die alte Dame Frau Willmann und Dorfpolizist Bohne auf und sorgen im Salon fur Aufruhr. Ware da nicht auch noch Hausbesitzer Schlammke, der das ganze Geschehen misstrauisch beobachtet und mit allen Mitteln versucht den Mietvertrag mit Frau Prachtwickler zu kundigen.

Freuen Sie sich auf einen turbulenten und unterhaltsamen Abend im Gertrudisheim.

Schauspieler: Ingrid Diederich, Diana Weber, Birgit Leidig, Anna Becher, Brigitte Kotting, Heike Mauelshagen, Franziska Vierbucher, Dirk Kamieth, Karl-Josef Reifenrath, Horst-Jurgen Kaufmann, Norbert Kotting, Uwe Mauelshagen, Manuel Hoberg, Carsten Stockburger.

Samstag, 26.09.2015, 15.00 Uhr, Morsbach, Bistro „Alt Morsbach“, Zur Burg

Bitte haben Sie Verstandnis dafur, dass auf Grund der hohen Nachfrage lediglich 8 Eintrittskarten pro Person abgegeben werden. Restkarten konnen ab 28.09.2015 ggf. noch im Buchladen „Lesebuch“, Bahnhofstr. 8, in Morsbach erworben werden.

Freitag 06.11.2015, 19.00 Uhr, Samstag 07.11.2015, 19.00 Uhr, Sonntag 08.11.2015, 16.00 Uhr, Donnerstag 12.11.2015, 19.00 Uhr, Freitag 13.11.2015, 19.00 Uhr, Samstag 14.11.2015, 17.00 Uhr (Einlass 1 Stunde vor der jeweiligen Auffuhrung), alle im Gertrudisheim Morsbach

fur die Theaterauffuhrungen „Das perfekte Brautkleid“ (ein modernes Lustspiel in drei Akten) im November:

Samstag, 27.09.2014, 15.00 Uhr, Morsbach, Gaststatte „An der Seelhardt

Bitte haben Sie Verstandnis dafur, dass auf Grund der hohen Nachfrage lediglich 8 Eintrittskarten pro Person abgegeben werden. Restkarten konnen ab 29.09.2014 ggf. noch im Buchladen „Lesebuch“, Bahnhofstr. 8, in Morsbach erworben werden. Der Eintritt kostet 8,00 Euro.

Freitag 07.11.2014, 19.00 Uhr, Samstag 08.11.2014, 19.00 Uhr, Sonntag 09.11.2014, 16.00 Uhr, Donnerstag 13.11.2014, 19.00 Uhr, Freitag 14.11.2014, 19.00 Uhr, Samstag 15.11.2014, 17.00 Uhr (Einlass 1 Stunde vor der jeweiligen Auffuhrung), alle im Gertrudisheim Morsbach

Theatergruppe Morsbach mit neuem Schwank

Turbulent wurde es im November wieder im Gertrudisheim Morsbach, als die Theatergruppe des Heimatvereins Morsbach unter der Regie von Marlies Roth an drei Abenden ihr neustes Stuck „Cola, Cash und Kaugummi“ auffuhrte. Den Schwank der 15-kopfigen Laienspielgruppe, deren Spielfreude und Mimik sowie das Lokalkolorit belohnten die Zuschauer mit viel Applaus.

Schauplatz des Dreiakters ist die „Nessi-Schanke“ am alten Morsbacher Freibad. Burgermeister Anton Knackig (gekonnt gespielt von Dirk Kamieth) und sein Stellvertreter Johann Klemmer (brillant: Horst-Jurgen Kaufmann) verkehren hier taglich und leiten von dort aus ihre Amtsgeschafte.

Eine Gruppe junger Leute aus dem konkurrierenden Nachbarort Waldbrol wollen das angestaubte Image des Lokals mit Einverstandnis der neuen Pachterin (Dagmar Hombach) mit „Wakeboard-Center und „Happy-Family-Bereich“ aufmobeln. Der Burgermeister ist aber von dem Vorschlag der Jugendlichen, dargestellt von Alexander Kotting und in den Doppelrollen gespielt von Diana Weber und Marie Kamieth sowie Jens Mauelshagen und Carsten Stockburger, nicht begeistert.

Dann tritt auch noch die „Liga zum Erhalt von Anstand und Sitte“ in Szene, bestehend aus der Burgermeistergattin (Heike Mauelshagen), der Frau des Stellvertreters (Ingrid Diederich), der Sekretarin (Brigitte Kotting) und der Gemeinderatin (Birgit Leidig). Die Frauen, verulkt als „Schrullenversammlung“, wollen dagegen aus der Gastwirtschaft ein Frauen-Begegnungszentrum mit Yoga und Sinnespfad machen.

Rasch lassen sich die Jugendlichen etwas einfallen und schlupfen in die Rollen des reichen US-Investors Johnny Carter und des Filmsternchens Belinda Cardigan, die angeblich Interesse an einer Neuausrichtung des Freibades als Kulisse fur eine TV-Serie zeigen. Aber die Dinge kommen ganz anders als erwartet.

Amusant auch Gemeindearbeiter Horst Schnell, dessen Rolle sich Norbert Kotting und Uwe Mauelshagen teilen, und die Oma (gespielt von der 87-jahrigen Franziska Vierbucher) sowie ihr Enkel Manni (Manuel Hoberg). Mit verkleideten „leichten Madchen“ der Anstandsliga und zufriedenen jungen Leuten nimmt der Schwank ein uberraschendes Happyend.

Spielleiterin Marlies Roth freute sich ganz besonders, dass die Theatergruppe in diesem Jahr Zuwachs durch gleich funf neue Schauspieler bekommen hat. Carsten Stockburger, Alexander Kotting, Diana Weber, Marie Kamieth und Manuel Hoberg, Letztere mit 16 Jahren die Bambini unter den Schauspielern, waren auch schon bei den sechsmonatigen Proben mit Feuereifer dabei und haben ihr Debut mit Bravour bestanden.

Auch dieses Jahr waren, so Marlies Roth, wieder viele Helfer zur Stelle, als es galt, die Kulissen und Kostume anzufertigen und die aufwandige Buhne herzurichten. Die 1997 gegrundete Theatergruppe „Vurhang op“ setzt die alte Morsbacher Theatertradition fort, ihre Stucke treffen seit Jahren den Geschmack des Publikums und sind gespickt mit Passagen in „Mueschbejer Platt“, was den Heimatverein inspirierte, vor Weihnachten noch ein Mundartworterbuch herauszugeben.

Die aufwandige Kulisse hatten erneut Tischlermeister Norbert Kotting und Uwe Mauelshagen angefertigt. Fur die Technik zeichnete Karl-Josef Reifenrath verantwortlich. Maske und Frisuren lagen in den bewahrten Handen von Marion Klein und Gerda Kleusberg. Marlies Roth dankte auch der Backerei Rosenbaum, Metzgerei Gregor Rosenbaum, der Gartnerei Koch, Party-Service Wilhelm Stausberg, Bistro Alt Morsbach, Brillenstube Grimmig, Kreissparkasse Koln, ZEG Niederlassung Morsbach, Schlosserei u. Metallbetrieb Stefan Leidig, Hans-Kurt Schneider sen., Roland Bantel, Christof Euteneuer und der Presse sowie der Vorverkaufsstelle Buchladen „Lesebuch“. (CB-13.11.13)

Fotos von den Theaterauffuhrungen, aufgenommen von Christoph Buchen, finden Sie in der Rubrik „News“.

Der Kartenvorverkauf der Theatergruppe im Heimatverein Morsbach fur die Theaterauffuhrungen im November erfolgt am Samstag, dem 05.10.2013, 15.00 Uhr, in Morsbach, Gaststatte „An der Seelhardt“.

Evtl. Restkarten sind ab Montag, 7.10.2013 im Buchladen „Lesebuch“, Bahnhofstr., Morsbach, erhaltlich.

Freitag 08.11.2013, 19.00 Uhr, Samstag 09.11.2013, 19.00 Uhr, Sonntag 10.11.2013, 16.00 Uhr, Donnerstag 14.11.2013, 19.00 Uhr, Freitag 15.11.2013, 19.00 Uhr, Samstag 16.11.2013, 19.00 Uhr, alle im Gertrudisheim Morsbach

Im November 2013 hei?t es wieder „Vurhang op“ fur die Theatergruppe Morsbach. Der Kartenvorverkauf findet am 5. Oktober 2013 statt. Archivfoto: C. Buchen

Theatergruppe Morsbach glanzte mit neuem Lustspiel

„Vurhang op!“ hie? es im Marz 2012 wieder im Gertrudisheim fur die gleichnamige Theatergruppe des Heimatvereins Morsbach. Unter der Regie von Marlies Roth gab es an sechs Abenden „Turbulenzen im Dreimadelhaus“. Das Lustspiel der 1997 gegrundeten Laienspielgruppe begeisterte von Anfang an die Zuschauer, die bei jeder Gestik und Mimik der zwolf Darsteller flei?ig Szenenapplaus gaben.

Zur Handlung und zu den Darstellern: Im Landhaus von Berta Vogel (gespielt von Ingrid Diederich), ihrer mannstollen Schwester Ulrike (Anna Becher) und ihrer schusseligen Schwester Irene (Heike Mauelshagen) kundigt sich laufend Mannerbesuch an. Doch Berta ist der Sinn nach Mannern, seit ihr Geliebter sie vor 20 Jahren verlassen hat, vergangen. Schon gar nicht auf den Geizhals und Nachbarn Anton Hunger (alias Karl-Josef „Kauert“ Reifenrath), der es auf ihr Haus abgesehen hat.

Auch der nachste Mann, der geldgierige Banker Rupert Jung (genial dargestellt von Horst-Jurgen Kaufmann), ist skrupellos nur an dem Haus interessiert. Die Nachbarin Ilse Holder (Brigitte Kotting) und Oma Trude (gespielt von der 85jahrigen Franziska Vierbucher) mischen dabei ebenfalls kraftig mit.

Der dritte mannliche Besucher, der Liebhaber Michael Doll (Dirk Kamieth), will auch nur das eine: Bertas Nichte Bella, deren Rolle sich Birgit Leidig und Dagmar Hombach bei den sechs Auffuhrungen teilen. Aber mit der Liebschaft ist Berta auch nicht einverstanden. Doll berichtet ihr von einem vierten Mannerbesuch. Und als sie dessen Namen hort, erschrickt Berta, denn es ist ihr fruherer Geliebter Regierungsdirektor Hans Hepp (in der Doppelrolle gespielt von Norbert Kotting und Uwe Mauelshagen).

Zunachst wei? Berta vor Aufregung nicht, wie sie sich verhalten soll. Ihre Schwestern raten ihr aber, sich schick zu machen. Als der vierte Mann aufkreuzt, stellt sich heraus, dass er alles will, Berta, ihre Schwestern und das Haus, um dort eine Plantage fur chinesisches Schilf zur alternativen Energiegewinnung anzulegen. Und zum guten Schluss erreicht er mit Bertas Einverstandnis auch sein Ziel. Aber bis es soweit ist, hat das Dreimadelhaus einige Turbulenzen zu uberstehen.

Spielleiterin Marlies Roth betonte, dass ein derartiges Arbeitspensum zur Vorbereitung dieser Auffuhrungen nur bewerkstelligt werden kann, wenn etliche flei?ige Helfer mitwirken. So waren auch dieses Mal wieder viele Helfer zur Stelle, als es galt, die Kulissen und Kostume anzufertigen und die Buhne samt Technik herzurichten. Mittlerweile sind die von der Theatergruppe des Heimatvereins inszenierten Stucke zu einer festen Institution in der „Republik“ geworden. Sie setzen die alte Morsbacher Theatertradition fort und sind gespickt mit Passagen in „Mueschbejer Platt“, was den Heimatverein inspirierte, demnachst ein Mundartworterbuch herauszugeben.

Die aufwandige Kulisse hatte erneut Tischlermeister Norbert Kotting angefertigt. Fur die Technik zeichneten Karl-Josef Reifenrath und Walter Mauelshagen verantwortlich. Maske und Frisuren lagen in den bewahrten Handen von Marion Klein und Gerda Kleusberg. Schlie?lich halfen bei der Requisite Anita Seifer und Alexandra Mohrmann.

Die aufwandige Kulisse hatte erneut Tischlermeister Norbert Kotting angefertigt. Fur die Technik zeichneten Karl-Josef Reifenrath und Walter Mauelshagen verantwortlich. Maske und Frisuren lagen in den bewahrten Handen von Marion Klein und Gerda Kleusberg. Schlie?lich halfen bei der Requisite Anita Seifer und Alexandra Mohrmann.

Marlies Roth bedankte sich fur die vielfaltige Unterstutzung bei: Backerei Joachim Rosenbaum, Floristik Koch, Metzgerei Gregor Rosenbaum, Partyservice Wilhelm Stausberg, Roland Bantel (Tapeten), Schlosserei und Metallbetrieb Stefan Leidig fur die Sachspenden und fur die Geldspenden bei: Edith und Manfred Schausten, Kreissparkasse Morsbach sowie Volksbank Oberberg. (CB-18.03.12) Fotos: C. Buchen

Fur die Auffuhrungen im Gertrudisheim der Theatergruppe des Heimatvereins Morsbach gibt es fur folgende Tage noch Restkarten:

Die Eintrittskarten kosten 8,00 Euro und sind erhaltlich im Buchladen „Lesebuch“, Bahnhofstr. 8, in Morsbach. (CB-25.02.12)

Kartenvorverkauf fur das Laienspieltheater Morsbach

Die Theatergruppe des Heimatvereins Morsbach „Vurhang op“ fuhrt auch dieses Jahr wieder ein Theaterstuck auf. Gezeigt wird der heitere Dreiakter „Turbulenzen im Dreimadelhaus“ von Walter G. Pfaus. Der Inhalt des landlichen Lustspiels handelt von einem reinen Frauenhaushalt, in dem die Rollen klar verteilt sind. Ein gro?er Schuldenberg druckt auf die Gemuter und urplotzlich tun sich jede Menge Losungen fur das finanzielle Problem auf. Wie die Schwierigkeiten doch noch gemeistert werden, erfahren die Zuschauer in den sechs Auffuhrungen im Gertrudisheim in Morsbach an folgenden Tagen:

Freitag 09.03.2012, 19.00 Uhr, Samstag 10.03.2012, 19.00 Uhr, Sonntag 11.03.2012, 16.30 Uhr, Donnerstag 15.03.2012, 19.00 Uhr, Freitag 16.03.2012, 19.00 Uhr, Samstag 17.03.2012, 19.00 Uhr (Achtung: Entgegen der Veroffentlichung im gedruckten Veranstaltungskalender der Gemeinde fangen die Vorstellungen bereits um 19.00 Uhr an/nicht 19.30 Uhr!).

Der Kartenvorverkauf findet am Samstag, 25.02.2012 um 15.00 Uhr in der Gaststatte „Zur Seelhardt“ statt. Der Eintrittspreis betragt 8,00 Euro; Einlass ist 1 Stunde vor der jeweiligen Auffuhrung. Bitte haben Sie Verstandnis dafur, dass auf Grund der hohen Nachfrage lediglich 8 Eintrittskarten pro Person abgegeben werden. Restkarten konnen ab 27.2.2012 ggf. noch im Buchladen „Lesebuch“, Bahnhofstr. 8, in Morsbach erworben werden. (CB-14.01.12)

Gemutlicher der Theatergruppe

Die Theatergruppe „Vurhang op“ des Heimatvereins Morsbach traf sich im Juni 2011 zu einem „Gemutlichen“ auf dem „Hueschoss“. Dazu waren auch einige Helfer eingeladen, die die Gruppe schon seit Jahren besonders unterstutzen. Unter der Fuhrung von Karl-Josef „Kauert“ Reifenrath wurde jedoch zunachst eine Wandertour nach Oberwarnsbach unternommen, ehe in der Garage von Ursula und Ulrich Hombach der gemutliche Teil mit Kaffee, Kuchen und Gegrilltem stattfand. Theatergruppenleiterin Marlies Roth dankte den Gastgebern mit zwei Freikarten fur die nachste Theaterauffuhrung und einigen Zollstocken fur Ulrich Hombachs Zollstockmuseum. (CB-29.06.11)

Turbulent ging es am Wochenende wieder im Morsbacher Gertrudisheim zu. Die Theatergruppe des Heimatvereins “Vurhang op“ setzte unter der Leitung von Marlies Roth vier Mal den Schwank „Polnische Wirtschaft“ in Szene. Erneut waren alle Vorstellungen ausverkauft, und die Zuschauer gaben eifrigen Szenenapplaus. Die Mimik, Spielfreude und Passagen in „Mueschbejer Platt“ waren dabei Garanten fur einen vergnuglichen Abend. Und die schauspielerische Leistung der 12 Laiendarsteller konnte sich sehen lassen – eine Reminiszenz an alte Morsbacher Theatertraditionen.

In dem heiteren Stuck betreiben Manfred Muller (gespielt von Karl-Josef „Kauert“ Reifenrath) und seine Frau Monika (Doppelrolle fur Ingrid Diederich und Heike Mauelshagen) eine kleine Autoreparaturwerkstatt. Doch das Wasser steht ihnen bis zum Hals. Die Bank droht den Geldhahn zuzudrehen und die Gemeinde will ausstehende Forderungen zwangsweise eintreiben. Die Mullers sind verzweifelt. Da helfen auch die gut gemeinten, aber illegalen Tipps ihres polnischen Schwarzarbeiters Kasimir (Dirk Kamieth) nichts, der mit den Behorden im Clinch liegt. Dies bekommt auch Heinrich Haargenau (gekonnt dargestellt von Norbert Kotting), der dienstbeflissene Beamte der Agentur fur Arbeit, zu spuren, der nach dem Schwarzarbeiter fahndet.

Die gutmutigen Mullers dulden zudem noch den Mieter Matthias Muller (Jens Mauelshagen) in ihrem Haus, der sich selbst fur einen genialen Erfinder halt, aber keine Miete zahlt. Seine „Erfindungen“ sind nur Spinnereien. Als der korrupte Bankdirektor Dr. Peter Profitlich (Horst-Jurgen Kaufmann) dem kleinen Werkstattbesitzer finanziell den „Garaus“ machen will, kommt eine neue verruckte Erfindung von Matthias gerade zur rechten Zeit.

In weiteren Rollen waren als polnische Tanten des Kasimir noch Brigitte Kotting und Anna Schlechtingen zu sehen. Birgit Leidig mimte die Burgermeisterin Kleinschmitt-Gro?hans und Dagmar Hombach sowie Alexandra Mohrmann teilten sich die Rolle der Brieftragerin Paula. Nach vielen Verwicklungen wendet sich am Ende alles zum Guten.

Im Souffleusenkasten sa? Marlies Roth, die von Anita Seifer bei der Regie unterstutzt wurde. Fur die aufwandige Kulisse und die Lichttechnik zeichneten Norbert Kotting, Karl-Josef Reifenrath und Walter Mauelshagen verantwortlich. Die ansprechende Dekoration der Buhne und die Umwandlung des Gertrudisheimes in eine Reparaturwerkstatt samt altem Moped und Fiat-Oldtimer ubernahm das Theaterteam selber. Masken und Frisuren lagen in den Handen von Marion Klein und Gerda Kleusberg. „Das Proben uber mehrere Monate in den neu angemieteten Raumen hat sich gelohnt.“, stellte Marlies Roth nach der Premiere sichtlich erleichtert fest. Roth bedauerte, dass die 84-jahrige Schauspielerin Franziska Vierbucher aus gesundheitlichen Grunden kurzfristig nicht mitspielen konnte.

Die Theatergruppe Morsbach hat jedes Jahr zahlreiche Helfer und Sponsoren. In diesem Jahr bedankt sich der Heimatverein besonders beim Autohaus Zielenbach, Sagewerk Kotting, der Backerei Joachim Rosenbaum, Metzgerei Gregor Rosenbaum, Imbiss-Stube Bauer, bei der Raumgestaltung Dieter Holschbach, Partyservice Wilhelm Stausberg, Schlosserei Stefan Leidig, Gartnerei Koch, Autoteile Minzki, Reparaturservice Hans-Peter Hahner und Werbegestaltug/Dekoration/Beschriftung Ronni Kutiak.

Da waren die Zuschauer aber erstaunt, als sie zu den vier Theaterauffuhrungen des Heimatvereins Morsbach ins Gertrudisheim kamen. Die Buhne war in eine Autoreparaturwerkstatt umfunktioniert worden. Und schon beim Betreten des Saales sahen die Zuschauer, in welchem Milieu das Stuck spielte. Ein kleiner wei?er Fiat und ein Schwalbe-Moped, beides altere Modelle, standen am Buhnenrand des Gertrudisheimes und warteten auf eine „Reparatur“. Zum ersten Mal ist ein PKW in den Saal geschoben worden, was nicht ganz einfach war. Mittels einer Rampe mussten die Eingangsstufen uberwunden werden; dann ging es in Millimeterarbeit an der Treppenhausmauer vorbei. „Die Manner aus unsererTheatergruppe haben sich diesen Gag einfallen lassen, und mit vereinten Kraften wurde das Vehikel an Ort und Stelle bugsiert.“, erzahlte Marlies Roth. (CB-11.04.2011)

Fotos von den Theaterauffuhrungen, aufgenommen von Christoph Buchen.

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Nicole Kidman Swims In Her Evening Gown for ‘Stellar’ Cover!

Nicole Kidman pushes up her cleavage while wearing an evening gown in a swimming pool for the cover of Stellar's first anniversary issue, on newsstands now.

Here is what the 50-year-old Oscar-winning actress told the mag, out not in Australia's Sunday Telegraph, Sunday Herald Sun, and Sunday Mail:

On having the most successful 12 months yet: “I’m always just gently moving through life, so I try to not have the massive highs and the massive lows and try to stay in a consistent place. But in terms of just really savoring the moment, yes. . I know when things are good and I savor them.”

On daughters Sunday Rose and Faith Margaret: “They make us very happy, is what they do. They bring so much joy to both of us. Keith just walked in. [She puts down the phone to speak with husband Keith Urban.] ‘Don’t those daughters just bring so much joy to you, babe?’ [pause] ‘So much!’ he yelled out [laughs].”

On turning 50: “Just joy. I’m just really going, ‘OK, this is my life’, and I’m very, very happy to be 50. I think that’s what happens with birthdays once you get to a particular age, you’re just like, ‘Yay, OK, here we go!’ I did not have a huge party. I was like, I just want to be with my family. And my sister came over with all her children, my brother-in-law, I had Keith and my girls. We Skyped my mum because she couldn’t fly all that way, but I flew back and had a small party with her and my close, close, close friends. And that was it – simple.”

she’s aging fairly well now.. hope she completely stops the facelifts and enhancers

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I like reading about Nicole and Keith who seem to have gotten through 11 years very well. But there’s a mine field ahead. A new film with Russell Crowe, a miserable jerk who’s own ex-wife said no when he wanted to get back together. Nicole’s known for pitying friends, and as the old adage goes ‘misery loves company’. Also, hope the people in GA, where the film is being made, are prepared for the rotten tempered Rusty, who smashes things when he gets upset.

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Tom Hanks & Meg Ryan: 5 Fast Facts You Need to Know

Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan at the 1998 premiere of You’ve Got Mail. (Getty)

For the first time since 1998, Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan will be appearing in a movie together. In 2015, Ryan completed work on her first film as director, Ithaca, which will hit theaters on September 9. The film counts Hanks as a producer and also includes a cameo from the actor. Hanks also stars in Clint Eastwood’s Sully, which opens to a much wider audience this weekend.

Here’s a look at Hanks and Ryan’s relationship over the years. And no, the two have never dated.

Although Ryan and Hanks are synonymous with the romantic comedy movies of the 1990s, they only made three movies together during that period – Joe Versus The Volcano (1990), Sleepless in Seattle (1993) and You’ve Got Mail (1998). The last two were directed by the late Nora Ephron. Ithaca, which was finished last year and is just now getting released, is their first movie together since You’ve Got Mail.

The film is based on William Saroyan’s The Human Comedy, which was previously filmed by MGM in 1943. It’s a coming-of-age story set during World War II and was filmed in Virginia. Hanks was also an executive producer on the film, along with his Playtone producing partner Gary Goetzman. Ryan’s son, Jack Quaid, is one of the stars in the film.

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Ryan plays a widow who is left to care for her two sons in a small California town during World War II. She often sees visions of her dead husband, played by Hanks. It’s a small role, but Ryan told Entertainment Weekly that she was grateful for him making the cameo.

He’s just so dear. He so did not have to do that. It took him a day to [shoot his scene]. At the end of his time, he says to the crew, “All right, gather ‘round. Listen, I know we’ve gotten to know each other very well over the last 10 hours together, but I just want to thank you for being here for my friend Meg.” It was such an act of friendship. I love him so much.

Ithaca is also Ryan’s first movie role since 2009’s Serious Moonlight. In the interim, she’s appeared in Web Therapy and did an episode of Curb Your Enthusiasm. She also narrated the pilot for How I Met Your Dad, a spin-off of How I Met Your Mother that CBS declined to pick up. She also appeared in Fan Girl with Mad Men‘s Kiernan Shipka.

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During the press tour for You’ve Got Mail, Hanks made it sound like they loved working together and their films do show an incredible chemistry. That’s what makes it even more surprising to realize that they haven’t made many films together.

“In the course of the history of the movies there’s an awful lot of creative teams that periodically got together. Sometimes they’re men, sometimes they’re women,” Hanks said in one 1998 interview. “With Meg, this is the 3rd movie I’ve made with her and we pick up where we left off.”

That was the theme for the You’ve Got Mail press tour, as the two told CNN while promoting the movie that it was like they never stopped working together.

“…It was not like work. I mean, now, the vast majority of making movies is getting over your self-consciousness,” Hanks told CNN.

In the other 1998 interview, Hanks praised Ryan as “very smart,” adding that, “I always feel as if I have to be on my toes around Meg.”

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In 2002, Hanks was honored with the 30th AFI Life Achievement Award from the American Film Institute. Of course, Ryan was asked to speak and you can see her speech in the above video.

During her speech, she recalled how she met Hanks years before they made Joe Versus the Volcano and she explained why she thought Hanks was a “dominatrix.”

“I think that Tom informs all the other Toms: Tom the movie lover; Tom the movie-doer; the movie lover; Tom the baseball cap-wearing nibbler of little corn-on-the-cob thingies; Tom the man who appreciates these awards, but certainly doesn’t need them because his life is enough,” she said. “The guy who finds what is noble and what is fine and what is simple and finds the extraordinary in what is ordinary.”

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The Hanks/Ryan partnership got off to a good start with Joe Versus the Volcano, written and directed by John Patrick Shanley (Moonstruck, Doubt). The film was a hit, earning $39.4 million when it hit theaters in March 1990. It did receive mixed reviews from critics, but one champion of the film, in which Ryan has three roles, was Roger Ebert.

Ebert wrote a glowing review of the film, giving it 3.5 out of four stars. Ebert wrote:

Joe Versus the Volcano achieves a kind of magnificent goofiness. Hanks and Ryan are the right actors to inhabit it, because you can never catch them going for a gag that isn’t there: They inhabit the logic of this bizarre world and play by its rules.

The other two films Ryan and Hanks made together are much more widely beloved. Sleepless in Seattle made $126.6 million when it opened in 1993. You’ve Got Mail earned $115.8 million in 1998.

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Not a Drill: Demi Lovato Drops Big Hints That She's Always Been in Love With Nick Jonas

Demi Lovato and Nick Jonas have been friends for years and, while no one really speculated that they had any romantic feelings for each other, their fans had a feeling that they would forever be in each other's lives. With Demi's new album, Tell Me You Love Me, set to drop at midnight tonight, she's already started doing press and explaining exactly what some of the songs are about. The "Sorry Not Sorry" singer sat down with Noisey and revealed that TWO songs on the album are about a special person in her life – a person who is 100 percent not her ex-boyfriend Wilmer Valderrama, if anyone wondered.

One of the songs in question is titled, "Ruin the Friendship." Yes, cryptic already, we know. There's a lyric on the track that reads, "Put down your cigar and pick me up." Well, HELLO, Nick absolutely loves cigars. There are literally thousands of photos of him on social media holding a cigar and just literally hanging out with cigars. Of course, this is all speculation, but it's hard not to pinpoint him on this one.

Demi said about the tune, "Ruin the Friendship," "I was frustrated with a certain situation and I was like, 'You know what, I'm just going to write about it.' And so I did, and sent [the songs] to that person, and that was. Interesting. Any time you send a song about the person, to the person—it's ballsy. It's like, 'Hey! Here's my feelings for you!'…They knew [about my feelings], but neither of us had acknowledged [them] before. And then it turned out that person had written a song about me, and we exchanged songs."

HOLD. THE. DAMN. PHONE. Demi wants to ruin her friendship with Nick because she wants to be more than friends – we've cracked the code, you guys! We're freaking the eff out, if you couldn't tell. Just read between the lines here. It sounds like Demi is saying that she was frustrated with this person (AKA Nick) not understanding how much she actually liked him and the only way to express that was in song form. She put her heart on her sleeve and did something super courageous. I mean, can you imagine telling your crush straight up that you really, really like them? It's nervewracking! She didn't know what his reaction was going to be or if he would feel the same way.

Then she drops another bombshell. This person, AKA Nick, had written a song for her! Did she know it was about her? Had she assumed it was about her but was afraid to ask? Is the song even out yet? So. many. questions.

Demi continued, "That person was like, 'That's an incredible song.' And I was like, "Yeah, well. It's like, 'Hel-lo!'. They had their reasons. But, yeah." So, basically, Nick approves. Demi also revealed that the song, "Only Forever" is about the same person. The entirety of the lyrics for both songs have yet to hit the airwaves, but we are already shipping Demi and Nick, er Nemi. They've been pals for years and Nick has seen everything the songstress has gone through between relationships, her struggle with addictions, and her milestones. Plus, he knows what she's like to work with as they've gone on tour together and started a record label.

Just recently Demi chatted with BBC News about this song. They went so far to ask her if the exchanging of songs and revealing of emotions led to anything romantic. Demi responded, "Ummm… Let's move on!" OMG. So she didn't confirm but she also didn't deny, which could mean that something DID happen between her and Nick and maybe it just didn't work out. Maybe they tried to see if there was a spark, but nothing came of it. Again, this a lot of 'maybes' and guesses but her answer is super questionable. If nothing romantic came between them, wouldn't she have just said that it didn't? Hmmm.

Regardless of their hook-up situation, Nick really has been there through it all. It's not surprising that she's developed some feelings for him, IF the songs are actually about him. Obviously, nothing has been confirmed. But the pieces just kind of fit together. Demi was pretty vague about what kind of feelings he has for her and if they will ever be reciprocated, but we can only hope for the best. The strongest relationships start as friendships and this really could be one that actually makes it.

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Why most studios don’t want to work with these a-list stars

Working on set of some of the greatest movies or television shows can mean many things for the biggest stars in the world. On one hand they get to do what they are most passionate about and you could say they have a dream job. On the other hand, working on set for so many days and hours with people you wouldn’t necessarily connect with off set, could really bring out the worst in people. This by no means, should mean that if a person is under a lot of stress and impossible expectations, they need to behave badly and and disrespectfully. Unfortunately, some actors and the biggest names in the industry feel like they might be entitled to act a certain way, just because they are rich and famous, which in return earns them the reputation of being the most unbearable people to work with.

It’s hard to tell what makes a person so intolerable to the point that studios and other fellow co-stars don’t want to work with the person or refuse to share the set with them, after all most of the stories we’ve heard are either based on anonymous sources, rumors or random interviews that were done by famous people.However, some stars and celebrities are pure divas and they know it. It could be the most unthinkable demands or requests on set, at concerts or when traveling to places for the job. It could also be just a really bad attitude. Some actors and stars have actually disappeared from the Hollywood scene just because producers will no longer hire them for any project.

Sure, everyone has had a bad day at work, even the most professional actors out there who know how to put on a different face when they are asked to, so it wouldn’t be fair to judge them based on one incident that happened unintentionally. However, some of these stories are so ludicrous that there’s no way someone made it up. With so much ego and pride that is involved in the industry, it’s hard to imagine stars like Julia Roberts or Jim Carrey ever being anything but nice and friendly. These are the stars that Hollywood has pretty much closed the door in their faces and have gained a reputation of a person nobody wants to work with or be around.

In the early 2000s, Jessica Alba was one of the biggest names around. Her leading roles in films like the Fantastic Four films, Sin City: A Dame to Kill For, and Honey, had everyone knowing her name and loving her on-screen. However, it was some time after the Fantastic Four films that Alba felt her acting career plateau. Her roles weren’t getting her critical acclaim and she was starting to get offers for only certain kinds of roles, which she was not happy about. Alba decided to put acting as a second tier job and focus on her true passion project – The Honest Company – a toxic-free household products and beauty products. In addition to shifting her gaze to becoming a businesswoman, Alba married and became a mother twice, taking up much of her precious time. While Alba wasn’t known for being hard to work with, she was indeed typecast as the attractive female role with little substance.

Jennifer Lopez is known as a diva when it comes to her musical background, but her behind the scene film behavior is no different. Lopez comes to productions with a long list of demands that have to be fulfilled by the time she gets on set or else she becomes an increasingly impossible person to work with. We have to say that it explains why Lopez’s roles began drying up fairly quickly. Being a snob like that is something no one likes.

Josh Duhamel is a super good looking leading man who is quite a talented thespian as well. However, there are those who say that he is a very temperamental behind the scenes of his films and has a serious jealous streak with his wife, Fergie. Josh is said to be very controlling of Fergie when he thinks no one is looking and presents aggressive behaviors when on set as well.

Katherine Heigl is notorious for being one of the most difficult people to work with in Hollywood, both in television and film. Heigl has been said to be very demanding on set, cold to the other members of the cast and crew and even snobby with fans who line the streets to see her when she makes an appearance. Heigl also has a very unwise tendency to talk badly about former films and shows she has been on, thinking it won’t come back to get her. Well, it did as Heigl isn’t acting very much these days.

Sutherland was the hit star of the television show 24. Sadly, his co-star on the show Freddie Prinze Jr. said that Sutherland would come to set drunk sometimes and would proceed to go to his trailer and sleep it off, halting the entire production until he was able to work. Honestly, that kind of behavior is inexcusable and unprofessional to say the least. Sutherland has been laying pretty low lately, we wonder if it has something to do with that.

Lindsay no longer acts. That is due to the fact that she was so hard to work with when she was hired for a film that after a while it was not worth it. Lohan began to get a reputation of being a pain to work with on the set of the film Georgia Rule alongside Jane Fonda. Lohan was constantly late to set and when she did come she had a hard time remembering her lines and keeping it together. James Deen, her co-star on the film Canyons, called Lohan a “child lashing out.” Ouch.

It’s an old story that Chevy Chase is one of the hardest people to work with, which is why his career is no longer as bright as it used to be. Chevy got his start on Saturday Night Live and it was that very show where Chevy began to display inappropriate behavior and anger issues. Chase reportedly slapped Chery Oteri during a rehearsal and angered Will Ferrel which prompted him to go to the executive director and creator of SNL to complain. Chase was actually banned from SNL from that day forward.

Gwyneth is one of the biggest names in Hollywood, but her roles have dried up recently due to the fact that she isn’t fun to work with. On the set of Iron Man 2, it was said that Paltrow was “not friendly to anyone, and tends to make people feel awkward and uncomfortable. She wasn’t outright rude to Scarlett [Johansson], she just didn’t ever speak to her. Gwyneth went out of her way to avoid Scarlett.” Whether she has personal beef with the actress or not shouldn’t matter. Sometimes actors forget to be professional.

Sharon Stone was one of the biggest names of the 80s and 90s. Her leading roles in Total Recall, Basic Instinct, and Casino made her a household name. All of her success got to her head and she became more and more selective about the roles she decided to take. It got to a point that Stone was so selective that offers just stopped coming in, it was only then that she realized that she had become too picky.

January Jones shot to fame with the television show Mad Men. You would think she would be grateful and friendly to everyone as this was her big break. However, this was not the case. Her co-star, Jared Gilmore, who was just 13 years old when he co-starred with Jones, said “Be careful around January [Jones]. She’s not as approachable as the others. She’s really serious about what she does. Everyone else is so nice.”

Mischa hit it big with the show The O.C. She was the star of the show and everyone knew who she was. So much fame in so little time was enough to ruin the young woman, who began acting like a true diva, being called by co-star Tate Donovan the “biggest diva on set.” Barton has had some serious problems getting roles after her time on The O.C. for the fact that she gave out an air of entitlement and began having issues with drugs.

Elisha Cuthbert was an up and coming actress in the early 2000s. She was in the films House of Wax and Girl Next Door and then she disappeared. The reason no one wanted to work with her was a sad one – her films just bombed and she associated with cheap acts like Paris Hilton. Elisha’s career ended as fast as it began and it left us all wondering what happened. Sadly, the truth of the matter is she was considered a bad investment.

We all know Alec Baldwin has a temper on him. Besides the unfortunate moment he felt it was appropriate to leave a very hurtful message on his daughter’s phone, Baldwin has also gained a reputation for being impossible to work with. In 2013, Baldwin yelled homophobic slurs at a photographer who was trying to take his picture and as a result was fired from his gig on MSNBC. After the incident, Alec decided that he had had enough of the public life. His decision as well timed as the public also had enough of him.

Batman star Christian Bale, disappointed us immensely when we learned of his shenanigans on set. Bale is known as a very serious actor who takes his roles to heart and is very professional. However, during the filming on Terminator Salvation, Bale was caught on tape yelling at the director of photography, “You are trashing my scene. You do it one more time and I ain’t walking on this set if you’re still hired. You’re a nice guy. But that don’t cut it.”

We feel bad bringing up Shannen Doherty on this list since she is sick but her diva behavior on set was something that was a factor long before her illness. Doherty started being labeled an on-set diva during her time on Beverly Hills 90210 and continued on the set of Charmed. Doherty was actually fired from Charmed due to a dispute between the producers and herself. Doherty also has a name for being very rude to her co-stars who no longer wished to work with her.

We hadn’t realized that we haven’t seen Cybill Shepherd in anything for quite some time. Apparently, there’s a reason we haven’t seen her. Shepherd was known as a complete and utter diva on the set of her sitcom Cybill, so much so that a character was created on CSI to mimic her behavior. That character ended up being a murder victim. Ouch!

Val Kilmer was huge in the 80s and early 90s. However, he has pretty much disappeared from the world since then. Kilmer was famous for films like Batman Forever, The Prince of Egypt, Top Gun and Heat. Val ruined everything by having a serious issue with anger management on set. It got to a point where no one would touch him, not casting directors, producers or other celebrity friends whom he tried to have help him get more roles.

Between the racist and anti-Semitic remarks to his diva-like behavior behind the scenes, Mel Gibson sealed his own fate with the film and television industry. Gibson was said to have a serious temper problem and would go on rants that would make everyone feel downright scared to be around him. It’s a shame such a great actor turned out to be such a disturbed individual in real life.

In an unprecedented move, Sean Young was almost fired entirely from the 1987 movie Wall Street by director Oliver Stone. Sean, who was huge in the 80s, allowed herself to act like a pure monster on set, terrorizing the cast and crew and making it extremely difficult for others to work on the film. It’s amazing how actors forget who they are and how to work when fame rears its ugly head.

Remember Dr. Burke from the first few seasons of Grey’s Anatomy? Well perhaps you don’t know this but he was written off the show due to calling a fellow co-star a homophobic slur. The writers of the show and the production would not have any of Washington’s nonsense and fired him immediately. Since his time on the show ended in 2007, Washington has been in very few acting roles. That’ what we like to call karma.

You would think that an actress as young an inexperienced as Shenae Grimes would know better than to act like a diva on the set of 90210 the remake of the original Beverly Hills 90210. In 2008, Grimes was said to have told everyone on set that she was the star of the show and that everyone else was just there for backup. Whether she was serious or not, that’s one vapid way of seeing things and we hope she got her head back on right.

Madonna is the pop diva of the last century so it makes sense that she would have an attitude to go with it, right? Well, wrong. Industry folks don’t like Madonna’s behavior on the set of her films and her inability to listen to the director. There is a reason why her films aren’t as good as we thought they would be. She didn’t like taking cues from anyone, even when it would have benefited her greatly.

Much like Alec Baldwin, Russell Crowe has a known issue with his temper. Crowe also has a sense of entitlement so high that he was quoted as saying, “It was ****, but I’m the greatest actor in the world and I can make even **** sound good.” Crowe was talking about his film Gladiator. His ego ended up getting the better of him and he slowly got less and less offers as directors didn’t want to work with him.

Fight Club and American History X star, Edward Norton, is the nightmare of most directors. It has come to a point now where Norton isn’t being considered for roles because no one wants to work with him. For example, Norton didn’t trust American History X director Tony Kaye so he made sure he got the final edit of the movie. We have to say that that is pretty ridiculous.

Shia is rude without him being on set so we are not so surprised to learn that he is very hard to work with on set as well. Shia is a method actor, meaning he becomes his character in order to prepare for the role. As such, Shia takes on the traits of his character and it can be rather unpleasant. The situation came to a head while Shia was filming the movie Fury alongside Brad Pitt, who said Shia disappointed him with his behavior.

We could not believe that funny man Mike Myers is actually super controlling behind the scenes, making filming with him harder than it looks. Myers is known to those in Hollywood as a total perfectionist who doesn’t let anything go by without his approval on it. Cast and crew of his films know that he is hard to handle, which is why after his hit Austin Powers films his roles were mostly voice over ones.

Lacey Chabert was one of the 90’s golden girls with a starring role on Party of Five. Eventually, she gained an even larger sense of success when Mean Girls was released and she was forever known as Gretchen Wieners. That’s exactly the problem, though; Lacey will probably never be able to separate herself from the most iconic role of her career. Granted, she has been busy making babies and being a dedicated mother to her children but all of those Hallmark Christmas movie special probably didn’t help Hollywood producers learn to take her more seriously as an actress.

Robert Pattinson should have moved past his Twilight days as Edward Cullen and ran full speed ahead for the acting career that was waiting for him. Now, though, the actor who struggles with depression issues has a hard time finding work due to his personal problems. It doesn’t help that his ex-girlfriend and former co-star embarrassed him in the press with her unexpected affair, either. Once Robert can get his private life in order and is feeling stable, maybe he’ll start getting job offers again.

Catherine Zeta Jones is an Academy Award winner and a triple threat. She can dance, sing, and act all at the same time but following her public confession of mental health issues and how she struggles with bipolar disorder, Hollywood producers have discretely chosen to not cast her anymore. The prejudice against mental health is a major dilemma in the film industry and according to the actress herself, it’s not the only reason she’s kept from the good roles these days. Zeta Jones believes that parts for older women in Hollywood are just simply few and far between.

Cameron Diaz’s dwindling career seems to be the result of poor film choices. She opted to star in projects that received less than favorable reviews such as the Annie remake and The Other Woman. Not to mention, since getting married to her rockstar beau Benji Madden, she’s dedicated a considerable amount of time to her relationship and mending its reported broken fences. She’s still a favorite in Hollywood but she needs to pursue more promising roles and actually admit that she wants to work again.

Eddie Murphy has had a few flops in the last decade, sure, but we’re also inclined to believe that his personal life is a compounding factor in his recent lack of work. The Nutty Professor star engaged in a heated legal battle with Scary Spice over the paternity status of their child and the fact that he’s fathered several children with multiple women (5 to be exact) hasn’t helped his reputation much either. Murphy has confirmed a sequel to Coming to America is in the early stages of development, so maybe he can make us adore him again.

Jessica Biel’s most popular starring role was in the CW’s 7th Heaven for pretty much all of the 90’s. When she tried to break into the movie biz she had a few 2nd leads in romantic comedies and one horror feature in the revival of Texas Chainsaw Massacre. Unfortunately, Biel has never been taken seriously as a standout actress and lost the parts of both Catwoman in The Dark Knight Rises and Fantine in Les Miserables to Anne Hathaway. If she wants to get back in the game she may need to revamp her image or try out stage productions for a while to, you know, prove herself worthy.

Freddie Prinze Jr. was a 90’s heartthrob who settled down with another 90’s icon, Sarah Michelle Gellar. The truth is, Prinze Jr. never wanted to step outside of the box and play a role that was different from his usual “good guy” persona. After the release of the Scooby Doo films, which were actually fairly successful, his lack of interest in character diversity cemented his fate in the film industry. Complexity is key in show business and for this She’s All That hero, risking his sterling public image wasn’t worth a change of pace.

It’s not too surprising that Macauley Culkin makes this list but if we’re being perfectly honest, it’s sort of a shame. The child star turned train wreck is genuinely talented and if he made a turn-around for the better, we’re sure he could make a comeback. His substance use problems have stood in the way of his acting for a long time now, with the exception of a few indie films (which truly showcase his talent) like Party Monster and Saved! Obviously Hollywood won’t cast Culkin anymore because of his personal problems and consequent erratic behavior.

Rob Schneider is usually thrown a bone by his buddy Adam Sandler whenever you see him a new movie. As funny as he is, he never had what people in the biz call “star quality.” While Schneider does have the Deuce Bigalo: Male Gigolo films to be proud of (they are great after all), his off-screen opinions have given him a sour reputation. The comedian has been publicly criticized for his anti-vaccine stance and ripped to shreds for always playing ethnic stereotypes in films. For now, he’s doing voice overs for children’s flicks.

As a member of Ben Stiller and Will Ferrell’s comedy crew, you would have expected Vince Vaughn to enjoy a long and fulfilling career as a laugh machine. He has some pretty big hits to be proud of Wedding Crashers, Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story and The Break-Up, featuring Jennifer Aniston, but after these two films became a thing of the past, so did Vaughn. He’s been coined as a one-dimensional actor who plays the same character type consistently which has confused Hollywood casting agents on how to find new projects for him.

We had to be the voice of reason, but Hayden Christensen’s career was already on the decline following Star Wars Episodes 1, 2, and 3. Yes, nostalgia was enough to make the prequel trilogy a box-office hit (not to mention, Natalie Portman), but at the end of the day Christensen’s portrayal of Anakin Skywalker was a bit too corny for audiences to appreciate the actor behind the character. The actor ended up departing from the spotlight on purpose, following the lack of interest studios had in him. But hey, he’s married to Rachel Bilson and has a some cute kids with the OC actress so then again we can’t feel too bad for him.

Hilary Swank may be one of the greatest actresses of our time. With roles like Boys Don’t Cry and Million Dollar Baby, she effortlessly proved just how worthy of that Oscar win she was. Now, Swank has barely made an appearances in major projects. It’s possible that she either got as far as she could a few years or back, or maybe, just maybe the Academy Award winner is satisfied with what she’s accomplished this far. Regardless, the demand for a movie starring Hilary Swank is almost non-existent.

Taylor Lautner may have peaked a bit too early in his career or perhaps he relied on his good looks and shirtless scenes in the Twilight saga a bit too much. After the vampire – werewolf series ended, he tried his hand at the action genre but fell flat. Lautner had also began making out of control monetary demands when discussing potential film contracts and at the end of the day no director or producer felt he was worth that $7 million pay day he kept insisting on.

Brendan Fraser could possibly do no better then the original Mummy sequel but it wasn’t for a lack of trying. Fraser’s choice in roles were always unusually odd and to a certain extent, a bit abnormal. He lost all credibility with his former audiences following the release of 2 major flops – Extraordinary Measures and Furry Vengeance. Monkey Bone wasn’t really a good choice for the actor either. Fraser’s acting skills tend to cost more money than they actually make in return. He’s just not a safe investment anymore.

The Glee alum got a bad wrap for being a total diva on the set of the show. The fact that she was the leading actress made her feel like she had more power on set and could do whatever she saw fit. The other cast members didn’t like to be around Michele when they weren’t filming and there is still a rumor going around that Kate Hudson, who guest starred on the show, called Lea a “nightmare.”

Tobey looks so innocent and sweet, but don’t be fooled. Maguire is said to be a true pain in the rear during filming and a male diva to boot. A casting director called Maguire “the worst little monster you’ve ever met” and is said to rain terror on anyone who looks him directly in the eye behind the scenes of a film. The worst, however, was when during a poker game he told one of the hostesses to “get up on that desk and bark like a seal.” Oh no he didn’t!

The Godfather star who is considered one of the greatest movie stars of all time spent most of his energy and talent on the movies he was part of rather than being social, allegedly. Towards the end of his career, it has been said that the actor was horrible to work with. He used to show up drunk to filming, not wanting to read the scripts and on top of that, refused to take directions from the film producers and director. He was probably feeling that it was the end of his career so he didn’t care as much as he used to.

The famous director who has a series of hit films under his belt including Avatar and Titanic, has a reputation that could be interpreted in both a good way and a bad way. He knows how to push the people he work with to the edge, both of their abilities and their nerves. His creative and imaginative mind could sometimes be a little too much for the cast and they might feel that he is bossing them around instead of directing them. In any case, the guy’s a genius.

The pop diva who has some of the most emotional and touching singles to her record, is, like we’ve mentioned, a real diva in every sense of the word. She might seem like the sweet artist with the soft but incredible voice but in fact when it comes to working with her, it’s a whole different story. Even fellow singer Nicki Minaj has claimed in the past that working with the singer on American Idol was in one word, a nightmare.

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Probably the biggest surprise on our list, the Friends alumni isn’t everyone’s favorite after all. The star who has been in the pubic eye for many years due to her prosperous career and personal love life, is apparently more private than people think. It has been said that the actress used to isolate herself from the rest of the cast. For example, she used to eat alone at breaks on movie sets while the rest of the cast was eating together. The actress also used to demand that her private hairdresser would travel with her everywhere she went, which is not a cheap request as you can probably imagine.

It seems that other actors, especially her former co-stars, aren’t very desperate about working with the Desperate Housewives starlet. The public feud that was going on between the cast members back in 2012, was apparently deeper than people thought and Hatcher was the one who was said to have the worst attitude of them all. Apparently, the others couldn’t tolerate her and didn’t want to be seen anywhere near her besides on set. Ouch.

Apparently the renowned film producer and director who is known for his intense cinema and characters, takes the characteristics of his work outside the boundaries of the camera lenses. George Clooney, who was working with the director on Three Kings, recalls how Russell was seriously acting and speaking aggressively, his words were so harsh that we can’t even cite them here. Perhaps the themes his movies are talking about got to his head, literally.

The Fight Club and Dallas Buyers Club actor belongs to a different type of club off-screen. The club where actors don’t break character, not even for a second even if they are not being filmed. When you’re working on a movie set with other actors and actresses, especially other famous ones, it could be perceived as quite annoying and even arrogant in a way. Imagine you’re playing a serious role and then staying in character when the cameras are not rolling. Not cool.

Joaquin Phoenix has always been a little different, to say the least, in terms of his stardom status and overall behavior, compared to his fellow Hollywood stars. That being said, his somewhat eccentric behavior could be interpreted sometimes as something totally wrong, however his attitude did cost him some major roles. For example, he was considered for the part of the Joker in Suicide Squad or for the leading role in Doctor Strange. He’s also known for dragging film contracts and negotiations for months and that causes delays in filming.

When you have a net worth of nearly $1 billion, we guess you get used to a certain life style that it would make sense (or not) to ask for the most ridiculous things. Beyonce got her reputation as one of the most difficult celebrities after she demanded the most absurd things at the Super Bowl in 2013. Some of her requests included water that she wanted to be chilled to a certain temperature, restrooms with new toilet seats and more.

The legendary Captain James T. Kirk was one of the biggest stars during the 60’s and the 70’s and he became a household name more quickly than he had probably imagined. The Star Trek star was apparently a big troublemaker on set and did pretty much whatever he wanted. He didn’t like to be told what to do and he used bad language quite often. He had a reputation of ruining everything for everyone’ with his bad attitude.

The retired boxer who has appeared in endless action and thrill films as the leading man, at least was aware of his questionable behavior over the years. The actor admitted more than once that he was a diffcult one to work with.When he was asked once about his chance at getting an Oscar he said:”Well, I don’t know, it’s voted for by people from the movie business and in the past I’ve hacked them all off. I was good at that. It came easy to me.’I stupidly said acting wasn’t a job for a real man. I threatened producers, raged at directors, forgot my agent’s name. I really burned my bridges. And a lot of people have long memories.”

Another big surprise comes from one Hollywood’s leading men and the double Oscar winner for his movies, Rain Man and Kramer vs. Kramer. His reputation as a ‘star who is difficult to work with’ comes from the fact that he pretty much drives everyone crazy on set. One of his biggest meltdowns was while filming the 1982 comedy-drama Tootsie when Hoffman and the film’s director clashed over who should have more creative control over the film. The actor just apparently forgets what his role is on set.

The former supermodel has been in the public eye for not the most flattering reasons, some reasons that the British model wishes would have been a bad dream. Campbell has been known for her diva-like behavior and attitude, but the most infamous incident that everyone remembers is when she reportedly threw her phone at her own personal assistant. The model was never able to erase that image off of her, no mater how many years have passed by.

The new updated version of the hit soap from the 90’s which was directed by the late Aaron Spelling back then, follows the lives of the new young adults living in the famous Melrose Place compound. Ashlee Simpson played the role of Violet Foster on Melrose Place 2.o and apparently she was a big diva on set as she would always be late to filming and her co-stars weren’t very fond of the singer-turn-actress.

From one supermodel to another, the 52-year-old stunner who started her career in the early 80’s was one of the most influential and successful models of all time. However, it seem like with fame comes shame and the model will forever be remembered as the one who coined the phrase : “We don’t wake up for less than $10,000 a day.” This diva-ish saying is quite arrogant, especially for the 90’s and we can understand why many photographers or companies wouldn’t want to work with her at the time.

The actor and martial arts professional was at the top of his game in the 90’s with films like New Jack City and White Men Can’t Jump to his credit. He was also part pf the Marvel Comics success with his role as Blade. The actor, however, was less on the friendly side and was reportedly acting strange on set. According to some inside sources, Snipes would rarely leave his trailer and would smoke all the time. Doesn’t really fit the whole martial arts typecast does it?

The 32-year-old actress and model had a decent career in film and on the small screen. She has appeared in films including The Cider House Rules and A Walk to Remember. Sure, working on set for so many hours, days and sometimes even months can be exhausting and everyone needs to blow off some steam every once in a while. One way is by partying, a lot of partying. Apparently, the actress was doing a little bit too much of that to the point that it interfered with her work.

The second biggest surprise on this list is Pretty Woman herself, Julia Roberts. It seems like there is more going on behind that big smile of hers. One of the biggest rumors regarding Roberts’ on-set behavior goes back to the 90’s when she starred in the film Hook. The film’s director Steven Spielberg apparently nicknamed her ‘Tinkerhell’ claiming she was acting like a total turbulent diva. We still love her though.

Hugh Grant has become known as the British hottie in more than a couple chick-flick rom-coms in the 1990s and early 2000s. However, we really haven’t heard too much from him since. It turns out he’s not only super picky about his roles, but the roles he has picked over the last decade have all bombed. On top of the fact that people aren’t watching rom-coms anymore, it’s a perfect disaster to end a career.

Anna played the role of Rogue in X-Men: Days of Future Past, but has not appeared in any of the movies since. In fact, it seems as if she hasn’t appeared in any movies at all. While her part in that movie was relegated to the cutting room floor, Anna has been focusing more and more of her time and talents into TV, having played parts in Bellevue, Tru Blood, and Philip K. Dick’s Electric Dreams.

Actor Gary Oldman has starred in roles in tons of classic movies – from Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, the Dark Knight Rises, and Robocop. However, he has been more or less blacklisted from movie studios over the past several year due to his “misogynistic outbursts” against Nancy Pelosi along with his defense of Mel Gibson when he made his racist remarks. However, he will be playing the role of Winston Churchill in the upcoming film Darkest Hour.

Jude Law never really quite made it to A-list celebrity stardom, but really came close in the 1990s and especially in the 2000s. However, after a couple of commercial flops over the last eight years, he has gone back to stage acting and acting in mini-series. Meanwhile, he has been getting out his activist itch, profiling the UN in Afghanistan as well as going to the eastern European nation of Belarus to protest for democracy in that country.

If you think that is seems as though Chris Hemsworth hasn’t really been in a lot of movies as of late, you would be correct. However, it is not because he is hard to work with or anything bad like that, but because he signed on to a multi-year, multi-movie contract with Marvel as Thor. This endeavor has taken up the vast majority of his time and he has therefore been unable to take on many other side projects. However, he was in the movie Rush as well as Blackhat. He also recently decided to move back to Australia, which makes it much harder for the US based studios to work with him.

Benedict Cumberbatch is perhaps the most well known British actor today. He was tapped for Dr. Who, played Alan Turing in the imitation game, and play the eponymous Sherlock Holmes. But it turns out that Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman (who plays Dr. Watson on Sherlock Holmes), are not close, at all. They’ve been filming together for nearly a decade, and while the two are professional towards each other they don’t like to hang out off set at all.

Pierce Brosnan is known for playing James Bond throughout the 1990s and early 2000s. He was in four films, and was preparing to start work on a fifth when he got a call. It was the producers, telling him that they were stopping production on the Bond film and dropping him from the role. Pierce has done a few movies since then, but many people are unwilling to cast him since he is now 64 years old.

On one hand having Tom Cruise on this list is totally unexpected, after all it seems like all he does is jump from one set to the other, but there’s a slight decline in the studios and audience’s interest in the Mission Impossible actor recently. It’s actually a mix of reasons. First and foremost producers see him as a ‘one trick pony’ with his action roles. If you look back, all he’s done in recent years were action films. In addition, his reputation of being overly-controlling on set and in his personal life did not help the actor gain back the love of his fans. His affiliation with Scientology also had some of the biggest producers sweating when it comes to signing contracts with Cruise.

The 87-year-old might have retired from the entertainment business already but when he was an active actor he was reportedly a big troublemaker. It was reported that fellow actors were scared of working with Hackman due to his antics, verbally for the most part. For example, on the set of The Royal Tenenbaum, the actor cursed the screenwriter and talked badly at the director. Well, you can’t have it all.

Keanu Reeves was one of the hottest actors of the 1990s and the early 2000s, starring in action movies such as Speed and The Matrix. However, he really hasn’t been in many movies since – and we don’t know why. Besides John Wick and 47 Ronin, Reeves just couldn’t get a break. It could just be that Hollywood just doesn’t want to have a man over 50 playing a lead role. Unless of course a new Matrix movie comes out.

This one kind of broke our hearts since we love Bruce Willis so much. Willis is said to be very hard to work with because he is very unapproachable while on set. He doesn’t like being talked to and focuses on his role entirely without distraction. Director Kevin Smith went so far as to calling Bruce “soul crushing” to film with on the set of Cop Out. We are pretty heartbroken over this revelation.

The 63-year-old actor is one of the most unique characters in Hollywood. He has actually appeared in more that 70 film including Empire of the Sun, Con Air, Being John Malkovich and more. He does have a somewhat questionable personality and a reputation of someone who is difficult to work with. In the past he has gotten into heated confrontations on set and off of it. Malkovich also has a certain typecast which makes it hard for studios to cast him in different roles.

Adam Sandler’s most recent films are all products of Happy Madison Productions, the company he founded many years ago and albeit, quite successfully. However, the comedy actor has severe difficulty finding roles outsides of his own projects. Because of his mood swings and misunderstood, abstract creative vision, Sandler’s reputation in the film industry has rapidly dwindled over the years. Besides, even his own Happy Madison pictures hasn’t been doing so hot with the critics that’ve agreed to watch them.

The action movie star who was a huge star in the 90’s with some of the most famous action films of all time, is apparently not a producers’ favorite. Seagal, who was also banned from the sketch comedy show, Saturday Night Live, is apparently one of those actors who is not only arrogant and self-centered but it has been rumored that he tends to lie quite often. We guess at the end of the day his fierce image is not just for the screen.

Charlie Sheen has been in the public eye for many years, most of which were for his strange behavior and most recently coming out as HIV positive. On the set of Two and a Half Men, Sheen was so impossible that he ended up getting fired from the show and replaced with Ashton Kutcher. As if one show wasn’t bad enough, during his time on the show Anger Management, co-star Selma Blair said that Sheen was “a menace to work with.”

In a slightly surprising turn of (unfortunate) events, Jim Carrey finds himself on this list as studios don’t know if Carrey will be loved or hated in a film, it’s a complete toss-up and they aren’t willing to take the risk. Carrey, who is known for being hilarious in films like Ace Ventura, Liar Liar, The Mask, Lemony Snicket, and Bruce Almighty, to name a few, has been out of the spotlight for quite a while due to personal issues.

John Travolta has been part of some of the greatest films in Hollywood history, including Pulp Fiction. He was even nominated for an Academy Award for his performance in the movie. However, he was also involved in some less hit projects which kid of hurt his reputation as a well-respected actor. The Grease star has somewhat become a too big of a chance for Hollywood producers and they think twice before casting him now to different films.

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Plastic Surgery? See Megan Fox's Transformation Right Before Your Eyes

Did Megan Fox get plastic surgery? That's the question on everyone's mind. But when it comes to going under the knife, a lot of celebrities — including the brunette beauty — tend to keep quiet about their procedures. The 31-year-old has claimed that she's never gotten lip fillers, Botox, cheek augmentations, or any other kind of surgical facial enhancement. However, the before and after photos speak for themselves.

In 2010, Allure magazine asked the mother-of-three about her rumored lip injections, which she denied. sort of. "I will say for people who question the authenticity of my lips, you can clearly see that my lips are my lips," she replied.

When it comes to plastic surgery in general, the actress isn't against it. "I would encourage anyone [who wants plastic surgery] to first speak with a therapist, to try and figure out where this want comes from," she said. "Because a lot of times it’s not related to your teeth or your nose or your chin — the surgery is not going to alleviate that insecurity for you. If, then, you feel, 'This is something that I want to do,' then do it. It’s amazing that we have the technology to do the stuff that we do."

Wise words! Scroll down to learn more about the sexy star, who has come a long way since her days playing Shia LaBeouf's love interest in the Transformers films.

The actress has one older sister named Kristi. The pair was raised in Tennessee by mom Gloria and stepfather Tony after their parents got divorced when Megan was three.

The model did not attend college. In fact, she hated high school, admitting in an interview that she was constantly bullied. Megan explained that she's never been "a big believer in formal education" and that "the education I was getting seemed irrelevant. So, I was sort of checked out on that part of it."

Does Megan Fox have a baby?

Megan has a baby boy named Journey River Green, who's 13 months old. Even though the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles star had filed for divorce from Brian before conceiving Journey, the couple called off the split after she became pregnant. Miracle baby!

The leading lady only has sons. Besides Journey, she's also mom to four-year-old Noah Shannon and three-year-old Bodhi Ransom. Her boys made headlines earlier this year when they were photographed wearing dresses during an outing with their parents. Brian defended his older son's clothing choice, stating, "I feel like at four, at five, that's a time when he should be having fun. He's not harming anyone wearing a dress."

The sex symbol has five tattoos, not counting the portrait of Marilyn Monroe that she had removed from her right forearm. She has two on her back — one of which is a quote from Shakespeare's King Lear — a Chinese character on the back of her neck, a moon on her ankle, and a black-and-white symbol on her wrist.

Scroll through the gallery below to see Megan's transformation over the years!

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