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Alex Trebek Through the Years: Remembering The Iconic TV Host During His Last ‘Jeopardy!’ Shows

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Alex Trebek’s last episodes on ‘Jeopardy!’ will air until Jan. 8, which will conclude with a ‘special tribute.’ Before the TV special, HollywoodLife is sharing our own tribute for the legendary game show host.

Fans of Jeopardy! are beginning 2021 on a nostalgic note, since the game show is airing its last episodes hosted by Alex Trebek between Jan. 4-Jan. 8. The legendary game show host passed away at 80 years old after a courageous battle with pancreatic cancer on Nov. 8, 2020, and taped his very last episode just 10 days before his death.

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Alex’s last episode, airing this Friday, will conclude with “a special tribute to the life and work of the man who captained America’s Favorite Quiz Show with skill, style, and sophistication for 36+ years,” according to a statement from Sony Pictures Television, which produces Jeopardy! Before the TV tribute, however, we also want to look back at Alex’s long career in hosting which began in the ’60s.

Alex — who was born in Ontario and attended Canada’s University of Ottawa — got his start in media and news at the  Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC) in 1961, before graduating from college with a philosophy degree. “I went to school in the mornings and worked at nights. I did everything, at one time replacing every announcer in every possible job,” Alex had said, according to CBC-TV publicity materials from 1964, according to CBC Radio Canada.

By 1963, Alex landed his first hosting job on a teen music/dance program called Music Hop that aired in Canada. You can see a clip of him interviewing legendary singer-songwriter Gordon Lightfoot below! The gig was the start of a successful trajectory in Alex’s TV and radio career, which was followed by other hosting gigs on Canadian programs like a high school quiz show called Reach for the Top, a game show called Strategy, and a morning drive radio show for CBC Toronto called I’m Here Til 9 in the years leading up to 1973.

In 1973, Alex made his big break on American television with a hosting role on an NBC game show called The Wizard of Odds. While the show only lasted until 1974, Alex never had a hard time securing a hosting role afterwards, which he did on American game shows like Double Dare, High Rollers, and Battlestars for the remainder of the late ’70s/early ’80s.

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Fate came calling in 1984: Alex was asked to host the revival of Jeopardy!, since the host of the original show, Art Fleming, did not wish to return. It was a perfect match, and Alex went on to host more than 8,000 episodes by the time he passed away in Nov. 2020. The TV icon even still reported to his job for more than a year after he was diagnosed with Stage 4 pancreatic cancer in March of 2019.

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Throughout his life, Alex also had two marriages. He married his first wife, broadcaster Elaine Callei Trebek, in 1974 but divorced in 1981. He then tied the knot with sound healer and Reiki master Jean Currivan Trebek in 1990, and they remained together up until Alex’s death at the end of 2020. They welcomed two children: Emily Trebek, 28, and Matthew Trebek, 31. You can see even more photos of Alex and the extraordinary life he lived in HollywoodLife‘s gallery above.



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First Lady Fashions: See Iconic Looks From Michelle Obama, Hillary Clinton, Jackie O, & Now, Dr. Jill Biden

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Dr. Jill Biden becomes first lady today, Jan. 20. And with that, she joins a league of fashionable FLOTUSes like Michelle Obama and Jackie Kennedy. See their most stunning outfits of all time.

Their influence in the White House rivals their husbands. And while they’re in office, first ladies take the opportunity to wear remarkable fashion with the world as their stage. Whether it’s glorious gowns (Michelle Obama), smart suits (Hillary Clinton), or pretty pumps (Jacqueline Kennedy), each FLOTUS has had their signature look. Now, Dr. Jill Biden joins their ranks.

Michelle Obama stuns in a red gown at a ball during husband Barack Obama’s second inauguration, 1/21/13 (AP)

There’s a reason she was called “The First Lady of Fashion.” Whatever she wears, Michelle kills it. During her eight years in the White House and in the years since, “Miche,” as husband Barack Obama calls her, changed up her style several times. Whether it’s athleisure, sleek leather looks, or subdued sheath dresses, her outfits were (and are) almost all winners. Just look at this red gown she wore to her husband’s second inauguration!

The nation let out a collective gasp when Michelle arrived at the inaugural ball following Barack’s 2013 swearing-in ceremony in a ruby red chiffon gown with velvet detailing and a halter neck. She paired the Jason Wu creation with sparkly bangles and those bangs. President Obama joked at the time that Michelle’s new hairdo was “the most significant event of his second inauguration.”

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Dr. Jill Biden rocks a bright floral dress while campaigning for husband Joe Biden, 10/5/20 (mpi04/ MediaPunch/ MediaPunch/ IPx)

Dr. Biden isn’t known for her fashion prowess, but she’s never seen without a stylish outfit. The former second lady — now incoming first lady — loves a coordinating skirt suit or figure-hugging dress fit for the office. Jill turned heads at the October 23, 2020 presidential debate when she arrived in a floral Dolce & Gabbana dress to support her husband. She light blue cocktail dress with nude Jimmy Choo pumps and pearls. But what got people talking was her protective face mask. It was made out of the same fabric as her D&G outfit. How chic is that?

To see more first lady fashions from Michelle Obama, Hillary Clinton, Dr. Jill Biden, and the iconic, late Jacqueline Kennedy, scroll through our gallery above. The history of high fashion in the East Wing is unparalleled in this country.

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Dolly Parton Then & Now: See The Country Star’s Transformation Through The Years On 75th Birthday

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In honor of Dolly Parton’s 75th birthday on Jan. 19, we’re taking a look back at photos of the legendary country singer throughout the entirety her extraordinary career.

Happy birthday to the one and only, Dolly Parton! The country superstar turns 75 on Jan. 19, which is the perfect opportunity to celebrate her illustrious career and how she’s changed the face of country music over the years. Dolly epically climbed the music ladder by starting out as a girl who came from nothing and transforming into a record-breaking artist, who undoubtedly paved the way for other females in the genre.

Dolly Parton looking beautiful with a big smile.. (Everrett Collection)

Dolly released her debut studio album, Hello Dolly, in 1967 and it brought her two top 40 hits, including “Dumb Blonde”, which talked about how despite the spunky artist’s light-colored locks, she was “nobody’s fool”. In addition to releasing more solo albums throughout the 1970s and 1980s, she released a series of duet albums with Porter Wagoner and stayed on the charts. Although her albums didn’t do as well in the 1990s, she climbed the musical ladder again when she reached success in the new millennium and has continued to release records on independent labels as well as her own record label, Dolly Records.

Throughout Dolly’s tremendous career, which includes having 25 songs reach the number one spot on the Billboard country music charts, she has not only transformed herself musically, but also fashionably. The beautiful starlet has shared various looks with various hairstyles and outfits during her epic performances, music videos, and appearances, and has become an icon to women of all ages. From high wigs that she confessed were “heavy” in a 2019 Instagram post and big jewelry, to straighter hair and casual clothing items like leather jackets, this lady sure knows how to rock just about any style!

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Dolly Parton, seen here during a previous appearance, released her debut album in 1967. (MEGA)

Her gorgeous voice and impressive guitar playing are also things about Dolly that people everywhere know and love, and she hasn’t wavered despite being three months away from her 75th birthday! On Apr. 8, she wowed music fans with a rendition of her dear friend and sometimes musical partner, Kenny Rogers‘ song “Sweet Music Man”. The performance was part of CMT GIANTS Kenny Rogers: A Benefit For MusiCares, which honored the legend after he passed away at the age of 81 in March, and Dolly’s appearance was one of the most heart-stopping of the entire special.

Whether she’s singing her heart out or posing on a red carpet with her brightest smile, Dolly has never failed to amaze people throughout her years in the spotlight. Click through the gallery above to relive more of the most epic moments from her career.



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Rachel Uchitel Reveals Moment Tiger Woods’ Ex-Wife Confronted Her Over Their Affair: ‘I Knew It Was You’

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In the final part of HBO’s ‘Tiger,’ the golfer’s former mistress remembers what his wife Elin Nordegren told her on the phone after discovering their affair.

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Rachel Uchitel has finally revealed what happened on the night that shocked the sporting world in the second and final part of HBO’s Tiger docuseries. In the Jan. 17 episode, Tiger Woods’ 45-year-old former mistress described what happened on Thanksgiving night 2009 when the golfer’s then wife, Elin Nordegren, discovered that the tabloid rumor about their affair was true.

Rachel admitted that, just days before, she and her lover “did everything to try and stop” a National Enquirer story exposing their secret romance. One of the tabloid’s reporters had spotted her going to visit Tiger’s room in a Melbourne hotel during the Australian Masters and – despite the couple’s best efforts – the magazine insisted on publishing the article.

Rachel Uchitel has broken her silence about her affair with Tiger Woods. (AP)

At the time the secretly philandering golfer had a golden boy image. The father-of-two conspired with his mistress to convince Elin that there was no truth to the story. He even put the two women on the phone with each other, according to the documentary.

“We had an extensive, 30-minute conversation, Elin and I, convincing her that I was not having a sexual relationship with Tiger,” Rachel said. “We talked about how I knew Tiger, how I knew his friends, how and why I was in Australia.”

Elin appeared to believe Rachel and Tiger and, two days later, Rachel said she and the golfer wished each other a Happy Thanksgiving, relieved that they had gotten away with it.

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Tiger Woods with his ex-wife Elin Nordegren before they split after his secret affairs became public knowledge. (AP)

“Between this stupid story and the phone call with Elin I remember thinking, oh my God, we’re going to slide right over this,” she said. “Two days later it was Thanksgiving. Tiger and I texted throughout the day, saying that we had a lot to be grateful for. We had gotten away unscathed in what could have been a complete nightmare.”

In fact, that night Rachel said Tiger sent her a text message saying, “You were the only one I ever loved.” “I remember just feeling that things had never been better between us and then he told me that he was taking an Ambien and going to sleep,” she said.

But then the night took a dramatic turn. “When I got another text from him, I was kind of surprised,” she said. “What came through was something like, ‘When am I gonna see you again?’ And then the phone rang. I answered saying something like, ‘Hey babe, I thought you went to sleep.’ And, instead of Tiger’s voice, it was Elin. And she said, ‘I knew it was you.’”

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‘Tiger’ – HBO’s two-part docuseries – concludes on Jan. 17. (Courtesy of HBO)

That night would become infamous after Tiger crashed his car into a fire hydrant near his Florida home and reports swirled that a marital bust-up had been the cause, with Elin using a golf club to smash his car window.

Tiger’s life spiraled out of control. He went into rehab for sex addiction, divorced Elin and became the butt of talk show comedians after numerous women came out of the woodwork, alleging they were his mistress too.

Rachel, who maintained her silence for more than a decade until this HBO documentary, was targeted by the paparazzi. “This story was so huge, this was the end of my life as I knew it,” she said. The two-part documentary, Tiger, is available on HBO and on the streaming service, HBO Max.

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