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11 Biggest Celebrity News Stories of 2011

By Michael Lewittes

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1. Amy Winehouse Death

The 27-year-old singer was tragically found dead in her London apartment on July 23. Fans and music lovers mourned the loss of the enormously talented artist, who was later found to have drank herself to death.

2. Charlie Sheen Implosion

During his infamous meltdown, Sheen destroyed a room at the Plaza Hotel, referred to his boss as “whatshiscock,” and called founding father Thomas Jefferson a “p*ssy.” The implosion resulted in the loss of his lucrative gig on “Two and a Half Men,” but produced such gems as “winning” and “tiger blood.”

3. Arnold Schwarzenegger Love Child Revelation

The world was shocked when Maria Shriver separated from her husband of 25 years, but it all made sense a week later, when Schwarzenegger admitted to fathering a love child with their housekeeper 13 years ago.

4. Kim Kardashian Marriage and Divorce

After the world endured endless media coverage of her engagement and over-the-top wedding, the reality star filed for divorce from Kris Humphries after a mere 72 days of marriage.

5. Lindsay Lohan Legal Woes

It all started with a necklace. After the actress was accused of stealing from a Venice, California jewelry store last February, Lohan spent the majority of the year dealing with the consequences of the charges — on house arrest, in court and in jail.

6. Beyonce Pregnancy

The singer’s announcement at the MTV Video Music Awards was so huge, it set a Twitter record. And despite the bizarre conspiracy theory that her baby bump is fake, Beyonce is due to give birth very soon.

7.  Ashton Kutcher Cheating Scandal

Celebrity news outlets waited anxiously for some response from Demi Moore and Kutcher after the bombshell broke that he allegedly cheated on her the night of their sixth wedding anniversary. Six weeks later, Moore filed for divorce

8. Justin Bieber Paternity Lawsuit

Mariah Yeater shook the feathers of Beliebers everywhere when she claimed the singer fathered her four-month-old son. The Biebs maintained he had “never met the woman,” and consented to take a paternity test. Leaked text messages from Yeater later indicated she made the whole thing up in the hopes of scoring a major payday.  

9. Michael Jackson Trial

The soap opera of determining who was responsible for the King of Pop’s 2009 death finally came to an end in November, when Dr. Conrad Murray was found guilty of involuntary manslaughter and sentenced to four years in jail.

10. Celebrity Hacking Scandal

After nude photos of Scarlett Johansson and Vanessa Hudgens hit the web, the FBI launched an investigation into the hacking scandal, and made an arrest in October. Christopher Chaney was accused of hacking dozens of celebrities’ personal email accounts, including Johansson, Hudgens, Christina Aguilera and Mila Kunis.

11. Courtney Stodden

When the teenager’s marriage to 51-year-old actor Doug Hutchison made headlines, you may have asked, “Who is this person and where did she come from?” But eventually, the world came to know and love the 17-year-old exhibitionist, her holiday traditions, and stellar music videos.

Which other celebrity news stories did you think were big this year?

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