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Oscar-winning actor and comedian Robin Williams, who dazzled in such wide-ranging dramatic and comedic roles as alien, nanny, therapist and cartoon genie during a four-decades long career, was found dead in his northern California home in a suspected suicide Monday. He was 63.
The Marin County Sheriff’s Department said in a statement that Williams was found unconscious and not breathing in his home around noon. The statement said the investigation into Williams’ death is ongoing, but the coroner “suspects the death to be a suicide due to asphyxia.”
A representative for Williams said in a statement the actor had been battling “severe depression of late.”
“This is a tragic and sudden loss,” Mara Buxbaum said. “The family respectfully asks for their privacy as they grieve during this very difficult time.”
Williams’ wife Susan Schneider said in a statement she is devastated and asked for privacy.
“This morning, I lost my husband and my best friend, while the world lost one of its most beloved artists and beautiful human beings,” she said. “I am utterly heartbroken. On behalf of Robin’s family, we are asking for privacy during our time of profound grief. As he is remembered, it is our hope the focus will not be on Robin’s death, but on the countless moments of joy and laughter he gave to millions.”
Williams publicly struggled with addiction during his career and most recently went to rehab in June to “fine tune” his sobriety, his rep said at the time.
The rehab stint would have gone unnoticed, except that the comedian opted to pose with a fan for a photo at a Dairy Queen near the facility, and the picture eventually went viral.
Williams had spoken openly about his cocaine addiction, which plagued him during the ’70s and ’80s. Later, in 2006, he said he was an alcoholic and went to rehab to get his drinking under control.
From his breakthrough in the late 1970s as the alien in the hit TV show “Mork and Mindy,” through his standup act and such films as “Good Morning, Vietnam,” the short, barrel-chested Williams ranted and shouted as if just sprung from solitary confinement. Loud, fast, manic, he parodied everyone from John Wayne to Keith Richards, impersonating a Russian immigrant as easily as a pack of Nazi attack dogs.
He was a riot in drag in “Mrs. Doubtfire,” or as a cartoon genie in “Aladdin.” He won his Academy Award in a rare, but equally intense dramatic role, as a teacher in the 1997 film “Good Will Hunting.”
He also played for tears in “Awakenings,” “Dead Poets Society” and “What Dreams May Come,” something that led New York Times critic Stephen Holden to once say he dreaded seeing the actor’s “Humpty Dumpty grin and crinkly moist eyes.”
Williams also won three Golden Globes, for “Good Morning, Vietnam,” “Mrs. Doubtfire” and “The Fisher King.”
His other film credits included Robert Altman’s “Popeye” (a box office bomb), Paul Mazursky’s “Moscow on the Hudson,” Steven Spielberg’s “Hook” and Woody Allen’s “Deconstructing Harry.” On stage, Williams joined fellow comedian Steve Martin in a 1988 Broadway revival of “Waiting for Godot.”
Fellow stars were quick to express their grief upon hearing about Williams’ death.
Actor and producer Garry Marshall remembered his friend, stating, “Robin was hands-down a comedy genius and one of the most talented performers I have ever worked with in television or film. To lose him so young at the age of 63 is just a tragedy. I will forever be in awe of his timing, his talent and his pure and golden creativity. He could make everybody happy, but himself. He was my friend and it is rare that you ever have a friend that is also a genius.”
President Obama also reacted to the news of Williams’ death, stating, “Robin Williams was an airman, a doctor, a genie, a nanny, a president, a professor, a bangarang Peter Pan, and everything in between. But he was one of a kind. He arrived in our lives as an alien – but he ended up touching every element of the human spirit. He made us laugh. He made us cry. He gave his immeasurable talent freely and generously to those who needed it most – from our troops stationed abroad to the marginalized on our own streets. The Obama family offers our condolences to Robin’s family, his friends, and everyone who found their voice and their verse thanks to Robin Williams.”
San Francisco Mayor Edwin M. Lee commented on the star’s death, as he was a longtime resident of the San Francisco area.
“Despite his success, he has never forgotten San Francisco. He was a philanthropist who gave generously, and he was a friend of the city,” he stated. “San Francisco is heartbroken by the tragic loss of Robin Williams who forever changed the world with laughter and joy.”
Williams is survived by his third wife Schneider and his three children, Zachary, Zelda and Cody.
The newly revamped India Couture Week celebrated Indian talent in design. The fashion extravaganza treated the audience to the best of creative design and couture, with a few famous faces lending a hand on the runway.
India Couture Week is one of the most prestigious fashion events of the year. Nine of the most popular designers from across the country showcased their version of the ‘modern Indian story’.
The annual event is the product of the collaboration between Fashion Design Council of India (FDCI) and Shree Raj Mahal Jewellers.
The fashion extravaganza kicked off with Sabyasachi Mukherjee’s collection named ‘Ferozabad’. The stage was set up as a luxury train and models were acting as passengers.
They sashayed in beige and peach sarees, teamed with high-neck blouses, anarkalis, lehengas and shararas. Male models walked the ramp in bandhgalas, embroidered trousers and khadi coats.
After the show, the designer said: “I wanted to do something with a lot of very bright metallic work that I don’t normally do because my work is quite toned down, and I wanted to do it on unusual materials, like lehengas made out of canvas.”
Bollywood celebrity Rani Mukerji, strutted on the runway in a beige embellished zardozi saree. After modeling, the actress said:
“I feel really emotional seeing his collection. I hope that’s a good thing. I really enjoyed watching his collection. One could see the hard work, the blood and sweat he has put into every outfit. Every show of Sabyasachi is different.”
Opening Day 2 was the Ram-Leela designer Anju Modi, who captivated the audience with sophisticated ensembles. He won the admiration of the critics by playing mix-and-match with the parts of the traditional bridal ensemble- lehenga choli and gharara kurti, thus creating a fresh looking hybrids of the styles of different regions.
The colour palette evolved from nudes, pastel pink and icy blue to deep red and navy, complemented with ivory. Models dazzled in dhoti pants matched with sherwanis, adorned with sheer asymmetrical hemlines. Superstar Kangana Ranaut was the show stopper, as she walked the ramp in a black lehenga and blouse, embellished with intricate resham work.
Two of the most cherished Bollywood beauties dazzled on the runway for Rina Dhaka’s show. Nimrat Kaur and Malaika Arora Khan looked divine in two of her outfits.
The designer’s collection was inspired by the iconography of the gota work of Rajasthan. The ensembles were embellished with intricate embroidery and layering. After the show, Nimrat Kaur commented:
“I am surprised with the way Indian garments are getting global appeal. You have so many different kinds of draping styles or how people wear things. Much like our culture, fashion is also changing.”
Opening Day 3 was Designer Monisha Jaising with a collection titled “World Bride”. She showcased alternative bride gowns, inspired by the French Rococo style in the 18th century.
Romantic ball gown skirts, fitted lehengas, leme saris, slinky dresses and cigarette pants were teamed with corsets, lace blouses, asymmetrical tops and bandhgalas. The rich embroidery was combined with leather detailing, which gave a modern twist to the romantic appeal of lace.
Designer Varun Bahl accentuated the feminine figure with sharp silhouettes, mesh sleeves and linear cuts, incorporated in cocktail dresses, anarkalis, lehengas and sarees.
The day closed with the collection of couturier Rohit Bal. He allured the female audience with exquisite sari with cape, voluminous anarakalis, bandhgala jackets and lehenga in gold and ivory. Male models walked the ramp in brocade sherwanis, shawls and turbans fitted with brooches in the same colour palette.
One of the boldest visionaries – Manish Arora, showcased his latest creations. His daring outfits were multi-coloured, embellished with neon sheer fabrics, Japanese chip embroidery and pearls, which symbolised the liberation of Indian women.
A major male Bollywood celebrities, actor Rahul Khanna, attended Gaurav Gupta’s fashion show at day 4. He commented on the event:
“Oh it’s good to be here in Delhi. I am coming back after quite some time, so yes, I feel good. Gaurav is a friend and I am glad I could make it see his show.”
The penultimate day featured Manish Malhorta’s collection. The renowned designee quickly established red as the top bridal colour of the year. His show featured an exquisite selection of sarees in ruby and beige, embellished with zari embroidery. Some of the intricate pieces took his team months to complete.
The show culminated in the appearance of Bollywood celebrity Alia Bhatt on the ramp, dressed in a bright red lehenga. Later, she said:
“It’s like a dream-come true for me to walk in Manish’s creations. Two years ago, I was sitting in the audience at his show and Kareena Kapoor was the showstopper and I wondered when I would get to walk for him.”
The finale on the last day was the Rimple & Harpreet Narula Couture collection by Shree Raj Mahal Jewellers.
This collection was soft and delicate in tones of beige, combined with nude and brown, highlighted with gold and silver. The designers were inspired by the Nomads of the Khyber Pukhtoon, Persia, Morocco and India and showcased subtle beauty.
Later in the day, the very last show was delivered by the Fashion Council of India presenting Shree Raj Mahal Jewellers. The collection was modelled by Muzammil Ibrahim, Aditi Govitrikar, Aanchal Kumar and Deepti Gujral.
India Couture Week showcased the collection of India’s most beloved couturiers. A constellation of A-list Bollywood icons took part in the grandeur of the 6-day fashion event.
The creative designs and the impeccable execution transcended the dramatic outfits in the realms of art.
On Saturday night, Nia Sanchez (formerly Miss Nevada) was crowned MISS USA 2014. The 24 year old from Las Vegas charmed the judges and audiences during all three rounds of competition: swimsuit, evening gown and interview.
Here are 5 interesting facts about Nia.
1. She has a black belt
Sanchez is one women you definately don’t want to mess with. The 24- year old Nevada native started training when she was 8 and started teaching when she was 12.
2. This isn’t her first tiara
Sanchez worked as a Disney Princess at Hong Kong Disney.
3. She loves to travel
Sanchez began traveling internationally after she finished high school when she moved to Europe to be a nanny. She has since traveled to Europe, the Middle East and Asia.
4. She is half Mexican
She is half Mexican and loves traveling to Mexico on mission trips.
5. She had a rough upbringing
When she was 6 years old , Sanchez and her mother lived in a women’s shelter but the experience taught her to give back since she now works in one .
If you are attending a Hindu, Muslim, Jain or Sikh wedding ceremony for the first time, you will be unsure about what to expect as a guest. These tips will hopefully put your mind at ease and allow you to truly enjoy your first traditional Indian wedding.
During the traditional wedding ceremony it’s best to wear Indian attire. The sari is the most appreciated outfit at the wedding ceremony. Regardless of what you decide to wear, you should dress conservatively. During many ceremonies you may be required to sit on the floor and this will be difficult in tight or short fitting clothing.
Colors to avoid
During the wedding ceremony avoid wearing black, white and all red. White is worn during Indian funerals and black signifies mourning. Since weddings are a happy and festive occasions, bright colors work well (oranges, pinks, blues and yellows). Try and avoid wearing a bright red outfit as this is traditionally worn by the bride and you wouldn’t want to outshine her on her wedding day.
Carry along a scarf if you don’t have a dupatta
Several ceremonies, such as a Sikh wedding, require you to cover your head when you are in the temple. Carry a scarf or a pashmina to cover up your head, bare shoulders or arms. Men usually wear the head covering provided at the temple or carry a large white handkerchief to place over their head.
Depending on where the wedding ceremony is taking place you may have to remove shoes. Most religious places and temples require you to take off your shoes. Don’t forget your pedicure!
Prashad or Blessed food
During Sikh and Hindu wedding ceremonies you may be given blessed food or prashad, which could be anything from flour made with sugar and ghee (clarified butter) to nuts or chocolates. This will be passed at the end of the wedding ceremony or could be placed on your seat during the wedding.
Most wedding invitations will say “No Boxed Gifts.” This means the couple is looking for a monetary gift. Remember numbers that end with one are considered lucky, i.e $51, $101, $251.
During a Hindu, Sikh or Jain wedding ceremony you will most likely be served vegetarian food. However, during the other celebrations- mendhi, sangeet- non-vegetarian food will most likely be served depending on the families preferences. At a muslim wedding you can expect the meat to be halal. The after wedding meal is that you eat is meant to bring good luck to the couple.
Have fun and and enjoy the experience!
Don’t worry about all the little details of the wedding and offending the couple! The couple and family will be very honored to have you attend the wedding and will welcome you with open arms and treat you like family. Relax and enjoy the colorful experience of being part of an Indian wedding!