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Saturday
Jul132013

Photographer Imagines Kate Middleton's Life Using Royal Impersonators

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(LONDON) -- Kate Middleton and Prince William are staying out of the public eye as they prepare to welcome their first child, and one photographer is taking a guess as to what they might be up to.

Alison Jackson, the same photographer who staged a fake baby shower with royal impersonators, is now imagining how the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, both 31, might be preparing for their baby’s impending arrival.

In actuality, final preparations are being made for the royal baby. Recently Middleton reportedly made a secret visit to St. Mary’s Hospital, where she’ll deliver the baby, for final checks. A helicopter is waiting in a field near Prince William’s home in Wales to fly him to London should Kate go into labor while he’s working.

They’ve also brainstormed a few favorite names for both boys and girls, as they’ve chosen not to find out the gender of the baby. While it’s unclear what names are on their short list, betting shops are predicting Alexandra for a girl and George for a boy.

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Sunday
May052013

Kate Middleton’s (Lookalike’s!) Baby Shower

Alison Jackson/Rex USA(LONDON) -- Just because Kate Middleton won’t have an actual baby shower doesn’t mean we can’t dream, right?

Such was the thinking behind photographer Alison Jackson’s recent shoot, in which she asked royal impersonators to pose together for a baby shower picture.

Surrounded by lookalikes of everyone from Carole Middleton to Queen Elizabeth to Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, a brunette beauty with a striking resemblance to Kate Middleton toasts her baby and opens gifts.

However, in real life, Prince William, 30, and his wife of two years, 31, “are clearly very wealthy and a lavish baby shower would be seen as highly inappropriate,” Victoria Arbiter, ABC News royal expert, said in March. “There’s nothing they can’t go out and buy themselves."

Clearly: Though she’s not due until mid-July, Middleton has already begun to shop for her baby, stopping into the posh Blue Almonds boutique in London last month.

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Tuesday
Mar062012

George W. Bush Impressionist Steve Bridges Dead at 48

David Livingston/Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) -- Steve Bridges, an impressionist who was best known for mimicking President George W. Bush, has died.

According to The Los Angeles Times, he was found dead at his home in L.A. Saturday after recently returning from China, where he had been performing.  Bridges was 48.

He appears to have died of natural causes.  An autopsy is planned.

Bridges was a regular on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno thanks to his impression of Bush, for which he wore prosthetics to look the part.  In 2006, he appeared alongside President Bush at the White House Correspondents' Association dinner.

Bridges' act also included impersonations of Presidents Bill Clinton and Barack Obama, as well as Arnold Schwarzenegger.  He was scheduled to perform at the Indian Wells Rotary Club in Indian Wells, Calif., next week.

A statement on his website reads, "It is with great sadness that we announce the death of Steve Bridges. His passing comes as a shock to all of us...Steve brought joy and laughter to millions and was a great inspiration to all who knew him. He will be sadly missed."

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Tuesday
Nov292011

Almost Lindsay Lohan: The World of Impersonators

Brand X Pictures/Thinkstock(LOS ANGELES) -- On the deck of a yacht off the coast of Marina Del Ray, Calif.,  Emily Wilson stood out among the 150 guests at the lavish party. The 40-year-old birthday boy raised his glass of champagne, pointed to her, and said, “I’d especially like to thank my friend Lindsay Lohan for coming out to celebrate with us.”

With long red hair and light freckles, Wilson earns more than $600 an hour simply to smile and nod like Lohan. 

The media recently pounced on Jennifer Lopez for reputedly using a  body double to film a Fiat car commercial set in the Bronx, and earlier this year, ABC News’ 20/20 interviewed ballerina Sarah Lane about her work as Natalie Portman’s double in Black Swan.  Behind many of today’s biggest names, there are legions of lookalikes and impersonators making big bucks, often without the stars’ blessings.

Emily Wilson moved to L.A. to work as an entertainment reporter in 2007, but because of her likeness to Lohan, Wilson now walks the red carpet instead of standing behind the rope.

Wilson made her big screen debut in the final scene of spoof movie Meet the Spartans, playing Lindsay Lohan as she emerges from rehab.  In 2007, Wilson was hired not to make fun of Lohan but instead to serve as her body double in the film Poor Things with Shirley MacLaine.

Frustrated with Lohan's volatile personal life and perpetually changing hair color, Wilson branched out and recently landed roles in CSI: NY, How I Met Your Mother, Entourage and the upcoming film The Secret Lives of Dorks.

Jeff Burnett, 38, is also building his career based on his resemblance to Charlie Sheen. After the Two and a Half Men star lost control earlier this year, Burnett turned the media spectacle into his own opportunity and now makes $1,000 each time he impersonates Sheen at corporate events.

After years of working on the Philadelphia Stock Exchange and for Vangaurd as a market analyst, Burnett gave up his career in finance to start a new business and persona in California.

Single and eight years younger than the real Charlie Sheen, Jeff Barnett says that his role as a Charlie Sheen has improved his love life.  “Women sometimes ask if I need extra goddesses.”

Barnett hoped that the producers of Two and a Half Men would consider him to fill the void left by Sheen, but has resigned himself for now to showing up at corporate events.  His goal is to someday meet Charlie, “I’ve always been compared to him, and I’d just like him to know that I exist.”

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