R.I.P. Whitney, Phyllis, Nora, and Etta—We Lost Some Treasures in 2012Lindy West12/31/12 8:00pmFiled to: Dirt BagWhitney Houstonetta jamesNora Ephronphyllis dillerripParis Hiltonkim kardashianKanye WestAnne HathawayMadonnaValentinoCelebrityGossipRounduptweetFbGettypic59EditPromoteShare to KinjaToggle Conversation toolsGo to permalinkHappy last-Dirt-Bag-of-the-year!!! Let's talk about death. There's no rhyme or reason—or significance, really—to grouping people together based on the year in which they died. It's pretty arbitrary, if you think about it. Tony Scott's suicide doesn't have anything to do with Michael Clarke Duncan's heart disease. But we do it anyway—for instance, I will forever associate Michael Jackson's death with the hardcore stealing of Farrah Fawcett's thunder. And anyway, in these melancholy final hours of 2012, it's sobering and weirdly fortifying to take a look at the way our culture grows and dies. Also it's totally fun to think about all of these people having a kegger in heaven. Here's just a sampling:AdvertisementJanuary – Etta James Dies at 73 February – Whitney Houston Dead at 48 February – Monkees Singer Davy Jones Dead at 66 April – Painter Thomas Kinkade Dead At 54 April – 60 Minutes Reporter Mike Wallace Dead At 93 April – Dick Clark Dies at 82 May – Beastie Boys' Adam Yauch Dies at 47 May – Donna Summer Dies at 63 May – Robin Gibb Dies at 62 June – Author Ray Bradbury Dies at 91 June – Nora Ephron Dead at 71 July – Television Icon Andy Griffith Dead at 86 July – Oscar Winning Actor Ernest Borgnine Dead at 95 July – The Jeffersons‘ Sherman Hemsley Dead at 74 August – Oscar-Winning Composer Marvin Hamlisch Dead at 68 August – Director Tony Scott Dead at 68 August – Legendary Comedian Phyllis Diller Dead at 95 August – Neil Armstrong: First Man On The Moon Dead September – Michael Clarke Duncan Dead at 54 November – Dallas Actor Larry Hagman Dead at 81 December – Jenni Rivera Confirmed Dead After Plane Crash December – Norah Jones‘ Father, Sitarist Ravi Shankar, Dead at 92 December – The Odd Couple Actor Jack Klugman Dead at 90 December – Charles Durning Dead At 89There are plenty more. Anyone you were particularly devastated to lose in 2012? Emote/commiserate in the comments. <3 [JustJared]GIF Paris Hilton is hella pumped about Kim Kardashian's pregnancy:AdvertisementOur sources in Miami — where Paris is getting ready to celebrate NYE — tell us P was shopping when a friend walked up and broke the news about Kim and Kanye West having a baby.We're told Paris simply smiled and said, "So happy for her, they are perfect for each other."Paris and Kim were on the outs for years until a few months ago when they reunited and danced up a storm at a friend's party — and then met up again at a recent event in Miami.Certainly. This all sounds super-sincere and above-board. [TMZ]GIF If you're looking for Anne Hathaway tonight, she's hanging out with Madonna at Valentino's party in Switzerland:AdvertisementSponsoredValentino is throwing a New Year's Eve (NYE) party tonight at the members-only Eagle Ski Club."Rumors are flying that both Madonna and Anne Hathaway will take turns serenading the legendary designer, and they might even do a duet at midnight," said the source."Valentino's NYE bash is the hottest ticket in Europe, and people are flying in from all over the world for it. Valentino is reportedly spending 500,000 euros on caviar, champagne, music, food, décor and fireworks at Wasserngrat Mountain."The theme of the party is "LOLOLOLOLLLOLOOOLOLOLOLOLOL@POORZ." [ShowbizSpy]Susan Boyle did karaoke at her local pub. [DigitalSpy]Adrienne Maloof has some tips for your "New Year's Eve style." She recommends black palazzo pants and metallic accessories. Add a felt genie vest with teal paisley appliques and she's telling you to wear my choir uniform from 1998. (Cummerbund optional.) [E!]Hugh Hefner and Crystal Harris are getting married, like, right now. [Reuters]Naomi Watts and Liev Schreiber went swimming in their swimming costumes. [JustJared]Chris Martin is reading Anna Karenina which is so cute that I'm ruined. [JustJared]Ryan Seacrest says that hosting New Year's Rockin' Eve without Dick Clark is "surreal." Frowny-face. [Us]E! would like you to "watch" these "fashionistas" in 2013. Srsly because Elle Fanning will steal all the change out of your car ashtray and then just throw it away. BECAUSE SHE CAN. [E!] Ehh, that's all I've got. All the celebrities are waaaaaaaaay too busy depilating to make any news right now. So let's just call it a day/month/year and get down to what's truly important this New Year's Eve: PALANCIN' THE FUCK INTO 2013. Love you kids. Remember to drink some water tonight.