Julia Roberts's Half-Sister, Nancy Motes, Found Dead at Age 37

This is terribly sad. Nancy Motes, the younger half-sister of Julia and Eric Roberts, has been found dead in Los Angeles of an apparent drug overdose. Motes was last in the news in summer of 2013, when she revealed that Julia Roberts "taunted" her until she got gastric bypass surgery. :-\

The body of Motes, the youngest sibling of Roberts and her older brother, actor Eric Roberts, was apparently discovered on Sunday, Feb. 9. "It is with deep sadness that the family of Nancy Motes...confirms that she was found dead in Los Angeles yesterday of an apparent drug overdose," the statement read.

"There is no official report from the Coroner's office yet," it continued. "The family is both shocked and devastated."

Motes, a production assistant, seems to have had a complicated history with her world-famous half-sister, 45. In an interview she gave to the New York Daily News last August, she described their relationship as "a work in progress."

"I think we're both trying to change our opinions of each other," the Daily News quoted her as saying. "It's a work in progress. It's not going to be fixed overnight."

My sincerest condolences all around. Especially to Motes herself, who appears to have had a terrifically tough go of it. [Us] [NYDN]


I thought I wouldn't be able to watch this all the way through because awkwardness gives me hives, but it's actually fucking amazing. An entertainment reporter who, presumably, was at least peripherally involved in booking Samuel L. Jackson for this segment, thought that Samuel L. Jackson was Laurence Fishburne:

"You're the entertainment reporter?! And you don't know the difference between me and Laurence Fishburne? There must be a very short line for your job," he continued as Rubin attempted to turn the conversation back to Jackson's RoboCop remake. "I'm the 'What's in your wallet' black guy. And I've actually never done a McDonalds or a Kentucky Fried Chicken commercial. I know that's surprising."

Oh, and of course now the guy (or is it Anthony Michael Hall? I can't tell these whites apart...) is trying to backpedal:

"I indicated to Samuel that I'd seen him during the Super Bowl, and he thought that I had confused him with the commercial Laurence Fishburne had done for a car company," Rubin said. "Of course a Captain America ad had also run during the Super Bowl, but I immediately felt so dumb, I didn't bring that up — and he gave me the shellacking that was well deserved."

Right. 'Kay, guy. [Us]


Julia Roberts's Half-Sister, Nancy Motes, Found Dead at Age 37

What the fuck!? Apparently Trinny Woodall, Charles Saatchi's new girlfriend, made a "hilarious" "joke" about the time her boyfriend publicly choked his ex-wife Nigella Lawson.

In an interview with High50, Woodall seemingly poked fun at Lawson and Saatchi's infamous throat-grabbing photos, saying, "It's great that, at 50, life can still grab you by the throat and shake you up. And it's even better when you've learned to cope with whatever's thrown at you. So long as it isn't a bedside lamp."

GOOD ONE. GOOD ONE, HATTY. NICE HAT. GO AWAY. [E!]


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