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Nia Vardalos Had to Skip Her Dad's Funeral Because of the Global Health Crisis

My Big Fat Greek Wedding star Nia Vardalos has revealed that she missed her father’s funeral this month as she was unable to fly home to Canada due to the current health crisis facing the world.

The Oscar-nominated star told Variety that the last time she saw her dad was at Christmas.

Nia got to speak to her dad via FaceTime before he passed away. She said, “They held up the phone to him and I got to thank him for an incredible life and tell him he was a gentleman and he was a great dad. My mom held his hand and said, ‘It’s okay for you to go.’”

The funeral took place on March 19 and it was live streamed online.

“I always said my dad has impeccable timing,” Nia said. She believes he waited to pass away until friends and family were unable to fly in for the funeral because of new social distancing rules.

“If he had gone 14 days ago when they weren’t acknowledging the global threat, we all would have gathered and it could have brought down the city and also we would have gone back to all our communities and could have spread something,” Nia said. “He waited until the church said they couldn’t have any more large gatherings. I think my father knew he was keeping people safe.”

Nia is now encouraging fans to donate to Big Sunday Organization in memory of her father and to use #BigFatDonation on Twitter.

Sharon Stone, Judith Light, & Diane Lane Arrive in Style for Elton John Oscar Party 2020

Sharon Stone and Diane Lane go glam on the red carpet while arriving at the 2020 Elton John AIDS Foundation Oscars Viewing Party on Sunday (February 9) in Los Angeles.

The 61-year-old Basic Instinct actress and the 55-year-old Under the Tuscan Sun actress both donned black outfits as they attended the party.

Other stars at the party included Ugly Betty actress Judith Light, My Big Fat Greek Wedding actress Nia Vardalos, RHOBH newcomer Garcelle Beauvais, To Tell the Truth host Vivica A. Fox, The Kominsky Method actress Jane Seymour, One Tree Hill actress Shantel VanSanten, Arrow actress Janina Gavankar, and The Talk co-host Aisha Tyler.

FYI: Sharon is wearing an Elie Saab jumpsuit with an Ashi Studio cape. Judith is wearing a Balmain dress. Garcelle is wearing Jovani. Shantel is wearing a Paolo Sebastian dress. Jane is wearing Jovani. Janina is wearing Azzi & Osta.

25+ pictures inside of the stars stepping out for the party…More Here! »

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Modern Family's Jesse Tyler Ferguson & Julie Bowen Wear Matching Outfits to See a Show!

Jesse Tyler Ferguson and Julie Bowen hit the carpet while attending the opening night of Center Theatre Group’s What the Constitution Means to Me on Friday night (January 17) at the Mark Taper Forum in Los Angeles.

The Modern Family co-stars wore matching outfits to the event – black turtleneck sweaters under a beige coat!

Inside the event, they were joined by Jesse‘s husband Justin Mikita and his on-screen daughter Aubrey Anderson-Emmons.

More celebs in attendance included Thomas Sadoski with wife Amanda Seyfried, Nia Vardalos, Marisa Tomei, Barrett Foa, Carly Hughes, Our Lady J, Allison Tolman, and Conrad Ricamora with boyfriend Joshua Cockream.

The show’s stars Maria Dizzia, Rosdely Ciprian, Jocelyn Shek, and Mike Iveson all posed for photos at the after party.

What the Constitution Means to Me is playing at the Mark Taper Forum through February 28!

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ABC's 'Same Time, Next Christmas' Movie - Meet the Cast!

Lea Michele is getting into the holiday spirit with her new movie Same Time, Next Christmas and it’s getting a primetime premiere on ABC tonight.

The 33-year-old actress returns to the network after starring in the 2017 comedy series The Mayor and she has some hot co-stars in the holiday film!

Here is the movie’s synopsis: Olivia Anderson (Michele) is a successful young woman who met her childhood sweetheart during her family’s annual Christmas visit to Hawaii. After being separated by distance and years, the two reunite at the same Hawaiian resort years later, and the old chemistry between them flares up anew—but circumstances conspire to keep them apart.

Same Time, Next Christmas premieres at 9/8c tonight (December 5) on ABC.

Click inside to meet the cast for the film… More Here! »

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Christina Hendricks, Matthew Morrison & Cheyenne Jackson Step Out for Thespians Go Hollywood Gala!

Christina Hendricks keeps it chic while striking a pose on the red carpet at the 2019 Thespians Go Hollywood Gala held at Avalon Hollywood on Monday (November 18) in Los Angeles.

The 44-year-old Good Girls star was joined at the event by Cheyenne Jackson, Matthew Morrison, Marissa Jaret Winokur, Sean Hayes, Megan Hilty, Nia Vardalos and Bernadette Peters.

The Thespians Go Hollywood gala is put on by the Educational Theatre Foundation to support financial access and equity in school theater education programs.

Christina, Matthew and more helped pay tribute to Tony legend Bernadette Peters who was being honored with the Craig Zadan Theatre for Life Award. The award is named after the late producer Zadan, who received the award posthumously last year along with producing partner Neil Meron during an emotional event in North Hollywood that saw a slew of A-listers perform on the same stage as high school students.

READ MORE: Christina Hendricks & Geoffrey Arend Split After 10 Years of Marriage

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Renee Zellweger Is Joined by Sam Smith at 'Judy' Premiere!

Renee Zellweger walks the red carpet with singer Sam Smith at the premiere of her movie Judy on Thursday (September 19) at the Samuel Goldwyn Theater in Beverly Hills, Calif.

The 50-year-old Oscar-winning actress, who is getting Oscar buzz again for this movie, recorded a duet of “Get Happy” with Sam for the soundtrack.

Rufus Wainwright, who recorded “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas” with Renee for the soundtrack, walked the red carpet with Sharon Stone.

Also in attendance were Renee‘s co-stars Jessie Buckley and Rufus Sewell, as well as director Rupert Goold.

Some of the celebs who stepped out to check out the movie included Billy Eichner, Nia Vardalos, Elisha Cuthbert, Naya Rivera, Peter Facinelli and girlfriend Lily Anne Harrison, Carly Hughes, and Clifton Collins Jr.

FYI: Renee is wearing an Oscar de la Renta dress. Jessie is wearing Tory Burch.

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Lea Michele Does Yoga While Filming Her Christmas Movie

Lea Michele shows off her toned figure while doing yoga on the set of her upcoming movie Same Time, Next Christmas on Friday (August 9) in Honolulu, Hawaii.

The 32-year-old actress was joined on set that day by co-star Charles Michael Davis, as well as Nia Vardalos and Scandal‘s George Newbern, whose casting is yet to be announced.

The cast was spotted filming at the Turtle Bay Resort.

Lea is set to play “Olivia Henderson, a young woman who met her childhood sweetheart during her family’s annual Christmas trip to Hawaii. After being separated by distance and time, the two reunite at the same Hawaii resort years later, and the old chemistry between them flares up — but circumstances conspire to keep them apart.”

FYI: Lea is wearing an Outdoor Voices outfit.

30+ pictures inside of Lea Michele on the set of her film… More Here! »

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