This is how Escaping The Madhouse: The Nellie Bly Story almost ended

On Saturday, Lifetime aired Escaping the Madhouse: The Nellie Bly story. Christina Ricci played the 19th century reporter who went undercover in an mental institution. 

Early cuts of The Nellie Bly Story were even more scathing, according to costar Josh Bowman. Spoiler alert for those who have not seen The Nellie Bly Story yet, Bowman told Monsters and Critics about the original ending.

“There is an ending of a character’s arc that sadly was omitted for whatever reason,” Bowman said. “It was good.”

Okay, are you ready? In the original ending, the corrupt Matron Grady (Judith Light) died by her own hands.

“Matron Grady commits suicide,” Bowman said. “She jumps out of the building, jumps out of the window. She now gets arrested.”

Hopefully the original ending will be seen when Escaping the Madhouse: The Nellie Bly Story is released on home video. If it never sees the light of day, Bowman described how Matron Grady’s suicide was presented.

“It doesn’t impact my character but I think for dramatic purposes, the image was fantastic what they shot,” Bowman said. “It was a great image of her bravely just walking, shot from behind. Visually I’m talking, not emotionally. Emotionally she kills herself. That’s full on. I personally think that was the perfect ending but they got rid of it.”

Reshoots and recuts are an inevitable part of filmmaking. And inevitably, the actors can be frustrated when the script they read and filmed ends up differently on screen.

“I think a shooting script should be a shooting script but that’s just me,” Bowman said. “I’m an actor. What do I know?”

We’ll have more about Lifetime original movies airing in January and February, featuring interviews with the stars, here on Monsters and Critics. 

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Historians Explain How The Women’s March Builds On More Than 100 Years Of Resistance

On the heels of a midterm election in which record numbers of women were elected to Congress, the Women’s March is slated to take place on Saturday for the third year in a row. Despite facing ramped-up criticism in recent months, historians tell Bustle that the Women’s March has built a platform of inclusivity inspired by other feminist protests and marches in U.S. history — and that it showcases the fact that women will continue to show up for what they believe in, despite what challenges arise.

The Women’s March was first organized in Washington, D.C. in 2017, with sister marches taking place both across the country and around the world. The Washington Post characterized the 2017 Women’s March as possibly the largest single-day demonstration in recorded U.S. history, though historians tell Bustle that it follows a long tradition of feminist activism. Throughout American history, women have fought for suffrage, racial justice, stricter gun control laws, and more.

"Women’s protest and resistance has a very long history and takes many forms, from consciousness-raising groups in the 1970s to the abolitionist movement in the 19th century to community organizing to working-class protest," Barnard College history professor Premilla Nadasen tells Bustle. "Large-scale marches are just one example."

The Women’s March — like many of the movements that came before it — is a people’s march organized by those most affected by the issues it targets, as journalist and historian Janus Adams notes. Three past protests in particular opened up opportunities for movements like the Women’s March to take place, according to Adams: the Woman Suffrage Parade of 1913, the Silent Parade of 1917, and the 1963 March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom.

On the surface, it might seem like protesters were fighting for different things in each of those examples. The NAACP organized the Silent Parade in New York City to protest anti-black mob violence and lynchings across the country. The March on Washington was a protest for racial and economic justice. But these issues all intersect, according to Adams, in that at their core, she says all of these marches were about "the right to have a decent life of your own making, unimpeded by someone else’s racism, sexism, homophobia, Islamophobia."

The grassroots organizing landscape of American history is rich with examples of protests that paved the way for the Women’s March. In addition to those mentioned by Adams, Temple University history professor Bettye Collier-Thomas highlighted feminist protests like the Equal Rights Amendment marches in the 1970s, the Million Woman March in 1997 organized by black women to demand equality and justice for themselves and their communities, the Million Mom March for stricter gun control in 2000, and the pro-choice March for Women’s Lives in 2004.

Collier-Thomas suggests many of those protesters made mistakes that Women’s March participants might learn from. The white organizers of the Woman Suffrage Parade of 1913 asked black women to march in the back, The Washington Post reported. And during the 1963 March on Washington, black women were not given speaking slots, even though they played influential roles as organizers and marchers, per The New Republic.

Although they often had to fight to take their place in various social movements, thousands of black women nonetheless marched in the Silent Parade of 1917, and hundreds of thousands of black women organized the Million Woman March in Philadelphia. As Collier-Thomas points out, race and gender intersect in critical ways and cannot be "isolated or separated."

"When discussing feminist protests and marches in American history, it is of equal importance to note hundreds of thousands of black women who participated in the organizing and marched for equality and justice," she says.

Since it was first organized after President Donald Trump’s election, the Women’s March has aimed to be more inclusive than many protests have been in the past. According to University of California, Santa Cruz history professor Lisbeth Haas, the organizers of the Women’s March "built a stronger consciousness around inclusivity" in a way that previous protests hadn’t.

However, since its inception, the Women’s March has faced significant skepticism from women of color concerned that the march disproportionately represented the interests of white women. It also faced skepticism from transgender women who felt that the Women’s March did not offer them a legitimate platform.

As a result, the women of color leading the national Women’s March worked hard to address inclusion, as Newsweek reported last year, including using their intersectional platform to urge cisgender white women to confront their own biases and participate in other social movements. The Women’s March platform is explicit in its demands for not only gender justice, but also racial justice, economic justice, reproductive freedom, LGBTQIA rights, and workers’ rights.

Criticism over participation in the protest being too white wasn’t the only issue the Women’s March had to confront. Co-chairs Tamika Mallory, Linda Sarsour, and Carmen Perez also faced criticism over their reported connection to Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan and allegations that anti-Semitic comments were made in a Women’s March meeting.

Mallory, Perez, and Sarsour have denied the allegations of anti-Semitism. When reached for comment, a Women’s March spokesperson directed Bustle to the public statements the organization has posted on their website, including one that read, "Women’s March is committed to fighting all forms of oppression as outlined in our Unity Principles. We will not tolerate anti-Semitism, racism, misogyny, homophobia, and transphobia and we condemn these expressions of hatred in all forms."

Haas points out that the Women’s March also intersects with other critical movements, including Black Lives Matter and #MeToo, and argues that the Women’s March is "almost the culmination of the best of the history" of women’s protests and labor movements over the years.

"It’s a very strong force, because they organized along these same principles of inclusion, of young and old being present, of all women being included despite race, class, sexual differences," she says.

Despite tensions around this year’s event, the Women’s March is slated to take place on Saturday, and thousands of women are expected to attend, per ABC News. The Women’s March organizers have committed to provide an open forum for dialogue and dissent, as The Cut pointed out, indicating that they have learned from the movements of the past.

"Building a movement is never easy," Nadasen tells Bustle. "It is a process that requires discussion, debate, and disagreement. The Women’s Marches are important because they have created an opening for us to have a deeper dialogue about the meaning of gender justice and feminist liberation — for all women and all people."

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How ‘Glass’ Star Sarah Paulson Coped With Being The New Kid On Set

In Glass, in theaters now, writer/director M. Night Shyamalan brings together characters from 2000’s Unbreakable and 2016’s Split, which was revealed in its final moments — though it seemed at first to standalone — to be a sequel to the former. The new movie introduces one prominent, brand new player to the universe. Sarah Paulson plays Dr. Ellie Staple in Glass, and though the actor signed on to the movie before she even saw a script, she also felt the pressure of joining a trilogy already in progress.

"Every time you walk on a film set, it’s like the first day of school," Paulson says, sipping tea at the Crosby Street Hotel in New York City. "Like in fifth grade. So, it’s always a little bit awful and then you very quickly you find your people, and just like school, it ends up being just fine. But this was, like, triple-fold."

The People v. OJ Simpson star took home the Golden Globe, Emmy, and SAG Award for her performance as Marcia Clark, and she’s American Horror Story royalty. But when it comes to Shyamalan movies, Paulson is also just a fan — a fan who’s walking onto a set where most people already know each other, including the crew, who she says "basically have been with [Shyamalan] for every single movie he’s made."

Paulson’s character is also an outsider — a psychologist who specializes in treating people who have the delusion that they are superheroes. It’s her who puts the three possibly super-human men from the two previous movies in the same room together, for the first time. The scene where Dr. Staple hosts a tense group therapy session with David Dunn (Bruce Willis), Kevin Wendell Crumb (James McAvoy), and Elijah Price (Samuel L. Jackson) proved to be particularly surreal for Paulson.

"What I’m looking at are three extraordinary actors that on any day would be nerve-racking enough for an actor to be working opposite," she says of her costars. "But then you add to it the iconic characters that they’re playing." Having "immersed" herself in their stories as a fan of those previous movies, the actor says she had to do an "interesting internal dance" to embody someone who’s "in a position of power and authority" over them.

Paulson recalls Shyamalan explaining Dr. Staple to her as someone who is "very, very, very good at her job," in all its specificity and theoretical danger. So appearing to be intimidated by the Overseer, Mr. Glass, and the Horde was not an option. The doctor is, however, genuinely sympathetic to their circumstances. "It is not just cut and dry, it’s not just clinical," the actor says. "She does believe she can provide them with a better way of thinking that would benefit them first and foremost, and ultimately be better for the world."

In her position, Staple gets to deliver some of the movie’s meta cracks about the rise of superhero and comics culture in the mainstream. Unbreakable begins with a title card explaining that there are people who collect comic books, a prologue that seems hilariously extraneous 19 years later, but which speaks to how much the influence of that art form has grown, and how fan culture has expanded to include other genres and formats. Some of the biggest laughs in the screening I attended were prompted by Paulson’s line about how comic-cons now exist to sell teen TV shows. Because we’re rooting for the villains and heroes, it reads as Shyamalan’s jab to critics who find superhero movies to be too prevalent, or comic-con attendees stunted or sheep-like. A genre fan and now icon herself, Paulson isn’t going to rain on anybody’s parade.

"I think it’s an extraordinary thing to have people be wholly committed to something that they love," Paulson says, comparing that passion to her childhood love of Kirk Cameron and Alyssa Milano. "I don’t think there’s anything wrong with it. I don’t think it’s destroying the film community. I don’t think it’s ruining anyone’s attempt at artistry." In fact, the actor finds comic-con culture to be indicative of how hungry fans are for stories that move them. "All you want to do in life is do work that’s going to affect someone in a positive way, and to me that’s just a huge reflection that something people are doing is landing somewhere," she adds. "I’m all for it."

At the far opposite end of that spectrum, her performance as Dr. Staple is so effective and convincing that you may find yourself questioning what you saw in Unbreakable and Split, and whether Mr. Glass was really right about heroes living amongst humans in Shyamalan’s vision of the world. As is the case with all the filmmaker’s movies, there are surprises in store. Paulson recalls hearing stories that she’d receive scripts with pages redacted or containing multiple false endings, but that wasn’t the case in practice. She knew everything up front, as did the rest of the main cast.

"Because I was such a fan and because I was getting so excited to do it, I mean, the last thing I would ever do in the world would be make it known to anybody what the ending was, and I think everyone working on the movie felt that way and feels very protective of Night," she says. Anchoring many seasons of American Horror Story has made Paulson extremely confident in her own secret-keeping abilities, though, she does add with a smile that she "[longs] for the day" when she doesn’t have to be quite so tight-lipped about something she’s working on.

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Here’s How Aquarius Season Will Affect You, Based On Your Zodiac Sign

If Capricorn season felt a little too intense for you with its goal-oriented, work-obsessed vibes, good news: Aquarius season 2019 is officially here to swoop in and grab the reigns in its unique, airy, and avant-garde style starting Jan. 20. Buckle up! This sign is all about being unabashedly yourself and a revolutionary free-thinker. Aquarius energy doesn’t care about tradition, and it doesn’t cling to the past — its mind is always on the future, focused on exploring possibilities, thinking outside the box, and making the world a radically better place. That said, you can bet we’re all in for a wild ride with this fixed air sign in the driver’s seat.

So, let’s talk about the overall ~Aquarius vibe~ that we’ll all be embracing over the coming month. Aquarians are basically aliens in human clothing — and just in case you took that as anything but the highest compliment, let me clarify: I absolutely mean that as the highest compliment. Even the most seemingly normie Aquarian has a twinkle in their eye that betrays the fact that their ideas are totally out there and other-worldly. What’s also fascinating about Aquarius is its paradoxical nature: Its energy is based on being a complete and total individual, yet it devotes this uncompromising uniqueness to the collective good.

Bustle spoke with astrologer Lisa Stardust about what’s to come for us during Aquarius season. "The next 30 days will focus on getting unique projects with the collective off the ground," she shares. "As we all approach life from a distant and empathic view … we [can] implement change into the reality of our day-to-day lives." Social, intellectual, and quick, Aquarians work very well with others (this sign rules the eleventh house of the zodiac, which deals with community, humanitarian efforts, and working together, so it makes sense) — so long as those others can keep up with their limitless ideas and idealistic dreams.

And it’s no surprise that the Aquarius vibe likes to stray from the beaten path and march to the beat of its own drum. Just look at its ruling planet, Uranus, which happens to be only planet that spins on its side. No coincidence there! Uranus is the planet of sudden change, inspiration, and higher thinking. It’s also apparently the coldest planet in the solar system, which is also symbolic, given that the Aquarius can sometimes be viewed as a bit of an ice queen due to its emotionally detached and highly-objective perspective.

In honor of Aquarius season, make a pledge to let your freak flag fly over the coming month. Be your weird, true, one-of-a-kind self, and stop worrying about what other people think. Because news flash: The world needs more people who can think for themselves and envision a better future for humanity as a collective. Let yourself imagine it, and then call upon your most unique qualities to make it happen. Let’s get weird!!!

OK, enough of my Aquarian-inspired manifesto (can you tell I’m a fellow air sign?). No matter what your sign, you’re definitely going to feel the Aquarius vibes over the coming season in a unique way. Stardust, along with astrologers Kesaine Walker and Ashley Otero, spoke with Bustle about exactly how Aquarius season will affect each zodiac sign, so check out what’s on the astrological agenda.

Aries (March 21 – April 19)

Aquarius season’s collaborative-minded energy is firing you up, Aries! It’s time to get out there, socialize, and let your exceedingly bright light radiate. "You will connect with your friends, allowing you to step out and reclaim your status amongst your peers and colleagues," shares Stardust. Shine on, you crazy diamond, you.

Taurus (April 20 – May 20)

OK, Taurus, what exactly do you want? Figure it out, cause the world is legit your oyster, and you should really try to carpe diem that sh*t over the coming month. "The universe is conspiring to offer you a clean slate," advises Otero, "but you need to show that you’re all in!" Jump into your next cosmic opportunity with the idealism of an Aquarius, and you’ll be golden.

Gemini (May 21 – June 20)

Your chatty and ever-knowledgeable nature might be put to the test this season, as some very-Aquarian opportunities to work collaboratively may emerge. "Be prepared to share all the information you’ve acquired throughout the years as you could be asked to teach what you know, or even speak at events," shares Walker.

Cancer (June 21 – July 22)

"You can soar to high heights, but pay attention to how partnership dynamics challenge you to become a better version of yourself," advises Otero. We all need a little help from our friends from time to time, Cancer — and although it’s not always easy to let people see the softy inside that protective exterior, it’s the only way to really shine this season, so let it flow.

Leo (July 23 – Aug. 22)

Aquarius may be all about the collective, but this season is going to get you thinking about the personal — specifically, your intimate relationships. "The next 30 days forces you to focus on relationships and how you partner," explains Stardust. "You may choose to give your all to a relationship to ensure it works out in the long term." Don’t be afraid to dive in head-first for what you really want.

Virgo (Aug. 23 – Sept. 22)

Time to hop on the self-love train, Virgo, and start making some lil’ changes in your life and perspective so you can be your best-ever self. "You have a right to inner peace and unconditional self-love," explains Otero, "but you need to turn your attention inwards toward what really matters to internalize it." Call on Aquarius’ airiness to help liberate yourself.

Libra (Sept. 23 – Oct. 22)

As a fellow air sign, you’re going to be lit up this season and full of fresh, new, creative ideas. "You may find yourself feeling extra creative which will give you the sudden urge to make some changes around your home to reflect your creativity," shares Walker. Spruce up your space so that it continually inspires you to be your airy, high-concept self.

Scorpio (Oct. 23 – Nov. 21)

For you, Scorpio, Aquarius season is all about being cool, calm, and collected. "You are redesigning your inner thoughts and personal beliefs, opting to change the way you handle your emotions," explains Stardust. By looking at things objectively, Aquarius-style, you’ll be able to sort through your deep well of feelings with more clarity.

Sagittarius (Nov. 22 – Dec. 21)

You are on FIYAH this season, Sag, so don’t you dare keep your shine n’ sparkle all to yourself! "This season could bring romantic love into your life as people will be drawn to your energy like never before," shares Walker. Call upon Aquarius’ boundless intellectual energy during the coming month to sprinkle some extra magic over all of your encounters.

Capricorn (Dec. 22 – Jan. 19)

You’re on top of your game work-wise after a productive-as-heck solar return, but that doesn’t mean you’re not looking for a lil’ something to boost your spirits now that the sun has left your sign. "Your focus will be on making money," explains Stardust, "as your heart is crying out for some new bling to boost your self esteem." You surely know what you’re doing there, so indulge.

Aquarius (Jan. 20 – Feb. 18)

Whew, Aquarius, your attitude toward conquering your goals has been pretty can’t-stop-won’t-stop for a while now. But the sun is in your sign now, so it is officially your time to sparkle. "During your solar return, you are focusing on yourself — for the first time in a while," explains Stardust. "Allow yourself time to celebrate your uniqueness and most importantly, enjoy yourself!"

Pisces (Feb. 19 – March 20)

You are no stranger to an inward journey, Pisces, so embark on one during Aquarius’ solar reign. "Opportunities to rewrite your narrative are waiting to be discovered early in the season, but you’ll need to get clear on which people and values align with your intended direction," advises Otero. Use this time to separate the wheat from the chaff when it comes to the energy you invite into your life.

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Relationship Advice: How to Avoid Getting Into a Relationship With Someone Like ‘Dirty John’

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The following is a guest post by Justin Lavelle, chief communications expert at, an online background check platform.

In part two of this post, I’ll continue to tell you about some of the red flags to look out for so you don’t end up with a guy like the one in the Bravo series Dirty John. The term “Dirty John” refers to the true story of a woman named Debra Newell and her relationship with a man she met online, named John Meehan. It started out like any good love story, with lots of initial sparks. However, everything soon turned sour as Debra continuously ignored red flag after red flag.

She and her family soon found out John was not who he seemed to be. He had taken advantage of more than one woman while having several criminal charges against him including gun and drug charges, as well as being a felon and having restraining orders against him. He was labeled “a ticking time bomb, capable of unpredictable violence.” The nickname “Dirty John” had been given to him by classmates.

Here are a few more tips for spotting a “dirty John.”

He seems too good to be true

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Of course, we all know “that couple” who always gets along and are so adorable you could vomit, but realistically, this situation is rare. If something seems too good to be true, it probably is. If he is always agreeing with you and/or has the same exact views as you all the time. Take a look into your conversation style. Is he leading and revealing his identity on his own, or his he taking cues from you? Does he always just agree or say “me too” to everything you say? This can be a warning sign of him trying to be the “perfect guy” for you and insert himself in your life for nefarious purposes. Ask questions and allow a back-and-forth flow when trying to get to know a possible new boyfriend. This will most likely help you get a more honest picture of the kind of guy he is.

He always has excuses for unhealthy behavior

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We all have bad habits, and that is normal. What is not normal is when it is willful and constantly justified by ridiculous excuses. Someone who is not willing to grow and is dependent on you to “fix” or “take care” of them is a huge red flag. It is never your responsibility to be a crutch for another person, especially in a romantic relationship. A healthy relationship requires both parties to be growing individually and encouraging each other.

He is highly defensive

This can manifest itself in a few different ways. Usually from you trying to ask normal questions when getting to know someone. However, it will be a bit more severe than a regular person not wanting to talk about something. He could raise his voice, punch something, sulk, or even make you feel in danger. This kind of behavior is unacceptable, and you should distance yourself as soon as possible. Someone who is violently defensive is always going to escalate. It can/will also show up if you catch him in a lie, so be mindful and pay attention to these situations.

He has a criminal record

This will be more than some “dumb teenager mistakes.” Run a background check and if there are violent crimes, charges for thievery, or any restraining orders out for him it is time to seriously reconsider your choice. If you would not prefer to just immediately cut ties, (which is the safest option) and would like to ask him about it, be sure to meet in a public place during the daytime and have a friend nearby and/or on call if things take a turn. Also remember to keep your phone charged if you need to call the police.

He will want to meet too soon or not soon enough

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Both of these are red flags because of different reasons. Meeting too quickly can be a sign of wanting to catch you as soon as possible because he sees you as easy prey to get what he wants out of. Not really pushing to meet at all can be to keep the “romantic mystique” alive, and you engaged. It is amazing how attached you can get to someone without even meeting, so be careful that you are not being catfished or taken advantage of by that stranger on the other side of your screen.

Of course, there are good guys out there, and it’s important to keep an open mind as well as open eyes. Some of these on their own can be justified by extenuating circumstances, but when you have more and more issues popping up, it is definitely a sign to get out as soon as possible. Always remember to keep your personal safety at the forefront and do not put yourself in a vulnerable position before you are sure you found a keeper.

Check out part one of this post here.

Justin Lavelle is the chief communications expert at, an online background check platform.

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How the 4-7-8 breathing trick can get you to sleep in seconds

Because according to one breath expert, altering how you breath can improve your overall health and your sleep.

Dr Andrew Weil from the University of Arionza teaches something called the "4-7-8" technique, which he describes as a "natural tranquiliser for the nervous system" – helping you nod off within minutes.

The idea is to get more oxygen in the body, slowing the body and mind right down, ready for sleep.

All it requires is for you to sit comfortably for a few minutes before bed, alternating between mouth and nose breathing.

Loads of us tend to breathe more shallowly than we realise, thanks to poor posture and being really busy.

It's not until you actively start to deepen and lengthen your breath that you realise how little oxygen you've really been taking in.

Mediation app Headspace says that when we breathe in a shallow way, "the body remains in a cyclical state of stress—our stress causing shallow breathing and our shallow breathing causing stress".

And when you're stressed, you don't sleep very well.

So it makes sense that breathing deeper might help us to unwind enough to fall into a deeper sleep.

How to breathe your way to a better sleep

Dr Weil's approach requires just four simple steps:

  1.  Put the tip of your tongue on the ridge of the gum just above your upper front teeth before exhaling forcefully through your mouth to make a whooshing sound.
  2. Then close your mouth and inhale through the nose for a count of four.
  3. Hold your breath for a count of seven, then exhale through the mouth making that whooshing sound again, for a count of eight
  4. Repeat the cycle four times.

Long-term shallow breathing has been found to seriously affect our health.

Taking slower, deeper breaths can suppress inflammation as well as lower levels of the stress hormone, cortisol.

Over time, that low-level chronic stress can result in our bodies becoming suspectable to illnesses and struggling to recover.

Shallow breathing can also turn into panic attacks and cause respiratory issues.

How to breathe well

Part of the problem is that many of us breathe from our chests – using the muscles in our shoulders, necks and chests. If you're slouching forwards, there's no way that you're getting a lung-full of air, and you could put yourself at risk of injury.

Breathe from the diaphragm (you'll know by putting a hand on your belly and seeing how much it rises and falls), however, and start to slow down your heart rate, lower blood pressure and decrease stress.

So before you go to sleep tonight,why not spend a little time trying this breathing technique?

Breathing deeper is something more of us should do more often – it calms you down in the evening and invigorates you during the day.

Sweet dreams!

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She's Worth How Much??? Find Out NeNe Leakes' Shocking Net Worth!

Linnethia Monique Johnson, or as we know her, NeNe Leaks made her claim to fame when she first appeared on the Real Housewives of Atlanta in 2008. For the past decade she has been building her reality queen empire and has accrued a shocking net worth of 14 million dollars!!! But where did all this money come from? And what does she do with it?


Leaks’ lifestyle is expensive to maintain. Her outspoken and outgoing behavior made her a fan-favorite, and the show wouldn’t be as fabulous without her. Leaks didn’t tie herself down to reality TV alone. Additionally, she booked acting jobs and paved a path into fashion. Take a look how the former stripper became “rich… very rich.” 


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The real housewife and her husband, Gregg Leakes, did not always have so much of money. In 2008 the couple was reportedly evicted for failing to pay rent and were forced to leave their home. Then, in 2010, Leakes was furious when she found out Dwight Eubanks loaned her husband $10,000! Despite their serious financial woes Leakes didn’t need anyone but herself to get rich. Leakes quickly became one of the most famous housewives, which justified bigger and better contracts.

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By 2012 NeNe was earning $750,000 per season with bonuses for filming specials like the Housewives Reunion. Leakes even had a spin off on the network called, I Dream of NeNe as well as a “made-for-TV” million dollar wedding. She accumulated $4,000,000 from the show by the end of season five. Leakes hinted that she might be done with the show, but the show wasn’t done with the star.  She signed a new contract worth 1 million dollars per season, making her the highest paid housewife on the show. She accepted this million dollar salary for seasons six through eight before leaving the show in 2015.


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In 2011 Leakes was a contestant on The Apprentice and claimed she was “rich… very rich.” She famously boasted to Sheree Whitfield “While you were running your mouth, I was running to the bank … depositing a Trump check!” She continued to make money from other reality shows and starred on Dancing With The Stars, and E!’s Fashion Police. 

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Leakes had attempted to become an actress before she was on RHOA but had little success. It was her reality show fame that ultimately lead foray into acting. She landed a reoccurring guest role as coach Roz on Glee from 2012-2015. She starred in 13 episodes and definitely got some nice checks from the major network television show. 

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Leakes kept branching out further eventually venturing into the fashion industry as another way to add to her wealth. She launched a clothing line with the Home Shopping Network in 2014, and her collection sold out. In 2016 she opened up a store called Swagg Boutique, where she sells her own line. She often posts picture of herself in the store modeling her clothing on Instagram.



Leakes may have strayed away from the RHOA franchise—but not for long. She returned Season 10, but not before demanding more cash. Leakes reportedly earned 2.5 million dollars to give the fans what they wanted. And she was worth every cent! Season 10 was the most successful season to date. But 2.5 million dollars still wasn’t enough for her and Leakes got another increase for season 11 and made a shocking 2.7 million dollar deal!

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It’s no secret Leakes likes the finer things in life like: cars, name brands, mansions, vacations, and plastic surgery. The more money she makes, the more she enjoys these luxuries. In 2010 she got her first nose job , and in 2016 she got a second one. Doctors who haven’t treated Leakes allege she’s also received Botox as well as chin liposuction. She admitted to Wendy Williams that she “liked that liposuction stuff, and would get it again when she needs to. Whatever she’s getting done, it isn’t cheap! 


Leakes may have gotten shade for being evicted, but she’s the last one laughing. In 2015 she put $750,000 as a down payment for a $2,0750,000 million mansion at the lush Sugarloaf Country Club. The mansion has six bedrooms, seven baths, access to a golf course, three private lakes, and 14 tennis courts, and an Olympic competition swimming pool. Leakes also loves to buy flashy cars and has been seen driving both a Maserati and a Range Rover.


Aside from her money going to surgeries, cars, and expensive clothes, close to a million dollars went back to the government. Leakes was hit with a tax debt of $824,366 in back taxes in 2016 but was able to pay off her debt in full. Leakes turned down filming season nine but after getting hit by Uncle Sam it is no surprise that she returned for season 10 and 11 in order to continue to live her lavish lifestyle.


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'Teen Mom 2': How Much Each Cast Member Has Made and Who’s Worth the Most

Ever since their 16 and Pregnant days, the ladies of Teen Mom 2 have shared with viewers so many aspects of their lives over the years and with that, there’s been no shortage of drama.

Being that these days some of the women have become household names you may have wondered what they actually earn for filming the MTV series. Here’s the answer to that and who has made the most money.

Leah Messer

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Messer is one of the few MTV reality stars who has yet to release a book or join another reality show. She has tried her hand at a few other business ventures outside of the show but still earns the bulk of her income through filming Teen Mom 2.

The West Virginia native and mother of three makes upwards of $300,000 a season.

Chelsea Houska

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Houska has one of the most stable situations of all the mothers thanks in part to the parental support she receives. She’s also married to the father of her two younger children.

In Season 6, Radar Online revealed that Houska was making $250,000 a season. However, her ex, Adam Lind, claimed that Houska’s salary increases every season. By Season 8 she was at $300,000 so she likely pulls down more than that per season now.

Briana DeJesus

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Because DeJesus just joined the cast starting in Season 8, she doesn’t make anywhere near what her co-stars make per season.

MTV paid the former Teen Mom 3 star $20,000 in 2017 to take part in the series. Although that number is extremely low compared to what the other ladies get, they were still reportedly angry about the amount being paid to the newbie. The network responded by claiming DeJesus’ salary was fair as it was the equivalent to what the other girls earned for filming their early seasons years ago.

Jenelle Evans

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Jenelle’s name ends up in the news a lot for all the wrong reasons and even though she’s been making a decent amount on the show over the years, much of her money has been going to lawyers.

“I wouldn’t really say that [I’ve made a million dollars],” she told the station 107.5 KZL in 2015. “I would say a little bit over maybe half [a million]? I’m not really allowed to discuss it.”

Radar Online previously reported that Evans made $75,000 a year and her mother, Barbara, got paid $65,000. These days though Evans is said to make $300,000 the same as her other original Teen Mom 2 castmates but her net worth is still a bit lower due to all her legal bills.

Kailyn Lowry

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Lowry reportedly has an estimated net worth of between $100,000 and $200,000, which is highest of all the Teen Mom 2 ladies. This is because of her ventures outside of the series and her ability capitalize on the show’s popularity.

Lowry has written several books including Pride Over Pity, Hustle and Heart, and a children’s book. She also co-hosts the weekly podcast Coffee Convos with Chrisley Knows Best star, Lindsie Chrisley.

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Lil Uzi Vert Net Worth and How He Makes His Money

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Here’s Lil Uzi Vert’s net worth and how he makes his money.

Early years and rise to fame

Lil Uzi Vert, also known as Symere Woods, was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1994. He gained attention after appearing on Migos’ song “Bad and Boujee,” which reached the No. 1 spot on the Billboard Hot 100 chart in January 2017. That same year, in June, his song “XO Tour Llif3” peaked at No. 7 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. The song went quadruple platinum, according to the Recording Industry Association of America. His debut studio album, Luv Is Rage 2, premiered at No. 1 on the Billboard 200.

How Lil Uzi Vert got his name

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It’s hard not to notice how unusual Lil Uzi Vert’s name is. The artist got his name because of his unique rap style. He originally rapped under the name Vert, short for vertical. Lil Uzi told Vibe magazine someone commented on how fast he raps, and so he lengthened his name to Lil Uzi Vert. “Some guy was just like, ‘You rap fast, man. Like a little machine gun,’” he told Vibe.

This isn’t the first rapper to get his name because he raps fast. Another artist who raps in a rapid-fire pace is Machine Gun Kelly, also known as Colson Baker. His name is also a reference to George “Machine Gun Kelly” Barnes. George Barnes was a well-known criminal who was given a life prison sentence for engaging in illegal liquor trafficking, kidnapping, and bank robbery.

Awards and Recognitions

Lil Uzi was Soundcloud’s most followed artist of 2016. In 2017, he made Forbes’ list of Hip Hop cash princes. The following year, he made the magazines’ list of 30 Under 30 in music. So far, the rapper has been nominated for two Grammy awards.


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Lil Uzi Vert was reportedly fined $30,000 after a promoter says the rapper missed a 2017 show and then didn’t respond to a lawsuit. Promoter VelleBe says Lil Uzi was paid $40,000 to perform at a March 25, 2017 show at Clayton’s Beach Bar in South Padre Island, Texas, but was a no-show and decided to keep the deposit, reports The Blast. According to the publication, VelleBe was awarded the judgment after Lil Uzi Vert failed to make a court appearance for a few months.

Lil Uzi Vert told his fans he was quitting music for good

In January 2019, Lil Uzi alarmed fans when he announced he was quitting music and deleting all his songs. Apparently, the rapper was overwhelmed with his career choice and decided it was time to go back to his life before the fame. This is the message he wrote to fans on Instagram stories account: “I wanna take the time out to say I thank each and every one of my supporters, but I’m done with Music. I deleted everything. I wanna be normal… I wanna wake up in 2013. You are free.” Many fans took to Twitter to express their dismay.

How he makes his money

Lil Uzi Vert has collaborated with artists including Mac Miller, Migos, and Post Malone. He also makes money from touring and album sales. The rapper earns roughly $60,000 per show, according to Pollstar.

Lil Uzi Vert’s net worth

Lil Uzi Vert has a net worth of $17 million according to Celebrity Net Worth.

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How 'Office Space' Star Ron Livingston Beat Out Matt Damon for the Job and Co-Star Jennifer Aniston Had Crush on in High School

And Jennifer Aniston reveals she was “madly in love” with one of her co-stars in high school as cast and crew celebrate 20th anniversary of cult comedy.

Can you imagine "Office Space" with Matt Damon in the lead role? It almost happened.

Entertainment Weekly gathered writer-director Mike Judge with the cast and crew to spill behind-the-scene secrets in honor of the cult comedy’s 20th anniversary, and they dropped more than a few fun anecdotes. Our favorites, however, boiled down to the story of how Ron Livingston beat out the "Good Will Hunting" star for the role of Peter, and Jennifer Aniston being "madly in love" with one of the actors in high school. We’ll get to that in a minute, but we would have never guessed who it was based on the actress’ dating history.

Judge explained that when 20th Century Fox gave the 1998 comedy the greenlight, executives wanted him to consider casting Damon as the insecure Initech programmer who accidentally achieves a permanent state of relaxation after a hypnotherapy session goes awry. "They didn’t like the actors I wanted. I came close to backing out," Judge revealed, but he was game to give Damon a shot.

Casting director Nancy Klopper said, "Mike agreed to go to New York and meet with Matt, who was a fan of his. Then Ron Livingston’s agent asked if he could audition. He’d been in ‘Swingers’ and a few TV comedies, but wasn’t well-known."

Livingston’s part in "Swingers" was small, so he credited leads Vince Vaughn and Jon Favreau’s fame as the reason he was even given a shot. Judge wasn’t in the room when Livingston auditioned, but those who were there were stunned: he knocked it out of the park.

"Mike writes in a very specific cadence," Klopper explained. "When Ron read I was like, ‘Oh my God. I was knocked out."

Livingston added, "I did a damn good audition. I commandeered Nancy’s desk and started using her drawers, files and phone."

So Klopper sent the tape to Judge in New York immediately with the message, "You’re not going to believe this guy."

Judge said he asked the hotel for a VHS player (remember those!?), then called the casting director back immediately after watching Livingston’s audition and said, "I could make this movie today with Ron."

So what about Damon? Judge explained, "I met with Matt, who was really nice and liked the script. But I’d found Peter."

Aniston was also on hand for the nostalgic chat, and dropped a "fun fact" that she went to high school with "Office Space" star David Herman, who memorably played Peter’s fellow disgruntled employee Michael Bolton alongside Ajay Naidu’s Samir. The trio is most famous for beating the hell out of a printer in slow motion.

The A-list star who has been married to Brad Pitt and Justin Theroux revealed she actually had a huge crush on Herman when she was a teenager.

"Fun fact: I’d gone to high school in New York with David Herman. I was a sophomore when he was a senior. He was a quiet, genius actor-type back then. I was sort of madly in love with him, and also terrified of him," she said with a laugh.

Herman revealed another fun fact. "Thanks to her star power, a bunch of unknowns were in the movie. Would never happen today," he said, referencing the fact that Aniston was a bonafide TV star at the time because of "Friends."

Klopper said that studio demanded a "big name" for Joanna, the waitress character Aniston played, since the male lead was relatively unknown.

Producer Michael Rotenberg added that Aniston "loved the script, but there was concern about having such a big star in a smaller role."

"I don’t think I was the biggest anything at the time," Aniston said. "I was excited about doing a comedy like ‘Office Space’; features like that weren’t flying my way at that point."

Livingston joked, "Jen’s agents probably told her she was going to co-star with Matt Damon."

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