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'Duck Dynasty' stars to march in Macy's Thanksgiving Parade

'Duck Dynasty' stars to march in Macy's Thanksgiving Parade

NEW YORK, Nov. 4 (UPI) -- Kellie Pickler, Kristin Chenoweth and the stars of "Duck Dynasty" are to take part in Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York, NBC announced.

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UPI Almanac for Friday, July 12, 2013.
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UPI Almanac for Thursday, July 12, 2012.
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Two arrested in theft, hazmat spill

ENFIELD, Conn., Nov. 9 (UPI) -- Two men face charges they stole a Connecticut power company transformer that leaked a toxic chemical, forcing a hazardous materials crew to clean up the mess.
Publicist says Simmons is in fine shape

Publicist says Simmons is in fine shape

LOS ANGELES, Oct. 11 (UPI) -- Richard Simmons' publicist said Tuesday the U.S. fitness guru is in fine shape despite Internet speculation he isn't well.
Simmons to release new 'Sweatin'' video

Simmons to release new 'Sweatin'' video

FAIRFAX, Va., Dec. 22 (UPI) -- U.S. fitness guru Richard Simmons is set to release his first new "Sweatin'" exercise video in 15 years, Time Life announced.

Girl finds $1,000 at Salvation Army

HONOLULU, Oct. 30 (UPI) -- The parents of an 11-year-old Kona, Hawaii, girl who found $1,000 hidden inside a used video at a Salvation Army store said the girl turned in the money.
'Jimmy Kimmel Live' to mark 1,000th show

'Jimmy Kimmel Live' to mark 1,000th show

LOS ANGELES, April 2 (UPI) -- Eva Longoria Parker, Richard Simmons and Kid Rock are slated to help host Jimmy Kimmel celebrate the 1,000th episode of his U.S. late-night talk show.

One-time world's heaviest woman dies

LAKELAND, Fla., Dec. 2 (UPI) -- Rosalie Bradford, once listed by Guinness as the world's heaviest woman, died in a Lakeland, Fla., hospital from complications of obesity at age 63.

'Tiny' Villafane, Manhattan giant dies

NEW YORK, May 9 (UPI) -- The New York man who gained celebrity by dropping from 840 pounds to 353 pounds, Eleodoro "Tiny" Villafane, died in a Bronx hospital on his 52nd birthday.

DMX pleads guilty, probably gets jail

NEW YORK, Oct. 25 (UPI) -- It looks like rap star DMX has a bed reserved for him for a 40-day stay at New York's Rikers Island prison.

Speeches are big business for many

BOSTON, Sept. 27 (UPI) -- Former U.S. President Bill Clinton, who charges $350,000 per speech, is the most expensive speaker in the world, but relatively unknowns can make a living.

Richard Simmons assault charge dismissed

PHOENIX, May 26 (UPI) -- The assault charge against fitness guru Richard Simmons has been dismissed in a Phoenix, Ariz., court, it was reported Wednesday.

'Kimmel' F-word slipped by censors

LOS ANGELES, March 30 (UPI) -- ABC issued an apology to U.S. viewers and affiliates for an expletive used by a guest on the late night show, "Jimmy Kimmel Live."

Richard Simmons ticketed for slapping man

PHOENIX, March 25 (UPI) -- Richard Simmons is facing charges he slapped a man who insulted him at a Phoenix airport.
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Milton Teagle Simmons (born July 12, 1948), known professionally as Richard Simmons, is an American fitness personality who promotes weight-loss programs, most famously through a line of aerobics videos and television programs. Simmons began his career opening a gym catering to the overweight, and became widely known through exposure on television and through the popularity of his consumer products. He became a striking cultural icon, often parodied, and a frequent guest of late night television. Today Simmons continues his life-long mission of promoting health and has broadened his activities to include political activism, notably in support of a bill mandating non-competitive physical education in public schools.

Richard Simmons was born in New Orleans, Louisiana. Simmons was raised in the French Quarter of New Orleans, Louisiana, and attended Cor Jesu High School (now Brother Martin High School). He was obese throughout his adolescence and by the time he graduated from high school, he weighed 268 pounds and suffered from gynecomastia.

His first job, in New Orleans, was selling pralines. Simmons also briefly considered becoming a priest. After starting college at the University of Southwestern Louisiana, he transferred to Florida State University. While enrolled there, he studied as an exchange student in Florence, Italy. He graduated with a BA in Art. After graduation, Simmons moved to New York City where he worked in advertising, as a waiter, and for cosmetics companies Revlon and Coty Cosmetics.

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