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HERO OF THE DAY: AMANDA BYNES’ MOTHER LYNN

Being Amanda Bynes’ mother and conservator must be one of the toughest jobs in the world. The former child star’s mother Lynn has been wrestling with Amanda’s mental problems for years. It seems that every time Amanda seems to be making progress (like graduating in June from FIDM) she relapses. Certainly her mom is terrified every time Amanda drives (remember the DUIs?) On Valentines Day Amanda announced that she is engaged to Paul Michael, a guy she met at her sober living facility. Lynn intervened, the engagement was called off, and today Paul announced that they are back together and Amanda is pregnant! Chaos! NOW what’s a mother to do? The intrusive internet is not helping Amanda’s problems- she reads everything. Last we heard Amanda is back in a mental health treatment center. Lynn is doing her best…

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EVERYBODY SHOULD HAVE A MOTHER LIKE JENNIFER GARNER

We are always astonished at what a loving and caring mother Jennifer Garner seems to be. And she’s a MOVIE STAR, to boot! Regular everyday moms are rarely as attentive to their children- Jennifer walks or drives her three kids to school every day and picks them up after school. When she’s not available, their father Ben Affleck does the job. She also escorts them to and from church every Sunday. These lucky kids must really feel loved. It also illustrates Ben Affleck’s recent comment that his divorce from Jennifer is the biggest regret of his life.

Above, Jennifer kisses Seraphina and Samuel as she tucks them into the back seat.

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LADY GAGA: HER LIFE COULD CHANGE AFTER FRIDAY’S PREMIER

Lady Gaga’s movie premier of A Star is Born at the Venice Film Festival is turning into a family affair. Gaga flew her mother Cynthia to Paris to join her and her boyfriend/agent Christian Carino for some shopping and fun before they move on to Venice for the movie’s world premier Friday. (It’s not in competition.) Today Christian and Gaga took Cynthia for a private tour at the Louvre museum. Gaga is probably a nervous wreck and very excited about her big movie because it already has Oscar buzz and could change her life…

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BEN AFFLECK WANTS TO MAKE A GOOD IMPRESSION

Ben Affleck is turning on the charm for his girlfriend Lindsay Shookus’s mom. Certainly Lindsay’s mother Christine has no shortage of reasons to worry about her daughter’s choice of boyfriends. Ben, 45, has been fighting his addiction to alcohol for quite awhile, and he has a predilection for gambling. Also, his wife Jennifer Garner accused him of having an affair with their nanny before Lindsay, 37, came into the picture. Despite the shadiness of their relationship early on, successful SNL producer Lindsay and Ben are both friendly with their exes and put their children first. (Lindsay has a four year old daughter.) Mom has a lot to think about…

(Above, Ben took Lindsay and her mom to the Atlantic Grill)

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MEGHAN MARKLE’S MOM IS NOT COMING OUT OF THE HOUSE – YET

Meghan Markle’s mom Doria Ragland, 61, lives in a very accessible house in Los Angeles (above) and since her daughter got engaged to Prince Harry she’s been bombarded by reporters and paparazzi. Doria is cute and looks very young – she has dreadlocks and a nose ring – she’s often mistaken for a friend of Meghan rather than her mother. She and Meghan’s father, Thomas Markle, divorced when Meghan was six. Doria is quite accomplished – she has a Master’s degree in social work from USC and she runs marathons and teaches yoga classes. A typical California gal! Doria IS cautious about talking to the press clamoring outside her house – Buckingham Palace has arranged for security and warned press to leave her alone.

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EJ JOHNSON IS HAPPY JUST THE WAY HE IS

You’ve gotta love Magic and Cookie Johnson for being so supportive of their son EJ. Cookie and EJ attended the GLAAD Media Awards together and EJ, 24, doesn’t hold back when it comes to dressing up. Since he lost around 180 pounds, EJ has become even more flamboyant in his appearance. He’s in an LGBT category by himself – EJ wears makeup and women’s clothing and he always carries a handbag, but says he has no desire to transition. His reality career interrupted his studies at NYU, and we hope he eventually gets his degree.

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ALEX RODRIGUEZ ADMIRES JENNIFER LOPEZ’S INTELLIGENCE

Jennifer Lopez, 47, and former baseball player Alex Rodriguez, 41, seem to be genuinely amused by the attention their relationship has been getting! Alex spoke openly on The View about his admiration for Jennifer’s intelligence (smart move!) and admitted they are a couple. This weekend the pair walked arm in arm down a busy Manhattan street and heads swiveled and all eyes seemed to focus upon them. That’s Jennifer’s mom Guadalupe walking next to them in the blue jacket, and she seems to heartily approve of her daughter’s latest boyfriend. And you KNOW how important THAT is!

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CAN YOU IMAGINE HELENA BONHAM CARTER WITH DON JOHNSON?

It’s always fun to see Helena Bonham Carter out shopping in New York with her mother because they are obviously so much alike. Both her parents (her father is deceased) are from prominent UK families. Elena Propper de Callejon is a psychotherapist and Helena has her mom read her scripts and they discuss characters and motives. Certainly a LOT of Helena’s off-beat style runs in the family, although she credits Marie Antoinette and Vivienne Westwood as her fashion influences. Believe it or not, the versatile Helena once played Don Johnson’s love interest in episodes of Miami Vice!

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JENNIFER LOPEZ TREATS HER MOM TO A SHOPPING SPREE ON RODEO DRIVE

Jennifer Lopez took her mom Guadalupe Rodriguez Christmas shopping at Barneys in Beverly Hills and then to Rodeo Drive. Jennifer and Guadalupe are very close – Jen can even joke about her mother’s passion for gambling. (When Jennifer was dating Ben Affleck, he and Guadalupe had a great time gambling together.) A few years ago Guadalupe actually won 2.4 million playing the slots in Atlantic City. We can’t help but wonder how much she’s LOST over the years. It helps to have a wealthy daughter.

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ARIEL WINTER: MAYBE MOTHER DID KNOW BEST!

If this is how Ariel Winter, 18, dresses to go to a summer party in Beverly Hills, we’re starting to think HER MOTHER WAS RIGHT. The Modern Family star was granted emancipation from her mother a few years ago – she complained that her mother was abusive – told her what to eat and didn’t allow her to wear sexy clothes. Her stage-mother mom Crystal WAS bossy, but it looks like Ariel has gone off the rails without supervision. Is she dressing like this to get back at her mother or does she just have bad taste? Her TV character Alex Dunphy is quite the opposite – a smart nerd. Ariel says she plans to attend UCLA this fall – hopefully, she will follow through and start dressing like a college girl.

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