PEOPLE: Shannon Guess Richardson, Jillian Michaels, Amanda Longacre and more!
July 17, 2014 9:49 PM
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A detailed view of the 20-by-9-foot high large colorful billboard of the 1937 release of the animated film "Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs." The billboard features three scenes, with the main one showing a rosy-cheeked Snow White in front of a castle in her classic outfit with a bright yellow skirt, surrounded by the dwarfs and other characters from the film. Heritage Auctions said the rare billboard is expected to sell for at least $10,000 on Saturday in Dallas. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)
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Shannon Guess Richardson did the crime, and now she'll do the time, E! News reports.
The actress who previously appeared on "The Walking Dead" and "The Vampire Diaries" has been sentenced to 18 years in prison for sending letters laced with ricin to President Barack Obama and former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg.
"Today's sentencing brings an appropriate and just end to what is surely one of our most unusual, even bizarre cases," prosecutor John Bales, U.S. attorney for the East District of Texas, said in a statement Wednesday, per CNN.
Richardson, 36, was arrested in June 2013 after her estranged husband, Nathaniel Richardson, told authorities that she was behind three poisonous communiques that were mailed from Shreveport, La., to Obama, Bloomberg and Mark Glaze, who was then the director of the Bloomberg-founded Mayors Against Illegal Guns
She had previously called police and pointed the finger at Nathan, who was later cleared during the course of the investigation.
The actress pleaded guilty in December to possession of a toxin for use as a weapon. In addition to the lengthy prison sentence (which is still substantially shorter than the possible life sentence she was facing should she have tested her luck at trial), she was ordered to pay $367,000 in restitution.
In addition to minor roles in "The Walking Dead" and "The Vampire Diaries," Richardson also appeared on the big screen in "The Blind Side."
Jillian Michaels is ready to shed the negativity.
After the controversy surrounding season 15 winner Rachel Frederickson's shocking weight loss and accusations of cheating, Michaels recently announced that she would not be returning for "The Biggest Loser's" upcoming 16th season, E! News reports. This is Michaels' third time leaving the NBC reality hit (she returned in season 14), but it looks like this exit will be a permanent one.
In an interview with People, Michaels is opening up about her "sad" decision to leave the show and how Frederickson's controversial win made her take "a hard look" at "The Biggest Loser."
"There were some fundamental differences [with 'Loser's' producers] that have existed for a while," Michaels explained, saying she didn't like the way she was portrayed in the past two seasons of the show. "You saw none of the relationships, none of the bonds that I build with my clients," she said.
And Michaels talked about how Frederickson's shocking weight loss (she dropped an alarming 155 pounds) forced her to re-evaluate what she was doing on "The Biggest Loser," something she spoke out about after the finale. "I thought she had lost too much weight, and I was immediately concerned and wondering how this happened, how no one had said something to me and how the checks and balances that have been put into place, in my opinion, this had fallen through those checks and balances," she said at the time.
And in the interview with People, she admitted, "I had to take a hard look at my work. I came to the conclusion that moving forward, I need to be able to have an impact on the outcome of what I do."
Still, Michaels said she is "sad" to leave the show and hopes fans understand why she chose not to return.
"I don't want fans to think I feel like I'm too big for the show or that I'm seeking greener pastures," she stressed. "I'm so grateful to the show and so sad to leave."
Season 16 of "The Biggest Loser" kicks off Sept. 11 at 8 p.m. on NBC.
A woman stripped of her Miss Delaware title last month for being too old is suing state pageant officials and the Miss America organization, People reports via The Associated Press.
In a lawsuit filed Tuesday, Amanda Longacre is seeking to be reinstated as Miss Delaware and to be allowed to compete in the Miss America pageant. She also is seeking $500,000 in damages for herself and $2.5 million for other contestants who she claims were recruited to compete in pageants before being told they were too old.
Officials say Miss America pageant rules require contestants to be between 17 and 24. Longacre turns 25 on Oct. 22, after this year's national pageant.
The lawsuit alleges that one or more other contestants in the 2014 Miss Delaware pageant also were too old to compete under those rules.
"It is a lawsuit without merit and we will defend it vigorously," said Sharon Pearce, president of the Miss America organization.
State pageant representatives did not immediately respond to messages seeking comment Wednesday.
A large, colorful billboard from the 1937 release of the animated film "Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs" is up for auction, the AP reports.
Heritage Auctions said the rare billboard is expected to sell for at least $10,000 on Saturday in Dallas. The 20-by-9-foot billboard was printed in England to promote the Disney film there. It features three scenes, the main one showing a rosy-cheeked Snow White in front of a castle in her classic outfit with a bright yellow skirt, surrounded by the dwarfs and other characters from the film.
"It's delightful, it really is," said Grey Smith, the auction house's director of movie posters.
The billboard, which has been in a private collection for more than a decade, comprises 12 panels. The auction house says all but one of the panels is original -- one missing panel was re-created from an image in a rare press book for the film.
Smith said the billboard likely was preserved because just one panel was missing. He noted that similar billboards would have been pasted up and then destroyed.
"It was a very clean, clean poster, other than the missing panel. There were no chunks, pieces out of the border, etc. You could tell the poster was unused, never been put up," he said.
Smith said after re-creating the missing bottom left panel, which features two bunnies, the auction house had the entire poster backed with archival linen.
The private collector offering up the billboard had purchased it from a Parisian movie poster dealer who had said the billboard came from a Frenchwoman who stored it in her attic, Smith said. Where the billboard was before that is a mystery, he said.
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