Country star Jerrod Niemann, 35, is a married man. The “Drink to That All Night” singer tied the knot with long-time girlfriend Morgan Petek, 33, in a cliff-side ceremony in San Juan on Oct. 12. “I’m looking forward to seeing what the world has in store for us as a married couple,” he told PEOPLE.
Amanda Bynes’s psychiatric hold will be extended for two weeks as of Oct. 13, PEOPLE confirmed. The troubled actress, 28, was involuntarily admitted to an L.A.-area treatment facility on Oct. 10 after recent erratic behavior indicated that Bynes is “disconnected from reality,” says a close source. Her parents, Lynn and Rick Bynes, “are happy she’s safe and that Amanda is finally getting some help,” adds the source.
Duck Dynasty’s John Luke Robertson celebrated his 19th birthday by proposing to girlfriend Mary Kate McEacharn on Oct. 11. He announced the news on Instagram, posting a picture of his future bride with the caption “She. Said. Yes.”
Actress Misty Upham, 32, who played a housekeeper in August: Osage County, was reported missing by her father, Charles Upham, on Oct. 6. She was last seen leaving her Auburn, Wash., apartment the day before. “Misty has suffered from mental illness most of her life,” her father revealed in a public message on Facebook imploring his daughter to return home. “Misty, if you can see this message,” he wrote, “we love you and your family will continue to search for you.”
Dance Moms instructor Abby Lee Miller has been sued for assault by Paige Hyland, 13. In court documents obtained by PEOPLE, the teen dancer alleges that Miller, 49, “intentionally engaged in conduct that caused [the plaintiff] to reasonably believe that she was about to be touched or harmed in an offensive manner.” The suit also states that the Lifetime show’s producers allowed the dance instructor’s violent behavior to continue in order to “generate interest in the television show and strong ratings when each episode airs.” Reps for both Lifetime and Miller declined to comment.
Dallas-based nurse Nina Pham, 26, tested positive for the Ebola virus, making her the first person to contract the deadly disease inside the U.S., health officials said Oct. 12. Pham had worn protective gear while treating Thomas Eric Duncan, the Liberian man who died from the illness at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital on Oct. 8. But there was a “breach in protocol” that led Pham to contract the disease, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Investigators have yet to determine exactly how the nurse was infected. Pham was diagnosed with the virus after she presented with a low-grade fever, and as of press time she was reported “clinically stable.” For the latest on the Ebola virus, go to People.com.
Jan Hooks 1957–2014
The actress and comedian, renowned for her celebrity impressions on Saturday Night Live, died Oct. 9
Former Saturday Night Live star Jan Hooks, best known for her impersonations ranging from Kathie Lee Gifford to Hillary Clinton, died in New York City Oct. 9 at age 57 following a long illness, her rep confirmed. The Georgia-bred comedian started out with the L.A.-based comedy troupe the Groundlings and scored a small role in Pee-wee’s Big Adventure before joining the SNL roster in 1986 alongside Dana Carvey and Phil Hartman. During her five-year run, one of her most memorable roles was Candy Sweeney, half of the singing duo the Sweeney Sisters with Nora Dunn. Hooks “so immersed herself in her characters, and her timing was amazing,” says her former costar and onetime boyfriend Kevin Nealon. “She got her talent from some crazy stratosphere.” Though she left the show to replace Jean Smart on the sitcom Designing Women, Hooks remained beloved among her successors. “She was one of the best there ever was,” Kristen Wiig said in an SNL tribute to Hooks on Oct. 11. “Her influence is clear in every one of us who’s been here since.”
Diem Brown Hospitalized—Again
“The setbacks terrify me,” the reality star admits
Diem Brown has suffered another major blow in her cancer battle: Two months after she was diagnosed with cancer for the third time and was forced to undergo an emergency hysterectomy, the Real World/Road Rules Challenge star, 32, checked into the hospital Oct. 10 to treat chronic “unending” pain that interfered with her chemo treatment. Still, “I believe in the power of positive thinking,” she says. “You can count me out all you want, but I’m not out. I’m fighting. I want to be here.”
Why I Care
PERSONAL STORIES ABOUT GIVING BACK
The actress—and animal lover—designed a limited-edition leash and collar benefiting the ASPCA
I come from a big animal family. My grandma has horses and llamas, and we always had tons of cats and dogs. My mom’s parents died when she was really young, and the comfort and unconditional love animals gave her helped her create a home. I have a little brother who is autistic, and I’ve watched how he connects with animals in ways that I haven’t seen him connect with people. There’s just a simplicity to that kind of love. Since moving out on my own, I’ve built a guest house on my property with a dog nursery and an enclosed outdoor space for them to play in. My mom lives in my guest house, and we do all these fosters together because it really does take a village. I get calls like, “Hey, I have nine pit bull puppies,” or “This adult dog that needs a little bit of love,” and we do it all. We’ve adopted out or affected the lives of hundreds of animals. I’ve always been involved with the ASPCA and other dog organizations. Even before I could foster, I would go down to shelters when I was in between films and walk the dogs, pick up a little dog poop or just give them some love. Animals represent peace, tranquillity and love, and anything you can do makes a difference.
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