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May 9, 2022 | 8:49pm

Fran Drescher believes the stress and trauma of being raped were factors that led to her cancer diagnosis 15 years later.

The actress — who was raped at gunpoint during a home invasion in 1985 — told Page Six she thinks her weakened immune system from not processing the rape was one of the reasons she ended up with cancer in 2000.

“I experienced trauma as a rape victim and for years I really didn’t dive into how it impacted me emotionally, I just kind of got on with my life,” she told us at the book launch for “N is for The Nanny” on Thursday.

“I think, it’s, you know, not a coincidence that I didn’t deal with being raped and ended up with gynecological cancer.”

Drescher — who was diagnosed with uterine cancer in 2000 and underwent an immediate radical hysterectomy after two years of misdiagnoses by a host of doctors — also told us she believed toxic exposure also was part of giving her cancer.

“Americans are in a revolving door of toxic exposure, chronic illness and drug dependency,” she told us, adding that we have to “break the shackles” and “start really examining what is weakening our immune system, why our bodies are reacting in a way that’s chronic illness.”

Proceeds for “N is for The Nanny” goes to Drescher’s non-profit.

The whole ordeal led “The Nanny” star, 65, to create Cancer Schmancer in 2007, a non-profit organization dedicated to women’s cancers.

She told us that her “passion” and “life mission” is “trying to have the American public, and the world for that matter, pivot from trying to fix and end symptoms, to pivot and ask ourselves, ‘What are we doing in our lives that’s making us so sick in the first place?’”

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And one of those things is her belief that “we all have to get out of the chemical business.”

She explained to us that people need to dial it back to the days when ingredients were grown “in your grandma’s garden.”

“Strong smelling things, wrinkle-free fabrics, industrially farmed food, personal care items that are filled with chemicals.”

All proceeds from “N is for The Nanny” go to Cancer Schmancer.

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Summer Entertaining on a Budget: 17 Deals on All Things You Need

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As unbelievable as it may be, summer is right around the corner. If you’re planning on having guests over for an outdoor summer bash, a family barbecue or a pool party with friends, it’s the perfect time to start shopping for everything you’ll need to make that happen. 

Fortunately, throwing a summer get together that’s memorable for your guests doesn’t have to break the bank. If you didn’t already know, QVC has a ton of really great stuff that’s perfect for outdoor entertaining. We’re talking fun tiki tumblers, an entertaining turntable you can use to create your very own taco bar, cute and colorful high-quality speaker that’ll really get the party going, and of course, Mrs. Prindable’s delicious caramel apples that are a total crowd-pleaser. 

You can get many of these items on sale for really good prices, and you can even find some solid items for under $50. Best part is, QVC offers Easy Pay options on their Summer Essentials so purchasing a brand new grill can be doable. 

We’ve rounded up some of the best deals summer entertaining must-haves at QVC. Check those out below. 

Libbey Tiki Split Tumbler Glasses – Set of 4

These Libbey Tiki Split Tumblers are super fun and can hold anything from cocktails to desserts. These are guaranteed to be a hit with guests. 

Temp-tations Seasonal Wine Glasses with Toppers – Set of 2

These stemless wine glasses with toppers were pretty much made for summer. Right now, they’re even on sale for just $20. 

HOST Margarita FREEZE Cooling Cups – Set of 2

Margaritas anyone? These innovative cups will keep your drinks chilled during those warm summer afternoons. According to one QVC shopper, these are seriously amazing. All you have to do is put these in the freezer until you’re ready to serve. 

Libbey Blue Ribbon Impressions Cooler & Rocks Glass Set – 16 Pieces

This set of stunning glasses are sure to wow your guests. Included in the set are 16 pieces: eight cooler glasses and eight rocks glasses. 

Pineapple Pitcher with Welcome Charm by Valerie

This ceramic pineapple pitcher is so cute and classy, all your friends are going to ask you where you got it. According to numerous QVC reviewers, the pitcher looks even prettier in person and also makes a great decorative piece when not in use. It’s a must-have for us!

Copco 15-inch Entertaining Turntable with Removable Containers

This entertaining turntable is super versatile. You can use this to serve chips and salsa, you can create a fun little taco bar, or you can even use this to put snacks and candy for the kids. The blue is bright and perfect for the season. Plus, it’s on sale for just $26. 

Picnic Time Wine-Appetizer Plates – Set of 4

Your guests will no longer have to struggle with juggling a glass of wine and snacks. The wine-appetizer plate in itself is also so classy. Right now it’s on sale for $38. 

Picnic Time Ship Wheel Lazy Susan Cheese Board& Tools Set

Going for a cool coastal vibe? This fun lazy Susan cheeseboard is a must-have, and it’s sure to delight guests! Right now it’s even on sale for $45. 

Temp-tations Floral Lace Centertaining Lazy Susan Set

This lovely “Centertaining” Lazy Susan Set has everything you need for an intimate brunch with you and your friends. The set comes with the lazy Susan, a pitcher, creamer, a 10-oz sugar bowl and salt and pepper shakers. It’s originally $64, but it’s on sale now for $44. Such a great deal!

Kansas City 6-oz Brisket Burgers with Seasoning Packets – 20 Count

Planning a backyard barbecue? You’ll want to check out these juicy brisket burgers by Kansas City Steaks. Each pack comes with 20 burgers, two Kansas City Steak seasoning packets and one Kansas City Steak book. According to QVC shoppers, you won’t regret getting these. As one wrote, “Oh my gosh, these are great, very juicy and easy to cook!” Another wrote, “Received these burgers today and made a couple for me and my husband. These burgers are the best burgers I’ve ever tasted. They are juicy and don’t shrink up. They are fabulous.” Right now, they’re even on sale for $87!

Just Bagels NYC Kettle Boiled Bagel Sampler – 24 Count

Treat your guests to the authentic taste of NYC bagels with this 24 count sampler from Just Bagels. It’s perfect for an outdoor brunch!

Mrs. Prindable’s 10-Piece Stars & Stripes Summer Assortment

You really can’t go wrong with these tasty caramel apples from Mrs. Prindable’s. This 10-piece summer assortment features the apples rolled in red, white, and blue sprinkles. You just can’t throw a summer party without these! They’re so good. 

Camp Chef 14 x 16-inch Italia Artisan Pizza Oven

Making pizza has never been easier with the Camp Chef Artisan Pizza Oven. You can use this to cook several styles of pizza including artisan and frozen. If you have a family of pizza lovers, you’ll want this ASAP. 

FLIKR Fire Outdoor Tabletop Fireplace With Base

This tabletop firepit will instantly level up your table. You can use this for ambience or roasting marshmallows. Right now, it’s even on sale! 

Navy and White 4-Position Sling Beach Chair by Lauren McBride

This beach chair is bringing all the vacay vibes, which is perfect for a summer get-together. . It features a built-in pillow headrest, has three-position functionality and it’s easy to store. You also can’t go wrong with classic navy and white stripes. It’s originally $86, but it’s on sale now for $69. 

Hey! Play! Giant Wooden Yard Dice with Carrying Case

The possibilities for fun are endless this summer with these giant wooden yard dice

JBL Flip 5 Portable Waterproof Bluetooth Speaker

No summer bash or backyard barbecue is complete without music! This top-rated Waterproof Bluetooth Speaker from JBL comes in a wide variety of bright and playful colors including pink, teal and yellow. It’s originally $130, but you can get it on sale today for $100. 

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See Kristin Cavallari Embrace “Shenanigans” With Lauren Conrad’s Exes Jason Wahler and Stephen Colletti

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Spencer Pratt Admits “The Hills” Date With Audrina Was FAKE

Coming clean with the ultimate ’00s reunion. 

Kristin Cavallari served up all the nostalgic feels when she posted a photo to Instagram alongside Jason Wahler and Stephen Colletti.

“Shenanigans,” the 35-year-old captioned the snap on May 16, as she posed in between her former Laguna Beach co-stars in Nashville, Tenn.

Fans were quick to point out that both Jason, 35, and Stephen, 36, famously dated Kristin’s on-screen high-school nemesis Lauren “L.C.” Conrad, who later went on to star in the spin-off series The Hills. After Lauren left the L.A.-based show halfway through its fifth season, she was subsequently replaced by Kristin through The Hills‘ sixth and final season in 2010.

“Lauren Conrad likes this,” commented one fan, while another joked, “I just know LC is punching air because the queen of laguna is back.”

Jason posted the same pic on his own Instagram, account with the cheeky caption, “up to no good….”

The old MTV crew came back together for the soon-to-be-launched Laguna Beach rewatch podcast, Back to the Beach With Kristin and Stephen. According to Variety, Dear Media ordered 40 episodes featuring the Very Cavallari star and One Tree Hill alum—who also dated as teens—as they revisit the series, which ran for three seasons from September 2004 until November 2006.  

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The podcast is slated to premiere this summer.

“Eighteen years later and we’re finally ready to revisit Laguna Beach: The Real Orange County,” Kristin told Variety on May 2. “Stephen and I can’t wait to take listeners behind the scenes of what really went down, how it impacted us, and to relive those high-school days—the good, the bad and the ugly.”

Keep scrolling to see what else the former stars of Laguna Beach and The Hills have been up to recently.

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Lauren Conrad

Literal LOL at Teen Vogue‘s Lisa Love telling Lauren, “You’ll always be known as the girl who didn’t go to Paris.” (A line actually lifted from Vogue‘s Anna Wintour, a 2019 Hills deep dive revealed.) More than a decade after that (admittedly questionable) decision and her subsequent split from Jason Wahler, LC has earned a few more laudatory descriptors: New York Times best-selling author; co-founder of The Little Market, with a mission to empower female artisans worldwide; and, of course, fashion designer, her Kohl’s Line LC  Lauren Conrad just the start of her now wide-ranging lifestyle empire. Now long past fights outside Les Deux, she married Something Corporate rocker and law school grad William Tell in a 2014 Pinterest wedding of our dreams. In 2019, their second son, Charlie Wolf Telljoined older brother Liam James Tell

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Kristin Cavallari

The star of E!’s Very Cavallari and everyone’s favorite bad girl went from being a (well-compensated) s–t-stirrer to full-on boss with her successful lifestyle brand, Uncommon James opening its second brick-and-mortar location in Chicago last fall. Rounding out her growing empire: a Chinese Laundry shoe line and two cookbooks, with True Comfort coming out Sept. 29, a little more than two years after New York Times best-seller, True Roots.

Teammates for 10 years, she and retired NFL quarterback Jay Cutler welcomed sons Camden Jack Cutler and Jaxon Wyatt Cutler and daughter Saylor James Cutler before splitting in April 2020.

In 2021, Kristin filmed a cameo for The Hills: New Beginnings season two.

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Heidi Montag & Spencer Pratt

One of the more surprising reinventions saw The Hills‘ resident villains transform into dedicated parents to 2-year-old Gunner Stone Pratt, entirely self-aware of their place in the annals of reality television. Following an admittedly rocky season that saw them take their marital problems (either real or contrived for headlines) to any show that would have them—Celebrity Big Brother (UK version), I’m a Celebrity . . . Get Me Out of HereMarriage Boot Camp: Reality Stars—they successfully lobbied to make Speidi famous again, spearheading 2019’s The Hills: New Beginnings reboot. “Reality TV is kind of a career for Spencer and I at this point,” Heidi explained to Vogue. Though, having learned from their years of overspending, they also have a few side hustles thanks to their podcast and his Pratt Daddy crystal business.  

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Lo Bosworth

Truthfully, LC’s BFF would prefer to be excluded from this narrative. When an exec gauged her interest in returning to The Hills, “I was like, ‘F–k no!'” she recalled on a 2018 episode of her Lady Lovin’ podcast. “I don’t want any association with any of those people. The dissociation from all those people is what I’m hungry for.” Which, to be fair, sometimes that happens when you change careers. Now based in NYC, The International Culinary Center grad and The Lo-Down author founded Love Wellness, a line of personal care products for women, in 2016. In 2020, she told E! News, “I live such a different life now than I did 10 years ago.”

In March 2021, Lo shocked fans when she revealed on Instagram that she had secretly suffered a traumatic brain injury in an accident two years prior. 

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Brody Jenner

His original stint on The Hills saw him juggling purported romances with both Lauren and Kristin and set the tone for the interest in his love life that would continue even after he stepped off camera to lean into his work as a DJ. (His 2015 E! series Sex With Brody may not have helped things.) Though it appeared he’d found his forever when he wed now-Hills costar Kaitlynn Carter in a 2018 Indonesian ceremony, the two ended their romance in 2019. He’s gone on to date TikTok star Daisy Keech, model Josie Canseco and Briana JungwirthLouis Tomlinson‘s ex.

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Audrina Patridge

A reality TV pro at this point, Lauren and Heidi’s camera-ready neighbor followed up her Hills gig with a 2010 spin through the Dancing With the Stars ballroom, her own VH1 series, Audrina and a short-lived hosting stint on NBC’s traveling series 1st Look. Now back on MTV with Speidi, Brody, et. al, she also dove into the world of designing with her Prey Swim line. And while she’s dated after her messy divorce from BMX biker Corey Bohan, revisiting an old romance with Ryan Cabrera and sharing an entirely unsuccessful dinner date with Justin Bobby Brescia, her number one these days is daughter Kirra Max Bohan

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Whitney Port

The girl who did go to Paris (except, not really, as she revealed to Vogue) enjoyed a brief stint in The City in 2008 before heading back to Los Angeles, with future husband Tim Rosenman, an associate producer on her NYC-based spinoff, in tow. A judge on the eighth cycle of Britain & Ireland’s Next Top Model, she now juggles her Love, Whit line with Rent the Runway and With Whit podcast alongside her return to The Hills and her son Sonny Sanford Rosenman

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Stephen Colletti

When he’s not giving us new material for our LC-Kristen-Stephen love triangle fan fic, Laguna’s resident heartthrob is focused on building a pretty solid acting career. He was a recurring castmember on the CW’s One Tree Hill for five seasons and starred as Taylor Swift‘s love interest in her “White Horse” music video. He also had a temporary gig as an MTV VJ on Total Request Live (the original, not the reboot). In 2018m he appeared in the TV movie Hometown Christmas. In January 2021, he and OTH co-star James Lafferty debuted a Hulu series, Everyone Is Doing Great.

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Jessica Smith

KCav’s Laguna Beach pal has largely stayed away from reality television after her run on the MTV show ended. Following a brief return to notoriety, thanks to a 2007 DUI arrest, she settled into a quiet life in Texas with her husband, Michael Evans, “the most kind, patient, strong, amazing, loving and ridiculously handsome human I’ve ever met,” as she put it on Instagram, and their four children. Though she has her own blog and Amazon shop, mostly, she jokes on Insta, she’s “just trying not to lose a kid.”

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Jason Wahler

The resident bad boy of Laguna Beach and The Hills ran into nothing but trouble after his time on the reality series: drugs, DUIs, fights, arrests…you name it. It wasn’t until he appeared on Celebrity Rehab with Dr. Drew Pinksy that he finally cleaned up. Wahler went on to marry girlfriend Ashley Slack, a relationship he claims is his first sober one, and he and “the most beautiful, loving, kind and caring woman I know” welcomed daughter Delilah Ray in August 2017. In February 2021, the couple revealed they are expecting their second child.

 The founder and owner of Widespread Recovery, he continues to be open about his struggles, both on The Hills: New Beginnings and his YouTube series, JAWS Diaries with Jason & Ashley Wahler

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Stephanie Pratt

Originally brought in to face off with Lauren, she befriended her instead, leading to seemingly unending drama between Stephanie and brother Spencer. Following years across the pond appearing on UK reality fare such as Celebrity Big Brother and Made in Chelsea—and one 2015 memoir detailing her struggles with bulimia, crystal meth and staying out of trouble—she headed home to The Hills….to resume stirring up drama. After a scathing takedown of her castmates (she labeled sister-in-law Heidi “evil” and Audrina “crazy”), Stephanie announced she won’t be returning for season two.

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Casey Reinhardt

Though she wasn’t an original castmember of Laguna Beach, her arrival to the reality series was a memorable one. Since then, Casey launched a successful foray into the world of confections by opening Casey’s Cupcakes in Orange County. She even won Food Network’s Cupcake Wars in 2011. Her home life, meanwhile, is just as sweet. Wed to Sean Brown (a relative of the late Nicole Brown Simpson) since August 2015, they share daughter Kensington Kelly Brown and son Sean Brown Jr.

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Dieter Schmitz

Lauren and Stephen’s bestie left the Beach behind for his future in hospitality and hotel management, moving first to New York and, in 2019, to Washington, D.C. where he works as general manager of the Lore Group, leading the February opening of Riggs Washington DC. He’s still tight with his high school crew, though, Lauren, “proud groomsman” Stephen, Trey Phillips, and Loren Polster turning out for his 2016 Monterey, Calif. wedding to Isabell Hiebl. The pair welcomed their first child, son Nico Josef Schmitz, in September 2018.

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Penn Badgley’s Next Project Will Bring You Back to Middle School Awkwardness

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Lukas Gage LOVES Working With Penn Badgley (& Why That Scares Him)

No sleuthing needed to step into your middle school shoes. 

Earlier this month, Penn Badgley announced a new podcast, and now it’s almost here. He shared in a tweet on May 16 that Podcrushed will be out May 18, and he’ll be the one narrating listener-submitted stories from everyone’s most awkward stage in life: middle school.

“Coming-of-age stories from that crushing time we call middle-school in the US (11-14ish),” he wrote in the tweet. “I narrate stories submitted by you & interview guests with my two co-hosts who are chill former teachers.”

What does Penn know about middle school? Well, nothing. The You star admitted in a teaser he posted May 16 that he is a “middle school dropout.” Instead, he spent his pre-teen life taking on Hollywood. Penn will be accompanied by Nava Kavelin, a former middle school director, and Sophie Ansari, a former fifth grade teacher, for the weekly podcast with SiriusXM’s Stitcher.

The 35-year-old actor will narrate embarrassing, sad and shocking middle school stories.

“The butterflies in my stomach are turning into, I don’t know,” Penn narrated in the teaser. “But suddenly I feel hot and wet and… No, no, no, no, no. Am I peeing?”

In a joint statement from the three hosts, they wrote, “Podcrushed began as a way to dig into people’s most awkward and funny moments in middle school, in order to highlight the universality of getting crushed in some way.”

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“But as stories started rolling in from all over the world, the humanity of it all floored us—there weren’t only stories of heartbreak, humiliation and delicious comeuppance, but also stories exploring confusion, identity, and loss,” they continued. “What the show makes clear is that these experiences unite us all, and we can’t wait for you to hear it.”

The podcast also has its own lineup of celebrity guests, including Amy Schumer, Andy Grammer, Ayo Edebiri, Drew Barrymore, Jenna Ortega and more. 

Penn added in the teaser, “They’re all mega-listenable because the guests we bring along, they’re mostly my friends, let’s be real.”

Podcrushed will be available to listen May 18 wherever you get your podcasts.

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