As 2012 comes to a close we're taking the opportunity to look back at the biggest celebrity stories that eclipsed all others during the past twelve months. And it wasn't easy to narrow them down.
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Taking the major events in chronological order, former Victoria's Secret model Heidi Klum and Seal announced in early January: “While we have enjoyed seven very loving, loyal and happy years of marriage, after much soul searching we have decided to separate." The couple are both dating others since filing for divorce -- Heidi has hooked up with her bodyguard.
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In February legendary singer Whitney Houston, 48, was found dead in the bathtub of her Beverly Hilton Hotel room. The cause of death was determined to be an unintentional overdose. She left her entire estate to her only child, daughter Bobbi Kristina Brown.
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"America's Oldest Teenager," Dick Clark, 82, died in April of a massive heart attack while undergoing an outpatient procedure. He is best remembered as the iconic host of American Bandstand and decades of ringing in the New Year from Times Square.
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There was a media frenzy when Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie announced their April engagement. Her sparkler, designed by Brad, was handcrafted by Beverly Hills jeweler Robert Procop. The couple indicate their six children have been putting a great deal of pressure on their mom and dad to make their union official.
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In June, usually the month when brides walk down the aisle, power couple Katie Holmes and Tom Cruise ended their five year marriage with a decidedly quickie divorce that was initiated by the actress. She was awarded primary custody of their only child, daughter Suri Cruise.
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Kristen Stewart admitted in July that she cheated on boyfriend Robert Pattinson with her 'Snow White and the Huntsman' director Rupert Sanders. The couple reconciled after several months apart -- just in time to promote their last 'Twilight Saga' installment.
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The old adage 'What Happens in Vegas, Stays in Vegas' was put to the test in August when naked photos of Prince Harrywere released to the media. He quickly hightailed it back to London where he was assigned a new military tour of duty that is keeping him on the straight and narrow.
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Hollywood actress Jennifer Aniston also received a ring in late August from her 'Wanderlust' co-star. Her rep confirmed, “Justin Theroux had an amazing birthday on Friday, receiving an extraordinary gift from his girlfriend, who accepted his proposal of marriage.”
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'The Green Mile' actor, Michael Duncan Clark, died in September at the age of 54 after suffering heart failure that left him on life support for nearly two months. He is survived by his fiancee, Omarosa Manigault of The Apprentice fame.
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Wedding bells rang out in Italy in October for Justin Timberlake and Jessica Biel. The high profile couple hosted a beach party with live music and firework as part of the festivities and issued a short statement, “It’s great to be married, the ceremony was beautiful and it was so special to be surrounded by our family and friends.”
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Late last month Angus T. Jones trashed his $300,000 per episode meal ticket, 'Two and a Half Men,' by urging people to shun the "filth" during a religion-inspired video testimony that went viral on YouTube.
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On Thanksgiving morning Halle Berry watched in horror as her ex-boyfriend Gabriel Aubry was beaten to a pulp by her fiance Olivier Martinez, an actor who reportedly knows his way around a boxing ring. The altercation came days after a L.A. judge ruled in favor of her Canadian model ex, stipulating that Berry could not move their daughter Nahla, 4, to France.
With the threat of a restraining order that could have kept Martinez away from Halle's daughter, the actress suddenly had a change of heart and quietly agreed to pay Aubry's legal and medical bills and move on.
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One of the biggest stories of the year started with a Royal announcement in early December that Duchess Catherine, aka Kate Middleton, was pregnant and hospitalized for a severe case of morning sickness. The news morphed into something far more sinister after two Australian radio DJ's made a prank call to a London Hospital, pretending to be Queen Elizabeth II.
Nurse Jacintha Saldanha, temporarily working the hospital switchboard, inadvertently put the hoax call through to the charge nurse overseeing Kate's care, who provided private details regarding her condition. Shortly thereafter Saldanha committed suicide, 2DayFM hosts Mel Greig and Michael Christian were removed from their jobs and their employer, Southern Cross Austerio, vowed to cooperate fully with police.
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