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Natalie Portman, Lucrative Star for Studios

By Renee Ghert-Zand

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While you were ringing in the New Year…

Forbes announced that Natalie Portman is the actress who provides the greatest return on investment, making the studios about $42.70 for every dollar she earns.

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Olympics gymnastics champion Aly Raisman was named among the 2012 Bostonians of the Year by the Boston Globe.

Jake Gyllenhaal hung out with Jay-Z at Brooklyn’s Barclays Center.

Adam Lambert slammed “Les Miz” via Twitter, complaining that “the score suffered massively with great actors PRETENDING to be singers.”

Jack Klugman, who died on Christmas Eve at age 90, was remembered for his key role in getting the Orphan Drug Act passed in the early 1980’s.

Gawker collected Dr. Ruth Westheimer’s sex-obsessed tweets on 42 of the biggest news events of 2012.

A second trailer for the new season of Lena Dunham’s “Girls” (premiering January 13) was released.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu (sort of) danced on stage with Israeli singer Sarit Hadad at the Likud party campaign launch.

Billy Crystal and Jerry Seinfeld got together with Jimmy Fallon for a reprise of the classic “Who’s On First” Abbott and Costello routine.

Matisyahu posted on Facebook a lovely photo of himself and his youngest son praying together after the singer returned home from a six-month tour.

Zubin Mehta, Music Director for Life of the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra, surprisingly revealed his admiration for the late Queen lead singer Freddie Mercury, a fellow Parsi.

Israeli Rapper X Beautiful and TV producer Arik Henig made a viral music video for San Antonio Spurs coach Gregg Popovich.

Wheel-chair tennis Paralympian champion Noam Gershony was voted Israel’s Sports Personality for 2012.

Kveller listed Mayim Bialik’s five most popular 2012 blog posts. We would have thought the one announcing her divorce would have been included.

Personal finance guru Suze Orman was ironically on a Business Insider list of rich and famous people who once were homeless.

Boxing fans take note: Yuri Foreman and Dmitriy Salita announced their fights for 2013.


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