Originally Posted by Helen Lawson
Nicely done, liz, that's a great story! Sally or I will contribute anything we read in the tabloids. I still don't have this week's Enquirer.
Here you go, Hel:
ELLEN's EX SEES LAWYER ABOUT 'GALIMONY' SUIT
Alexandra Hedison is suing DeGeneres for a piece of her massive fortune.
Alexandra Hedison and Ellen DeGeneres
Ellen DeGeneres' discarded girlfriend is talking to attorneys about suing the star for a piece of her massive fortune, says an inside source -- and the suit could turn into the biggest case of "galimony" in Hollywood history!
That's the bombshell story behind Ellen's recent split with Alexandra Hedison after four years - and the comedienne's new romance with "Arrested Development" star Portia de Rossi, who ended her own lesbian relationship for Ellen.
Now Portia is moving in with Ellen, Alexandra has moved out -- and Portia's longtime girlfriend Francesca Gregorini is heartbroken.
Our issue that goes on sale Friday reveals all the juicy details of one of the biggest cheating scandals ever -- gay OR straight!
STREISAND CANCER SHOCKER
'I Don't Want To Die!' -- she tells pals
Gripped by a horrific cancer nightmare, Barbra Streisand secretly underwent surgery on her colon in early December, The ENQUIRER has learned exclusively.
Despite her near-paralyzing fear of operations, the 62-year-old Oscar winner had part of her colon removed months after results of a routine screening revealed the presence of growths called polyps, which can be cancerous, say sources.
The operation was originally scheduled for early September - but the terrified singer panicked and called it off only hours before it was to take place, The ENQUIRER discovered.
The multi-talented entertainer finally mustered every bit of her courage and went ahead with the surgery early in the first week of December at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles.
"Shortly before the operation, Barbra was shaking and saying, 'It can't be cancer, it just can't,'" revealed an insider.
"She is deathly afraid of surgery and often harps on how much she hates the thought of being unconscious while surgeons root around inside her body.
"Even though she always has the best care and doctors available, Barbra is almost inconsolable about any type of operating-room procedure.
"Although the calmest environment possible was provided, she was wildly emotional before the surgery. She told pals, 'I don't want to die!'"
In The ENQUIRER that goes on sale Friday, you'll read all the dramatic details -- including the reaction of Barbra's devoted husband James Brolin, why she eventually agreed to the operation -- and the amazing technique that got her out of the hospital only about 24 hours after the surgery.
CLOONEY RUSHED TO THE HOSPITAL FOR EMERGENCY SURGERY
Dangerous injury can lead to paralysis and even death
George Clooney was rushed to a hospital emergency room after a violent neck injury caused fluid to leak from his spinal cord, The ENQUIRER has learned exclusively.
Clooney's medical emergency was so serious that it could have caused paralysis and even death.
In blinding pain, the actor was wheeled into the operating room and doctors performed emergency surgery.
"The throbbing in George's head was so bad, he felt like it was going to explode," said a close source.
Clooney has been suffering excruciating migraines for weeks since he injured his neck during a fight scene in November for the upcoming thriller "Syriana."
Doctors had ordered him to rest and skip several TV appearances to promote his new movie, "Ocean's Twelve," in the hope that his neck would heal. But the actor has been playing basketball to lose 30 pounds he gained for "Syriana."
"George has been playing hurt and I think basketball made his neck injury worse," said the source.
SPINAL CORD TEAR
On Friday, December 3, Clooney's headache was so severe, he had to be taken to Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles.
That's the same hospital where his "Ocean's Twelve" co-star Julia Roberts was recuperating after giving birth to twins.
"X-rays revealed that spinal fluid was leaking internally from a rip in his spinal cord," said the close source.
Leaking spinal fluid causes a headache that some experts describe as 100 times more intense than a migraine.
George was treated by injecting some of his own blood into the site of the leak to form a clot and stem the flow of fluid.
According to medical experts who did not treat him, Clooney was most likely suffering from a dural tear in which fluid leaks from a rip in the outside lining of the spinal cord. The dura mater contains fluid that protects and nourishes the nerves of the spinal cord and brain.
Losing fluid can cause severe headaches that can last for weeks.
Another possible effect of a tear is the formation of a pocket of fluid near the spine which can put pressure on the spinal cord and cause neurological problems such as pain and possible paralysis.
And since the protective covering of the cord now has a hole in it that can be breached by bacteria and viruses, patients are at risk for meningitis, a debilitating infection that can be fatal.
If the tear is small enough, a surgeon can sometimes inject the patient's own blood at the point of the tear to form a patch, as they did in Clooney's case.
Another treatment is to inject fibrin glue to seal the opening. Larger tears are often repaired with sutures or by injecting some of the patient's own fat to form a patch.
Fortunately for Clooney, doctors are optimistic that he will recover completely and he was released from the hospital. But if the pain returns, a follow-up operation may be required.
"All indications were that the procedure was a success," said the source.
"George will still have his aches and pains, but hopefully those agonizing headaches are gone for good."
-- REGINALD FITZ