Celebrities we loved to watch in 2013

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Last updated 17:03 23/12/2013

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Between Prince George and Lorde, it was the right year for the Royals.

Before Prince George had cooed for the first time, he was all over gossip magazine covers.

Catherine, the Duchess of Cambridge, was admitted to hospital in London on the morning of July 22, and gave birth the same day.

Even the few minutes standing outside the hospital doors and getting the newborn prince into the car made for hours of entertainment news fodder.

The tittle tattle centred on the way Catherine's dress mirrored Princess Diana's when she left the same hospital with Prince William, 31 years earlier. And there was the way Prince William put young George's carseat in the car himself and then drove home.

In keeping with the noble theme, Lorde fever took hold of the entertainment world.

The Kiwi teen's first single, Royals, debuted at number 1 on the New Zealand Top 40 on March 15 and remained there for three weeks. Then it took off internationally. Lorde – real name Ella Yelich-O'Connor – became the first solo artist from New Zealand to top the US Billboard chart, and the youngest artist to hold the US number one spot in more than 25 years. By the year's end she had been nominated for four Grammys: record of the year and song of the year, best pop vocal album for Pure Heroine and best pop solo performance.

While Lorde made headlines for her extraordinary talent and other-worldly pop tunes, American Miley Cyrus made them for vastly different reasons.

Her performance in her music video Wrecking Ball, which showed her licking construction gear and swinging on a wrecking ball, was hard to top.

But top it, she did – with her performance at the MTV Video Music Awards. While performing with Robin Thicke in his song Blurred Lines, Cyrus stripped to a flesh-toned latex bra and matching underwear and twerked. It was a dramatic departure from her oh-so-sweet Hannah Montana days and set the blogosphere and twitter alight with critiques of her performance.

She followed this up by smoking a joint and twerking with a dwarf at the MTV Europe Music Awards.

There were also big moments for some of the world's most beloved celebrities.

Out of left field, Australian model Miranda Kerr and British actor Orlando Bloom separated after three years of marriage. Bloom, 36, and Kerr, 30, began dating in 2007 and wed in 2010 just a month after announcing their engagement. Their son, Flynn, was born in January 2011.

Kim Kardashian and Kanye West had a baby in August, and named her North West. It was rumoured West did not want to be in the delivery room during Kardashian's labour, but sources say he was in the hospital supporting the mother of his child throughout.

Actress Angelina Jolie had a double mastectomy to reduce her breast cancer risk. She underwent the surgery because she carried a gene that meant she was much more likely to suffer from breast or ovarian cancer.

Jolie's mother died of breast cancer when she was 56.

"Once I knew that this was my reality, I decided to be proactive and to minimise the risk as much I could. I made a decision to have a preventive double mastectomy," Jolie wrote in a New York Times opinion piece.

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"I started with the breasts, as my risk of breast cancer is higher than my risk of ovarian cancer, and the surgery is more complex."

She wanted to tell women about their choice, and to be able to tell her children they did not need to fear they would lose her to breast cancer.

In June, the entertainment world lost James Gandolfini, whose portrayal of a brutal, emotionally fragile mob boss in HBO's The Sopranos helped create one of television's greatest drama series.

The Sopranos creator David Chase said Gandolfini, 51, was a genius, and one of the greatest actors of our time. He died of a heart attack.

Britain was rocked by entertainment sex scandals, some of them in the wake of revelation that noted TV presenter Jimmy Savile, who died in 2011, had been the subject of complaints from 450 people, alleging sex abuse between 1955 and 2009.

In August, veteran Australian entertainer Rolf Harris was charged in the UK with nine counts of indecent assault dating to the 1980s, and four counts alleging production of indecent child images in 2012. His laywer indicated he would plead guilty and he will be before the courts again in January. He has since been charged with three further counts of sexual abuse.

The famous British soap Coronation Street was also plagued with off-screen drama. Michael Le Vell, who plays Kevin Webster, was cleared of a number of child sex abuse charges, including rape.

Le Vell appeared on 12 charges laid by his accuser, who claimed she was abused from the age of six until she was 14.

William Roache, who has played Ken Barlow in the show for 53 years, will go on trial in January, accused of raping a 15-year-old girl and indecently assaulting four other minors.

He denied the charges. Three of the alleged assaults were said to have taken place in 1965 and two in 1968, and the rapes were said to have happened in 1967.

What happens next will keep Coro fans on edge, as much as any episode ever did.

- Fairfax Media

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