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Amy Poehler Has the Angelina Jolie of Vaginas and 6 Other Things We Learned

Amy Poehler Has the Angelina Jolie of Vaginas and 6 Other Things We Learned

In her new memoir, Yes Please, Amy Poehler opens up about her childhood, her divorce from Will Arnett, and her own outstanding female anatomy. The book, which is a mix of personal stories, essays, advice, and plenty of memories from Saturday Night Live, is a hilarious yet tender look at the actress’ journey from the first time she she fell in love with improve (for the record, it was during her fourth grade performance of The Wizard of Oz) to fighting for the survival of Parks and Recreation.

Here’s what we learned about comedy’s fairy godmother:

Even Angelina Jolie would be jealous of Poehler’s… vagina.

When opening up about giving birth to her first son, Archibald, Poehler prefaced with an indisputable self-made proclamation about her anatomy. “I don’t consider myself beautiful or famous, but my vagina certainly is. Everyone knows this. I have the Angelina Jolie of vaginas.” Despite the A-list status of her vagina, Poehler was nervous about giving birth, which happened the night before Jon Hamm first hosted SNL in 2008.

Giving birth led to a number of big things for her friends.

When her water broke at 3:30 am on Saturday morning, Poehler was forced to pull out of that evening’s episode of SNL. As a result, Elisabeth Moss stepped in to replace Poehler during a Mad Men sketch and met Fred Armisen for the first time that night. A year later, the two got married. (The two eventually divorced in 2011.) Seth Meyers, Poehler’s Weekend Update co-host, delivered the Update solo for the first time. Meyers would later host the segment solo for five years following his co-star’s departure.

Harvey Korman and Tim Conway inspired the Emmy beauty pageant gag. 

In her book, Poehler reveals that she was inspired by a bit Korman orchestrated when, during the list of nominees, he and his fellow Emmy nominees stood up as if they won. Ahead of the 2011 Emmys, Poehler and fellow nominee Martha Plimpton plotted a similar gag with Laura Linney, Edie Falco, Melissa McCarthy, and Tina Fey. The way Poehler describes how it all went down, it sounds like a dream:

Rob Lowe and Sofia Vergara read my name and I just got out of my seat and pretended I had won. Standing up there, I could feel the audience’s delight and confusion, followed by pure joy when Melissa and the other women followed suit. … We all came up onstage and held hands like were in the final moments of the Miss America pageant. I felt like I might die from happiness. When Melissa won, we all genuinely screamed with joy. Standing onstage being funny with those ladies was so much better than winning.”

Watch the moment again. Right now:

Poehler was nervous about hosting the Golden Globes for the first time until she sat on George Clooney’s lap. 

The actress decided to sit in the audience when the category she was nominated for was announced. Poehler opted to sit with Clooney — more accurately, in his lap. When he asked “what kind of bit” she was cooking up, she said she was going to pretend to be totally engrossed by him. “As the camera cut to me he whispered in my ear, ‘The thing about making movies is…’”

Poehler loves to snoop even if it ends up backfiring on her. 

The actress admits that she is a snooper, something that started when she was a child and would rummage through her own parents’ room. While she never found anything more scandalous than some old copies of Playboy, snooping on her “male model” boyfriend didn’t end so well. “I made the mistake of snooping and reading the model’s journal.” After reading one of his entries about her, she learned that he thought she was “funny but not that pretty, which was kind of like cool, you know?” Needless to say, after some hurt feelings she ditched his sorry (hot yet boring) ass.

Yes, even Poehler has tried drugs. 

In a chapter titled, Obligatory Drug Stories, or Lessons I Learned On Mushrooms, the actress recalls some of her more rebellious moments. “I tried cocaine, which I instantly loved but eventually hated. Cocaine is terrific if you want to hang out with people you don’t know very well and play Ping-Pong all night. It’s bad for almost everything else.” In addition to trying coke, Poehler admits she was a “stoner for a year” after college.

And yes, divorce “sucks.”

“Getting a divorce really sucks. Imagine spreading everything you care about on a blanket and then tossing the whole thing up in the air. The process of divorce is about loading that blanket, throwing it up, watching it all spin, and worrying what stuff will break when it lands.” Poehler and Arnett filed for divorce in April of 2014.

Yes Please (Dey Street Books) is available where ever books are sold on Tuesday, Oct. 28. 

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Halle Berry Now Has a Lingerie Line — and It’s Really Sexy

10/23/2014 at 06:20 PM ET

Halle Berry has a lot of titles: She’s the star and co-executive producer of the CBS show Extant, she’s a mother of two, she’s the face of Revlon and now she’s adding a new one. She’s the co-owner of the French lingerie brand Scandale Paris, which she’s now introducing to the U.S.

Halle Berry Now Has a Lingerie Line — and Its Really SexyKevin Mazur/Getty

Berry first discovered the beloved line while strolling around the City of Light. “I’m married to a French man [Olivier Martinez], so I spend a lot of my down time in Paris just walking around,” she told PEOPLE. “I came across this brand in a very small display in one of my favorite stores and I just thought, ‘Wow, we don’t have anything quite like this in America.’” So she decided to change that. But she didn’t just help bring the brand stateside, she actually worked to acquire it! She stresses that “keeping the Parisian style intact” is important, but that she wanted to modernize the vibe for women today.

The line, which originated about 80 years ago across the pond, will be available in select Target stores on Oct. 27. (bras will retail for $16 and $18 and underwear for $7). We sat down with the star and got the scoop on the styles to expect, what she looks for personally in intimates and how her husband reacted to this sexy new venture.

Halle Berry Now Has a Lingerie Line — and Its Really SexyKevin Mazur/Getty

What’s your favorite color and print for lingerie?
I love black, and leopard is my favorite. And things that have a little bit of shimmer and a little bit of shine.

Any plans for you to model the collection? [Editor's Note: Berry looked smokin' hot in a sheer Nina Ricci top and Rebecca Vallance pencil skirt.] Maybe one day. When we were going into production I was pregnant. Down the road, when I get my mojo back, it’s possible that I might model it from time to time.

So, what did your husband think of this venture?
He was like, “Go for it! If anybody knows it, you do!”

Really?!
He knows how much I care about my undergarments and how much energy and effort I put into what’s underneath my clothes. He just said, “I can’t think of anybody better to do this, anyone who cares about this more than probably you.” He was supportive.

Tell us about the phrase that’s written on each piece in the collection.
“C’est un Scandale!” That’s my favorite French phrase. “It’s scandalous.”

–Jackie Fields

Halle Berry Now Has a Lingerie Line — and Its Really Sexy
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We Whip Up a Recipe From Stanley Tucci and Felicity Blunt’s New Cookbook

We Whip Up a Recipe From Stanley Tucci and Felicity Blunts New Cookbook
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Welcome back to our new column at PEOPLE.com: the Tiny Test Kitchen. Here, we test recipes from the latest and greatest cookbooks and let you know how it went. Why Tiny Test Kitchen? Because we whip up these dishes in our very own (very tiny) New York City kitchens to show you just how easy or difficult, tasty or terrible the food turns out to be.

Confession: I have a bit of a crush on Stanley Tucci. Yes, he’s married. Yes, he’s older. But he’s so … distinguished. And charming. Ladies, are you with me?

Anyway, weird personal feelings aside, I loved the actor’s first recipe collection, The Tucci Cookbook, so when I heard he had a new book coming out Oct. 28 — this one with expectant wife Felicity Blunt — I jumped at the chance to check it out.

This edition features recipes from both of their families — his skew Italian, hers very English — so it’s a nice mix of hearty pasta dishes and things like Yorkshire pudding. There are also recipes from friends and family members, like the chicken soup Felicity’s sister Emily Blunt swears made her now-husband John Krasinski propose (seriously, how did these Blunt girls get so lucky?!).

But to kick things off, I wanted to whip up something I’d never made before, so I settled on the couple’s Cornish Game Hens with Pancetta. It’s simple enough — I actually had many of the ingredients sitting around at home — and as the authors mention, serving Cornish game hens is great because every diner gets his or her own little chicken. So cute.

We Whip Up a Recipe From Stanley Tucci and Felicity Blunts New Cookbook
Kate Hogan

I popped into Whole Foods and grabbed two hens ($18 for the pair, on the lower end of what I saw) and brought them home to prep. They were easy to prepare since there’s so little to do — basically season and set in a pan — and even easier since I halved the recipe (one each for my husband and me). Of note: Though I only cooked two birds, I still had to cook them as long as the recipe called for the four.

The turnout was pretty great! The birds were nice and juicy (basting midway through cooking helped), and the pancetta was delightfully crispy and had soaked up some of the fat from the hens (though I didn’t really taste any pancetta on the hens, I must say). The Tuccis recommend serving with their polenta frites, but I served them with fresh corn on the cob I’d picked up at the farmers market, which was a nice crunchy complement.

We Whip Up a Recipe From Stanley Tucci and Felicity Blunts New Cookbook
Kate Hogan

My one complaint is that the shallots and garlic cloves, which the directions say to stuff into the birds, didn’t really cook — biting into them, they might as well have been raw, though I was expecting them to have cooked up nice and soft. In the pictures accompanying the recipe in the cookbook, it looks like the shallots and garlic are chopped, but it never mentioned any chopping in the recipe itself, so I used them whole. I wonder if chopping them first would’ve boosted the flavor.

But all in all, it’s a fun recipe that I might try again if we had guests (again, individual birds are just so adorable, though pricey). The whole process took me 90 minutes start to finish, but with an extra set of hands in the kitchen for seasoning (or me not focusing SO hard on the recipe) it could’ve been about 15 or 20 minutes shorter. I’m looking forward to trying more of the couple’s delicious dishes!

We Whip Up a Recipe From Stanley Tucci and Felicity Blunts New Cookbook
Kate Hogan

Cornish Game Hens with Sage and Pancetta
Serves 4

4 Cornish game hens
Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper
2 shallots, halved
4 cloves garlic
8 fresh sage leaves
2 tbsp. butter
2 tbsp. olive oil
12 to 16 slices pancetta or bacon
1 cup white wine

1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit.

2. Season the cavities of the Cornish game hens with salt and pepper and insert half a shallot, a garlic clove and a sage leaf into each. Place ½ tbsp. of the butter in the cavity of each bird as well. Rub the birds with the olive oil and season the breasts with salt and pepper. Place a sage leaf on the back of each bird and drape each with 3 or 4 slices of the pancetta.

3. Roast for 45 to 50 minutes. Halfway through roasting, remove the pancetta from the breasts of the birds and place it beside them. Baste the birds with the roasting juices and continue to cook for the remaining time. To check if they are cooked, stab the birds in the thickest part of the thigh with a skewer. If the juice runs clear, then they are done.

4. Remove the birds from the oven, together with the pancetta, and place them on a warm plate to rest. Set the roasting pan on the stovetop over medium heat. When the juices in the pan begin to bubble, pour in the wine. Deglaze the pan, scraping up any cooking residue, and cook until the liquid has reduced by half. Serve with the reduced pan jus on the side.

—Kate Hogan

We Whip Up a Recipe From Stanley Tucci and Felicity Blunts New Cookbook
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Ashley Williams Welcomes First Child: Gus

Ashley Williams Welcomes First Child: Gus

Congratulations are in order for Ashley Williams and Neal Dodson.

The How I Met Your Mother alum, 35, and her husband have welcomed their first child – a son named Gus Williams Dodson – Us Weekly reports. The actress gave birth at home on Sunday, October 5.

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Baby Gus weighed in at 8 lbs., 8 oz., and measured 20 1/2 inches long.

The Something Borrowed actress announced her pregnancy in July.

Baby Gus already has two cousins to play with. Williams’ sister, Father of the Bride star Kimberly Williams, and her husband, country crooner Brad Paisley, are parents to sons Huck, 7, and Jasper, 5.

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Ashley Williams Welcomes First Child: Gus
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