Oscar winner Jon Blair gives Anne Frank talk, Lady Gaga shames body shamers and more celebrity news

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Madonna adopts twins from Malawi

Madonna adopted 4 1/2-year-old twin girls Stella and Esther from Malawi on Tuesday. The 58-year-old Bay City-born pop star appeared in court with the children, as well as their father and uncle, who witnessed the adoption, judiciary spokesperson Mlenga Mvula told People. Mvula says the twins’ mother died a week after delivering them, and the family took the girls to an orphanage because they could not support them. On Wednesday, Madonna confirmed the adoption on Instagram, where she shared a picture of her and the two girls dressed in matching heart dresses. “I can officially confirm I have completed the process of adopting twin sisters from Malawi and am overjoyed that they are now part of our family,” she wrote. “I am deeply grateful to all those in Malawi who helped make this possible.” Madonna is a mother to four other children: Lourdes Leon, 20, Rocco Ritchie, 16, David Banda, 11, and Mercy James, 11. David and Mercy were also adopted from Malawi. In 2006, Madonna established the Raising Malawi charity that aims to improve the lives of children in the African country. One of the goals is to construct Malawi’s first pediatric surgery and intensive care unit, which is set to open this year.

Lady Gaga shames body shamers

Most Super Bowl LI watchers were astounded by Lady Gaga’s drone-filled, acrobatic half time performance. But there was a segment on the population that felt compelled to scrutinize her “belly” she showed off in a football-padded outfit. Lady Gaga wasn’t about to let the trolls take over. On Wednesday, the 30-year-old posted a photo of her belly-baring performance on Instagram and shamed the body shamers. “I heard my body is a topic of conversation so I wanted to say, I’m proud of my body and you should be proud of yours too,” Gaga wrote. “No matter who you are or what you do. I could give you a million reasons why you don’t need to cater to anyone or anything to succeed. Be you, and be relentlessly you. That’s the stuff of champions. thank you so much everyone for supporting me. I love you guys.”

Oscar winner Jon Blair gives Anne Frank talk

Academy-Award winning documentary filmmaker Jon Blair will give a talk 1: 30 p.m. Feb. 26 at the Holocaust Memorial Center in Farmington Hills. Guests will have an opportunity to ask Blair questions and watch his 1995 film “Anne Frank Remembered,” which stars Kenneth Branagh, Glenn Close and Miep Gies, the woman who hid the Frank family from Nazis. The film won an Oscar for Best Documentary Film, and for his contributions, Queen Elizabeth II named Blair Commander of the Order of the British Empire, one of UK’s highest awards. The event — free with admission or museum membership — coincides with the museum’s “Anne Frank: A History for Today” exhibit open through June 4. RSVPs are requested. Contact (248) 553-2400 or RSVP@holocaustcenter.org.

Park Players perform outside home theater

For the first time in 64 years, the Detroit Park Players will present a show outside their home theater, the North Rosedale Park Community House. Detroit’s oldest community theater company will perform “Sister Act” at the Redford Theatre April 28-30. “For Park Players, being asked to perform on the Redford Theatre stage is a validation of our worth and standing as a vibrant Detroit community theater group,” says “Sister Act” executive producer Marcia Closson, 79, who’s been a Player the past few decades and has earned the nickname “Queen Mum.” The musical will still be held at the North Rosedale Park Community House April 7-9 and April 21-23. Tickets are now on sale at parkplayers.org.

Compiled by Stephanie Steinberg

ssteinberg@detroitnews.com

Thursday’s birthdays

Carole King, 75

Joe Pesci, 74

Alice Walker, 73

Mia Farrow, 72

Tom Hiddleston, 36

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