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A private funeral was held on Christmas Eve for the late Brittany Murphy, who died suddenly and unexpectedly at the age of 32 less than a week ago.

A small group of close friends and family members gathered at the Church of the Hills at the Forest Lawn Memorial Park in L.A. to pay their respects.

At the service, Simon Monjack called his wife his "soul mate."

He also said of Brittany: "Mystery is the nature of love and you never know when or where it will strike or how quickly it will be taken from you."

Murphy was interred at twilight; "Amazing Grace" was sung at graveside; The service concluded with a reading of The Little Prince, her favorite book.

Her estranged father, Angelo Bertolotti, did not attend the funeral. "If I wanted to go, I would go, but I don't want to see her that way," he told E! News Friday.

"She was flawless to me. She was a little bright child. I have only good memories. She's a memory to me now. To me she's off making a movie somewhere."

A larger memorial service for Murphy may be held early next year.

Murphy died at 10:04 a.m. December 20 at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles after she was found unresponsive in her bathroom by her mother.

Many have speculated that Brittany Murphy took an unhealthy amount of medication, but her husband denies the star had an overdose or eating disorder.

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Merry Christmas to all from The Hollywood Gossip. We wish you the most joyous of holidays, and hope that all of your hopes and dreams are soon realized.

What did you get for Christmas? Was it all that you hoped for?

We certainly hope so. On a similar note, our interns recently checked with Santa and asked the big guy himself what certain celebrities wanted this year.

The rotund one's list may surprise you ...

Miley Cyrus: A stripper pole in her bedroom.

Amy Winehouse: To see Christmas 2010.

Jessica Simpson: A new set of candles.

Tiger Woods: A mulligan... or 15.

Adam Lambert: Eye shadow.

Mischa Barton: Protein.

Sarah Palin: A new visor.

Pamela Anderson: A bra.

Kate Gosselin: A new man to degrade.

Justin-Bobby: A bar of Irish Spring.

HO, HO, HO! (Sorry, that's our entire joke)

Lindsay Lohan: Some pants. And/or morals.

Lil Wayne: Condoms and cigarettes.

Robsten: Privacy.

Paula Abdul: Fewer drugs.

Jake Pavelka: Everlasting fame love on reality TV.

Michael Jackson: None, thanks to you, Dr. Conrad Murray.

Lady Gaga: More ridiculous fashion; Fewer hermaphrodite rumors.

Kim Kardashian: An engagement ring; A red carpet in her bedroom; For certain gossip websites to stop mentioning how hard she took it from Ray J on video ...

Spencer Pratt and Heidi Montag: A Santa-themed bikini photo shoot on the beach in Malibu, after Pacific Coast News just happened to run into them there.

Britney Spears: Freeeeeeeeeeedom!!!!!

Brad Pitt: Another baby.

Angelina Jolie: The slow, painful death of Jennifer Aniston.

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With 2009 drawing to a close, The Hollywood Gossip staff looks back on this wild year, naming finalists for our prestigious, 3rd Annual Celebrity of the Year award.

It's time for us to pay tribute to the special celebrities who made this year the most memorable for THG and for celebrity gossip fans across the nation and world.

These stars have given us their best, their worst, their off-the-wall antics and, in the case of today's finalist, probably the messiest reality TV divorce of all-time.

Recently, our kountdown kontinued with all those krazy, kurvy Kardashians in the #4 spot. Now, it's on to Celebrity of the Year Finalist #3: Jon Gosselin!

Jon Gosselin is #1

Jon thinks he should be higher, but he'll have to settle for #3.

It's hard to believe that it was only six months ago that Jon Gosselin was known as your run-of-the-mill reality show father of eight who loved ATVs, Ed Hardy t-shirts, Bluetooths, etc. His wife was painful but they made it work.

Until they didn't.

Jon was caught cheating with teacher pal Deanna Hummel, setting in motion an epic train wreck as his marriage and reality show simultaneously unraveled.

Free from the grating banshee that is Kate, Jon proceeded to get with Hailey Glassman ... and Kate Major, and Stephanie Santoro. Often at the same time.

He befriended Michael Lohan, hosted pool parties in Vegas, tried to start his own clothing line and earned a place in the upper echelon of global douchebags.

When his wild partying and nightly interviews on The Insider caused TLC to cut him out and rename their show Kate Plus 8, he proceeded to pull the plug on the show, citing child exploitation. They countersued for breach of contract.

What he'll try to pull next is anyone's guess, but a run like he had is worthy of top three status in 2009. Here's a little photo tribute to the infamous Jon ...

  • Feelin' Like a P-I-M-P
  • Hailey Glassman Photo
  • Jon Gosselin Ridin'
  • STFU Jon!
  • Jonny Boy
  • Class Act
  • Bad Dad
  • Grade A Douchebag
  • Jon Gosselin Shirtless
  • He Likes 'Em This Big

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Most of us get into the Christmas spirit with egg nog, festive decorations around our homes, red and green sweaters and maybe the occasional Santa hat.

Lady Gaga, on the other hand ...

There's little else we really have to add to this photo. It's probably no surprise to her fans, who are well accustomed to the unique star's "fashion" sense.

After all, this is an artist who can and will pull off just about anything. Even those Lady Gaga hermaphrodite rumors seemed to increase her popularity.

So rather than paying tribute to the holiday season with Santa-themed attire, she opted for a reindeer look. We have to say, we kinda dig the antlers ...

A Very Gaga Christmas

Merry Christmas Eve. Gaga style. [Photo: PacificCoastNewsOnline.com]

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Brody Jenner and Jayde Nicole just split. But it's a bro he misses most.

According to reports, Brody is more upset about his "breakup" with former best friend Doug Reinhardt than his Playmate of the Year girlfriend of nearly 15 months.

Hills Gang

Last night, Brody was at Guys & Dolls in W. Hollywood with a new girl on his arm, but looked sad when he didn’t interact with his former pal, who was also there.

“Brody arrived at 11:15 with two guy friends,” a witness at Guys & Dolls said. “He was joined less than 30 minutes later by a blonde, very attractive woman.”

“She was with him most of the night. It was clear this wasn’t their first meeting,” the source said, but Brody, who endured a similar falling out with former BFF Spencer Pratt, had (platonic) eyes for someone else entirely: Doug Reinhardt.

Brody Jenner with Doug Reinhardt back in the good ol' days.

Doug, along with his notorious girlfriend Paris Hilton, had their own table and were joined by about 10 friends - none of whom was The Hills star - witnesses say.

“Doug did not speak to Brody, and you could see Brody was distracted by Doug being there," reports a spy. "He seemed very sad that they weren’t speaking.”

“Everyone stayed until close ... Brody left hand-in-hand with the blond.”

Well, that's good at least.

Brody Jenner recently said he hasn’t seen much of his baseball bud since Doug reconciled with the ho-tel heiress/socialite and insists their friendship is over.

“We used to be best friends, now I never see him. Some people just get so involved in relationships they lose their friends," he lamented. "Partners come and go, but friends are there for you always. I’m done. Paris has taken him away.”

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In an ironic and tragic example of life imitating art, the late Brittany Murphy's character in the horror film Deadline appears lying lifeless in her bathtub.

The actress' sudden death on Sunday, when she was found in the bathroom and could not be revived, sent the DVD rental company Redbox scrambling.

For obvious reasons, efforts to remove this particularly disturbing image from the DVD cover and other promotional materials are underway nationwide ...

Brittany Murphy stars in the horror film Deadline.

Murphy collapsed in the bathroom Sunday morning and, after unsuccessful attempts by family and paramedics to revive her, was pronounced dead at the hospital.

Suddenly, the DVD cover seemed a lot less appropriate.

"We are removing the box art images from our displays," Redbox spokeswoman Laura Dihel said. "We will continue to carry her film, but not featuring the box art."

A much funnier and less morbid example of promotional material pulled in light of current events? Tiger Woods Accenture ads. You wanna talk about irony ...

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Yesterday, THG readers were given the challenge of writing the best caption for this picture of Hailey Glassman reffing celebrity boxing and saying ...

... well, that was up to you. And your Caption Contest winner is Amy.

Congratulations on a job well done! The winning entry appears below the photo, and you can click here to read the full list of submissions sent in.

Thanks to everyone for playing! Good luck next time!

Celebrity Boxing Ref

That's him. That is the guy who told me he loved me.

Tiger, Tiger Woods.

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Don't get us wrong. It's nice when stars are comfortable in their own skin and don't feel the need to slather on the makeup like Snooki from Jersey Shore.

But that doesn't mean they have to get dressed in the dark.

Jessica Simpson, for example, looked a little rumpled and worse for the wear yesterday as she made her way to see her sister's Broadway show Chicago.

With messy hair, zero makeup and wearing a plaid jacket-thing of some kind, the alleged singer and actress certainly left an impression on passersby.

Whether it was a positive impression, or along the lines of the impression we got watching her get violated by a candle, is in the eye of the beholder ...

Jessica in Plaid

What do you think of Jessica Simpson's appearance here?

 

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