Celebrities certainly have a lot to be thankful for, from good looks to free designer clothes to … well, pretty much every enviable perk they get. But certain stars have even more reason to feel grateful on Turkey Day.
Charlie Sheen: His charmed life
Seriously, how many times can Charlie Sheen get away with antics that would send another celebrity — let alone a civilian — to jail, rehab or the emergency room, and emerge unscathed? Despite scandals involving domestic violence, drinking, drug use, and — oh, yeah — a naked porn star, the “Two and a Half Men” star still enjoys his position as the highest-paid man on TV. Either this dude made a deal with the devil, or he has one hell of a guardian angel.
Tiger Woods: Silence
It’s hard to believe that this Thanksgiving weekend will mark a year since Tiger Woods’ squeaky-clean image was shattered. But for all the racy revelations about his various mistresses that ensued, the golfer must be breathing a sigh of relief that Rachel Uchitel and Elin Nordegren aren’t blabbing any secrets. Luckily for Tiger, the two (arguably) most important women in his life were willing to keep mum about him — and their discretion was no doubt worth the allegedly hefty price tag.
Lindsay Lohan: A lenient judge
If at first you don’t succeed, try, try again — especially if a judge orders you to. That’s the back-story behind LiLo’s latest stint in rehab … but this time, it actually appears to be working. Granted, once she completes her Betty Ford treatment in January, she’ll have her work cut out for her as she tries to restart her stalled film career. But for now, Lindsay should be very appreciative of the justice who gave her another chance to clean up her act — and opted not to send her to jail when she failed a drug test.
Prince William: Kate Middleton
OK, so the Brits don’t actually celebrate Thanksgiving, but their future king has one major reason to be thankful right now: his bride-to-be. Though some would say Kate’s the one who should be grateful — after all, she landed a prince! — we think it’s Wills who should thank his lucky stars he found a poised, confident, strong woman who will doubtless do the royal family proud.
Kim Kardashian: Her curves
It’s the rare celebrity who can build a mini-empire out of her own “brand” — especially when her main claim to fame is having a bodacious booty. Yet somehow Kim has parlayed that, ahem, asset into a clothing line, endorsement deals, a fitness video, a perfume, an endless series of reality shows and even her own credit card. Not bad for a chick who was once known solely as Paris Hilton’s sidekick.
Sandra Bullock: The tabloids
Celebrities never like having their dirty laundry aired — but in Sandra Bullock’s case, In Touch magazine actually did her a favor by exposing her then-husband Jesse James’s cheating. Sure, she was devastated and humiliated … but if the mag hadn’t gotten Michelle “Bombshell” McGee (sorry for extending her 15 minutes of fame, there) to tell the story of her affair with Sandy’s man, the Oscar-winning actress might still be married — and oblivious to his womanizing ways. In the long run, she was far better off finding out the truth before bringing home her adopted son Louis.
Kitty Raymond is an entertainment writer and astrologer. She welcomes feedback at firstname.lastname@example.org.