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Taylor Swift Supports Her Love of Books in READ Campaign: See The Giver Star’s Poster

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06/06/2014 at 12:30 PM EDT

Taylor Swift READ Campaign: Poster from American Library Association

Taylor Swift in the READ campaign

Courtesy American Library Association

Taylor Swift loves reading, and with others such as Kelly Ripa and Rachel McAdams she’s on latest poster in support of READ, a project of the American Library Association.

IN an exclusive first look for PEOPLE, Swift, in a dress to match her signature red lips, digs into author Lois Lowry’s young adult classic The Giver, recipient of the 1994 Newbery Medal.

The book is fitting and timely as the country superstar makes her next big-screen appearance in the film adaptation, where she stars as the character Rosemary alongside Meryl Streep, Jeff Bridges and Katie Holmes.

The film is set to hit theaters on Aug. 15.

Swift is a devoted supporter of public libraries, offering book donations to those in her hometown of Reading, Pennsylvania.

More than 200 celebrities, musicians and cultural icons have stepped up since 1985 to participate in the ALA Celebrity Read campaign.


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Jane Fonda Has the Life ‘So Many of Us Dream Of,’ Says Sandra Bullock

06/06/2014 at 09:10 AM EDT

Jane Fonda AFI Honoree - Stars Pay Tribute

Jane Fonda (center), with her sons, Simone Garity (far left) and actor Troy Garity

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The American Film Institute’s celebration of Jane Fonda was like a Who’s Who of Hollywood women.

Meryl Streep, Sally Field, Sandra Bullock, Lily Tomlin and Cameron Diaz were among the actresses saluting the 76-year-old Oscar winner, who accepted AFI’s 42nd Life Achievement Award Thursday at Hollywood’s Dolby Theatre.

Guests at the private ceremony – which is set to air as a special on TNT June 14 – included Chelsea Handler, Melanie Griffith, Felicity Huffman, Marcia Gay Harden, Rosario Dawson, activist Eve Ensler and Disney president Anne Sweeney.

Tomlin described Fonda as “an evolutionary agent for our species. She is a role model for the American modern woman,” immediately correcting herself to broaden the scope to all women.

Celebrants lauded Fonda for her political activism and dedication to gender equality, which she translated to the screen in such films as 1978’s Coming Home, 1979’s The China Syndrome and 1980’s 9 to 5.

Wanda Sykes, who wore a Barbarella costume and was carried onstage by a man dressed as a winged angel, called Fonda “my hero.”

Diaz cited her as “a beautiful example of navigating a career in Hollywood.” Field admitted she’s been “trying like crazy” to follow in Fonda’s footsteps.

Bullock told Fonda, “you live the life so many of us dream of.” Streep, who said she still does Fonda’s workout videos, described her as “a big sister [who] walked me into moviemaking.”

Fonda’s The Newsroom costar Jeff Daniels feted her with his guitar, singing a song with the refrain, “abs, buns and thighs.”

Peter Fonda, who wore sunglasses perhaps to hide his emotions, choked up as he said, “Nobody has dreamed bigger and nobody has worked harder than my sister, Jane.”

The honoree herself got misty eyed when her son, Troy Garity, spoke from the stage. “In film, in fitness, in politics, in family, Mom, you have succeeded,” he said. The evening also included clips from Fonda’s films and interviews with the actress.

Michael Douglas presented Fonda with her award, and she said she was “so happy to add another woman’s name to the list.” Previous recipients of AFI’s highest honor include Barbra Streisand, Morgan Freeman, Mel Brooks, Bette Davis and Fonda’s father, Henry Fonda.

A resplendent Jane Fonda, who thanked Vera Wang for her custom-made black and white gown, said that as she reflects on her career and the many creative geniuses she worked with, she wishes she would have asked more questions.

“Stay curious,” she said. “Stay interested. It’s much more important to be interested than interesting.”


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D-Day, 70 Years Later: 11 Photos from Normandy and Beyond

06/06/2014 at 06:30 AM EDT

D-Day's 70th Anniversary

Soldiers crouch, tightly packed, behind the bulwarks of a Coast Guard landing barge in the historic sweep across the English Channel to the shores of Normandy

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June 6 marks the 70th anniversary of D-Day.

To commemorate the occasion, LIFE released D-Day: Remembering the Battle that Won the War – 70 Years Later earlier this year.

Publisher Henry Luce once said that LIFE had not been born as a war magazine but that world events made it one. Photographers from the magazine – including Robert Capa, Bob Landry, Ralph Morse and George Silk – were among the 1.5 million American servicemen and women in Southern England preparing for Operation Overlord.

Armed with their lenses, they captured the now-iconic images that adorn this book, some of which Steven Spielberg would later use when crafting Saving Private Ryan‘s heart-stoppingly intense opening depiction of D-Day.

Take a look at these photographs and, more importantly, take a moment to remember.

D-Day, 70 Years Later: 11 Photos from Normandy and Beyond

Winston Churchill walks to Parliament to announce the D-Day landings in June 1944 during World War II

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D-Day, 70 Years Later: 11 Photos from Normandy and Beyond

Squadron Of P-38 Lightnings In Flight

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D-Day, 70 Years Later: 11 Photos from Normandy and Beyond

D Day at the White House

Marie Hansen

D-Day, 70 Years Later: 11 Photos from Normandy and Beyond

The aftermath of the Allied landing aboard a hospital ship

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D-Day, 70 Years Later: 11 Photos from Normandy and Beyond

A captured German soldier

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D-Day, 70 Years Later: 11 Photos from Normandy and Beyond

Allied commander General Dwight Eisenhower (l) giving pep talk to US 101st Airborne Division troops just prior to the D-Day invasion of Nazi-occupied Europe

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D-Day, 70 Years Later: 11 Photos from Normandy and Beyond

Signal Corps massed in Berlin, June 1944

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D-Day, 70 Years Later: 11 Photos from Normandy and Beyond| Life

American soldiers digging foxholes shortly after the D-Day Allied invasion of Normandy, France

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D-Day, 70 Years Later: 11 Photos from Normandy and Beyond| Life

General Omar Bradley (l) and Admiral Alan Kirk sit and talk as they go ashore on D-day, after the Normandy invasion

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D-Day, 70 Years Later: 11 Photos from Normandy and Beyond| Life

American soldiers wade to shore fighting heavy machine gun fire on the Normandy Coast

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