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Jermaine, Randy, Marlon and Janet Jackson pay tribute to Michael Jackson at his public memorial on July 7. The father of Heath Ledger warns that their grief will grow.
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updated 7/8/2009 8:37:47 PM ET 2009-07-09T00:37:47

The news of Michael Jackson’s untimely demise brought back painful memories for Heath Ledger’s family. Though the two stars had little in common in life, Ledger’s father feels the similar circumstances of their deaths allow him to understand the struggle the Jackson family now faces.

“On the day Michael died I spoke to my daughters and former wife Sally, and we all had such a down day,” Kim Ledger told Australia’s Women’s Day.

Recounting his own response to grief, the actor’s father shared what the future holds for Jackson’s relatives and warned that the sense of loss only grows after the media attention fades away.

“In the first couple of weeks it’s crazy, and you’re just trying to come to grips with the enormity of it,” Kim Ledger recalled. “It’s not for me to advise the Jackson family how to get through this, but what I will say is the saddest times are now, one-and-a-half years later. The media interest has died down, so I’m no longer surrounded by Heath and all I want to do is pick up the phone, but I can’t.”

Drugs and alcohol almost cost Bateman his marriage
The transition from child star to adult actor led Jason Bateman down a path of booze and drugs, but the now-sober star didn’t clean up for his career. In an interview with Details magazine, Bateman confessed he couldn’t confront his addictions until his marriage was on the line.

“It was like ‘Risky Business’ for 10 years,” Bateman said of his 1990s career slump. “My parents were out of town, they left me a bunch of money, the car and the house, and I didn’t know when they were coming home. I’d worked so hard that by the time I was 20, I wanted to play hard. And I did that really well.”

Bateman continued his constant party lifestyle after marrying actress Amanda Anka in 2001, but just one year into their marriage, his addiction nearly drove her away. It took an ultimatum from Anka to inspire the actor to go to his first AA meeting.

“I was never at a place where rehab would have been appropriate,” Bateman explained. “Booze was what would make me want to stay out all night and do some blow or smoke a joint or whatever, so shutting that off was key. It’s like ketchup and French fries — I don’t want one without the other. So that’s the moment: Do you want to continue being great at being in your 20s, or do you want to step up and graduate into adulthood?”

For the sake of his marriage, Bateman chose the second option.

No more nude scenes for Kate Winslet
She’s never been shy about showing skin on-screen, but actress Kate Winslet thinks her body-baring days are now behind her.

“I’ll be 34 in October,” Winslet told Harper’s Bazaar. “I can’t keep getting away with (nudity). There was so much of it in ‘The Reader’ because the story required it, but people have seen enough of my bum and my boobs. I have to put them back.”

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Slideshow: Celebrity Sightings It’s not the first time Winslet’s contemplated covering up. After filming her ninth nude scene for “Little Children” in 2006, she admitted each revealing scene seems like her last.

“When you get up in the morning and you know you are going to have to go to work and take your clothes off, it’s the worst day of your life,” Winslet said. “You feel awful. You feel sick. And you remind yourself you must never agree to do this again.”

Dish on the fly
Academy Award-winning actress Penelope Cruz suffers unshakable film phobias. “Every time I make a film, I feel like it’s my first time,” Cruz explained to Psychologies magazine. “I always think they could fire me.” Making matters worse, the “Vicky Cristina Barcelona” star’s woes aren’t limited to her work. “I’ve ruined my own happiness and created problems with my friends because of this tendency. It takes discipline for me to stop worrying.” … From the “life’s not fair” department, “Gossip Girl” hottie Blake Lively recently revealed she doesn’t rely on a healthy diet or exercise to look good on screen. “I had to do a scene in a bra and shorts for the first time in two years,” Lively told Britain’s Glamour magazine. “On the day of the shoot, I ate a pork burrito, chips and Coke. Afterward, I thought, ‘I probably shouldn’t have done that.’ But whatever.” … Though he hates watching wife Katherine Heigl kiss her handsome co-stars, Josh Kelley won’t complain. In an interview with Marie Claire U.K., Heigl shared the strong warning she issued to her husband. “It’s not his favorite part of the profession,” she said, “but I told him, ‘It’s my job, and if I feel uncomfortable doing my job, and it suffers because of it, I’ll kill you.’”

Tabloid Tidbits is compiled by Ree Hines.

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Photos: Jackson's funeral

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  1. Michael Jackson's 11-year-old daughter, Paris Michael Katherine, cries as she attempts to speak and is consoled by Jackson's siblings at Staples Center on Tuesday, July 7, in Los Angeles. “I just want to say ever since I was born, Daddy has been the best father you can ever imagine. And I just wanted to say I love him so much," she said. (Pool / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  2. Family, friends and celebrities sing "We Are the World" at the end of the pop star's public memorial at the Staples Center in Los Angeles on Tuesday, July 7. (NBC News) Back to slideshow navigation
  3. Michael Jackson's children, Paris Michael Katherine, Prince Michael II (aka Blanket) and Michael Joseph Jr. (aka Prince Michael) appear onstage at the pop star's public memorial service at the Staples Center in Los Angeles on Tuesday, July 7. (Pool / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  4. Jermaine Jackson throws a rose on brother Michael Jackson's casket after performing "Smile," which was the pop star's favorite song, during the public memorial service at the Staples Center in Los Angeles on Tuesday, July 7. (Mark J. Terrill / Pool via AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  5. Usher sings Jackson's "Gone Too Soon" at the late star's public memorial service. The song is off the "Dangerous" album and was originally dedicated to Ryan White, who died of AIDS in 1990 at age 18. (Mario Anzuoni / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  6. Brooke Shields, who was a childhood friend of the pop star, speaks about her long friendship with Michael Jackson. The actress, who fought back tears during her speech, tells the crowd about what some considered their "odd" relationship and the fun they had together as children. (Paul Buck / Pool via AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  7. Jennifer Hudson, who is expecting her first child, sings "Will You Be There?" at the public memorial service for the late singer. (Mario Anzuoni / Pool via AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  8. The Rev. Al Sharpton, a longtime friend of the Jackson family, speaks about how the "King of Pop" broke down barriers and "opened up the whole world." (Mark J. Terrill / Pool via AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  9. From left to right, Rebbie Jackson, Janet Jackson, Randy Jackson, Tito Jackson, Marlon Jackson, Jackie Jackson and Jermaine Jackson attend brother Michael Jackson's public memorial service at Staples Center on Tuesday in Los Angeles. (Courtesy of Harrison Funk and Kevin Mazur / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  10. Former NBA star Magic Johnson pauses as he eulogizes Michael Jackson during the singer's public memorial service. Johnson spoke of his relationship with the Jackson family and also shared a humorous tale of the singer's taste for Kentucky Fried Chicken. (Mario Anzuoni / AFP - Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  11. John Mayer performs "Human Nature," one of the many hits off the 1982 hit album "Thriller," at Jackson's public memorial service held at Staples Center in Los Angeles on Tuesday, July 7. (Kevork Djansezian / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  12. Katherine Jackson, right, sits with Michael Jackson's children during the pop star's public memorial service held at Staples Center on Tuesday, July 7, in Los Angeles. (Mario Anzuoni / Pool via Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  13. Stevie Wonder performs at Michael Jackson's public memorial service. The singer started with his 1971 song "Never Dreamed You'd Leave in Summer," then switched to "They Won't Go When I Go." (Kevork Djansezian / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  14. Janet Jackson, center, attends brother Michael's public memorial service at Staples Center in Los Angeles on Tuesday, July 7. (Kevork Djansezian / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  15. Mariah Carey, left, and Trey Lorenz perform at Michael Jackson's public memorial service. The pair sang the Jackson 5 hit "I'll Be There." (Kevork Djansezian / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  16. Fans attending the public memorial for Michael Jackson cry at the Staples Center in Los Angeles on Tuesday, July 7. (Gabriel Bouys / AFP - Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  17. Lionel Richie performs the Commodores' song "Jesus Is Love" during the public memorial service for Michael Jackson. (Mark J. Terrill / Pool via AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  18. Michael Jackson's parents, Joe Jackson, back center, and Katherine, front left, arrive with his son Michael Joseph Jr., right, at the star's public memorial service held at Staples Center on Tuesday, July 7. (Mario Anzuoni / Pool via Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  19. Queen Latifah speaks at the memorial service for music legend Michael Jackson. The actress also read a poem from Maya Angelou entitled "We Had Him." (Gabriel Bouys / AFP - Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  20. A fan holds up a license plate before Michael Jackson's public memorial service on Tuesday. (Mark J. Terrill / Pool via AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  21. Michael Jackson's public memorial service at the Los Angeles' Staples Center on Tuesday, July 7, begins with singer Smokey Robinson reading comments from Nelson Mandela, Diana Ross and other friends. (Courtesy of Harrison Funk and Kevin Mazur / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  22. Corey Feldman arrives at Michael Jackson's public memorial service at Staples Center in Los Angeles on Tuesday, July 7. The actor became friends with the pop singer in the 1980s. (Mark J. Terrill / AFP - Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  23. The Jackson brothers accompany Michael Jackson's casket into his public memorial service at the Staples Center in Los Angeles on Tuesday, July 7. (Mark J. Terrill / Pool via AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  24. Fans enter the Staples Center in Los Angeles for the public memorial service for Michael Jackson on Tuesday, July 7. More than 1.6 million people registered for the lottery for free tickets to the event, and 8,750 were chosen to receive two tickets each. (Patrick T. Fallon / Zuma Press) Back to slideshow navigation
  25. Members of the media work in front of the Staples Center in Los Angeles during the public memorial service for the late pop star Michael Jackson on Tuesday, July 7. (Chris Carlson / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  26. Fans gather outside Staples Center before a public memorial service for Michael Jackson on Tuesday, July 7, in Los Angeles. (Jae C. Hong / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  27. The hearse carrying the coffin of Michael Jackson arrives at the star's public memorial service held at Staples Center on Tuesday in Los Angeles. (John Moore / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  28. Leslie Young, 43, left, and Mari Quates, 50, wave and yell from the 5th Street overpass as the Michael Jackson funeral procession drives down an empty 110 freeway in Los Angeles on Tuesday, July 7. The women came from their local offices to get a glimpse of the family as the cars head toward Staples Center for the public memorial service. (Stephanie Mullen / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  29. The casket is carried out after a private funeral ceremony for pop star Michael Jackson at Forest Lawn Memorial Park in Los Angeles on Tuesday, July 7. Jackson's body -- reportedly resting in a $25,000 gold-plated casket -- was later transported to a lavish public memorial at the 20,000-capacity Staples Center. (Vincent Laforet / AFP - Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  30. A motorcade arrives at Forest Lawn Memorial Park for Michael Jackson's funeral services in Los Angeles on Tuesday, July 7. (Phil McCarten / Reuters) Back to slideshow navigation
  31. A motorcade arrives at Forest Lawn Memorial Park on Tuesday, July 7, in Los Angeles. Jackson, 50, the iconic pop star, died at UCLA Medical Center after going into cardiac arrest at his rented home on June 25 in Los Angeles. (Frazer Harrison / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  32. Members of the media wait at Forest Lawn Memorial Park before services for Michael Jackson in Los Angeles on Tuesday. Meanwhile, Jackson fans began crowding into downtown Los Angeles for a star-packed public memorial to the "King of Pop," whose sudden death nearly two weeks ago shocked the world. (Phil McCarten / Reuters) Back to slideshow navigation
  33. A Los Angeles police officer directs the funeral procession outside the Jackson family home in Encino, Calif., on Tuesday, July 7, enroute to Forest Lawn Memorial Park. (Paul J. Richards / AFP - Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
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