TODAY's Takeaway

TODAY's Takeaway: Supermodel woes, Maria Shriver, sporty Duchess Kate

Oct. 18, 2013 at 1:39 PM ET

Israeli model Bar Rafaeli; Maria Shriver on TODAY; Duchess Kate shows off her moves.
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TODAY's highlights: Israeli model Bar Rafaeli; Maria Shriver on TODAY; Duchess Kate shows off her moves.

1. Which toys are the best to play with? Independent consumer organization Toyportfolio.com has revealed the kid-tested winners of their 2013 Platinum Awards. From dolls to trucks, check out the best playtime companions:

Video: TODAY contributor Stephanie Oppenheim shares the holiday must-haves, from a Lego truck to build-your-own marble mazes.

2. Let’s all shed a tear? Supermodel Bar Refaeli, 28, has bemoaned her inability to snag a man after her six-year relationship with Leonardo DiCaprio ended in 2011. The TODAY anchors wonder if maybe men are too intimidated by the Israeli fashion model? Either way, we need to help Bar! 

Video: The TODAY anchors wonder if maybe men are too intimidated by the Israeli fashion model, but we can’t help but wonder: What’s wrong with this picture?

3. In other royal news, new mom Duchess Kate isn't afraid to get sporty — in heels. Kate made her first solo public appearance since giving birth to Prince George at a volleyball event for young athletes, and as always, she gave fans something to root about.

Video: The Duchess of Cambridge made her first solo public appearance since giving birth to Prince George at a volleyball event for young athletes. She and husband Will are planning the private christening of their son next week. NBC’s Michelle Kosinski reports.

4. Look at that hair! To celebrate Flashback Friday, we had Maria Shriver (who was guest co-anchor of today's show with Matt Lauer) give us a taste of the old-school days when she was a full-time TODAY anchor, the last time being 1998.

Video: It’s been more than 15 years since Maria Shriver co-anchored TODAY with Matt Lauer, but the anchors dug deep into the show’s archives to revisit some of her funnier past moments.

5. John Grisham is back with his twenty-sixth novel, "Sycamore Row," a courtroom drama surrounding the mysterious suicide of a wealthy and secretive tycoon. (Read an excerpt here!)

But before he was a king of the best-seller list, Grisham recalls, he went door to door trying to sell copies “A Time to Kill” out of the trunk of his car. 

Video: Author John Grisham’s new book, “Sycamore Row,” is likely to be another best-seller, but he recalls that before he became popular, he went door to door trying to sell copies “A Time to Kill” out of the trunk of his car. Now that book is a Broadway play. NBC’s Jamie Gangel reports.

And that's TODAY's Takeaway!

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