Top entertainment stories of 2012

Published On: Dec 19 2012 01:43:40 PM CST   Updated On: Dec 20 2012 01:00:00 AM CST

The year 2012 was packed full of entertainment stories, from stars who left us and celebrity scandals to new arrivals and award-winning performances. Join us for a look back at the year in entertainment.

2012 entertainment - Gore Vidal
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July 31: Author Gore Vidal dies
Gore Vidal, the eclectic author who faithfully chronicled the major shifts and upheavals in the United States in books, essays and plays, died from complications from pneumonia at the age of 86. Widely hailed as one of America's greatest men of letters, the aristocratic Vidal was a high-profile commentator on politics, including his bitter opposition to the war in Iraq and his belief that the United States had betrayed its humble roots to become an imperial power.

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