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SIX DEGREES (NO BACON)/JEWISH CELEBRITY ROUNDUP Mayim Bialik’s pain-coping techniques, Springsteen sings with a Jewish kid, Jewish moose necklace

NEW YORK (6NoBacon) — Mayim Bialik, who nearly lost her right hand thumb in a car accident two weeks ago, told “Access Hollywood” in an interview that immediately following the accident, her first instinct was to get out of the car, fearing it would explode. “Many Denzel Washington films” ran through her head, she said. Bialik also thought about her family, saying to herself, “I’m a mom, this is not happening. I have kids waiting for me. It’s my son’s birthday — and it was. That was my first thought.”

The Emmy-nominated “Big Bang Theory” star declined to use pain killers, instead opting for methods she used while giving birth that ”really reaffirmed my faith in pain with a purpose and the meditative properties, the ability to lower your blood pressure, which women do in labor. It absolutely is what I used to get me through all stages of this.”

The accident did not affect the filming of the sixth season of “Big Bang Theory,” as Bialik’s hand is being hidden from the camera during the shooting.

‘The Boss’ meets Morty

James Oppenheim and his family moved from the United States to Israel, but on a recent trip to New York he and the family who came for the U.S. visit — four of his eight kids — drove to Boston to see a Bruce Springsteen concert. Oppenheim and his 11-year-old son, Morty, had an experience they will never forget. The family had won a lottery giving them seats in the front rows. Springsteen, who is known for a concert tradition of bringing kids on stage to sing with him, chose young Morty for the honor. He even gave the boy and his older brother, Mandel, guitar picks. “Boss” indeed.

One person’s moose …

One of the most shared photos this week was of an eBay listing of a silver necklace described as a “Unique vintage Navajo Moose” pendant. Actually it was a Hebrew “chai” necklace. Want to purchase one? You’re out of luck. The item sold for $5.50.

Becoming a celebrity in five simple steps

Brett Cohen decided to conduct an interesting social experiment: The New Yorker pretended to be a celebrity with a fake entourage, paparazzi, bodyguards and fans just to see how people would react. Thousands of tourists searching for celebrity photo ops fell for the ruse. Asked about how familiar they were with Cohen, some cited his work on the recent “Spider-Man” movie; others said they loved his first single. With an army of 14 assisting in the stunt, Cohen was photographed with more than 300 people.

Portman goes nude for Dior

Newlywed Natalie Portman returned to the open arms of the Christian Dior design firm with a photo shoot that promoted the Rouge Dior Nude Lipcolor. As with previous campaigns, Portman promoted the Nude Lipcolor by going nude herself, though not frontal but showing her back. The new lip color collection will feature eight shades, including Portman’s Grege No. 169, with the proceeds benefiting her charity of choice, the Free the Children Association.

It’s the first time Portman is campaigning for Dior since its former designer John Galliano was forced out in 2011 following an anti-Semitic rant. Earlier this week it was announced that Galliano was stripped of the French Legion of Honor award because of the incident.

Joan Rivers raps Rihanna’s love choices

Music star Rihanna told Oprah Winfrey last week that she is still in love with ex-boyfriend Chris Brown, despite his history of physical abuse against her. Her comments upset many, including Joan Rivers, who tweeted: “Rihanna confessed to Oprah Winfrey that she still loves Chris Brown. Idiot! Now it’s MY turn to slap her.” Rihanna, known as the queen of Twitter comebacks, protested Rivers’ remarks, first targeting her age with “wow u really do get slow when you’re on huh?” Then she added, “slap on some diapers” and cited Proverbs 15:4 in a tweet that read “control your speech.” Rivers, who took lots of heat from Rihanna fans, quickly defended her remarks by claiming, “Honey, @Rihanna, everyone knows: if he hit you once, he’ll hit you again. Read the statistics.”

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