A female survival expert who appeared on "Naked & Afraid" is currently recovering from DENGUE FEVER -- and nearly died -- after contracting the virus in a Panama jungle, TMZ has learned.
45-year-old Manu Toigo was bit by a mosquito back in September, while filming her episode (which airs this weekend on the Discovery Channel).
At first, Manu says she didn't think twice about the bug bite ... until she arrived back in L.A. days later and began to experience a severe headache between the eyes. The headache progressed to a fever, then nosebleeds and gum bleeding, then she couldn't even stand up.
Doctors initially told Manu she was anemic, but things only got worse -- and she was forced to go back to the hospital, where they finally diagnosed her with dengue hemorrhagic fever ... the worst form of dengue fever.
FYI, Dengue fever becomes "hemorrhagic" when the virus damages blood vessels to the point they hemmorhage internally. And the worst part -- there's no cure.
Manu says she got to the hospital just in time, and doctors kept a close eye on her -- pumping her with fluids and plasma -- so she was able to make a decent recovery. Manu spent a total of 2 weeks in the hospital and is now in physical therapy, trying to get back on her feet. She says she's still in agonizing pain all over her body.
But if you're wondering if she regrets going on the show ... Manu says, "Hell no ... most epic experience I could ever have done."
Hard Knock Nothing ...
Young Stars Score Big Money
11 minutes ago BY TMZ STAFF
Daddy Warbucks can keep his dough -- 2 young actresses in the upcoming "Annie" remake stand to rake in six figures ... according to the big fat contracts they inked ... TMZ has learned.
14-year-old Eden Duncan Smith (left) and 9-year-old Nicolette Pierini play poor ragamuffin orphans in the movie -- and because they're minors their deals have to be filed in L.A. County Superior Court ... and let's just say they won't be method acting.
According to the docs, Nicolette and Eden were each paid $65,000 for their acting chops -- and if there's a sequel, they'll get bumped up to $150,000.
But the real jackpot comes with a trilogy -- Nicolette gets $300K ... and Eden, $250K for the third movie. To be clear, neither is playing the lead.
Like the song says ... easy street.
Guess Who This Dirty Blonde
30 minutes ago BY TMZ STAFF
Before this messy little lady became Hollywood's most fashion forward woman -- she was just another candy loving kid growing up in California! Can you guess who she is?
Paris Hilton's Brother:
Lindsay Lohan's Thug BEAT MY FACE IN
12/6/2013 5:00 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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Paris Hilton's little brother Barron Hilton was jumped this morning -- and beaten to a pulp -- and he claims Lindsay Lohan masterminded the attack, TMZ has learned.
We know Lindsay's denying she ordered the hit -- in fact, she claims she wasn't even on the scene at the time of the incident -- but now we have video (above) that proves otherwise. It shows Barron (blonde hair, white shirt) and his friends confronting LiLo right after the attack.
Multiple sources connected to the situation tell us ... Barron attended a party last night at a Miami mansion where Lindsay has been staying while she's in town for an art festival -- a party that lasted until well after the sun came up.
We're told ... during the party, someone accused Barron of talking smack about Lindsay -- and a short time later he was attacked and beaten to a pulp. TMZ obtained a photo of the damage.
We know ... 24-year-old Barron spoke with police following the incident. He claims Lohan orchestrated the beating.
Barron told cops Lindsay approached him at the party with a male friend and began screaming, "'You talk sh*t about me to my boyfriend, this is what you get."
As the guy proceeded to pummel Barron, Hilton claims Lindsay was laughing and egging him on.
Cops were called to the scene and interviewed Barron. We're told Barron doesn't know the identity of his attacker but is adamant Lindsay is the person behind the attack.
We spoke to Michael Lohan who insists Lindsay had nothing to do with the attack and had left the mansion BEFORE the fight went down.
Michael claims there are several witnesses -- including security guards -- who will back up Lindsay's alibi.
Michael says Lindsay was adamant she didn't want to be around any trouble ... i.e. drugs, alcohol, violence ... and even had people removed from the house before the fight ever went down.
Problem with that alibi is -- the video of Barron nearly face-to-face with Lilo outside the mansion ... just moments after the fight.
Lindsay's had bad blood with the Hiltons for years -- stemming back to when Paris' friend Brandon Davis went on the infamous "firecrotch" rant back in 2006.
Porsche GT Was My Dream Car
12/6/2013 4:31 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Four years before he died, Paul Walker sat down in an interview and said his ultimate "dream car" was the Porsche Carrera GT ... the very car he died in ... and the interview was captured on video.
Paul was promoting "Fast & Furious" during the 2009 interview ... and raved about the GT -- saying, "That's the top car."
Of course, Paul eventually got to ride in his dream car last week ... but it ended in tragedy when the car slammed into a tree and a pole, killing both Paul and the man driving the car.
'Baywatch' Star's Alleged Stalker
Restraining Order Denied
Bolts From Courthouse
12/6/2013 11:45 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
"Baywatch" star Alexandra Paul just scored a victory in court ... because a judge SHUT DOWN her alleged stalker -- DENYING the woman's request for a permanent restraining order against Paul.
This is a crazy story -- as we reported, Alexandra claims Nicole Albrecht began stalking her back in 2011 ... showing up at her home, and a community pool where Alexandra trains.
Alexandra and Nicole eventually got temporary restraining orders against each other -- and today Nicole attempted to get a permanent one.
No dice ... the judge shot Nicole down -- and she ran from the courthouse with a hood over her face ... refusing to answer our questions about the case.
Alexandra -- who already has a permanent restraining order against Albrecht -- did talk to us after today's hearing.
Scientology War with Kirstie Alley
I'd Rather Kill Her ... With Kindness
12/6/2013 10:17 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Ex-Scientologist Leah Remini's taking the high road after Kirstie Alley called her a repulsive "bigot" on the radio -- telling TMZ, she only wishes the best for people ... even if they hate her back.
Leah was out in L.A. last night when we asked about Kirstie's recent Howard Stern interview ... when Kirstie bashed Leah for criticizing Scientology after leaving the Church.
Kirstie called Leah an anti-faith "bigot" who picks on Scientologists for no reason ... then said Leah was her "enemy."
But last night, Leah was stoic ... until we chatted about Kirstie's new sitcom. Check the clip to hear what Leah really thinks.
Dispatch Recording ...
'Dead on Arrival'
12/6/2013 9:45 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
First responders to the Paul Walker crash declared the actor dead almost immediately after arriving on the scene ... and TMZ has obtained audio of the call to dispatch.
According to the recording ... the first firefighters arrived less than 3 minutes after a 911 call alerted them to the crash -- and one of their first communications from the scene is "two fatalities" ... and "DOA."
The man on-scene also informs dispatch it's a "Code N" incident ... which means it's a newsworthy event that should be handled with care.
As we previously reported ... several of Paul's friends were on-scene and most likely told firefighters the actor was in the vehicle.
Listen to the audio ... it's clear firefighters had no doubt Paul and Roger Rodas died instantly.
Original 'Sound of Music' Actress
Live Special Was 'Painful to Watch'
12/6/2013 7:57 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Gretl Von Trapp from the original "The Sound of Music" movie was left "mystified and disappointed" after last night's live remake on NBC ... and says Carrie Underwood TOTALLY BOMBED!!
Gretl a.k.a. Kym Karath met up with former co-star Charmian Carr (Liesl Von Trapp) to watch the special last night ... but their excitement deflated once "Sound" started.
During the special Kym tweeted, "Mystified & disappointed so far by SOM special. So far only happy with Stephen Moyer" ... then followed up by saying, "Must admit some scenes are actually painful to watch."
That's when Karath kicked things up a notch by roasting Underwood's performance adding, "Love Carrie Underwood but this role is just not right for her. She is lovely her voice is beautiful but acting is wrong."
For what it's worth ... the special brought in HUGE ratings for NBC with 18.5 million viewers.
Paul Walker's Death
Burning Car Image Theory Debunked
12/5/2013 9:30 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Inserting Herself Into Sex Toy Biz!
12/6/2013 7:06 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Coco -- Ice-T's wife -- is breaking into the toy business ... the sex toy business ... and TMZ has learned she's gunning to penetrate the marketplace by January.
Coco's rep tells TMZ ... Coco has teamed up with Cal Exotics, the world's largest sex toy company -- and plans to announce her own line of X-rated items in January.
We're told, "The toys will reflect Coco's personality and will include massagers, vibrators, and more!"
"The toys are for solo and couples play. Coco is involved with the entire process, from packaging to the promotional strategy."
She's like Santa Claus ... for adults.
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HUGE FIGHT BREAKS OUT
... at NYC Premiere Party
12/6/2013 6:24 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Here's a shocker ... there was a huge fight at the "Mob Wives" premiere party in NYC last night -- with flying bottles, police and broken bones, TMZ has learned.
Sources involved with the situation tell TMZ ... it all started when the BF of new cast member Natalie Guercio (pictured below) got into a verbal argument with another partygoer ... and things quickly escalated.
We're told more than ten people started fighting in the middle of the venue ... and multiple sources tell us glass bottles were fired across the party.
One source tells us one of the partygoers suffered a broken ankle in the melee ... but we haven't been able to confirm that. We do know one person was transported to a nearby hospital for treatment.
Law enforcement tells us ... someone called police around 10:48 PM ... but by the time cops arrived, the fight was over.
FYI -- the whole thing went down at Greenhouse ... which is located in the same building where the Chris Brown vs. Drake bottle-smashing brawl broke out back in 2012.
J.Lo to Marc Anthony
You Can Have Your Name Back
... I'm Cool with Mine
12/6/2013 12:50 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Jennifer Lopez only wants one thing out of her divorce from Marc Anthony -- which is still going more than 18 months later -- and that's ... her old name.
J.Lo just filed her legal response to Marc's petition, and according to the docs her legal name is still Jennifer Muniz ... which is Marc's real last name.
Marc and Jennifer's petitions are identical on custody issues -- both are asking for joint legal and physical custody of their twins -- but in her docs, J.Lo requests the court restore her former name -- Jennifer Lopez.
J & M got married in 2004, officially separated in 2011, and Marc filed for divorce in April, 2012.
So, why did J.Lo drag her feet on filing a response? Our guess ... celebs just operate on a different schedule than the rest of us.
Or she was actually pondering a switch to J.Mu.