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Paris Hilton slams fake Nelson Mandela tweet: 'Get a life and stop talking about mine'

In the wake of Nelson Mandela’s death Thursday, many celebrities took to social media, including Oprah Winfrey and Morgan Freeman, to express their condolences for the late South African president. And shortly after the news broke, blogs re-posted a tweet allegedly sent out by socialite Paris Hilton confusing Mandela with Martin Luther King Jr.

Here’s a look at the tweet:
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Oprah Winfrey remembers Nelson Mandela

Ever since word spread of Nelson Mandela’s death on Thursday, celebrities have taken to Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, etc., to say goodbye to “The Father of a Nation.”

Now, Oprah Winfrey has offered her sentiments having been one of the few people to visit Mandela’s home and spend time with him.

“One of the great honors of my life was to be invited to Nelson Mandela’s home, spend private time and get to know him,” Winfrey wrote in an email. “He was everything you’ve ever heard and more — humble and unscathed by bitterness. And he always loved to tell a good joke. Being in his presence was like sitting with grace and majesty at the same time. He will always be my hero. His life was a gift to us all.”

Bono pens tribute to Mandela in essay for 'Time'

Bono honored Nelson Mandela in a 1,000-word essay published by TIME following the South African leader’s death.

“As an activist I have pretty much been doing what Nelson Mandela tells me since I was a teenager,” he writes. “He has been a forceful presence in my life going back to 1979, when U2 made its first anti-apartheid effort.” READ FULL STORY

Remembering Madiba: Paul Simon, Bill Clinton, P. Diddy, Clint Eastwood, more share thoughts on Nelson Mandela

The passing of former South African President Nelson Mandela at the age of 95, touched people all over the world and celebrities took to Twitter and other social media networks to honor the late activist.  Read on for statements from Bill Clinton, Anderson Cooper, Paul Simon, John Legend, and more. Morgan Freeman, who played Mandela in Invictus, also shared his thoughts in a statement released to the press earlier on Thursday.
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Morgan Freeman on Nelson Mandela, plus a tribute to Madiba with the actors who've played him -- VIDEO

Morgan Freeman, who was nominated for an Oscar in 2009 for playing Nelson Mandela in the film Invictus, shared his thoughts on the former South African leader’s passing Thursday.

Today the world lost one of the true giants of the past century.  Nelson Mandela was a man of  incomparable honor, unconquerable strength, and unyielding resolve—a saint to many, a hero to all who treasure liberty, freedom and the dignity of humankind.  As we remember his triumphs, let us, in his memory, not just reflect on how far we’ve come, but on how far we have to go.  Madiba may no longer be with us, but his journey continues on with me and with all of us. 

Take a look at this special video honoring Mandela and the actors who have played him in film below:
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Nelson Mandela dies at 95: Five touchstone film moments about his life

Nelson Mandela passed away Thursday at the age of 95. Imprisoned from 1962 to 1990, the former South African president (1994-1999) fought to abolish apartheid and worked to end poverty. Known as “The Father of a Nation” the celebrated leader was the 1993 Nobel Peace Prize winner and received the U.S. Presidential Medal of Freedom, among many other honors.

It’s no surprise that his inspirational story has made its way to the big screen. In addition to the current film Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom, which is in theaters now, the South African leader has been the subject of several feature films and documentaries in recent years. Below, check out five iconic portrayals of Mandela in pop culture.

1.) Idris Elba is currently portraying Mandela in Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom, directed by Justin Chadwick. The biopic, about his life from childhood to his election as president of South Africa, was just released on Nov. 28. Check out an interview with Elba about playing Mandela:
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