Brooke Shields and National Enquirer Reach Agreement

The star of the movies "Dirty Dancing" and "Ghost," and the TV series "The Beast" said in a statement: "It's amazing to me that the tabloids such as The National Enquirer print such negative stories about me and my health when there are so many positive things going on in my life right now. I've started a new chemotherapy and, once again, I am one of the lucky ones with pancreatic cancer that is responding well to the treatment. I hope in the future, the press will think twice about printing inaccuracies and painting an unpleasant picture when I have so much to be thankful for at this time."

While lawsuits and scorn likely won't stop The National Enquirer, or any other tabloid or blog, from targeting celebrities, their star subjects may find some comfort in the following facts. According to the Magazine Publishers of America, in 2000, the Enquirer boasted a circulation of approximately 2.1 million issues per week in the U.S.; as of 2007, that figure dropped to about 1 million.

The Inquirer is owned by privately-held American Media, Inc., based in Boca Raton, Fla., which also publishes health and fitness magazines.

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