Dolly Gets Poked, Paul Simon Gets Jabbed, Fran Drescher on Getting the ‘Fever’ & More

Links to the past, with relevance today:

Stuck on Dolly! (Image via Dolly Parton)

TWITTER: Living legend Dolly Parton, whose money helped fund a COVID-19 vaccine in the first place, proudly poses for photos receiving her second dose.

SHOWBIZ CHEAT SHEET: Above, Fran Drescher recalls her small role in Saturday Night Fever, which was a huge jolt to her fledgling career. She recalls dancing with John Travolta and also, in the same interview, confirmed she improvised patting him on the rump!

The writer is a jealous singer-songwriter ... (Image via NBC News)

NBC NEWS: Sure, it's marked "opinion," but Jeff Slate's piece for NBC News on Paul Simon's decision to sell his music catalogue is aggressively personal, dubbing the artist "always a ruthless operator," questioning his integrity, insulting him for — at nearly 80 — not being relevant, and suggesting he would be "a footnote to Dylan" in history.

Fur real? (Image via video still)

KENNETH IN THE (212): A "very special episode" of Adam-12 ... about Martin Milner's mustache!

An early take on the special challenges of being biracial in a racist society (Images via Alfred A. Knopf)

NYT: A talk on Nella Larsen's 1929 novel Passing, a classic novel about a Black woman who chooses to live as white.

PEOPLE: Australian designer Carla Zampatti dies at 78 a week after falling at an opera opening.

EW: Madonna's threatened self-directed biopic is still on track in spite of news that Oscar winner Diablo Cody has exited. More on the proposed flick:

Most of the film, Madonna said, would follow her "struggle as an artist trying to survive in a man's world as a woman, and really just the journey," which she described as a "happy, sad, mad, crazy, good, bad, and ugly" tale of the making of a superstar. Milestones Madonna and Cody discussed at the time included the pop icon's rise through the entertainment industry in New York City, writing "Like a Prayer," filming Evita, and her connection with Jose Gutierez Xtravaganza and Luis Xtravaganza, two members of New York City's Harlem ballroom scene that played a monumental role in the success of her 1990 smash song "Vogue."

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