Marla Gibbs on Her Never-Too-Late Start, Weitzes to Immortalize Grandma Lupita Tovar & More

Links to the past, with relevance today:

There was always something about Mary. And Florence! (Image via NBC)

THR: The Hollywood Reporter published a long Q&A with the legendary Marla Gibbs, 90. She talks about how she got her start in acting at 44, interpersonal relationships on The Jeffersons, her hot-and-cold relationship with Norman Lear and racism and sexism in Hollywood then and now. This woman knew her stuff, and it was mostly self-taught — and then she discovered Emmy winner Jackée Harry and Oscar winner Regina King.

She experienced close to eternal life. (GIF via GIPHY)

DEADLINE: So amazing! Paul & Chris Weitz will produce Spanish Dracula, about their grandmother Lupita Tovar. Tovar, who died at 106 in 2016, had been the leading lady in the Spanish-language Dracula (1931), which was shot at the same time/with the same sets as the English-language classic. She fell in love with producer Paul Kohner (1902-1988) and their children Susan Kohner (b. 1936) — Oscar nominee for Imitation of Life (1959) — and Pancho Kohner (b. 1939) are also in the biz. Of course, the Weitz brothers are major filmmakers in their own right, co-directing About a Boy (2002), among other triumphs.

NYT: Yet another memorable Seinfeld guest actor has died.

HUFF POST: Prince Andrew and Virginia Giuffre have settled her sexual abuse case against him.

PEOPLE: Eriq La Salle and Gloria Reuben go Hallmark!

Mid-life romance (Image via Hallmark)

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