Recent Posts by Matthew Rettenmund

Kathy Garver Is ‘Aunt Cissy’!

Kathy Garver, 73, is one of those actors who has been blessed and cursed with instant recognition from an iconic project — she was sweet Cissy on TV's Family Affair (1966-1971), coming into our living rooms weekly with Brian Keith (1921-1997), Sebastian Cabot (1918-1977), Johnny Whitaker (b. 1959) and Anissa Jones (1958-1976). Forever Cissy (Images…
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Dashing David Hedison Dies @ 92

Handsome leading man David Hedison, whose career included stints in Bond movies, as a TV lead and in the 1958 classic The Fly, died Thursday in L.A., THR reports. Hedison in his heyday and in 2014. (Images via headshot & Matthew Rettenmund) He was 92. Hedison's most high-profile role was as Captain Lee Crane on…
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‘Hart to Hart’: 40 Years On

Just about 40 years after the debut of TV's Hart to Hart (1979-1984) — which bowed on August 25, 1979 — series stars Robert Wagner, 89, and Stefanie Powe√rs, 76, are reminiscing about the hit, their chemistry and some behind-the-scenes secrets. Couple of detectives (Image via ABC) Things we learn from their new joint interview: √…
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Past & Curious: Your ‘Rhoda’ Needs You + More!

Links to the past with relevance today: Harper in 2017 with Ed Asner, then 86 (Image by Matthew Rettenmund) EXTRATV: Valerie Harper, 79, is badly in need of money to pay for her ongoing cancer treatment. She's managed to hold on for 10 years since first being diagnosed with lung cancer, and six years after…
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Report: Charles Levin, ‘Golden Girls’ & ‘Seinfeld’ Actor, Found Dead

UPDATE: Radar reports Levin's son thinks his father's death was "a tragic accident," and does not suspect foul play. Charles Levin, the 70-year-old actor remembered as the nervous mohel on the 1993 Seinfeld episode "The Bris", is thought to have been found dead in Grants Pass, Oregon, KOBI5 reports. Levin's mohel was hysterical — in…
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Denise Nickerson of ‘Willy Wonka’ Dies @ 62

Denise Nickerson, best-known as Violet Beauregarde in the classic 1971 film Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory, died Wednesday. She was 62. THR reports her family removed her from life support Tuesday after she suffered a seizure. She had suffered a “severe stroke” in 2018 and had battled various health issues for at least a…
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Past & Curious: Tab Hunter + Valentina Cortese & More!

Links from the past with relevance today: Keeping Tabs (Image via SXSW) NEWNOWNEXT: Tab Hunter died at 86 a year ago. Now, his husband, Allan Glaser (b. 1959), is opening up about his death, which came out of nowhere. Cortese in her Oscar-nominated Day for Night (1973) role (GIF via Warner Bros.) NYT: Iconic Italian…
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Oscar Nominee Rip Torn Dies @ 88

Rip Torn, the force-of-nature actor who won an Emmy for his performance on The Larry Sanders Show, died Tuesday. He was 88. Torn in the 1997 mega-hit Men in Black (Image via Sony) His publicist announced that Torn died "peacefully at his home" in Lakeville, Connecticut, with his actress wife Amy Wright (b. 1950) and…
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Full ‘Judy’ Trailer Is Here

Renée Zellweger's take on Judy Garland (1922-1969) is coming this September. "Oh, please — I'm Judy." (Image via 20th Century Fox) Now, we have a full trailer by which to judge her impersonation (and through which to hear her vocal stylings). What do you think? Do these put you over the rainbow, or do the…
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‘Won Ton Ton’: A Dog of a Picture, but What a Cast

Have you ever seen Won Ton Ton, the Dog Who Saved Hollywood? Kahn, and the gun was to keep people in their seats (Image via Paramount) The 1976 film is ostensibly a comedy, but there is precious little joy in it — just a lot of celebrity cameos that would have been even more priceless were…
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