Category Archives: ’80s

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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‘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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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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Married John Schneider Marries + Disney Legend Dies & More!

Links to the past with relevance today: Did he have a best man, or a good ol' boy? (GIF via GIPHY) PEOPLE: John Schneider, 59, just got married — except he's still married to his most recent wife. Which is "General Lee" not acceptable. He has The Fog-giest. (Image via AVCO-Embassy) VARIETY: John Carpenter, 71,…
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Arte Johnson, ‘Verrry Interesting’ Comic Actor, Dies @ 90

Not long after the passing of similarly zany comic Tim Conway, also known for a bag of lunatic personae, Arte Johnson has died at 90. As creepy Renfield, with George Hamilton, in Love at First Bite (Image via AIP) He died after fighting bladder and prostate cancer for three years, his family announced. Born January…
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‘Alf’ Actor Max Wright Dies @ 75

Max Wright, who became known as Willie Tanner on Alf (1986-1990), died Wednesday of cancer. He was 75. Max Wright, August 2, 1943-June 26, 2019 (Images via NBC) Wright had been diagnosed with lymphoma in 1995. A stage actor first, Wright made his TV debut on an episode of Great Performances in 1974, in a…
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Past & Curious: Farrah’s Legacy, ‘Meatballs’ Love & More!

Links to the past with relevance today: Take a bow, Angel ... (GIF via GIPHY) PEOPLE: Ten years ago today, June 25, Farrah Fawcett (1947-2009) died after a long fight with anal cancer. Now, those who were around her recall her mission to destigmatize the killer disease. Her oncologist, Dr. Laurence Piro, recalls: “Farrah was…
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