Links to the past, with relevance today: A long time coming (GIF via GIPHY) CNN: Anna May Wong, the silent film star who was the first Asian celebrity in the U.S., will become the first Asian face on American currency. EBAY: The coolest Debbie Harry promotional item of all time. When Debbie and H.R. Giger…Read more
Betty White Auction: Outfits, Autographs, SAG Award & More
Links to the past, with relevance today: This is me in September. (Image via NBC) JULIEN'S AUCTIONS: The first big Betty White sale is coming September 23, and it includes over 1,000 items from the personal collection of the First Lady of Television. Mixed in with animal-themed doo-dads and jewelry, you'll find original scripts from…Read more
Donna Mills & Debbie Harry: Sexy Past 70, Patricia Heaton Defends ‘Castrated’ Pal & More!
Links to the past, with relevance today: She's older than Jessica Tandy in Driving Miss Daisy. (Image via video still) INSTAGRAM: Donna Mills is EIGHTY-ONE YEARS OF AGE. Yes, she's had work. Yes, she started out looking like Donna Mills. But wow. KENNETH IN THE (212): Debbie Harry in the '70s ... and in her…Read more
‘Facts’ & ‘Strokes’ Attract A-Listers, Debbie Harry Still En-‘Rapture’-d, Candice Bergen at 75 & More
Links to the past, with relevance today: Eat your heart out, Ryan Murphy! (Image via ABC) EW: Wow! The cast for Live in Front of a Studio Audience: The Facts of Life & Diff'rent Strokes is out of this world, including Jennifer Aniston as Blair, Gabrielle Union as Tootie, Allison Tolman as Natalie, Kathryn Hahn…Read more
Blondie & Manilow Sell Catalogues, Go-Go’s Fact Check & More!
Links to the past, with relevance today: Debbie's rollin' in dough, ya'll! (GIF via GIPHY) ROLLING STONE: Blondie's co-founders — Debbie Harry and Chris Stein — as well as Barry Manilow have sold their entire catalogues to Hipgnosis, which will license it up the wazoo. Clearly, these older artists are considering the limiting qualities of…Read more
Kristian Alfonso Quits, ‘Dukes’ React to Flag Flap & More!
James in his prime (Image via Before I Forget/BearManor) THR: Please check out my interview with the late James Sheldon, who gave dish on James Dean, Marlo Thomas, Lynda Carter, Loni Anderson and more! From blushing bride to retiree, Alfonso was one of the daytime drama's most beloved actors. (Image via NBC) EXTRATV: Kristian Alfonso…Read more
15 ’80s Pop Songs to Save Your Day
These songs were not very big U.S. hits, but they did liven up the '80s around the world. Surely these are some of the best arguments that the '80s may not have had the best music, but always had the most unselfconsciously fun music. My list includes two bonus tunes — one from 1979 and…Read more
Past & Curious: Tate’s Sis on Robbie, Macy Gray Sings ‘Golden Girls’!
Links to the past with relevance today: Margot conjuring Sharon (Image via Columbia) VANITY FAIR: Sharon Tate's (1943-1969) surviving sister Debra Tate (b. 1952) loooved the performance Margot Robbie (b. 1990) gave as her sister in Once Upon a Time ... in Hollywood (2019). She recently said: “She made me cry because she sounded just…Read more
Past & Curious: ‘Punky Brewster 2,’ Judy Garland Wish List & More!
Links to the past with relevance today: What ever happened to Baby Punky? (GIF via GIPHY) EW: There's a Punky Brewster (1984-1988) sequel series coming — and it will star Soleil Moon Frye, 42. Send in the Garland! (GIF via GIPHY) RICK'S REAL/REEL LIFE: An intriguing list of films that Judy Garland (1922-1969) might have…Read more
Past & Curious: ‘9 to 5’ Reunion, Mr. Rogers Returns & More!
Links to the past with relevance today ... This would be her 2nd time at the rodeo. (GIF via GIPHY) EXTRATV: Time's running out for a proper 9 to 5 (1980) sequel (What would the characters be doing in their seventies and eighties? Fighting mandatory retirement?), but the cast of that gem just might be…Read more