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…Read more
Oscar, Grammy, Emmy Winner Marilyn Bergman Dies @ 93
Marilyn Bergman, one half of the songwriting team (with husband Alan) behind a string of iconic movie, TV and radio songs, died Saturday, January 8, at her L.A. home. She was 93. Marilyn & Alan Bergman (Image via video still) The New York Times reports her cause of death as respiratory failure. Born November 10,…Read more
Stars (and Everything Else) Turning 100 in 2022 … and a Few Stars Who Would’ve
With the crushing news that Betty White died on New Year's Eve, less than three weeks shy of 100, my attention turns to those stars we have left who are in line to turn 100 in 2022 ... with luck ... as well as to many other people and things that are turning, or would've…Read more
‘Facts of Life’ & ‘Diff’rent Strokes’: It Takes a Lot to Get ’em Right
The third installment of Live in Front of a Studio Audience — hosted by Jimmy Kimmel and 99-year-old sitcom maestro Norman Lear — allowed us to take the good, to take the bad and walk away without having to ask, "Whatchootalkin' about?" We knew. We knew. Lear & Kimmel, the masterminds (Image via ABC) The…Read more
Past & Curious: Grandpa Robby, Marla Is Overcoming & More!
Links to the past with relevance today: Teenage heartthrob now "Gramps"! (Images via tear sheets) CLOSER: Robby Benson is now 63 ... and a proud grandpa! Well, shoot! (GIF via GIPHY) EW: Harrison Ford, 70, says "nobody" should be the next Indiana Jones. Asked and boulder-crushed! I'd like to blow out those tan lines! BOY…Read more
Past & Curious: Norman Lear Reboot, All-the-Way Mae & More!
Links to the past with relevance today ... Woody Harrelson is Archie Bunker — I can see it! (Image via ABC) EW: Watch the star-studded cast of Live in Front of a Studio Audience: Norman Lear's All in the Family and The Jeffersons — which airs Wednesday — get psyched up to step into some…Read more