Links to the past, with relevance today: How is this NOT hitting Milwaukee?! (Image via MeMyselfAndShirley.com) ME, MYSELF & SHIRLEY: Yes, of course I want to see a one-woman show starring Cindy Williams discussing her life and career, and dishing on her encounters with Penny Marshall, Maggie Smith, Andy Kaufman, Gene Hackman and Richard Dreyfus.…Read more
Eastwood’s New Flick at 91, Sally Struthers on ‘All in the Family’s’ Legacy & More
Links to the past, with relevance today: The whales of July (Image via Warner Bros.) EW: Pretty incredible that at 91, Clint Eastwood is still directing and starring in movies, including his newest — Cry Macho, a road-trip western set in the '70s. He is in spitting distance of the age (93) at which Lillian…Read more
Bubbly Comic Actress Arlene Golonka Dies @ 85
According to close friends, longtime stage, film, and TV actress Arlene Golonka, best remembered for her time on two series set in the idyllic, fictional town of Mayberry, died Monday. She was 85. With Clint Eastwood on the Hang 'em High set (Image via UA) Born January 23, 1936, in Chicago, the bubbly blonde with impeccable…Read more
Tina, Go-Go’s, Carole King Entering Rock Hall, HBD Homer, RIP Norman Lloyd & More
Links to the past, with relevance today: Girls who rock (Images via IRS, Capitol & Ode) ROLLING STONE: The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame truly got it right this time — the '21 class of inductees includes Tina Turner, the Go-Go's, Carole King, JAY-Z, Todd Rundgren and the Foo Fighters. Turner is already in…Read more
Olympia Dukakis, ‘Moonstruck,’ ‘Steel Magnolias’ Actress, Dies @ 89
Olympia Dukakis, Best Supporting Actress Oscar winner for Moonstruck, died Saturday in New York City at 89, ExtraTV reports. With Shirley MacLaine in Steel Magnolias (Image via TriStar) The revered actress's death was confirmed by Apollo Dukakis, her brother who wrote on Facebook, "After many months of failing health she is finally at peace and with…Read more
Legend to Legend: Vanessa Redgrave & Miriam Margolyes, the Interview!
This interview is a joy — so wish it had been filmed! Miriam Margolyes, 79, and Vanessa Redgrave, 84, turn out to have been nearly-lifelong friends, and chatted up a storm in a lengthy Q&A&A&Q for The Guardian. In the piece, Margolyes reminds Redgrave of their earliest meeting when: “I was a member of the…Read more
Conchata Ferrell of ‘Two and a Half Men’ Dead @ 77
Actress Conchata Ferrell, who had been ailing for months following a July heart attack, succumbed to the effects Monday, October 12, at Sherman Oaks Hospital in Sherman Oaks, California. She was 77. Deadline reports the veteran actress died while surrounded by family and friends. Though Ferrell is best remembered as salty housekeeper Berta on more…Read more
Andrew Lloyd Webber Euthanizes ‘Cats,’ Elton John Celebrates Sobriety & More!
Links to the past, with relevance today: Universally loathed (Image via Universal) THE TIMES: Andrew Lloyd Webber has been happy with some of the film adaptations of his greatest theatrical hits — Cats (2019) was not one of 'em: “The problem with the film was that [director] Tom Hooper decided, as he had with Les Mis,…Read more
Whatever Became Of … Richard Lamparski?
Here's one from the vaults, my 2012 interview with author Richard Lamparski: As a kid, I discovered a '60s and '70s book series called Whatever Became Of...? by Richard Lamparski. If you've never read them, they each contain about 100 profiles of and/or interviews with celebrities of yesteryear, meaning 20 to 50 years prior to their publication.…Read more
Vanessa Williams Looks Back, Aunt Jemima Looks Forward & More — Past & Curious
Links to the past, with relevance today: The Post's always been misogynist. (Image via NYP) EXTRATV: Vanessa Williams reflects on her experience as the first Black Miss America ... without even acknowledging how dirty the organization did her in pushing her out the door for some nude photos. A still from Passing Strangers (Image via…Read more