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Gregory Sierra of ‘Sanford and Son,’ ‘Barney Miller’ Dies @ 83

Gregory Sierra, known to all classic TV fans for his groundbreaking roles on Sanford and Son and Barney Miller, died January 4 in Laguna Woods, California. Sierra, 83, had battled cancer. His death was reported by ExtraTV. Born on January 25, 1937, in New York City, he had a hardscrabble existence after being abandoned by…
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Lucie Arnaz Defends Nicole Kidman’s Casting as Lucy

As you may have read, Nicole Kidman and Javier Bardem are now set to play Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz in the upcoming feature film Being the Ricardos. Lucie will have your balls if you don't calm down! (Image via CBS) Many fans are apoplectic at Kidman's casting, having a hard time envisioning her evoking…
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Raunchy Hollywood, Phil Spector Dies, Betty White Lives & More!

Links to the past: In like Flynn (Image via Last Movie Outpost) LAST MOVIE OUTPOST: A deep dive into the hedonism of the Garden of Allah, a Hollywood hot spot from the late 20s through the end of the 50s where such A-listers as Errol Flynn used to romp with abandon. Spector in 2019 (Image…
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Screech Cancer Scare, Lucy Biopic Has ‘Splaining to Do & More!

Links to the past, with relevance today: Diamond hasn't been close with his castmates in years. (GIF via GIPHY) TMZ: Saved by the Bell's "Screech," Dustin Diamond, who just turned 44, has been hospitalized with what doctors fear may be cancer. PAGE 6: Bruce Willis, 65, left a Rite Aid in COVID-19-drenched L.A. because he…
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Pat Loud, ‘An American Family’ Matriarch, Dies @ 94

Pat Loud, whose life and whose family's dysfunction were laid bare on the 1973 PBS series An American Family, has died at her L.A. home at 94. On Facebook, her grieving family announced: “With inconsolable sorrow, we are sad to share the news with friends and family that on Sunday January 10 at 1:55pm PT,…
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‘Police Academy’s’ Marion Ramsey Dies @ 73

Actress and singer Marion Ramsey of the Police Academy movies died Thursday at her home in L.A. She was 73. Our Miss Hooks (Image via Warner Bros.) Deadline reports she had recently been ill, but that no cause of death has been determined. Born May 10, 1947, in Philadelphia, Ramsey got her start on Broadway,…
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Fun Flashback: ‘Storybook Squares’ Debuts (1969)

Fifty-two years ago today, on January 4, 1969, NBC debuted the unique game show Storybook Squares, a special dress-up version of Hollywood Squares. Doc Severinsen, Bonnie Franklin, Roddy McDowall, William Shatner & Julie McWhirter (Image via NBC) The gimmick was that all the stars were in costume as storybook characters of one sort or another,…
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Broadway’s Best Remembered, RIP Phyllis McGuire & More

Links to the past, with relevance today: The theater community was ravaged this year. (Image via video still) YOUTUBE: Raul Esparza directs a solemn reminiscence of the Broadway luminaries we lost in 2020, including Diahann Carroll (who is pictured above in a shot by Carl Van Vechten). Truly an improvement on most of these things.…
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Dawn Wells, Forever Mary Ann, Dies @ 82

Dawn Wells, iconic as all-American Mary Ann on the frothy sitcom Gilligan's Island in the '60s, died Wednesday morning in L.A. at 82, Extra reports. Wells in 2012 at the Hollywood Show (Image by Matthew Rettenmund) The cause of death was complications of COVID-19, a sad reminder that we are not through the pandemic yet. A…
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