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Jan 25 2017
TV Icon Mary Tyler Moore Dies @ 80 Comments (0)

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Mary Tyler Moore, whose showbiz career began as Happy the Hotpoint Elf in the early '50s and went on to help define quality entertainment on TV in the '60s and '70s, has died of complications from pneumonia. She had just turned 80 last month.

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Earlier, TMZ had broken the news that Moore was on her deathbed at a Connecticut hospital.

Moore's death was confirmed in a statement to Extra:

Today, beloved icon, Mary Tyler Moore, passed away at the age of 80 in the company of friends and her loving husband of over 33 years, Dr. S. Robert Levine. A groundbreaking actress, producer, and passionate advocate for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, Mary will be remembered as a fearless visionary who turned the world on with her smile.

Moore's biggest early break came mostly off-screen, playing sultry Sam on Richard Diamond, Private Detective (1957—1960), a role she held in 1959, and which required only her killer legs and suggestive voice — she was never seen.

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Along with many early-TV guest spots, Moore moved on to the role of Laura Petrie on the Kedslaurapetrie classic The Dick Van Dyke Show (1961—1966). Embodying pluck, a fresh face on traditional femininity and comic chops that kept up with veterans like Van Dyke, Morey Amsterdam and Rose Marie, Moore became America's sweetheart, and made bank, allowing her to move forward in the future as a woman calling the shots.

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Though hard to believe comparing the style and subject matter of the two shows, it was only four years later that her The Mary Tyler Moore Show aka Mary Tyler Moore debuted.

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Two's Company: Actor Chris Salvatore Invites Ailing Neighbor To Become Roomie Comments (0)

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Actor and Instastud Chris Salvatore invited a sick 89-year-old women with no family to live with him as a last resort to avoid her entering a health facility.

Given months to live while battling leukemia and other ailments, she's been thriving under Chris's care.

Today sums it up in a cheerful video.

Nice to give back and actually put yourself out rather than just talking about it ...

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Jan 17 2017
Betty White On Being 95: I AM THE LUCKIEST OLD BROAD ON TWO FEET Comments (0)

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Katie Couric interviews Betty White on the occasion of her 95th birthday. Betty says she wouldn't have done much differently had she known what she knows know, and recalls the loss of her husband.

Oh, and she wants in if anyone reboots The Golden Girls ...

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Happy 95th, Betty White! Comments (0)

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Beloved TV icon Betty White turns 95 years old today. Cherish this national treasure!

 
Jan 12 2017
Burt Reynolds On Donald Trump: WE COULD GET INVOLVED IN A WAR VERY QUICKLY Comments (0)

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Burt Reynolds, who is on my list of icons 80 and over— and who I reckon is among the Top 20 biggest stars alive based on his phenomenal box-office run and iconic status as a sex symbol — is quoted in the Guardian on quite a variety of topics, from posing nude for Cosmo (regrets it) to leaving Dinah Shore due to their ages (majorly regrets it).

As for his friend Donald Trump, he sounds very reasonable indeed:

I was terrified that my friend Donald Trump would ask me to be part of his presidential campaign. I’d have said no. I’m afraid now that he’s president we could get involved in a war very quickly. There’s a part of him that is so much fun and so sweet, but he’s doing what I used to do — having a good time being arrogant. And he has so many hangers-on.

Shockingly, he talks about almost marrying Bette Davis. Never knew they were an item or even pals:

I’d love to have become Bette Davis's fifth husband. We were great pals and there was a mutual romantic attraction. We were at a function once when a guy asked her if I was her new conquest in front of me. She slapped him so hard the whole room went silent.

He also talks about those days when it was suspected he had AIDS:

There were rumours I had AIDS in the '80s after I broke my jaw on a film and lost lots of weight. I was treated like a leper in Hollywood and it was the worst time of my life. I sure found out who my real friends were and I wasn’t surprised by those who turned out to be real assholes.

I changed loads to lots and arses to assholes; I have no way of knowing his exact quote, but I know an American doesn't talk like that — and I despise it when the British press changes quotes to suit how things are said there. When in doubt, at least put it in brackets.

 
Jan 08 2017
6-PACK — AMERIKAN History + Maddow On Trump's Russian Lies + Trump Hire Plagiarizes (Nobody Will Care) + MMA Fighter's Prize Package + Laying It On Thick + Rita Moreno On Brando Almost Killing Her! Comments (0)

WIDGET30 years ago, a right-wing miniseries predicted a Russian takeover of the U.S. Today, right-wingers welcome it.

WIDGETVia Towleroad: Rachel Maddow on Trump's blatant lies about Russian election interference:

WIDGETTrump hire Monica Crowley plagiarized hugh chunks of her book.

WIDGETHard to believe, but there's even more of MMA fighter James Gallagher right here:

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WIDGETVIDEO: It's just his job, guys:

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WIDGETRita Moreno, 85, talks about working on the new One Day at a Time reboot by Norman Lear, 94.

 
Jan 03 2017
Kellyanne Conway In High School Comments (0)
 
6-PACK — Father Figure + Mariah Is Gay + Megyn Kelly Out-Foxed + Model Girlfriend + Sinking CELEBRITY APPRENTICE Ship + Joely On Carrie, Debbie Comments (0)

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WIDGETDid George Michael pay for a woman's IVF treatments after seeing her story?

WIDGETMariah from Sister Wives comes out as a lesbian.

WIDGETSEEING THE LIGHT: Megyn Kelly up and leaves Fox for NBC.

WIDGETGuess which ex-wife of an evil tyrant/rumored F.B. of another evil tyrant is now dating this bulge-tastic 21-year-old model:

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WIDGETBig drop in post-Trump The Celebrity Apprentice ratings; Trump remains paid producer in spite of denials, flap.

WIDGETHalf-sister Joely Fisher speaks about day-before-death texts with Carrie Fisher about age, their “frail” moms. (Hers is Connie Stevens.)



 


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