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Oct 26 2014
Marcia Strassman, Mrs. Kotter Of The '70s, Dies @ 66 Comments (0)

Marcia_Strassman_1975April 28, 1948—October 26, 2014

Marcia-Strassman-KotterSad to report that Marcia Strassman of Welcome Back, Kotter (1975—1979) fame has died of cancer at 66. That TV show has had more than its fair share of early deaths—Ron Palillo and Robert Hegyes preceded her in death, both only in their sixties as well.

Strassman had been a regular on a number of shows aside from Kotter, including M*A*S*H (1972—1973), Booker (1989—1990), Nickelodeon's Noah Knows Best (2000), Providence (2001—2002), Tremors (2003) and Third Watch (2004).

She was at least as well known as the mom from Honey, I Shrunk the Kids (1989) as she was as Gabe Kaplan's dry-witted wife on Kotter, a show she hated doing in spite of the attention and success it brought her.

She was a SAG official and politically active, including being on the right side of the argument regarding health care:

P.S. Cher tweeted about Strassman's death, misspelling her name. I'm all for letting Cher be Cher, but I think getting a friend's name right when they die should be worth the extra 10 seconds to confirm with an assistant before posting.

 
11 O'Clock Number: Patti LuPone - EVERYTHING'S COMING UP ROSES Comments (0)

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Singing a song from the role she was born to play, the great Patti LuPone...

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Oct 25 2014
Need To Know: Rugby Goes Down + Bulging With Curiosity + Red Alert + Shaft Snood + Ebola Fever + MORE! Comments (0)

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*widget boy cultureMeet ex-rugby stud Jarryd Hayne.

*widget boy cultureLatest school shooter defies stereotypes: Popular jock.

*widget boy cultureNick Jonas plays “Guess the Bulge,” starring Zac Efron.

*widget boy cultureExtremely sexy ginger!

*widget boy cultureSurprisingly, Mama June is a terrible, horrible, nogood, very bad mom.

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*widget boy cultureThis item would've have aroused me even as a hormonal gay teen.

*widget boy cultureGotham star Corey Michael Smith's killer butt is all the rage on the Internet.

*widget boy cultureBAR NUN: Madonna reacts to Sister Cristina.

*widget boy cultureFirst new TV series of the year has been canceled, and it's...this one.

*widget boy culturePeople are getting STUPID about Ebola. Lizz Winstead is getting SMART.

*widget boy cultureAfter the jump, haunting video from the discovery of Ebola in 1976...

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Oct 24 2014
Gifs That Keep On Giving Comments (0)

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American Horror Story continues to deliver the goods.

 
Oct 22 2014
Marked Up Comments (0)

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Via Entertainment Weekly (October 24, 2014): The men of Kingdom flaunt their tattoos, a sure way to convert even those of you who hate ink into fans.

 
Oct 21 2014
The Drama Of It All: NCIS Star On Gay Marriage Comments (0)

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Boy-Culture-logo1Straight ally Pauley Perrette of NCIS sits with Larry King for Larry King Now, talking about her hit show's 12th (!) season (it's literally the most popular drama in the world outside of Gaga vs. Madonna) and touching on gay issues, including marriage equality:

“I’ve just been a part of this—part of this equality campaign for so long, and the last few years, especially since Obama’s been in office, has been so fascinating for us. We’ve made remarkable strides at such a fast pace.”

Watch the full interview after the jump...

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And She's Looking Good: An Intimate Evening With Linda Lavin Comments (0)
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I was fortunate enough to be invited to attend a private, for-donors-only performance by Linda Lavin at Baruch College last night, celebrating the 15th anniversary of the George and Mildred Weissman School of Arts and Sciences and the 10th anniversary of the Baruch Performing Arts Center. 

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Lavin performed with accompaniment by Billy Stritch and her top-notch band (including her painter/actor/jazz drummer of a hubby, Steve Bakunas, of whom she said, “I married the drummer. Cool!”).

Lavin is leggy and lovely at a hard-t0-believe 77, and was having (1) a ball, (2) a great hair day and (3) a better leg day than most will have in a lifetime; it's incredible to think that she is actually slightly older than Elaine Stritch (February 2, 1925—July 17, 2014) was when the latter dame first performed her legendary Elaine Stritch at Liberty show in 2001. Lavin is so youthful that unless you're an IMDb addict like me, the impact of her cabaret act has little in common with Stritch's—there's no “I'm Still Here” vibe because Lavin looks like she's mid-way through a career, not defiantly placing an exclamation point at the end of it. Just absolutely ageless, in good voice and effortlessly able to engage an audience of bigshots with her girlish banter and wry, nostalgic peeks back at her career.

And yes, she fully embraces Alice (1976—1985).

Above, check out the delicious Sondheim number Lavin sang in 1966...she recreated it last night and it's still a hoot.

I won't go into great detail about the song selection (which was pleasingly heavy on the bossa nova) since this was a one-off, but if you're interested in hearing Lavin sing a loving rendition of her Alice theme song and charming versions of songs she first sang upwards of 50 years ago when she (and Joan Rivers and Rodney Dangerfield and many other greats) was playing in, as she recalls, every venue with “Downstairs” in the title, be on the look-out for a 2015 show at 54 Below. You'd be a damn fool to miss this.

Linda-Lavin-Baruch-Matthew-Rettenmund-2014-AliceGoin' through life with blinders on, it's tough to see how Lavin manages to make 77 the new 50!

Lavin made a brief appearance at a post-show champagne toast. I was able to congratulate her and to ask if she would honor my friend and I with a photo. Have you got a camera? she shot back, ready to get 'er done. Lovely, classy lady.

After the jump, listen to Lavin tackle that Alice theme in 2013...

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Need To Know: Wicked Popular + Eat, Drink & Be Married + It's Only A Play + Stinko DeMaio + Going Downey + Bader To The Bone + MORE! Comments (0)

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*widget boy culturePresident Obama: Gay marriage is a constitutional right.

*widget boy cultureThe Death of Klinghoffer is the new Corpus Christi.

*widget boy cultureFashion icon Oscar de la Renta dies @ 82.

*widget boy cultureGay, anti-gay, maybe grab-assy GOPer Carl DeMaio is also a misogynistic fat-shamer.

*widget boy cultureShonda Rhimes exiles anti-gay tweeter from Shondaland.

*widget boy cultureMariah proves she only looks like shit, but sounds great!

*widget boy cultureWHAT THE SHELL?: Could turtle-like Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-KY) lose???

*widget boy cultureBuffy star Nicholas Brendon arrested in bizarre Boise incident. Is sorry.

*widget boy cultureWould you f*ck this Chili's cook?

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*widget boy cultureSeth Rogen still fighting mad over Freaks & Geeks cancelation.

*widget boy cultureRobert Downey Jr.'s dick should have a Learning Annex class.

*widget boy cultureJessica Lange & some other heifers cover Elle's Women in Hollywood ish.

*widget boy cultureRuth Bader Ginsburg vs. the GOP's voter-ID scam.

*widget boy cultureTbe rebirth of the word “Maverick” as it relates to Madonna (and more).

*widget boy cultureWyoming gay-marriage ban = unconstitutional.

*widget boy cultureDr. Nancy Snyderman's quaratine-pooh-poohing might end her NBC career.

*widget boy cultureLance Bass & Michael Turchin have set a wedding date.

*widget boy cultureThe Comeback's comeback continues, unabated.

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