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‘The Simpsons’ Tribute to Bart’s Teacher of 23 Years

Posted on 11/4/2013 by |Who's News | Comments

LegacyActress Marcia Wallace appeared in scores of TV shows, from The Bob Newhart Show to Taxi. But Wallace, who died on Oct. 25 at age 70 in Los Angeles, made her biggest impression in The Simpsons, as the voice of Edna Krabappel, an embittered, chain-smoking fourth-grade teacher with the misfortune of having Bart as a student. >> Sign up for the AARP Leisure Newsletter On Nov. 3 the show paid a poignant tribute to Wallace in the opening credits, during which Bart …

When Danger Lurks in ‘Lily Collins’

Posted on 09/23/2013 by |AARP Blog Author | Comments

TechnologyMove over, Emma Watson. The new Malware Maven is fellow actress Lily Collins. The star of The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones and Mirror, Mirror (and daughter of ’80s music icon Phil Collins) tops McAfee’s 2013 list of “Most Dangerous Celebrities”  to search for on the Web. Roughly one in seven online searches of her name — along with words such as “free downloads,” “nude pictures” and “apps” — landed computer users on websites that the security vendor says “tested positive” …

The Gummer Girls Follow Mom Into Acting

Posted on 08/19/2013 by |Television and Entertainment | Comments

EntertainmentIf you’ve been watching The Newsroom on HBO this season, you may have noticed something familiar about the young actress who plays Hallie Shea, one of the reporters following Mitt Romney through the Republican primaries of 2012. She is played by Grace Gummer, 27, and she is the second of Meryl Streep‘s daughters to take up her mother’s profession. Grace’s older sister, Mamie, 30, a Northwestern University graduate, starred in last year’s short-lived CW show Emily Owens, M.D., makes occasional appearances as …

Esther Williams: Who Says Mermaids Aren’t Real?

Posted on 06/6/2013 by |Who's News | Comments

LegacyYou don’t have to watch a recent controversial cable TV documentary about mermaids to see convincing visual evidence that the mythical creatures might actually exist. Just rent a few of Esther Williams’ classic Hollywood aquatic musicals — Bathing Beauty, Neptune’s Daughter and Million-Dollar Mermaid, to name a few — in which the teenage national swimming champion turned glamorous actress thrilled 1940s and 1950s moviegoers with her graceful underwater maneuvers and lithe, shapely figure. But for fate, Williams, who died on June …

Jane Seymour’s Open Heart

Posted on 05/3/2013 by |Fashion | Comments

Beauty & FashionMany of you know Jane Seymour as the actress behind Michaela Quinn, the strong lead character in the hit ’90s television series, Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman. What you may not know is that Seymour has evolved to become a brand that includes a clothing line, home accessories, floral designs, books and starter painting kits.  I connected with the busy entrepreneur, who hasn’t completely given up acting, to talk about her latest endeavor, which (hint, hint )would make a great Mother’s …

The Sexy Goddess

Posted on 01/14/2013 by |Before I Forget | Comments

Personal HealthRita Hayworth was a dazzler.  Women wanted to be her; men wanted to be with her. She was a graceful and electric dancer.  Her mother was in the Ziegfeld Follies, but wanted her daughter to act; her father, a renowned dancer, wanted her to dance.  They both got their way. Margarita Carmen Cansino was born in Brooklyn in 1918.  In 1937, feeling that her name typecast her, she dyed her brown tresses a blazing red and became Rita Hayworth.  She …