Whoopi Goldberg: Acting Is All I Ever Wanted

Watching Whoopi Goldberg in Lifetime’s A Day Late and a Dollar Short, to air Saturday April 19,  you may find yourself thinking that we haven’t been seeing enough of The View host’s Oscar-winning acting skills in recent years.  She reminds us in this movie of just how good she is. The film puts her at the center of another scenario by novelist Terry McMillan (Goldberg was in How Stella Got Her Groove Back, you may recall) and reunites her with Ving …

An Unusual Challenge to an Actress’s Will

Imagine that you die after a long series of illnesses. Because you’ve been successful in your field and leave a considerable estate. You might expect a will challenge – sure. But from your former lawyer?  Now, that’s one weird situation. But that’s exactly what has happened with the estate of Julie Harris, the renowned actress who died late last summer. Back in 2009, Harris had fired long-time lawyer Herbert Nass, who was potentially the executor of her will.  Several months …

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

Actress 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’

Move 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

If 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?

You 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 …