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Did This Actor Invent the Gourmet Hamburger?

Posted on 06/11/2013 by |Who's News | Comments

LegacyIf you’re a devotee of the Turner Classic Movies cable channel, you may well know Harry Lewis, even though you might not recognize his name. In the 1948 classic Key Largo, Lewis played Edward “Toots” Bass, a dapper but menacing gunman in a gang — led by Johnny Rocco (Edward G. Robinson) — that takes the occupants of a hotel hostage as a hurricane approaches. When the hotel’s owner, portrayed by Lionel Barrymore, asks whether their motive is robbery, Lewis …

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 …

How Zsa Zsa’s Covering Her Medical Bills

Posted on 05/28/2013 by |Who's News | Comments

Bulletin Today | EntertainmentActress Zsa Zsa Gabor, 96, who’s been in ill health and struggling to cover the cost of her home health care, apparently has found a way to cover the bills. Her husband Frederic Prinz von Anhalt, who is also the conservator of her estate, has reportedly sold her Bel-Air mansion and grounds to real estate investors for $11 million — with the proviso that the couple doesn’t have to move out for another three years. But the deal, finalized on May …

Annette Funicello: From Mouseketeer to Teen Idol

Posted on 04/8/2013 by |Who's News | Comments

LegacyIn a sense, Annette Funicello created the template for Britney Spears, Lindsay Lohan and Miley Cyrus. Funicello, who passed away on April 8 at age 70 in Bakersfield, Calif., proved the possibility of evolving from a cute child star in the Disney firmament into a sexy teen idol. But when Funicello accomplished that feat in the 1950s and 1960s, she did it without the personal drama that has plagued her recent successors. The closest that Annette came to a scandal …

Andy Griffith’s Widow to Raze His Home

Posted on 03/21/2013 by |News, Culture, Sights and Sounds | Comments

Legacy[updated Dec. 2, 2013] The widow of actor Andy Griffith has demolished the house where he lived for many years on the North Carolina waterfront, ensuring that the site will never be used for an Andy Griffith museum, as the actor may have envisaged. >>Sign up for the AARP Health Newsletter Cindi Griffith obtained a demolition permit for the Dare County home in March; the house was torn down in late May, according to county planning director Donna Creef.  The …

In Honor of Malachi Throne: Hollywood Stars with Memorable Names

Posted on 03/20/2013 by |Who's News | Comments

LegacyActor Malachi Throne, who died on March 13 at age 84 in Los Angeles, had a remarkable career that spanned seven decades and included roles in scores of classic TV shows. Star Trek junkies remember him as the voice of the Talosian leader The Keeper in the series’ 1966 pilot episode, but he also portrayed False-Face in Batman and Noah Bain, the government boss assigned to rein in Robert Wagner’s thief-turned-spy Alexander Mundy, in the hit late-1960s action series It …