In Going Public, Valerie Harper Is in Good Company

Actress Valerie Harper’s March 11 appearance on the Today show to discuss her diagnosis of terminal brain cancer made her the latest celebrity to go on television to talk about a personal life-and-death health challenge. There was a time the famous tended to keep quiet about serious illnesses behind a protective cocoon of press agents, limousines with tinted windows and mansion walls. Often fans found out about their conditions through terse press releases asking for privacy, or though hints picked …

Good TV This Week: ‘The Good Wife’ Season Finale

Season finale time is a bittersweet time for fans of Julianna Margulies’ “The Good Wife” — bitter, because one of the smartest and most brilliantly-performed dramas on the air is about to take a few months’ respite, and sweet because of the promise of a banquet of TV deliciousness. Tonight’s (4/29) episode brings in a pair of ace guest stars, Michael J. Fox as tricky Louis Canning and Martha Plimpton as snarky Patti Nyholm, uniting to bankrupt the Lockhart Gardner …

Happy 50th Birthday, Michael J. Fox!

The other day, my father asked me what my favorite movie of all time was. Without hesitation, Back to the Future, I said. “But that’s three movies,” he told me. I shook my head. “No matter.” To me it was one magical joy ride of great lines, awesome effects (for the time) and lovely close-ups of Michael J. Fox. And today just happens to be Fox’s 50th Birthday. Happy Birthday to my very first childhood crush! As Marty McFly in …