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Look who turns 81 today – the one and only Shirley MacLaine! It’s her dramatic roles in such films as Terms of Endearment, The Apartment, Steel Magnolias and The Turning Point that she’s probably best known for overall but she’s just a top-notch song and dance gal. Here are three numbers as proof!
The great Barbra Streisand turns 74 today and, well, she’s still like buttah.
She still looks amazing, sounds terrific and continues to add to an already legendary career with Gypsy set to begin filming in the fall. Here are some Barbra performances from over the decades that I especially love, Enjoy!
I tend to believe that when we die our souls hover for at least a moment if not longer before they either rest or are recycled into the consciousness of an already living being or maybe a newborn baby. Isn't it amazing Prince shared his soul with us so deeply before his death, and now after we will be replenished endlessly by both his legacy and all that he still has to give from the beyond. Thank you for sharing your life with us Prince. Giving up your anonymity because you felt compelled to share your gift. We learned so much. You just found God early, he needed you upstairs to innovate in heaven.
Author and journalist Kevin Sessums took to Facebook Friday to share a memorable encounter with music legend Prince that took place more than 20 years ago.
Sessums is the author of the memoirs Mississippi Sissy and I Left It on the Mountain, a former executive editor of Interview and a longtime contributing editor of Vanity Fair.
He writes of the Oscar night he met Prince: I had greeted him as he came into the party and had just admired his ass in that jumpsuit which Siskel kidded me for so obviously doing. Then later I went up to his bodyguard standing right next to him and knowingly played the game. “May I speak to Prince?” I asked the bodyguard as Prince listened above the din and dared to smile at my knowingness. This was Vanity Fair’s first Oscar party at Morton’s in 1994 and he was the biggest star in the room. Yet no one else seemed to be going up to him. The bodyguard looked down at The Diminutive One who, in turn, nodded his approval – knowingly. “Yeah, you can,” the bodyguard said. So Prince and I had a little Oscar party tete-a-tete.
“Gigolos get lonely too, huh,” I said to get his attention – which it did. I then told him about the one time I ever saw him perform. It was the Purple Rain tour in Daly City at the Cow Palace. I was visiting San Francisco for the first time and a friend, Adam Block, who was the music critic for the Advocate, had prime seats right next to the stage. I also told him his jump suit made his ass look hot. He lowered those eyelids of his, deciding if he should take that as a compliment or a threat. I wasn’t sure if he was going to hit me with his walking cane. He tapped me on my own butt instead. “You’re right” he said. And laughed – knowingly – a gigolo giggle, amusement gargled back down in his throat where those guttural notes could be grunted out amidst those airy high ones that could so shockingly take flight as he himself now has.
Siskel died five years later never making it past the 20th Century.
Adam Block died in 2008 of pulmonary disease as a result of AIDS.
Now Prince. Gone. In flight.
I didn’t post anything about this yesterday because it rightly was all about him. I posted a Mozart Requiem instead because Mozart was his favorite composer.
But all we have sometimes it seems are our memories – those we have and those we are in the process of making.
Go out today. Make some new ones. Because that’s all we have really too: today.
Two days later it still doesn’t seem real. But it is and the tributes to Prince continue. It’s a stunning outpouring and something that has really brought people together. Here is Jennifer Hudson and the cast of Broadway’s The Color Purple performing Purple Rain after Thursday night’s performance of their show. Below is Prince himself singing his most famous song at The American Music Awards.
You don’t hear much about handsome actor Lee Majors these days but the actor – who turns 77 today – managed to remain one of televisions biggest stars through the 60s (The Big Valley), the 70s (Owen Marshall, Counselor at Law and The Six Million Dollar Man) and the 80s (The Fall Guy).
He also, of course was the man married to Farrah Fawcett during her meteoric rise from a model-actress doing television commercials and TV guest spots to a television superstar in Charlie’s Angels whose fame soon eclipsed his.
Their nine-year marriage ended when Farrah, who died last year, left him for Ryan O’Neal with whom she embarked on an on-again, off-again three-decade love affair.
Lee made his film debut at the age of 25 in the Joan Crawford film Straightjacket. He then beat out 400 other hopefuls for the coveted role of Heath Barkley in a new ABC western series The Big Valley. Barbara Stanwyck played his mother and Linda Evans his sister in the show which ran for five seasons.
His star rose even higher in 1973 when Lee was cast as Colonel Steve Austin, an ex-astronaut with bionic limbs in The Six Million Dollar Man.
He made several little-seen feature films after the show was canceled in 1978 but returned in 1981 with another hit series: The Fall Guy.
Majors played Colt Seavers, a Hollywood stuntman and part-time bounty hunter. The Fall Guy ran five seasons and allowed Majors an opportunity to show off his comedic abilities, something audiences hadn’t yet seen. He was also a producer and a director on the show, and even sang its theme song, the self-effacing The Unknown Stuntman.
Lee stepped back into the role of Steve Austin for a series of Six Million Dollar Man-Bionic Woman movies with Lindsay Wagner in the late 80s and early 90s and more recently had recurring roles on The Game and Weeds and guest starred on Human Target, Community and According to Jim.
Today is Tom's birthday. I can't believe it's been five years since we celebrated his last birthday together. ———————————————————–For his birthday that year, our dear friend Alex (@agentcoco) and I ordered an iPad for him; it didn't arrive in time, so we made one out of construction paper. He was amused by our crafting skills and was genuinely excited, even though he didn't have the real thing in his hands yet. He was always so appreciative and never required anything more for his birthday than to be surrounded by the people he loved (though let's be real, he never complained about presents! ). ——————————————————— Happy Birthday, Tom. We miss you deeply and celebrate you today with laughter, love, and lots of wonderful memories. #TapTapTap
The great Patti LuPone has soared on Broadway in Gypsy, Anything Goes, Evita, Sweeney Todd and Master Class and on the London Stage in Sunset Boulevard, Les Miserables and The Cradle Will Rock.
She’s a two-time Tony winning musical theater giant who is still going strong.
But to my straight friend Danny, she’s just Libby from Life Goes On.
Either way, she’s awesome and yesterday she turned 67 years old. To celebrate, some classic Patti performances.
Yeah, today is my birthday – I’m 39 again!
I’m having a free grand slam breakfast at Denny’s in Hollywood with my pal Scott and there’s an evening of martinis and madness planned with some of my closest LA friends in West Hollywood tonight.
But in between I should be doing at least some posts so do check back.
Anyway, somehow I’ve never paid much attention to who else has a birthday on this day because, well, I have just always assumed it was all about me!
But three-time Oscar winner Jack Nicholson was also born on this day and today he turns 79.
Then there’s Peter Frampton who is turning 66. His classic and mega selling Frampton Comes Alive was a huge album for me. Baby I Love Your Way, Show Me the Way and Do You Feel Like We Do are classics and I had a mad crush on him.
Also born on this day – 90 years ago – is Charlotte Rae who we loved as Edna Garrett on The Facts of Life and Different Strokes.
Last year she released her autobiography and wrote so movingly and respectfully about the husband she divorced after he came out as gay to her. They remained friends.
And finally, there is the great John Waters who turns 70 today! From his early campy movies Pink Flamingos, Female Trouble, Desperate Living and Polyester to more mainstream fare as Hairspray, Cry-Baby, Serial Mom, Pecker, and Cecil B. Demented, Waters has done things his way.
Happy birthday to all!
Did you know know that Doris Roberts was originally hired to play Bea Arthur’s next door neighbor Vivian on Maude?
I sure didn’t!
The future five-time Emmy winner was quickly fired because it was felt that she was too similar to the show’s star so she was replaced b Rue McClanahan who had the role for six seasons.
Did you know that Doris was also set to be a regular on a Lily Tomlin variety show but ABC decided to pass on the show in favor of a very short-lived variety series starring Howard Cosell?
Miss Roberts,. who recently died at the age of 90, reflected on her television career for EmmyLegends.org.
From her Emmy winning role on St. Elsewhere to her role on Remington Steele to playing the meddling,overbearing mother Marie on the long-running Everybody Loves Raymond.
Ah. So this is what it sounds like when doves cry. Prince, you shall be missed by all of us. Thanks for the music and the joy. A photo posted by George Takei (@georgehtakei) on Apr 21, 2016 at 11:30am PDT
the doves are crying. RIP, sweet Prince. A photo posted by Charlie Carver (@charliecarver) on Apr 21, 2016 at 10:38am PDT
I remember sitting behind the stage for the #purplerain tour about 1984. He was one of the greatest performers I have ever witnessed. #prince what a loss. A photo posted by Melissa Etheridge (@melissa_etheridge) on Apr 21, 2016 at 11:15am PDT
The death of Prince sent many out celebrities to social media today to pay tribute to the music legend and had many expressing their utter shock at hearing the news.
‘My life love and music is more sexy and soulful because he lived and created. My heart is breaking,’ tweeted Melissa Etheridge who, like Prince, has won Grammys and an Oscar for her music.
Country music singer Chely Wright posted this tribute on Twitter: ‘Prince was our Elvis… and I’m not sure that even says enough about the way that @prince impacted music, art and culture.’
A crying Boy George proclaimed it ‘the worst day ever’ on Twitter and Ellen DeGeneres tweeted: Prince was brilliant and larger than life. What a sad day.’
Bravo’s Watch What Happens Live host Andy Cohen tweeted in all caps: ‘THIS CAN NOT BE POSSIBLE!!!!!!! NO NO NO NO NO.’
Adam Lambert: So sad about Prince ….. You will be so missed.
Lance Bass: Prince??!!??!! NOOOOOOO!!!!! Doves are most certainly crying today. #RIPPrince
Laverne Cox (Orange is the New Black): I am really not right over this. RIP #Prince this is devastating.
Steve Grand (All-American Boy): Saddened and stunned. Another legend gone far too young.
Darryl Stephens (Noah’s Arc): Full blown denial. Didn’t happen. Not possible. Vegan, drug & alcohol free. Did the splits well into his 50s. Defined my sex/gender freedom.
Tim Cook (Apple CEO): Prince was a true innovator and a singular artist. His music and influence will live on for generations. Rest in peace.
Sad and stunning news. The enigmatic musician Prince Rogers Nelson – known around the world simply as Prince – has died at the age of 57.
TMZ reports that Prince’s body was discovered at his Paisley Park compound in Minnesota early this morning.
The seven-time Grammy singer had been thought to be battling the flu when his private jet was forced to make an emergency landing in Illinois last Friday and he was rushed to the hospital. But he showed up the next day at a dance party to show that he was alive and well and told the crowd: ‘Wait a few days before you waste any prayers.’
Over his 35-plus-year career, he released 39 solo studio albums including 1999, Purple Rain, Around The World In A Day, Sign O The Times and Batman.
Britain’s longest serving monarch turns 90 today and is still going strong. Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, on the throne for 64 years, has been a steady presence since ascending to the throne when she was just 25 following the death of her father, King George VI.
Her reign has spanned 12 British prime ministers and one has to wonder if her eldest son Prince Charles, will ever ascend to the throne. After all, the monarch’s mom, Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother, lived to be 103.
One of the most terrific things about Wheaties honoring Greg Louganis with his own cereal box is that it has thrust the Olympic legend into the spotlight in an even bigger way. He’s in demand for interviews and earlier this week did a fun one with the hosts of Access Hollywood Live Billy Bush and Kit Hoover. Billy is mighty impressed with the size of Greg’s thighs on the Wheaties box!
Whether he’s got a beard or is clean-shaven, today’s Morning Man is pretty darn handsome.
And, like Cher – and Charo – he goes by one name: Isco.
He’s a Spanish soccer player who is an attacking midfielder known for his agility and passing and possession skills.
Isco signed on to play for Real Madrid in 2013 and today is his 24th birthday!
Happy birthday to this handsome devil! So happy to have you in my life, Matt. You make me smile. You make me laugh. Thank you for playing games with me, for singing to me and for putting up with my attempt at singing in return. Thank you for always splitting two meals with me because I can't decide which one I want. Thank you for buying two copies when you buy a book so we can read it together. Thank you for being you. I love you.