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Friday Video: Lucie Arnaz paid beautiful tribute to her mother Lucille Ball at first TV Hall of Fame ceremony

Lucille Ball died 30 years ago and many people are reminiscing today about our favorite redhead.

Her daughter, Lucie Arnaz, couldn’t be there when her mother was one of the first of seven people inducted into the very first Television Academy Hall of Fame in 1984.

Lucie was appearing on Broadway and the show was taking place in Hollywood.

But by the magic of video, Lucie paid beautiful musical tribute to her mom and left Miss Ball dissolved in tears. Desi Arnaz Jr. was on hand to introduce his sister and to tell his mom he loves her.

We also see some of Carol Burnett who remarks: “I see you out there and you are dissolved out there. I just hope one day my kids can do the same thing for me.”

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WATCH: Adam Rippon lets us watch him get ready for the HRC gala and the GLAAD Media Awards


Adam Rippon is keeping the YouTube content coming. He writes of this latest video: Behind every fashion look is a team of even more fashionable stylists who make sure they never hit the red carpet looking all a mess. I’m taking you behind the scenes to see how I got styled for this year’s Human Rights Campaign Gala! My forever thanks to my brilliant stylists, Nicole Allowitz and Daniel Hernandez! Check out my IG to see how JP and I looked on the red carpet!

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Lucille Ball, who passed away 30 years ago today, honored with exhibit at The Hollywood Museum


When Lucille Ball died 30 years ago today, the outpouring of grief was deep and widespread.

My brother, a fellow I Love Lucy fanatic, called me with the news that morning. It’s one of the celebrity deaths that I remember most vividly and felt most personally. We had just seen her at the Academy Awards a month earlier (pictured, left) looking terrific in a gown with a high slit. She and Bob Hope introduced a segment featuring young Hollywood performers and got an ovation for the ages.

It was her last public appearance.

I grew up watching her sitcoms in reruns of I Love Lucy and The Lucy Show and in new episodes of Here’s Lucy on Monday nights. When I was in college, I even watched every episode of her final and least successful sitcom, Life With Lucy.

So when I got an invitation to this week’s opening of “Remembering Lucy at The Hollywood Museum,” I was so there. All of Miss Ball’s Emmys were on display, some of her costumes, many of her movie posters and all kinds of other items. The highlight of the event was the appearance of Miss Ball’s very pregnant granddaughter, Kate Luckinbill-Conner, who spoke movingly of her grandmother. She is the daughter of Lucie Arnaz and Laurence Luckinbill.

Other speakers included: Donelle Dadigan, president and founder of the museum; Michael Stern, author of I Had a Ball: My Friendship With Lucille Ball; actor Barry Livingston (My Three Sons and The Lucy Show); and Tom Watson, Lucille Ball’s publicist.

Those in attendance also heard from Lucie Arnaz via audio message as Miss Arnaz was performing in Palm Springs that night. But the recording was not played in its entirety so she posted all of its text in an Instagram message that I have posted below.

I encourage you to check out the exhibit and all the rest of what is on display at the terrific Hollywood Museum which is right down the street from the Hollywood & Hollywood complex.

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Last night was the opening of “Remembering Lucy at The Hollywood Museum” – an exhibit marking the 30th anniversary of Lucille Ball’s passing. Miss Ball’s charming granddaughter, Kate Luckinbill-Conner, spoke movingly of her grandmother. #lucilleball #lucy #ilovelucy

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I cannot put into words how proud of my baby girl (full up with her own baby!) I am for representing our family at the Remembering Lucy exhibit in The Hollywood Museum last night. I was busy trying to WOW people at The McCallum Theatre here in the desert while she effortlessly knocked it out of the park in LA. I love you, Kate Luckinbill Conner! (Video attached!) The only ooops was that they goofed and only played the last few seconds of my taped message. (Sad face here) Therefore, I am including it below. (Happy face here) Lucie on Lucy at The Hollywood Museum (Taped for 4/24/19) "Sorry not to be able to join you all there today in remembering my mother. I am performing tonight and we have a motto in our family: 'Gigs Win'! But, this is a wonderful tribute to her and I think that Mom would be very pleased to know that, thirty years after she 'left the building,’ she is still remembered so fondly. Lucille Desirée Ball grew up with an inordinate amount of sadness in her early life and, after all of that, all she ever wanted to do was 'make people laugh,’ to try to make their trials, their tribulations disappear for a few minutes, help them feel a little bit better. How lucky that she was able to make a living doing what she loved. And she has been parsing out that same medicine for close to seventy years. Many people have found inspiration from her professional body of work as well as courage from her personal story. But, I think what would make her most proud today would be seeing how her grandchildren have embraced …and expanded… the entire Lucy Legacy, focusing us all on the growing relevance of her and my Dad’s contributions even today. It fills my heart to see my daughter, Kate, or stepson, Nick, tell me how the show and her legacy impact their generation, bringing LUCY into this new century with such zeal, such enthusiasm. Being a generation removed, they have been able to embrace this phenomenon from a whole new perspective and breathe brilliant new life into what Lucy, Desi and I Love Lucy represent. Someday, if I write about my life, I will surely share many 'remembrances' of this amazing woman – who just happened (see more in comments …!)

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In honor of Carol Burnett’s 86th birthday, some of her memorable variety show comedy sketches

Some of my favorite childhood memories were the times I managed to stay up late enough on a Saturday night to watch The Carol Burnett Show.

Loved the Family sketches with Eunice and Mama and the all the great movie parodies.

I’ve posted a handful here in honor of comedy legend Carol Burnett’s 86th birthday which is today.

Had not seen The Butler and the Maid before and think it’s a hoot – especially when Harvey Korman’s butler (Tim Conway) burps him. Enjoy!

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Morning Round-Up: Taron Egerton; Christopher Meloni; Joe Biden; Jussie Smollett; Trevor Noah

“Rocketman” star Taron Egerton: “I Felt Richard Madden’s Penis… On My Leg” NewNowNext

Daddy hunk Christopher Meloni releases dramatic reading of tweets about his hotness Queerty

Joe Biden on LGBTQ Rights: From Questionable Ally to Reliable One Advocate

TV Ratings: Jussie Smollett’s Final Episode of ‘Empire’ Season 5 Goes Low Variety

Trevor Noah: ‘I Don’t Know Who’s Writing the Jussie Smollett Story But They Deserve a Raise’ Towleroad

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Friday Morning Man: Tom Welling!

Today is Tom Welling’s 42nd birthday so what better time to once again feature this handsome guy as the MM?

When it came time to cast the role of Clark Kent for the series Smallville back in 2001, producers conducted a nationwide search to find the perfect man for the job and they came up with a then-unknown Welling.

Just 23 at the time, Tom stepped right into the lead in a series that chronicled the life of the young Kent before he becomes Superman.

The actor grew up before our eyes and not just as an actor: beginning with season nine, he is also an executive producer and has directed several episodes.

Tom worked as a model and in construction before Smallville came along.

He found the time for a few feature film roles during the show’s long run including Cheaper by the Dozen and its sequel and co-starred in a remake of The Fog.

Since the show left the air in 2011, he has appeared in the films Parkland, Draft Day and The Choice. He also co-starred in the Fox fantasy comedy-drama Lucifer as Lt. Marcus Pierce.

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Carol Burnett: “Cher has never been afraid to be her authentic self without apology”

They were two of the biggest variety TV stars of the 1970s and both had their costumes designed by Bob Mackie.

They are, of course, Carol Burnett and Cher.

Miss Burnett recently attended a performance of The Cher Show on Broadway and shared her feelings on why the Oscar-Grammy-Emmy winning Cher is such a role model. :”I don’t think people realize the types of obstacles that Cher has faced in her career and that she has overcome every single one of them. She’s ambitious with a fearless attitude, she knows what she wants, she knows how to get it, and she looks damned good doing it too. … Cher has never been afraid to be her authentic self.”

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We’ve got you babes because we have a special clip of the legendary @itscarolburnett chatting about why @cher is such a powerful role model to women everywhere!

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See extended “CBS Sunday Morning” interview with Pete Buttigieg and husband Chasten


In this expanded version of an interview conducted for “Sunday Morning,” John Dickerson, the co-host of “CBS This Morning,” talked with Democratic presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg, and his husband, Chasten Buttigieg, about what the mayor of South Bend, Indiana, is bringing that is different to the 2020 campaign.

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Morning Round-Up: David Burtka’s book; Franklin Graham’s bigotry; Wanda Sykes; Ryan Murphy

Neil Patrick Harris and David Burtka Show Married Gay Life Is a Party The Advocate

Franklin Graham Calls for Pete Buttigieg to Repent for Being Gay The Daily Beast

‘Morning Joe’ Blasts Hypocrite Franklin Graham for Calling on Pete Buttigieg to Repent for Being Gay: ‘Just Shut Up. You Are a Disgrace’ Towleroad

Kristin Chenoweth ‘proud to be a person of faith and activist for LGBTs’ Gay Star News

Wanda Sykes on Doing Business With Netflix: ‘They Moved That Comma’ Variety

Ryan Murphy reveals he signed a 10-project deal with Netflix Gay Star News

Fred Rosser (FKA Darren Young) on “Sacrificing” WWE Career by Coming Out, Moving Forward NewNextNow

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Thursday Morning Man: Max von Essen!

Max von Essen is currently starring in the national tour of Falsettos and he is so good. Saw the show last week at the Ahmanson Theatre.

Max has a long list on stage triumphs including more than a year on Broadway in the role of Parisian aristocrat Henri in the musical An American in Paris for which he received a Tony Award nod for Best Featured Actor.

The openly gay performer has also been in Broadway productions of Evita, Les Miserables, Dance of the Vampires and Jesus Christ Superstar.

Max also has scores of Off-Broadway and regional credits including a national tour of Xanadu.

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Celeb Instagram: Billy Porter! Ronan Farrow! Billy Gillman! Andy Cohen & Anderson Cooper!

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Fact: LGBTQ youth are 120% more likely to experience homelessness than their non-LGBTQ peers. My girl @cyndilauper started @TrueColorsUnited to raise awareness around LGBTQ youth homelessness. Visit TrueColorsDay.org to learn more about how you can help.. #TrueColorsDay

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Refusing to cut my hair in solidarity with my Pokémon team.

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Hump Day

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come see @bravoandy and me in an all new AC2 show. #Baltimore May 11 and #NYC June 21 and June 22. Tickets and info about future cities at ac2live.com or at #Ticketmaster

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Snapped! Nick Adams is off duty!

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off duty

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Adam Rippon has launched a YouTube channel!

This is a terrific idea!

Adam Rippon has launched a YouTube channel and is promising new content twice a week including interviews with famous friends.

The Olympic figure skater is such a wit that I am sure it will be a huge hit!

Here’s his announcement.

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On her 77th birthday, here are 77 of the things I love about Miss Barbra Joan Streisand!

Barbra Streisand 77?

It is somehow true that this multiple Oscar winner, Grammy winner and Emmy winner has reached this age today but doesn’t look it or act it. She is simply ageless.

Her many gifts are still intact and while she has given us so much over the years, we know there is still much more to come.

Here are 77 things I love about Barbra!

1. Her stupendous rendition of You’ll Never Walk Alone at the 2001 Emmy Awards – just a short time after the 9/11 terrorist attacks.

2. The belting out of My Man in Funny Girl. We believed every word.

3. She has a gay son! He’s the amazing singer Jason Gould.

4. The fabulous surprise cameo at the end of the Madonna/Rosanne Coffee Talk sketch on Saturday Night Live in 1992.

5. The dramatic surprise Grammy Awards duet of You Don’t Bring Me Flowers with Neil Diamond.

6.  The “Your girl is lovely Hubbel” line from the final scene in The Way We Were.

7.  Her dedication to raising awareness – and money – for women’s heart health.

8.  Support of LGBTI equality.

9. Her opening number from her comeback 1994 concert tour: As If We Never Said Goodbye from Sunset Boulevard.

10. The Broadway Album for which she won a Grammy.

11. Back to Broadway album.

12. Her house has its own basement mall and inspired the play Buyer & Cellar.

13. She’s married to handsome James Brolin.

14. Her stepson is handsome Josh Brolin.

15. Papa Can You Hear Me from Yentl.

16. The No More Tears (Enough is Enough) duet with Donna Summer.

17. The 1986 concert she had in her backyard in Malibu and made into album One Voice.

18. Guilty with Barry Gibb.

19. The Way We Were – the movie.

20. The Way We Were - the song.

21. What’s Up Doc? opposite Ryan O’Neal.

22. Glorious How Deep Is the Ocean duet with son Jason Gould.

23. The first words of her Oscar speech when she won for Funny Girl: ‘Hello, gorgeous!’

24. Evergreen.

25. The hiccups scene in The Owl and the Pussycat.

26. Somewhere from The Broadway Album.

27. The Happy Days Are Here Again/Get Happy duet with Judy Garland on The Judy Garland Show.

28. The lunch scene with Brenda Vacarro from The Mirror Has Two Faces and they split the salad and the hamburger in a nod to one of them no longer being heavy.  

29. Despite being too young for the role, she made Hello, Dolly! memorable.

30.  The My Name Is Barbra TV special.

31. The performance of People in Funny Girl.

32. The Higher Ground album.

33. The 2004 Inside the Actors Studio appearance.

34,  The scene in A Star is Born when she tells Kris Kristofferson’s character who she has just caught cheating: “You can trash your life but you’re not going to trash mine.”

35. The afro hairstyle from the 1976-80 period.

36. Her fingernails in The Prince of Tides.

37. The Tell Him duet with Celine Dion.

38. The tile underneath the throw rugs of her Malibu home matched the rugs (for when the rugs had to be sent out to be cleaned).

39. The moving scene with Lauren Bacall in The Mirror Has Two Faces when Streisand’s character asks her mother: ‘What was it like? To be beautiful.’ Bacall’s character admits: ‘It was wonderful.’

40. On A Clear Day (You Can See Forever)

41. Smoke Gets in Your Eyes from the Love is the Answer album.

42. The crazy scenes with Dustin Hoffman in Meet the Fockers.

43. Stoney End.

44. I’m the Greatest Star from Funny Girl.

45. Her Donald Trump Send in the Clowns parody.

46. If I Could from Higher Ground album.

47. 1967′s A Christmas Album.

48. The dramatic courtroom scenes in the movie Nuts.

49. The self-indulgent but irresistible My Passion for Design coffee table book.

50. A Piece of Sky from Yentl.

51. New York State of Mind from Superman album.

52. She took the second ‘r’ out of Barbara and declared herself ‘Barbra.’

53. How Lucky Can You Get from Funny Lady.

54. The Way He Makes Me Feel from Yentl.

55. Her taking on of the tabloids in the Don’t Believe What You Read on the Superman album.

56. 2010 appearance on The Oprah Winfrey Show when she had her microphone painted white behind Oprah’s back.

57. Prince of Tides.

58. She’s had number one albums in each decade dating back to the 1960s.

59. Second Hand Rose from Funny Girl.

60. Her Golden Globes speech.

61. Back to Brooklyn TV special.

62. The ‘Till  I Loved You duet with then-boyfriend Don Johnson.

63. The scene in Yentl when Mandy Patikin’s character discovers that his male friend Anshel is really a woman named Yentl.

64. As Time Goes By scene in What’s Up Doc?

65. Appearance on The Rosie O’Donnell Show in 1997 that had Rosie in tears.

66. The infamous 60 Minutes interview with Mike Wallace during which he makes her cry.

67. Joining Judy Garland and Ethel Merman to perform There’s No Business Like Show Business on The Judy Garland Show.

68. When she returned to her Broadway dressing room a few years ago.

69. The see-though pantsuit she wore to the Oscars the year she won for Funny Girl.

70. The wonderful album: Encore: Movie Partners Sing Broadway.

71. Her rant about her children in Up the Sandbox.

72. Movie comeback in The Guilt Trip opposite Seth Rogen.

73. Every moment of the Don’t Rain on My Parade number from Funny Girl.

74. What Kind of Fool duet with Barry Gibb from Guilty album.

75. The cover of the Superman album.

76. Her 2018 appearance on opening night of the Paleyfest TV Festival in Hollywood where she was candid and funny with interviewer Ryan Murphy. I was in the audience and loved every minute of it!
77. Her vocal support of the most recent remake of A Star is Born starring Bradley Cooper and Lady Gaga.

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WATCH: In celebration of Shirley MacLaine’s 85th birthday, enjoy her classic version of “I’m Still Here”


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Happy Birthday to the great entertainer Shirley MacLaine whose stardom has remained at a top level for more than 60 years dating back to her 1955 film debut in Alfred Hitchcock’s The Trouble with Harry.

Such memorable films as Some Came Running, The Apartment, The Children’s Hour, Irma La Douce, Sweet Charity, The Turning Point, Terms of Endearment, Steel Magnolias, Postcards From the Edge, Madame Sousatzkaka, and many more.

Plus many TV specials, TV movies, best selling books and stage performances.

This video is from the 1990 film Postcards from the Edge and it’s probably my favorite MacLaine scene of them all.

It seems quite appropriate for this milestone birthday.

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Morning Round-Up: Brian Sims; Pete Buttigieg; Jussie Smollett; Gregg Araki; Ewan McGregor’s daughters; Todrick Hall

Gay Democrat Congressman Brian Sims confronts PrEP stigma: ‘No shame in this game. Just Pride.’ Gay Star News

Fox News to Host Town Hall Meeting With Pete Buttigieg Bloomberg News

Jussie Smollett’s Lawyers Sued By Alleged Attacker Brothers Deadline

Gregg Araki’s 8 Movies And TV Shows That Break The Rules caavo.com

YouTube Star Mikey Bustos Comes Out as Gay: ‘Life is Sweet!’ Towleroad

Ewan McGregor’s daughters come out as bisexual while criticizing Coachella Gay Star News

Todrick Hall Will Lead Regional Premiere of KINKY BOOTS at LA’s 3-D Theatricals Broadway World

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Wednesday Morning Man: Ben Foden!


Kenneth in the 212′s must-read Remains of the Day round-up featured a link to some photos of today’s beautiful Morning Man.

He’s handsome rugby pro Ben Foden and it seems he cannot take a bad photo with his clothes on or off, with facial hair or clean-shaven, on the field or off.

He is an athletic dreamboat.

Ben is 33 and plays for Rugby United New York (RUNY) and England. He plays at fullback or scrum-half, but can also operate on the wing.

He is married to Una Foden of British-Irish girl group, The Saturdays, and they have a daughter born in 2012 and a son born in 2015. In July 2018, it was announced that Foden and Healy had separated.

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A nice memory with Matt Bomer!

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This photo popped up on my FB as a memory from six years ago today. It’s me with lovely Matt Bomer at the GLAAD Media Awards. #mattbomer #mattbomerlovers #glaadawards

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WATCH: Jeremiah Lloyd Harmon’s latest “American Idol” triumph: “Candle on the Water” from “Pete’s Dragon”


No matter who wins this season of American Idol, Jeremiah Lloyd Harmon is here to stay. The openly gay performer is now in the top 8 and Sunday’s performance of Candle on the Water was a sensation.

Enjoy!

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Gus Kenworthy: “Had I been born 50 years earlier, there’s a very high likelihood that I would have died of AIDS”

Really admire Gus Kenworthy and his effort to raise $1 million for AIDS/LifeCycle. The six-day, 545-mile fund-raising bike trek from San Francisco to Los Angeles is co-produced by the Los Angeles LGBT Center and San Francisco AIDS Foundation and raises money and awareness for people living with AIDS and HIV.

Gus recently spoke with Outsports about why the cause is so close top his heart. Here are some excerpts:

“I can’t help but feel lucky and privileged basically because of my age that I am at a point in history where I’m able to be out in sports and have a career and live my life as a gay man and not really have any of the repercussions the previous generations had. Had I been born 50 years earlier, there’s a very high likelihood that I would have died of AIDS like so many incredible gay men did. I just feel like I owe it to the community to … honor all those that we lost and fight for future generations and hope to find a cure for AIDS and just to raise awareness and destigmatize it and raise money for people who are HIV-positive.”

He adds: “This ride is so special because so many people have fought so hard to raise the money they’ve raised and on top of that they have this massive physical challenge of the six-day ride,” he said. “I know that’ll be physically demanding, but I kind of already expected that.”

You can contribute to Kenworthy’s AIDS ride.