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Happy 23rd birthday to Spanish soccer player Marco Asensio who plays as an attacking midfielder for Real Madrid and the Spain national team.
Soccer is in his blood.
Asensio’s father, Gilberto, was also a footballer. Also an attacking midfielder, he represented Barakaldo CF as a youth. His elder brother, Igor, notably played for Platges de Calvià as a defender.
Former Major League Soccer player Matt Pacifici has come out publicly as gay in an Instagram post introducing the world to his boyfriend.
Injury forced the 25-year-old Pacifici to leave the sport he loves a couple of years ago. This gave him time to reflect on his life.
He also fell in love.
“When you’re in a relationship that makes you happy, and on social media you see people posting about their girlfriends, it feels weird not being a part of that,” Pacifici told Outsports. “You want them to know. This relationship is the one that makes me the most happy ever in my life.”
See the full story over at Outsports.com.
Martha Teichner looks back at the incomparable life of the Tony Award-winning entertainer Carol Channing, the effervescent star of the Broadway musical “Hello Dolly!,” who died this past week at 97.
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No one can perform the title song from Hello, Dolly! like the late, great Carol Channing who died last week less than a month shy of her 98th birthday.
But many theater legends in their own right have done their own memorable turns and I offer you three of the most recent: Bette Midler, Bernadette Peters, and Donna Murphy who starred in stretch in the most recent Broadway production.
Yesterday was gorgeous Swedish tennis star Stefan Edberg’s birthday – he turned 53 and is still a dreamboat.
He is one of my all-time crushes. Top five, lifetime.
Stefan was the number one tennis player in the world on and off in the early 1990s and has been inducted into the sport’s Hall of Fame. In all, he won two US Opens, two Wimbledons and two Australian Opens.
He would have been one of the few players to complete a career grand slam had he been able to defeat Michael Chang in the 1989 French Open final. He lost in five close sets to the then 17 year old.
Edberg not only had then-rising stars like Chang, Andre Agassi and Pete Sampras to contend with, but he also competed regularly on the tour against such all-time greats and former number ones as Boris Becker, John McEnroe, Jimmy Connors, Ivan Lendl, and Mats Wilander.
Edberg played on four championship Davis Cup teams in his career, won the gold medal at the 1984 Olympic Games when tennis was an exhibition sport, and also won three grand slam titles in doubles. He and McEnroe are the only two male players in the history of the tour to have been ranked number one in both singles and doubles in their career.
His serve and volley game was so exciting to watch and so were his incredible legs!
But most of all, Edberg was the consumate gentleman – so much so that the Association of Tennis Professionals tour sportsmanship award is named after him.
Total class act.
You just can’t make this stuff up.
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It was 73 years ago today that Dolly Parton was born in Sevier County, Tennessee, as the fourth of 12 children.
It’s well known the family was quite poor in terms of material possessions but had strong values and a lot of love.
And out of that situation emerged a beloved star who has been making hits for 50 years such as Jolene, Coat of Many Colors, I Will Always Love You, Islands in the Stream, Here You Come Again and Nine to Five, among others.
Dolly made a big splash in the movies in 1980s Nine to Five with Lily Tomlin and Jane Fonda and had another big hit with 1989′s Steel Magnolias – both films are huge with us gays.
Of her longevity, Dolly says: ‘People feel like they’ve known me so long because I’ve been around a long time. I’m really like an aunt or a cousin or a person you’ve grown up with—like somebody in the family. So I think they feel comfortable with me. I really think that is Southern hospitality.”’
Below are some of Dolly’s most famous songs. Enjoy!
I have not watched Days of Our Lives in a few days but have been monitoring the action online for any Xander and Leo updates.
SPOILER ALERT: The website SoapsSheKnows.com has posted the following recap about Friday’s episode:
At the Kiriakis mansion, shirtless Xander with Leo. Sonny makes a secret call to Will just to hear his voice. He complains about Leo spending all of his money which makes him wish he had killed Leo after all. Downstairs, Leo arrives looking for Xander. Victor tells him Xander’s in jail where he belongs. Xander walks in, and explains SPD’s “classic incompetence,” since he got off because the footage they had on him went missing. He again asks for the CEO position at Titan. Victor won’t discuss business with the gold digger in the room so Leo reluctantly leaves. Victor once again refuses Xander. Angry, Xander rushes out and finds Leo nearby. Leo strokes Xander’s shoulder and thinks they should play. He reveals that he has something on Sonny that will be shocking. All he has to do is share “everything else with me.” Xander is defeated and says he wins. “Be in my room in ten minutes. And bring alcohol. I’m going to need a stiff drink if I’m going to do this.” Leo replies, “Oh I’ll bring something stiff!” Later, Sonny finds Victor and they commiserate about wanting Leo gone. Sonny teases that he’s looking for dirt on Leo. Back upstairs, Leo brings champagne to Xander’s room. They drink to business and pleasure and Xander looks miserable. Leo kisses him, promising to do “all the heavy lifting.”
1921 – 2019
Born: Carol Elaine Channing on January 31, 1921 in Seattle, WA
Died: At 12:31am on Tuesday, January 15th, 2019, at home in Rancho Mirage, CA of natural causes
Carol was born Jan 31, 1921 in Seattle, Washington, the daughter of a prominent newspaper editor, who was very active in the Christian Science movement. At just two weeks of age, her father’s work took the family to San Francisco, where Carol was raised, schooled and eventually found work as a model. Through determination, hard work, and her family’s support (not to mention a mandatory IQ test for which she scored one of the highest recorded results), Carol was able to attend Bennington College in Vermont that had one of the few existing arts programs in the country, majoring in drama and dance.
A recipient of the 1995 Lifetime Achievement Tony Award, Ms. Channing has been a star of international acclaim since a Time magazine cover story hailed her performance as Lorelei Lee in “Gentleman Prefer Blondes” writing; “Perhaps once in a decade a nova explodes above the Great White Way with enough brilliance to re-illumine the whole gaudy legend of show business.” Since her 1948 Broadway debut in Blitzstein’s “No For An Answer,” her Broadway appearances have included “So Proudly We Hail,” “Let’s Face It,” “Lend An Ear,” “Gentlemen Prefer Blondes,” “Show Girl,” “Pygmalion,” “The Millionairess,” “The Vamp,” “Four On A Garden,” and “Wonderful Town.” In addition to receiving a special Tony Award in 1968, she won the Tony Award in 1964 for her legendary portrayal of Dolly Levi in Jerry Herman’s “Hello, Dolly!”
Jacqueline Kennedy and her two children made their first public appearance after JFK’s death by seeing her perform in “Hello, Dolly!” and later visited her backstage. She has since played the role in over 5000 performances, without missing a single performance. She then toured with her own revue, “Carol Channing and Her Ten Stout Hearted Men” and critically acclaimed tours of “Jerry’s Girls” and “Legends,” in which she co-starred with Mary Martin.
Ms. Channing’s happiest film project was in the role of Muzzy in “Thoroughly Modern Millie,” which earned her an Oscar nomination and a Golden Globe Award. Other films include “Paid In Full,” “The First Traveling Saleslady” (giving new comer Clint Eastwood his first on screen kiss), “Skidoo,” “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band,” “Archie and Mehitabel” and “Thumbelina.”
Ms. Channing TV specials, include “Broadway at the Hollywood Bowl,” “Carol Channing’s Los Angeles,” “Carol Channing and Pearl Bailey on Broadway,” “George Burns – His Wit and Wisdom” and to millions of children worldwide is best known as the White Queen in “Alice Through the Looking Glass.” Other television credits include popular game shows as “What’s My Line,” “I’ve Got a Secret,” “Password,” and “Hollywood Squares,” variety shows such as “The Dean Martin Show,” “The Red Skelton Show,” “The Milton Berle Show,” “Rowan & Martin’s Laugh-In,” “The Carol Burnett Show,” “The Muppet Show,” as well as many Tony and Grammy broadcasts. A partial list of Carol’s Episodic work consist of Playhouse 90′s “Three Men on a Horse,” “The Love Boat,” “Magnum, P.I.,” “The Nanny,” “Touched by an Angel,” “The Drew Carey Show” and “Family Guy.”
As one of the most easily recognized and highly imitated voices in the world, Carol’s unique sound has been established as characters and narrative in both TV series and documentaries like “JFK: The Day the Nation Cried,” “The Adam’s Family” (voice of Granny), “Thumbelina,” “Free To Be You and Me,” “Space Ghost,” “Chip ‘n Dale Rescue Rangers” and “The Brave Little Toaster Goes To Mars.” Miss Channing also cut twenty children’s albums of classic stories including “Winnie The Pooh” and “Madeline.”
Ms. Channing has recorded ten gold Albums and including the original cast album of “Hello, Dolly!” released in 1964. Miss Channing has appeared in most every grand ballroom and concert hall in the country. Among her other acknowledgments is a Best Nightclub Act of the Year Award, Harvard University’s Hasty Pudding Woman of the Year Award, the Oscar Hammerstein Award for lifetime achievement and the Julie Harris Lifetime Achievement Award from the Actors’ Fund of America, but is most proud in the role of mother of Chan Lowe, who is a nationally syndicated editorial cartoonist, who has the distinction of being a Pulitzer Prize finalist.
In 1998, Carol moved to Palm Springs/Rancho Mirage to be close to her dear cousin Richard “Dicky” Long and loved the community so much, that she called it home for the remainder of her life.
In 2003, the octogenarian released her best selling memoirs, “Just Lucky I Guess” and started touring world wide with her one woman show entitled “The First Eighty Years are the Hardest,” after the very successful preview given to New York audiences that prompted the New York Times to say “Back Where She Belongs: Carol Channing Reminisces . . . The audience jumped to its feet more than once. We were watching a master performer” and Associated Press declared “The audience clearly was there to worship, and Channing did not disappoint.” In 2004, Broadway’s “first lady of musical comedy,” received an honorary doctoral degree becoming Doctor Carol Channing from the California State University, Stanislaus Commencement (only the third Honorary Doctoral Degree given in CSU Stanislaus 45-year history).
In 2009, items representing Miss Channing’s career were inducted into the Smithsonian Institute in D.C., along with eight other legendary ladies of stage and screen. Her original diamonds dress from the Broadway production of “Lorelei,” worn while singing “Diamonds Are A Girls Best Friend” and her “Hello Dolly!” gown (from the 95′ tour), as well as her TONY Award for her portrayal of Dolly Gallagher Levy, are currently part of the permanent collection at the Smithsonian Institutions American History Museum. In addition, her 1995 Lifetime Achievement Tony Award can be seen on exhibit at The Hollywood Museum and her star on The Hollywood Walk of Fame is located in front of the Pantages Theater on Hollywood Blvd.
In 2010, Carol returned to the Great White Way, performing at the New Amsterdam theatre on 42nd Street, with many returning “Dolly boys” from previous “Hello Dolly!” tours and received the “Gypsy Award” from Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS.” In January 2012, mutli-TONY winning director and producer, Dori Berinstein, released the critically acclaimed and award winning documentary entitled “Carol Channing: Larger Than Life,” highlighting Carol’s 70 plus year career. Her last public appearance was on her 95th birthday at the McCallum Theater to a record breaking crowd of fans from all around the world, that sold out in only a couple hours and featured an all star extravaganza to honor her. In late 2018, artist Khoi Nguyen, used his PHD in mathematics to create a prolific painting of the actress, comedienne and activist, that allowed more than 43,000 friends and fans (as well as herself) to participate by affixing their fingerprint onto the work, each linked to a personal video interview about Miss Channing and her efforts to raise awareness with regard to the need for arts in education.
Carol is survived by her son, Channing Lowe and close family member, Sylvia Long. Services have not yet been determined.
In lieu of flowers, a tribute gift/donation to the Carol Channing Theater at Lowell High School (1101 Eucalyptus Dr., San Francisco, California 94132 | (415) 759-3066) or the McCallum Theatre (73000 Fred Waring Dr, Palm Desert, CA 92260 https://www.mccallumtheatre.com/ ) in Carol’s honor would be very much appreciated.
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Lily and Jane talk about their friendship, Lily’s relationship with Richard Pryor, and they reveal whether or not they’ve gone to the movie theatre to see porn films. They also talk about ‘Grace and Frankie,’ working with RuPaul, Jane helping to train the Dodgers, and they talk about the Mueller investigation.
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Today’s very handsome Morning Man is Victor Oquendo, a correspondent for ABC News based in Miami.
Prior to joining ABC News, he worked at the WPLG affiliate for almost a decade as a reporter and anchor for their weekly evening newscasts.
Victor has covered some of the biggest stories in South Florida. He helped lead WPLG’s reporting when the U.S. restored diplomatic relations with Cuba, traveling to the island to cover Pope Francis’ and President Obama’s visits.
In 2016, he tracked Hurricane Matthew up the East Coast, offering gripping live reports from the field as well as powerful interviews with those whose homes were devastated by the storm. While in Brazil reporting on the World Cup, he interviewed residents from the hillsides who shared their frustration that the cash-strapped country was using its funds to host the tournament and the Olympics.
His broadcasting career began in sports covering all of South Florida’s professional and college teams including the Miami Heat during the LeBron James era including runs to the NBA Finals in 2010, 2011, and 2013.
One of my favorite characters on Days of Our Lives is Eric Brady and that has everything to do with the fact that he is played by the talented, handsome, and Emmy-winning actor Greg Vaughan.
I did not know that Eric has a paternal half-brother named Rex who has recently returned to the show. Played years ago by actor Eric Winter, Rex is now being played by the blond and beautiful Kyle Lowder who had previously played the role of Brady Black on Days from 2000-05. Brady Black is Eric’s stepbrother and is currently played by Eric Martsolf.
Anyway, Rex just showed up at Eric’s place this week needing a place to stay. It all get awkward because Rex is trying to woo back his ex-fiancee who Eric has been on the verge of becoming romantically involved with.