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Morning Man Classic: James Franciscus!

James Franciscus was a very handsome actor and tennis enthusiast who died far too young.

Today would have been his 89th birthday.

He was best known for his roles in such feature films as Beneath the Planet of the Apes, The Amazing Dobermans and Great White and in four television series, Mr. Novak, The Naked City, The Investigators, and Longstreet.

Franciscus was also a Yale grad and was one of the best celebrity tennis players of the 1970s when the sport was at the peak of its popularity.

Sadly, he was just 57 when he died 1991 from emphysema. He left behind four children.


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Tribute to “Laverne & Shirley” television icon Cindy Williams who died today at the age of 75

Very sad to hear that actress Cindy Williams has died at the age of 75.

She was still active doing a one-woman show and TV interviews and it just seems too soon to lose this television icon who starred alongside Penny Marshall on the classic Laverne & Shirley sitcom in the mid-1970s through the early 1980s.

They were never nominated for Emmys which seems insane in retrospect because this was the best female comedy team in TV history next to Lucille Ball and Vivian Vance. They were magic together.

Williams died in Los Angeles on Wednesday after a brief illness, her children, Zak and Emily Hudson, said in a statement: “The passing of our kind, hilarious mother, Cindy Williams, has brought us insurmountable sadness that could never truly be expressed,” the statement said. “Knowing and loving her has been our joy and privilege. She was one of a kind, beautiful, generous and possessed a brilliant sense of humor and a glittering spirit that everyone loved. We have always been, and will remain, SO proud of her for many things…her lifelong mission to rescue animals, her prolific artistry, her faith, and most of all, her ability to make the world laugh! May that laughter continue in everyone, because she would want that. Thank you for loving our Mom, she loved you too.”

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Former New Zealand rugby player, Campbell Johnstone, has come out publicly as a gay man

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Morning Round-Up: Trevor Torrance; Nick Offerman, Murray Bartlett; Lisa Loring; Daria Kasatkina

Former pro Australian basketball player Trevor Torrance publicly comes out as gay Outsports

‘The Last of Us’: Nick Offerman, Murray Bartlett Discuss Episode 3’s Surprise Romance The Hollywood Reporter

Lisa Loring Dead – Original Wednesday Addams Actress Passes Away at 64 Just Jared

Russian Tennis Champ Daria Kasatkina Says She’s Relieved After Coming Out Advocate

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WATCH: Jane Fonda, Lily Tomlin, Sally Field and Rita Moreno talks Oscars, Emmys, Tonys, Grammys & more!

NBC News correspondent Harry Smith sits down with Jane Fonda, Lily Tomlin, Sally Field and Rita Moreno to discuss their new film, “80 for Brady.” The women chat about working together for the first time, finding joy in their work, and their communal love of Tom Brady.


Showtune Sunday: All About Adam Lambert!

Wishing a happy 41st birthday to Adam Lambert!

Hard to believe it’s been more than 14 years since Adam burst onto the scene on American Idol and finished as the most successful runner-up in the show’s history (sorry Clay Aiken and Katherine McPhee!).

I’ll always appreciate the fact that Adam came out publicly as a gay man after the show ended in a Rolling Stone cover story. What a powerful statement to the world and to young kids out there who watched the show.

We all know what’s happened to Adam since then. The solo albums For Your Entertainment, Trespassing, and The Original High, a Grammy nomination for the single Whataya Want from Me, and more than 3 million albums and 5 million singles sold worldwide. He released Velvet in 2020 along with Live Around the World with Queen. His next album, High Drama, is slated for release on February 24, 2023. It is a genre-spanning collection of reimagined cover songs that he flips to embrace his own sensibilities. He recently released the single Holding Out for a Hero that is part of the forthcoming album.

When Trespassing premiered at number one on the U.S. Billboard 200, Adam became the first openly gay artist to top the album charts. Elton John and Barry Manilow were not out when they premiered at number one.

And, of course, Adam has juggled his solo career with a very successful collaboration with rock band Queen as lead vocalist for Queen + Adam Lambert since 2011, culminating in a successful worldwide tour that began in 2014 and is still going strong. Lambert and Queen were the first rock band to open the Oscars with an “explosive” performance of two classic Queen songs in 2019 that earned a standing ovation.

But Adam’s power as a solo performer was never more apparent than in December 2018 when he performed a stupendous version of Believe for Cher at the Kennedy Center Honors that was one for the ages (see video below). I was thrilled when he released it as a single in late 2019.

Can’t wait to see what Adam has in store for us next. When you have such talent and vision and drive, anything is possible.

Happy 63rd birthday to Greg Louganis!

Wishing a very happy 63rd birthday to the great Olympic diving legend Greg Louganis!

Greg was featured in an issue of People Magazine a few years ago wearing the same speedo he wore in the 80s and as you can see, he has remained in great shape!

He overcame great obstacles in his life to reach the top of his sport and remains an inspirational figure for so many. Greg won two gold medals in 1988, two in 1984 and a silver medal in 1976 while still in high school. He is simply the best there’s ever been.

Greg’s story means so much to me because I was coming out in a big way in the mid-90s and it was then that he also came out and wrote a deeply-felt memoir called Breaking the Surface in which he revealed that he had just found out that he was HIV positive when he won his third and fourth gold medals at the 1988 Olympics. He assumed he would not live much longer after that triumph.

Thankfully there were breakthrough medications introduced in the mid-90s and Greg has survived and thrived.

Although he did not come out publicly as a gay man until 1994, Greg was rumored to be gay and that hurt his commercial endorsement opportunities. But in recent years he seems to be getting more his due – especially since the airing of the Emmy-nominated documentary Greg Louganis: Back On Board.

In 2016, Louganis along with fellow Olympic legends Edwin Moses and Janet Evans received the long overdue honor of being placed on boxes of Wheaties breakfast cereal. The next year, he became the first openly gay man to ride as grand marshal of the Rose Parade in Pasadena.

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Sunday Round-Up: Kit Williamson & John Halbach; Regé Jean-Page; Alan Cumming; ‘RuPaul’s Drag Race’ & more!

Tired of L.A., Gay Couple Kit Williamson and John Halbach Built an Oasis in the Desert

Regé Jean-Page Is the Most Handsome Man in the World and Here’s Why It’s Legit Instinct

Director Jason Moore on the power of Cher and working with Jennifer Coolidge for ‘Shotgun Wedding’ Queerty

Alan Cumming Says Returning British Honor Was ‘Not a Black or White Thing’: ‘It’s Complicated’ People

‘RuPaul’s Drag Race’ Season 15 Contestants, Ranked in Popularity From Lowest to Highest Just Jared

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Novak Djokovic defeats Stefan Tsitsipas to win 10th Australian Open and 22nd grand slam overall

Calling it the biggest victory of his career, Novak Djokovic has won his 10th Australian Open title and 22nd grand slam crown, tying him with Rafael Nadal at the top of the men’s all-time list. Djokovic, the reigning Wimbledon champion, also regained the world number one ranking after his 6-3, 7-6, 7-6 win over Stefan Tsistipas of Greece.

“I want to say this has been one of the most challenging tournaments I’ve ever played in my life, considering the circumstances. Not playing last year; coming back this year,” Djokovic said after the match, wearing a zip-up white jacket with a “22” on his chest. “And I want to thank all the people that made me feel welcome, made me feel comfortable, to be in Melbourne, to be in Australia.”

And a moment later, he uttered a statement that is truly significant, given all the 35-year-old from Serbia has done on a tennis court: “This probably is the, I would say, biggest victory of my life.”


Morning Man Classic: John Beck!

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Hunky Trevor Donovan takes a shirtless ice bath on Instagram live with only a cap to keep him warm

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Billie Jean King celebrates “Original 9″ and birth of women’s pro tennis as we know it today

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Saturday Round-Up: Brad Goreski; Noah Schnapp; Laith Ashley; Jennifer Coolidge & Tig Notaro and more!

That time ‘Real Friends of WeHo’ star Brad Goreski stripped down for a messy cameo in ‘The Comeback’ Queerty

Nancy Pelosi reflects on her long career & LGBTQ advocacy The Blade

Get to Know More About Out Actor Noah Schnapp Instinct

Laith Ashley Thanks Taylor Swift For ‘Lavender Haze’ Music Video Cameo

Billy Porter & James Corden Do ‘Toddlerography’ to Harry Styles on The Late Show Broadway World

The Way We Were’s Secret Gay Backstory Advocate

First Look: Campy Horror Comedy ‘We Have a Ghost’ Featuring Jennifer Coolidge & Tig Notaro The WOW Report

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ABC News anchor Gio Benitez treats hubby Tommy DiDario to specially-made birthday cake

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See the tasty – and messy – way Ross Mathews and Drew Barrymore celebrated National Pie Day

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Today’s Morning Man: Tom Hopper!

Hunky English actor Tom Hopper turns 38 today.

He has appeared in several television programs and films including Game of Thrones, The Umbrella Academy, Merlin, Doctor Who, Casualty, Tormented and Black Sails.

The handsome and very well-built actor is well-aware of his big gay fan base and welcomes it.

“I think gay fans are better than any kind of fan, than any demographic,” he said in 2010. “A gay fan base is probably one of the most loyal, you don’t shut it away and I embrace it. I have so many gay mates, so many, if they wanna look at me in this and read about me and do whatever they wanna do then perfect, great.”

When asked how he feels being hit on by guys, he said: “When it comes to guys, I don’t really think about it, if it happens it happens. I am a bit of a flirt though. I do flirt with guys just for a laugh and its fun, it’s just like chatting”

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WATCH: Bowen Yang shares with Seth Meyers the struggles of impersonating George Santos on SNL

Bowen Yang was on Late Night With Seth Meyers last night and talks about being a huge fan of Alex Wagner, his podcast, Las Culturistas, and pulling double duty as George Santos in Weekend Update and the cold open on Saturday Night Live. In the second video, he shares how important his role in the Wicked film is to him, discusses why he loves Peacock so much and talks about having a hard time finding an iced coffee in London.

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Today’s Morning Man: Tommy Paul!

Have not been able to watch as much of the Australian Open this year as I usually do because of my schedule but I have caught a few matches played by this American dreamboat named Tommy Paul.

He’s ranked 35th in the world and made it all the way to the semifinals of tennis’ first grand slam event of the year. He lost to 9-time Aussie champion Novak Djokovic in straight sets but it is still a breakthrough tournament and will propel the 25-year-old into the top 20 for the first time (he will be #19 on Monday in the ATP rankings).

Tommy was a star as a junior player winning the 2015 French Open boys’ singles title by defeating fellow American Taylor Fritz in the final in three sets. He won his maiden ATP title at the 2021 Stockholm Open. He has recorded wins over such champions as Rafael Nadal, Andy Murray, Stan Wawrinka and current world number one Carlos Alcaraz.

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Alan Cumming’s birthday gift to himself

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WATCH: Four-time Grammy winner Sam Smith talks about finding freedom with their new album “Gloria”

Four-time Grammy winner Sam Smith is nominated for another award this year for “Unholy,” their No. 1 hit with Kim Petras. Smith tells CBS Mornings’ Anthony Mason about embracing sexual liberation on their new album, “Gloria,” feeling settled at 30, and their love of cheese toasties.

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