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 By Nick Thomas    Columns    August 1, 2017 

Singer Judy Collins is still vocal on social issues

Whether singing her own words or those of others, the sublime vocal talent of pop/folk singer Judy Collins has been drawing audiences for over 50 years. But it almost never happened. "I contracted...

 
 By Nick Thomas    Columns    July 1, 2017

The music never ends for broadway actress

Best known for her roles in musical theater, Tony-nominated actress and singer Susan Watson released a collection of 14 Broadway and jazz standards on her CD "The Music Never Ends" last fall. "Some of...

 
 By Nick Thomas    Columns    June 1, 2017

Norm Crosby, forever the malaprop master

We all use the wrong word occasionally – "that skinny dog looks emancipated" – but comedian Norm Crosby molded a career from such humorous grammatical gaffes known as malaprops. "Although I had a...

 
 By Nick Thomas    Columns    May 1, 2017

Marty Allen still making 'em laugh

Known for his trademark salutation, "Hello Dere," his bug-eyed comic stare and wild Brillo-pad hair, veteran comedian Marty Allen is still making audiences laugh. "I get up in the morning and the only...

 
 By Nick Thomas    Columns    April 1, 2017

Variety is the spice of Ed Asner's life

Don't expect Ed Asner's name to fade from casting lists anytime soon. With a variety of current and upcoming projects, 87-year-old Asner remains as busy and versatile as ever. It's a trend that...

 
 By Nick Thomas    Columns    March 1, 2017

Fifty years of the Carol Burnett Show

A couple of years ago, visitors to Carol Burnett's home might have observed the comedy legend glued to the TV set, binge-watching every episode of her old variety show. But it wasn't a case of...

 

TV's Loretta Swit paints to help animals

On screen, she amused TV audiences as feisty nurse Maj. Margaret Houlihan for 11 seasons in the highly acclaimed late 70s/early 80s comedy war drama, M*A*S*H. But away from the cameras, Loretta Swit...

 
 By Nick Thomas    Columns    January 1, 2017

'Gladys Ormphby' settled down in Texas

Drab, handbag-wielding TV character Gladys Ormphby never met a celebrity she didn't feel compelled to smack senseless at the slightest provocation. Short in both stature and patience, the feisty...

 

50 years on, "Dark Shadows" still looms large

Were you one of those kids who dashed home from school in the late 60s to catch the latest developments in the fantasy/horror TV serial "Dark Shadows"? When the show first aired on daytime television...

 

Actress Stephanie Cole is loved on both sides of the pond

American audiences were introduced to British actress Stephanie Cole when she portrayed grumpy, sharp-witted Diana Trent, a resident of the Bayview Retirement Village in the 90s sitcom "Waiting for...

 
 By Nick Thomas    Columns    October 1, 2016

Batman actor Burt Ward now crusades for canines

There was a time when Burt Ward would leap dramatically across our TV screens in green shorts, beige tights and a gold cape masquerading weekly as 'Robin, the Boy Wonder,' one-half of the crime...

 

Barbara Bain takes on many missions

Two decades ago, Barbara Bain embarked on a mission many might have considered impossible: to convince children that books and reading could be fun. "I volunteered in a daycare and just started...

 
 By Nick Thomas    Columns    August 1, 2016

Lindsay Wagner's one (bionic) woman show

One of the hottest actresses to emerge from the 1970s has been appearing around the country in recent years presenting her stage show, "More than a Bionic Woman: An Evening with Lindsay Wagner." In Au...

 
 By Nick Thomas    Columns    July 1, 2016

Carleton Carpenter: Actor, author, lion tamer

What were the chances that a 6' 3" spaghetti-thin, 18-year-old blonde actor from Bennington, Vt., could break into Broadway on his first job interview in the 1940s? For Carleton Carpenter, after arriv...

 
 By Nick Thomas    Columns    June 1, 2016

Singer Toni Tennille's brush with Hollywood

She put the "Tennille" in the popular 70s music duo of "The Captain and Tennille" and enjoyed two huge number one Billboard hits – "Love Will Keep Us Together" and "Do That to Me One More Time."...

 
 By Nick Thomas    Columns    May 1, 2016

Peter Mark Richman: Pharmacist-turned-actor

Recognized for hundreds of television roles dating back to the 1950s, Peter Mark Richman broke into film alongside Gary Cooper in the 1956 civil war western, "Friendly Persuasion." "But I'm not only...

 
 By Nick Thomas    Columns    April 1, 2016

Vintage Cavett returns to television

The battle for late-night talk show dominance is nothing new to TV audiences. In the 60s and 70s, three prominent hosts sometimes went head-to-head for the coveted ratings bragging rights. "There was...

 
 By Nick Thomas    Columns    March 1, 2016

Audrey Dalton talks about surviving Hollywood

Four decades before James Cameron's 1997 blockbuster "Titanic" made waves at the Academy Awards with 11 wins, Audrey Dalton signed on for Hollywood's 1953 recreation of the famous 1912 maritime...

 

Doris Day is still an animal's best friend

A hugely popular singer and actress throughout the 50s and 60s, Doris Day first became interested in animal issues on the set of a 1956 Alfred Hitchcock film. "One of my first profound experiences...

 
 By Nick Thomas    Columns    January 1, 2016

Betty Lynn is keeping Mayberry alive

It's just after noon on the third Friday of the month, and 89-year-old Betty Lynn is preparing to take her seat behind a small brown table in the main room of the Andy Griffith Museum in Mount Airy,...

 

Actor Richard Anderson lives his love for heroes, happy endings

Richard Anderson appeared in over 200 films and TV shows throughout his career. But it's not just his well-known role as security chief Oscar Goldman in "The Six Million Dollar Man" that elicits fan...

 

A 'High Chaparral' Thanksgiving with Henry Darrow

Come November, Henry Darrow's thoughts typically turn to turkeys ... and burros. Darrow, who turned 82 in September, played Manolito in the popular 60s western television series "High Chaparral." He r...

 
 By Nick Thomas    Columns    October 1, 2015

Joyce Randolph, last of 'The Honeymooners'

From "I Love Lucy" and "All in the Family" to "Married with Children" and "Seinfeld," structuring a sitcom around four lead characters often proved a successful formula. "It was the perfect format...

 

Shirley Jones and Marty Ingels remember 9/11

Laughter is often cited as a key ingredient for a successful marriage. Shirley Jones and Marty Ingels would agree. In 1974, Shirley was leaving an art exhibit at Michael Landon's home when Marty...

 
 By Nick Thomas    Columns    August 1, 2015

Arlene Dahl's journey to Hollywood and beyond

Generally regarded as one of the classic beauties to grace the big screen throughout the '40s and '50s, Arlene Dahl's career extended beyond the reach of the camera. "I've had many different...

 

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