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 By Nick Thomas    Columns    August 1, 2019 

Celebrating Ernie Kovacs' birth centennial

Opening last summer in Jamestown, New York, the National Comedy Center will launch an exhibition honoring comedian Ernie Kovacs beginning with a Festival on August 7-11 (see www.comedycenter.org). "It...

 
 By Nick Thomas    Columns    July 1, 2019

Terry Moore as Valentino's Lady in Black

Since her first film role in 1940, Terry Moore has appeared on the big screen in each of the subsequent eight decades. Recently celebrating her 90th birthday, the actress plays a lead role in the...

 
 By Nick Thomas    Columns    June 1, 2019

Congratsamundo, Anson Williams, for saving lives

As one of the most popular television shows in the late 70s to early 80s, "Happy Days" helped propel many cast regulars into the production side of show business. Ron Howard, Henry Winkler, Don Most...

 
 By Nick Thomas    Columns    May 1, 2019

Don Collier still living the western life

A staple on the old TV westerns, Don Collier got his first break as a lead actor in the short-lived series "Outlaws" in the early 1960s. "I interviewed for the role in December 1959 and they called...

 
 By Nick Thomas    Columns    April 1, 2019

Michael Dante, actor to author

It's not uncommon for actors to find a second career away from the camera after spending years in front of it. In Michael Dante's case, that new vocation has been writing, beginning with his 2014...

 
 By Nick Thomas    Columns    March 1, 2019

Carl Reiner says keeping busy keeps you going

Turning 97 in March, Carl Reiner shows no sign of slowing down. "I wake up with ideas!" the veteran actor, writer, director and producer said from Los Angeles. One of those ideas was to colorize...

 

A Hollywood tale of two ghost singers

India Adams and Annette Warren have a lot in common. Both now in their nineties, their career paths merged in the 50s when the pair were hired by studios to dub the singing voices of actresses as...

 
 By Nick Thomas    Columns    January 1, 2019

Loving life with Rodney Dangerfield

The Christmas season may be over, but last December held special significance for Joan Dangerfield, who married comedian Rodney Dangerfield 25 years ago on Dec. 26. The pair had dated for 10 years...

 

Christmas with Margaret O'Brien

Adorable Margaret O'Brien began her big-screen career at the age of three with a one-minute spot in 1941's "Babes on Broadway." Her career took off the following year as the star of MGM's "Journey for...

 

A Happy Days Thanksgiving with Mrs. C

As the TV matriarch of the Cunningham clan in the sitcom "Happy Days," Marion Ross appeared in over 250 episodes during the hit series' 11-season run from 1974 to 1984. But one episode has special...

 
 By Nick Thomas    Columns    October 1, 2018

Elvira's Halloween safety tips for pets

Disguised as little goblins, ghosts or ghouls, kids will soon be prowling the streets in their annual Halloween quest to extort candy from benevolent neighbors. But for some family members,...

 

The multitalented Richard Herd

A supporting actor for much of his film career, Richard Herd has worked with actors such as Jack Lemmon, Rod Steiger, Robert Redford, Sylvester Stallone and Robert Duvall. He has also been a frequent...

 
 By Nick Thomas    Columns    August 1, 2018

Beverly Washburn's favorite co-stars

Beginning her career as a talented child actress, Beverly Washburn worked alongside Hollywood's most popular actors and her list of favorites is long (see www.beverlywashburn.com). While she appeared...

 
 By Nick Thomas    Columns    July 1, 2018

Eric Braeden is still the king of daytime drama

"The Young and the Restless" star Eric Braeden has been playing character Victor Newman for 38 years and says it's been an amazing run. But he doesn't believe daytime drama actors always receive the...

 
 By Nick Thomas    Columns    June 1, 2018

Judith Durham looks back at The Seekers

Fifty years ago, The Seekers were a pop music sensation. Featuring members Athol Guy, Keith Potger, Bruce Woodley and lead vocalist Judith Durham, the Aussie group's pop-folk fusion proved popular in...

 
 By Nick Thomas    Columns    May 1, 2018

'Happy Days' and more in new Marion Ross memoir

From 1974 to 1984, TV audiences knew Marion Ross as the sitcom mom dispensing patience and wisdom during the 11-season run of the ABC hit series "Happy Days." But Marion's days were not entirely hap...

 
 By Nick Thomas    Columns    April 1, 2018

Hayley Mills puts on her 'Party Face'

As one of the best-known child actors from the 1960s, Hayley Mills starred in a half-dozen Disney films including box-office hits "Pollyanna" and "The Parent Trap."  Now in her early 70's, Mills...

 
 By Nick Thomas    Columns    March 1, 2018

Marlyn Mason, more than an 'Elvis Girl'

Beginning in 1960 and for some three decades thereafter, Marlyn Mason appeared in almost 100 television series, earning the unofficial title of TV "Guest Star Queen." While her film roles were far...

 

40 years on, Debby Boone is still lighting up our lives

Debby Boone's recording of "You Light up My Life" not only became a monster hit of 1977, but went on to become one of the most popular songs of the decade. "I have a hard time believing it's been 40...

 
 By Nick Thomas    Columns    January 1, 2018

Jay Sandrich directed classic sitcoms

Starting out as an assistant director on "I Love Lucy" in the late 50s probably wasn't a bad introduction to Jay Sandrich's television career behind the camera. "I wrote a letter to Lucy's company...

 

The roller-coaster life of Connie Francis

The tragedies that befell singer Connie Francis throughout her life would challenge the most resilient of souls. Nevertheless, she navigated each dark, engulfing personal tunnel with unwavering...

 

Valerie Harper stars in new film about Alzheimer's

Off-screen, Valerie Harper has been an inspiration to many following her optimistic defiance to a well-publicized life-threatening medical diagnosis in 2013. The star of the hit 70s TV series "Rhoda"...

 
 By Nick Thomas    Columns    October 1, 2017

L.Q. Jones reflects on his Hollywood journey

For over 50 years, L.Q. Jones was a familiar supporting character actor in some 100 films and hundreds more television shows. Lanky, tough and athletic, he could tackle any role although was often...

 

Barbara Rush and her many leading men

The list of actors with whom Barbara Rush shared the big screen is impressive. "I did work with a lot of interesting and talented men," said Ms. Rush from Los Angeles. "And actresses, too, such as...

 
 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...

 

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