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An Emmy award, 177 episodes of employment and a place as one of the most memorable animated characters of all time - it's fair to say that Marcia Wallace had somewhat of an envious career.
Having moved to New York with just $148 in her pocket, Marcia Wallace's story is a remarkable one to say the least. While her iconic status may have been cemented by her voicing of Edna Krabappel in Matt Groening's The Simpsons, Wallace had already established herself across a number of art disciplines; including, but not limited to, Broadway, improv performance, chat show appearances, gameshows and nude performances (given in Dark of the Moon, having lost 100lbs from her previous weight of 230 pounds!).
Things are about the change for Paul Scheer's Andre on "The League." He's getting married to Trixie (Jayma Mays), which surely means the time has come to become a responsible adult and put the sillier things behind him, right? Not at all. Paul spoke with Zap2it at the Fxx network launch party about just how ridiculous things will continue be.
"Oh my God, things are changing! No, they're not," he says. "It's the same old stuff, the same characters doing more funny stuff." One of those things includes his actual wedding, which has a theme. "It's a little bit like a bar mitzvah meets a wedding. It's 'Top Gun' inspired and it's called 'Top Groom.' So there's some classic Maverick/Goose references." That sounds very promising.
Todd Bridges rose to fame on the hit show "Diff'rent Strokes," but his life spiraled out of control after the show went off the air in the mid-'80s. In 2010, Bridges appeared on "The Oprah Winfrey Show" to open up about some of his darkest days, including his battle with addiction, his numerous arrests, and the sexual abuse he suffered as a child.
"Oprah: Where Are The Now?" cameras recently caught up with Bridges, who says he's been sober for 20 years. A father of two, he says his relationship with his children is modeled after the close bond he had with his TV dad, actor Conrad Bain. "Conrad Bain was like my real father, I looked at him that way," Bridges says. "He was a great man."
Bain passed away in January 2013, which was difficult for Bridges. "I talked to him all the time," he says. "When he passed away, »
- Lynn Okura
The cast of "Diff'rent Strokes" may have lived a life of luxury on screen, but many of them fell on hard times after the show.Dana Plato, who played Kimberly Drummond, struggled with sobriety in her adult life and committed suicide in 1999 at age 34. Gary Coleman, who played Arnold Jackson, faced numerous health, financial and domestic issues. He died at the age of 42 from head injuries sustained in a fall. Even Conrad Bain, who portrayed patriarch Phillip Drummond, passed away earlier this year.Of the TV family, only Todd Bridges is still alive, but his fate was almost the same as his costars. During his twenties, he battled a crack cocaine addiction which lead to legal issues when he was tried for attempted murder of a Los Angeles area drug dealer. Following multiple arrests, numerous rehab attempts, Todd confessed on the "The Oprah Winfrey Show" to pimping and drug dealing. »
- tooFab Staff
New York — Theater producer Robyn Goodman walked into the popular Broadway restaurant Angus McIndoe in mid-2003 and bumped into Nathan Lane, sipping wine.
He told her that he'd just seen her raunchy new downtown musical.
"You're not moving that to Broadway, are you?" he asked her in disbelief.
"Actually we are, Nathan," she told him.
Fast forward to the Tony Awards.
"Who hands me my Tony for the show?" asks Goodman, with a smile. "Nathan Lane."
The musical was "Avenue Q," the groundbreaking show that combined Muppet-style creatures with human actors to create something funny and dangerous, paving the way for "The Book of Mormon."
With its puppet-on-puppet sex, off-kilter songs like "It Sucks to Be Me" and general naughtiness, "Avenue Q" was a blast of tequila at a time when Broadway was safely drinking vino.
"Everyone in the business thought we were crazy," says Goodman, who would go on »
New York — The message of "Here Comes Honey Boo Boo" seems to be: Don't worry, be happy, consequences be damned.
This devil-may-care philosophy seems to work fine for June Shannon and her outrageous household, at least as captured for the TLC reality show that burst on the scene last summer as a backwoods celebration of mischief-making, fart jokes and dietary excess that would rattle Paula Deen.
It returns Wednesday at 9 p.m. Edt with more of the same.
Set in tiny McIntyre, Ga., the show continues to plunder Southern and rural stereotypes. On a hand-painted sign, "Peaches" is spelled "Peches" (proof that Southerners can't read or write). The soundtrack is larded with cornpone country music. And to reinforce the notion that this is an alien culture whose spoken tongue is unintelligible, the dialogue is often subtitled.
To its credit, "Boo Boo" has a sweet tone. It remains a big-hearted show. »
From author Jacques Boyreau comes Portable Grindhouse: The Lost Art of the VHS Box. Released by Fantagraphics Books, the tome is a trip through the good ol’ days of VHS, looking back at what is very quickly looking like a lost art.
Back in the 80s I used to spend hours perusing the shelves of my local video shop in awe at the wonderous and lurid artwork that stood before me. Those were the days when you only had the box art and synopsis by which to judge the quality of a film, and more often than not you’d end up disappointed as the film was never as good as you imagined from seeing the cover. With Portable Grindhouse author Jacques Boyreau has captured lightning in a bottle once more, offering up that same feeling of wonderment – only this time its in the palm of your hand.
Each VHS »
- Phil Wheat
It happens every year. We spent months on this site covering a movie that looks good, smells good, and has the potential to be the next big classic, only to see it belly flop when its placed in front of a paying audience. Sometimes the movie is bad, as was the case with Green Lantern. Sometimes, the marketing doesn't work in favor of a small masterpiece, like Scott Pilgrim Vs. the World. And sometimes, a movie just gets buried by the bigger movies around it in a crowded marketplace. Then, on that very odd occasion, there's the rare misfortune of having Taylor Kitsch as your leading man.
Last year we watched movies like Rock of Ages, Total Recall, Dark Shadows, Battleship and John Carter whiff it at the plate. 2013 won't be any different. Except that we're entering into May with a completely Kitsch free line-up.
We already know that Iron Man 3 »
The ‘One Day At A Time’ actress died on March 1 at her home in La after battling complications with pancreatic cancer — how sad!
Bonnie Dies At Home Surrounded By Her Family
Bonnie was best known for playing Ann Romano, a divorced mom trying to raise two daughters in Indianapolis. Bonnie’s character was one of the first divorced women on TV and she broke misconceptions about being a single mom.
Bonnie also won a Tony nomination for her role in the Broadway musical Applause. She was also up for an Emmy in 1982 and twice for a Golden Globe for One Day At A Time.
Bonnie moved to Beverly Hills when she was 13 and went to Beverly Hills High School. »
- Chloe Melas
Lou, who starred in the ’80s ‘Cosby Show’ spin-off on NBC, passed away on Feb. 19 after a series of health scares. So sad.
Lou Myers, the actor famous for playing Mr. Vernon Gaines on A Different World, the successful spin-off of The Cosby Show that ran for six seasons in the late ’80s on NBC, passed away in West Virginia following a heart-related emergency on Feb. 19.
The President of the actor’s non-profit organization spoke with TMZ, telling the website that Lou was in the care of the Charleston Medical Center at the time of his passing. It’s reported that his heart stopped earlier on the 19th. Doctors revived him, but he fell into a coma and died just hours later.
Lou Myers’ Health Woes
Lou’s health troubles began when he was hospitalized in December for pneumonia, but was released after New Year’s. He collapsed in his home a few weeks later, »
- Billy Nilles
American actor who tackled taboo subjects in the sitcom Diff'rent Strokes
The actor Conrad Bain, who has died aged 89, found fame in middle age in the sitcom Diff'rent Strokes (1978-86). As Phillip Drummond, a white millionaire who fosters, then adopts, two orphaned black brothers, Bain was the straight man to the diminutive, wisecracking Gary Coleman, who played Arnold, the younger of the two boys. When his one-time housekeeper dies, the kindly widower Drummond takes Arnold and his brother, Willis (Todd Bridges), from their Harlem ghetto to his luxury Manhattan penthouse and brings them up with his daughter, Kimberly (Dana Plato).
Diff'rent Strokes tackled racial issues with humour and was courageous in confronting taboo subjects such as drugs, bulimia, sexual assault and paedophilia. The sitcom was devised as a vehicle for both Coleman, who had been spotted in television commercials, and Bain, following his co-starring role in the series Maude (1972-78) as Dr Arthur Harmon, »
- Anthony Hayward
It's been a tough ride for many of the castmembers of Diff'rent strokes over the years. Nearly all of its child stars, Gary Coleman, Todd Bridges and Dana Plato suffered various substance abuse and emotional problems, with Plato actually ending up dying young. But their father figure didn't have quite as rough of a go. [...]
Conrad Bain, who starred as Phil Drummond, the rich white businessman who adopts Harlem kids Gary Coleman and Todd Bridges on the popular sitcom "Diff'rent Strokes," has died. He was 89. He starred in many movies during his career and made TV appearances on such shows as "The Facts of Life," "The Love Boat," "The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air." In other news, John McTiernan (Die Hard, Predator, The Hunt for Red October, The Thomas Crown Affair) has been sentenced to serve one year in prison for his role in the Anthony Pellicano wiretapping scandal. He actually filed a guilty plea two years ago, but has spent the last two years attempting to reverse it. On Monday, the Supreme Court decided not to hear his appeal, which means that his prison sentence will remain. McTiernan was charged with two counts of making false statements to the FBI in 2006 and one count of »
The death of Conrad Bain at age 89 has hit no one harder than Todd Bridges, who for eight seasons played adopted son to Bain's millionaire character Mr. Drummond on the hit NBC sitcom Diff'rent Strokes. Now the sole survivor of the show's core cast -- Dana Plato committed suicide in 1999, and Gary Coleman died after falling down a flight of stairs in 2010 -- Bridges says he'll miss the man who was his surrogate father both on and off the screen. "This is probably one of the most heart-wrenching days I’ve had in a long time," Bridges, now 47, tells
- Seth Abramovitch
Conrad Bain, who died Monday at age 89, was the "glue" of Diff'rent Strokes, according to his former costar Todd Bridges. But was Diff'rent Strokes a show that ever really had it together? In its day, the Gary Coleman-led show was a critically unloved broadcast-network sitcom that took the "broad" part of its definition seriously—there was nothing subtle about Drummond humor. After its run, it became the symbol for all that could go wrong with child stardom—the excesses, the arrests, the failed comebacks, the too-soon deaths that, in the case of Dana Plato and her son Tyler Lambert, bled into a second generation. Where's the glue there? Where's »
Conrad Bain, who played wealthy widower and adoptive father Phillip Drummond on the TV comedy Diff’rent Strokes, died Monday. He was 89. Bain passed away of natural causes at his home in Livermore, CA, his daughter Jennifer Bain tells The Associated Press. Bain made his New York theater debut in 1956 as Larry Slade in The Iceman Cometh at the Circle in the Square. He eventually ventured into TV, including the role of Dr. Arthur Harmon in the comedy Maude starring Bea Arthur which aired on CBS from 1972-1978. From Maude he went on to play his most famous role on Diff’rent Strokes, as the adoptive father of two young brothers played by Gary Coleman and Todd Bridges. The series aired for seven seasons on NBC (1978-1985) and one season on ABC (1985-1986). Before his roles on Maude and Diff’rent Strokes, Bain had appeared occasionally in films, including A Lovely Way To Die, »
- THE DEADLINE TEAM
As square white dads go, Conrad Bain was one of the best. While he had roles in everything from Dark Shadows to The Love Boat to Maude, his most famous part was that of Phillip Drummond, a millionaire widower who adopts African-American brothers Arnold and Willis after their mother passes away on Diff’rent Strokes. Bain himself passed away Monday night at a retirement home in Livermore, California. No further details about the actor’s death have been given. He was 89.
Starring opposite Gary Coleman and Todd Bridges for eight seasons of the wildly successful sitcom, Bain was America’s favorite uncool old dad from 1978 to 1986. “He was an amazing person. He was a lot like Mr. Drummond, but much more interesting in real life. He was an amazing father,” his daughter Jennifer told TMZ. Nice, nerdy and constantly wearing a cozy sweater, Bain always knew what Willis was talking about. »
- Halle Kiefer
Conrad Bain, the easygoing TV star who played the Park Avenue father on the 1978-85 sitcom Diff'rent Strokes, died in his hometown of Livermore, Calif., on Monday. He was 89. His daughter, Jennifer Bain, confirmed his death to People, and said her father died of natural causes. "He'd been unconscious for a couple of days, but he was comfortable and it was very peaceful," she said of her dad, who also played the argumentative neighbor on the 1972-78 hit show Maude. "I was able to be with him very close to the end [and] able to put my ear to his heart and sing him songs. »
- Champ Clark and Stephen M. Silverman
So sad. Conrad Bain, who played the father on ‘Diff’rent Strokes,’ died on Jan. 14 surrounded by his family in Livermore, CA.
“He was an amazing person. He was a lot like Mr. Drummond, but much more interesting in real life. He was an amazing father,” Conrad’s daughter Jennifer told TMZ, comparing her father to his Diff’rent Strokes character Philip Drummond.
The actor, who would have turned 90 on Feb. 4, last made his mark in television on the series Unforgettable — he starred in one episode in 2011. Before that, it was an appearance on an episode of The French Prince of Bel-Air in 1996.
- Christopher Rogers
Bain died Monday night in his hometown of Livermore, CA, of natural causes, The Washington Post reports.
Bain's television credits include the 1972 series Maude, and guest star appearances on The Facts of Life and The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, in which he reprose his iconic Mr. Drummond role. The show that made him famous -- Diff'rent Strokes -- debuted in 1978 and lasted eight seasons.
He has three sons and one daughter with wife Monica Sloan, who passed away in 2009. He is also survived by his twin brother Bonar Bain. »
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