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Mitchell, who was thought to be the last living adult cast member from Lucille Ball's iconic CBS sitcom, died on Monday (Nov. 11) of heart failure in her Westwood condo, her sister-in-law, "Sunset Blvd." actress Nancy Olson, tells THR.
"Marion, stop cackling," Lucy tells her. "I've been waiting 10 years for you to lay that egg!"
The character, which was originally played by Margie Liszt in the show's second season, set Lucy and Ricky up on their first date.
Born in 1919, Mitchell began her career as a radio star, becoming good friends with »
Shirley Mitchell, who had a recurring role on “I Love Lucy” as Lucy Ricardo’s friend Marion Strong as part of a seven-decade career that ended just last year, died Nov. 11 of heart failure in the Westwood area of Los Angeles. She was 94.
In 2012 Mitchell impersonated Betty White for the animated series “Mad,” and in 2006 she voiced a role in a “Desperate Housewives” videogame. She made her screen debut in the 1944 film “Jamboree” and appeared steadily on television for decades starting in 1951 with a guest appearance on “Hollywood Theatre Time” and guesting on everything from “Dragnet” to “The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet.” She recurred on the series “Bachelor Father” in 1958-59 and as Mae Belle Jennings »
- Carmel Dagan
Shirley Mitchell, the actress who played Marion Strong, Lucy Ricardo's cackling friend on "I Love Lucy" has died.Mitchell is the last-surviving adult castmember. She died at age 94 of heart failure in her Westwood condo.Marion Strong has this distinction -- she set up Lucy and Ricky on their first date.Mitchell was no stranger to sitcoms. She also appeared on the hit show, "Bachelor Father," playing John Forsythe's secretary.Mitchell also played Opal Clampett on "The Beverly Hillbillies. »
- TMZ Staff
Shirley Mitchell, the comic actress who played Marion Strong, Lucy Ricardo's friend with the cackling laugh on the TV classic I Love Lucy, has died. She was 94. Mitchell, who was believed to be the last surviving adult castmember from the legendary CBS sitcom, died Nov. 11 of heart failure at her condominium in Westwood, her sister-in-law, the Oscar-nominated Sunset Blvd. actress Nancy Olson, told The Hollywood Reporter. Mitchell was the widow of Jay Livingston, the pop composer and lyricist who collaborated with Ray Evans on the Academy Award-winning songs “Mona Lisa” (performed by Nat King
- Mike Barnes
A Two Coreys Halloween: The Essential Horror Movies of Haim and Feldman
On October 29, just two days before Halloween, St. Martin's Press will release the long-awaited Corey Feldman biography Coreyography: A Memoir. It is a must-read for any fan, as it delves deep into the trials and tribulations of this actor's young life in Hollywood. Some of it is funny, some of it is heartbreaking and a great big portion of it is truly scary.
In the book, Feldman talks in great length about his best friend Corey Haim. In the coming weeks, you'll hear a lot about what happened to the two teenagers behind closed doors, and a lot of it's not that pleasant. Instead of dwelling on that in our own review, we'd rather look at the work Haim and Corey Feldman have left behind. Specifically, in honor of the season, their horror movies. The pair met on »
“It’s still the same old story…” states a classic tune that became the theme of a classic Hollywood romantic flick (that’s Casablanca for you “geek-lings”). Well this new flick expands on another story from a flick that’s not quite as old. When Harry Met Sally from 1989 (really?) pondered whether men and women could remain good platonic pals without romance (you know, the love and the sex stuff) barging in. That answer (Spoiler Alert!): nope. Not gonna’ happen. Uh uh. But is that still the case? A brand new flick examines two friends that are a bit younger than Billy and Meg, and a bit more “working class”. And instead of the “Big Apple”, they’re in the “Windy City”. But most unlike the earlier pair, these two are Drinking Buddies, both off and on the job. Wha-?
You see, that’s because they both work at an independent brewery. »
- Jim Batts
Zac Efron tries to save JFK and Ron Livingston deals with his guilt over missing a chance to stop Lee Harvey Oswald in the first trailer for the new film Parkland. The movie focuses on the behind-the-scenes people involved in events surrounding John F. Kennedy's assassination and the subsequent arrest of Lee Harvey Oswald. It stars Efron, Marcia Gay Harden, Billy Bob Thornton, Paul Giamatti and Livingston and was produced by Tom Hanks' Playtone banner. Photos: Hollywood Does JFK In the trailer, a nervous Efron and Harden are shown trying to save JFK's life at Parkland Hospital. Giamatti's
- Hilary Lewis
I’m a sucker for vintage sheet music, but most of my favorite examples are movie-related. I never realized how many songs were written as paeans to the city of Los Angeles and its way of life, or how great a role these songs played in the boosterism that made Southern California a sun-kissed Mecca for thousands of people in the early 20th century. City fathers were still pursuing that public-relations angle as late as 1959, when Oscar-winning tunesmiths Jay Livingston and Ray Evans composed a commissioned city song called “Angeltown.” All of that is documented in an eye-opening, lavishly designed volume called Songs in the Key of Los Angeles: Sheet Music from the Collection of the...
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- Leonard Maltin
Los Angeles -- For a city that has argued for decades over what its official song ought to be, Los Angeles has never lacked for serious contenders.
Anyone who has spent time here knows the city already has at least one unofficial tune: Randy Newman's "I Love La" is played after every home game the Los Angeles Lakers or Dodgers win.
But have you heard Bing Crosby warble about how he once planned to "settle down and nevermore roam, and make the San Fernando Valley my home?" Or songwriter George G.W. Morgan's tuneful boast in 1876 that if you really wanted great wine, forget the fancy European stuff, just open a bottle of La's best and drink up.
Crosby's "San Fernando Valley," a hit in 1943, and Morgan's "The Wines of Los Angeles County" are just two of nearly 200 songs that promote, mystify, glamorize and, let's be honest, often exaggerate »
Matthew McConaughey's family life is like a 'circus'. The 'Killer Joe' actor is rushed off his feet at home thanks to his three young children - Levi, four, Vida, three, and three-month-old Livingston - and he sometimes feels he is living inside a circus tent, with his wife Camila Alves cracking the whip as the ringleader. Speaking on 'The Late Show with David Letterman', Matthew said: 'It's wonderful time and I've got a wonderful woman. It's like a circus at home - and she's the ringleader of that circus.' The proud father and can't get over how creative his kids are becoming and thinks Levi's model airport-building obsession and Vida's love of dressing-up could point to future careers for the »
Warner Music is being sued over the theme song from TV's Bonanza. According to a new lawsuit from a legendary songwriter, the music publishing giant won't substantiate withheld royalties and refuses to allow an audit. Jay Livingston and Ray Evans were the songwriting duo behind songs like "Whatever Will Be, Will Be (Que Sera, Sera)," "Mona Lisa" and "Silver Bells" that sold over 400 million copies. The two also created theme songs for popular TV shows like Bonanza and Mr. Ed. In 2003, Jay Livingston Music granted Warner Music the right to administer the international publishing rights to
- Eriq Gardner
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