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Exclusive Portraits: Melissa Gilbert Still Wows Them on the Prairie

Chicago – Melissa Gilbert has grown up a bit since portraying Laura Ingalls on the 1970s TV classic “Little House on the Prairie,” but her roots aren’t far behind. She’s just released “My Prairie Cookbook: Memories and Frontier Food from My Little House to Yours,” and appeared last month at North Central College in Naperville, Ill. – at an event sponsored by Anderson’s Bookshop – to greet admirers and sign her new menu planner.

Melissa Gilbert at North Central College in Naperville, September 18th, 2014

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From 1974 to 1983, Gilbert starred as Laura Ingalls as a child – Ingalls eventually grew up and wrote the “Little House on the Prairie” series of books – and the NBC-tv show also famously featured Michael Landon, Melissa Sue Anderson, Alison Arngrim and Merlin Olsen. Landon also executive produced the show, and was so convinced that Gilbert was the
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Ed Hookstratten, Attorney for Johnny Carson, Vin Scully, Dies at 83

Ed Hookstratten, an attorney who represented a galaxy of entertainment and sports stars including Johnny Carson and Vin Scully during a career of more than 50 years, died Wednesday of complications from congestive heart failure at his home in Beverly Hills. He was 83.

Hookstratten was a powerful and iconic force in sports, entertainment and broadcast news while representing Carson, Elvis Presley, Dan Rowan and Dick Martin of “Laugh-In” fame.

His news clients included Tom Brokaw, Bryant Gumbel, Jessica Savitch, and Tom Snyder.

“The Hook was a one-man force in the agency business, the last of the great and effective lone operators who knew everyone on both sides of the table,” Brokaw said in a statement. “I remember the first time I hired him. I was up for a big job at NBC, and when I told the executive in charge Ed would represent me, he clutched his heart and said, ‘Oh,
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Ed Hookstratten, Powerful Attorney to Elvis, Johnny Carson and Vin Scully, Dead at 83

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Ed Hookstratten, Powerful Attorney to Elvis, Johnny Carson and Vin Scully, Dead at 83
Attorney Edward Hookstratton, who represented Elvis Presley, Johnny Carson and many major TV and sports media personalities, is dead at the age of 83. He died Wednesday at his Beverly Hills home, according to publicist Todd Beck. Hookstratten’s client list included Joey Bishop, Tom Snyder, Dan Rowan and Dick Martin, Tom Brokaw and Jessica Savitch, as well as sports media heavyweights including Vin Scully, Dick Enberg and Merlin Olsen. “Ed Hookstratten was a brilliant lawyer, my representative, and one of my dearest friends in all the world,” said Scully. ”He introduced me to my wife Sandi, was our best man at the.
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R.I.P. Entertainment Lawyer Edward Hookstratten

The sports and entertainment attorney died late Wednesday at his home in Beverly Hills of natural causes. Edward Gregory Hookstratten was 83. The general counsel for the L.A. Rams for several years, Hookstratten’s 50-year career including repping some of the biggest names in front of the camera and on the field. Johnny Carson, Elvis Presley, Dan Rowan and Dick Martin, and Joey Bishop were clients along with newscasters Bryant Gumbel, Tom Brokaw, Tom Snyder and Jessica Savitch. In the world of sports, Hookstratten represented Vin Scully, Pat Reilly, Marcus Allen, Dick Enberg, Merlin Olsen, Dick Stockton, Don Meredith, Jim Hill and Pat Haden. On the big screen, Hookstratten was a producer on the 1996 news drama Up Close & Personal starring Robert Redford and Michelle Pfeiffer. He was also name-dropped in Rob Reiner’s classic rock mockumentary This Is Spinal Tap, where Fred Willard’s Air Force colonel was named “Lt.
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Ed Hookstratten, Famed Sports and Entertainment Attorney, Dies at 83

Ed Hookstratten, the legendary sports and entertainment attorney, died Wednesday of natural causes after a long illness at his home in Beverly Hills, publicist Todd Beck reported. He was 83. In a career that spanned more than 50 years, Hookstratten was a powerful and iconic force in show business, with clients that included Elvis Presley, Dan Rowan & Dick Martin, Joey Bishop and Johnny Carson (he replaced Henry Bushkin at Carson Productions); news personalities Bryant Gumbel, Tom BrokawTom Snyder and Jessica Savitch; and Vin Scully, Dick Enberg, Phyllis GeorgeMerlin OlsenHarry KalasDick Stockton, Pat Haden, Marcus Allen and Don Meredith from the world

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Deacon Jones: NFL Star Dead At 74

One of the greatest football players of all time has sadly passed away.

Deacon Jones, once called the greatest defensive end of modern football, died of natural causes on June 3 in his south Californian home. He was 74-years-old. He played for the National Football League for the Los Angeles Rams, San Diego Chargers, and the most recently Washington Redskins.

Deacon Jones’ Legacy

Deacon leaves behind his wife Elizabeth in his death. They had no children.

Deacon is one of the most famous footballers of all time, and he was considered by many to revolutionize the position of defensive end, while coining the term “sack.”

He was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1980, and leaves behind a very impressive legacy.

Deacon Jones’ Fearsome Foursome

Just like The Beatles, Deacon was one member of a very important foursome: the La Rams Fearsome Foursome.

Along with Merlin Olsen, Rosey Grier and Lamar Lundy,
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Deacon Jones, of Fearsome Foursome, Is Dead at 74

David "Deacon" Jones, the Hall of Fame defensive end credited with terming the word sack for how he knocked down quarterbacks, has died at 74. The Washington Redskins said that Jones died of natural causes at his home in Southern California on Monday night. "Deacon Jones was one of the greatest players in NFL history. Off the field, he was a true giant," said Redskins general manager Bruce Allen, whose father, George, coached Jones with the Los Angeles Rams. "His passion and spirit will continue to inspire those who knew him. He was a cherished member of the Allen family and
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NFL Hall of Fame player Deacon Jones dies at 74

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Deacon Jones, considered one of the greatest defensive players in NFL history, died of natural causes in his Southern California home. He was 74 years old at the time of his death.

David "Deacon" Jones" played professional football for the Los Angeles Rams, the San Diego Chargers and the Washington Redskins for 14 seasons between 1961 and 1974. Nicknamed the "Secretary of Defense," Jones was known for specializing in quarterback sacks -- he is even considered the originator of that term.

A 14th-round draftee by the Los Angeles Rams in 1961, Jones immediately became part of one of the best defensive lines in NFL history, the "Fearsome Foursome," along with Merlin Olsen, Rosey Grier and Larry Lundy.

During his football career, Deacon Jones won All-Pro honors annually between 1965 and 1968, plus 8 Pro Bowl honors and two honors as the NFL's Defensive Player of the Year.

The player continued to receive accolades even after his NFL career ended.
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"Shameless" Season One Finale Recap: "You Do Not Want To Do Time. Not With That Face."

Double the nightmare fuel

Welcome back to Little House on the South Side.

Actually, the Gallagher family does bear a striking resemblance to to that put-upon frontier clan. Sure, they don't have to contend with anyone going blind, or falling down an old-timey well, or Merlin Olsen hunting them down and skinning them, but they do have to deal with one cataclysmic event after another.

Luckily, they have each other to pull them through the dark times, and nowhere was that more evident than in the finale, which was a fitting conclusion to a terrific introductory season.

Frank is in deep trouble, and he may not be able to b.s. his way out of this one. He regains consciousness reeking of booze with his pants around his ankles. So far, a typical morning, but then he slowly realizes that he had sex with the underage Karen.

Frank heads over
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'Modern,' 'Mad' Twist to 62nd Primetime Emmy Awards

The 62nd Primetime Emmy Awards delivered a night of genuine surprises and evenly distributed accolades, with "Mad Men" coming out on top for the third consecutive year as Outstanding Drama Series -- and "Modern Family" out-dysfunctioning "Glee" for Outstanding Comedy Series. Read on for the recap! Get the complete list of Emmy winners Here! The big upset of the night truly was achieved by "Modern Family," as the momentum and popularity of "Glee" was expected by many to out-sing the competition, which included powerhouse "30 Rock," "Curb Your Enthusiasm," "Nurse Jackie" and "The Office." On the drama side, many may have hoped that "Lost" would win, given that that this year marked its swan song, but "Mad Men" still beat out the Oceanic castaways as well as "Dexter," "The Good Wife," "True Blood" and "Breaking Bad." "Breaking Bad" still had a good night, with Bryan Cranston celebrating his third consecutive Emmy
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Olsen's Widow Refiles Asbestos Lawsuit

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Olsen's Widow Refiles Asbestos Lawsuit
The widow of Merlin Olsen has amended a lawsuit the couple filed while the Little House On The Prairie star was still alive, holding studio bosses responsible for the actor developing a rare form of cancer.

Former American football star Olsen died earlier this month after losing his battle with mesothelioma at the age of 69.

Prior to his death, he and his wife Susan had filed suit against 38 defendants, alleging they had exposed the actor to asbestos, which reportedly led to the development of his cancer.

Susan Olsen has now resubmitted the legal papers to include executives at NBC Studios and 20th Century Fox Film Corp., as well as paint manufacturers Sherwin-Williams, reports TMZ.com.

She claims Olsen was exposed to the deadly asbestos while he worked on TV and movie sets and she is seeking unspecified damages.

Merlin Olsen's Wife - You Killed My Husband

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Merlin Olsen's wife has amended the lawsuit she and Merlin filed while he was alive, claiming NBC Studios, 20th Century Fox Film Corp., Sherwin Williams and others cost the former Los Angeles Rams star his life.Olsen and his wife, Susan, previously sued 38 defendants, alleging they exposed the NFL Hall of Famer to Asbestos, allegedly causing him to develop mesothelioma, a rare form of cancer.The asbestos exposure included stints doing construction work in high school and college,
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All-American Merlin Olsen was the gentle giant of the smallscreen

All-American athlete and Hall of Famer, actor Merlin Olsen died after a battle with cancer that in a 2009 lawsuit Olsen claimed was caused by Asbestos exposure. Olsen sued NBC Studios, NBC Universal, 20th Century Fox Film Corporation, Sherwin Williams, Lennox Industries and other companies, according to TMZ.com. Merlin Olsen transitioned his career from football to a life in front of the cameras. Olsen was loved by many smallscreen fans for his roles in "Little House on the Prairie" and "Father Murphy." "Just heard about the passing of Merlin Olsen. I am so sad," Little House star Melissa Gilbert Tweeted. "My heart go out to his dear family. He was one of the sweetest, kindest, men I
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Gilbert Pays Tribute To Olsen

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Gilbert Pays Tribute To Olsen
Melissa Gilbert has paid tribute to her Little House On The Prairie co-star Merlin Olsen, who died on Thursday.

The former American football star-turned-actor lost his battle with cancer following three courses of chemotherapy. He was 69.

Olsen was inducted into the football Hall of Fame in 1982 after playing for the Los Angeles Rams, but made his mark in Hollywood by playing Jonathan Garvey in Little House on the Prairie between 1977 and 1981.

But despite his intimidating presence on the football field, former child star Gilbert remembers Olsen as a sweetheart.

In a post on her Twitter.com page, Gilbert writes, "Just heard about the passing of Merlin Olsen. I am so sad. My heart go (sic) out to his dear family. He was one of the sweetest, kindest men I have ever known. The personification of the Gentle Giant. Forever now, a guardian angel."

Little House On The Prairie Star Olsen Dead At 69

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Little House On The Prairie Star Olsen Dead At 69
Little House On The Prairie regular and Father Murphy star Merlin Olsen has lost his battle with cancer. He was 69.

A former American football star, Olsen was inducted into the sport's Hall of Fame in 1982 after playing for the Los Angeles Rams, where he was part of the Fearsome Foursome, a formidable defensive force in the late 1960s and early 1970s.

He started his acting career in The Undefeated in 1969 and went on to appear on TV shows like Walking Tall, Kung Fu and Petticoat Junction, while still playing with the Rams.

But he really made his mark as Jonathan Garvey in episodes of Little House on the Prairie between 1977 and 1981. That led to lead roles in Father Murphy in the early 1980s and Aaron's Way in 1988 and 1989.

Olsen was also a respected sports broadcaster in America.

'Little House on the Prairie's' Merlin Olsen dies at 69 of mesothelioma

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NFL Hall of Famer and actor of "Little House on the Prairie" fame, Merlin Olsen, has died at his Utah home of cancer. He was 69.

Olsen had undergone several rounds of chemotherapy after being diagnosed with mesothelioma in 2009.

When Olsen's former "Little House" co-star, Melissa Gilbert (@MelissaEGilbert) heard of his death, she tweeted:

"Just heard about the passing of Merlin Olsen. I an so sad. My heart go out to his dear family. He was one of the sweetest, kindest, men I have ever known. The personification of the Gentle Giant. Forever now, a guardian angel."

Before Olsen graced the small screen as the likeable Jonathan Garvey in "Little House" and later in "Father Murphy," he was known more for striking fear in his opponents on the football field. The original "Fearsome Foursome" -- including Olsen, Deacon Jones, Rosey Grier and Lamar Lundy -- were responsible for helping popularize defensive
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Football Hall of Famer and Actor Merlin Olsen Dies at 69

Merlin Olsen, the Hall of Fame football star-turned-actor and commentator, has died. He was 69.

Olsen died Thursday of mesothelioma at City of Hope hospital outside of Los Angeles, Utah State University, his alma mater, said.

A three-time academic All-American at Utah State, Olsen signed with the Los Angeles Rams after college in 1962, where he became a star defensive tackle. In 1963, he was joined on the line by Deacon Jones, Rosey Grier and Lamar Lundy to form ...

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Merlin Olsen: A Tribute To A Man And His Beard

Early Thursday (March 11) morning, Merlin Olsen, Hall of Fame tackle for the Los Angeles Rams/"Little House on the Prairie" sidekick/Ftd flowers pitchman/facial-hair pioneer/best dude named Merlin since, well, the original Merlin, died at a hospital in Duarte, California. He was 69 years old.

Born in Utah, Olsen starred as a defensive tackle at Utah State University, and was drafted by both the NFL and its upstart rival league, the Afl. He ended up signing with the NFL's Los Angeles Rams, where he would anchor one of the all-time great defensive fronts, the so-called "Fearsome Foursome." After an illustrious 15-year career, he retired and worked as a color commentator, and began a memorable run as Michael Landon's sidekick on "Little House on the Prairie." That led to other TV work, including a stint as a pitchman for Ftd Florists (here he is rocking a pith helmet and
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NFL Hall of Famer and 'Little House on the Prairie' star Merlin Olsen dead at 69

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Salt Lake City (AP) — Merlin Olsen, a Hall of Fame defensive lineman and member of the Los Angeles Rams' "Fearsome Foursome" who followed up football with a successful television career in "Little House on the Prairie," NFL broadcasts and commercials, has died. He was 69. Utah State, Olsen's alma mater, said he died outside of Los Angeles early Thursday after battling cancer. He was diagnosed with mesothelioma, a cancer of the lung lining, last year. NFL commissioner Roger Goodell issued a statement lauding Olsen as an "extraordinary person, friend and football player." "He cared deeply about people, especially those that...
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Merlin Olsen, Who Went From NFL to 'Little House on the Prairie,' Dies

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Merlin Olsen, Who Went From NFL to 'Little House on the Prairie,' Dies
By Lisa Horowitz

Merlin Olsen, who transitioned from a Hall of Fame career in the NFL to starring in TV series including "Father Murphy," died of cancer Thursday at a Southern California hospital. He was 69.

Olsen was diagnosed with mesothelioma last year and had undergone several rounds of chemotherapy.

Olsen gained fame as a member of the Los Angeles Rams' "Fearsome Foursome." Along with Deacon Jones, Lamar Lunc...
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