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Interview: We Dream of Barbara Eden at the ‘Hollywood Show’ Chicago

Chicago – Next year will mark the 50th Anniversary of the seminal 1960s sitcom, “I Dream of Jeannie.” Unforgettable – for many reasons – was Barbara Eden, who portrayed a genie named Jeannie. Ms. Eden was at the “Hollywood Show” Chicago last year, and was interviewed by HollywoodChicago.com.

Eden was born Barbara Jean Morehead in Tucson, Arizona. After her family moved to the West Coast, Eden began singing, first in the church choir and eventually in night clubs. This led to acting and performance classes, including the City College of San Francisco and the San Francisco Conservatory of Music. After winning the title of Miss San Francisco, Eden moved to Los Angeles, and began a series of appearances on classic TV shows including “I Love Lucy,” “The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson,” “Perry Mason,” “Gunsmoke,” “Father Knows Best” and “The Andy Griffith Show.”

Barbara Eden at the “Hollywood Show Chicago” in 2013

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Rocky Moriana, Sound & Music Supervisor, Dies at 86

Rocky Moriana, Sound & Music Supervisor, Dies at 86
Rocco (Rocky) A. Moriana, best known for his work as sound supervisor and music supervisor for producers Danny Thomas and Aaron Spelling, died at his home in Calabasas, Calif., on Feb. 5.

Moriana’s 100-plus screen credits starting with TV Series “Hennesey” and ended with “Beverly Hills, 90210.” In between were such notables as “Hazel,” “That Girl,” “My World and Welcome to It” (for which he was honored by the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences for his contribution), “Barney Miller,” “The Rookies,” “S.W.A.T.,” “The Love Boat,” “Fantasy Island,” “Harper Valley P.T.A.,” “Family,” “Starsky and Hutch,” “Vegas,” ” Charlie’s Angels,” “Hart to Hart,” “Life With Lucy,” “The Love Boat,” “Nightingales,” “Dynasty,” “Melrose Place,” “7th Heaven” and “Savannah.”

Moriana also worked on such telepics and miniseries as “21 Hours at Munich,” “The Boy in the Plastic Bubble,” “The Amazing Howard Hughes,” “James A. Michener’s Texas” (for which he received the Motion Picture
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Country Music’s 10 Greatest Moments (For Gays Who Don’t Care About Country Music)

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The 2013 Cmt Awards flew by in a rush of big hats and southern accents, and what a sweet cavalcade of talent it was! Jason Aldean mixed it up with Lenny Kravitz, Sheryl Crow presented the biggest award of the night with Kenny Rogers, and Video of the Year winners Lady Antebellum thrilled me by putting vocalist Charles Kelley in the hottest, tightest pants imaginable. Call me John Denver, because when it comes to sexual tastes, thank God I’m a country boy.

Today, I’m hoping to reach out to non-country fans with a definitive list: the 10 greatest moments in country music for gay guys who don’t care about country music. These 10 historic things will make you care, gents! Kick up your imaginary spurs and pour yer’self a cup of ambition, because these country moments will impress-a-you much.

10. Olivia Newton-John is a liar who claims to be
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R.I.P. William Asher

William Asher, the prolific writer-director of such groundbreaking TV sitcoms as I Love Lucy, Bewitched, Gidget and Our Miss Brooks, died today in Palm Springs, according to local reports. He was 90. Asher’s first gig in the beginning days of TV was adapting his short stories for the anthology series Invitation Playhouse, which he also directed. In the early 1950s, CBS asked him to shoot a pilot starring movie actress Eve Arden that became Our Miss Brooks. (When the network came calling for the gig, according to Asher in a later interview, he asked, “What did a television director do”?) He soon was hired to try his hand on another sitcom that was struggling in its first season, I Love Lucy. He went on to direct more than 100 episodes of the series. He eventually worked with pretty much every TV legend-to-be there was from Danny Thomas to Dinah Shore to Sally Field,
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Slideshow: 29 Exclusive Portraits From ‘Hollywood Celebrities & Memorabilia Show’

Chicago – One of the great events in Chicago to interact with celebrity favorites is at the “Hollywood Celebrities and Memorabilia Show.” In 2011, the autumn event took place on October 1st and 2nd, and featured the “Happy Days” TV gang Henry Winkler, Penny Marshall and Cindy Williams, plus Barry Bostwick and Patricia Quinn from “The Rocky Horror Picture Show.”

The latest Hollywood Celebrities and Memorabilia Show was the last such event for founders Ray and Sharon McCourt, as they headed for retirement. The show will go on, however, as new ownership will bring “The Hollywood Show” to Chicago in March, 2012.

HollywoodChicago.com photographer Joe Arce was at the October show, and recorded the following slideshow of celebrities that participated. Click “Next” and “Previous” to scan through the slideshow or jump directly to individual photos with the captioned links below. All images © Joe Arce of Starstruck Foto for HollywoodChicago.com.

Celebrities1: Dominique Swain,
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Comedian Dunlop Dies

  • WENN
American comedian Vic Dunlop has died following complications from diabetes.

The funnyman passed away on Saturday at a hospital in Glendale, California. He was 62.

Dunlop began his career in entertainment in the 1960s and landed a regular spot on Richard Pryor's TV variety show in 1977.

He went on to guest star on hit '80s show Harper Valley P.T.A., and also made appearances in films like The Devil and Max Devlin, Skatetown U.S.A. and Martians Go Home.

However, he was perhaps best known for cracking jokes on American game show Make Me Laugh.

Sherwood Schwartz obituary

The creator of Gilligan's Island and The Brady Bunch

In the 1960s, no one had his finger closer to the pulse of the great American television-watching public than Sherwood Schwartz, who has died aged 94. Schwartz created both Gilligan's Island and The Brady Bunch, two shows that defied critical opprobrium to become hits, and through endless sequels and repeats in syndication have become icons of their era.

Looking back, it is possible to find some cultural weight in each. Gilligan, which, as its theme song, co-written by Schwartz, explained, was the tale of seven people on a "three-hour cruise" who wind up cast away on a lost island, was sold to the CBS network as "a microcosm, but a funny microcosm", and it made its debut in 1964.

As played by Bob Denver, the clumsy first mate Gilligan might be seen, when the show debuted in 1964, as a prototype hippie, interacting with
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Sherwood Schwartz obituary

The creator of Gilligan's Island and The Brady Bunch

In the 1960s, no one had his finger closer to the pulse of the great American television-watching public than Sherwood Schwartz, who has died aged 94. Schwartz created both Gilligan's Island and The Brady Bunch, two shows that defied critical opprobrium to become hits, and through endless sequels and repeats in syndication have become icons of their era.

Looking back, it is possible to find some cultural weight in each. Gilligan, which, as its theme song, co-written by Schwartz, explained, was the tale of seven people on a "three-hour cruise" who wind up cast away on a lost island, was sold to the CBS network as "a microcosm, but a funny microcosm", and it made its debut in 1964.

As played by Bob Denver, the clumsy first mate Gilligan might be seen, when the show debuted in 1964, as a prototype hippie, interacting with
See full article at The Guardian - Film News »

The Hollywood Reporter publishes Sherwood Schwartz final farewell to family, friends, television fans

The Hollywood Reporter publishes Sherwood Schwartz final farewell to family, friends, television fans
The Hollywood Reporter was charged with a heavy task; they were asked by famed television producer Sherwood Schwartz to publish his farewell letter upon his death, which occurred Tuesday of natural causes. In the letter, titled “A Conversation at the Gates,” Schwartz relates his life, particularly the points in his life when he met his wife Mildred and saw his children become successful in their lives. He also reflected on his expansive career in the world of television. It was part of his final wishes that the magazine publish the letter. Schwartz’s most popular shows include “The Brady Bunch,” “Gilligan’s Island,” “Big John, Little John,” “Harper Valley PTA,” and more....
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Sherwood Schwartz, 'Brady Bunch' mastermind, dead at 94

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Legendary Hollywood producer Sherwood Schwartz -- who changed the prime-time landscape with shows like "The Brady Bunch" -- is dead at 94.

Schwartz made a huge impact on the TV dial in the 1950s, '60s and '70s with shows like "The Brady Bunch," "Gilligan's Island," "The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet" and "Harper Valley PTA."

According to TMZ Schwartz died of natural causes in his sleep surrounded by his family. He is survived by his wife of 69 years, Mildred Schwartz, and four children.
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'Gilligan's Island,' 'Brady Bunch' Creator -- Dead at 94

  • TMZ
'Gilligan's Island,' 'Brady Bunch' Creator -- Dead at 94
Sherwood Schwartz , the television genius who created " The Brady Bunch " and " Gilligan's Island " -- and wrote the theme songs for Both shows -- has died ... TMZ has learned. Schwartz is a TV legend -- back in 1961, he won an Emmy for his work as a writer on " The Red Skelton Show ." Schwartz also served as a script supervisor on " My Favorite Martian " ... and a writer and producer of " Harper Valley PTA ." Sherwood worked in radio
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