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Happy 72nd Birthday, Dolly Parton! 10 Reasons Why She Is Forever an Icon

Happy 72nd Birthday, Dolly Parton! 10 Reasons Why She Is Forever an Icon
Dolly Parton turns 72 on Friday, and we couldn’t feel luckier to have her in our lives.

Ever since her 1960 debut album, Hello, I’m Dolly, the Tennessee-born singer has made a massive, boot-shaped footprint on the music industry, as well as just about every other industry (music, business, fashion). In addition to winning nine Grammy Awards over the course of her career, including a Lifetime Achievement Award, Parton has earned two Oscar nominations and five Golden Globe noms for her performance in the 1980 film 9 to 5, as well as in 1983’s The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas. In 2016, she was
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TV Icon Jim Nabors Dead At Age 87; Gained Fame As Gomer Pyle

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Jim Nabors and Frank Sutton in "Gomer Pyle, U.S.M.C".

By Lee Pfeiffer

Jim Nabors, who epitomized the image of a friendly country boy, has died at age 87 at his home in Hawaii. Nabors was plucked from obscurity when Andy Griffith caught his nightclub act in L.A. in the early 1960s and cast him in the role of Gomer Pyle, the affable but simple-minded filling station attendant in "The Andy Griffith Show". The program was always among the top shows in the ratings and Nabors' exposure on the show gained him instant fame. The character of Gomer became as iconic as Griffith's Sheriff Andy Taylor and Don Knotts' deputy Barney Fife. Nabors' popularity extended into a second career as a pop singer. When he first sang on an episode of "The Andy Griffith Show", many viewers thought his operatic baritone voice was dubbed. However, they soon
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Jim Nabors Dead at 87

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Jim Nabors, who starred in the massive '60s hit, 'Gomer Pyle,' died Thursday. Nabors became famous as the bumbling mechanic on "The Andy Griffith Show" and then went on to do his own show, which ran for 5 years. He also appeared in movies, including "The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas" and "Cannonball Run II." He also was an accomplished singer, who recorded dozens of albums and scored 5 gold and 1 platinum records. One
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Peter Macgregor-Scott, ‘The Fugitive’ and ‘Batman Forever’ Producer, Dies at 69

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Peter Macgregor-Scott, ‘The Fugitive’ and ‘Batman Forever’ Producer, Dies at 69
Peter Macgregor-Scott, producer on director Andrew Davis’ “The Fugitive,” the Joel Schumacher-helmed “Batman Forever” and “Batman & Robin,” and three Cheech & Chong flicks, died Wednesday following a recent traffic accident in Manhattan. He was 69. “We were like brothers who supported and relied on each other in an industry where that is rare. I will miss him dearly,” Davis told The Hollywood Reporter, when confirming the longtime Warner Bros. producer’s passing. Aside from projects with Davis and Schumacher, the producer’s credits include “The Jerk” (1979), “The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas” (1982), “Revenge of the Nerds” (1984), “Troop Beverly Hills” (1989),...
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Peter Macgregor-Scott, Producer on 'The Fugitive' and 'Batman Forever,' Dies at 69

Peter Macgregor-Scott, Producer on 'The Fugitive' and 'Batman Forever,' Dies at 69
Peter Macgregor-Scott, who produced the Andrew Davis-directed The Fugitive, the two Batman films helmed by Joel Schumacher and three movies starring Cheech & Chong, has died. He was 69.

Macgregor-Scott died Wednesday in New York after being involved in a recent taxi accident in Manhattan, Davis told The Hollywood Reporter.

"We were like brothers who supported and relied on each other in an industry where that is rare. I will miss him dearly," Davis said.

Macgregor-Scott's producing résumé also included Carl Reiner's The Jerk (1979), The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas (1982), Revenge of the Nerds (1984), Troop Beverly Hills...
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Elizabeth Kemp, Actress and Famed Acting Coach, Dies at 65

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Elizabeth Kemp, Actress and Famed Acting Coach, Dies at 65
Elizabeth Kemp, actress and famed teacher at the Actors Studio, died this past weekend at age 65. Her death was first announced by one of her students, Lady Gaga, who paid tribute to her during a performance on Saturday at Fenway Park in Boston. Kemp made her acting debut in the original production of “The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas” before getting her first movie role in 1980 with the film “He Knows You’re Not Alone,” which was also the film debut of Tom Hanks. She later appeared on episodes of “L.A. Law” and “Law & Order,” among many others. Also...
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Elizabeth Kemp, Actress and Acting Coach, Dies at 65

Elizabeth Kemp, Actress and Acting Coach, Dies at 65
Elizabeth Kemp, an actress and influential acting teacher, has died. She was 65.

Her death was “sudden,” according to Rosa Asor Morelli, an administrator of Kemp’s Hooligan Dreamers Facebook page, who announced her death. “Elizabeth is family to me and I know that her time here in Italy, and everywhere she’s been teaching, has always been a special mixture of powerful work, fun, experimenting, inspiration and unconditional love and support,” the tribute reads. Kemp’s cause of death was not announced.

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Kemp started her career in the original production of “The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas” at the Actors Studio, where she would later teach. She went on to appear on Broadway in the play “Once in a Lifetime.”

Her film debut came in 1980 when she was cast in “He Knows You’re Alone,” opposite Caitlin O’Heaney and Tom Hanks. She also made several television appearances in shows including “L.A. Law
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Elizabeth Kemp, Actress and Acting Coach, Dies at 65

Elizabeth Kemp, Actress and Acting Coach, Dies at 65
Elizabeth Kemp, an actress and influential acting teacher, has died. She was 65.

Her death was “sudden,” according to Rosa Asor Morelli, an administrator of Kemp’s Hooligan Dreamers Facebook page, who announced her death. “Elizabeth is family to me and I know that her time here in Italy, and everywhere she’s been teaching, has always been a special mixture of powerful work, fun, experimenting, inspiration and unconditional love and support,” the tribute reads. Kemp’s cause of death was not announced.

Kemp started her career in the original production of “The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas” at the Actors Studio, where she would later teach. She went on to appear on Broadway in the play “Once in a Lifetime.”

Her film debut came in 1980 when she was cast in “He Knows You’re Alone,” opposite Caitlin O’Heaney and Tom Hanks. She also made several television appearances in shows including “L.A. Law” and “Law & Order.”

As
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The Most Surprising Revelations From the New Dolly Parton Book — Including the Time She Contemplated Suicide

The Most Surprising Revelations From the New Dolly Parton Book — Including the Time She Contemplated Suicide
Behind the big hair, big acclaim and even bigger personality — nobody knows Dolly like Dolly.

Dolly Parton’s rags-to-riches story and complicated past are the focus of a new book, Dolly on Dolly, Interviews and Encounters with Dolly Parton. The book is not authorized or endorsed by Parton herself, but rather is a collection of interviews published over five decades of the 71-year-old country legend’s career and compiled by editor Randy L. Schmidt.

Here are some of the most surprising revelations detailed in the project:

Her dog Popeye stopped her from committing suicideIn the early 1980s, Parton contemplated suicide
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These Throwback Photos of Dolly Parton Are Full of Southern-Fried Nostalgia

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These Throwback Photos of Dolly Parton Are Full of Southern-Fried Nostalgia
Dolly Parton is a country music darling, Hollywood favorite, and all-around national treasure. With a career than spans 50 years, Dolly has composed over 3,000 songs, including memorable hits like "I Will Always Love You," "Jolene," and "Coat of Many Colors." In addition to her mesmerizing music career, Dolly has also charmed audiences with her roles in films like 9 to 5, The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas, and Steel Magnolias. We can also thank her for the iconic quip, "It takes a lot of money to look this cheap" - and don't even get us started on Dollywood. We're celebrating Dolly by looking back on her early life in pictures. We will always love you, Dolly. Related:These Covers of Dolly Parton's "Jolene" Are Beyond Compare10 Interesting Facts You Probably Never Knew About Dolly Parton
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Burt Reynolds Knows America: On Donald Trump, Hillary Clinton, and Our Divided Times

Burt Reynolds Knows America: On Donald Trump, Hillary Clinton, and Our Divided Times
Burt Reynolds has seen both sides of America, and he stands at the center of a great divide. Shortly before Hillary Clinton announced her second presidential campaign, Reynolds joined her and Bill for a high school football game in Arkansas. The actor has deep roots in the state, where he’d shot the early ’90s show “Evening Shade” and the 1973 rural action drama “White Lightning.” In the audience with the Clintons, Reynolds found himself witnessing a very different country from the fast-paced world of entertainment figures and political pundits.

“Nobody paid much attention to us,” said Reynolds, 80, during a recent conversation in Key West, Florida. “It was a hell of a lot of fun. I love Bill. Mrs. Clinton and I had a lot of laughs. I had never that experience any place, before or since.” The crowd was respectful but ambivalent about the famous faces in the room. “It was important to them,
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Kristin Chenoweth-Led The Best Little Whorehouse In Texas Coming to Broadway?

As BroadwayWorld reported last week, Rob Ashford just directed a private industry reading of The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas with an all-star cast, including Broadway favorite Kristen Chenoweth. Now according to her recent interview with the Hollywood Reporter, the show might go on to have a life on Broadway. She explains 'I think there is financing in place and I think it has to be a decision we can make and I have another show that I'm involved with about Tammy Faye Bakker. It's all about timing.'
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Stage Tube: On This Day for 6/19/16- The Best Little Whorehouse In Texas

Today in 1978, The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas opened at the 46th Street Theatre now the Richard Rodgers Theatre, where it ran for 1584 performances. The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas is a musical with a book by Texas author Larry L. King and Peter Masterson and music and lyrics by Carol Hall. It is based on a story by King that was inspired by the real-life Chicken Ranch in La Grange, Texas. The original Broadway production was directed by Peter Masterson and Tommy Tune and choreographed by Tune and Thommie Walsh.
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Stage Tube: On This Day for 5/31/16- The Best Little Whorehouse In Texas

Today in 1982, a return engagement of The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas opened at the Eugene O'Neill Theatre, where it ran for 63 performances. The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas is a musical with a book by Texas author Larry L. King and Peter Masterson and music and lyrics by Carol Hall. It is based on a story by King that was inspired by the real-life Chicken Ranch in La Grange, Texas. The original Broadway production was directed by Peter Masterson and Tommy Tune and choreographed by Tune and Thommie Walsh. It opened on June 19, 1978 at the 46th Street Theatre and ran for 1,584 performances.
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All the Awesome Movies Hitting HBO Now in May

If you've watched everything on your list from HBO Now's April releases, it's time to start thinking about May! The Man From U.N.C.L.E. and The Intern are just a couple of the new releases hitting the streaming platform next month. Come on, you can tear yourself away from Game of Thrones for two hours to watch Snakes on a Plane. Take a look at everything that's coming to (and disappearing from!) HBO Now and HBO Go in May. Theatrical premieres: May 1: Lost River May 1: The Man From U.N.C.L.E. May 1: Mistress America May 7: Fantastic Four May 10: Jupiter Ascending May 14: Pan May 28: The Intern Original programming highlights: May 2: Claude Lanzmann: Spectres of the Shoah May 21: All the Way Other notable movies starting May 1: 27 Dresses The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas Face/Off The
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Off The Shelf – Episode 81 – New Blu-ray & DVD Releases for Tuesday, March 8th 2016

In this special episode of Off The Shelf, Ryan and Brian take a look at the new DVD and Blu-ray releases for Tuesday, March 8th 2016.

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Follow-Up Chronicles Episode 1 Brian’s Zatoichi set News Disney: Star Wars: The Force Awakens Blu-ray Announced Criterion UK Kino Lorber: Taking of Pelham 123, Deadline USA, Buster Keaton Short Films Warner Archive: Hitchcock’s Suspicion (Warner Archive) Masters of Cinema: The Last Command (Masters of Cinema) Arrow Video: June titles: Return of the Killer Tomatoes, Suture, Ray Harryhausen, Nikkatsu Diamond Guys Volume 2 -also Too late For Tears and Woman on the Run. Olive Films: May titles Goodbye Gemini, Puppet on a Chain on Screen Archives (Scorpion Releasing) Kingdom of the Spiders (Code Red) Links to Amazon Batteries Not Included The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas Coming Home The Forbidden Room Howard the Duck Hogan’s Heroes: The Complete
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Celebrate Dolly Parton's 70th Birthday With 10 Heartwarming Stories About Her Life

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Celebrate Dolly Parton's 70th Birthday With 10 Heartwarming Stories About Her Life
If you're a Dolly Parton fan, you probably have no shortage of reasons to love her. She's a great singer, of course, and proved her worth on the big screen with hits like 9 to 5, The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas and Steel Magnolias. However, you can also love Dolly for just being herself, and perhaps uniquely among other celebrities, she's offered a lot of herself through stories about her life that reflect that there's a grounded, level-headed person beneath all that makeup and hair. In honor of her 70th birthday (today!), we've collected some of the anecdotes that get straight
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Celebrate Dolly Parton's 70th Birthday With 10 Heartwarming Stories About Her Life

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Celebrate Dolly Parton's 70th Birthday With 10 Heartwarming Stories About Her Life
If you're a Dolly Parton fan, you probably have no shortage of reasons to love her. She's a great singer, of course, and proved her worth on the big screen with hits like 9 to 5, The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas and Steel Magnolias. However, you can also love Dolly for just being herself, and perhaps uniquely among other celebrities, she's offered a lot of herself through stories about her life that reflect that there's a grounded, level-headed person beneath all that makeup and hair. In honor of her 70th birthday (today!), we've collected some of the anecdotes that get straight
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Happy 70th, Dolly Parton! 10 Reasons Why She Is Forever an Icon

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Happy 70th, Dolly Parton! 10 Reasons Why She Is Forever an Icon
Dolly Parton turns 70 on Tuesday, and we couldn't feel luckier to have her in our lives. Ever since her 1960 debut album, Hello, I'm Dolly, the Tennessee-born singer has made a massive, boot-shaped footprint on the music industry, as well as just about every other industry (music, business, fashion). In addition to winning eight Grammy Awards over the course of her career, including a Lifetime Achievement Award, Parton has earned two Oscar nominations and five Golden Globe noms for her performance in the 1980 film 9 to 5, as well as in 1983's The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas.Her impossibly long list of accomplishments aside,
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