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Jane Seymour Poses (With Clothes On) for Playboy at Age 67

Jane Seymour is one of the most well-known English actresses. She has played a Bond girl in Live and Let Die but is also known for her roles in East of Eden, War and Remembrance, and Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman. She has received considerable recognition during her acting career as well, having won an Emmy Award, two Golden Globe Awards, and her very own star in the Hollywood Walk of Fame. On the home front, she has also been appointed an Officer of the Order of the British Empire for her contributions to the arts. In recent news, Jane Seymour

Jane Seymour Poses (With Clothes On) for Playboy at Age 67
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'Harry Potter' actor Robert Hardy dies aged 91

'Harry Potter' actor Robert Hardy dies aged 91
He also starred in All Creatures Great And Small and Sense And Sensibility.

Actor Robert Hardy, best known for his roles in All Creatures Great And Small and Harry Potter, has died aged 91.

His family said Hardy had a “tremendous life” and “a giant career in theatre, television and film spanning more than 70 years”, according to the BBC.

Hardy played senior vet Siegfried Farnon in hit BBC series All Creatures Great And Small from 1978-1990.

He also found a new generation of fans when he was cast as Minister of Magic Cornelius Fudge in the Harry Potter franchise.

Hardy had roles in Little Dorrit (2008), Middlemarch (1994), Sense And Sensibility (1995) and The Spy Who Came in from the Cold (1965).

He played Winston Churchill several times, most famously in Winston Churchill: The Wilderness Years (1981), for which he won a Bafta, but also in Bomber Harris (1989) and War And Remembrance (1988) and an episode of Agatha Christie’s Marple (2006).
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Robert Hardy Dies: ‘Harry Potter’, ‘All Creatures Great And Small’ Actor Was 91

Robert Hardy Dies: ‘Harry Potter’, ‘All Creatures Great And Small’ Actor Was 91
Known for his roles in BBC series All Creatures Great And Small, and the Harry Potter movies — as well as myriad portrayals of Winston Churchill — British actor Robert Hardy has died. His family told the BBC today that Hardy had a “tremendous life.” He was 91. Hardy’s career spanned more than 70 years, and saw him recognized for six incarnations of Churchill including in 1981’s PBS mini Winston Churchill: The Wilderness Years; 1988’s ABC miniseries War And Remembrance
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Mike Connors Dies: Mannix Star Was 91

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Mike Connors passed away today of leukemia at a hospital in Tarzana, CA. He was 91.

Connors is best known for his role as Joe Mannix on the CBS series Mannix that ran from 1967-1975.

He was good guy, a private detective who could take a punch like none other. 

Kreker J. Ohanian was born in Fresno, California in 1925. Of Armenian descent, the actor was told to change his name because it sounded too much like George O'Hanlon.

Connors began his film and television career in 1952 under the name Touch (a nickname he earned in college) Connors. 

Early on in the 1950s, he had a bevy of small roles in westerns such as Gun Smoke, Have Gun, Will Travel and Maverick

In 1959, Connors got his first series regular role in Tightrope.

Tightrope was originally going to be called Undercover Man, and that makes sense. Connor's character was an undercover agent who
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Mike Connors, ‘Mannix’ Star, Dies at 91

Mike Connors, ‘Mannix’ Star, Dies at 91
Mike Connors, best known for playing detective Joe Mannix on 1960s and ’70s show “Mannix,” died Thursday in Tarzana, Calif. He was 91.

He had been diagnosed a week ago with leukemia, according to his son-in-law Mike Condon.

Mannix” ran for eight seasons from 1968 to 1975 and was the last series from Desilu Productions.

He also appeared in early ’60s TV series “Tightrope!” and “Today’s F.B.I.” in the early ’80s. He later played Colonel Hack Peters in Herman Wouk miniseries “War and Remembrance.”

In the 1950s, Connors appeared in the John Wayne film “Island in the Sky” and in Cecil B. DeMille’s “The Ten Commandments.”

Connors is survived by his wife Mary Lou, daughter Dena and granddaughter Cooper.
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A Rare Conversation With Pulitzer Prize.Winning Writer Herman Wouk

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Herman Wouk has never been one for half-measures. His two-volume World War II saga, The Winds of War and War and Remembrance, ran to nearly 2,000 pages and was adapted into a corresponding pair of TV miniseries. His third novel, The Caine Mutiny, won a Pulitzer, spawned a Broadway play, and gave Humphrey Bogart a defining role of his career. Wouk’s meaty, breezy fiction (on the Navy, the Holocaust, Israel, Nixon, a starry-eyed Jewish girl who called herself Marjorie Morningstar) earned him millions of readers but precious few glowing reviews. Still, even as he aged out of both the cultural center and the typical human lifespan, the strict Orthodox Jew kept on writing. Last week, at the age of 100, he finally published a memoir — of sorts. Sailor and Fiddler skims his life story in two parts: “Sailor,” devoted to work and show business, and “Fiddler,” on Israel and
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Jane Seymour To Appear At "Somewhere In Time" 35Th Anniversary Screening, December 15, L.A.

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By Todd Garbarini

Jeannot Szwarc’s 1980 film Somewhere in Time, which stars Christopher Reeve, Jane Seymour, and Christopher Plummer, will be screened at the The Royale Laemmle Theater in Los Angeles. Based upon the novel by Richard Matheson (who also wrote the screenplay), the 103-minute film will be screened on Tuesday, December 15h, 2015 at 7:30 pm.

Actress Jane Seymour, who played Elise McKenna in the film, is scheduled to appear in-person along with director Jeannot Szwarc, to discuss the film and answer audience questions following the screening.

From the press release:

A 35th Anniversary Screening of Somewhere In Time (1980)

Tuesday, December 15, at 7:30 Pm at the Royal Theatre

Jane Seymour and the late Christopher Reeve star in Jeannot Szwarc’s heady romantic drama about a contemporary playwright who becomes obsessed with a 1912 photograph of a beautiful stage actress and finds a way to travel back in time to meet her.
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Brandon Stoddard, ABC Exec Who Shepherded ‘Roots,’ Dies at 77

Brandon Stoddard, ABC Exec Who Shepherded ‘Roots,’ Dies at 77
Brandon Stoddard, the longtime ABC exec who shepherded such landmark longform productions as “Roots” and “The Winds of War,” died Monday after a battle with cancer. He was 77.

Stoddard had a 25-year career at ABC, rising to entertainment president from 1985-89. He spent another six years as head of ABC Prods. before stepping down in 1995.

During his long run, Stoddard was an instrumental player in steering ABC’s success with large-scale miniseries productions. None was a bigger gamble than “Roots,” a gritty historical look at the journey of Africans into the slave trade in America that aired over eight consecutive nights in January 1977. The production and the impact it had as a cultural event remains a milestone for the medium.

Stoddard was inducted into the Television Academy Hall of Fame in March. After leaving ABC, Stoddard spent 10 years teaching graduate students at USC’s School for Cinema and Television.

Stoddard
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Desperate Housewives Emmy-Nominated Actress Lost Her Fortune Following Stock-Market Crash

Polly Bergen: 'Desperate Housewives' Emmy nominee; winner for 'The Helen Morgan Story' (photo: Felicity Huffman, Doug Savant, and Polly Bergen in 'Desperate Housewives') (See previous article: "Polly Bergen: Actress on Richard Nixon 'Enemies List'.") Polly Bergen began her lengthy — and to some extent prestigious — television career in 1950, making sporadic appearances in anthology series. She won an Emmy for Best Actress in a Single Performance – Lead or Supporting — beating Julie Andrews, Helen Hayes, Teresa Wright, and Piper Laurie — for playing troubled torch singer Helen Morgan (Show Boat) in the 1957 Playhouse 90 episode "The Helen Morgan Story," featuring veteran Sylvia Sidney as Morgan's mother. Curiously, Bergen's retelling of Helen Morgan's story was broadcast the same year that Ann Blyth starred in Michael Curtiz's Morgan biopic. Also titled The Helen Morgan Story, the film focused on the relationship between the singer and a
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Sopranos Actress Bergen, the Movies' '1st Female President' of the United States, Dead at 84

Sopranos Actress Bergen, the Movies' '1st Female President' of the United States, Dead at 84
Polly Bergen dead at 84: ‘First woman president of the U.S.A.,’ former mistress of Tony Soprano’s father Emmy Award-winning actress Polly Bergen — whose roles ranged from the first U.S.A. woman president in Kisses for My President to the former mistress of both Tony Soprano’s father and John F. Kennedy in the television hit series The Sopranos — died from "natural causes" on September 20, 2014, at her home in Southbury, Connecticut. The 84-year-old Bergen, a heavy smoker for five decades, had been suffering from emphysema and other ailments since the 1990s. "Most people think I was born in a rich Long Island family," she told The Washington Post in 1988, but Polly Bergen was actually born Nellie Paulina Burgin on July 14, 1930, to an impoverished family in Knoxville, Tennessee. Her father was an illiterate construction worker while her mother got only as far as the third grade. The family
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Polly Bergen, ‘Cape Fear’ Actress, Dies at 84

Polly Bergen, ‘Cape Fear’ Actress, Dies at 84
Actress and singer Polly Bergen, who’s best known for her role in the original “Cape Fear” opposite Gregory Peck, died at her home in Connecticut on Saturday. She was 84.

Bergen had battled emphysema in the late 1990s.

“It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of legendary actress and long-time friend and client, Polly Bergen,” her publicist Judy Katz said in a statement. “She died peacefully at her home in Southbury, Conn. this morning at 11:10 a.m., surrounded by her family, long-time personal manager, Jan McCormack and close friends.”

Aside from a thriving acting career on film, TV and Broadway, she was also a prolific songstress, self-help author and businesswoman, having launched a successful cosmetics line that earned her millions.

Bergen won an Emmy in 1958 for her role as Helen Morgan on the 1950s anthology series “Playhouse 90.” She was a regular in TV movies and miniseries in the 1980s,
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Polly Bergen, ‘Cape Fear’ Actress, Dies at 84

Polly Bergen, ‘Cape Fear’ Actress, Dies at 84
Actress and singer Polly Bergen, who’s best known for her role in the original “Cape Fear” opposite Gregory Peck, died at her home in Connecticut on Saturday. She was 84.

Bergen had battled emphysema in the late 1990s.

“It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of legendary actress and long-time friend and client, Polly Bergen,” her publicist Judy Katz said in a statement. “She died peacefully at her home in Southbury, Conn. this morning at 11:10 a.m., surrounded by her family, long-time personal manager, Jan McCormack and close friends.”

Aside from a thriving acting career on film, TV and Broadway, she was also a prolific songstress, self-help author and businesswoman, having launched a successful cosmetics line that earned her millions.

Bergen won an Emmy in 1958 for her role as Helen Morgan on the 1950s anthology series “Playhouse 90.” She was a regular in TV movies and miniseries in the 1980s,
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Cape Fear, Sopranos Actress Polly Bergen Has Died at 84

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Cape Fear, Sopranos Actress Polly Bergen Has Died at 84
Emmy-winning actress and singer Polly Bergen, who in a long career played the terrorized wife in the original Cape Fear and the first woman president in Kisses for My President, died Saturday, according to her publicist. She was 84. Bergen died at her home in Southbury, Connecticut, from natural causes, said publicist Judy Katz, surrounded by family and close friends. A brunette beauty with a warm, sultry singing voice, Bergen was a household name from her 20s onward. She made albums and played leading roles in films, stage musicals and TV dramas. She also hosted her own variety series, was a popular game show panelist,
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Cape Fear Actress Polly Bergen Has Died at 84

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Cape Fear Actress Polly Bergen Has Died at 84
Emmy-winning actress and singer Polly Bergen, who in a long career played the terrorized wife in the original Cape Fear and the first woman president in Kisses for My President, died Saturday, according to her publicist. She was 84. Bergen died at her home in Southbury, Connecticut, from natural causes, said publicist Judy Katz, surrounded by family and close friends. A brunette beauty with a warm, sultry singing voice, Bergen was a household name from her 20s onward. She made albums and played leading roles in films, stage musicals and TV dramas. She also hosted her own variety series, was a popular game show panelist,
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Veteran TV Actor Frank Marth Dead at 91

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Veteran TV Actor Frank Marth Dead at 91
Frank Marth, a veteran character actor whose career stretched from “Cavalcade of Stars” and “The Honeymooners” to “Hogan’s Heroes,” “M*A*S*H” and the miniseries “War and Remembrance,” has died at the age of 91, his wife Hope Holiday told TheWrap. Born in New York City, Marth began his acting career in the early days of television, when he was a regular on “The Philco-Goodyear Television Playhouse” and “Cavalcade of Stars.” Marth went on to appear in numerous episodes of Jackie Gleason’s “The Honeymooners” and “The Jackie Gleason Show.” In the 1950s he also appeared regularly on “The Phil Silvers Show,
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'Schindler's List': 25 Things You Didn't Know About the Landmark Holocaust Drama

"Schindler's List" already looked like an instant classic the moment it was released 20 years ago this week (on December 15, 1993). Shot in timeless black-and-white, Steven Spielberg's based-in-fact account of Oskar Schindler, the German industrialist who saved 1,200 Jews from the Polish city of Krakow during the Holocaust by putting them on his factory payroll, became a landmark film, becoming the definitive depiction of the Holocaust for many viewers around the world. It also made a star out of Ralph Fiennes, an A-lister out of Liam Neeson, and an Oscar-winner out of Spielberg, who proved once and for all that he was not just a director of kiddie fantasies.

Two decades have done nothing but burnish the film's reputation as an artistic masterpiece and educational tool. Still, even though everyone's seen it, there's plenty you probably don't know about how it got made, from the project's birth in a Beverly Hills luggage store,
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Why ‘Mad Men’s’ Megan Should Lighten Up About ‘Dark Shadows’

Why ‘Mad Men’s’ Megan Should Lighten Up About ‘Dark Shadows’
Kathryn Leigh Scott starred on “Dark Shadows” and is the author of several books, including “Dark Shadows: Return to Collinwood” and “Dark Passages.” She has written the newly published mystery romance “Down and Out in Beverly Heels.” www.kathrynleighscott.com

I’m hopelessly addicted to “Mad Men” and my obsession with the show has a lot to do with déjà vu all over again. As a young actress launching a career in New York in the mid-’60s, I was there!— just where Megan Draper has been in the most recent season of “Mad Men.” In fact, Megan Draper’s life is occasionally a little too close to mine for comfort.

An episode from Season Five titled “Dark Shadows” particularly got under my skin. I watched Megan poke fun at another actress, Julia, who had an audition for a role on a soap opera “Dark Shadows,” featuring vampire Barnabas
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Richard Matheson, William Friedkin, and Vince Gilligan to Be Honored at this Year's Saturn Awards

Their creations are towering achievements in genre entertainment, and on June 26 the Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy, and Horror Films will recognize the continually influential work of Richard Matheson, William Friedkin, and Vince Gilligan at the Saturn Awards.

From the Press Release

This year’s Saturn Awards ceremony will be hosted by actress Virginia Madsen, who won a Saturn Award as Best Actress for her performance in 1992’s Candyman and received an Oscar® nomination for Actress in a Supporting Role for 2004’s Sideways. Matheson, Friedkin, and Gilligan are all expected to attend the Saturn Awards ceremony at the Castaway Starlight Ballroom in Burbank, California.

“The recipients of this year’s special Saturn Awards have influenced generations of fans – not to mention other creative minds – and their accomplishments truly rank among the great contributions to science fiction, fantasy, and horror,” said Academy President Robert Holguin. “They have provoked our thoughts, invaded our dreams,
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Six to watch: Us miniseries

From giant spaceships and alien overlords to slavery and war, here's our rundown of the best Us short TV series

Last month we discussed what we thought were six of the best British miniseries to grace our screens. From The Singing Detective to State Of Play our roundup was crammed with the type of shows British television does so well. But it's not as though the UK is alone in compacting top telly into short-run series – here is our pick of the six best Us miniseries; a collection of superb shows that come in small packages.

We've used the same criteria when selecting them: single stories told over a limited number of episodes. So have we hit the proverbial nail on the head or thwacked our thumbs by leaving out something obvious? Let us know your thoughts below.

V (1983)

A recent remake failed to do justice to Kenneth Johnson's gripping original two-parter,
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Emmys: Made For TV/Miniseries Economics

Ray Richmond is a contributor to AwardsLine Just when everyone assumed that the original television miniseries was either dead or restricted to being the loss-leader indulgence of HBO, up pops History Channel’s Hatfields & McCoys in May to show the world that if you make a three-night event on a compelling subject with big stars (Kevin Costner, Bill Paxton) and a quality pedigree, the masses will still flock. Hatfields averaged nearly 14 million total viewers nightly, building to 14.3 million on Night 3 to become the most-watched entertainment telecast of all time on ad-supported cable. Despite that success, so few miniseries are being done that the TV Academy last year was obliged to merge TV movies and miniseries into a single category. There simply is no longer close to the number of ambitious, big-budget minis as were commissioned in the days of Roots (1977), Jesus Of Nazareth (1977), The Winds Of War (1983) and War And Remembrance
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