Tue, 21 Aug 2012 07:16:20 +0000
(Best Syndication News) - Comedian Phyllis Diller passed away today at the age of 95 in Los Angeles, California. Her outlandish costumes and hairstyles, along with her comedy, made her a household name in the 1960’s and beyond. Diller had many plastic surgery procedures, which she would often joke about during her comedy skits.
Diller was born in Lima, Ohio on July 17, 1917. Her name at birth was Phyllis Ada Driver. In college she studied piano at the Sherwood Music Conservatory in Chicago, Illinois. Then she transferred to Bluffton College in Ohio. Diller did not feel that she was good enough to give it a go as a professional pianist.
Tue, 24 Jul 2012 04:34:09 +0000
(Best Syndication News) - Sally Ride died at her home in San Diego this Monday after battling pancreatic cancer for the last 17-months. Ride was the first US woman astronaut to travel into space. She travelled twice on the Challenger; the first time was on June 18, 1983 and a second time was October 5, 1984.
Ride was born in Los Angeles’ San Fernando Valley on May 26, 1951. Growing up in Encino, she loved Science and later studied Physics and English at Stanford University.
She was almost finished with her Ph.D. in physics when she saw an ad looking to hire astronauts. This was the first time that NASA was recruiting astronauts that were not just military test pilots. There were over 8,000 applicants and only 35 people were chosen. Ride was picked along with 5 other women and 29 men to take part in the 1978 astronaut class.
Thu, 07 Jun 2012 05:06:44 +0000
(Best Syndication News) - Famous science fiction author, Ray Bradbury, passed away on June 5, 2012 in Los Angeles. He was 91 years old. Several reports said that he succumbed to death after a lengthy illness.
Bradbury’s most noted books include The Martian Chronicles, Fahrenheit 451, and Something Wicked This Way Comes.
Bradbury was born on August 22, 1920 in Waukegan, Illinois. His family relocated to the Los Angeles area when he was 14 years old. He wanted to become an actor when he grew up. After graduating high school, he sold newspapers and worked on becoming a writer. In 1941, he got his first short story, "Pendulum," published in Super Science Stories. His writing career took off from there as he became a full-time writer by the end of 1942 with the magazine.
Thu, 01 Mar 2012 04:53:35 +0000
(Best Syndication News) - The singer from the Monkees group, Davvy Jones, passed away this Wednesday after suffering a heart attack in Florida. He was 66 years old.
The Monkees was formed in 1966 with four members – Davvy Jones, Micky Dolenz, Michael Nesmith, and Peter Tork. The Monkees continued to be a hit into the 1970’s. Some of the songs that the Monkees made into hit recordings were “Daydream Believer,” “Last Train to Clarksville,” and “I’m a Believer.”
The Monkees was a fictional band that got their start on a TV show, "The Monkees," that aired between September 1966 to March 1968. The theme song is still popular with the baby boomer generation. The TV show was a hit and the Monkees toured as a real band. Davy Jones reunited with the Monkees to tour twice, once in 1986-89 and again in 1996-97.
Sun, 12 Feb 2012 20:12:42 +0000
(Best Syndication News) - Singer and actress, Whitney Houston, died on Saturday, February 11, 2012 at 3:55 pm PT after paremedics were unable to revive her when members of her entourage found her unresponsive at the Beverly Hilton Hotel. Houston was scheduled to perform at Clive Davis's pre-Grammy party that was being held at the hotel later in that day.
The cause of Houston’s death is currently unknown; however, it is not believed to be foul play. Houston struggled with drug addiction in the past, and many wonder if she had been intoxicated.
Wed, 23 Mar 2011 21:17:44 +0000
(Best Syndication News) - Actress, Elizabeth Taylor died today, March 23, 2011, at the age of 79. She was married eight times (twice to actor Richard Burton) and had four children from different marriages. She died from congestive heart failure in Los Angeles, California.
Taylor was born on February 27, 1932 in Hampstead, London, England, UK. She became a famous child star at the age of 12 when she starred in the movie “National Velvet.” Her first acting in a major film was at the age of 10 in the 1942 film “There's One Born Every Minute.” She then went on to act in the 1943 film “Lassie Come Home.”
She didn't stop acting and continued through her adult years. She won two Oscars and was nominated several times for and Academy Award.
In her later years she was an involved in fighting against HIV/AIDS. She also had a successful perfume line.
Mon, 28 Feb 2011 10:04:04 +0000
(Best Syndication News) The dollar was mixed early Monday with gains against the yen and pound but declines against the franc and euro (see forex charts below).
The dollar gained 0.19 percent against the Australian dollar, 0.04 percent against the yen and 0.09 percent against the pound sterling (see one-day average chart below). The U.S. currency fell 0.04 percent against the yen and only slightly against the Swiss franc.
Throughout the day the greenback fell against major currencies (see intra-day chart below). The dollar fell 0.12 percent against the euro and 0.32 percent against the British pound. The only gain was seen against the Canadian dollar.
Tue, 18 Jan 2011 23:56:03 +0000
(Best Syndication News) Average mortgage rates were higher today with changes at several U.S. banks (see rate chart below).
After four straight days of declines the average 30-year fixed rate mortgage (FRM) increased two basis points to 4.946 percent today. That would work out to monthly payments of $1253.79 on a loan of $235,000.
U.S. Bank raised their rate two points to 4.73 percent. Their 30-year VA loan was up 13 points to 5.23 percent.
Tue, 19 Oct 2010 23:06:53 +0000
(Best Syndication News) - Actor, Tom Bosley died at the age of 83 after suffering from heart failure. Bosley was also fighting lung cancer said his wife. Bosley played the part of the father on the popular 70's and 80's TV show. Altogether the 'Happy Days' enjoyed 11 seasons running from 1974 until 1985.
Bosley will be most remembered for his acting as the American dad on 'Happy Days.' Bosley continued to act after the TV series ended. He continued to work all the way up to 2010 on various projects from acting to doing voices for other productions.
Other notable achievements in Bosley's acting career include the lead as Father Frank Dowling in the 'Father Dowling Mysteries' TV series that aired from 1987 – 1991. Bosley also acted the role of Sheriff Amos Tupper in the very popular TV series 'Murder, She Wrote' which aired from 1984 – 1988.
Thu, 03 Jun 2010 21:13:13 +0000
(Best Syndication News) - Actress, Rue McClanahan, 76, died from a brain hemorrhage this Thursday, June 3rd, 2010 in New York, New York. McClanahan was a breast cancer survivor that was treated back in 1997 and she had also had heart bypass surgery last year.
The actress was most known for her role as Blanch Devereaux on the 1980's TV show 'The Golden Girls,' which she earned an Emmy Award for her acting. McClanahan also played Vivian Cavender Harmon on the popular 1970's TV show 'Maude,' and played the role of Fran Crowley on the short run of the 1980's TV sitcom 'Mama's Family.'
'The Golden Girls' TV series aired from September 14, 1985, to May 9, 1992. The show was about single senior women that lived together in one house. Other actresses from 'The Golden Girls' have passed away; Bea Arthur died on April 25, 2009, and Estelle Getty died in 2008. Betty White is still alive, and has been acting in several films, and recently hosted 'Saturday Night Live.'
McClanahan was born on February 21, 1934 in Healdton, Oklahoma. She began her acting career on stage in New York in the 1950's. She started acting on television shows in the 1970's, with her first big appearance on 'All in the Family.'
Mon, 03 May 2010 19:12:07 +0000
[Best Syndication News] British born Actress, Lynn Redgrave died Sunday night at her home in Connecticut after battling breast cancer for the past seven years. Redgrave's publicist told the media that she passed away peacefully with her three children surrounding her.
The family released a statement on Monday asking for privacy during this difficult time and that she had passed away peacefully after dealing with breast cancer for the last seven years.
Redgrave's niece, Natasha Richardson died a year earlier after she hit her head during a skiing accident.
In 1967, Redgrave won a Golden Globe in the film, 'Georgy Girl' (1966). In 1999, Redgrave won a Golden Globe for her acting in the film 'Gods and Monsters' (1998).
In 2009, Redgrave was still working and appeared in the film, 'Confessions of a Shopaholic.' She also made appearances "Law & Order: Criminal Intent" and “Ugly Betty.”
Tue, 27 Apr 2010 19:06:14 +0000
[Best Syndication News] He Ping Ping the smallest man died in Rome back in March in Rome when he was taken to a hospital after complaining of chest pains. Ping Ping is from China, but was in Rome filming a new TV show called “The Record Show.”
After being taken to the hospital, he spent two weeks in the hospital with a majority of the time being in the intensive care unit. He died on March 13th, 2010. He was 21 years old.
He Pingping was the record holder for the smallest man in the world in the Guinness Book of World Records. Ping Ping stood only 2 feet 5 inches tall. He received the honor of the smallest man in 2008.
In 1988, Pingping was born in Wulanchabu, China with primordial dwarfism. Pingping was returned back to China to be laid to rest.
Mon, 12 Apr 2010 00:53:55 +0000
[Best Syndication News] Actress Dixie Carter passed away Saturday morning at the age of 70. Carter is best known for her role as Julia Sugarbaker TV series 'Designing Women' which ran from 1986 to 1993.
The family has not disclosed the cause of death and have People magazine reported that the family's rep said that they would like to keep this private at this time.
Carter has acted recently in an independent film called 'That Evening Sun'. In 2007, she had a guest part on ABC's 'Desperate Housewives.'
Her husband Hal Holbrook, and her two daughters from her first marriage are mourning her death.
Innerviews with Ernie Manouse had recently interviewed Dixie Carter and she explains why her parents named her Dixie and got her start in show business. See the Video interview below.
Mon, 29 Mar 2010 22:01:18 +0000
(Best Syndication News) Oil tycoon and third richest man in Texas, Dan Duncan, died at his home in Houston Sunday. He was the majority owner and co-founder of Enterprise Products Partners L.P., a natural gas and crude oil pipeline company.
He was a major contributor to the Texas Children's Hospital, the MD Anderson Cancer Center and the Houston Museum of Natural Science. He also contributed $135 million dollars to the Baylor College of Medicine
Forbes pegged his wealth at $8.2 billion in 2008 but it is believed that it dropped to $7.6 billion in August to $6.3 billion in October 2009. He was the richest person in Houston Texas.
Mon, 29 Mar 2010 17:39:57 +0000
June Havoc was a childhood vaudeville star known as Baby June, who was made famous in the musical Gypsy and the sister to the famed stripper Gypsy Lee Rose, died at age 97 of natural causes in Connecticut.
Her mother was a stage mom, Rose, had June Havoc working in Vaudeville acts by the age of 2. She was a child star in vaudeville, but when vaudeville stopped because movie theaters became popular she didn't have the work. She eloped in her teen years, but the marriage didn't workout and she had a daughter born out of wedlock. She worked as a model and poising in dance marathons.
She started to act in movies and became a 'B' actor with small parts in the 1940's. In the 1950's she worked in television a little bit. In 1964 she had her own TV show called, "The June Havoc Show.” She worked on Broadway and theatre productions in the 70's and 80's.
Fri, 26 Mar 2010 21:13:47 +0000
(Best Syndication News) Besides his appearance in 161 movies, video games and documentaries, Dennis Hopper is known for his painting, sculpting and photography (see list of films below). He made his first appearance in the 1955 film “Rebel Without A Cause” but may be best known for playing the tough-guy in “Easy Rider” (1969) and the reporter in “Apocalypse Now” (1979).
The 73-year old Hopper was present today at the unveiling of his Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, but he was noticeable thinner and in a wheel chair. In October it was revealed that he was diagnosed with advanced prostate cancer. The cancer had metastasized and spread to his bones. Yesterday his attorney said he was dying from the cancer.
Thu, 18 Mar 2010 09:31:43 +0000
(Best Syndication News) Singer, songwriter and musician Alex Chilton died in New Orleans after complaining of chest pains. On Wednesday he was taken to the hospital where he subsequently died from an apparent heart attack.
Chilton is best known as a singer for the 1967 Box Tops hit “The Letter” (see the video below), which at age 16 he led the group to the top of the charts (see the videos below). They went on to have a few more hits including "Cry Like a Baby" (1968) and "Soul Deep" (1969). With songs written by Penn, Moman, Spooner Oldham among others the group saw success. Oldham wrote “Cry Like a Baby” and “I’m Your Puppet”.
Fri, 12 Mar 2010 22:06:31 +0000
[Best Syndication News] Merlin Olsen died at the age of 69 after suffering from Mesothelioma cancer which is a deadly disease of the lungs. Olsen had a successful NFL football career and was elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1982. He continued to work as a football commentator for NBC. Olsen also acted on the 1980's TV series, “Little House on the Prairie.” He also starred in the TV show, “Father Murphy.”
Merlin Olsen was born on September 15, 1940 in Logden, UT. His wife is Susan Wakely who they have 3 children together. Olsen was diagnosed with mesothelioma in 2009.
Malignant Mesothelioma damages the protective lining of the several organs. Most commonly the lungs are damaged by the disease. It is believed to be caused by being exposed to asbestos and can take years to the condition to develop, which can be anywhere from 20 – 50 years.
Tue, 09 Mar 2010 00:15:02 +0000
[Best Syndication News] A woman passed away today that lived to be 114 years old, and is believed that she was the oldest living person in the United States. Her names is Mary Josephine Ray and she lived in New Hampshire. According to the local newspaper, New Hampshire Union leader she passed away early today at the Maplewood County Nursing Home located in Westmoreland.
The oldest person to ever live in the world was recorded as Jeanne Calment from France who was born in 1875 and died in 1997 living a total of 122 years and 164 days.
The oldest person to ever live in the United States that has been verified was Sarah Knauss who lived to 119 years and 97 days. She was born in 1880 and died in 1999.
Sun, 21 Feb 2010 06:35:15 +0000
(Best Syndication News) Former Secretary of State Alexander M. Haig Jr. died today from complications of a staphylococcal infection. He was 85 years old.
On Friday doctors at the Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore told reporters that Haig was admitted to the hospital and was in critical condition.
Haig was a Korean and Vietnam War veteran receiving the Distinguished Flying Cross and the Purple Heart during his tour in Vietnam. Later he was promoted to Colonel, and brigade commander of the 1st Infantry Division in Vietnam.