June 28, 2016 |
Marianne Elizabeth Macphail, 86, formerly of Bala Cynwyd and Haverford, a TV moderator, stage actress, and model, died Tuesday, June 21, of a heart attack at Sunrise of Lafayette Hill. Born to Horace and Julia Holaday, she was the youngest of six children. She was reared in Highland Park, N.J., and graduated from Highland Park High School. As Marianne Holaday, she had a long career in the spotlight, including as moderator of WHYY's TV show Nursing Today ; in the lead role of Little Mary Sunshine in the late 1960s at the Society Hill Playhouse; as an actress for movies shot locally; and as a model in print campaigns arranged through agencies in Philadelphia and New York.
June 4, 2016 |
A Shakespearean actress from West Philadelphia, represented by a major national law firm, has filed a class-action suit claiming the city put her family - and tens of thousands of other Philadelphians - at a "significantly greater risk" for lead poisoning. Eleni Delopoulos, 37, who lives with her 2-year-old son and husband, filed suit Thursday in Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas. The suit contends the city has been aware of high levels of lead in the tap water for years and failed to warn residents of contamination.
April 21, 2016 |
IT'S ONE OF the many inequities in our society: Women get paid 79 percent of what men make, but, especially in TV and R-rated movies, they have to remove 100 percent of their clothes. (Ironically, in porn, the more allegedly exploitative the entertainment, the women get paid more than the men.) On The Late Show with James Corden , the issue was raised again Monday night when Game of Thrones Queen of Dragons Daenerys Targaryen (non-blonde Emilia Clarke ) noted that while viewers have seen her naked, the same can't be said of her male co-stars.
December 25, 2015
Angela McEwan, 81, who became a professional actress in her 70s and drew acclaim for her role in Alexander Payne's film Nebraska, has died. A publicist for Ms. McEwan confirmed Tuesday that she died Sunday in New York from complications of lung cancer. The Los Angeles-born Ms. McEwan set out early in life to become an actor, but largely gave it up to raise a family and work as a criminal-court Spanish interpreter. But after her gastroenterologist husband, Guillermo McEwan, retired, Ms. McEwan took up acting lessons and landed roles in a handful of TV shows, including Parks and Recreation, New Girl , and HBO's Getting On. But it was her role as a small-town newspaper editor in 2013's Nebraska that captured the most attention.
October 9, 2015 |
The last time I interviewed Ellen Page at the Toronto International Film Festival was in 2009, for the roller-derby movie, "Whip It. " She was 22, dressed in a hoodie, shy, uncomfortable. In September of this year, approximately 18 months after she came out as a gay woman, Page is stylishly dressed up, confident, fangirling about Emily Blunt (who's doing interviews for "Sicario" at the same hotel) and speaking both as the star and producer of "Freeheld," a drama about the real-life domestic benefits case of New Jersey policewoman Laurel Hester (Julianne Moore)
September 28, 2015 |
Has prime time TV finally accepted black actresses? Last week's Emmy Awards suggests it has: This year, black women were nominated for 10 Emmys, nine of which were dramatic. Three performers won, including How to Get Away with Murder star Viola Davis, who became the first black woman to win the lead actress in a drama prize. Davis' win capped a good night: Uzo Aduba won best supporting actress for her role as the hilarious, sensitive, tongue-tied Suzanne "Crazy Eyes" Warren on Netflix's Orange is the New Black , and Regina King picked up an award for her role as the devout Aliyah Shadeed on ABC's American Crime . A growing number of dramas now offer strong roles for women of color, including Fox's Empire , Sleepy Hollow , and Minority Report ; ABC's Scandal and Mistresses ; Starz's Power ; DirectTV's Rogue , CBS's Extant ; FX's American Horror Story ; and BET's Being Mary Jane and Book of Negroes . It's hardly an avalanche, nut it's certainly a nice start.
August 26, 2015 |
SAMANTHA COLEMAN should be getting her daughter ready to go back to school for the start of third grade with her peers. Instead, the Northeast Philadelphia mom is scrambling to figure out how she can homeschool her 8-year-old for the upcoming year. That's because, according to Coleman, her daughter, Shayne, a successful child actress, was the subject of a threat scrawled on a wall inside John Hancock School just before classes ended in June. The message stated, "I will kill Shayne Coleman - murder," according to Coleman, who was alerted to the message by the principal.
August 19, 2015 |
When she was a child at the school of St. Adalbert Church in Port Richmond, Elaine Szumanski was singled out. "One of the nuns told her mother, 'This young girl has a beautiful voice,' " said her husband, Joseph Fydrych. "Her parents began giving her singing lessons, piano lessons. And then, her parents hooked up with a person putting children's acts together. " And that led, years later, to a local production of the musical comedy Nunsense, in which she portrayed a nun. On Thursday, Aug. 13, Elaine Szumanski Fydrych, 63, of Runnemede, a former actress at the Broadway Theatre in Pitman, died of lung cancer at home.
June 17, 2015 |
LOUISE FAIRLEY CLAY was serious about entertaining, as evidenced by the 20 sets of china she accumulated over the years. But the dinners she loved to host featured more than good food. They featured laughter. "Laughter was a distinct feature of her dinner parties," said her granddaughter, Leah Smiley. "No games, no drama, no arguing, just good old-fashioned jesting. "It was easy to get offended at those family functions, but Louise would gracefully direct our attention and laughter toward herself.
May 15, 2015 |
The actress and singer Lucy Hale is known for her role as Aria, one of three friends taunted by the mysterious "A," in ABC Family's series Pretty Little Liars . Now Hale, 25, is working to become known for advocating a lifesaving cause: vaccination. Hale was asked by the National Association of School Nurses to travel with its Voices of Meningitis initiative to promote meningitis vaccination. As the daughter of a nurse, Hale said, she has always been keenly aware of the importance of vaccinations.