December 31, 2011
Kaye Stevens, 79, a singer and actress who performed with the Rat Pack and was a frequent guest on Johnny Carson's The Tonight Show , died Wednesday at a hospital near Orlando, Fla., after a battle with breast cancer and blood clots. Ms. Stevens, a longtime South Florida resident, performed with Rat Pack members including Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Sammy Davis Jr., and Joey Bishop. She also sang solo at such venues as Caesar's Palace in Las Vegas and the Plaza Hotel's Persian Room in New York.
April 28, 2011
Tattle is thinking about starting a cable channel dedicated solely to discovering undiscovered talent. Between "American Idol," "America's Got Talent," "The Voice," the upcoming "X Factor," "The Sing-Off" and the niche talent shows aimed at country, R&B and gospel audiences, is there anyone left who can sing and isn't on television? See what you've wrought, Ted Mack , Al Alberts and Ed McMahon ? Now comes word that Jennifer Lopez and hubby, Marc Anthony (left), are teaming up with "American Idol" creator Simon Fuller for "Q'Viva!
February 2, 2011 |
The greatest skill of any talk show host is the ability to think on his feet. Even the most snooze-worthy guest can turn into an uproarious interview with some massaging from the man behind the desk. Tony Braithwaite doesn't have much experience hosting a talk show, but that doesn't mean he hasn't developed his foot muscles. "As an unathletic fat kid with acne, I developed that skill set to survive," the local comic actor said. Good thing, too, seeing as Braithwaite will take up residency behind the desk of "Heeere's Tony!"
December 31, 2009 |
We lost them this year - but also we had the great luck to be on the same planet with them. Every corner of human activity said goodbye to greats. The most prominent celebrity exit was that of Michael Jackson, the King of Pop, singer, dancer, and cult figure, of heart failure at the too-young age of 50. Longtime Senate stalwart Ted Kennedy (77) became a posthumous best-selling author with True Compass. Let's celebrate these prominent people who ended their runs in 2009: Television.
July 13, 2009 |
JOE JACKSON thinks that his son Michael was murdered, and at least one person is convinced that he's right: La Toya. And she wants revenge. "We don't think just one person was involved in the murder," La Toya told London's News of the World. "It was a conspiracy to get Michael's money. "I know who did it, and I won't rest until I nail them!" In an exclusive interview with News of the World, La Toya, who claims to be the closest person to Michael, reveals that she and the family are convinced her brother's apparent drug overdose has "foul play" written all over it. "Michael was worth well over a billion in music-publishing assets, and somebody killed him for that," she says.
July 3, 2009 |
THE Angel of Death was busy during the last days of June. Like a meter maid scrambling to make her quota, he racked up casualties with disturbing efficiency. First there was Gary Papa, Action News' beloved sportscaster who died, far too soon, of cancer. Then came Ed McMahon, a local institution before he rocketed to stardom as Johnny Carson's loyal sidekick. Then Irv Homer, who spent his last moments doing what he was born to do: giving the less-informed and less-engaged a piece of his fabulous mind.
June 25, 2009 |
'GOOD with 10 million people, lousy with 10. " That's how Ed McMahon once described to me his longtime friend, the notoriously private Johnny Carson. Which would explain why McMahon was nervous as he planned a Philadelphia surprise party in Carson' s honor. He'd told Carson that TV Guide (located in Radnor) needed the "Tonight Show" host in the City of Brotherly Love for a cover photo. McMahon, meanwhile, was carefully inviting 30 guests he knew Carson would be pleased to see. McMahon arranged for Carson's driver to stop by his house on the way to the photo shoot.
June 24, 2009 |
Ed McMahon, everybody's friend, gets a big send-off not because he dripped with talent or paved new entertainment paths. He gets the good goodbye because he was everybody's friend. You knew Ed McMahon. He was your fun uncle, who always had a story at Thanksgiving; your golfing buddy, the guy at work who'd listen to your grousing and find a bright side to divert you. He'd lend you 20 bucks till payday, or maybe more, for longer. Or he'd get you to lend him some money. It was great to get $10 million from American Family Publishers, "the only sweepstakes with my picture on the envelope," he told us for years, but having your old friend Ed drop by with the check was sweet icing on the cake.
June 24, 2009 |
Ed McMahon, 86, who began his half-century television career in Philadelphia before becoming Johnny Carson's sidekick on The Tonight Show, where his booming announcement "Heeere's Johnny!" became his trademark, died yesterday. Publicist Howard Bragman told the Associated Press that Mr. McMahon died at Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center, surrounded by his family. Bragman did not give a cause of death, saying only that Mr. McMahon had had a "multitude of health problems the last few months.
May 31, 2009 |
Jay Leno said goodbye to The Tonight Show on Friday night in pedestrian fashion. (Jay Walking, indeed.) Perhaps that was fitting for the most workmanlike host ever to sit behind the desk at this TV institution. It seemed like just another day at the office for the 59-year-old comic, who ended his 17-year tenure with a pro forma performance, lacking in pizzazz and retrospection. Shying away from classic clips may have been a wise move since his reel of "The Best of Comedy Bits & Pieces" the preceding night had seemed awfully thin even at two minutes.