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January 30, 2012
HAPPY BIRTHDAY on Wednesday to Sherman Hemsley, who moves on up to 74. Born and raised in Southwest Philadelphia, the actor played a hilariously devious dry-cleaner and deacon on "The Jeffersons. " (In real life, he was in the Air Force, worked for the post office and performed on Broadway.) In the stars for Sherman: Like Mr. J., he'll be successful in money. Unlike George, Hemsley will also be successful in relationships. Former District Attorney Lynne Abraham prosecutes 71 tomorrow.
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August 14, 2012 | By Sandy Bauers, Inquirer Staff Writer
A memorial service for Sherman Hemsley, a Philadelphia native who starred as George Jefferson in the 1970s sitcom The Jeffersons , will be held Thursday, Aug. 16, at Deliverance Evangelistic Church, 2001 W. Lehigh Ave. The service will begin at 11 a.m. Relatives are organizing an overview of Mr. Hemsley's life that will include photographs from his early days in South Philadelphia as well as his later years. They will be on view beginning at 10 a.m. The Rev. Michael Wells, a cousin of Mr. Hemsley's who officiates at another church, will give the eulogy and assist Deliverance pastors.
NEWS
July 26, 2012 | By Michael D. Schaffer, Inquirer Staff Writer
Sherman Hemsley, 74, a onetime mail sorter from South Philadelphia who moved on up to the East Side of New York as George Jefferson in a celebrated 1970s sitcom, died yesterday at his home in El Paso, Texas. Mr. Hemsley, who was found by his nurse, apparently died of natural causes, according to police. The Jeffersons , which ran from 1975 to 1985, was one of several groundbreaking black sitcoms of that era, including Sanford and Son and Good Times . George Jefferson was a character unlike any seen on TV before, a proud and successful African American businessman, cocky, edgy, and opinionated, determined not to be pushed around.
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March 23, 1992 | By Kevin L. Carter, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Where can you find Abe Vigoda, Sherman Hemsley and Smokin' Joe Frazier for the next few weeks? How about where they stood Saturday afternoon - Hemsley in a tattered winter coat, looking like a homeless man, Frazier nattily dressed in a fedora, leather jacket and lavender trousers, Vigoda a dignified, grandfatherly presence in a suit and a cashmere overcoat. It looked like a Hollywood movie set. Close. But this run-down, graffiti-laden neighborhood, with its bombed-out buildings and rubble-strewn vacant lots, also might make you think you were in the South Bronx.
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August 6, 2013 | BY JOHN F. MORRISON, Daily News Staff Writer morrisj@phillynews.com, 215-854-5573
IT IS A LITTLE surprising to find that Marilyn Coleman, who became a highly acclaimed singer and actress, started her North Philadelphia childhood with the nickname "Hooks. " It's more surprising to learn that the nickname derived from bowlegs and a mean left hook, which she could deliver when riled. Marilyn grew up to be an award-winning entertainer, renowned for her acting and singing abilities, as well as for her beauty - when it was no longer necessary to defend herself with a punch.
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January 25, 1999 | by Jenice M. Armstrong, Daily News Staff Writer
Remember Weezy? She was George's wife on "The Jeffersons," a popular sitcom about a black man who achieves the American dream and moves his family into a "deeeluxe apartment in the skyyyy. " Well, when a five-day marathon of the popular sitcom kicks off on Nick at Nite tonight, at 9, the actress who played her will be plunked down in front of her TV set just like everybody else. "I have got all the tapes but I'm going to watch it," Isabel Sanford told the Daily News last week.
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November 10, 2012 | By Juan Carlos Llorca, Associated Press
EL PASO, Texas - Deceased actor Sherman Hemsley's longtime friend can proceed with his burial and running his estate, a Texas judge ruled Friday over the objections of his half-brother from Philadelphia. Hemsley, who played George Jefferson on the TV sitcom The Jeffersons , died July 24 of lung cancer. His body has been in refrigerated storage at an El Paso funeral home since. Judge Patricia B. Chew sided Friday with Flora Enchinton Bernal, who was named in Hemsley's will as the executor of his estate.
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August 30, 2012 | ASSOCIATED PRESS
EL PASO, TEXAS - The embalmed body of actor Sherman Hemsley, who became famous for his role as television's George Jefferson, will be kept in refrigeration at an El Paso funeral home until a local court rules on the validity of his will. In the will Hemsley signed six weeks before dying of lung cancer July 24 he named Flora Enchinton, 56, whom he called a "beloved partner," as sole beneficiary of his estate, which is estimated in court documents to be more than $50,000. The will is being contested by Richard Thornton, of Philadelphia, who claims to be Hemsley's brother and says that the will might not have been made by the actor.
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August 6, 2013 | BY JOHN F. MORRISON, Daily News Staff Writer morrisj@phillynews.com, 215-854-5573
IT IS A LITTLE surprising to find that Marilyn Coleman, who became a highly acclaimed singer and actress, started her North Philadelphia childhood with the nickname "Hooks. " It's more surprising to learn that the nickname derived from bowlegs and a mean left hook, which she could deliver when riled. Marilyn grew up to be an award-winning entertainer, renowned for her acting and singing abilities, as well as for her beauty - when it was no longer necessary to defend herself with a punch.
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November 12, 2012
WHAT WITH all the juicy, men-behaving-badly gossip relegated to national (former CIA Director David Petraeus : need we say more?) and business news pages (Lockheed Martin honcho Christopher Kubasik resigned last week over a relationship with an employee), Tattle has to make do with . . . boys behaving mysteriously. Justin Bieber and Selena Gomez have broken up - yes, our world hiccupped on its axis, too, when we heard the news over the weekend. But why they've come undone is still in question.
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November 10, 2012 | By Juan Carlos Llorca, Associated Press
EL PASO, Texas - Deceased actor Sherman Hemsley's longtime friend can proceed with his burial and running his estate, a Texas judge ruled Friday over the objections of his half-brother from Philadelphia. Hemsley, who played George Jefferson on the TV sitcom The Jeffersons , died July 24 of lung cancer. His body has been in refrigerated storage at an El Paso funeral home since. Judge Patricia B. Chew sided Friday with Flora Enchinton Bernal, who was named in Hemsley's will as the executor of his estate.
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October 30, 2012
THE MATTER is set to be decided on Wednesday at trial in Texas. Our hearts died a little bit when we heard that Danny DeVito and Rhea Perlman were splitting after 30 years of marriage. Not many details were released when the divorce was announced earlier this month, so we hoped with all of our broken hearts that a reconcilliation might be on the way, but RadarOnline.com has dashed them once more. The couple, who met on the set of "Taxi," simply couldn't sustain DeVito's wandering eye. "He may not appear to be a ladies' man, but Danny certainly gets a lot of female attention," a source told Radar.
NEWS
September 23, 2012 | By Joe Trinacria, Inquirer Staff Writer
Sherman Hemsley has been dead two months, his embalmed body in refrigeration in Texas while opposing sides dispute the actor's will. Despite that, a different survivor on Saturday held his own memorial service for his cousin and star of the television show The Jeffersons , which ran from 1975 to 1985. Body or not, the Rev. Michael Wells and about 30 relatives and friends celebrated Hemsley's life at Arch Street United Methodist Church at Broad and Arch Streets in Center City.
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August 30, 2012 | ASSOCIATED PRESS
EL PASO, TEXAS - The embalmed body of actor Sherman Hemsley, who became famous for his role as television's George Jefferson, will be kept in refrigeration at an El Paso funeral home until a local court rules on the validity of his will. In the will Hemsley signed six weeks before dying of lung cancer July 24 he named Flora Enchinton, 56, whom he called a "beloved partner," as sole beneficiary of his estate, which is estimated in court documents to be more than $50,000. The will is being contested by Richard Thornton, of Philadelphia, who claims to be Hemsley's brother and says that the will might not have been made by the actor.
ENTERTAINMENT
August 18, 2012 | By Tirdad Derakhshani, Inquirer Staff Writer
  The Kristen Stewart - Robert Pattinson media frenzy (she kissed another dude) has Jodie Foster up in arms about the abuses of the media. "We've all seen the headlines at the checkout counter," Foster, 49, writes in a Daily Beast essay. "But we seldom consider the childhoods we unknowingly destroy in the process. " Foster, who played mom to an 11-year-old K-Stew in David Fincher 's Panic Room , is deeply fond of the youngun, referring to her as having "beautiful talent and fearlessness.
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August 16, 2012
A memorial service set for Thursday was canceled for Sherman Hemsley, the Philadelphia native who starred in the 1970s sitcom The Jeffersons. The service was scheduled for 11 a.m. at the Deliverance Evangelistic Church in North Philadelphia, but the church confirmed late Wednesday night that the service was canceled. No explanation or further information was available. Hemsley died July 24 at his home in El Paso, Texas. He was 74. - Robert Moran
NEWS
August 10, 2012 | By Tirdad Derakhshani, Inquirer Staff Writer
Bette Midler hasn't been on the big screen nearly enough as she should since wrapping up her Vegas revue, The Showgirl Must Go On , in 2010. "I . . . take meetings" all the time, Bette, 66, tells USA Today. "Doing a movie is like pulling together a giant ship. It's not easy. " Luckily, Bette has a new pic due over the holidays, the Billy Crystal comedy Parental Guidance . Bette, who bagged a reported $40 mil from the revue, isn't eager to return to the stage. "I served my time.
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