May 9, 2013 |
LOS ANGELES - Jeanne Cooper, 84, the enduring soap-opera star who played grande dame Katherine Chancellor for nearly four decades on The Young and the Restless , died Wednesday in her sleep, the actor Corbin Bernsen, her son, wrote on Facebook. Ms. Cooper joined the daytime serial six months after its March 1973 debut, staking claim to the title of longest-tenured cast member. The role earned her 11 Daytime Emmy nominations and a trophy for best actress in 2008. As the years passed, Ms. Cooper brushed aside thoughts of saying goodbye to the show.
May 5, 2013 |
You've probably seen the Dove soap commercial in which a forensic artist sketches a woman according to her own description and she looks terrible, and then sketches a second picture of the woman according to a description of her by a stranger, and she looks great. Who is surprised by this? Not me. I could've told you that women are their own worst critics. I also could've told you that forensic drawings make everybody look ugly. But that's not my point herein. The tagline of the campaign is, "You Are More Beautiful Than You Think.
May 3, 2013 |
WILLIAM ROACHE , a longtime star of the British soap opera "Coronation Street," has been charged with two counts of rape involving a 15-year-old girl, prosecutors and police said Wednesday. In a plot twist right out of a soap, the rapes allegedly took place between April and July of 1967. Roache, now 81, was arrested at his home earlier yesterday for the alleged offenses. He has played Ken Barlow on the popular British series - satirized in the Queen video for "I Want to Break Free" - since its first episode in 1960.
May 1, 2013 |
It's official: Pine Valley and Llanview, those hot spots of romance and intrigue in the Philadelphia suburbs, are open for business again. And business is brisk. Both All My Children and One Life to Live began their online reincarnations Monday with lively, eventful, dramatically re-tailored debuts. It's ironic that soap operas, TV's oldest, most hidebound genre, with direct roots to the radio era, would be the first to leap across the digital divide. But AMC and OLTL , which were afternoon neighbors on ABC for decades before being canceled two years ago, are now available at any time of the day or night on the Internet, via Hulu or at iTunes (for $.99 an episode)
April 14, 2013
THE IDEA that a dog's saliva has healing powers has been around at least since the ancient Greeks and Romans. Modern medicine, no surprise, doesn't look kindly on such theories. Soap and water, a dab of topical antiseptic and a Band-Aid are much better treatments for any cut. Because no matter what you've heard, a dog's mouth really isn't cleaner than a human's. The Great Dane is the No. 1 breed at risk for a sudden, potentially deadly problem commonly called "bloat. " Other large, deep-chested dogs are also at higher risk.
September 10, 2012 |
I'm concerned that hoarding is getting a bad name. And I blame cable. I say this because I'm not a fan of clutter, but there are definitely things I save, even though I could end up on A&E. Once again, it's not my fault. Even my faults are not my fault. Yes, that's the kind of grade-A attitude that got me divorced twice. Don't try it at home. In our culture, we get a mixed message about saving. It used to be that saving was a good thing. You saved time, you saved money, and you saved yourself for marriage.
June 22, 2012
THE TESTIMONY was done, Jerry Sandusky had chosen not to take the stand in his defense, and both sides had rested. It was Wednesday afternoon. The trial was almost over, but it was impossible not to run the thing through your head, again and again: the wrenching testimony of the alleged victims, the sometimes ham-handed defense, all of it. And then it dawned on you. There were a couple of obvious people who were not heard from. It just didn't make sense. Amid the parade of character witnesses, there were people — witnesses to showers, like former Penn State coach Tom Bradley — who should have been able to offer factual testimony to counter several claims made by the people accusing Sandusky of 48 counts of sexually abusing 10 young boys.
April 8, 2012 |
Perhaps more than any of the professional sports leagues in America, the NBA is the one that most closely resembles TMZ. With very little prompting necessary, there always seems to be a story about some player wanting a trade or wanting his coach canned or something even nuttier (think former St. Joseph's player Delonte West circumnavigating the Washington Beltway with three loaded pistols on a three-wheeled motorcycle). The 76ers have been above this foolishness for the most part, but they delved into it this past week when an article appeared on Sports Illustrated's website that quoted all-star forward Andre Iguodala wondering why teammate Lou Williams, a gifted offensive player, is "one of the toughest guys to guard in the league, but he can't guard anybody.
March 21, 2012 |
DENVER - Peyton Manning stood next to John Elway, holding up a bright-orange jersey with the No. 18 on it. Yes, that could take some getting used to. And now, if Manning's surgically repaired neck cooperates, these two quarterbacks - one in the Hall of Fame, the other headed there one day - think they might be taking a similar photo together, only next time they will be holding a Super Bowl trophy. Manning was introduced as the new quarterback of the Denver Broncos on Tuesday, the four-time MVP taking the spot once held by Elway, who as Broncos vice president engineered the deal to bring the NFL's most sought-after free agent to town.
March 16, 2012
DEAR ABBY: I recently began going to a new doctor after the one I had been using retired. I like her. She shows a genuine interest in my well-being, seems to diagnose well and I get good results from her treatments. She doesn't keep me waiting and has a charming, warm personality. So what's the problem? She's not very clean. There is sometimes dirt under her fingernails. Her white coat is tattered and filthy, and when she gets close there's an odor that's less than pleasant. Once after touching me, she washed her hands by sticking her fingertips under cold water for a few seconds - no soap or scrubbing.