December 8, 2014 |
One of the oddest and most frustrating episodes of Philadelphia's long-running governmental soap opera faded to a close Thursday. It did so absent any heroes, with a baffling plot, and its two stars shouting over one another's lines even as the curtain fell. Regardless of who ultimately is deemed at fault, the sorry debacle of the aborted sale of the Philadelphia Gas Works seems a drama fully deserving its scathing reviews and one that has done nothing to enhance the stature either of its lead actors - Mayor Nutter and City Council President Darrell L. Clarke - or the city.
June 14, 2014 |
Ruby Dee, 91, the trailblazing actress, activist and American social conscience, died Wednesday night of natural causes at her home in New Rochelle, N.Y., surrounded by her three children and seven grandchildren. She had outlived soul mate Ossie Davis, her husband of 56 years, by nearly a decade. On Broadway, in movies, and as a civil rights activist, the birdlike woman with the stirring alto voice was a change-maker and also a beneficiary of the changes she helped make. "I didn't have the kind of talent or personality that kept me dreaming about Hollywood," she reflected late in life.
March 16, 2014 |
Q uestion. My brother renovated my second-floor bathroom, which included a new tub, faucets, shower, and a diverter. Now, every time I do a load of wash, when the first-floor washer is filling up, a lot of water comes out of my shower faucet. Answer. I am assuming your brother is not a professional plumber, just a nice guy who was trying to help his sister and save her the services, and thus the expense, of a professional. But you may well need a plumber to unravel this mess.
January 23, 2014 |
SINCE TODAY looks like a perfect time to stay inside and watch TV, here are a few TV-related Tattle items. In Venezuela, President Nicolas Maduro is blaming soap operas for the country's high crime rate, accusing them of spreading "anti-values" to young people by glamorizing violence, guns and drugs. Last year, Maduro attacked violent video games and the movie "Spider-Man," which, we guess, spread the value of being bitten by a radioactive spider to young people. It's unclear, however, whether the government will take steps to restrict programming or impose harsher rules on the soap operas, known as telenovelas, which are hugely popular across Latin America.
December 14, 2013 |
When Leah Troiano's young daughter was diagnosed first with a tumor and later with lung disease, the Havertown resident knew she had to make a change. "I couldn't just stand by and do nothing. So I cleared my house of any toxic chemicals," said Troiano, 44, explaining it was an intuitive response rather than doctor's orders. "It was a coping mechanism, among other things. " She started with the items that had blatant warning labels, like paint and bug spray, but then decided the shampoo and deodorant also had to go. "Once I started clearing the house out, I cleared everything out. " That included her laundry detergent, dish soap, and cleaning supplies.
November 27, 2013
M Y FORMER hairstylist, Steve Duross, 51, of Midtown Village, a native of Willow Grove, is founder and owner of duross & langel, on 13th Street near Sansom. The shop specializes in natural, handmade soaps, bath and body products. It opened in 2004 in the front room of Duross' former home on Locust Street near 12th, which also housed the salon where he styled my hair. Q: When did you get into the soap business? A: I opened my first store in 1999, the Philadelphia Soap Co., which I later sold.
November 20, 2013 |
George Reinholt, 73, of Essington, one of daytime television's most popular stars in the 1960s and 1970s, died of cancer Monday, Nov. 11, at Taylor Hospital in Ridley Park. The handsome, dark-haired actor was best known for Steven Frame, the tycoon role he created and played on NBC's Another World from 1968 to 1975. Frame was hardheaded, arrogant, selfish, and opinionated. The soap opera ran in the 3-to-3:30 p.m. time slot on weekdays starting on May 4, 1964, four years before Mr. Reinholt joined the cast, and for that half-hour millions of American women were glued to the set. For four of the years he played Frame, Mr. Reinholt had the highest TV-Q rating in daytime television, according to television magazine polls at that time.
June 26, 2013 |
ERIKA SLEZAK may have spent her career playing good girl Victoria "Viki" Lord on "One Life to Live," but she had a rebellious streak during her time at the now-defunct Sacred Heart at Eden Hall in the Northeast. "My best friends used to convince the teachers that we needed to go to the library in Torresdale to study," Slezak told me. "We would spend 20 minutes there and then we would go to the Mayfair Diner. We would eat hamburgers because the school's food would leave something to be desired.
June 15, 2013
Longtime soap opera actress Maxine Stuart, 94, died June 6. She had regular roles on The Young and the Restless and The Edge of Night. Her daughter, Chris Ann Maxwell, told the Los Angeles Times her mother died of natural causes at home in Beverly Hills. Ms. Stuart began her career in the New York theater. She had small movie roles but was best known for her TV work, which included guest appearances on shows such as Peyton Place, NYPD Blue, and Judging Amy. She received a 1989 Emmy nomination for her role as a piano teacher in The Wonder Years.