Nov 242016
 
Florence Henderson, Beloved Brady Bunch Mom Died

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Florence Henderson, the mom in 1969 television series “The Brady Bunch” was an accomplished actress, singer, television personality and talk show hostess.

Florence Henderson was very popular – and unlike most actors – was very much in demand for all of her professional life. She was well-liked and active. In 2010 she dazzled on Dancing with the Stars. On September 19th of this year, on her Facebook page, she applauded her “daughter” from “The Brady Bunch” Maureen McCormick who was competing on Dancing With The Stars, too.

Henderson was the youngest of ten children. She was married twice and had four children.

It’s been said that Florence Henderson died surrounded by family and friends. She was 82. Henderson was born on Valentine’s Day and passed away on Thanksgiving…. She had love, success, respect and in the end, the gratitude of legions of fans.

 

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Feb 012015
 

BRIT PHENOM RITA ORA TO PERFORM AT THE OSCARS®

British Singer, Songwriter And Actress Rita Ora Will Sing At The OSCARS®

Singer, songwriter and actress Rita Ora will perform the Oscar®-nominated song “Grateful” at the 87th Oscars, show producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron announced. The Oscars, hosted by Neil Patrick Harris, will air on Sunday, February 22, live on ABC.

“International recording artist, Rita Ora, will make her Oscar stage debut this year. The mixture of her incredible voice and glamour makes a perfect combination for our show” says Zadan and Meron.

“Grateful,” written by Diane Warren for the film “Beyond the Lights,” is nominated for Original Song. This marks Warren’s seventh Oscar nomination in the category. The four other nominated songs are “Everything Is Awesome” from “The Lego Movie,” “Glory” from “Selma,” “I’m Not Gonna Miss You” from “Glen Campbell…I’ll Be Me” and “Lost Stars” from “Begin Again.”

Ora dominated the U.K. charts with her first and certified platinum album “Ora” (2012), which included the number one singles “R.I.P.,” “How We Do (Party)” and “Hot Right Now.” Currently featured on the smash single “Black Widow,” with fellow superstar Iggy Azalea, Ora is readying her second full-length album, to be released this spring. She will appear in a number of upcoming films, including the highly anticipated “50 Shades of Grey” and Jake Gyllenhaal’s “Southpaw” to be released in July.

The 87th Oscars will be held on Sunday, February 22, 2015, at the Dolby Theatre® at Hollywood & Highland Center® in Hollywood, and will be televised live on the ABC Television Network at 7 p.m. ET/4 p.m. PT. The Oscars, produced by Zadan and Meron, also will be televised live in more than 225 countries and territories worldwide.

Oct 162014
 
Remembering Elizabeth Peña

Remembering Elizabeth Peña
The photos are believed to be in public domain.

The radiant, beautiful, fiery and talented actress Elizabeth Peña has died, yesterday! No additional information pertaining to the cause of her death is available at this time. Several media outlets defined her death as due to “natural causes”. Personally, I can’t imagine a death due to natural causes at only 55….

Elizabeth Peña, a Cuban American from an artistic family, started her acting career early and became a household name with roles in such films as “La Bamba,” “Transamerica,” “Lone Star,” “Rush Hour,” “Jacob’s Ladder” and “Free Willy 2.”
For her performance in the “Lone Star,” Elizabeth received the Independent Spirit and “Bravo” awards. “Tortilla Soup” earned her the ALMA Award.

Her television roles – most recently on “Modern Family” where she’s been Gloria’s (Sofia Vergara) mother – on such TV shows as “L.A. Law,” “Dream On,” “Resurrection Blvd.”, “Matador,” and others (like “Tough Cookies”, “I Married Dora” and “Shannon’s Deal”) earned her critical acclaim for her dramatic as well as comedic talent and timing.

Elizabeth Peña wasn’t a great Latino actress: she was a great actress, period. Her unique personality and presence were embraced by viewers of all backgrounds. She will be missed by her family and friends as well as her fans. Her artistic contribution survives her.