Walter White Shoots Modern Family

by Shannonn Kelly
11:14 AM, EST, December 11, 2013

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“Ho Ho Heisenberg” – Actor Eric Stonestreet with Director, Bryan Cranston on Set of the Modern Family Christmas Episode

I thought that headline would get your attention.

Don’t forget to tune in tonight to Modern Family on ABC to watch the Christmas episode directed by Bryan Cranston. It’s sure to deliver a lot of Ho-Ho-Ho’s for the Holiday with hopefully a little darkness like the video here uploaded by Jesse Tyler Ferguson who plays “Mitch” on Modern Family. Continue reading “Walter White Shoots Modern Family”

One of Canada’s Bright Lights Goes Dark – Actor Cory Monteith Dies of Heroin and Alcohol…

by Shannonn Kelly
02:44AM, EST, July 16, 2013

One of Canada's Bright Lights Goes Out... Actor Cory Monteith
One of Canada’s Bright Lights Goes Out… Actor Cory Monteith

It’s always sad when anyone dies. When it’s a young, good looking celebrity, it’s felt around the world.

Canadian born actor Cory Monteith was found dead this past Saturday sadly, at the age of 31. Monteith was found dead by cleaning staff who came to his room when he missed check-out at the Fairmont Pacific Rim Hotel, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.

Cause of Death: An autopsy and toxicological analysis show the actor died on from a “mixed drug toxicity, involving heroin and alcohol.” A lethal combination of Alcohol and Heroin.

Best known as ‘Finn Hudson’ on the Fox television series “GLEE“, Monteith was born in Calgary, Alberta, Canada and then raised in Victoria only 43 miles from Vancouver.

What non-fans of Glee, might not know is that Monteith had issues with drugs and substance abuse since he was in junior high. Continue reading “One of Canada’s Bright Lights Goes Dark – Actor Cory Monteith Dies of Heroin and Alcohol…”

Feisty Actress Valerie Harper Diagnosed with Terminal Brain Cancer

by Shannonn Kelly
10:16AM, EST, March 06, 2013

Actress Valerie Harper - 'Always every awkward girl's mentor'...
Actress Valerie Harper – ‘Always every awkward girl’s mentor’…

Such sad news around the celebrity world as we learn that feisty actress Valerie Harper was diagnosed with terminal brain cancer – – leptomeningeal carcinomatosis on January 15, 2013.

The sad news was announced this morning on the NBCThe Today Show“.

She says doctors advise her she may have as little as three months to live. This is such sad news as is comes on the heels after Harper, a 73-year-old nonsmoker, battled lung cancer in 2009.

Harper, best known for playing Rhoda Morgenstern on “The Mary Tyler Moore Show” and its spin-off “Rhoda“, received tweets that poured in for her from her acting community admirers:

“Valerie Harper, please know you will always be every awkward girl’s mentor. Love, Toula,” ~Nia Vardalos

“You were the ultimate comedy role model to me when I was growing up – the quintessential ‘best friend!’ Sending you love…” ~ Rachel Dratch

“My longtime friendship w/ @ValerieHarper has been 1 of the gr8est gifts of my life. I’m here 4 any/everything she may need one day at a time.” ~ Cloris Leachman

In an interview from 2002 with Larry King, Harper recounts how she was cast as Rhoda. Continue reading “Feisty Actress Valerie Harper Diagnosed with Terminal Brain Cancer”

Beloved Stage and TV Actress Bonnie Franklin – Dead at 69…

by Shannonn Kelly
05:03AM, EST, March 02, 2013

Bonnie Franklin with TV Daughters Mackenzie Phillips and Valerie Bertinelli
Bonnie Franklin with TV Daughters Mackenzie Phillips and Valerie Bertinelli

Beloved TV actress Bonnie Franklin who’s been suffering complications from pancreatic cancer is dead. She passed away yesterday at the age of  69.

In junior high, Franklin had two un-credited film roles – The Kettles in the Ozarks (1956) and The Wrong Man (1961) by famed director Alfred Hitchcock. She eventually graduated from Beverly Hills High School that produced other famous movie alumni such as Nicolas Cage, Betty White, Gina Gershon, and Crispin Glover to name a few.

A long standing advocate for Women’s Rights especially in the story lines for her famous sitcom “One Day At A Time” (1975-1984), Franklin also starred in stage productions, most notably in “Applause” oppsite the great Lauren Bacall. Here’s a clip of Franklin’s Tony Award nominated performance.

Franklin’s TV daughter from “One Day At A Time”, Valerie Bertinelli wrote on her website yesterday:

My heart is breaking.  Bonnie has always been one of the most important women in my life and was a second mother to me.  The years on “One Day At A Time” were some of the happiest of my life, and along with Pat and Mackenzie  we were a family in every way.  She taught me how to navigate this business and life itself with grace and humor, and to always be true to yourself.  I will miss her terribly. Continue reading “Beloved Stage and TV Actress Bonnie Franklin – Dead at 69…”