Aug 122014

The talented actor who made us laugh, cry and feel is no longer with us. The lastRobin Williams Everybody’s Favorite Comedian Has Died chapter of his life was a tragedy. Robin Williams – apparently – committed suicide.

We all know Robin Williams’ successful career which begun with the role of Mork on TV’s Happy Days (1978-1979) and took off on Mork & Mindy (1978-1982). Robin Williams’ transition from television to the Big Screen seemed effortless and the smashing triumph of Good Morning Vietnam (1988) affirmed his status as a film actor. In 1989 Williams regaled us with Dead Poets Society. 1993 brought us Mrs. Doubtfire. 1997 Good Will Hunting. 1998 Patch Adams….
Robin Williams was hard at work and his schedule was always filled. Television’s “The Crazy Ones” didn’t fulfill its promise but just last summer Robin portrayed Dwight Eisenhower in “Lee Daniels’ The Butler”. In the upcoming “Night At the Museum: Secret of the Tomb” (scheduled for release this coming holiday season) Robin Williams reprised his role as Teddy Roosevelt… We’ll see him also in another film which he’s completed, “Merry Friggin’ Christmas,” which is planned for release in November.

Robin Williams has proven the versatility of his talent as a dramatic actor and one of the world’s most brilliant comedians. He received nearly every award of the entertainment industry. His work earned him four Golden Globes, five Grammys, two Emmys and two SAG Awards.
Having three Oscar nominations for his performances in Good Morning Vietnam, The Fisher King and Dead Poets Society, Robin Williams received the prestigious Academy Award for Best Actor in a Supporting Role for Good Will Hunting in 1998.

Family, friends, entertainment industry insiders and yes, fans are all equally stunned by the loss. Everybody, including the President of the United States, expressed their high regard for Robin Williams the artist and the man. Robin Williams wasn’t “only” a comedic genius but also a survivor: he overcame substance addiction and survived a major heart surgery… He had the priceless ability to laugh at life and at himself.

Even though his artistic legacy survives him, we won’t be laughing the priceless belly-laugh Robin Williams bestowed on us so generously, for quite a while… Instead, we’ll be wondering what caused the energetic, easy going, happy-go-lucky actor to give up on life.

Apr 072014

Mickey Rooney Legendary Actor Dies At 93Legendary Actor Mickey Rooney Dead at 93 Rooney Shot to Fame as Andy Hardy and Appeared in More Than 200 Films

A short actor with a long career, Mickey Rooney was the biggest box-office draw in Hollywood in 1939 and spent the next 70 years trying with varying success to make his way back to that pinnacle. Los Angeles Police confirmed that Mr. Rooney died Sunday at 93 years old, the Associated Press reported. He appeared in more than 200 films and was nominated for four Oscars. He started in the silent era and appeared in every decade until the 2010s, a career of nearly unequaled length heightened by the fact that he started in show business as a toddler vaudevillian.
Legendary star Mickey Rooney has died at age 93; George Strait wins entertainer of the year at the Academy of Country Music Awards; Malaysia bans Biblical epic “Noah.”

Mr. Rooney was popular in Mickey McGuire shorts where he starred as a street-wise Irish kid, starting when he was just 7. He shot to fame as Andy Hardy, a frenetic teenager who, the Academy Award committee said in his special juvenile Oscar citation, brought to the screen “the spirit and personification of youth.”

It was 1939, the same year that Mr. Rooney starred opposite Judy Garland in “Babes in Arms,” the first of their “let’s put on a show” teamings and the top-grossing film of the year. Other notables from the period include “Boys Town,” “National Velvet” and “The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn.”

Mr. Rooney’s depictions of sanitized youth flagged as he and the nation moved on after World War II, and it seemed he was destined for the kind of child-star reputation of a Jackie Coogan or Shirley Temple. But he returned in the 1950s as a TV star, continuing his movie career with smallish parts.

He continued acting, working dinner theater at times, in ensuing decades until 1980, when he unexpectedly won the best actor Tony in his Broadway debut in the burlesque musical “Sugar Babies.”

He had by then had eight marriages, including a brief one to Ava Gardner and another to a former Miss Muscle Beach who later died in a murder-suicide with her lover. He had become a born-again Christian. He had lived through bankruptcy, drug dependency and even playing Mr. Yunioshi in “Breakfast at Tiffany’s.”
“I am what most people would call a survivor,” he said at the time.
Born in Brooklyn, he was Joe Yule Jr., son of a vaudevillian actor and a dancer. On stage nearly from the time he could walk, he appeared in a tuxedo as “Sonny Yule” and sang tear-jerking songs from the stage to his mother.

His parents divorced when he was 5, and his mother moved to Hollywood, where he starred as Mickey McGuire, then Andy Hardy. Along the way he changed his name to Mickey Rooney and was soon the toast of moviegoers coast to coast.

Appearing as he did in an era when blackface was common, it is perhaps not surprising that his appeal may be hard to understand today. Mr. Rooney himself wrote in a memoir, “I was a gnomish prodigy—half-human, half-goblin, man-child, child-man—as wise in the ways of comedy as Wallace Beery and twice as cute.” A Wall Street Journal critic once opined, “Any picture with Mickey Rooney is bound to be more funny than otherwise.”

Mr. Rooney took numerous character roles in films and guest TV spots after “Sugar Babies” closed on Broadway. He was in several sequels to “The Black Stallion,” a 1979 film for which he was nominated for a best supporting actor Oscar.
Into his late 80s Mr. Rooney maintained a busy schedule, performing live shows with his eighth wife, Jan Chamberlin, singing songs from old movies and telling stories.

Written by Stephen Miller for The Wall Street Journal

Aug 162012
Mayim Bialik

Mayim Bialik
Photo by Jason Merritt – © 2011 Getty Images – Image courtesy

Bialik, was driving on Hollywood Boulevard in L.A. when the accident occurred. According to reports, a car with tourists from Chile side-swept hers. Mayim Bialik sustained serious injury to her hand but as she twitted tonight – with her hubby’s help – she’ll be able to keep all her fingers.

Mayim Bialik is currently playing the nerdy scientist-girlfriend of Jim Parsons’ aka Dr. Sheldon Cooper on The Big Bang Theory and quite frankly is fantastic in the role. The nerdy and socially-inept aspects of the role aside, casting Mayim as a scientist was right on the money: she’s a scholar and holds Ph.D in neuroscience.

Mayim Bialik started her acting career as a child and became a regular on such popular shows as The Facts of Life and Webster. In 1989 she portrayed young Bette Midler in “Beaches”. Her starring role on Blossom (1990-1995) established her as a household name.

Mayim has a long list of TV roles and didn’t slow down even while pursuing her education. She continues being busy today. She’s married, raises her two small children, is a regular on a hit show and has just published a book “Beyond the Sling”. She’s a vegan and a spokesperson for the Holistic Moms Network.

Speedy recovery and to your continuing success from US Celebrity Blog, Mayim!