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Thursday, April 12, 2018

Kennedy Center Honors: Our top 50 recommendations who need to be chosen include Dick Van Dyke, Liza Minnelli, Jessica Lange, Bette Midler

Mister D: Ok, I admit that I’m prejudiced, but this list could be whittled down in seconds for me. My standards are high, well in some things, and some of these people don’t really belong on this list. Gold Derby Kennedy Center Honors: Our top 50 recommendations who need to be chosen include Dick Van Dyke, Liza Minnelli, Jessica Lange, Bette Midler Chris Beachum April 11, 2018 6:00AM The next recipients for the Kennedy Center Honors will be announced in the late summer, often around Labor Day. The all-star event is held each year in the nation’s capital during the first weekend in December and then airs on CBS as a two-hour special after Christmas. Each year, the selection committee chooses five entertainment veterans from a variety of fields – film, television, popular music, theatre, and the fine arts (dance, opera, classical music). Selected artists are almost always over 50 and generally are 60 and beyond. The first recipients in 1978 were singer Marian Anderson, actor and dancer Fred Astaire, choreographer George Balanchine, composer Richard Rodgers and conductor Arthur Rubinstein. The most recent honorees in 2017 for the 40th anniversary program were dancer Carmen de Lavallade, singer Gloria Estefan, singer LL Cool J, producer and writer Norman Lear and singer Lionel Richie. But there are a number of notable performers missing from the honors roll. Our photo gallery features 50 entertainers who deserve to be selected soon. For our purposes a person must be at least 60 years old to be in our gallery. We are not going to include the retired Doris Day and Gene Hackman as well as the reclusive Woody Allen since attendance at the event is mandatory. Tour through our photos and sound off in the forums about who you think should be selected soon. 1. Dick Van Dyke Van Dyke is just an Oscar away from EGOT status. He is a five-time Emmy Award winner for “The Dick Van Dyke Show,” “Van Dyke and Company,” and “The Wrong Way Kid.” He won a Tony Award for “Bye Bye Birdie” (1961) and a Grammy Award for “Mary Poppins” (1964). Van Dyke is a member of the Television Academy Hall of Fame and received the Screen Actors Guild life achievement award in 2013. 2. Liza Minnelli Minnelli is very close to EGOT, having never won a Grammy Award before. She won a Tony Award for “Flora the Red Menace” (1965), an Oscar for “Cabaret” (1973), and an Emmy for “Liza with a Z” (1973). The daughter of legendary entertainer Judy Garland, other films have included “The Sterile Cuckoo” (1969, her first Oscar nomination), “New York, New York” (1977), and “Arthur” (1981). 3. Denzel Washington Washington is the only African-American with two Academy Awards for acting (“Glory,” 1989; “Training Day,” 2001). His other Oscar nominations were for “Cry Freedom” (1987), “Malcolm X” (1992), “The Hurricane” (1999), “Flight” (2012), “Fences” (2016, producing and acting), and “Roman J. Israel, Esq.” (2017). He also won a Tony Award for the same role in “Fences” (2010). 4. Gladys Knight The “Empress of Soul” started her career in 1952 on Ted Mack’s “Original Amateur Hour” TV show. Her group Gladys Knight and the Pips joined Motown in 1966 and became one of the top recording artists of the 1960s and 1970s with such hits as “I Heard It Through the Grapevine,” “If I Were Your Woman,” “Neither One of Us,” and “Midnight Train to Georgia.” The six-time Grammy winner was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1996. 5. Mick Jagger Whether he gets selected by himself (like Paul McCartney) or with his group The Rolling Stones (like The Who and Led Zeppelin), this honor is long overdue. The lead singer was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame along with his band in 1989. He was knighted by Queen Elizabeth II in 2003. Their lengthy list of hit singles has included “Satisfaction,” “Get Off My Cloud,” “Ruby Tuesday,” “Jumpin’ Jack Flash,” “Brown Sugar,” “Wild Horses,” “Angie,” and “Start Me Up.” 6. Jessica Lange Lange is just one notch away from EGOT. She is a two-time Academy Award winner (“Tootsie,” 1982; “Blue Sky,” 1994) among her six nominations. She is a three-time Emmy champ (“Grey Gardens,” 2009; “American Horror Story,” 2012; and “American Horror Story: Coven,” 2014). Lange won a Tony Award in 2016 for “Long Day’s Journey Into Night.” Other films in her career have included “Frances,” “Sweet Dreams,” “Crimes of the Heart,” “Cape Fear,” and “Big Fish.” 7. Alan Alda Alda has established himself as a triple threat on television, on stage, and in films. He won five Emmy Awards for the legendary comedy series “M*A*S*H” spread out over acting, directing, and writing (the only person to prevail in only three fields). He also took home a sixth Emmy for his role on “The West Wing” and was inducted into the Television Academy Hall of Fame in 1994. He’s been nominated at the Oscars (“The Aviator,”), Grammys (“Things I Overheard While Talking to Myself,” 2008), and three times at the Tony Awards (“The Apple Tree,” 1967; “Jake’s Women,” 1992; “Glengarry Glen Ross,” 2005). 8. Bette Midler Midler was a big hit right out of the gates when she won Best New Artist at the Grammy Awards in 1974. It was the first of three Grammys along with three Emmys for her variety specials and a Tony Award in 2017 for “Hello, Dolly.” That just puts her an Oscar away from EGOT, and she has competed at those awards twice as a leading actress for “The Rose” and “For the Boys.” 9. Harrison Ford Ford is the biggest box office star in American history but still hasn’t had much of an awards career but did receive an Oscar nomination for “Witness” (1985). He was awarded the American Film Institute life achievement in 2000 and the Cecil B. DeMille Award at the Golden Globes in 2002. His film career has included “Raiders of the Lost Ark,” “Working Girl,” “Regarding Henry,” “Patriot Games,” “The Fugitive,” “Air Force One,” and “42.” 10. Reba McEntire McEntire is a Country Music Hall of Fame member who has been one of the most popular singers and performers in the 1980s and beyond. She has had the most CMA Award nominations (49) and ACM Awards nominations (45) of any female artist. She has won two Grammy Awards for “Whoever’s in New England” (1987) and “Does He Love You?” (1994) among her 12 career nominations. McEntire has had a successful TV show with “Reba” (2001-2007) and was widely acclaimed for her Broadway debut in “Annie Get Your Gun” (2001). 11. Tommy Tune Tune has been one of the top choreographers and dancers in Broadway history. He is a nine-time Tony Award winner for his performances in “Seesaw” and “My One and Only,” for his direction of “Nine,” “Grand Hotel” and “The Will Rogers Follies” and choreography of “A Day in Hollywood/A Night in the Ukraine,” “My One and Only,” “Grand Hotel” and “The Will Rogers Follies.” 12. Betty White White is one of the favorite comedic performers in TV history and was inducted into the TV Academy Hall of Fame in 1995. She has won five prime-time Emmy Awards for “The Mary Tyler Moore Show,” “The Golden Girls,” “The John Larroquette Show” and “Saturday Night Live” plus a Daytime Emmy for “Just Men.” 13. Burt Bacharach Bacharach has composed hundreds of songs in his lengthy career, many of them popular hits. He is a three-time Oscar winner for his original song and score in “Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid” and original song in “Arthur.” He is a two-time Grammy champ for “Cassidy” and “I Still Have That Other Girl” plus an Emmy winner for his 1971 variety special. 14. Diane Keaton Keaton is an Oscar-winning actress (“Annie Hall,” 1977) who has been primarily working in films since the early 1970s. Her career has included “The Godfather,” “Reds,” “Marvin’s Room,” “Baby Boom,” “Father of the Bride,” “The First Wives Club” and “Something’s Gotta Give.” She was the 2017 recipient of the American Film Institute life achievement award. 15. Arturo Sandoval The Cuban-born Sandoval is one of the greatest trumpet players in music history. He defected to America in 1990 while performing with previous KCH recipient Dizzy Gillespie. He is a 10-time Grammy winner, Emmy winner and recipient of the 2013 Presidential Medal of Freedom. 16. Cynthia Gregory Gregory is one of the most famous American prima ballerinas of recent decades. She first became well known in San Francisco as a teenager before joining the American Ballet Theatre in 1965. She has had roles in “Giselle,”” “Sleeping Beauty,” “Coppelia,” “Don Quixote,” “The Eternal Idol” and “At Midnight.” 17. Bob Newhart Newhart has proven to be one of the most beloved comedians in American history since the early 1960s. In fact he won at the 1961 Grammy Awards as Best New Artist and for Album of the Year. He was inducted into the TV Academy Hall of Fame in 1993 for his roles on “The Bob Newhart Show” and “Newhart.” He won his only Emmy Award in 2013 for a guest role on “The Big Bang Theory.” He was the 2002 recipient of the Mark Twain Prize for American Humor at the Kennedy Center. 18. Whoopi Goldberg Goldberg is one of the few people who have achieved EGOT in her entertainment career. She won an Oscar for “Ghost,” a Grammy for her comedy album “Direct From Broadway,” a Tony Award for producing “Thoroughly Modern Millie” and a Daytime Emmy for hosting “The View.” Other film roles have included “The Color Purple,” “Sister Act” and “The Lion King.” She was the 2001 recipient of the Mark Twain Prize for American Humor at the Kennedy Center.

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Friday, March 17, 2017

Bette Midler:

Bette Midler: “I went on Johnny Carson. He asked me what I was doing, and I said, I work in a bathhouse. I sing in a bathhouse. And I think people were stunned, and I think gay people were — they sat up and said, Oh, my God.”— (Midler talking about working in a gay bathhouse early in her career to Larry King CNN November 26, 2003) Image may contain: one or more people and outdoor
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Thursday, January 26, 2017

Notable reaction to the death of Mary Tyler Moore

San Francisco Chronicle Notable reaction to the death of Mary Tyler Moore January 25, 2017 nintchdbpict000296998184-e1485377796644 Reaction to the death of Mary Tyler Moore at age 80: “There are no words. She was THE BEST! We always said that we changed each other’s lives for the better.” — Dick Van Dyke, TV husband on “The Dick Van Dyke Show,” via Twitter ___ “She’ll last forever, as long as there’s television. Year after year, we’ll see her face in front of us.” — Carl Reiner, in an interview with The Associated Press ___ “Mary’s energy, spirit and talent created a new bright spot in the television landscape and she will be very much missed. The courage she displayed in taking on a role,(“Ordinary People”), darker than anything she had ever done, was brave and enormously powerful.” — Robert Redford, director of “Ordinary People,” in a statement ___ “A great lady I loved and owe so much to has left us. I will miss her. I will never be able to repay her for the blessings that she gave me.” — Ed Asner, co-star on “The Mary Tyler Moore Show,” via Twitter ___ “Even now looking at this picture I want to cry. I still can’t believe Mary Tyler Moore touched my face. Will love her 4 ever.” — Oprah Winfrey, of photo with her and Moore at TV interview, via Twitter ___ “I am deeply saddened by the news of Mary’s passing. She was a truly amazing person, a great friend, and an inspiration to all. I will always be grateful for her kindness and thankful beyond words for knowing her. LOS ANGELES, CA – JANUARY 29: Actress Mary Tyler Moore speaks onstage during The 18th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards broadcast on TNT/TBS at The Shrine Auditorium on January 29, 2012 in Los Angeles, California.  TV icon Mary Tyler Moore dead at 80 She will be missed greatly.” — Timothy Hutton, co-star in “Ordinary People, in a statement ___ “My heart goes out to her husband, Robert — he was never more than a touch away from her. The picture that we all have of her, that’s how she was — sweet, kind, so tender, so delicate. She was America’s sweetheart.” — Cloris Leachman, co-star on “The Mary Tyler Moore Show,” in a statement ___ “Mary was America’s sweetheart and she was mine also. I was the luckiest guy in the world just sitting next to her and looking at her beautiful face … and legs!” — Gavin MacLeod, co-star on “The Mary Tyler Moore Show,” in a statement ___ “#MaryTylerMoore was a dear friend and a truly great person. A fighter. Rest in peace, MTM.” — Larry King, via Twitter ___ “Thank you, Mary Tyler Moore, for all you have given us.” — Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, via Twitter ___ “Mary Tyler Moore will always be immortalized in Minnesota. My thoughts are with her family and loved ones today.” — Sen. Al Franken, D-Minn., via Twitter ___ “Mary Tyler Moore will always be a Minnesota icon. The Mary Tyler Moore Show shared Minneapolis and our entire state with the world, as a place where everyone has a chance to work hard, follow dreams, and succeed. Minnesota will miss her.” — Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton, in a statement ___ “Mary Tyler Moore changed the world for all women. I send my love to her family.” — Ellen DeGeneres, via Twitter ___ “Thank you Mary Tyler Moore for paving the way for us ladies in comedy. You trailblazed the way for us to be confident & bold. All my love.” — Chelsea Handler, via Twitter ___ “I’m so sorry to hear of the passing of Mary Tyler Moore. She was a gifted actress and wonderful comedian. I’m proud that we were in that groundbreaking sorority that brought single independent women to television. She will be deeply missed.” — Marlo Thomas, in a statement ___ “Today we mourn the passing of one of the groundbreaking stars of Television, Mary Tyler Moore…” — Bette Midler, via Twitter ___ “That shift in the Earth you just felt? That crater that is left behind? That is the legacy of the incomparable #marytylermoore RIP 2 an icon” — Josh Gad, via Twitter ___ “RIP Mary Tyler Moore. Love is all around you…” — Billy Crystal, via Twitter ___ “I agree w/ Oprah #MaryTylerMoore influenced my career more than any other tv role model. She indeed turned on the world with her smile” — Andrea Mitchell, via Twitter ___ “Oh Mary Tyler Moore. You were true inspiration, and power when I didn’t know what that was. Thank you. #RIPMaryTylerMoore” — Connie Britton, via Twitter ___ “She could turn the whole world on with her smile…admired #MaryTylerMoore very much. Thinking of her family & loved ones(heart emoji)” — Robin Roberts, via Twitter ___ “I throw my hat up in the air for you, Mary Tyler Moore. Loved her and her spirit. Rest in peace.” — Savannah Guthrie, via Twitter
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Tuesday, July 23, 2013

BetteBack January 13, 1981: Bette Midler Nominated For Golden Globe ~ Divine Madness

Annapolis Capital January 13, 1981 M8DDIMA EC008 HOLLYWOOD (AP) – “Ordinary People” scored top honors Monday in the season’s first Hollywood award cavalcade, winning eight nominations for the Golden Globes of the Hollywood Foreign Press Association. The Paramount film about a family in turmoil drew nominations for best dramatic film as well as nominations for director Robert Redford, writer Alvin Sargent, stars Mary Tyler Moore and Donald Sutherland and supporting actors Judd Hirsch and Timothy Mutton, who also was named among the top new stars of 1980. Trailing “Ordinary People” was “Raging Bull,” the saga of boxer Jack LaMotta, which received seven nominations, including best picture, best actor for Robert DeNiro, supporting actor Joe Pesci, best supporting actress Cathy Moriarty The major nominees: Best motion picture drama:The Elephant Man,” “Ordinary People,” “Raging Bull,” “The Stunt Man,” “Twinkle, Twinkle, ‘Killer’ Kane.” Best motion picture comedy or musical: “Airplane,” “Coal Miner’s Daughter, ” “Fame,” “The Idolmaker,” “Melvin and Howard.” Best actress, drama: Ellen Burstyn, “Resurrection”; Nastassia Kinski, “Tess”; Mary Tyler Moore, “Ordinary People”; Deborah Raffin, “Touched by Love”; Gene Rowlands, “Gloria.” Best actor, drama: Robert DeNiro, “Raging Bull”; John Hurt, “The Elephant Man”; Jack Lemmon, “Tribute”; Peter O’Toole, “The Stung Man”; and Donald Sutherland, “Ordinary People.” Best actress, comedy or musical: Irene Cara, “Fame”; Goldie Hawn, “Private Benjamin”; Bette Midler, “Divine Madness”; Dolly Parton, “Nine to Five”; Sissy Spacek, “Coal Miner’s Daughte
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Sunday, May 20, 2012

BetteBack September 16,1993: Miss M Back Without Missing A Beat

THE STARS AND STRIPES FACES’N’PLACES Thursday. September 16,1993 Bad sign:.The c u r t a in for Bette Midler‘s six-week eng a g eme nt at New York City’s Rad io City Music Hall has a s c hma l t zy p i nk rose on a f i e l d, o f – b l u e ,” surrounded  by w h i te polka dots. Is it too l a t e? Has the r aucous, n a u g h ty Divine Miss M been hopelessly homogenized a f t er too m a ny years in Hollywood, w o r k i ng for Wa lt Disney? Then t he c u r t a in l i f ts a nd f o ur s c a n t i ly clad f e m a le h e r a l ds a p p e a r. Mu s ic begins, a n o t h er c u r t a in p a r ts and t h e re she i s, s u s p e n d ed h i gh above the stage in f r o nt of a g i a nt s u n, s p l e n d id in gold lame. I t ‘s t he same old Bette. “I bet you d i d n ‘t expect, me to look q u i te t h is fabulous,” she said in g r e e t i ng h er o p e n i n g – n i g ht audi ence Tuesday. “I bet you we re expe c t ing a . .. beefier person.” Thus began 2 hours of s e emingly boundle ss energy and e n t h u s i a sm. Midl er — who ha s t r t ipor ed in 10 ye a rs — retakes the stage as if she n€ver left, b e l t i ng out the ballads, bouncing through the l ighthearted n umb e r s, c r a cking jokes old and new, s t r u t t i ng about and s t r i k i ng poses l i ke the veteran voguer she is. Maybe the voice at 47 isn’t quite as strong as it used tp be, especially on the slow numbers. More than once, especially in the f i r st act, she put her hand to her throat as if to help coax out a tough note. And the annoying echo c r e a t ed by the sound system in the cavernous Radio City d i d n ‘t help. But the s t a r – s tudded audi ence — i n c l u d i ng Lauren Bacall, k.d. lang, Chuck Norris; Mary Tyler Moore, Madeline Kahn, Joan Collins, Calvin Klein, Mike Myers, Cyndi Lanpcr, Mike Wallace, David Geffen and Donald Sutherland — h a r d ly seemed to not i c e, j u m ping up for s t a n d i ng ovations h a lf a dozen times. Midler sang the r e c ent h i ts — Wind ‘Beneath My Wings a nd From a Distance — t h at r e – established her r e cording career. She also acted out Rose’s Turn, the w r e n c h i ng f i n al n u m b er from the Broadway musical Gypsy, w h i ch she f i l m ed to air on CBS in December. But the-show-stoppers were two oldies from the ’70s: the Helen Rcddy-Tanya Tucker a n t h em Delta Dawn, w h i ch she delivered in rousing gospel style, and a tort u r ed blues number,-, Stay With Me, f rom her first movie, The Rose.
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Saturday, May 19, 2012

TV’s All-Time Top 5 Best Finales

THE WINNIPEG SUN Top 5 best TV finales MAY 19, 2012 Let’s face it – there have been a lot of TV shows that went out with a whimper, but here are five that closed it out with class and left viewers satisfied. Twin Peaks (1990-91): The creepy drama’s finale definitely had the stamp of its surreal director David Lynch. In the last episode, ‘Beyond Life and Death,’ “Peaks” fan favourite Special Agent Dale Cooper, played by Kyle MacLachlan, turned evil after becoming possessed by the demon that haunted the small Pacific-coast town. Cosby Show (1984-1992): The biggest sitcom of the ‘80s was first and foremost about family, so when the show drew to a close in the early ‘90s, Bill Cosby and co. chose to focus on the Huxtables moving on and growing up. Flaky daughter Denise called with news she was pregnant, whiny daughter Vanessa hinted she was in a serious relationship and even son Theo was acting more like an adult. In the final scene, Claire (Phylicia Rashād) and Cliff (Cosby) danced off the set to applause. The Mary Tyler Moore Show (1970-77) The best TV writers can make viewers laugh and cry at the same time. This is what happens in the final scene of “Mary Tyler Moore” when the gang learn nearly all of them have been laid off after their station is taken over by new management. The beloved characters join together in a group hug in the middle of the newsroom and Mary is finally able to tell her co-workers how much they mean to her. Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson (1962-1992): Legendary “Tonight Show” host Johnny Carson was serenaded by Bette Midler on his farewell episode. Congrats to Midler for making the notoriously shy and composed comedian sniffle at the end of her rendition of One For My Baby. Freaks and Geeks (1999-2000) Judd Apatow’s groundbreaking comedy only lasted one season on NBC, but that didn’t make the finale any less memorable. In the episode, goody-two-shoes-turned freak, Lindsay Weir pretends to go to an academic summit but instead leaves with her friends to follow the Grateful Dead on tour. Considering all the drama she’d been through over the course of the season, she deserved a real vacation.
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Tuesday, January 17, 2012

BetteBack : What Top Female Business Women Earned In 1988

Syracuse Herald-Journal They’re In The Money Monday, October 17, 1980 They’re in the money. Oh Mare, do you really make all that dough? Yes, Mr  G r a n t,  it’s so! Mary Tyler Moore, actress and director of MTM Productions, is the highest paid woman in America, according to a survey of 1988 women financial superstars conducted by Qood Housekeeping magazine. Her projected earnings are S82 million. Also in the top 20, and their projected earnings: • Margaret Hunt Hill, owner of oil and real estate interests in Dallas, Texas — $55 million. • Helen Kinney Copley, CEO of Copley Press — $40 million. • Estee Lauder, chairman of Estee Lauder Cosmetics Co. — $35 million. • Caroline Rose Hunt, owner of real estate company and holder of oil and finance interests in Dallas — $30 million. • Actress and pop singer Madonna — $20 million • Jane Fonda — $17.5 million. • Oveta Culp Hobby, chairman of H & C Communications — $17 million • Donna Steigerwaldt, CEO, Jockey International, underwear manufacturer — $15 million. • Priscilla B. Collins, chairman of King Broadcasting – $13 million. • Dolly Parton — $13 million. • Talk show host Oprah Winfrey — $12 million. • Beatrice Coleman, CEO, Maidenform — $8 million. • Cher — $6 million. • Whitney Houston — $6 million. • Bette Midler — $5 million. • Lily Tomlin — $5 million • Katharine Graham, chairman, Washington Post Co. — $4.5 million.
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