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James Farentino Dies at 73

James Farentino

James Farentino, best known for his roles in The Final Countdown, Dynasty, and for playing George Clooney's estranged father, Ray Ross, on ER, has died of heart failure at a Los Angeles hospital, The Associated Press reports. He was 73.

In 1967, the Brooklyn-born actor's performance read more

Andy Williams Suffering From Bladder Cancer

Andy Williams

Andy Williams revealed to concertgoers in at his Branson, Mo., theater he has bladder cancer, the Branson Tri-Lakes News reports.

"I do have cancer of the bladder," the 83-year-old "Moon River" singer and long-ago TV variety show host said. "But that is no longer a death sentence. People with cancer are getting through this thing. They're kicking it, and they're winning more and more every year. And I'm going to be... read more

So You Think You Can Dance: Meet the Top 20 Dancers of Season 8

So You Think You Can Dance

For its eighth season, So You Think You Can Dance returns to its Top 20 format. After enduring injuries, tears and the judges' fake-outs, 10 girls and 10 guys will vie for the title of America's Favorite Dancer. TVGuide.com spent some time getting to know the lucky group, which consists of first timers and a few faces that should be familiar to longtime SYTYCD fans.

The Top 20, introducing themselves in their own words:

Jordan Casanova, 18, a jazz dancer from Chino Hills, Calif.
Say what?: "I am completely fluent in American Sign Language. I have been taking it for four or five years now. I was going to major in Audiology and Deaf Studies, but I decided to pursue my dance career first."

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Hugh Martin, "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas" Songwriter, Dies at 96

Hugh Martin

"Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas" songwriter Hugh Martin has died. He was 96.

Martin is best known for composing the score to the 1944 musical Meet Me In St. Louis, in which Judy Garland famously performs the song that became a seasonal classic. Martin and songwriting partner Ralph Blane received an Academy Award nomination for Best Original Song for writing the film's "The Trolley Song." read more

Laverne & Shirley Actress Betty Garrett Dies

Betty Garrett

Betty Garrett, best known for her TV roles in Laverne & Shirley and All in the Family, has died, according to The Associated Press. She was 91.

Garrett died Saturday, probably from an aortic aneurysm, at Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center, her son, Garrett Parks, told the news agency. She had checked into the hospital the day before with... read more

Borgnine to Get Lifetime Achievement Award from SAG

Ernest Borgnine

Ernest Borgnine will receive a lifetime achievement award from the Screen Actors Guild at the organization's 17th annual awards ceremony.

SAG announced Wednesday that the 93-year-old actor will be recognized when it hands outs its prizes on Sunday, Jan. 30, live on TNT and TBS.

"Whether portraying brutish villains, sympathetic everymen... read more

President Obama: "I Don't Know Who Snooki Is" — But She Knows Who He Is

The View

If you're worried about whether President Barack Obama spends enough time on the job, rest assured that he's not indulging in at least one guilty pleasure.

Or so he says.

Obama says he appears on The View because his wife watches it

Asked on The View about Jersey Shore's Snooki, the commander-in-chief professed ... read more

John Tesh: Yes, I Dated Oprah

John Tesh

John Tesh said he and Oprah Winfrey used to date, confirming an excerpt from a new unauthorized biography of the talk show queen.

"Oprah and I were cub reporters in Nashville nearly 40 years ago, and we dated for a short time," Tesh told Entertainment Tonight, which he hosted from 1986 until 1996, in a statement. "We even ...
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Kitty Kelley Book: Oprah Winfrey and John Tesh Were Romantically Involved

Oprah, John Tesh

Oprah Winfrey and John Tesh were romantically involved until he walked out on her, biographer Kitty Kelley says.

VIDEO: Unauthorized Oprah biographer blacklisted?

According to an excerpt from Kelley's upcoming Winfrey biography in the New York Daily News, Tesh and Winfrey ... read more

Mr. Televisionary, I'm ...

Dean Martin, The Dean Martin Show

Question: Mr. Televisionary, I'm confused. After seeing the remake, some friends and I rented the original Ocean's Eleven and we got to talking about Dean Martin and his career. Isn't it true that by the time he got his own TV show, he was barely trying? Basically, was he really drunk the whole time? Thanks.


Answer: Well, according to Martin himself, who was backed up by many who knew him at the time, the whole point was to act like he was barely trying — and he managed to fool a lot of people by doing just that. What you reportedly saw on his show much of the time was a glass of apple juice. Of course, the man liked his drink and wasn't shy about social imbibing, but according to those who worked with him closely enough to break through the persona and see the real man, he wasn't nearly the hard-core partier he appeared to be — and he never let it get in the way of read more

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