Daily Archives: May 5, 2011
Tony winning actress Marian Mercer died at age 75. Known for playing in a supporting role opposite the late Jerry Orbach in Promises, Promises, she also co-starred with Sammy Davis, Jr., in Stop theWorld I Want to Get Off.
Mercer was a regular on The Dom DeLuise Show, The Wacky World of Jonathan Winters, The Sandy Duncan Show, The Andy Williams Show, and the sitcom It’s a Living where she played the humorless restaurant hostess, Nancy Beebe. She also had recurring roles on Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman, its sequel, Forever Fernwood, St. Elsewhere, and Empty Nest. She made guest appearances on such shows as Love, American Style, Archie Bunker’s Place, Mama’s Family, Benson, The Golden Girls, Murder, She Wrote, Touched by an Angel, and Suddenly Susan, among many others.
She died of Alzheimer’s Disease on April 27, 2011, in Newbury Park, California.
WASHINGTON (Reuters/Tim Reid) – Pakistan‘s Washington lobbyists have launched an intense campaign on Capitol Hill to counter accusations that Islamabad was complicit in giving refuge to Osama bin Laden.
Alarmed by lawmakers’ demands to cut off billions of dollars of U.S. aid after bin Laden was found living in a Pakistani safe house for six years, President Asif Ali Zardari has ordered a full-court press to quell mounting accusations that it helped the al Qaeda leader avoid capture.
Mark Siegel, a partner in the Washington lobbying firm of Locke Lord Strategies — which is paid $75,000 a month by the Pakistani government — told Reuters on Thursday he had spoken twice to Zardari since U.S. special forces killed bin Laden on Sunday, and “countless” times to the Pakistani ambassador in Washington.
“They are certainly concerned,” Siegel said, adding that suggestions the Pakistani government knew about bin Laden’s whereabouts was nothing more than speculation.
Wow. $75,000 a month to put out press releases.
“It’s impossible for them not to have some idea he was there.“
Mark Siegel, referring to claims by the Afghan government that Pakistan must have known bin Laden’s whereabouts, said:
“Must have known doesn’t mean knew.”
I offered ideas to two different community theatres last fall, but neither responded with an opportunity. Maybe it’s me… I wish I knew, then I could fix it.
The Fantasticks, Occupant (Edward Albee), I Can Get It For You Wholesale (a musical that is never done anymore), my friend Charlie Leipart’s musical Thorstein Veblen‘s Theory of the Leisure Class (I’ve wanted to do this one for years and I’ve kept in touch with Charlie Hoping it will come off someday. It was done last year in California under a new title. A while ago, while I was living in Laurel, Md., I came very close to doing it), Ionesco‘s Rhinoceros (another one of my old favorites and one that you don’t see much.)
Anybody in the Eastern Panhandle region looking for a well-reviewed and experienced director?
- Edward Albee interview: ‘I think of myself as a composer’ (telegraph.co.uk)
- Can You Be Too Cheerful? (m.psychologytoday.com)
- Interview: Prof. Randy Ward on Designing “Fantasticks'” Set (vtsopac.wordpress.com)
Goodbye to Jackie Cooper, one of the favorite actors of my childhood and early adult years. From the “Our Gang” comedies, through years of motion pictures, early television comedy and up through films like “Superman” where he was seen as Perry White, Cooper gaver us decades of talent.
Here’s Jackie in the 50s TV serial “The People’s Choice”:
Goodbye, Jackie Cooper… I remember you fondly.
- Jackie Cooper Passes Away (thehollywoodgossip.com)
- Actor Jackie Cooper Dead at 88 (laist.com)
- Actor Jackie Cooper is dead at age 88 (cnn.com)
- Jackie Cooper, child star who endured, dies at 88 (seattletimes.nwsource.com)
- A Real Champ – Jackie Cooper (paradiseleased.wordpress.com)
- Jackie Cooper, Veteran TV and Movie Star, Dies at 88 (tvsquad.com)
- Former Child Star Jackie Cooper Dies at Age 88 (moviefone.com)