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  • Actor Sherman Hemsley, aka Mr. Jefferson, Dies at 74

    Actor Sherman Hemsley, aka Mr. Jefferson, Dies at 74
    EL PASO, Texas -- Sherman Hemsley, who played the brash George Jefferson on "All in the Family" and "The Jeffersons," died Tuesday at 74, his booking agent said. Hemsley played Jefferson, a wisecracking owner of a dry cleaning business, on "All In the...
  • Actor Sherman Hemsley From "The Jeffersons" Dead At 74

    Actor Sherman Hemsley From "The Jeffersons" Dead At 74
    Actor Sherman Hemsley, best known for his role as George Jefferson in the hit “The Jeffersons”, died Tuesday according to TMZ. He died at his home in El Paso, Texas, at the age of 74.  His body was reportedly found by his maid, who...
  • 'Jeffersons' star Sherman Hemsley, 74, got his start in theater

    'Jeffersons' star Sherman Hemsley, 74, got his start in theater
    Behind many notable television careers is a theater background, and Sherman Hemsley, who died this week at 74, was no exception. The star of the long-running CBS sitcom "The Jeffersons," Hemsley got his start on the stage, including studying at the...
  • Nothing devious about 'Devious Maids' writer Tanya Saracho

    Nothing devious about 'Devious Maids' writer Tanya Saracho
    For all the Chicago acting talent that turns up on TV each season, a steady number of local playwrights are landing TV work as well. Particularly women. Laura Jacqmin recently joined the staff of the new ABC series "Lucky 7" (which co-stars fellow...
  • Judy Gold dreams of her gay-family sitcom

    Judy Gold dreams of her gay-family sitcom
    Stand-up comedian Judy Gold stars in her second one-woman show, "The Judy Show: My Life as a Sitcom," which opens Wednesday at the Geffen Playhouse. In your show, you talk about pitching a sitcom or a reality show based on your life. No, it's always a...
  • Jean Stapleton, beyond Edith Bunker: a devoted theater actress

    Jean Stapleton, beyond Edith Bunker: a devoted theater actress
    Before her caterwauling duet of "Those Were the Days" with Carroll O'Connor became a signature moment of CBS' "All in the Family," actress Jean Stapleton had already sung her way through a number of now-classic stage musicals in her career as a New York...
  • LeAnn Rimes and Eddie Cibrian snag a bucolic bargain

    LeAnn Rimes and Eddie Cibrian snag a bucolic bargain
    Country singing star LeAnn Rimes and her husband, actor Eddie Cibrian, know a bargain when they see one. The pair spent $3 million behind the gates in bucolic Hidden Hills on a house marketed as a short sale that once sold for $5.575 million. The...
  • On TV, a new breed of Modern Woman

    On TV, a new breed of Modern Woman
    A ruthlessly self-aware political wife reconsidering her choices. A sensual socialite facing down an oppressive age with informed good humor. A group of young women so busy defying social expectations they've forgotten to have any of their own. A...
  • When you say jazz, Nicholas Payton hears BAM

    When you say jazz, Nicholas Payton hears BAM
    In a cramped UCLA classroom, trumpeter Nicholas Payton is leading a young septet of college students through his piece "The Backwards Step." He's here as part of a weeklong teaching residency, and the song he plays to the group at the Thelonious Monk...
  • Scene & Heard: Festival of New American Musicals fundraiser

    Scene & Heard: Festival of New American Musicals fundraiser
    L.A.'s Festival of New American Musicals closed its third season Aug. 21 with a tuneful fundraiser, billed as a birthday party for Tony Award-winning composer Jason Robert Brown, of "Parade," "13," "Songs for a New World" and "Last Five Years." "For what...
  • John Rich dies at 86; director of landmark sitcoms

    John Rich dies at 86; director of landmark sitcoms
    As a top television comedy director who won an Emmy directing "The Dick Van Dyke Show"in the early 1960s, John Rich was faced with a tough choice in 1970. On the same day he received a phone call from Mary Tyler Moore wanting to set up a meeting to...
  • PASSINGS: Russell Arms, David Kelly, Philip Kellogg

    Russell Arms Actor who started on 'Your Hit Parade' Russell Arms, 92, a singer and actor who was a regular vocalist on the popular TV musical program "Your Hit Parade" from 1952 to 1957, died Monday at his home in Hamilton, Ill., where he had retired...