By T. Rees Shapiro
Penny Marshall, who starred in the long-running sitcom “Laverne & Shirley” and parlayed her fame into a career directing crowd-pleasing movies such as “Big” and “A League of Their Own,” making her the first woman to helm movies that earned more than $100 million, died Dec. 17 at her home in Hollywood Hills, Calif. She was 75.
Penny Marshall in 2002 (Kevin Winter/Getty Images)
Michelle Bega, a spokeswoman for Ms. Marshall’s family, said the cause was complications from diabetes.
During a career spanning four decades, Ms. Marshall rose up the ranks with help from her older brother, Garry Marshall, an established TV and film writer, producer and director. He worked her into featured parts in his sitcoms, including “Happy Days,” in which Ms. Marshall’s deadpan comic style and nasally Bronx accent made her an instantly recognizable television performer.
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BY LEISHA S. D’ANGELO
Former Major League Baseball players Luis Valbuena and Jose Castillo were killed in a car accident on Thursday night after playing in a winter league game in Venezuela.
Valbuena was 33 and Castillo was 37.
Valbuena played 11 seasons in the majors, including his final two with Los Angeles Angels. He also played with the Seattle Mariners, Cleveland Indians, Chicago Cubs, and Houston Astros.
Castillo played in the majors from 2004 to 2008, with the Pittsburgh Pirates, San Francisco Giants, and Astros.
Valbuena (L) and Castillo
Aretha Franklin, known as “The Queen of Soul,” passed away in her home on August 16, 2018 after a battle with pancreatic cancer. All of her accolades and accomplishments can be viewed HERE.
Here at The Grapevine Source, we are huge Blues Brothers fans, so we’d like to share with you what was posted on their Facebook Page. RIP, Aretha…and R-E-S-P-E-C-T.
In a land of giants, Aretha Franklin stood as one of the tallest. She had the soul of a lion, the strength of a warrior and the voice of unparalleled power and conviction.
THINK was a show-stopper that demonstrated her power as a performer. She also gave us an anthem for RESPECT and forever earned a place in our hearts.
– From The Blues Brothers Facebook Page
Richard “The Old Man” Harrison (L) and Rick Harrison (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
LAS VEGAS (AP) – “Pawn Stars” patriarch, Richard Benjamin Harrison, who was known as “The Old Man,” has died at age 77.
Gold & Silver Pawn’s Facebook page posted Monday that Harrison was surrounded by “loving family” this past weekend and died peacefully.
The post said that fans would remember Harrison as a “sometimes grumpy (always loving, however), often wisecracking, and voice of absolute reason” on the History Channel reality show.
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By Jessica Ravitz, CNN
After the deaths by suicide of Kate Spade and Anthony Bourdain, calls and texts to crisis hotlines spiked dramatically.
Trained counselors at more than 150 crisis centers in the United States fielded 65% more phone calls over the previous week for the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline, the organization’s director of communications, Frances Gonzalez, said. And the Crisis Text Line saw a 116% increase in volume, according to Liz Eddy, the text line’s spokeswoman.
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Bourdain in 2017 (photo by David Scott Holloway)
New York (CNN) – Anthony Bourdain, a gifted storyteller and writer who took CNN viewers around the world, has died. He was 61.
CNN confirmed Bourdain’s death on Friday and said the cause of death was suicide.
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Suicide is a growing problem in the United States. The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention published a survey Thursday showing suicide rates increased by 25% across the United States over nearly two decades ending in 2016. Twenty-five states experienced a rise in suicides by more than 30%, the government report finds.
How to get help: Call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255.