Marcia Wallace, the voice of The Simpsons' Edna Krabappel who earlier played the quick-witted receptionist on The Bob Newhart Show, has died. She was 70.
"I was tremendously saddened to learn this morning of the passing of
the brilliant and gracious Marcia Wallace. She was beloved by all at The Simpsons and we intend to retire her irreplaceable character," said Simpsons executive producer Al Jean in a statement.
Jean addressed a storyline that was previously teased about killing
off a character on the show and noted that this was not associated with
"Earlier we had discussed a potential storyline in which a character
passed away. This was not Marcia's Edna Krabappel. Marcia's passing is
unrelated and again, a terrible loss for all who had the pleasure of
knowing her," Jean wrote.
"Cheers to the hilarious, kind, fab Marcia Wallace, who has taken her
leave of us. Heaven is now a much funnier place b/c of you, Marcia," Yeardley Smith, who voices Lisa Simpson, wrote on Twitter on Saturday morning.
Legendary singer Linda Ronstadt, 67, told AARP today that she “can’t sing a note” because she suffers from Parkinson’s disease.
Diagnosed eight months ago, Ronstadt began to show symptoms as long as
eight years ago. But she ascribed her inability to sing to a tick bite
(“my health has never recovered since then”), and believed the shaking
in her hands resulted from shoulder surgery.
In a wide-ranging interview with AARP’s music writer Alanna Nash to be published on aarp.org next week, Ronstadt revealed how she discovered that “there was something wrong” with her voice.
“I couldn’t sing,” she told Nash, “and I couldn’t figure out why. I
knew it was mechanical. I knew it had to do with the muscles, but I
thought it might have also had something to do with the tick disease that I had. And it didn’t occur to me to go to a neurologist.
I think I’ve had it for seven or eight years already, because of the
symptoms that I’ve had. Then I had a shoulder operation, so I thought
that’s why my hands were trembling.
“Parkinson’s is very hard to diagnose, so when I finally went to a
neurologist and he said, ‘Oh, you have Parkinson’s disease,’ I was
completely shocked. I wouldn’t have suspected that in a million, billion
“No one can sing with Parkinson’s disease,” Ronstadt said. “No matter how hard you try.”
Valerie Harper is facing a devastating diagnosis: terminal brain cancer.
The television icon – beloved for her role as brash New Yorker Rhoda Morgenstern on The Mary Tyler Moore Show and its spin-off, Rhoda – received the news on Jan. 15, she reveals to PEOPLE in this week's exclusive cover interview.
battery of tests revealed she has leptomeningeal carcinomatosis, a rare
condition that occurs when cancer cells spread into the fluid-filled
membrane surrounding the brain. Her doctors say she has as little as
three months left to live.
Resolved to face her last days with courage and humor, "I don't think of dying," says the actress, 73, who previously battled lung cancer in 2009. "I think of being here now."
do you see this Supreme Court? And GOP Scum living in the 50's? Its ok..the world will not end fi we can all love each other EQUALLY!
Described as "a first" for ESPN, which aired a victory kiss on Sunday shared between the Pro Bowling Association finals winner and his husband
In what might be a first, ESPN this weekend showed an openly gay male pro athlete kissing his husband and they did not shy away from describing the relationship. The event was the 2012 PBA Chameleon Championship in Las Vegas, held in November, but shown on TV this Sunday.
Scott Norton won the event over Jason Belmonte and afterward broke down and cried in memory of a friend who had died. He was then shown kissing his husband, Craig Woodward, as they exchanged affectionate words (video below). During the telecast, ESPN’s announcers referred to Woodward as Norton’s husband or spouse.
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