Twin Peaks star Sheryl Lee went broke after ill health left her unable to work. Lee, who played dead high school student Laura Palmer in David Lynch's cult TV series, lost her home and was forced to sell her possessions to pay her medical bills after she was diagnosed with neutropenia, a rare blood disorder, in 2007.
The 47-year-old actress tells the London Evening Standard, "I've had to sell everything for financial reasons. From the age of 40, I went through illness for four and a half years. I tried to keep working through it as much as I could, but I was physically not able to do it as much and if you look sick it's hard to get a job. I did a few independent films, but there's no money in them. So everything was taken away - my health, my career, my finances. I had a little house, and I sold that and moved into a condo, then sold the condo... I kept downsizing and downsizing."
Lee even had to sell off all her keepsakes from Twin Peaks.
She adds, "I wish I still had them but I had to sell them too. I now live a very, very quiet, simple life in a tiny little guest house on somebody else's ranch. People always assume that, if you're an actor who's been on anything from which you're recognisable, that you're making all this money, and it's just not true."
News of Lee's financial troubles come just weeks after Lynch confirmed Twin Peaks is heading back to TV, but the actress reveals she has not been asked to take part in the revival.
Veteran comedian John Cleese is set to join the literary elite after winning a nomination for Britain's top book awards along with Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling and blockbuster thriller writer Lee Child. The Monty Python star's memoir So, Anyway... has landed a nod in the autobiography/biography category at the Specsavers National Book Awards.
Other big names to score nominations include Rowling, who will compete for Crime/Thriller Book of the Year under her pseudonym Robert Galbraith for The Silkworm. She faces competition from Anthony Horowitz (Moriarty), Lee Child (Personal), Terry Hayes (I Am Pilgrim) and Sophie Hannah (The Monogram Murders).
The Slits star Viv Albertine is included in the Non-fiction Book of the Year category for Clothes, Clothes, Clothes. Music, Music, Music. Boys, Boys, Boys... while Awful Auntie by British funnyman David Walliams is nominated for Children's Book of the Year and Audiobook of the Year.
The awards will be announced on 26 December (14).
"Oprah is a huge figure in my life now. She saw an audition tape of me being Martin Luther King, Jr. and she became obsessed. And from that moment on, I would get phone calls from far flung parts of the planet saying, 'I spoke to so and so we're gonna try to make this happen!'" British actor David Oyelowo has media mogul Oprah Winfrey to thank for his role as the civil rights leader in their highly-anticipated film Selma. Oyelowo and Winfrey previously worked together on Lee Daniels' The Butler.
"I remember Dave hearing Jump and he did not want to do it. He told Eddie (Van Halen), 'You're a guitar hero. You're not a keyboard player. You need to play guitar'." Former Van Halen bassist Michael Anthony reveals frontman David Lee Roth was not a fan of the group's mega-hit Jump when he first heard it.
British stars including Russell Brand, Cheryl Fernandez-Versini and Simon Cowell lined up to honour the country's bravest at the Pride of Britain Awards on Monday (06Oct14). The Who's Roger Daltrey, Peter Capaldi, McBusted, Jeremy Piven, Warwick Davis, The Saturdays and Union J were also among the celebrities who were on hand to pay tribute to 17 of the U.K.'s most inspirational citizens at London's Grosvenor House.
One of the winners was Sir Tim Berners-Lee, who is credited with inventing the World Wide Web. Prime Minister David Cameron presented the computer scientist with the accolade, noting "He's made the world seem a more connected place, and improved our ability to work together in it."
Prince Harry took part in the event by appearing in a video tribute honouring the wounded soldiers who participated in the Invictus Games, which took place in London last month (Sep14).
The royal, who also served on the organising committee for the Games, said in the footage, "To fight for your country takes courage but to move beyond life changing injuries takes the extraordinary level of grit and determination.
"I can only begin to imagine how challenging the journey of recovery is and the admiration I have for these men and women is limitless... Their stories move, inspire and humble me. They are as amazing as they are unique and I'm absolutely delighted that the team is receiving this Pride of Britain award."
Actor Nicholas D'agosto has been cast as fictional district attorney Harvey Dent in Batman spin-off Gotham. The Masters of Sex star will have a recurring role in the remaining episodes of the first season of the new drama, with the potential of becoming a regular in season two.
In the comic books, Dent is an ally to Batman, but turns into villain Two-Face after he's doused in acid by mob boss Salvatore Maroni.
Former Dexter star David Zayas has also been cast as Maroni.
Dent/Two-Face has previously been portrayed by Tommy Lee Jones and Aaron Eckhart.
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A producer behind historical drama The Butler has called in police after burglars ransacked his home and stole a script signed by the film's star Oprah Winfrey.
The precious keepsake was taken from David Jacobson's Los Angeles home in a raid which cops believe is linked to a spate of other burglaries in the area.
Three suspects have been arrested in connection with the string of thefts, but The Butler script has yet to be recovered, according to TMZ.com.
British soap star David Easter is "ecstatic" after a rape case against him was dropped. Easter, who has starred in U.K. soaps Brookside and Emmerdale, was interviewed under caution at a police station in Surrey, England in May (14) on one allegation of rape, which is said to have occurred 17 years ago involving a woman who was aged 30 at the time.
The actor, who was married to British TV personality Denise Welch for five years in the 1980s, denied the allegation and was allowed to leave the station hours later.
The case against the 54 year old has now been dropped due to lack of evidence.
His lawyer Julian Lee tells Britain's The Sun newspaper, "David is obviously ecstatic... thankfully (the claims) didn't get anywhere - I hope David can get on with his life now."
Van Halen star David Lee Roth is mourning the loss of his uncle, New York nightclub boss Manny Roth, following his death this week (beg28Jul14) Roth owned Greenwich Village club Cafe Wha? which became a haven for 1960s folk stars like Bob Dylan and Mary Travers and comedians Bill Cosby and Richard Pryor.
It was also the place where Animals bass player Chas Chandler first saw Jimi Hendrix and persuaded the unknown guitarist to let him manage his career.
Announcing the sad news on his website, Roth writes, "Uncle Manny has passed away. He was 95 years old. He was happy, laughing and smiling right up ’til the end. His presence already missed. His contributions with us forever."
Former Marilyn Manson guitarist John 5 and Van Halen's David Lee Roth have teamed up to record a new album. The heavy rocker, real name John William Lowery, landed his big break when Lee Roth hired him for his 1998 album DLR Band and now the two old friends have reunited in the studio to work on a new California Sessions project.
John 5 tells Canadian blogger Mitch Lafon, "It's 11 of the greatest songs you'll ever hear, and it's just me and Dave, and we had Gregg Bissonette play drums on it. And it's unbelievable.
"There's a song called Somewhere Over The Rainbow Bar & Grill and just great, great songs. And hopefully sometime it'll see the light of day. But he's (Lee Roth) busy with Van Halen, all that stuff. But it's an incredible record.
"I would just go over to his house during the day and write this music and then he would book the studio at night. So we would go into A&M Studios... and we'd record. It sounds like just Dave from that Van Halen I or II or Women And Children First era."
And Lee Roth isn't the only rock god John 5 has been working with - he has collaborated with Judas Priest frontman Rob Halford on the 2WO project. The guitarist is also currently working with Rob Zombie.