U.S. TV veteran Katey Sagal reunited with her Married... With Children co-stars Christina Applegate, Ed O'Neill and David Faustino during the unveiling of her star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on Tuesday (09Sep14), 17 years after the sitcom finished. Sagal's Sons of Anarchy co-star Charlie Hunnam was also on hand to honour her at the ceremony.
Comedienne Joan Rivers has died at the age of 81.
The Fashion Police host passed away on Thursday (04Sep14) at New York's Mount Sinai Hospital after she was removed from life support following a cardiac and respiratory arrest during a routine throat operation at a nearby clinic on 28 August (14).
Following the ordeal, the legendary TV personality was placed in a medically-induced coma and on Wednesday (03Sep14) she was moved from the intensive care unit of the hospital to a private room, where her daughter Melissa Rivers informed fans she was resting comfortably.
However, on Thursday, Melissa announced the sad news of her mother's death in a statement, which reads: "It is with great sadness that I announce the death of my mother, Joan Rivers. She passed peacefully at 1:17pm surrounded by family and close friends. My son and I would like to thank the doctors, nurses, and staff of Mount Sinai Hospital for the amazing care they provided for my mother. "Cooper and I have found ourselves humbled by the outpouring of love, support, and prayers we have received from around the world. They have been heard and appreciated. My mother's greatest joy in life was to make people laugh. Although that is difficult to do right now, I know her final wish would be that we return to laughing soon."
Rivers was born Joan Alexandra Molinsky in June, 1933. She became a comedy sensation on TV in America after appearing on The Tonight Show, hosted by Johnny Carson, in 1965, and later became Carson's permanent guest host. The two old friends fell out when she moved to a rival network and launched her own late-night show.
The comic was known for her biting attacks on celebrities and herself, often poking fun at her many cosmetic surgeries. She had her first in 1965.
Rivers won a Daytime Emmy Award for hosting successful talk show The Joan Rivers Show, and she often hosted pre-awards red carpet specials, during which she often poked fun at the celebrities before her.
A best-selling author, Rivers also became a regular on reality TV and fronted her own family show with her daughter Melissa.
At the time of her death, the comedienne was on a stand-up tour and also hosted hit E! show Fashion Police and online weekly talk show In Bed with Joan. Production on Fashion Police was halted after news of Rivers' health emergency became known.
Flowers were placed on the comedienne's star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on Thursday afternoon.
U.S. TV veteran Katey Sagal is to be honoured with the 2,529th star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. The actress will unveil her plaque on Hollywood Boulevard on 9 September (14) and her Married... With Children co-stars Ed O'Neill and Christina Applegate will be among those paying tribute to her.
Flowers and tributes for the late Robin Williams have been laid outside the house used in his comedy Mrs. Doubtfire. Mourners flocked to the home in San Francisco, California to pay their respects. Similar tributes have been left at his star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame and at a park bench in Boston, Massachusetts that was used in Good Will Hunting. Williams died of an apparent suicide on Monday (11Aug14), aged 63.
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Actor Robin Williams has died at the age of 63. The Oscar-winning Good Will Hunting star's body was discovered on Monday morning (11Aug14) at his home in Tiburon, California.
An investigation into the cause, manner, and circumstances of the death is currently underway. A forensic examination is currently scheduled for Tuesday (12Aug14). Williams was last seen alive at his home on Sunday evening (10Aug14).
Initial reports suggest the local coroner suspects the death was "a suicide due to asphyxia."
Williams' publicist Mara Buxbaum has confirmed the sad news, telling The Hollywood Reporter, "Robin Williams passed away this morning. He has been battling severe depression of late. This is a tragic and sudden loss. The family respectfully asks for their privacy as they grieve during this very difficult time."
And his wife, Susan Schneider, adds, "This morning, I lost my husband and my best friend, while the world lost one of its most beloved artists and beautiful human beings. I am utterly heartbroken. On behalf of Robin's family, we are asking for privacy during our time of profound grief. As he is remembered, it is our hope the focus will not be on Robin's death, but on the countless moments of joy and laughter he gave to millions."
Williams will reprise his role as Theodore Roosevelt in the third Night at the Museum film, and movie bosses at the studio behind the film have issued a statement which reads: "There really are no words to describe the loss of Robin Williams. He was immensely talented, a cherished member of our community, and part of the Fox family. Our hearts go out to his family, friends and fans. He will be deeply missed."
Earlier this summer (Jun14), Williams, who spent years dealing with drug and alcohol issues, checked in to the Hazelden Addiction Treatment Center in Minnesota to focus on maintaining his sobriety.
The news came after he wrapped filming on upcoming holiday movie Merry Friggin' Christmas with Joel McHale, who paid tribute to his co-star upon hearing of his latest rehab stint, telling the New York Daily News, "He is such an open soul and one of the most sensitive and great guys, and I would kill for the man... He wore his struggles and sobriety and was very up front and candid about what he has gone through."
Born in Chicago, Illinois in July, 1951, Robin McLaurin Williams became a stand-up comedian upon leaving Juilliard School, where he studied theatre. He enjoyed success on the small screen when his character of alien Mork on Happy Days landed his his own sitcom, Mork & Mindy, in 1978. The hit show ran for four years.
He scored his first major movie role in 1980's Popeye and followed that up with the acclaimed The World According to Garp in 1982. Williams' hit movies also include Good Morning, Vietnam, Dead Poets Society, Awakenings, Happy Feet, Hook, The Birdcage, The Fisher King, Insomnia, Jumanji and Robots.
His death brings to a close talk of a Mrs. Doubtfire sequel, which Williams had recently signed up for.
As well as his Oscar for Good Will Hunting, he also won a Grammy Award in 2003 for Best Spoken Comedy Album (Robin Williams - Live 2002), and received the Golden Globes Cecil B. DeMille Award in 2004.
He was married three times and fathered three children. Flowers will be placed on his Hollywood Walk of Fame star, located at 6925 Hollywood Boulevard, on Tuesday morning (12Aug14).
Filmmaker Woody Allen has cemented his place in Rhode Island history by adding his handprints to the state's own Hollywood Walk of Fame. The Blue Jasmine director has been shooting his new project in the city of Providence in recent weeks and on Thursday (07Aug14), he was honoured by local officials in nearby Pawtucket.
Allen, who has yet to be invited to join the famous Hollywood Walk of Fame in California, joins the likes of Dustin Hoffman, who was inducted in 1995 while filming his movie American Buffalo in Rhode Island.
However, local official Bob Billington, of the Blackstone Valley Chamber of Commerce, is hoping to land two more famous prints for the tourist attraction - the stars of Allen's as-yet-untitled movie, Emma Stone and Joaquin Phoenix.
He says, "It's our dream that we complete it with the last two stars. We respect everybody's privacy, but we're hoping that we'll be graced with that opportunity."
Chinese actress Fan Bingbing is in talks to portray movie star Anna May Wong in an upcoming biopic.
Producers of Shanghai-based company Fundamental Films are developing a film called Dragon Lady and The X-Men: Days of Future Past actress/singer has emerged as their top choice to play the lead role.
The film will centre around Wong's life as the first Chinese-American movie star, recalling her poverty-stricken upbringing in downtown Los Angeles and her rise to fame in Hollywood.
Her breakout role came in 1924 when she played a Mongol slave opposite Douglas Fairbanks in The Thief of Bagdad, but she was constantly offered roles to play negative stereotypes of Chinese females.
The parts available to her were limited even further by U.S. laws at the time which prevented her from having on-screen romances with a person of another race.
Wong also starred in such films as Daughter of the Dragon, Daughter of Shanghai, and Shanghai Express with Marlene Dietrich, and she received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 1960.
Ringo Starr plans to celebrate his 74th birthday later this month (Jul14) with a huge "peace and love" rally in Los Angeles.
The Beatles legend reaches the milestone on Monday (07Jul14) and he is inviting fans to join him at the Hollywood Walk of Fame outside the Capitol Records building for a "birthday salute".
He is also asking followers to pose for photographs with the theme "peace rocks" and post the images on various social networking websites on Monday to mark the special occasion.
Oscar nominated moviemaker Paul Mazursky has died, aged 84. The Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice and An Unmarried Woman director passed away after suffering a pulmonary cardiac arrest at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles on Monday (30Jun14).
Mazursky was nominated for an Academy Award five times and twice competed for the Palme D'Or at the Cannes Film Festival.
His film credits also included Blume in Love and Harry and Tonto.
Flowers were placed on Mazursky's star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 6667 Hollywood Boulevard on Tuesday afternoon (01Jul14).