Goldie Hawn is opening up about her past struggles with anxiety over finding fame in Hollywood at a young age. The veteran actress' breakout role came in 1968 when she was just 23 years old as a dancer for classic sketch show Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In, but her overnight success sparked unbearable stress.
In an interview with Queen Latifah on her U.S. talk show on Wednesday (17Sep14), Hawn recalls, "Suddenly I'm pulled out of the chorus and now I'm going into a big show on TV and I really started having anxiety attacks.
"I didn't want to be a star. I wanted to be a dancer. I had been dancing since I was three. I wanted to go home (and) open a dancing school. I wanted to get married. I wanted a 'normal' life. I thought everyone was so screwed up out here (Los Angeles) and I thought I don't want that life."
Hawn sought out medical help to figure out how to cope with her debilitating reaction to fame, adding, "I went to a psychologist to deal with my anxiety, which was a nonspecific anxiety. I'd have panic attacks or I'd go somewhere and get really hot and dizzy and scared.
"I was destabilised and decentralised. I used to be this really happy, young, kid dancer... but then suddenly something happened and I didn't know where I was. I wasn't with my dancer friends anymore. I knew I wasn't going to go home anymore. They (fans) were asking for my autograph when they didn't even know me. It was really bad."
Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In director Gordon Wiles has died at the age of 84. Wiles passed away on 27 April (14) in Irvine, California. The cause of death has not been revealed.
With a career spanning more than 20 years, he helmed 40 episodes of the classic U.S. sketch comedy series, and earned Emmy nominations in 1968 and 1969 for his work on the programme.
The first elected president of the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, Hank Rieger, has died. The former Emmy Awards boss passed away from natural causes at a nursing home in Oceanside, California on Wednesday (05Mar14). He was 95.
Born Henry Rieger, he served as a publicist for U.S. TV network NBC from 1965, working on shows such as Star Trek, western series Bonanza and sketch comedy show Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In.
He was voted as the head of the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences in 1977 and served two terms as president.
The Partridge Family star Dave Madden has died at the age of 82. The Canadian-born actor passed away early on Thursday (16Jan14) after suffering congestive heart and kidney failure, according to TMZ.com.
Madden began his career with an appearance on U.S. sitcom Camp Runamuck in 1965 and rose to fame after starring in Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In.
But he will perhaps be best remembered for his role as long-suffering band manager Ruben Kincaid on popular 1970s sitcom The Partridge Family, which also featured David Cassidy and Danny Bonaduce.
He also made guest appearance on TV series like Bewitched, Happy Days, The Love Boat and Fantasy Island, in addition to Boy Meets World and Sabrina, the Teenage Witch.
Do you enjoy watching the President of the United States on television but hate anything to do with politics? Well, this is your special day. While an interview or two (plus all those State of the Union addresses) has become par for the course, less so are the instances of presidents appearing on popular television shows to not talk about their political agendas, but instead cause a laugh or just have a little fun.
In honor of President's Day, we've rounded up the best cameos from our presidential pals present and past to celebrate the way that they're always on the job: even if they're not in the oval office.
Barack Obama on Mythbusters
Leave it to our current POTUS with the MOTUS (did that work?) to go on one of the nerdiest-yet-educational shows out on television today. Obama was featured in an episode that dissected the probability of the ancient legend of Achimedes' solar death ray. (Because ancient Greeks were very smart — but could they really harness the power of the sun to set a bunch of Roman ships aflame? So Obama tasked Mythbusters hosts Jamie Hyneman and Adam Savage with proving or debunking the idea that Archimedes could used giant mirrors to reflect the sunlight onto attacking Roman ships in 212 BC. Unfortunately, Obama's myth? Busted.
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George Bush on Deal or No Deal
President Bush (the younger) was featured on an episode of the highly-rated Howie Mandel show when the purple-hearted Army Captain Joseph Kobes appeared as a contestant on April 21, 2008. Mandel introduced the President via satellite, where Bush thanked Kobes for his service — but not before making a joke about his own popularity. "I am thrilled to be anywhere with high ratings," Bush explained.
Gerald Ford on Saturday Night Live
President Ford has the honor of being the only current sitting president to tackle the iconic "Live from New York, it's Saturday Night!" when his Press Secretary, Ron Nessen hosted the show on April 18, 1976. After being slayed by Chevy Chase on the show for his frequent snafus, Mr. President decided to take it upon himself to show his own sense of humor about the whole situation. If you're fancy enough to have a Hulu Plus account, watch the episode in full, below, or read a highlight from Ford's ability to take a joke.
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Ron Nessen: Thank you, sir. Now, the producer suggested you might like to do something on the show yourself.
President Gerald Ford: Well, I can take a joke just so far.. [ stands up and walks behind desk ] ..but I won't have this high office ridiculed. I won't have me stumbling around.. [ walks into window ] ..making a fool of myself.. [ walks into flag and fumbles with it, trying to keep it from falling ] ..for some late night comedy show. [ picks up football helmet and puts it on ] I don't need to prove that I can fall down like Chevy Chase or be an athlete. Everyone knows I'm an athlete. [ accidentally kicks wastepaper basket and chases it, soon giving up and returning to his desk ] I'll never forget those wonderful days.. [ picks up tennis racket, throws it in the air to try and catch it, but misses. Walks over to "Liberty", cups his hand near the dog's tail ] Gimme the ball, Liberty! [ takes off helmet, tries to drop-kick it but misses. Returns to desk and sits down ]
Richard Nixon on Laugh-In
Nixon's appearance on Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In in order to show the world that this New Nixon was no longer the sourpuss downer vice presidential man he was believed to be. And how does one do that? By appearing on an unlikely television show — enter: Laugh-In. It would be an understatement to say the core audience of Laugh-In was anywhere near the Republican sweet spot, but many say that the future president really made a name for himself when he did a self-effacing take on the show's signature line. Perhaps even winning him the election.
BONUS BIDEN: Vice President Joe Biden on Parks and Recreation
...Just because Uncle Joe is the best, and Leslie Knope would make a really great President.
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The veteran star, who is credited with paving the way for female comediennes, passed away in her sleep at her Los Angeles home on Monday (20Aug12), months after falling and injuring her wrist and hip, reports TMZ.com.
Born in Ohio, Diller enjoyed a career spanning five decades, breaking into radio and TV in 1952.
She began performing stand-up and co-starred with U.S. TV legend Bob Hope in a variety of TV specials and films such as Boy, Did I Get a Wrong Number! and The Private Navy of Sgt. O'Farrell.
Known for her witty wisecracks and her unusual, signature laugh, Diller made regular appearances on popular comedy show Rowan and Martin's Laugh-In and carved out a movie career for herself with roles in 1961's Splendor in the Grass and 1967 Mad Monster Party.
She also landed her own variety show, The Beautiful Phyllis Diller Show in 1968, and went on to voice the character of the Queen in A Bug's Life and Peter Griffin's mother, Thelma, in a 2006 episode of Family Guy.
She also starred on Broadway in a 1969 production of the musical Hello, Dolly!.
There is nothing, or no one, quite like the original. And Richard Dawson was the original talk show host, in every sense of the word. Dawson, who passed away at the age of 79 over the weekend after a battle with esophageal cancer, was the first — and arguably, best — host of the classic game show Family Feud.
The always, er, spirited and charming Dawson made for some of the best moments in Family Feud, nay, game show history. Whether he was cozying up to a female contestant (according to the AP, Dawson once said he was kissing them "for luck and love, that's all") or having a hearty chuckle or whip-fast joke at a contestant's wild answer the English-born comic actor and television personality set the gold standard for entertaining game show hosts. While the Feud has carried on without Dawson, who hosted when the show began in 1976 until 1985 and then once more in 1994, no one seemed to have as much fun with the guests as the Emmy-winning host did and viewers never had as much fun watching.
While Dawson's career was also marked by memorable turns on Hogan's Heroes, Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In, Match Game and a self-parodying cameo in 1987's The Running Man, survey says it's clips of the charismatic, one-of-a-kind host during his run on Family Feud that will make fans remember him fondly. Check out some of his best Family Feud moments here:
Richard Dawson heard it all during his run as the Feud host, including the time when a female contestant answered "September" as the month in which pregnant women start showing. The blunder caused Dawson to completely lose it on air, making his laugh fest one of the funniest moments on the Feud:
His reaction to the guess of "prostitution" by another contestant was even more priceless: He would have accepted "September" or "prostitution" here, as neither of them are appliances, a concept all but lost on this contestant Dawson encountered: These ladies, on the other hand, could have given him any answer and he would have obliged them: If at first you don't succeed, eh Bob? Or, as Dawson phrased it, "You don't use narcotics, do you Bob?": What's your fondest Richard Dawson Family Feud memory? Survey says... [Photo credit: ABC] More:
Family Feud Host Richard Dawson Passes Away
He lost his battle with lung cancer at his home in Albuquerque, New Mexico on 2 May (12), according to the Associated Press.
Wolfe, who was born in London, began performing comedy in England in the 1950s. He later moved to the U.S., where he landed roles in a number of hit TV shows, including I Dream of Jeannie, Bewitched, The Munsters and The Monkees.
The actor also voiced roles in animated movie The Jungle Book and Carey Grant's 1964 classic Father Goose, while his writing credits include Emmy Award-winning variety show Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In.
Wolfe went on to launch a 12-year teaching career at the University of New Mexico, specialising in screenwriting.
Another 30 Rock live show — another pair of broadcasts with another handful of subtle (and, in some cases, pretty obvious) differences. Just like with the Season 5 live episode, it's worth watching both the East Coast and West Coast broadcasts to see different throwaway one-liners, different cameo appearances, and, perhaps best of all, different screw ups by the cast members ("I'm breaking!"). But for those of you out there who don't exactly have the time to sit through two runs of 30 Rock: Live from Studio 6H, we did it for you.
Paul McCartney vs. Kim Kardashian
East Coast viewers were graced with two brief cameos by Paul McCartney, acting out a head injury and being swept away by Liz Lemon. West Coast viewers got to see Kim Kardashian sneak into Jack Donaghy's bathroom, and increase the TGS viewership by Tweeting a video of it.
30 Rock Theme
Just like on the Season 5 live episode, the duties of singing the 30 Rock theme were shared. On the East Coast, Jane Krakowski sang a version of the song, while on the West Coast, returning player Cheyenne Jackson sang a version.
The Honeymooners Parody Sketch Conclusion
The show's The Honeymooners parody ran almost identically, with the exception of the very last line as delivered by Tina Fey. On the East Coast, during a heart attack, her character's final confession was that she had been sleeping with her makeup lady. On the West Coast, she admitted that she contracted syphilis from Orson Welles.
The Dr. Spaceman Commercials
Both Dr. Spaceman commercials differ to some degree. On the East Coast, both commercials featured Spaceman as a "Nazi Doctor" (who was at first ashamed, then openly proud of this fact). On the West Coast, Spaceman dubbed himself "Hollywood's gay doctor" and a "test tube adult" in his two commercials. A few other jokes in the commercials differed as well, such as Spaceman referencing his inflicted viewers' "claw-like hands" versus their "service monkeys." Still, Dr. Spaceman delivered equal silliness for both coasts.
Lutz's Vomit-Inducing Lunch
Both broadcasts featured the ever-so-clever gag of having Lutz vomit out of nervousness. However, he blamed it on two different meals: on the East Coast, Lutz credited "veal with cheese" as the culprit, whereas on the West Coast, he blamed "a lobster roll and two yogurts."
Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In Parody Sketch Jokes
A handful of jokes changed between broadcasts for the Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In parody. Tracy Morgan's and Scott Adsit's opener on the East Coast involved a joke about Lyndon Johnson, whereas the West Coast broadcast featured an off-color jab at women drivers at the Viet Cong. The bit was followed with two different versions of the Laugh-In catchphrase "Sock it to me!" (East Coast: "Lay it on me!", West Coast: "Do it to it!"). Finally, Alec Baldwin provided two Laugh-In inspired impressions: for the East, Richard Nixon. For the West, Laugh-In star Alan Sues.
Jon Hamm vs. Brian Williams
30 Rock's faithful friend Jon Hamm made an appearance on both broadcasts (wonder how he got along with Kim Kardashian backstage...), but he played two roles on the East Coast broadcast, and only one on the West Coast. His newscaster role on the West Coast show was taken by another 30 Rock frequent flyer, and an even more suitable candidate for the character: Brian Williams. They both handled male chauvinism like champs.
There were a couple of other differences, such as Fey stumbling over a line on the East Coast broadcast, and Jimmy Fallon (as young Jack Donaghy) stumbling over one on the West Coast. But all in all, both runs were successful, and proof that although 30 Rock is on its way out, the show still has that old comedic spark.
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The Private Benjamin star agreed to audition for a part in one of Capp's TV shows after she was approached by a casting agent, who spotted her walking along a New York street - but her big break wasn't as exciting as she had hoped it would be.
Naive and starstruck, the actress met the cartoonist - and the experience made her think twice about whether or not she truly wanted to follow her showbusiness dreams.
During an interview on U.S. TV special Oprah Presents Master Class on Sunday (15Jan12) she recalled, "I go to this big Park Avenue apartment; I've never been in so much wealth... He (Caplin) thunders through the door... and he said, 'Well I'm going to slip into something more comfortable.' And something went off in my brain like, 'More comfortable? OK, well I guess that means he's going to go in and take off his raincoat...' So he comes in in a dressing gown and he sits down on the couch and I'm thinking, 'This isn't looking too good'."
The cartoonist then asked nervous Hawn to show off her legs and when she obliged him by lifting her skirt, Caplin went too far, according to Hawn, who added, "He opened up his dressing gown and I looked at it (penis)... It was scary. I said, 'Mr. Capp I will never get a job like this.' And he said to me, 'Oh, I've had them all.' And I said, 'Well it doesn't matter, but I'll never do this,' and he said, 'Well, you're never going to get anywhere in this business, you should go home and marry a Jewish dentist.' And I started to cry and I said, 'Well maybe I will.'"
But Hawn kept her integrity and got the last laugh: "Finally the show came out, years later, and I was able to send Mr. Capp a telegram. I was doing (TV series Rowan & Martin's) Laugh-In at the time, so I was pretty established... and I said, 'Well congratulations, I guess I didn't have to marry a Jewish dentist after all.'"
Capp, real name Alfred Caplin, died in 1979, aged 70.