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ENTERTAINMENT: Actress Dixie Carter dies at age 70

compiled from staff, wire and internet reports

TV star Dixie Carter, who earned millions of fans on shows “Designing Woman” and  “Diff’rent Strokes,” died Saturday morning at age 70.

Carter’s death was confirmed by her publicist Steve Rohn. Rohn represents both Carter and her husband, Oscar-nominated actor Hal Holbrook.

Actress Dixie Carter (cbs)

Carter’s career spanned multiple decades on television and stage. TV fans remember her best for the character of Julia Sugarbaker on the CBS sitcom “Designing Woman”, of which she appeared in over 160 episodes from 1986-1983. That role came just one year following a two-season gig on NBC’s “Diff’rent Strokes” as aerobics instructor Maggie McKinney and also as Mr. Phil Drummond’s girl friend.

Carter continued to find success in the later stages of her career, playing Randi King on three seasons of “Family Law.” She recently appeared in a seven-episode arc on ABC’s “Desperate Housewives”, for which she received her first and only Emmy nomination.

The also had television roles in “Lou Grant”, “Diagnosis Murder”, “One Life to Live”, “Out of the Blue” and “On Our Own”.

A native of McLemoresville, Tennessee, Dixie Carter started her acting career back in 1960. She was married three times, first to Arthur Carter, second to actor George Hearn and third since 1964 to Hal Holbrook.

ENTERTAINMENT: Longtime actress of Law and Order will be turning in her badge

compiled from staff and wire reports

S. Epatha Merkerson is leaving Law and Order, according to reports out of Hollywood.  Merkerson, who has appeared on the NBC series longer than any other cast member, since 1993 or 375 episodes as Lieutenant Anita Van Buren, has asked to be released after this season.

S. Epatha Merkerson (nbc)

Sharon Epatha Merkerson was born on November 28, 1952 in Saginaw, Michigan, she is 57. She is a graduate of Wayne State University in Detroit.

There has been no decision on next season for Law and Order, which if it happens, would be a record-setting 21st season, is still being discussed by NBC as it is in negotiations with TNT to continue showing reruns of the drama in syndication.

ENTERTAINMENT: ‘I Spy’ star Robert Culp, dies at 79

compiled by megasportsnews.com staff

Robert Culp, who played former tennis star-turned-secret agent Kelly Robinson while teamming with Bill Cosby as Alexander Scott in the TV series “I Spy” and was Bob in the sex comedy “Bob, Carol, Ted & Alice, died earlier this week after collapsing outside his Hollywood home, he was 79.

Culp’s manager Hilliard Elkins said the actor was on a walk when he fell. He was taken to a hospital and pronounced dead just before noon Pacific Time.

“I Spy”  greatly advanced the careers of Robert Culp and Bill Cosby. They became famous and household names in Hollywood and became lifelong friends. Bill Cosby has said over the years during interviews that Culp was like an older brother to him. “As an actor, he always was there to teach me and protect me,” Cosby said.

‘I Spy” aired from 1965 to 1968 and was a television groundbreaking show with its combination of humor and adventure which broke new barriers.  It was the first integrated show to feature a black actor in a starring role.

Actor Robert Culp (creative commons/wfe photo)

As mentioned before, Robert Culp played Kelly Robinson, a spy whose cover was as a touring tennis player. Unknown to most people, in real life Culp actually was a top-notch tennis player who showed his skills in numerous celebrity tournaments. Cosby was his co-hort and fellow spy Alexander Scott, whose character cover was as Culp’s trainer. The duo traveled the world in the secret service of the United States government.

Eventhough Culp was the more polished actor, it was Cosby who won Emmy’s for the leading role actor all three years that “I Spy” aired.

After years of discussion and planning, Culp and Cosby teammed up in 1994 for a two-hour CBS movie, “I Spy Returns.”

Robert Martin Culp was born in 1930 in Oakland, California and is survived by his wife, Candace Culp and five children.

CAMP FAIR coming Saturday March 27

Courtesy of Columbus Recreation and Parks

The Columbus Recreation and Parks, 100 years and still growing, will be holding a Camp Fair this Saturday March 27 at the Franklin Park Adventure Center.

You can visit camp and information tables from 9 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. and registration from 11:00 a.m. – 1 p.m.

For more information, please contact the Columbus Recreation and Parks at (614) 645-7000.

ENTERTAINMENT: Saturday is Huntington Hat Night at Nationwide Arena

Courtesy of the Columbus Blue Jackets

Huntington presents Hat Night at Nationwide Arena when the Blue Jackets host the New York Islanders on Saturday, May 27 at 7 p.m. All fans in attendance will receive a Blue Jackets hat courtesy of  Huntington. Tickets starting at $20.00 are available at Ticketmaster and www.BlueJackets.com.

Rick Nash leads Columbus against New York (cbj)

In addition, a minimum of 250 Huntington Green Seats are available for just $10.00 at the Nationwide Arena Ticket Office starting at 5 p.m.

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