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ENTERTAINMENT NEWS: “Honey West” star Anne Francis dies at 80

Anne Francis, who played in the 1950′s science fiction classic Forbidden Planet and later as the sexy private eye, Honey West, died Sunday in Santa Barbara, California at age 80.

Her daughter, Jane Uemura told media outlets that her mom died of complications from pancreatic cancer.

Francis had a career in radio, television and Broadway as a child before being cast in movies.

Later on in life, Anne returned to television and appeared in dozens of series: MAN FROM U.N.C.L.E., The Fugitive, My Three Sons, Dallas, Matlock, Golden Girls, Murder, She Wrote and as recent as 2004, Without a Trace.

The character of Honey West, came from the ABC-TV show, Burke’s Law. Both shows were produced by the ultra-successful creator, director and producer Aaron Spelling.

Honey West, which ran from 1965-1966, found Francis playing a sexy James Bond-type character which had a pet ocelot. An ocelot is a South American dwarfed-size leopard/jaguar.

Clipart of female detective & woman courtesy of OCAL courtesy of

“Book ‘em Danno!” We say goodbye to Hawaii Five-O’s James MacArthur

James MacArthur (courtesy of Wikipedia Commons)

James MacArthur, who was Steve McGarrett’s (Jack Lord) second-in- command Danny “Danno” Williams on the original TV series of Hawaii-Five-O. died late last week at the age of 72.

The actor died in Florida of natural causes, his agent, Richard Lewis told the media.

The son of actress Helen Hayes, and playwright Charles MacArthur, James played Danny williams for 11 years from 1968 to 1979.

His character became the subject of the Steve McGarrett signature phrase, “Book ‘em Danno!”

MacArthur also was famous for acting in movies like Swiss Family Robinson (1960) and the Battle of the Bulge (1965).

He won a 1961 Theatre World Award for best new actor in Invitation to a March, a Broadway production.

compiled from staff, wire, wikipedia news and entertainment news



Sunday, October 10, was the 283rd day of 2010. With 82 days left in the year.


* On October 10, 1935, the George Gershwin opera Porgy and Bess, featuring an all-black cast, opened on Broadway.

* In 1845, the U.S. Naval Academy was established in Annapolis, Maryland.

* In 1913, the Panama Canal was effectively completed as President Woodrow Wilson sent a signal from the White House by telegraph, setting off explosives that destroyed a section of the Gamboa Dike.

* In 1943, Chiang Kai-Shek took the oath of office as president of China.

* In 1967, the Outer Space Treaty, prohibiting placing weapons of mass destruction on the moon or elsewhere in space, became effective.

* In 1973, Vice President Spiro T. Agnew, accused of accepting bribes, pleaded no contest to one count of federal income-tax evasion and resigned.


64 Ben Vereen, entertainer.

60 Nora Roberts, author.

52 Tanya Tucker, country singer.

37 Mario Lopez, actor from Saved by the Bell.


Monday, October 11, was the 284th day of 2010. 81 days remain. This is the Columbus Day observance in the United States as well as Thanksgiving Day in Canada.


* On October 11, 1910, Theodore Roosevelt became the first former U.S. president to fly in an airplane during a visit to St. Louis.

* In 1809, about three years after the famous Lewis and Clark expedition ended, Meriwether Lewis was found dead in a Tennessee Inn, an apparent suicide. He was 35.

* In 1890, the Daughters of the American Revolution was founded in Washington, D.C.

* In 1968, Apollo 7, the first manned Apollo mission, was launched with astronauts Wally Shirra, Donn Fulton Eisele, a Columbus, Ohio native, and R. Walter Cunningham aboard.

* In 1975, NBC Saturday Night (later Saturday Night Live) premiered with guest host George Carlin.

* In 1984, space shuttle Challenger astronaut Kathryn Sullivan became the first American woman to walk in space. She later became CEO of COSI Columbus.


Chris Spielman with his late wife, Stefanie. Chris turned 45 on October 11 (file)

Ohio native Luke Perry turns 44 on October 11

85 Elmore Leonard, author.

48 Joan Cusick, actress.

45 Chris Spielman, former Ohio state football great and college football hall of famer.

44 Luke Perry, actor from Beverly Hills, 90210 and native of Fredericktown, Ohio which is located in Knox County.

34 Emily Deschanel, actress on the TV show, Bones.

ENTERTAINMENT NEWS FOR WEDNESDAY SEPTEMBER 22, 2010: Almanacs & Celebrity Birthdays


Today is Wednesday, September 22, the 265th day of 2010. We have 100 days left before 2011 arrives. The season of AUTUMN will arrive at 11:09 TONIGHT.


* On September 22, 1776, during the Revolutionary War, Captain Nathan Hale, age 21, was hanged as a spy by the British in New York.

* In 1862, President Abraham Lincoln issued the preliminary Emancipation Proclamation, declaring all slaves in rebel states would be free as of January 1, 1863.

* In 1927, Gene Tunney successfully defended his heavyweight boxing title against Jack Dempsey in the famous “long count” fight in Chicago.

* In 1964, the musical Fiddler on the Roof opened on Broadway. It ran for 3,242 performances.

* In 1975, Sara Jane Moore shot at President Gerald R. Ford outside a San Francisco hotel but missed. Moore served 32 years in prison before being paroled on December 31, 2007.

* In 1980, the Persian Gulf conflict between Iran and Iraq erupted into a war that lasted almost eight years.

* In 1989, songwriter Irving Berlin died at age 101.


Walter Alston (L), Tommy LaSorda (R). Tommy is 83 today. (photo courtesy of Joe Santry & Clippers)

83 Tommy LaSorda, baseball Hall of Fame manager.

59 David Coverdale, rock singer for the bands, Deep Purple & Whitesnake.

54 Debby Boone, singer and daughter of crooner Pat Boone.

52 Andrea Bocelli, classical crossover singer.

45 Scott Baio, actor.

ENTERTAINMENT FOR MONDAY AUGUST 23, 2010: Alamanac & Celebrity Birthdays


Today is Monday, August 23, the 235th day of 2010. There are 130 days left in the year.


* On August 23, 1960, Broadway librettist Oscar Hammerstein II, died at age 65, in Doylestown, Pennsylvania, nine months after the opening of his final collaboration with composer Richard Rodgers, The Sound of Music.

* In 1305, Scottish rebel leader Sir William Wallace was executed by the English for treason.

* In 1775, Britain’s King George III proclaimed the American Colonies in a state of “open and avowed rebellion.”


76 Barbara Eden, actress from I Dream of Jeannie with Larry Hagman.

76 Sonny Jurgenson, Hall of Fame quarterback.

61 Shelley Long, actress from Cheers.

61 Rick Springfield, rock singer and actor, Dr. Noah Drake from General Hospital.

49 Dean DeLeo, musician from Stone Temple Pilots.

40 Jay Mohr, actor and comedian.

32 Kobe Bryant, NBA star of the Los Angeles Lakers.

Kobe Bryant turns 32 today (Stanley Packett photo)