Katrina Bowden – Taking on Public Morals
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Katrina Bowden – Taking on Public Morals

Katrina Bowden Taking on Public Morals by Ronald Sklar Hey, don’t make her career talk to the hand, just because she’s beautiful. At one time, Katrina Bowden may have been voted Esquire‘s Sexiest Woman Alive, and she is (so far) best known as Cerie, the vapid model/intern/Liz-Lemon foil on 30 Rock, but that doesn’t mean she doesn’t deserve to be … Continue reading

Barry Livingston – From Child Star to Man Amongst Jersey Boys
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Barry Livingston – From Child Star to Man Amongst Jersey Boys

Barry Livingston From Child Star to Man Amongst Jersey Boys by Ronald Sklar Character actor Barry Livington has a surprisingly fresh and impressive resume. Yep, he was Ernie Douglas, the prototype nerd on My Three Sons, back in the day. But it’s a new day, baby: you’ve been seeing him a lot lately, and not … Continue reading

Dan Epstein – The Hairs and the Squares! Baseball in the 1970s
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Dan Epstein – The Hairs and the Squares! Baseball in the 1970s

Dan Epstein – The Hairs and the Squares! Baseball in the 1970s by Ronald Sklar It wasn’t a dream. It really happened. People looked that way, dressed that way and played that way. Yes, the uniforms were that tight… and, oy, those colors. Dan Epstein tells us so in his awesome book, Big Hair and Plastic … Continue reading

Valerie Harper – Kicking Cancer New York Style
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Valerie Harper – Kicking Cancer New York Style

Valerie Harper – Kicking Cancer New York Style by Ronald Sklar The beloved Rhoda star helps launch The American Lung Association’s Lung Force initiative. On May 13, 2014 in Manhattan, actress and lung cancer survivor Valerie Harper, along with country music star Kellie Pickler, helped kick off of a new women’s health initiative for The … Continue reading

Morgan Spurlock – On the Inside
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Morgan Spurlock – On the Inside

Morgan Spurlock – On the Inside by Ronald Sklar The legendary documentary filmmaker allows us inside his head and inside his hit CNN series, Inside Man. The CNN series Inside Man showcases Morgan Spurlock doing what he loves best: the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth. In spades. Spurlock doesn’t dabble; he immerses. He sticks with one … Continue reading

Fred Stoller – Sitcom Staple
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Fred Stoller – Sitcom Staple

Fred Stoller – Sitcom Staple by Ronald Sklar The in-demand character actor describes the unique dilemma of typecast success. Fred Stoller goes though life watching people slowly recognize him. Point at him, snap your fingers, scratch your head, search your memory. You don’t know his name, but you’ve seen him on TV, most notably in … Continue reading

Erin Murphy – Which Witch is Which?
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Erin Murphy – Which Witch is Which?

Erin Murphy – Which Witch is Which? by Ronald Sklar On the eve of the series’ 50th anniversary, the beloved Bewitched baby conjures up many magical memories. Here are some not-too-shabby resume bullet points for this former child actor: Worked closely and regularly with such theater and screen legends as Elizabeth Montgomery, Agnes Moorehead, Maurice … Continue reading

Dawn Wells – Rescued!
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Dawn Wells – Rescued!

Dawn Wells Rescued! by Ronald Sklar Here’s Exhibit A of making lemonade out of lemons. Dawn Wells is most widely known for a role she played almost 50 years ago. As Mary Ann on Gilligan’s Island, she won audiences’ hearts and minds, but the critics were less than kind to the series. They thought it was … Continue reading

Melanie’s Brand New Key
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Melanie’s Brand New Key

Melanie’s Brand New Key by Ronald Sklar Look what they’ve done to her song, ma: they’ve made her a pop icon. During the early 1970s, the underground press misunderstood Melanie, but above ground, her fans and future generations did not. Brought up in New Jersey with the full, non-mainstream name of Melanie Safka, she wrote … Continue reading

Al Capp – Exploring A Most Contrary Life
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Al Capp – Exploring A Most Contrary Life

Al Capp – Exploring A Most Contrary Life by Ronald Sklar Comic strip legend and deeply complicated man, Al Capp channeled his talents but lost to his demons. At the height of cartoonist Al Capp’s success, his satiric, adult-themed comic strip Li’l Abner was featured in 900 newspapers with 90 million dedicated readers. From 1934-1977, … Continue reading