Broadway and television actress Rose Marie, best known for her role as Sally Rogers on The Dick Van Dyke Show, died Thursday, her publicist said, citing her family. She was 94. Born Rose Marie Mazetta on August 15, 1923, in New York, she began performing at age 3 by winning an amateur contest that took her to Atlantic City, New Jersey. She soon began performing on network radio. During a career that spanned nine decades, Rose Marie -- who went only by her first name professionally -- was also famous for appearing for years on the game show The Hollywood Squares, which featured celebrities sitting in boxes on a life-size tic-tac-toe board. The website IMDb says she appeared in 629 of the show's episodes. read more
Sue Grafton, author of the best-selling "alphabet series" of mystery novels, has died in Santa Barbara. She was 77. Grafton was surrounded by family, including husband Steven Humphrey, when she died Thursday after a two-year battle with cancer, her daughter, Jamie Clark, posted on the author's website. "Although we knew this was coming, it was unexpected and fast. She had been fine up until just a few days ago, and then things moved quickly," the posting said. Grafton began her "alphabet series" in 1982 with A is for Alibi. Her most recent book, Y is for Yesterday, was published in August. read more
How many times have you read a headline and thought: "Only in Florida"? Here are some of the crazy things that Florida Man (and sometimes Florida Woman) has done in the Sunshine State this year alone. One of them is Tony Futch, an Orlando man who tried to park his SUV while drunk. He got into 8 different crashes and hit 17 vehicles in a single lot as he attempted to park.
There was once a famous American television sitcom aired from October 15, 1951, to May 6, 1957. The sitcom became first of many things. It is the first scripted TV series filmed with 35 mm. film in front of a live studio audience. It was also the first show to use the three-camera format. The show is none other than I Love Lucy. Amazingly, those firsts were not even the most impressive parts of the show. These are just whispers of the things that you need to know. We bring you these 40 fun facts about I Love Lucy that you haven't heard before.
For a lot of people the holiday season is full of the thrill of exchanging pleasantries and gifts, but for those who are tired of the commercial nature of the festivities, fret not, as it is "a Festivus for the rest of us." What started off as a quirky feature in the TV sitcom "Seinfeld" almost 20 years ago, Festivus has grown over the years to be a tradition in its own right. Festivus is celebrated on Dec. 23 every year as an alternative event to the Christmas season, which comes with its inherent pressures.