Thursday, December 29, 2011
If you missed this on PBS, check out parts 1 & 2. It's must see tv! Blake needs a reality show!
In part 1 of an exclusive two-part conversation, the Emmy-winning actor talks about the ghosts that haunt the living when they “get old,” the days he spent in jail before his acquittal on murder charges and the plan he believes God has for his life.
Robert Blake began his acting career at age 5 in MGM's Our Gang series and went on to appear as a powerful adult performer in leading and character roles. Following his breakthrough role as real-life multiple murderer Perry Smith in the film adaptation of In Cold Blood, he reached stardom with his Emmy-winning three-season star turn on the popular TV cop series Baretta. He also played the title character in the TV miniseries Hoffa and won another Emmy for his performance in the TV biopic Judgment Day: The John List Story. In recent years, Blake has maintained a very low profile.
The Murder of his wife:
|Donna Douglas & Elvis Presley|
DONNA DOUGLAS is best known to Elvis fans as Elvis' co-star in Frankie And Johnny. But she also had another memorable role known to most Americans as Elly May Clampett on the "The Beverly Hillbillies." Douglas and toymaker Mattel Inc. and CBS Consumer Products Inc. have settled their legal battle.
|Donna Douglas & Mattel's Elly May Barbie|
They settled a lawsuit claiming the companies didn't get Donna’s approval to use her name and likeness for a Barbie doll as The ENQUIRER previously reported.
Douglas shone as the critter-loving tomboy sexpot for nine seasons of the CBS TV sitcom about a backwoods family that strikes oil and moves to Beverly Hills.
U.S. District Court in Baton Rouge said in a one-sentence order that a settlement had been reached.
Details of court settlements typically are kept private.
The ENQUIRER had reported Douglas' lawsuit sought a minimum payback of $75,000.
Earlier, both CBS and Mattel said they didn't need her approval because they claimed they held exclusive rights to the character of Elly Mae Clampet.
Donna Douglas and Elvis Presley in the film, Frankie And Johnny
13-year-old Dustyn Ates was just diagnosed with leukemia.
After getting out of intensive care, he wanted to visit Graceland.
A man stole a purse out of the family car while Dustyn and his brother were in the back seat.
(Memphis, TN 12/26/11) A family whose 13-year-old son is undergoing treatment for leukemia was robbed outside Graceland on Christmas Day.
Dustyn Ates was diagnosed with leukemia on Dec. 15 and flown from his home near Shreveport, LA, to Memphis, to be treated at St. Jude.
“We thought he had the stomach flu. Had no idea. He was the picture of health. And the next thing you know, it was a whirlwind. We were all just here,” said Shannon MacKenzie, his mother.
Since being released from intensive care, the family decided to leave the hospital and do something in Memphis.
“He said, ‘Mom, I just want to get out. I want to go to Graceland,” she said.
The family pulled up to the gates of Graceland, not knowing it was closed on Christmas Day. MacKenzie got out of the car to talk to the security guard, to see when would be best to come back for a visit.
After a while, MacKenzie’s husband went to check on her, telling their two sons he’d be right back.
Dustyn and his brother, Dakota MacKenzie, were in the back seat of their car, when they saw a strange man approach.
“All of a sudden this person came up from behind our car and leaned up against the door that my brother was sitting right beside. He leaned against the door, and then he popped the door open,” said Dakota.
Dakota described a man in dark blue jeans and a black football jacket with tan sleeves, standing by the propped door for a couple of minutes.
“I stuck in a corner and I just started shaking,” he said.
Dustyn yelled, and the two tried to call their mother, but were too nervous to dial correctly.
Dakota said the man finally “swung [the door] open, grabbed her purse, turned around, looked through the window and just laughed at us.”
The man had taken their mother’s purse, containing a Droid phone, cash, prescription medication, Dustyn’s St. Jude information, credit cards, and EBT card.
After police were called to the scene, someone located the Droid phone at a nearby Citgo gas station. MacKenzie said that a couple of her cards were also used.
“How could some low-life do this? With my son being a St. Jude patient, how can you look that child in his face, on Christmas Day, and take everything from him?” she said.
Memphis police said that Graceland does have surveillance video of the suspect, but that it was not made available yet. Graceland representatives did not wish to comment on this story.
Shannon MacKenzie hopes to see the suspect arrested and prosecuted to the fullest extent.
“We will face our fears and get through this, because we’re a strong family, and love keeps us together. And you won’t ever get that. You might have took everything else I had,” she said.