Showing posts from December 29, 2011

Actor Robert Blake on Tavis Smiley

Watch Actor Robert Blake, Part 1 on PBS. See more from Tavis Smiley. 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

Donna Douglas Settles Case with CBS & Mattel

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

St. Jude Patient's Family Robbed Outside Graceland on Christmas Day

Eleven-year-old Dustyn Ates and his family were visiting Graceland when a Grinch stole their Christmas joy. Photo courtesy Shannon MacKenzie. FAST FACTS: 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