Archive for September 15th, 2008

Penny Singleton’s Birthday…

Monday, September 15th, 2008

Happy 100th Birthday

Penny Singleton!




 née Mariana Dorothy Agnes Letitia McNulty


  •  BORN: September 15, 1908, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • DIED: November 12, 2003, Sherman Oaks, California
  • CAUSE OF DEATH: Complications of a stroke
  • BURIAL: San Fernando Mission Cemetery, Section C, Lot 349, Space 5 (unmarked)



Arthur Lake and Penny Singleton in Blondie



George Takei Marries…

Monday, September 15th, 2008


George Takei marries longtime partner



Star Trek stars Nichelle Nicols, left, and Walter Koenig, right, pose with Brad Altman, second from left, and George Takei at the National Center for the Preservation of Democracy in Los Angeles on Sunday. Takei and Altman were married at the center. (Mario G. Reyes / AP)


‘Star Trek’ star, Brad Altman wed in multi-cultural ceremony


The Associated Press
Mon., Sept. 15, 2008

LOS ANGELESGeorge Takei and his longtime partner, Brad Altman, have agreed to live long and prosper together.


Takei, 71, and Altman, 54, were married Sunday in a multicultural ceremony at the Japanese American National Museum that featured a Buddhist priest, Native American wedding bands, a Japanese Koto harp and a bagpipe procession.   (Click on ‘Continue Reading’ for more)



Obit…Wonderful Smith

Monday, September 15th, 2008

Comedian Wonderful Smith, whose edgy routines helped break racial stereotypes, dies at 97



Wonderful Smith appears with Hattie McDaniel, center, and ABC commentator Frances Scully at the 1947 Academy Awards. His bold comedy routine in Duke Ellington “Jump for Joy” regularly brought down the house. (Southern California Library for Social Studies and Research)


The comedian was featured in Duke Ellington’s musical revue ‘Jump for Joy’ and regularly brought the house down with his ‘Hello, Mr. President?’ monologue.


By Valerie J. Nelson
Los Angeles Times Staff Writer
September 15, 2008


Wonderful Smith, whose boundary-pushing comedy routine in Duke Ellington’s satirical revue Jump for Joy — staged in Los Angeles in 1941 — helped the black cast counter against racial stereotypes in entertainment, has died. He was 97.   (Click on ‘Continue Reading’ for more)