ACTRESS AND DIRECTOR PENNY MARSHALL DIES AT 75 – (12/19/2018)
Penny Marshall, who found fame in TV’s Laverne & Shirley, has died at age 75. She also directed Big and A League of Their Own. She died peacefully at home in Hollywood Hills on Monday night, according to reports. Ultimately, the death was due to complications from diabetes.
“Our family is heartbroken over the passing of Penny Marshall,” the Marshall family said in a statement.
Laverne & Shirley was Marshall’s big breakthrough hit; the show ran on ABC from Jan. 27, 1976, until May 10, 1983. After her TV career, she turned to work behind the camera.
Marshall’s biggest directing hits were Big (1988), Awakenings (1990), A League of Their Own (1992), The Preacher’s Wife (1996) and Riding in Cars With Boys (2001).
She was diagnosed with lung cancer in 2009. She beat it. In 2016, she told the Television Academy Foundation that “being alive” was her “biggest achievement.”
“Penny was a girl from the Bronx, who came out West, put a cursive ‘L’ on her sweater and transformed herself into a Hollywood success story,” the Marshall family said. “We hope her life continues to inspire others to spend time with family, work hard and make all of their dreams come true.”
- Marshall was born on October 15th, 1943.
- She was predeceased by her brother, actor and director Garry Marshall. She is survived by her sister Ronny Marshall, her daughter Tracy Reiner and her three grandchildren.
- She was married to Rob Reiner for a decade (1971-1981), and before that for a short period to Michael Henry. (1961-1963).
- Marshall made history as the first woman to direct a movie that grossed more than $100 million with Big. She did it again with A League of Their Own.
MAROON 5 NAMED VEVO’S MOST-VIEWED ARTIST WORLDWIDE – (12/19/2018)
Vevo has revealed that Maroon 5 was the most-viewed artist globally with 1.6 billion views worldwide on the platform. They also had Vevo’s the most-watched music video with “Girls Like You,” featuring cameos by a slew of female celebrities including Gal Gadot, Camila Cabello, Millie Bobby Brown, Ellen DeGeneres and Jennifer Lopez. The video racked up 1.3 billion views worldwide as of the end of November, with 250 million in the U.S. alone.
Also on the most-viewed in the U.S. list were videos for Drake’s “God’s Plan” and “Nice for What,” Ella Mai’s “Boo’d Up,” Post Malone’s “Psycho” and Ariana Grande’s “No Tears Left to Cry.”
Drake was the most-viewed artist in the U.S. with 460 million views, followed by Ella Mai, Migos and Maroon 5.
KYLIE JENNER AND JAY-Z ARE TIED ON AMERICA’S WEALTHIEST CELEBS LIST – (12/19/2018)
Forbes magazine released its list of “America’s Wealthiest Celebrities” on Tuesday, and one of the most unexpected takeaways is that Kylie Jenner, 21, and JAY-Z, 49, are tied for the fifth and sixth spots, at $900 million each.
Kylie’s loot hails from her makeup biz, Kylie Cosmetics, which has made more than $630 million since its inception. JAY-Z’s portfolio is more mixed: he has stakes in alcohol companies, including Armand de Brignac champagne and D’Ussé cognac, plus his own entertainment company Roc Nation, and his streaming service Tidal.
Sitting pretty at the top spot is George Lucas, with $5.4 billion; he’s followed by Steven Spielberg with $3.7 billion; Oprah Winfrey nabs the third spot with $2.8 billion, and Michael Jordan comes in with $1.7 billion.
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