Mind Your Language’s Swedish Bombshell

Anna Bergman comes from a talented Swedish family.  former Swedish actress. She is the daughter of film and theatre director Ingmar Bergman and choreographer-director Ellen Lundstr√∂m, sister to Eva (film, theatre, and television director), Jan, and actor Mats Bergman (twin); and half-sister to Daniel Bergman, a film director, and a Norwegian author and journalist Linn Ullmann.

Bergman mostly appeared as a performer in several British sex comedies during the late 1970s including the title role in Penelope Pulls It Off (1975), Adventures of a Taxi Driver (1976), Intimate Games (1976), Come Play with Me (1977) and What’s Up Superdoc! (1978), though later she appeared in small roles in more mainstream films including The Wild Geese (1978), Licensed to Love and Kill (1979), Nutcracker (1982), and her father’s 1982 film Fanny and Alexander. She also appeared as Swedish au pair Ingrid Svenson in seasons 2 and 4 of the British situation comedy Mind Your Language.

Perhaps most known for her appearances on Mind your Language as Ingrid Svenson (Series 2 and 4), a Swedish au pair who joins the class at the beginning of series 2. She is attractive and straightforward about her attraction to Mr Brown, sparking a rivalry between her and Danielle. Her main problem with English is word order, often getting words mixed up, such as “you for I question answer”. She transfers schools at the end of Series 2, but returns in the independently produced Series 4.

RIP Larry King

Larry King, the longtime CNN host who became an icon through his interviews with countless newsmakers and his sartorial sensibilities, has died. He was 87. His son, Chance, confirmed King’s death Saturday morning. “With profound sadness, Ora Media announces the death of our co-founder, host and friend Larry King, who passed away this morning at age 87 at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles,” the statement said. “For 63 years and across the platforms of radio, television and digital media, Larry’s many thousands of interviews, awards, and global acclaim stand as a testament to his unique and lasting talent as a broadcaster.” The statement did not give the cause of death. King hosted “Larry King Live” on CNN for over 25 years.

King was born in Brooklyn, New York, on November 19, 1933. He was one of two children of Jennie (Gitlitz), a garment worker who was born in Vilnius, Lithuania, and Aaron Zeiger, a restaurant owner and defense-plant worker who was born in Kolomyia, Austria-Hungary. His parents were Orthodox Jews. HE started out in radio and cemented himself a place in Miami broadcasting in the 60s. In 1978, he started a nightly coast-to-coast radio talk show on the Mutual Radio Network, called ‚ÄúThe Larry King Show.” It featured guest interviews and call-ins from an audience listening to more than 500 affiliate stations.

The Larry King Live CNN show began in June 1985 in which King hosted a broad range of guests from controversial figures of UFO conspiracy theories and alleged psychics, to prominent politicians and leading figures in the entertainment industry, often doing their first or only interview on breaking news stories on his show. After doing his CNN show from 9 to 10 p.m., King then traveled to the studios of the Mutual Broadcasting System to do his radio show, when both shows still aired.

Millions watched King interview world leaders, entertainers and other celebrities on CNN’s “Larry King Live”, which ran from 1985 to 2010. Hunched over his desk in rolled-up shirt sleeves and owlish glasses, he made his show one of the network’s prime attractions with a mix of interviews, political discussions, current event debates and phone calls from viewers.

Larry King remained active as a writer and television personality. King was the moderator of the sixth Kazenergy Eurasian Forum in Astana, Kazakhstan, an annual forum for Kazakhstan’s energy sector occurring in October 2011. King guest starred in episodes of Arthur, 30 Rock and Gravity Falls, had cameos in Ghostbusters and Bee Movie, and voiced Doris the Ugly Stepsister in Shrek 2 and its sequels. He also played himself in The People v. O. J. Simpson: American Crime Story and appeared as himself in an episode of Law and Order: Trial by Jury.

King had been hospitalized with Covid-19 in early January at Cedars-Sinai, a source close to the family said at the time. He battled a number of health problems, suffering several heart attacks. In 1987, he underwent quintuple bypass surgery, inspiring him to establish the Larry King Cardiac Foundation to provide assistance to those without insurance. More recently, King revealed in 2017 that he had been diagnosed with lung cancer and successfully underwent surgery to treat it. He also underwent a procedure in 2019 to address angina.

RIP Mira Furlan

Mira Furlan, best known for her roles as Delenn on ‚ÄúBabylon 5‚ÄĚ and Danielle Rousseau on ‚ÄúLost,‚ÄĚ died on Wednesday. She was 65. Her Twitter account announced the news on Thursday, and ‚ÄúBabylon 5‚ÄĚ creator J. Michael Straczynski posted a tribute to the actress later that night. While a cause of death has yet not been revealed, Straczynski said the cast and crew of ‚ÄúBabylon 5‚ÄĚ had ‚Äúknown for some time now that Mira‚Äôs health was fading.

Furlan was born in the former Yugoslavia, where she had a number of stage roles and was part of the Croatian National Theatre, and emigrated to the U.S. in 1991. She joined space opera ‚ÄúBabylon 5‚ÄĚ as Delenn, the Minbari ambassador to the titular space station, in 1993, and would go on to star in the series for its full five seasons. In 2004, she made her debut in ABC‚Äôs megahit ‚ÄúLost‚ÄĚ as Danielle Rousseau, a scientist who‚Äôd been shipwrecked on the show‚Äôs mysterious island 16 years before the crash of the Oceanic Flight 815. She recurred throughout the series over its next few seasons.

Furlan continued to act through last year, and racked up dozens of credits across film and TV throughout her life. Her film credits include Emir Kusturica‚Äôs Oscar-nominated ‚ÄúWhen Father Was Away on Business,‚ÄĚ ‚ÄúBeauty of Vice,‚ÄĚ ‚ÄúThree For Happiness‚ÄĚ and ‚ÄúIn the Jaws of Life.‚ÄĚ She is survived by Gaji? and their son, Marko Lav Gaji?.

Tanya Roberts Passes Away

Tanya Roberts, the breathy-voiced actress who found fame in the 1980s as a detective on ‚ÄúCharlie‚Äôs Angels‚ÄĚ and as a brave earth scientist in the James Bond film ‚ÄúA View to a Kill,‚ÄĚ finally died on Monday night in Los Angeles. She was 65. Her death, at Cedars-Sinai Hospital, was confirmed on Tuesday by her companion, Lance O‚ÄôBrien. Her publicist, who was given erroneous information, had announced her death to the news media early Monday, and some¬†news organizations published obituaries about her prematurely.

The publicist, Mike Pingel, said Ms. Roberts collapsed on Dec. 24 after walking her dogs near her Hollywood Hills home and was put on a ventilator at the hospital. He did not give the cause of death, but said it was not related to Covid-19. He said she had not been noticeably ill before she collapsed.

Tanya Roberts Still Alive

Tanya Roberts’ publicist retracts report that said actor had died. The former Bond girl was mistakenly reported dead after being hospitalised following a fall at her home. Tanya Roberts, who played Roger Moore‚Äôs love interest in A View to a Kill and later starred in the sitcom That ‚Äė70s Show as Midge Pinciotti, has been hospitalised after falling at her home. Her publicist, Mike Pingel, mistakenly reported the 65-year-old dead on Monday, leading multiple outlets, including the Guardian, to publish stories saying she had died. Pingel later told the Associated Press that Roberts was still alive as of 10am in California but was in a poor condition.

He had said earlier that Roberts collapsed in her home and was admitted to Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles. Pingel said Robert‚Äôs husband, Lance O‚ÄôBrien, told him that he held his wife and she ‚Äúseemed for him to slip away‚ÄĚ. The publicist said he was awaiting further updates on Roberts‚Äô condition. Pingel told the PA news agency that the family was waiting for further news from medics, adding: ‚ÄúIt does not look good.‚ÄĚ The US website TMZ first reported her death, saying she had collapsed while walking her dogs on 24 December and was admitted to hospital.

Ashton Kutcher has taken upon the job of clearing out the confusion amidst his contemporaries that Tanya Roberts is alive. The confusion about the information started when Roberts’ publicist Mike Pingel confirmed about her death on CNN after which he told NBC News that Roberts¬†is still alive. However, many of the show’s cast members didn’t get the memo as they were posting condolences for the¬†James Bond¬†actor. Ashton tweeted to their comments and made them know about the correct information.¬†

RIP Tanya Roberts

Actress Tanya Roberts has died. Best known for her roles as a Bond girl and on That ’70s Show, Roberts died Sunday after a brief hospitalization. She was 65. The actress reportedly took her dogs for a walk on Christmas Eve, and collapsed upon returning home, according to TMZ. She was put on a ventilator after being hospitalized, but never recovered. The outlet reports that the actress did not appear to be ill in the days leading up to her collapse, and that her death is not related to COVID-19. However, additional information was not available.

Born Victoria Leigh Blum, she changed her stage name to Tanya Roberts. . She was best known for playing¬†Stacey Sutton¬†in the¬†James Bond¬†film¬†A View to a Kill¬†(1985) and Midge Pinciotti on¬†That ’70s Show (1998‚Äď2004). Roberts was born in 1955 in¬†the Bronx, New York City, the second child of her father, of¬†Irish¬†descent, and a¬†Jewish mother. She relocated from New York with her mother to live in¬†Toronto for several years, where she started formulating a photo portfolio and laying plans for a modeling career. Her career began as a model in¬†TV ads¬†for Excedrin,¬†Ultra Brite,¬†Clairol, and Cool Ray sunglasses. She played serious roles in the¬†off-Broadway¬†productions¬†Picnic¬†and¬†Antigone.¬† She also supported herself as an Arthur Murray¬†dance instructor. She met & later married ¬†psychology student Barry Roberts. Her film debut was the horror film Forced Entry¬†(1975). This was followed by the comedy film¬†The Yum-Yum Girls¬†(1976).

In 1977, as her husband was securing his own screenwriting career, the couple moved to¬†Hollywood. The following year, Roberts participated in the drama¬†Fingers. In 1979 Roberts appeared in the cult movie¬†Tourist Trap, and also in¬†Racquet,¬†and¬†California Dreaming. Roberts was featured in several¬†television pilots¬†that were not picked up:¬†Zuma Beach¬†(a 1978 comedy),¬†Pleasure Cove¬†(1979), and¬†Waikiki (1980). Roberts was chosen in the summer of 1980 from some 2,000 candidates to replace¬†Shelley Hack¬†in the¬†fifth season¬†of the detective television series¬†Charlie’s Angels¬†on¬†ABC. Roberts played Julie Rogers, a streetwise fighter who used her fists more than her gun. Producers hoped Roberts’ presence would revitalize the series’ declining ratings and regenerate media interest in the series. Before the season’s premiere, Roberts was featured on the cover of¬†People magazine with a headline asking if Roberts would be able to save the declining series from cancellation.

Roberts played Kiri in the adventure fantasy film¬†The Beastmaster¬†(1982), which included a topless swimming scene. She was featured in a nude pictorial in¬†Playboy¬†to help promote the movie, appearing on that issue’s October 1982 cover. In 1983, Roberts filmed the Italian-made adventure fantasy film¬†Hearts and Armour. She portrayed Velda, a buxom secretary to private detective Mike Hammer, in the television movie¬†Murder Me, Murder You¬†(1983). The two-part pilot spawned the syndicated television series¬†Mickey Spillane’s Mike Hammer. She declined to continue the role in the Mike Hammer series to work on her next project,¬†Sheena: Queen of the Jungle¬†(1984). The movie was a box office and critical disaster, garnering her a nomination for “Worst Actress” at the¬†Razzie Awards.

Roberts subsequently appeared as¬†Bond girl¬†Stacey Sutton, a geologist, in¬†A View to a Kill¬†(1985). She again found herself nominated by the critics for a¬†Razzie Award. Other 1980s films include¬†Night Eyes, an erotic thriller;¬†Body Slam¬†(1987), an action movie set in the professional wrestling world, and¬†Purgatory, a movie about a woman wrongfully imprisoned in Africa. Roberts starred in the¬†erotic thriller¬†Inner Sanctum¬†(1991) alongside¬†Margaux Hemingway. In 1992, she played Kay Egan in¬†Sins of Desire. She appeared on the cable series¬†Hot Line¬†in 1994; and in the¬†video game¬†The Pandora Directive in 1996. In 1998, Roberts took the role of Midge Pinciotti on the television sitcom¬†That ’70s Show. Roberts revealed on¬†E! True Hollywood Story¬†that she left the series in 2001 because her husband had become terminally ill.

Roberts was married to husband Barry Roberts from 1974 until his death in 2006. They had no children. Roberts resided in Hollywood Hills, California.

RIP Tommy ‘Tiny’ Lister

American actor Tommy ‘Tiny’ Lister was found dead Thursday at age of 62 in his Marina Del Rey apartment. Police sources told TMZ that the veteran character actor was pronounced dead on the scene after officials responded to a call of an unconscious male. The L.A. County Sheriff’s Department said that Lister was discovered during a welfare check after his friends and associates didn’t hear from him. Lister was an occasional professional wrestler known for his roles as the neighborhood bully Deebo in the 1995 film Friday and its 2000 sequel and as President Lindberg in The Fifth Element. He had two short professional wrestling stints, wrestling Hulk Hogan in the World Wrestling Federation (WWF) after appearing as Zeus in the 1989 movie No Holds Barred and resuming the feud as Z-Gangsta in 1996 for World Championship Wrestling (WCW).

Lister was best known as Deebo from¬†Friday. Deebo was the neighborhood bully and antagonist to¬†Ice Cube’s character, Craig Jones. He reprised the role in the film’s sequel,¬†Next Friday, but did not appear in the third film of the series,¬†Friday After Next.¬†Lister had numerous guest appearances on¬†TV series, including playing Klaang, the first¬†Klingon¬†ever to make contact with humans, in the¬†pilot episode¬†of¬†Star Trek: Enterprise. He co-starred in a two-part episode of the courtroom series¬†Matlock¬†as Mr. Matlock’s in-prison bodyguard.¬†Lister’s film roles included playing a prisoner in¬†The Dark Knight,¬†Austin Powers in Goldmember¬†and¬†The Human Centipede 3 (Final Sequence). Lister was featured in¬†The Fifth Element¬†as the Galactic President. He appeared in the Adam Sandler film¬†Little Nicky¬†as Nicky’s older brother Cassius.

In the¬†Quentin Tarantino¬†film¬†Jackie Brown, he played¬†bail agent¬†Winston, who “finds people who don’t want to be found”. In 2015, Lister filmed¬†Busy Day¬†in Albuquerque, New Mexico. The film was produced by¬†Tam√°s N√°das. Lister had a supporting role in the 2016¬†Disney¬†animated movie¬†Zootopia¬†as the voice of the diminutive¬†fennec fox, Finnick.¬†Lister appeared in the 1989 wrestling¬†movie¬†No Holds Barred, which was financed by the¬†World Wrestling Federation¬†(WWF) and starred Hulk Hogan. Lister’s role was Zeus, a brutal¬†monster heel. This led to him performing the same “monster heel”¬†gimmick¬†in his matches by¬†no selling¬†his opponent’s more lethal moves.

Lister was diagnosed with¬†COVID-19¬†in 2020 but overcame the illness. He fell ill with symptoms of COVID-19 a second time in early December and had trouble breathing, which forced him to cancel shooting for a film. Several days later, on December 10, he was found unconscious at his home in¬†Marina Del Rey, California, and was pronounced dead at the scene. The coroner’s office is investigating the cause of his death.

The Cylon Funko Pop

I have a few Funko Pops in my collection and was asked today as to which one is my most cherished one. While Star Trek is my favourite tv show franchise & movies as well and though the Spock pop that I have is very cool and awesome, I had to think about it a little bit. The most expensive one I had in my collection, based on what I paid the eBay seller, is the Cylon model.

This Funko Pop Battlestar Galactica Cylon Centurion vinyl figure is a cool high quality piece. The figure sees a Cylon Centurion with great attention to detail and a high quality finish; the Cyclon Centurions are fully armoured foot soldiers of the Cyclon ground forces. Known for their metallic look and offensive capabilities the Cylon Centurion were introduced during the Cylon War.

In the original 1978 series, Cylons are a fictional race of robots at war with the Twelve Colonies of humanity. The Cylons were created by a reptilian race, also called Cylons, that died out centuries before the series takes place. At the beginning of the series the Cylons are singularly devoted to the destruction of humanity. The war started when the Cylon Empire sought to expand into the territory of the Hasaris, and the Human Colonies intervened on behalf of the conquered Hasaris. Due to those events, the Cylon Empire now viewed the entire human race as a target.

Cylons are led by the Imperious Leader, an IL-Series Cylon elevated to a supreme leadership position over all Cylons. All Cylons, from the IL-series down, typically repeat the phrase “By Your Command” when responding to any order. Cylon society appears to be almost exclusively military. Until the discovery of Gamoray, which the Colonial fleet had targeted for its rich fuel reserves, no civilian Cylon outpost had ever been seen by anyone.

As a big part of my childhood, the BSG Cylons (even though a villainous race) is very near and dear to me. I was a fan of the show from the age of 4 so 40 years of being an ardent BSG fan is something to cheer for.

RIP Kirby Morrow

Kirby Morrow, a Canadian actor, voice actor, writer and comedian died on 18th November. He was only 47. In animation, he was known as the voice of Miroku from InuYasha, Van Fanel from the Ocean dub of Escaflowne, Cyclops from X-Men Evolution, Jay from Class of the Titans, Teru Mikami from Death Note, Trowa Barton from Mobile Suit Gundam Wing, Ryo Takatsuki from Project ARMS, Goku from Ocean’s dub of Dragon Ball Z (from Episode 160 onwards), Hot Shot from Transformers: Cybertron (replacing Brent Miller) and Cole from Lego Ninjago: Masters of Spinjitzu. On camera, he was known for the recurring role of Captain Dave Kleinman from Stargate Atlantis.

Morrow was born in Jasper, Alberta and studied theatre at Mount Royal University in Calgary. He worked in Vancouver, British Columbia for most of his acting career. His death was announced on Facebook by his brother, Casey Morrow. On the small screen, Morrow was best known to the Stargate community for his role on Stargate Atlantis in which he played the recurring role of Captain Dave Kleinman, the weapons officer on the bridge of the U.S.S. Daedalus. The character would also make a 2009 appearance on Stargate Universe. And before he took on the role of Kleinman, he also had smaller roles on Stargate: SG-1.

Throughout his lengthy career, Kirby Morrow made appearances on numerous shows, ranging from Hallmark’s When Calls the Heart to ABC’s The Good Doctor. He was especially a fixture in sci-fi, horror and superhero shows, with credits in Arrow, The Flash, Legion, Supernatural and Fringe, among others.

Children Competing On TV?

Should Children Be Allowed to Compete on TV?

It kind of depends on the type of competition. If it is a talent show or singing/musical competition, they I’d whole-heartedley say Yes. Sports. Even cooking contests. Have you seen angry, shouter Gordon Ramsey dealing with kid chefs who are struggling or who are nervous? He turns into another person altogether. Anything else I do not think they should be doing.

I have seen beauty contests for pre-teens and kids at the age of 6 or 7. Uh-huh! No way Jose. Child beauty pageants are a big disgusting thing. You can find kids being treated like commodities, the contestants facing eating disorders & mental issues and being possibly preyed on as some of the contestants¬†sexualizes the girls. Certain pageants encourage contestants to emulate grown women, applying heavy makeup to create full lips, long eyelashes, and flushed cheeks, wearing high heels and revealing “evening gowns”, and doing provocative dance steps, poses or facial expressions. Which is disgusting. You have sexual perverts who hang around these pageants and the girls are prime targets.

Otherwise I find it to be ok. However parents and other role models should be there to guide the kids in the right way. Disappointments galore, kids shouldn’t get dejected too much and use them more as a learning experience.

Prompt from 401 Prompts for Argumentative Writing at The New York Times

RIP Alex Trebek

Alex Trebek, the genial¬†“Jeopardy!”¬†host with all the answers and a reassuring presence in the TV game-show landscape for five decades, has died. He was 80 years old. “Jeopardy! is saddened to share that Alex Trebek passed away peacefully at home early this morning, surrounded by family and friends,” said¬†a statement shared on the show’s Twitter account¬†Sunday. “Thank you, Alex.”The cause of death was not immediately announced. Trebek revealed in March 2019¬†he had been diagnosed with stage 4 pancreatic cancer, triggering an outpouring of support and well wishes at the time.

Over 37 seasons, Trebek hosted more than 8,200 episodes of “Jeopardy!,” the most by a presenter of any single TV game show, according to a statement from Sony Pictures.But despite the 35 years he spent on “Jeopardy!,” the syndicated quiz show where answers are presented in the form of a question, Trebek wasn’t exactly an overnight success. Born in Sudbury, Canada, he studied philosophy before becoming a journalist, working as a reporter for the Canadian Broadcasting Corp.

In 1966, while still in his mid-20s, he switched from journalism to hosting game shows, starting with a quiz show titled “Reach for the Top,” and followed a few years later by another, “Jackpot.” It wasn’t until 1984 that Trebek landed what turned out to be his big break, when producer-host Merv Griffin chose him to emcee a revival of “Jeopardy!,” which was paired with another hit game show, “Wheel of Fortune.” His longevity was reflected in a personal milestone, when he passed “The Price is Right’s” Bob Barker in the Guinness Book of Records as the person who had hosted the most game-show episodes.

Trebek had multiple guest appearances on other television shows, ranging from Jimmy Kimmel Live! in 2008 and 2011 to the The Colbert Report series-finale. In August 1995 in a return to his broadcast-news roots, Trebek filled in for Charles Gibson for a week on Good Morning America. Trebek was a guest star in season 3 of The X-Files, playing one of two “Men in Black” (human agents charged with the supervision of extraterrestrial lifeforms on Earth, hiding their existence from other humans) opposite Jesse Ventura, in the episode “Jose Chung’s From Outer Space”, which first aired on April 12, 1996. Trebek also appeared in multiple television commercials.

Trebek married broadcaster Elaine Callei in 1974. The couple had no children and divorced in 1981, although Trebek adopted Callei’s daughter Nicky. In 1990, he married Jean Currivan, a real estate project manager from New York. They had two children, Matthew and Emily.

RIP James Randi

James Randi a Canadian-American¬†stage magician and a¬†scientific skeptic & atheist who extensively challenged¬†paranormal¬†and¬†pseudoscientific¬†claims, has died at the age of 92 on 20th Oct. He was the co-founder of the¬†Committee for Skeptical Inquiry¬†(CSI), originally known as the Committee for the Scientific Investigation of Claims of the Paranormal (CSICOP). He also founded the¬†James Randi Educational Foundation¬†(JREF). He began his career as a magician under the stage name¬†The Amazing Randi¬†and later chose to devote most of his time to investigating paranormal,¬†occult, and¬†supernatural¬†claims, which he collectively called “woo-woo”. Randi retired from practicing magic at age 60, and from the JREF at 87.

The James Randi Educational Foundation confirmed the death, saying simply that its founder succumbed to ‚Äúage-related causes‚ÄĚ on Tuesday. Entertainer, genius, debunker, atheist ? Randi was them all. He began gaining attention not long after dropping out of high school to join the carnival. As the Amazing Randi, he escaped from a locked coffin submerged in water and from a straitjacket as he dangled over Niagara Falls. Magical as his feats seemed, Randi concluded his shows around the globe with a simple statement, insisting no otherworldly powers were at play. Through that organization, Randi was guardian of a $1 million prize he promised to give anyone who could prove either their own supernatural powers or the presence of a supernatural being. ¬†No one ever came close to collecting.

On a 1972 episode of ‚ÄúThe Tonight Show,‚ÄĚ he helped Johnny Carson set up Uri Geller, the Israeli performer who claimed to bend spoons with his mind. Randi ensured the spoons and other props were kept from Geller‚Äôs hands until showtime to prevent any tampering. The result was an agonizing 22 minutes in which Geller was unable to perform any tricks. He once showed the messages television faith healer Peter Popoff claimed to be getting from God about his audience were actually coming from his wife through an earpiece.

Born Randall James Hamilton Zwinge in Toronto on Aug. 7, 1928, he came out as gay late in his life and met Venezuelan artist Jos√© Alvarez, met Venezuelan artist Jos√© Alvarez (born Deyvi Orangel Pe√Īa Arteaga). Arteaga had left his native country for fear of his life as he was a homosexual. The pseudonym Arteaga had taken, Jose Alvarez, was an actual person in the US. The identity confusion caused the real Alvarez some legal and financial difficulties. Arteaga was arrested for identity theft and faced deportation but Randi was able to marry Arteaga, where they resided in Plantation, Florida. They were married in Washington on July 2, 2013, with Randi turning 85 the next month.