Pinch Hit #12
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Jerry Lewis apparently died on such bad terms with his five living sons that he made it very clear he didn’t want them to get anything from his estate when he was gone.
In his Last Will and Testament, executed in 2012, the recently deceased comedy legend stated he wanted to intentionally exclude sons Gary, Ronald, Anthony, Christopher, Scott and Joseph from benefiting from his estate in any way, according to the documented obtained by The Blast.
In his will, he noted that Joseph is deceased, having died of a drug overdose in 2009.
Lewis, who died at age 91 of natural causes on Aug. 20, instead left his potentially massive estate to his widow SanDee, his second wife, and his will states that his next in line would be their 25-year-old adopted daughter Danielle.
The sons are all the offspring of his marriage to Patti Palmer, a singer he met and married in 1944, a couple years before he formed his double act with singer Dean Martin.
Lewis’ marriage to Patti lasted 36 years, as Lewis rose to national prominence with Martin and then on his own as the star and director of hit comedy films like “The Nutty Professor.”
The marriage was challenged by Lewis’ trysts with other women, who reportedly included Marilyn Monroe, the Daily Mail said.
Lewis was also rumored to have had a three-year affair with model Lynn Dixon, who gave birth to a daughter, Suzan Minoret in 1952, the Daily Mail said. Minoret came forward earlier this year to reveal that she was living on the streets of Philadelphia and was still waiting for Lewis to acknowledge her as his daughter,
Lewis, who nonetheless became just as famous for his humanitarian work and his advocacy for the Muscular Dystrophy Association, never confirmed or denied that Minoret was his biological daughter.
In 1980, Patti asked for a legal separation, claiming that he “displayed an open disregard for our marriage,” the Daily Mail said. She also ask for $450,000 a year in support for herself and their youngest son.
Their divorce was finalized in January 1983, and Lewis married Las Vegas dancer SanDee Pitnick. Lewis and SanDee adopted Danielle Sara Lewis in 2004 and were married for 33 years until Lewis died.
At some point, Lewis’ estrangement from his sons made headlines. In 2009, his youngest son Joseph committed suicide after becoming a drug addict. He was 45 years old.
In response, Lewis’ oldest son Gary Lewis, a musician known for his band Gary Lewis & the Playboys, blamed his father for his brother’s death, reportedly saying “Jerry Lewis is a mean and evil person. He was never loving and caring toward me or my brothers,” according to the Daily Mail.
Gary Lewis said he believed his brother’s death could have been prevented if he and his father had been on better terms. “I believe he partly died of a broken heart,” he said.
“Blade Runner 2049” stars Ryan Gosling and Harrison Ford drop in on Berlin, Rome, Paris and London to promote their film. Also, “Goodbye Christopher Robin” premieres in London with Margot Robbie and Andy Serkis in attendance.
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Among the various things Ivanka Trump is known for — and even admired for by some people — is that she’s so hard-charging and professional that she returned to work, or to her father’s presidential campaign trail, within days after giving birth to each of her three children.
In fact, as recently as 2013, President Donald Trump’s loyal daughter and White House advisor presumably didn’t see why women needed time to allow their bodies and minds to recover from birth or to adjust to the physical, mental and emotional demands of caring for an infant.
That’s because she seemed puzzled by the idea of giving maternity leave to female employees at her Ivanka Trump fashion company, according to the New York Times.
At the time, she herself didn’t seem to have any physical or psychological issues in going back to work right away. In the Times article, a former female executive described Ivanka telling her why there was no maternity leave in place. Ivanka said, “I went back to work one week after having my child so that’s just not something I’m used to.”
So, given Ivanka’s previous postpartum choices about work, and her cheerful proclamations about the births of her kids, it’s interesting to hear her talk in an interview Thursday about how she struggled with “some level” of postpartum depression.
In the interview on “The Dr. Oz Show,” she said, “It was a very emotional challenging time for me.”
Ivanka goes onto say that she actually never intended to go public about her postpartum depression, but she said she felt compelled to do so because the issue is so important.
“Look, I consider myself a very hard-charging person,” she said. “I am ambitious; I’m passionate; I’m driven, but this is something that affects parents all over the country.”
Not surprisingly, Ivanka skeptics aren’t buying her explanation for why she feels compelled to share this struggle and why now.
Over at Vogue, writer Michelle Ruiz notes the problematic timing in Ivanka saying that she, too, has suffered from an often debilitating psychological condition that afflicts one in nine American women.
For one thing, Ruiz pointed out that Ivanka continues to face a barrage of criticism over her lack of influence — or her lack of interest in having influence — over her father’s most controversial policies.
Meanwhile, Senate Republicans are heeding the repeated urgings of Ivanka’s father to again try and dismantle the Affordable Care Act. Doing so would mean millions of people would risk losing their health care, including women who would lose access to the mental health care services that treat postpartum depression.
Could coming out now about her postpartum depression could be Ivanka’s way of trying to generate sympathy for herself, or even for her father at this challenging time, as he supports a health care overhaul that could deny benefits to people with pre-existing conditions like postpartum depression?
Or is Ivanka being even more self-interested? Maybe she’s trying to seem relatable to regular women — in spite of her wealth, celebrity White House status and father’s actions. Ivanka perhaps wants to preserve her “brand” as a self-proclaimed champion of women’s empowerment.
Ruiz’ question about Ivanka’s timing is worth considering, given that the former hotel developer and fashion brand entrepreneur has only ever tried to put a positive, happy spin on her maternal endeavors. In previous stories, or on social media, Ivanka has described her joy about welcoming her children into the world.
After the birth of her oldest child Arabella in July 2011, Ivanka tweeted: “This morning @jaredkushner and I welcomed a beautiful and healthy little baby girl into the world. We feel incredibly grateful & blessed.”
This morning @jaredkushner and I welcomed a beautiful and healthy little baby girl into the world. We feel … http://tmi.me/d97ry
— Ivanka Trump (@IvankaTrump) July 17, 2011
And one week later, she had ventured back to work “for a few hours,” though she cheerfully joked about having “separation anxiety” and racing back home to see her baby girl, according to Hollywood Life.
In April 2016, she was back on the campaign trail, stumping for her then-candidate father, a week after giving birth to youngest child Theodore, Page Six reported. In a tweet, she described the birth as an experience that had left her heart “full.”
— Ivanka Trump (@IvankaTrump) March 28, 2016
Of course, Ivanka’s social media expressions of postpartum bliss could be a public cover for darker thoughts and emotions she was privately dealing with — and may have felt overwhelmed by and even ashamed about.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, symptoms of postpartum depression include anger and sadness, withdrawing from loved ones, feeling disconnected from your baby and worried you will hurt your baby.
About her postpartum depression, Ivanka told Dr. Oz, “I felt like I was not living up to my potential as a parent or as an entrepreneur and an executive. And I had had such easy pregnancies, that in some way the juxtaposition hit me even harder.”
As a White House advisor, Ivanka has made reducing the cost of child care a priority and is credited with influencing the president’s plan to guarantee six weeks of paid maternity leave, the Washington Post said.
So maybe Ivanka is actually trying to do something positive for working moms, whereas it might not have seemed such a priority for her in the past. In telling her story, she joins model Chrissy Teigen, singer Adele and actress Gwyneth Paltrow in opening up about private struggles to raise awareness about postpartum depression.
Then again, Ivanka Trump skeptics have reason to be wary of her motives on such issues, or critical of her timing, given that the Graham-Cassidy bill will allow insurers to deny coverage to people with pre-existing conditions — like postpartum depression.
It could also seem like her “brand” was once served when she could appear to be the cheerful mom and hard-charging executive immediately returning to the office and dexterously jugging work and childcare. Now, she might believe her “brand” and White House priorities are better served by seeming to have once been vulnerable, like many other women.
Finally, Ruiz notes that Ivanka’s postpartum struggles are behind her, unless she wants another baby. In any case, she’ll always have access to the best care available.
“This context makes Ivanka’s revelation feel both terribly timed and mighty tone-deaf,” Ruiz said. “While sharing her battles with postpartum was likely an effort to relate to American women, it only serves to once again show the gulf between (her) and them.”
Ayesha Curry continues to expand her multimedia empire.
One day after being introduced as the newest face of “CoverGirl,” the bestselling cookbook author and restaurateur and one-half of the Bay Area’s favorite sports super couple was announced as the new co-host of ABC’s “The Great American Baking Show.”
Curry, the wife of Golden State Warriors all-star Steph Curry, will host the third season of the show along with former San Francisco 49er Anthony “Spice” Adams. The show, based on the U.K. hit “The Great British bake Off,” returns this December.
“The Great American Baking Show” showcases some of the nation’s best bakers as they compete in a series of themed challenges and eliminations all hoping to be crowned “America’s Best Amateur Baker.”
In an ABC news release, the network said Curry and Adams are a “dynamic duo” that will bring the show “a delicious new dash of holiday-themed recipes and competition this December.”
Curry, of course, has got game in front of the camera and in the kitchen. A former actress, she has her own culinary show — “Ayesha’s Home Kitchen” — on Food Network. Also, her restaurant International Smoke, in partnership with Michelin-starred Chef Michael Mina, has locations in Waikiki, Los Angeles and San Francisco.
Adams is a retired football player and media personality. After graduating from Penn State University, the defensive tackle was selected in the 2003 NFL Draft by the 49ers. After four seasons with San Francisco, he signed as a free agent with the Chicago Bears where he played until his retirement in 2012.
In 2010, while playing for the Bears, Adams was awarded both the Ed Block Courage Award and the Brian Piccolo Award demonstrating his work as a role model of inspiration, courage and loyalty within the community and on his team. Since his retirement, he has kept busy serving as a football analyst and television host for shows on the Big Ten and Chicago Bears Networks, along with racking up tens of millions of views with his social media videos.
NEW YORK — One of the nation’s biggest homebuilders is putting its top executive on notice after a vulgar rant against comedian Kathy Griffin was caught on tape and went viral.
KB Home CEO Jeffrey Mezger, who is a neighbor of Griffin’s in California, was recorded by a security camera hurling slurs against Griffin while in a heated argument with her boyfriend. Mezger was angered after Griffin or her boyfriend complained to police over a family get together at Mezger’s house.
There were apparently a number of complaints since the couple moved in to the house beside Mezger’s. Griffin and her boyfriend in the incident that preceded the confrontation appear to have called police over noise made by children playing in a backyard pool.
There has been some backlash against the executive since the vulgar, two-minute outburst was first aired by HuffPost.
TV host and financial adviser Suze Orman wrote on Twitter, “Disgraceful talk from the CEO of KB HOMES. You really want to buy a home from this man? Beyond Disgusting!”
KB Home and Mezger did not immediately respond to an early request for comment.
KB Home said in a regulatory filing Thursday that while Mezger has been “a great leader,” his behavior was unacceptable and that he would be fired for any similar incidents in the future. It also cut his annual bonus by 25 percent.
How much that will cost Mezger, who has been CEO since 2006, isn’t clear. He was paid $9 million last year in salary and stock awards, but he hasn’t received a bonus since 2014. In that year, Mezger received a bonus of $125,000.
NFL football: Rams at 49ers (5:25 p.m. PT, NFL Network; KNTV): Los Angeles, led by former Cal quarterback Jared Goff, travels to the San Francisco Bay Area for a NFC West showdown at Levi’s Stadium. Last season, the 49ers’ only two wins came against the Rams. The contest will be preceded by “TNF GameDay” at 3 p.m. PT.
“Gotham” (8 p.m., Fox): Season 4 of the Batman prequel begins, Gordon is worried that Jonathan Crane (guest star Charlie Tahan) is still alive and back in town, when The Scarecrow’s signature MO is used in a series of robberies. Meanwhile, Penguin’s “licensing” of crime in the city backfires during the grand opening of his new Iceberg Lounge. Also, in the aftermath of his encounter with Ra’s Al Ghul, Bruce begins his vigilante watch.
“O.J.: Guilty in Vegas” (9 p.m., A&E): Ahead of O.J. Simpson’s upcoming release from prison, this two-hour documentary delves into the “whole story” around O.J.’s second arrest that led to his conviction for armed robbery. Included: new details garnered through previously unreleased tapes including interrogation audio from the case and voicemails from O.J. himself as well as never-before-seen files and exclusive interviews.
“The Orville” (9 p.m., Fox): Seth MacFarlane’s spacey drama moves into its regular time slot. In tonight’s episode, Ed and The Orville crew are divided between cultures when Bortus and Klyden debate if their newly born offspring should receive a controversial surgery.
“Zoo” (10 p.m., CBS): Another turbo-charged season of the beastly drama comes to an end as the team races to stop the hybrids from breaching the barrier wall by shutting down the last beacon that draws them in. We wish them luck.
“American Beauty Star” (10:30 p.m., Lifetime): Glam reaches a whole new level in this new competition series, hosted and executive produced by Adriana Lima. Twelve hair or make-up mavens must become “beauty directors,” responsible for creating the overall look of their models. Paired with a teammate who is a master of the opposite craft, together they will compete in a series of beauty challenges each week, from creating high-end editorial looks to the most current glam creations for red carpets and runway shows.
“The Vietnam War” (8 p.m., PBS)
“Penn & Teller: Fool Us” (8 p.m., The CW)
“Project Runway” (9 p.m., Lifetime)
“The Rachel Maddow Show” (9 p.m., MSNBC)
“Flipping Out” (9 p.m., Bravo)
“Whose Line Is It Anyway?” (9 p.m., The CW)
“Yukon Men: Roughing It” (9 p.m., Discovery)
“Mysteries at the Museum” (9 p.m., Travel)
“Better Things” (10 p.m., FX)
“Girlfriends’ Guide to Divorce” (10 p.m., Bravo)
“Nathan for You” (10 p.m., Comedy Central)
At the 2017 Emmy Awards Sunday, Sterling K. Brown was rudely cut off mid-way through giving his acceptance speech for his historic best lead actor win for “This Is Us.”
But on Wednesday, NBC, the network behind “This Is Us,” moved to address that rudeness by running the Stanford University alum’s speech in its entirety in a full-page ad in The Hollywood Reporter.
Emmys producers cited the broadcast’s time constraints as a reason for the orchestra to strike up the music on Brown, abruptly ending what was turning out to be one of the most emotional and humorous moments of a mostly predictable telecast.
The orchestra’s move seemed especially egregious, given that a few categories earlier, Nicole Kidman delivered a much longer acceptance speech and did not have to deal with a callous interruption.
Brown’s speech Sunday started off beautifully. The 41-year-old Brown, a black man who plays the adopted son of a white family in “This Is Us,” told the audience, “Before anything like this happened for your boy, I was a fan. First, last, and always a fan. So, my fellow nominees, I love y’all.”
An exuberant Brown went on to rave about previous winners of best leader actor in a drama series: “Walter White (Bryan Cranston) held this joint! Dick Whitman (Jon Hamm) held this joint! And 19 years ago, detective Frank Pembleton (of “Homicide: Life on the Street”) held this joint — as impeccably played by Andre Braugher.”
Brown, a 1998 graduate of Stanford University went on to say about Braugher, a 1984 Stanford graduate: “I just want to say, Mr. Braugher, whether it is at Stanford University or on this Emmy stage, it is my supreme honor to follow in your footsteps.”
Braugher was the last black performer before Brown to win the Emmy in this category. In fact, only four black actors have captured the top prize in the category, including Bill Cosby (“I Spy,” 1966-68) and James Earl Jones (“Gabriel’s Fire,” 1991).
It was the second straight Emmy for Brown. Last year, he was honored for his performance as prosecutor Christopher Darden in the limited series “The People v. O.J. Simpson.”
As for Brown’s speech, it’s the end that probably would have had viewers pulling for the tissue box — were the actor not cut off. Onstage at the Microsoft Theater, Brown tried his best to fight through the music — so he could thank his wife and show his love for their two sons.
“You can play, you can play,” he told the band before commenting to the crowd that “no one else got that loud music.” He then exited the stage.
If Brown hadn’t been played off, he would have ended his speech by telling his wife Ryan Michelle Bathe that she’s “everything.” He then would had told his sons, Andrew and Amaré, “Your daddy loves you with the strength of 1,000 suns.”
Brown’s full speech reads:
Before anything like this happened for your boy, I was a fan. First, last and always, a fan. So, my fellow nominees — I’m a fan. I love y’all. This one right here, like, this one right here, when I think about it … like, Walter White held this joint! Dick Whitman held this joint! I may have lost some of y’all, but, you know, Google it. And 19 years ago, Detective Frank Pembleton held this joint, as impeccably played by Andre Braugher. I just want to say, Mr. Braugher, whether it’s at Stanford University or on this Emmy stage, it is my supreme honor to follow in your footsteps.
I want to thank Bob Greenblatt, Jennifer Salke at NBC for your support from the beginning. I want to thank Dana Walden and Gary Newman and everyone at 20th Century Fox for keeping a brother gainfully employed. I appreciate that. I want to thank my cast — Milo, Mandy, Justin, Chrissy — you are the best white TV family that a brother has ever had; better than Mr. Drummond, better than them white folks that raised Webster. I love you. Susan Kelechi Watson, it is my pleasure to rep black love with you, sister. Let’s keep doing it like Martin and Gina. Ron Cephas Jones, you just have to show up and the work is already there, brother. Thank you so much for embodying the presence which is never an absence. I love you.
I wanted to thank our writers. A show doesn’t get seven acting nominations without some impeccable, beautiful, thoughtful writing. You guys are our life’s blood, so I want to thank you so much. To our producers and directors, in particular, John Requa, Glenn Ficarra and the crazy cool Ken Olin. I thank you for your guidance and friendship. And I wanted to thank Dan Fogelman — he is the Hebrew hammer with which our house is built. He makes me laugh and cry in equal parts and keeps me coming back for me, and in his own little small special way he’s not trying to make America great again, he’s trying to make it the best that it’s ever been, and I love him for taking me on this journey with him. I wanted to thank my manager of 17 years, Jennifer Wiley-Stockton. We’ve been doing this for a long time, and it feels like we’re just getting started. I can’t wait to see what’s next.
And to my wife — they cut me off before I got to thank my wife, man! Ryan Michelle Bathe, you’re everything. You make my life worth living and you gave me two of the most beautiful things that God has ever put on this planet: my sons. Andrew John Sterling Brown, Amaré Michael Ryan Christian Brown, your daddy loves you with the strength of 1,000 suns. I’ll see you Monday after work. Love you. Thank you.
Back to work! That sure will be something.
I’ve already done a quick check of my work emails — always a toss-up whether that’s a good idea or not. On the negative side, it tends to ramp up my stress about work things at a time when there’s nothing I can do about it. On the positive side, I’ve gotten in trouble at work before for “expressing strong feelings” when reading my emails, so at least this way I won’t have to have A Conversation with my boss about my reactions.
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Season 8 of “MasterChef” ended with a two-hour finale on Fox Wednesday night and when the last dishes were tasted, Dino Luciano was crowned the winner.
Luciano, a 28-year-old dancer from Bensonhurst, NY, walked away with the $250,000 grand prize. He also will be one of the featured chefs on the MasterChef Cruise, which sets sail later this year.
“It’s when I stepped out of my comfort zone that things started to flourish,” said Luciano. “Best thing I’ve learned this year, don’t let your fear of what could happen make nothing happen.”
“Dino was the dark horse in this competition,” said host/judge Gordon Ramsay. But his passion, artistic sense and unconventional eye propelled him to the finish line.”
In the finale, the Top 3 contestants prepared an appetizer dish, an entrée and a dessert.
Luciano created an elevated three-course meal: squid ink angel hair pasta with calamari, clams and cherry tomatoes for an appetizer; an entrée of rack of lamb on a lamb belly-sunchoke caponata, with a fig and cippolinibalsamic glaze; and roasted pistachio tiramisu cake with orange mascarpone cream, espresso caviar and pistachio tuile for dessert.
Eboni Henry, an addictions counselor from Chicago, IL., prepared pan-seared scallops with charred romanesco, rainbow chard and a garden pea puree for an appetizer; a spiced honey glazed duck breast with sweet potato mash, sautéed collard greens and crispy heirloom carrots as an entrée; and a chocolate orbit cake with a chocolate rum glaze, a macadamia nut crumble, and a passion fruit key-lime coulis for dessert.
Jason Wang, a high school music teacher, from Newton, MA, made an uni custard with poached prawns, clams and a Meyer lemon miso vinaigrette for an appetizer; tofu skin-wrapped black cod with bay scallops, maitake mushrooms and cucumber-pea tendril sauce as his entrée; and a black-sesame Japonaise with yuzu
In the end, it was Luciano’s out-of-the-box flavors, bold combinations and heart-felt dishes that won over the judges and earned him the title.