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One day after her daughter, Carrie Fisher, passed away, her mother, legendary entertainer Debbie Reynolds, has also died.

debbie_reynolds_via_wikipediaDebbie Reynolds suffered a stroke while at her son Todd Fisher’s home and was rushed to the hospital where she later passed away, according to Variety.  She was 84 years old.

Reynolds was a fixture on screen in the 1950’s and 60’s, with such films as Singin’ In The Rain, Bundle of Joy and Three Little Words.  She was nominated several times for a Golden Globe as well as other awards, and in 1965 was nominated for an Oscar for The Unsinkable Molly Brown.  She was recently presented the Screen Actors Guild Lifetime Achievement Award.  Her career as a singer included several albums that went to the top of the charts.

Reynolds married three times, but only had children with her first husband, Eddie Fisher.

Condolences to the family and friends of Carrie Fisher and Debbie Reynolds.

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You may have heard that Benedict Cumberbatch is doing Hamlet at the Barbican Theatre in London.  He has asked that members of the audience refrain from using their cell phones, especially to film the play.

This is one of those things people just shouldn’t have to be told.  But apparently there have been several instances lately of theater goers displaying really bad manners and doing everything from texting (actress Patti Lu Pone recently stopped a play and grabbed a cellphone from an audience member who was texting) to trying to charge their phone by going up onstage and plugging it into a (fake) electrical outlet on the set.  I’m not kidding.

Can we all just agree that it’s bad manners — not to mention distracting to the actors — to play around with your cell phone during a play?  Or at a movie theater for that matter.

While we wait to see whether Halt and Catch Fire gets a third season, Lee Pace will be doing New York Stage & Film’s Powerhouse Season from July 31st to August 2nd.  More info here at BroadwayWorld.com.

Speaking of Halt and Catch Fire, the ratings for the 2nd season were not good.  The critics loved it, though, so a third season may depend on whether AMC thinks it’s worth more as a critical darling than a ratings winner.  Here’s a hint, AMC – move it away from Sunday nights.  There’s just too much competition for it to make a dent.

#Theater #LeePace #HaltAndCatchFire

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It’s been quite a few days for Benedict Cumberbatch.  He and his wife Sophie Hunter have just announced the birth of a baby boy!  No details were given, but I’m sure the little one has inherited some great genes.

Recently Benny was also honored by the Queen with a CBE, or Commander of the British Empire.  This is a higher honor than an OBE, or Order of the British Empire, and just below a knighthood (which he will probably also have at some point).  The award was given for his work in the performing arts as well as his charitable work.

Chiwetel Ejiofor, who starred with Benny in 12 Years A Slave and will again be alongside him in Doctor Strange, already had an OBE but was awarded the higher CBE.

Eddie Redmayne received an OBE, as did Sherlock co-creator Steven Moffat.  Kevin Spacey, who ends a long run as the artistic director for London’s Old Vic theatre later this year, was given an honorary knighthood.  Because he is an American, Spacey can’t use the title Sir, but it’s a lovely honor anyway.

Congratulations to all!

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