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In Memoriam: Stars We Lost In 2011

December 29th, 2011 10:30am EST
Stars We Lost In 2011
As 2012 approaches, it's appropriate to look back at which stars we lost over the last year. As always, the number of famous names on the list seems astounding. Each one meant something to many people, and their legacies will live on forever in the hundreds of films, TV shows and songs on which they left their mark.

It's impossible to include everyone, but we think these are among the most notable deaths of the year.

Let's take a look back. These are in no particular order.

Harry Morgan, 96

The lovable TV and film actor will always be best known for playing the fatherly Col. Potter on '...
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'Columbo' Star Peter Falk Dies At 83

June 24th, 2011 2:00pm EDT
Peter Falk
Veteran actor Peter Falk, who played the famous rumpled police detective in "Columbo," died at his home in Beverly Hills on Thursday at age 83.

The actor suffered from Alzheimer's disease and dementia, according to 2008 papers filed by his daughter Catherine Falk at Los Angeles County Superior Court. She claimed her father "requires full-time custodial care for his health and safety."

Falk had a full film, TV and Broadway career. In 1968, Falk first assumed the role of Columbo, the disheveled police lieutenant whose seemingly slow and inept investigative manner masked a steel-trap mind....
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Peter Falk Suing Construction Company

March 21st, 2010 10:00am EDT
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Actor Peter Falk is suing a construction company for allegedly failing to complete work on his California property.

The Columbo star and his wife Shera hired Handy Andy Services to carry out refurbishment on their beachside home in Malibu, Los Angeles.

But according to a lawsuit obtained by TMZ.com, the Falks claim the firm didn't pack the soil properly, didn't apply the correct paint, failed to re-install fire sprinklers, and didn't waterproof the house.

Falk is suing for unspecified damages, but a representative for Handy Andy Services has slammed the allegations, insisting the actor s...
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Spotlight On Celebrity Wonk Eyes

April 29th, 2009 11:17am EDT
Gary Busey
According to Urban Dictionary, a wonk eye is "a constant lazy eye, so bad that it is unavoidable to stare at when talking to an individual with this problem, and sometimes difficult to know who the individual is speaking to." Check out some celebrities who have their share of wonkness:

Paris Hilton

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Joan Rivers

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Forest Whitaker

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Pal's Say Wife Should Take Care Of Peter Falk, Not Daughter

January 31st, 2009 1:06pm EST
Peter Falk
Showbiz pals of Columbo star Peter Falk are backing his wife's fight for the right to care for the actor as he battles Alzheimer's disease.

Last month, Falk's adopted daughter, Catherine Falk, filed papers claiming her father has dementia and Alzheimer's disease and can no longer care for himself. Catherine is asking the court to name her his conservator.

But last week, Falk's second wife, Shera, fought back by filing her own court papers, insisting he should be allowed to remain at home with her. She alleges her husband of 32 years never attended Catherine's wedding and has never...
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Pulse Patrol: The Weakly Round-Up Of User Comments

December 23rd, 2008 10:00am EST
Pulse Patrol
Each week the editors at Starpulse will be highlighting the best responses and remarks to news stories and celebrity topics that we've come across.

News Highlights = This week's most moving and humorous annotations were made on the latest stories on Hitler’s Ghost, the Emo status of a Disney Star, and Courtney Love’s prescription use, as well as a Story about the most recent “celebrity” hospitalization.

Topic Highlights = There were some welcoming and pleasant observations made about actors Hal Sparks, Peter Falk and actor/actress Alexis Arquette however, there was no love or affe...
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Peter Falk Has Alzheimer's

December 16th, 2008 9:21am EST
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Veteran actor Peter Falk's daughter has filed papers stating her father is no longer able to run his own life, due to deteriorating health, insisting he needs to be placed under a conservatorship order to protect him.

The former Columbo star, 81, suffers from Alzheimer's disease and dementia, according to papers filed by Catherine Falk at Los Angeles County Superior Court. She claims her father "requires full-time custodial care for his health and safety."

The documents further state Catherine is worried her father "can easily be deceived into transferring away property" and beli...
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Celebrity Birthdays, September 16

September 16th, 2007 3:00am EDT
Alexis Bledel
Happy Birthday to singer Teddy Geiger (1988), "Dr. Dolittle" actress Kyla Pratt (1986), singer Katie Melua (1984), "Gilmore Girls" actress Alexis Bledel (1981), Australian singer Shannon Noll (1975), "Deuce Bigalow" actress Amy Poehler (1971), Latin singer Marc Anthony (1968), "Saturday Night Live" actress Molly Shannon (1964), singer Richard Marx (1963), actress Jennifer Tilly (1958), "Sin City" actor Mickey Rourke (1956), magician David Copperfield (1956), actor Ed Begley, Jr. (1949), actor George Chakiris (1934), "Forbidden Planet" actress Anne Francis (1930), "Columbo" star Peter Falk (...
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'Columbo' Heads For Broadway

July 14th, 2007 9:00pm EDT
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Beloved TV detective Columbo is set to solve crimes on Broadway in a new stage spectacular. Actor Norm Boucher will take on the role Peter Falk made famous in new play Columbo Takes the Rap.

The show is taking on Broadway after wowing critics at the International Mystery Writers festival in Owensboro, Kentucky last month, according to the New York Post.

Columbo Takes the Rap will launch a national tour before its Broadway run next year.

(This news article provided by World Entertainment News Network)
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Celebrity Birthdays, September 16

September 16th, 2006 3:00am EDT
Alexis Bledel
Happy Birthday to singer Teddy Geiger (1988), "Dr. Dolittle" actress Kyla Pratt (1986), singer Katie Melua (1984), "Gilmore Girls" actress Alexis Bledel (1981), Australian singer Shannon Noll (1975), "Deuce Bigalow" actress Amy Poehler (1971), Latin singer Marc Anthony (1968), "Saturday Night Live" actress Molly Shannon (1964), singer Richard Marx (1963), actress Jennifer Tilly (1958), "Sin City" actor Mickey Rourke (1956), magician David Copperfield (1956), actor Ed Begley, Jr. (1949), actor George Chakiris (1934), "Forbidden Planet" actress Anne Francis (1930), "Columbo" star Peter Falk (...
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Peter Falk Loved Playing 'Columbo'

August 30th, 2006 11:26am EDT
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Peter Falk adored playing TV detective Columbo because he could look as shabby as he liked. Falk, 79, was thrilled when he realized he could skip the make-up department and simply turn up with a cigar.

He says, "I love that about Columbo. To be honest there was only one requirement for the make-up in Columbo - there was only one look, and the requirement was to look bad. So I'd be ready - it would take me about a minute and a half. I'd walk past the mirror on my way to the bathroom, look in the mirror and I was ready. I didn't shave, I didn't need a haircut and I didn't want make-up o...
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Peter Falk Recalls Embarrassing Incident Involving His Glass Eye

August 3rd, 2006 1:47pm EDT
Peter Falk
TV legend Peter Falk was left humiliated when he saw Art Tatum perform because his pals hid his false eye in the jazz legend's drink. The actor, famous for his role as TV detective Colombo, lost his right eye to cancer when he was just three years old, and he told friends he would be unable to attend the Tatum concert because he had misplaced his glass replacement.

But his friends persuaded him that people would not notice he was lacking an eye in a dark jazz club, so he went along - and walked right into their practical joke.

He says, "When it got too late and the place emptied...
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And the Best Movie Dads Are ...

June 17th, 2006 10:32am EDT
Steve Martin
Eugene Levy, Sean Connery, Steve Martin, Gene Hackman and Alec Baldwin have been handed Father's Day honors for their comical portrayals of dads on the big screen. The quintet form half of Entertainment Weekly's “Funniest Movie Dads” poll.

Levy gets a nod for playing Jim’s Dad in the American Pie movies, Martin for Gil Buckman in Parenthood and Connery is a top pop thanks to his portrayal of Indiana Jones’ father. Meanwhile, Hackman's comedic role as Royal Tenenbaum in The Royal Tenenbaums and Baldwin's portrayal of Dunphy in Outside Providence also made the list.

The remaining ...
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'Columbo's' Peter Falk is America's Favorite TV Detective

February 20th, 2006 10:08am EST
Peter Falk
Peter Falk's famous turn as Lieutenant Columbo is still America's favorite TV detective, according to a new TV Guide poll. The quirky crime solver, which Falk played on TV throughout the 1970s and again recently in a one-off special, beat obsessive compulsive detective Adrian Monk (Tony Shalhoub) and Twin Peaks' resident snoop Agent Dale Cooper (Kyle Maclachlan) to claim the top spot on the new list.

The full list of favorite TV detectives, according to TV Guide, is:

1. Lt. Columbo in Columbo (Peter Falk)

2. Adrian Monk in Monk (Tony Shalhoub)

3. Agent Dale Cooper in Twin Peaks (...
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CBS Details Holiday Programming

November 9th, 2005 2:20pm EST
Frosty the Snowman
The annual Christmastime visits of Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, Frosty the Snowman and Robbie the Reindeer highlight CBS's festive holiday programming which also includes original movies and musical specials.

In addition to the yuletide animated classics, CBS will present the original movies “Snow Wonder” with Mary Tyler Moore, Camryn Manheim, Jennifer Esposito, Eric Szmanda, Poppy Montgomery and Jason Priestley; “Silver Bells, a "Hallmark Hall of Fame" presentation starring Anne Heche and Tate Donovan; and “The Christmas Blessing,” starring Neil Patrick Harris, Angus T. Jones and R...
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Guests & Musical Acts on Conan This Month

November 2nd, 2005 4:47pm EST
NBC has announced the guests and musical performers on Late Night With Conan O'Brien for the rest of November. Guests on the show this month include Jennifer Aniston, Joaquin Phoenix, Gwyneth Paltrow, Ryan Reynolds and Eva Longoria; plus musical performances by Green Day, Neil Young, Big & Rich and many more. The full list is below...

These listings are subject to change. More performers/guests are still TBA. Check local listings for exact showtimes.

Wednesday, Nov. 2:

Philip Seymour Hoffman, John Krasinski, Neil Young

Thursday, Nov. 3:

Jake Gyllenhaal, Neil Young

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