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Janet Jackson And Actor Todd Bridges Remember Conrad Bain

1/17/2013 1:40pm EST
Janet Jackson And Actor Todd Bridges Remember Conrad Bain
Janet Jackson and actor Todd Bridges have paid tribute to their late Diff'rent Strokes co-star Conrad Bain following his death on Monday.
The actor, who played beloved patriarch Phillip Drummond in the hit comedy, passed away in California just weeks before his 90th birthday.
After hearing of his death, Jackson, who starred in the show between 1981 and 1982 before her music career took off, took to Twitter.com to remember the popular actor.
She writes, "I'm saddened to learn of Conrad Bain's passing. He was a joyful (and) pleasant man to work with. My heart goes out to his family a...

Conrad Bain, Who Played Mr. Drummond On 'Diff'rent Strokes,' Dies At 89

1/16/2013 12:44pm EST
Diffrent Strokes
"Diff'rent Strokes" actor Conrad Bain has died just weeks before his 90th birthday in Livermore, Calif.

Bain is most known for playing businessman Phillip Drummond, the adopted father of Arnold (Gary Coleman) and Willis (Todd Bridges) on the hit TV sitcom. The show ran from 1978 to 1986.

Bain also starred in several Broadway productions as well as the TV series "Maude" and "Mr. President."  He appeared in films such as "Postcards From the Edge," "Coogan's Bluff" and "Bananas."

The cause of the actor's death is unknown, but his daughter Jennifer told TMZ.com: "He was an amazing person. He...

Todd Bridges Splits From Wife

5/26/2012 7:07pm EDT
Todd Bridges
Actor Todd Bridges has split from his wife of 14 years. The Diff'rent Strokes star and his partner Dori Bridges, who share 13-year-old son Spencir, have parted ways after growing apart.

Bridges announced the separation on his Twitter.com page late on Friday, and insists the former couple is remaining friendly for the sake of its son.

In a series of posts on his Twitter.com page, he writes, "Im going to beat the media to this me and my wife (are) divorcing our lives are going different directions (sic)... we remain good friends.

"We have a child and we both have his best interests at hea...

NBC Refuses To Air Tribute To Gary Coleman

5/28/2011 1:00pm EDT
Gary Coleman
Gary Coleman's former manager Vic Perillo has been left disgusted by TV executives after they refused to mark the anniversary of the tragic actor's death on Saturday.

The Diff'rent Strokes star died on May 28, 2010, and Perillo has been urging network bosses at NBC, the channel which aired the hit 1980s sitcom, to remember Coleman by running a special tribute this week.

But his request was ignored by NBC heads and Perillo is astonished by their apparent disregard for Coleman, one of the most beloved child stars of his generation.

In a statement issued to WENN, Perillo says, "Gary was exc...

Gary Coleman's Body Still Not Buried Or Cremated A Year After His Death

5/9/2011 10:50pm EDT
Gary Coleman
Actor Gary Coleman's former manager Vic Perillo has sensationally revealed his late client's remains have still yet to be buried or cremated as the first anniversary of the star's death looms.

Coleman died on 28 May, 2010, and, according to Perillo, his burial plans are still on hold because of a legal wrangle between his parents and his estranged wife.

In an essay obtained by WENN, in which Perillo urges the news networks who covered all the negatives of Coleman's life after he passed away to pay tribute to the former child star, he writes, "This was not the proper and dignified manner t...

2010 Year In Entertainment Review: May

1/1/2011 5:00pm EST
Lindsay Lohan
There were wedding bells this month for actors Seth Green and Clare Grant. Meanwhile, Mariah Carey and Nick Cannon sealed their love by renewing their wedding vows for the third time.

May was not such a happy month for former Bond girl Halle Berry who split from Gabriel Aubry after more than four years together, and "Buffy The Vampire Slayer" star David Boreanaz's marriage was plunged into crisis when he admitted cheating on his wife.

Several stars heard the pitter-patter of tiny feet this month - Monica Bellucci gave birth to her second daughter, Leonie, supermodel Claudia Schiffer deliv...

2010 Year In Entertainment Review: January

1/1/2011 9:08am EST
Josh Duhamel
2010 was an incredible year in the world of showbiz, with the usual headline-grabbing antics, scandal, sleaze, celebrity births, star weddings, and bitter break-ups.

Here, WENN takes a look back at 2010...


Matthew McConaughey became the first new celebrity dad of 2010 when he and Camila Alves welcomed baby Vida into the world, but they weren't the only couple celebrating births. Mark Wahlberg and Will Ferrell experienced the joys of fatherhood all over again, while supermodel Claudia Schiffer and actress Monica Bellucci were bursting with excitement after announcing their pregnan...

Notable 2010 Celebrity Deaths

12/31/2010 8:00am EST
2010 Celeb Deaths
Fortunately, 2010 wasn't a big one for celebrity deaths. In 2009, several notables died, including Michael Jackson, Patrick Swayze and Farrah Fawcett.

May was a particularly bad month, in which stars such as Gary Coleman and Dennis Hopper passed away.

Casey Johnson, Johnson & Johnson heiress and fiancee of reality star Tila Tequila, died January 4 from diabetic ketoacidosis.

"All My Children" patriarch James Mitchell died on January 22, weeks shy of his 90th birthday. The cause was chronic obstructive pulmonary disease complicated by pneumonia.

"Poltergeist" star Zelda Rubenstein di...

Gary Coleman's Death Officially Ruled 'Accidental'

10/5/2010 8:59pm EDT
Gary Coleman
Utah police have officially closed an investigation into the death of Gary Coleman, ruling the actor's passing an "accident."

The "Diff'rent Strokes" star, who suffered from congenital kidney disease, died from a brain hemorrhage in May following a fall at his home in Utah.

His autopsy report, which was recently released to cops, suggests there was no evidence of foul play in Coleman's death, and a representative for the Santaquin Police Department insists Coleman was already seriously ill in the weeks leading up to his fall.

The spokesperson tells TMZ.com, "(Coleman) was an accident wai...

Gary Coleman's Estate Administrator Wants To Sell Property

8/4/2010 11:48pm EDT
Gary Coleman
The court-appointed administrator of Gary Coleman's estate has asked a judge for permission to sell the late actor's Utah home because the star's assets are not enough to cover the monthly mortgage payments.

Robert Jeffs filed the motion in court on Wednesday, requesting to place the property and an adjacent lot on the market for $324,000.

He is also seeking to have the remainder of the former child star's possessions removed from the house in order to call in repairmen and decorators to fix up the place after a realtor described it as being in a "poor/distressed condition."

In court doc...

Gary Coleman's Ex-wife Defends Domestic Marriage Issues

7/4/2010 4:00pm EDT
Gary Coleman's ex-wife Shannon Price insists the pair was both to blame for the domestic abuse issues which blighted their marriage.

The redhead has come under fire after the Diff'rent Strokes star died following a fall at his home in Utah in May.

It was revealed after she gave permission to turn off his life support that the pair had divorced in 2008 and she had no legal right to make the decision.

Price has since claimed the couple was planning to re-marry before Coleman's tragic demise, and has spoken out to defend their relationship - insisting their physical fights were tame compare...

Head Injury & Kidney Failure Caused Gary Coleman's Death

6/15/2010 9:14am EDT
Gary Coleman
A "closed head injury" complicated by "chronic renal failure" was listed as the cause of Gary Coleman's death by hospital staff who fought to keep the star alive after he suffered a brain hemorrhage.

TMZ.com has obtained the death certificate detailing the circumstances around the "Diff'rent Strokes" star's passing - and it shows Coleman's fall at his home in Utah last month and his congenital kidney disease both contributed to his death.

Coleman had two kidney transplants in 1973 and 1984, which required frequent dialysis and impacted his adult life, ultimately leading to his untimely de...

Gary Coleman Bans Anyone With 'Financial Ties' From His Funeral

6/9/2010 11:30am EDT
Gary Coleman
Gary Coleman planned to ban anyone with a financial interest in his estate from attending his funeral - he only wanted friends who "really cared" for him to be present at the ceremony.

The Diff'rent Strokes star died late last month after suffering a brain hemorrhage, and his will was filed at 4th District Court in Provo, Utah on Tuesday. The documents named his former manager Dion Mial as the executor of his estate and set out his wishes for his funeral.

Coleman didn't with anyone with "financial ties" to him to attend, and he also expressed his wish to keep the memorial service privat...

Todd Bridges Hopes Person Who Leaked Dead Pics Of Gary Coleman 'Burns In Hell'

6/9/2010 8:40am EDT
Todd Bridges
Angry Todd Bridges fired off at the person who leaked death photos of his "Diff'rent Strokes" co-star Gary Coleman.

He ranted, "I hope someone burns in hell for this one."

Prior to Gary's death, Todd was shunned by his co-star. But Todd refused to take the snub personally because the diminutive star was "very mad at the world."

Todd told Larry King in May, "Gary Coleman, you know, I really love Gary. But he is suffering from just the whole thing of physical, you know - health-wise, he's not great. And he's very mad at the world. And I understand that."

Ex-Wife Wants To Scatter Gary Coleman's Ashes On Train Tracks

6/9/2010 8:21am EDT
Gary Coleman
Gary Coleman's ex-wife plans to scatter the tragic star's ashes on "some train tracks" to mark the actor's passion for railways.

Shannon Price is determined to follow through with her former husband's last wishes and cremate him.

She tells news show Entertainment Tonight, "I plan to spread some of them (ashes) around some train tracks because trains were his hobby and he loved that very much... I think that he would really appreciate that I did that for him."

Coleman died on May 28 after suffering a brain haemorrhage. Price gave doctors permission to turn off his life support system afte...

Gary Coleman's Mother 'Shocked' By Deathbed Photo Sale

6/8/2010 9:52am EDT
Gary Coleman
Gary Coleman's mother is outraged pictures of her late son on his deathbed were offered up for sale - calling the photographs "extremely disrespectful."

The Diff'rent Strokes star passed away on May 28th after suffering a brain hemorrhage, and various media outlets have subsequently been approached to purchase a set of four images featuring Coleman hooked up to a ventilation machine in the moments before he died. The pictures, allegedly taken at Utah Valley Regional Medical Center, are also said to include one shot of the star after he was taken off his life support machine.

The actor's...

Gary Coleman Had A Year To Live

6/7/2010 9:24pm EDT
Gary Coleman
Doctors gave actor Gary Coleman just one year to live after he underwent major heart surgery last year, according to his ex-wife Shannon Price.

The "Diff'rent Strokes" star died last month after his former wife gave doctors permission to switch off his life support system, which was keeping him alive in a comatose state.

Price is still coming to terms with the actor's death, but admits she knew her life with him would be short after the former child star had heart surgery to replace his aortic valve.

She tells news show Entertainment Tonight, "After he had heart surgery they said he woul...

Gary Coleman's Ex Selling Deathbed Photos?

6/7/2010 2:44pm EDT
Gary Coleman
Shannon Price is set to cash in on Gary Coleman's death after allegedly selling a series of disturbing photographs of her ex-husband on his hospital deathbed, according to a report.

The Diff'rent Strokes star passed away on May 28th at Utah Valley Regional Medical Center after suffering a brain hemorrhage following a fall at his home. Various media outlets were recently approached to purchase a set of four images featuring Coleman hooked up to a ventilation machine in the moments before he died.

In one shot, the former child star is said to already be dead after he was taken off his lif...

Gary Coleman Planned On Remarrying His Ex-Wife

6/5/2010 11:10am EDT
Gary Coleman
Gary Coleman was planning to remarry his ex-wife when his health improved - but the actor died before he could fully recover from heart surgery.

Coleman and Shannon Price quietly divorced just days before they were due to celebrate their first wedding anniversary in 2008, but the couple remained friends and lived together.

Price was with the former Diff'rent Strokes star when he fell at the home they shared in Utah and suffered a brain hemorrhage last week. Price also had her ex-husband's written permission to make medical decisions on his behalf, and she permitted doctors to turn off the...

Gary Coleman's Funeral Canceled

6/4/2010 3:15pm EDT
Gary Coleman
Gary Coleman's funeral has been canceled as a custody battle over his remains wages on between the late actor's ex-wife and his estranged parents.

The Diff'rent Strokes star was scheduled to be buried on either Friday or Saturday - but now the funeral service is on hold. Coleman's estranged parents have objected to plans by their son's ex-wife, Shannon Price, to bury the star in Sandy, Utah - and they want to take his remains home to Illinois.

Meanwhile, Price has revealed she lacks the funds to pay for a funeral. Price, who was legally authorized to make medical decisions on Coleman's ...

Gary Coleman, 1968-2010: His Tragic Life & Death In This Week's PEOPLE

6/3/2010 9:52pm EDT
Gary Coleman
"We're Not Pointing Fingers, But We Need To Know Exactly What Happened," Coleman's Parents Tell 'PEOPLE' Exclusively

"Diffrent Strokes" child star Gary Coleman charmed a generation of fans in the 1980s. During his brief life, the actor felt chronically betrayed: by the Hollywood community he felt had turned its back on him; by the parents he once believed mishandled his fortune; by his own failing body, which chained him to dialysis for decades. After years of health woes and career disappointments, he died estranged from his family and embroiled in a troubled marriage to Shannon Price, 24...

Gary Coleman's 'Widow' Was No Longer His Wife

6/3/2010 8:16am EDT
Gary Coleman
Gary Coleman's death has been hit by a fresh controversy - the woman who told doctors she was his wife and gave permission for them to turn off his life support system was divorced from the actor.

TV news show "Entertainment Tonight" has obtained papers confirming that Coleman and Shannon Price had ended their marriage at the time of his death.

In fact, the documents reveal the couple, who wed in August 2007, didn't make it to their first anniversary as man and wife. Coleman and Price were legally divorced on August 12, 2008.

Coleman filed for divorce under sealed documents. All court fe...

Bret Michaels Feeling Lucky After Gary Coleman's Death

6/1/2010 7:41pm EDT
Bret Michaels
Rocker Bret Michaels feels lucky to be alive after hearing how tragic Gary Coleman died of the same type of brain hemorrhage he survived just weeks earlier.

The Poison frontman faced the battle of his life after suffering a near-fatal hemorrhage last month, and he's still recovering from the medical emergency.

His good fortune was hammered home over the weekend following the death of former "Diff'rent Strokes" star Coleman, who died on Friday, just two days after a fall at his Utah home caused an intracranial hemorrhage.

Michaels tells news show Extra, "Gary Coleman having a hemorrhage, ...

Friends, Celebrities Pay Tribute To Gary Coleman

5/29/2010 8:32am EDT
Gary Coleman
Gary Coleman's "Diff'rent Strokes" co-star Charlotte Rae is leading the tributes to the former child star, who died on Friday at the age of 42.

The actor was admitted to Utah Valley Regional Medical Center on Wednesday after suffering a brain hemorrhage following a fall at his home earlier this week.

He lost consciousness on Thursday and was placed on life support but his wife, Shannon Price, decided to pull the plug on Friday morning. He died hours later at 12:05pm (local time).

Rae is one of the first of Coleman's former colleagues to express her sorrow at his tragic passing, rememberi...

Gary Coleman Dies At 42

5/28/2010 2:51pm EDT
Gary Coleman
Former "Diff'rent Strokes" star Gary Coleman has died, according to a report on RadarOnline.com. The actor was 42.

Coleman was admitted to a medical facility in Utah on Wednesday and underwent surgery for a mystery illness; later reported to be an intracranial hemorrhage he suffered after falling.

The star was put on life support after slipping into a coma; and TMZ.com reports that Coleman's wife, Shannon, chose to remove him from life support earlier today - shortly after which he passed away.

Coleman had suffered from health problems all his life, including congenital kidney disease w...

Gary Coleman 'On Life-Support'

5/28/2010 11:41am EDT
Gary Coleman
Former child star Gary Coleman has suffered a serious brain hemorrhage and is currently "on life support" in the hospital, according to his manager.

The Diff'rent Strokes star was admitted to a local hospital in Utah on Wednesday following a fall at his home. He was fully conscious after the accident but his condition gradually worsened. He lost consciousness on Thursday and is now being treated in an intensive care unit at Utah Valley Regional Medical Center.

The star's manager John Alcantar announced the sad news in a statement to E! Online, and asked fans for their "thoughts and pray...

Gary Coleman Hospitalized In Utah

5/27/2010 3:50pm EDT
Gary Coleman
Former child star Gary Coleman has been hospitalized in Utah, according to reports.

The former Diff'rent Strokes actor, 42, was admitted to a medical facility on Wednesday and underwent surgery for a mystery illness, reports TMZ.com.

Further details were unavailable as WENN went to press and the star's agent, Robert Malcolm, had yet to respond to requests for a comment.

Coleman, who suffers from a congenital kidney disease which requires frequent dialysis, has faced a string of health problems in recent months - he was hospitalized in January and again in February after suffering appa...

Todd Bridges Talks Graphically To Oprah About Child Molestation

4/29/2010 8:49am EDT
Todd Bridges
Former child star Todd Bridges broke down as he read an extract from his memoirs on "Oprah" on Wednesday because his own words brought back terrible memories of a childhood molestation.

Oprah Winfrey asked the ex-"Diff'rent Strokes" star to read from his book, "Killing Willis," after he revealed how the sex acts had begun when he was just 11.

The actor explained that a trusted male mentor and publicist had treated him to gifts and urged him to ignore the adulation of screaming girl fans before sexually abusing him.

Bridges started reading and lost his composure as he fought back tears. H...

Todd Bridges: 'I Was A Pimp In A Lot Of Ways'

4/29/2010 8:14am EDT
Todd Bridges
Former Diff'rent Strokes star Todd Bridges hired an army of prostitutes to deal drugs for him during his 1980s heyday as a dealer - so he could get paid twice, for cocaine and sex.

The ex-child star became a drug user towards the end of the hit show's run in the mid-1980s and a gun-wielding narcotics boss on the mean streets of Los Angeles, dealing speed, crack, cocaine and marijuana when the sitcom wrapped in 1986. Both respected and feared, the actor surrounded himself with women, so he could get the most out of clients.

He explains, "They would sell drugs to johns (clients) and also ...

Molly Ringwald: 'I Feel Badly For Teenage Stars These Days'

4/7/2010 3:30pm EDT
Molly Ringwald
Former child star Molly Ringwald is convinced her decision to develop "interests outside Hollywood" saved her life because it stopped her falling into drug addiction.

Ringwald landed her first TV role at the age of 11 in sitcom Diff'rent Strokes and went on to find fame in John Hughes' 1984 movie Sixteen Candles, which propelled her into the spotlight. She became known as one of the 'Brat Pack' in the 1980s after appearing in a string of teen dramas, but unlike many of her co-stars, Ringwald avoided the temptations of the party circuit and never suffered from drug or alcohol addiction.