The story of actor, filmmaker, director, and entrepreneur Bryan Cranston is the story of “local boy makes good.”
Born in Hollywood and raised in Canoga Park, he is the second of three children. His father was of half Irish, quarter Austrian-Jewish and quarter German descent, while his mother was the daughter of German immigrants.
This month, “Senior Reporter” is honoring the latest recipient of the coveted star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame – Laura Linney.
Despite her fame resulting from her three-decade career as a successful actress on screen and stage, Linney remains humble and admits that she carries a perception among fans and Hollywood insiders of “just who is Laura Linney?”
Isn’t Tom Hanks too young to adorn the cover of this publication? Well, the diligent reporters that we are, we did the math and found that he is 66 after celebrating his birthday last month on July 9 to be exact. So, we invite you to welcome this American cultural icon to the family of stars who have graced our pages for all these years, starting when Hanks was young. Remember his classic role in “Big?”
Let’s face it: Unless you’ve been living under a rock in the Mohave Desert, you know that Reba McEntire, now 67 years young, is one of America’s best entertainment icons. She holds the title among her peers and fans as The Queen of Country.
The Oklahoma-born and raised singer, actress, songwriter, and producer holds every honor the country music industry can bestow.
Most of us remember Craig T. Nelson, now 78, for his most notable acting role as Hayden Fox in the highly successful TV sitcom “Coach.” By the time the show appeared in1989 and ran for eight years, Nelson had already established himself as a career actor on the small and large screens, and as a standup comic.
His biggest roles in some 34 movies include Deputy Warden Wilson in the 1980 film “Stir Crazy,” as Steve Freeling in the 1982 film “Poltergeist,” as Peter Dellaplane in “Action Jackson,” as Chief Howard Hyde in “Turner & Hooch,” and the warden in “My Name is Earl.”
J.Lo’s Dream Comes True And dream she did – at age 5. Encouraged by her Puerto Rican parents who filled their Bronx home with music, singing, and dancing – and the original “West Side Story” Broadway hit — Jennifer Lynn
“J.Lo” Lopez, now 52, knew she wanted to be an entertainer. As a child, she took dance lessons at Ballet Hispanico on the Upper West Side of New York City. As a teenager, she learned flamenco, jazz, and ballet at the local Boys and Girls Club.
When Tony Bennett was quoted as saying “it’s a blessing to just being alive,” the 95-yearold legendary crooner was not merely whistling Dixie, he was making a statement that defines his entire existence.
Although his concert-playing days are now in the history books due to Alzheimer’s, Bennett continues to be revered, not only for his contributions to popular American music but also for his love of America, the country he fought for during World War II in the Battle of the Bulge
When I think of Bette Midler, I can’t help but start humming one of her most famous songs, “Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy,” which was a modern rendition of the Andrews Sisters hit from the 1940s. And, for those of us who grew up exposed to World War II American music, Midler epitomized the sounds and tunes of that era.
Combined with her outrageous comedic talent, she quickly established herself as a major force in the entertainment industry. Her career has resulted in the highest honors that can be bestowed on a star of music, film, and stage, including four Golden Globes, three Grammys, three Emmys, two Tonys, and the prestigious Kennedy Center Honor which she received last year at age 75