golden years

January 2023: Vol 49, No 1

As we sat down to write this cover story, we heard the news: Celine Dion has been diagnosed with a brain disorder commonly known as “stiff person syndrome.”

According to medical experts, it is a very rare condition that affects about 1 million people
and has features similar to those found in stroke victims. The bad news: there is no known
cure. The good news is: The symptoms of muscle spasms, imbalance, and light sensitivity
can be treated successfully with the latest medications.

December 2022: Vol 48, No 12

We all know 53-year-old Matt Damon for his award-winning roles in “Good Will Hunting,” “Saving Private Ryan,” “Courage Under Fire,” “The Bourne Identity” and so many more.

What I found out about this very active movie star is a revealing peek into a man who demonstrates his true character in front of and behind the cameras.

November 2022: Vol 48, No 11

Can you believe it? Shania Twain, the undisputed “queen of country pop” and one of the best-selling music artists of all time, is 57!

Somehow, age is irrelevant in this cover tribute to a true songstress who continues to entertain audiences all over the world, in concerts, on vinyl, and in digital formats.

October 2022: Vol 48, No 10

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.

August 2022: Vol 48, No 8

I know what you’re thinking:

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?”

July 2022: Vol 48, No 7

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.

November 2021: Vol 47, No 11

The story of Debbie Harry starts with her name.

She was born 76 years ago in Miami with the name Angela Trimble but was given up for adoption as an infant by her birth mother. A couple in Hawthorne, N.J. Richard, and Catherine Harry, who owned a gift shop, immediately adopted Angela and renamed her Deborah Ann Harry.

At age four, she learned of her adoption, and in the late 1980s, located her birth mother, a concert pianist who rejected having a relationship with her. In her memoir, Harry recalls being a tomboy and spent much of her childhood playing in the woods adjacent to her home in Hawthorne.

October 2021: Vol 47, No 10

In case you’ve been living under a rock for more than 30years, one of the busiest and most famous movie stars of the new millennium is Liam
Neeson.

Beginning with his first big starring role as Oskar Schindler in “Schindler’s List,”
his acting stock has risen to box office heights with such major films as “Michael Collins,” “Les Misérables,” “Star Wars,” “Batman,” “Taken,” “The Grey,” “Silence,” “The Chronicles of Narnia,” and “A Monster Calls.”

September 2021: Vol 47, No 9

At 58 years young, she’s one of the most respected and multi-faceted performers in the entertainment industry today. She’s sold millions of records worldwide, appealing to every musical taste, from pop to jazz, from Latin to gospel. Her honors include Emmys, Grammys, Tony’s, Golden Globes, and others.

Of course, I’m talking about Vanessa L. Williams whose road to celebrity status began
when she became the first African-American woman to receive the Miss America title in
1983.

August 2021: Vol 47, No 8

It seems inconceivable to me and, if you talk to others in the movie industry they will agree, Kevin Bacon is one of the best actors never to have received an Oscar nomination.

The Academy Award judges missed the mark and should have given one of the most famous American actors the industry’s highest honor for Bacon’s leading or supporting roles in such high-profile films as “Footloose,” “JFK,” “A Few Good Men,” “Apollo 13,” “Mystic River,” “The River Wild,” “Hollow Man,” and so many others.

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