seniors of southern california

June 2023: Vol 49, No 6

When I think of William H. Macy, my first thought turns to “Wild Hogs,” the 2007 blockbuster movie about middle-aged men reliving their youthful days by taking to the open road on their Harley-Davidson motorcycles from Cincinnati to California.

Not generally known for his comedic acting, Macy showed his funny side like never before, including his scenes in which he crashes on his bike while gawking at bikini-clad women at the beach. To this day, I can watch the movie over and over again whenever I need to laugh out loud and often.

May 2023: Vol 49, No 5

You’ve probably heard the old TV commercial line, “You’ve come a long way, baby.” All products aside, it certainly fits the profile of Brooke Shields, one of the most recognizable celebrities on the planet.

From child star to magazine cover girl to grown-up film and stage actress, Shields is closing in on her 56th birthday (May 31) and the release of her new
documentary, appropriately titled: “Pretty Baby: Brooke Shield.”

April 2023: Vol 49, No 4

His name is now synonymous with the adventurous assassin John Wick, who propelled his movie star status to new heights. At 58, and in the prime of his career, Keanu Reeves’ name is right up there with such male stars as Tom Cruise, Liam Neeson, and Clint Eastwood.

Reeves’ journey to stardom has been a long and twisting road across the globe, beginning with his birth in Beirut, Lebanon in September 1964. He was raised in Toronto by his English-born mother, a costume designer, and performer, and his father, a native Hawaiian of Chinese, English, Irish, and Portuguese descent.

March 2023: Vol 49, No 3

We all know Mariska Hargitay for her role as Olivia Benson in the long-running hit TV drama “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit.” But did you know that the successful actress and daughter of the late Jayne Mansfield and bodybuilder Mickey Hargitay is busy off-screen fighting against sexual assault, domestic violence, and child abuse?

Using her platform “to do something meaningful,” she founded the Joyful Heart Foundation, a support organization for survivors of these crimes inflicted on women. Since 2010, her foundation has sent thousands of women and children to therapeutic programs in New York, Los Angeles, and Hawaii.

February 2023: Vol 49, No 2

To say that acclaimed actor Robert Downey Jr. has experienced both the ups and downs of life in his 57 years would be an understatement.

His career has gone from success as a child actor and star in teen films like “Weird Science,” to drug addiction and legal troubles, and back to climbing the Hollywood ladder, culminating with starring roles in blockbuster films like “Iron Man,” “The Avengers,” “Sherlock Holmes,” “Spider-Man,” “Captain America” and others.

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.

September 2022: Vol 48, No 9

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?”

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