“Jim Colucci’s book captures all the fun of one of the most enduring series on television – and then some! I am more obsessed with The Golden Girls than ever. If I ever buy a house with a lanai, this book will be the first item I move in!”
— Lisa Lampanelli
“This marvelous book pays tribute to the talents of four remarkable women who left an indelible impression on me. You can be fabulous at any age! Thanks, Jim, for reminding us.
Golden Girls forever!”
— Jane Leeves
“I love The Golden Girls because they were the original Sex and the City girls. This book explores their amazing chemistry, and so much more.”
— Julie Chen
GOLDEN GIRLS FOREVER
An Unauthorized Look Behind the Lanai
By Jim Colucci
On sale: April 5, 2016
This spring Harper Design will publish GOLDEN GIRLS FOREVER: An Unauthorized Look Behind the Lanai (on sale: April 5, 2016; 368 pages; more than 230 color and black & white photos throughout; $35.00; ISBN: 9780062422903) by Jim Colucci, the first ever complete retrospective of the legendary TV sitcom featuring exclusive interviews with the cast and crew.
A treasure trove of must-see, behind-the-scenes material for the millions of fans worldwide, GOLDEN GIRLS FOREVER is an all-inclusive look at the beloved series, allowing readers to peer behind the cameras to trace the show’s journey from its inception to its enduring legacy with new generations.
The book also features synopses of beloved episodes; exclusive interviews with the show’s creators, actors, guest stars, producers, writers, and crew members; and a section of “Why I Love the Girls” commentary from such celebrities such as Laverne Cox, Zachary Quinto, and Perez Hilton. Also included are stills from the show, set design and costume design snapshots, and many never-before-seen photos. The result is a comprehensive depiction of The Golden Girls both in front of the cameras and backstage.
No retrospective of The Golden Girls would be complete without interviews with the stars themselves. Among GOLDEN GIRLS FOREVER’s gems are exclusive and revealing interviews with stars since departed, including one of the last interviews with the famously private Bea Arthur (1922-2009) and Rue McClanahan (1934-2010). Jim Colucci’s interview with the now 94-year-old Betty White rounds out this unprecedented look at the series.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Jim Colucci is a freelance entertainment writer whose work has appeared in such publications as TV Guide, Inside TV, Quick & Simple, InTouch, The Advocate, Next, and CBS’ Watch magazine, where he serves as a deputy editor. For over a decade, Jim delivered a weekly on-air report, “Must Hear TV”, as a correspondent for The Frank DeCaro Show on Sirius XM satellite radio and wrote the authorized companion book for Will & Grace, titled Will & Grace: Fabulously Uncensored. Originally from Wayne, New Jersey, Jim now lives in Los Angeles and New Jersey with his husband Frank and their mischievous Boston terrier, Gabby.
GOLDEN GIRLS FOREVER
An Unauthorized Look Behind the Lanai
By Jim Colucci
On Sale: April 5, 2016
Over 230 color and black & white photos throughout, 368 pages, $35.00
"Best in Show, for Actors and Others for Animals (A&O), was a big winner for the people attending," remarks A&O President, JoAnne Worley. "The talented celebrities sharing clips of their pets, to the many animals that our charity help every day. And a good time was had by all." Actors & Others For Animals, one of Los Angeles longest-standing animal welfare organizations, "Best Of Show Pet Competition" Fundraiser on Saturday, Sept 28th may have focused its program around celebrity pets, but America's four legged friends everywhere were the beneficiaries, raising an estimated $75,000. "I'm overwhelmed by the love and support gathered together today for our four legged souls," said Charlotte Rae. Setting the programs tone were the perfectly pitched performances by "THE PLAIDS." The roster of personalities, both attending and participating, included: Michael Burger (Emcee), JoAnne Worley (President), Loretta Swit (Board Member), Leonard Maltin, Susan Sullivan, Ed Begley, Jr., Allie Mac Kay, Jay Johnson, Bernie Shine, Tippi Hedren, Chuck McCann, Charlotte Rae, Fred Stoller, Marcia Ross, Heather Ott, Carolyn Hennessy, Kelly Lange, Millicent Martin, Rhett Turner, Mary Jo Catlett, Barbara Sharma, Todd Sherry, Earl Holliman, the Best In Show event hosts Fred Willard and Jim Piddock, as well as a last minute cast change that replaced the "Hawaiian Eye" Cricket, Connie Stevens, with a self proclaimed barracuda, Ruta Lee, who commented, "It is so much fun to spend the afternoon with two legged friends who are almost as nice as our four legged ones." The exotic felines that take up residence at the Shambala Preserve are NOT pets, clarified Tippi Hedren. So, I'm actually here on behalf of the felines who share my home with me. Adding the names of her feline clowder, That would be Marlon Brando, Rod Taylor, John Saxon, Antonio Banderas, Melanie Griffith and the most recent addition to the family, Johnny Depp. The Search Dog Foundation was presented with the Betty White Inspirational Award. I have always been proud to be associated with Actors and Others for Animals and flattered that they named their annual award after me, honoring those who have inspired public awareness and appreciation of animals, noted Ms. White. This year's recipient, the Search Dog Foundation, shows all of us just how wonderful, talented and adept rescue dogs can be. I hope it encourages more people to rescue a dog of their own. "It satisfies the soul to see people with such large voices speaking out for those without," remarked Carolyn Hennessy. Among the evening's highlights, were the uploaded images from animals advocates across the country, who wanted to share their love for their own pets during the event. Link: http://actorsandothers.com/pet_parade_gallery.html . In addition, the 2013 Award of Caring will be awarded to two individuals - Kathleen Riordan and Bonnie Garner for their work in protecting and caring for companion animals. Milt Larsen, co-founder of the world famous magic castle, expressed "The way Actors & Others brings both members of the human and furry family together is a truly magical experience." Actors and Others for Animals Actors and Others for Animals is a California 501 (c) (3) non-profit corporation. It is dedicated to eliminating pet overpopulation, ensuring the care and protection of pet companions and improving the quality of life economically challenged, disadvantaged and undeserved pet guardians by providing referral and financial assistance for spay/neuter and veterinary medical procedures together with other animal/human bond enriching programs. For more information visit www.actorsandothers.com
Talkin Pets Show News
Saturday, March 16, the 75th day of 2013.
There are 290 days left in the year.
Although she turned 90 in January, 2012, it won’t slow down comedy legend Betty White, one of the
funniest and busiest actresses in Hollywood. With a career that has spanned more than 60 years, the
seven-time Emmy Award winner has created unforgettable roles in television and film, authored seven
books and won numerous awards, including those for her lifelong work for animal welfare.
White’s first comedy series, “Life with Elizabeth,” brought her first Emmy Award in 1952, followed by a
daily NBC talk/variety show called “The Betty White Show.” She was a recurring regular with over 70
appearances on “The Tonight Show with Jack Paar,” and appeared on “The Merv Griffin Show” and “The
Tonight Show with Johnny Carson.” She also subbed as host on all three talk shows. White was a regular
with Vicki Lawrence on “Mama’s Family,” as sister Ellen, a role she created with the rest of the company
on “The Carol Burnett Show.”
Her recurring role as “Happy Homemaker” Sue Ann Nivens in the classic series “The Mary Tyler Moore
Show” brought two Emmys for Best Supporting Actress in 1974-75 and 1975-76. She received her fourth
Emmy for Best Daytime Game Show Host for “Just Men.” Nominated seven times for Best Actress in a
Comedy Series for her role as Rose Nylund in “The Golden Girls,” White won the Emmy the first season
in 1985, and later appeared in the spin-off “The Golden Palace” for one season. She earned her next
Emmy Award as Best Guest Actress in a Comedy Series on “The John Larroquette Show.”
White was nominated for an Emmy in 2011 for her portrayal of “Elka,” the snarky but lovable caretaker
on the TV Land series “Hot in Cleveland,” in which she stars alongside Valerie Bertinelli, Jane Leeves
and Wendie Malick. Betty also won back-to-back Screen Actors Guild Awards for Outstanding
Performance by a Female in a Comedy Series in 2011 and 2012.
When she hosted NBC’s “Saturday Night Live” in 2010, it was one of the highest-rated episodes in the
show’s history, and earned her an Emmy Award for Guest Actress in a Comedy Series, bringing White’s
Emmy total to seven awards. Betty is also Executive Producer and Host of the NBC series Off Their
Rockers, currently airing on NBC and she has been nominated for a 2012 Emmy Award for Outstanding
Host For A Reality or Reality Competition Program.
In addition to charming sports fan with her role in the popular Snickers commercial shown during the
2010 Super Bowl, White has guest-starred on “Ally McBeal,” “That ‘70s Show,” “Boston Legal,” and
received Emmy nominations for guesting on both NBC’s “Community” and “The Middle.” She was also
nominated for an Emmy as a guest actress on “Suddenly Susan.”
Her numerous television movies include “Chance of a Lifetime,” “Stealing Christmas,” “Annie’s Point”
and “The Lost Valentine,” for which she received yet another Emmy nomination. Betty also hosted the
New Year’s Day Tournament of Roses Parade for 20 years, and the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade for
10 years. Her big-screen credits include the Warner Brothers hit “The Proposal,” with Sandra Bullock and
Ryan Reynolds, as well as “You Again,” “Bringing Down the House,” “The Story of Us,” “Lake Placid”
and “Hard Rain.”
The most recent of her seven books include “If You Ask Me (And of Course You Won’t”), released in
May, 2011 which earned Betty a Grammy Award. “Betty & Friends: My Life at the Zoo,” was released in
November, 2011. Betty has also been named the world’s Most Trusted Celebrity according Reuters for
back to back years.
White’s awards are numerous, and include the Career Achievement Award in 2009 from the Television
Critics Association, a Lifetime Achievement Award by the Jane Goodall Institute in 2009, the Screen
Actors Guild Life Achievement Award in 2010, and a Lifetime Achievement Award in Acting in 2010
from the American Women in Radio and Television. She was voted AP Entertainer of the Year in 2010,
and was given the Lifetime Achievement Award in addition to being inducted into the Broadcasting and
Cable Hall of Fame in 2011.
A passionate supporter of animal health & welfare, White was recently named Chairman of the Greater
Los Angeles Zoo Association, has served on the board since 1974 and as a Zoo Commissioner for eight
years. In 2006, White was honored by the City of Los Angeles at the Los Angeles Zoo as “Ambassador to
the Animals” for her lifelong work for animal welfare. Betty also serves as President Emeritus of Morris
Animal Foundation and has been a trustee since 1971.
She was married for eighteen years to Allen Ludden, host of the game show “Password,” until his death in
1981. Betty lives in Brentwood, California with her golden retriever, Pontiac.
Photo courtesy of TVLand
TALKIN PETS News
Saturday, March 3, the 63rd day of 2012.
There are 303 days left in the year.
Universal Pictures and Illumination Entertainment present a 94 minute, PG, animation, family, fantasy, directed by Chris Renaud, Kyle Balda, screenplay by Ken Daurio, based on the book by Dr. Seuss with a theatrical release of March 2, 2012.
HALLMARK CHANNEL HONORS OUR REMARKABLE FOUR-LEGGED FRIENDS WITH
“AMERICAN HUMANE ASSOCIATION HERO DOG AWARDS”,
PREMIERING ON VETERAN’S DAY, 11-11-11 AT 8:00pm ET/PT,
HOSTED BY CARSON KRESSLEY
90-Minute Star-Studded Special Highlights the Many Ways Dogs
Enrich, Prolong, and Save Lives Everyday
Troops Overseas will Have Opportunity to Watch the Broadcast Via Armed Forces Network
Hosted by Emmy® Award-winning Carson Kressley and taped before a live audience in the Beverly Hilton’s historical International Ballroom on October 1, the Hero Dog Awards pays tribute to eight remarkable dogs and their handlers — each partnership a powerful testament to the age-old bond between dogs and people.
Following a nationwide online search that elicited some 400,000 votes, each dog was selected among hundreds of nominees from all 50 states in one of eight categories: Law Enforcement and Arson Dogs; Service Dogs; Therapy Dogs; Military Dogs; Guide Dogs; Search and Rescue Dogs; Hearing Dogs, and finally, Emerging Hero Dogs a category that highlights ordinary pets who do extraordinary things. The finalists and their handlers were flown to Los Angeles to walk the red carpet, mingle with celebrities, and take the stage to accept their special “Hero Dog” award, following a presentation of a special video tribute telling each of their incredible stories. At the end of the evening, one dog was named the overall “American Hero Dog.”
Celebrity judges and presenters on hand for the festivities included Betty White, Peter Fonda, Faith Ford, Pauley Perrette, Michael Vartan, Jason Lewis, Candy Spelling, Victoria Stillwell, Joey Lawrence, among many others.
For more on each of the eight dogs and their inspirational stories go to: www.herodogawards.org.
About Hallmark Channel
Hallmark Channel, owned and operated by Crown Media Holdings, Inc., is a 24-hour basic cable network that provides a diverse slate of high-quality entertainment programming available in high definition (HD) and standard definition (SD) to a national audience of 87 million subscribers. The top tier program service is distributed through approximately 5,492 cable systems and communities as well as direct-to-home satellite services across the country. Hallmark Channel is the nation's leading network in quality family programming with an ambitious slate of original TV movies, lifestyle and general entertainment content, and is the home of "The Martha Stewart Show", which anchors the channel's daytime original programming block. Hallmark Channel's sibling network is Hallmark Movie Channel, also available in HD and SD, which focuses on the family-friendly movies with a mix of classic theatrical films, presentations from the acclaimed Hallmark Hall of Fame library, original Hallmark Channel movies and special events.
About American Humane Association
Since 1877 American Humane Association has been at the forefront of virtually every major advance in protecting children, pets and farm animals from cruelty, abuse and neglect. Today we’re also leading the way in understanding the human-animal bond and its role in therapy, medicine and society. American Humane Association reaches millions of people every day through groundbreaking research, education, training and services that span a wide network of organizations, agencies and businesses. You can help make a difference, too. Visit American Humane Association at www.americanhumane.org today.
About MRB Productions
MRB is an Emmy-winning production company specializing in producing content across all media platforms. MRB's recent projects include the acclaimed web series The Confession, staring Kiefer Sutherland, which acquired paramount success, leading to a feature deal with Image Entertainment. MRB's feature department is currently in post-production on a Stephen Gyllenhaal film Grassroots, slated to premiere later this year. On the television side, MRB produces the pre-taped segments, coordinates talent logistics and the VIP program for the past decade for ESPN’s ESPY Awards. Most recently, MRB garnered two Emmy nominations for the 2010 NBA Draft Opening Sequence. Additional TV projects include two seasons of the mockumentary comedy show Free Radio on VH1 and Comedy Central. MRB’s commercial repertoire includes collaborations with Leo Burnett, Periera O'Dell, Team Detroit, Goodby, Silverstein and Partners for clients such as Geico, Kellogg's, Ford, Sprint, Mattel, Corona, Miller Lite, Smirnoff, Sony, NBC, Wal-Mart, Hyundai and University of Phoenix.
WEST HOLLYWOOD, CA - On August 27th, iconic actress Betty White attended the first annual Diamonds Not Fur Gala to benefit spcaLA and Animal Alliance in support of a Fur Free West Hollywood. It was held at Voyeur nightclub in West Hollywood. The event was hosted and founded by actress Katie Cleary, who is the spokesperson for Fur Free West Hollywood, the program to initiate a ban on the sale of fur in the City of West Hollywood. Betty White presented the "Diamonds Not Fur Humanitarian Award" to Madeline Bernstein. , president of spcaLA, who said"I am honored and proud that community activists, celebrities and Betty White created this event and then came out on behalf of spcaLA and the humane treatment of animals. Working together, we can accomplish so much." The presentation was not without mention of the importance of conflict-free diamonds. "Inhumane treatment of any living creature, human or animal, is unacceptable, particularly for the sake of vanity." said event committee member Ben Decker.
The night wrapped up with special performances by The Mad Musician and Fawn. Over 300 guests came out to support the ban. An estimated $60,000 was raised via ticket sales, donations, and live and silent auctions. "The event exceeded all my expectations," says Katie Cleary, founder of Diamonds Not Fur and spokesperson for Fur Free West Hollywood,"It made all the hard work worthwhile to see how many people showed up to support the cause and show their love for animals! We raised a lot of money for some very worthy organizations and are very proud to represent the spirit of West Hollywood, leading the way as the most humane city in America."
Beverly Hills plastic surgeon and major sponsor of Diamonds Not Fur, Dr. Davis B. Nguyen, M.D. offers a statement, "I am proud to sponsor such a worthy organization as spcaLA and thrilled that Diamonds Not Fur will help bring much needed attention to the plight of animals in need. Many thanks to Betty White whose tireless efforts on behalf of animal rights is an inspiration to all those who care deeply about this issue."
West Hollywood councilmember John D'amico made the announcement that the measure to ban the sale of apparel fur in West Hollywood would be voted on by West Hollywood City Council on September 19, 2011 and that it is expected to pass. This will be the first city in the United States to pass such a ban.
About SPCA LA
spcaLA is an independent, nonprofit animal welfare organization serving Southern California since 1877. Donations run programs and services including Cruelty Investigation, Disaster Animal Response Team, Humane Education and a variety of shelter services.
About Animal Alliance
Animal Alliance is a 501c3 non profit animal rescue organization that is committed to sponsoring homeless and unwanted companion animals in need of housing, food, and medical attention. A unique program offered by Animal Alliance is one that contributes to the medial costs of low income families' pets so that these animals may receive necessary care. Another project is the support of several feral cat communities in the city. Animal Alliance has been given the privilege by the city of Los Angeles to distribute spay and neuter vouchers to private individuals and other rescue groups.