Shelley Morrison, an actress and friend of Talkin’ Pets with a 50-year career who was best known for playing a memorable maid on “Will & Grace,” died Sunday, her publicist said. Morrison died at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles from heart failure after a brief illness, publicist Lori DeWaal told The Associated Press. She was 83.
Morrison played Rosario Salazar, a maid from El Salvador, in the original run of “Will & Grace” from 1999 to 2006, becoming part of a cast that won a Screen Actors Guild award for best ensemble in a comedy series. The character, originally written for a single episode, proved so popular in her interactions with co-star Megan Mullally that she would appear in 68 episodes during the NBC series’ eight seasons. “Rosario is one of my all-time favorite characters,” Morrison said recently, according to a statement and biography announcing her death. “She reminds me a lot of my own mother, who loved animals and children, but she would not suffer fools. It is very significant to me that we were able to show an older, Hispanic woman who is bright and smart and can hold her own.”
Mullally, who played Morrison’s boss Karen Walker, praised the actress on Twitter. “My heart is heavy. putting shelley, her beloved husband walter & their children in the light. thank you for your friendship & partnership, shell. you accomplished wonderful things in this world. you will be missed,” she tweeted. Eric McCormack, who starred as Will in the NBC sitcom, recalled Morrison on Twitter as a “beautiful soul” and wonderful actor. “Her work as Rosario, season after season, was as nuanced and real as it was hysterical,” McCormack tweeted. Debra Messing, who starred as Grace in the sitcom, tweeted: “Oh, Shelley… what a loss. Our dear Rosario has passed on. Shelley had a career that spanned decades, but she will always be our dear Rosie. All my love to Walter and the entire family.” Sean Hayes, who played Jack McFarland on the sitcom, wrote in an Instagram post that Morrison “was absolutely hilarious and had the biggest heart.”
Besides the opportunity to portray a strong Latina, Morrison valued “Will & Grace” for its breakthrough TV depiction of gay characters, said her husband, Walter Dominguez. “Shelley’s greatest pride as an actress was in playing the indomitable Rosario, in a comedy series that furthered the cause of social equity and fairness for LGBTQ people. … She believed that the best way to change hearts and minds was through comedy,” Dominguez said in a statement.
Before “Will & Grace,” Morrison was best known for playing Sister Sixto on “The Flying Nun” alongside Sally Field from 1967 to 1970. She guest-starred on dozens of television series starting in the early 1960s, including “The Fugitive,” “L.A. Law” and “Murder, She Wrote.” Most recently, she voiced a character, Mrs. Portillo, on the Disney animated series “Handy Manny.” Born Rachel Mitrani to Jewish parents from Spain in the Bronx, New York, in 1936, Morrison spoke primarily Spanish as a child. She was often cast as Latina characters, but she played a range of ethnicities in theater, television and film.
Her movie roles put her in casts with Hollywood’s biggest stars of several eras. She appeared with Dean Martin in 1968’s “How to Save a Marriage and Ruin Your Life,” with Barbra Streisand in “Funny Girl” the same year, with Gregory Peck in 1969’s “Mackenna’s Gold,” with Shelley Long in “Troop Beverly Hills” in 1989, and with Salma Hayek in “Fools Rush In” in 1997. Morrison is survived by her husband of more than 40 years.
Lil Bub has passed away. On Sunday, the adorable Internet-famous cat, known for her web series Lil Bub's Big Show died at the age of 8. Her owner Mike Bridavsky shared the devastating news with fans on Monday, penning an emotional tribute on the fan-favorite feline's official social media pages.
Sharing a side-by-side picture of himself and Bub from their first meeting in 2011 and their final photo on December 2019, Bridavsky detailed Bub's health issues and her final moments.
"On the morning of Sunday, December 1st 2019 we lost the purest, kindest and most magical living force on our planet," he wrote. "BUB was cheerful and full of love laying in our bed with us Saturday night, but unexpectedly passed away peacefully in her sleep. I have always been fully transparent about BUB's health, and it was no secret that she was battling a persistent and aggressive bone infection. Even knowing this, we weren't expecting her to pass so soon or so abruptly without warning."
Lil Bub, who is a polydactyl cat born with several genetic abnormalities including feline dwarfism, rose to Internet fame in 2011. At the time, Bridavsky shared pictures of his adorable new cat on Tumblr and people everywhere fell in love with her big eyes, rolling tongue and tiny stature.
A statue has been unveiled honoring a service dog that assisted President George H.W. Bush.
The life-size bronze piece was commissioned by America’s VetDogs, Inside Edition reports. Created by Susan Bahary, it went on display at Bush’s presidential library in College Station, TX.
The dog, Sully H.W. Bush, is a yellow labrador trained to perform a wide variety of tasks, including answering the phone and fetching items. A year ago he flew with the presidential casket, accompanying the former president’s body from Houston to Washington.
Pet owners are not holding back on holiday cheer for their furry friends, a new report has found.
Half of Americans are putting their pets on their gift list, planning to spend an average of $137 on four-legged family members this holiday season, according to the SunTrust (NYSE: STI) National Financial Confidence Poll.
“For many people, pets are members of the family, so it’s expected that we would want to include them in the holiday fun,” said Brian Nelson Ford, financial well-being executive at SunTrust. “Our studies show that the holiday season often comes with pressure to overspend. Gifts for pets, friends, neighbors and other obligations can add to the pressure when the spending is unplanned. It’s important to be upfront about what we care about, and build our holiday spending plan to enjoy the memory-making moments of the holidays.”
In the timeless debate of cats versus dogs, the survey finds that dog owners are significantly more likely to buy a gift for their furry friend (59%) compared to cat owners (34%). What are they giving? The most common selections are new treats and toys (65% and 61%, respectively), followed by holiday clothing (19%). Younger pet owners are significantly more likely to buy their pets a gift this season, leading with Gen Z (63%) and millennials (57%), followed by Gen X and Boomers (51% and 46%, respectively).
A mountain lion was spotted again early Friday in the same Simi Valley neighborhood where officials said a cougar fatally attacked one dog and injured another.
Video shows the big cat in the area of the 3200 block of Bluebird Circle at around 1 a.m.
The mountain lion walked on the street, along front yards and through bushes. At one point, the animal was seen jumping over a fence.
The cougar has a collar but it's not currently being monitored as part of a long-term study of the species in and around the Santa Monica Mountains.
It's possible the cat is P-35, an older female cat whose collar stopped working and is known to inhabit the Santa Susana Mountains, according to Ana Beatriz Cholo, a spokeswoman for the Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area. There's no evidence the animal is P-35 for sure, Cholo said.
The footage recorded Friday showed Simi Valley patrol vehicles closely following the mountain lion.
No additional incidents have been reported after police and residents said a mountain lion injured an 8-year-old Havanese just before 10 p.m. Wednesday and killed a 10-year-old schnauzer at around 2:30 a.m. Thursday. Those attacks happened in the 5400 and 5500 blocks of Evening Sky Drive, about a half-mile away from the mountain lion sighting early Friday.
Officers with Simi Valley police and the Department of Fish and Wildlife Game responded to both attacks but the mountain lion managed to get away, according to the Police Department.
"We don’t want to hurt them, but we don’t want the mountain lion to kill our pets or our kids either," said Michael Cheng, who was walking his 33-pound Havenese when it was injured by the cougar.
Hours after the dog was treated for puncture wounds, a mountain lion tried to enter the family's home through a doggy door, Cheng said.
"I know we have a problem, because this mountain lion is not going away," Cheng said. "Relocate him. That is the right thing to do."
Police said they received three additional reports of sightings in the northeast part of Simi Valley between 6:16 p.m. and 7:15 p.m. on Thursday.
This Wareham Fire Department responded to a report of a single motor vehicle accident on Barker Road.
According to WFD, crews located the vehicle on its side in a small ravine with the driver still inside.
Multiple fire department members cut through the windshield to gain access to the driver and were able to successfully remove her from the vehicle.
Medflight was called and a landing zone was set up nearby for them to land.
There was a ferret recovered uninjured and is safe in the hands of the Animal Control Officer.
All public activities in Ryrkaypiy, in Chukotka region, have been cancelled, and schools are being guarded to protect residents from the bears.
Conservationists say climate change could be to blame, with weak coastal ice forcing the bears to search for food in the village rather than at sea.
Other experts have said polar bear visits are now so frequent, Ryrkaypiy should be permanently evacuated.
Tatyana Minenko, head of Ryrkaypiy's bear patrol programme, told Ria Novosti that they had counted 56 polar bears in the village.
The animals were "both adult and young... there were females with cubs of different ages", she said - adding that almost all of them appeared to be thin.
The polar bears normally live on Cape Schmidt, just 2.2 km (1.4 miles) from Ryrkaypiy. WWF conservationist Mikhail Stishov said the area had been experiencing unusually warm weather.
"If the ice were strong enough the bears, or at least some of them, would have already gone to sea, where they could hunt for seals or sea hares," he said.
While waiting for the ice to freeze they are drawn to villages for food, Mr Stishov added.
Last week, a polar bear specialist from the Institute of Biological Problems of the North said the bears now visit Ryrkaypiy so often that the village should be evacuated, and its roughly 700 residents resettled.
Anatoly Kochnev told Tass news agency that polar bear visits are increasingly frequent - and that just five years ago, only about five bears got close to the village.
"I as a scientist believe [Ryrkaypiy village] should not remain there," he said. "We try to control the situation, but nobody would want to think what may happen there in three to five years."
Animal rescue officials in Coffee County say they have dealt with one of the worst cases in recent years after 23 animals were found neglected in a rural area of Manchester, TN.
Coffee County deputies and animal control also found the carcasses of six dogs and one cat, along with two skulls, on the property on Shelly Road. Coffee County Animal Control Supervisor Samantha Szelich have rescued 16 dogs and seven cats found alive, but starving and without shelter, since Tuesday night.
"I just don't understand how somebody could feed some dogs and not the rest of theirs. It was pretty horrific for us and most of them were in pretty bad condition," Szelich said.
An anonymous caller stumbled upon the remains behind the property and notified authorities. Deputies said some animals were kept inside, but the owners said they could not afford to feed and care for the others left outside.
One of the homeowners told NewsChannel 5 that she believes majority of the animals were in "good condition." She said it was her daughter that would keep taking animals in but eventually moved out.
The owners were given nine citations for animal cruelty and will go before a judge next week. They could be charged with animal cruelty charges but it all depends on what takes place in the courtroom.
Szelich said she not only wants the charges but wants a ban on the owners. She said there are no excuses when it comes to animal neglect.
"You got dogs those dying so you obviously don't need to take in anymore. We always offer food to people, we always offer medical assistance. The Coffee County Humane Society offers medical assistance and food to people who need it so there's absolutely no reason for any dog to starve to death," Szelich added.
The animals have been split between the veterinarian, animal control and rescue shelters. Halo's Second Chance Animal Rescue is helping animal control with the neglected animals but need financial assistance.