BartCop Entertainment Archives - Thursday, 24 March, 2016


24 March, 2016

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Mark Morford: New iPads are here! If you live long enough, that is (SF Gate)
science, that bastion of lies and liberal conspiracy, is now suggesting that the planet has transformed and upheaved so much during humanity's short stay, we've actually ushered in an entirely new geologic epoch. It's true. Geoscientists now say that we've "decisively" exited the Holocene era, a roughly 12,000-year epoch that was defined by a very slow, natural warming period (a response to the previous cooling epoch), and are currently aswim in the roiling, people-fueled magma of the so-called Anthropocene - AKA, the Age of Humans. AKA the age of OMG WTF Have We Done.

Al Gore: The Case for Optimism on Climate Change (TED)
Why is Al Gore optimistic about climate change? In this spirited talk, Gore asks three powerful questions about the man-made forces threatening to destroy our planet - and the solutions we're designing to combat them. (Featuring Q&A with TED Curator Chris Anderson)

Anthropocene (Encyclopedia of Earth)
The Anthropocene defines Earth's most recent geologic time period as being human-influenced, or anthropogenic, based on overwhelming global evidence that atmospheric, geologic, hydrologic, biospheric and other earth system processes are now altered by humans.

Chris Mooney: Scientists say humans have now brought on an entirely new geologic epoch(Washington Post)
A group of 24 geoscientists [] released a bracing assessment, suggesting that humans have altered the Earth so extensively that the consequences will be detectable in current and future geological records. They therefore suggest that we should consider the Earth to have moved into a new geologic epoch, the "Anthropocene," sometime circa 1945-1964.

Christopher Ingraham: Why smart people are better off with fewer friends (Washington Post)
When smart people spend more time with their friends, it makes them less happy.

Andrew Tobias: Better For The Planet, Your Wallet, and Your Health
Walk or bike. Eat less meat. Vote Democrat. Better for the planet (Congress is currently controlled by Republicans who believe the climate crisis is a hoax) your wallet (both the economy and the stock market do markedly better under Democrats) and your health (Republicans oppose stem cell research, clean-air-and-water regulation, food safety inspection, and - with 62 votes to repeal rather than improve it - affordable healthcare).

David Wong: 10 Simple Facts To Make You Feel Better About This Election (Cracked)
The moment you saw this article was about the election, did you find yourself tensing up, ready to scour it for a sentence you disagree with?

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Trivia Question from Yesterday

In the United States, chickenhawk (or chicken hawk) is an unofficial designation for how many species of North American hawks?

       Three                                                      Source

In the United States, chickenhawk or chicken hawk is an unofficial designation for three species of North American hawks: the Cooper's hawk which is also called a quail hawk, the sharp-shinned hawk and the red-tailed hawk. The term "chicken hawk", however, is inaccurate. Although Cooper's and sharp-shinned hawks may attack other birds, chickens do not make up a significant part of their diet; red-tailed hawks have varied diets, but may opportunistically hunt free-range poultry.

Historically, misinterpretation of the name "chicken hawk" has labelled these birds as pests, hence justifying their slaughter. Officially, per the American Ornithologists' Union's list of bird names, the term has become obsolete as applied to birds, but still enjoys widespread colloquial use in rural areas where any of the three species has been seen as a threat to small outdoor animals kept as pets or livestock, especially chickens.        Source

Alan J was first and correct with:
   3. Cooper's Hawk, Sharp-Shinned Hawk, and the Red Tailed hawk.

Lois Of The Lunchables wrote:
   Speaking as someone who TRIES to maintain a small flock of totally free range chickens, I should know how many kinds of chicken hawks there are. I don't. But google says THREE. All I know know is EVERYTHING loves the taste of chicken, and those FUCKING SQUIRRELS not only eat all the chicken's food, but the little shits ALSO eat the EGGS! Yeah, when I retire (this June, god willing and the creek don't rise) I'm gonna fill my empty hours lying in wait for those little fuckers with a 22. and learn me some new squirrel meat recipes. And for those of us in pain, here is a scale to determine bragging rights!

Deborah said:
   Cooper's Hawk, Sharp-shinned hawk, and red tail hawk are often mislabeled as chicken hawks.
  Interesting timing of your question: there are many raptors in this part of CA, and last week on a bike ride in a rural vineyard area I heard some kind of screeching/squealing and looked up and over my shoulder to see 2 red tail hawks in mid-coitus. By the time I stopped and pulled out my phone for a picture the male had flown off, leaving the female with very ruffled feathers. In all my 60+ years this was a first.
  Happy midweek.

Marian responded:

Dale of Diamond Springs, Norspringcali replied:
   Three species of North American hawks: the Cooper's hawk which is also called a quail hawk, the sharp-shinned hawk and the red-tailed hawk. Had a lot of red tail hawks in the Bay Area when I was young. The Scott family in the Hayweird Hills used to shinny up trees, steal the chicks and raise them.
  Great American chicken hawks: Fuck these guys!

MAM   wrote:
   Three species ~ Three species of North American hawks: the Cooper's hawk which is also called a quail hawk, the sharp-shinned hawk and the red-tailed hawk.

  Cooper's Hawk
  A medium-sized hawk of the woodlands. Feeding mostly on birds and small mammals

Coopers Hawk

  Sharp-shinned Hawk
  A small hawk, with males being the smallest hawks in the United States and Canada

Sharp Shinned Hawk

  Red-tailed Hawk
  One of the the largest hawks, Their wingspan is approximately 4 feet

Red Tailed Hawk

Joe S     answered:
   Three species. Republican, Neocon, and Trumpist
  Some examples:

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Glenn Beck suggests Ted Cruz will fulfill Mormon end times prophecy - SFGate

Some of the biggest news sites in the US are going to start letting readers pay-per-article - SFGate

Arizona Should Vacate Results, Potentially Hold New Primary

Women more religiously devout than men, new study finds | World news | The Guardian

Danger of some laminate wood flooring was underestimated, report says -

Famous Belgian statue becomes icon against terrorism - CNN Video

Disney Threatens To Boycott Georgia If Anti-Gay Bill Becomes Law

Why Sleeping Through The Night May Not Be 'Natural'

Fired Alabama Top Cop Says Governor Booted Him for Refusing to Lie About Affair - NBC News
    oh, my my..

Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton calls for DOJ probe as voter anger grows over long waits

Nixon official reportedly admitted to racist origin of war on drugs - AOL

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from Marc Perkel

Patriot Act

Patriot Act NSA Spying Unconstitutional Section 215 National Security Letters Must End

My name is Marc Perkel and I have decided to announce that I will not comply with the so called "Patriot Act" laws requiring me to disclose information about my customers. If I receive a national security letter I will immediately photograph it, post it online everywhere I can, and then make a video of me burning it. I will then await my arrest. If you want to put me in jail then come get me mother fucker.

Come Get Me Mother Fucker | Putting and end to NSA government Spying





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Last Night

Sunny and warmer.

Tonight, Thursday:

CBS fills the night with LIVE 'March Madness', then pads the left coast with local crap.
On a RERUN Stephen Colbert (from 1/14/16) are Olivia Munn, T.J. Miller, and Father John Misty.
On a RERUN James Corden, OBE, (from 2/10/16) are LL Cool J, Viola Davis, and Malin Akerman.

NBC begins the night with a FRESH 'You, Me & The Apocalypse', followed by a FRESH 'The Blacklist', then a FRESH 'Shades Of Blue'.
Scheduled on a FRESH Jimmy Fallon are Ben Affleck, Zoe Lister-Jones, and ZAYN.
Scheduled on a FRESH Seth Meyers are Olivia Wilde, Paul Reubens, and Joywave.
Scheduled on a FRESH Carson 'The Scab' Daly are Zack Snyder, Luxxury, and Melissa Rauch.

ABC starts the night with a FRESH 'Grey's Anatomy', followed by a FRESH 'Scandal', then a FRESH 'The Catch'.
Scheduled on a FRESH Jimmy Kimmel are Hillary Clinton, Peter Krause, and Fifth Harmony.

The CW offers a RERUN 'DC's Legends Of Tomorrow', followed by a RERUN 'The 100'.

Faux fills the night with a FRESH 'American Idol'.

MY has 'TMZ (Not So) Live', followed by 'Hollywood Today (Not So) Live'.

A&E has 'The First 48', followed by a FRESH 'The First 48: The Detective Speaks', then a FRESH 'The First 48', followed by a FRESH '60 Days In'.

AMC offers the movie 'Carlito's Way', followed by the movie 'The Italian Job', then the movie 'The Bourne Identity'.

BBC  -   
 [6:00AM]    STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION - SEASON 5 - EPISODE 18-Cause and Effect
 [9:00AM]    RAMSAY'S KITCHEN NIGHTMARES US - SEASON 6 - EPISODE 7-Levanti's Italian Restaurant
 [2:00PM]    TOP GEAR - SEASON 15 - Episode 6
 [3:00PM]    TOP GEAR - SEASON 16 - Episode 1
 [4:00PM]    TOP GEAR - SEASON 16 - Episode 2
 [5:00PM]    TOP GEAR - SEASON 16 - Episode 3
 [6:00PM]    TOP GEAR - SEASON 16 - Episode 4
 [7:00PM]    TOP GEAR - SEASON 16 - Episode 5
 [11:00PM]    THE GRAHAM NORTON SHOW - SEASON 18 - Episode 7
 [3:00AM]    TOP GEAR - SEASON 16 - Episode 2
 [4:00AM]    TOP GEAR - SEASON 16 - Episode 3
 [5:00AM]    TOP GEAR - SEASON 16 - Episode 4    (ALL TIMES EDT)

Bravo has 'Real Housewives Of BH', 'Vanderpump Rules', 'Real Housewives Of Atlanta', followed by a FRESH 'Recipe For Deception', then a FRESH 'Watch What Happens Live'.

Comedy Central has 'Futurama', another 'Futurama', 'Tosh.0', followed by the movie 'Employee Of The Month'.
Scheduled on a FRESH The Daily Show is Ethan Hawke.
Scheduled on a FRESH The Nightly Show with Larry Wilmore is Neal Brennan.
Scheduled on a FRESH @Midnight are Nicole Byer, Alison Rich, and Jessica McKenna.

FX has the movie 'The Man Of Steel', followed by a FRESH 'Baskets', and another 'Baskets'.

History has 2 hours of old 'Pawn Stars', 'Vikings', followed by a FRESH 'Vikings', then a FRESH 'Join Or Die With Craig Ferguson', followed by a FRESH 'Night Class'.

IFC  -   
 [6:00AM]    COMEDY BANG! BANG!-Maya Rudolph
 [6:15AM]    PORTLANDIA-Weirdo Beach
 [6:45AM]    PORTLANDIA-Breaking Up
 [7:45AM]    PORTLANDIA-Family Emergency
 [8:15AM]    PORTLANDIA-First Feminist City
 [8:45AM]    PORTLANDIA-Lance Is Smart
 [9:15AM]    BLUES BROTHERS 2000
 [5:15PM]    48 HRS.
 [10:00PM]    PORTLANDIA-Noodle Monster
 [1:00AM]    PORTLANDIA-Noodle Monster

Sundance  -   
 [6:00AM]    The Game
 [9:00AM]    Troy
 [12:30PM]    The Bourne Supremacy
 [3:00PM]    Law & Order-Mega
 [4:00PM]    Law & Order-Surrender Dorothy
 [5:00PM]    Law & Order-Untitled
 [6:00PM]    Law & Order-Narcosis
 [7:00PM]    Law & Order-High & Low
 [8:00PM]    Law & Order-Stiff
 [9:00PM]    Law & Order-Vaya con Dios
 [10:00PM]    Law & Order-Hubris
 [11:00PM]    Law & Order-Whose Monkey Is It Anyway
 [12:00AM]    Law & Order-Phobia
 [1:00AM]    Law & Order-A Losing Season
 [2:00AM]    Troy
 [5:30AM]    The Writers' Room-Game of Thrones    (ALL TIMES EDT)

SyFy has the movie 'Superman II', followed by the movie 'Superman III'.

Scheduled on a FRESH Conan are Rashida Jones, Sheamus, and Margo Price.

TCM spends the daylight hours celebrating Steve McQueen, who was born on this day in 1930.
 [6:30 AM]      An Enemy of the People (1978)
 [8:30 AM]      Baby, the Rain Must Fall (1965)
 [10:15 AM]      The Honeymoon Machine (1961)
 [11:45 AM]      The Magnificent Seven (1960)
 [2:00 PM]      The Cincinnati Kid (1965)
 [4:00 PM]      Bullitt (1968)
 [6:00 PM]      Le Mans (1971)

 [8:00 PM]      The Carey Treatment (1972)
 [10:00 PM]      The Competition (1980)
 [12:15 AM]      Those Lips, Those Eyes (1980)
 [2:15 AM]      Lemora: A Child's Tale of the Supernatural (1973)
 [4:00 AM]      Ice Castles (1978)     (ALL TIMES EDT)

Friday   -  03/25/16

TCM spends the night with Merle Oberon
 [6:00 AM]      The Incredible Mr. Limpet (1964)
 [7:45 AM]      Magic Boy (1959)
 [9:15 AM]      Twice Upon a Time (1983)
 [10:45 AM]      The Phantom Tollbooth (1970)
 [12:30 PM]      Gulliver's Travels (1939)
 [2:00 PM]      Gay Purr-ee (1962)
 [3:30 PM]      The Lord of the Rings (1978)
 [6:00 PM]      Watership Down (1978)
 [8:00 PM]      Desiree (1954)
 [10:00 PM]      Hotel (1967)
 [12:15 AM]      Deep in My Heart (1954)
 [2:30 AM]      Berlin Express (1948)
 [4:00 AM]      Night Song (1947)
 [5:45 AM]      Affectionately Yours (1941)

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Roger Daltrey, lead singer of the English rock band "The Who" and co-founder of Teen Cancer America, speaks during a "conversation on child cures" hosted by the House Energy and Commerce Committee, on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, March 23, 2016.
Photo by Manuel Balce Ceneta


The Sideshow - by Avedon Carol


Adult Health


A fresh study has revealed that only 2.7 percent of the US adult population meet the standard for what constitutes a "healthy lifestyle."

The research, conducted jointly by Oregon State University and the University of Mississippi, assessed adults according to four general barometers that could help define healthy behavior: a good diet, moderate exercise, recommended body fat percentage and being a non-smoker.

The results uncovered that a total of 71 percent of adults did not smoke, 38 percent ate a healthy diet, 10 percent had a normal body fat percentage, and 46 percent were sufficiently active, yet only 2.7 percent of all adults had all four healthy lifestyle characteristics. Sixteen percent had three, 37 percent had two, 34 percent had one, and 11 percent had none.

Additionally, women were found more likely to not smoke and eat a healthy diet, but less likely to be sufficiently active; and adults 60 years and older had fewer healthy characteristics than adults ages 20-39, yet were more likely to not smoke and consume a healthy diet, and less likely to be sufficiently active.

While experts say that more research is needed to identify ways to increase the adoption of multiple healthy lifestyle characteristics among adults, Ellen Smit, senior author on the study and an associate professor in the OSU College of Public Health and Human Sciences, said these the findings of the research were not encouraging from the perspective of public health.



Singer Alicia Keys performs Wednesday, March 23, 2016, at the coffee company's annual shareholders meeting in Seattle.
Photo by Ted S. Warren


Karma's A Bitch

Gun Sense

The mother of a 4-year-old boy who shot her as they were riding in a pickup truck should face a misdemeanor charge, authorities said Tuesday as they released details of the shooting for the first time.

The mother, 31-year-old Jamie Gilt, put a loaded .45-caliber handgun underneath the front seat of her pickup on March 8 and the weapon slid into the back seat where her son Lane was riding in a child booster seat, Putnam County Sheriff's Capt. Gator DeLoach said.

The boy had recently learned how to unbuckle himself, got out of his seat and picked up the gun. He fired through the front seat, hitting his mother in the back. There was also a dinosaur toy on the floor near where the gun would have slid, according to a police report.

Gilt was apparently a gun lover who made numerous social media postings about gun rights, including one about teaching her 4-year-old to shoot. DeLoach wouldn't talk about that at a news conference, saying investigators only focused narrowly on what happened March 8. He wouldn't confirm Gilt's gun advocacy or the reports that she had taught Lane how to shoot.

A community Facebook page listed under Jamie Gilt for Gun Sense was filled with posts advocating for gun rights, including a quote that said "My right to protect my child with my gun trumps your fear of my gun."

Gun Sense


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Navy Tugboat Found


The discovery of a century-old shipwreck off the San Francisco coast has resolved one of the U.S. Navy's greatest maritime mysteries. And for Violet Pammer, it resolved the question of what happened to her Uncle Harvey.

"I grew up with Uncle Harvey's picture hanging on the wall. We never knew what happened," said Pammer, a Northampton, Pennsylvania, resident and the great-niece of Harvey Reinbold, boatswain of the USS Conestoga. "It was supposed to be his last voyage."

The Conestoga, a tugboat, had a crew of 56 when it departed the Golden Gate on March 25, 1921, on its way to Pearl Harbor and eventually American Samoa.

When the Conestoga failed to arrive at Pearl Harbor as scheduled, the Navy launched what was the greatest search and rescue effort of the 20th century, surpassed only years later by the search for Amelia Earhart. There had been some thought that a garbled communication received near Hawaii might have come from the Conestoga, but nothing was found. There was little expectation that the newly refurbished Conestoga would sink so soon into her voyage. In June 1921, the Navy declared the Conestoga and her crew lost.

On Wednesday, researchers from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and the Navy announced they have found the Conestoga in the waters of the Greater Farallones National Marine Sanctuary about 30 miles off the coast.



Oscar-winning actor Leonardo DiCaprio hits the lid of a sake barrel using a wooden hammer in a ceremony known as "kagami biraki" to celebrate winning the Academy Award for his role in "The Revenant", during the Japan premiere of the movie in Tokyo, Japan, March 23, 2016.
Photo by Toru Hanai


Museum Apologizes

Cleveland History Center

An Ohio museum is encouraging breastfeeding after a Pennsylvania mother's Facebook post drew a flurry of responses.

Emily Locke, of Beaver Falls, said Monday that she was breastfeeding her 9-month-old at the Cleveland History Center over the weekend when an employee told her it violated the museum's policy. When Locke refused to move, another employee approached her and told her she had to move to a private area.

Center Director Angie Lowrie told on Tuesday that the museum doesn't prohibit breastfeeding and that the employees have been disciplined.

"We are a family institution and welcome to all," she said. "It is a safe place to come with a family, and women have every right to feed their children."

Locke accepted Lowrie's apology and said she may visit the museum again someday.

Cleveland History Center


Wake-up Call


Victim May Testify


A federal court transcript says that an alleged sex abuse victim could testify next month at former U.S. Speaker Dennis Hastert's (R-Sweaty Wrestler™) sentencing in a hush-money case.

It's the first time that the court has referenced sex abuse in the case.

Hastert pleaded guilty in October to violating bank laws in seeking to pay $3.5 million in hush money to some referred to in the indictment only as "Individual A." The Associated Press and other media outlets, citing anonymous sources, have reported that Hastert wanted to hide claims that he sexually molested someone.

Prosecutors tell the judge that they recently learned an alleged victim, referred to as "Individual D," is deciding whether to testify at the April 27 sentencing.

The transcript also says that a sister of another alleged victim wants to testify.



Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama gives a traditional Tibetan painting to a staff of the Tibetan Medical and Astrological Institute during a celebration to mark the 100 years of the institute in Dharamsala, India, Wednesday, March 23, 2016. The institute, called Men-Tsee-Khang in Tibetan, was founded in 1916 by the 13th Dalai Lama in Lhasa. After his exile, the 14th Dalai Lama reestablished the institute in 1961 in India.
Photo by Tsering Topgyal


Zygotes Count More Than Women


A proposed Alabama constitutional amendment would legally define a fetus as a person from the moment of fertilization, effectively banning abortion in the state.

The bill, sponsored by Rep. Ed Henry, R-Decatur, is similar to ballot measures voted down in Mississippi, Colorado and North Dakota in recent years. The Oklahoma Supreme Court in 2012 ruled a similar amendment unconstitutional.

"To me, science makes it clear that it (life) begins at fertilization," Henry said.

Dr. Jim Belyeu, an OB/GYN who spoke in support of the bill, called a fetus "totally separate" from the mother.

"The mother only contributes the egg and the incubator," Belyeu said.



British artist James Ostrer poses next to a photo portrait depicting Donald Trump made of a pig's snout, sheep eyes, raw fish, crude oil and gold-leaf-plated rubble at the art fair "Art Central" in Hong Kong, Wednesday, March 23, 2016. The photo portrait is part of his installation called The Ego System, which also includes depictions of other celebrities such as Miley Cyrus and Tiger Woods, on display at Art Central, a satellite art show held the same week as the Art Basel Hong Kong fair.
Photo by Kin Cheung


Five Killed In Delaware

Bald Eagles

Five bald eagles have died in Delaware, state officials said on Tuesday, weeks after 13 of the U.S. national birds were determined to have been killed by humans in neighboring Maryland.

The Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control said it was investigating what killed the eagles, but would not comment publicly on possible causes.

Three of the eagles were still alive and very ill when they were discovered at the weekend, Sgt. John McDerby of the Delaware Fish and Wildlife Natural Resources said in a statement. They died a short time after their rescue.

"We don't know how many eagles may have been affected, so we are asking the public to notify us immediately should they see birds that appear sick," McDerby said.

Bald Eagles


A Kashmiri man walks through a mustard field on the outskirts of Srinagar March 23, 2016.
Photo by Danish Ismail


Israeli Firm Helping FBI


Israel's Cellebrite, a provider of mobile forensic software, is helping the U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation's attempt to unlock an iPhone used by one of the San Bernardino, California shooters, the Yedioth Ahronoth newspaper reported on Wednesday.

If Cellebrite succeeds, then the FBI will no longer need the help of Apple Inc , the Israeli daily said, citing unnamed industry sources.

The two sides were set to face off in court on Tuesday, but on Monday a federal judge agreed to the government's request to postpone the hearing after U.S. prosecutors said a "third party" had presented a possible method for opening an encrypted iPhone.

Cellebrite, a subsidiary of Japan's Sun Corp, has its revenue split between two businesses: a forensics system used by law enforcement, military and intelligence that retrieves data hidden inside mobile devices and technology for mobile retailers.



Models pose backstage during a body art festival in Almaty, Kazakhstan, March 23, 2016.
Photo by Shamil Zhumatov


'Spill the Beans'


GOP frontrunner Donald Trump has set his sights on his main Republican rival, Ted Cruz, threatening in a late night tweet to "spill the beans" on Cruz's wife, Heidi.

The tweet comes on the heels of a new anti-Trump Super PAC, Make America Awesome, releasing a Trump attack ad that features a racy image of the billionaire's wife, Melania, from her past modeling days.

The digital ad has been running in Utah and Arizona for the last several days, according to the group. The ad targets the conservative voting bloc of female Mormon voters and ran along with two other anti-Trump ads targeting both male and female Mormon voters.

In a tweet, Ted Cruz, said that the ad had nothing to do with him.

Pic of your wife not from us. Donald, if you try to attack Heidi, you're more of a coward than I thought. #classless




In Memory

Rita Gam

Rita Gam, a glamorous actress who starred in such exotic films as Saadia with Cornel Wilde, Sign of the Pagan with Jack Palance as Attila the Hun and Nicholas Ray's biblical King of Kings, died Tuesday. She was 88.

Gam, who was director Sidney Lumet's first wife and a bridesmaid at Grace Kelly's 1956 wedding to Prince Rainier, died of respiratory failure at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, publicist Nancy Willen said.

Gam also appeared opposite Gregory Peck in Night People (1954) and Shoot Out (1971), in William Dieterle's Magic Fire (1955), with Victor Mature in Hannibal (1959) and with Jane Fonda in Alan J. Pakula's Klute (1971).

She and her co-star Viveca Lindfors shared the Silver Bear for best actress at the 1962 Berlin International Film Festival for their roles as the women in the hotel room in Tad Danielewski's No Exit, based on the play by Jean-Paul Sartre.

Born in Pittsburgh on April 2, 1927, Gam was raised in New York City. A founding member of The Actors Studio, she landed a role on Broadway in 1946 in A Flag Is Born, written by Ben Hecht, then made her movie debut in The Thief (1952) opposite Ray Milland.

Gam was a leading member of the Minnesota Theater Company during the opening season (1963) of the Guthrie Theater in Minneapolis with Zoe Caldwell, Hume Cronyn and Jessica Tandy.

In 2003, she was in the rotating cast of the off-Broadway stage reading of Wit & Wisdom. Among her other notable stage productions were Hamlet with Dan Mason and Broadway's There's a Girl in My Soup with Gig Young.

On television, Gam appeared on such shows as Lux Video Theatre, Family Affair, McMillan & Wife, Mannix and The Rockford Files. More recently, she produced the documentary series World of Film, which examined the movie business around the world, and the PBS travel series series World of Beauty.

Gam was married to Lumet (12 Angry Men, Dog Day Afternoon) from 1949 until their divorce in 1955; he went on to wed socialite Gloria Vanderbilt a year later. She then was married from 1956-63 to Thomas Guinzburg, who served as the first managing editor of The Paris Review and president of Viking Press.

Soon after Gam and Kelly signed contracts with MGM, they roomed together with another girl in a one-bedroom apartment in Hollywood. They remained close until Kelly's death in 1982.

Survivors include her daughter, film producer Kate Guinzburg, who partnered with Michelle Pfeiffer in Via Rosa Productions; her son, novelist Michael Guinzburg; and granddaughters Michelle, Olivia and Louisa.

Rita Gam


In Memory

Ken Howard

Ken Howard, the current national president of SAG-AFTRA who came to fame as the supportive inner-city high school basketball coach on the 1970s CBS drama The White Shadow, died Wednesday. He was 71.

Howard, who got laughs as Hank Hooper, the CEO of Kabletown, the cable company that buys NBC from General Electric, on the sitcom 30 Rock, died at his home near Los Angeles, the guild said. No cause of death was announced.

Howard won a supporting actor Emmy Award in 2009 for portraying the absent father Phelan Beale (the uncle of Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis) in the HBO telefilm Grey Gardens. He accepted his trophy four days before winning the Screen Actors Guild presidency.

The imposing 6-foot-6 actor played lawyer Garrett Boydston on the ABC primetime soap Dynasty and its spinoff, The Colbys, in the 1980s and was the retired police detective father of a forensic pathologist (Jill Hennessy) on the 2001-05 NBC drama Crossing Jordan.

In 1970, Howard received a Tony Award for best featured actor in a play for his performance as a phys-ed teacher at a Catholic boarding school for boys in Robert Marasco's long-running thriller Child's Play.

Most recently, he appeared in two 2015 films - as the father of the bride (Kaley Cuoco) in The Wedding Ringer and as a mop executive in David O. Russell's Joy.

On The White Shadow, Howard starred as Ken Reeves, an NBA player who suffers a career-ending knee injury and takes over as head basketball coach at Carver High, a fictional school in South Central Los Angeles.

Growing up on Long Island, Howard had been the only white player on his high-school basketball team and was given the nickname "The White Shadow." He pitched his idea for the series to the late writer-producer Bruce Paltrow, the husband of a friend, actress Blythe Danner.

CBS was interested but wanted the series to be funny in the vein of Welcome Back, Kotter and to avoid such serious issues as teens dealing with sex, drugs and crime.

"And we said, "Why do you think we are doing the show? That's all the stuff that is out there, the demons, that these kids are dealing with,'" Howard recalled in a 2005 interview. "And we were figuring out what we wanted to do as we were confronted with this stuff. ... So the next thing you know, we are breaking all kinds of ground. I mean, we were dealing with [venereal disease] and teenage pregnancy and drugs and gambling ... we figured, why not?"

A stockbroker's son, Howard was born on March 28, 1944, in El Centro, Calif., and raised in the town of Manhasset, N.Y. After high school, he captained the basketball team at Amherst College and was a member of an a capella group before attending the Yale School of Drama.

He left school after two years and made his Broadway debut in 1968 in the original production of Neil Simon's Promises, Promises. He soon was appearing in such productions as the Tony-winning musical 1776 (as Thomas Jefferson), Child's Play and as the neighbor Tom in Alan Ayckbourn's Norman Conquests trilogy.

His first onscreen appearance came opposite Liza Minnelli in Tell Me That You Love Me, Junie Moon (1970). He reprised his role as Jefferson for the 1972 film version of 1776 and later appeared, often as authority figures, in such films as Oscar (1991), Clear and Present Danger (1994), At First Sight (1999), Michael Clayton (2007) and The Judge (2014).

Howard was elected the 25th and final president of SAG in September 2009 and, after pushing for a merger with the American Federation of Television and Radio Artists, was re-elected in September 2011.

Survivors include his wife, retired stuntwoman Linda Fetters Howard, and three stepchildren.

He earlier was married to actress Louise Sorel (Days of Our Lives) and Margo Howard, the daughter of Eppie Lederer, who dispensed advice as the syndicated newspaper columnist Ann Landers. Both marriages ended in divorce.

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