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Ed Asner Interview: Our Final Conversation with a Hollywood Icon

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Ed Asner

Born in Kansas City, Missouri, on November 15, 1929, versatile actor Ed Asner is the most honored male performer in the history of the Primetime Emmy Awards, having won seven – five for portraying Lou Grant on The Mary Tyler Moore Show and two on its spinoff drama series Lou Grant. His other Emmys were for performances in two television miniseries, Rich Man, Poor Man and Roots. He served as the 21stpresident of the Screen Actors Guild (1981-1985).

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James "JY" Young Interview: Styx Guitarist on the Origin of the Band's Name

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James "JY" Young

Born November 14, 1949, in Chicago, Illinois, James Young is best known for playing lead guitar and singing in the rock band Styx. He was nicknamed by Styx members and longtime fans as “JY." From 1977 to 1981, the group released four consecutive albums that have been certified multi-platinum, The Grand Illusion, Pieces of Eight, Cornerstone and Paradise Theater, and Styx became one of the biggest bands in the country.

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September 2021

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Hayley Mills Interview: Disney Legend Discusses "Forever Young: A Memoir"

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Hayley Mills

Hayley Mills began her acting career as a child at age 12 and was soon hailed as a rising star, winning the Academy Juvenile Award (as one of only 12 actors to ever be bestowed with this honor), BAFTA Award for Most Promising Newcomer and Golden Globe Award for New Star of the Year. Her six-picture deal with Walt Disney made her an international star and included the movies Pollyanna, The Parent Trap, In Search of the Castaways, Summer Magic, The Moon-Spinners and That Darn Cat. She appeared in many other films, in stage productions and made several guest appearances on television.

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Michelle Phillips Interview: Candid Conversation with the Mamas and the Papas Sole Surviving Member

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Michelle Phillips

Michelle Phillips rose to fame as a vocalist in the folk rock quartet the Mamas and the Papas in the mid-1960s and is the last surviving original member. She also established a successful career as an actress in television appearing in Fantasy Island, The Love Boat, Hotel, Knots Landing, Malibu Shores and Beverly Hills, 90210, just to name a few. Film credits include Dillinger, Shampoo, Scissors, Army of One, Harry + Max, Jane White is Sick & Twisted and Unbeatable Harold.

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