ACTOR JOHN SAXON DIES, STARRED WITH BRUCE LEE IN “ENTER THE DRAGON”
MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (AP) – John Saxon has died. His wife tells the Hollywood Reporter the versatile actor best known for starring with Bruce Lee in the martial arts classic “Enter the Dragon” died at his home in Tennessee of pneumonia. He was 83. Saxon won a Golden Globe for best supporting actor in 1966 for his work with Marlon Brando in “The Appaloosa.” And the website IMDb says he appeared in nearly 200 roles in the movies and on TV. But he’s best known as the American martial arts master who teamed up with Bruce Lee and Jim Kelly in the 1973 classic movie.
REGIS PHILBIN REMEMBERED
NEW YORK (AP) – For decades, if there was a TV set around, there was a pretty good chance you could find Regis Philbin’s face on it. The long-time broadcast icon died of natural causes Friday night, just a month before his 89th birthday. During his “Live!” show with co-hosts Kathie Lee and Kelly Ripa, Philbin would interview movie stars and recording artists. But it was during the opening segment of the show that he endeared himself to his audience, bantering with co-hosts about his life. Philbin also hosted “Who Wants to Be a Millionaire.” All told, Philbin did more than 15,000 hours on the air, earning him recognition in the Guinness Book of World Records for the most broadcast hours logged by a TV personality. That record had been held by Hugh Downs, who died earlier this month.
OLIVIA DE HAVILLAND DIES
PARIS (AP) – She was the last surviving lead performer in the movie “Gone With the Wind.” Olivia de Havilland, the beloved, doe-eyed actor has died. She was 104 when she died yesterday at her home in Paris. One of her most famous roles was that of Melania Wilkes in “Gone With the Wind.” She also won a pair of Oscars during her career. Behind the scenes, she challenged Hollywood’s contract system, which often tied performers to their deals after they had expired. As rocky as her relationship with the studio system was de Havilland’s relationship with her sister Joan Fontaine. In a 2016 interview, de Havilland called her sister “a dragon lady.”
SPENCER GRAMMER SLASHED OUTSIDE NYC RESTAURANT
NEW YORK (AP) – Spencer Grammer says she was trying to calm an agitated man when she ended up being a stabbing victim. It happened in New York. The actor tells US Weekly she and a friend were eating in Manhattan when a man came to the restaurant where they were dining – and demanded to be served. When the dispute escalated, Grammer and her friend intervened and the man slashed her in the arm – and stabbed her friend in the back. No arrests have been made. Police are investigating.
PRINCE WILLIAM AND HARRY CLASHED OVER MARKLE: BOOK
LONDON (AP) – A new book says there was some bad royal blood between Prince William and Prince Harry – and the reason was William’s comments about Harry’s wife, Meghan Markle. The book, titled “Finding Freedom,” says William irked his younger brother that he should go slow with the American-born actor – and told him he feared he was being “blindsided by lust.” The book says Harry was angered by what he saw as William’s snobby tone – including his reference to his biracial bride-to-be as “this girl.” A second installment of the book was published in a British newspaper yesterday.