ACTOR WILFORD BRIMLEY DIES
LOS ANGELES (AP) – He started his career as a movie stunt rider, eventually went into movies – and ended up as a pitchman for Quaker Oats. Wilford Brimley has died. He was 85 – and his manager says the actor died Saturday morning in a Utah hospital. He’d been on dialysis – and had several medical ailments. The husky, mustached Brimley had several memorable roles, like the baseball manager in “The Natural” – as well as parts in “Brubaker” and “The Electric Horseman.” His best-known role was in “Cocoon,” a movie about a group of seniors who find an alien pod that restores their youth.
DIRECTOR ALAN PARKER DIES AT AGE 76
LONDON (AP) – A British director who became a major force in Hollywood has died. Alan Parker was 76 – and his family says he died Friday in London after a long illness. Among his most popular films were “Bugsy Malone,” “Midnight Express,” and “Evita.” Parker was nominated for a directing Oscar for the 1988 movie, “Mississippi Burning,” a powerful civil rights drama which got seven Academy Awards nods, including his.
TAMAR BRAXTON DRAMA
LOS ANGELES (AP) – You may have been hearing talk elsewhere about how the relationship between Tamar Braxton and her boyfriend has been going. But the reality TV star is singing the praises of her man, David Adefeso. In a long post on social media over the weekend, Braxton paid tribute to her beau as her “angel on earth.” The post comes after Braxton was hospitalized after police responded to a medical emergency last month at her home in Los Angeles. Braxton didn’t provide details about her hospitalization, but credits Adefeso with “saving my life” after finding her “lifeless” in their home. Adefeso replied to the post with a message that read in part, “Together forever.”
LENA DUNHAM DESCRIBES COVID-19 ORDEAL
LOS ANGELES (AP) – Another celebrity who caught the new coronavirus is describing the ordeal. Lena Dunham says during her month-long battle with COVID-19, it felt like her body had “revolted” against her. The creator and star of “Girls” went on Instagram this past Friday to say she had tested positive for the virus in mid-March. She says her ailment “started with achy joints” and “a crushing fatigue.” Dunham says she also ran a fever of 102. Though she says she recovered and tested negative after a month, Dunham says she still has lingering problems. She says she’s telling her story after seeing so many being careless about social distancing and wearing masks. She says she hopes to spare virus deniers from “a world of pain.”
ZOOS AND COVID-19
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) – The animal kingdom is not immune from the effects of COVID-19. Case in point is the Oakland Zoo. Like most outdoor attractions, visitors have been barred from the zoo – and are just now being let back in. The lack of humans has given animals a respite from prying eyes, with zoo officials saying jaguars and chimpanzees have gotten so used to the quiet, they’ve ventured into parts of their exhibits they usually avoid. But the lack of revenue from visitors is putting a squeeze on operations. It cost about $55,000 each day to feed the animals – and the Oakland Zoo says it’s nearly burned through its financial reserves.