BETTY WHITE TURNS 99
LOS ANGELES (AP) – A hot dog and French fries, feeding a pair of ducks near her home – and staying up as late as she wants. They’re among the treats Betty White gave herself yesterday, when she turned 99. The low-key plans for the high-wattage celebrity were detailed in an email White sent to The Associated Press. It read in part, “since I am turning 99, I can stay up as late as I want without asking permission!” White has been in show business since 1949 – and most recently did voicework for the 2019-20 TV series, “Forky Asks a Question.” Her two most enduring bits of sitcom work, “The Golden Girls” and “The Mary Tyler Moore Show,” can still be seen in reruns.
MUSIC PRODUCER PHIL SPECTOR DIES, WAS SERVING TIME FOR MURDER OF ACTOR LANA CLARKSON
LOS ANGELES (AP) – Phil Spector will be long remembered for the music he produced. But for many he will also be remembered as the man who was convicted of murdering actor Lana Clarkson. Spector died over the weekend at a hospital at age 81. He had been serving a sentence of 19 years to life after being convicted in 2009 of killing Clarkson, who starred in B-movies like “Barbarian Queen.” Spector’s defense team argued – unsuccessfully – that Clarkson’s death was an “accidental suicide.” Spector himself was also in a movie. He was cast as a drug dealer in the 1969 release, “Easy Rider.”
SELENA GOMEZ TAKES ON BIG TECH IN TWITTER POST
LOS ANGELES (AP) – Selena Gomez says as long as she has a platform to speak to the public, she will use it to urge people to treat others respectfully online. The actor/singer is among a growing number of celebrities using their voices to call out social media for letting people say pretty much anything they want online. In a tweet posted the day of the U.S. Capitol riot, she called out big tech bigwigs like Mark Zuckerberg, Sheryl Sandberg and Jack Dorsey. She blamed them in part for the insurrection, saying their sites didn’t do enough to stop dangerous conspiracy theories from taking hold. Gomez became passionate about online misdeeds in 2017 when a 12-year-old commenting on one of her Instagram posts wrote, “Go kill yourself.”