ACTOR WHO PLAYED “COUSIN ITT” ON “THE ADDAMS FAMILY” DIES
LOS ANGELES (AP) – In his most famous role, TV viewers never got to see Felix Silla’s face, just his long hairpiece, sunglasses and a bowler hat. And you couldn’t figure out what he said, since his utterances were understood only by his “creepy” and “kooky” clan. In case you haven’t figured it out by now, Felix Silla played “Cousin Itt” on “The Addams Family.” His rep says he died this past Friday after a battle with cancer. Silla was 84 years old. He also played Twiki the robot on “Buck Rogers in the 25th Century.”
MOM OF MARK AND DONNIE WHALBERG DIES
UNDATED (AP) – Mark and Donnie Wahlberg are mourning the loss of their mom. The entertainers took to social media to announce the death of Alma Wahlberg – though neither Mark nor Donnie provided the cause, date or location of her death. In a post last July, Donnie Wahlberg updated fans, saying his mom “didn’t remember much and was often confused” – but provided no other details. Alma Wahlberg was a regular on the family reality series, “Wahlburgers.” She was 78 years old.
BROADWAY AND HOLLYWOOD PRODUCER STEPPING BACK FROM STAGE WORK
NEW YORK (AP) – A little over a week ago, The Hollywood Reporter did a cover story on movie and Broadway producer Scott Rudin, featuring allegations that he bullied people who worked with him. Now, Rudin is stepping away. He says he’s “profoundly sorry” for his actions – and will abandon his “active participation” on Broadway shows he was working on. Rudin also says he’s taking steps to address his issues. The article says Rudin would throw glass bowls, staples – and baked potatoes – at underlings.
PRINCE WILLIAM, PRINCE HARRY WALK, CHAT AT GRANDFATHER’S FUNERAL
LONDON (AP) – A year after they last saw one another, Prince William and Prince Harry put their strained relationship aside as they laid their grandfather to rest. They were somber and silent as they walked behind Prince Philip’s coffin at his funeral Saturday. They were joined by their dad, Prince Charles and other close relatives. The brothers were seen chatting and walking together after the service concluded.
NEW YORK GOV. CUOMO DUCKING REPORTERS AMID HARASSMENT SCANDAL
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) – Around this time last year, you could hardly pass a TV set without seeing New York governor Andrew Cuomo. He did daily coronavirus briefings and took loads of questions from reporters about the pandemic, earning an International Emmy in the process. But now, you’d be hard-pressed to find him on TV – or facing reporters. Cuomo has ducked journalists as sexual harassment claims against him have mounted. He hasn’t had an in-person news conference since December. This past Friday, he took questions – on Zoom. Journalists were barred from covering the session in person.