Friday, November 15, 2019

What's going on with Richard Simmons?

Richard Simmons has often been described as flamboyant, energetic, campy and eccentric.  The world famous fitness guru was a fixture on television for decades.  He is known for his exercise videos based on  his "Sweatin' to the Oldies" workout routine.  He is also known for his trademark attire - glitttering tank tops decorated with Swarovski cyrstals, and his signature candy-striped Dolphin shorts.  In recent years, Richard has become quite reclusive and has shunned the spotlight.  The 71-year-old "clown prince of fitness" has not made any major public appearances since 2014 and his fans have been concerned about him.  So, what's really going on?

Milton Teagle "Richard" Simmons was born in New Orleans, Louisiana on July 12, 1948, the son of Leonard Douglas Simmons Sr. and Shirley May (née Satin).  Richard and his older bother, Leonard Jr., grew up in the city's famed French Quarter.  Leonard Sr., who was raised a Methodist, worked as a master of ceremonies and then in thrift stores.  Shirley May, who came from a Russian Jewish background, was a travelling fan dancer and later became a store cosmetics saleswoman.

Below is a photo of Richard and his parents and his brother, Leonard Jr. known as "Lenny."  Richard is the younger boy on his mother's lap.

At a young age, Richard converted to Catholicism and attended Cor Jesu High School (now known as Brother Martin High School) in New Orleans.  He later enrolled at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette, but switched to Florida State University in Tallahassee, where he earned a B.A. in Art.  While in college, he changed his name to "Richard" to honour a beloved uncle who had helped him with his tuition payments.  After college, Richard went to New York City, where he worked in advertising and was also employed by Revlon and Coly Cosmetics.

Richard Simmons had been an overweight child and was obese by the time he graduated from high school.  He attempted to lose weight via pills, laxatives and fad diets.  He finally decided to turn to healthier methods such as exercising and eating more more nutritious food.  In the early 1970s, Richard moved to Los Angeles, where he started out as a maitre d' at a restaurant there.  In 1974, he began his weight-loss and fitness career by opening a fitness studio called "The Anatomy Asylum" in Beverly Hills, California.  It was designed especially for obese people. and its name was eventually changed to 'Simmons Studio."
In the 1980s, Richard hosted his own TV talk show, The Richard Simmons Show, which was nominated for seven Daytime Emmy Awards and won four.  The show ran for four years, from 1980 to 1984, and was a big hit.  It focused on personal health and fitness.  Richard has also been a frequent visitor on the late night television and radio talk show circuit.  He was a guest on The Late Show with David Letterman and The Howard Stern Show.  He has also made appearances on celebrity game shows such as Body Language, Super Password and Lose or Draw.

Richard guest-starred as himself in episodes of shows such as CHiPs ("Meet the New Guy," Season 6, Episode 1, Airdate: October 10, 1982) and The Larry Sanders Show,,"The Warmth Episode.,"  Season 1, Episode 11, Air Date October 24, 1992).

When Richard Simmons suddenly disappeared from the public eye in February of 2014, his absence sparked many rumours and much speculation.  Not only did he retire from public life, he stopped teaching his regular fitness classes at his gym.  He even ceased corresponding with his fans.  Although Richard assured people that he was fine via audio tapes, some members of the media and of of the public remain skeptical to this day.

In June of 2016, Richard was hospitalized.  His housekeeper said he was behaving strangely., but Richard issued a statement saying he was suffering from dehydration.  There were rumours that this housekeeper was holding Richard hostage.  In an audio interview with Today host Savannah Guthrie, Richard vehemently denied the allegations.  He stated, "No one is holding me in my house as hostage.  You  know I do what I want to do as I've always done, so people should just believe what I have to say because I'm Richard Simmons."

There was also speculation that Richard was transitioning into a woman.  Simmons is very private about his personal life and doesn't discuss his sexuality.  He has never publicly stated that he is a homosexual.  (In May, 2017, Richard sued the National Enquirer, Radar Online and American Media for libel and false claims that he was undergoing gender reassignment.  In September 2017, he lost the lawsuit).

In October of 2016, Richard announced on Facebook that his landmark Simmons Studio would be closed down on November 19th of that year.  He hadn't been seen at the studio in years.  In a statement to Entertainment Tonight, Richard wrote: "In 1974 I opened Simmons to help people make positive changes in their lives by having fun while exercising.  It was a place to make friends, listen to and learn from others, lose weight and gain confidence  . . .  I've dedicated my life to helping others feel better about themselves and they helped me do the same.  Thank you for always  supporting and loving me.  I will take the time for myself to be the best I can be and so should you.  I love you - always keep sweatin'!"

On February 15, 2017, the first episode of the podcast Missing Richard Simmons was launched.  Its purpose was to investigate why Simmons left the media so abruptly and without notice. It hosted by journalist Dan Taberski, former producer of The Daily Show, and was created by Stitcher, First Look Media and Pineapple Street Media.

In March of 2017, Los Angeles police detectives conducted "welfare check" of Richard's home.  The LAPD issued a statement that he is "perfectly fine" and that right now he is doing what he wants to do and that it his business."

The March 22, 2017 edition of People magazine had a cover story about Richard Simmons'' withdrawal from the public spotlight.  According to the  People article, "many of Richard's inner circle say that his life of solitary seclusion is self-imposed."  Richard's brother, Lenny, was quoted as saying, "My brother is fine.  He's not sick.  There's nothing medically wrong with him at all.  These things about him transitioning into a woman are ridiculous.  My wife Cathy and I were out there for Christmas and spent five days with him and I can assure you, he's not transitioning into anything but himself."

Lenny provided a simple explanation for Richard's absence from public life.  "After 40-some-years," said Lenny, ''he just decided that he wants to rest.  He's 68 years old now and he just wants time for himself."

According to Lenny, Richard keeps busy at home by watching television, cooking, reading, tending to his pets - he tends to a multitude of hummingbirds - and gardening.  His hair is greyer and he has grown a beard.  Lenny told People that Richard must be exercising because he looks fit.

In June of 2019, USA Today reported that, according to Tae Bo master Billy Blanks, Richard "may return to the public eye soon."  Blanks said that he believes that his friend will make a comeback after taking time to care for himself.  Simmons' representative, Tom Estey, refused to comment on Blanks' statement.

In September of 2019, it was reported that the U.S. government claimed that Richard Simmons owed a grand total of $23,018.80 in back taxes (between 2007 and 2015).  That news sparked more speculation about Simmons' well-being.  It seems that the press and the public can't believe that Richard would voluntarily leave the limelight for some rest and relaxation.


Richard Simmons made appearances on the daytime soap General Hospital.  His appearance occurred in 1979 and his last appearance occurred in 2013.

* Richard once studied to be a priest.  After finishing high school, he spent almost two years at a Dominican seminary in Iowa.  In 1984, he told the Chicago Tribune that "I didn't look anything like a priest . . . I was rather on the loud side."

Richard replaced Alex Trebek as host of Value Television, a 1987 home shopping show.  However, the show was short-lived.

* Richard had a cameo in the movie Space Jam, a 1996 action/animated sport comedy starring former NBA superstar Michael Jordan.

* In September of 2005, Richard appeared on Entertainment Tonight to discuss the impact of Hurricane Katrina on his hometown of New Orleans and his campaign  to aid those affected by the disaster.

* In 2008, Richard became politically active by supporting legislation mandating non-competitive physical education in American pubic schools as part of the No Child Left Behind Act.

* Richard lives alone in his Hollywood Hills home with his pet Dalmatians. According to the Denver Post, he named his three canines Scarlett, Pittypat and Melanie, after characters from Gone with the Wind.  Richard seldom leaves his house, which he has attributed to an injured knee.

* Richard has written a memoir entitled Still Hungry After All These Years: My Story (1999).


SOURCES:  USA Today, "Tae Bo creator Billy Blanks believes Richard Simmons will be back 'soon'," by Cydney Henderson, June 2, 2019; Blast (, "Richard Simmons Owes Thousands in Back Taxes, Fueling Speculation About Well-Being," by Mike Walters, September 17, 2019,, Richard Simmons - Biography, Net Worth, Is He Gay, Dead or Alive?"; People magazine, "Why Richard Simmons Hasn't Been Seen in Public for Three Years: 'He's Fine, He's Not Sick,' Says Brother Lenny Simmons," by Liz McNeil, March 22, 2017,, "Watching Wheel of Fortune, and Tending to His Hummingbirds: Inside Richard Simmons' Life  Out of the Spotlight;"by Gabrielle Olya and Liz McNeil, March 23, 2017;  Daily Mail, "Richard Simmons closes down his famed exercise studio after two year absence of public life, Oct 21, 2016, Wikipedia, Internet Movie Data Base (; The Vintage News, "Sweatin' to Richard Simmons - Revealing Insights into his Outsized Personality," by Steve Palace, April 6, 2019

- Joanne

Saturday, November 9, 2019

Y&R Report (November 9, 2019): The Latest on The Young and The Restless


Hey Y&R fans, every second Saturday TV Banter discusses the latest happenings and provides commentary on your favourite daytime drama. Note to U.S. readers - SPOILER ALERT: Here in Canada, I watch the show on Global TV which is one episode ahead of CBS.  I will inevitably refer to incidents you haven't seen yet. Read at your own risk.  If you are the curious type, though, you may prefer to discover some things in advance. 

Nicholas Newman is about to enter politics, but his political career will come to an abrupt and screaming halt, as will his relationship with con woman Chelsea Lawson.  Chelsea learned the tricks of the trade from her grifter mother, Anita (Catherine Bach).  When her money laundering of the ill-begotten money of her late husband, Calvin, becomes public knowledge, as it most certainly will, boyfriend Nick's run for City council will be toast.  Nick Newman has got to be the biggest loser in Genoa City.  He cannot sustain a relationship and he cannot succeed in his business and political endeavours.

The chickens have come home to roost for Chelsea.  She's in full panic mode, but I can't muster up much sympathy for her. She didn't have to get involved in illegal money laundering. She is wealthy enough and she is a partner in the Grand Phoenix.  She is just plain greedy.  Chelsea foolishly risked everything, including her relationship with Nick.  As a result, she has been stalked and threatened by the shadowy Simon Black.  Her frightened son, Connor, is in grave danger and Adam has had to step in.     

Chelsea also drew Kevin and Chloe into her money laundering scheme.  Those two, who have never displayed good judgement, foolishly went along with it  When the truth comes out, Kevin will lose his job at the police station.  Paul Williams will be terribly angry and disappointed with him, as will his long-suffering brother, District Attorney brother, Michael Baldwin

Well fans, I never thought I'd see the day when Victor Newman would be retired and watching The Price is Right.  Yet that is what he told Nikki he had been doing.  Say it ain't so!

Theo Vanderway is behaving too well.  It can't last, at least not on a soap opera.  I still don't trust him.  His intentions may be sincere.  He may be trying to change and to turn over a new leaf.  However, he's facing financial difficulties.  His "influencing" business is not going well.  He's starting to get desperate.  He's eventually going to want a piece of the Abbott pie, especially after having read that Jabot is cashing in on its merger with Ashley's company.  He'll reason that since he's Dina's grandson, he has a legal right to some of her fortune (which is true).  I also think Theo could be falling for Lola.

Kyle Abbott is wise to keep his guard up where his "cuz" is concerned.  He should also listen to Uncle Billy Boy's advice. When Kyle told Billy he regarded Theo as a nuisance, Billy was very blunt and realistic.  He warned Kyle in so uncertain terms that Theo was a "threat."  Kyle needs to change his strategy.  He has been playing his cards all wrong.  He should not be so openly hostile to Theo.  Theo is definitely taking a smarter approach.
By outwardly showing his disdain for Theo, Kyle is driving a wedge between himself and Lola, especially since Theo has been acting like an angel lately .  Kyle should keep his doubts to himself.  His attitude toward Theo makes him appear petty and immature to Lola and the rest of his family, while Theo, on the other hand, seems respectful and reasonable.

It seems that anyone can just saunter into Lola's kitchen and she always seems to be working alone there.  I can't imagine that any kitchen in any respectable restaurant would allow that.


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Here are some comments I received in an email from regular contributor CC in Etobicoke, Ontario:

Hi Joanne

As far as the storyliens are concerned, although I am not a fan of the character of Theo or the actor who plays the role, the storyline that he is Dina's grandson could lead to future intrigue.  It may open the door for a quick exit for Dina's character.  

Poor Nick.  He has never been able to find his passion when it comes to his life's work.  Being in politics may put him in the hot seat for future storylines, but he will need to hone his character to sustain it.  

Chelsea can never shed the stigma of her original persona . . . a con artist . . . like mother like daughter.  I don't think fans can forget that she's Johnny's biological mother, especially when she's being so effusive in protecting Connor.  The writers need to get a fix on that.

So far, Hilary's look-alike character, Amanda, has been a wash, but I expect that will change soon.

I am not a fan of Theo's character either, CC, but I think Tyler Johnson, the actor who plays him, is doing a good job.  I agree with you that his storyline as Dina's grandson will lead to future intrigue.  Dina has met Theo and she mistook him for his father, Eric, the son she gave up for adoption.  She had a sense of relief that her son had turned out all right and she was touched that she had met him.  This means that Dina will probably pass away soon.  As her grandson, Theo will consider himself the legitimate heir to a chunk of her fortune.

Yes, Nick can't seem to succeed in his career or his love life.  Some of his problems have been due to bad luck, others to poor choices.  His longest relationship was his ten year marriage to Sharon.  I think he is best suited to Sharon, but the writers broke them up for storyline purposes.  Although Sharon is with Rey right now, I think she will reunite with Nick sometime in the future.  As for his career, Nick has tried various business endeavours - The Underground Restaurant, Restless Style magazine and a real estate company called Dark Horse,  His foray into politics will fail, due to Chelsea.

You made a good point about Chelsea.  We have never seen her give much of a thought to Johnny, the son she gave up to Billy and Victoria.  It's almost been forgotten that she's his biological mother.  Maybe sometime in the future, when Johnny is older, his relationship to Chelsea will come into play.  Also, Connor doesn't know he has a brother.  He is bound to learn about that someday.

It looks as if Mishael Morgan's new character, lawyer Amanda Sinclair, is sticking around.  She's going to defend Dr. Nate Hastings in his case regarding Victor Newman's fake death.  She may become romantically involved with Nate or possibly with Devon.  That will be interesting.  Amanda is very mysterious and her past has not yet been revealed.

Meanwhile, Philip Chancellor IV, known as Chance, has finally surfaced.  A different actor is playing the role.  He seems meaner and has much more of an edge to him.  Has something happened to him or have the writers just changed his personality?


William Wintersole (Mitchell Sherman) dies 

Longtime Y&R fans will remember William Wintersole.  He portrayed Mitchell Sherman, Katherine Chancellor's lawyer and friend,  from 1986 until 2011.  The veteran actor passed away on Tuesday, November 5, 2019 due to complications from cancer.  He was 88 years old.

William Wintersole's film and TV career began in the 1960s.  He appeared in episodes of Mission Impossible, Emergency!, I Dream of Jeannie, Kojak, Little House on Prairie ,The Fugitive and Star Trek: The Original Series.  He also played Ted Ballantine on General Hospital from 1980 to 1986.

Donny Boaz is the new Chance

Donny Boaz

It's about time!  Philip Chancellor IV, better known as "Chance", has finally surfaced in Genoa City.  The role of Chance has been recast and Donny Boaz is now playing the part of Jill's grandson.  He seems meaning than the old Chance and he has much more of an edge.  We will soon find out what's happened to this "boy scout."

Donny Boaz was raised in a small town south of Dallas, Texas.  He played college football and modelled for Abercrombie and Neiman Marcus.

Donny is going to stay around The Young and the Restless for a while.  He tweeted that he has signed a multi-year deal with the show.  He is new to daytime TV, but fans will recognize him from his roles as Max Burns on NCIS: New Orleans and Bo McCabe from the Dallas reboot.

CAST NOTE: There is some sad news to report.  Mishael Morgan's (Amanda) father, Michael, died at the age of 67 on November 5th.


Mark Grossman

Adam Newman (Mark Grossman) has had relationships with both Chelsea and Sharon.  Which woman suits him best or should he become involved with someone else? What do you think, fans?  Respond to the poll below and let me know.

Who is the best match for Adam?

He should find someone new
He should get his life in order first.
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The eighth annual annual Toronto OpportunitiTea high tea in support of the March of Dimes Canada will take place at the Royal York Hotel on December 8th, 2019.  The event features Kate Linder (Esther Valentine) and her actor friends from The Young and the Restless - Christian LeBlanc  (Michael Baldwin), Sharon Case (Sharon Newman), Mark Grossman (Adam Newman) and Christel Khalil (Lily Winters).  For more information on this event, click on the link below.  By the way, I will be attending and I am really looking forward to meeting Mark Grossman for the first time ( I have seen the others before and they are wonderful.

For more information on this event, click on the link below.

That's all for now.  Don't forget that  next edition of Y&R Report will appear in this space on Saturday, November 23, 2019.  The November sweeps will be in full flight, with American Thanksgiving and Christmas just around the corner.

- Joanne

Monday, October 28, 2019

You wanted to know . . . about Debralee Scott of Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman

A TV Banter reader wanted to know about the life of Debralee Scott, who played Mary's younger sister on Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman

Debtslee Scott: 31 going on 18, is a red-haired, freckle-faced, all-American version of everybody's favorite kid.  In person, she reminds you of Judy Garland in her "Wizard of Oz" days.  She could have been Judy's sister.

- Philadelphia Daily News, November 30, 1984

Debralee Scott was born in Elizabeth, New Jersey on April 2, 1953.  The youngest of three sisters, Debra was raised in Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania, where she was a cheerleader.  At 16, she joined her siblings, Carol Anne and Jerilyn (Jeri), in San Francisco and finished high school there.  She also attended San Francisco's American Conservatory Theater

Debralee's film debut was in 1971's Dirty Harry.  She played the corpse of the murdered Ann Mary Deacon.  She then appeared in the opening credits of 1972's Butterflies Are Free and she portrayed Falfa's girlfriend in the 1973 coming-of-age film American Graffiti.

Debra's original feature film roles were minor ones.  In 1973, however, she made a move toward larger television roles.  In 1973, she appeared in two TV movies.  She played Lenore Atkins in A Summer Without Boys, a war drama/romance, and Mary Nell Fickett in Lisa, Bright and Dark, a drama starring Anne Baxter and John Forsythe.

In 1974, Debralee portrayed Evie Mortenson in four episodes of the 1950s television high school drama Sons and Daughters.  The series was short-lived and only ten episodes were produced.  In 1975, Debralee appeared as Rosalie "Hotzi" Totzi in four episodes of the first season of the Gabe Kaplan sitcom Welcome Back, Kotter.  She reprised her role as "Hotzi" Totzi in a 1978 episode entitled "The Return of Hotsy Totsy" (Season 3, Episode 26, Air Date: May 11, 1978).

Debralee with Ron Palillo on Welcome Back, Kotter

Debralee is best remembered for her portrayal of Cathy Shumway, Mary, Hartman's outlandish younger sister, in the mid-1970s cult classic Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman.  The show, starring Louise Lasser in the title role, was a nightly spoof of TV soap operas.  It attracted a large following and provided Debralee with her first taste of stardom.

Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman ran for two seasons, from 1976 to 1977, with Debralee Sccott appearing in all 325 episodes.  Mary Hartman, a dissatisfied Fernwood, Ohio housewife, ran off with her  policeman boyfriend, but the show continued without Louise Lasser.  It was retitled Forever Fernwood and focused on the residents of the fictional Ohio town.  Forever Fernwood ran from 1977 to 1978 and Debra Lee continued playing the role of Cathy Shumway.

Below is a photo of Debralee (left) with Louise Lasser (Mary) and Mary Kay Place as Loretta Haggers on Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman.

From 1979 to 1980, Debralee portrayed Angie's younger sister, Marie Falco, in the sitcom Angie, starring Donna Pescow as Angie, an Italian-American coffee shop server, Robert Hays as her boyfriend (later husband), Dr. Brad Benson,) and Doris Roberts of Everybody Loves Raymond fame as her mother, Theresa Falco.  Debralee's character, Marie, worked nights at a daycare centre.  The show was set in Philadelphia.

Below is a photo of Debalee with Doris Roberts (centre) and Dona Pescow (right).

After Angie, Debralee took on few television roles.  She played Hazel Adamson in the 1981 TV movie Living in Paradise, a comedy starring Eddie Albert..  She also appeared as a "restaurant woman" in a 1983 TV movie entitled Likely Stories, Vol. 2., a comedy starring Vince D'Angelo as a sleazy politician.

Debralee played the role of Mrs. Fackler in Police Academy the popular feature film comedy, Police Academy, starring Steve Guttenberg.  She also appeared as Cadet Fackler in 1986's Police Academy 3: Back in Training.  According to the Internet Movie Database (, Debralee's final acting credit is the role of a school teacher in the 1989 film Misplaced, a drama about a Polish woman who, on the eve of the Polish uprising, takes her son to America.  She then decided to work behind the camera as an agent for a New York company called Empowered Artists.

Debralee's life changed forever when her fiancéJohn Dennis Levi, a police officer with the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey died in the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks on the World Trade New York City.

John Dennis Levi

John Dennis Levi

In 2005, Debralee Scott moved from New York to Florida to live with her ailing sister, Carol Anne, who had retired there.  Soon after arriving, Debralee collapsed into a coma.  She quickly recovered and was released from the hospital on her birthday, April 2nd.  On April 5, 2005, Debralee took a nap, then died in her sleep.  She was just 52 years of age at the time of her passing at her home in Amelia Island, Florida.  Her body was cremated.

The mother of John Dennis Levi claimed that Debralee had had a drinking problem since 9/11, and that she had developed cirrhosis of the liver.  Debralee's sister, Jeri Scott, a Beverly Hills talent agent, stated that her sibling had never gotten over Dennis Levi's death.  She said that Debralee died of natural causes.

Debralee Scott


* During the late 1970s and early 1980s, Debralee Scott  frequently appeared on games shows.  She was a celebrity guest on The $20,000 Pyramid, Family Feud and The Match Game.

Debralee on Match Game

* In 1979, Debralee played a nurse in some episodes of a real daytime soap, Ryan's Hope.

Debralee's elder sister was film producer and costume designer Scott Bushnell.  Bushnell (born Carol Anne Scott on July 18, 1937) was nicknamed "Scotty."and is remembered for her long association with filmmaker Robert Altman (She served as producer on more than 20 Alltman films).

Scott Bushnell passed away in Burbank, California on July 13, 2006.  She died of heart failure at the age of 69, just days away from her 70th birthday.

SOURCES: Alchetron: The Free Encyclopedia (, "Debralee Scott;"  Los Angeles Times, "Debralee Scott, 52, Actress Appeared in Films, 1970s TV Series," April 9, 2005; Internet Movie Database (; Wikipedia

- Joanne

Saturday, October 26, 2019

Y&R Report (October 26. 2019): The Latest on The Young and the Restless


Hey Y&R fans, every second Saturday TV Banter discusses the latest happenings and provides commentary on your favourite daytime drama. Note to U.S. readers - SPOILER ALERT: Here in Canada, I watch the show on Global TV which is one episode ahead of CBS.  I will inevitably refer to incidents you haven't seen yet. Read at your own risk.  If you are the curious type, though, you may prefer to discover some things in advance. 

Well fans, it's been revealed.  Jack and Traci dug into the past and discovered a long ago secret regarding their mother and Stuart Brooks.  Dina gave birth to son by Stuart.  That son is Theo Vanderway's father.  So, Dina's grandson is none other than that scuzzy Theo Vanderway.  How ironic that he and Kyle should both turn out to be granddaughters of Dina.  This has huge implications. It gives Theo a connection to the Abbott family, which he'll be only to happy to use to his advantage.  Theo's father, Eric Vanderway, will arrive on the scene soon.  Once he learns that Dina is his mother, he'll want to see her before she dies.  

Kyle will certainly not be amused when he learns the truth about Theo and how they are related by blood.  Lola will probably want to welcome him into the family, which will cause a rift between her and Kyle.

Adrian Rosales (Jay Montalvo) is back for a reason.  Adrian fancies himself as some kind of Don Juan, doesn't he?  He's really just a third-rate Casanova.  Women on soaps are often accused of being gold diggers.  Well, Adrian is a male gold digger.  It will be interesting to see which Genoa City woman he will try to latch on to.  At first, I thought he might go after Sharon (Sharon Case).  If he ingratiated himself into Sharon's life, that would definitely cause an even larger rift between him and Rey and Lola.  It would create an enormous conflict because Rey and Sharon are going to give their relationship another try - unless Adam gets in the way.  I don't think it's going to happen now because Sharon appears too busy juggling her time between Rey and Adam to allow Adrian into her life.  

Rey will regret giving his approval to Sharon's helping out Adam's son, Connor.  Sharon can not seem to stay away from Adam, no matter how hard she tries.  Rey's approval will only draw her closer to Adam.  She is playing with fire.

Another target for Adrian may be Jill. She has loads of money and she has hooked up with some unsavoury men in the past, especially her conman former husband, Colin Atkinson.  One would think, however, that Jill would have learned her lesson by now, although she may be too overwhelmed by Adrian's charming manner.  Remember, she craves male attention and has a difficult time resisting.  Yet, I don't think Jill will make the same error in judgement this time around.  She went through too much with Colin.

It's not surprising that Abby and Dr. Nate have broken up.  Those two were on different wavelengths and their relationship was going nowhere.  So, it appears that Nate will eventually become involved with Elena.  They are both doctors and they seem to get along well.  What about Devon, though?  Elena is still his girlfriend, but probably not for much longer.  I think she will become increasingly frustrated with his deceased wife's look-alike, Amanda Sinclair, and his  problems concerning Katherine Chancellor's will and his inheritance.  I wonder if Amanda will stick around once the will issue is definitely settled.  Will Devon fall for his dead wife's look a-like?  By the way, this storyline has too many holes in it to mention.  Devon is not stupid, so why didn't he hire his own lawyer and handwriting export?

As for Abby, I wonder if she'll become involved with Theo at some point.  She has always displayed poor judgement in men and she has been attracted to rebels and bad boys.  Although she doesn't like Theo now, that could change.  However, Theo seems to have his sights set on Lola.  I'm not sure what his end game is.  Is he actually attracted to Lola or is he just trying to break up her marriage to Kyle?

Speaking of Mrs. C., I never never believed that she would leave all that money to Candy Cane
Ashby.  As much as she loved Cane, it's highly doubtful that she would have left him the bulk of her estate.  Something is rotten in the state of Wisconsin.  It doesn't add up unless Jill is right about Colin being behind it all.  It's something her con man ex would do.  He would want his son, Cane, to have all that money so he could get his grubby hands on some of it.  Chance probably has nothing to do with it.

Summer just can't get over Kyle.  It's so obvious that she's still hung up on the guy.  This means big trouble for Lola, who seems to be bonding with scummy Theo.


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Here are some comments I received in an email from Carly in Barrhaven, Ontario.

I don not like the actor playing Adrian Rosales and hope he gets involved with no one and exits soon.  Sharon gets involved with anyone wearing pants.  So sure, if she goes back to Rey, it's fine with me.  Cane has had a nothing role since Lily left, so I am not surprised that he's been let go.  I thought he was getting involved with Traci but that didn't work out.  I feel sorry for the actor being let go after 13 years, but that's the business.  He has never been one of my favourites and sometimes I have problems understanding what he is saying.

I predicted that Dina would have had some involvement with Mr. (Stuart) Brooks.   I thinks it's ridiculous that they brought Mishael Morgan back, so I guess she will turn out to be Hilary's twin. 
Mark Grossman is an awesome actor and he plays his Adam role so well.  The actor playing low-life Theo suits the role.  That's my opinion and I am sticking to it . . .

Thanks for your thoughts, Carly.  Now, here's my opinion and I am sticking to it too - unless I'm truly convinced otherwise.  I am pleased that Adrian (Jay Montalvo) is back in Genoa City.  He is shaking things up and will make the story interesting.  Yes, he is a scoundrel, but he livens up the show.  As for Sharon, I agree that she has been going from man to man.  However I have always thought she belongs with Nick.  The writers broke them up because it's difficult to find storylines for happy couples on a soap.

Your prediction about Stuart Brooks was right on the money.

You may not be far off when mention Amanda turning out to be Hilary's twin.  Lily was shocked when she saw Amanda because she had expected to meet someone who greatly resembled Hilary, not someone who looked exactly like her.

I also like Mark Grossman and I think he's becoming more popular.  That's a testament to his skill as an actor.  It's not easy to win over the fans when you start off playing such an unsympathetic role.  It seems that the writers have begun to redeem Adam lately.  Suddenly, he'a decided to drop his vendetta against the Newman family and he is trying to be "father of the year." to Connor Newman.

Has Vistor Newman mellowed?  Has he gone soft?  I spoke to regular Y&R Report contributor Helen from Scarborough, Ontario.  Helen thinks that Victor gave in to Victoria too easily, that he would never have handed over the reigns of Newman Enterprises just because Princess Victoria threatened to reject him as a father if he refused.  Victor knows that Victoria would never carry out that threat, argues Helen.  He knows his princess would never abandon him.  So, why did Victor do it?  He's ill, of course, but that's never stopped him before, and he's not the type to retire.  Does "The Moustache " have an agenda, some other plan?  Maybe not, but I wouldn't rule it out.  He always has a scheme and he doesn't like to relinquish control over his family.  

I realize that Y&R is trying to attract a younger demographic, but I hope they are not going to transform Victor's character into a retired grandfather, fawning over his grandchildren and teaching them how to play chess.  The writers need to give Victor some teeth again.  I'm sure Eric Braeden would agree.  He's not the retiring type either.


Daniel Goddard (Cane Ashby) fired from Y&R

There was some very sad news last Tuesday (October 22) for fans of Daniel Goddard (Etthan "Cane" Ashby).  The debonair Australian was let go from the show after 13 years.  On Twitter, Daniel wrote:"It is with a heavy heart that I share the news that I will no longer be part of the cast of ' The Young and The Restless'.  I am as shocked and gutted as you are.  I am forever grateful for the 13 years I have been part of the Y&R family but sadly it seems that without Neil and Lily . . . there just is no Cane."

It does seem strange that Y&R would let Daniel go at this time.  He is deeply involved in the storyline about Devon's inheritance and Lily (Christel Kahlil) has returned to the show.  It doesn't seem to be for lack of storyline.  There may be more to this.

It was good to see Lily back.  I enjoyed her reaction to the Hilary look-alike.

Reason to believe Judith Chapman will be back as Gloria

We haven't seen Gloria Bardwell around Genoa City for a while, since October 2018.  There seems to be reason to believe, however, that Judith Chapman, who plays Gloria, has returned to the show.  Christian LeBlanc, who portrays Gloria's son, Michael Baldwin, may have let the cat out of the bag in a recent interview with Global TV.  When asked whom he most liked working with on Y&R, he replied, "My favorite is to be in one of those groupings with Michelle (Stafford) or Greg (Rikaart), and today I worked with Kevin, Chloe and Gloria."

It would not be surprising to see Judith back on Y&R and Gloria back in Genoa City.  After all, Judith left her role as Diana Colville on General Hospital in March of this year. Gloria's son, Kevin, is back in town and Jabot needs a new executive secretary, which means Gloria would be interacting with Kyle and Billy Boy, who are now co-CEOs of the company  Knowing Gloria, it wouldn't be long before she became involved in the lives of Kyle and Billy.  Maybe she would get involved with Adrian.  They'd make quite a pair.


Although Daniel Goddard (Cane) is in the middle of a big storyline regarding Devon's inheritance, he has been let go from Y&R.  His firing is sudden and surprising.  Fans, it's time for you to weight in.  How do you feel about it?  Does it bother you?  Respond to the poll below and let me know.

What do you think about Daniel Goddard's firing?

I think it's so unfair. He's been with Y&R for 13 years. He deserves better than that.
I like him and I am very disappointed.  
I am not a fan of his. It doesn't bother me at all.
It's a cut-throat business.
I don't know.
Please Specify:


The eighth annual annual Toronto OpportunitiTea high tea in support of the March of Dimes Canada will take place at the Royal York Hotel on December 8th, 2019.  The event features Kate Linder (Esther Valentine) and her actor friends from The Young and the Restless - Christian LeBlanc  (Michael Baldwin), Sharon Case (Sharon Newman), Mark Grossman (Adam Newman) and Christel Khalil (Lily Winters).  For more information on this event, click on the link below.  By the way, I will be attending and I am really looking forward to meeting Mark Grossman for the first time ( I have seen the others before and they are wonderful.

For more information on this event, click on the link beliw,

That's all for now.  Don't forget that  next edition of Y&R Report will appear in this space on Saturday, November 9, 2019.  Get ready for Halloween in Genoa City and the November Sweeps everyone!

- Joanne

Monday, October 21, 2019

You wanted to know . . . About child star Bobby Driscoll and his tragic death

A TV Banter reader wanted to know about the life of child actor Bobby Driscoll.  

Bobby Driscoll in 1950

"Paperback mysteries usually end this way, not Disney fairy tales."
- Lynettte Rice (on the death of Bobby Driscoll)
Entertainment Weekly, January 22, 2019

Look at that angelic face and those soulful eyes!  Sadly, the fresh-faced youngster in the above photo died penniless and alone after years of drug addiction.  The tale of Bobby Driscoll is indeed a tragic one.  Bobby, whose movie and television career spanned 17 years (1943 to 1960), was born Robert Cletus Driscoll in Grand Rapids, Iowa on March 3, 1937.  He was the only child of insulation salesman Cletus Driscoll and his wife, Isabelle (née Kratz), a former teacher.  Both Cletus, who died in 1969, and Isabelle, who passed away in 1972, outlived their son.

Soon after Bobby's birth, the Driscoll family moved to Des Moines, Iowa, where they remained until 1943.  They then relocated to Southern California after a doctor advised Cletus that the climate there would be better for his work-related pulmonary ailments.

 At the age of five, Bobby was discovered by chance at a barber shop in Altadena, California, north of Pasadena.  The barber helped launch Bobby's movie career.  In a 1954 interview, 17-year--old Bobby described the beginnings of his acting career this way: "My dad used to take me to a barber [sic] in Pasadena whose son was in the movies.  The barber liked me, so he spoke his son and his son spoke to his agent and his agent spoke to his director who was arranging a tryout for a part with Margaret O'Brien in the 1943 film Lost Angel."  As it turned out, Bobby was chosen for the part, an uncredited minor role as a young train passenger.

Bobby Driscoll's brief role in Lost Angel, was followed b his appearance in the film, The Fighting Sullivans (1944), a World War II drama in which he played Al Sullivan, the youngest of the Irish-American Sullivan brothers growing up in Iowa during the Great Depression.  A few years later, Walt Disney selected Bobby for the plum role of Johnny in 1946's Song of the South.  He then became the first actor ever signed to a long-term contract by Disney's animation department.and went on to star in some of Disney Studios' most popular Disney films at the time, such as So Dear to My Heart (1949) and Treasure Island ((1950).

Bobby in The Fighting Sullivans (1944)

Disney figured most prominently in Bobby's career, but he won a special Oscar for his performance in a non-Disney film, The Window, which was released in 1949.  On March 23, 1950, 13-year-old Bobby was presented with a Juvenile Academy Award by Donald O'Connor.  Soon after receiving his Oscar, he was cast as Peter Pan in Walt Disney's animated version of the J.M. Barrie classic.

Bobby Driscoll appeared on Walt Disney's first television production, in a holiday special called One Hour in Wonderland.  It aired on NBC on Christmas Day, 1950 and was sponsored by Coca-Cola.  In addition to Bobby, the special featured Walt as host with actress Kathryn Beaumont, known for her voice work in Disney films, and ventriloquist Edger Bergen and puppet Charilie McCarthy, who performed in radio ads for Coke.  The show was actually a promotion for Disney's upcoming feature film, Alice in Wonderland, in which Kathryn provided Alice's voice.

Bobby and Kathryn Beaumont in One Hour in Wonderland

Bobby lived a charmed life under Disney's wing, until adolescence hit.  At the age of 16, he suffered from a severe case of acne and his voice was no longer smooth enough for voice-overs.  Shortly after the release of Peter Pan in late March of 1953, Bobby's contract with Disney studios was abruptly terminated.  His mother then removed him Hollywood Professional School and sent him to the public Westward University High School.  At Westward, his grades dropped and he began using drugs.  He claimed that the other students  wouldn't accept him, At Bobby request, his parents returned him to Hollywood Professional School, where he graduated in 1955.  In 1956, Bobby was arrested for the first time for possession of marijuana, but the charges were dismissed.  By the age of 17, he was using hard drugs.

During the 1950s, Bobby Driscoll appeared on a number of television shows, but by the mid '50s, with his career on the wane, he was mostly cast in guest spots on anthology series such as Jane Wyatt Presents the Fireside Theatre (1956) and Zana Grey Theater (1956).  In 1957, Bobby only had two television roles.  He portrayed the loyal brother of a criminal in an episode of M Squad, a detective series starring Lee Marvin.  He also played a submarine officer in an episode of the World War II docudrama drama series The Silent Service.

Bobby's final TV acting role was on Rawhide, a popular Western series starring Clint Eastwood.   He portrayed Billy Chance in a 1960 episode of the show entitled "Incident of he Captive" (Season 3, Episode 9, Air Date: December 16, 1960).  Bobby also guest-starred in an earlier episode of Rawhide in 1959 called "Incident of Fear in the Streets" (Season 1, Episode 17, Air Date (May 8, 1959).  For his two Rawhide appearances, he was credited as "Robert Driscoll," in an an attempt to sound more adult, so he could distance himself from his childhood roles.and the perception that he was still Disney's kid actor (his family and friends began referring to him as "Bob" in the early 1950s).

Below is a photo of Bobby in his last television appearance from the "Incident of the Captive" episode of Rawhide in 1960.

In June of 1960, Bobby was arrested for disturbing the peace and assault with a deadly weapon after allegedly "whacking a heckler with a pistol," according to newspaper reports. The heckler and her boyfriend had taunted him and Bobby had taken the gun from a car he was washing in Topanga Beach near Malibu, California.  Felony assault charges were dropped.because the district attorney failed to file a complaint.  However, in 1961, Bobby was arrested for robbery, assault and narcotics possession.  This time he was sentenced as a drug addict and he was incarcerated at the Narcotic Rehabilitation Center of the California Institution for Men in Chino, California.  When he left Chino in 1962, he was unable to find employment in the acting profession and his downward spiral continued.  He was rejected by the entertainment industry because of his record as a drug addict and a convict.  An embittered Bobby declared, "I have found that memories are not very useful.  I was carried on a silver platter - and then dumped into the garbage."

In 1965, Bobby Driscoll moved to New York City with hopes of appearing on Broadway.  His life, once held so much promise, eventually degenerated into a horror story and  his attempts to revive his acting career proved unsuccessful.  Nevertheless, he joined Andy Warhol's Greenwich Village art community, known as The Factory and concentrated on his artistic talents.

Bobby left The Factory and the avant-garde art scene in late 1967 or early 1968 and vanished into Manhattan's underground.  He was destitute and desperate.  On March 30, 1969, two children playing in an abandoned Greenwich Village tenement in New York City made a gruesome discovery.  They found the body of a young man on cot, surrounded by beer bottles and religious pamphlets.  The man had no identification and his body went unclaimed.  A medical examination determined that he had died of heart failure, the result of longtime drug abuse.  Authorities were unable to positively identify the man and photos of him were not recognized in the neighbourhood.  Thus, he was buried as a "John Doe"in a pauper's grave in New York City's Potter's Field on Hart Island.

In October of  1969, Bobby's mother tried to locate her son with the assistance of  officials at Disney studios.  She wanted to contact him so that he could be reunited with his father, Cletus, who was dying.  This led to a fingerprint match at the New York City Police Department.and the location of Bobby's burial on Hart Island.  Bobby Driscoll,was just 31 years old at the time of his ignominious death.  Although his name is included on his father's gravestone in Oceanside, California, his remains are still on Hart Island. 

Bobby's passing was not reported to the public until 1971, just as his first Disney film, Song of the South, was about to be re-released.  When the press tried to locate the film's major stars, Bobby's mother revealed the horrible fate that had befallen her only child.  She took comfort from police and medical reports that showed there were no puncture marks on his body and there were no traces of heroin.


On December 3, 1956, Bobby Driscoll, age 19, married his girlfriend, Marilyn Jean Rush.  They eloped to Mexico due to the objections of their parents.  However, they wed again in a Los Angeles ceremony in March of 1957.  The couple had three children (two daughters and one son) but divorced in 1960.

Bobby and Marilyn Jean

* In 1954, Bobby was awarded a Milky Way Gold Star Award for his achievements on television and radio.

* In 1960, Bobby received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

Bobby in later years

SOURCES: Entertainment Weekly, "Oscars Flashback: The tragic life and death of former Disney star Bobby Driscoll," by Lynette Rice, January 22, 2019; The Walt, "Once You've Grown Up You Cam Never Come Back," November 14, 2011;, "Tragic Story of Bobby Driscoll: from Early Stardom to an Unmarked Pauper's Grave," by Jaimie-lee Prince, June 1, 2019, Wikipedia; Internet Movie Database (IMDb)

- Joanne

Tuesday, October 15, 2019

Whatever happened to Mary Crosby after she shot J.R.?

"My only regret is that Daddy isn't here to share the tremendous joys of my life right now.  But other than that I am very clear on his death.  Daddy died while he was still very much a man, while he still had control of the lives of the people he loved."

Mary Crosby spoke those words in an interview with McCalls magazine in 1980.  She was only 20 years old at the time and riding high as a star on the wildly popular prime time soap opera, Dallas.  Bing Crosby never lived to see his daughter's television stardom.  He passed away 42 years ago, on October 14, 1977.  The 74-year-old collapsed and died instantly.after suffering a massive heart attack near the clubhouse of a golf course in Madrid, Spain

 After Bing's death, his eldest son, Gary, wrote a very critical book about his father, entitled Gong My Own Way.  In Gary's memoir, the legendary crooner was depicted as cold, distant and physically abusive.  Gary's younger brother, Philip Crosby, strongly defended their father.  He said that Bing had been a "great father" and that Gary's claims were exaggerated.

Bing was larger than life and he left an indelible mark on his family.  As Mary stated, he had control of the people he loved.  He was very patriarchal and held to strict standards of morality.  In a 1977 interview with Barbara Walters, Bing declared that he would disown his only daughter if she lived with a man outside of marriage.  At the time, 17-year-old Mary was "damn near living with," as she put it, singer-songwriter Eb Lottimer.  Soon after Bing's death, Mary and Eb moved into a mountaintop home in Malibu, California.

Mary Frances Crosby was born in Los Angeles, California on September 14, 1959.  She is the only daughter of famed entertainer Harry Lillis "Bing" Crosby and his second wife, retired singer-actress Kathryn Grant.  Bing's first wife, singer, danger Dixie Lee, died of ovarian cancer in 1952 at the age of 42, leaving him a widower with four sons.  In 1957, he wed Kathryn.

Mary, the couple's second child together, was a precocious child.  At the age of two, she became one of the youngest children in the United States to pass the Red Cross beginner's swim test.  By three, she could read and write. She received her Actor's Equity Card at the age of four and made her stage debut with her mother in a Bay area production of Peter Pan at six.  She entered the University of Texas at Austen.when she was just 15.

Mary made her first professional appearances in in he father's popular Christmas TV specials, along with her siblings (Bing had four sons with is first wife, Dixie Lee (1909-1952) - Gary, Philip, Dennis, Lindsay - and two sons with Kathryn Grant (1933- ) - Harry Crosby III and Nathaniel.  Of her relationship with her dad, Mary told People magazine in 1980, "He just didn't know what to make of a girl in the family.  She reminisced about how "he used to take me to ball games and fishing and hunting."

Below is a photo of Bing and Kathryn and their three children.  Mary is seated to the right of Bing.

In 1967, Mary made her acting debut as "Joan" in a episode of The Danny Thomas Hour, entitled "The Demon Under the Bed" (Season 1, Episode 5, Air Date: October 9, 1967).  She was 8 years old at the time and appeared along with her father.  In a rare television dramatic role, Bing played a fading film star Charlie Castle, who was faced with losing his voice.  It is interesting to note that Dynasty star Joan Collins also appeared in that same episode.

By 1978, Mary had a guest spot in an episode of Starsky and Hutch.  She followed that with the role of Patricia North in the 1978 television miniseries Pearl, a war epic surrounding the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor and starring Robert Wagner, Angie Dickinson and Dennis Weaver.   Then came an appearance on an episode of the crime drama CHiPs entitled "Pressure Point" (Season 2, Episode 16, Air Date: January 20, 1979).

Mary regretted her next career choice, a role in the 1979 miniseries Brothers and Sisters.  In 1980, she told People magazine, "I did a horrendously awful series for NBC, which bombed.  People wouldn't even let me read for parts for six months afterward."  However, the experience helped to pave her way to success. When her career stalled, she contacted Dallas producer Leonard Katzman, whom she has credited for rescuing her career and helping her establish her own identity. 

Yet, despite being the daughter of Bing Crosby, Mary was not that well known before Dallas and was even confused with actress Cathy Lee Crosby, co-host of That's Incredible! (no relation).  Although she was originally hired for seven Dallas episodes, "they liked me so much that I was lucky to stick around for a year and a half.  It changed my life in a wonderful way."

From 1979 until 1981, Mary Crosby portrayed Kristen Shepard, the conniving sister-in-law/mistress of ruthless Texas oil baron J.R.. Ewing (Larry Hagman).  Mary's character will be forever enshrined in television history as the one who shot J.R.  The "Who Shot J.R." cliffhanger was a marketing bonanza.  There were 'Who Shot J.R." T-shirts and buttons and there were bets on who committed the dirty deed.

On the evening of November 21, 1980, millions of Dallas viewers around the world sat glued to their television sets to find out the answer to TV's  greatest "whoduunit."  They wanted to know who had gunned down the villainous J.R. and left him for dead on the floor of his office.  The unknown assailant turned out to be Kristin, who had shot him in a fit of anger and later claimed to be pregnant by him.  In the October 1981 season opener of Dallas, Kristen's dead body was found floating in the Ewing family's swimming pool at their Southfork Ranch.

In 1991, Mary reprised her role as Kristen on the final episode of the original series.  The episode is entitled "Conundrum" (Season 14, Episode 22, Air Date: May 3, 1991).  In the episode, a drunk and dejected J.R. is shown what the world would be like if he was never born.  In this alternate universe, Kristen is a con artist who appears to J.R. in a vision.   Of her character, Kristen, Mary told People magazine that "Kristen was really a high-class whore, but my parents taught us that we should play whatever was offered and learn from every opportunity."

After the death of Kristen, Mary left Dallas with the hope of using her Dallas stardom to catapult her career to greater heights.  It never happened that way.  In an exclusive interview with Britain's Daily Mail online , Mary admitted that after Dallas, "I made that classic mistake - having my 15-minutes of fame and thinking I could afford to wait around for more arty roles.  So I put myself out of commission and waited for work that was less available to me."

When her run on Dallas ended, Mary guest-starred on such TV series as Hotel (three episodes, 1984-1985),  In the Heat of the Night (1989), Murder, She Wrote (two episodes (1991-1992), Lois and Clark: The New Adventures of Superman (1993), Star Trek: Deep Space Nine (1994), Burke's Law (1995) and Dream On (1995).  From 1995 to 1996, Mary appeared as Claudia Van Eyck in three episodes of Beverley Hills, 90210.  She also appeared as Alya Ransom  in a 1997 episode of Orleans and as Sheryl Weathersby in a 1997 episode of Mike Hammer, Private Eye.

Mary starred as Karen Lancaster in the 1985 ABC miniseries Hollywood Wives and she portrayed Isabel Hazard in the 1986 American Civil War miniseries North and South, Book II.  She also appeared in television movies such as Men Who Hate Women & the Women Who Love Them (1994) and Sharing the Secret (2000).

Mary Crosby has been married twice.  Her first husband was singer-songwriter Edmund "Eb" Lottimer (born June 21 1951), whom she wed at the age of 19, on November 24, 1978.  They married in a non-sectarian ceremony of their own design and her mother did not attend because, according to Mary, she was performing in a play.  The marriage ended in divorce in 1998.

Mary with Eb Lottimer
In 1998, Marry tied the knot for a second time with Mark Andrew Brodka, a California attorney specializing in real estate and personal injury law  Mary and Mark wed at the Crosby family ranch with 60 people in attendance.  The couple have two sons, Brent and Christopher, and Larry Hagman, who walked Mary down the aisle at her wedding, was named their godfather.

Mary and Mark reside in Malibu, in a rustic area above Pacific Coast Highway.  In 2013, they tentatively settled a long-running law suit with their neighbour, Susan Demers.  In 2010, Brodka  began the litigation process by suing Demers, a horse trainer, and her friend, Martha Gwinn.  The law suit concerned Demers' right of to travel across their land to reach a federal park in order to ride horses there.


* In 1980, Marry Crosby appeared as Kristen Shepard in an episode of Knot's Landing, a spin-off of Dallas.  The episode is entitled "Kristen" (Season 2, Episode 5, December 18, 1980).  In the episode, Kristen arrives in Knot's Landing following her arrest for drug possession.

* Mary's first husband, Eb Lottimer, became a fairly successful actor, director and writer.  He has made appearances on many TV series and is known for writing and directing the 1998 indie film Divorce: A Contemporary Western, which is a somewhat autobiographical work about his breakup with Mary.  More recently, he played a bank manager in the 2015 film Sicario and an Air Force colonol in the 2017 film The Space Between Us.  Eb hasn't remarried.

* All of Bing Crosby's sons with Dixie Lee have passed away. Singer/actor Gary Crosby died of lung cancer on August 24, 1995.  He was 62 at the time of his passing. Philip Crosby, also an actor and a singer, died of a heart attack on January 13, 2004 at the age of 69.  Philip battled alcoholism throughout his life.  Sadly, Lindsay and Dennis Crosby both committed suicide.  Lindsay died on December 11, 1989 at the age of 51.  Dennis died on May 4, 1991.  He was 56.

* On October 17, 2000, Mary's mother, Kathryn, married Maurice William Sullivan.  On November 4, 2010, Kathryn was seriously injured in a car accident in the Sierra Nevada.  Her 85-year-old second husband was killed in the the single-vehicle wreck on U.S. 50 east of Placerville, California.

* Mary remained friends with Larry Hagman, who also lived in Malibu, until his death of cancer in 2013.  She told the Daily Mail that "Dallas was a different life, and such an incredible experience, but the greatest gift from the experience was Larry and his wife, Maj."

Below is a 1980 press photo of Mary with Larry Hagman.

Mary Crosby in 2014

SOURCES: McCalls, "My Father, Bing Crosby," by Sheila Weller, July 1980.  Patch, Mary Crosby, Malibu Neighbor Settle Long Running Lawsuit, by City News Service, Neighbour, March 15, 2013; People magazine, "Mary Crosby, Bing's Little Girl, Creates a Family Flap Over Her Plans to Marry Her Live-in Boyfriend," by Alan Markfield, November 13, 1978; People magazine, "She Shot J.R.!," by Sue Reilly, December 8, 1980; Daily Mail, "Exclusive: The 'Dallas' actress 'Who shot J.R. - Mary Crosby (daughter of Bing) - reveals how producers tricked the cast by having everyone shoot the show's most famous episode," by James Desborough and Emma Paterson, November 20, 2015; International Movie Data Base (; Wikipedia

- Joanne