ERIN MORAN from “Happy Days” was found dead on Saturday afternoon in Indiana. She was only 56. All we know is that someone called 911 to report her being ‘unresponsive,’ but it was too late. An autopsy is being done. Erin grew up playing Joanie Cunningham on “Happy Days” and starred in its spin-off “Joanie Loves Chachi”. She did a lot of work as a child actor and had small guest starring roles on shows like “The Waltons”, “Gunsmoke”, and “Family Affair”. Before “Happy Days”, her longest run was on a late ’60s show called “Daktari”. Her acting career fizzled out after “Joanie Loves Chachi”, and she left Hollywood. Most of her credits over the past three decades were appearing as herself on game shows and specials. Her money problems were so bad she lost her home in California to foreclosure in 2010 and her husband moved in with her mother-in-law, who had a trailer in Indiana. They also lived at a Holiday Inn Express in Indiana for a while. Erin also struggled with substance abuse . . . but her troubles were reportedly, quote, “many and complex.”
KURT RUSSELL and GOLDIE HAWN have never gotten married, but they’ve been together 34 years. They met back in 1983 while they were doing the movie “Swing Shift”. Their first date was like something you’d see in a movie. Kurt told the story on Harry Connick Jr.’s talk show on Friday. They had to dance in one of their scenes for the movie, and they needed to practice. So they went out dancing, had a great time and went back to a house Goldie was renovating. They couldn’t get in, so they had to BREAK in. Then while they were in the middle of …………., the COPS showed up and shined their flashlights on them. So they ended up leaving, but then got a hotel room.
“The Fate of the Furious” held onto the top spot at the box office this weekend, raking in almost $39 million in the U.S. The new Christian Bale movie “The Promise” BOMBED. The soundtrack for the upcoming “Guardians of the Galaxy, Volume 2” movie came out on Friday-DAVID HASSELHOFF raps on a track called “Guardians Inferno”. MILEY CYRUS has a secret part in the movie as the voice of an A.I. system called Mainframe.
Last Thursday Nashville’s NHL Predators faced off against the Chicago Blackhawks in the chase for the sport’s ultimate victory, the Stanley Cup. Luke Bryan performed the national anthem and the country music community was out in full force both at Bridgestone Arena and on social media to support the gold and blue. Longtime Preds fan Vince Gill was right at the edge of the ice to congratulate Luke.
Burt Reynolds took to the red carpet at the Tribeca Film Festival to promote his new movie Dog Years. Reynolds was given a stool to sit on while he addressed reporters. He said, “I guess I’m doing all right, I think, because it’s a hell of a turnout.” The movie was written and directed by Adam Rifkin and stars Ariel Winter, Chevy Chase and Nikki Blonsky. The film is currently being shopped for distribution.
Brett Young told Lee Brice – don’t pet my dog, he bites . . . . . but did Lee listen???? NO! He posted a couple of photos of the damage to his hand that was done by Brett Young’s dog. He captioned it, “He bites. I just couldn’t help myself. No little tiny dog is gonna out tough me, but don’t try this at home, cuz Brett’s dog does bite deep.” Lee received another surprise over the weekend, but this was a good one. He and his wife Sara couldn’t be together for their fourth anniversary on Friday . . . because he’s on the road, and she’s due to give birth to their third child very soon. Lee received another surprise over the weekend, but this was a good one. He and his wife Sara couldn’t be together for their fourth anniversary on Friday . . . because he’s on the road, and she’s due to give birth to their third child very soon. But because she totally rocks, she planned a secret surprise, and the timing was perfect. He was on stage performing his new song “Boy”, which was inspired by the couple’s two sons, Takoda and Ryker. As the song got going, she sent the two boys out to surprise him . . . and it SO worked. He could barely speak. He posted a clip and wrote, “What a perfect gift having my boys surprise me on stage last night. Happy anniversary my love.”
With his new single “I Should Go To Church” just released, Tyler Farr is making an announcement that will take the 33-year-old from our radios, to our video screens. “Well I’ve been dropping y’all some hints and now it’s official. Someone agreed to give me my own show,” were the words Tyler Farr used on his Instagram account to announce the arrival of his new reality series, A Little Too Farr. The new series will begin airing this summer on Hearst & Verizon’s Go 90 & Rated Red digital platforms. “They filmed on the road, so you’ll be able to see a little behind-the-scenes,” “You’ll see me tired. The camera is there when I’m waking up and just getting home. You can tell I’m exhausted sometimes. I just look like complete crap. It’s the whole package. You’re definitely going to learn about me. If they don’t know my sense of humor and think I’m just a jerk, hopefully this show will show them I’m not. I’m just a jokester. I mean, there’s parts on there my grandma ain’t gonna approve of. Cause it’s real, and like I said, I ain’t no saint. They’d literally just hit record and the most random stuff would come out of my mouth. They’d see me doing stuff and be like, ‘Oh, get someone to get the camera on him now!’ So it was fun. It was exhausting fun, but it’ll be out here in a couple months and I’m curious to see what people think.” Filming on the series began in November 2016, a month after Tyler wed his then fiancée, Hannah Freeman. Fans are sure to get a glimpse inside the newlyweds marriage as Tyler takes us on his rowdy adventures.
“Stephen Colbert” – Marty Stuart
KELLY CLARKSON is 35
Barbra Streisand is 75.