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Heather North, voice of Daphne on 'Scooby-Doo' dead at 71
Heather North, the actress best known for voicing Scooby-Doo character Daphne, has died at the age of 71.
North died on Nov. 30 at her home in Studio City, Los Angeles after dealing with a long illness, family friend Jodie Mann said to Deadline.
North first began voicing Daphne Blake in September 1970 on the second season opener of Scooby Doo, Where Are You!. She continued voicing the red-haired, second female member of the main cast through 2003.
North also appeared on other television shows such as Mr. Novak, Gidget, The Fugitive, The Monkees, My Three Sons and Adam-12.
She also portrayed Sandy Horton on NBC's Day of Our Lives where she met her husband, H. Wesley Kenney, an award-winning producer and director who helmed every episode of the 1974-1975 season of All in the Family. He died in 2015.
North starred in films Git!, I Love My Wife and opposite Kurt Russell in Disney's The Barefoot Executive. On Broadway, North appeared in Broadway play The Girl in the Freudian Slip.
North is survived by her son Kevin, daughter-in-law, Stephanie, stepdaughter Nina, stepson Wes Kenney, their spouses, six step-grandchildren and nine step-great-grandchildren.
Kristen Bell recalls '36 hours of labor' on daughter Delta's 3rd birthday
Kristen Bell celebrated daughter Delta's third birthday by revisiting her "36 hours of labor."
The 37-year-old actress posted a slideshow of never-before-seen photos of herself at the hospital prior to her younger daughter's birth. Bell shares Delta and 4-year-old daughter Lincoln with her husband, actor Dax Shepard.
The post includes a picture of a pregnant Bell showing off her baby bump while sitting on an exercise ball. The slideshow also features two snapshots of Bell in labor at the hospital and a photo of her holding baby Delta.
"Three years ago today. 47lbs heavier. Getting through painful contractions with backrubs and breathing. Occasionally swinging from the IV pole to try and feel sexy and open up my hips," the star captioned the slideshow.
"After 36 hours of labor I met a girl i love more than all the molecules in the world," she said. "Happy birthday, Delta. Love, mom #meshpanties."
Bell and Shepard married in October 2013 after welcoming Lincoln that March. The actress said in the November issue of Shape that her health and being active with her daughters are among her top priorities.
"It's important to me to show my children that I care about my health and fitness enough to stay committed. So when I'm in the room with them, I'll do some squats. When they ask what I'm doing, I'll say I'm getting my physical fitness in," she shared.
"It's a value I want to instill in my kids at an early age -- that paying attention to your body is mandatory," the star explained. "Whether it's putting my sunscreen on or doing pushups, it's not just me taking care of myself but also me helping shape my daughters."
"This whole thing has been such a gift. This happened for a reason."
--Maria Menounos, on how she takes better care of herself following her brain tumor diagnosis, to Women's Health
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Jodie Sweetin ordered to pay $2,800 a month in child support
Jodie Sweetin has been ordered by a judge to pay her ex-husband Morty Coyle $2,800 per month in child support.
The Fuller House star was ordered by a Los Angeles County Superior Court judge on Friday to pay Coyle until their 7-year-old daughter Beatrix turns 18, marries, dies or becomes emancipated, Us Weekly reported citing court documents.
Sweetin was also ordered to backpay Coyle through Sept. 1, 2017, noted People magazine. The backpay amount is owed in two installments due on Feb. 1 and March 1.
Sweetin and Coyle tied the knot in March 2012 and then split in June 2013. The divorce was finalized in August 2016.
The actress was also previously married to Shaun Holguin from 2002 to 2006 and then Cody Herpin whom she shares 9-year-old daughter Zoie with from 2007 to 2010.
Sweetin was last engaged to Justin Hodak from Jan. 2016 to March 2017 until Hodak was arrested after he violated a restraining order Sweetin had taken out on him. The arrest marked the third time in over a week he was put into handcuffs. He was sentenced in May to six years in prison.
Paramount sets release dates for 'G.I. Joe,' 'Dungeons & Dragons'
Paramount has set a number of release dates for a collection of upcoming tentpole films including another entry in its G.I. Joe series and an adaptation of Dungeons and Dragons.
The film, simply titled G.I. Joe, is set to hit theaters on March 27, 2020. The title is noticeably missing the number three, potentially hinting at the project being a reboot for the Hasbro series.
Paramount previously released G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra in 2009 and a sequel, G.I. Joe: Retaliation in 2013 that starred Dwayne Johnson as hero Roadblock.
G.I. Joe series star Byung-Hun Lee, who portrayed villainous ninja Storm Shadow, previously said in September 2016 that Paramount had yet to enter into production on a third film due to Johnson's busy schedule.
"I heard from the studio that there's a possibility to do the third one, but I think they're waiting for the actors' schedules, Lee said at the time. "They're arranging the schedules for the actors, especially Dwayne Johnson."
Dungeons and Dragons, based on the tabletop role-playing game, will arrive in theaters on July 23, 2021. The property was first adapted into a film starring Jeremy Irons in 2000 at New Line Cinema.
Paramount also announced dates for a film based on Hasbro's Micronauts toy line that will arrive on Oct. 16, 2020 and an untitled Hasbro film set for Oct. 1, 2021.
The studio was previously developing a Hasbro cinematic universe in 2015 that would have included G.I. Joe, Micronauts and films based on Visionaries, M.A.S.K. (Mobile Armored Strike Kommand) and ROM.
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Catherine Zeta-Jones and Michael Douglas are visiting India with their two children.
The 48-year-old actress said in an Instagram post Tuesday that it was a "breathtaking" experience see the Taj Mahal with Douglas, 17-year-old son Dylan and 14-year-old daughter Carys.
Zeta-Jones shared a video of herself and Douglas walking up to the Taj Mahal. The Mughal emperor Shah Jahan commissioned the structure in 1632 as a mausoleum for his favorite wife, Mumtaz Mahal.
"The Taj Mahal, today in India. Breathtaking to view and experience. It's just the ultimate love story," Zeta-Jones captioned the clip.
The Chicago star followed up by posting a family photo with Douglas, Dylan and Carys outside the Taj Mahal. The structure was voted one of the "New7Wonders of the World" during a campaign in the 2000s.
"At the Taj Mahal with the three other 'Wonders of the World' in my life," Zeta-Jones wrote.
Zeta-Jones and Douglas married in New York in November 2000 after meeting in August 1998. Douglas is also dad to a 39-year-old son, Cameron Douglas, who welcomed his first child, a daughter, with girlfriend Viviane Thibes on Monday.
"Today my appreciation for Mother's all over the world has reached new heights," Cameron said in an Instagram announcement. "Today I took part in a miracle as my baby girl was introduced to the world through a beautiful Amazon warrior."