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Where Are They Now - Friday, March 16, 2018

Hello fans,

I recently re-watched the Joe Dante horror classic "The Howling" the other night. I haven't seen it in a few years, but I'll tell you, it's a classic for a reason. If you like Joe Dante, horror movies, or werewolves, then this is the movie for you.

Today, we are going to catch up with one of the film's stars, Belinda Balaski.

Let's see what's been keeping her busy.

Take care,

Questions? Comments? Email Steve

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See if you know if the following celebrities have had a visit from the "Grim Reaper":

Smokey Robinson: Bigwig at Motown Records, was a singer, songwriter and producer of many top acts and an original member of the group The Miracles

Barry Newman: He starred in the TV series "Petrocelli" and has appeared in "Vanishing Point", "Bowfinger" and other movies

Roger Waters: Bass guitarist, founding member of Pink Floyd

(Answer at the bottom)


Belinda Balaski

Learn More About Belinda Balaski on Celebrity Nooz

BIRTH DATE: December 8, 1947, Inglewood, California, U.S.

BIRTH NAME: Belinda Lou Balaski

CLAIM TO FAME: She is known for her role in Joe Dante's The Howling (1981).

FAMILY LIFE: No info found.

INFO: Throughout her career she has starred in many feature films, movies of the week, commercials and guest starred in dozens of TV shows.

Honored with an Emmy for starring in Best After School Special, "The Runaways," Belinda also received two Emmy submissions for "Are You My Mother" with Michael York and "Proud Men" with Charlton Heston and Peter Strauss.

Her theatre background has earned her the Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle Award, and two Robbies.

Belinda has starred in a dozen Joe Dante films; her best-ever Dante parts are a summer camp counselor in "Piranha," a spunky go-getter News Producer in the now classic "The Howling," a spoof 1950's sci-fi movie called "Amazon Women on the Moon", and a harried working class mother in "Gremlins I & II."

TRIVIA: Began working at age five.

Belinda went on to create BB's Kids Acting School where she teaches kids, teenagers, and adults in theatrical, commercial and musical workshops.

Is close friends with Marjoe Gortner, who she appeared alongside in both Bobbie Jo and the Outlaw (1976) and The Food of the Gods (1976).

WHERE IS SHE NOW: Balaski has returned to acting in the upcoming horror film, Nightmare Cinema. It's her first in almost two decades. It's currently in post-production and is scheduled for release later this year.



2001 The Vampire Hunters Club (Video short)...Vampire Mother

1998 Small Soldiers...Neighbor

1998 The Warlord: Battle for the Galaxy (TV Movie)...Barterer's Wife

1997 American Perfekt...Rita

1997 The Second Civil War (TV Movie)...Graphic Designer

1992-1996 Baywatch (TV Series)...Cleo Jennings / Worried Mother
- Sail Away (1996) ... Cleo Jennings
- Shark's Cove (1992) ... Worried Mother

1996 Seduced by Madness: The Diane Borchardt Story (TV Mini-Series)...Principal

1994 Rebel Highway (TV Series)...Mrs. Nicholson
- Runaway Daughters (1994)

1993 Matinee...Stan's Mom

1992 Reasonable Doubts (TV Series)...Phyllis Cleary
- Mercury in Retrograde (1992)

1992 FBI: The Untold Stories (TV Series)
- Operation Lemonade (1992)

1991-1992 Eerie, Indiana (TV Series)...Mother / Winifred Swanson
- The Hole in the Head Gang (1992) ... Mother
- Foreverware (1991) ... Winifred Swanson

1990 Father Dowling Mysteries (TV Series)...Scrub Nurse
- The Medical Mystery (1990)

1990 Gremlins 2: The New Batch...Movie Theatre Mom

1989 Falcon Crest (TV Series)...Dr. Stephanie Ambrose

1988 Santa Barbara (TV Series)...Joan Stiller
- Episode #1.956 (1988)

1988 Our House (TV Series)...Mrs. Caulder
- Artful Dodging (1988)

1987 Proud Men (TV Movie)...Nell

1987 Amazon Women on the Moon...Bernice Pitnik (segment "Critic's Corner' 'Roast Your Loved One")

1987 Deadly Care (TV Movie)...Terry

1987 CBS Schoolbreak Special (TV Series)...Helen Green
- My Dissident Mom (1987)

1974-1986 ABC Afterschool Specials (TV Series)...Anna / Cindy Britton
- Are You My Mother? (1986) ... Anna
- Runaways (1974) ... Cindy Britton

1986 Simon & Simon (TV Series)...Darlene Cooper
- Family Forecast (1986)

1985 Explorers (voice)

1985 Hunter (TV Series)...Judy
- Fire Man (1985)

1985 Matt Houston (TV Series)...Lois
- Death Watch (1985)

1984 ABC Weekend Specials (TV Series)...Margaret Landry
- Henry Hamilton Graduate Ghost (1984)

1984 Gremlins...Mrs. Joe Harris

1984 Anatomy of an Illness (TV Movie)

1983 The A-Team (TV Series)...Jimmy's Mother
- Labor Pains (1983)

1981 The Howling...Terry Fisher

1979 Up Yours...Helen

1979 Mrs. R's Daughter (TV Movie)...Lynn Hollister

1979 Vega$ (TV Series)...Lucille
- The Visitor (1979)

1979 How the West Was Won (TV Mini-Series)...Missy
- The Innocent (1979)

1978 Piranha...Betsy

1978 Charlie's Angels (TV Series)...Sue Kantrelle
- Angels on the Run (1978)

1978 Till Death...Anne Ryan

1977 Having Babies II (TV Movie)...Ann

1977 The Fantastic Journey (TV Series)...Arla
- An Act of Love (1977)

1977 Starsky and Hutch (TV Series)...M.E. Ginny Simpson
- The Velvet Jungle (1977)

1976 Cannonball!...Maryann

1976 The Food of the Gods...Rita

1976 Bobbie Jo and the Outlaw...Essie Beaumont

1975 Death Scream (TV Movie)...Jenny Storm

1975 Force Five (TV Movie)...Ginger

1975 S.W.A.T. (TV Series)...Judy Collins
- A Coven of Killers (1975)

1975 Baretta (TV Series)...Nicole
- Ragtime Billy Peaches (1975)

1975 The Wide World of Mystery (TV Series)...Beckie
- The Werewolf of Woodstock (1975)

1974 Locusts (TV Movie)...Janet Willimer

1974 Black Eye...Mary

1974 The Cowboys (TV Series)...Obie Graff
- Requiem for a Lost Son (1974)

1974 The F.B.I. (TV Series)...Sue
- The Two Million Dollar Hit (1974)

To see Then & Now pictures of Belinda Balaski, visit: Celebrity Nooz


--Answers to DEAD OR ALIVE--

Smokey Robinson - ALIVE
Born: 02/19/1940

Barry Newman - ALIVE
Born: 11/07/1938

Roger Waters - ALIVE
Born: 09/06/1943



Jim Bowen, 80, English television presenter (Bullseye) and comedian (The Comedians).
Enrico Ciacci, 75, Italian guitarist.
Stephen Hawking, 76, English theoretical physicist, professor (University of Cambridge) and writer (A Brief History of Time).
Narendra Jha, 55, Indian actor (Raees, Haider, Raavan), heart attack.
Emily Nasrallah, 86, Lebanese writer and women's rights activist, Goethe Medal (2017).
Liam O'Flynn, 72, Irish uilleann piper, cancer.
Petar Stipetic, 80, Croatian military officer, Armed Forces Chief of Staff (2000-2002).
Vasantha Vaidyanathan, 80, Sri Lankan religious preacher and radio broadcaster.

Ivano Beggio, 73, Italian transportation executive, president of Aprilia (1969-2004).
T. Berry Brazelton, 99, American pediatrician and author.
Gloria Cordes, 86, American baseball player (Kalamazoo Lassies).
Brenda Dean, 74, British trade unionist and peer.
Bebeto de Freitas, 68, Brazilian Olympic volleyball coach (1984) and football manager, heart attack.
Matt Dike, 55, American hip hop producer, mixer (Paul's Boutique) and label executive (Delicious Vinyl).
Claudia Fontaine, 57, English singer (Afrodiziak) and backing vocalist (Pink Floyd, Elvis Costello).
Nikolai Glushkov, 68, Russian exiled transportation executive (Aeroflot, AutoVAZ).
Hamida Habibullah, 101, Indian politician, member of Rajya Sabha (1976-1982) and MLA for Haidergarh.
Matthew Lester, South African educator, tax expert and financial columnist (The Sunday Times), heart attack.
Mac McCallion, 67, New Zealand rugby union player (Counties, New Zealand Maori) and coach (Counties Manukau, Fiji), cancer.
Ken Mulhearn, 72, English footballer (Shrewsbury Town, Stockport County, Manchester City).
Carlo Nangeroni (it), 95, American painter.
Luigi Necco (it), 83, Italian journalist.
Jens Nilsson, 69, Swedish politician, MEP (since 2011), Chairman of Östersund Municipality (1997-2009).
Nora Schimming-Chase, 77, Namibian politician and diplomat, member of the National Assembly (since 2000), ambassador to Germany, Austria and Tanzania, cancer.
Henry Williams, 47, American basketball player (Scaligera Verona, Benetton Treviso, Virtus Roma), world championship bronze medalist (1990), kidney disease.

José Arranz (es), 88, Spanish priest.
Ivan Davis, 86, American classical pianist, stroke.
Nokie Edwards, 82, American Hall of Fame instrumental and surf rock musician (The Ventures), complications from hip surgery.
Ken Flach, 54, American tennis player, Olympic (1988) and Wimbledon champion (1986-1988), complications from pneumonia.
Sverrir Hermannsson, 88, Icelandic politician, Minister of Industry (1983-1985) and Education (1985-1987).
Craig Mack, 47, American rapper ("Flava in Ya Ear"), heart failure. ]
Rudolf Mang, 67, German weightlifter, Olympic silver medalist (1972), heart attack.
Giuseppe Soffiantini (it), 83, Italian textile executive and kidnap victim.
Oleg Tabakov, 82, Russian actor (War and Peace, Oblomov), artistic director of the Moscow Art Theatre.
William Teron, 85, Canadian land developer.

Alba Arnova, 87, Argentine-Italian ballerina and actress (Miracle in Milan).
Muhammad Ashiq, 82, Pakistani racing cyclist, stroke.
Mina Basaran, 28, Turkish holding company executive and heiress apparent, plane crash.
Bob Baxt, 79, Australian jurist, chairman of Trade Practices Commission (1988-1991).
Jean Damascène Bimenyimana, 64, Rwandan Roman Catholic prelate, Bishop of Cyangugu (since 1997).
Baltasar Corrada del Río, 82, Puerto Rican judge and politician, Mayor of San Juan (1985-1989) and Secretary of State (1993-1995).
Sir Ken Dodd, 90, English comedian (Diddy Men), singer ("Tears") and actor (Hamlet), chest infection.
Luciano Faraguti (it), 80, Italian politician.
Karl Lehmann, 81, German Roman Catholic Cardinal prelate, Bishop of Mainz (1983-2016), complications from a stroke.
Daniele Lombardi (it), 71, Italian pianist and composer.
Graziella Mascia, 64, Italian politician, Deputy (2001-2008).
Stephen A. Orthwein, 72, American polo player and executive, president and chairman of US Polo.
Siegfried Rauch, 85, German actor (Patton, Le Mans, Das Traumschiff), heart failure and injuries sustained in a fall.
Mary Rosenblum, 65, American author (Synthesis & Other Virtual Realities), plane crash.
Charles Sarkis, 78, American restaurateur (Back Bay Restaurant Group) and dog racetrack owner (Wonderland Greyhound Park).
Blaine Sato, 55, American surfer and pastor, colon cancer.
Benito Paolo Torsello (it), 83, Italian architect.
Mario Vegetti, 81, Italian historian.

Tony Benneworth, 67, Australian cricketer (Tasmania) and politician, MHA for Bass (1992-1998), boating incident.
Garech Browne, 78, Irish arts patron, founder of Claddagh Records.
Donald Collins, 92, American politician, member of the Maine Senate (1976-1992) and House of Representatives (1970-1976).
Buddy Cruze, 84, American football player (Chicago Bears, Baltimore Colts, Tennessee Volunteers).
Hubert de Givenchy, 91, French fashion designer (Givenchy).
Wally Gould, 79, English footballer (York City, Brighton, Hellenic).
Tom Howard, 70, American racehorse trainer, liver cancer.
Ken Houston, 64, Canadian ice hockey player (Atlanta Flames, Washington Capitals), cancer.
Ali Asghar Khodadoust, 82, Iranian surgical ophthalmologist, namesake of Khodadoust line, heart disease.
Henry Koffler, 95, Austrian-born American academic, President of the University of Arizona (1982-1991).
Saba Mahmood, 56, Pakistani-born American anthropologist (University of California at Berkeley), pancreatic cancer.
Abubakar Saleh Michika, 76-77, Nigerian politician, Governor of Adamawa State (1992-1993).
Val Mulkerns, 93, Irish writer and poet.
María Orán (es), 74, Spanish soprano.
Piero Ostellino (it), 82, Italian journalist.
Roch Pedneault, 90, Canadian Roman Catholic prelate, Auxiliary Bishop of Chicoutimi (1974-2002).
Gene Rhodes, 90, American basketball player (Indianapolis Olympians) and coach (Kentucky Colonels).
Ranjan Roy, 57, Indian journalist, cancer.
Tang Hsiang Chien, 94, Hong Kong textile executive.
Ralf Waldmann, 51, German Grand Prix motorcycle road racer, suspected heart attack.

Jerry Anderson, 62, Canadian professional golfer, first Canadian to win on PGA European tour.
Robin Archer, 87, New Zealand rugby union player (national team, Southland, Otago) and coach (Southland).
Joaquin Avila, 69, American civil rights activist and jurist.
Remo Bicchierai, 79, Italian footballer (Catania).
Gary Burden, 84, American rock album cover artist (After the Gold Rush, Morrison Hotel, Déjà Vu), Grammy winner (2010).
Frank Caricchio, 78, American soccer player.
Dennis Furlong, 72, Canadian politician and physician, MLA for Dalhousie-Restigouche East (1999-2003), brain tumour.
Chris Gedney, 47, American football player (Chicago Bears, Arizona Cardinals).
Vladimir Gerasimov, 28, Russian footballer, traffic collision.
Oskar Gröning, 96, German SS officer and war criminal, guard at Auschwitz concentration camp.
Jo Min-ki, 52, South Korean actor (East of Eden, The Cut, The Attorney) and professor, suspected suicide by hanging.
Jung Jae-sung, 35, South Korean badminton player, heart attack.
Patangrao Kadam, 74, Indian politician, kidney disease.
Ulla Nenonen, 84, Finnish missionary and Bible translator.
Nagendra Sharma, 88, Nepalese author.
George A. Sinner, 89, American politician, Governor of North Dakota (1985-1992).
Edward Splatt, 93, Australian miscarriage of justice victim.
Ethel Stein, 100, American textile artist.
Millie Dunn Veasey, 100, American civil rights activist.
Ion Voinescu, 88, Romanian footballer.
Pyarelal Wadali, 75, Indian Sufi singer (Wadali Brothers), heart attack.
Ruth Wilensky, 98, Canadian restaurateur (Wilensky's).
Elías Yanes Álvarez, 90, Spanish Roman Catholic prelate, Archbishop of Zaragoza (1977-2005).

Bernardo Bernardo, 73, Filipino actor.
Floyd Carter, 95, American World War II veteran (Tuskegee Airmen) and police officer (NYPD).
Gary Cruz, 68, American sportscaster (KUSA, KCAL, KPHO), cancer.
Ron Franklin, 58, American jockey, Kentucky Derby winner (1979), lung cancer.
John P. Fullam, 96, American federal judge, member of the U.S. District Court for Eastern Pennsylvania (since 1966), presided over Abscam trial.
Sir Wilson Harris, 96, Guyanese writer (Palace of the Peacock).
Henry Hope-Frost, 47, British journalist, traffic collision.
Antoni Imiela, 63, German-born British serial rapist.
Milko Kelemen, 93, Croatian composer.
Ralph Keller, 82, Canadian ice hockey player (Hershey Bears).
Pearse Lyons, 73, Irish biochemist and beverage executive, founder and chairman of Alltech, complications following heart surgery.
Gerd Søraa, 83, Norwegian politician and writer.
Peter Temple, 71, South African-born Australian writer (The Broken Shore, Truth, White Dog), Miles Franklin Award winner (2010), Gold Dagger (2006), cancer.
Albin Vidovic, 75, Croatian handball player, Olympic champion (1972).
Togo D. West Jr., 75, American public servant, Secretary of Veterans Affairs (1998-2000), heart attack.
Hal Wick, 73, American politician, member of the South Dakota House of Representatives (1977-1981, 1995-1999, 2001-2009, 2011-2015).
Kate Wilhelm, 89, American author (The Infinity Box, Where Late the Sweet Birds Sang).
Ercan Yazgan, 72, Turkish actor.