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May 31, 2019

Hello fans,

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This week, our featured celebrity is Jan Smithers of the hit CBS sitcom WKRP in Cincinnati. Man, did I love that show! Please enjoy!

And remember, I did NOT forget the rest of today's issue. So if you would like to see the rest of this issue which includes Stefanie's CREDITS, the answers to DEAD OR ALIVE?, and the list of WHO PASSED ON THIS WEEK, then please, please, please click the link right here: Where is Jan Smithers?

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Steve


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--DEAD OR ALIVE?--

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

Mamie Van Doren: Blonde bombshell type big in the 1950s

Louis Jourdan: The picture of suave, he has appeared in numerous movies, including "Three Coins in the Fountain", "Gigi", and "Octopussy"

Quinn Martin: The executive producer of many very successful action TV shows in the 1960s and 1970s, like "The Fugitive", "Dan August", "Cannon", "The Streets of San Francisco", and "Barnaby Jones"

(Answer at the bottom)




Jan Smithers



Learn More About Jan Smithers, see Then & Now pictures, and find out What She's Been Up To on Celebrity Nooz

BIRTH DATE: July 3, 1949 in North Hollywood, Los Angeles, California, USA

BIRTH NAME: Karin Jan Smithers

CLAIM TO FAME: Jan Smithers is an American actress best known for playing Bailey Quarters on the CBS sitcom WKRP in Cincinnati.

FAMILY LIFE: Smithers's first marriage was to Kipp Whitman from 1971 to 1972. From 1986 to 1995, she was married to actor James Brolin and was stepmother to his two sons from a previous marriage; together they have one daughter, Molly.

INFO: While studying art at Taft High School, Smithers swerved her automobile to avoid hitting another driver and ran into a telephone pole. The accident left a permanent scar on her chin.

Smithers first reached the public eye as a teenager when she was featured on the March 21, 1966, cover of Newsweek, seated on a motorcycle. Smithers was interviewed by Newsweek reporter David Moberg for a story about typical American teenagers in the 1960s. She was photographed happily riding on the back of a friend's motorcycle by Julian Wasser. That carefree looking shot made the cover of the March 21, 1966 issue of the magazine. The shot led to work in commercials while she was continuing her art studies at California Institute of the Arts in Valencia.

Retired from acting in the late '80s.

TRIVIA: Her WKRP in Cincinnati character Bailey Quarters was based on creator Hugh Wilson's wife. Wilson wrote the character to be shy and soft-spoken, but very articulate when she did speak, because his wife was the same way.

Smithers dismissed stories that singer Barbra Streisand had ruined her marriage to James Brolin, by pointing out that she and Brolin had parted (amicably, sharing custody of their daughter) a full five years before Streisand and Brolin got together.

WHERE IS SHE NOW: Smithers now lives in Ojai, California. In June 2014, Smithers attended a reunion of WKRP cast members hosted by the Paley Center for Media.

CREDITS:

1987 Mr. Nice Guy...Lise

1984-1986 Hotel (TV Series)...Janice Copeland / Lacey Grant
- Triangles (1986) ... Janice Copeland
- Encores (1984) ... Lacey Grant

1985 Comedy Factory (TV Series)...Barrie Shepherd
- The Columnist

1985 Murder, She Wrote (TV Series)...Kathy Farrell
- Sudden Death

1985 Cover Up (TV Series)...Karen Morris
- The Assassin

1985 The New Mike Hammer (TV Series)...Shia Walters
- Firestorm

1984 Finder of Lost Loves (TV Series)...Barbara Hensen
- Old Friends

1982-1984 The Love Boat (TV Series)...Sabrina Drake / Carol Cooperman / Aurora Adams
- By Hook or by Crook/Revenge with the Proper Stranger/Don't Get Mad, Get Even (1984) ... Carol Cooperman
- Long Time No See/The Bear Essence/Kisses and Makeup (1983) ... Aurora Adams
- The Spoonmaker Diamond/Papa Doc/The Role Model/Julie's Tycoon: Part 2 (1982) ... Sabrina Drake
- The Spoonmaker Diamond/Papa Doc/The Role Model/Julie's Tycoon: Part 1 (1982) ... Sabrina Drake

1984 Legmen (TV Series)...Sarah Turner
- Take the Credit and Run

1983 The Fall Guy (TV Series)...Cynthia Caldwell
- Spaced Out

1978-1982 WKRP in Cincinnati (TV Series)...Bailey Quarters
Appeared in 86 episodes

1980 The Love Tapes (TV Movie)...Carol Clark

1978 Our Winning Season...Cathy Wakefield

1976 Starsky and Hutch (TV Series)...Sharman Crane
- Running

1974 When the North Wind Blows

1974 Where the Lilies Bloom...Devola

1973 Love Story (TV Series)...Barbara
- Beginner's Luck

To see Then & Now pictures of Jan Smithers, visit: Celebrity Nooz

--Answers to DEAD OR ALIVE--

Mamie Van Doren - ALIVE
Born: 02/06/1931

Louis Jourdan - DEAD
Born: 06/19/1919 Died: 02/14/2015

Quinn Martin - DEAD
Born: 05/22/1922 Died: 08/06/1987

WHO PASSED ON THIS WEEK...

5/29
Michael Spicer, 76, British politician, MP (1974-2010), chairman of the 1922 Committee (2001-2010), Parkinson's disease and leukaemia.

5/28
Fabio Calzavara, 68, Italian politician, Deputy (1996-2001), heart attack.
Carmine Caridi, 85, American actor (The Godfather Part II, Bugsy, Summer Rental).
Bob Sugeng Hadiwinata, 56, Indonesian international relations scholar, cancer.
Jean Juventin, 91, French politician, Deputy (1978-1986, 1993-1997), President of the Assembly of French Polynesia (1988-1991, 1992-1995) and Mayor of Papeete (1977-1995).
Khoo Kay Kim, 82, Malaysian historian, respiratory failure.
Everett Kinstler, 92, American artist.
Ralph Murphy, 75, British-born Canadian country musician, pneumonia.
Apolo Nsibambi, 78, Ugandan academic and politician, Prime Minister (1999-2011), cancer.
Edward Seaga, 89, Jamaican politician, Prime Minister (1980-1989), cancer.
Sarika Sehgal, 42, Canadian journalist.
John Gary Williams, 73, American R&B singer (The Mad Lads).
Walter Wolfgang, 95, German-born British socialist and peace activist.

5/27
Kevin Joseph Aje, 85, Nigerian Roman Catholic prelate, Bishop of Sokoto (1984-2011).
Parviz Bahram [fa]?, 85, Iranian actor and voice actor, blood cancer.
Kamlesh Balmiki, 51, Indian politician, MP (2009-2014).
Robert L. Bernstein, 96, American publisher (Random House) and human rights activist (Helsinki Watch).
Jocelyne Blouin, 68, Canadian meteorologist and weather presenter.
Bill Buckner, 69, American baseball player (Los Angeles Dodgers, Chicago Cubs, Boston Red Sox), Lewy body dementia.
Petru Carare, 84, Moldovan writer.
Veeru Devgan, 77, Indian film choreographer (Inkaar), actor (Kranti) and director (Hindustan Ki Kasam), cardiac arrest.
Gabriel Diniz, 28, Brazilian singer and composer, plane crash.
Gamini Hettiarachchi, 68, Sri Lankan actor (Sidu).
Tony Horwitz, 60, American journalist (The Wall Street Journal) and author (Confederates in the Attic, Blue Latitudes), Pulitzer Prize winner (1995).
Martha Mann, 80, Canadian costume designer (The Wild Pony, Blind Faith, One Tough Cop).
Kelly Paris, 61, American baseball player (Cincinnati Reds, Chicago White Sox).
Hariom Singh Rathore, 61, Indian politician, MP (since 2014), cancer.
Aharon Razin, 84, Israeli biochemist.
Alan Smith, 97, English footballer (Arsenal, Brentford).
Moni Kumar Subba, 61, Indian politician, MP (1998-2009), heart failure.
François Weyergans, 77, Belgian novelist and film director (Flesh Color).

5/26
Abdel Latif El Zein, 86, Lebanese politician, MP (1960-2018).
Rémi Gazel, 41, French video game composer (Rayman), cancer.
Harry Hood, 74, Scottish football player (Celtic) and manager (Queen of the South), cancer.
Esref Kolçak, 92, Turkish actor (Namus Ugruna, Berlin in Berlin, Güle Güle).
Ibrahim Lame, 66, Nigerian educator and politician, Senator (1992-1993) and Minister of Police Affairs (2008-2010).
Richard Paul Matsch, 88, American judge, Chief Judge of the District Court for the District of Colorado (1994-2000).
Marselinus Y. W. Petu [id], 55, Indonesian politician, Regent of Ende (since 2014), heart attack.
Rafael Safarov, 71, Russian football player and manager (Anzhi Makhachkala).
Bart Starr, 85, American Hall of Fame football player (Green Bay Packers) and coach, complications from a stroke.
Rozlana Tauqina [uk], 60, Kazakh journalist.
Stephen Thorne, 84, British actor (Z-Cars, Crossroads, Doctor Who).
Prem Tinsulanonda, 98, Thai military officer and politician, Prime Minister (1980-1988), Regent (2016), heart failure.
Vittorio Zucconi, 74, Italian-American journalist and writer (la Repubblica).

5/25
Margaret-Ann Armour, 79, Scottish-born Canadian chemist.
Rod Bramblett, 53, American sportscaster (Auburn Tigers), traffic collision.
Jean Burns, 99, Australian aviatrix.
Joseph Anthony Galante, 80, American Roman Catholic prelate, Bishop of Camden (2004-2013).
Anthony Graziano, 78, American consigliere (Bonanno crime family).
Dmytro Kremin, 65, Ukrainian poet, journalist and translator.
Lady Francisco [pt], 84, Brazilian actress.
LaSalle D. Leffall Jr., 89, American surgeon and oncologist.
Karel Masopust, 76, Czech ice hockey player, Olympic silver medalist (1968).
Thembinkosi Mbamba, 23, South African footballer (TS Galaxy), traffic collision.
Seamus McGrane, 64, Irish dissident republican, convicted of terrorism as leader of the Real Irish Republican Army, heart attack.
Fredrick Oduya Oprong, 83, Kenyan politician.
Sergio Claudio Perroni, 63, Italian writer, suicide by gunshot.
Nicolae Pescaru, 76, Romanian footballer (Bra?ov, national team).

5/24
Horst H. Baumann, 84, German architect and light artist.
Curtis Blake, 102, American businessman and philanthropist, co-founder of Friendly's.
Gianfranco Bozzao, 82, Italian footballer (Arezzo, SPAL, Juventus).
Yusuf Buch, 98, Pakistani diplomat, Ambassador to Switzerland.
Hugolino Cerasuolo Stacey, 87, Ecuadorian Roman Catholic prelate, Bishop of Loja (1985-2007).
Bertrand P. Collomb, 76, French business executive.
Gerry Fraley, 64, American sportswriter (The Dallas Morning News), cancer.
Jaroslav Erik Fric, 69, Czech poet, musician and publisher, cancer.
Murray Gell-Mann, 89, American physicist, Nobel Prize laureate (1969).
Oleg Golovanov, 84, Russian rower, Olympic champion (1960).
Edmund Morris, 78, Kenyan-born British-American writer and biographer (The Rise of Theodore Roosevelt, Dutch: A Memoir of Ronald Reagan), Pulitzer Prize winner (1980).
Alan Murray, 78, Australian golfer, skin cancer.
Ronald E. Nehring, 71, American judge, Justice of the Utah Supreme Court (2003-2015), complications of radiation treatments for cancer.
Manuel Pazos, 89, Spanish footballer (Real Madrid, Atlético Madrid, Elche).
John Pinto, 94, American Navajo code talker and politician, member of the New Mexico Senate (since 1977).

5/23
Zakir Rashid Bhat, 24, Indian militant, founder of Ansar Ghazwat-ul-Hind, shot.
Dumiso Dabengwa, 79, Zimbabwean politician, Minister of Home Affairs (1992-2000), President of the Zimbabwe African People's Union (since 2008), liver disease.
Kalpana Dash, 52, Indian mountaineer.
Joseph Devine, 81, Scottish Roman Catholic prelate, Bishop of Motherwell (1983-2013).
Bondan Gunawan, 71, Indonesian politician, Minister of State (2000).
Mike Laffin, 101, Canadian politician, MLA for Cape Breton Centre (1963-1974, 1981-1988).
Peter Landau, 84, German jurist and legal historian.
Bobby Joe Long, 65, American convicted serial killer and rapist, execution by lethal injection.
Alberico Motta [it], 81, Italian cartoonist.
Hosei Norota, 89, Japanese politician, Director-General of the Defense Agency (1998-1999) and Minister of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries (1995-1996), bladder cancer.
Wilfredo Peláez, 88, Uruguayan Olympic basketball player (1952).
Zlatko Škoric, 77, Croatian footballer (Dinamo Zagreb, Stuttgart, Yugoslavia national team).
Beaton Tulk, 75, Canadian politician, Premier of Newfoundland and Labrador (2000-2001) and MHA (1979-1989, 1993-2002), prostate cancer.
Anna Udvardy, 69, Hungarian film producer (Sing), Oscar winner (2017).
Wim Woudsma, 61, Dutch footballer (Go Ahead Eagles).
Bill Yoast [de], 94, American high school football coach (T. C. Williams High School), depicted in Remember the Titans.
Zhang Shiping, 72, Chinese businessman, chairman of China Hongqiao Group.

5/22
Ahmad Shah of Pahang, 88, Malaysian royal, Sultan of Pahang (1974-2019) and Yang di-Pertuan Agong (1979-1984).
Maurice Bamford, 83, English rugby league player and coach (Wigan Warriors, Leeds Rhinos, Great Britain).
Theresa Burroughs, 89, American civil rights activist.
Dick Ellis, 69, American journalist (KVUE, KTBC), colon cancer.
Tony Gennari, 76, Italian-American basketball player (Varese, Milano 1958, Venezia Mestre).
Joar Hoff, 80, Norwegian football player and manager (Lillestrøm).
Khalid Hossain, 83, Bangladeshi Nazrul Geeti singer.
Muhammad Arifin Ilham [id], 49, Indonesian Islamic cleric.
Flaminia Jandolo, 89, Italian actress and voice actress.
Kwame Kenyatta, 63, American politician, Detroit City Councilman (2006-2013).
Judith Kerr, 95, German-born British writer and illustrator (The Tiger Who Came to Tea, Mog).
Rik Kuypers, 94, Belgian film director (Seagulls Die in the Harbour).
Surya Prakash, 79, Indian artist.
Eduard Punset, 82, Spanish economic journalist (BBC, The Economist) and politician, Deputy (1982-1983) and MEP (1987-1994), lung cancer.
François-René Tranchefort, 86, French musicologist.
Norman Waymouth, 65, Australian jockey and racehorse trainer, cancer.