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Donna Summer, Disco Queen Dead at 63
Donna Summer, the singer who came to be known as the "Queen of Disco"
during her 1970s heyday, died today after battling cancer, a family
member confirmed to ABC News. She was 63.
Summer was a five time Grammy award winner who was the first artist
to have three consecutive double albums reach No. 1 on the
U.S. Billboard chart. Her hits like “Last Dance,” “Bad Girls,” and “Love
to Love You Baby” made her a disco icon.
Born outside of Boston, Summer was raised by devout Christian parents
who introduced her to both gospel and classical music. In a 2008 interview with ABC News’ “Nightline,” Summer remembered her mom singing songs to her before going to bed each night.
“As long as the classical station was playing on the radio, I
wouldn’t cry,” she said. “If it was on for 20 hours, I would sleep for
20 hours. I would be calm. So I think that my mother probably helped my
sense of musicality just by doing that.”
Summer left home at age 18 to audition for the Broadway production of
“Hair” and got a role in the show when it moved to Germany. There, she
met producer Giorgio Moroder, who would launch her solo career. She went
on to produce hits like “Bad Girls,” “Last Dance,” and “She Works Hard
for the Money,” a song that was inspired by a washroom attendant.
“I was at a Grammys party … and I went to the ladies room and on my
way in I saw this little old lady sitting at the end of the bar. And she
was asleep,” Summer told “Nightline.” “She was the bathroom attendant.
And at that same moment, a group of ladies walked into the room and
started spraying their hair and doing all these things. And my first
thought was ‘God, she works hard for her money, that lady.’
“And then I thought, ‘man, that’s a song,’” she said. “So I went and
grabbed my manager and we went back into the bathroom and started
writing the song on a piece of toilet paper.”
Summer’s last album, “Crayons,” was released in 2008. In 2010, she told AllVoices.com that she was working on an album of disco standards.
Summer is survived by her husband, Bruce Sudano, three children, and four grandchildren.Thursday, May 17 2012, 01:48 PM EDT
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ISAIAH WASHINGTON TO RETURN TO "GREY'S ANATOMY"
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Seven years after he was fired, Isaiah Washington is returning to "Grey's Anatomy." But it won't be a long run. ABC says he will be back in May as the season ends. The end the season will also bring the departure of Sandra Oh. Her character was engaged to Washington's character at one point in the hospital drama. Washington left the series in 2007 after a controversy over his use of an anti-gay slur against fellow actor T.R. Knight. Washington repeated the slur at the 2007 Golden Globe awards. Despite apologizing and meeting with gay-rights groups, he was cut loose from the show.
ARIEL WINTER - "MR. PEABODY AND SHERMAN"
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Ariel Winter had heard of "Mr. Peabody and Sherman" before she was cast as Penny in the movie version of it, but she had never seen it. Winter says she looked up the cartoons and thought they were "hilarious and brilliant," but then she made a realization: Penny wasn't in the cartoons. Winter saw that as an opportunity, because she could create the character. She says it was like being given a blank book and she got to write the pages. "Mr. Peabody and Sherman" opens in theaters today.
Ariel Winter says she doesn't limit herself to just live acting or just voiceovers for animation because she wants to do everything.
<<CUT ..007 (03/07/14)>> 00:15 "wasn't in it (laughs)"
Ariel Winter, actress
Ariel Winter says she did some research on her character, Penny, when she found out she was cast in "Mr. Peabody and Sherman."
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Ariel Winter, actress
Ariel Winter says she was surprised that her character, Penny, was not in the original cartoon.
"AMERICAN IDOL" ELIMINATES EMILY PIRIZ
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Doing a Jennifer Lopez song in front of Jennifer Lopez did not save Emily Piriz on "American Idol." She was sent home. Lopez appeared irritated when the judges were asked if they were going to use their save, and she said their decision was not unanimous. Jena (JEE'-nah) Irene and MK Nobillette were also in the bottom three. Next week, the contestants will sing songs from movies.
Emily Piriz, performing "Stars." COURTESY: Fox ((mandatory on-air credit))
<<CUT ..003 (03/07/14)>> 00:10 "a decision, no (laughs; crowd noise)"
Ryan Seacrest and Jennifer Lopez
Host Ryan Seacrest asks the judges about Emily Piriz's fate. COURTESY: Fox ((mandatory on-air credit))
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Jennifer Lopez and Harry Connick Jr.
The judges decide not to keep Emily Piriz in the competition. COURTESY: Fox ((mandatory on-air credit))
12 YEARS A SLAVE UP FOR MTV MOVIE AWARDS
NEW YORK (AP) -- Does popcorn come with that Oscar? We'll find out next month with this year's winner for best picture goes up against remakes of box-office stars like "The Hunger Games" and "The Hobbit" at the MTV Movie Awards. MTV has announced the nominees for this year's awards, which are crafted in the shape of a popcorn box. Other movie of the year categories include "The Wolf of Wall Street" and "American Hustle." Unlike the Oscars, the awards include categories like best kiss and best shirtless performance. Winners will be announced at a ceremony in Los Angeles on April 13. Conan O'Brien will host.
KEVIN SPACEY TO LEAD FLORIDA ACTING WORKSHOP
TAMPA, Fla. (AP) -- It will be a case of Hollywood meeting Bollywood -- in Florida. Oscar-winning actor Kevin Spacey will be in Tampa to lead an acting workshop next month. The session will be part of the International Indian Film Academy's weekend and awards. The event is the equivalent to the Oscars for Bollywood. Joining Spacey in the master class will be Bollywood actress Vidya Balan.
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