Category: actor

Actor and comedian Tim Conway (born Thomas D…

Actor and comedian Tim Conway (born Thomas Daniel Conway in Willoughby, OH) – December 15, 1933 – May 14, 2019, RIP

71-year-old Ike Turner and 42-year-old Laurenc…

71-year-old Ike Turner and 42-year-old Laurence Fishburne at John Singleton’s Hollywood Walk of Fame induction ceremony on August 26, 2003

At age 19 in 1951, Ike Turner released “Rocket 88,” which many consider to be the first rock and roll record. Laurence Fishburne best known for playing Morpheus in The Matrix trilogy

was nominated for an

Academy Award in 1994 for his portrayal of Ike Turner in the biopic What’s Love Got to Do With It (1993). He also starred in Boyz n the Hood (1991), directed by John Singleton. At age 24 in 1992, John was the youngest person ever nominated for Best Director, and the first African-American to be nominated for the award.

Jaclyn Smith and her husband Roger Davis cir…

Jaclyn Smith and her husband Roger Davis circa 1968

Photos by Gary Lewis

Television actor Luke Perry (Beverly Hills 9…

Television actor Luke Perry (Beverly Hills 90210, Riverdale) (born Coy Luther Perry III in Mansfield, OH) – October 11, 1966 – March 4, 2019, RIP

twixnmix: Angela Bassett (as Tina Turner) …

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Angela Bassett (as Tina Turner) and Laurence Fishburne (as Ike Turner) in “What’s Love Got to Do With It” (1993).

Whitney Houston was offered the role of Tina Turner, but had to decline due to her pregnancy. Jenifer Lewis, who plays Tina’s mother in this film, originally auditioned to play Tina. Laurence Fishburne, initially turned down the project based on the script he read because the story was one-sided the way Ike was negatively portrayed. He felt the character lacked depth so the writers revised the script a bit, but ultimately the deciding factor for him was when Angela Basset was cast as Tina. The movie is loosely based on Tina’s book “I, Tina” but she had no control over the script so the writer had creative freedom to fabricate scenes. Ike and Tina had both signed over the rights for the film to use their name so Ike couldn’t sue for defamation. Tina later said she didn’t know they’d change so much of her story.

Actor, writer and producer Bob Einstein (bor…

Actor, writer and producer Bob Einstein (born Stewart Robert Einstein in Los Angeles, CA) – November 20, 1942 – January 2, 2019, RIP

Freddie Prinze photographed by Barry Kramer,…

Freddie Prinze photographed by Barry Kramer, 1975.

Sylvester Stallone and his wife Brigitte Niels…

Sylvester Stallone and his wife Brigitte Nielsen outside the Carlyle Hotel in New York City on August 22, 1986.

Mariah Carey and Patrick Swayze on Saturday Ni…

Mariah Carey and Patrick Swayze on Saturday Night Live on October 27, 1990.

twixnmix: Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis photogr…

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Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis photographed by Philippe Halsman, 1951.