Thursday, February 24, 2011

2/24 Robert Conrad, Jennifer Horn & Phyllis Diller!

Jennifer Horn Co Hosts, Today, With Robert Conrad! Special Guest Star is the One & ONLY Phyllis Diller!

Phyllis Diller, an irrepressible lady with an outrageous laugh, is recognized as the leading female standup comic in the world today. She has starred on television, in movies, and on stage, and has headlined in venues all around the world as a professional comic. She is approaching her fifth decade in show business.

A late bloomer, she started her career at the age of 37. At the time, she was a working housewife and mother of five children employed at radio station KSFO, San Francisco, as a publicist, newspaper writer and columnist.

Urged by her husband, Sherwood Diller, she prepared a night club act and was booked into San Francisco’s Purple Onion. She slithered around the piano, lampooned current celebrities, brandished a cigarette holder and made fun of high fashion and life in general. Her first appearance took place on March 7, 1955. Booked for 2 weeks, she stayed of 89!

She followed this debut by a tour, polishing her act and developing the housewife and daily routines that has made her the high priestess of the ridiculous. She played the Blue Angel in New York and appeared on the Jack Paar Show. From that point her career rocketed. In a scant five years she made it to Carnegie Hall.

Ms. Diller has starred in three television series, countless specials, and has made guest appearances on hundreds of top-rated shows including three segments of NBC’s "Blossom" during the 1993-94 season. "I love TV," she says. "It’s not my fault if the tubes blow out when I laugh."

Her movie career bean with a brief but memorable role as Texas Guinan, the fabulous nitery owner of the Roaring Twenties, in Elia Kazan’s "Splendor in the Grass." Since then, she’s been in 21 films, including a dramatic role in Elmer Rice’s prize-winning satire, "The Adding Machine," filmed in London. She recently completed roles in the following films: "Silence of the Hams," (portraying a 90 year old secretary), "Happily Ever After" as the voice of Mother Nature, "West From North Go South," and "Wisecracks," a feature length documentary on women in comedy.

She co-starred with Bob Hope in three films: "Boys! Did I Get A Wrong Number," Eight on the Lam," and "The Private Navy of Sergeant O’Farrell." A long time friend, Hope is one of her biggest boosters. She accompanied him on one of his Christmas jaunts to Vietnam. Hope told reporters the wars would have been over in three days if Phyllis had cooked for the enemy. She also appeared on 22 of his TV specials. She calls him "my idol."

Although films and television have been important to her success, Ms. Diller has special fondness for "live" performances. She has drawn capacity crowds to virtually every major supper club and concert hall coast to coast; from Caesar’s Palace in Las Vegas to the Waldorf Astoria in Manhattan. Internationally famous she makes frequent appearances in Canada, England, Bermuda, Monte Carlo, and recently completed her 16th tour of Australia. Very few (if any) current celebrities can match that record.

The highlight of her stage career was her portrayal of Dolly Gallagher Levi in the Broadway production of "Hello Dolly!" She returned to the stage in 1988 playing the feisty Mother Superior in "Nunsense" in San Francisco. But equally satisfying have been stints in summer arena and tents, and vast showcases like Soldier’s Field in Chicago and Madison Square Garden in New York City.

From 1972 to 1982, Ms. Diller appeared as piano soloist with over 100 symphony orchestras in the US and Canada. Audiences have acclaimed her interpretation of such works as Beethoven’s Concerto # 1 and various works of Bach. Her piano virtuoso name was Dame Illya Dillya. She has written four best selling books for Doubleday: "Phyllis Diller’s Housekeeping Hints," "Phyllis Diller’s Marriage Manual," "The Complete Mother," and the most recent, "The Joys of Aging and How To Avoid Them" (all are out of print). These books, and several comedy albums crystallize the famous Diller wit – the housewife’s lament about her hair, her clothes, her housekeeping ability, kids, pets, neighbors – the gamut of American suburban life. A poem she wrote entitled "My Prayer" has been set to music by Alvin Mills.

There are many unexpected facets to this vivacious and forthright person. She may, as she says, "Look like a lamp shade in a whorehouse" when she goes on stage… but, off stage, Phyllis has one of the most expensive and largest wardrobes in the world.

Ms. Diller’s approach to comedy is unique. She writes most of her own material, editing her words so tightly that she can deliver as many as 12 punch-lines per minute. And she strictly avoids off-color jokes and situations, even in today’s permissive atmosphere. She works on her act all the time to keep it current.

Phyllis describes her comedy as "tragedy revisited." She "rolls em in the aisles" with jokes about her figure (or lack hereof); the attempts of medical science to make her more attractive; her sex life with her mythical husband, Fang; her face-lifts; her mother-in-law, and her next door neighbor. There is seemingly no particular order to her zaniness, but, simply stated, she is always funny.

In the course of her career, Ms. Diller has won many rewards in recognition of her talent and her patriotic and philanthropic activities. She is a former honorary mayor of Brentwood, California, and received Ph.D. ("Is that an abbreviation of Phyllis Diller?) degrees in Human Letters from National Christian University in Dallas and from her Alma Mater, Bluffton College in Ohio, as well as a Doctorate from Kent State.

In March, 1990 she was named Celebrity Businesswoman of the Year by the National Association of Women Business Owners. In 1991, she broke the 74-year attendance record at the St. Louis Muny Opera where she appeared as the Wicked Witch in "The Wizard of Oz." In 1992, she received the Lifetime Achievement at the televised Annual Comedy Awards. She was given the 1993 Lifetime Humor Award by the National Humor Institute.

She is the recipient of a recent award from the American Academy of Cosmetic Surgery for "the tremendous breakthrough in acceptance for our field, when she was the first person to have the courage to proclaim her surgery and show her results publicly."

Other honors include the Golden Apple from the Hollywood Women’s Press Club as most cooperative actress; the USO Liberty Bell Award "for demonstrating concern for the welfare and morale of our armed forces"; and in 1981 she received the AMC Cancer Institute Humanitarian Award and was inducted into the Ohio Woman’s Hall of Fame for her contribution as entertainer, author and actress. She was featured on Ralph Edward’s "This Is Your Life" in 1971 and has her own star on Hollywood Blvd.

Born Phyllis Driver in Lima, Ohio, on July 17, 1917, Ms. Diller was an only child of older parents. She graduated from Central High School in 1935 and studied at Sherwood Music Conservatory in Chicago for three years. Music studies continued at Bluffton College in Bluffton, Ohio, where she met her first husband, Sherwood Diller.

Car buffs and automotive editors might be interested in Phyllis Diller’s four cars – a custom made Checker Wagon, circa 1967; an Excalibur 1927 Mercedes Phaeton (red); a 1959 Silver Cloud Rolls Royce; and a 1971 Mercedes Sedan (SL 200).

Ms. Diller lives in a large, English style home in Brentwood Park, Los Angeles. Also, there are her assistant’s who are kept busy with correspondence, travel arrangements and thousands of requests from fans. "The place used to be haunted," she says, "but the ghosts haven’t been back since the night I tried on all my wigs," she cracks with the raucous laugh that has become the trademark of both her humor and her humility.

The real Phyllis Diller is quite different from her stage persona, though both share a rare good humor, warmth, and a love of people. Properly coifed and dressed with flair, she is a fabulous cook, a gifted painter and a devoted mother and grandmother. In spite of her youthful appearances, she continues to kid herself about ugliness, skinniness, ineptness and just about every defect a woman can have.

Phyllis Diller is also an accomplished artist! To view her work, please go to this website: http://celebrityconsignments.com/celebrity/phyllisdiller/index.html

Thursday, February 17, 2011

2/17 Lorenzo Lamas

Robert Conrad & Michael Horn Talk With Special Guest Lorenza Lamas!

Lorenzo de Santos-Lamas (born January 20, 1958) is an American actor and reality televisionparticipant. Lamas is known for playing Lance Cumson, the irresponsible grandson of Angela Channing (played by Jane Wyman) on the popular 1980s soap opera Falcon Crest, Reno Raines on the 1990s crime drama Renegade, and Hector Ramirez on the daytime soap opera The Bold and The Beautiful. Lamas also served as a judge on ABC television's short-lived reality show Are You Hot?. Presently, he stars in his own reality show, Leave it to Lamas, a series about his real-life family.

Lorenzo Lamas was born in Santa Monica, California, the son of the late Argentine actorFernando Lamas and Norwegian-American actress Arlene Dahl. He is the stepson of the swimming film starlet, Esther Williams, who married his father when Lorenzo was 11 years old. Williams is also the best friend of Lamas's series' star, the late Jane Wyman, who would later star together on Falcon Crest, twelve years before, after marrying his father on New Years Eve.[1]Lamas was brought up in Pacific Palisades, California and moved to New York City in 1971, when he was 13 years old. He graduated from the Admiral Farragut Academy in Pine Beach, New Jersey, in 1975.

Longing to be an actor since the age of five, Lamas first studied acting in Tony Barr's Film Actors Workshop and quickly thereafter obtained his first TV acting role in 1976. He had a supporting role in the 1978 hit movie Grease.

In 1980, he auditioned for and won the role of Jane Wyman's playboy grandson and henchman, Lance Cumson, for the pilot of a new series entitled The Vintage Years. The pilot was later retooled to become the hit prime time drama series Falcon Crest. During a 2006 TV interview with Norwegian Television Team, Lamas said that to get the role on Falcon Crest, he'd auditioned twice and beat out five other guys for the part. During his stint on Falcon Crest, Lamas was nominated for two Soap Opera Digest Awards and a Golden Globe Award. Lamas was the only actor to appear in all 227 episodes of the series.

In 1984, Lamas was nominated for Worst Actor at the Golden Raspberry Awards for his performance in the movie Body Rock. Lamas also performed a song on the soundtrack for this movie, and the track "Fools Like Me" became his only single to date to crack the Billboard Hot 100 chart.[citation needed]

In 1992, Lamas played the role of the falsely accused cop Reno Raines in the syndicated series Renegade. The series was seen in over 100 countries[citation needed], and during its final season, it moved from first-run syndication to the USA Network. The show ended in 1997 after a run of five seasons.

From February 2004 until February 2007 Lamas played the role of Hector Ramirez on the CBS daytime soap opera The Bold and the Beautiful.

In August 2007, Lamas starred as the King of Siam in The King and I at the Ogunquit Playhouse in Ogunquit, Maine. That fall, he performed at Kean University Premiere Stages in Union, New Jersey in the title role in Steven Dietz's Dracula. Lamas performed as El Gallo in The Fantasticks at the Casa MaƱana Theatre in Fort Worth, Texas in June 2008. In June 2009, Lamas returned to the Ogunquit Playhouse as Zach in A Chorus Line.

Lamas began appearing in the Zaxby's restaurant chain television advertisements in May 2008.

In 2008, Lamas appeared in season 2 of CMT's Gone Country.

In 2009, he starred in the Asylum's Mega Shark Versus Giant Octopus as Alan Baxter, a government agent who wants to destroy both the Mega Shark and the Giant Octopus to protect the world from their destructive fights.

Lamas now stars as himself in Leave it to Lamas, a reality show that focused on his own real-life family on E!

Thursday, February 10, 2011

2/10 Jennifer Horn Co-Hosts with Robert Conrad!

Jennifer Horn joins Bob as co-host for this weeks show!



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Thursday, February 3, 2011

2/3 Robert Conrad, Michael Horn and YOU!

Michael Horn joins Bob as co-host for this weeks show!

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