'The Waltons' Star Ralph Waite Dies
#TaniaOnTheScene - The iconic TV dad and New York native has died. Ralph Waite, who played the father in the tv series “The Waltons” died yesterday in Palm Desert, California. The cause of death was not released. Waite starred on the Waltons for 9 years and then became a minister at the United Church of Christ in Garden City, Long Island. He was 85 years old.
Phillip Seymour Hoffman’s Final 24 Hours
#TaniaOnTheScene - Why Philip Seymour Hoffman’s 23 Years of Sobriety Didn’t Mean He Kicked the Habit.
After more than two decades of sobriety, Oscar-winning actor Philip Seymour Hoffman was found inside his New York City apartment on Sunday, police said, with a needle stuck in his arm, dead from a possible heroin overdose.
Even with 23 years of abstinence under his belt, experts say that it’s not all that surprising Hoffman fell off the wagon.
"We treat addiction like you can make it go away with a 28-day stint in rehab and that’s the end of it, but that’s not how it works," said Dr. Joseph Shrand, a Harvard professor and the medical director of CASTLE, a teen addiction treatment center in Brockton, Mass. "It requires lifelong vigilance to stay clean."
Research suggests that the chance of relapse does diminish over time but always remains a possibility.
Shia LaBeouf Lands Lead Role in ‘Nymphomaniac’ by Sexting
#TaniaOnTheScene - LaBeouf is showing us a side we haven’t seen before. The actor went to great lengths to land a starring role in the upcoming drama “Nympomaniac.” The 27 year old actor says he sent a sexually explicit picture to the director of the film. Shia successfully landed the role of Jerome, which follows the sexcapades of a self-proclaimed nympho. The film has several graphic love scenes and will most likely be released without a rating. It’s set to hit theaters in two installments: March 21st and April 3rd. Other stars of the film include Uma Thurman and Christian Slater.
Rest In Paradise, Peter O’Toole
#TaniaOnTheScene - Legendary actor, Peter O’Toole, has died at the age of 81. The star of “Lawrence of Arabia,” and many other great films, passed away peacefully on Saturday in a London hospital, following a long illness. O’Toole was nominated for a record 8 Oscars for best actor and made more than 90 films and TV shows during his colorful career. Actors, politicians, and commentators paid tribute to the star. He is survived by his two daughters and a son.
Paul Walker Death Investigation
#TaniaOnTheScene - Some new developments in the death of Paul Walker. Authorities say that drag racing may not have played a part in his death. With new video that emerged from the moment of impact, investigators were unable to find evidence of a second car in the accident that killed the “Fast and Furious” star. Speed was a factor that killed both Walker and the drive of the Porsche, Roger Rodas. Autopies are scheduled to take place later today.
Taking A Look Back; Here’s What You Missed
#TaniaOnTheScene - Check out a few clips I put together from various interviews that I’ve done throughout the year. It’s been a fun and fabulous year of fashion show, red carpet events, and so many bloopers. I’m looking forward to bringing you much more in 2014!
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Actor Lee Thompson Young Found Dead at Age 29
#TaniaOnTheScene - R.I.P. to the former Disney Star, Lee Thompson Young, who has died. Young began his acting career as the teenage star of Disney Channel’s “The Famous Jett Jackson.” He was also featured in the movie “Friday Night Lights” and the series “Rizzoli and Isles.” Young’s manager says he shot himself in his Hollywood apartment last night. He was 29 years young.
My condolences go out to his family and friends. Your fans will miss you.