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Doris Day: America’s Hollywood Singer and Actress, dies at age 97

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Doris Day, who used her girl-next-door good looks to charm American audiences during a decades-long acting and singing career, died on Monday. She was 97.

Best known for her contemplative tune “Que Sera, Sera,” Day passed away encompassed by dear friends at her home close Carmel Valley, California, the Doris Day Animal Foundation said in an announcement.

She “had been in excellent physical health for her age, until recently contracting a serious case of pneumonia,” according to the foundation. She had just turned 97 on April 3.

Day broke into show business as a singer, and recorded a hit “Sentimental Journey” with bandleader Les Brown in 1945. That and “Que Sera, Sera” — which Day performed in Alfred Hitchcock’s 1956 spine chiller “The Man Who Knew Too Much” — were her greatest chart-toppers.

The multi-talented Day would bounce off the turntable and on to the wide screen, with credits in 39 movies. Her best-realized screen works include”Pillow Talk” in 1959, “The Man Who Knew Too Much” in 1956, “Cherish Me or Leave Me” in 1955, “Cataclysm Jane” in 1953 and “Lover Come Back” in 1960.

“During her three decades of work in film, Day starred in nearly every genre, not just as a singer/dancer but as an actress with superb comic timing, a natural talent for interpreting a role and a gift for evoking emotion,” her foundation said.

Day was the first Hollywood star many of American’s Baby Boom generation ever knew.

“For those of us in my generation, Doris Day was synonymous with Hollywood icon,” actor George Takei said in a statement. “She would no doubt remind us, upon this day of her passing, ‘Que sera sera,’ but we will miss her dearly anyway. Rest now in our hearts forever, Ms. Day.”

Day was married four times, which conflicted with her squeaky clean public and big-screen persona. In her 1976 book, “Doris Day: Her Own Story,” the actress said her real life was much more complicated.

With three bad marriages in her rear-view mirror at the time, Day said couples should live together before walking down the aisle — a risque, forward-thinking stance at the time.

“I have the unfortunate reputation of being Miss Goody Two-Shoes, America’s Virgin, and all that, so I’m afraid it’s going to shock some people for me to say this, but I staunchly believe no two people should get married until they have lived together,” she wrote.

Doris Mary Ann von Kappelhoff was born on April 3, 1922, in Cincinnati, the offspring of mother Alma Sophia Welz and father Frederick Wilhelm Von Kappelhoff, who was a music teacher.

The most youthful of three children, Day was named after silent movie actress Doris Kenyon.

While Day never won an Oscar, she was honored with a Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2004.

President George W. Bush declared that it was “a good day for America when Doris Marianne von Kappelhoff of Evanston, Ohio decided to become an entertainer.”

In her post-excitement profession, Day directed most of her energy into animal rights, through her Doris Day Animal Foundation.

The legendary entertainer “wishes were that she have no funeral or memorial service and no grave marker,” according to her foundation’s statement.

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Helen McCrory, Star of ‘Harry Potter’ and ‘Peaky Blinders’, dies at 52

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Helen McCrory, the British actress best known for her roles in the ‘Harry Potter’ films and ‘Peaky Blinders,’ has died, her husband, actor Damian Lewis, reported on Friday.

McCrory, who was 52, died “peacefully at home” after “an heroic battle with cancer,” the “Homeland” star said in a tweet.

The London-born actress, who featured as Narcissa Malfoy in the “Harry Potter” franchise, had a arch, mysterious quality that served her well in villainous roles, including the period dramas “Peaky Blinders” and “Penny Dreadful” and the “Vampires of Venice” episode of the long running “Doctor Who.”

A year ago, she showed up in two miniseries: The Masterpiece production “Roadkill,” in which she played the UK’s Prime Minister opposite Hugh Laurie; and “Quiz,” a fact-based drama about the “Who Wants to be a MIllionaire” scandal.

She was no stranger to political roles, playing Cherie Blair – the wife of British prime minister Tony Blair – twice, in “The Queen” and the TV movie “The Special Relationship,” both times with Michael Sheen and “The Crown” writer Peter Morgan.

McCrory was additionally a refined stage actress, playing strong women from Lady Macbeth to Medea in London’s West End.

“She died as she lived. Fearlessly. God we love her and know how lucky we are to have had her in our lives. She blazed so brightly. Go now, Little One, into the air, and thank you,” Lewis said in his tweet.

McCrory and Lewis shared two children together. Talking about the interesting shuffling their lives at times needed to British Vogue in 2013, McCrory attributed her desire to be there for her youngsters for her impressive resumé.

“It’s got to be a damn good offer to coax me away from them,” she told the publication. “Which is probably why the projects I’ve worked on since they were born have been such interesting ones.”

“Helen McCrory will be remembered not just for her remarkable stage and screen performances, but also for her selflessness and generosity,” Lucas wrote. “She and Damian were the motor driving FeedNHS, working tirelessly during the pandemic to raise millions for others. What a tremendous loss.”

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IS APOSTLE JP M DINAYEN A TRUE MAN OF GOD OR A MEDIA CELEBRITY

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Since the past year we have seen many so-called “online prophets” rising from all over the globe to establish their ministries online. In this outbreak of prophets, we have seen many of their controversial gimmicks starting as small as showing off expensive clothing brands and their lavish lifestyles for all their followers to see (some of which are not really theirs), and ending as big as faking miracles of raising people from the dead or having a telephone conversation with God Himself.

It is safe to say we have seen all kinds of attempts at fame – so in this article we will be taking a close look at South African-based Cameroonian pastor – Apostle JP M Dinayen, founder of Dinayen TV and FOC Prophetic & Deliverance ministries – Could he be part of these “gimmick pastors” or could he be a beacon of hope for us that there are still true Men of God out there…

With allegedly 11 years of being in SA, the self-proclaimed “Apostle of Power” has had many well-publicised achievements in his ministry, which attracted both multitudes of followers and many adversaries. To mention a few of his alleged achievements, it is said that he is philanthropist by nature – allocating not less than hundreds of thousands (in US Dollars) of his ministry earnings to his charity department. But could this really be because he is passionate about helping the poor or is it just another media stunt to look good? We will leave that for you to decide..

It is also said that he is well-known for empowering the youth, according to a recent public statement made by his wife Prophetess Nam Dinayen. She also added that a month does not go by without the Apostle donating funds to more than 12 families. Could it be that he loves the poor that much? Or is it a way to win the public over? Again, we will leave that for you to decide…

After an analysis of his lifestyle, our team found that the pastor is quite well-off, driving a latest Range Rover Sport with a classic Mercedes Benz C-Class and living in a world class estate, our doubts about him began to increase. Where could the money to fund these expensive assets be coming from? Some say he is also a businessman, some say he is a forex trader, some say this is money made from the church but the main question is: what do you say?

He is very controversial on social media popularly known as the “Gucci prophet” with many picture dressed in luxurious brands. He has also been highly ridiculed for his controversial haircuts – with many saying no pastor should cut their hair like he does.

With all this information at hand – ripped jeans, expensive cars, strange haircuts, flashy houses; would you say Apostle JP M Dinayen is a true Man of God or just another social media celebrity?

Feel free to drop your comments below and let us know what’s your take on Apostle JP M Dinayen

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‘Jeopardy!’ taps former champion Buzzy Cohen as guest host for ‘Tournament of Champions’ in next month

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Previous “Risk!” champion Buzzy Cohen has been tapped to guest host the show’s upcoming Tournament of Champions.

The fan-favorite winner of 2016 who proceeded to win the following year’s tournament will take over guest-hosting duties as a feature of the growing roster of guests getting behind the podium to fill in for the late Alex Trebek, who passed on at age 80 after a protracted fight with stage 4 pancreatic cancer.

As per People, Cohen will guest host the show beginning May 17 through the 28th and direct the tournament that will see returning champions compete against champions compete against to see who is the best “Jeopardy!” player among them.

The outlet reports that Cohen’s extended role on the show implies he’ll be working intimately with writers and producers and therefore disqualified himself from showing up as a “Jeopardy!” contestant in the future. Luckily, Cohen has effectively substantiated himself on the famous game show’s stage multiple times.

“Buzzy has been where each of these champions is, so it’ll be comforting for the contestants to see a familiar face behind the lectern,” “Jeopardy!” executive producer Mike Richards told the outlet in a statement. “We will miss seeing him compete, but we look forward to seeing how he uses his quick wit and personality as guest host.”

This year, 15 past winners will go head-to-head for the tournament’s grand prize of $250,000 that will be matched and donated to the Hope of the Valley Trebek Center for the Homeless, an office named after the long-lasting host of the show that helps vagrants through different charitable services.

Right now, NFL star Aaron Rodgers is acting as guest host of “Jeopardy!” yet he’ll need to hang up his hosting cap soon to clear a path for an alternate guest judge. In any case, Rodgers recently indicated that he’d take the necessary steps to be made the lasting host of the competition show.

Up until this point, however, the popular game show has not declared any plans to install a permanent host, picking rather to continue to welcome on celebrity guests. In any case, fans as of late appealed to for “Reading Rainbow” and “Star Trek: The Next Generation” actor Levar Burton to take on the job.

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