WOW. The internet is full of mean girls. Folks, remember the actors read this stuff you’re writing online. They say they won’t, but they cannot help it. It’s sort of like watching the debates or rubbernecking a car crash. You do not want to watch but can’t help it. The latest attack is really cruel. We will not mention the name or actor. A performer who has had some health issues is on medication. A side effect is weight gain and skin breakouts. Trust me, the person knows what’s happening. They have a mirror and their costume sizes keep going up.
I am 5’2. One year, I gained 15 pounds. I looked like a bowling ball. A friend called and said, “I need to come over and talk to you. You have gained weight.” Really? I had a TV gig. Someone sent me a greeting card: “Want to lose 10 pounds of ugly weight? Cut off your head.” This was especially nasty because I was born with a birth defect and had facial cranial surgery. It was 18 operations. I’ll bore you with the details in another column. The point is this: Couldn’t we all be a little kinder?
Soap stars have been off work for five months due to the pandemic, and some have gained weight or are rocking shaggy tresses and faded hair color. Forget the mean tweets. Just go pull wings off a butterfly.
After 37 years, Kristian Alfonso (Hope, “Days of Our Lives”) says goodbye to Salem on Oct. 24. Via Twitter, she thanked her fans and the show’s cast and crew. Alfonso was stunned when she was asked to be off the show for five months. Off-air, the character was going to interact with a Navy Seal. When the virus hit, the show had six months’ worth of shows in the can. It now has six weeks’ worth. Ken Corday, the show’s executive producer, explains that at that point, the show did not even have a pickup from the network. One actor on the show has admitted that not having a salary for months was tough but realizes why they did not get paid. Most filed for and received unemployment. The show started taping a few months ago and is offering some interesting characters and storylines.
No names please! Several actors on a certain soap set — not “Days of Our Lives” — are pleased that a certain leading lady is playing hardball and may not return. They say it is not worth the trouble to deal with her.
LeBron James just slam-dunked down $37 million to buy Bill Bell’s old mansion. That is his yearly NBA salary. He owns two other houses in the same Brentwood, California, area. The house has almost 10,00 square feet on two and a half acres, plus a tennis court, two guest houses, a movie theatre and a swimming pool. The house’s exterior was often used as the opening shot for the Forrester Mansion on “The Bold and the Beautiful,” Scott Clifton (Liam, “B&B”) was stunned the first time they did a location shoot. “My jaw dropped. Somebody really lives like this?” Yep. It is good to be the king!
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