Monday, June 1, 2009

News Round-up: June Brown, Joan Alexander, Nia Long

1940s Radio Actress Joan Alexander Dies at 94
Joan Alexander, 94, a leading radio actress of the 1940s best known for playing Lois Lane, the ace reporter who was constantly being rescued from peril by Superman, died of an intestinal ailment May 21 at New York-Presbyterian Hospital.

After an early modeling and stage career, Ms. Alexander became a versatile performer on dozens of radio serials, notably as the loyal secretary Della Street in "Perry Mason." She played recurring characters on radio soap operas and dramas including "Lone Journey," "Light of the World" and "This Is Nora Drake."

EASTENDERS star June Brown to join "Calendar Girls" cast
Walford Square resident June Brown is heading for the West End. The BAFTA nominated actress, who plays laundrette worker Dot Cotton in the show, is signing up for the cast of West End hit "Calendar Girls" this summer.

Eighty-two-year-old Brown will join fellow former EASTENDERS stars Anita Dobson and Jill Halfpenny in the stage version of the hit 2003 film, which is based on the true tale of how Women's Institute members stripped off for a charity calendar in 1999.

A gay Muslim in EASTENDERS? Big deal
Guardian's Samia Rahman writes: "News of the plot comes just weeks after a Gallup survey was widely reported as revealing that British Muslims have a 0% approval rating of gay lifestyles. It would be unwise to jump to conclusions based on this figure. The truth is that while the issue of homosexuality in Islam is one that preoccupies many non-Muslims, it is not a defining aspects of belief for the majority of Muslims. In simple terms, for the average Muslim going about his or her business, it is hardly a primary concern what strangers get up to between the sheets."

Riegel Rebels Auction benefiting APLA
Check out the eBay auction in support of Eden Riegel's upcoming half-marathon for APLA.

Former GL star Nia Long (ex-Kat) to be honoroed
Caribbean Heritage Organization (CHO) and the Institute of Caribbean Studies, DC (ICS-DC) are pleased to announce that actress Nia Long, director Frank E. Flowers and micro-sculptor Willard Wigan will be honored at its 2009 Salute to Hollywood & the Arts at UCLA’s Kerchoff Plaza on Saturday, June 21 during National Caribbean-American Heritage Month.

Gay characters in daytime in Parade magazine
Parade's Q&A featured a question about gay characters in daytime on Sunday.

Gentlemen Of The Daytime Emmys
Tommy Garrett writes: "Daytime Emmy season is here. With so many surprises this year in nominations, it was incumbent upon me to give some of the greatest performers their due. Just as it was difficult to choose the two actresses who really stand out on a daily basis when there are so many worthy performers in their category, it was equally as tough to choose these two men for standout performances in their categories."

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