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Wednesday Addams, Full Of Woe, Actually Brought The Most Laughs On-Set Of ‘Addams Family’

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Monday’s child is fair of face, Tuesday’s child is full of grace. Wednesday’s child is full of woe, Thursday’s child has far to go. So goes the nursery rhyme that provided the inspiration behind Wednesday Addams’ name and her dour doll persona. But under Lisa Loring, behind-the-scenes, Wednesday brought all the humor to the actors.

In fact, she famously was the reason some veteran actors broke character as they broke down into fits of laughter. How? It was a combination of Loring’s tone, facial expression, lines, and overall visage that brought even more levity to the spooky sitcom.

Lisa Loring shatters a veteran actor’s professional seriousness as Wednesday Addams

When not playing the eerie Addams daughter, Lisa Loring really brought the laughs
When not playing the eerie Addams daughter, Lisa Loring really brought the laughs / Everett Collection

“When a disgruntled Wednesday pretends to run away, her parents call the police and drive a cranky Missing Persons detective batty,” reads the summary for the season one episode 10 Addams Family episode “Wednesday Leaves Home.” The detective on call to find this young missing person was played by Jesse White, by then an established presence in many films, TV shows, and commercials. In other words, he was a professional.

RELATED: ‘Addams Family’ Star Jackie Coogan Was Haunted By His ‘Lost Childhood’ When He Played Uncle Fester

But then came Lisa Loring as Wednesday Addams, who shuffled up to the detective, who snapped at her, “Look, kid, I’ve had a rough day. What’s your name?” In response, Wednesday requested, “I’d like a dead fly for my spider. He’s hungry.” Dressed innocently as Wednesday was and composed with the expression that made her known as “youngster with the Mona Lisa face,” she was enough to make White burst out laughing.

Wednesday’s child is full of glee

The Addams Family
The Addams Family / Everett Collection

“I learned to memorize before I could read,” Loring admitted in a potential explanation for why her particular acting style and delivery could make everyone around her laugh – not at her but in appreciation for the stoic child resembling a doll and discussing the macabre.

Turns out she also had a sharp mind. When she was young, she even discussed the nuances and differences between the other monstrous family of the age, The Munsters. She called The Addams Family more sophisticated “like the Marx Brothers” and The Munsters more slapstick “like The Three Stooges.” Her debate partner, John Astin (Gomez), spluttered, “Who told you that? How would you know that?” Seems Wednesday’s child is full of wisdom, and that wit served her well giving the perfect delivery for Wednesday Addams.

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Whatever Happened To Alex Cord, Michael Coldsmith Briggs III, AKA Archangel From ‘Airwolf’?

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It’s that day again: time to board the Airwolf, most technologically advanced dream vehicle of the 1980s. Leading this sweeping series into a successful runtime was a talented cast that included the likes of Alex Cord, responsible for playing Michael Coldsmith Briggs III, also known as Archangel.

For the first few years of his life since his birth on May 3, 1933, Cord called New York home until tragedy struck. He fell sick with polio, and at the age of 12 moved with his family to Wyoming. Per doctor’s instruction, he took up horseback riding as a therapeutic treatment, and was recovered four years later. By 1961, he began acting with five episodes in Route 66.

Joining ‘Airwolf’

Westerns and crime dramas defined the early years of Alex Cord’s career, including Laramie, Frontier Circus, and Cain’s Hundred. This trend continued into 1966, a year that saw him co-star alongside Ann-Margaret and Mike Connors in the western remake of Stagecoach.

Stiletto, 1969
Stiletto, 1969 / Everett Collection

RELATED: ‘Airwolf’ Cast Then And Now 2021

Airwolf would come to be a major focal point of his career, and it’s impossible to imagine anyone else as the F.I.R.M.’s lead in the Airwolf project, with the perfect blend of sinister and engaging to make his own agenda one to contend with. He helped make the eyepatch and silver cane as iconic for his character as it still is today.

What happened to Alex Cord?

Ernest Borgnine, Jan-Michael Vincent, Alex Cord
Ernest Borgnine, Jan-Michael Vincent, Alex Cord / Everett Collection

Another key moment in Cord’s career came when he starred alongside Kirk Douglas in The Brotherhood and the two shared a famous mafia-style kiss of death. He’s technically retired, but glad to sit down and discuss important roles from the past. In this case, he revealed that while the kiss wasn’t a particularly big deal for Cord himself, it was a very powerful beat in the movie, and a statement of the mob’s power even over familial bonds.

Alex Cord then and now
Alex Cord then and now / YouTube

Kevin Sorbo had a few film titles come out in 2009, and that would be the last active year for Alex Cord. He celebrated his 88th birthday this May, 2021, and resides in Fort Worth, Texas, and isn’t opposed to appearing at western film festivals, more often than not alongside rancher and actor Robert Fuller.

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Priscilla Presley Says That Elvis Was Unhappy About His Career In the ’60s

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In her book, Elvis and Me, Priscilla revealed that Elvis Presley wasn’t always happy with his successful career. It may seem as if he had it all but on the inside, he was never satisfied. She said it affected their relationship too.

Priscilla wrote, “Everything wasn’t nearly as promising as I led my parents to believe. Elvis and I couldn’t really be happy together because he was so unhappy with his career. At first glance, he had it made: he was the highest-paid actor in Hollywood with a three-picture-a-year contract, at a phenomenal salary, plus 50% of the profits. But in reality, his brilliant career had lost its luster.”

Elvis Presley had a period of time when he was unhappy with his career

ELVIS PRESLEY, PRISCILLA PRESLEY
ELVIS PRESLEY, PRISCILLA PRESLEY / Everett Collection

His songs just weren’t big hits at the time. He wasn’t really on television or in concert because he was focusing on films. Because of this, sales of his records were slipping a bit. His singles weren’t top 10 hits. Years went by without one of his songs hitting No. 1 on the charts.

RELATED: Elvis Presley Had A Surprising And Interesting Collection

ELVIS PRESLEY, Priscilla Presley, guests unknown, c. early 1970s
ELVIS PRESLEY, Priscilla Presley, guests unknown, c. early 1970s / Everett Collection

Priscilla said that Elvis blamed his slipping popularity on “humdrum movies.” He hated some of the movies he starred in and was often coerced by his manager Col. Tom Parker. Eventually, he stopped making films, went back to music full-time, and had a comeback. His last film was Change of Habit in 1969.

Unfortunately, these changes didn’t save Elvis and Priscilla’s relationship and they got divorced in 1973.

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Kris Kristofferson Shares The True Story Behind The Song “Me And Bobby McGee”

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If you’re a Janis Joplin fan, you probably remember the song “Me and Bobby McGee.” The song was actually written by singer-songwriter Kris Kristofferson and the lyrics share a true story from his life. It turns out, when he first heard that Janis performed the song, he had no idea how she had heard it!

She performed it at a show in Nashville before she ever recorded it. Kris learned that famous road manager Bob Neuwirth taught her the song. She eventually recorded it but unfortunately, Kris was not able to hear the recorded version before she passed away.

The story behind “Me and Bobby McGee”

JANIS, Janis Joplin, 1975
JANIS, Janis Joplin, 1975 / Everett Collection

Record producer Fred Foster actually came up with the title for the song! He was talking to a secretary named Barbara McKee and found out that her nickname was Bobby. He loved the name Bobby McKee and told Kris that it should be in a song. It ended up being Bobby McGee because Kris misheard Fred at first!

RELATED: Country Music Legend Kris Kristofferson Talks Retirement

14 HOURS, Kris Kristofferson, 2005
14 HOURS, Kris Kristofferson, 2005, photo: James Dittinger / © Paramount Television / Courtesy: Everett Collection

The lyrics originate from when Kris had to travel to and from a job working on an oil rig in the Gulf of Mexico. Fred and Kris loved the song and turns out Janis did too! Other artists that have covered the song include Kenny Rogers, Charley Pride, Loretta Lynn, Jerry Lee Lewis, Olivia Newton-John, and many more!

Listen to the song sung by Janis Joplin below. Who sings your favorite version of the song?

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Whatever Happened To Matthew Garber, Michael Banks From ‘Mary Poppins’?

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Matthew Garber is best known for playing a role in one of the most popular musical movies to date: Mary Poppins starring Julie Andrews and Dick Van Dyke. Garber played the role of Michael Banks, and it was just his second acting role at the time. Sadly, his life was cut short at the very young age of 21.

We’re revisiting the life of Garber in this piece, who held three acting roles in his lifetime, all alongside his Mary Poppins child co-star Karen Dotrice.

What happened to Mattew Garber?

matthew garber in the three lives of thomasina
THE THREE LIVES OF THOMASINA, Denis Gilmore, Matthew Garber, 1964 / Everett Collection

Garber’s first acting role was in the film The Three Lives of Thomasina in 1963, which was his big-screen debut at just age 7. Disney Casting absolutely loved Garber for his facial expressions, including “artful dodges, like squinting, screwing up his nose, and brushing his hair back with one hand,” according to Wikipedia.

RELATED: The Cast Of ‘Mary Poppins’ Then And Now 2021

matthew garber in mary poppins
MARY POPPINS, Karen Dotrice, Glynis Johns, Matthew Garber, David Tomlinson, 1964.

It was that same year in ’63 when Garber and Dotrice were hired to play the sibling roles of Michael and Jane Banks in an award-winning film… so award-winning that they took home five Academy Awards.

matthew garber in the gnome-mobile
THE GNOME-MOBILE, front from left: Tom Lowell, Walter Brennan, rear from left: Walter Brennan, Karen Dotrice, Matthew Garber, 1967

Then in 1967, both Garber and Dotrice teamed up in what would be his last film, The Gnome-Mobile. Before he could make a comeback with another film after that one, he sadly contracted hepatitis, which would later end up affecting his pancreas. This led to Garber contracting pancreatitis and he died in London in 1977. Garber was posthumously named a Disney Legend in 2004 and his little brother Fergus accepted on his behalf.

Do you remember Matthew Garber in this outstanding role? We will always love him as Michael Banks for sure!

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Alex Trebek Once Shared The Difference Between ‘Jeopardy!’ And ‘Wheel Of Fortune’ Fans

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Of course, Jeopardy! and Wheel of Fortune are two very different game shows and Alex Trebek once said their fans are very different too! The late Alex Trebek was the longtime host of Jeopardy!

Alex even admitted that he thought Wheel of Fortune had more fans because the game is more centered on luck. He said, “There’s a lot more excitement with ‘Wheel of Fortune’ because luck plays a much greater role — there’s the spin of the wheel. On ‘Jeopardy!,’ it’s all what you know. People relate more positively to the element of luck. They’re a little intimidated by ‘Jeopardy!’”

Alex Trebek said this is the difference between ‘Jeopardy!’ and ‘Wheel of Fortune’ fans

JEOPARDY!, 1984-present
JEOPARDY!, 1984-present / Everett Collection

Alex also opened up about what makes a good Jeopardy! player. He was once asked, “How strong do you think the correlation is between intelligence and trivia knowledge?” By trivia knowledge, the person meant “the ability to retain and recall facts.” Alex responded, “Well, bright people are able to do that better than most. So, yes, I think there’s a strong correlation.”

RELATED: ‘Wheel Of Fortune’ And ‘Jeopardy!’ Heading Back To Studio With Big Changes

WHEEL OF FORTUNE, Vanna White, 1975-
WHEEL OF FORTUNE, Vanna White, 1975- / Everett Collection

Of course, you have to be smart to be on Jeopardy! but it seems a good memory helps a lot too! There are multiple tests to pass before someone gets to be on the stage and try to get their shot at winning money.

JEOPARDY, Alex Trebek, host, 2002
JEOPARDY, Alex Trebek, host, 2002, 1984- . (c) ABC/ Courtesy: Everett Collection

Sadly, Alex died in 2020 after a long battle with stage four pancreatic cancer. The show is currently having guest hosts until they find a permanent replacement. Which show do you prefer, Wheel of Fortune or Jeopardy!?

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