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George Mendonsa, Sailor From Iconic VJ Day Photo, Dies At Age 95

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We all know the legendary photo. The sailor from this photo featuring a man named George Mendonsa has passed away at the age of 95. The photo detailed a sailor kissing a woman right in Times Square in New York City celebrating the end of World War II. The woman in the photo was Greta Zimmer Friedman and the photo was taken on August 14th, 1945.

Mendonsa unfortunately fell and had a seizure at his assisted living home in Middletown, Rhode Island. He had been living with his wife of 70 years at the time.

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The day that takes place in the legendary photo is known as V-J Day, A.K.A Victory Over Japan Day, which is Japan surrendered to the United States. People were piling into the streets of New York City to celebrate the news, and Mendonsa was one of the many. He planted a smooch right on the lips of Greta Zimmer Friedman, a woman who he had never even met.

The photo was taken by Alfred Eisenstaedt and was published in Life magazine. It took off from there and became one of the most famous photographs of the 20th century. To this day, it is one of the most recognizable photos in history.

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It was several years before the identities of Mendonsa and Freidman were discovered, as many couples were fraudulently claiming that they were the couple behind the iconic photo. Mendonsa had served on a destroyer in the Second World War and had been on leave when the end of the war was officially announced. He said Friedman reminded him of the nurses on a hospital ship that cared for wounded sailors.

“I saw what those nurses did that day and now back in Times Square the war ends, a few drinks, so I grabbed the nurse,” Mendonsa recalled a while ago.

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“It was just somebody really celebrating. But it wasn’t a romantic event,” Freidman said in a 2005 interview. Freidman sadly passed away in 2016 at the age of 92. She had fled Austria during the war when she was just 15 years old.

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Mendonsa sadly passed away just two days shy of his 96th birthday. He will always be remembered for this legendary photo. May he rest in peace!

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Check out the news coverage of Mendonsa reflecting on the 70th anniversary of the ending of WWII below: 

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A ‘Golden Girls’ Fan Cruise Will Set Sail In 2020

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If you are a true Golden Girls fan and are looking for a vacation to book next year, you won’t want to miss out on a Golden Girls Cruise! Flip Phone Events and Celebrity Cruises are joining together to host an amazing event called Golden Girls At Sea: A Golden Girls Fan Cruise.

The cruise will sail away on February 24, 2020. It is a five-night Western Caribbean Cruise, departing from Miami, Florida. You may remember Miami as being the home of the Golden Girls. The cruise will visit Key West and Cozumel and return on February 29, 2020.

What Are The Activities On The Cruise?

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There will be plenty to do for Golden Girls fans. It will begin with a Caftan Sail Away Party complete with lots of cheesecake. There will also be The Rusty Anchor karaoke party, Golden Girls trivia, a Shady Pines craft corner, the Key West Golden Girls bar crawl, a fancy dinner complete with a Golden Girls costume contest, One Night in St. Olaf Dance Party (including a game of Ugel and Flugel), Dorothy’s Bingo, and much more!


It truly sounds like a Golden Girls fan dream come true. There is currently a promotion going on that ends on March 5, 2019, if you’re ready to book. It looks like the pricing starts at $986.69. The promotion is that you can pick three perks when you book now. You can either get a FREE classic alcohol package per person, $300 onboard credit per cabin, pre-paid gratuities per person, or free WiFi per person. Learn more about the pricing and promotions on the cruise website.

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The itinerary is from Flip Phone Events and is subject to change:

Monday, Feb 24: Miami, Florida (Embarkation) 4:00 PM

Tuesday, Feb 25: Key West, Florida (Docked) 7:00 AM to 5:00 PM

Wednesday, Feb 26: At Sea

Thursday, Feb 27: Cozumel, Mexico (Docked) 7:00 AM to 6:00 PM

Friday, Feb 28: At Sea

Saturday, Feb 29: Miami, Florida (Disembarkation) 7:00 AM

What Else Is On The Cruise Ship?

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In addition to all of the Golden Girls-themed activities, there are also general cruise ship luxuries onboard. This includes plenty of delicious buffets and restaurants, pools, a fitness center, Broadway-style shows, circus shows, magic/comedy/dance shows, and live music. What’s not to love?


Would you be interested in going on the Golden Girls cruise? It sounds like so much fun, especially for huge fans of the show! If you enjoyed this article, please SHARE with all of your Golden Girls obsessed friends who could use a vacation!

While you’re in Golden Girls mode, check out this video of the unveiling of the recent Golden Girls action figures:

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The Truth Behind Princess Diana’s Iconic Dance With John Travolta

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We all remember the famous dance that took place on the evening of November 9th, 1985. It took place in the White House, hosted by then-President Ronald Reagan, where Princess Diana and John Travolta shared a dance together that would go down in history as one of the most Cinderella-like dances of all time.

There is, in fact, a story behind this encounter and Travolta himself spoke about it on a Dutch TV station. The story of how it happened is actually quite adorable, and if you think that Travolta used his Danny Zuko-like charm to win her over, you’re wrong. Take a look!


According to sources on how the night went, the clock had just struck midnight and the 24-year-old princess felt a tap on her shoulder. She turned around to find 31-year-old famously known John Travolta who was probably weak in the knees at that point! He needed a little nudge from First Lady Nancy Reagan to work up the courage to ask Diana to dance.

“I didn’t know or expect to dance with Princess Diana,” Travolta reveals, “It was the president’s wife, Nancy Reagan, that said, ‘It is her wish.’” Travolta recalls that she dipped her head in a “Lady Diana way” and gave him her hand. They danced for 15 minutes to the Saturday Night Fever soundtrack, and he claims he will “never forget” that night.

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Now, here’s the catch.

Travolta had yet to be aware of the fact that the Reagans actually orchestrated this entire dance between the two for a press photo op. Princess Diana’s butler and close friend, Paul Burrell, confirmed this in the documentary The Last 100 Days of Diana. Diana even had her eyes set on a different dance partner for the evening.

“She said, ‘I didn’t really want to dance with him though. I wanted to dance with Mikhail Baryshnikov because he is my hero,’” Burrell recalled.


Not only was Diana’s dance with Travolta deemed one of the most legendary moments in history, but so was Diana’s dress of the night! Her off-the-shoulder midnight blue, mermaid-style gown sold at an auction for more than more than $309,000. Why? It was called the “Travolta dress”. 

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We reflect on this beautiful, iconic moment in time as the actor and Grease star celebrates his 65th birthday today. Be sure to SHARE this article in celebration of John Travolta’s birthday!

Check out the video below of the interview where Travolta recalls the night he danced with Diana:

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6 ‘Gone With The Wind’ Facts And Rare Screen-Test Footage

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Based on Margaret Mitchell’s epic Pulitzer Prize-winning novel about the Civil War and its aftermath, Gone with the Wind has become a cinematic jewel in Hollywood history. There is some pretty historically rare footage of the film’s stars auditioning and screen testing for their part in the legendary film.

Before seeing these stars in action before they even reached a point of stardom in this film, there are a few behind-the-scenes facts you may not have known. Were you aware of any of these facts?

1. The role of Scarlett was cast after filming began

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The role of Scarlett was not decided upon until the filming of the movie began. Producer David Selznick was still choosing between several leading ladies before eventually landing on Vivien Leigh.

2. The film had three directors throughout filming

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After the original director of the film, George Cukor, was fired he was replaced with Victor Fleming. Later in production, Fleming reportedly had a nervous breakdown, at which point Sam Wood took over.

3. There weren’t enough extras in the entire Screen Actors Guild to shoot the Confederate wounded scene

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The producer wanted no less than 2,500 extras to lie in the dirt for this scene, but the Screen Actor’s Guild only had 1,500 to offer at the time. So, what did Selznick do to make up for the other lost extras? He ordered exactly 1,000 dummies to even everything out.

4. The film’s classic line, “Frankly, my dear, I don’t give a damn” almost didn’t make it

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Producer Selznick had to plead for months to get the word “damn” past the Hays Code. The censors eventually agreed after tons of convincing on Selznick’s part.

5. Hattie McDaniel who played Mammy became the first African American to win an Oscar

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Despite being the first African American woman to win an Oscar, she was still not allowed to attend with her fellow co-stars and was forced to sit at a segregated table.

6. Gable begged not to be shown crying on camera

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At the end of the film, Melanie must gently tell Rhett that Scarlett has miscarried. Fleming shot two versions of this: one with Gable crying and one with his back turned in heavy sorrow. Fleming was able to convince Gable that the weeping version would only make him appear more endearing to those watching.

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Check out the rare, unseen footage of the actor’s screen testing below:

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Miranda Lambert Performed At The ‘Elvis All-Star Tribute’ Before Sneaking Off To Secret Wedding

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Miranda Lambert got secretly hitched over the weekend, but not before performing for NBC’s Elvis All-Star Tribute as part of Pistol Annies. It was filmed a few months before her secret wedding to now-husband Brendan McLoughlin. Lambert, Ashley Monroe, and Angaleena Presley sang a rendition of “Love Me” for the tribute special.

The tribute special was hosted by Lambert’s ex-husband, Blake Shelton. Many fans of the trio and the original song gave praise on Twitter towards the performance.

Loving the classic country sound of @PistolAnnies on #LoveMe @mirandalambert @ashleymonroe @guitarleena #ElvisAllStarTribute

— The Country Note (@thecountrynote) February 18, 2019

The Elvis special took place the very same weekend that Lambert dropped a bombshell on her fans via Instagram, that she had gotten married! There is still no exact time frame on when the two actually got married but a spokesperson for the country star confirms that it happened ‘a while ago’.

She shared two loving photos of herself on her wedding day with her new husband, along with the caption, “In honor of Valentine’s Day I wanted to share some news. I met the love of my life. And we got hitched! My heart is full. Thank you Brendan Mcloughlin for loving me for…. me.” The post ended with a little red heart and #theone.


The Elvis rendition was filmed just a few weeks before the trio’s release of their third album Interstate Gospel, their first album since 2013. Their next major performance is slated to be April 1st for Loretta Lynn’s birthday show at Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena.

The Elvis special included performances from some major artists and names in the music industry, including Shawn Mendes, Keith Urban, Post Malone, John Fogerty, Ed Sheeran, Kelsea Ballerini, Jennifer Lopez, Darius Rucker, Alessia Cara, Mac Davis, John Legend, Little Big Town, Adam Lambert, Yolanda Adams, Dierks Bentley and Josh Groban.

Elvis' Love Me by @PistolAnnies on the #ElvisAllStarTribute was so beautiful

— Donna (@donna123tweets) February 18, 2019

The Elvis special ended with a rendition of “If I Can Dream,” in which Underwood, Post Malone, Mendes, Rucker, and Shelton all came together to sing along with the original Presley recording. The final performance was exceptionally powerful, emotional, and raw for all singers featured on the front line.

Director of the original ’68 Comeback Special, Steve Binder, was heavily involved with the production of this Elvis All-Star Tribute. He recently spoke about the impact that Elvis, and that particular show back in the 60s, has made on the world today. “These screenings mean a lot to me. Aside from all the Elvis fans worldwide – and there are millions of them – I think it’s good that the younger generation who have only been sort of brainwashed about how important Elvis was to the world really get a chance to see him.”

.@PostMalone – had THE best time jamming with u Posty- let’s hit that again somewhere! – KU #ElvisAllStarTribute • 2.17.19 • @nbc

— Keith Urban (@KeithUrban) January 8, 2019

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Check out the performance of “If I Can Dream” below from the Elvis All-Star Tribute show:

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The Show ‘America’s Most Wanted’ Started With A Father Hoping To Solve His Son’s Murder

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America’s Most Wanted was a very interesting show. It began in 1988 and aired for over 25 seasons. Each episode featured stories about criminals and crimes, with re-enactments and actual photos of the criminals. Viewers were urged to call a special hotline with any tips. This helped the show catch over 1,000 criminals in its run.

John Walsh was the first host of the show. Many may not realize that he wanted to be a part of the show as a way to help solve the murder of his own son. It was a case that had police guessing for decades. Eventually, and perhaps because of his involvement with the show, the murder was solved.

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Walsh’s son, Adam, was six years old in 1981. Adam and Walsh’s wife were shopping at a department store in Hollywood, Florida. She took her eyes off Adam for a second and he was gone. This is every parent’s nightmare.


Unfortunately, Adam never returned. They found his severed head in a nearby canal a few weeks later. It was gruesome and heartbreaking. Do you remember hearing about it on the news? It garnered national attention, especially for the mystery of who would take and kill this adorable little boy.


Walsh and his wife decided to try to change the way police investigate missing children’s cases to hopefully help other children. They helped pass the Missing Children’s Act and helped found the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children. This foundation is the one who introduced those missing children ads on milk cartons.

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In 1988, Walsh was chosen to host America’s Most Wanted. He was a great host of the show and loved it because it helped him with his search for Adam’s justice. However, Walsh has admitted that interviewing parents of missing or murdered children was especially hard for him.

Who Was Adam’s Murderer?

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Walsh said that Adam will always be in his mind and his heart will always be broken. After decades, Walsh and his wife finally discovered who murdered their son. Ottis Toole and Henry Lee Lucas were serial killers and pedophiles. They were the lead suspects in Adam’s murder, but the police didn’t take them very seriously because they had previously falsely admitted to hundreds of crimes.


As years passed, Toole and his partner in crime were the only suspects. Toole eventually confessed to the murder again before his death in 1996. The police department later apologized to Walsh for mistakes in the investigation. Walsh said he was relieved to get closure on who murdered Adam, but it made the heart-breaking story feel fresh again.

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Even though America’s Most Wanted has ended, Walsh now helps victims find justice on the show In Pursuit with John Walsh. He believes that Adam would be proud of all that he has accomplished and how much he has helped other victims. Do you remember this tragic story? Did you know that is what led Walsh to host America’s Most Wanted?

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Check out this story about John Walsh and his new show In Pursuit with John Walsh. He actually works on it with his other son, Callahan:

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