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Saturday, April 10, 2010

Dixie Carter

"Designing Woman star fades

The Las Vegas Review Journal:

"Designing Women" actress Dixie Carter, who used her charm and stately beauty in a host of roles on Broadway and television, died Saturday Morning. She was 70.

"This has been a terrible blow to our family," her husband Hal Holbrook said in a written statement. "We would appreciate everyone understanding that this is a private family tragedy."

A native of Tennessee, Carter was most famous for playing quick-witted Southerner Julia Sugarbaker for seven years on "Designing Women," the CBS sitcom that ran from 1986 to 1993.

She was nominated for an Emmy in 2007 for her seven-episode guest stint on the ABC hit "Desperate Housewives."

Carter's other credits include roles on the series "Family Law" and "Different Strokes."

She had been married to Holbrook since 1984.

Libraries, use them or lose them

Did you know...

-Research shows the highest achieving students attend schools with well-staffed and well-funded library media centers.

-Americans go to school, public and academic libraries nearly three times more often than they go to the movies.

-A 2009 poll conducted for the American Library Association found that 96% respondents agreed that
public libraries play an important role in giving everyone a chance to succeed because it provides free access to materials and resources.

ALA |... (read more)

See also: Libraries: What a concept!
Are you considering traveling overseas, a study abroad trip, or perhaps a sabbatical overseas? Susan Fitch, an American Citizens Services Specialist in the State Department’s Bureau of Consular Affairs will visit CSN, campus and room, on April 13, 2010 from 1:00 to 2:00 pm to discuss international travel safety issues. Ms. Fitch will discuss countries that are safe to travel to and the emergency services provided to Americans traveling or living abroad. This event is open to students, faculty, staff, and community members.
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Betty Wilson

Nine years ago today my wife Laura and the world lost her mother to cancer. Betty Wilson left a husband, three girls, two boys and a bunch of grandkids to remember her and thank God for what she put into their lives.

For Lucky

RIP Lucky Hayes, a shining star for us all to follow

Late yesterday afternoon I received a call that Lucky had passed away. Several of us attended the industry mixer at the Phoenix Film Festival last night and did our best to get the word out. It is important to continue doing that. Lucky was so very dear to so many. I will be preparing an e-blast notice to our membership and the production community to go out on Monday, but I wanted you to have the following information right now so that you may make plans:

The services will be held on Saturday, April 17  at 2 p.m.

Desert Hills Chapel

6500 W. Bell Rd.

Scottsdale AZ 85254

The family has asked that donations in Lucky’s name go to the Screen Actors Guild Foundation in lieu of flowers (Screen Actors Guild Foundation , 5757 Wilshire Boulevard, Suite 124, Los Angeles CA 90036.)

My personal thanks for your expressions of support and standing by so faithfully. More later.


Don Livesay - Arizona/Utah Executive Director

Screen Actors Guild

1820 E Ray Road

Chandler, AZ  85225

Editor's note:  Since the day I first met Lucky, nearly 17 years ago, we were friends. On every occasion possible I would sit near or by her, we would share meals and walk together. She had a wonderful shining spirit and a soul that few others share. She was as solid unionist, believing in the day-player, extra, star and everyone in between. She fought for the branches, for open communications, for the most humble among us. I feel as if there is one fewer star shining in the sky, and the world is a bit more dim from her loss. To Hoot and her family, to the Arizona Branch who were family to her, and to all of my fellow members of the Regional Branch Division, the National Board and the President's Caucus, all I can say is you are not alone in your grief and in your prayers. God bess Lucky Hayes.

-Art Lynch

Very well stated Art. My heart is heavy today, as it grieves the loss of a dear friend. Her Christmas cards were always handmade. "Thanks for all you do," she'd write. Lucky, you were one of a kind. I will ache with the loss of you.
Be well, my sister.

Thanks Lucky for your passion, your compassion and your smile.

You lit up our world with your gifts and it's a better place
because you were here. 

May we all go forward powered by her spirit as an example of all
she stood for.  As painful as this is today, I am carrying many
wonderful memories of her laugh and her warmth that we were
all "lucky" enough to experience.

God bless her and her family.


Mike Pniewski
Actor, Speaker Author

Bravo, Art.

Brava, Lucky.  Take your bow.


Link to Lucky Hayes Obituary

A Broadway Legend still producing new works at 82

Return of the Prince

"In London, Mr. Prince says, there's still an old-fashioned theater community. "The fellow behind the ticket window will say, 'How's the show going? We're looking forward to it,' " Mr. Prince says.

That's not always so in New York, he says. "Rather frequently, I'll walk up to the box office and say, 'Do you have two seats reserved for Prince?' and they'll say, 'What's the name again?' ".
Theater is changing but some of the old values remain, including one of the most prolific of Broadway showmen. 
Harold Prince is a major contributor to Broadway and Broadway history. A really good story on him, and his latest projects, appeared in today's Wall Street Journal. If you cannot access if from your home account, log into the CSN Library and access the story as a is worth the read...
From the Wall Street Journal
At age 82, Broadway director and producer Harold Prince has 21 Tony Awards—more than anyone in the history of the business. Over the past six decades, he's produced hits from "West Side Story" to "Fiddler on the Roof," and directed shows like "Cabaret," "Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street" and "The Phantom of the Opera."
His next project: a new musical comedy based on an obscure Austrian novel, set to 19th-century music and opening next month at a tiny theater in southeast London. Mr. Prince is betting that he can bring the show to Broadway.
To get there, he may need to compete against revivals of shows that he helped create. The current Broadway revival of "A Little Night Music," which he directed and produced in 1973, is now a top moneymaker. A revival of "Evita," which he directed in New York in 1979, could hit Broadway in two years. And a "Phantom" sequel, "Love Never Dies," though just postponed from this fall, has announced plans to open in New York next spring.
Some theatergoers might be surprised to learn that a producer of the 1954 musical "The Pajama Game" is still opening new shows—a supposition at which Mr. Prince bridles. "Why are you surprised I'm still here?" he says on a recent afternoon in his Rockefeller Center office, amid posters from popular hits and books of avant-garde plays. "I'm not a retiring sort of fellow, and I've got a lot of energy still." Mr. Prince recently started carrying a BlackBerry and has begun sending text messages, mostly to his wife of 47 years, Judy.