September 3, 2012 1:30 pm 9:15 pm
Michael Clarke Duncan, the tall and massively built actor with the shaved head and deep voice who received an Academy Award nomination for his moving portrayal of a gentle death row inmate in the 1999 prison drama “The Green Mile,” died Monday. He was 54.
The Chicago native rose to fame playing a hulking inmate with a special psychic gift opposite Tom Hanks in the 1999 film, adapted from the novel by Stephen King.
Duncan was born on Dec. 10, 1957 on the South Side and was raised, along with his sister, Judy, by his mother, Jean in the Kenwood neighborhood, his sister said. According to the Internet Movie Database, his mother refused to let him play high school football, so he turned to acting. After high school, he played basketball at Kankakee Community College and worked as a ditch digger for Peoples Gas in Chicago before moving to Hollywood.
Standing 6-foot-5 and weighing roughly 315 pounds, Duncan parlayed his considerable size into a career as a Hollywood security guard, working for the likes of Will Smith and the rapper Notorious B.I.G. His first movie role came in 1998′s “Armageddon” with Bruce Willis; Willis later helped the fledgling actor land the “Green Mile” gig.
Clarke had been in a romantic relationship with reality TV star the Rev. Omarosa Manigault, best known for her time on NBC’s competition series “The Apprentice.”
He suffered a myocardial infarction July 13 and never fully recovered.
Publicist Joy Fehily released a statement from Manigault, who was engaged to Duncan, saying the 54-year-old actor died Monday morning in a Los Angeles hospital after nearly two months of treatment.
Just a quick check on the latest from LeAnn Rimes and her heavy-handed lawsuit against the CA school teacher… nothing new to report.
However, did find LeAnn’s website a bit interesting in that she, or whoever runs her site, has disabled comments for her “LeAnn Enters Rehab” item along with a few others!
There are so many sides to LeAnn’s story, it’s difficult to dissect. However, had no idea that LeAnn took twitter and/or her “fans” so seriously… to the point of taking them to lunch in the hopes of swaying their opinions of her!
Hope LeAnn has on her rehab reading list “How To Win Friends And Influence People!” Whatever the case, LeAnn filing a lawsuit is NOT the answer.
Insightful article from LeAnn’s September 2010 interview with SHAPE:
On her reasons for cheating:
“My relationship with Dean was great, but ultimately it wasn’t a fulfilling marriage for either of us. We got married so young: I was 19 and he was 21, so as we got older, we grew apart. I understand why people are disappointed in me, especially since I grew up as America’s sweetheart. I think any relationship is hard to get out of, and I don’t think the way I did it was right.
I truly believe there are lessons in it for me to learn. Cultivating strength from rough situations is the most important thing.
After going through this, I know I can face anything.”
If you were wondering what KomaKathy Wakile’s “award winning” red velvet drink tasted like, SH reader “LoveSH” took the time to do a taste test! NOTE: Yes, KomaKathy’s cosmo IS an award-winning cocktail… Kathy’s people sent SH details and the list of award recipients back in February… and KomaKathy’s cosmo was included!
From Wine Anthology…
Here are the results of the taste test… first Verbal Reactions from 7 people:
- Kooliad but ..Watered down Kool aid
- Did you neice make this koolaid for you?
- Was this what you said she made when she was here? At least she tried (Melissa and I laugh)
- No, creme soda runny (yes, he said runny creme soda)
- No, it’s like water with creme liquor and red coloringIs this going to give me heart burn?
- Do you have any sprite, I might be able to tolerate it better?
- Gross! Anyone want this, I have to get ready [crap] taste like syrup.
- No, this don’t taste like Red Velvet cake, this taste like Dimmetap
- No, Dimmetap is grape, my mom gave that to me when I was a kid, it’s worse than Dimmetap, this taste like sweet N low.
- What is sweet N low, must be gross.
- Yes, that is what was said.
We did try to mix it with Sprite and add vodka to it, some added captain Morgan, it was a bit more tolerable. But as far as a ready to drink, drink. 1 star. Surprising on the label it says 15 % alcohol. I didn’t taste any alcohol. It did fizz, there is preservatives but that’s expected.
(Thanks to SH reader “Loves SH”!! Would have been great to have photos. Interesting that not one photo was available and that the second Cosmo bottle was thrown in the trash. )
Teresa Giudice wearing another of her collection of mono-kinis! Tree is still at the Jersey Shore with Juicy and her kids…
NOTE: Tree claims in her BravoBlog that she has no PR people? These photos of Tree at the shore were very obviously arranged. Who could have possibly arranged them? Tree herself?? The more ‘popular’ a Housewife becomes, the more ‘people’ they get in their corner… and everybody knows that part of Tree’s PR team is Steven Levine!
(Thanks to SH readers “MP” “cybraxis” and “FLPhil”!!)