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Barbara Rush, Actor Who Co-Starred With Frank Sinatra And Paul Newman Among Others, Dies At 97

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Los Angeles  — Barbara Rush, a prominent starring actor in the 1950s and 1960s who costarred with Frank Sinatra, Paul Newman, and other top film performers before launching a successful television career, has died. She was 97.

Fox News correspondent Claudia Cowan, Rush’s daughter, revealed her mother’s death on Instagram on Easter Sunday. Additional information was not immediately available.

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Barbara Rush, Actor Who Co-Starred With Frank Sinatra And Paul Newman Among Others, Dies At 97

Cowan described her mother as “among the last of “Old Hollywood Royalty,” and referred to herself as her mother’s “greatest fan.”

Rush was spotted in a play at the Pasadena Playhouse and signed a contract with Paramount Studios in 1950. That same year, she made her film debut with a small role in “The Goldbergs,” based on the radio and TV series of the same name.

However, she left Paramount shortly after to work for Universal International and eventually 20th Century Fox.

“Paramount wasn’t geared for developing new talent,” she remarked in 1954. “Every time a good role came along, they tried to borrow Elizabeth Taylor.”

Rush went on to act in a variety of films. She played opposite Rock Hudson in “Captain Lightfoot” and Douglas Sirk’s acclaimed remake of “Magnificent Obsession,” Audie Murphy in “World in My Corner,” and Richard Carlson in the 3-D science-fiction classic “It Came From Outer Space,” for which she won the Golden Globe for most promising newcomer.

Other film credits include Nicholas Ray’s classic “Bigger Than Life,” “The Young Lions” starring Marlon Brando, Dean Martin, and Montgomery Clift, and “The Young Philadelphians” with Newman. She collaborated with Sinatra on two films: “Come Blow Your Horn” and the Rat Pack satire “Robin and the Seven Hoods,” which starred Martin and Sammy Davis Jr.

Rush, who had been making TV guest appearances for years, remembers embracing the transformation as she entered middle age.

“There used to be this terrible Sahara Desert between 40 and 60 when you went from ingenue to old lady,” she said when she was sixty-two. “You either didn’t work or you pretended you were 20.”

Instead, Rush appeared on shows such as “Peyton Place,” “All My Children,” “The New Dick Van Dyke Show,” and “7th Heaven.”

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Barbara Rush, Actor Who Co-Starred With Frank Sinatra And Paul Newman Among Others, Dies At 97

In a 1997 interview, she joked, “I’m one of those people who will perform as soon as you open the refrigerator door and the light turns on.”

Her debut production was a road company adaptation of the comedy “Forty Carats,” which had been a hit in New York. The director, Abe Burrows, assisted her with comedy acting.

“It was very, very difficult for me to learn timing at first, especially the business of waiting for a laugh,” she said. But she learned, and the play lasted a year in Chicago and several months on the road.

She went on to star in tours like “Same Time, Next Year,” “Father’s Day,” “Steel Magnolias,” and her play, “A Woman of Independent Means.”

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Barbara Rush, Actor Who Co-Starred With Frank Sinatra And Paul Newman Among Others, Dies At 97

Rush was born in Denver and spent her first ten years moving around while her father, a mining company lawyer, was moved to different towns. The family eventually settled in Santa Barbara, California, where little Barbara performed as a fabled dryad in a school play and fell in love with acting.

Rush was married and divorced three times: to screen star Jeffrey Hunter, Hollywood publicity executive Warren Cowan, and sculptor James Gruzalski.

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Dickey Betts, Co-Founder Of The Allman Brothers Band, Dead At 80

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Dickey Betts, a guitarist and co-founder of the Allman Brothers Band, has died, according to a family statement released to CNN on Thursday by his longtime manager.

Betts was eighty.

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“It is with profound sadness and heavy hearts that the Betts family announces the peaceful passing of Forrest Richard ‘Dickey’ Betts,” according to the statement. “The well-known performer, songwriter, bandleader, and family patriarch passed away this morning at his home in Osprey, Florida, with his family by his side. Dickey was larger than life, and his absence will be felt around the world. During this terrible time, the family requests prayers and respect for their privacy in the coming days. More information will be provided at the proper time.”

Betts’ manager, David Spero, told Rolling Stone that the guitarist had cancer and chronic obstructive lung disease.

Betts, who was born in West Palm Beach, Florida, grew up listening to bluegrass, country music, and, subsequently, rock & roll. Betts, bass guitarist Berry Oakley, drummers Butch Trucks and Jaimoe, and brothers Gregg and Duane Allman formed the Allman Brothers Band in 1969, and are credited with helping create the sound and genre of Southern rock in the 1960s and 1970s.

Betts composed and sung the band’s biggest song, “Ramblin’ Man.” Initially, he created the song with the intention of having another artist sing it.

“I was going to send ‘Ramblin’ Man’ to Johnny Cash,” Betts stated in 2020, later adding that he “thought it was a great song for him.”

“But everyone liked the song. Even my father enjoyed the song before we recorded it or anything. And I’m thinking I’ll email this to Johnny Cash and see if he wants to perform it,” he added. “The producer (Johnny Sandlin) mentioned that we needed another song for the record and asked if I had any. I explained, ‘Well, I got one, but I was going to send it to Nashville for Cash to record.’ He said, ‘Let’s hear it. And then, ‘No! We gotta do it.'”

Betts also wrote the popular Allman Brothers songs “Blue Sky” and “Jessica.”

Duane Allman died in a motorcycle accident in 1971, and Oakley died in a motorcycle crash the following year. Betts and Gregg Allman became the band’s leaders, but creative disputes and substance misuse prompted the group to split up and reform several times.

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Cameron Crowe, then 16, followed the Allman Brothers Band on tour in 1973 for a Rolling Stone cover story that would later serve as the basis for Crowe’s Oscar-winning 2000 film “Almost Famous.” In 2017, Crowe described Billy Crudup’s key rock star character as “a tribute” to Betts.

In an email to CNN later that day, Crowe referred to Betts as “a guitarist for the ages, the musical glue that held together The Allman Brothers Band for many years.”

“Dickey’s quiet warmth, and his timeless contribution to American music was a big inspiration for our film,” said the writer-director.

Betts quit the Allman Brothers Band in a widely publicized separation in 2000. While the band continued to tour for nearly 15 years and issued one more studio album, Betts performed with his Great Southern ensemble, which included his son Duane, and released another studio album of new songs. Betts retired in 2014.

Also on Friday, the Allman Brothers Band issued an official statement, stating that Betts’ “extraordinary guitar playing alongside guitarist Duane Allman created a unique dual guitar signature sound that became the signature sound of the genre known as Southern Rock.”

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“He was passionate in life, be it music, songwriting, fishing, hunting, boating, golf, karate or boxing,” the statement went on to say. “Dickey was all in on and excelled at anything that caught his attention.”

When asked what he enjoyed most about music, Betts told the Sarasota Herald Tribune in 2020 that it was the impact it had on his listeners.

“I like the crowds mainly, and what the music did for them,” he went on to say. “They enjoyed the music more than I did. I just love how the crowd can drift off into another universe during a concert.”

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Taylor Swift Drops 15 New Songs On Double Album, ‘The Tortured Poets Department: The Anthology’

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NEW YORK — Could there be a Taylor Swift new album release without any added surprises?

No.

On Friday, the pop star released her 11th album, “The Tortured Poets Department,” which is an amalgamation of her previous work and reflects the artist who, at the height of her powers, has spent the last few years re-recording her life’s work and touring it, filtered through synth-pop anthems, breakup ballads, provocative and matured considerations.

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But it was midnight. At 2 a.m. Eastern, she released “The Tortured Poets Department: The Anthology,” which included 15 new songs.

“I’d written so much tortured poetry in the past 2 years and wanted to share it all with you, so here’s the second installment,” Swift wrote in an Instagram caption. “And now the story isn’t mine anymore… it’s all yours.”

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The songs are a natural continuation of the first half of the album, with many returning to her “evermore” and “folklore” style, aided by her partner Aaron Dessner.

Swift has surprised her fans before, and she has surely done so with a surprise album release. A few months after “folklore” was released in 2020, she revealed that “evermore” will be available at midnight on the same day. Speaking of midnight, she released a “3am” edition of “Midnights” with seven new tracks in 2022, just a few hours after the original release.

Taylor Swift’s album “The Tortured Poets Department” is now available.

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Music Writer Maria Sherman describes it as “an amalgamation of an artist who has spent the last few years re-recording her life’s work and touring its material, filtered through synth-pop anthems, breakup ballads, provocative and matured subject matter.”

Swift revealed a surprise two hours after the album’s release: 15 more tracks.

Swift’s first original album since her record-breaking Eras Tour debuted last year.

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Britain’s Prince Harry Formally Confirms He is Now a US Resident

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LONDON — Prince Harry, King Charles III’s son and fifth in line to the British throne, has publicly certified that he is now a US resident.

Four years after Harry and his American bride, Meghan, the Duchess of Sussex, moved to a villa in Southern California, a travel firm he owns filed paperwork this week alerting British officials that he has relocated and is now “usually resident” in the United States.

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The formal acknowledgment highlights the prince’s growing isolation from Britain, following his and Meghan’s departure from royal duties to chase lucrative media partnerships in America. Since then, Harry has often challenged the royal family, including claims of unconscious racism made in a Netflix series and the prince’s autobiography, “Spare.”

Travalyst Ltd, a company created in 2020 to “promote global awareness of the importance of sustainable tourism,” filed the paperwork. Harry owns at least 75% of the company. Companies House, the government body in charge of overseeing company incorporation in the United Kingdom, received the papers on Monday.

The filing further distinguishes Harry from his status as one of the king’s counselors of state, which are members of the royal family who can be deputized to carry out the monarch’s duties if he is ill or away from the nation.

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While Harry is still a counselor of state, the crown warned Parliament in 2022 that “in practice” only working members of the royal family will be called upon to fill in for the monarch.

Although Harry and Meghan, also known as the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, have established themselves in the rich enclave of Montecito, where they are raising their baby son and daughter, Harry is also under investigation for his US status.

The Heritage Foundation, a conservative think organization, has questioned the Department of Homeland Security’s decision to grant Harry a visa to the United States following drug-related admissions in “Spare.”

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The organization, which has petitioned a judge to order the department to release Harry’s immigration records, claims that the prince either lied on his visa application or was given preferential treatment because a history of drug usage would typically preclude an applicant from receiving a visa.

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