Earl Leaf/Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Jayne Meadows has died, her agent confirmed to ABC News. She was 95.
Meadows, who was married to TV legend Steve Allen from 1954 until his death in 2000, was born in China and moved to Connecticut with her missionary parents as a child. As a teenager, she developed a love of theater and made a name for herself in a local company as "the redhead with the loud voice," she once told Emmy TV Legends.
Meadows went on to earn three Emmy nominations for her work on Meeting of Minds, St. Elsewhere and High Society. However, her favorite time professionally were the years she spent with her husband as a celebrity panelist on I've Got a Secret.
"That was a period in New York, where everybody I worked with, they were our best friends and I would do the show at night and the next day I'd be leaving the apartment...and the cab drivers [would yell], 'Jayney! Great show last night! How's Steve-o? How's the baby?'" she told Emmy TV Legends. "It was the medium that came into your living room. Every living room...they knew you as a friend."
Her work in TV was varied -- from appearances on What's My Line? and Hollywood Squares to The Honeymooners alongside her sister, Audrey Meadows. She also appeared on Broadway in Spring Again, The Gazebo, and Once In a Lifetime, and in films including Undercurrent and Lady in the Lake.
Meadows is survived by her son, Bill Allen.
"She was the most loving mother and grandmother I could ever imagine," he told Entertainment Tonight. "Seeing only the best in all her family members and giving us all confidence that we had value to offer the world and should take risks because we could do no wrong in her eyes."
ABC/Kelsey McNeal(NEW YORK) -- Ellen Pompeo gave Grey's Anatomy fans a hint at what her character, Dr. Meredith Grey, will deal with after the untimely death of her onscreen husband, Dr. Derek Shepherd, portrayed by Patrick Dempsey.
"I have always said what keeps me going is the fans. Knowing we move you and inspire you," she tweeted Monday. "There are so many people out there who have suffered tremendous loss and tragedy. Husbands and wives of soldiers, victims of senseless violence and parents who have lost children. People who get up each day and do what feels like is the impossible."
"So it [is] for these people and in the spirit of [resilience] I am honored and excited to tell the story of how Meredith goes on in the face of what feels like the impossible," Pompeo added.
She concluded, "I hope you will join me on her journey."
Dempsey's character on Grey's Anatomy was shockingly killed off the ABC series last Thursday. "McDreamy," as he was known to fans, was attempting to help victims of a car accident when his own vehicle was struck by a tractor-trailer, causing him serious injury. Pompeo's Dr. Grey, ultimately decided to take him off life support. Dempsey had starred on Grey's Anatomy since its premiere in 2005.
Ron Galella/WireImage(NEW YORK) — Even before Bruce Jenner became an Olympic champion, his first wife Chrystie Scott said, he told her early on during their marriage that he was struggling with being transgender and wanted to “be a woman.”
“It was such a shock to me, but he opened up his heart and confessed,” Scott said in an exclusive interview on ABC’s Good Morning America Monday. “[He said] he had to share this deep, dark secret and he told me he always wanted to be a woman and, understandably, I was speechless. I didn’t really know what to say.”
Jenner and Scott were married in 1972, and she was by his side as he took home the gold medal for the decathlon at the 1976 Summer Olympics in Montreal. Jenner was crowned an American hero during the Cold War, and afterwards, endorsement deals and appearance opportunities poured in. His likeness became a nationwide brand, and Jenner appeared in ads, movies and TV shows.
But it was during their first year of marriage, Scott said, that the former Olympian told her about his issues.
“I was really pleased that he shared that intimacy with me, that he trusted me with his deepest, darkest secret,” she said.
Bruce Jenner told ABC News’ Diane Sawyer during an exclusive interview, which aired in a special edition of 20/20 Friday, that Scott was probably “the first one to know” he was quietly struggling with gender identity. Jenner referred to himself using male pronouns during the interview and ABC News has chosen to follow his lead, though he also referred to himself as “Bruce” and “her.”
“I didn’t go heavily into it back then,” Jenner told Sawyer. “I said, ‘These are my issues. This is what I deal with.’ And they think I do a little cross dressing, I do a little of this, a little of that, you know, ‘It’s going to be fine; we’ll work all this stuff out.’”
Six years into their marriage, Jenner and Scott had their first child together, Burt. Scott was pregnant with their second child, Cassandra, when the couple separated. They divorced in 1981.
When asked if Jenner’s struggle with being transgender was what led to their divorce, Scott told Good Morning America that, “It was an underlying unrest and an underlying dissatisfaction of being married that led to our divorce.”
“His career as a decathlete was over,” she continued. “There were a lot of changes in his life that made him an unhappy guy right then, so that could have been a big factor. I don’t know. It wasn’t a thing that we explored because it didn’t seem like, it didn’t rear its ugly head.”
Scott said his issues were difficult for her to understand, at the time.
“It’s so hard to wrap your head around it, especially because he was such a manly man and he didn’t display any female style in any way,” she said. “He never indicated anything feminine in his demeanor. It was pretty hard to wrap my head around it, but it didn’t threaten me. It didn’t threaten our marriage. It wasn’t really a threat. It wasn’t a problem.”
Scott kept Jenner’s secret to herself for decades. She said she was very proud of Jenner for coming forward with his story and hopes he can serve as an inspiration to others.
“I’m sure there are plenty of people that don’t have the courage to come out at all, ever, and they live private, dark, tortured lives, and that’s tragic. That’s just tragic,” she said. “The fact that he did share it with me that first year, I felt like it was actually a gift that he gave to me, that he trusted me with something so intimate. I felt like I was in charge of something that I had to hold private and dear and quiet.”
Scott said she and the rest of Jenner’s family, including his children, their spouses, grandchildren and his second wife, Linda Thompson, gathered together to watch Sawyer’s two-hour interview with him at Scott and Jenner’s daughter Cassandra’s house, and that watching his journey through the years was “surreal.”
“I think it was cathartic to watch it together. I think it was cathartic to him,” she said. “ It was a good experience for all of us to go through together, to watch it together. After he left we talked about it together, the kids, how it felt to them. How it felt to me. How it felt to Linda. It was pretty intense.”
But Scott said it was hard for her to watch Jenner’s journey, knowing that he went through the triumphs of Olympic glory, then suffered from depression for years, before deciding to go through with his transition.
“Going back to the Olympics and seeing him as this manly man and, I must say, it was pretty great,” Scott said. “And then to see him go through this anguish. I know it’s been painful for him. I know it’s been a torment in his life.”
“It broke my heart,” she continued. “I reached over and tried to give him a little bit of comfort. It broke my heart for him. It was sad.”
Tommaso Boddi/WireImage(LOS ANGELES) — Brad Pitt is often regarded as one of Hollywood's most handsome leading men.
So, when he appeared at an event over the weekend with a bruise on his face, many wondered what could have happened.
"This is what happens when you try to run up steps in the dark, with your arms full, wearing flip flops," he told People magazine. "Turns out if you then try to stop your forward momentum with your face, the result is road rash."
Pitt wasn't vain about hiding the injury, however. The event, a benefit for Austism Speaks, was too important to him to stay cooped up at home. "I was honored to be a part of this important event," he said.
The actor bid $23,000 for a Fender Stratocaster that was signed by all the performers, such as Stephen Stills and Neil Young.
ABC/Craig Sjodin(LOS ANGELES) -- After Dancing with the Stars pro Derek Hough injured both feet last week, ABC released a statement, saying it was "unclear" if he'd be able to perform on Monday night's episode with his partner, Nastia Liukin. Now, we have more clarity: Hough says he can't.
"Although I can sort of wobble around...I don't know, I can't dance," Hough said on a clip that aired on Monday's Good Morning America.
Hough also further explained his injuries, which he suffered while rehearsing for the 10th anniversary Dancing with the Stars special.
"I kicked my foot really hard against a light; broke my toe. And as I was going to get ice for my toe, I rolled my ankle severely and sprained it," he said.
While Hough continues to recover, Liukin will perform with pro-dancer Sasha Farber for Monday night's Dancing with the Stars.
ABC News(NEW YORK) -- The 1980s were a painful time for some of Bruce Jenner's older children, who told ABC News' Diane Sawyer in an exclusive interview that their father, an Olympic icon and international celebrity, seemed to vanish during those years.
Three decades later, they finally understand why.
“We have a very complex relationship,” Jenner’s daughter, Cassandra Marino, told Sawyer. “He’s disappeared out of our lives, especially out of my life. So ... I’m looking forward to this next chapter.”
That next chapter emerged with Jenner embarking on a transition to life as a woman, which Jenner discussed in a two-hour interview with Sawyer during a special edition of 20/20 that aired Friday.
In previously unseen remarks from that interview, Jenner’s children discussed the pain that their father’s absence caused -- and how their relationships have since improved.
“Us missing, you know, a time of our lives is still probably the hardest thing for us to deal with,” Brandon Jenner said. “We’re trying not to look back. We’re just looking forward.”
Bruce Jenner admitted that he was too often absent from his children’s lives during the 1980s, a period of depression and isolation as he faced an identity crisis. During the interview, Jenner referred to himself using male pronouns and ABC News has chosen to follow his lead, though he also referred to himself as “Bruce” and “her.”
“The big formative years for them, I was really struggling with these issues,” Jenner said. “I talked to all the boys about this after the fact, that, yeah, I didn’t do a good job. And I apologized to my kids for that.”
Jenner’s children have a message: All is forgiven.
“In seeing him come out to me and explain his true self, I was more proud right there to carry the last name Jenner and to be part of the family than at any time before,” said Brandon Jenner.
Burt Jenner, the former Olympian’s first child, agreed.
“The one thing, I think, that we have gained that means more to us than anything is the honesty,” Burt Jenner said.
The Kardashian-Jenner posse, Bruce Jenner’s reality TV cohorts, expressed support on social media -- Kris and their two daughters, Kendall and Kylie, each called Jenner “my hero” on Twitter.
Khloe Kardashian deployed an old family nickname -- “Bruzer” -- in a tweet during the broadcast.
Kourtney Kardashian was also supportive. “Woke up with a smile on my face knowing this will change lives,” she wrote.
Jenner’s journey carries special resonance for the transgender community. Transgender model Arisce Wanzer told ABC News that Jenner’s declaration is a major flashpoint.
“This is huge. It is going to change TV, it is going to change people’s minds, it is going to change the fans’ minds, and everyone is going to have to open their minds,” Wanzer said.
Arin Andrews and Katie Rain Hill, both transgender authors, said this is just the beginning.
“This is going to help people," Hill said. "I know, right now, someone watched this special and it clicked. It suddenly made sense to them.”
“When it all comes down to it, we all bleed red, and we are all human, and we are all trying to be happy,” Andrews said.
ABC News(NEW YORK) -- In a previously unseen exchange between ABC News’ Diane Sawyer and Bruce Jenner during an interview about his revelation that he considers himself a woman, the former Olympian likened his coming out to winning the 1976 Olympic decathlon.
“Actually, I thought of the title for a book is The Eleventh Event: Overcoming Life's Obstacles...because life is much more difficult than running a decathlon, I guarantee you,” he said in the exchange that aired for the first time Monday on Good Morning America.
When Sawyer followed up by adding, “But ultimately you win or lose from what's inside,” Jenner agreed.
“Everybody's got stuff,” said the 65-year-old father and grandfather. “Everybody's got their things that they've got to deal with. This happens to be my thing that I've dealt with my whole life. I'm trying to do something about it for the good, OK. And I don't think anybody could be critical about that. At least I hope not.”
Jenner’s admission has sparked a national conversation about gender. In another exchange that aired for the first time on GMA Monday, he recalled the early stages of his transition. He wasn’t yet ready to share his secret with the world but found himself besieged by paparazzi.
The changes to his face were apparent, Sawyer said.
“Yes, I gave [them] ammunition, OK,” Jenner said.
When Sawyer asked Jenner why, he replied: “Because I'm trying to live with myself ... trying to be myself.”
During the interview, which first aired on Friday, Jenner referred to himself using male pronouns and ABC News has followed his lead, though he also referred to himself as “Bruce” and “her.”
For decades, Jenner’s ex-wives and sister kept the secret of his gender identity struggle as the only people who knew. The circle expanded recently when Jenner told his mother and his 10 children -- biological children Burt, Cassandra, Brandon, Brody, Kendall and Kylie, and stepchildren Kourtney, Kim, Khloe and Rob Kardashian.
Photo by: Paul Drinkwater/NBC(NEW YORK) — Sophia Bush is mourning the loss of an ex-boyfriend who was among the casualties in the devastating earthquake in Nepal on Saturday.
Google executive Dan Fredinburg had been hiking Mount Everest, where the earthquake caused an avalanche.
Bush posted a tribute to Fredinburg on Instagram on Saturday, writing, "There are no adequate words. Today I find myself attempting to pick up the pieces of my heart that have broken into such tiny shards, I'll likely never find them all."
Calling Fredinburg an incredible friend who was "one-of-a-kind," the Chicago P.D. star stated, "He was one of my favorite human beings on Earth. He was one of the great loves of my life. He was one of my truest friends. He was an incredible brother, a brilliant engineer, and a damn good man. I'm devastated and simultaneously so deeply grateful to have known and loved him, and to have counted him as one of my tribe."
Bush and Fredinburg reportedly split in February of 2014.
The magnitude-7.8 earthquake in Nepal killed at least 4,000 people.
ABC/Randy Holmes(SANTA FE, N.M.) — A number of Native American actors recently quit Adam Sandler’s new Netflix movie, The Ridiculous Six, because of perceived stereotyping offensive to their culture.
The movie began filming earlier this month in Santa Fe, New Mexico.
A scene where a Native American woman passes out and can only be revived by an alcoholic beverage was no laughing matter for extra Allie Young, especially since reservations across the country struggle with alcoholism.
“It perpetuates that stereotype and you know, that's crossing the line,” says Young.
Young says American Indians struggle with negative stereotyping and the movie won’t help.
“Native youth, to see that portrayal of them on Netflix or on the big screen, it only makes them feel more ashamed, because here are more people laughing at them,” she said.
But one of the Native American actors, Bonifacio Gurule, says only a few took issue with the jokes and they should lighten up. “Lighten up, it's a comedy, not a documentary,” says Gurule.
In a statement last Thursday to ABC News, a Netflix spokeswoman said, "The movie has ridiculous in the title for a reason: because it is ridiculous. It is a broad satire of Western movies and the stereotypes they popularized, featuring a diverse cast that is not only part of — but in on — the joke."
ABC(LOS ANGELES) — Dancing with the Stars will showcase the past, the present and the future of dancing on Monday night's show.
The seven remaining couples will perform dances from different time periods, ranging from the 1920s to the present and beyond, as part of "Eras Night."
Riker Lynch will turn back the clock to the '20s for a quickstep with his pro partner, Allison Holker. Their main goal is to impress head judge Len Goodman.
Holker tells ABC Radio, "We gotta show Len that we are hearing him, we're working really hard. And I feel like I've said that every single week, and I'm really trying in rehearsals to give Len what he wants."
Lynch adds, "I want to be the first one that gets the 10 from Len." Shark Tank star Robert Herjavec and his partner, Kym Johnson, are at the bottom of the leader board entering the week, but they say they're excited about the '80s Argentine tango they have planned. Johnson says, "Thank goodness we have a slower song, which is really up our alley."
The couple with the highest overall score of the night will be granted immunity and will not be eligible for elimination. The other couples will compete in a dance-off to tack on extra points to their score.
Sharna Burgess says preparation for the dance-off won't leave much time for her and her celebrity partner, double amputee war vet Noah Galloway, to bicker with one another, as they have in the recent past. She declares, "We can't be worried about arguments on camera. This week it's about dancing for us and we have to make that happen."
Andy Grammer will serve as the musical guest, singing his current hit, "Honey, I'm Good."
Here's a rundown of the time-period dances the celebrities will perform:
Noah Galloway dancing '70s Jazz
Robert Herjavec dancing an '80s Argentine Tango
Nastia Liukin dancing a Modern Charleston
Riker Lynch dancing a '20s Quickstep
Willow Shields dancing a Futuristic Jazz
Chris Soules dancing a '40s Foxtrot
Rumer Willis dancing a '60s Jive
On Tuesday night, ABC will air Dancing with the Stars: 10th Anniversary Special, featuring past and present cast members, at 8 p.m. Eastern time.
Marc Bryan-Brown/WireImage(LOS ANGELES) — The 42nd Annual Daytime Emmy Awards ended with a tie on Sunday night.
The top prize, outstanding drama series, was split between NBC's Days of Our Lives and CBS' The Young and the Restless.
Earlier in the night, Jeopardy! was named outstanding game show, while Craig Ferguson accepted the award for outstanding game show host for his work on the first-year program Celebrity Name Game.
Steve Harvey and The Ellen DeGeneres Show earned the prizes for outstanding talk show -- informative and outstanding talk show -- entertainment, respectively.
Betty White, 93, was recognized with a lifetime achievement award.
In a poignant moment, Melissa Rivers made an appearance as part of a tribute to her late mother, Joan Rivers.
The two hour-plus broadcast began with a pre-taped segment in which Ellen DeGeneres and Matt Lauer called a truce to their ongoing prank war. In the video, Lauer -- whose head was superimposed on a sexy man's body at one point -- agreed to donate a thousand dollars to charity every time a winner thanked him during his or her acceptance speech. Several winners complied throughout the night.
Tyra Banks hosted the ceremony live from Burbank, California, on the Pop network.
You can browse a complete list of winners at EmmyOnline.com. Here's a look at select categories: Outstanding Drama Series Tie: Days of Our Lives, NBC, and The Young and the Restless, CBS Outstanding Culinary Program Barefoot Contessa: Back to Basics, Food Network Outstanding Game Show Jeopardy!, syndicated Outstanding Morning Program CBS Sunday Morning, CBS Outstanding Talk Show / Informative Steve Harvey, syndicated Outstanding Talk Show / Entertainment The Ellen DeGeneres Show, syndicated Outstanding Entertainment News Program Entertainment Tonight, CBS Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series Maura West, as Ava Jerome, General Hospital, ABC Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series Anthony Geary, as Luke Spencer, General Hospital, ABC Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series Amelia Heinle, as Victoria Newman, The Young and the Restless, CBS Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series Chad Duell, as Michael Corinthos, General Hospital, ABC Outstanding Game Show Host Craig Ferguson, Celebrity Name Game, syndicated Outstanding Informative Talk Show Host Mario Batali, Carla Hall, Clinton Kelly, Daphne Oz, Michael Symon, The Chew, ABC Outstanding Entertainment Talk Show Host Kelly Ripa, Michael Strahan, Live! with Kelly and Michael, syndicated
Michael Tullberg/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — In an interview with the website Close-Up Film, Daredevil star Charlie Cox admits while he hadn't read any comics before he was cast as blind lawyer/superhero vigilante Matt Murdock, he's now a voracious fan of the hero's "incredible back-catalogue."
Cox explained it was important that the just-released Netflix show -- which has just been renewed for a second season -- worked for both die-hard fans and, "an audience that didn't necessarily grow up on comics and superhero films," who can still appreciate it as a crime drama.
The actor enthused, "I love this show and I love being on it and I was so impressed with the execution and the resolve of the creators is a bonus, and the fact that it's been well received obviously makes you feel very good."
Cox is looking forward to season 2 -- and maybe a big screen bow of his "Man Without Fear" alongside the other Avengers. "It'd be great. I've read [the] Civil War [comic series]...I know [Daredevil's] in there but I think I missed the boat on [Captain America: Civil War] because they're filming that [now]. That 2016 Marvel Studios film pits Robert Downey Jr.'s Iron Man against Chris Evans' Captain America, and features a slew of heroes on both sides, including Spider-Man.
However, Cox, like Murdock, is keeping his ears open. "It's in my contract that if they want me to do it, I'm there, and I would love that. That would be an extension of the dream, but I'm a pretty happy customer at this point, to get to do the series again."
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Universal(NEW YORK) -- At the box office this weekend, Furious 7 dominated yet again.
For a fourth straight week, Furious 7 took the top spot, taking in $18.3 million.
The last time a film was on top for that long was the Hunger Games three years ago. It’s expected that Furious 7’s reign will finally come to an end as the Avengers sequel opens next week.
Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2 which opened last weekend, finished in second place around $3 million behind Furious 7.
Here are the top ten films of the weekend according to boxofficemojo.com:
1. Furious 7: $18.25 million 2. Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2: $15.50 million 3. The Age of Adaline: $13.37 million 4. Home: $8.3 million 5. Unfriended: $6.24 million 6. Ex Machina: $5.44 million 7. The Longest Ride: $4.36 million 8. Get Hard: $3.90 million 9. Monkey Kingdom: $3.55 million 10. Woman in Gold: $3.50 million