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BREAKING NEWS: Donna Summer Dead at 63! Queen of Disco Succumbs to Lung Cancer!

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Such shocking and terrible news to report this morning.  Legendary R&B and Disco icon and singer, Donna Summer has died at age 63!  Summer passed away this morning in Florida, due to her battle with lung cancer.

According to TMZ.com,  “Summer reportedly contracted the cancer from inhaling toxic particles inhaled during the 9/11 attacks!  Sources close to Summer told TMZ,  the singer was trying to keep the extent of her illness under wraps.  We spoke to someone who was with Summer a couple of weeks ago … who says she didn’t seem too bad.  In fact, we’re told she was focused on trying to finish up an album she had been working on. ”

Following her death, the singer’s family released this statement, that they “are at peace celebrating her extraordinary life and her continued legacy.  Words truly can’t express how much we appreciate your prayers and love for our family at this sensitive time.”

Summer was a 5-time Grammy winner who shot to super stardom in the ’70s with iconic hits like Last Dance, Hot Stuff and Bad Girls.   Donna Summer had been living in Englewood, Fla., with her husband Bruce Sudano of the Brooklyn Dreams, and they have two daughters, Brooklyn and Amanda, and Summer has a daugher, Mimi, from a previous marriage.

One of the truly great singers of our time, it is a heartbreaking loss! From She Work’s Hard for the Money, Love to Love You Baby, MacArthur Park and On The Radio, there were so many smash hits for Summer.  Which was your favorite? How do you feel about the loss of Donna Summer on the heels of losing Whitney Houston? Let us know your thoughts!

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I will never forgot you and I dancing to “MacArthur Park”. Ever! One of the best memories of my entire life!

barbara t
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I loved her music, Beautiful voice, R.I.P Donna Summer.

Susan M.
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Susan M.

Read my comments BELOW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Please REPLY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Jeffrey
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Jeffrey

I was shocked when I read Breaking News from Yahoo.com right before I go to work about 1am my time, I never ever forget this true icon legend and we all love Donna.. make room for Donna,Whitney. 🙂

kay killgore
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kay killgore

RIP Ms. Summer the Queen of Disco!!!!

Brian Greene
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Brian Greene

I especially loved the late 1970s duet between Donna Summer & Barbra Streisand–Enough Is Enough, No More Tears!

Rest In Peace & Sing With The Angels, Dear Donna!

Christy
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Christy

sorry to hear this… lost track of her but hearing her name brings up memories of college and later my little niece would be wiggling to the beat of her favorite music “donasuma”. Another niece years later played Last
Dance at the end of her reception. Her music will always remind me of good times. Read her life history today as soon as I heard she died. Lots about her I didn’t know – especially the musicals and living in Germany… very interesting. Thank you Donna! loved the music!

Blake
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Blake

So sad to see another music legend pass! Will have to play some Donna Summer on Youtube and Itunes!

Patrick
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Patrick

Wow! God Bless Donna Summer. RIP. The first thing that came to mind… was when i lived in Hawaii… and “Last Dance”… was the last song… that “Hula’s” played…. ie: about 1:45 a.m… She danced. We danced. Who hasn’t sung her songs. two songs that really mean something to me… “Love is in control” & “I remember Yesturday”. Take care. She figured prominently in the music industry… What a STAR.

Eileen Hargis
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Eileen Hargis

Such a huge loss, who will ever forget Last Dance?

Susan M.
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Susan M.

I Loved Donna Summer… Going to the Disco’s in the late 70’s hearing a lot of her songs………………She was THE BEST at that time…She had one hit after another!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I saw Donna Summer in person at Caesar’s Palace in Atlantic City N J. in the 90’s as I remember………..She even sounded better in person…She had her sister, her husband, & her two daughter’s on stage with her………..She said feel free to dance in the isles & I got up & danced in the Isles…..I had a aewsome time…I will nevver forget it…………………..I have four of her cd’s.. I played some… Read more »

barbara t
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barbara t

Lucky you, I love her music I have 2 of her cd’s, sounds like you had a very good time, I would have loved to see her.

Susan M.
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Susan M.

MACARTHUR PARK!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Susan M.
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Susan M.

She was the best in my book!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

RJ4
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RJ4

Sorry to hear about her passing. I danced to many of her songs in the day. RIP

Lew
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Lew

That Bad Girls album was so hot!! Rest in peace.

Susan M.
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Susan M.

I have the movie ” Thank God It’s Friday’!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! It’s not a great movie but, it’s the music!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! All great songs of the late 70’s……….And Donna Summer is in it Singing at the end of the movie “LAST DANCE”. Other songs Brick House sung by Lionel Richie, etc………………………………………………………She was THE QUEEN OF DISCO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!Dancing to her music in the disco’s in N.J. In the late to mid 70’s…..Wearing those danskin bodysuits……………………………………..The dresses with the slits…..And the hair do’s..I wore my hair short. My style was called the wedge cut…Styled & dried in 10 minutes…………………………………………………………The Soap Factory in Jersey had four separate… Read more »

Susan M.
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Susan M.

Today I was playing Donna Summer cd’s in my car. While doing some erands…I was singing & also felt like dancing but I was driving…..Great dancing music…………….

Susan M.
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Susan M.

She was HOT STUFF!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Susan M.
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Susan M.

Donna Summer music was played the most…And then there weere The Bee Gees(Stayin Alive)……………………………………………………………………………………..

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Soap Smarts: How Daytime Dramas Are Using Ingenuity To Get Back Into Production During COVID-19

Daytime dramas seldom get the credit they deserve, and now they should be getting further credit for being the first back into production as the coronavirus pandemic continues to rage on, and trying to implement new ways to keep their trademarks love scenes, intimate moments and two-person scenes somehow looking in tact; even though it will be far from how it was done in the past.

In the story from the Associated Press The Bold and the Beautiful EP, and head writer, Brad Bell – who’s soap was the first one back into the studio – commented on how the show is utilizing mannequins, or real-life significant others to help pull off close contact love scenes and how it is rather groundbreaking. “We feel almost like television pioneers all these years later because we’re the first ones out, blazing new ways of producing the shows with the current safety standards, and we’re getting the job done. It’s very exciting.”

When B&B scripts written pre-coronavirus were reviewed in preparation for shooting during the pandemic now, originally all the cinches and smooches were cut. But Bell found a solution whereby a remote actor recites lines as their on-camera scene partner responds in a “low, intimate voice” and engages in “beautiful, yearning eye contact” with an off-camera doll.

As far as the soapy embrace or lip-lock, B&B cast member Katrina Bowden (Flo) has had her husband and musician Ben Jorgensen stand in for her on-screen love interest, Darin Brooks (Wyatt) since returning to taping new episodes.

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Days of our Lives EP Ken Corday noted to AP:  The “learning curve” is steep. Before the pandemic, “we were producing eight, one-hour episodes a week. That’s basically 40 or 50 scenes a day.  That’s going to be basically impossible to reopen, so to speak, at that pace. We’re going to have to be more careful. So will there be five shows a week, or more? Yet to be determined.  It will certainly cost more.”

B&B and now Y&R which heads back into production next week, and the others soaps, will be using the company called Reel Health, which launched in response to the COVID-19 pandemic to serve the entertainment industry, and hires medically trained workers to monitor sets and enforce protocols developed by a company epidemiologist and in accordance with industry and government standards,

Alicia Rodis, a veteran intimacy coordinator who helped the actors guild develop guidelines for taping scenes of romance and simulated sex. shared: “Finding ways to put romance on the screen is inevitable and necessary.  At the end of the day, intimacy isn’t going anywhere. Physical intimacy is a part of the human experience. And we’re going to have to find a way to be able to continue to tell these stories, even in extraordinary circumstances.”

So, what do you think of how soaps are tackling taping episodes in the new normal to give their fans a sense of all that they love from their favorite daytime dramas during COVID-19? Share your thoughts via the comment section below.

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General Hospital Shifts Production Restart Date

On Friday, ABC’s daytime drama, General Hospital has now determined to push back their production restart date given the escalating number of cases of the coronavirus as the pandemic has worsened in Los Angles County.

According to Deadline: “GH is now targeting the week of July 20 to resume taping. The situation remains fluid as new infections have been soaring in Los Angeles.”

General Hospital was previously eyeing a return to production this coming Monday on July 13th, before the COVID-19 outbreak saw a spike in numbers.

While GH is pushing itself back another week, The Young and the Restless is at this moment preparing to start taping new episodes beginning on Tuesday, July 14th.

B&B is already back in production and Days of our Lives is now targeting a September 1st restart.

So, glad that GH is holding off a little bit longer to ensure safety first for all involved from cast, and crew? Comment below.

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NBA Great and LA Laker, LeBron James Buys B&B and Y&R Co-Creator Lee Phillip Bell’s Beverly Hills Estate

One legend is moving into another legend’s previous home.  Sources are reporting to The Real Deal, that Los Angeles Laker and NBA star, LeBron James has purchased the estate of the the late, Lee Phillip Bell, the beloved co-creator of The Bold and the Beautiful and The Young and the Restless.

According to the report, James is in contract to buy Bell’s estate which was being marketed at 39 million.  It was unclear what James is paying for the 13,000-square-foot property, which sits on a 2.5-acre plot and boasts seven fireplaces, a pool house with two baths, lighted tennis court, and screening room.

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Bell’s estate was officially put on the market on April 30

This is the third L.A. County mansion purchase for James, who signed as a free agent with the L.A. Lakers in the summer of 2018.  LeBron previously bought two homes in Brentwood, California for 23 and 21 million dollars.

Lee Phillip Bell passed away in late February of this year.  She was remembered during the just completed 47th annual Daytime Emmys In-Memoriam segment on the telecast on CBS.

So, what do you think of LeBron moving into the renowned soap opera creators home?  Comment below.

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