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POP INTERVIEW: Gloria Loring: “Days” Actress Extraordinaire (AKA. Robin Thicke’s Mom!)

Her son, Robin, is riding the Top 40 with his summer hit, “Blurred Lines.” Before he ever joined up with Pharell, his mom ruled the soaps on Days of Our Lives during the 80’s.

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Her son, Robin, is riding the Top 40 with his summer hit, “Blurred Lines.” Before he ever joined up with Pharell, his mom ruled the soaps on Days of Our Lives during the 80’s. A singer herself, she had a chart topper with “Friends and Lovers” and guest starred on shows such as Beverly Hills, 90210Saved by the Bell and Fantasy Island. Loring’s book, Coincidence Is God’s Way of Remaining Anonymous, will be published this fall, and you can download her newest songs and old favorites on GloriaLoring.com.

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Why weren’t you in the “Blurred Lines” music video? No sarcasm involved here. You would have been either great dancing or able to do something really funny in embarrassing your son in front of all those pretty women. I would have done the latter had I been in that situation!
I would never have thought of embarrassing my son, because there’s nothing to be embarrassed about. For me the video is about the way men project their fantasies onto beautiful women. Nothing wrong with that as long as they know how to take “no” for an answer. When I saw the video I told Robin how much I loved its playful nature. And I also loved knowing that Paula gave it her approval and that the director was a woman!

Robin appears on your album in a duet. Is it difficult recording a song with a family member?
No, not difficult at all. It was a very happy occasion, and I loved matching his vocal quality, finding the blend.

I never knew until now that you sang “The Facts of Life” theme song. I’m kind of embarrassed: I love singing it every so often when I’m alone. Do a lot of people come up to you and confess how much they love it too? The show is always in reruns gaining young fans.
I know! It’s been on the air more than 30 years. People are often surprised that I had a hand in writing it and that it’s my voice they’ve been listening to all this time.

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Will you ever return to soap operas?
My new manager is intent on it! I actually think it would be fun. It’s familiar territory and I know I would enjoy it now as I did then.

Of your many TV guest spots, which was the most fun, and which had the strangest plot?
The most challenging one was the role of the woman who accuses James Brolin of raping her after someone else does. I had to dig deep for the reality of that unbalanced mental state. The most fun was playing Richard Crenna’s wife; he was so funny and kept us laughing between takes.

You were a guest on some very fun shows. Among them, was “Playboy After Dark.” Why do you believe we don’t have a glamorous show like that on the air today? Talk shows now are actually more risqué.
I think there is lots of attention on glamour with award shows, red carpets and fashion commentary. Playboy was a product of its times and seemed adventurous then, but television has pushed those boundaries way past what I could have imagined.

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You do a lot for diabetes research. When you began volunteering for this cause, was diabetes fairly misunderstood by the public?
Yes, diabetes was a sidelined disease. All of us who have come forward and promoted the importance of research and educated self-care have brought it into the public’s view, and hastened the day when it no longer is America’s sixth leading cause of death.

What career moves are next up your sleeve?
There’s a new show we’re booking, some new music with my producer Ted Perlman, another book in the works, acting. I welcome all the creative opportunities that come my way. I plan to keep at it as long as I have breath.

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Video Of Naya Rivera Singing With Her Son Is A Beautiful Way To Remember The Talented Mom

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It has been truly a sad week for anyone who loved Naya Rivera. The 33-year old, multitalented actress, singer and mom went missing during a boat trip with her son on Lake Piru in Southern California. Sadly after days of searching, Rivera was found dead with authorities concluding that in the last moments of her life she managed to muster up enough strength to get her 4-year old son back into the boat but not enough to save herself.

The Glee star rose to fame during the show’s 6-season run as she portrayed the fierce and fabulous Santana Lopez. Rivera’s success continued after the show as she released the hit song “Sorry” in 2011 and went on to star in At The Devil’s Door and Devious Maids. Of course Hollywood tributes have been pouring out with messages coming from former cast members expressing just how much they will miss the shining star. One tribute, in particular, came from Glee co-star Amber Riley and it is perhaps the most beautiful way to remember Rivera. In a post on Instagram Riley shared a video of Rivera singing a duet with her young son with a caption that read “My favorite duet partner. I love you. I miss you. I don’t have words right now, just lots of feelings. Rest In Peace Angel, and know that your family will never have to worry about anything.

Rest in peace Naya Rivera.

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Bill Nye Goes Viral For TikTok Demonstrating The Importance Of Wearing A Face Mask

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Perhaps we should listen to the SCIENCE GUY.

It has been well over a hundred days since the coronavirus began shutting down the United States and for some reason there is still a debate roaring about why we should be taking the simplest of measures to protect ourselves and others from the potentially deadly virus. Well luckily for us, scientist Bill Nye just shared a very informative TikTok explaining just how important the use of face masks is during this unprecedented time.

The 64-year old tv star made a series of two TikToks (meaning it literally takes less than 2 minutes to understand this message) demonstrating the effectiveness of different face coverings and then explaining just how important it is to wear one. Face masks… prevent particles from my respiratory system from getting into the air and getting into your respiratory system” Nye shares. 

The experiment shows the scientist trying to blow out a lit candle while wearing a knitted scarf, a homemade double layered mask, and then an N-95 mask. Obviously the medical grade N-95 mask garnered the best results but Nye goes on to reiterate the importance of face coverings in general by saying “Everybody, this is a matter literally of life and death. And when I use the word ‘literally’, I mean literally a matter of life and death.” Eerie to hear it put it that way but that is the truth!

Check out the videos below and get yourself a good mask!

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Mariah Carey Is Nearly ‘Crushed’ In Blooper From Last Year’s #BottleTopChallenge

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That’s one high-octane octave.

Mariah Carey has a vocal range that leaves even dogs cheering for more, so it was no surprise when she took part in last year’s #BottleTopChallenge. The social media challenge forced singers to open a bottle top with only the use of their voices. Well obviously there isn’t a bottle top big enough to stand up to Carey’s whistle register so she shared a video demonstrating just how easy it was for her to complete the challenge.

I bet you she has never needed help opening a jar of pickles. It has been one year since the 5-time Grammy winner shared the original post and to commemorate the occasion Carey shared an outtake in which she is nearly “crushed” by the bottle. Of course the word “crushed” is a bit over-dramatized but it makes for a good post, darling.

Quite possibly the most impressive blooper ever. Knocking over a bottle of champagne is way more exciting then just spinning off the cap!

You can follow all of Mariah Carey’s social media adventures here.

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