December 22nd, 2009
07:16 PM ET

Actress Connie Hines dies at age 78

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Actress Connie Hines, who played Wilbur’s wife on the hit 1960s sitcom "Mister Ed," died on Friday at age 78 from complications stemming from heart problems, her former co-star Alan Young confirmed to the Los Angeles Times.

Hines was best known for portraying Carol Post on the CBS show about a talking horse from 1961 to 1966. Hines starred in 144 episodes of “Mister Ed” as the dutiful wife of an architect, played by Young, who spent most of his time in the barn, talking to the deep-voiced horse.

“She was a girl married to a fellow listening to a horse. Her biggest line was 'lunch is ready,' ” Young said. "The rest of it was reacting to it. Connie never complained. How many actors would react that way?"

Born in Massachusetts, Hines also appeared in the 1960 film "Thunder in Carolina" and such television shows as "Bonanza," "Perry Mason" and "The Mod Squad.”

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December 22nd, 2009
05:13 PM ET

Chef Jamie Oliver wins $100K grant to help fight childhood obesity

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Naked Chef Jamie Oliver will receive a  $100,000  grant from the TED foundation to be put towards the celebrity foodie’s efforts to battle childhood obesity, it was announced this week.

When he isn’t delighting television audiences with his boyish charm and slightly messy all-natural cooking, Oliver has become quite the advocate for children’s nutrition. Oliver's School Dinners/Feed Me Better campaign already strong-armed the UK government to invest $1 billion to make school lunches more nutritious.

In 2010, a new television series, “Jamie Oliver's Food Revolution USA”, will air on ABC, combining the chef’s desire to affect eating habits with America’s love of food and competitive reality shows.

Oliver will unveil how he plans to spend the grant on February 10 at the  TED2010 conference in Long Beach, California.

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December 22nd, 2009
01:41 PM ET

Nota wins NBC's 'Sing Off'

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“Glee” it was not, but NBC’s a cappella sing-fest “Sing Off” did manage to provide some much needed musical therapy in its two-hour finale Monday night.

Puerto Rican underdogs Nota’s win - over the plucky Beezlebubs and the Voices of Lee - was nearly overshadowed by the celebrity guest performances that included Smokey Robinson, Boyz II Men (including judge Shawn Stockman), Bobby McFerrin, judge Nicole Scherzinger of the Pussycat Dolls, Natasha Bedingfield, and judge Ben Folds (of Ben Folds Five and solo fame).

Of particular note was the Boyz II Men medley, which for anyone who rocked out to “Motownphilly" while wearing some colorful jams in junior high was a delightful romp through the band’s old hits, including "It's So Hard to Say Goodbye to Yesterday" and “End of the Road.” FULL POST

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