In this Feb. 15, 1984, file photo, actress Debbie Reynolds appears at Hollywood Walk of Fame ceremonies in Los Angeles. Reynolds, star of the 1952 classic "Singin' in the Rain" died Wednesday, Dec. 28, 2016, according to her son Todd F
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December 28, 2016

Actress Debbie Reynolds Dies A Day After Daughter Carrie Fisher’s Death

Actress Debbie Reynolds has died, just one day after the death of her daughter, actress Carrie Fisher, NPR has confirmed. Hours before reports of her death, The Los Angeles Fire Department confirmed to NPR that an elderly female was transported to Cedar Sinai Hospital in Los Angeles. Reynolds, 84, has had a long and celebrated career as a film actress — she was in the classic "Singing' in the Rain" — a TV star — "The Debbie Reynolds Show" — and a Broadway and Las Vegas star.


Carrie Fisher during Wizard World Chicago Comic-Con at the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center on Sunday, Aug. 21, 2016, in Chicago.
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December 27, 2016

Actress Carrie Fisher Dies At Age 60

Actress Carrie Fisher, who found enduring fame as Princess Leia in the original "Star Wars,'' has died. She was 60. Fisher's daughter, Billie Lourd, released a statement through her spokesman saying
Fisher died Tuesday just before 9 a.m PST. Lourd said her mother was "loved by the word and she will be missed profoundly.'' 


Cast members of 'Dreamgirls' in a final rehearsal. (L to R - J'Lyn Hope, Tafadzwa Diener, Jasmine Dandridge, and Cedric Jones.)
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August 04, 2016

BBL Academy And U Of I’s Krannert Center Present ‘Dreamgirls’

The weekend performances at Krannert's Studio Theatre are part of a nearly three-year partnership with the Banks Bridgewater Lewis Fine Arts Academy, and partially made possible through a grant from the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation. The show includes a cast of 24, and 13-piece orchestra. The shows are sold out, but Krannert has set up a waiting list for any returned tickets.


Dick Van Dyke and members of the Danville High School show choir perform 'Let's Go Fly A Kite' to close out Friday's concert.
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June 25, 2016

Van Dyke ‘Steps In Time’ Before The Home Crowd

After the Danville High School show choir performed some of the best-known songs from his movie musicals, 1944 graduate Dick Van Dyke took to the stage to talk about the importance of supporting the arts, and performed songs with his quartet, the Vantastix. Friday night's sellout performance marked the start of fundraising efforts for the Dick Van Dyke Foundation. 


Dick Van Dyke is joined by his wife Arlene with the unveiling of the 'Keep Moving' street sign outside Danville High School.
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June 23, 2016

Dick Van Dyke Returns Home To Danville

The 90-year old actor made a grand entrance Thursday, riding up to Danville High School in a replica of 'Chitty Chitty Bang Bang' with a performance by the school's show choir.  Van Dyke is back to mark the launch a foundation to restore his childhood home, and help fund careers in the arts for young people.


Jack Yonoer
Jack Yonover
June 09, 2016

Child Food Allergies; TSA Lines Getting Shorter?; ‘Ferris Bueller’s Day Off’ Turns 30

On The 21st: We spoke with 14-year-old Wilmette resident Jack Yonover, writer and director of the film "That Bites," and discussed child food allergies with the director of the first downstate food allergies program. Plus, the TSA says waits at the nation's airports are getting shorter; and, we celebrate 30 years since the debut of "Ferris Bueller's Day Off."


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