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Friday, April 14, 2017

The Groovy List wouldn't mind some Leftovers of Justin Theroux

The Groovy List is a weekly Top 10 of recommended videos featuring pop culture and gorgeous guys:

1) Groovy Mom: Dorothy Mengering
David Letterman's mother, who died Tuesday at age 95, first appeared on camera on Late Night with David Letterman on February 25, 1986. Beginning in 1994, she then made frequent appearances on Late Show with David Letterman. And in 1996, she published a cookbook called Home Cookin' with Dave's Mom. Below you can watch her in her first on-air appearance in 1986 and on two Thanksgiving episodes in 1998 and 2005.

2) Groovy Gal: Linda Hopkins
The actress/singer, who died Monday at age 92, won a 1972 Tony Award for Best Featured Actress in a Musical for Inner City. She also received a 1989 Tony nomination for Best Actress in a Musical for Black and Blue. Other Broadway credits include Purlie (1970) and Me and Bessie (1975), a one-woman show about blues singer Bessie Smith that was conceived and written by Hopkins and Will Holt. Her film and television credits include Roots: The Next Generations (1979), Clint Eastwood's Honkytonk Man (1982), Disorderlies (1987) and Leprechaun 2 (1994). Below you can listen to Ms. Hopkins' 1962 recording of "Mama's Doin' The Twist" and watch her on a 1982 episode of NBC's SCTV Network (with Martin Short) and in a 1990 appearance on The Tonight Show (with guest host Jay Leno).

3) Groovy Guy: John "J." Geils
The guitarist, who died Tuesday at age 71, formed the rock group, the J. Geils Band, in 1968. Below you can watch the band perform three of their biggest hits - "Love Stinks" (#38 on the Billboard Hot 100 in 1980), "Centerfold" (#1 in February 1982) and "Freeze-Frame" (#4 in April 1982).

4) Groovy Birthday Gal: Jessica Lange
To celebrate Ms. Lange's 68th birthday on April 20, below you can watch her five appearances on Charlie Rose - September 22, 1997 (to promote the film, A Thousand Acres), January 20, 2000 (to promote the film, Titus), March 14, 2003 (to promote the HBO film, Normal), April 15, 2005 (to promote the Broadway revival of The Glass Menagerie), and May 25, 2016 (to promote the Broadway revival of Long Day’s Journey into Night).

5) Groovy Gal: Beth Leavel
The Tony Award-winning actress (The Drowsy Chaperone), whose new Broadway musical, Bandstand, opens on April 26, is featured on The Broadway Channel's Role Call.

6) Groovy Guy: Justin Theroux
The actor, whose HBO series, The Leftovers, begins its third and final season on April 16, is a guest on Ellen.

7) Groovy Guy: Armie Hammer
The actor, whose new film, Free Fire, opens on April 21, is a guest on Jimmy Kimmel Live!

8) Groovy Guy: Richard Gere
The actor, whose new film, Norman: The Moderate Rise and Tragic Fall of a New York Fixer, opens today, is a guest on Jimmy Kimmel Live!

9) Groovy TV Flashback: Olivia Newton-John: Hollywood Nights
On Monday, April 14, 1980, Olivia starred in her third US television special, which aired on ABC before the 52nd Annual Academy Awards (Barbara Walters' specials took over this time slot in 1981). Her guests were Karen Carpenter, Dick Clark, Andy Gibb, Elton John, Gene Kelly, Ted Knight, Peaches (of "Peaches & Herb"), Cliff Richard, Toni Tennille and Tina Turner

10) Groovy TV Flashback: Soap's final episode
On Monday, April 20, 1981, the ABC sitcom aired its final one-hour episode, which ended with several unresolved cliffhangers. Creator Susan Harris had planned for a fifth season, but the network then decided not to renew the series.

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