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Saturday, November 17, 2018

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The Groovy List is a weekly roundup of groovy gay pop culture (the next Groovy List will be on Saturday, December 1):

1) Groovy Guy: Roy Clark
The singer and musician, who died Thursday at age 85, was best known for having hosted the country music variety show, Hee Haw, on CBS (1969-71), in syndication (1971-93) and on TNN (1996-97). His song, "Yesterday When I Was Young," reached #19 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart in 1969, and as an actor, he appeared in three episodes of the CBS sitcom, The Beverly Hillbillies, as "Cousin Roy" as well as the feature films, Matilda (1978) and Uphill All the Way (1986). Clark received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 1975, became a member of the Grand Ole Opry in 1987, and was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 2009. Below you can watch him in two 1969 episodes of The Beverly Hillbillies, a 1975 episode of The Odd Couple, and a 1976 episode of Donny & Marie (with George Gobel and Charo).






2) Groovy Gal: Katherine MacGregor
The actress, who died Tuesday at age 93, was best known for her role as Harriet Oleson on the 1974-83 NBC series, Little House on the Prairie. Below you can watch her in a DVD interview as well as on ABC's All-Star Family Feud Special: Heroes vs. Villains, which aired on February 5, 1982.




3) Groovy Guy: William Goldman
The novelist, playwright and screenwriter, who died Friday at age 87, won two Academy Awards for his screenplays for Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid (1969) and for All the President's Men (1976). Other screenwriting credits include Masquerade (1965), Harper (1966), The Hot Rock (1972), The Stepford Wives (1975), The Great Waldo Pepper (1975), Marathon Man (1976), A Bridge Too Far (1977), Magic (1978), Heat (1986), The Princess Bride (1987), Misery (1990), Year of the Comet (1992), Chaplin (1992) and Maverick (1994). He and his brother, James Goldman, wrote the 1961 Broadway play, Blood, Sweat and Stanley Poole, as well as the book for the 1962 Broadway musical, A Family Affair.

Goldman's novels include Boys and Girls Together (1964), No Way to Treat a Lady (1964), The Princess Bride (1973), Marathon Man (1974), Magic (1976), Tinsel (1979) and Heat (1985). He also wrote The Season: A Candid Look at Broadway (a 1969 account of the 1967–68 season on and off Broadway) and Adventures in the Screen Trade (a 1983 memoir about his professional life in Hollywood). Below you can watch him at the 1977 Academy Awards and in a 2010 interview with the Writers Guild Foundation.




4) Groovy First Lady: Michelle Obama
She promotes her new memoir, Becoming, on Ellen and Jimmy Kimmel Live!






5) Groovy Gal: Joan Allen
The actress, who is currently starring on Broadway in The Waverly Gallery, is a guest on Show People with Paul Wontorek.



6) Groovy Guys: Dominic West and Justin Hartley
West (The Affair) and Hartley (This Is Us) are guests on The Late Late Show with James Corden.




7) Groovy Couple: Michael Urie and Ryan Spahn
Urie (Torch Song) and Spahn (Daniel's Husband) appear on TheaterMania's Broadway First Dates.



8) Groovy Guy: Alexander Skarsgård
The actor, whose new miniseries, The Little Drummer Girl, debuts on AMC on November 19, is a guest on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert. I've also included his recent appearance in an episode of Vanity Fair's "Slang School".




9) Groovy Guy: David Sedaris
The author is a guest on Late Night with Seth Meyers.




10) Groovy Guy: Dick Cavett
The 81-year-old former talk show host is a guest on Late Night with Seth Meyers.


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