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Spotlight: Duchess of Cornwall's Charity Work

The Duchess of Cornwall is patron of The Wiltshire Bobby Van Trust, which burglar proofs the homes of victims of burglaries in an effort to prevent repeat incidences.

The Duchess is credited for raising a good portion of the funds required to run the organization annually.

Camilla is the president of Brooke, concerned with the welfare of equestrian animals in the world’s poorest communities.

Charities & foundations supported

Duchess of Cornwall has supported the following charities:

BrookeDispensaire FrançaisElephant FamilyJDRFJDRF UKNational Osteoporosis SocietyPrince's TrustShelterBoxWiltshire Bobby Van Read more about Duchess of Cornwall's charity work and events. Related articles Duchess of Cornwall Provides Safety Vans For Burgled VictimsCamilla Paints For CharityQueen Elizabeth Gets Busted At Children's CharityCamilla Opens Osteoporosis ExtensionPrince Charles Supports Combat Stress Organization

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Helen Gallagher: A Look Back at Her Storied Career, Including 'Ryan's Hope'

Tony Award and Emmy Award-winning Ryan's Hope legend Helen Gallagher is celebrating her 92nd birthday today.

Born in Brooklyn, Gallagher was raised in Scarsdale, New York for several years until the Wall Street crash which heralded the Great Depression, and her family moved to the Bronx. Her parents separated and she was raised with an aunt. She suffered from asthma.

Gallagher was known for decades as a Broadway performer. She appeared in "Make a Wish," "Hazel Flagg," "Portofino," "High Button Shoes," "Sweet Charity" (earning a 1967 Tony Award nomination for Featured Actress in a Musical), and "Cry for Us All."

In 1952, she won a Tony Award for her work in the revival of "Pal Joey." In 1971, she won her second Tony Award for her role in the revival of the musical "No, No, Nanette," which also starred Ruby Keeler and Patsy Kelly. Her song and dance number with Bobby Van from that show,
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More Than 'Star Wars' Actress Mom: Reynolds Shines Even in Mawkish 'Nun' Based on Tragic Real-Life (Ex-)Nun

Debbie Reynolds ca. early 1950s. Debbie Reynolds movies: Oscar nominee for 'The Unsinkable Molly Brown,' sweetness and light in phony 'The Singing Nun' Debbie Reynolds is Turner Classic Movies' “Summer Under the Stars” star today, Aug. 23, '15. An MGM contract player from 1950 to 1959, Reynolds' movies can be seen just about every week on TCM. The only premiere on Debbie Reynolds Day is Jerry Paris' lively marital comedy How Sweet It Is (1968), costarring James Garner. This evening, TCM is showing Divorce American Style, The Catered Affair, The Unsinkable Molly Brown, and The Singing Nun. 'Divorce American Style,' 'The Catered Affair' Directed by the recently deceased Bud Yorkin, Divorce American Style (1967) is notable for its cast – Reynolds, Dick Van Dyke, Jean Simmons, Jason Robards, Van Johnson, Lee Grant – and for the fact that it earned Norman Lear (screenplay) and Robert Kaufman (story) a Best Original Screenplay Academy Award nomination.
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Best of 2014: How Hugh Jackman bounced his way through Tonys opening

Best of 2014: How Hugh Jackman bounced his way through Tonys opening
After the all-singing, all-dancing extravaganza of Neil Patrick Harris' 2013 Tonys opening, Hugh Jackman went for something much more understated for his latest turn hosting the ceremony: Jackman, displaying impressive strength, bounced his way through the opening in an nod to Bobby Van's "Take Me To Broadway" from 1953's Small Town Girl. Here's how it came together. Click here for more stories behind the year’s top TV moments. As told by: Choreographer Warren Carlyle
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Who bounced better: Hugh Jackman or Bobby Van? (Tony Awards poll)

Who bounced better: Hugh Jackman or Bobby Van? (Tony Awards poll)
That opening number to the Tony Awards that saw host Hugh Jackman bounce his way along 53rd Street, into Radio City and onstage was the work of choreographer Warren Carlyle. As he explained, "One of the things I love about Hugh is how physical he is. He loves to dance."  -Break- Join the fiery debate over the Tony Awards going on right now in our red-hot forums He says he was inspired by Bobby Van's scene-stealing number in the 1953 MGM musical "Small Town Girl," Jackman was hopping for four minutes, through the lobby, down the stairs, backstage where he greeted, among others, Sting, Clint Eastwood and Neil Patrick Harris, before before making his way onstage to sing a few bars of "Take Me to Broadway," which Van crooned later in the picture.   Carlyle was not just working behind the scenes as he also picked up a Tony for his work on "After Midnight,
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Tony Awards poll: Rate Hugh Jackman's bouncy opening number (Video)'

Tony Awards poll: Rate Hugh Jackman's bouncy opening number (Video)'
Hugh Jackman returned to host the Tony Awards for the first time since 2005 with a show-stopping opening number that showcased his physical prowess and stamina.   Inspired by Bobby Van's scene-stealing number in the 1953 MGM musical "Small Town Girl," Jackman bounced his way from 53rd Street, through the labyrinth of Radio City Music Hall, encountering the likes of a steely-faced Clint Eastwood and four-time past host (and current nominee) Neil Patrick Harris, before making his way onstage to sing a few bars of "Take Me to Broadway," which Van crooned later in the picture.   -Break- Join the fiery debate over the Tony Awards going on right now in our red-hot forums After watching Jackson bounce and bop for four minutes below, be sure to vote in our poll.  Follow Gold Derby on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Tumblr, iTunes and YouTube What did you think of the opening number of the Tony Awards?
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Hollywood! Adapt This: The Many Loves Of Dobie Gillis

Last week on Hollywood! Adapt This! we brought up the idea of the global phenomenon of Pokémon for a live-action feature reboot.  This week we'll go way more obscure and talk about a series of short stories from the early 1950s that were previously adapted into one feature film and a television series in the early 1960s.  At the center of the comedic stories about failed relationships was a teenage boy and his beatnik friend.  Over half a century later, it's time for a fresh look at this property.  Hit the jump to find out more. Hollywood! Adapt this: The Many Loves of Dobie Gillis. Not everything on Hollywood! Adapt This! needs to be a feature adaptation.  In this case, we'll make an argument for a fresh take on the Dobie Gillis TV series, either as a contemporary re-imagining or a retro sitcom set in the 50s. What It's About
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The 5 Worst Movie Star Performances In Musicals

After a few of years since the last major effort (the ill-fated "Nine"), the live-action movie musical is back again, with two starry efforts due this year about as far away from each other as you can get. This Christmas will see the terribly serious-looking "Les Miserables" hit theaters, with a star-studded cast including Hugh Jackman, Russell Crowe and Anne Hathaway. But first is "Rock of Ages," which arrives in theaters tomorrow, with another A-list ensemble including Tom Cruise, Alec Baldwin, Russell Brand and Catherine Zeta-Jones

Musicals have given serious career boosts to stars like Zeta-Jones, Richard Gere, Nicole Kidman and Eddie Murphy in recent years, but if you pick the wrong project, or are more self-confident about your pipes than you should be, it's also the best way to embarass yourself completely. In honor of Alec Baldwin's tone-deaf belting in "Rock of Ages," we've collected five of our
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The history of MGM: the golden era

Zoe’s continues her journey through the turbulent history of one of Hollywood’s most influential studios, as we arrive at MGM's post-war golden era. Plus, a bit of 3D, too...

As the end of World War II approached, a new world dawned for MGM – a world which had changed dramatically. Attitudes and lifestyles had changed, but most importantly audiences had changed. Here was an opportunity: MGM’s chance to start afresh. And so in 1944, MGM embarked on what would become the most successful period in its history. After the war, the slate was wiped clean.

Gone were the tired, tried-and-tested formulas, and gone were the aging names and stars, as a new unit was established at MGM. It was up to this unit, anchored by an experienced producer and made up of bright young talent, to transform MGM’s signature high-production style into something new and modern in order
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Debbie Reynolds Movie Schedule: Singin' In The Rain, Divorce American Style

Jean Hagen, Debbie Reynolds, Singin' in the Rain Debbie Reynolds on TCM: The Unsinkable Molly Brown, The Singing Nun Schedule (Et) and synopses from the TCM website: 6:00 Am The Affairs Of Dobie Gillis (1953) A lovesick teenager searches for romance at college. Dir: Don Weis. Cast: Debbie Reynolds, Bobby Van, Barbara Ruick. Bw-73 mins. 7:15 Am I Love Melvin (1953) A photographer's assistant promises to turn a chorus girl into a cover girl. Dir: Don Weis. Cast: Donald O'Connor, Debbie Reynolds, Una Merkel. C-77 mins. 8:45 Am The Tender Trap (1955) A swinging bachelor finds love when he meets a girl immune to his line. Dir: Charles Walters. Cast: Frank Sinatra, Debbie Reynolds, David Wayne. C-111 mins, Letterbox Format. 10:45 Am Bundle Of Joy (1956) A shop girl is mistaken for the mother of a foundling. Dir: Norman Taurog. Cast: Eddie Fisher, Debbie Reynolds, Adolphe Menjou. C-98 mins. 12:30 Pm Tammy And The Bachelor
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Listen Up, Boppers: Cinematic music playlists!

…the only thing we can do is play the song.

Alright now. For all you boppers out there in the big web city, all you internet people with an ear for action, I’ve got something for you. It’s a special for that real live bunch from Coney. (And there ends my near-aimless, only-amusing-to-me riff on Lynne Thigpen in The Warriors.)

The Cinefamily (hosts of our mighty live event) have — on their excellent and revamped website — just launched a new, monthly podcast dedicated to the deepest and best soundtrack cuts. It’s a full hour of music that’s great all the way through. Here’s what you get in the podcast, hosted by The Cinefamily’s Bret:

Son of Dracula – Daybreak (Harry Nilsson)

The Cannonball Run – Cannonball (Ray Stevens)

Perfect Strangers – I’m A Shadow on the Walls of the City (Michael Minard)

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Lifeforce – Theme (Henry Mancini)

Crosscurrent
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