January 24, 2012

Actor James Farentino dead at 73

Actor James Farentino, who appeared in dozens of movies and television shows, died Tuesday in a Los Angeles hospital, according to a family spokesman. He was 73.

Farentino died of heart failure at Cedars-Sinai Hospital after a long illness, said the spokesman, Bob Palmer.

Farentino starred alongside Kirk Douglas and Martin Sheen in the 1980 science fiction film "The Final Countdown." The movie featured a modern aircraft carrier that travels back in time to Pearl Harbor hours before the Japanese attack.

Farentino also starred opposite Patty Duke in 1969's "Me, Natalie."

In 1967, he won a "Most Promising Newcomer" Golden Globe for his performance in the comedy "The Pad and How to Use It."

He also had recurring roles on "Dynasty," ''Melrose Place," ''The Bold Ones: The Lawyers" and "ER," playing the estranged father to George Clooney's character.

In 1978, he was nominated for an Emmy for his portrayal of Sai nt Peter in the television mini-series "Jesus of Nazareth."

A four-time divorcee, Farentino's tumultuous personal life made headlines, too.

In March 1994, he pleaded no contest to stalking his ex-girlfriend Tina Sinatra, daughter of Frank Sinatra.

In 2010, the actor was arrested at his Hollywood home on suspicion of battery when he tried to physically remove a man from his home.

Born in Brooklyn, N.Y., in 1938, Farentino is survived by two sons, David and Saverio.

January 02, 2012

Book Review: Recipes Menus Prayers for Family Gatherings by Carolyn Anderson

Recipes Menus Prayers for Family Gatherings
by Carolyn Anderson

What a wonderful book! Each chapter begins with a prayer, followed by a Bible verse and then a menu. Carolyn gives us the recipe for each dish, including some fun ice cream recipes. I was especially happy to find a page for notes at the end of each chapter. Being a person who loves to cook, I make notes for the next time I make a recipe -- what a nice touch. This book will make a unique and wonderful gift for your family and friends.