Beloved actress Betty White dies aged 99

Hollywood has lost another legend with reports beloved actress and comedian Betty White has died just weeks out from a milestone birthday.

It’s understood the star passed away at her home in California on Friday.

She was 99-years-old.

Her agent and close friend Jett Witjas confirmed the news to People Magazine.

“Even though Betty was about to be 100, I thought she would live forever,” he told PEOPLE in a statement.

“I will miss her terribly and so will the animal world that she loved so much.

I don’t think Betty ever feared passing because she always wanted to be with her most beloved husband Allen Ludden. She believed she would be with him again.”

She took to Facebook just three days ago to share her cover of the new People Magazine, which was celebrating her 100th birthday, which she would have celebrated on January 17.

White, who was best known for her TV roles on ‘The Mary Tyler Moore Show’ and ‘The Golden Girls’, has been one of the most loved stars of Hollywood across her eight decade career, appealing to audiences both young and old.

She was inducted into the Television Academy Hall of Fame in 1995 and also has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

Memorial flowers were set to be placed on the star as a tribute.

 

Hugh Jackman tests positive for COVID

Australian actor and singer Hugh Jackman says he’s tested positive for COVID-19.

Jackman has shared a Twitter post saying he will be unable to perform in The Music Man on Broadway in New York.

“I just wanted you to hear it from me that I tested positive this morning for COVID,” the actor said in a shared video.

“My symptoms are like a cold … a scratchy throat and a bit of a runny nose but I’m fine. I’m just going to do everything I can to get better ASAP and as soon as I’m cleared I’ll be back on stage.

“Please stay safe, be healthy, be kind,” Jackman said.

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The Gold Coast Mayor’s Christmas Carols to be broadcast around Australia

Gold Coasters will be able to relive all the highlights of the Mayor’s Christmas Carols, when it is broadcast on Channel 7 this weekend.

While wild weather on Saturday evening forced the cancellation of the event halfway through, audiences will be delighted to know the headline acts will still feature in the television special.

Kate Miller-Heidke, Dami Im, and Luke Kennedy hit the HOTA stage to perform a few numbers each for the cameras after the storm had passed.

Kate Miller-Heidke. PHOTO: Supplied

Locals will be able to enjoy all the festive tunes in the one-hour special on Channel 7 and 7Plus at 7pm this Saturday 11 December.

For those who want to sing along with a crowd, the carols will be broadcast on a big screen on Surfers Paradise Beach near Lifeguard Tower 34 on Friday 17 December at 7pm.

While the rest of the country will get to enjoy the event on their TV screens on Christmas Eve at 3.30pm on 7two, and Christmas Day at 10.30am on Channel 7.

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For more information on how you can watch the Mayor’s Christmas Carols, visit: goldcoast.qld.gov.au/

This is a sponsored editorial brought to you by City of Gold Coast.

 

 

WATCH: What’s On at The Star Gold Coast this December

Summer is here and to celebrate, The Star Gold Coast is turning up the heat with a host of hot events this December.

From world-class DJs to show-stopping entertainment, epic New Year’s Eve events, new experiences and more, there’s something for everyone to enjoy this month.

These are the events you don’t want to miss at The Star Gold Coast this December:

Live On The Lawn

Get ready for another exciting season of entertainment on The Lawn at Garden Kitchen & Bar! Kick start your weekend with RNB Fridays every Friday from 5pm with Vybez – Plus, you won’t want to miss DJ Horizon on December 17. Headline DJs are set to rock the lawn on Saturdays, all thanks to White Claw Watermelon, and every week you can end your weekend with the ultimate Sunday sesh from 4pm with McKenzie Band.

Graze On The Lawn

Graze the afternoon away while enjoying the summer sun and cruisy tunes on The Lawn on Saturdays and Sundays. Pre-book a grazing box and feast on a selection of breads, crackers, fruits, cheeses, olives, salami and deli meats, or purchase a platter for two on the day. You can book a picnic table and or bring along picnic blanket to bask in the sunshine.

It’s A Rose Kind Of Summer

Grab your Rosé Passport and enjoy a delicious glass of rose and a paired snack as your make your way around four of the The Star Gold Coast’s iconic venues.

  • Garden Kitchen & Bar: Squealing Pig Rose – Marlborough, New Zealand + two Sydney Rock Oysters served with pepper berry mignonette
  • Cin Cin at Cucina Vivo: Poggio Anima Rose – Sicily, Italy, Arancini Fatti in Casa + two house-made mushroom arancini with truffle aioli
  • Nineteen at The Star Bar: Chateau De Peyrol – Provence, France + Old bay spiced potato pave & beef tartare
  • Atrium Bar: T’Gallant ‘Cape Schanck’ Rose – Mornington Peninsula, Victoria + Tempura Prawns with chilli mayo

Sake Flight At Kiyomi

Explore the wonders of sake with a tasting experience of some of Japan’s finest sake at the Kiyomi. Ideal for a pre-dinner drink or to wind down the night! Available from 5.30pm on operating days from 17 December.

Cin Cin at Cucina Vivo

You’ll feel like you’ve been transported to the Italian seaside with Cin Cin at Cucina Vivo. Every Friday – Sunday afternoon from 3pm – 6.30pm, sip on spritzers, graze on Italian bites while listening to cruisy DJs as the sun sets over the pool. Cin Cin!

New Year’s Eve at Isoletto

Celebrate New Year’s Eve at the Gold Coast’s newest and hottest venue, Isoletto! Located on The Leisure Deck of The Star Gold Coast’s new tower, the St. Tropez themed party will be oozing poolside glamour like nowhere else. Enjoy special guest DJs, 3 hour canapes and live food stages, plus a premium drinks package for $250 per person. Click here to book!

There is so much happening at The Star Gold Coast this December! For the full list of events, visit: star.com.au/goldcoast/whats-on

This is a sponsored editorial brought to you by The Star Gold Coast.

 

 

 

Gold Coasters can expect a “fresh take” of Jersey Boys musical

Rehearsals will soon get underway for the upcoming Gold Coast production of Jersey Boys, which will hit the stage at The Star Gold Coast from January 6, 2022.

The hit musical tells the behind-the-music story of Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons, and features all their hits including “Sherry,” “Big Girls Don’t Cry,” “Oh What A Night,” “Walk Like A Man,” “Can’t Take My Eyes Off You” and “Working My Way Back To You.”

Director Thomas Armstrong – Robley, who will also play the charismatic Tommy DeVito in the show, told myGC the cast is incredible.

“Everyone comes from South East Queensland, we are very proud of that, and with the exception of myself, the Four Seasons are all Gold Coast based,” he said.

Surfers Paradise’s Bryn Jenke will star as Frankie Valli, Main Beach’s Elliot Baker will play quiet bassist Nick Massi and Broadbeach’s Jack Saunders will take on the role of hit song writer Bob Gaudio.

Bryn Jenke, Thomas Armstrong – Robley, Elliot Baker, Jack Saunders. PHOTO: Supplied

“With the cast, we’ve done a few preliminary music calls and have pretty much sung through the show, but we don’t actually kick off full-time rehearsals until the 6th of December. That’s when things really ramp up from an on-stage perspective,” Mr Armstrong – Robley told myGC.

“It’s a huge show, there’s 33 scenes in Act 1 and 18 in Act 2, so it’s a lot of music and it’s really fast paced.

“The whole thing gets put together in about 3 weeks. We have two weeks before Christmas to teach the show, and then we have a week after Christmas before New Year’s to finesse it, and then a week in the theatre to put it all together.

Mr Armstrong – Robley told myGC Gold Coasters can expect a “fresh take” of the musical.

“Jersey Boys is a really popular and beloved show, so the approach we are taking is slightly different to that of the production that you would have seen at QPAC or in Melbourne,” he said.

“This is a redesign, it is a reinterpretation. It’s the same amazing script, it’s the same incredible songs, but the cast is new. The band is actually bigger than the Broadway production too, previous productions have 9 and we have 10, which just gives an extra layer of musical depth.”

Jersey Boys is on at The Star Gold Coast from January 6 – 16, 2022. Book Tickets Now and find out more at jerseyboysmusical.com.au/.

This is a sponsored editorial brought to you by Legend House International.