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Remembering Bob Barker: The Iconic Game Show Host and Animal Rights Activist

“Beloved game show host Bob Barker dies at 99, leaving behind a legacy as an animal rights activist. #RIPBobBarker”



Bob Barker. (2023, August 26). In Wikipedia. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bob_Barker

In a saddening announcement, it has been confirmed by Bob Barker’s publicist, Roger Neal, that the beloved game show host has passed away at the age of 99. Bob Barker, with his charming personality and extensive tenure as the host of “Truth or Consequences” and “The Price Is Right,” made a lasting impact on the entertainment world and touched the lives of countless fans around the globe.

Beyond his captivating presence on television, Barker was also a passionate advocate for animal rights. Throughout his life, he worked tirelessly to expose the cruelty inflicted upon animals in the entertainment industry and strived to improve the welfare of abused and exploited animals, both in the United States and abroad. His dedication to this cause was commendable and left a lasting impact on the world.

Nancy Burnet, Barker’s longtime friend and caretaker, expressed her pride in the trailblazing work they accomplished together. Their efforts shed light on the mistreatment of animals, bringing awareness and inspiring change within the industry.

Retiring in 2007 after more than five decades of hosting game shows, Barker left an unforgettable legacy. His iconic sign-off, “I thank you, thank you, thank you for inviting me into your home for more than 50 years,” resonates with fans who grew up watching his infectious enthusiasm and genuine warmth.

As we bid farewell to Bob Barker, we remember him not only as an exceptional entertainer but also as a compassionate advocate who used his platform to make a positive difference. His contributions to both the entertainment world and animal rights will continue to inspire generations to come. Rest in peace, Bob Barker.



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RBC’s 16th Year as TIFF Partner: Celebrating Film and Emerging Talent

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RBC, a long-standing supporter of the arts and film community, has announced its 16th year as the official bank partner of the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF). This partnership showcases RBC’s commitment to nurturing emerging talent and celebrating the arts community. With programming designed to enhance the festival experience for film fans and RBC clients, RBC aims to bring impactful stories to the big screen while supporting the arts and fostering Canadian talent.

The RBC Red Carpet Gallery returns as one of the most coveted spots for star gazing in David Pecaut Square (215 King Street West, Toronto) (CNW Group/RBC)

RBC House will host several events for emerging and established filmmakers and talents. Located at Petros82 in Toronto’s Entertainment District, RBC House will offer guests signature GREY GOOSE® Vodka cocktails and a martini cocktail bar. The programming at RBC House includes exciting events such as RBCxMusic Night, featuring a performance by DJ Diesel (also known as Shaquille O’Neal). This event aims to amplify and connect music fans to emerging artist PRIMO, who will open for DJ Diesel.

Additionally, the Los Angeles Times Studio presented by RBC will return to RBC House, providing a platform for directors and international stars for video interviews and photography. This year, the collaboration with the L.A. Times includes “Los Angeles Times Talks @ TIFF,” featuring an in-person conversation with director George C. Wolfe. The panel will discuss the historical drama “Rustin,” a film about civil rights icon and LGBTQ pioneer Bayard Rustin.

Furthermore, RBC will host The Black Academy Legacy Kick-Off Party, a celebration that highlights the contributions of Black artists and creators in the film industry. This event emphasizes RBC’s commitment to diversity and inclusivity in the arts.

Through its partnership with TIFF, RBC continues to champion the arts, support emerging talent, and provide a platform for diverse voices and unique perspectives. By bringing together the worlds of film, music, and conversation, RBC reinforces its dedication to fostering cultural vibrancy and community engagement.

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Pee-wee Herman Actor Paul Reubens Passes Away at 70 from Cancer

Remembering Paul Reubens: The beloved Pee-wee Herman actor, known for his infectious laughter and creativity, passes at 70. #PaulReubens #PeeWeeHerman #Legacy



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Beloved actor and comedian Paul Reubens, best known for his iconic character Pee-wee Herman, has passed away at the age of 70. The news of his death came as a shock, as Reubens had been privately battling cancer for the past six years.

Reubens’ portrayal of Pee-wee Herman captured the hearts of audiences worldwide. From his groundbreaking television show, “Pee-wee’s Playhouse,” to the cult classic film, “Pee-wee’s Big Adventure,” Reubens brought laughter and joy to millions with his unique comedic style and childlike charm.

In a statement released after his death, Reubens expressed regret for not making his health struggles public, but also shared his gratitude for the love and support he received from his friends, fans, and supporters throughout his career. His genuine affection for his audience and dedication to his craft were evident in every performance.

Beyond Pee-wee Herman, Reubens made significant contributions to the entertainment industry. His talent extended to writing, producing, and acting, with memorable appearances in films like “Batman Returns” and “Blow.” Reubens’ versatility as an artist and his ability to bring characters to life will be remembered and celebrated.

Paul Reubens leaves behind a lasting legacy, inspiring countless individuals to embrace their creativity and embrace their unique qualities. His infectious laughter and imaginative spirit will continue to resonate with generations to come.

As we mourn the loss of this comedic genius, we remember Paul Reubens for the joy he brought into our lives and the indelible mark he left on the world of entertainment. Rest in peace, Paul Reubens, and thank you for the laughter and memories.



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NEW YORK /PRNewswire/ — Tony Bennett, born Anthony Dominick Benedetto in Astoria, Queens on August 3rd, 1926, passed away in his hometown of New York City at the age of 96 earlier Friday. The beloved singer, who was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s Disease in 2016, is survived by his wife, Susan Benedetto, his two sons, Danny and Dae Bennett, his daughters Johanna Bennett and Antonia Bennett , and 9 grandchildren.

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Bennett’s unparalleled career history began when he signed with Columbia Records in 1950 and has spanned over 70 years. His last public concert performances were held at Radio City Music Hall on August 3rd and 5th, in celebration of his 95th birthday.  Lady Gaga, Bennett’s long-time and most frequent musical collaborator in the last ten years joined Bennett for the sold-out performances.   Bennett had his first #1 single in 1951 with “Because of You” and made music industry history by being the oldest performer, twice, to have a #1 album on the Billboard Top 200 Albums at the age of 85 and 88.  He has received 20 Grammy awards including the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award, two Emmy Awards, was named a Kennedy Center Honoree, a Gershwin Prize Honoree and a NEA Jazz Master during his career.   He won his last Grammy Award for the collaborative album with Lady Gaga, “LOVE FOR SALE,” which was released in 2021.

Having served as a foot soldier in World War II, and among his experiences during that time was the liberation of a Nazi war camp in Germany, he became a life-long pacifist and humanitarian.

Bennett marched with Dr. Martin Luther King in Selma in 1965 and was a supporter of human rights for all, regardless of race, religion, ethnicity, and gender.   A life-long visual artist he painted for most of his life and three of his paintings are part of the permanent collection of the Smithsonian Institution.  With his wife, Susan Benedetto, he founded a non-profit, Exploring the Arts, to provide support and funding for arts education in public high schools and as part of that endeavor founded the New York City public high school, Frank Sinatra School of the Arts, in his hometown in Astoria, Queens.

In later life, when Tony Bennett was asked in interviews how he wanted to be remembered he would often say, “As a nice person.”

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