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‘August: Osage County’ Actress Misty Upham Death Confirmed

Sad news! A spokeswoman for the family of Misty Upham has confirmed to The Hollywood Reporter the actress has, in fact passed away.

The actress was reported missing on October 6. A body was then found in a ravine in Seattle, WA on Thursday afternoon, and it was confirmed that it was Misty, sadly. According to filmmaker and Misty’s friend Tracy Rector, Misty’s uncle Robert Upham, found her body, and her father, Charles Upham, confirmed that it was her to the authorities.  “We waited at the site where the team found the body,” said Tracy, who had been a part of the search party. “It took about five-and-a-half hours to confirm. Then we gathered around her body to say prayers and now we’re all gathered at the church.” Though her father had previously said that Misty suffered from bipolar disorder, and was off her medication when she went missing, leading him to believe that she could be suicidal. However, after seeing the body, the family felt that she didn’t.

The family is, however, angry with the Auburn Police Department, saying that the police slacked in helping with the search. “First and foremost,” Tracy continued in her interview with THR, “the family wants everyone to know that the Auburn police did not help with this situation at all. They refused to help. When she disappeared on Oct. 5, the family knew something was seriously wrong — it was out of character for her to be gone so long without being in touch — and they repeatedly went to the police, who insisted there was no cause for concern.”

This is a sad situation all around. Misty was only 32, and her cause of death is still unclear. Thoughts and prayers go out to her family and friends!

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It’s terrible

The Brady Bunch’s Ann B. Davis Dead at 88

Sad news! Ann B. Davis, best known for her role as witty housekeeper Alice Nelson on the hit sitcom, The Brady Bunch, has died at the age of 88.

A close friend of the actress, Bishop William Frey, said that she died at a hospital in San Antonio, Texas, where she was treated after hitting her head in a fall. After suffering  a subdural hematoma, he said, she never regained consciousness.

Actress Florence Henderson, who played mom Carol Brady on the show, was sad to hear of her former co-star’s death. “I am so shocked and sad to learn that my dear friend and colleague, Ann B Davis, died today,” she said in a Facebook post. “I spoke with her a couple of months ago and she was doing great!”

Back in 2004, in speaking with the Archive of American Television, Davis described how she created the famous character. “I made up a background story. I did have a twin sister, so I used that as a basis. I cared very much about this family. It was my family. It was as close to my family as Alice would ever get. I would have died for any single one of them at any point,” she said. “You know, they wrote me such gorgeous things to do, as the intermediary between the kids and the adults, and between the boys and the girls. And they gave me funny things to do.” The role earned her two Emmys, as well as a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

Though her character was great with kids and housework, Davis admitted in an interview with People magazine in 1992 that she was not like her character much at all. “I basically don’t do that well with children, although my sister says I’m a great aunt,” she said, also stating that she hated to cook. “When it’s my turn in the house,” she told the magazine, “we just eat out.”

So sad to hear of her passing! She was definitely an iconic actress whose legacy will live on.  Thoughts go out to her family and friends.

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Laverne Cox Will Receive Stephen F. Kolzak Award At GLAAD Media Awards

Transgender actress Laverne Cox, best known for her role as Sophia Burset on Netflix’s “Orange Is The New Black,” is set to be honored at this year’s 25th Annual GLAAD Media Awards. She will receive the Stephen F. Kolzak award, one of the event’s highest honors!

The award is presented annually to a media professional in the LGBT community who has put in a significant amount of time and work to promote equality. GLAAD also announced that actress Ellen Page, who recently came out herself, will present Cox with her award. Jennifer Lopez will also be honored with the Vanguard Award at the event for her production work on ABC Family’s hit show, “The Fosters.”

“Laverne Cox has reshaped the way Americans see transgender people and raised the bar in diverse representations of the LGBT community in entertainment,” GLAAD President and CEO Sarah Kate Ellis said in a statement to The Huffington Post. “She is not only a talented actress, but a truly transformational leader in the LGBT equality movement. Through her tireless commitment to building understanding and acceptance through education and advocacy, Laverne is moving equality forward both on and off the screen.”

The GLAAD Media Awards  will take place on April 12 in Los Angeles. 

I think it’s so awesome that Laverne is getting this award. She is not only an incredible actress, but she’s very outspoken on issues regarding the LGBT community, and I absolutely love her! Congrats to Laverne, and I can’t wait to see her in the upcoming season of OITNB!

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Tika Sumpter Stuns on the Cover of Rolling Out

Tika Sumpter, best known for her role as Candace Young on OWN’s breakout series “The Haves and the Have Nots” is really making a name for herself in the industry! The actress posed and sat down with Rolling Outaddressing the ups and downs of the industry, why she doesn’t call herself a “black actress,” and the controversy behind her role with African-American women.

On auditioning and facing rejection in the industry:

When you don’t get a specific job and you’ve worked really hard on it; [or] when you read a really good script and you’re so close to getting a part and you don’t get it, it’s always hurtful,” she adds. “But what is for me is for me. My path is my path and it’s no one else’s. That’s how I’ve survived and it’s been in my head forever. You have a lot of disappointments as an actor. It’s a very tough business to get into and to be able to work [without being] a waitress on the side. You think ‘Oh, of course I can do that right now.’ But it’s definitely a wake-up call when you start out.

I don’t walk into a room thinking ‘I’m a black actress, ohmigod.’ I always think ‘I have as much talent as anyone else,’” she explains. “I’ve been black my whole life. I don’t even call myself ‘a black actress.’ White actresses don’t walk around calling themselves ‘white actresses.’ They’re just ‘actresses.’ I go in with the attitude of what is for me is for me and I’m going to make them remember me–even if I don’t get this part.

I think one of the most important lessons that I’ve learned is to put your head down and work,” she says. “Don’t look at other people and compare yourself. Just do the work. Because when the opportunity is there, you have to be ready. Make sure your craft is refined and you’re constantly working on it. Plow through the weeds. Go to the auditions and go to the meetings and be on time. Stop looking to the left or the right. Keep your head down and keep moving.”

On “The Haves and the Have Nots” and other shows reflecting real life:

 There’s a reason why people love [ABC’s prime-time hit] ‘Scandal’ or ‘The Haves and Have Nots’ or ‘Being Mary Jane’ on BET. It’s because these characters aren’t perfect. If you want to put a perfect person on TV, you will have no show. In life, sometimes you see yourself in these characters and sometimes it’s not pretty.”

Life is messy. People make decisions. Sometimes art imitates life. And I think, as people of color, we have to understand that we have stories, too, that need to be told. And real or not, that makes a good show and good characters and makes people watch.

Look at ‘Breaking Bad. This is [a show about] a teacher who had a meth ring. And it was one of the biggest shows. It’s a show that people love. But nobody’s going after that.

Some women are not really lifting up other women in these arenas. Which is really sad, because finally we’re getting some kind of voice,” she says of the criticism many black women have of these shows. “Some of the criticism is even louder than ever. But for the most part, I feel that a lot of people are positive about these shows and are happy to see themselves and it’s fun to watch. And it’s not just black people watching the shows—there are other people watching, as well. So I’m grateful for the masses that are positive about it and are entertained.”

Tika is a great actress, and I loved hearing her thoughts on the industry.  She’s absolutely gorgeous on this cover too! She seems very confident in herself and her abilities, and I’m excited to see her career grow! “The Haves and the Have Nots” air on OWN on Tuesday nights at 9 p.m. EST!

Image via Dewayne Rogers/Rolling Out