Tony-nominated Broadway star Rebecca Luker dies at 59
FILE - Rebecca Luker, left, and her husband Danny Burstein arrive at the 73rd annual Tony Awards in New York on June 9, 2019. Luker, 59, a three-time Tony nominated actor who starred in some of the biggest Broadway hits of the past three decades, died Wednesday, Dec. 23, 2020, said Sarah Fargo, her agent. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP, File)LOS ANGELES – Soprano Rebecca Luker, a three-time Tony nominated actor who starred in some of the biggest Broadway hits of the past three decades, died Wednesday. Her death was announced by her husband, veteran Broadway actor Danny Burstein, who said in a statement “our family is devastated. Luker made her Broadway debut in 1988 in “The Phantom of the Opera” first as an understudy to Sarah Brightman and then playing Christine opposite the legendary Michael Crawford.
Antonio Banderas says he's tested positive for coronavirus
NEW YORK Antonio Banderas says he's tested positive for COVID-19 and is celebrating his 60th birthday in quarantine. The Spanish actor announced his positive test in a post Monday on Instagram. Banderas said he would spend his time in isolation reading, writing and making plans to begin to give meaning to my 60th year to which I arrive full of enthusiasm.I would like to add that I am relatively well, just a little more tired than usual and hoping to recover as soon as possible following medical instructions that I hope will allow me to overcome the infection that I and so many people in the world are suffering from, wrote Banderas. A spokeperson for Banderas didn't immediate respond to messages Monday. Earlier this year, Banderas was nominated for the Academy Award for best actor for his performance in Pedro Almodvars Pain & Glory."
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The hobnobbing eventually led Alwyn to cross paths with none other than Zorro himself, Antonio Banderas. As it were, Banderas is in the awards season shuffle with Pain and Glory, while Alwyn was out in support of his new film, Harriet. And you are back in London and everyone's still over there and you're back to walking the dog and it's raining and you're trying to compute what's just happened. "Then, suddenly, a line would have been drawn and he would've been taught to hate or told to hate," Alwyn explained. Oscar-Worthy Performances and Possible EGOT for 'Harriet' (Exclusive)How Cynthia Erivo's Harriet Tubman Biopic Is Making History (Exclusive)
Antonio Banderas on How Life Changed After Having a Heart Attack: 'It Opened My Eyes'
Antonio Banderas is reflecting on how a potentially life-threatening moment changed his outlook. "I think, for us actors, everything that happens in your life is gonna affect your career," Banderas said on the red carpet. Last week, Banderas dropped by Jimmy Kimmel Live!, where he revealed that his longtime girlfriend, Nicole Kimpel, saved his life when had his heart attack. While accepting the award from Johnson, Banderas shared a story concerning becoming an actor. RELATED CONTENT: Antonio Banderas Speaks Out Following Health Scare Embed Code RestartAntonio Banderas Says Girlfriend Saved His Life During a Heart AttackAntonio Banderas Recalls Being Pursued by Madonna in the Early '90sAntonio Banderas on Maintaining His Sex Symbol Status at 58: 'It's an Achievement!'
Antonio Banderas Says Girlfriend Saved His Life During a Heart Attack
Antonio Banderas is lucky to be alive. I was a smoker, which was probably one of the most stupid things I have ever done in my whole life," Banderas told Kimmel of his life before his January heart attack. Several eerie coincidences involving his longtime girlfriend, Nicole Kimpel, led to Banderas making it through the heart attack unscathed. That aspirin that Nicole almost didn't buy ended up saving Banderas' life. RELATED CONTENT: Antonio Banderas Reacts to Ex-Wife Melanie Griffith's Cancer Scare (Exclusive) Embed Code RestartAntonio Banderas Recalls Being Pursued by Madonna in the Early '90sAntonio Banderas Says He'll Love Ex-Wife Melanie Griffith 'Until the Day I Die' (Exclusive)Melanie Griffith Shares Sweet Photo of Ex-Husband Antonio Banderas With Daughter Stella
Antonio Banderas Recalls Being Pursued by Madonna in the Early '90s
As it turns out, Madonna used to have a huge crush on Antonio Banderas, and the star didn't even know about it. The only thing is, Banderas not only had no idea she was attracted to him, he didn't know he was a part of her docu-drama at all. At the time, Banderas was married to his first wife, Ana Leza, although they later split. Shortly after their divorce was finalized, Banderas went on to marry Melanie Griffith in 1996 -- the same year Banderas and Madonna co-starred in Evita. ET spoke with Banderas in May, and the celebrated actor opened up about still being considered a sex symbol in Hollywood.