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Alan Alda, Carol Burnett, Martin Sheen to appear in 'Love Letters' on Broadway

Alan Alda, Carol Burnett, Martin Sheen to appear in 'Love Letters' on Broadway

NEW YORK, July 31 (UPI) --Alan Alda, Carol Burnett, Martin Sheen and Candice Bergen have joined the rotating cast of the first Broadway revival of A.R. Gurney's "Love Letters."
Karen Butler

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UPI Almanac for Tuesday, Jan. 28, 2014.
By United Press International
Alan Alda, Joe Mantegna to host telethon for veterans

Alan Alda, Joe Mantegna to host telethon for veterans

LOS ANGELES, Oct. 1 (UPI) -- Actors Alan Alda and Joe Mantegna are to serve as co-hosts of "Homeward Bound," a 4-hour telethon supporting U.S. veterans, organizers announced.
Joy Behar celebrates her last day as co-host of 'The View'

Joy Behar celebrates her last day as co-host of 'The View'

NEW YORK, Aug. 9 (UPI) -- Comedian, author and TV personality Joy Behar ended her 16-year run as co-host of "The View" in New York Friday.

The almanac

UPI Almanac for Monday, Jan. 28, 2013.
By United Press International

It's a foot race

Now, it's a foot race with the presidential debate on foreign policy out of the way, economic issues again center stage in the U.S. presidential race.
ANTHONY HALL, United Press International
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Short, Hanks, Streep honor Ephron at memorial

Short, Hanks, Streep honor Ephron at memorial

NEW YORK, July 9 (UPI) -- Meryl Streep, Tom Hanks, Rita Wilson and Martin Short paid tribute to the late writer-director Nora Ephron at a memorial in New York's Alice Tulley Hall Monday.

The almanac

UPI Almanac for Saturday, Jan. 28, 2012.
By United Press International
'Big C' renewed for Season 3

'Big C' renewed for Season 3

LOS ANGELES, Sept. 1 (UPI) -- U.S. cable network Showtime says it has renewed its comedy series "The Big C" for a third season.
Franco to play Ginsberg in new bio-pic

Franco to play Ginsberg in new bio-pic

LOS ANGELES, Sept. 9 (UPI) -- Hollywood actor James Franco reportedly is set to play iconic Beat poet Allen Ginsberg in the bio-picture "Howl."
Barack Obama wins spoken-word Grammy

Barack Obama wins spoken-word Grammy

LOS ANGELES, Feb. 10 (UPI) -- U.S. presidential hopeful Barack Obama won the Grammy Award for spoken-word album at a pre-telecast ceremony in Los Angeles Sunday.

The almanac

UPI Almanac for Monday, Jan. 28, 2008.
By United Press International

Clinton, Carter, Obama get Grammy nods

LOS ANGELES, Dec. 6 (UPI) -- Former U.S. Presidents Bill Clinton and Jimmy Carter and presidential hopeful Barack Obama have been nominated for Grammy Awards.

The Almanac

UPI almanac for Sunday, Jan. 28, 2007.
By United Press International
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Alan Alda
Actors Robert Alda (R) and his son Alan Alda, in an October 24, 1974, file photo. (UPI Photo/Files)
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Alan Alda (born January 28, 1936) is an American actor, director and screenwriter. A five-time Emmy Award and six-time Golden Globe Award winner, he is best known for his role as Hawkeye Pierce in the TV series M*A*S*H. During the 1970s and 1980s, he was viewed as the archetypal sympathetic male, though in recent years, he has appeared in roles that counter that image. He is currently a Visiting Professor at the Stony Brook University School of Journalism.

Alda was born Alphonso Joseph D'Abruzzo in The Bronx, New York City. His father, Robert Alda (born Alphonso Giovanni Roberto D'Abruzzo), was an actor and singer, and his mother, Joan Brown, was a former Miss New York. Alda is of Italian and Irish descent. His adopted surname, "Alda," is a portmanteau of ALphonso and D'Abruzzo. When Alda was seven years old, he contracted Poliomyelitis. To combat the disease, his parents administered a painful treatment regimen developed by Sister Elizabeth Kenny that consisted of applying hot woolen blankets to his limbs and stretching his muscles. This allowed him to recover from most effects of the disease. Later, Alda attended Archbishop Stepinac High School in White Plains, New York. In 1956, he received his Bachelor of Science degree in English from Fordham College of Fordham University in the Bronx, where he was a student staff member of its FM radio station, WFUV. During his junior year, he studied in Paris, acted in a play in Rome and performed with his father on television in Amsterdam. After graduation, he joined the U.S. Army Reserve and served a six-month tour of duty as a gunnery officer. A year after graduation, he married Arlene Weiss, with whom he has three daughters, Eve, Elizabeth, and Beatrice. He also has seven grandchildren, two of whom are aspiring actors. The Aldas have been longtime residents of Leonia, New Jersey. Alda frequented Sol & Sol deli on Palisade Ave. in the nearby town of Englewood, N.J. in real life – a fact mirrored in his character's daydream about eating whitefish from the establishment in an episode of M*A*S*H in which Hawkeye sustains a head injury.

Alda began his career in the 1950s as a member of the Compass Players comedy revue. In 1966, he starred in the musical The Apple Tree on Broadway; he was nominated for the Tony Award as Best Actor in a Musical for that role.

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