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James Lipton, Interviewer Who Let Stars Shine, Dies at 93

Source: The New York Times

James Lipton, Interviewer Who Let Stars Shine, Dies at 93

His in-depth conversations with celebrities on “Inside the Actors Studio” focused on craft, not gossip, and made the show a hit on Bravo.

James Lipton, who plumbed the dramatic arts through perceptive, mostly admiring interviews with celebrity actors as host of the Bravo television series “Inside the Actors Studio,” died on Monday at his home in Manhattan. He was 93.

The cause was bladder cancer, his wife, Kedakai Mercedes Lipton, said.

Mr. Lipton was a knowledgeable interviewer who focused on craft while avoiding gossip, winning the trust of his famous guests as well as an international audience.

During his 23-season run as host — he left the show when it moved from Bravo to Ovation TV in 2019 — “Inside the Actors Studio” became a coveted stop for writers, directors and performers, who would give some of their longest and most unguarded interviews to Mr. Lipton.

His manner was sympathetic — fawning, to some, and often lampooned — but the formula worked, and among the 275 or so stars he interviewed were some of the brightest: Paul Newman, Alec Baldwin, Neil Simon, Sally Field, Dennis Hopper and Sidney Lumet, to name a few — and they came along in just the first season.

Read more: https://www.nytimes.com/2020/03/02/arts/television/james-lipton-dead.html

Buttigieg to drop out of presidential race: reports

Source: The Hill

Buttigieg to drop out of presidential race: reports
BY THE HILL STAFF - 03/01/20 06:13 PM EST

Pete Buttigieg is reportedly dropping his presidential bid after a disappointing showing in South Carolina, ending a meteoric rise that saw the once-obscure former mayor of South Bend, Ind., beat out several bigger-name rivals in the race for the Democratic nomination.

The New York Times and other media outlets reported Buttigieg is planning to announce his decision to drop out shortly.

Read more: https://thehill.com/homenews/campaign/485392-buttigieg-drops-out-of-presidential-race

This is breaking and I'm sure more information will become available.
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