Sep 8 2014
When Robin Williams passed away a few weeks ago, it was a sad day for Hollywood, as he was arguably one of the most gifted and unique performers our industry has seen this century. Not only was he an exceptional comedian who took risks that comedians like me only dream of taking, but he was able to cross over as a dramatic actor and garner critical acclaim for his diverse body of serious work as well.
The loss of Robin Williams was personally upsetting as well, not only because I was a huge fan of his work from the 1970s on, and not only because the cast of “The Big Bang Theory” was able to spend time with him as a member of the CBS family when his show first started on our network a few years ago, but it was personally upsetting because there are people in my life who suffer from the kind of mental illness that Robin Williams suffered from. It is truly tragic to hear that someone has lost his battle with mental illness.
I try to use my platform as a writer here at Kveller.com to take part in tikkun olam, or repairing the world, by sharing things I feel can help others. I never wrote about what it was like to get a divorce, for example, but I chose to write a four-part series exclusively for this website about the challenges of being a Jewish divorcee in hopes that I could give support, education, and resources to women who might be similarly struggling. I don’t believe actors should vomit their lives and feelings onto blogs simply because we can. It’s not my style and never will be. Read the rest of this entry →
Aug 19 2014
In response to numerous fan requests, Mayim took the ice bucket challenge yesterday to raise awareness for ALS. Her co-star Jim Parsons did the honors. She opted not to nominate anyone for the challenge (Jim said she didn’t have to, so there).
Check it out:
Jun 9 2014
Photo via The Survivor Mitzvah Project
This is so random and so cool, I just had to share it…
When I was on “Blossom” for our first two years, we had this female director named Zane Buzby. I know, cool name, right? And she was super funky and quirky and creative and she was the driving force behind our early seasons, 100 percent.
Anyway. Fast forward all of these years, and I find out that she started an incredible charity organization called The Survivor Mitzvah Project that supports and gives resources to the thousands of Holocaust survivors who never got out of Eastern Europe and still live there, many of whom are destitute. Read the rest of this entry →
Oct 23 2013
Not that I read comments on Facebook. Or Twitter. Because that just plain old brings me down. And it once caused me to impose a Facebook strike on myself which has continued, if to a lesser extent, to this day.
But I might have seen some comments about a few things that I do want to address. It involves what I “tweet” about or post about here on Kveller.com. Maybe. And they might warrant a response or three.
Mayim Bialik is too self-promoting.
Um…yeah. It’s what Facebook and Twitter can be used for. I don’t use either for my personal life. I don’t have any friends from high school or even my BFF who I communicate with on Facebook or Twitter. I don’t see friends’ pictures on Facebook from their glorious vacations or see their cute kids with avocado on their faces via the internet. I don’t use it for that because it’s overwhelming and I am a fuddy-duddy and I have too many things to do to spend more time on the internet. I promise. Read the rest of this entry →