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Last Update on October 30, 2014 13:25 GMT

ELIZABETH NORMENT-OBIT

NEW YORK (AP) -- The actress who played the secretary to Frank Underwood in "House of Cards" has died. Elizabeth Norment was 61 -- and Netflix has confirmed that she passed away. The online video streaming service didn't provide details like when and how she died. But the show's co-creator Beau Willimon describes her as "a talented actress, a warm soul and a good friend to us all." Norment was the aide to the ethically challenged, politically driven character played by Kevin Spacey in the hit series. She appeared as a guest star in a number of other TV shows, including "ER," "Doogie Howser, MD," "Party of Five" and "Law & Order." Her movie credits include work in "The Woman in Red" and "Romy and Michele's High School Reunion."

Sound of the theme music from the "House of Cards."

MONICA POTTER-"PARENTHOOD"

NEW YORK (AP) -- Like many of the show's viewers, Monica Potter says she isn't ready to give up "Parenthood." She says she has been lobbying the show's creator to find another outlet for the NBC series, now in its final season. Even though she has suggested the show find a home on Netflix or Hulu, Potter says she realizes that's unlikely. Some cast members cut their salaries to help the show meet its budget for this season and even a move to an online site would mean the cast gets paid. Potter says she loves working with the cast because they're like family. As she says she'd prefer that the show end while people still enjoy it -- instead of having the audience wonder why the show lingered on too long.

Actress Monica Potter says she's suggested possible outlets for "Parenthood," but thinks the NBC show is reaching the end of the line.

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Monica Potter, actress

Actress Monica Potter says there are many things she feels points to this season being the last one for "Parenthood."

Monica Potter, actress

Actress Monica Potter says fans of "Parenthood" have made it clear they want the show to continue.

<<CUT ..007 (10/30/14)>> 00:20 "shark next year"

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Actress Monica Potter says she doesn't want to see the show suffer creatively in an effort to keep it on the air. ((note length of cut))

"HOARDERS"-TRIAL

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) -- A psychologist who stars on the TV reality show "Hoarders" is stepping up for a man accused of killing an animal control officer. Robin Zasio testified for the defense in the case in which 67-year-old Joseph Corey who is charged in the shooting death of Roy Marcum in November of 2012. Marcum had come to Corey's home to remove animals from the property. During testimony yesterday, Zasio said Corey suffered from hoarding disorder and could have reacted violently to anyone who tried to take away his animals. Corey faces a first-degree murder charge. But his defense attorney argues his client was so impaired by hoarding disorder, he was incapable of planning the shooting.

BEN AFFLECK-BATS

BLOOMFIELD HILLS, Mich. (AP) -- Most people know Halloween is this week. But did you know it's also National Bat Week? To mark the occasion, Ben Affleck is taking steps to help check a disease that has been killing bats. He and Amy Adams are doing a video for the Organization for Bat Conservation to raise awareness of white nose syndrome -- a fungal disease that is wiping out huge chunks of the bat population in the U.S. Affleck stars as Batman in the upcoming movie "Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice" and Adams plays Lois Lane. Materials from the movie's sets will be used to build bat houses.

TAYLOR SWIFT-AUTHOR

NEW YORK (AP) -- Taylor Swift wrote a 400-page book about her life and friends -- and that was when she was a teenager. She says she isn't ruling out taking another stab at writing down the road. Swift was in New York City for an event that saw her share her passion for reading with a group of school kids. Those who saw her in person were joined by 100 youngsters who experienced it on Skype.


Entertainment History

October 30, 2014 07:08 GMT

On October 30th, 1938, the radio play "The War of the Worlds," starring Orson Welles, aired on CBS. Using fake news bulletins and simulated on-scene reports to portray an invasion by Martians, the broadcast sparked panic among listeners who thought the dramatized events were authentic.

In 1961, Phil Spector's Philles label released its first single. It was a record by the Crystals: "Oh, Yeah, Maybe Baby" backed with "There's No Other (Like My Baby)."

In 1964, Roy Orbison was awarded a gold record for "Oh, Pretty Woman."

In 1967, Brian Jones of the Rolling Stones pleaded guilty to drug possession and was sentenced to nine months in jail. He was released pending an appeal.

In 1970, Jim Morrison of The Doors was sentenced to six months in jail and fined $500 for exposing himself in Miami.

In 1972, Elton John did a command performance benefit for Queen Elizabeth.

In 1974, Kathy Silva filed for divorce from Sly Stone of Sly and the Family Stone after less than six months of marriage.

In 1978, the animated TV movie "Kiss Meets the Phantom of the Park" aired on NBC.

In 1982, singer Paul Weller announced the breakup of the British band The Jam.

In 1984, Linda Ronstadt made her operatic debut in a production of "La Boheme" in New York.

In 1997, drummer Bill Berry quit R.E.M.

In 2002, Jam Master Jay of Run-DMC was shot and killed at his recording studio in New York. He was 37.

In 2004, Blink-182 drummer Travis Barker married former Miss USA Shanna Moakler in Santa Barbara, California. They have since split up.

Today's Birthdays: Actor Dick Gautier is 77. Movie director Claude Lelouch is 77. Songwriter Eddie Holland is 75. Singer Grace Slick is 75. Singer Otis Williams of The Temptations is 73. Actor Henry Winkler is 69. Bassist Timothy B. Schmit of The Eagles (and Poco) is 67. Actor Harry Hamlin is 63. Actor Charles Martin Smith is 61. Country singer T. Graham Brown is 60. Actor Kevin Pollak is 57. Actor Michael Beach ("Soul Food," "Third Watch") is 51. Singer-guitarist Gavin Rossdale of Bush is 49. Actor Jack Plotnick ("Reno 911!") is 46. "Cash Cab" host Ben Bailey is 44. Actress Nia Long is 44. Country singer Kassidy Osborn of SHeDAISY (sh-DAY'-zee) is 38. Actor Matthew Morrison ("Glee") is 36. Actor Shaun Sipos (SEE'-pohs) is 33. Ivanka Trump is 33. Actress Janel (juh-NEHL') Parrish is 26. Actor Tequan Richmond ("Everybody Hates Chris") is 22.

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