Gary Coleman: A Great Actor Behind A Sad Story

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The actor Gary Coleman soared to stardom as the ‘cute’ little kid on the TV series ‘Diff’rent Strokes’.

Coleman was born with a congenital kidney disease which stunted his growth at an early age; as a result he was only 4′ 8″ tall. His height became his most distinguishing feature.

Coleman is most famous for playing Arnold Jackson on ‘Diff’rent Strokes’, a US sitcom that ran from 1978 to 1985 and earned him, at its height, around $70,000 an episode.

During his time on the programme, he also took roles in TV movies and was the inspiration for the animated series ‘The Gary Coleman Show’. However, when ‘Diff’rent Strokes’ was cancelled in the mid-Eighties, Coleman’s popularity diminished.

Coleman sued his parents and manager over the misuse of his $8.3 million trust fund, and won $1,280,000 in February 1993. Despite this, Coleman had to file for bankruptcy in 1999 after his business ventures failed. Coleman was also famously charged with assault in November 2000 when he hit a woman whilst she tried to get his autograph.

In 2001, he took a job as a shopping mall security guard in Los Angeles. This job led to a cameo on ‘The Simpsons’ as himself (in security guard mode), after the video of a scam pulled on him by the paparazzi made him infamous.

Coleman stood as a candidate for Governor of California in the 2003 election, where Arnold Schwarzenegger was victorious. Coleman was however placed 8th in a field of 135 candidates, receiving 14,242 votes.

Later that year, he appeared in the video game ‘Postal 2’. In 2005, he appeared in WWE star John Cena’s music video for his single ‘Bad Bad Man’ in which Coleman played himself as a bad guy kidnapping 1980s pop stars such as Madonna and Michael Jackson. The music video was a spoof of 1980s culture.

In 2006, Coleman met younger actress Shannon Price on the set of the movie ‘Church Ball’ and they married in 2007. Unfortunately the marriage dissolved into domestic squabbles, which led to a court charge for domestic abuse.

They divorced in 2008 and Coleman moved to Utah. In 2009, he appeared in his last film ‘Midgets V Mascots’ before descending into poor health.

He underwent heart surgery, which was complicated by pneumonia, in autumn 2009. Coleman then suffered a heart seizure in February 2010 while performing on a Hollywood set. On 28 May 2010, he died of a brain haemorrhage after taking a fall at home at the age of 42.

A legal dispute emerged over whether or not Price had the authority to turn off Coleman’s life support machine but the case was closed on 5 October 2010 after a coroner ruled his death was ‘accidental’.

He was cremated in June 2010 but the disposition of the ashes has not yet occurred due to arguments about who inherits his estate as his last will was written before he married Price.

Culled from ‘LIFETIME’: http://www.lifetimetv.co.uk/biography/biography-gary-coleman

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10 Reasons Never Wish To Be A Celebrity

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Actress Winona Ryder, stole over $5,000 worth of designer clothing and accessories at the Beverly Hills Saks Fifth Avenue in 2001, despite all the fame and ‘success.’

Here comes a celebrity in glamorous dress, she wants to fly, yet she has no wings. The hungry paparazzi follow them where ever they go. Their names make the headlines in newspapers and faces appear on the television every time. That’s great isn’t it? And you wished to be one of them isn’t is? You can only taste a food before discovering how delicious or sour it tastes, because aroma or sweet scent can be deceiving.

Life is tough, so everyone wants to be successful, thus; many wish to be someone. Be careful what you wish for. If you haven’t been to someone’s farm before, you may think your farm is the biggest. No matter the weight of the problem, when hear someone’story, you’ll know that your problem is just as small as an ant or the tip of the iceberg.

Be content with what you have. Don’t be deceived. Who feels it knows it. Many smile behind suffering and live above their means, but your comfort, success and happiness, lie in your own hands. Below are ten reasons never wish to be a celebrity.

  1. Due to the thirst for fame and the desire to do something no other celebrity has done, they end up putting on degrading clothes they called it modern fashion.
  2. Many abuse the precious dignity of women by attending functions without underwear and they called it “Women Empowerment.”
  3. Many live beyond their means, buying expensive jewels, cars, houses etc; then later cry at home when running financially dry. Those in that situation often end up in shoplifting scandals.
  4. Most celebrities live in debt. The result is restlessness and lack of sleep.
  5. Many can’t handle fame, thus; they end up as drug addicts and alcoholics and often against the law.
  6. Some celebrities end up at rehabilitation centers, hospital and many commit suicide.
  7. Some date so many men and women to the extent that, by the time they are serious to settle and get married, nobody wants them, because they have misused their bodies.
  8. When many are bored, they take naked pictures of themselves and post it on social platforms.
  9. The fear of lacking behind in something or being forgotten by fans haunts them; therefore many do stupid things to attract media attention.
  10. Only few celebrities acknowledge God’s presence, as the omnipotent and depend on the gospel for salvation. Because of fame and pride many think God don’t exist and everything he or she owns comes from their effort.

There is nothing better than aiming high, following your dreams to be successful in whatever you want to achieve, but when pursuing that career, create a good name and inspire other people to follow you, because after your departure from this world, the seed you’ve sown, is what people would talk about. Would that seed be good or a bad one?

Forever After

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The epilogue you’ve been waiting for!  Wedding bells are in the air, but single mom Gwynneth Jacobs and Hollywood mega star Gareth Connor are finding that the road to matrimony is anything but smooth.

Each thinks they’re doing what’s best for the other, but with everything from the paparazzi to an overzealous wedding planner getting in their way, they may have lost touch with what exactly that is.

With Gwyn developing decidedly cold feet over the whole event, can they reconnect with what’s truly important in time for their upcoming nuptials? Or will they have to face the possibility their lives may just be too different after all?

The Author

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Linda Poitevin lives just outside Canada’s capital, Ottawa, with her husband, the youngest of three daughters, one very large husky/shepherd/Great Dane-cross dog, two cats, a rabbit, and a bearded dragon lizard.

Turned down in her pursuit of a police career after a faulty height measurement, Linda vicariously lives out her dream of being a cop through her characters. When she isn’t writing, she can usually be found in her garden in the summer, hugging the fireplace in the winter, or walking her dog along the river in any season.

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