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The Untold Story of James Coburn: Overcoming Challenges and Achieving Success in Hollywood



Who was James Coburn?

The late American actor, producer and director James Harrison Coburn III was born in Laurel, Nebraska USA, on 31 August 1928, meaning that Virgo was his zodiac sign. He appeared in 173 movies and TV series prior to his death in 2002, and is perhaps still remembered best for playing Tex Panthollow in the 1963 romantic mystery comedy movie “Charade”, which starred Walter Matthau, Audrey Hepburn and Cary Grant, and was directed by Stanley Donen. Set in Paris, France the film follows a woman as she’s running away from mobsters who want back the money that her late husband had stolen from them; the film won four awards and was nominated for a 1964 Oscar for Best Original Song.

Education and early life

James was raised in Compton, California by his mother Mylet S. Coburn (nee Johnson) who was a housewife, and father James Harrison Coburn II who was the owner of a garage business which was destroyed by the Great Depression; James was of British descent onhis father’s side, and Swedish through his mother.

He studied at a local high school and was into a couple of activities during his time there, including acting and playing soccer. James matriculated in 1946 and then enrolled at Compton Junior College, from which he graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in 1950.

He was then drafted into the US Army and served as a truck driver, while he also worked for an Army radio station as a disc jockey; James spent two years in the Army, and then on discharge honed his acting skills at Los Angeles City College.


Roles in TV series

James’ debut TV series role was playing Sailor in the 1953 episode “The Last Voyage” of the crime comedy “Four Star Playhouse”, and the remainder of the decade saw him appear in an episode of the drama “Studio One”, the crime mystery “Suspicion”, and the comedy “General Electric Theater”.

In 1962, James played Donald Fletcher in two episodes of the critically acclaimed crime mystery “Perry Mason”, which Erle Stanley Gardner created, and which starred William Hopper, Barbara Hale and Raymond Burr. It follows the life of a master criminal defense attorney, the series aired from 1957 through 1966 and won six of its 13 award nominations.

James appeared in a single episode of various series in the first half of the ’60s, including the western “Bonanza”, another western “Tales of Wells Fargo” and the crime thriller “Naked City”.

His following TV series role came in 1978, when cast to play Hamilton Nash in all the three episodes of the crime mystery mini-series “The Dain Curse”, created by Robert W. Lenski, and which starred Tom Bower, David Canary and Malachy McCourt. It follows a private detective as he’s investigating a diamond theft, and the mini-series won one of its four award nominations.

James had only three TV series roles in the ‘80s, playing Henry Bellamy in both episodes of the 1981 drama mini-series “Jacqueline Susann’s Valley of the Dolls”, himself in a 1981 episode of the action adventure comedy “The Fall Guy”, and The Gypsy in the 1984 episode “Pinocchio” of the adventure family comedy “Faerie Tale Theatre”.

From 1990 through 1992, James voiced Looten Plunder in 14 episodes of the popular animated action adventure “Captain Planet and the Planeteers”, created by Nicholas Boxer and Ted Turner, and which starred David Coburn, Joey Dedio and Kath Soucie. It follows four teenagers who have the ability to summon a superhero to help with ecological disasters, the series aired from 1990 through 1996, and won two of its seven award nominations.

James’ final three TV series roles were in the 1999 episode “Judgment” of the crime drama “Vengeance Unlimited”, both episodes of the 1999 romantic adventure mini-series “Noah’s Ark”, and the 2002 episode “The Immortal” of the sports comedy “Arli$$”.


Roles in movies

James’ debut film role was playing Whit in the 1959 western “Ride Lonesome”, and some of his following roles were in the 1959 western “Face of a Fugitive”, the 1960 western “The Magnificent Seven”, and the 1962 war drama “Hell Is for Heroes”.

He was Australian Flying Officer Sedgewick in the blockbuster “The Great Escape” in 1963, one of three to actually make good his escape, then portrayed the main character Derek Flint in the 1966 action adventure comedy “Our Man Flint”, directed by Daniel Mann, and which also starred Lee J. Cobb and Gila Golan; the movie follows top agent Derek Flint who’s been tasked with dealing with scientists who are changing the weather, and was nominated for three awards. Some of James’ roles in the remainder of the ‘60s were in the 1967 western comedy “Waterhole #3”, the 1968 adventure fantasy comedy “Candy”, and the 1969 romantic mystery “Hard Contract”.

James starred as Colonel Pembroke in the 1972 western “A Reason to Live, a Reason to Die”, written and directed by Tonino Valerii, and which also starred Bud Spencer and Telly Savalas. The film follows a Union colonel who’s considered a coward by his people because he had surrendered his New Mexico fort to the Confederates without a fight, while he’s now trying to recapture it. Some of James’ other notable performances in the ‘70s were in the 1973 biographical western “Pat Garrett & Billy the Kid”, the 1976 historical war action “Midway”, and the 1979 action crime adventure “Firepower”.

What marked the ‘80s for James was perhaps playing Lieutenant Lardner in the 1985 drama “Martin’s Day”, directed by Alan Gibson, and which starred Richard Harris and Lindsay Wagner. It follows Martin Stechert who’s escaped from prison and has taken a 12-year-old boy hostage, while the boy’s now begun to admire Martin.

The first half of the ‘90s saw James appear in a couple of popular movies, such as the 1993 family musical comedy “Sister Act 2: Back in the Habit”, the 1994 action adventure comedy “Maverick”, and the 1994 crime comedy “Greyhounds”. In 1996, he played Beller in the action crime thriller “Eraser”, which starred Vanessa Williams and Arnold Schwarzenegger, and was directed by Chuck Russell. It follows a witness protection specialist who believes that his co-workers are criminals; the movie won three awards, while it was nominated for a 1997 Oscar for Best Sound Effects Editing.

In 1999, James played Glen Whitehouse,one of the main characters in the evergreen mystery thriller “Affliction”, which Paul Schrader wrote and directed, and which also starred Nick Nolte and Sissy Spacek. It follows a police officer from a small town as he’s investigating a hunting death, and the film won eight of its 27 award nominations.

James’ final three film roles were in the 2001 adventure family comedy “Monsters, Inc. Scream Team” (voice role), the adventure family comedy “Snow Dogs” and the drama “American Gun” both in 2002.


Other credits

James directed the 1977 episode “Irving the Explainer” of the crime mystery series “The Rockford Files”, and produced both episodes of the 2001 fantasy mini-series “The Mists of Avalon”.

He received special thanks for the 2005 documentary movie “Passion & Poetry: The Ballad of Sam Peckinpah”, the 2009 short movie “The New Bike”, and the 2011 documentary film “Passion & Poetry: Sam’s War” (all posthumously).

Some of James’ final talk-show appearances were in “Hollywood Profile”, “Intimate Portrait” and “The Rosie O’Donnell Show”.

Awards and nominations

James won nine of his 16 award nominations, including a 1999 Oscar win for Best Actor in a Supporting Role, for his performance in “Affliction”.

Some of his other wins were a 1994 Golden Boot Award, a 1995 Taos Talking Picture Festival Maverick Award and a 1999 Denver International Film Festival Lifetime Achievement Award.

James was honored with his own star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on 1 April 1994.

Love life and marriages

James was married twice. His first wife was American non-celebrity Beverly Kelly. They exchanged vows in 1959, and she gave birth to their son James H. Coburn IV on 22 May 1961; their daughter Lisa Coburn followed a couple of years later, but her birthdate remains undisclosed. Coburn IV’s today both an actor and production sound mixer.

James and Beverly divorced in 1979, and he was then in a long-term relationship with the late British actress and singer Lynsey de Paul.

He exchanged vows with his second wife, American actress Paula Murad Coburn on 22 October 1993, and they remained married until James’ death; they ran together their charitable organization James and Paula Coburn Foundation.

Interesting facts and hobbies

James was passionate about martial arts, and was friends with the late martial artist and actor Bruce Lee; he was a pallbearer at Bruce Lee’s funeral on 25 July 1973.

James was passionate about fast cars and had many; he owned both a Ferrari 250 GT Spyder California SWB and a Ferrari 250 GT Lusso in the ‘60s, while he then also owned a 1967 Ferrari 412P, Ferrari 308 and Ferrari Daytona.

He loved music, and could play both the flute and guitar.


James was a huge fan of the late Japanese actor Seiji Miyaguchi, and his favorite movie was the 1960 “Seven Samurai”.

He appeared in many commercials for Schlitz beer, but later revealed that he’d never liked it.

James was interested in Tibetan and Zen Buddhism.

He helped his girlfriend Lynsey de Paul write her songs “Losin’ the Blues for You” and “Melancholy Melon”, which were featured on her album “Tigers and Fireflies”.

Death and wealth

James died from a heart attack at the age of 74 on 18 November 2002; he passed away in his wife Paula’s arms, while she died from cancer on 30 July 2004, aged 48.

At the time of James’ death, his net worth was estimated at over $10 million.

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Everything You Need To Know About Jack Kesy – 2020 Update!



Who is Jack Kesy?

Jacek Kesey, better known as Jack Kesy, was born under the sign of Virgo on 27 August 1986, in New York City USA, of Polish descent. He is a 33-year-old actor, probably best recognized for starring in the role of Gabriel Bolivar in “The Strain”, playing Roller Husser in “Claws”, and featuring as Black Tom Cassidy in “Deadpool 2”.

How rich is he, as of now? Jack Kesy Net Worth

As of early 2020, Jack Kesy’s net worth is estimated at over $500,000, acquired through his successful career as a professional actor, since he started his career back in the late 2000s and has starred in more than 25 TV and film titles so far.

Early Life, Nationality, Ethnicity, Educational Background

Jack Kesy spent his early years in his hometown of New York City, but he also lived in Italy and Germany during his childhood. Born to Polish parents, Jack belongs to White Caucasian ethnic group, is American by nationality, and a Christian. He spent some time serving in the US Marine Corps before he joined the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, which is based in London, where he there studied Theater. He is fluent in Polish, English and German.

Career Beginnings

Jack Kesy started his acting career on the stage, while his debut film appearance came in 2009, when he portrayed Zoran in the short drama “Emina” – it follows the confrontation between a young Bosnian woman and a man who raped her during the war in Bosnia.


He then filmed the 2011 drama “Yelling To The Sky”, but his role went uncredited. During the same year, Jack appeared as Tommy in the drama film “8:46”, about the September 11 attacks, then in 2012 he landed the role of Dean Kagen in the romantic drama “Morgan”, and played Methhead Alan in the comedy-drama fantasy “Recruiter”. It was followed in 2013 by his portrayal of Ivan in the action comedy crime “Empire Gypsy”, written and directed by Sean Slater.

His Breakthrough

After playing Sal in Lex Sidon’s romantic drama “Grand Street” in 2014, Jack Kesy joined the cast of the horror drama series “The Strain”.

He portrayed the role of Gabriel Bolivar / The Master, which was one of the main roles until Season Three, when it became a recurring role. The series was created by Chuck Hogan and Guillermo del Toro, and based on their vampire horror novel trilogy of the same name. It premiered on the FX network in July 2014, while the fourth and final season aired in 2017.

Side by side with filming the series, Jack continued to work on film titles.


He starred as Connelly in the action film “The Throwaways”, played J.P. Henson in the horror thriller film “Intruders”, directed by Adam Schindler, and landed the role of Ellington in the drama film “Tomato Soup”, alongside Jonathan Chang, Chris Candy and Veronica Dash, all in 2015.

Continued Success

In 2016, Jack guest-starred as Butch in the episode “Lake Hollywood” of the Showtime crime drama series “Ray Donovan”, after which he portrayed Ponytail in the 2017 neo-noir coming-of-age crime drama “Hot Summer Nights”.

During the same year, he featured as Leon in Seth Gordon’s action comedy “Baywatch”, starring next to Dwayne Johnson and Zac Efron, and portrayed a Saxon gamble in the crime drama “Juggernaut”. Between 2017 and 2019, Jack was cast as Roller Husser in the TNT comedy-drama series “Claws”.

International Fame

In 2018, Jack appeared in the role of Charles Jones in the action war drama “12 Strong”, based on the book “Horse Soldiers” by Doug Stanton, guest-starred as Henry Wolff in the episode “The Boy On The Bridge” of the TNT period drama series “The Alienist”, and featured as Tate the Fish Karp in Eli Roth’s vigilante action thriller “Death Wish”.


In the same year, he portrayed Jake Banning in the action thriller “Blood Brother”, and then attracted international fame with the role of Black Tom Cassidy in David Leitch’s superhero adventure film “Deadpool 2”, which became a box office success as it grossed over $785 million worldwide.

Recent and Upcoming Projects

In 2019, Jack Kesy played Roy in the comedy-drama film “Peel”, directed by Rafael Monserrate, followed by his guest-starring appearance as Roman Burgin in the episode “10-8 Outlaws” of the Fox procedural drama series “Deputy” in 2020.

Moreover, Jack will be featured in three film titles scheduled for release in 2020-21 – “The Outpost”, “Demented”, and “Cicada 3301”. Most recently, he started filming the action crime drama “Without Remorse”, directed by Stefano Sollima, set to be released in September 2020.

Appearance and Vital Statistics

The handsome actor has short light brown hair and blue eyes. He stands at a height of 6ft 2ins (1.88m) and weighs approximately 187lbs (85kgs). He has an athletic figure and muscular body. His biceps size is 15ins, and his chest is 42ins. Jack is also a huge fan of tattoos, and has a couple of them on his chest and arms.


Legal Problems

Back in January 2015, Jack Kesy was arrested for possession of cocaine, at the time while he was ordering it from a dealer at the Pianos bar in New York City. He pleaded not guilty to the charges during the hearing at Manhattan Supreme Court, but had to pay $10,000 to be released.

Personal Life: Single or Not? Gay or Not?

Jack Kesy is not very open regarding his personal life. No information has been disclosed in the media as to whether he is romantically involved or not. However, he is known to be unmarried, and doesn’t children.

Since he has never been seen with a woman in public, some rumors suggest that he is probably gay, and he stated in an interview that he would like to appear in a gay role. However, Jack identifies himself as straight.

Hobbies and Favorites

In his spare time, Jack Kesy enjoys playing tennis – believe it or not, he once played against Spanish professional tennis player and World No. 1 Rafael Nadal. He enjoys boxing as well, and even trained to become a professional boxer, but quit to pursue acting. Jack’s favorite actor and role model is Al Pacino – he grew up wanting to be just like him. His favorite film is the 1992 drama “Scent Of A Woman”, in which Al Pacino landed the lead role.

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Story of Marcheline Bertrand and Jon Voight’s Turbulent Marriage



Who was Marcheline Bertrand?

Marcheline Bertrand was an American actress and humanitarian. She appeared in several films and television shows in the 1970s and ‘80s, including “Lookin’ to Get Out” and “The Man Who Loved Women”. Bertrand is the mother of actors Angelina Jolie and James Haven.

Marcheline Bertrand Wiki: Age, Childhood, and Education

Marcie Lynne Bertrand was born on 9 May 1950, in Blue Island, Illinois, USA, to parents Lois June (Gouwens) and Rolland F. Bertrand. Her mother was a model, and her father was a French-Canadian television journalist. Bertrand grew up with a brother Raleigh and a sister Debbie, both younger than her.

Bertrand attended Beverly Hills High School in California, where she was a cheerleader and participated in school plays. After matriculating from high school, she studied acting with Lee Strasberg.


Acting Career

Marcheline Bertrand began her acting career in the early 1970s, appearing in several Off-Broadway productions in New York City, before moving to Los Angeles to pursue a career in film and television.

Bertrand made her television debut in 1974 with a guest appearance in the crime drama series “Police Woman”. She went on to appear in several other television series, including “Ironside”, “The Bionic Woman”, and “The Rockford Files”.

Bertrand made her film debut in the 1983 comedy “The Man Who Loved Women”, directed by Blake Edwards. She also appeared in the films “Lookin’ to Get Out” (1983) and “The House of God” (1984).

Although Bertrand had a relatively short career in acting, but was known for her talent and commitment to her craft. She retired from acting in the mid-1980s to focus on her family and philanthropic work.

Philanthropic Work

Bertrand was also actively involved in humanitarian work. She founded the All Tribes Foundation with her partner, John Trudell, to support the cultural and economic survival of Native American peoples. The foundation distributed over $800,000 in grants to strengthen tribal ways of life in reservation-based programs, and safeguard a future for Native communities.

In 2003, Bertrand and Trudell produced a benefit concert for Afghan women refugees on International Women’s Day, in collaboration with the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees.

In addition, Bertrand founded the Give Love Give Life organization with Trudell to raise public awareness about ovarian and other gynecological cancers through music. The first Give Love Give Life concert was held in February 2004 at The Roxy in West Hollywood. Bertrand and Trudell worked to organize strategic support in the music and film community for Johanna’s Law, legislation to fund national outreach and education about the signs and symptoms of gynecological cancers, which was signed into law on 12 January 2007.

To benefit the Women’s Cancer Research Institute at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, a second Give Love Give Life concert was held at the Gibson Amphitheater in Los Angeles in February 2007, a month after Bertrand passed away from ovarian cancer.


Net Worth

At the time of her death, Marcheline Bertrand’s net worth was estimated at $2 million.

Personal Life, Marriage, Husband, Partner

Marcheline was married to actor Jon Voight from 1971 until 1978, when she filed for divorce; according to reports, Jon’s adultery was the reason behind the end of their marriage. The divorce was finalized in 1980. Following the end of their marriage, there have been several reports that Jon failed to pay monthly installments to Marcheline. This has also created a strain on his relationship with his children, and for many years, he didn’t speak with Jolie.

She dated Bill Day from the late ’70s until the late ’80s. Moreover, she was in a relationship with John Trudell, and was married to Tom Bessamra from 2002 until her death.

Cancer Diagnosis, Treatment, and Death

Marcheline Bertrand was diagnosed with ovarian cancer in 1999, a disease that tragically took her life eight years later in 2007. She passed away on 27 January in Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, with her children present. Her mother had breast cancer and died from ovarian cancer, and her maternal grandmother also passed away from ovarian cancer.

Angelina Jolie has gone through a double mastectomy to prevent the possibility of developing breast cancer. Furthermore, she underwent a preventive salpingo-oophorectomy to prevent ovarian cancer from developing, as she had a high risk of developing the same disease that took her mother and grandmother.


Marcheline Bertrand’s Daughter, Angeline Jolie Short Bio

Angeline Jolie was born on 4 June 1975 in Los Angeles, California, USA. She is now one of the best actresses in Hollywood, and has earned fame by appearing in such projects as “Girl, Interrupted” for which she won an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress, then “Lara Croft: Tomb Raider”, “Mr. & Mrs Smith”, and “Maleficent”. Her performance in “Changeling” earned her a nomination for the Academy Award for Best Actress. In recent years, Jolie has also become known for her work behind the camera, directing films such as “Unbroken” and “First They Killed My Father”.

In addition, Jolie is also known for her extensive humanitarian work. She has been a Goodwill Ambassador for the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) since 2001, and has visited and advocated for refugees around the world. Jolie has also been involved in various human rights campaigns, including fighting against the use of child soldiers, and promoting education for girls.

Jolie is also known for her advocacy for adoption. She’s adopted three children from Cambodia, Ethiopia and Vietnam, and has been vocal about the need for more families to adopt children in need.

Jolie’s humanitarian work has been recognized with numerous awards, including the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award in 2013.

Jolie has had a number of high-profile relationships throughout her career. She was married to actor Jonny Lee Miller from 1996 to 1999 and then to actor Billy Bob Thornton from 2000 to 2003. However, Jolie’s most famous relationship was with actor Brad Pitt, with whom she started a romance while filming “Mr. & Mrs Smith” in 2004 – they married in 2014 but divorced in 2019.

According to reports, Angelina Jolie’s net worth is estimated at $120 million, as of mid-2023.

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Michelle Thomas: A Biography of Courage, Faith, and Resilience



Who was Michelle Thomas?

Michelle Thomas was an American actress probably best known for her roles as Myra Monkhouse in the TV series “Family Matters” (1993-1998), and as Callie Rogers in the TV series “The Young and the Restless” (1998), in addition to several other notable roles she had in her career.

Michelle Thomas Wiki: Age, Childhood, and Education

Michelle Thomas was born on 23 September 1968 in Brookline, Massachusetts, USA, the daughter of Phynjuar’  Penwah’ Thomas, an actress, and Dennis’ Dee Tee’ Thomas, founding member of the popular band Kool & the Gang.

She spent her childhood in Montclair, New Jersey, and attended West Essex High School, from which she matriculated in 1987.

Michelle expressed interest in acting from an early age, and her mother served as her acting coach. Michelle would accompany her mother to her theater rehearsals, and she was spotted by her mother’s friend, who heard her singing.

Michelle went on to win the Miss Talented Teen New Jersey, and at 15 years old, she was crowned Miss Talented Teen International in Montego Bay, Jamaica from among 35 state and national representatives.


Career Beginnings

Michelle began her career in the early ’80s. She first made an appearance in a commercial, after which she made a guest appearance in “Soul Train”.

However, her acting debut was in 1988, when she was chosen for the part of Justine Phillips in the TV sitcom “The Cosby Show”. Her character was the girlfriend of Theo Huxtable, portrayed by actor Malcolm-Jamal Warner. Although she only appeared in eight episodes between 1988 and 1990, it was enough for her to get recognition and a chance to prove herself as an actress.

In 1989, she appeared in the television romantic comedy movie “Dream Date”, which tells a story of an overprotective father and his teenage daughter, who is ready for her first date with the captain of the football team, starring Tempestt Bledsoe, Clifton Davis and Kadeem Hardison.

Rise to Prominence

Two years later, Michelle had a minor role as a telemarketing operator in the comedy-drama film “Hangin’ with Homeboys”; the film starred John Leguizamo, Doug E. Doug, Mario Joyner and Nestor Serrano, and follows the misadventures of a group of friends over the course of one night in The Bronx.

However, in 1993, Michelle secured the role of her career, achieving significant success with her role as Myra Monkhouse in the hit television series “Family Matters” from 1993 to 1998. She appeared in 55 episodes of the show and became a fan favorite among viewers.

Thomas got the part of Myra after auditioning for the show’s producers, who were impressed by her talent and energy. Her character, Myra, was introduced in the show’s fourth season as the girlfriend of Steve Urkel, played by Jaleel White.


Her chemistry with White’s character helped to make their on-screen relationship a memorable one for viewers.

One of the major moments in Thomas’s career on “Family Matters” was her character’s eventual breakup from Steve Urkel. The storyline was a significant one for the show’s fans, who had grown to love the Myra and Steve relationship, and it showcased Thomas’s acting abilities as she portrayed the heartbreak and emotional turmoil of her character.

During her time on “Family Matters”, Thomas’s popularity grew, and she became a prominent figure in the show’s cast, working alongside notable actors such as Reginald VelJohnson, Darius McCrary, and Kellie Shanygne Williams.

Unfortunately, Thomas’s time on “Family Matters” was cut short due to her untimely death in 1998 from a rare form of cancer.

Nevertheless, her legacy lives on through her work on “Family Matters”, and her other acting roles, which continue to be enjoyed by viewers today.

While on “Family Matters”, Michelle didn’t pursue many other roles, but still played Keanda in two episodes of the TV series “Thea” in 1994, while in 1997, she was Brooke Bellamy in an episode of the TV series “Malcolm & Eddie”.

Then in 1998, when “Family Matters” ended, Michelle landed the role of Callie Rogers in the long-running daytime soap opera “The Young and the Restless”, appearing in 38 episodes of the show before her untimely death later that year. She took medical leave when her health suddenly deteriorated, and never returned.


Her character, Callie, was a nightclub singer and love interest of Malcolm Winters, played by Shemar Moore. In addition to acting, Michelle showcased her vocal talents with several musical performances throughout her time in the show.

Thomas’s time on “The Young and the Restless” was brief but impactful, as she left a lasting impression on viewers with her talent and charm, and which earned her a posthumous nomination for the Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Younger Actress in a Drama Series.

Released posthumously was the romantic historical drama film “Unbowed”, in which she portrayed Anna, also starring Tembi Locke, Jay Travare, and Chuma Gault.

Net Worth

According to authoritative sources, Michelle Thomas’s net worth was estimated at close to $1 million at the time of her death.

Personal Life, Dating, Boyfriend, Single, Marriage

Michelle was very private about her personal life and only provided rare leaks of her private information. According to reports, she dated actor Malcolm-Jamal Warner from 1989 until 1994.


Illness and Death

Michelle received a rare cancer diagnosis in August 1997; she had an intra-abdominal desmoplastic small-round-cell tumor (DSRCT), and underwent surgery before she was chosen for the part in “The Young and Restless”. Another operation followed in October 1998 as a second cancerous growth was discovered. Once she was released from the hospital, she went home to New Jersey, desiring to spend time with her family, specifically Thanksgiving.

Unfortunately, Michelle died in New York City at Manhattan’s Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center on 23 December 1998. Her ex-boyfriend, Malcolm-Jamal, was at her side in her time of dying.

She was a Muslim, and a Muslim funeral service was held three days after her death. She was buried in New Jersey.

Michelle never drank alcohol or smoked and was a vegetarian.

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