DailyMail.com: Clay Adler, a 27-year-old reality star who became known on Newport Harbor: The Real Orange County from 2007-2008, took his own life while on a trip to the California desert with friends.
Adler reportedly shot himself in the head March 25, passing away from his injuries the following day.
Adler was a frequent hot-list choice for years. He acted in small roles in The Fish Tank and Make It or Break It (both 2009).
When you get an opportunity to interview Bruce Vilanch, one of the most celebrated comedy writers in history and a way-out gay man to boot (and boots go with anything), you do not pass it by.
Vilanch spoke with me last week about a cause close to his heart, the Richmond/Ermet Aid Foundation and the great work it does and will continue to do thanks to the bucks it seeks to rake in from a one-night-only Help Is on the Way cabaret benefit: the Broadway touring cast of Beautiful will perform in Motown & More on Monday, September 12, 2016, at 7:30 p.m. at the Marines' Memorial Theater in San Francisco.
(Image via Help Is on the Way)
The highly anticipated show will be co-hosted by Vilanch and operatic drag diva Katya Smirnoff-Skyy. Get your tickets here.
Vilanch's career took off when a friendship with Bette Midler (before she was Bette Midler!) led to him writing for her 1974 Broadway show Clams on the Half Shell. He's collaborated with her many times, and has written for a dizzying array of TV shows and performers, from Donny Osmond to Elizabeth Taylor, and for some of the funniest people of our time: Robin Williams, Roseanne Barr (she really did used to be funny), Billy Crystal, Lily Tomlin and more.
Help Is on the Way performers speak out about the charity:
Somehow, Vilanch has been able to be a part of the best and worst of pop culture, writing for the Oscars for 27 years and counting, and also counting The Brady Bunch Variety Hour (1976-1977) and that infamous Star Wars Holiday Special (1978) among his credits. He is the nuclear cockroach of HA!, and always the best thing about whatever project he's tackling.
Vilanch survives in any milieu because everyone knows he knows from funny. He's beloved because, unlike some very funny people, he also has a sense of humor about himself, and a sense of duty toward the gay community and people in need.
Read on for my chat with the most hilarious person in the room, because the room is usually filled with people delivering lines he's given them to say ...
Attitude Magazine offers this stirring cover in honor of the 49 people killed in Orlando, using each and every one of their faces as a backdrop for a never-going-away rainbow.
With its release comes word that four survivors of the Pulse shooting, all gay, are taking part in MTV's True Life: We Are Orlando, a reality series documenting their painful road to recovery:
One of the survivors, Tony, opens up on the episode about the difficulties he’s faced both physically and mentally since the attack, during which he was shot in the back and arm, before losing consciousness on the floor of Pulse and waking up in hospital.
“People think that because I got released from the hospital, and I’m in rehab right now, that I’m OK,” he says. “I’m not OK. I’m still connected to a machine because of my back. I have a hole in my back. My arm is still shattered. It’s healing, but I don’t have movement in my two fingers.”
True Life: We Are Orlando, premiering on Monday, August 15 in America.
The LGBT community has to thank Attitude for its years of popular-yet-incisive coverage of all things relevant to the gay perspective.