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Actress Sylvia Miles, of ‘Midnight Cowboy’ fame, dies

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Actress Sylvia Miles, of 'Midnight Cowboy' fame, dies

Sylvia Miles, an actress and Manhattan socialite whose brief, scene-stealing appearances in the films “Midnight Cowboy” and “Farewell, My Lovely” earned her two Academy Award nominations, died Wednesday.

Miles died in an ambulance in New York on the way to a hospital after complaining to a home health care worker that she wasn’t feeling well, her friend, fashion-industry publicist Mauricio Padilha, told The Associated Press. The cause is not yet clear.

Accounts of Miles’ age vary widely. Padilha and other sources say she was 94. Past reporting from the AP puts her age at 86.

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Miles was a veteran actress but not a widely known name when she appeared onscreen for about six minutes in 1969’s “Midnight Cowboy.” In her sole scene, she plays a brassy Manhattan woman who invites an aspiring male prostitute from Texas, played by Jon Voight, up to her penthouse for sex, but ends up taking money from him instead.

“You were going to ask me for money?” Miles’ character, Cass, says as she breaks into increasingly angry mock-tears. “Who the hell do you think you’re dealing with? … In case you didn’t happen to notice it, you big Texas longhorn bull, I’m one hell of a gorgeous chick!”

In 1975’s “Farewell, My Lovely,” which starred Robert Mitchum as detective Philip Marlowe, her screen time is only slightly longer as a down-on-her-luck entertainer who swaps information for a bottle of booze.

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The fleetingly brief roles both got her Oscar nominations.

Her appearances in real life were just as memorable for those who came across her.

“She was pretty much the same person off screen as she was on screen,” Padilha said. “She was quite a character.”

Miles was born in, and became a lifelong resident of, Manhattan, where she was married and divorced three times and had no children.

She studied at The Actors Studio, making her name in a series of Off-Broadway roles starting in the 1950s, and moving on to movies in the 1960s.

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Her film credits included 1972’s Andy Warhol-produced “Heat,” 1987’s “Wall Street” and its 2010 sequel “Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps,” and 1988’s “Crossing Delancey.”

Her TV roles included guest appearances on “Miami Vice,” ”One Life to Live” and “Sex in the City.”

Miles was a competitive chess player, according to the New York Times, which twice featured her in its coverage of the game.

And she went, it seems, to nearly every party in New York for a time, becoming as beloved for her outgoing personality and flamboyant fashion sense than as for her acting.

“She shows up at premieres, screenings, receptions, teas and charity cocktail parties,” said a 1976 article in People magazine titled, “What would a Manhattan party be without the ubiquitous Sylvia Miles?”

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“I get invited because I’m fun,” Miles told People at the time. “I have a good sense of humor. I look good. I’m not bad to have at a party.”

Even after the 9/11 attacks, when the city was in a state of fear and mourning for months, she was quick to start socializing again, attending a Broadway opening just over a week later.

“Honey, this is a known jungle to me,” she told the AP outside the play. “I am not afraid of anything. The animals in this jungle I can handle.”

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Today on Fox News, May 7, 2019

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On Fox News: 

Fox & Friends, 6 a.m. ET: Special guests include: Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell; Kim Goldman reacts to O.J .Simpson joining Twitter;  James Murray on his new book “The Brink.”

On Fox Business:

Mornings with Maria, 6 a.m. ET: Maria Bartiromo will broadcast live from the 2019 Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity in France.

On Fox News Radio:

The Fox News Rundown podcast: “The president’s poll problem” – A new Fox News Poll shows President Trump lagging behind former Vice President Joe Biden by 10 points. GOP Strategist Brad Blakeman and Fox News contributor Richard Fowler weigh in. Monday marks 25 years since the infamous O.J. Simpson bronco chase, when he was on the run after being accused of murdering his ex-wife Nicole Brown Simpson and her friend Ron Goldman. Ron’s sister Kim joins the podcast to reflect. Plus, commentary by Judge Andrew Napolitano, Fox News senior judicial analyst

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The Brian Kilmeade Show, 9 a.m. ET: Michael Goodwin, New York Post columnist, on the mainstream media’s response to Sarah Sanders’ departure from the White House. Bret Baier, host of “Special Report” and Kennedy on the top headlines of the day. U.S. Sen. Bill Cassidy, R-La., on the latest in the crisis at the border. David Sanger in the latest on cyber warfare.

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Penn Jillette talks about ‘hardcore’ method to keep weight off: report

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Rep. Ilhan Omar fires back at VP Pence for saying she ‘doesn’t know what she’s talking about’ amid Venezuela remarks

Penn Jillette, half of the magic duo Penn & Teller, said in a recent interview that if you take health advice from a Vegas magician, “you are an idiot,” but said his method of fasting 23 hours a day has proven effective.

Jillette told The Los Angeles Times that his health was poor when he reached 330 pounds. He was on six different medications a 90 percent heart blockage. He said he took to the internet and sought ways to avoid surgery.

“Don’t believe those articles that say, “Just cut your portions down by 20 percent,” he told the paper. “Skip dessert” or “Cut out sodas.” Yeah, that seems logical. But it doesn’t work for me — I want to lose a pound a day. I want to see the scale go like this [points straight down]. So I went for a radical change in diet — whole-food plant-based, hard-core vegan, vegetables, no processed food, no sugar. And I limited my eating to just an hour a day, so I’m always fasting 23 hours.”

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He said the lifestyle is obtainable by anyone, but they just have to be committed. “Decide it’s going to be hard and do it like the other things that are hard in your life.”

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He said he cut out all processed food and eliminated pasta and bread. He said it took him three years not to want a chocolate shake. He said he still exercises but less than before.

The Associated Press contributed to this report

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O.J. Simpson says Kris Jenner relationship rumors are ‘bogus’

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O.J. Simpson says Kris Jenner relationship rumors are ‘bogus’

O.J. Simpson took to Twitter Sunday afternoon to dispel rumors that he had fathered Khloe Kardashian with Kris Jenner, a rumor he says is being pushed by a man who is falsely claiming that he was his manager.

“But never – and I want to stress never – in any way shape or form had I ever had any interest in Kris, romantically, sexually, and I never got any indication that she had any interest in me,” Simpson said in a video posted on his Twitter page. “So all of these stories are just bogus. Bad, you know, tasteless.”

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Rumors that Simpson is Khloe’s biological father have persisted long before the famous reality TV series. The rumor even had been the subject of a National Enquirer report and an episode of “Keeping Up With the Kardashians,” which featured Khloe questioning whether she was adopted.

“Khloe, like all the (Kardashian) girls, I’m very proud of, just like I know Bob would be if he was here. But the simple facts of the matter is she’s not mine.”

Simpson blamed the rumor on Norman Pardo, a guy who “the media love to say is my manager.”

“I’ve always managed my own affairs, and I’d like to think very successfully,” Simpson said.  “So, when you see these guys like Norm, and these guys claim that they are my manager, it’s just not true. I’ve may have done a deal here or there with them, but none of these guys were anything remotely like a manager for me.”

Simpson has generally kept a low profile since his release from prison in October 2017 for robbery and kidnapping over an attempt to steal back some of his sports memorabilia from a Las Vegas hotel room.

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He appeared to join Twitter or the first time Friday, under the username @TheRealOJ32 — referencing the jersey number he wore — nearly 25 years to the day after his ex-wife’s murder.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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