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Mother had to carry her dead son in her womb for SIX WEEKS

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A mother has told how she had to carry one of her twins in her womb for six weeks after he died so that she could save the life of her other son. 

Laura Pridding, 30, from Wrexham, was told during her pregnancy that her two unborn boys had twin-to-twin transfusion syndrome – with one taking the vital amniotic fluid of the other.

After a consultation, doctors told the mother that surgery at 16 weeks was the best chance of saving them both. 

But, five weeks after the operation, Laura was tragically that told one of the children – a boy named Henry – had died.

Despite being heartbroken over the loss of one son, Laura had to emotionally pull through and try her best to ensure that her other boy, George, could survive by aiming to reach full term. 

Laura Pridding (pictured with her partner and baby George), 30, from Wrexham, was told her two unborn boys had twin-to-twin transfusion syndrome - with one taking the vital amniotic fluid of the other

Laura Pridding (pictured with her partner and baby George), 30, from Wrexham, was told her two unborn boys had twin-to-twin transfusion syndrome – with one taking the vital amniotic fluid of the other

The mother said: ‘I remember thinking: “How am I going to walk down the street knowing I’m carrying two babies and I’ve lost one?”

‘It was unbearably cruel and the following weeks were the worst of our lives but I had to keep going to give George the best chance of survival.’

Laura was only 15 weeks pregnant when a scan revealed that her babies had twin-to-twin transfusion syndrome. 

The rare condition meant that one of her babies was getting too little blood and amniotic fluid after both were sharing the same placenta. 

She said: ‘I knew by the look on the doctor’s face when he looked at the screen something was wrong.’

Laura and partner Ali Davies were told that the twins condition would deteriorate without laser treatment – meaning both could die. 

The mother explained: ‘The procedure was to laser all the arteries the boys shared so they would both have their own blood supply.

‘There was a risk I could go into labour or there was a 60 per cent risk their brains could be damaged. But we had to do it even though I was only 16 weeks. Without it, we could lose them both.’

Laura, from Rhosddu, Wrexham, was only 15 weeks pregnant when a scan revealed that her babies had twin-to-twin transfusion syndrome - which meant the twins were sharing a placenta

Laura, from Rhosddu, Wrexham, was only 15 weeks pregnant when a scan revealed that her babies had twin-to-twin transfusion syndrome – which meant the twins were sharing a placenta

Laura and partner Ali Davies - who share two other children - were told that the twins' condition would deteriorate without laser treatment - meaning both could die

Laura and partner Ali Davies – who share two other children – were told that the twins’ condition would deteriorate without laser treatment – meaning both could die

Despite the surgery being a success and a scan showing positive results, Laura later began to feel that the boys weren’t as active.

What is twin-to-twin transfusion syndrome?  

TTTS affects identical twins who share a placenta (monochorionic).

It’s caused by abnormal connecting blood vessels in the twins’ placenta.

This results in an imbalanced blood flow from one twin to the other.

This leaves one baby with a greater blood volume than the other.

TTTS affects 10 to 15% of monochorionic twins and can have serious consequences.

It was at 21 weeks that the mother was heartbreakingly told that twin Henry had died.

She said: ‘The doctor turned to me after looking intently at the screen and I just knew that my worst fears had come true.

‘She told me that one of my babies had no heartbeat. Ali and I just held each other tightly unable to stop our tears. 

‘I felt complete despair and overwhelming sadness but I just had to keep going for George.

‘I was terrified the whole time we were going to lose him too.’

George was born at 27 weeks by C-section in January this year, and, two minutes later, brother Henry was ‘born sleeping’.

Little George weighed just 2lb 40z – barely more than a bag of sugar.

Laura said: ‘George was born screaming and was so tiny he could fit in the palm of my hand. Hearing that scream from him gave me a feeling of pure joy. We cried with relief.’ 

Little George had to undergo a two-hour surgery because he also had ‘amniotic band syndrome’ which meant the sac had fused to his toes. He had to stay in hospital for ten weeks. 

After giving birth to 2lb 40z George via C-section, Henry was cremated and Laura (pictured with baby George) put one of the identical teddy bears she’d bought for him and George in his Moses basket

After giving birth to 2lb 40z George via C-section, Henry was cremated and Laura (pictured with baby George) put one of the identical teddy bears she’d bought for him and George in his Moses basket

Survivor George had to undergo a two-hour surgery because he also had 'amniotic band syndrome' which meant the sac had fused to his toes

Survivor George had to undergo a two-hour surgery because he also had ‘amniotic band syndrome’ which meant the sac had fused to his toes 

Henry was cremated and Laura put one of the identical teddy bears she’d bought for him and George in his Moses basket. 

George is now seven months old, healthy and thriving. Laura says: ‘He really is a little warrior.’

She adds: ‘He’s always smiling and is such a happy baby. I feel so grateful but I do think of Henry all the time. We have keepsakes of him in a memory box at home. We adore him but no matter what I will always be a mum of twin boys.’

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From 8 to 23 September, the international classical music festival “Culture Week” (Kulturos savaite), organised by “Marijampole Philharmonic” (Marijampoles Filharmonija), returns to Marijampole and its region. It features a unique programme with iconic national and international performers. This year, the festival promises a rich programme of 7 events, abundant in classical music and other forms of artistic expression. All “Culture Week” festival events are free of charge.

“This year, the festival will showcase distinct musical elements and compositions from countries including France, Spain, Italy, and Germany, while also offering a unique fusion of music, cinematography, and art experiences,” states Marius Reklaitis, the CEO and conductor of Marijampoles Filharmonija.

The artistic director and pianist, Kamile Zaveckaite is delighted: “Although it’s only the third season of the festival, it rapidly attracts increasing interest both nationally and internationally. This year, Marijampole Philharmonic has established international collaborations with festivals such as: “Moldo Crescendo” (Moldova) and “Grič Evenings” (Croatia). We are eager to hear the guests from these festivals in our hometown – Marijampole!”

The festival will commence on 8 September at 18.00, showcasing an interactive exhibition, “In the Land of Music and Colours”, featuring select works by Ausrine Dubauskiene. Visitors will have a chance to explore visualisations from the inaugural and subsequent seasons, crafted for past opening concerts, on display throughout the festival at the Marijampole Culture Centre.

On 9 September at 18.00, in the Marijampole Evangelical Lutheran Church, the festival’s opening concert “avec amour de France” will take place. The concert will invite the audience to immerse themselves in the exquisite lyricism of France. For the first time in Lithuania, the Zagreb String Quartet (Croatia) will perform together with the pianist, Kamile Zaveckaite and opera singer, Laura Latvaityte-Zaman.

On 13 September, the festival will move to Sasnava and in the church of the Holy Virgin Mary at 19.00, invites you to enjoy a Spanish music evening – “cuerdas españolas” with the internationally recognised guitarist, Saulius S. Lipcius and pianist, Kamile Zaveckaite.

On 15 September, the festival will travel to the St. Ludwik Church in Liudvinavas, where at 18.00 the “musica sacra italiana” will resonate. A special concert will present Italian music masterpieces performed by the St. Christopher Chamber Orchestra (conductor Marius Reklaitis), Ceslovas Sasnauskas Chamber Choir, Laura Latvaityte-Zaman, and the unique voice owner, countertenor, Viktoras Gerasimovas.

On 17 September at 19.00, the audience in Marijampole will be enthralled by the rare tandem of Balys Vaitkus on the organ and Vaiva Storastiene on the harpsichord, performing the “deutscher Dialog” concert. This captivating duo will grace the Basilica of St. Archangel Michael in Marijampole.

A unique synthesis of music and cinematography will debut for the first time in Marijampole on 20 September at 18.00. The festival’s new partner, “Spindulys” cinema theatre, will invite you to a silent film screening of Ladislas Starevich’s – “Fetiche”. The film will be virtuosically accompanied by Viktoras Orestas Vagusevicius on a piano.

On 21-22 September, open vocal, solo piano, and chamber music masterclasses will take place at St. Cecilia’s Gymnasium and Marijampole Art School, led by soprano L. Latvaityte-Zaman and pianists K. Zaveckaite and M. Lazar.

The festival will culminate with the final GALA concert, celebrating the one-year anniversary of the “Marijampole Philharmonic” established Suduva Youth Symphony Orchestra. On 23 September, at 18.00 in the Marijampole Culture Centre, a diverse symphonic music programme will be performed, conducted by maestro Marius Reklaitis. We will also meet a guest from Moldova, Marcel Lazar, who will present a whimsical programme and will perform a piano duet with Kamile Zaveckaite.

“Young talents represent our nation’s bright future. The performances by the Suduva Youth Symphony Orchestra encapsulate the festival’s core vision: to amplify and hone the innate creativity of emerging artists. We’re dedicated to fostering their growth, instilling them with the confidence and drive to navigate the cultural landscape. Our aspiration is to not only influence the artistic milieu in Suduva but to inspire innovation across Lithuania. We’re thrilled to unite under this shared vision with all our audience members, creating a collaborative space of growth. “Culture Week” champions the cultural vanguard, ensuring every event is a true festivity for music enthusiasts”,  convey the festival’s organisers.

We remind you that all “Culture Week” festival events are free!

For more information – visit the Marijampoles Filharmonija Facebook page and the website www.marijampolesfilharmonija.lt

 



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Oktoberfest Celebrations Around the World [2023]

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You don’t have to be in Munich if you want to hoist an oversized beer mug while listening to traditional German folk music. Oktoberfest celebrations are happening all around the world and we have collected some of our favorites down below (including a certain classic Oktoberfest in Munich).

Oktoberfest Munich 2023

September 16-October 3, 2023


Munich, Bavaria

Oktoberfest is a legendary German festival that takes place in Munich every year in late September and early October. It is a celebration of Bavarian culture and features beer, food, music, and carnival rides. Millions of people from around the world attend to experience the unique atmosphere and celebrate Bavarian traditions.


Oktoberfest Frankfurt 2023

September 6-October 8, 2023


Frankfurt, Germany

Over a span of slightly less than four weeks, this German celebration draws in a crowd of 60,000 attendees. The Frankfurt Oktoberfest encapsulates the genuine essence of the Munich beer festival, featuring traditional games, enchanting music, and of course, an abundance of finely brewed beer.


Kitchener Waterloo Oktoberfest 2023

September 22-October 14, 2023


Kitchener, ON, Canada

Canada’s largest Bavarian festival is back and better than ever. Onkel Hans and Tante Frieda are excited to see you all don your Tracht, raise a stein, polka around, and enjoy delicious Bavarian cuisine from our German Clubs and local restaurant partners.


Das Beste Oktoberfest USA 2023

September 28-30, 2023


La Crosse, WI

Step into the Midwest’s enduring Oktoberfest celebration, Das Beste Oktoberfest. A tradition rooted in La Crosse since 1961, this event proudly claims the title of the region’s longest-standing Oktoberfest. What was once a modest community gathering has blossomed into generations of cherished tradition and timeless, wholesome enjoyment.


Breckenridge Oktoberfest 2023

September 15-17, 2023


Breckenridge, CO

One of the most iconic Oktoberfest events in Colorado is a three-day celebration in historic downtown Breckenridge. The annual Breckenridge Oktoberfest Presented by Breckenridge Brewery mixes time-honored Oktoberfest traditions with collectible steins and local flavors from Breckenridge Brewery.


Frankenmuth Oktoberfest 2023

September 14-17, 2023


Frankenmuth, MI

Frankenmuth’s Oktoberfest was declared the first Oktoberfest to operate with the blessing of the original Oktoberfest in Munich. With this proclamation, the event was moved into September to coincide with the opening of the Munich event. Also, for the first time in history, the world-famous Hofbrauhaus brewery of Munich exported their beer to the United States.


Karlsruhe Oktoberfest 2023

September 22-October 7, 2023


Messplatz, Karlsruhe

Karlsruhe Oktoberfest offers a delightful experience for everyone to relish. Revel in live melodies, an unparalleled party ambiance, gastronomic delights that tantalize the taste buds, and a symphony of exquisite Oktoberfest beers to savor.


Denver Oktoberfest 2023

September 22-October 1, 2023


Denver, CO

Since 1969, the Denver Oktoberfest has been a cherished bi-weekly tradition nestled in the heart of Downtown Denver. Offering a medley of activities including keg bowling, stein hoisting, and live music, this festival caters to both seasoned Oktoberfest enthusiasts and those embarking on their very first experience.


Oktoberfest Hannover 2023

September 22-October 8, 2023


Hannover, Germany

Indulge in a two-week extravaganza of festivities at the Oktoberfest celebration in Hannover, Germany, The 3rd largest Oktoberfest in the world offers more than just the quintessential German culinary delights and beverages; it presents a kaleidoscope of experiences including exhilarating carnival rides, mesmerizing firework displays, spirited dance competitions, and an array of engaging activities.


The Nashville Oktoberfest 2023

October 5-8, 2023


Nashville, TN

The Nashville Oktoberfest celebrates live music, local breweries, the Dachshund Derby, and a 5K bier run. It’s Oktoberfest Music City style! Prost y’all!


Oktoberfest Leipzig 2023

October 6-November 4, 2023


Leipzig, Germany

The renowned Oktoberfest Leipzig is nothing short of legendary. Annually, nearly 40,000 attendees come together at the historic Old Leipzig Trade Fair grounds to partake in traditional festivities. Spanning a vibrant four-week duration, the event pulsates with a medley of party anthems, a flowing river of beer, and a delectable array of Oktoberfest culinary delights.


Oktoberfest Brixton 2023

October 7-28, 2023


London, UK

Oktoberfest Brixton will accommodate 2,000 festival-goers from across four Saturdays in October. Brixton will become the heart of Bavarian exuberance, with the space morphing into an energetic beer hall complete with traditional wooden tables, festive bunting, music and more.


Oktoberfest Oslo 2023

October 12-28, 2023


Oslo, Norway

The Tyrolean orchestra “Ronald Schnipfelgrüber Tyrolerkapelle” will be on stage every day playing traditional music and ensures a good atmosphere. Festival goers will sit shoulder to shoulder on long tables while enjoying traditional German food and drink.


The American German Club Oktoberfest 2023

October 13-22, 2023


Lake Worth, FL

The American German Club Oktoberfest is where German and American cultures meet. This beer fest is one of the largest in the country with two German bands on two weekends, authentic German cooking, domestic and imported beer, a carnival and much more!


Oktoberfest Mannheim 2023

October 13-November 4, 2023


Mannheim, Germany

Over the span of four weekends in October and November, the spirit of Oktoberfest comes alive in Mannheim, captivating festival enthusiasts. This cherished event, thriving since its inception in 2009, beckons. While predominantly an adult affair, attendees will immerse themselves in the embrace of time-honored German gastronomy and beverages, complemented by the cadence of live music and the joyous rhythms of dance.


We are Music Festival Wizard — a loose coalition of writers, photographers, artists, and musicians roadtripping around the world in search of the “perfect” music festival.

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‘Days of Our Lives’ star and Harley Quinn voice Arleen

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Arleen Sorkin, the former “Days of Our Lives” star who served as the inspiration and original voice for “Batman” antihero Harley Quinn, died Thursday. She was 67.

The actress passed away after a decadeslong battle against multiple sclerosis, a representative for Sorkin’s husband, TV producer and screenwriter Christopher Lloyd, told Entertainment Weekly.

“We will always remember our dear Arleen for her immense generosity of spirit,” the family said in a statement. “Talented, yes, and dogged, too, as evidenced by her tenacious, decadeslong fight with a terrible disease.

“But more than that, she was a loving presence in the lives of her two boys, Eli and Owen; her mother, Joyce; her brothers, Robert and Arthur; and the countless other children, old and young, whom she took under her beautiful wing over the years.”

The statement continued by noting that while the date of Sorkin’s passing marks a sad day, it’s “a joyous one, too, knowing how many people today are summoning her memory and smiling.”

Sorkin made her TV debut as an extra in “Saturday Night Live” in 1982, but her breakthrough gig came in 1984 when she appeared as Calliope Jones Bradford on the popular soap opera “Days of Our Lives.”


Arleen Sorkin, who served as the voice and inspiration for well-known "Batman" anti-hero Harley Quinn died Thursday at the age of 67.
Arleen Sorkin, the former “Days of Our Lives” star who served as the voice and inspiration for well-known “Batman” antihero Harley Quinn, died Thursday. She was 67.
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According to a representative for Sorkin's husband, TV producer and screenwriter Christopher Lloyd, the voice actress passed away after a decades-long battle against multiple sclerosis.
According to a representative for Sorkin’s husband, TV producer and screenwriter Christopher Lloyd (left), the actress passed away after a decadeslong battle against multiple sclerosis.
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Sorkin was a series regular until 1990, reprising the role several times in later years and receiving two Daytime Emmy nominations for Outstanding Supporting Actress for her portrayal of the character.

In 1992, Sorkin made her voice-acting debut as Harley Quinn in an episode of “Batman: The Animated Series.”

According to showrunners, fans loved the wise-cracking henchwoman so much that Sorkin was invited to return for eight more episodes and to voice the character for several video game adaptations.


Sorkin, 67, made her TV debut as an extra in "Saturday Night Live" in 1982 but her breakthrough role came in 1984 when she appeared as Calliope Jones Bradford on the popular soap opera "Days of Our Lives.
Sorkin made her TV debut as an extra in “Saturday Night Live” in 1982.
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Since her debut, Harley Quinn has become a DC staple and has spawned two live-action films where she is portrayed by Oscar nominee Margot Robbie as well as getting her own animated series on Max where she is voiced by Kaley Cuoco.

Director James Gunn posted a tribute to Sorkin on Instagram, praising her for bringing such an iconic character to life.

“Rest in Peace, Arleen Sorkin,” he wrote. “The incredibly talented original voice of Harley Quinn, who helped to create the character so many of us love. Love to her family and friends.”

Mark Hamill, who voiced the Joker opposite Sorkin, also posted a tribute to his on-screen love interest.

“Devastated to learn we’ve lost the brilliant Arleen Sorkin,” wrote the “Star Wars” legend on X (formerly Twitter).

“Not just a wonderful talent, but a truly wonderful person. I’m grateful not only to have worked with her, but to have been her friend. Sending my heartfelt condolences to her family & loved ones.”



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Rejuuv Medi Spa Announces Grand Opening Celebration of New

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Rejuuv’s aim is to empower individuals to achieve aesthetic goals through non-invasive procedures. The Markham location enables us to deliver these services to a broader range of clients.”

— Dr. Shawn Seit

MARKHAM, ONTARIO, CANADA, August 28, 2023/EINPresswire.com/ — Rejuuv Medi Spa, an award-winning provider of advanced cosmetic solutions, is celebrating the expansion of its locations with the grand opening of a new state-of-the-art 12,000-square-foot clinic in Markham, Ontario, on Friday, September 8, 2023. Rejuuv Medi Spa serves the cosmetic and regenerative needs of both men and women and is the brainchild of renowned cosmetic physician and educator Dr. Shawn Seit. This expansion in Markham builds on the success of Rejuuv Medi Spa’s existing locations in North York and Yorkville.

To celebrate the launch, Rejuuv Medi Spa will be serving appetizers from Alo Catering and will have a complimentary champagne bar complete with music and a DJ. Press tours will take place from 3 pm to 4 pm, culminating in a ribbon-cutting ceremony with the attendance of Mayor Frank Scarpitti at 4 pm. Throughout the afternoon, guests can explore the new facility and speak with experts to learn more about the array of services offered at the new clinic.

The Press Tours will be from 3:00 pm to 4:30 pm.

And VIPs from 3:00 to 7:00 pm.

Over 100 lucky attendees will walk away with high-value prizes, such as gift certificates for spa services and free skincare. One winner on social media will be randomly chosen.

Suppliers will be on hand to allow people to visit and ask questions. Product demonstrations will also take place.

Markham Grand Opening

Place: 3601 Highway 7 East, Unit 1201, Markham, Ontario L3R 0M3

Date & Time: Friday, September 8, 2023 – 3 pm to 7 pm

Event Details – DJ, Appetizers and a Champagne Bar; Ribbon Cutting Ceremony, Product Demos, Prizes and more!

Dr. Shawn Seit, Founder and Aesthetic Physician of Rejuuv Medi Spa, is a well-respected leader in the industry. His commitment to delivering beautiful, natural-looking results and his focus on internal improvements through regenerative medicine have garnered him a substantial clientele.

“Rejuuv’s guiding aim is to help individuals regain their confidence and empower them to achieve specific aesthetic goals through non-invasive procedures,” says Dr. Seit. “The opening of the new Markham location enables us to deliver these services to an even broader range of clients in the Greater Toronto Area and beyond.”

A graduate of the University of Toronto Medical School, Dr. Seit studied under Dr. Stephen Mulholland and Dr. Arthur Swift, two of Canada’s top cosmetic practitioners. He furthered his studies through training and practicing in such prestigious locations as London, Paris, Monaco, Switzerland, and South Korea. He is also recognized as a top lecturer and educator in his own right.

Dr. Seit has a long list of accolades, including being named as a top provider of Ultherapy and Morpheus8 in Ontario, a top PicoSure provider in North America, and an ambassador-level partner with Merz Aesthetics. Rejuuv Medi Spa’s clinic was one of the first to introduce thread lifting techniques and to launch EMSCULPT and Morpheus8 technology in Ontario. Moreover, Dr. Seit is one of two physicians in Canada qualified to conduct Hormone Replacement Therapy, employing the pellet and injection techniques.

Aside from a wide range of advanced anti-aging and cosmetic improvement procedures, the clinic will offer a tailored suite of services in medical wellness, sexual health and enhancements, aesthetics rejuvenation and structural beautification.

About Rejuuv Medi Spa

Rejuuv Medi Spa is a state-of-the art medical spa founded and directed by Dr. Shawn Seit, one of Canada’s most lauded cosmetic physicians. With over 18 years of experience practicing and lecturing in destinations such as London, Paris, South Korea, and Monaco, Dr. Seit is widely recognized as an innovator in the field of non-invasive cosmetic and regenerative medicine. Rejuuv is known for delivering natural-looking results and promoting personal growth and happiness through advanced non-invasive cosmetic procedures. https://rejuuvmedispa.com/

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Arleen Sorkin, ‘Days of Our Lives’ Star and Original

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Arleen Sorkin, who is best known for voicing the original Harley Quinn in Batman: The Animated Series and starring in Days of Our Lives, has died. She was 67.

The actress passed away following a long battle with multiple sclerosis, a representative for her husband — television producer and screenwriter Christopher Lloyd — confirmed to Entertainment Weekly.

“We will always remember our dear Arleen for her immense generosity of spirit,” her family said in a statement to the outlet. “Talented, yes, and dogged, too, as evidenced by her tenacious, decades-long fight with a terrible disease.”

They continued, “But more than that, she was a loving presence in the lives of her two boys, Eli and Owen; her mother, Joyce; her brothers, Robert and Arthur; and the countless other children, old and young, whom she took under her beautiful wing over the years.”

While it’s a “sad” day for her family, they said it’s also a “joyous one” knowing “how many people today are summoning her memory and smiling.”

Sorkin had her breakout role as the beloved Calliope Jones on Days of Our Lives in 1984, where she remained as a full-time cast member until 1990. The star — who reprised her role in 1992, 2006 and 2010 — was nominated for two Daytime Emmy Awards for Outstanding Supporting Actress for her work on the long-running soap opera.

Shortly after leaving Days, Sorkin was cast in Batman: The Animated Series — where she originated the voice of the Joker’s right-hand-woman Harley Quinn in 1992. While she was only supposed to appear in one episode, she was eventually asked to return for eight more — before reprising the iconic role in several spinoffs and video games, according to EW.

Moreover, the villain’s creator Paul Dini previously confirmed that Sorkin, who was his old college friend, served as inspiration for the character.

“She is a very funny talent, kind of a live wire,” Dini told EW in 2017. “She can do that snappy blonde Judy Holliday persona very easily, and that was part of her performance style when I came up with the character.”

He added, “With Harley, thinking about that character, I was like, ‘Gosh, she sounds like Arleen.’ Around that time [Sorkin] had appeared as a wacky jester on Days of Our Lives in a costume series. She was wearing this Pied Piper outfit, and I was like, ‘Well, there she is. She should run around with the Joker dressed like that.’”

Following news of her death, James Gunn, the co-CEO of DCEU, paid tribute to the actress on social media.

“Rest in Peace, Arleen Sorkin, the incredibly talented original voice of Harley Quinn, who helped to create the character so many of us love,” he wrote. “Love to her family and friends. ❤️”

Actor Mark Hamill, who starred opposite Sorkin in Batman: The Animated Series as the Joker, also posted a message.

“Devastated to learn we’ve lost the brilliant Arleen Sorkin,” he said on X, formerly known as Twitter. “Not just a wonderful talent, but a truly wonderful person. I’m grateful not only to have worked with her, but to have been her friend. 🙏 Sending my heartfelt condolences to her family & loved ones. 💔”

Sorkin is survived by her husband, Christopher Lloyd, and their two sons, Eli and Owen Lloyd.



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Arleen Sorkin, original ‘Harley Quinn’ voice actress, dead

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(WTVO) — Arleen Sorkin, the actress who first played the Joker’s girlfriend, Harley Quinn, on “Batman: The Animated Series,” has died at the age of 67.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Sorkin died on Thursday, August 24th. Her cause of death was not disclosed.

Director James Gunn, now the head of DC Comics’ film division, wrote on Instagram, saying:  “Rest in Peace, Arleen Sorkin, the incredibly talented original voice of Harley Quinn, who helped to create the character so many of us love. Love to her family and friends.”

Mark Hamill, who played The Joker on the animated show, said, “Devastated to learn we’ve lost the brilliant Arleen Sorkin. Not just a wonderful talent, but a truly wonderful person. I’m grateful not only to have worked with her, but to have been her friend. Sending my heartfelt condolences to her family & loved ones.”

Harley Quinn was not a DC Comics character initially, but was introduced on the “Batman: Animated Series” TV show in 1992.

Series co-creator Paul Dini said he was inspired to cast Sorkin after seeing an episode of “Days of Our Lives” she had appeared on, playing a harlequin in a dream sequence.

“I thought about a character kind of like her persona at the time, which was the snappy, wisecracking blonde,” Dini said.

The character remained so popular, Sorkin returned for 8 more episodes and subsequent video games, animated movies, and more.

Margot Robie played Harley Quinn in the “Suicide Squad” movies, and Lady Gaga will play her in the upcoming “Joker: Folie a Deux.”

Sorkin also has many television credits to her name, including “Dream On” and “Frasier,” and co-hosted “America’s Funniest People” with Dave Coulier.

Her “Batman” costar, Kevin Conroy, died of cancer last year at the age of 66.

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World News | 1 Dead After a Driver and Biker Group

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Philadelphia, Aug 28 (AP) A motorcyclist died over the weekend after being shot by a Cadillac driver in the heart of Philadelphia’s historic area after a group of bikers blocked the drivers way, according to Philadelphia police.

The Saturday night shooting steps from the Liberty Bell and Independence Hall, the nation’s birthplace, focused new attention on the gun violence plaguing the city and the nation. Police believe the driver and the biker group traded fire, but they are not yet sure who fired first, a spokeswoman said.

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“Unfortunately, our country’s gun problem means disputes can turn deadly, needlessly cutting young lives short,” Mayor Jim Kenney said in a social media post, attributing the violence to a road rage dispute.

The 36-year-old driver, who has not been identified, was shot in the arm and took himself to a hospital, where he was treated before being released Sunday, police spokeswoman Tanya Little said.

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No charges have been filed, but the shooting remains under investigation. Police identified the motorcycle rider as 29-year-old Angel Luis Rios of the city’s Frankford section. He was shot twice in the torso and pronounced dead at a nearby hospital just before 9:30 pm.

Before police arrived, National Park Service rangers who patrol the historic area briefly detained a 24-year-old man who allegedly fired at the Cadillac. City homicide investigators are now in charge of the case. Little did not know when a decision on charges would be made.

“We are grateful to the Philadelphia Police Department who responded quickly to the situation and kept it from escalating,” the mayor said. The shooting occurred on a warm summer evening in an area dotted with cobblestone streets that is popular with tourists, residents and restaurant goers, many of whom dine outside. It was just one of a spate of shootings across the city over the weekend. In north Philadelphia, a 39-year-old man was shot five times and died shortly after 5 a.m. Sunday. Two other men were also critically wounded by gunshots. Police called all three men the victims of a triple shooting.(AP)

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