One common thread.
And not the thread that might immediately come to mind.
Erin Moran, who played Joanie Cunningham on the hit sitcom "Happy Days" and then again on the spin-off "Joanie Loves Chachi," is homeless and bouncing from hotel to hotel in Indiana, according to a tabloid report.
The 51-year-old actress and her husband were allegedly kicked out of the trailer home they were living in with his mom, according to the National Enquirer (via Radar Online). They were photographed two weeks ago looking a bit rough outside a Holiday Inn Express in Corydon, Ind., as shown by the Daily Mail.
In June, a rep confirmed to ABC News that Moran and hubby Steve Fleischmann had in fact been living with "her ailing mother-in-law" for more than a year. “They are helping take care of her, as any loving family would do.”
The couple lost their Palmdale house to foreclosure in the second half of 2010.
Is the world ready to forgive Michael Richards? Well, his former co-star Jerry Seinfeld is, at least.
Richards, who busted down Jerry's door countless times back in the '90s as wacky neighbor Kramer on the mega-hit "Seinfeld," effectively killed his career in 2006 by going on an ugly racist tirade during a stand-up comedy gig, dropping the N-word on a heckler. The actor hasn't shown his face in public much ever since, but he reappears on the latest installment of Seinfeld's web series "Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee" to reunite with his old pal
And, of course most horrifically, tale three...
The "Sons of Anarchy" actor suspected of killing his landlord before falling to his death on Wednesday had drug issues, mental health problems and was a threat, his probation report said last spring.
The May 17 report says that Johnny Lewis, 28, "suffers from some form of chemical dependency, mental health issue and a lack of permanent housing. Given this, (Lewis) will continue to be a threat to any community he may reside."
Police are seeking to understand what may have sparked the rampage that led to the death of Katherine Davis, 81.
She died from "blunt head trauma and strangulation," according to preliminary findings from the autopsy conducted Thursday, the Los Angeles County Coroner's office said.
Lewis was arrested twice in February on burglary and battery charges in Santa M
onica, according to records obtained by CNN
Woe, misfortune and/or outright tragedy notwithstanding, these three celebrities share a commonality that should be obvious but, in the current cultural climate, seems to more often than not get lost in the translation.
They are, to a mere mortal, nothing more, or less, than just that.
With all the potential for good, and evil, right, and wrong, success, and failure, possessed by any one of us who share space on the planet.
Put another way.
While they might be special to friends and family, they are, at the heart of it, no more special than you or I.
They are, we are all, at the heart of it, mere mortals.
A thought that might be of some value the next time the temptation arises to adore, worship and/or spend hard earned, better spent elsewhere time and/or money on those whom we seem always too quick and ready to spend hard earned, better spent elsewhere time and/or money.
No one special.
Rhymes with Kardashian.