Monday, January 24, 2011


May all the gifts inside you make their way into the world, and may all your dreams come true.  Blessings for a Happy 2012!  Luv xo Lydia

Award-winning actress, writer, talk show host, comedienne and inspirational public speaker, Lydia Cornell grew up in  in America’s living rooms. Best known for her starring role as the daughter of TV legend Ted Knight (The Mary Tyler Moore Show) in the hit ABC series Too Close for Comfort, Cornell was one of the most popular sex symbols of the 80’s, playing the virginal cheerleader Sara Rush. An international celebrity, Cornell starred in over 250 shows, films and TV episodes. Recently seen on HBO’s Curb Your Enthusiasm, Lydia is currently starring in the new Kelsey Grammer-Bill Zucker Comedy Hour and has her own channel on Kelsey’s new celebrity TV network TODHD. As cohost of her own A.M. radio show in Las Vegas, she interviewed world leaders, Pulitzer Prize winners, White House advisors, presidential candidates and Congressmen. Now she has her own LIVE talk show each week — a provocative, humorous celebrity TV show on the fastest growing network with Kelsey Grammer.  
Cornell has been invited to contribute her writings to the International Museum of Peace, which houses letters from Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Mother Teresa, Maya Angelou & Sir Edmund Hillary. As a standup comic, she has played the Improv, Laugh Factory, Riviera and Sahara in Vegas (where she opened for The Amazing Jonathan, and recently appeared in her original 3-woman play Pain is Inevitable, Sex Optional. 
Triumph over Tragedy

Lydia Cornell is a women and children’s advocate, and an inspirational speaker on domestic violence and teen suicide prevention — as well as on drug, alcohol and Adderall[1] abuse. She endured a shattering personal tragedy when she found her younger brother’s body after a drug overdose. Sober now for 15 years, she speaks to recovery groups of up to 300 or more.

She hosted a documentary for Safe Passage — an organization that gives extreme life makeovers to victims of domestic violence, which will be shown on Oxygen network. 

She mentors teenagers and is deeply involved in women’s and children’s charities. A mother of boys, she has been raising teenagers! Last fall she housed domestic abuse victims and cared for their children throughout the school year. With the help of the police, Cornell helped rescue a battered woman from a predator. 

Cornell speaks at high schools, hospitals, and women’s centers on overcoming grief, unemployment, sexism, ageism, depression, self-sabotage, obnoxious teenagers — and every imaginable hardship. Her talks are laced with poignant stories of transformation with an innate sense of comic timing. “If you can laugh at yourself you probably won’t kill yourself.”

Sixteen years sober, Cornell does inspirational public speaking all over the country on domestic violence as well as drug and alcohol abuse.

Cornell’s triumph over tragedy, depression and addiction was the result of a ‘catastrophic spiritual awakening.’ “There is a reason so many celebrities are in rehab these days,” she says. Her experiences in overcoming a string of failures and humiliations inspired her to assist others with their own demons. 

Above, left to right: Ray Middleton, Ted Knight, Deb Van Valkenburgh, Nancy Dussault, Lydia Cornell, Jim Bullock, Audrey Meadows
Bill Zucker, Kelsey Grammer, Lydia Cornell, Scott Baio
Lydia Cornell, Larry David in HBO's "Curb"

Russell Brand and Lydia Cornell on the red carpet for the Noreen Fraser Cancer Foundation.

In 2010 I went through a devastating divorce, but after surrendering the fear and sadness, amazing things began to happen. My son Jack turned 16 and we took a road trip to Oregon through Monterey, Big Sur and Carmel. It was the best trip of our lives. Spoke at Texas A&M on domestic violence prevention, and just hosted Variety's Power of Comedy (with Russell Brand) for Kelsey Grammer's network. Also, producing a live comedy show each week on a new TV network with New York Times Entertainment Journalist and bestselling author Cindy Pearlman. 


  1. Hi everyone. We are moving to the RIGHT NETWORK!!

  2. About time you did the RIGHT thing.

  3. I assume it's going to be a comedy show...

  4. This has been the saddest year of my life. I have not been able to stop crying over losing my family.

  5. I'm confused (please, no jokes). Is "Friends of Lydia Cornell" Lydia?

  6. Of course its Lydia.Shes had a rough year.

  7. Very cool blog.

    I see the cockroaches have already infested it though.

    Try these guys out. They might be able to help.

  8. They're real good at getting rid of Turdmites.

  9. :|

    ...or was that Termites...?

  10. Anonymous12:58 PM

    Stop it Worf.

  11. Anonymous1:05 PM

    Worf, why are you always instigating problems. You and Mike have destroyed this blog....damn you.

  12. Stop what cRusty?

    I'm not allowed to comment?

    You're all in here mocking and ridiculing Lyda.

    Can't take a little fun poked back at you?


    Your spines clearly growing soft in your old age.

  13. Anonymous1:08 PM

    Opinions are fine, but the namecalling was horrendous.

  14. Anonymous1:10 PM

    You let the trolls get to you, and that's what destroyed this blog

  15. Anonymous1:11 PM

    This blog used to have 100's of comments, now there's barely anyone anymore.

  16. Anonymous1:13 PM

    This blog is DEAD. It can NEVER go back to where it was.

  17. What are you talking about?

    This is my FIRST comment in here since the format change.

    Its been nothing but trolls mocking and ridiculing the blog, and you're blaming ME?

    When I'm not even here?

  18. You know Larry, some day you're going to spin a cocoon and then maybe after a good incubation period, you'll grow a spine.

  19. Lydia, as you can plainly see by my comments, I have not in any way mocked or ridiculed you. In fact, most of my comments have been about classic movies/stars (a common area of interest). Please, do not allow this divisive innuendo and paranoia to influence you.

  20. Oh, I said the "trolls".

    Didn't realize you saw yourself in that role Will.

    That's good to know.

  21. Friends of Lydia Cornell said...

    You know who you are: really sick of liars and abusive people. Please stop screwing up the site.

    Does Google know what you are doing?

    Of course, I don't think its Lydia. I think "friends of Lydia Cornell" is Larry. Or who knows, maybe Lydia decided to go incognito.

    Either way I just stopped in to say hi since I haven't seen the ole blog in several months.

    And judging by the comments and company, I think another few months before I stop in again ought to be about right.

    Later trolls...and er..."Will".


    See you in the funny papers.

  22. Yet another tearful farewell from worf.I wonder if he realizes just how much everyone misses him when he sulks off.

    Well,at least this time he gave himself a handle that fits him.The meds must be working.

  23. And speak of the Weasel.

    Homeschoolings still failing you I see, at least the English classes are.

    Don't worry TurdWeasel, I know you have reading comprehension issues thanks to a less than literate instructor, but if you look again you'll see "goodbye" doesn't appear anywhere in my comments.

    See you losers in a few months, does.

    I'll check in on you from time to time Weasel, so be of good cheer.

    And wipe your tear.

  24. Cockroahes is a very apt analogy................Will's "confused" what else is new.

  25. Hi Lydia............Hope your doing ok. I'll have to stop in more.

  26. Hey Mike, nice to see you.

    Hope you've been well.

  27. Anonymous12:36 PM

    Is that Mike and Worf...Holy s--t!

  28. Hey Nice to see you to LTN......I've been very busy lately and have been focusing more on having fun and staying away from the knuckedraggers and slimy negative influences like many of the trolls that have infested this and many other blogs.

    But with the elections heating up I'll probably be checking in quite a bit during the next month.

  29. Whats amazing that All the Right could come up with is Candidates like Sharon Angle who babble about "implementing 2nd Amendment remedies" if the elections dont go the way "SHE" just boggles the mind that you have knuckedraggers like that CLAIMING to love freedom and democracy and to be such "patriots" yet urging violence, treason and armed insurection if the democratic election process which symbolizes that alleged freedom doesnt go the way SHE wants.

  30. Then we have Newt Gingrich who many, my self included at one time thought was one of the smartest people on the Right, babbling nonsense, demagoggery and fearmongering crazy talk.

    Newt has been babbling about amending our Constitution to outlaw Sharia Law............funny but last I checked murder, cutting off peoples hands and cutting women's faces were allready illegal and no legislatures of either party were trying to implement Sharia law and anyone who would make such a nonsensical CLAIM is a joke and not a serious person.

  31. Mike said...

    I've been very busy lately and have been focusing more on having fun and staying away from the knuckedraggers and slimy negative influences like many of the trolls that have infested this and many other blogs.

    Amen to that.

    Life's too short to waste it on the hounds of hell.

  32. Hey Lydia. Sorry I haven't been tuning in recently. Just found your new URL and have made a note of it! Love the new look. Keep up the good work!

    Jacqueline aka Jacq

  33. Anonymous12:16 PM

    Mike, stop your damn bullshitting.

  34. Anonymous12:20 PM

    Mike, "LOOK ALIVE"... Get your ass out of the McDonalds.
    Stop focusing on Big Macs and fries all day long, and for god sakes "LOOK ALIVE".

  35. Hi Mike, Worf and Willy Wonka Anonymous,

    How do we get through to these people?

    It's time to tell the truth.

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  37. Wow, it's nice to "meet" you Lydia..I really admire the things that you're doing!

  38. excellent site very entertaining