That’s right, Glee premiered 10 years ago on May 19, , introducing us to stars like Lea Michele and Darren Criss , made being a theater nerd cool, and, most importantly, raised awareness for the LGBTQ community and arts education. And it did all of this while simultaneously making its rabid fanbase laugh and cry on a regular basis. It seemed like everyone was gleek, listening to the cast’s catchy covers and quoting every biting one-line spit out by the eternally track-suited Sue Sylvester Jane Lynch. But with the really high highs came some lows, including the devastating death of the show’s leading man, and in-fighting amongst the cast as they grappled with their rapid rise to mega-fame, with some of them not even old enough to drink when they became household names. Plus, some of the most beloved onscreen pairings were actually dating behind-the-scenes, blurring the lines between TV and reality for the fans. So what did you maybe miss on Glee after it debuted 10 years ago, with New Directions immediately winning us over with their iconic cover of “Don’t Stop Believin"”? We’ve compiled some of the series’ surprising secrets and facts for you to enjoy along with your celebratory Slushie—just don’t throw it on anyone—before tuning into E! News on May 17 at 7 p.
Cast Of Glee & Other Celebrities Honor Naya Rivera
The year-old’s body was found on Monday after she went missing last week with police claiming she used the last bit of her strength to save her son Josey before she drowned. Kevin, 32, took to Twitter to praise the late Cory – who was also a Glee co-star – as he helped find Naya’s body. Shockingly enough, Naya’s body was found on the seventh anniversary of the Canadian’s accidental death. Kevin also joined fellow Glee costars in paying tribute to the doting mother as her body was finally brought back to her family and friends.
Many of the stars of ‘Glee’ have kept in touch over the years. Here are a few of them who have stayed friends, and how they’ve done so.
The recent death of Naya Rivera has many people wondering if the cast of Glee is somehow cursed, because Naya is now the third member of the cast to die. Naya played Santana Lopez on the popular Fox show that aired from to She was only 33 years old at the time of her accidental death by drowning. No one could have predicted her tragic death—just like no one could have predicted the tragic deaths of two of her fellow castmates.
He was only 31 years old when he died from an accidental overdose. He was 35 years old at the time. Keep reading for more of the sad and sometimes disturbing details. Cory was 31 years old when he died on July 13, The actor was found dead in a hotel room in Vancouver, British Columbia. Glee was still airing and in production when Cory died. When Cory died, he and Lea were dating. Is it hard to be back at work?
WHERE ARE THEY NOW: The cast of ‘Glee’
Rivera, who was 33 , went missing Wednesday after renting a boat with her 4-year-old son, Josey Dorsey. How can you summarize a decade of friendship and laughter with words alone? Her brilliance and humor were unmatched.
The cast of Glee’s tragic history: From Naya Rivera to Corey Monteith Lea Michele and Cory Monteith were dating at the time of his death.
During its six-year run, and in the years since it concluded in , the cast and crew of Glee have been marred by an outsized number of devastating events, including a number of deaths. Naya Rivera: Missing, presumed drowned. When Rivera failed to return the boat at the end of her three-hour rental, lake staff found it floating with her 4-year-old son, Josey Dorsey, asleep inside. Rivera was nowhere to be found. NBC Los Angeles reported Josey was wearing a life jacket and an additional, adult-sized jacket was also found on the boat.
Following their separation, Dorsey accused Rivera of domestic battery, saying she had hit him in the head and face. Cory Monteith: Overdose. The Glee fandom was left reeling in when Monteith, who played leading man Finn Hudson, died from a lethal combination of heroin and alcohol in a Vancouver hotel room. The year-old had a long history of drug and alcohol abuse, starting at age Following a family intervention, he had received treatment aged 19, and then again four months before he died.
When Monteith died he was still an active cast member on the show, which was in production hiatus between its fourth and fifth seasons. Mark Salling: Child porn charges and suicide.
CNN There may not be a “Glee curse,” but the hit series has certainly seen its fair share of tragedies. Today we lost another Glee cast member. Yes, he committed crimes against children.
Read the tributes to Naya Rivera below, led by her “Glee” castmates, below. I’ll forever cherish the opportunity to play your girlfriend on Glee.
Friends, colleagues and former costars of Naya Rivera are mourning her death. Rivera was declared missing last Wednesday after Josey was discovered asleep and floating alone in the boat. She was a joy to write for, a joy to direct and a joy to be around. She had the rare combination of humility and endless confidence in her talent. Glee star Lea Michele paid homage to both Monteith and Rivera through several black-and-white photographs on her Instagram story.
What a force you were. Love and peace to your family. How can you summarize a decade of friendship and laughter with words alone? Her beauty and talent were otherworldly. She spoke truth to power with poise and fearlessness. She could turn a bad day into a great day with a single remark. She inspired and uplifted people without even trying. Being close to her was both a badge of honor and a suit of armor.
Lea Michele Pays Emotional Tribute to Naya Rivera and Cory Monteith
Fox News Flash top entertainment and celebrity headlines are here. Check out what’s clicking today in entertainment. The stars of the hit Fox musical comedy, which ran for six seasons between and , were quick to pay tribute to their late co-star, who played Santana Lopez since the show’s debut. In , while the show was still on the air, Cory Monteith was found dead in a Vancouver hotel room.
The actor played one of the key leads on the show, Finn Hudson, and was dating co-star Lea Michele at the time both on the show and in real-life.
Lea and Cory were dating when he passed away in from an Hollywood remembers Naya Rivera: Glee cast lead tributes to their ‘sweet.
As an actor based in British Columbia , Monteith had minor roles on television series before being cast on Glee. During his success on the show, he also acted in films. Monteith had a troubled adolescence involving substance abuse from age 13, and left school at age After an intervention by family and friends, he entered drug rehabilitation at age In a interview with Parade magazine, he discussed his history of substance abuse as a teen, and in March , he again sought treatment for addiction.
On July 13, , he died of a toxic combination of heroin and alcohol in a Vancouver hotel room. Monteith’s parents divorced when he was seven years old,  and he and his older brother were raised by their mother in Victoria, British Columbia. From age 13, he used alcohol and marijuana and started being truant from school. After attending 16 schools,  including alternative programs for troubled teens, Monteith dropped out altogether at age By that time, his drug and alcohol dependency had increased and Monteith turned to petty crimes, such as stealing money from friends and family, to fund his addictions.
I’m lucky to be alive. Before breaking into show business, Monteith worked various jobs, including Walmart people greeter, taxicab driver, mechanic, school bus driver, roofer, and a drummer for a few bands.
Lea Michele Really Did Date ‘Glee’ Co-Star Matthew Morrison After All
Hollywood is mourning the loss of Naya Rivera after her death at age Rivera’s body was recovered on Monday at the California lake she visited with her son on July 8. Her costar Jane Lynch , who portrayed cheerleading coach Sue Sylvestor on the musical comedy, shared a heartfelt tribute for the actress on Twitter. What a force you were. Love and peace to your family,” she wrote on Monday.
The actress was first reported missing after her 4-year-old son was discovered alone on a boat on the evening of Wednesday, July 8. Rivera is the third Glee cast member to die under tragic circumstances. Some of Rivera’s former Glee cast members posted on Twitter and Instagram when the actress first went missing, hoping for her safe return. Now, many have made mournful posts about her unexpected passing. Heather Morris , who played Rivera’s on-screen love interest on Glee, posted a sweet picture of her and Naya’s children playing together to commemorate her friend.
So I’m showing the world a photo of our little goof balls for you, because I know that meant more than anything and they remind me of you and I.