Natalie Schafer, aka "Lovey" from Gilligan's Island, is one of the celebrity connections I most regret never having the chance to make. She died in 1991 (at the age of 90, having lied to everyone about her age for years), well before I was in any position to be in the same place at the same time with her, though an online pal of mine (Alan Light) took one of the most widely circulated later-years images of her in L.A. at an AIDS event:
This picture is from September 6, 1990; cancer claimed the following April.
Above, check out her ridiculous "recipe" for tuna salad from a now-hilarious 1978 book of celeb recipes to benefit a Hawaiian rehab center called Habilitat. If you're interested in recipes from the likes of Sharon Gless and Lloyd Bridges, check it out on one of my favorite blogs.
Learn even more about "Lovey" at yet another blog I love-y so much, this one a blog that—like Schafer—is dearly departed.