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Jan 16 2017
Inside Florence Henderson's Memorial Service Comments (0)

Above, listen to snippets of the remembrances offered by luminaries like Judge Judy, Carol Burnett and Tom Bergeron at this weekend's private tribute to the memory of Florence Henderson.

2016 really was a disaster for losing famous names.

 
Jan 15 2017
Morbid TATLER Comments (0)

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Tattletales was one of my all-time fave game shows, though I liked it better when it switched formats to all questions and no buzz-ins.

Watching it now is an odd experience because so many of the relationships — it was all husbands/wives or longterm relationships — crumbled spectacularly.

In this episode, it's hard to simply enjoy the banter without thinking: Amanda Blake got HIV from her next husband and died of AIDS, Shatner divorced his wife and his next one drowned mysteriously in their pool and poor Bobby Van died young and Elaine Joyce remarried, to Neil Simon (a fact I just learned).

Oh, and Van and host Bert Convy both died of brain cancer — two out of the seven people in the episode!

 
Jan 14 2017
Handsome Devil Dick Gautier, Hymie The Robot On GET SMART, Dies @ 85 Comments (0)

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Dick Gautier, best-known as Hymie on Get Smart in six episodes from 1966 to 1968 (and in the 1989 reunion TV movie), died yesterday at 85 after years of declining health.

Along with being a familiar face on TV, he received a Tony nomination for playing Conrad Birdie in the original 1960BIO2.150dpi production of Bye, Bye Birdie, humorously (and sexily) channeling Elvis for the teen-idol role.

Of being picked to try out for the Birdie role by Gower Champion (1919-1980) himself, he recalled in 2014:

They asked me to read for this thing. I was a little put off because I didn't like rock and roll. Not at that point. I said, “I don't think it's for me. I like Jerome Kern and George Gershwin.”

They said, “Will you at least come in and audition?” I went in and they said, “Would you sing an Elvis song?” I said, “I don't know any Elvis songs.” So they just played some blues and I ad-libbed and I guess they liked it. Couple months later they called.

He begrudgingly took the role and his career changed.

HymieGautier in his most famous role — Hymie (Image via CBS)

You may also remember Gautier from The Patty Duke Show (which lost most of its original cast in 2016), The Mary Tyler Moore Show (a lothario) or other guest appearances in the '60s, '70s and '80s.

I recall him from Tattletales, on which he appeared with then-wife Barbara Stuart (1930-2011):

 

I was fortunate enough to meet Gautier at one of my beloved autograph shows. He was charming, and flirty with the idea of his gay fans. He seemed like a sweet guy.

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Jan 13 2017
6-PACK — And I Am Telling You, She IS Going + Gorgeous Steve Harvey Talks About Unattractive Asian Men + Madonna Has Now Absorbed Camille Paglia, Making Her Redundant + Biopic Besties + Hooked On Drug Costs + RIP Mr. EXORCIST! Comments (0)

WIDGETJennifer Holliday (aw, man), Jon Voight, 3 Doors Down and conservative Democrat Toby Keith will play Trump's inauguration. Jennifer's rationale:

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WIDGETSteve Harvey unironically grotesquely mocks the attractiveness of all Asian men to all white and all black women. Lewis Tan's reply:

WIDGETMadonna and Marilyn Minter will discuss feminism, Trump and other controversial topics at the Brooklyn Museum January 19.

WIDGETBest biopic transformers.

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WIDGETHere are the Democratic senators who voted with Republicans to keep drug costs sky-high. Booker!!!

WIDGETLord Snowdon dies @ 86. William Peter Blatty, author of The Exorcist novel, screenplay dies @ 89:

 
Jan 12 2017
Larry Steinbachek, Bronski Beat Keyboardist, Dies @ 56 Comments (0)

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Sad to read that Larry Steinbachek, the keyboardist for Bronski Beat, has died.

Steinbachek died at 56 after what is described as a brief battle with cancer. In case you were one of those people who felt 2016 was bad for celebrity deaths, it should be noted he was a part of that — he died in December, and his passing was just reported by his family.

Man, when I heard about Bronski Beat and saw their video and looked at them, I had this feeling of deep respect and almost disbelief: These guys are actually, really gay. I remember buying Age of Consent and being blown away by the music, and would sing it at the top of my lungs (and well past the top of my register) all through college.

RIP.

 
Jan 07 2017
Francine York, BATMAN Actress, Dies @ 80 Comments (0)

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Francine York, a stunning TV actress remembered for her role as “Lydia Limpet” on Batman in 1966 as well as for her cult-classic feature The Doll Squad (1973), has died at age 80 of cancer, according to Variety.

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I met Francine at the Hollywood Show and at Cinecon (where I also met the recently departed Debbie Reynolds). She was a vivacious, younger-than-her-years goddess.

I'm shocked to read this catch never married and left no survivors. I hope she had many friends, because she sure seemed like a bundle of fun.

 
Jan 06 2017
6-PACK — He's Britney's Bitch! + Carrie Makes An Ash Of Herself + Wikileaks Continues Fascist Slide + Madonna Love BAZAAR + Bachmann Slams EVIL Gays + FL Shooting — Gov. Scott Snubs Obama During Crisis! Comments (0)

WIDGETIt's official: Intel report spills the beans that Putin himself ordered U.S. election interference to benefit Comrade Trump.

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WIDGETMore on Britney Spears's new starfucking boyfriend.

WIDGETCarrie Fisher's ashes were deposited into an urn ... shaped like a Prozac pill. Plus, inside her & her mom's joint service.

WIDGETWikileaks considering publishing private info of all verified Twitter users in order to dox unfriendly voices, journalists.

WIDGETMadonna takes a dual cover of Harper's Bazaar (February 2017) for its Spring Revival Issue — flapper fabulousness:

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WIDGETShooting takes place in Florida airport, people die, Gov. Rick Scott pointedly doesn't contact President Obama — contacts Trump/Pence: 

 
Did George Michael Have Another FAITH On The Way? Comments (0)

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George Michael's passing was somewhat stepped on by Carrie Fisher and Debbie Reynolds in the same way people didn't really absorb the loss of Farrah Fawcett while focusing on the out-of-nowhere loss of Michael Jackson. With Carrie and Debbie being buried as we speak, Billboard shifts to George, giving him his final cover.

In the story, George's former manager Rob Kahane speaks out about George's music and how he perceived himself, saying George had just finished an 18-month rehab in Switzerland.

According to Kahane, George thought he'd come through it well and played him some new songs that he describes as:

...totally pop, like something that would’ve been on Faith. The songs weren’t depressing. That’s why I thought everything was okay with him.

Kahane also said George never shook a poor image he had of himself:

He never thought he was good-looking. When he looked in the mirror, he’d still see a pudgy, homely kid.

Read the rest here.

 

 


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