457 posts categorized "OBITUARY"

Aug 22 2014
I Am A Fugitive From A Chain Letter: Amazing, Art-Filled, Name-Droppy 1990s Chain Letter Comments (0)
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The pages are especially worth a look if you're a comic strip/sci fi fan...mouse over them to see what number they are.

Chain-Letter-6I've held onto the hastily Xeroxed (and re-Xeroxed...and re-Xeroxed) pages of this 60-page chain letter for over 20 years, at first because it's filled with interesting names and drawings (again, not originals...dammit!) by famous artists, and then later because the very concept of a physical chain letter has become so antiquated.

The letters include everyone from Bette Midler to Goldie Hawn, from the late wife of Ricardo Montalban to JFK's press secretary, from publisher Joni Evans to the Hollywood Reporter's George Christy. To me, it's fascinating.

Check out the pages in the gallery above, and some notes on the pages below...

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Aug 19 2014
No Longer Live From New York: SNL's Don Pardo Dies @ 96 Comments (0)

Don-PardoFebruary 22, 1918—August 18, 2014

Don Pardo, the instantly recognizable, mellifluous voice of Saturday Night Live, has died at the age of 96. “Jaws” is not a suspect.

Pardo had been with NBC since 1944—a cool 70 years on the job. He celebrated his ninetieth on the set of SNL and had apparently worked for SNL in-studio nearly continuously up until his death.

 
Aug 16 2014
Need To Know: Over The Topless Reaction + Shazbottom + Half-Baked Alaskan + Beyoncé vs. Baby Mama + MO Batter Blues + MORE! Comments (0)

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*widget boy cultureIf you are “horrified” by the above cover, grow up.

*widget boy cultureRobin Williams + gay hustler = must-see movie.

*widget boy cultureIs Beyoncé really not Blue Ivy's mom after all?

*widget boy cultureInsane racist woman in death threat-laden viral video.

*widget boy cultureHOT guys, HARD at work.

*widget boy cultureJames Franco is playing insane ex-gay Michael Glatze, who really hates the gays.

 *widget boy culture'90s teen heartthrob Andrew Keegan invented a religion.

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*widget boy cultureLady Gaga's lesbian fan letter.

*widget boy cultureChris Martin's got a type: Annoying blondes.

*widget boy cultureChristian singer Vicky Beeching comes out swinging in 1st post-coming out interview.

*widget boy cultureFerguson cops beat a suspect, charged him for bloodying their uniforms.

*widget boy culturePapal selfies are the latest thing.

*widget boy cultureGay blogger thinks gay men need to grow up and stay out of the bars.

*widget boy culturePioneering skateboarder Jay Adams dies @ 53.

Jay-AdamsHe was a sk8er boi, see ya later, boy...

 
Aug 14 2014
STAR TREK Actress Dies @ 78 Comments (0)

Arlene-MartelApril 14, 1936—August 12, 2014

Arlene Martel, known for her appearance on the Star Trek episode “Amok Time” (1967) and a staple at autograph shows, has died following a heart attack at 78.

 
Need To Know: Being Pro-Gay Is Much More Than A Hunch + Arizona Stating His Sexuality + Cocks In Socks + Primating For Life + MORE! Comments (0)

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*widget boy cultureRobert Reed inspired his TV kids to be pro-gay, was scorching hot on Family Affair.

*widget boy cultureKill Bill, the music video.

*widget boy cultureArizona State football player comes out.

*widget boy culture50 Shades of Grey meets Frozen???

*widget boy cultureEx-gay spokeswoman is now an ex-gay ex-spokeswoman.

*widget boy cultureDave Franco's butt. (That is a complete sentence, IMHO.)

*widget boy cultureNick cocks in socks.

*widget boy cultureAnti-gay extremist's wife dyked out on him. Ha-ha!

*widget boy cultureBlack man shot dead by LAPD was already on the ground.

*widget boy cultureRight-wing writer calls 9yo black kid a “primate,” sees no problem there.

*widget boy cultureBroadway's Aladdin remembers Robin Williams.

*widget boy cultureFerguson, MO, cops get militarized and overprep for a small protest.

Ferguson-MissouriMissouri hates company.

 
Aug 13 2014
Need To Know: You Like That Big Hitchcock, Doncha? + Nanu Girl + He's A Slave For U + J.Lo Makes An Ass Of Herself + MORE! Comments (0)

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*widget boy cultureHitchcock's subversive, juicy-as-hell use of homosexuality in 2 films.

*widget boy cultureRobin Williams's daughter hounded off social media by sociopaths.

*widget boy cultureWatch this Britney boy's boing!-inducing booty. (Work Unfriendly)

*widget boy cultureJ.Lo stops pretending, just puts out a song called “Booty”. Ed-nelson-peyton-place-dies-obituary

*widget boy cultureIs Ben Affleck the “hottest Bruce Wayne ever?”

*widget boy culturePeyton Place's Ed Nelson dies @ 85.

*widget boy cultureBodybuliding helps them love themselves.

*widget boy cultureBrazilian prez candidate perishes in plane crash.

*widget boy cultureRadical faerie Feather beaten to death in San Francisco.

*widget boy cultureNo stay on VA same-sex marriages.

*widget boy cultureTOTAL BACALL: Clerk recounts waiting on the late legend.

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Golden Age Screen Legend Lauren Bacall Dies @ 89 Comments (0)

BacallSeptember 16, 1924—August 12, 2014

Bacall-lookThe look...the voice...Lauren “Betty” Bacall, one of the last remaining bona fide stars of the Golden Age of Hollywood and one half of its most famous film team with the late Humphrey Bogart (December 25, 1899—January 14, 1957), died today of a stroke.

She was just over a month shy of her ninetieth birthday.

Bacall first became a star in 1944 with her silver-screen debut, To Have and Have Not, delivering one of the most famous lines (at 2:53) in film history to the man who was 25 years her senior but who would become the great love of her life, the father of two of her children and whom she would outlive by nearly 50 years:

Bacall-big-sleep-slinky-black-evening-gownIn a series of indelible classics—The Big Sleep (1946), Key Largo (1948), How to Marry a Millionaire (1953), Written on the Wind (1956), Designing Woman (1957)—Bacall became an icon of cool sensuality and sophistication, one with a razor-sharp tongue. She worked steadily but never to excess, preferring to do films and, later, TV and theater, that drew her in. She was only nominated once and never won a competitive Oscar [and indeed was the victim of perhaps the worst-ever case of bait-and-switch when she seemed destined to finally win for The Mirror Has Two Faces in 1996, only to lose unexpectedly to The English Patient's Juliette Binoche (b. March 9, 1964)], but was awarded one for life achievement in 2009 and won two Tonys, for Applause (1970) and Woman of the Year (1981).

Birth-2004-05-gBacall's last work appears to have been a voice on The Family Guy (2014) this year. Her last on-screen appearance was the teen drama The Forger (2012), starring Josh Hutcherson (b. October 12, 1992) and Hayden Panettiere (b. August 21, 1989).

Some of her more interesting later works would include Paul Schrader's (b. July 22, 1946) The Walker (2007) with Woody Harrelson (b. July 23, 1961), and a pair of films with Nicole Kidman (b. June 20, 1967): Dogville (2003) and Birth (2004).

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For sheer fun, check out Bacall in Murder on the Orient Express (1974). For unpleasant camp, it's gotta be The Fan (1981).

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Bacall was an outspoken personality, not known for suffering fools, gladly or otherwise. She denounced the House Un-American Activities Committee during its Communist witch hunt at great personal risk to her career.

After Bogart's death, she was married to fellow actor Jason Robards (July 26, 1922—December 26, 2000) for several years in the 1960s, and had a son with him, actor Sam Robards (b. December 16, 1961).

Lauren-Bacall-Matthew-RettenmundMy shot of Bacall in 2012

I was lucky enough to have seen Gore Vidal's The Best Man (2012) the same evening as Ms. Bacall, and was ballsy enough to approach her for a photo. I did not in a zillion years expect her to acquiesce, so my interaction with her was not disappointing!

Lauren_Bacall1Still out and about, at an event in 2013

...and finally, since I have so many Madonna fans on this site, the passing of Bacall means there are now no living stars name-checked in “Vogue” (released March 20, 1990).

The 16 stars are (listed in order they were mentioned, numbered from first to last to pass away):

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Wish Upon A Star...While You Can! Comments (0)

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No less an authority on the Golden Age of Hollywood than William Mann (I'm serious—he wrote the books on the subject) noted on his Facebook page that, with the passing of Lauren Bacall at 89 yesterday, there are only four true stars of that age left alive.

By his estimation—and I think it's a very supportable position—only Olivia de Havilland (98), Kirk Douglas (97), Maureen O'Hara (93) and Doris Day (90) remain. So of course the youngest of the Top 5, Bacall, died first!

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Depending on your definition, there are a few other arguable contenders, such as Luise Rainer (104!!!), Sidney Poitier (87), Debbie Reynolds (82), Shirley MacLaine (80) and Sophia Loren (79). The last four could be said to have come in the next wave of greats, and the first could be argued to have had too short a career (and certainly was not a superstar). I'm also a booster, much to the chagrin of my pal Greg, of remembering Baby Peggy (95), who almost no one on earth remembers today, but who was a bona fide (child) superstar for a couple of years in silent films, making millions before losing it all and sinking from memory.

Don't even get me started on stars who were not nearly of the caliber we're discussing but who are nonetheless very much of that era and still alive, such as Zsa Zsa Gabor (97).

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I'll be updating my list of last remaining stars. It's unnerving how few are left and how many have died recently: Shirley Temple, Mickey Rooney and Joan Fontaine spring to mind.