438 posts categorized "OBITUARY"

Jul 24 2014
AB FAB's 'Dolly,' Dora Bryan, Dies @ 91 Comments (0)

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Dora Bryan, best known recently as June Whitfield's dotty friend on Absolutely Fabulous in the '90s, has died at 91. The British actress had a long and fruitful career in radio, TV and film.

 
Jul 20 2014
James Garner, TV Icon, Dies @ 86 Comments (0)

James-GarnerApril 7, 1928—July 19, 2014

James Garner, famous for his roles on Maverick [1957—1962 + an '80s revival and an appearance in the big-screen Mel Gibson (b. January 3, 1956) version in 1994] and The Rockford Files (1974—1980 + TV movies thereafter)—not to mention as one half of the most beloved TV pitch-couple of all time, with Mariette Hartley (b. June 21, 1940), for Polaroid—has died at 86.

Garner-ShirtlessGarner was at his best playing anti-heroes and men with a sardonic view of life. He was handsome for sure, but always had an ironic smirk about it—he was no mere slab of beefcake. His terrific sense of comedy played against his good looks, making him funnily sexy and sexily funny.

Doris Day (b. April 3, 1924) has frequently cited him as her favorite leading man—they did The Thrill of It All and Move Over, Darling [the latter being the aborted last film of Marilyn Monroe (June 1, 1926—August 5, 1962), Something's Got to Give] together in 1963—and indeed, he was one of those actors about whom nothing bad was seemingly ever said.

Garner-DayWith Day at the premiere of The Thrill of It All

James GarnerGarner worked steadily from the '50s through the mid-'00s. Along with his indelible TV characters, he made big impressions in films, especially The Americanization of Emily (1964) with Julie Andrews (b. October 1, 1935), in the comic westerns Support Your Local Sheriff (1969) and Support Your Local Gunfighter (1971), as a man in love with a woman pretending to be a man pretending to be a woman (Andrews again) in Victor Victoria (1982) and in his Oscar-nominated role opposite Sally Field (b. November 6, 1946) in 1985's Murphy's Romance. His last noteworthy film role was in The Notebook (2004), and his last big TV role was on 8 Simple Rules (2003—2005).

James Garner-1As the guy who would be nowhere without his answering machine.

Garner had been in failing health and never worked again after suffering a stroke in 2008.

1367943546131273_animateGood-bye to a class act!

 
Jul 18 2014
Need To Know: Getting To The Top Of Things + Kelly Ripa Bottoms For Botox + Justin Theroux Is Bulging With Talent + Photo Finish + 1 Gay NFLer To Another + MORE! Comments (0)

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*widget boy cultureAnderson Cooper, closeted 2 years ago, now comfy telling us Andy Cohen's a top.

*widget boy cultureKelly Ripa is a bottom for Botox.

*widget boy cultureWentworth Miller on being closeted: “I think audiences knew, to a certain extent.”

*widget boy cultureJustin Theroux's piece is...distracting.

*widget boy cultureTHEY'RE BREATHLESS: Crazy-funny '80s wrestling montage.

*widget boy cultureHot tennis players on hot beach vacays.

*widget boy cultureMalaysian Flight MH17 passenger tweets darkly funny photo before death.

*widget boy cultureGuy Ritchie's fiancée pops out THIRD kid in just over TWO years.

*widget boy cultureFormer child actor Drake now acting like a child, dissing Macklemore on TV.

*widget boy cultureNYC's Long Island Railroad strike averted after lots of “agita.”

*widget boy cultureAward-winning short(-ish) film Dirty Magazines.

*widget boy cultureCourtney Stodden takes blindfolded challenge.

Francesco-scavullo-with-his-photo-of-stingScavullo with his famous Sting portrait. Now, it's his lover who's been stung.

*widget boy cultureFrancesco Scavullo's longtime lover shut out in estate battle.

*widget boy cultureReporter recounts Israel's attack that killed four Palestinian children.

*widget boy cultureStockton bank robbery leads to tragic deaths of hostages.

*widget boy cultureBlues guitarist Johnny Winter dies @ 70 while on tour.

*widget boy cultureOne of Winter's final performances.

*widget boy cultureNFL's 1st out ex-player Dave Kopay was “unnerved” by Michael Sam's cake/kiss moment.

Dave-Kopay-George-DureauKopay supports Sam, but is old-school on kissing and cake-smearing. (Photo: George Dureau)

 
From Bad To Worse: MH17 Contained AIDS Conference Attendees, Experts Comments (0)

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Apparently, a number (possibly as many as 108) of people on downed Malaysian Airlines flight MH17 were representatives and specialists en route to an AIDS conference in Melbourne, Australia, routing via Kuala Lumpur. Just sickening.

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One of those confirmed killed was Dutch AIDS researcher Joep Lange, described as a pioneer in the field of AIDA research. His wife died along with him.

 
Jul 17 2014
In Honor Of Elaine Stritch... Comments (0)

 
No Longer Here: Broadway Legend Elaine Stritch Dies At 89 Comments (0)

Elaine-StritchFebruary 2, 1925—July 17, 2014

Elaine Stritch, the hard-drinking, wise-cracking Broadway legend who in recent years had toured the country with a one-woman show and ended her TV career with a killer recurring role on 30 Rock—and who finally won a goddamn Tony in 2002—died today at 89. She passed away in her hometown of Birmingham, Michigan, just a year after moving back there from New York City upon retiring.

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Stritch was the subject of a documentary this year, Elaine Stritch: Shoot Me (2014), which I can vouch for as a very fun and intimate peek at her most unusual world.

Stritch's career is difficult to sum up in a sentence or two, but she was probably most famous for her appearance in the 1970 Stephen Sondheim musical Company, in which she sang one of the most famous songs in musical theater, “The Ladies Who Lunch”. Stritch is also closely identified with the Sondheim song “I'm Still Here”, although the song was first performed on Broadway by Yvonne De Carlo (September 1, 1922—January 8, 2007), thanks to her adoption of it in her show.

She had previously been the toast of Broadway in 1952 in Pal Joey, in which she sang “Zip”, a hysterically funny remembrance of an interview with Gypsy Rose Lee.

Stritch gathered the many songs for which she'd become famous and performed them in her one-woman show, Elaine Stritch at Liberty, for which she finally won that goddamn Tony. Her last-ever stage performance was at her beloved Café Carlyle (she lived for many years in room 309 at the hotel) on April 6, 2013.

Oh, and one of Stritch's very last TV appearances made waves:

 
Jul 15 2014
Need To Know: Bright Eyes, Dark Lies + It's The Life In Your Mermen + Native Blood Libel + Castro Cop Doffs His Top + Kenneth In The (310) + MORE! Comments (0)

Credence-sci-fi-gay-LGBTCheck out the trailer for #Credence at the end of this post.

*widget boy cultureBoy Culture name-dropped on hilariously named Face4Radio show.

*widget boy cultureBright Eyes singer's rape accuser recants, says she lied.

*widget boy cultureGerman national soccer hero sporting full wood.

*widget boy cultureSingapore's highest court hearing challenge to gay-sex ban.

*widget boy cultureMusto comes clean on addiction to prescription Golden Girls.

*widget boy culture1989 BONER: Creating one of Madonna's “Cherish” mermen.

*widget boy cultureTea Party movie argues Native Americans were never massacred.

*widget boy cultureComedy series based on Robbie Rogers coming from Craig Zadan & Neil Meron.

*widget boy cultureFirst black woman to win Olympic gold medal (in '48) dies @ 90.

*widget boy cultureShirtless shots of Hot Cop of the Castro, Chris Kohrs, appear.

Hot-Cop-of-the-CastroTopless cop of the Castro

*widget boy cultureMissouri's sane Gov. Jay Nixon (D) vetoes bill allowing teachers to pack heat.

*widget boy cultureHoller If Ya Hear Me closes on Broadway on July 20.

*widget boy cultureNever hire again any photog who lets stuff like this leak:

Tumblr_n8n6usYlYr1r90m4vo1_500Jesus, they even though the bag looked too fat.

*widget boy cultureWho would pay for a mold of Farrah Abraham's holes???

*widget boy cultureJames St. James interviews Kenneth Walsh, who is newly single but no Truvada whore.

*widget boy cultureAfter the jump, check out #Credence, a sci fi film with an LGBT core...

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Jul 12 2014
Hey-Ho, Let's Go: All Of The Original Ramones Now Dead Comments (0)

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Tommy Ramone, the last of the original Ramones, has died of cancer at 62. Johnny and Joey also died of cancer, while Dee Dee overdosed on heroin.

One of their most famous non-hits (they never touched the Top 40 in spite of being wildly influential) after the jump...

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Jul 11 2014
Need To Know: Bi, Bi, Bi + Obama Parries With Perry + Rosie's New VIEW + Michelle O Engenders Contempt + MOCKINGBIRD Actress Dies + MORE! Comments (0)

*widget boy cultureRacy new bisexual video (above) from Aris.

*widget boy cultureRuba Wilson wants to put out a visual album and needs your help.

*widget boy cultureGov. Rick Perry (R-Texas) caves, shakes hands with Obama. But that's it!

*widget boy cultureRosie O'Donnell officially returns to The View.

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*widget boy culture98-year-old San Franciscan evicted from her apartment of 50 years because $$$.

*widget boy cultureEven poor white people have it better than black people.

*widget boy cultureEmmy nominee Ferguson on hubby's cancer battle & Quinto rumors.

*widget boy cultureRadio host and nutjob Alex Jones calls Michelle Obama our “First Tranny.”

*widget boy cultureBe-Speedoed pornstar Jessie Colter called queer, kicked out of water park. Jessie-Colter

*widget boy cultureLindsay Lohan already proving to be a bad hire.

*widget boy cultureHeathers: The Musical posts closing notice.

*widget boy culturePageant: The Musical is back!

*widget boy cultureWell-off lady swiftly descends into poverty, crawls back.

*widget boy cultureOVER HALF of all statements on FOX News are false.

*widget boy cultureTo Kill a Mockingbird actress Rosemary Murphy dies @ 89.

Rosemary-MurphyDeath of an actor's actor

 
Jul 10 2014
Ford Models Queenpin Eileen Ford Dies At 92 Comments (0)

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Eileen Ford, one of the most famous names in the world of modeling thanks to her discovery and representation of some of the most successful models of all time via her Ford Models agency, has died at 92.

Gerard-22jerry22-ford-with-his-wife-eileen-ford-created-ford-models-bEileen with her longtime husband and business partner, Jerry

As someone who used to sit in judgment of cuteness and of youth (how many times did I think a pitched actor was too old at 22 when I was a teen-mag editor?), I've always been a bit fascinated by the concept of those who aren't up to the standards they're enforcing having to enforce them all the same in order to create a product that sells. Ms. Ford was an attractively put together lady, but was no Iman. That's why I find this quote from her in 1993 quite self-aware and endearing:

“The horrible thing about being me is that I have a very good eye about what people look like. Even me.”