494 posts categorized "OBITUARY"

Nov 20 2014
This Is Your Life Of The Party Comments (0)

Elaine-May

An extended look at the hilarious tribute to Mike Nichols by his partner in crime Elaine May from 2010...

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Iconic Film, Theater & Film Director/Comic Writer Mike Nichols Dies @ 83 Comments (0)

Mike-NicholsNovember 6, 1931—November 19, 2014

Mike Nichols, the acclaimed director of such film classics as Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? (1966) and The Graduate (1967), as well as one half of the legendary comedy duo of Nicolas & May with Elaine May (b. April 21, 1932) in the '50s and '60s, has died at 83. He'd been married since 1988 to journalist Diane Sawyer (b. December 22, 1945).

Nichols won the Oscar for The Graduate, only his second film, and delivered many other memorable movies as diverse as Catch-22 (1970), Carnal Knowledge (1971), Gilda Live (1980), Silkwood (1983), Postcards from the Edge (1990), The Birdcage (1996) and his last film, Charlie Wilson's War (2007).

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In 2001, he brought the highly regarded play Wit to TV, and three years later directed an ambitious Angels in America adaptation for HBO.

Nichols & May were known for their improvisational comedy, which led them to the successful Broadway show An Evening with Mike Nichols and Elaine May. They split, both creatively and personally, but later buried the hatchet and teamed up on plays and films. (May wrote both The Birdcage and the Clinton parody Primary Colors.)

GiphyElizabeth Taylor (1932—2011) & Richard Burton (1925—1984) in the indelible Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?

Nicholas was extremely active and frequently rewarded for his efforts in the theater, including directing enduring classics Barefoot in the Park (1963—his debut), The Odd Couple (1965), The Prisoner of Second Avenue (1971), Annie (1977), Hurlyburly (1984), Whoopi Goldberg's blank-titled one-woman show (1984) and the relatively recent runaway hit Spamalot (2005). His final work on Broadway was as the director of Betrayal in 2013, starring Daniel Craig and his wife Rachel Weisz.

Lee-grant-peter-falk-prisoner-of-second-avenuePeter Falk (1927—2011) & Lee Grant (b. October 31, 1925) in The Prisoner of Second Avenue on Broadway in the early '70s

Apparently, Nicholas had not been in ill health, but died suddenly of a heart attack. A major loss for the entertainment world.

The-Graduate-cakeMy high school graduation was celebrated with a The Graduate-themed party thrown by my mom.

 
Nov 18 2014
Renowned Japanese Actor Ken Takakura Dies @ 83 Comments (0)

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Acclaimed Japanese actor Ken Takakura has died at age 83. He's best known in the West for the Michael Douglas thriller Black Rain (1999).

 
Nov 14 2014
The Chosen: CHOOSE YOUR OWN ADVENTURE Creator Dies Comments (0)

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Raymond Almiran Montgomery, the man who invented the Choose Your Own Adventure book series in the late '70s, has died in his late seventies. Or, he is alive somewhere, Raymond-Montgomeryhaving successfully faked his own passing. Or, it is a hoax.

Unfortunately, I fear the first choice is the only correct one.

I'm in the process of finishing a memoir for spring publication and had just yesterday mentioned Choose Your Own Adventure. His books brought me a lot of joy.

 
Oct 29 2014
Need To Know: Draggin' His Heart Around + Rich CEO + Jolie's Tea Party + Gaga Preggers + Hook-Up Hell + MORE! Comments (0)

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*widget boy cultureSummerlin gay boy teams up with RuPaul drag vet.

*widget boy cultureGay man named head of Discovery Network.

*widget boy cultureLaraine Newman remembers Marcia Strassman.

*widget boy cultureImagine Angelina Jolie playing Michele Bachmann???

*widget boy cultureThe boy looks good naked:

HOT-GUYSo much more to see...

*widget boy cultureWHEN HE'S RIGHT...: Elton John thinks young gays don't care about AIDS.

*widget boy cultureWTF?: Anti-gay airport attacker only eligible for slap on the wrist.

*widget boy cultureHoney Boo Boo's family isn't funny-stupid, they're stupid-stupid. Artbirth300x175

*widget boy culture“Lady Gaga” is “pregnant.”

*widget boy cultureMatt Crane is proud of his “large, defined” legs.

*widget boy cultureAaron Taylor-Johnson's ass habits.

*widget boy cultureThe most jaded gays ever finally have an outlet.

*widget boy cultureRight-wing nuts faking pro-choice outlook until post-election.

*widget boy cultureAnother gay hook-up goes very wrong.

*widget boy cultureGov. Scott Walker (R-WI) has a Palin-style word-stroke.

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Oct 27 2014
Need To Know: Desperately Seeking Hoodies + Jennifer, Justin Time + Rumor Control + Psychic Friends + MORE! Comments (0)

Madonna-hoodieGet into the hood...

*widget boy cultureCheap way to rock the Madonna Desperately Seeking Susan look.

*widget boy cultureJennifer Aniston got married/broke up.

*widget boy cultureRumer Willis doesn't want to be retouched.

*widget boy cultureNurse held for hours due to Cuomo/Christie Ebola measures hires lawyer.

*widget boy cultureKris Jenner has no shame.

*widget boy cultureNancy Reagan was fucking nuts. Proof? She spent $3K a month on an astrologer.

*widget boy cultureMama June is a terrible person: The sequel.

*widget boy cultureRobin Williams's gay-themed film may not be released.

*widget boy cultureSee how he looks in his undies:

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Oct 26 2014
Marcia Strassman, Mrs. Kotter Of The '70s, Dies @ 66 Comments (0)

Marcia_Strassman_1975April 28, 1948—October 26, 2014

Marcia-Strassman-KotterSad to report that Marcia Strassman of Welcome Back, Kotter (1975—1979) fame has died of cancer at 66. That TV show has had more than its fair share of early deaths—Ron Palillo and Robert Hegyes preceded her in death, both only in their sixties as well.

Strassman had been a regular on a number of shows aside from Kotter, including M*A*S*H (1972—1973), Booker (1989—1990), Nickelodeon's Noah Knows Best (2000), Providence (2001—2002), Tremors (2003) and Third Watch (2004).

She was at least as well known as the mom from Honey, I Shrunk the Kids (1989) as she was as Gabe Kaplan's dry-witted wife on Kotter, a show she hated doing in spite of the attention and success it brought her.

She was a SAG official and politically active, including being on the right side of the argument regarding health care:

P.S. Cher tweeted about Strassman's death, misspelling her name. I'm all for letting Cher be Cher, but I think getting a friend's name right when they die should be worth the extra 10 seconds to confirm with an assistant before posting.

 
The Man Who Encouraged Me To Be Me Comments (0)

Sheli-Walling-MartinImage by Sheli Walling Martin (1988)

I found out from a fellow classmate that my high school art teacher, Mr. Wolfgang, has passed away. Mr. Wolfgang was a person who encouraged my creativity in an aggressive way, praising me for my technical abilities when I would draw realistic (-ish) images of popstars like Tina Turner and Sade, but who then also told me (and us) to be daring, to try new things. I took that to heart and embraced a totally new style, which consisted of intricate abstractions and surreal, often overtly sexual or genderfuck drawings, which gave me a sense of freedom.

I was never the same after his class, and was honored to be chosen as one of his top students my senior year.

He also used to let each of us, on a rotating basis, choose an album to play during class. When I chose Debbie Harry's Rockbird, he noted that as a singer she made a great model.

Look, he had great taste but he wasn't perfect!

I'll miss knowing he's around. Great guy and artist, and wonderful teacher.