547 posts categorized "OBITUARY"

May 24 2015
Comedy Legend Anne Meara Dies @ 85 Comments (0)

159184422September 20, 1929—May 23, 2015

13005-young-jerry-stiller-anne-mearaThe idea of how a person is remembered came up for me today because I was updating ExtraTV.com (a weekend gig) and because it's an entertainment site, my way into the story of the deaths of John and Alicia Nash was via Russell Crowe and the A Beautiful Mind movie. Obviously, if I was doing a New York Times obit or a local New Jersey newspaper obit, that connection would be prominently mentioned, but not the sole purpose for reporting it. Some readers were annoyed that a photo of Crowe from the film was used to promote my post.

Which I think is ridiculously misplaced offense, because without their having been portrayed by Crowe and Jennifer Connelly, their deaths would have no place on an entertainment site at all.

But in general, the concept of how one is remembered comes up again with Anne Meara, who died today at the age of 85. Many outlets will report that Ben Stiller's mom died, or that one half of the comedy team Stiller & Meara died. She was both of those things, and it's perfectly acceptable that she was primarily one or the other to a portion of the population.

Screen Shot 2015-05-24 at 10.41.48 PMMeara's red hair was her signature.

It's not an insult to be remembered for specific things (especially several of them); it's a gift, an honor.

But along with being Ben Stiller's mom and Jerry Stiller's straight woman, Meara was a truly gifted actress with a too commonly untapped range. She excelled in live theater (she won an Obie 60 years ago, was Tony-nominated), gave one of my favorite dramatic performances on film in the '90s in the 1996 movie The Daytrippers and was able to enhance almost any throwaway TV guest appearance, of which she made many.

There was a truly funny brashness, an intellect that made her dumb-bunny characters sassily wise and a noteworthy sense of timing that made her funnier than many of her peers.

A real loss.

 
May 15 2015
The King Is Dead: B.B. King Dies @ 89 Comments (0)

Ent-bb-kingSeptember 16, 1925—May 14, 2015

The word “legend” is overused, but B.B. King was an undeniable blues legend. In fact, he was practically synonymous with the genre.

King passed away yesterday at the age of 89.

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May 14 2015
RIP William Bast, Out Screenwriter & James Dean Intimate Comments (0)

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William Bast, a respected screenwriter noted for cocreating The Colbys in the '80s and for his frank books on his friendship and affair with James Dean, passed away this week.

In 2005, Bast said of gays in his industry:

“Television is probably more riddled with gays than any other profession in the world, but it was a strange time; being openly gay was still very difficult and professionally very dangerous. No one said anything to you, but you just didn't get the job unless your script was so hot they couldn't resist it.”

 
May 10 2015
Did You Get The Memo?: Elizabeth Wilson Dies @ 94 Comments (0)

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Elizabeth Wilson, an actor with a long career who will forever be remembered as “Roz” in Nine to Five (1980), has died at 94.

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Wilson was a staple of Mike Nichols films, most importantly The Graduate (1967), and played the cousin of Edith Bunker on All in the Family. More about her career here.

 
May 05 2015
Need To Know: Collage Of Consent + Shaved Pussy + Met Ball Double-Takes + Wrestlemania + Texas Justice + MORE! Comments (0)

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*widget boy cultureHot collage boy!

*widget boy cultureCheck out this Grindr pussy!

*widget boy cultureBoycotting Reisner & Weiderpass is a watershed moment.

*widget boy cultureMadonna lost her Moschino gown for some hip-HOTpants.

*widget boy cultureThe expression on SJP's face is just ... priceless.

*widget boy cultureIs Rihanna's gown cheesy?

*widget boy cultureMiley Cyrus flaunts mother-of-pearl hair.

*widget boy cultureSolange Knowles looks ... interesting.

*widget boy cultureMelissa Rivers says her mom's death was “100% preventable.”

*widget boy cultureHot wrestler action!

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*widget boy cultureTexas terrorist was on watch list for years. UN chief condemns.

*widget boy cultureFox News quisling Guy Benson is gay, but doesn't care about gay rights.

*widget boy cultureFirst gay kiss on Dodgers kiss-cam!

*widget boy cultureBy now you've heard: Charlotte Elizabeth Diana.

*widget boy cultureBrett Chukerman (even if you don't know him) looks good nekkid.

*widget boy cultureEllen Albertini Down, whose career started in her 70s, dies @ 101.

Tumblr_mdfs02d3361qki66fo1_500I also remember her from episodes of The Golden Girls and Seinfeld.

 
May 04 2015
Need To Know: Sextortionist + Ben Anti-Gay + Chest Amazing! + Harry Wild + Facepalm Sunday + MORE! Comments (0)

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*widget boy cultureAlleged extortionist Jarec Wentworth could get 15 years. (Work Unfriendly)

*widget boy cultureOH, MYYY HISTORY: George Takei, auction-ender.

*widget boy culturePamela Geller tries to incite violence with anti-Islam event, succeeds.

*widget boy cultureUltra-anti-gay neurosurgeon Ben Carson enters prez race.

*widget boy cultureDan Osborne's diamond-cutter nips.

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*widget boy cultureRussian Neanderthals think dad-son hugging is so gay.

*widget boy cultureHow Bernie Sanders could help Hillary Clinton win.

*widget boy culturePrince Harry can't wait to meet his niece.

*widget boy cultureBen E. King dies @ 76. (He was only 48 when he made his comeback!)

*widget boy cultureFacebook's Sheryl Sandberg loses her husband Dave Goldberg @ 47.

*widget boy cultureGrace Lee Whitney, Star Trek original, dies @ 85.

*widget boy cultureSpice Girls (mostly) reunite.

*widget boy cultureThe Duggars' fake-ass charity announcement.

*widget boy cultureFirst Suicide Squad cast photo in costume!

*widget boy culture38th anniversary of the Everard Baths fire.

*widget boy cultureFacepalming Irish lassie rules at marriage equality debate. 

 
May 01 2015
Need To Know: Making The Grade + Diamond Girls + Gray Area + Hombre, Can You Spare A Dime? + MORE! Comments (0)

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*widget boy cultureHot teacher Pietro Boselli feels he's treated like a piece of meat.

*widget boy cultureDirk Shafer's death caused by meth and cocaine.

*widget boy cultureHillary warmly welcomes Bernie Sanders into the race.

*widget boy cultureGeena Davis & Rosie O'Donnell have a League of Their Own reunion!

*widget boy cultureO'Donnell's estranged wife accuses her of wine & pot abuse.

*widget boy cultureStory that Freddie Gray hurt himself isn't holding water.

*widget boy cultureObnoxious Fox reporter whines that Al Sharpton shoved him.

*widget boy cultureRand Paul doesn't reject conspiracy theories on US invasion of ... Texas.

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*widget boy cultureSteve Grand appears on ET.

*widget boy cultureTed Cruz has never seen a Hispanic panhandler.

*widget boy cultureDo all zookeepers eat ass?

*widget boy cultureUnbelievable Airbnb disaster!

*widget boy cultureJusten Phelps spreads his fuzzy legs.

*widget boy cultureYet, Airbnb is pro-gay, smacks down Texan homophobe.

*widget boy cultureYes, Virginia, there are gay homophobes.

*widget boy cultureJean Nidetch, Weight Watchers goddess, dies @ 91.

Jean-Nidetch-Weight-Watchers-TransformationShe pioneered the concept that overeating is an emotional issue.

 
Apr 28 2015
PARTRIDGE FAMILY Member Dies @ 52 Comments (0)

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Suzanne Crough of The Partridge Family (1970—1974) has died unexpectedly at only 52. She becomes the first of any “Brady” or “Partridge” kid actors to die even though she was the youngest. Sad.