459 posts categorized "OBITUARY"

Aug 13 2014
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).


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)


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!


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).


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.

Aug 12 2014
Lauren Bacall Dies @ 89 Comments (0)
Legendary Lauren Bacall has died at 89. More later.
Cowardly Lyin': Closeted News Anchor Shep Smith Sniffs At Robin Williams Comments (0)


Shepard Smith, who is too cowardly to tell anyone he's gay, speaking about the suicide of Robin Williams, seems to be bristling with rage that Williams took his own life. Completing blowing off the very real grip depression can have on people, he said one of the reasons Williams may have killed himself in “a fit of depression” is that he was “such a coward.”

He then gleefully transitions to Republican talking head Kennedy by saying Williams used to get high with her aunt. (Kennedy snickers at the revelation, then tries to contextualize it by dissing the '60s for its Haight-Ashbury “haze,” because the '60s were the worst decade ever for Republicans.)

All of which underscores the importance of not having right-wingers deliver your eulogy.

Smith's contempt for Robin Williams is appalling in this segment, and the timing of his comments is in extremely poor taste. What will it take for people to turn off FOX News for good?

Video of Smith's gross comments after the jump...

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Need To Know: Befuddling Cuddling + Porn Patrol + NaNO! NaNO! + Tennessee You Next Tuesday + MORE! Comments (0)

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*widget boy cultureFirst post-drama cuddle from Zankie on Big Brother.

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Aug 11 2014
Robin Williams Dies After Apparent Suicide Comments (0)

Large good will hunting2July 21, 1951—August 11, 2014

MorkIn hard-to-believe news, Oscar winning actor and legendary stand-up comedian Robin Williams has died of asphyxiation in what is being surmised to have been an act of suicide.

The inimitable comic had been battling depression.

Williams shot to international fame as “Mork” on Mork & Mindy (1978—1982), a spin-off of Happy Days (1974—1984), only to go on to considerable success as a leading man in films.

Robin-Williams-ModelMaster of the absurd

Along with winning an Oscar for Best Supporting Actor for his exceptional performance in Good Will Hunting (1997) and acclaim for Good Morning, Vietnam (1997), Williams was, of course, the star of the beloved film Mrs. Doubtfire (1993), one of history's biggest box-office hits.


He also starred in one of the most successful gay-themed films of all time, The Birdcage (1996).

Most recently, Williams was the star of the David E. Kelly (b. April 4, 1956) series The Crazy Ones on CBS.

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Madonna-Show-Lineup-WebsiteAnd not one of them could be bothered to mimic a brunette period?

*widget boy cultureMOTHERS OF RE-INVENTION: 6 Madonna impersonators take on all her hits. Hawk

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*widget boy cultureMcCain thinks the Iraq War wasn't long enough.

*widget boy cultureSen. Graham (R-SC): “American city in flames!!!” if no war.

*widget boy cultureHillary distinguishes herself from Obama, pans his foreign policy.

*widget boy cultureSoap actor Charles Keating dies @ 72.


*widget boy cultureCooper Helfet (pictured) is hella hot!

*widget boy cultureBeyoncé is not the queen of subtlety.

*widget boy cultureA collection of thousands of instant boners.

*widget boy cultureAmanda Bynes sneaks back onto Instagram.

*widget boy cultureLive Lion King show on the NYC subway.

*widget boy cultureRon Paul is an MH17 truther. Of course.

*widget boy cultureJosh Hutcherson launches LGBTQ project.

*widget boy cultureThe real Aunt Jemima's grandson sues for $2 billion. Lawdy!

Jemima-660I sho'nuff hopes he gits some da money...because that Aunt Jemima bullshit was damn embarrassing and profitable.

Aug 09 2014
Menahem Golan, Israeli Film Pioneer & Action-Movie Kingpin, Dies @ 85 Comments (0)

Menahem-GolanMay 31, 1929—August 8, 2014

Menahem Golan, one half (with cousin Yoram Globus, b. 1941) of the spirited, balls-out indie production company Cannon Films from 1979—1989, died in Israel yesterday at 85.

Golan was known as a colorful character, described by Variety in his obituary as “free-spending” (this fate awaits me, I fear, except for the part about being remembered in Variety). With Globus, he is responsible as a producer for some of the most gloriously terrible, lovably regrettable films of the '70s and (more so) '80s. A lurid, incomplete list includes:


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The Happy Hooker Goes Hollywood (1980)

Described as a madcap comedy (both untrue), this laughably unfunny piece o' shite is classic for awkward appearances by Adam West (b. September 19, 1928), Phil Silvers (May 11, 1911—November 1, 1985) and Richard Deacon (May 14, 1921—August 8, 1984).



New Year's Evil (1980)

Execrable horror flick that gave Happy Days galpal Roz Kelly her chance at superstardom.


8397_9_screenshotAs a kid, I thought she wasn't pretty because she had short hair.

Lady Chatterley's Lover (1981)

Starring Sylvia Kristel (September 28, 1952—October 18, 2012), this erotic mess-terpiece was a staple of late-night pay cable in the early '80s. I fussed with our cable box often to try to get a clear picture of the humping.


266Jayne KennedyFor Christ's sake!

Body and Soul (1981)

Boxing movie starring Leon Isaac Kennedy (b. January 1, 1949) and his then wife Jayne Kennedy (b. October 27, 1951) more famous for the uninhibited nude spread Playboy shot of the goody two-shoes/Christian couple during filming. You must read this passive-aggressively bitchtastic piece from the Chicago Tribune on the latter subject. (A low-resolution copy of a decades-old sex video of the couple has since been leaked.)


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Steveantin1The Last American Virgin (1982)

Delightfully lusty teen-sex comedy with highly sexable guys like Lawrence Monoson (b. August 11, 1964) and Steve Antin (b. April 19, 1958).


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Treasure of the Four Crowns (1983)

OMG...I went to see this with my Dungeons & Dragons buddies and we loved it. It was in 3-D, and had Spanish actress Ana Obregón (b. March 18, 1955) as the slu—, I mean, leading lady. Just pure trash! Made no sense at all.


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