496 posts categorized "OBITUARY"

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.

 
Oct 23 2014
Need To Know: Terror Shooting In Canada + Elvis Photographer Has Left The Building + My Two Bits On 50 Cent + Still-TRUE BLUE + MORE! Comments (0)

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*widget boy cultureFamed Elvis photographer Alfred Wertheimer dies @ 85.

*widget boy cultureIslamic fundamentalist dies during terror shootings in Ottawa.

*widget boy cultureHomophobic 50 Cent joins Cyndi Lauper's pro-gay holiday concert.

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*widget boy cultureDo you wanna go as “Sabrina Duncan” for Halloween?

*widget boy cultureBristol Palin cussin' up a STORM after that skankified Alaskan brawl.

*widget boy cultureKeepin' 'em honest, Anderson Cooper confirms: No HIV risk from towels.

*widget boy cultureAnother fucking idiot jumps the White House fence.

*widget boy cultureMichael Brown autopsy report released.

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*widget boy cultureMadonna's 28-year-old True Blue hits Top 25 again in the UK.

*widget boy cultureGaga facilitates gay on-stage marriage proposal during her ARTPOP Ball Tour.

*widget boy cultureInsane betch gets caught in chimney.

*widget boy cultureSouth Dakota GOP Senate candidate Mike Rounds is a crook?

*widget boy cultureReporter who wrote critically of gubernatorial candidate Bruce Rauner (R-IL) resigns.

*widget boy cultureGov. Rick Perry (R-TX) was too quick to play that Ebola card.

*widget boy cultureElizabeth Pena drank herself do death.

*widget boy cultureTina Fey was pissed she could so easily hire Jan Hooks.

*widget boy cultureNew Kimmo Matias album The Ministry of Pornography.

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Oct 22 2014
Need To Know: Polymorphous Diversity + Michael Sam Isn't Uncut + The Left & Right Places To Live + Renée Zellweger Fails Facial ID + MORE! Comments (0)

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*widget boy cultureCheck out the Diversity Rules Indiegogo, unless you're anti-gay.

*widget boy cultureMichael Sam gets cut. :(

*widget boy cultureBest cities for liberals and conservatives.

*widget boy cultureS Club 7 reunion? Jon is now, of course, a sexy, tattooed, muscled clone.

*widget boy cultureLegendary WaPo editor Ben Bradlee dies @ 93.

*widget boy cultureRenée Zellweger went to the doctor and had her Renée Zellweger removed.

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*widget boy cultureThe gay subtext of Grant Gustin's The Flash.

*widget boy cultureWhitney's “Queen of the Night” gets a major makeover, too.

*widget boy cultureNick Youngquest is always reliably HOT.

*widget boy cultureGuillermo Diaz's Madonna tat.

*widget boy cultureChela's “Handful of Gold” compared to early Madonna.

*widget boy cultureJeremy Kost's new Polaroid book looks like a must-own.

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Oct 21 2014
Need To Know: Wicked Popular + Eat, Drink & Be Married + It's Only A Play + Stinko DeMaio + Going Downey + Bader To The Bone + MORE! Comments (0)

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*widget boy cultureWicked Gay Blog's most commented posts EVER.

*widget boy culturePresident Obama: Gay marriage is a constitutional right.

*widget boy cultureThe Death of Klinghoffer is the new Corpus Christi.

*widget boy cultureFashion icon Oscar de la Renta dies @ 82.

*widget boy cultureGay, anti-gay, maybe grab-assy GOPer Carl DeMaio is also a misogynistic fat-shamer.

*widget boy cultureShonda Rhimes exiles anti-gay tweeter from Shondaland.

*widget boy cultureMariah proves she only looks like shit, but sounds great!

*widget boy cultureWHAT THE SHELL?: Could turtle-like Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-KY) lose???

*widget boy cultureBuffy star Nicholas Brendon arrested in bizarre Boise incident. Is sorry.

*widget boy cultureWould you f*ck this Chili's cook?

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*widget boy cultureSeth Rogen still fighting mad over Freaks & Geeks cancelation.

*widget boy cultureRobert Downey Jr.'s dick should have a Learning Annex class.

*widget boy cultureJessica Lange & some other heifers cover Elle's Women in Hollywood ish.

*widget boy cultureRuth Bader Ginsburg vs. the GOP's voter-ID scam.

*widget boy cultureTbe rebirth of the word “Maverick” as it relates to Madonna (and more).

*widget boy cultureWyoming gay-marriage ban = unconstitutional.

*widget boy cultureDr. Nancy Snyderman's quaratine-pooh-poohing might end her NBC career.

*widget boy cultureLance Bass & Michael Turchin have set a wedding date.

*widget boy cultureThe Comeback's comeback continues, unabated.

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Oct 15 2014
Celebrated Actress Elizabeth Peña Dies @ 55 Comments (0)

Elizabeth-Pena-obituarySeptember 23, 1961—October 14, 2014

Shockingly, 55-year-old actress Elizabeth Peña has passed away.

Elizabeth-penaThe actress—who seemed to work constantly, and is reported to have just finished shooting the first season of an El Rey Network series called Matador—died of undisclosed causes.

Peña's first film role was in 1979's El Super. She made big impressions inDown and Out in Beverly Hills (1986), La Bamba (1987), Lone Star (1996), Jacob's Ladder (1990; she beat out Madonna for that part, BTW), Transamerica (2005) and many other films.

I MarriedOn TV, she starred in I Married Dora (1987—1988, co-starring Daniel Hugh Kelly and Juliette Lewis, which famously announced its own cancelation in its final episode), Shannon's Deal (1989—1991) and guest-starred on dozens of shows and twice played Sofia Vergara's mother on Modern Family...even though she was only 13 years older than Vergara.

Check out this snippet of an interview with the late actress, speaking about her approach to the arts:

 
Oct 11 2014
Waiting In The Wings: Iva Withers Dies @ 97 Comments (0)

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Iva Withers, perhaps Broadway's greatest understudy, has died at the age of 97. Her credits are incredible.

 
Gettin' Her Hooks In Ya Comments (0)

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Hilarious sketch “Brenda the Waitress” with the late Jan Hooks, the late Phil Hartman, Kevin Nealon, Nora Dunn and Alec Baldwin.

Also, check out Jan's best impressions here (her Diane Sawyer is perfectly smug).