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Sep 18 2016
Charmian Carr, THE SOUND OF MUSIC's Liesl, Dies Of Dementia @ 73 Comments (0)

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Charmian Carr, whose only film was The Sound of Music (1965), has died of a rare form of dementia at the age of 73.

Steve Hughes, who worked with Carr, posted the following on her site:

My name is Steve Hughes, and my Company has been managing Charmian Carr's website for many, many years. Me and my family are so sad to have to post this message and will miss her dearly... We had the gracious opportunity to stay at Charmian Carr's house several times while we worked on different projects for her. And we traveled to New York with her on another occasion. She was such a nice, cheerful person. We always LOVED, The Sound of Music, and still do. PLEASE read on...

'Liesl' from the Sound of Music, Charmian Carr, has died of complications from a rare form of dementia at the age of 73.

Carr was best known for her role as the eldest Von Trapp daughter, Liesl, in the academy award winning movie, "The Sound of Music." Carr was 21 at the time the movie was filmed, and is famous for singing the beloved song "I Am Sixteen Going on Seventeen." After The Sound of Music, Carr also starred opposite Anthony Perkins in the Stephen Sondheim television musical "Evening Primrose."

Carr was born in Chicago, Illinois in 1942. Her family moved to the San Fernando Valley when she was 13. She is the daughter of Rita Oehmen, a vaudeville actress, and Brian Farnon, a musician and orchestra leader.

Carr was best known for acting, but much of her life revolved around her family and her interior design business. After acting in the Sound of Music, she married and then decided to leave the movie business and raise her two children, Jennifer & Emily. It was a decision she never regretted. Once her children were older, Carr started her design business, Charmian Carr Design. Her most famous client was Michael Jackson, who was a huge fan of "The Sound of Music." It was his favorite film and they shared a special friendship.

Carr co-wrote 2 books - In 2000 she released "Forever Liesl" which details her experiences making the movie and living her life as "Liesl". In 2001 she released her second book, "Letters to Liesl" which was inspired by mail she'd received from thousands of her fans. She also participated in "the Sound of Music Family Scrapbook" which contains personal photographs, home movies, and memorabilia from all of the actors who played the children in film. Through the years the actors who played the children in the movie all kept in touch and communicated often. Carr considered them her second family.

In 2000, Carr started co-hosting Sound of Music Sing a Longs. She attended the gala performance of the first one which was held at the Ziegfeld Theater in New York City and attended almost all of the shows at the Hollywood Bowl until 2012. She appeared at various sing a longs throughout the U.S. over the years. She loved meeting fans and hearing stories about how "The Sound of Music" touched their lives.

Carr is survived by her sisters & brothers: Sharon, Darleen, Michael & Brian, her children, her niece Julie, and her four grandchildren: Emma, Derek, William and Tucker. 

Keep reading for a wonderful b-t-s piece on Carr when she was filming the movie ...

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Sep 17 2016
America's Greatest Living Playwright, Edward Albee Of WHO'S AFRAID OF VIRGINIA WOOLF? Fame, Dies @ 88 Comments (0)

Edward Albee, probably America's most esteemed living playwright, died Friday at 88 at his home on Long Island. 878a0658e652765c4979dba411787e43_500x735

Albee's greatest works included the Pulitzer Prize winners A Delicate Balance (1966), Seascape (1975) and Three Tall Women (1991), and of course his pop cultural atom bomb Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, the 1962 Broadway masterpiece turned into an equally impressive film starring Richard Burton and Elizabeth Taylor.

Woolf? was criticized at the time for its crude language, and at least one critic sniffed that its central couple—male and female—were stand-ins for a bitchy gay couple. 

Albee apparently wanted this statement made public at the time of his passing:

To all of you who have made my being alive so wonderful, so exciting and so full, my thanks and all my love.

His partner died in 2005.

Sep 15 2016
Kim McGuire Of Hatchet-Face Fame Dies @ 60 Comments (0)

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Kim McGuire, 60, best known for her role as Hatchet-Face in the John Waters flick Cry-Baby (1990), has died.

No cause of death is circulating, but friends have set up a GoFundMe to help out her widower.

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Sep 12 2016
6-PACK — Hillary: I THOUGHT I COULD POWER THROUGH + Hillary's Odds + Pence Won't Renounce David Frickin' Duke + Alexis Arquette Died Of AIDS + Brad Pitt vs. Mel Gibson + Sexy Football Jock! Comments (0)

Clinton: I thought I could power through illness - CNN Video

In a phone interview with CNN's Anderson Cooper, Hillary Clinton says she is feeling better and discusses fainting spells in the past.

*widget boy cultureHillary Clinton, in a call to Anderson Cooper, said she didn't think her pneumonia “was going to be that big a deal.”

*widget boy cultureHow to fix Hillary: Antibiotics and MORE WATER. How to fix Trump: ??? (Hillary's gonna win.)

*widget boy culturePence pretends Trump isn't still a birther, refuses to concede that David Duke is deplorable. DAVID. DUKE.

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*widget boy cultureAlexis Arquette reportedly died of AIDS-related causes.

*widget boy cultureBrad Pitt compares The Passion of the Christ to Scientology. Jesus H. (for Hubbard?) Christ!

*widget boy cultureSexy mofo Jimmy Garoppolo, in various states of undress.

Sep 11 2016
It's True: Alexis Arquette Has Died @ 47 Comments (0)

Trans activist and actor Alexis Arquette died early this morning after a four-day coma, surrounded by family.

I will always remember Alexis for a truly heartfelt and charming lead performance in I Think I Do (1997)—just classic.

Celebs have begun offering their condolences to the Arquettes, and to express their own grief: 

Sep 07 2016
6-PACK — Death Of The Party + DALLAS MORNING NEWS For Hillary + Trump's Bondi Graft Revealed + King Of Norway Speaks Up For Queens + 50 Cent's Anti-Trans Slam + Uplifting Song! Comments (0)

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*widget boy cultureChris Edwards, a popular Toronto drag queen, has died after collapsing August 26 folowing a performance at the Buddies in Bad Times Theatre. 

*widget boy cultureDallas Morning News: “We recommend Hillary Clinton for president.” First Dem endorsement in 75+ years.

*widget boy cultureForget about the appearance of impropriety—Donald Trump looks to have bribed Pam Bondi to drop investigation.

*widget boy cultureAmazing speech on LGBTQ rights, religious tolerance by 79-year-old King of Norway:

*widget boy culture50 Cent mocks his ex, Vivica A. Fox, using image of trans woman disfigured by bad injectibles.

*widget boy cultureCheck out Mikey Wax's “Helium,” written when a friend was diagnosed with cancer:

Sep 05 2016
End Of An E.R.A. Opponent: Phyllis Schlafly Finally Dies @ 92 Comments (0)

It took forever, but one of the meanest women in public life has died at 92: Phyllis Schlafly's death has been confirmed.

From The New York Times:

Even liberals conceded her impact. “If political influence consists in transforming this huge and cantankerous country in one’s preferred direction,” the political scientist Alan Wolfe wrote in The New Republic in 2005, “Schlafly has to be regarded as one of the two or three most important Americans of the last half of the 20th century”—although he hastened to add that “every idea she ever had was scatterbrained, dangerous and hateful.”

For all her political heft, it was Phyllis Schlafly the person who often animated discussion. With her pearls, perfect posture and Daughters of the American Revolution pedigree, she basked in depictions of herself as the perfect wife and mother. She let it drop that she breast-fed all six of her babies and that she had taught all her children to read before they started school.

Feminists said it was her husband’s wealth—he was a lawyer from a rich Illinois family—that had liberated her to politick.

Compared to a religious heretic and branded “Aunt” Tom by the late, great feminist Betty Friedan, Schlafly had plenty of scorn to go around, not content to focus solely on being a women who was against women's rights—she was virulently opposed to all forms of gay rights, in particular (surprise!) marriage. When her son John, who worked for her, was outed as gay in 1992, she brushed it off and never backed down on her belief that marriage equality was meant to force Christians to approve of something of which they did not. Her son, by the way, backed her up, saying people who were against gay rights were not “bashing” gays.

On the anniversary of this momentous occasion, is what a real female leader does:

One of her last national blips came a few months ago, when she endorsed Donald Trump for president.

I'll agree with Tim Marchman's unnostalgic summary of Schlafly:

Schlafly was an evil fraud, but a canny one, whose sense of the currents of American politics anticipated and then supported those that would put Ronald Reagan and his supporters in power for a generation. She was against abortion, Communism, homosexuality, irreligiosity, and, when it came to it, equality of any sort; she was in favor of things being as they were; and if none of this made sense, that didn’t need to matter much to those who her supported her. That her career directly, personally tied bigotry of various sorts to those that animate today’s Trumpists (“the only hope to defeat the kingmakers,” she called the Republican nominee earlier this year) is an interesting curiosity, as is the way she provides a precedent for today’s violently disingenous trolling, but what matters most, when contemplating her finally-keeled-over corpse and how many people listened to her while she was alive, is just what a rotten piece of shit she was. In her old age, the woman who made piles of money declaring that there was no need for other women to have the right to do so themselves groaned about Latino ballplayers taking jobs from lesser U.S.-born players, declared marital rape a logical impossibility and backed every war crime you can think of. By the end, few enough even knew who she was; the world would have been better off had that end come a long time before.

THE LIFE AND LEGEND OF WYATT EARP Star Hugh O'Brian Dies @ 91 Comments (0)

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Hugh O'Brian, an indelibly handsome good guy from TV's early western The Life and Legend of Wyatt Earp (1955-1961), has died at 91.

Along with his most famous role, O'Brian was known for his philantrophy, notably via HOBY—the Hugh O'Brian Youth leadership organization.

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He died at home of natural causes, and is survived by his wife.

I remember vying for a Hugh O'Brian Award in elementary school, but I think Alex Gildzen's memory of barging in on a nearly-nude O'Brian is a better recollection. I was lucky enough to meet Mr. O'Brian in 2014, but I didn't let him know he did pretty well on my exhaustive list of the hottest men ever to appear on TV!

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