437 posts categorized "OBITUARY"

Jul 03 2014
Need To Know: Drag Me To Hell + Holy War + Last Call For ALL IN THE FAMILY's Kelsey + Boy Band Anti-Bullies + MORE! Comments (0)

Mama-TitsTits a kind of magic

*widget boy cultureMama Tits shuts down anti-gay protesters, knows Bible better than they do.

*widget boy culturePost-Hobby Lobby, companies want religious exemption from LGBT anti-discrimination.

*widget boy cultureAnother phony reality show for Tori Spelling.

*widget boy cultureMcHale's Navy and All in the Family's Bob Hastings dies at 89.

*widget boy cultureDavid Beckham gets scruffy in his undies.

*widget boy cultureAT THE MOVIE$: Help this doc about lesbian families in the Deep South.

*widget boy cultureFormer fattie loses show over oops-level Instagram comment chased with insults.

*widget boy culturePeter Paige, unsung LGBT hero.

*widget boy cultureNicki Minaj issues meandering Iggy Azalea statement.

*widget boy cultureFindADeath.com finds Mickey Rooney casket photo.

*widget boy cultureCute, comical boy group The Cream Pies releases anti-bullying video.

Cream-Pies-Be-Strong

 
Jun 28 2014
Meshach Taylor Reportedly Terminally Ill—UPDATE: He Has Passed Away Comments (0)

Meshach-Taylor-in-Year-of-the-Rabbit-Photo-by-Betsy-Newman

Meshach Taylor, who just turned 67 in April, is apparently terminally ill, according to a statement provided by his family. Taylor is famous for his role as “Anthony Bouvier” on Designing Women (1986—1993), but has worked extensively in serious and not-so-serious (remember Hollywood from 1987's Mannequin?) parts. Sad to hear this.

UPDATE: Unfortunately, Mr. Taylor passed away on Saturday, June 28.

 
Jun 26 2014
Need To Know: Walk On Bi + Gaytime Emmys + Fehr Lady + Sam Smith Almost On Top + Birther Boone + Soccer Flashers + Coffee-Table Book, Tea Or Me? + MORE! Comments (0)

Tim-dionne-warwick-drag-queens-billboard-650He's got your number, hussy.

*widget boy cultureGreat divas with their drag mini- and maxi-mes.

 *widget boy cultureAdvocate owners blew Daytime Emmys red carpet.

*widget boy cultureAnti-Defamation League calls bullshit on Gary Oldman's apology.

*widget boy cultureThis guy's thighs could drive a man to distraction.

*widget boy cultureBrendan Fehr gives superdated interview on “playing homosexual.”

*widget boy cultureSam Smith debuts at record-smashing #2.

*widget boy cultureTom Daley & Dustin Lance Black PDA it up.

*widget boy cultureNutjob Pat Boone still pushing birther claptrap.

*widget boy cultureNew Sia: “Big Girls Cry.”

*widget boy cultureAnti-gay rant: “The gas pump does not belong in the radiator!”

*widget boy cultureBoehner to sue Obama. [Eyeroll]

*widget boy cultureLisa Whelchel & Charlotte Rae take the good, take the bad, take the selfie.

Lisa-WhelchelWhelchel says Rae had good advice for her in their recent meeting.

*widget boy cultureFairly disastrous (in a good way) soccer wardrobe malfunctions.

*widget boy cultureDiane Sawyer out, David Muir is in. But will he be out?

*widget boy cultureVeep Joe Biden = a KatyCat.

*widget boy cultureGay Survivor contestant killed in freak accident.

*widget boy cultureAppeals court decision “eviscerates states' same-sex marriage bans.”

*widget boy cultureME, ME, ME: Is there a self-promotion backlash? Follow me on Instagram!

*widget boy cultureFrequently married AG to argue against marriage equality in Florida.

*widget boy cultureSen. Thad Cochran (R-Mississippi) barely survives primary.

*widget boy cultureSome guy in Pittsburgh was attacked by a frickin' scorpion at Walmart.

*widget boy cultureMark would like $7K to do a coffee-table book of, well, this:

Mark-DouglasBest $7K ever spent?

 
Jun 25 2014
Quantity & Quality: Prolific Character Actor Eli Wallach Dies @ 98 Comments (0)

ELi Wallach 2010Wallach receiving an honorary Oscar in 2010, flanked by Eastwood & De Niro

Eli WallachEli Wallach, one of the most versatile and prolific actors in movie history, has died at 98.

The list of movie-loving household names with whom he worked in his 50-plus-year film career includes everyone from Marilyn Monroe to Al Pacino.

Tiffeni-2009061442018-eliwallachtiffany-originalWallach was perhaps best known for his role as “Tuco” in The Good, the Bad and the Ugly (1966), but also made big impressions in films as diverse as Baby Doll (1956), The Misfits (1961), Lord Jim (1965) and in the otherwise pedestrian The Godfather: Part III (1990).

His final feature film, shot well into his nineties, appears to have been Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps (2010).

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WallachjacksonHe is survived by a large family, including his actress wife Anne Jackson (pictured), to whom he was married for more than 66 years.

Wallach's stage work is as revered as his work in film; he appeared with Jackson in innumerable productions.

I never met Mr. Wallach, but did spot him at—of all places—a Madonna photo exhibit; he was a family friend of photographer Richard Corman. I just re-watched The Misfits and just saw The Godfather: Part III for the first time, both in the past week.

Eli-Wallach-94Wallach at 94 in NYC

I have updated my (unfortunately) ever-changing list of the oldest-living actors and stars.

 
Jun 21 2014
MEN OF THE STRIP Dancer's Death: Suicide Comments (0)

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Nate Estimada, the talented Men of the Strip dancer who died June 18, apparently committed suicide by driving off a 40-foot drop. Authorities are trying to determine if drugs or alcohol were involved, but what was at first termed an accident was apparently no accident. Tragic.

 
Jun 20 2014
Eighty Years & Out Comments (0)

A couple of vintage-cinema deaths to report, both of them actors who appeared in undisputed classic, films released over 80 years ago.

Hanna-MaronMs. Maron at home...on stage

First, I missed that one-time child actress Hanna Maron died in Tel Aviv on May 30—she was 90. Maron was rumored (but never proven) to have worked in silent films as a baby, which would've made her one of the last survivors of silents. As it was, she had the distinction of appearing as an infant in M, the 1931 Fritz Lang classic starring Peter Lorre that was considered her film debut. With a first credit in 1931 and a final credit in 2007, it's a wonder Ms. Maron only managed 12 credits. However, the answer is that she was busy on the stage—Maron holds a record as the actress with the longest theater career of all time.

Pauline_wagner_obit_full_length_a_pScreaming queen

Second, none of my crazy movie-buff friends had any clue that Pauline Wagner, an actress who stood in for Fay Wray in 1933's King Kong, was still alive as of May 1. As of May 2, she had passed away—at the ripe old age of 103. It's incredible to think an adult who was seen, albeit in a wig for a few fleeting moments, pretending to be Fay Wray, in King Kong was still alive until this year...and nobody seemed to know it. It makes me wonder how many silent bit players might still be alive out there; after all, King Kong was only a few years after the Silent Era.

 
Jun 19 2014
MEN OF THE STRIP Dancer Dies Comments (0)

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According to multiple Facebook posts, including one by Men of the Strip producer/star Jeff Timmons, dancer Nate Estimada from the show has passed away. No details on what happened.

Men of the Strip aired as “a two-hour docusoap” on E! on June 1.

 
Jun 18 2014
Need To Know: All Systems GO + Pornstar RIP + Born This Way? + Dr. Oz's Snake Oil + MORE! Comments (0)

Getting-GoGet it!

*widget boy cultureSuperadorable, superexclusive clip from Getting Go. Cameron_fox_19

*widget boy culture'90s/'00s gay pornstar Cameron Fox dies @ 36.

*widget boy cultureEmma Stone & Andrew Garfield flash signs.

*widget boy cultureThe anti-Gaga: What if we're not born this way?

*widget boy cultureMatt Bomer on HIV Plus.

*widget boy cultureFirst review of SideShow @ Kennedy Center.

*widget boy cultureWhy David Levithan loves writing queer books.

*widget boy cultureLISTEN UP: Jessie Ware's “Tough Love” single.

*widget boy cultureDr. Oz confesses: His own weight-loss products are crap.

*widget boy cultureHIS & HERSTORY: Senate confirms two out judges.

Staci-Michelle-YandleNewly-minted Judge Staci Michelle Yandle of Illinois

*widget boy cultureMassive outdoor Pride party in NYC.

*widget boy cultureSupporting roles can lead to stardom.

*widget boy cultureDMV sees trans woman's makeup as a “disguise.”

*widget boy cultureFrederick Valentin gets skimpy for Jorge Rivas @ DNA.

Frederick ValentinIn “Postcard from Miami,” Valentin plays postmaster & servant with the camera.

 
Jun 16 2014
Need To Know: Croatians Rock Out + Male Nip Slips + Against Their George Will + The Littlest Lohan + MORE! Comments (0)

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*widget boy cultureNaked Croatian World Cuppers romping at their hotel. (Work Unfriendly)

*widget boy cultureA collection of male nip slips. (Jerk Friendly)

*widget boy cultureKelly Clarkson is a mom!

*widget boy cultureDebbie Harry in Scooter LaForge.

*widget boy cultureOregon shooter a right-wing religious nutjob.

*widget boy cultureGeorge Will thinks reporting being raped is for status-seekers.

*widget boy cultureWHAT A WAY TO GO!: Corpse propped up at final party.

*widget boy cultureAnother sibling for Lindsay Lohan? Oh, joy.

*widget boy cultureHillary Clinton and Sonia Sotomayor meet up...at Costco!

*widget boy cultureYoung model Lucas Coppini dies following car crash coma.

Lucas-CoppiniRest in peace

 
Jun 15 2014
Lights Out: Warhol Superstar Ultra Violet Dies @ 78 Comments (0)

UltraVioletDuchampMeadMarcel Duchamp, Dufresne & Taylor Mead in the '60s

Original Andy Warhol superstar and Salvador Dali protégée Isabelle Collin Dufresne, aka Ultra Violet, has lost her battle with cancer at age 78.

Dufresne appeared in a number of Warhol's films, including The Life of Juanita Castro (1965); I, a Man (1967);  and **** (1967); plus several other films teeming with Warhol's clique. She had a small part in the Oscar winner Midnight Cowboy (1969).

Ultra-Violet-Jim-HerringtonA 2009 portrait of Dufresne by Jim Herrington

Ultra Violet-flagI had the pleasure of meeting Ms. Dufresne during the book tour for her memoir Famous for 15 Minutes: My Years with Andy Warhol in Chicago in 1988. I can't be sure, but I believe she was one of the first celebrities I went to see at an appearance, in search of an autograph. I had read up on her, so I arrived with a lightbulb for her to sign (so it would be an Ultra Violet light) as well as an American flag (in homage to her famous flag bed sheets, a picture of which adorns her book's back cover). She was charming, if surprised at my interest. I will never forget her asking, Did you know Andy? I was like 19 years old.

Ultra-violetDufresne had a Hedy Lamarr-like movie-star beauty.

Not many of the major Andy Warhol superstars are left alive...Billy Name (74), Brigid Berlin (74), Gerard Malanga (71), Baby Jane Holzer (73), Jayne County (66 or so), Joe Dallesandro (65), Holly Woodlawn (67), Mary Woronov (70—just met her!) and Viva (75) come to mind, though fans could argue forever which are the most important.