Slightly off topic but Ephron's unexpected passing made me think about Elaine May. And how destroyed I'll be when she goes.
The Dead Celebrity Thread - Page 107
Hearing about Ephron's death is a bit of a shock, for sure. I'm a huge, unabashed fan of her work, and all the work she and Rob Reiner have done together (some people find it weird that I'm a heterosexual male in my 20s and count Sleepless in Seattle as one of my favorite films).
It's sad to hear of her passing, but she's definitely achieved immortality through her work. I count several of her films up there with the other timeless Hollywood classics.
It just happens to be on TCM this Thursday night at 11:45.
And I've got a feeling that TCM will have some kind of Andy Griffith day pretty soon.
The Andy Griffith Show really is one of the all-time great television comedies. In the same league as All in the Family, Arrested Development, Seinfeld and The Simpsons. Expect marathons on multiple stations (TBS, Nick at Nite, TV Land, etc.) during this long holiday week now.
We all should. Such a great movie, even better when you're watching it with the "Andy Griffith = wholesome America" preconception towards him.
Living in NC, you would think that the President died today with the amount of coverage Andy Griffith has gotten. There's a statue of him in Raleigh that has become a makeshift memorial. People are leaving flowers and cards.
I remember to this day his enthusiastic appearance on The Tonight Show with Carson for the release of The Devil's Rain, and how he kept pointing out that this was the first film where you actually see people melt. God bless him.
I thought he was going to cruise right to 100 and past it. He was still making movies, and now only Eli Wallach and Christopher Lee stand as the guys still working into their 90's. RIP Ernest Borgnine. Going to watch Escape From New York later since that was the first movie I ever saw him in.
I first saw him in a tv rerun of the Poseidon Adventure, then McHale's Navy and later From Here to Eternity. Looking at IMDB, he appeared on Wagon Train 5 times as 4 different people as the guest star.
gotta love it. I like to imagine he disguised himself in different ways for each character so people couldn't tell it was him. The only way you could tell is by looking closely at the waddle.
I imagine, on Wagon Train, it was probably a series of cowboy mustaches and/ or beards. Not unlike Tom Cruise's lady friends.
Celeste Holm, a versatile, bright-eyed blonde who soared to Broadway fame in "Oklahoma!" and won an Oscar in "Gentleman's Agreement" but whose last years were filled with financial difficulty and estrangement from her sons, died Sunday, a relative said. She was 95.
Holm had been hospitalized about two weeks ago with dehydration after a fire in actor Robert De Niro's apartment in the same Manhattan building. She had asked her husband on Friday to bring her home, and she spent her final days with her husband, Frank Basile, and other relatives and close friends by her side, said Amy Phillips, a great-niece of Holm's who answered the phone at Holm's apartment on Sunday.
Holm died around 3:30 a.m. at her longtime apartment on Central Park West, Phillips said.
Jon Lord's karked-it...
Stephen Covey: no longer highly effective.
Kitty Wells, the "Queen of Country Music". The first woman to score a number one country hit with the proto-feminist "It Wasn't God Who Made Honky Tonk Angels". A true pioneer, she kicked down the door for generations of female artists, and forever changed the way women were pecieved in Nashville. She was 92.
Jon Lord's karked-it...
Fuck. This one hurts. One of the most distinctive keyboardists ever.
Jon Lord's karked-it...
Dammit. Another legend gone. Purple are one of the most important yet relatively unsung of the big 70s rock bands, and Lord is one of the few who truly made keyboards work in hard rock. A true original.
The 3 big metal/hard rock progenitor bands are always Sabbath, Zep, and Purple. I never got Purple until the other day when I was listening to them and realized that Judas Priest and Maiden - basically the 2 definitive metal bands, IMO - are TOTALLY going down the path the Purple blazed, with that classical influence and instrumental virtuosity that Lord and Blackmore brought to the table.
He was also funnier than Franken. The classic 70's stuff is legend, but the late 80's stuff was hilarious too (the team were producers at this point). I'll always love the chapstick sketch and his delivery of "I have a dead snake."
Dammit. That hit me hard. Was a major space nerd growing up, and she was one of my heroes. Plus, she was only a few months older than my mother, so while it may sound crazy to some, 61 just feels too young to me to go (and yes, i've lost relatives that were younger.)
Anyways, this seems fitting: