Omar Sharif dead at 83

One of the most handsome men on the planet, a favorite leading actor, Peter O’Toole’s great friend, internationally known bridge expert and multi-lingual Egyptian star OMAR SHARIF died today, July 10.

Will anyone forget his thrilling first scene in David Lean‘s mega-hit Lawrence of Arabia?” 

He shall be missed.

Omar Sharif
Omar Sharif

Reeling from recent news in the entertainment industry

So…we lost the fabulously irascible Elaine Stritch last month, the marvelously talented novelist Dame Mary Stewart in May, our beloved James Garner recently, and now word comes of Robin Williams taking his own life at the young age of 63, and the passing of screen and stage legend Lauren “Betty” Bacall at the age of 89. Ms. Bacall had a gorgeous figure, and a style and elegance that was the epitome of “cool.”

Betty Bacall
Betty Bacall

As for Mr. Williams, so much has been said that I’ll only add that I hope his death is a wake-up call for people who are depressed to seek help.

Here’s a great quote from New York Times film critic A.O. Scott:”Robin Williams was one of the most explosively, exhaustingly, prodigiously verbal comedians who ever lived, and the only thing faster than Williams’s mouth was his mind.”

 

Farewell Jimmy–actor James Garner dies

One of my all time favorite actors (and millions agree), James Garner passed away of natural causes at the age of 86 this morning at his home in California.

James Garner
James Garner

“Magical” writer, Nobel-Prize winner “Gabo” García Márquez dead at 87

Gabriel García Márquez, the Colombian novelist whose One Hundred Years of Solitude established him as a giant of 20th-century literature, died on Thursday at his home in Mexico City, at the age of 87.Gabriel Garcia Marquez 1

Wonderful excerpt from “Gabo’s” obit in the New York Times:

Mr. García Márquez attributed his rigorous, disciplined schedule in part to his sons. As a young father he took them to school in the morning and picked them up in the afternoon. During the interval—from 8 in the morning to 2 in the afternoon—he would write.

“When I finished one book, I wouldn’t write for a while,” he said in 1966. “Then I had to learn how to do it all over again. The arm goes cold; there’s a learning process you have to go through again before you rediscover the warmth that comes over you when you are writing.”

Incidentally: “One Hundred Years of Solitude” is Bill Clinton‘s favorite book. If you haven’t read it yet, you should, and investigate Gabo’s other books, too. Gabriel Garcia Marquez 5Adios Gabo!

 

 

Beloved film moppet, ambassador, breast cancer survivor and national treasure Shirley Temple dies

I adored Shirley Temple the moment I saw her as a three-year-old moppet in “Bright Eyes,” and continued to admire her on-screen and real-life spunk, amazing talents and generous heart. Some of my favorite Shirley Temple films are: The Bachelor and the Bobby-Soxer (1947), Since You Went Away (1944), Wee Willie Winkie (1937), Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm (1938),  and The Little Princess (1939).

With Cary Grant
With Cary Grant

The Bachelor and the Bobby-Soxer

With Claudette Colbert & Jennifer Jones

Since You Went Away

Poor Little Rich Girl
Poor Little Rich Girl- 1936
With Bill "Bojangles" Robinson
With Bill “Bojangles” Robinson- 1935

Another old time movie star passes

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The beautiful, versatile and talented actress Eleanor Parker died at age 91 in Palm Springs, California on Monday, December 9. She starred with Frank Sinatra in two films: The Man with the Golden Arm and A Hole in the Head, other great leading men such as Clark Gable, Kirk Douglas, and Fred MacMurray, and was nominated for a Best Actress Oscar three times.

“I have great admiration for Eleanor Parker, an artist of first rank,” said producer-director Robert Wise, who cast her as the glamourous baroness in The Sound of Music (1965) and described her as “perfect” in the role of the woman Christopher Plummer throws over for Julie Andrews.

“A dazzling array of work” —Hollywood Reporter on Eleanor Parker

“No use leading with our chins, this is where our story ends”

Eydie Gormé, one of our most popular and talented singers, passed away on August 10, a few days shy of her 85th birthday. With her husband singer Steve Lawrence, Eydie was the among the best interpreters of tunes by the greatest songwriters of the 20th century, including Cole Porter, Rodgers & Hart, Irving Berlin, and the Gershwins. Folks under 50 may remember Eydie’s fun novelty hit “Blame it on the Bossa Nova.”

My favorite Eydie Gormé hits are the fabulous “I Wish You Love,” (by Trenet and Beach) andIf He Walked Into My Life,” (by Jerry Herman) from “Mame.” Hers is the most vibrant rendition of the song­ ever recorded (apologies to Angela Lansbury). Ms. Gormé also recorded in Spanish and enjoyed a number of hit songs en español. When you get a chance check out some of Eydie Gormé’s songs on YouTube.

What a fantastic talent! RIP.

Steve Lawrence and Eydie Gormé
Steve Lawrence and Eydie Gormé