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James Garner

As soon as we got home from church, we saw that James Garner was trending. It was sad to find out that he’d passed away of natural causes.

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He starred in over 50 films, but he’s best known for his television roles in “Maverick” and “The Rockford Files”.  James was born James Scott Bumgarner in Norman, OK on 7 April 1928.  He was married to Lois Fleishman Clarke in 1956 and at his passing, they were less than a month from their 58th anniversary.

RIP James “Maverick” Rockford” Garner!!  You’ll be missed by many for your charisma, comedy, handsome looks, and so many other things that made you who you were!!

 

 

 

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Little Man – Big Presence

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RIP Joseph Yule, Jr (23 September 1920 – 6 April 2014)!! Better known as the boy-next-door, Mickey Rooney. At just 5’3”, he leaves behind a legend in classic Hollywood that can never be matched. Mickey was paired with Judy Garland 10 times and starred in 14 Andy Hardy movies, along with a career of more than 200 films. He was married 8 times and had 9 children.
Godspeed Mickey!!
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RIP Million Dollar Mermaid

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Esther Jane Williams was born 8 August 1921 and was a competitive swimmer who won 3 U.S. National championships by the age 16 and had a record-breaking time in the freestyle. She signed a contract with MGM in 1941. Esther achieved pin-up status because the number of swimsuit photos that she appeared in. She was married 4 times and had 3 children (with her 2nd husband). Esther died in her sleep on 6 June 2013 at the age of 91.

RIP Esther Williams!! Another one of the classics is gone….there will never be another million dollar mermaid.

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The “Iron Lady”

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Margaret Hilda Thatcher (13 October 1925-8 April 2013) was the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom from 1979-1990. She holds the honor of holding the office for the longest period of time in the 20th century and being the only woman to hold the office. A soviet journalist gave her the nickname of “Iron Lady” because of her leadership style. In 2007, she was the first living British Prime Minister to be honored with a bronze statue in the House of Parliament.

R.I.P. The Right Honorable, The Baroness Thatcher!!

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Good-Bye “Mouseketeer” Annette

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RIP Annette Joanne Funicello (22 October 1942-8 April 2013).  Annette was an actress and singer, and she rose to prominence as one of the original “Mouseketeers” on the Mickey Mouse Club.  She transitioned into “beach party” genre in movies along with co-star Frankie Avalon in the 1960’s.  In 1992, she announced that she’d been diagnosed with multiple sclerosis in the 1980’s and died from complications of that illness.

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R.I.P. Ernest Borgnine

Ernest Borgnine died today of renal failure in Los Angeles, CA. He was born Ermes Effron Borgnino on 24 January 1917. Ernest won an Oscar in 1955 for his role in the movie Marty and was on tv in shows like McHale’s Navy (1962-66) and Airwolf. Borgnine served in the US Navy and was discharged in 1941, but re-enlisted when the US entered WWI and served until 1945. His military decorations included the American Campaign Medal, Navy Good Conduct Medal, World War II Victory Medal, American Defense Service Medal with Fleet Clasp, and the Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal. Ernest’s movie career included films like Bad Day at Black Rock, The Dirty Dozen, Ice Station Zebra, From Here to Eternity, and The Wild Bunch. He was also a character actor on many tv shows from The Love Boat, Little House on the Prairie, ER, Touched by an Angel, and many others.

I’m truly going to miss Ernie. It was comforting to know that he was around and still entertaining us. He attended TCM events and his presence was felt whether you saw him or not. R.I.P. Ernie…..thank you for your contribution to part of my childhood and memories…..Godspeed!!

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Classic Hollywood’s Lost Violet-Eyed Elizabeth Taylor

Today, we lost one of the great true beauties of classic Hollywood.  Elizabeth Taylor lost her battle with congestive heart failure early this morning.  She was 79.  It’s being reported that she was surrounded by her family and her friends are in deep mourning.

I promised Miss K that I’d type of up a beautiful memorial for Elizabeth, as she too is mourning.  She feels like she’s lost someone close to her….someone that she knew.  K has been watching Elizabeth Taylor on the screen (our home tv screen) since she was a baby.  It didn’t take long to realize that K was mesmerized by Elizabeth and that she felt a special connection to her.  She’s the first to admit that not every movie Elizabeth did was good.  She’ll also tell you it’s not right that Elizabeth was married so many times.  Yet, she was an icon to Miss K and was considered to be the greatest beauty of classic Hollywood.  K is fascinated with finding photos and movies of Ms. Taylor’s.  She enjoys watching how Elizabeth changed over the years from child star to her status as an older established icon.

Elizabeth Taylor was born Elizabeth Rosemond Taylor on 27 February 1932 in England.  She’s known as Liz to many, but not to her family and friends.  Her first acting role came at the age of 10, but she was dropped.  The following year, MGM picked her up and did Lassie Come Home in 1943.  At the age of 22, she had her busiest year in movies….that was 1954.  Elizabeth was nominated for 5 Academy Awards, but only brought the Oscar home 2 times.

Elizabeth Taylor is probably best known for her marriages.  She was married 8 times, but 2 of those were to Richard Burton.  Her 3rd husband, Michael Todd, died in a plane crash in 1958.  Scandal then hit when she broke up the marriage of Eddie Fisher and Debbie Reynolds.  She married Fisher in 1959 and they divorced in 1964.  Liz’s longest marriage was to Richard Burton.  They were married for 10 years, divorced, remarried, and divorced a year later.  They had a turbulent relationship, to say the least….on and off screen.

Ms. Taylor was probably best known for her eyes.  They’re said to be violet in color.  She was petite at only 5’2″, had a fair complexion and dark hair.  Everything about her radiated beauty.  She was curvy and not afraid to flaunt it.  Elizabeth was always frail and often sick.  At one point of a serious illness, she was pronounced dead.  In 1997, she successfully had a brain tumor removed, but was later diagnosed with congestive heart failure.

New Year’s Eve 1999, Queen Elizabeth II made Elizabeth Taylor a Dame.  Julie Andrews became a Dame at the same time.  She was named Dame of the British Empire on the Millennium New Year’s Honours List.  Her Twitter account was @DameElizabeth in honor of her title.

Elizabeth graced the cover of People Magazine 14 times.  Her star on the Hollywood Walk of fame is at 6336 Hollywood Blvd. and she has a street named for her in Iowa City.  She introduced a line of precious stones and gems called “House of Taylor”, which she’s considered an authority on.  She also has a line of perfumes.  Through her long and lustrous life as a Hollywood icon, Liz received several acknowledgment for her work and had much history to be engaged in.

To read more about the death of the film legend, read hereNY Times, here, and at IMDb.  Her biography can also be found at Wikipedia and TCM.  To see what others in Hollywood are saying about Elizabeth, read here.

R.I.P Dame Elizabeth.  You’ll be surely missed by Miss K and this entire family.  You were…..and always will be a symbol of what classic Hollywood was and is.  No matter what life threw at you, you seemed to handle it and move on.  May you rest in peace now and be in the glory of Heaven in the safety of His love.


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Hollywood Has Lost Another

Today, Hollywood lost another classic movie star.  Jane Russell died from respitory failure today at the age of 89.  To most, she’s remembered as the curvy actress that was an obsession of Howard Hughes.

Jane was also known as the most famous pin-up girl of World War II.  At the time, Jane Russell was one of the “curviest” women in Hollywood.  Bob Hope once introduced her with a joke about her breasts and there’s peaks in Alaska named for them!!

Jane was born Ernestine Jane Geraldine Russell in Minnesota.  She modeled on the side and got her start in Hollywood by signing with Howard Hughes.  He held releasing her first film “The Outlaw” for many years.  The reason….her figure!!  She married her high school sweetheart and had 3 children with him.  They later divorced.  She remarried 2 more times, with both of dying while they were married.  She also adopted children with her second 2 husbands.  Jane was very passionate about adoption and her organization has successfully placed thousands of children.

Other films to her credit are “Gentlemen Prefer Blonds”, “His Kind of Woman”, “The Paleface”, and “Double Dynamite”.  Her hand and foot impressions are outside of Grauman’s Chinese Theater and her star is on the Hollywood Walk of  Fame on Hollywood Boulevard.  Jane’s been rated as one of the Most Iconic Movie Goddesses.

Go in peace Jane Russell.  You’re joining some of the best that Hollywood had to offer “back in the day”!!  You’ll be missed.


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In Memory of Tony Curtis

I can’t believe that we lost another legend this week.  Actor Tony Curtis died 29 September at the age of 85 in Las Vegas.  One surely can’t say that he didn’t live a long and prosperous life.  However, it wasn’t without it’s turmoil.

Tony was born Bernard Schwatz in the Bronx.  After serving in the military, he used his GI Bill to attend acting school.  He was married to Janet Leigh for 11 years and they had 2 children.  One their children is Jamie Lee Curtis, whom he was estranged from for many years, but they were able to reconcile.  Tony was married 5 other times after that.

Tony Curtis had small roles in movies like Winchester ’73, but he was also in memorable roles in movies like The Defiant Ones, Spartacus, and The Vikings.  One of my favorite movies that Tony was in was Captain Newman, M.D., while kiddo prefers him in The Great Race with Natalie Wood and Jack Lemmon.  He’s also unforgettable opposite Cary Grant (his favorite actor) in Operation Petticoat and playing a girl along with Jack Lemmon in Some Like It Hot.

Although he had a long career, Tony abused drugs and alcohol when his roles became fewer and far between.  He was still able to overcome it and it’s even been said that he helped Roger Moore and Michael Caine quit smoking.  Tony was an avid non-smoker for about the last 30 years or so.

So much can be said about Tony Curtis and what he added to the Hollywood of old.  He’ll surely be missed, but his mark will forever remain.

R.I.P. Tony!!


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Eddie Fisher is Gone

Eddie Fisher died yesterday, 23 September from complications due to hip surgery.  He was 82 years old.  Although Eddie was a good actor and a great singer, that’s probably not what he’ll be remembered the most for.

Eddie Fisher married Debbie Reynolds and they had 2 kids.  One of them is actress Carrie Fisher from Star Wars fame.  It was while he was married to Debbie, that Eddie had an affair with Elizabeth Taylor and later married her.  He was married to Debbie Reynolds for 4 years when the scandal broke and they divorced.  He was best friends with Elizabeth Taylor’s husband that had recently died in a plane crash, Michael Todd.  Elizabeth and Eddie did the movie BUtterfield 8 together.  After that, they went on to do Cleopatra together, but that brought another controversy.  With that scandal came another divorce.  Elizabeth soon married Richard Burton and Eddie married Connie Stevens.  Eddie and Connie had 2 kids, one of them being Joely Fisher.

The scandal caused Eddie Fisher’s career to take a plunge, but he continued to play small venues and in Las Vegas and New York.  He also wrote 2 autobiographies with received mixed reviews.  To this day, his music is still very popular and has stood the test of time.

Peace to you, Eddie!!


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