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17 hours ago, Calvada said:

Finally got a chance to watch TCM Remembers - as always, I wonder why the Academy Awards people don't have TCM do the In Memoriam for their broadcast.  TCM does a beautiful job on this every year.  

I've come to the conclusion the Academy Awards just sees the In Memoriam segment as part of the evening's entertainment.  It's why they focus more on who's singing the song rather than the people they're supposedly remembering.  God forbid you're a behind the scenes person who lived a long life!   Almost every year there's a family member of a deceased past Academy Award winner/nominee complaining how the Oscar In Memoriam segment didn't include their loved one.  

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On 12/14/2019 at 1:52 PM, Bastet said:

The TCM Remembers for 2019 is up on TCM's YouTube channel.  It's a good one, but might be a little more difficult than usual to edit to include any additional deaths between now and the end of the year - so that's another reason to hope we don't have any more. 

(TCM has now taken it down for some reason; stay tuned.)

(And now it's back up, edited.)

That was really beautiful tribute. I love that they used the tears in the rain scene for Rutger Hauer. Thank you for sharing. Definitely better than the Oscars.

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On 12/14/2019 at 3:52 PM, Bastet said:

The TCM Remembers for 2019 is up on TCM's YouTube channel.  It's a good one, but might be a little more difficult than usual to edit to include any additional deaths between now and the end of the year - so that's another reason to hope we don't have any more. 

(TCM has now taken it down for some reason; stay tuned.)

(And now it's back up, edited.)

That was just beautiful. Good thing I'm not wearing mascara today.

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TCM's tributes were far better than USA TODAY's. I mean, they dismissed Doris Day as merely a comic actress who made coy movies in the 1950's and 60's so therefore had no reason to be remembered by future generations. That's simply not true. She was also an EXCELLENT singer whose songs such as "Sentimental Journey" (1944)are timeless classics- and she also was a great dramatic actress. Let's not overlook  that she debuted her latter day trademark song of 'Que Sera, Sera' while playing the anguished mother of a kidnapped child in Alfred Hitchcock's The Man Who Knew Too Much (1956).  Well, at least they did acknowledge that during the last part of her life her dedication to helping dogs and cats so that's something but I think they shortsighted her among other folks! 

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My favorite Doris Day song:

Even though I was much too young to know about a "Secret Love," lol, I used to sing this song as a kid.

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2 hours ago, Blergh said:

TCM's tributes were far better than USA TODAY's. I mean, they dismissed Doris Day as merely a comic actress who made coy movies in the 1950's and 60's so therefore had no reason to be remembered by future generations. That's simply not true. She was also an EXCELLENT singer whose songs such as "Sentimental Journey" (1944)are timeless classics- and she also was a great dramatic actress. Let's not overlook  that she debuted her latter day trademark song of 'Que Sera, Sera' while playing the anguished mother of a kidnapped child in Alfred Hitchcock's The Man Who Knew Too Much (1956).  Well, at least they did acknowledge that during the last part of her life her dedication to helping dogs and cats so that's something but I think they shortsighted her among other folks! 

I adored Doris.  A fellow Ohioan.  Not just for her continuing support of animal rights, but she was there for Rock Hudson when it wasn't fashionable to acknowledge AIDS.

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1 hour ago, Giant Misfit said:

I enjoyed listening to his radio show in the 80s but no tears for this dead racist. 

If not for his stupid 'nappy-headed-hos' comment, we wouldn't have been saddled with Morning Joke on MSNBC.  

He looked dead even when he was alive.

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15 hours ago, BW Manilowe said:

Damn, he was only 79?  I thought he was 79 twenty years ago.  FWIW, he says he was the pioneer but I grew up in NY at that time listening to AM radio, and Howard Stern was the one who broke out.  Imus only got famous because he started fighting with Stern.  And yes, he was a pig even then.

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35 minutes ago, cynicat said:

Damn, he was only 79?  I thought he was 79 twenty years ago.  FWIW, he says he was the pioneer but I grew up in NY at that time listening to AM radio, and Howard Stern was the one who broke out.  Imus only got famous because he started fighting with Stern.  And yes, he was a pig even then.

The first time/place I can recall Mr. Imus from was when he was VJ for the then new VH1 Channel in which he merely seemed to have been an awkward nerd but with no foul or sinister undertones in his on-air personality. Believe it not, at the very same time, another VH1 VJ was Rosie O'Donnell who, just seemed to be a fun nerd and nothing more. Back then, I imagined that they could have had civil convos with each other  offcamera but, knowing what I've learned about each of them since and how tolerant each was about dissenting POVs, now I somewhat doubt  that could have happened. 

If only he hadn't opened his mouth thereafter  to soil that first impression. . 

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Regarding  Imus- I never actively listened to his show, but you couldn't really miss the outrage after he made his racist rant in '07. He was fired, but back on the air ( though in another format) in like a year, which is sad. Last night one of the cable news channels did a story on him and they played a clip ( that he actually said !) which went something like. "I think I'm the best in radio broadcasting ever, I really believe that. " I'm surprised he actually found a cowboy hat that could actually contain his big head !

 

I didn't know about the camp for kids with cancer that he & his wife ran. I will give him props for that.

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I've always been conflicted about Don Imus.      He did say terrible things, that I'm guessing were supposed to be funny, but weren't.    Then for many years Don and his wife ran the summer program for kids with cancer, and that gave a lot of kids a great experience that they wouldn't have had otherwise.     The radio station, and the TV show did annual fund raising for a SIDS charity, and the ranch that raised millions.    The couple adopted one of the kids too.   

 Then there was the morning he was on the air talking about the fact that the Center for the Intrepid at Fort Sam Houston was millions short of their goal (they raised every penny without government assistance).     Imus went on the air, said that the viewers and sponsors were going to raise the amount needed of the $60 million total, and it happened.   Most of the money came from ordinary people, some from big corporations.     The conditions at the old Walter Reed Army Hospital in D.C. were deplorable, especially for the wounded,  and he was one of the people that publicized the disgraceful conditions, and that did make changes.      

He was truly a complicated person, but he did do some good.    However, that can't make up for the hurt he caused to others with his words.  

(He did look a lot older than 79, but his years of abusing his body with drugs and alcohol really caught up to him.   I know he was always a shock jock, and hired for that reason.    I wonder if some of his inability to recognize when he was going too far, was related to damage from his years of abusing his body and brain.  )

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2 hours ago, CrazyInAlabama said:

He was truly a complicated person, but he did do some good.    However, that can't make up for the hurt he caused to others with his words.  

I don’t have an opinion of Imus one way or another. Never really followed him.
His actions affected many people in very important ways. 
 

His words are unacceptable but there appears to be a huge divide between his words and his actions. The actions likely had a huge impact on the physical and emotional well being of many individuals while, no matter how awful, his words were words not actions.

That doesn’t mean his words weren’t hurtful or acceptable by any means and everyone who says things like that should be called out on it.

For me, I would rather be around someone whose words were problematic but whose actions helped those in pain and underserved people than a person who had beautiful, unifying, appropriate things to say all the time who never did any actions to back up their words.

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On 12/28/2019 at 9:05 AM, cynicat said:

Damn, he was only 79?  I thought he was 79 twenty years ago.  FWIW, he says he was the pioneer but I grew up in NY at that time listening to AM radio, and Howard Stern was the one who broke out.  Imus only got famous because he started fighting with Stern.  And yes, he was a pig even then.

Imus actually worked a lot of other places as a shock jock long before Howard Stern came along.  He did his thing in Cleveland for several years in the early '70's and won several Billboard awards for DJ'ing long before Howard Stern started and essentially modeled his show on what Imus had been doing for years.

Neither one of them is my cup of tea, but Howard Stern was not the first of his kind and he owes a lot to Imus for paving the way for his sort of radio schtick.

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On 12/27/2019 at 2:00 PM, MissAlmond said:

The man who not only produced A Charlie Brown Christmas but whose love of jazz inspired him to hire Vince Guaraldi for the music.  R.I.P. Mr. Mendelson and thank you.  

I think he wanted Dave Brubeck and Brubeck recommended Guaraldi. No question about the legacy of the Peanuts specials and the Christmas music, though. You hear it every year now. R.I.P.

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This thread is not meant to be a collection of obituaries, but rather a place for us to pay respect (or not) to the recently departed celebrities*.  If you're leaving a link to an obituary, please also provide some sort of personal context about the deceased.  (* For this thread, a celebrity is an entertainment or widely recognized figure.)

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