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59 minutes ago, WinnieWinkle said:

Thank you!  What a lovely way to start my morning.  I hope Miss Hayes enjoyed her connection with Witchiepoo and realised she made  a lot of little kids smile!

Miss Hayes sure DID .

She told the story of when she was shooting the series, someone brought a tiny child to the set (not sure why) but after Witchiepoo had something backfire on her again and threw a tantrum over it, after the shooting was done, this child came up to her and asked 'Witchiepoo, would you like a hug?'. 

 Yes, she was quite touched by the child's concern for her and realized from that moment on that, as a performer, she couldn't take for granted children's reactions to the performances because they believed in the characters!

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24 minutes ago, Terrafamilia said:

Dancer and choreographer Jacques d'Amboise died May 2nd.

 

I know him really only for his role as Ephraim in Seven Brides for Seven Brothers - definitely could tell he was a fabulous dancer when you watch him.  Recently saw an interview with Russ Tamblyn who was also featured in Seven Brides.  Somehow though I just can't watch that movie anymore - I love the dance sequences and many of the songs, but the basic storyline just bothers me now in a way it didn't back in the day.  

ETA:  Out of interest I just checked on the other brothers and with one exception all the brothers lived (or are living) well into their 80s and one made it to a 100.  Dancing may be the secret to longevity!

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14 minutes ago, Terrafamilia said:

Sad news.  Jacques d'Amboise wasn't just a great dancer, he shared his talent with many in the New York City public schools.  In 1995 Mr. d'Amboise was a recipient of the Kennedy Center Honors.  His children, Charlotte and Christopher, performed a dance number for him that I've posted below along with the Kennedy Center tribute.   Sadly, the clip showing the proud father beaming as he watched, apparently is no longer available on Youtube.   R.I.P Mr. d'Amboise.  

https://www.kennedy-center.org/artists/d/da-dn/jacques-damboise/

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She was on Botched last season getting her implants removed.  If they pictures they're posting were recent she had some work done on her face. Which looked terrible. I wonder if she had some complications.

 

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Pete Souza tweeted this video of chasing Bo around the Cabinet Room.  I'm exhausted looking at it!  R.I.P. Bo.

 

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1 hour ago, BW Manilowe said:

From People Vans Co-Founder Paul Van Doren dead at 90  “He was an innovator.”

 

While he lived a good, long life and beloved by his family and friends, I wonder if Mr. Van Doren died with his Vans on.

Seriously, though, RIP. 

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On 5/8/2021 at 3:29 PM, BookWitch said:

She was on Botched last season getting her implants removed.  If they pictures they're posting were recent she had some work done on her face. Which looked terrible. I wonder if she had some complications.

 

Wasn’t her death falsely reported last year? I cannot find any information on that but I could’ve sworn Internet said she died and then the family posted that she didn’t. If this is true, just what the heck was going on in this woman’s life? I certainly wouldn’t call it a celebrity death. She seem to be a groupie that  got lucky for being in slutty videos and marrying badly. No word on what she died from. 

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12 minutes ago, chediavolo said:

I certainly wouldn’t call it a celebrity death. She seem to be a groupie that  got lucky for being in slutty videos and marrying badly. No word on what she died from. 

Well of course she was a celebrity.  She was an actress whose biggest role was opposite Tom Hanks in The Bachelor Party.  She guested in several tv series including Seinfeld and Hercules.  And she was married to one of the Whitesnake guys, not just a groupie.  Sure she was D-list but she was definitely a celebrity.

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for being in slutty videos

She was a porn star?

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1 hour ago, chediavolo said:

Wasn’t her death falsely reported last year? I cannot find any information on that but I could’ve sworn Internet said she died and then the family posted that she didn’t.

I wonder if you are thinking of Tanya Roberts?

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2 hours ago, chediavolo said:

I certainly wouldn’t call it a celebrity death.

She had 45 acting credits, according to IMDb, which certainly makes her more of a celebrity than the hundreds of obscure crew members and peripherals to entertainment who get mentioned in this forum all the time. 

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I’d say she’s a 80s pop culture icon, because a lot of people think of her automatically when they think of or hear Whitesnake. Most famous for being a video vixen,sure. But there’s nothing wrong with that.

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7 hours ago, Hiyo said:

She was a porn star?

Not a porn star, I thought she had photos & videos but I guess I’m thinking of someone else. Anyway. Rest in peace, no matter.  🙏🏻

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Norman Lloyd, actor, director and producer whose career spanned from working with Charlie Chaplin to Modern Family has died, age 106.

https://deadline.com/2021/05/norman-lloyd-dead-st-elsewhere-actor-1234754280/

https://variety.com/2021/legit/people-news/norman-lloyd-dead-st-elsewhere-saboteur-1234970920/

https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/movies/movie-news/norman-lloyd-dead-106-1234951530/

Tribute from TCM

 

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1 hour ago, AimingforYoko said:

106 is a righteous run. R.I.P. Dr. Auschlander.

I loved that show.  And I loved everything I ever saw him in.  I'm way sadder about this that I thought I'd be.  

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On 5/11/2021 at 6:47 PM, AimingforYoko said:

106 is a righteous run. R.I.P. Dr. Auschlander.

He was wonderful as Dr. Auschlander. He played a liver specialist with liver cancer, and I was expecting the first season of St. Elsewhere to end with his death. But he was so well liked that his character went into remission and he became a regular. My own grandmother had the same disease during the show's run, and it was so uplifting to see Dr. Auschlander putting in a full day's work and jogging. 

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50 minutes ago, GreekGeek said:

He was wonderful as Dr. Auschlander. He played a liver specialist with liver cancer, and I was expecting the first season of St. Elsewhere to end with his death. But he was so well liked that his character went into remission and he became a regular. My own grandmother had the same disease during the show's run, and it was so uplifting to see Dr. Auschlander putting in a full day's work and jogging. 

 

I guess that if a character is popular enough, the writers will a lot of times go to the ends of the Earth to keep him/her on.

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On 5/11/2021 at 5:47 PM, AimingforYoko said:

106 is a righteous run. R.I.P. Dr. Auschlander.

I rewatched St. Elsewhere on Hulu as pandemic comfort food last year.  He was wonderful!

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I'm so sad about Norman Lloyd.  He was just wonderful in everything he did and I loved the interview he did with Ben M. on TCM.  Even though I'm almost half a century younger than he, I assumed he would outlive me.  I'm surprised by his death, which is something I never thought I would say about someone who was 106.  

TCM is doing a tribute on Monday, June 14, and it will include that interview from the 2016 TCM Classic Film Festival, as well as 4 films.  

I had a co-worker who was as addicted to St. Elsewhere as I was and I remember one day we were in the elevator discussing the most recent episode when we realized the other person on the elevator was looking at us sort of strangely and my friend and I realized we were talking about the characters as if they were people in our lives.  We quickly reassured the other person that we were talking about a TV show! 

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On 5/11/2021 at 3:47 PM, AimingforYoko said:

106 is a righteous run. R.I.P. Dr. Auschlander.

Indeed!  I looked up his wiki page and he even outlived one of his children - who died last year at age 80!

In honor of Mr. Lloyd, I decided to watch him in one of my favorite underrated TV shows of the late 90s-early 00s:  7 Days.  I happened to catch an episode in which the character is age regressed to a young child who tells the main characters to take him home and he gives his address in Jersey City, NJ.   When news of his passing broke, I looked up his bio and sure enough, he really was originally from Jersey City, NJ!!  

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On 5/2/2021 at 1:16 PM, voiceover said:

"Old man, you give those dogs anymore of my food, I'm gonna kick ya 'til you're dead!"

Moonstruck is on Amazon Prime - I am going to rewatch it. Olympia was magnificant in that movie.

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On 5/11/2021 at 8:44 AM, DearEvette said:

Well of course she was a celebrity.  She was an actress whose biggest role was opposite Tom Hanks in The Bachelor Party.  She guested in several tv series including Seinfeld and Hercules.  And she was married to one of the Whitesnake guys, not just a groupie.  Sure she was D-list but she was definitely a celebrity.

Not only that, but her next husband was a pitcher in MLB - Chuck Finley. Though he spent the majority of his career with the California/Anaheim/LA Angels, he was playing here in Cleveland with the Indians when they had a physical altercation in spring 2002. It was all over the news and it was very ugly. I believe she later went public with her addiction battles, and was struggling to stay clean for the sake of her daughters. I hope she was able to find peace. 🙏

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I just watched a 1986 episode of Murder She Wrote with Norman Lloyd. He was in his 70s then and brought to his part a level of class and dignity that I want to have if and when I get that age.

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8 hours ago, VCRTracking said:

I just watched a 1986 episode of Murder She Wrote with Norman Lloyd. He was in his 70s then and brought to his part a level of class and dignity that I want to have if and when I get that age.

I think that can be said of many actors of his generation!  They had more class compared to many in today's current Hollywood crop. 

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On 5/14/2021 at 10:04 PM, catlover79 said:

Not only that, but her next husband was a pitcher in MLB - Chuck Finley. Though he spent the majority of his career with the California/Anaheim/LA Angels, he was playing here in Cleveland with the Indians when they had a physical altercation in spring 2002. It was all over the news and it was very ugly. I believe she later went public with her addiction battles, and was struggling to stay clean for the sake of her daughters. I hope she was able to find peace. 🙏

I remember that.  It was embarrassing for the team.  Hope she got better, it seemed like she was frustrated always being relegated to the woman who slithered on the hood of a car in a video, but she also seemed to revel in it.

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Charles Grodin dies at 86

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Charles Grodin, the versatile actor familiar from “Same Time, Next Year” on Broadway, popular movies like “The Heartbreak Kid,” “Midnight Run” and “Beethoven” and numerous television appearances, died on Tuesday at his home in Wilton, Conn. He was 86.

His son, Nicholas, said the cause was bone marrow cancer.

 

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Charles Grodin was a great comic actor, specializing in playing put-upon every-men (Beethoven) or unlikable schmucks (The Heartbreak Kid*). What a good long life, and quite the film legacy.

 

*The 1972 original, to be precise. Please avoid the shitty 2007 remake at all costs.

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I last saw Grodin an SVU episode and couldn’t believe how old he looked.

He did a great job in The Woman in Red as Gene Wilder’s friend who was gay but shockingly managed to avoid the gay best friend trope. He was just one of the guys.

But yeah, to me he’ll always be the dad in Beethoven who couldn’t stand dogs yet came to live him nonetheless. “You were my dog too.”

And how could I forget him playing the jewel thief that fell hard for Miss Piggy in The Great Muppet Caper?! RIP.

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1 hour ago, Spartan Girl said:

And how could I forget him playing the jewel thief that fell hard for Miss Piggy in The Great Muppet Caper?! RIP.

So you know about that night they spend together, right?  I didn't think Charles Grodin was the type to reveal such things, but he told all back in 2011: 

https://www.vulture.com/2011/11/charles-grodin-affair-with-miss-piggy-muppets.html

R.I.P. Mr. Grodin.  

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