What are some of the stories you remember reading about Paul lynde?
I''d say that Lynde''s exasperated threat to fuck a baby who was crying during an airplane flight is one that most of Paul''s fans have heard.\
I''ve also heard that he was a very mean drunk. Did he die from a combination of pills and booze?\
I''m fairly certain that he would still have a showbiz career if he were alive today.
From the Lynde biography CENTER SQUARE:\
[quote]One of book%E2%80%99s many examples of this lashing out occurs at a meeting between Lynde and Lana Turner: Before the screen legend could speak a word, Paul%E2%80%99s drunken brain recalled the brouhaha over the murder of her mobster boyfriend, and he snarled, %E2%80%9CYou killed him, didn%E2%80%99t you?%E2%80%9D
Peter: "Paul, what could explain someone with brown carpet, brown furniture, and brown painted walls?"
Paul: "I'd say the maid exploded."
Aaah, he truly is the patron saint of Datalounge
He was, indeed, a MEAN drunk. Kinda sad, actually.
Paul Lynde didn't just say dirty things on The Hollywood Squares, he said kinky things. And bitchy things. In the real world he'd be the kind of person you'd invite to a party full of boring people, just because you knew he'd say something outrageous and liven things up.
If Joan Rivers has a career, he'd have one.
Paul Lynde is exactly how I imagine most Datalounge posters to be.
So, R9, what is the correct answer? Colorblind?
"Paul, in 'Alice in Wonderland,' who said 'I'm late! I'm late!''
"Alice, and her mother is sick about it."
"Who was known as 'Old Ironsides?'"
He is a little bit before my time, but everything I have read about him he sounds like he was a really horrible person.
No one is mentioning the bizarre death that happened in Lynde's San Francisco hotel room ( The Sir Francis Drake ), in 1965. He and a young 24 year old trick had been drinking for hours, and came back to the room. They were partying, making a lot of noise, so the police were called. Just as the cops walked in , Jim 'Bing' Davidson, either jumped, or fell, to his death, 8 stories up. The whole thing was kept very quiet, and Lynde went on to his future success. Strange ?
How about Lynde's own death ? Paul Baressi finds him? Baressi, former Travolta BF, notorious Enquirer informant ( for big $$$), porn actor / director,
general all around Sleeze. Always found that mysterious.
Interesting article about Davidson.
The opening line is probably one heard around S.F. way before he uttered it.
I've heard poppers played a part in Paul Lynde's death. He was with a trick, and they were both using it while engaged in sex, causing the fatal heart attack. The trick panicked and left Lynde to die.
Apparently an autopsy was performed; Lynde had the insides of a man in his 80's, not a 56-year-old, because of his years of self-abuse. A nasty drunk, he had been fired from The Hollywood Squares because of his belligerent behaviour.
[quote]sounds like he was a really horrible person
I've heard for years that he was a notorious racist, which makes me sad given how much a fan I was of his work.
R 22 The grocery ad is interesting in that newspaper. Prices that is.
There's a funny story about Lynde in Dick Van Dyke's autobiography.
I read somewhere he was a mean, brutal fuck. Supposedly he picked up some fan, took him back to his hotel and topped him violently. Then he took a Magic Marker and signed his name on the guys ass so everyone would know "you got fucked by Paul Lynde."
I think it was in one of those Boze Hadleigh books so I question the veracity.
[quote] Then he took a Magic Marker and signed his name on the guys ass so everyone would know "you got fucked by Paul Lynde."
I'm stealing this.
Paul Lynde was before my time, but I've watched a lot of Youtube clips and he was funny as hell. Here's Paul doing the weather on a local newscast in the 70's and he was in top form.
Didn't know he was a racist, but I guess it figures.
r20, Baressi also claimed that he was the one who discovered Divine dead. Divine was sked to be on "Married With Children" but died the night before the filming.
Baressi got around.
r13, Lynde was kind of like the Oscar Wilde of modern times.
When they broke the window of Lynde's house, they found him in bed WITH HIS EYES WIDE OPEN.
Basically Roger the alien.
[quote]Lynde was kind of like the Oscar Wilde of modern times.
Except that Lynde didn't write plays, poems, novels or short stories and other people wrote all his bon mots for him.
But he delivered all those scripted quips on a popular TV show, so I guess that makes him a "wit" by modern standards.
Weren't the Lynde quips written by Bruce?
He was hilarious, but he totally stole Alice Ghostley's schtick.