Fire away, cunts of DL, but I cried a little when I heard Whitney Houston died and I was sad for a few days after. Granted, I didn't sob, and I wasn't mopey, but it was sad for me in a way other celebrity deaths in my life haven't been.
Honestly, Donna Summer....I had long ago given up on Whitney pulling it together, but I had hopes for a Tina Turner style comeback for Donna.
Neil Armstrong. He did something which no one else will ever do unless it's walking upon the surface of another planet and he was so humble about it.
Exactly r3, Whitney's voice was in ruins, while Donna just kept getting better. I think her voice would've held out into her 70s like Shirley Bassey.
Character actor William Windom, because he gave the greatest guest performance I've ever seen in Star Trek, hands-down, no contest (Commodore Decker from "The Doomsday Machine").
Phoebe Snow. Without question one of the greatest voices ever. Never received the acclaim that she deserved. Beautiful, beautiful voice. Powerful. A voice that could sing the sweetest softest lullaby, but could also rock out the hardest truest R&B. She was truly one of a kind.
Agree with Donna Summer.
"Crayons" was such a great and fun album. I am glad she went out on a high note. I also attended her concert in support of that album and will always be grateful I had the chance to see her live.
Was Donna Summer a heavy smoker? Is that why she died of lung cancer?
There were too many deaths of people I liked this year.
I don't care if old Republicans die, but I don't want my favourite artists and actors to die.
Donna Summer was a major shock to me.
Davy Jones and Don Grady. Had such a crush on both in my youth.
Lol at r1
Had no idea until just now that Gerry Anderson was Jewish or that his real name was Gerald Alexander Abrahams.
Donna Summer by a mile. It was all so quiet and kept out of the public eye. I still cannot believe she is gone.
100% Donna. :(
Paul Fussell and Roger Boisjoly...
I have to agree with Whitney. In a time when punk and indie music were all I listened to and certainly all I bought, I remember sneaking into Sam Goody at 13 and covertly buying her Bodyguard soundtrack. Because her talent was so insane, her demise and death always bothered me more than it should have.
So much of this is about age. I'm too young to have appreciated Donna Summer and many of the others noted.
Another one here who was shocked when Donna Summer died. Like the above poster said, her illness was kept really quiet and nobody knew she was sick, so when she died it was very unexpected. I grew up listening to Donna Summer - I liked her more than Madonna - and the news of her death was very sad to me.
Can't think beyond those 20 children in Newtown, it stops me cold
Gore Vidal was the only one whose gave made any impression, in part because I met him once, and for having had a finger in so many pies.
It kind of sucks that Vidal died about 3 months before Obama was re-elected, doesn't it, R27? He just missed out on that.
Vidal was no longer very enthused about Obama, although Mittens received little but Gore's contempt.
Handsome Richard Threlkeld, CBS News.
I miss Gore Vidal. He was the Queen Bitch of bitchy queens.
My ex. Drug overdose.
Antonín Holý -- Developed important antiretroviral drugs used in the treatment of HIV and hepatitis B.
Whitney's was expected but still terribly shocking. I honestly don't think we'll see anything approaching her talent again. In terms of relatively recent celebrity deaths, we've had Princess Diana, Michael Jackson Whitney Houston as the big three, at least judging by media coverage.
[quote]Whitney's was expected
No it wasn't.
And I don't even know why.
r42, a common reaction to Whitney was "not surprised, but still ...". She also had the best (can we say that?) celebrity funeral of all. The music and speeches were all by her personal friends and collaborators avoiding the variety show the Jackson family put on.
Donna Summer. Especially because there was absolutely no respect shown for someone who defined a genre that was so powerful an influence in my life. No tributes at all. Even in the year end obituaries, she's an also ran. It's quite stunning.
Agree with Robin Gibb and Donna Summer. Whitney Houston was not a surprise, but very tragic.
[quote]Donna Summer. Especially because there was absolutely no respect shown for someone who defined a genre that was so powerful an influence in my life. No tributes at all. Even in the year end obituaries, she's an also ran. It's quite stunning.
The best singing voice in the business (aside from Whitney and Barbra). But, her death was a major shock, and should have had a better tribute.
So was Donna Summer a heavy smoker? I'm assuming that's why she died of lung cancer at a young age?
For Lucy fans:
Frank Beardsley dies at 97; patriarch of blended family of 20
The Navy veteran and his family were the inspiration for the Lucille Ball movie 'Yours, Mine and Ours.'
By Marisa Gerber, Los Angeles Times
December 24, 2012
When the delivery truck pulled up at the base of their steep driveway, the Beardsley children knew what to do.
The crew, clad in hand-me-down clothes, poured out of their eight-bedroom Carmel home and down the hill. They helped unload 50-pound bags of flour and huge tubs of jam. Grocery shopping for 22 was pandemonium; instead, a restaurant supply company brought the food to them.
"A jar of peanut butter? Gosh, that would last one meal. Maybe," said Susie Pope, a middle child in a big, blended family that inspired a Lucille Ball movie.
Frank Beardsley, the family's patriarch, who ran his home with a military-trained eye for exactness, died Dec. 11 of complications of old age at a hospital in Santa Rosa. He was 97.
A broad-shouldered man with Irish roots and a deep Catholic faith, he was born in San Francisco on Sept. 11, 1915. The Navy veteran, who served aboard the battleship Iowa during World War II, eventually held administration and personnel positions at the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey.
When Francis Louis Beardsley met Frances Louise Albrecht, he took the similarity in their names as a sign. They dated, got married and had 10 children. Then, at 45, he lost his wife to a diabetes-induced coma. The grieving widower, trying to balance raising the children and serving in the Navy, sent his two youngest daughters to live with family friends.
Soon, he received a missive from Helen North. The widowed mother of eight, who knew Beardsley's sister, had sent a small prayer card that had comforted her. Touched, he eventually called to ask her out.
The couple married the next year.
Any reticence the Beardsley children had about getting a new mother melted away the moment they laid eyes on Helen, Pope said.
She wore an easy smile and owned the same black-and-white satin dress their mom had. Little coincidences like that happened frequently, Pope said. Helen even came to the family with the same set of china as their mother.
"So many things pointed to this," Pope said. "It was divine providence."
Helen, her eight children and all of Beardsley's moved into one home. The couple adopted each other's children and had two more of their own — bringing the total to 12 girls and eight boys.
"You would think two people just wouldn't have enough love to go around," Pope said. "But they did."
And yet, life with such a full house wasn't easy — or cheap. Beardsley shopped almost exclusively in bulk and at the commissary.
"He would simply buy tons of shoes — patent leather, tennis shoes, white oxfords," Pope said. "He didn't care what sizes — he knew one of us would fit into it eventually."
To make ends meet, the family ran a doughnut shop staffed by the children and starred in a Langendorf Bread Co. commercial, which earned them royalties and 50 free loaves of bread every week for a year. And Helen published "Who Gets the Drumstick?" a 1965 memoir whose title refers to the family's common Thanksgiving meal conundrum.
Upon reading the book, Lucille Ball quickly swept up the rights to the story and eventually starred as Helen North Beardsley, alongside Henry Fonda, in the 1968 movie "Yours, Mine and Ours," which was remade in 2005 and starred Rene Russo and Dennis Quaid.
Ball, who paid for the Beardsleys to take a five-day trip to Disneyland, took quite a liking to the family, according to Lucie Arnaz, Ball's daughter.
"The story was very near and dear to her heart," she said last week.
The film, which portrays an exaggerated us-versus-them complex that the family contends didn't exist in real life, brought a sudden wave of fame that resonated differently for each member of the family.
"Some of us got a little bit of a big head," Pope said, through a laugh. "My dad would rein us in and say, 'Look, you're nobody without the other 19.' "
As far as famous people go, Nora Ephron because she once gave me the best advice of my life, and then Robin Gibb and Donna Summer because I have such happy memories of dancing to those songs. How I miss those days, they were so happy and carefree, and now that those people are starting to die off it reminds me that I'll never be that happy again.
Non famous has to be those kids. Such a senseless, violent way to go and I still change the channel or turn the page when faced with it, partly because I loathe grief porn but mostly because it represents how crazy and ugly people are and I just don't want to face it anymore.
Now I understand Norma Desmond. Someday someone is going to come over and find that I've turned my livingroom into a disco and I'll be twirling away by myself in the middle of the dance floor.
Celebrity deaths have zero effect on me.
Zilch. Nada. Nix.
Or a sociopath, r54.
Explain, R55. How are you really, truly, PERSONALLY affected by a celebrity's death? Unless, of course, you knew them. Otherwise, it's just public hand-wringing and grief porn.
It took me ages to recover from Rue McClanahan's death.
[quote] So was Donna Summer a heavy smoker?
No, she smoked in the 70s, but quit when she became a born-again in 1980. She may have had a genetic predisposition to get lung cancer because one of her sisters and her mother had died from it previously. I don't know whether they were smokers.
There is no celebrity deaths that affect me. I don't know these people personally.
Do you have a favorite entertainer, singer, musician, r64? It'll effect you when they die. I'm not saying you'd cry, because I agree that people don't know celebs personally, so that is a little weird to cry about them. But the death of an absolute favorite celeb will make anyone disoriented for days, even if they don't think that should logically be the case. It just happens.
Donna Summer was not a smoker; she had the same weird kind of lung cancer Dana Reeve had. It had nothing to do with smoking or exposure to secondhand smoke.
Donna got a lot of nice tributes by many major fellow artists, which shows you how well respected she was among her peers. Everyone from Streisand, Springsteen, Dolly, Madonna and Aretha said wonderful things about her. She will also be getting inducted in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame next year, and hopefully it will be a good tribute.
Unlike Whitney and Michael, Donna also doesn't have family members looking to "keep her memory" in the public eye, if you know what I mean.
So sad that Dick Clark and Don Cornelius died the same year. Those shows "American Bandstand" and "Soul Train" played back to back on many Saturday afternoons for much of my youth.
Whitney Houston, Donna Summer, Neil Armstrong, Gore Vidal, and Marvin Hamlisch.
Whitney for me as well. When I was younger, my mom LOVED The Bodyguard, and listened to the soundtrack all the time. When she died in 2000, I made sure I got the CD soundtrack she always listened to, and still have it. Just a fond memory of something my mom loved.
I was also holding out for a comeback. True, her voice wasn't nearly as great in the end, but I always rooted for her. I was kind of doing the same thing with Amy Winehouse the year before.
Larry L. King, 83; playwright wrote 'Best Little Whorehouse in Texas'
[quote] Donna also doesn't have family members looking to "keep her memory" in the public eye, if you know what I mean.
I wish she did, it'd be better for the fans, and her legacy. There's also sorts of stuff that could be released if they wanted to, I'll bet they have recordings of all her concert tours for example. Donna says she wrote hundreds of songs with her band during rehearsals, and there's probably recordings of a lot of those. Her husband is a leech who should get off his ass and do something to earn the millions in inheritance he got from her.
Noooo shit R63. I can't listen to the Beastie Boys anymore. I hope I will be able to soon.
Because it didn't happen.
Has anyone claimed Sherman Hemsley's body yet? I know it was on ice for months following his death.
I was surprised a Beastie Boy was almost 50...
Chavela Vargas, 93. She defied gender stereotypes to become one of the most legendary singers in Mexico. Aug. 5.
What idf Hillary goes before Bush I?
R54/R57, perhaps being autistic, and most likely suffering from a social disorder, expects people to explain a thing about which she is incapable, for the pleasure of looping through the endless circle of insisting such a thing is impossible because she cannot feel it.
Please consider yourself the emotional equivalent of a female castration victim. You know, a buttonless cunt that is aware only of its own emptiness. And, yes, it is an outrage.
In my Eldergay life, there was one person who achieved a singular position in history. Neil Armstrong's name will be known in 1000 years, assuming the squid decide to study human history.
R10, I love Miss Phoebe Snow with the intensity of a thousand suns, but she died in 2011, not 2012.
I definitely was sad about Donna Summer, since it was such a surprise. And though I was never a huge Whitney Houston fan, it was deeply sad to see her struggles end the way that they did.
[quote]What idf Hillary goes before Bush I?
I had the same thought.
Rita Levi-Montalcini dies at 103; Nobel-winning scientist
Levi-Montalcini's discovery of nerve growth factor illuminated the process of cancer and other diseases. She shared the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine in 1986 with Stanley Cohen.
R54/57, if a certain celebrity brought a great deal of artistic, uniquely irreplaceable joy and richness to your life, then pray tell, what exactly is wrong with feeling sad when they die? It's always sad if a great artist is no longer around to keep sharing their enjoyable work with the world.
I was sad when Whitney Houston died, but it was not unexpected. Her drug problems and erratic behavior were epic, and unfortunately I pretty much knew it was just a matter of time. Very sad though and such a waste.
Donna Summer's death shocked me in a way that a celebrity's death hadn't in a while. No news whatsoever that she had been sick for almost a year and then when it was announced that she had died it was so out of the blue and pretty much the last thing I expected to see when I woke up that morning and clicked on Google News. I couldn't believe it.
Herbert Lom died at age 95. While today's generation only remembers him from "The Pink Panther" films, his connections went back more than half a century in the film world.
I loved Herbert Lom; I think he was the real heart and soul of the Pink Panther movies. I loved his comical paranoia, his crazy mannerisms, his phuysical tics. So I'm glad he did have the long, full life he did. (He was also fantastic in Cronenberg's "The Dead Zone.")
One of the funniest moments in any Pink Panther movie (can't remember the exact one): Herbert Lom thinks Closeau is dead and he's so happy and excited he starts dancing around and singing "I'm Going to Wash That Man Right Out of My Hair." Then, in the middle of the song, the inspector slips on a random object and falls head-first down a flight of stairs. It's the most random, jolting slapstick moment I've seen in those movies.
Herbert Lom's last appearance was in 2004 in one of the new Miss Marple episodes ('The Murder at the Vicarage' with Geraldine McEwan.) He was 87 at the time!
In 'Spartacus' in 1960 he plays the Arab guy who offers to charter escape boats for Spartacus and his slaves. He has a couple of scenes with Kirk Douglas.
He also played the Phantom in the 1962 Hammer Horror version of "The Phantom of the Opera", and was in many, many other films of the time.
Gore Vidal's death made me very sad. His work was important to me.
I was sorry to see him go too, R93, but at least he lived a long life and got to die while a Democratic President was in office.
Jill Kinmont Boothe -- brave skier.
Donna Summer. It was such a shock, like finding out she'd been killed in a car accident. Horrible.
Today was her birthday.
Remi Ochlik, 28. Photojournalist who covered riots in Haiti and the upheaval sweeping across the Arab world. Feb. 22. Killed in a shelling attack in Syria.
Marie Colvin, 56. Journalist, recognizable for the eye patch that hid a shrapnel injury, who covered conflicts from Sri Lanka to Syria in her quest to bring stories about the world's most troubled places to light. Feb. 22. Killed in a shelling attack in Syria.
Jonathan "Jack" Idema, 55. Former Green Beret convicted of running a private jail in Afghanistan. Jan. 21. AIDS.
Happy Birthday Donna, RIP.
Kathryn Joosten, 72. Character actress best known as Karen McCluskey on "Desperate Housewives" and the president's secretary on "The West Wing." June 2.
R82? Seek help. All this garbage you are projecting is coming from inside your own head. Why ARE you so invested in this, and so threatened by a different perspective on the issue?
My apologies to the OP for inadvertently inviting such ugliness into your thread.
James Grout, 84, veteran British character actor.
Appeared on many British shows such as All Creatures Great & Small, Rumpole of the Bailey, etc. but was best known for playing Inspector Morse's boss, Superintendent Strange, for 13 years from 1987-2000.
Graduate of RADA.