Monday, August 31, 2009
I always wanted to be an artist, whatever that was, like other chicks want to be stewardesses. I read. I painted. I thought.
Sunday, August 30, 2009
Princess Diana -- Her international fame had no limits, whether it be as a fairytale princess, devoted mum, fashion plate or humanitarian striving to reinvent herself. Died on Aug. 31, 1997 at age 36. Cause of death: car accident. Quote: "I'd like to be a queen in people's hearts, but I don't see myself being queen of this country."
Remembering Diana, the world’s first Princess of Television
31 August 2007 — Nalaka Gunawardene
Today, 31 August 2007, is the tenth anniversary of Princess Diana’s tragic death in a road accident in Paris.
A decade on, I can still remember exactly where and how I first heard the news. This experience is widely shared: to many in my generation — born in the 1960s and raised through 1970s and 1980s (just like Diana was) — this was an unforgettable moment. Perhaps just like the assassination of John F Kennedy was to a previous generation.
The analogy between Di and JFK goes further. Both had charismatic personalities that appealed far beyond their home country. Both epitomised the vibrancy of youth and the potential for change in the institutions they joined (Diana the British Royal family, and JFK the American government). Both lives were snuffed out before they could fulfill that promise, but they left enduring legacies — and thriving cottage industries of conspiracy theories (’Who killed JFK?’ has now been joined by ‘Who killed Diana?’).
Here’s another similarity: JFK and Diana were both iconic images of the era of television.
If JFK turned up just in time to charm the first generation of American TV viewers, Diana’s arrival on world stage coincided neatly with the worldwide roll out of satellite television, especially the all-news channels. And thanks to the advances in global broadcasting, Diana commanded a far bigger global audience than JFK did (though the comparisons must end there).
I would like to remember Diana as the first Princess of Television of our media-rich age.
Tomorrow marks the eleventh anniversary, may you rest in peace Princess Di...God Bless!
Phil Hartman -- The Saturday Night Live mainstay died at age 49 on May 28, 1998. Cause of death: shot three times by his wife, Brynn Hartman, who then killed herself. Quote: "I benefit from the Mr. Potato Head syndrome. Put a wig and a nose and glasses on me, and I disappear."
"More than just a pretty face." ~Rolling Stone Magazine
John Belushi -- Loud, brash, original SNL cast member and Blues Brother died on March 5, 1982 at age 33. Cause of death: drug overdose. Quote: "Some comedians love their characters. I don't fall in love with mine. In fact, I get tired of them very fast. You have to be willing to throw it all away."
Saturday, August 29, 2009
“No one can reinvent the great classics better than Barry Manilow, he breathes new life and vitality into these truly wonderful songs and they sound fresh and timeless.” ~Clive Davis
The Greatest Songs Of The Eighties marks the fourth collaboration between Barry Manilow and music mogul Clive Davis who was a perennial collaborator with Manilow on virtually all of his early recordings. They first worked together on ‘Mandy’, Manilow’s debut Number One single in 1974.
The tracklisting includes the following:
‘Islands in the Stream’ (with Reba McEntire)
’Never Gonna Give You Up’
’Have I Told You Lately’
’I Just Called to Say I Love You’
’Against All Odds (Take A Look At Me Now)’
’Right Here Waiting’
’Arthur’s Theme (The Best That You Can Do)’
’Hard to Say I’m Sorry’
’Time After Time’
’I’ve Had the Time of My Life’
Friday, August 28, 2009
Thursday, August 27, 2009
Wednesday, August 26, 2009
"Ours was a chance meeting, over in a minute. But a minute can change everything. In the spring of 1949, Natalie Wood and I passed each other in a studio hallway at Fox, where we were both filming. She was ten and I was 18."
Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/tvshowbiz/article-1145430/I-blamed-Natalie-Woods-death-Robert-Wagner-night-wife-disappeared.html#ixzz0PJ2fpsLn
Tuesday, August 25, 2009
"What I really need is for people to know that I don't just do this, I do this and this and this and this. We all have creativity in us and we all are multi-dimensional and we are all interested in a lot of things and that women are fabulous. We can handle a lot of things."
"Most people don't know that I am an accomplished dramatic actor... But I've performed in several Shakespeare productions including Hamlet, except in this version, Hamlet lives in an apartment with two women, and has to pretend he's gay so that the landlord won't evict him."
Monday, August 24, 2009
Sunday, August 23, 2009
Saturday, August 22, 2009
Even at the end of the decade, just before Off the Wall launched his solo career, gentle, soft-spoken Michael worked hard to appear wholesome. Liquor? Drugs? "People are always shovin' it at you, but it's not beautiful, it's sloppy," he said. "If people want to escape they should walk the beach or be around children."