Monday, August 31, 2009

Janis Joplin

I always wanted to be an artist, whatever that was, like other chicks want to be stewardesses. I read. I painted. I thought.
Janis Joplin

Jon Voight

"I've been very fortunate - You only can do what you're offered, you know?"
Jon Voight

Sunday, August 30, 2009

Princess Diana

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

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

Barry Manilow

“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)
’Open Arms’
’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)’
’Careless Whisper’
’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

Yoko Ono & John Lennon

"As usual, there is a great woman behind every idiot."
John Lennon

Ron Howard

"Happy Days, which we did for 11 years, we did with three cameras in front of a live audience. Very special. We had a party every Friday night. The boys, Ron, Henry, they grew up on that show." ~Marion Ross

Thursday, August 27, 2009

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Robert Wagner & Natalie Wood

"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."

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Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Suzanne Somers

"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."
~Suzanne Somers

"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."
~John Ritter

Monday, August 24, 2009

Jack Nicholson

I know I can act. There aren't too many other jobs I know how to do.
~Jack Nicholson

Sunday, August 23, 2009

Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis

"Ah, the elegance of Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis is simply unparalleled."
~ Vicki Salemi

Saturday, August 22, 2009

Burt Reynolds & Ryan O'Neal

"You look great!" "No, you look great!"

Mesmerized by each other's undeniable hotness, Tinseltown's most eligible bachelors compared jackets, collars and chest hair.

~People Magazine

Elvis Presley (King of Rock-n-Roll)

"Elvis is leading God's choir, because he's the only one great enough to do it."
~A Fan

Just a good ol' boy... ;D

Muhammad Ali

"I am the greatest. I said that even before I knew I was." ~Muhammad Ali [Reminiscing about the 70s and how magical they were.] ;D

Dolly Parton

"['I can only be what I am.'] I'm Dolly Parton from the mountains, and that's what I'll remain." ~Dolly Parton [So simple, but so very true.]

Michael Jackson (King of Pop)

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."

Jackson 5

The Jackson 5, the mega-selling brother act, were, said TIME, "the most likable and natural" kids "ever to survive the pressures of teenage stardom."

John Travolta

"My friends thought I was a bit off because I was interested in the theater."
~John Travolta

Farrah Fawcett

"Any woman who says she doesn't use her femininity to get what she wants is deceiving herself." ~Farrah Fawcett