...for celebrities, anyway.

First, it was June Allyson. Then it was Syd Barrett.

Today, it's Barnard Hughes. I find this enormously ironic, given that Tony gave me a copy of The Lost Boys for my birthday, and the wonderfully talented Mr. Hughes played Grandpa - which gave him the classic line, "One thing about living in Santa Carla I never could stomach, all the damn vampires."

I could go on a rant about "and who do we have to replace them? Fluff like Paris Hilton or Britney Spears?" but I went on that rant the last time I did a celebrity obit post, so I'm not going to this time.

Anyway, I hope they all rest in peace.

What is remembered, lives.
Aaron Spelling has passed away at the age of 83. (List of credits here.)

I didn't get into a lot of his later stuff, but I tell you, growing up in the 70's & 80's, you pretty much couldn't watch tv without hitting something he'd done...I was a HUGE Love Boat and Fantasy Island fan, I'll admit. Not to mention Charlie's Angels.

In reading the IMDb listing above, though, I discovered he did one of the most profound movies I ever watched, And The Band Played On, about AIDS (based on the book by Randy Shilts.)

Never much cared for his kid (Tori), although in reading the news story I found out his first wife was "Morticia", Carolyn Jones...hubba hubba. ;)

Anyway, thanks for bringing us lots of sometimes mindless, sometimes enriching entertainment.

What is remembered, lives.
More sad news.

‘Hee Haw’ TV star Buck Owens dies at 76.

I grew up with country music, and I remember watching 'Hee Haw' with my Dad. I was pretty little, so I don't remember a lot, but I do remember it.

So, I say: SAAAAAAAAAAAAAALUTE!!!

What is remembered, lives.
Yet another one. This has been a bad year for celebrities so far.

Actress Maureen Stapleton Dies at 80.

Oh, and just in case you haven't ever seen it, one of my favorite movies she's in is Passed Away. It stars Bob Hoskins & is one of the best dark (but not quite black) comedies I've ever seen. (I need to find myself a copy of this; I keep recommending it to people but don't own a copy. Need to fix that.)

So, so far (and it's the second full week in March), we've lost...well, it's too long, so here's a link to the Dead People Server which has everyone I was aware of - and some I wasn't (a total of 33):

Celebrities and Famous People Who Died in the Year 2006

I could go into a rant wondering if all the true celebrities/actors are going to die off and we're going to be left with the likes of Britney Spears/Paris Hilton/Apprentice rejects, but that would be far more depressing & angsty than I feel like being.

What is remembered, lives.

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