We lost many stars of TV and film in 2012. Here's a list of those I ill miss most. Note: The death sof Tony Scott, Don Cornelius, Michael Clark Duncan, Sherman Hemsley, Ernest Borgnine, Andy Williams, Nora Ephron, Etta James and Whitney Houston are chronicled in earlier posts.
Ray Bradbury, 91, author (Fahrenheit 451 , the Martian Chronicles)
Chad Everett, 75 , actor, (doctor on TV's Medical Center )
Phyllis Diller, 95, ground-breaking female comedienne and actress
Neil Armstrong, 82, astronaut, first man to walk on the moon,
Singer, Andy Williams, 84 (songs Moon River)
Football star, actor, Alex Karras, 77 (Blazing Saddles, Webster)
TV host and actor, Gary Collins, 74
Russel Means, 72 - Native Ameican activist, actor, Last of the Mohicans, Pocahontas
Art Ginsburg - TV cook, aka Mr. Food
Larry Hagman, 81 (aka J.R. Ewing on Dallas, I Dream of Jeannie)
Jack Klugman, 90 (The Odd Couple,Quincy) died on Christmas Eve
Charles Durning, 89 (The Sting, Tootsie etc) died on Christmas Eve
Patty Page aka Clara Ann Fowler died on New Years Day 1/1/13.
I mention her Ms. Page because I met her in person one day in Sept 2009 while strolling and window shopping through shops after attending Wednesday morning service at my old church in Eagle Rock. We both stopped at a blanket on the floor where a down on his luck guy was selling his 3 beautiful guitars and we struck up a conversation.
We walked along and talked abouth God, faith and music then she told me her life story of coming from a small town to hollywood as a naive teen and her big hits in the '50s. She had long left the biz and was happily married for decades with a nice home and life but she was excited to be back in the studio and she was busy doing radio talk shows and signing '50s memmorobilia for her fans which made more money than her royalties because she didn't own many of the songs she sang. I told her that she should write a book and she said she had written a few things down.
She told me she was 82 and I was floored because she was agile and looked in her mid-late 60s. Her secret? She pointed to her large brimmed sunhat and gloves and said that she loved to walk and garden but she avoided the sun and wore sunscreen and moisturizers. She said her youthfulness was God's blessing and that she'd never had plastic surgery. She gave me her web page info and I went home that day and looked her up and sure 'nuff there she was!
May Ms. Page and all the stars and celebs who passed in 2012 rest in peace with the Lord.