Betty Garrett Dies At Age 90

Broadway star and Golden Globes-winning television character actress Betty Garrett has died at the age of 90. Most of you will probably best remember Garrett as Irene Lorenzo, the wise-cracking feminist plumber next door on All In The Family or as landlady Enda Babish on Laverne & Shirley. In the 1940s Garrett had been a popular Broadway performer, but her subsequent movie career was cut short due to the congressional witch hunt regarding her brief dalliance with the Communist Party.

Joe. My. God.

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Andy Warhol’s Brother Dies

Warhola390John Warhola, the brother and father figure of the late pop artist Andy
Warhol, died at 85 on December 24 after battling pneumonia.
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Teena Marie Dies At Age 54

According to the manager of 80′s R&B/dance star Teena Marie, the four-time Grammy nominee died in her sleep last night at the age of 54. No cause of death has been revealed. The protege of the late Rick James, Teena Marie was arguably the most successful white female performer of R&B. In 1982 her landmark lawsuit against Motown Records established what became known as the “Teena Marie Law” and prevented labels from keeping an artist under contract while refusing to release and promote new material. That ruling enabled other major artists such as Luther Vandross to escape poor contracts. I adored Teena Maria and still regularly play her classics such as Behind The Groove, I’m Just A Sucker For Your Love, and her huge gay club smash, Square Biz.

Joe. My. God.

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PFLAG Founding President Dies at 90

ADELE STARR X390 (LA TIMES) | ADVOCATE.COMAdele Starr, who overcame her own negative perceptions on homosexuality to later become an early leader of what eventually became Parents, Families, and Friends of Lesbians and Gays, died Friday in Santa Monica, Calif. She was 90.
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Elizabeth Edward Dies at 61 After Cancer Battle

Ee Elizabeth Edwards, a mother to four who very publicly faced the infidelity of her senator husband in the last years of her life, and a vocal ally of gay rights, died at 61 this morning after a battle with cancer.

"Her family confirmed the death, saying Mrs. Edwards was surrounded by relatives when she died. A family friend said Mr. Edwards was present. On Monday, two family friends said that Mrs. Edwards’s cancer had spread to her liver and that doctors had advised against further medical treatment."

RIP.

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Actor Palle Huld, Said To Be The Real-Life Tintin, Dies At 98

Palle Huld won't see Steven Spielberg bring Tintin to life on the big screen later this month: The Danish actor whom Belgian author and cartoonist Georges Remi (known better as Hergé) based his globe-trotting reporter on died late last month at age 98 in a Copenhagen retirement home. In addition to making some 40 films, Huld embarked on an around-the-world journey as a teen after winning a newspaper contest to recreate the circumnavigational voyage of Phileas Fogg from Jules Verne's Around the World in Eighty Days. It's unclear whether Hergé also based his character's sexuality on Huld.

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Sleazy Christopherson Dies At Age 55

Peter “Sleazy” Christopherson, member of the highly influenced industrial/experimental groups Throbbing Gristle, Psychic TV, and Coil, died yesterday in Thailand at the age of 55. No cause of death has been disclosed. I was never much into Throbbing Gristle, despite their clear and often-cited lineage to Nine Inch Nails, one of my favorite bands ever. But it was Coil’s horrific and funereal 1985 cover of Tainted Love, a caustic indictment of the treatment of AIDS patients, that made me a fan of Sleazy Christopherson (and partner/bandmate John Balance, who died in a fall in 2004.) The Sleazy Christopherson-directed video for Tainted Love is now on permanent display at New York’s Museum Of Modern Art.

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Tom Bosley Dies At Age 83

Joe. My. God.

—  John Wright

Barbara Billingsley Dies At Age 94

Barbara Billingsley, perhaps the most famous mother in the history of television, passed away at her California home today at the age of 94.

From 1957 to 1963 and in decades of reruns, the glamorous June, who wore pearls and high heels at home, could be counted on to help her husband, Ward (Hugh Beaumont), get their son Theodore, better known as Beaver (Jerry Mathers), and his older brother, Wally (Tony Dow), extricated from innumerable minor jams, from an alligator in the basement to a horse in the garage. While baking a steady supply of cookies, she would use motherly intuition to sound the alarm about incipient trouble (“Ward, I’m worried about the Beaver”) in their immaculate, airy house in the fictional town of Mayfield. (The house appeared to have no master bedroom, just a big door from which Ward and June occasionally emerged, tying their bathrobes.)

Along with the mothers played by Harriet Nelson (“The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet”), Donna Reed (“The Donna Reed Show”) and others, Ms. Billingsley’s role became a cultural standard, one that may have been too good to be true but engendered fan mail and nostalgia for decades afterward, from the same generation whose counterculture derided the see-no-evil suburbia June’s character represented. The real Barbara Billingsley, who had nothing but respect for June Cleaver, was a former model and career actress who was married three times and spent part of her career as a working single mother (of two boys, at that).

I used to watch Leave It To Beaver and wonder what the hell had gone wrong with my family, not realizing that nobody’s family was like that.

Joe. My. God.

—  John Wright

Eddie Fisher Dies At Age 82

1950′s pop star and movie idol Eddie Fisher died from a fall in his California home yesterday at the age of 82.

Although Fisher sold millions of records and had his own television show, his biggest claim to fame may be his high-profile marriages to Hollywood starlets Debbie Reynolds, Elizabeth Taylor and Connie Stevens — all of which ended in divorce. He had two more marriages after that. Fisher also co-starred in the films “Bundle of Joy” and “Butterfield 8″. Among his four children were actresses Carrie Fisher and Joely Fisher. Fisher has two stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, one for recording and the other for TV.

Fisher notched over twenty Top 10 hits, included the below, which hit #1 in 1954. It’s the song I’ll always most associate with him, even though it’s from before my time.

Joe. My. God.

—  John Wright