Good 32º heavy heavy foggy morning and the last day of this year!
Famous people who died this year.... my list doesn't include all of them, just the ones I cared about and/or liked.... some of these deaths I didn't even know about. :0(
Actor/director Penny Marshall died on Dec. 18 at age 75 from complications due to diabetes. Marshall debuted as an actress and made her mark on TV's "The Odd Couple" as a secretary, then exploded on the scene after getting her own show with Cindy Williams, "Laverne and Shirley." She later became a high-powered director with movies such as "Big," "A League Of Their Own," and "The Preacher's Wife."
Actress Sondra Locke, who received an Oscar nomination for her role in "The Heart is a Lonely Hunter", died Nov. 3 at age 74 of breast and bone cancer. It wasn't announced until Dec. 13. Locke appeared in several movies, many with Clint Eastwood such as "Outlaw Josey Wales," "The Gauntlet," and "Bronco Billy" during a 10-year relationship.
Actor Ken Berry, famous for roles in "F-Troop," "Mayberry R.F.D.," and "Mama's Family," died on Dec. 1 at age 85. Berry, also a song and dance man, appeared in several Disney movies as "Herbie Rides Again," and guest roles on TV shows such as "Love Boat," "Fantasy Island," and "The Golden Girls."
Former President George H.W. Bush died on Nov. 30 at age 94. The 41st president and father of President George W. Bush had been in failing health; his wife Barbara Bush died on April 17 at age 92. He was a career public servant, as UN ambassador, CIA director and vice-president under Ronald Reagan.
Betty Grissom, wife of Original 7 astronaut Gus Grissom, died on Oct. 7 at age 91. After her husband's death in the 1967 Apollo 1 fire, Betty Grissom successfully sued a contractor for wrongful death.
Actor Burt Reynolds died on Sept. 6 of cardiac arrest at age 82.Reynolds, the former Florida State football player turned actor, was a Hollywood icon for his work in action films and comedies such as "Semi-Tough," the "Smokey and the Bandit" trilogy, "Deliverance," "Hooper," and more. He received his only Oscar nomination for the 1997 film "Boogie Nights."
Playwright Neil Simon, who wrote 30 plays, had 17 Tony Nominations and three wins, died on August 27 at age 91. It was reported that he had a failing kidney, along with Alzheimer's disease and dementia. Simon wrote such classic plays or movie scripts such as "The Odd Couple," "The Goodbye Girl," "The Sunshine Boys," and "Biloxi Blues." He had also won two Emmys and the 1991 Pulitzer Prize for drama.
Nancy Sinatra, first wife of singer Frank Sinatra, died on July 13 at age 101. They married in 1939 as Frank started his career in Jersey City, N.J.; the marriage ended in 1951 after having three children together -- including daughter Nancy, and son Frank Jr.
Actor Tab Hunter died at age 86 on June 8 after a blood clot caused cardiac arrest. Hunter was a leading man in the 1950s and 60s with movies such as "Damn Yankees," and "Battle Cry." But his career cooled after rumors he was gay surfaced. Hunter came out in his 2005 autobiography.
Koko the gorilla, who learned how to communicate with humans, died in her sleep at age 46. Koko was chosen at an early age to work on a language research project and picked up American Sign Language to communicate with humans. She also became fast friends with the late Robin Williams.
Food writer and celebrity chef Anthony Bourdain was found dead of an apparent suicide in a French hotel room on June 7 at age 61. Bourdain was filming part of his CNN series "Parts Unknown" in Strasbourg.
Veteran actor Clint Walker died on May 22 at age 91 of congestive heart failure. Best known for his title role in the TV series "Cheyenne" in the late 1950s and early 60s, Walker also appeared in "The Dirty Dozen," "The Ten Commandments," and as a voice actor in "Small Soldiers." .
Actress Margot Kidder died at her home in Montana on May 13.Kidder starred in several movies, including "The Amityville Horror," but was best known for her 1970s and 1980s role as Lois Lane in "Superman" and its sequels.
Barbara Bush, wife of President George H.W. Bush and mother to President George W. Bush, died on April 17 at age 92. She had been in failing health with congestive heart failure, and had gone home to live out her days in comfort. Barbara Bush met her husband when she was 18 and he was 17. They married two years later and had been married for 73 years. She was one of two women in American history to be the wife and mother of a president.
R. Lee Ermey, a former Marine turned actor, died on April 15 at age 74from complications of pneumonia. Ermey made his mark in "Full Metal Jacket" playing Gunnery Sgt. Hartman, and was often cast in military roles. He also appeared in such films as "Se7en," "Texas Chainsaw Massacre," and "Saving Silverman." He also had voice roles in the "Toy Story" movies, as well as "Family Guy," "The Simpsons," and "SpongeBob SquarePants."
Stephen Hawking, the renowned British astrophysicist, died on March 14 at age 76. Hawking had suffered from a degenerative motor neuron disease since he was 21. His book "A Brief History of Time" brought science to the masses; he also described how Albert Einstein's Theory of Relativity traced the beginning of the universe to the Big Bang, some 13.7 billion years ago.
Actress Nanette Fabray, who won three Emmy and one Tony award over the course of her long career, died on Feb. 22 at age 97. Fabray appeared in several movies andd TV shows over the years, such as "One Day At A Time", "The Mary Tyler Moore Show", and "Your Show of Shows"; she also appeared in Broadway's "No, No Nanette" among others.
Evangelist Billy Graham died in North Carolina on Feb. 21 at age 99. "America's pastor" preached in 185 countries around the world to an estimated 200 million people in his career and was on American's "Most Admired" list of men and women 60 times in his career. Graham long suffered from cancer, pneumonia and other ailments.
Comedian Marty Allen, best known for his pairing with Steve Rossi in the 1960s, died Feb. 12 at age 95 from complications of pneumonia.
Singer Vic Damone, considered one of the best singers of the 1940s and 50s, died in Miami Beach on Feb. 11 of complications from respiratory illness at age 89. Damone supposedly got his start at age 14 by singing to Perry Como in an elevator; Frank Sinatra once said he had the best pipes in the business. He reach No. 1 on the charts with "You're Breaking My Heart" and had several other top 10 hits.
Former National League Rookie of the Year Wally Moon died at age 87 in Bryan, Texas on Feb. 9. Moon was the top NL rookie in 1954 with the St. Louis Cardinals; after playing for the Cards from 1954-58, he played for the Los Angeles Dodgers and was part of three World Series winners from 1958-65.
John Gavin, who appeared in such films as "Spartacus," "Psycho," and "Imitation of Life," died in California on Feb. 9. Gavin, who came close to playing James Bond in "Diamonds Are Forever," served as the Screen Actors Guild president in the early 1970s and as U.S. Ambassador to Mexico for President Ronald Reagan from 1981-86.
Actor John Mahoney, known for his work in the TV comedy "Frasier", died on Feb. 4, in Chicago at age 77. Mahoney, who played father figure Martin Crane for 11 seasons and had two Emmy nominations, also won a Tony Award and appeared in movies such as "Tin Men," "Eight Men Out," "Say Anything" and "Barton Fink."
Actress Dorothy Malone died on Jan. 19 of natural causes at age 93. While she was best known for her role on ABC's soap opera Peyton Place, she also won a Best Supporting Actress Oscar for her role in the 1956 film Written On The Wind.
Dan Gurney, the first driver to win in NASCAR, Formula One, and Indy Car, died of complications from pneumonia on Jan. 14. Gurney also teamed with A.J. Foyt to win the 24 Hours of Daytona. In 1990, he was inducted into the International Motorsports Hall of Fame at Talladega Superspeedway.
Actor and comedian Jerry Van Dyke died Jan. 5 at 86. Van Dyke, the younger brother of Dick Van Dyke, was best known for his portrayal of the slow-witted assistant football coach Luther Van Dam in the ABC comedy "Coach." He also starred in the short-lived comedy series "My Mother the Car" in 1965 and made guest appearances on shows such as "Yes, Dear," The Middle," and "The Dick Van Dyke Show."
Picture of the Day... LOL....
Historically this date......
1862 – American Civil War: Abraham Lincoln signs an act that admits West Virginia to the Union, thus dividing Virginia in two.
1879 – Thomas Edison demonstrates incandescent lighting to the public for the first time, in Menlo Park, NJ.
1907 – The first New Year's Eve celebration is held in Times Square (then known as Longacre Square) in New York City, New York.
................OMG, I first thought this said "farting" coin!
1999 – Boris Yeltsin, the first president of Russia, resigns as President of Russia, leaving Prime MinisterVladimir Putin as the acting President.
And births this date include...
1930 – Jaime Escalante, American teacher (d. 2010)
1943 – Sir Ben Kingsley, English actor
1947 – Tim Matheson, American actor
1959 – Val Kilmer, American actor
1965 – Nicholas Sparks, American author
1974 – Tony Kanaan, Brazilian racing driver
All I know. Nuff said. Happy New Years Eve. Ciao.
xo Sue Mom Bobo