Last week we talked about the dearly departed from 2012 from A to D. If you missed it, you can find it at www.peterwallace.wordpress.com.
This week we begin our condolences for fans of Nora Ephron, the writer and director who I most remember for “Sleepless In Seattle,” the ultimate “chick flick,” though I reluctantly admit that I liked it. I sometimes got her confused with the neurotransmitter called norepinephrine. But that’s just me.
Robin Gibb, twin of Maurice Gibb, was one-third of the Bee Gees (Brothers Gibb) music group. He was their lead vocalist in their pre-disco era, with exemplary hits like “I Started A Joke,” and “New York Mining Disaster – 1941,” which, in my opinion are really good. Only Barry Gibbs remains.
I loved Andy Griffith. Not just the “Andy Griffith Show,” but also his stage performances and movies. We could use a lot more Andys, both because of his talent, and because he seemed to be a good, decent human being.
Larry Hagman, as J. R. Ewing was NOT a decent human being, but Hagman seems to have been a good guy. His mother was Peter Pan, or at least played Peter on the TV epic performances of that show.
Marvin Hamlisch won Emmys, Oscars, Tonys, Golden Globes, Grammys, and a Pulitzer. Whitney Houston was called “the most awarded female act of all time” for her musical and dramatic work. Her private life seems to have been quite a mess, and she died way too young.
Sherman Hemsley was George Jefferson, first on “All In The Family,” and then on “The Jeffersons.” He was the black guy it was okay to dislike and make fun of.
Etta James was a great singer, and also had personal demons. The blues suited her just fine.
Davey Jones was a Monkee, and a heart throb for millions of teen and pre-teen girls when that group was performing. He kept at it, performing late in his life. Perhaps ironically, he performed his stage role of The Artful Dodger from the play “Oliver” in a scene on the same Ed Sullivan show on which The Beatles made their debut American performance.
Jack Klugman still comes into our homes on “The Odd Couple” re-runs. He also played a forensic pathologist on the show “Quincy.” One show funny, the other not so much.
George McGovern was a South Dakota boy who grew to be an anti-war senator and presidential candidate during the Viet Nam era. Unlike some anti-war sorts, he had enlisted in the Air Force and flown 35 missions over Germany during World War II, so he spoke from experience.
If it’s okay with you, let’s leave the rest of this year’s list of the newly passed-on for next week. And, as always, my thoughts are with you if you lost someone dear in the past year. Famous people are no more or less missed by their loved ones, but perhaps more publicly.