Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Robin WIlliams...may he rest in peace

Yesterday while watching the news they broke the story that Robin Williams had committed suicide.  So very sad.  He was what I pictured when I heard the words manic-depressive, although I know nothing of what was actually wrong with him.  He seemed to have great highs, performances where he was brilliantly out of control.  And apparently, we learn, great lows, depression & sadness.  He has millions of fans everywhere, was reputed to be a really nice, generous and genuine guy but apparently he had demons that overtook him.  He has a wife and children who I assume loved him.  Fans everywhere mourn his death.  Co-stars praise him.  And sadly, it was not enough.  It was not enough.  So he checked out.  

I remember seeing RW on Johnny Carson one night with his idol Jonathon Winters and things were so fast & furious that JC just sat back and watched the show.   There was another guest, so insignificant in the picture, that came out and her line “I don’t know about you but these two are wearing me out!” 
I loved his dramatic turns too…Good Will Hunting, Insomnia, his heartbreaking performance in Fisher King.   And I admit I watch Birdcage every time it comes on. 

His family will never see this but I wish them peace.  I hope they understand that maybe a comet that bright could not help but burn out too soon.    And I wish I could tell him thanks for all he has given us over the years.

Friday, July 18, 2014

Friday, June 20, 2014

Steve's Wedding Day

On Saturday June 7th, Steve married Lizabeth.  It was a really nice wedding at a rustic barn on her grandfather''s farm.  It was, frankly, beautiful.  The rain had made everything green,  It was quiet and peaceful.  And just family.  I am very happy for him.

Steve & Lizabeth

Steve & me

Kamri, Grayson & Kaden

Hoffbrau Steakhouse

We were out of town for a meeting and ate at the Hoffbrau Steakhouse in Amarillo.  We had an appetizer of friend pickles and I'd never tasted them before.  I really liked them.  Way better than I liked the chicken fried steak, mashed potatoes or rolls which were particularly disgusting.  I don't recommend and will not be eating there again.

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Too much circus!!

A few posts ago I was wondering whether to unfriend a person who is having problems with her husband and the negativity has gotten worse,  My friend posted this and it made my decision.  Buh bye

Monday, June 16, 2014

Sal Mineo

I just finished a book called ‘Sal Mineo: A Biography’ by Michael Gregg Michaud.  It tells the life of the actor from his birth in 1939 to his death in 1976.  It details his life as a child star, working on Broadway to keep him out of trouble on the streets, his teenage years leading to an Academy Award nomination for ‘Rebel Without a Cause’ to end up as a has been, broke and practically unhireable.  For many years he supported his entire family—his father, a casket maker, his mother who mismanaged his career and money from the beginning and 2 brothers and 1 sister.  By the time he found professional management, his money was all gone and it seems everyone knew he was a deadbeat but everyone let it go by.  He’d move from house to house until he got evicted and found another person to use. He found many acting jobs beneath him and certainly manual labor never crossed his mind. He felt that as a 2 time Academy Award nominee (2nd was for ‘Exodus’) he was entitled to live anyway he wanted, and trust me he did.

He starts off chasing the girls, notably a 14 year old actress who lost her virginity to him when he was 21.   In fairness, she was a woman who was around for the rest of his life, although the relationship changed when she caught him in her bed with another man.   Sal “didn’t like labels” but felt he could basically have anything and anyone he wanted and trust me, this books names names!  He was bi-sexual but made no secret that he liked the boys more.  He was quoted early as saying he like the little, flat chested girls and then it was the young boys.  He was basically portrayed as a predator who would go after whoever and whatever he wanted.  Famous names jump off the page…Don Johnson, Jay North (Dennis the Menace), Jon Provost (Lassie), David Cassidy (all claim no sex here) and Bobby Sherman, the first boy I loved at 12, who Sal helped get on TV and then when BS got what he wanted it appeared he distanced himself from his friend.  It was allegedly Bobby that Sal’s girl found him in bed with.  Sal Mineo’s obsession with sex and the gay lifestyle made him practically an outcast in Hollywood in the 60’s.  He turned down minor money paying roles in tv and movies to chase dreams of making gay, erotic, mainstream movies in an era when Hollywood was having none of it. 

Sadly, he was murdered in what appears to be a random robbery attempt in 1976.  He had something less than $10,000 in assets while having $50,000 in debts.  He had been in show business for more than 25 years and had nothing to show for it.  He had also met the man of his dreams.  Although “committed” it did not stop either partner from going after whoever they wanted whenever they wanted. He was narcissism personified.   He felt he deserved whatever he wanted, the minute he wanted it.

I’m not sure he would be a man I liked or respected.  His lifestyle was reckless and hurtful.  He took advantage of people younger and more na├»ve than he who were probably just thrilled to be in his presence. And I can only imagine that he left them hurt and confused when he was done with them. 

I do recommend the book.  If you can get past the smarmy, it does give a glimpse of the Hollywood machine that is pretty interesting and gives some tales of old Hollywood which fascinated me.  In the old days, the system seemed to protect their own.  Now the paparazzi is everywhere and their kids can’t go to kindergarten without a camera in their faces.  I kind of like the old way better.  But it is kind of fun learning a few secrets!!

Saturday, May 24, 2014

Just comparing a couple of movies...

It was a rainy Saturday morning and I found one of my favorite movies of all time on TV.  I happen to think 'The Sting' is one of the most brilliant movies of all time.  Well written, well paced, one of the most gorgeous and talented casts of all time.  I mean Newman and Redford in their prime.  And every supporting actor was amazing.  And Eileen Brennan's character was Billie!!   I remember seeing it in the theater and being conned like everyone else.  I tend to watch it every time it's one.

After that was over, a movie called 'Devil's Pond' came on.  It starred Tara Reid, who I have heard of, and Kip Pardue who I have not heard of, as newlyweds who head to an isolated island for a honeymoon and then we find that hubby never intends for them to leave.  I missed the very beginning and there were a couple of other people in the movie but all I saw was the two of them.  And the acting was horrible!!  But it was only an hour and a half movie and I'd already started so I finished it.  Let's just say I was not sure who to root for because she was so stupid that she probably did not deserve to live and more importantly, if he'd killed her it would save the grief of the driver who ran over her later as she stepped out in front of his bus (which I can only assume was her fate).

How far down Hollywood has come....complete brilliance on every turn to hoping everyone in the movie would be eaten by a bear to save us all from the suckiness.

      Every thumb I can find UP

I cut off every thumb I could find.