Actor John Gavin Dies

Actor and former U.S. Ambassador to Mexico, John Gavin has died. He was 86.

Gavin was born Juan Vincent Apablasa on Apr. 8, 1931 and was of Mexican, Chilean and Irish descent. After his parents divorced, he was adopted by his stepfather; he then became John Anthony Golenor.

In the late 1950’s, after graduating from Stanford University with a Bachelor’s degree in economics and Latin American affairs, Gavin had done a screen test with Universal-International and was offered a contract. At the height of his career, he was often compared to another tall, dark and handsome actor: Rock Hudson. He starred in such films as Imitation of Life (with Lana Turner and Sandra Dee), Spartacus, Psycho, Romanoff and Juliet, and Tammy Tell Me True (both with Dee), Thoroughly Modern Millie and Sophia Loren: Her Own Story.

In June 1981, President Reagan appointed Gavin as U.S. Ambassador to Mexico. 🇲🇽 Bilingual in Spanish, he put the language and his Latin American politics degree to good use during his time as ambassador. He resigned in 1986.

Gavin is survived by his wife, actress Constance Towers, daughters Christina Gavin and Maria Gavin, two step-children and one grandchild.

For more information on Gavin’s life and career, read here.



Born On This Day: Chris Pine


Happy Birthday to a smart (a UC Berkeley graduate, who majored in English), multifaceted (he can sing too; just listen to Barbra Streisand’s last, duet album) and good looking man (he’s easy on those mesmerizing, blue eyes)… Chris Pine. 🎭🎥😍

‘King Of Comedy,’ Actor, Comedian Jerry Lewis Dead At 91.

Actor, comedian, screenwriter, film producer, film director and humanitarian Jerry Lewis has died. He was 91.

Lewis was best known as the funny half of the film and comedy duo Martin & Lewis–along with actor, singer and straight man Dean Martin. They performed on radio and for U.S. audiences, and appeared in various films together, including My Friend Irma (1949), That’s My Boy (1951) and Artists and Models (1955). Martin & Lewis also made several television appearances, including NBC’s The Colgate Comedy Hour and on CBS’s Toast of the Town–later renamed The Ed Sullivan Show

In 1956, after Martin & Lewis broke up, Lewis made a name for himself, including starring in, writing and directing some of the films he starred in, including The Bellboy (1960), The Errand Boy (1961), The Ladies Man (1961) and The Nutty Professor (1963).

He served as the national chairman of the Muscular Dystrophy Association and for 44 years hosted the Labor Day broadcast of The Jerry Lewis MDA Telethon.

Lewis is survived by his second wife SanDee Pitnick, (adopted) daughter Danielle, and by five sons from his first marriage to Patti Palmer–including Gary (from the 1960’s singing group Gary Lewis and the Playboys), Ronnie, Scott, Anthony and Christopher. His youngest son Joseph, from his marriage to Palmer, preceded him in death, in 2009.

This Day In History: Rick Nelson Dies

On Dec. 31, 1985, actor, singer, songwriter and musician Rick Nelson, along with his fiancée Helen Blair, four members of his band and Nelson’s manager, were killed when the fourteen-seat, DC-3 private plane they were traveling in crash-landed near DeKalb, Texas.

From 1952 to 1966, Nelson appeared on his parents’ television show, The Adventures of Ozzie & Harriet. It was while he was on the series that he began singing, which eventually propelled his career into Rock and Roll stardom.

Here’s one of my favorite Ricky Nelson songs. 😀 ❤

Born On This Day: Donny Osmond

Happy Birthday to one of my favorite singers, Donny Osmond!

Ironically, a week from today, I’m seeing Donny and Marie perform live!

A little trivia: The Donny & Marie Show was my first television memory and Donny was my first celebrity crush. My very first concert was at age 13, when I saw Donny and Marie perform at the same venue where I’ll be seeing them perform Dec. 16th! In fact, my older brother (he and I basically have the same relationship Donny has with Marie…along with some witty banter) took me to this show and as I recall, Donny ran around the entire venue during the concert. My brother then told me to pull out my hand–which I did–and as Donny ran by us, he shook it. After this moment, I literally didn’t wash my right hand for the next three days! 😀

At the top of my bucket list is to meet these down-to-earth, talented siblings, who I’ve always felt a connection with and whose humor, and music have inspired me throughout my life. 🙂 ❤