Born On This Day: Andy Gibb

Born. Mar. 5, 1958, singer, songwriter, actor, former teen idol and younger brother of the famed Bee Gees, Andy Gibb.

Gibb rose to fame in the late 1970’s with hit singles like “I Just Want To Be Your Everything” and “Shadow Dancing.”

Sadly, Gibb died of natural causes five days after his 30th birthday, on Mar. 10, 1988.

This Day in History: Sandra Dee Dies

It was 11 years ago today, on Feb. 20, 2005, that actress Sandra Dee died as a result of complications with kidney disease. She was 62.

Dee, born Alexandra Zuck, starred in approximately 22 films and also appeared in episodic television in the early 1970’s and early 1980’s. My favorite film of hers was Imitation of Life, which also starred Lana Turner, Juanita Moore, John Gavin and Susan Kohner.

Do you have a favorite Sandra Dee movie?

Te Extraño Mucho, Grandma

On this day 33 years ago, my maternal grandmother died due to complications from having suffered a stroke. I still remember the day I found out that she had died. My older sister came to pick me up from my school in our father’s old Chevy Nova. As soon as she told me what had happened, tears rolled down my face. I wish I knew then what I know now about what a stroke is and its symptoms. 😦

Grandma, not a day goes by where I don’t think about you. I’m sad that I only knew you for a short time, but you inspire me everyday to continue accomplishing my goals and dreams. You also taught me that perseverance and hard work pays off. I love you and miss you. One day I’ll see you again. ❤️

30 Years Ago Today: Rick ‘Ricky’ Nelson Dies

On this day in music history: On Dec. 31, 1985, the breaking news all over the radio and all over television screens was that actor, singer, musician and former teen idol Rick ‘Ricky’ Nelson had been killed in a plane crash in DeKalb, Texas, alongside his fiancee Helen Blair and members from Nelson’s band.

Having watched reruns of “The Ozzie & Harriet Show,” I couldn’t help but have a crush on the young man on my TV screen, although in reality, he was already old enough to be my father! I’m sad I never got the opportunity to see him perform live in concert or that I never got to meet him. Nelson seemed like he was a genuine and shy man, who loved his craft.

Rick Nelson’s music will continue to live on forever so that many more generations can enjoy his Rockabilly-Pop-Rock sound. 🎭 📺 🎥 🎵

 

On This Day In History: Desi Arnaz Dies

 

On Dec. 2, 1986, musician, actor, television producer, writer and director Desi Arnaz died in Del Mar, Calif., at the age of 69. His death was due to lung cancer, which he had been diagnosed with that same year.

Arnaz, along with cinematographer Karl Freund, have been credited for the development of the multi-camera setup production style used in situation comedies subsequently.  📺   🎬   🎥

On This Day in History: Natalie Wood Dies

It was 34 years ago today that actress Natalie Wood was found dead on Santa Catalina Island during a weekend boat trip with her husband, actor Robert Wagner, and her Brainstorm co-star, Christopher Walken. The Los Angeles County Coroner ruled her death as an accident by drowning and hypothermia.

In November 2011, Dennis Davern–the captain of Wagner’s yacht, Splendour–publicly stated that he had lied to the police during the initial investigation, informing them that Wood and Wagner had been fighting just prior to her having been reported missing from the boat. Davern alleged that Wagner was responsible for Wood’s death. The Los Angeles County Medical Examiner reopened the case and amended Wood’s death certificate to state that the cause of her death was due to “drowning and other undetermined factors.”

I loved all of her films, but my favorite would probably be Splendor In The Grass. Do you have a favorite Natalie Wood film?

‘Wonder Woman’ TV Series Turns 40

On Nov. 7, 1975, a television pilot aired on ABC-TV called The New, Original Wonder Woman, which centered around an Amazon warrior princess named Diana Prince, portrayed by the beautiful and talented Lynda Carter.

Diana Prince, who’s also known as Wonder Woman, leaves Paradise Island with Major Steve Trevor (portrayed by Lyle Waggoner) to return him back to America. Prince’s alter ego, Wonder Woman, fights all likes of evil with her golden belt (the source of her power and strength) and lasso, and bullet-deflecting bracelets, and transports herself in her invisible jet.

The show ran for a total of three seasons: the pilot and Season 1 aired on ABC-TV, while Seasons 2 and 3 aired on CBS-TV. The last Wonder Woman episode aired on Sept. 11, 1979. 📺  🙂