It was 30 years ago today that the Queen of Comedy, Lucille Ball, died. Her work continues to endure and entertain various generations throughout the world because everyone loved Lucy! 🎭📺😆❤️😂
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.
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.
Just saw the film Wonder Woman. As a child, I often watched actress Lynda Carter’s portrayal of this heroic woman, one who epitomized strength, intelligence, compassion and beauty. She was someone I always strived to be. Two years ago and up until now, I found myself in a similar situation–only sometimes I feel I lack one of WW’s best qualities.
Gal Gadot’s portrayal of the present day Wonder Woman was outstanding! She’s been handed the torch and has exemplified everything the original Wonder Woman was…and more.
And kudos to director Patty Jenkins for directing this amazing film, whose character has empowered little girls and adult women everywhere to always follow your dreams, to strive for the best, to not be dependent on others–specifically a man–and to use what you already have to make this a better world for YOUrself and for those you care about.
The added bonus in the film: Chris Pine as Steve Trevor. 😍
The best line in the film: “Be careful in the world of men, Diana, for they do not deserve you.”
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. 😀 ❤
Happy Birthday to one of my favorites: Actor Michael Vartan! 😀 ❤
Happy Birthday to one of my favorites: Emmy and Academy Award-winning actress, producer and director Sally Field, who turns 70 today! 😀