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Elizabeth Taylor passes on at age 79…

Good morning, Netizens…


I admit, with a certain degree of chagrin, that I never was particularly an Elizabeth Taylor fan. In fact, I had not seen any of her movies until long after they went into syndication and were appearing on late-night television and there was nothing else much worth watching. That was where I first watched most of her movies, including her award-winning role in Butterfield 8.


I shrugged to myself when I heard the news that Taylor had died, although I did feel sadness because she has done so much for AIDS treatment and awareness, long before polite society even mentioned the terror of HIV in public.


Her marriages (and divorces) were and still are a source of ribald comments around our household, although I concede she was a media magnet of considerable proportion. However, for her unswerving loyalty to her belief in humane treatment for AIDS patients, if not her ongoing friendship with the late Rock Hudson, who died of that terrible disease, I acknowledge the life, courage and perseverance of Liz Taylor.


Rest in Peace.



Eddie Fisher dies…

Good morning, Netizens…

Pop vocalist Eddie Fisher, who sold millions of records with 32 hit songs including “Thinking of You,” “Any Time,” “Oh, My Pa-pa,” “I’m Yours,” “Wish You Were Here,” “Lady of Spain” and “Count Your Blessings,” has died at age 82.

He was married and divorced five times, to Debbie Reynolds, Elizabeth Taylor, Connie Stevens, Terry Richard and Betty Lin.

In 1955 when he married movie darling Debbie Reynolds; they were touted as “America’s favorite couple”. Unfortunately that didn’t last long.

Their daughter Carrie Fisher became a film star herself in the first three “Star Wars” films as Princess Leia, and later as a best-selling author of “Postcards From the Edge” and other books.

In Fisher’s heyday he was an incredible pop star, with a clear voice that set millions of his young female fans screaming in the pre-Beatles era.

I remember listening to “Oh, My Pa-Pa” on a 45 RPM record a long time ago, and one night listening to him sing “Any Time” on a radio station outside of Dallas, Texas late into the night. That is the sort of saccharine sweet songs that made him into a star.

Rest in Peace, Eddie…