Legacy: Elaine Stritch Everybody Rise!

How do you mourn a legend who’s lived more than you and me combined? At the ripe old age of 89, the great Elaine Stritch has taken her final bows. To see her in a show was to expect the expected AND unexpected, and to bear witness Broadway royalty non pareil. I'm thrilled, delighted, and … Continue reading Legacy: Elaine Stritch Everybody Rise!

Legacy: Richie Havens

********** Another master has walked through the gates of Rock n Roll heaven. Richie Havens, who came to prominence as the opening act of the Woodstock Festival (though a seminal force of the 60s folk music scene) has left us. He wasn't a household name as the years progressed, but should have been. The gruff, … Continue reading Legacy: Richie Havens

Legacy: TCM Remembers 2012

A few weeks ago, TCM started airing it's annual display of bittersweet beauty in remembering those who have left us from the world of cinema (they posted the tribute on their official YouTube page on December 10, weeks before greats like Jack Klugman and Charles Durning recently left this life). As with every year, there … Continue reading Legacy: TCM Remembers 2012

Legacy: Say A Little Prayer – Hal David

  Another legend, gone, but at 91, he lived a full, sumptuous life. And the list of songs he wrote the lyrics for (with his writing partner, the great Burt Bacharach), is beyond staggering: "A House Is Not A Home," "One Less Bell To Answer," "The Look Of Love," "Anyone Who Had a Heart," "Always … Continue reading Legacy: Say A Little Prayer – Hal David

Legacy: Pete Postlethwaite

Sad news for movie lovers: the great Irish actor Pete Postlethwaite – who Steven Spielberg (who directed him in AMISTAD) once proclaimed as “the best actor in the world” - passed away yesterday at 64 years old.  He was battling cancer. He started acting in TV and film later in life, beginning his career on … Continue reading Legacy: Pete Postlethwaite