Month: August 2012

In Memoriam: Phyllis Diller (July 17, 1917 – August 20, 2012)

Braying, bigger-than-life comedienne Phyllis Diller died today (August 20) at her L.A. home. She was 95. One of the earliest female stand-up comics, she was playing nightclubs in the 1950s, and such TV hosts as Jack Paar, Johnny Carson and Ed Sullivan made her a star by 1960. A self-styled harridan, she emphasized her ungainly looks with fright-wig hair, drag-queen attire and “bwa-HA-ha-ha!” laugh (Diller morphed into an elegant beauty by the 1990s). She appeared in several movies, including Splendor in the Grass, Boy, Did I Get a Wrong Number!, The Private Navy of Sgt. O’Farrell—her two most notable...

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In Memoriam: Director Tony Scott (1944 – 2012)

British-born action-film director and producer Tony Scott, 68, killed himself yesterday (August 19) by jumping from the Vincent Thomas Bridge in San Pedro into the Los Angeles Harbor. Scott—brother of and frequent collaborator with Ridley Scott—helmed such high-octane films as Top Gun, Beverly Hills Cop II, Days of Thunder, The Last Boy Scout, True Romance, Crimson Tide, The Taking of Pelham 1 2 3 and his most recent, 2010’s Unstoppable. He also produced numerous films and TV series, including, with Ridley, The Good Wife. “The true excitement comes from the actors,” Scott said of his fast-moving films in 2009,...

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