"You can say the nastiest things about yourself without offending anyone." Phyllis Diller
Phyllis Diller, one of my top icons, died in her sleep today at age 95.
The Ohio native was an Alameda, Calif., mother of five when she made her nightclub debut at the Purple Onion in San Francisco in 1955... at age 37. Hell. Yes.
Phyllis, you are fabulous incarnate. Thank you so much. See you on the other side.
Susan Tyrrell, offbeat actress extraordinaire, died Saturday in her sleep at home in Austin. She was 67. Plagued by health problems, Tyrrell's cause of death is pending, following the medical examiner's report.
Au revoir, Susan. Thanks for keeping it real, quirky lady.
"The last thing my mother said to me was, 'SuSu, your life is a celebration of everything that is cheap and tawdry.' I've always liked that, and I've always tried to live up to it."
- Susan Tyrrell
The late Tupac Shakur appeared on the Coachella stage last night and performed a few of his hit songs alongside Snoop Dogg and Dr. Dre. It was a hologram. A very high-tech, authentic-looking hologram.
Needless to say, the crowd of 75,000 went nuts.
One festival-goer, Jordan Buckley, said it best when he tweeted, "i can't even begin to imagine what this Tupac hologram is doing to all the people at Coachella that have been on acid for 3 days straight."
Ah, the memories... Captain Merrill Stubing... bartender extraordinaire, Isaac Washington... cruise director, Julie McCoy... Dr. Adam "Doc" Bricker... and, last but certainly not least, our yeoman-purser, Burl 'Gopher' Smith.
Farewell, Love Boat! You'll sail on in our hearts forever. Bon voyage!
Oh, Don Cornelius. We'll miss you so much. It's our hope of hopes that you're pain-free now. Can't say that I blame you, sir. Heck, I might even have to go so far as to give you props. There, I said it.
I know that' s controversial, but I would never judge someone for taking their own life due to terminal illness or incurable, chronic pain. If your quality of life has become so horrible that, until you die, your days will be spent in misery, what kind of life is that? Why should they be forced to suffer?
Just one woman's opinion. Feel free to voice your own. It's welcome and respected here.
It does sadden me that Don died on the first day of Black History Month. Sigh.
See you on the other side, Don. Like you always said at the end of every Soul Train, “As always, in parting, we wish you love, peace and soul!”
I'll bet you anything Don is doing this right now while he's waiting in line to transition to the next level:
The first couple is actually Don Cornelius and Mary Wilson. Forgive the poor quality.
Diagnosed with leukemia in 2010, she also suffered from dementia and Hepatitis C.
In her lifetime, she won 6 Grammys, including Best Jazz Vocal Performance in 1994. She was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1993.
David Odom, one of my husband's very best friends, died yesterday in Portland, Oregon. He was a great friend to people and trees. So long, Dave... see you on the other side.
DJB: Hang in there, my strong husband. You are such a good man. Fynn, Mary Poppins, the Brownies and I love and miss you.
(Thanks to Friends of Trees for the wonderful photos)
Wonder what's next for North Korea ? High potential for more of the same. Wouldn't it be so awesome if something different occurred? As in good different. Worse would be very, very bad for those poor people. Fingers crossed for different good.
First, Patrice; now Willis the hamster.
Heartfelt condolences to my lovely and talented niece, Ella, on the loss of Willis.
He was a good hamster. He loved treats, sleeping and his exercise ball.
See you on the other side, Willis. Say hey to Django.