Registered User
Film director Sydney Pollack dies at age 73
View attachment 62136

Sydney Irwin Pollack (July 1, 1934[1] – May 26, 2008) was an Academy Award-winning American film director, producer and actor. He directed more than 21 films and 10 television shows, acted in over 30 films or shows, and produced over 44 films. Pollack is best known for his films of the 1970s and early 1980s, including Jeremiah Johnson (1972), The Way We Were (1973), Three Days of the Condor (1975), Absence of Malice (1981), Tootsie (1982) and Out of Africa (1985), winning Academy Awards for directing and producing the last; his later films included Havana (1990), The Firm (1993), Sabrina (1995) and The Interpreter (2005). Of particular note were his seven films starring Robert Redford, made over a 25-year period. His films received a total of 48 Academy Award nominations, winning 11 Oscars. In addition to several roles in his own films (notably in Tootsie), he resumed his acting career with appearances in such films as Husbands and Wives (1992), The Player (1992) and Eyes Wide Shut (1999), often playing corrupt or morally conflicted power figures. In 2007, he appeared opposite George Clooney in Michael Clayton, a film which he also co-produced.


Personal life
Sydney Irwin Pollack was born in Lafayette, Indiana, to a family of Jewish immigrants from Russia, the son of Rebecca (née Miller) and David Pollack, a professional boxer and pharmacist. The family relocated to South Bend; his parents divorced when he was young, and his mother, an alcoholic, died at the age of 37 while Pollack was a student at New York City's Neighborhood Playhouse.His brother was the costume designer, producer and actor Bernie Pollack.

Pollack was married to Claire Griswold, a former student of his, from 1958 until his death. They had three children: Rachel, Rebecca, and Steven Pollack, the latter of whom died in a plane crash in 1993.

Pollack studied with Sanford Meisner at the Neighborhood Playhouse in New York City from 1952 to 1954. He later taught acting there from 1954 to 1959 before embarking on his acting career. He then moved behind the camera to direct and produce. His directing career began in the 1960s with episodes of TV series such as The Fugitive and Alfred Hitchcock Presents. He won the Academy Award for Directing for Out of Africa (1985). Pollack also received nominations for Best Director Oscars for They Shoot Horses, Don't They? and Tootsie.

While directing Tootsie, his rows with star Dustin Hoffman became well known. Eventually Hoffman began pushing the idea that Pollack play the role of his agent, and Pollack reluctantly agreed despite not having had any film roles in 20 years. Their off-screen relationship added authenticity to their scenes in the movie, most of which feature them arguing. Pollack subsequently took on more acting roles in addition to producing and directing. He appeared as himself in the Documentary One Six Right, describing his joy of owning and piloting his Citation X jet aircraft.

As a character actor, Pollack appeared in films such as A Civil Action, Changing Lanes, and Eyes Wide Shut, as well as his own, including Random Hearts and The Interpreter. He also appeared in Woody Allen's Husbands and Wives as a New York lawyer undergoing a midlife crisis, and in Robert Zemeckis' Death Becomes Her as an emergency room doctor. His last role was as Patrick Dempsey's father in Made of Honor, which was playing in theaters at the time of his death. He had a recurring guest star role on the NBC sitcom Will & Grace, playing Will Truman's (Eric McCormack) unfaithful but loving father, George Truman. In 2007, Pollack made guest appearances on the HBO TV series The Sopranos and Entourage as well as an appearance on NBC's Just Shoot Me.

Pollack received the first annual Extraordinary Contribution to Filmmaking award from the Austin Film Festival on October 21, 2006. As a producer he helped to guide many films that were successful with both critics and movie audiences, such as The Fabulous Baker Boys, The Talented Mr. Ripley, and Michael Clayton. He formed a production company called Mirage Enterprises with the English director Anthony Minghella.

In the 2002 Sight and Sound Directors' Poll, Pollack revealed his top-ten films: Casablanca, Citizen Kane, The Conformist, The Godfather Part II, Grand Illusion, The Leopard, Once Upon a Time in America, Raging Bull, The Seventh Seal, and Sunset Boulevard.

Concerns about Pollack's health had surfaced in 2007 when suddenly he stepped out of directing HBO's television film Recount.The film aired on May 25, 2008. Pollack died the next day of cancer at the age of 73 at his home in Pacific Palisades, Los Angeles, California, surrounded by family.He had been diagnosed with cancer about nine months before his death, said his publicist, Leslee Dart.


Year/ Film/ Oscar nominations/ Oscar wins
1965 The Slender Thread/ 2
1966 This Property Is Condemned
1968 The Scalphunters
1968 The Swimmer
1969 Castle Keep
1969 They Shoot Horses, Don't They?/ 9/ 1
1972 Jeremiah Johnson
1973 The Way We Were/ 6/ 2
1975 Three Days of the Condor/ 1
1975 The Yakuza
1977 Bobby Deerfield
1979 The Electric Horseman/ 1
1981 Absence of Malice/ 3
1982 Tootsie/ 10/ 1
1985 Out of Africa/ 11/ 7
1990 Havana/ 1
1993 The Firm/ 2
1995 Sabrina/ 2
1999 Random Hearts
2005 Sketches of Frank Gehry
2005 The Interpreter

The Fabulous Baker Boys (1989) executive producer
Presumed Innocent (1990) producer
Sense and Sensibility (1995) executive producer
Sliding Doors (1998) producer
The Talented Mr. Ripley (1999) executive producer
Iris (2001) executive producer
The Quiet American (2002) executive producer
Cold Mountain (2003) producer
Breaking and Entering (2006) producer
Michael Clayton (2007) producer
Recount (2008) executive producer

Appearances in film and television
War Hunt (1962) actor
Tootsie (1982) actor
Husbands and Wives (1992) actor
The Player (1992) actor
Death Becomes Her (1992) actor (unbilled)
A Civil Action (1998) actor
Eyes Wide Shut (1999) actor
Will & Grace (2000) actor
King of the Hill (2000) as Grant Trimble
Changing Lanes (2002) actor
One Six Right (2005) as himself
The Interpreter (2005) actor
Avenue Montaigne (2006)
The Sopranos (2007) actor
Michael Clayton (2007) actor
Entourage (2007) as himself
Made of Honor (2008) actor

Take Care All


Registered User
American Comedic Actor Harvey Herschel Korman dies at age 81
View attachment 62458
Korman in the 1974 Mel Brooks comedy Blazing

Harvey Herschel Korman (February 15, 1927 – May 29, 2008) was an American comedic actor who performed in television and movie productions beginning in 1960. His big break was being a featured performer on The Danny Kaye Show, but he was probably best remembered for his performances on the sketch comedy series The Carol Burnett Show and in the comedy films of Mel Brooks, most notably as Hedley Lamarr in Blazing Saddles.


His early television work included voice-over work on Tom and Jerry and as the Great Gazoo on The Flintstones. He did voice work for the live-action movie The Flintstones as well as the animated The Secret of NIMH 2: Timmy to the Rescue. He also starred in the short-lived Mel Brooks TV series The Nutt House.

Korman was nominated for six Emmy Awards for his work on The Carol Burnett Show, and won four times (in 1969, 1971 (for Outstanding Achievement by a performer in music or variety), 1972 and 1974). He was also nominated for four Golden Globes for the series, winning in 1975.

Personal life
Korman was born in Chicago, Illinois, the son of Ellen (née Belcher) and Cyril Raymond Korman.He was Jewish.He was married to Donna Ehlert from 1960 to 1977, and they had two children together: Chris and Maria Korman. He married Deborah (née Fritz) in 1982 and was married to her until his death. They had two daughters together, Kate and Laura Korman.

Korman served in the United States Navy during World War II. After being discharged, he studied at the Goodman School of Drama.

Korman died on May 29, 2008 at UCLA Medical Center as the result of complications from a ruptured abdominal aortic aneurysm he had suffered four months previously.

Other selected television series
The Harvey Korman Show (1978) — Star
The Tim Conway Show (1980) — Regular
Mama's Family (1983–1984) (spin-off of The Family sketches, from The Carol Burnett Show) — Alistair Quince/Host; Ed Higgins/Eunice's husband
Leo And Liz In Beverly Hills (1986) — Leo Green
Nutt House (1989) — Reginald Tarkington

Blazing Saddles (1974) — Hedley Lamarr
Huckleberry Finn (1974) — The King of France
The Pink Panther Strikes Again (1976) (deleted scene) Professor Balls
High Anxiety (1977) — Dr. Charles Montague
The Star Wars Holiday Special (1978) — Chef Gormaanda, Krelman, and Toy Video Instructor
Americathon (1979) — Monty Rushmore
Herbie Goes Bananas (1980) — Captain Blythe
First Family (1980) — U.N. Ambassador Spender
History of the World, Part I (1981) — Count de Monet
Trail of the Pink Panther (1982) — Professor Balls
Munchies (1987) — Cecil Watterman, Simon Watterman
Radioland Murders (1994)
Dracula: Dead and Loving It (1995) — Dr. Jack Seward
Together Again: Conway & Korman (2006) (DVD) — in various skits

Take Care All


Registered User
Mel Ferrer (August 25, 1917 – June 2, 2008)
View attachment 63598
was an American actor, film director and film producer.

Early life
Melchior Gaston Ferrer was born in Elberon, New Jersey. His Cuba-born father, Dr. José María Ferrer (died 1920), was a surgeon and a chief of staff of St. Vincent's Hospital in New York City. His mother, the former M.M. Irene O'Donohue (died 1967), was a daughter of Joseph O'Donohue, New York's City Commissioner of Parks, a founder of the Coffee Exchange, and a founder of the Brooklyn-New York Ferry. An ardent opponent of Prohibition, Irene Ferrer was named, in 1934, the New York State chairman of the Citizens Committee for Sane Liquor Laws.

Ferrer had three siblings. His elder sister was the cardiologist and educator Dr. M. Irene Ferrer, who helped refine the cardiac catheter and electrocardiogram (which have become diagnostic essentials in heart treatment). His brother was the noted surgeon, Dr. Jose M. Ferrer. Another sister, Terry Ferrer, was the religion-education editor of The International Herald Tribune and Newsweek. The family is not related to actors Jose Ferrer and Miguel Ferrer.

He was educated at the Bovée School in New York and Canterbury Prep School in Connecticut before attending Princeton University until his sophomore year. At that time he dropped out to devote more time to acting. At that time he also worked as an editor of a small Vermont newspaper and wrote a children's book, "Tito's Hats."

Ferrer began acting in summer stock as a teenager and at age twenty-one was appearing on the Broadway stage as a chorus dancer, making his debut there as an actor two years later. After a bout with polio, he entered the radio world as a DJ in Texas and Arkansas, developing into a producer-director of top-rated shows for NBC in New York. He returned to Broadway and then became involved in motion pictures, directing more than ten feature films and acting in more than eighty. As a producer, he had notable success with the well regarded film Wait Until Dark (1967) starring Audrey Hepburn.

In 1945 he made a modest directing debut with The Girl of the Limberlost, a low-budget black-and-white film for Columbia. He returned to Broadway to star in Strange Fruit, based on the novel by Lillian Smith. He made his screen acting debut in Lost Boundaries (1949), and as an actor is best remembered for his roles as the injured puppeteer in the musical Lili (1953) (starring Leslie Caron), as the villainous Marquis de Maynes in Scaramouche (1952) and as Prince Andrei in War and Peace (1956) (co-starring with his then-wife, Audrey Hepburn).

Ferrer never achieved major stardom, and later turned towards television, doing some directing for the series The Farmer's Daughter (1963-1966) starring Inger Stevens, but is best remembered for his role opposite Jane Wyman as Angela Channing's attorney and briefly, her husband, Phillip Erikson, in Falcon Crest from 1981 to 1984.

While his profession was acting, not medicine as was the case for several of his relatives, he played the role of Dr. Brogli, in the TV serial Return of the Saint (1978-1979).

Personal life
His first wife was Frances Gulby Pilchard, an actress who became a sculptor. They married in 1937 and divorced in 1939.

His second wife was Barbara C. Tripp. They married in 1940 and later divorced. They had a daughter, Mela (born 1943), and a son, Christopher (born 1944). They later divorced.

His third wife was Frances Gulby Pilchard, to whom he had been married previously; this marriage, which took place in 1944, also ended in divorce. They had two children: Pepa Philippa (born 1941) and Mark Young (born 1944, died as an infant).

His fourth wife was Audrey Hepburn, to whom he was married from 1954 until 1968. They had one child, a son, Sean Hepburn Ferrer (born 1960).

His fifth wife, whom he married in 1971, was Elizabeth Soukhoutine.

For his contributions to the motion picture industry, Mel Ferrer has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 6268 Hollywood Blvd.

He died in Santa Barbara, California on June 2, 2008.

Partial filmography
The Fugitive (1947) (uncredited film debut)
Lost Boundaries (1949)
Born to Be Bad (1950)
Rancho Notorious (1952)
Scaramouche (1952)
Knights of the Round Table (1953)
Lili (1953)
Oh... Rosalinda!! (1955)
War and Peace (1956)
Elena and Her Men (Elena et les Hommes) (1956)
The Sun Also Rises (1957)
Fräulein (1958)
The World, the Flesh and the Devil (1959)
Blood and Roses (Et mourir de plaisir) (1960)
The Longest Day (1962)
The Fall of the Roman Empire (1964)
Sex and the Single Girl (1964)
Wait Until Dark (1967)
W (1974)
Brannigan (1975)
Eaten Alive (1977)
The Return of Captain Nemo (1978)
The Visitor (1979)
Lili Marleen (1981)

God Bless Him

Take Care All


Registered User
June 15

Stan Winston

Stanley Winston (April 7, 1946 – June 15, 2008) was an American visual effects supervisor, make-up artist, and film director. He was best known for his work in the Terminator series, the Jurassic Park series, Aliens, the Predator series, and Edward Scissorhands.He won a total of four Academy Awards for his work.

Winston, a frequent collaborator with director James Cameron, owned more than one effects studio, including Stan Winston Digital. The established areas of expertise for Winston were in makeup, puppets and practical effects, but he had recently expanded his studio to encompass digital effects as well.

Stan Winston was born on April 7, 1946, in Arlington, Virginia. He studied painting and sculpture at the University of Virginia, Charlottesville, from which he graduated in 1968. In 1969, after attending California State University, Long Beach, Winston moved to Hollywood to pursue a career as an actor. Struggling to find an acting job, he began a makeup apprenticeship at Walt Disney Studios.

In 1972, Winston established his own company, Stan Winston Studio, and won an Emmy Award for his effects work on the telefilm Gargoyles. Over the next seven years, Winston continued to receive Emmy nominations for work on projects such as The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman. Winston also created the Wookiee costumes for the 1978 Star Wars Holiday Special.

The Terminator endoskeleton designed by WinstonIn 1982, Winston received his first Oscar nomination for Heartbeeps, by which time he had set up his own studio.

In 1983, Winston designed the Mr. Roboto facemask for the American rock group Styx.

Winston reached a new level of fame in 1984 when James Cameron's The Terminator premiered. The movie was a surprise hit, and Winston's work bringing the metallic killing machine to life led to many new projects and additional collaborations with Cameron. In fact, Winston won his first Oscar for Best Visual Effects in 1986 on James Cameron's next movie, Aliens.

Over the next few years, Winston and his company received more accolades for its work on many more Hollywood films, including Tim Burton's Edward Scissorhands, John McTiernan's Predator, Alien Nation, The Monster Squad, and Predator 2.

In 1989, Winston made his directorial debut with the horror movie Pumpkinhead, and won Best First Time Director at the Paris Film Festival. Although poorly received at the box office, Pumpkinhead has since become somewhat of a cult classic. His next directing project was the child-friendly A Gnome Named Gnorm (1990), starring Anthony Michael Hall.

James Cameron drafted Winston and his team once again in 1990, this time for the groundbreaking Terminator 2: Judgment Day. T2 premiered in the summer of 1991, and Winston's work on this box office hit won him two more Oscars for Best Makeup Effects and Best Visual Effects.

In 1992, he was nominated with yet another Tim Burton film, this time for Burton's superhero sequel, Batman Returns, where his effects on Danny DeVito as The Penguin, Michelle Pfeiffer as Catwoman, and in delivering Burton's general vision for what was an increasingly Gothic Gotham City earned him more recognition for his work ethic and loyalty to what was an intrinsic ability to bring different directors' ideas to life. It was particularly poignant because for Batman Returns, Winston had to follow on from Anton Furst's earlier work, and recreate change according to what Burton wanted to do differently the next time around.

Winston turned his attention from super villains and cyborgs to dinosaurs when Steven Spielberg enlisted his help to bring Michael Crichton's Jurassic Park to the cinema screen. In 1993, the movie became a blockbuster and Winston won another Oscar for Best Visual Effects.

In 1993, Winston, Cameron and ex-ILM General Manager Scott Ross co-founded Digital Domain, one of the foremost digital and visual effects studios in the world. In 1998, after the box office success of Titanic, Cameron and Winston severed their working relationship with the company and resigned from its board of directors.

Winston and his team continued to provide effects work for many more films and expanded their work into animatronics. Some of Winston's notable animatronics work can be found in The Ghost and the Darkness and T2 3-D: Battle Across Time, James Cameron's 3-D continuation of the Terminator series for the Universal Studios theme park. One of Winston's most ambitious animatronics projects was Steven Spielberg's AI: Artificial Intelligence, which earned Winston another Oscar nomination for Best Visual Effects.

In 1996, Winston directed and co-produced the longest and the most expensive music video of all time, Ghosts, which was based on an original concept of Michael Jackson and Stephen King. The long-form music video presented a number of never before seen visual effects, and promoted music from two consecutive Jackson albums, HIStory and Blood on the Dance Floor: HIStory in the Mix, which went on to become the biggest selling boxed set/double and remix album of all time (18+18 million and 7 million, accordingly).

In 2001, Winston, together with Lou Arkoff (Sam Arkoff's son) and Colleen Camp, produced a series of made-for-cable films for Cinemax and HBO. The five films, referred to as Creature Features, were inspired by the titles of AIP monster movies from the 1950s -- i.e., Earth vs. the Spider (1958), How to Make a Monster (1958), Day the World Ended (1955), The She-Creature (1956), and Teenage Caveman (1958) -- but had completely different plots.

In 2003, Stan Winston was invited by the Smithsonian Institution to speak about his life and career in a public presentation sponsored by the Smithsonian's Lemelson Center for the Study of Invention and Innovation.

At the time of his death, Winston was working on the sequel Terminator Salvation: The Future Begins. According to reports, next for Stan Winston was Jurassic Park IV. Winston was also signed on to help with the monster effects for The Suffering, an upcoming action-horror film to be based on the Midway video games.

Stan Winston died on June 15, 2008, at his home in Malibu, California after suffering for seven years with multiple myeloma. A spokeswoman reported that "Stan died peacefully at home surrounded by family."

Academy Awards
1982: Oscar Nomination For Best Makeup: Heartbeeps
1987: Won Oscar For Best Visual Effects: Aliens
1988: Oscar Nomination For Best Visual Effects: Predator
1991: Oscar Nomination For Best Makeup: Edward Scissorhands
1992: Won 2 Oscars - Best Visual Effects & Best Makeup: Terminator 2: Judgment Day
1993: Oscar Nomination For Best Makeup: Batman Returns
1994: Won Oscar For Best Visual Effects: Jurassic Park
1998: Oscar Nomination For Best Visual Effects: The Lost World: Jurassic Park
2002: Oscar Nomination For Best Visual Effects: A.I.

Notable films
Heartbeeps (1981)
The Thing (1982)
Friday the 13th Part III (1983)
The Terminator (1984)
Aliens (1986)
The Monster Squad (1987)
Predator (1987)
Pumpkinhead (1988)
Leviathan (1989)
Edward Scissorhands (1990)
Predator 2 (1990)
The Flash (TV series) (1990)
Terminator 2: Judgment Day (1991)
Batman Returns (1992)
Jurassic Park (1993)
Interview with the Vampire (1994)
Congo (1995)
The Island of Doctor Moreau (1996)
T2 3-D: Battle Across Time (1996)
Ghosts (1997)
The Lost World: Jurassic Park (1997)
Small Soldiers (1998)
Lake Placid (1999)
End of Days (1999)
Pearl Harbor (2001)
A.I. (2001)
Jurassic Park III (2001)
Darkness Falls (2002)
Big Fish (2003)
Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines (2003)
Wrong Turn (2003)
Constantine (2005)
Iron Man (2008)

God Bless Him

Take Care All


Registered User
June 17

Cyd Charisse

View attachment 67768
Cyd Charisse (March 8, 1922 – June 17, 2008) was an American dancer and actress.


Early life
Charisse was born as Tula Ellice Finklea in Amarillo, Texas, the daughter of Lela (née Norwood) and Ernest Enos Finklea, Sr., who was a jeweler.[1][2] Her nickname "Sid" was taken from a sibling trying to say "Sis". (It was later spelled "Cyd" at MGM to give her an air of mystery.) She was a sickly girl who started dancing lessons to build up her strength after a bout with polio. At 14 she auditioned for and studied ballet in Los Angeles with Adolph Bolm and Bronislawa Nijinska, and subsequently danced in the Ballet Russes de Monte Carlo as "Celia Siderova" and, later, "Maria Istromena".

At one point during a European tour, she met up again with Nico Charisse, a handsome young dancer she had studied with for a time in Los Angeles. They married in Paris in 1939. They had a son, Nicky, born in 1942.

The outbreak of World War II led to the break-up of the company, and when Charisse returned to Los Angeles, David Lichine offered her a dancing role in Gregory Ratoff's Something to Shout About. This brought her to the attention of choreographer Robert Alton — who had also discovered Gene Kelly — and soon she joined the Freed Unit at MGM, where she became the resident MGM ballet dancer.

Charisse is now principally celebrated for her on-screen pairings with Fred Astaire and Gene Kelly. She first appeared with Astaire in a brief routine in Ziegfeld Follies (produced in 1944 and released in 1946). Her next appearance with him was as lead female role in The Band Wagon (1953), where she danced with Astaire in the acclaimed "Dancing in the Dark" and "Girl Hunt Ballet" routines. Another early role cast her opposite Judy Garland in the 1946 film The Harvey Girls.

In 1957, she rejoined Astaire in the film version of Silk Stockings, a musical remake of 1939's Ninotchka, with Charisse taking over Greta Garbo's role. In his autobiography, Astaire paid tribute to Charisse, calling her "beautiful dynamite" and writing: "That Cyd! When you've danced with her you stay danced with."

As Debbie Reynolds was not a trained dancer, Gene Kelly chose Charisse to partner him in the celebrated "Broadway Melody" ballet finale from Singin' in the Rain (1952), and she co-starred with Kelly in 1954's Scottish-themed musical film Brigadoon. She again took the lead female role alongside Kelly in his penultimate MGM musical It's Always Fair Weather (1956).

In her autobiography, Charisse reflected on her experience with Astaire and Kelly: "As one of the handful of girls who worked with both of those dance geniuses, I think I can give an honest comparison. In my opinion, Kelly is the more inventive choreographer of the two. Astaire, with Hermes Pan's help, creates fabulous numbers — for himself and his partner. But Kelly can create an entire number for somebody else ... I think, however, that Astaire's coordination is better than Kelly's ... his sense of rhythm is uncanny. Kelly, on the other hand, is the stronger of the two. When he lifts you, he lifts you! ... To sum it up, I'd say they were the two greatest dancing personalities who were ever on screen. But it's like comparing apples and oranges. They're both delicious."

View attachment 67769

After the decline of the Hollywood musical in the late 1950s, Charisse retired from dancing but continued to appear in film and TV productions from the 1960s through the 1990s. She had a supporting role in "Something's Got To Give", the last, unfinished film of Marilyn Monroe. She made cameo appearances in Blue Mercedes's "I Want To Be Your Property" (1987) and Janet Jackson's "Alright" (1990) music videos.

Personal life
Charisse was married to singer Tony Martin from 1948 until her death. The marriage lasted almost 60 years, a notable length among Hollywood marriages, matched in 2008 amongst living American actors by only Eli Wallach and Anne Jackson (also married in 1948).[citation needed] Her first husband, whose surname she kept, was Nico Charisse; they were married from 1939 to 1947.

She had two sons, Nico "Nicky" Charisse from her first marriage, and Tony Martin, Jr., born 1950, from her second. One of her daughters-in-law is Liv Lindeland, who was Playboy magazine's Playmate of the Year for 1972. A niece of hers by marriage is actress Nana Visitor.

Charisse wrote a joint biography with Martin (and Dick Kleiner) entitled The Two of Us (1976). She was featured in the 2001 Guinness Book of World Records under "Most Valuable Legs", since a $5 million insurance policy was reportedly accepted on her legs in 1952. MGM was reputed to have insured her legs for a million dollars each, but Charisse later revealed that that had been an invention of the MGM publicity machine.

Her daughter-in-law, Sheila Charisse, was a victim of the crash of American Airlines Flight 191 in 1979.

In 1990, following similar moves by MGM colleagues Debbie Reynolds and Angela Lansbury, Charisse produced the exercise video Easy Energy Shape Up, targeted for active senior citizens.

Later years and death
In her eighties, Charisse made occasional public appearances and appeared frequently in documentaries spotlighting the golden age of Hollywood. She made her Broadway debut in 1992 in the musical version of Grand Hotel as the aging ballerina.

Publicist Gene Schwam said Charisse was admitted to Cedars-Sinai Medical Center on June 16, 2008 after suffering an apparent heart attack. She died the following day, aged 86.

View attachment 67770

On November 9, 2006, in a private White House ceremony, President George W. Bush presented Cyd Charisse with the National Medal of the Arts and Humanities, the highest official U.S. honor available in the arts.


Something to Shout About (1943)
Mission to Moscow (1943)
Thousands Cheer (1943)
The Harvey Girls (1946)
Ziegfeld Follies (1946)
Three Wise Fools (1946)
Till the Clouds Roll By (1946)
Fiesta (1947)
The Unfinished Dance (1947)
On an Island with You (1948)
The Kissing Bandit (1948)
Words and Music (1948)
East Side, West Side (1949)
Tension (1950)
Mark of the Renegade (1951)
Singin' in the Rain (1952)
The Wild North (1952)
Sombrero (1953)
The Band Wagon (1953)
Easy to Love (1953) (Cameo)
Brigadoon (1954)
Deep in My Heart (1954)
It's Always Fair Weather (1955)
Meet Me in Las Vegas (1956)
Silk Stockings (1957)
Twilight for the Gods (1958)
Party Girl (1958)
Black Tights (1960)
Five Golden Hours (1961)
Two Weeks in Another Town (1962)
Assassination in Rome (1965)
The Silencers (1966)
Maroc 7 (1967)
Film Portrait (1973) (documentary)
Won Ton Ton, the Dog Who Saved Hollywood (1976)
Warlords of Atlantis (1978)
Private Screening (1989)
That's Entertainment! III (1994)

Short subjects:
Rhumba Serenade (1941)
Poeme (1941)
I Knew It Would Be This Way (1941)
Did Anyone Call? (1941)
Magic of Magnolias (1942)
This Love of Mine (1942)
1955 Motion Picture Theatre Celebration (1955)

Music videos
I Want To Be Your Property by Blue Mercedes (1988)
Alright by Janet Jackson (1990)

God Bless Her

Take Care All


Registered User
June 20

Jean Delannoy

Jean Delannoy (January 12, 1908 – June 18, 2008) was a French actor, film editor, screenwriter and film director.

Although Delannoy was born in a Paris suburb, his family is from Haute-Normandie in the north of France. He was a Protestant, a descendant of Huguenots, some of whom fled the country during the French Wars of Religion first to settle in Wallonia then, after their name became De la Noye and then Delano, were on the second ship to emigrate to Plymouth, Massachusetts in America.

Jean Delannoy was a student in Paris when he began acting in silent films. He eventually landed a job with Paramount Studios Parisian facilities, working his way up to head film editor. In 1934 he directed his first film and went on to a long career, both writing and directing. In 1946, his film about a Protestant minister titled La symphonie pastorale was awarded the Palme d'Or at the Cannes Film Festival. In 1960, his film, Maigret tend un piège was nominated for a BAFTA award for "Best Film from any Source."

In recognition of his long service to the French motion picture industry, in 1986 Jean Delannoy was given an Honorary César Award.

Delannoy died of old age on June 18, 2008.

Partial filmography
Paris-Deauville (1934)
La Vénus de l'or (1937)
Macao, l'enfer du jeu (1942)
L'Eternel Retour (1943)
La Part de l'ombre (1945)
La symphonie pastorale (1946)
Les jeux sont faits (1947)
Aux yeux du souvenir (1948)
Le Secret de Mayerling (1949)
Dieu a besoin des hommes (1950)
La Minute de vérité (1952)
Marie-Antoinette reine de France (1956)
The Hunchback of Notre Dame (French title: Notre Dame de Paris) (1957)
Maigret tend un piège (1958)
Venere Imperiale (1963)
Les amitiés particulières (1964)
Le Lit a Deux Places (1965)
Le Majordome (1965)
Le Lit à deux places (1966)
Les Sultans (1966)
Le Soleil des Voyous (1967)
La Peau de torpedo (1970)
Pas folle la guêpe (1972)
Bernadette (1988)
La Passion de Bernadette (1989)
Marie De Nazareth (1995)

God Bless Him

Take Care All


Registered User
George Carlin
(May 12, 1937 – June 22, 2008)

View attachment 68697
Carlin in Trenton on April 4, 2008

George Denis Patrick Carlin (May 12, 1937 – June 22, 2008) was an American stand-up comedian, actor and author who won four Grammy Awards for his comedy albums.
Carlin was especially noted for his political and black humor and his observations on language, psychology, and religion along with many taboo subjects. Carlin and his "Seven Dirty Words" comedy routine were central to the 1978 U.S. Supreme Court case F.C.C. v. Pacifica Foundation, in which a narrow 5-4 decision by the justices affirmed the government's right to regulate Carlin's act on the public airwaves.
In the 2000s, Carlin's stand-up routines focused on the flaws in modern-day America. He often took on contemporary political issues in the United States and satirized the excesses of American culture.
He placed second on the Comedy Central cable television network list of the 10 greatest stand-up comedians, ahead of Lenny Bruce and behind Richard Pryor. He was a frequent performer and guest host on The Tonight Show during the three-decade Johnny Carson era, and was also the first person to host Saturday Night Live.

Early life and career
My grandfather would say: "I'm going upstairs to fuck your grandmother". He was an honest man, and he wasn't going to bullshit a four-year-old.
— George Carlin, "Carlin on Campus"

George Denis Patrick Carlin was born in New York City, the son of Mary (née Bearey), a secretary, and Patrick Carlin, a national advertising manager for the New York Sun. Carlin was of Irish descent and was raised in the Roman Catholic faith.

Carlin grew up on West 121st Street, in a neighborhood of Manhattan which he later said, in a stand-up routine, he and his friends called "White Harlem", because that sounded a lot tougher than its real name of Morningside Heights. He was raised by his mother, who left his father when Carlin was two years old. After 3 semesters, at the age of 14, Carlin involuntarily left Cardinal Hayes High School and briefly attended Bishop Dubois High School in Harlem. He later joined the United States Air Force, training as a radar technician. He was stationed at Barksdale AFB in Bossier City, Louisiana.

During this time he began working as a disc jockey on KJOE, a radio station based in the nearby city of Shreveport. He did not complete his Air Force enlistment. Labeled an "unproductive airman" by his superiors, Carlin was discharged on July 29, 1957. In 1959, Carlin and Jack Burns began as a comedy team when both were working for radio station KXOL in Fort Worth, Texas. After successful performances at Fort Worth's beat coffeehouse, The Cellar, Burns and Carlin headed for California in February 1960 and stayed together for two years as a team before moving on to individual pursuits.

In the 1960s, Carlin began appearing on television variety shows, notably The Ed Sullivan Show. His most famous routines were:

The Indian Sergeant ("You wit' the beads... get outta line")
Stupid disc jockeys ("Wonderful WINO...") — "The Beatles' latest record, when played backwards at slow speed, says 'Dummy! You're playing it backwards at slow speed!'"
Al Sleet, the "hippie-dippie weatherman" — "Tonight's forecast: Dark. Continued dark throughout most of the evening, with some widely-scattered light towards morning."
Jon Carson — the "world never known, and never to be known"
Variations on the first three of these routines appear on Carlin's 1967 debut album, Take Offs and Put Ons, recorded live in 1966 at The Roostertail in Detroit, Michigan.

During this period, Carlin became more popular as a frequent performer and guest host on The Tonight Show during the Johnny Carson era, becoming one of Carson's most frequent substitutes during the host's three-decade reign. Carlin was also cast on Away We Go, a 1967 comedy show. His material during his early career, which included impressions, and his appearance, which consisted of suits and short-cropped hair, has been seen as "conventional", particularly when contrasted with his later antiestablishment material.

Carlin was present at Lenny Bruce's arrest for obscenity. According to legend the police began attempting to detain members of the audience for questioning, and asked Carlin for his identification. Telling the police he did not believe in government issued IDs, he was arrested and taken to jail with Bruce in the same vehicle.[30]


View attachment 68698
George Carlin's 1972 arrest photograph.

Eventually, Carlin changed both his routines and his appearance. He lost some TV bookings by dressing strangely for a comedian of the time, wearing faded jeans and sporting a beard and earrings at a time when clean-cut, well-dressed comedians were in vogue. Using his own persona as a springboard for his new comedy, he was presented by Ed Sullivan in a performance of "The Hair Piece," and quickly regained his popularity as the public caught on to his sense of style.

“ Shit, Piss, Fuck, Cunt, Cocksucker, Motherfucker, Tits. ”
— George Carlin

In this period he also perfected what is perhaps his best-known routine, "Seven Words You Can Never Say on Television", recorded on Class Clown. Carlin was arrested on July 21, 1972 at Milwaukee's Summerfest and charged with violating obscenity laws after performing this routine. The case, which prompted Carlin to refer to the words for a time as, "The Milwaukee Seven", was dismissed in December of that year; the judge declared the language indecent, stating that the language was indecent but cited free speech, as well as the lack of any disturbance. In 1973, a man complained to the FCC that his son had heard a later, similar routine, "Filthy Words", from Occupation: Foole, broadcast one afternoon over WBAI, a Pacifica Foundation FM radio station in New York City. Pacifica received a citation from the FCC, which sought to fine Pacifica for allegedly violating FCC regulations which prohibited broadcasting "obscene" material. The U.S. Supreme Court upheld the FCC action, by a vote of 5 to 4, ruling that the routine was "indecent but not obscene", and the FCC had authority to prohibit such broadcasts during hours when children were likely to be among the audience. F.C.C. v. Pacifica Foundation, 438 U.S. 726 (1978). The court documents contain a complete transcript of the routine.

The controversy only increased Carlin's fame (or notoriety). Carlin eventually expanded the dirty-words theme with a seemingly interminable end to a performance (ending with his voice fading out in one HBO version, and accompanying the credits in the Carlin at Carnegie special for the 1982-83 season), and a set of 49 web pages organized by subject and embracing his "Incomplete List Of Impolite Words".

Carlin was the first-ever host of NBC's Saturday Night Live, debuting on October 11, 1975. (He also hosted SNL on November 10, 1984, where he actually appeared in sketches. The first time he hosted, he only appeared to perform stand-up and introduce the guest acts.) The following season, 1976-77, Carlin also appeared regularly on CBS Television's Tony Orlando & Dawn variety series.

Carlin unexpectedly stopped performing regularly in 1976, when his career appeared to be at its height. For the next five years, he rarely appeared to perform stand-up, although it was at this time he began doing specials for HBO as part of its On Location series. His first two HBO specials aired in 1977 and 1978. It was later revealed that Carlin had suffered the first of his three non-fatal heart attacks during this layoff period.

1980s and 1990s
“ Whoever coined the term "Let the Buyer Beware" was probably bleeding from the asshole. ”
— George Carlin, "You Are All Diseased"

View attachment 68699
In concert at Harrisburg, PA

In 1981, Carlin returned to the stage, releasing A Place For My Stuff, and he returned to HBO and New York City with the Carlin at Carnegie TV special, videotaped at Carnegie Hall and airing during the 1982-83 season. Carlin continued doing HBO specials every year or every other year over the following decade-and-a-half. All of Carlin's albums from this time forward are the HBO specials.

Carlin's acting career was primed with a major supporting role in the 1987 comedy hit Outrageous Fortune, starring Bette Midler and Shelley Long; it was his first notable screen role after a handful of previous guest roles on television series. Playing drifter Frank Madras, the role poked fun at the lingering effect of the 1960s psychedelic counterculture. In 1989, he gained popularity with a new generation of teens when he was cast as Rufus, the time-traveling mentor of the titular characters in Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure and reprised his role in the film sequel Bill and Ted's Bogus Journey as well as the first season of the cartoon series. In 1991, he provided the narrative voice for the American version of the children's show Thomas the Tank Engine & Friends, a role he continued until 1998. He played "Mr. Conductor" on the PBS children's show Shining Time Station which featured Thomas from 1991 to 1993 as well as Shining Time Station TV specials in 1995 and Mr. Conductor's Thomas Tales in 1996. Also in 1991, Carlin had a major supporting role in the movie The Prince of Tides along with Nick Nolte and Barbra Streisand.

Carlin began a weekly Fox Broadcasting sitcom, The George Carlin Show, in 1993, playing New York City cab driver "George O'Grady". He quickly included a variation of the "Seven Words" in the plot. The show ran 27 episodes through December 1995.

In 1997, his first hardcover book, Brain Droppings, was published, and sold over 750,000 copies as of 2001.[citation needed] Carlin was honored at the 1997 Aspen Comedy Festival with a retrospective George Carlin: 40 Years of Comedy hosted by Jon Stewart.

In 1999, Carlin played a supporting role as a satirically marketing-oriented Roman Catholic cardinal in filmmaker Kevin Smith's movie Dogma. He worked with Smith again with a cameo appearance in Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back, and later played an atypically serious role in Jersey Girl, as the blue collar father of Ben Affleck's character.

In 2001, Carlin was given a Lifetime Achievement Award at the 15th Annual American Comedy Awards.

In December 2003, California U.S. Representative Doug Ose introduced a bill (H.R. 3687) to outlaw the broadcast of Carlin's seven "dirty words", including "compound use (including hyphenated compounds) of such words and phrases with each other or with other words or phrases, and other grammatical forms of such words and phrases (including verb, adjective, gerund, participle, and infinitive forms)". (The bill omits "tits", but includes "ass" and "asshole", which were not part of Carlin's original routine.)

The following year, Carlin was fired from his headlining position at the MGM Grand Hotel in Las Vegas after an altercation with his audience. After a poorly received set filled with dark references to suicide bombings and beheadings, Carlin stated that he couldn't wait to get out of "this fucking hotel" and Las Vegas in general, claiming he wanted to go back East "where the real people are". He continued to insult his audience, stating

People who go to Las Vegas, you've got to question their fucking intellect to start with. Traveling hundreds and thousands of miles to essentially give your money to a large corporation is kind of fucking moronic. That's what I'm always getting here is these kind of fucking people with very limited intellects.

An audience member shouted back that Carlin should "stop degrading us", at which point Carlin responded "Thank you very much, whatever that was. I hope it was positive; if not, well blow me." He was immediately fired by MGM Grand and soon after announced he would enter rehab for drug and alcohol addiction.

For years, Carlin had performed regularly as a headliner in Las Vegas. He began a tour through the first half of 2006, and had a new HBO Special on November 5, 2005 entitled Life is Worth Losing, which was shown live from the Beacon Theatre in New York City. Topics covered included suicide, natural disasters (and the impulse to see them escalate in severity), cannibalism, genocide, human sacrifice, threats to civil liberties in America, and how an argument can be made that humans are inferior to animals.

On February 1, 2006, Carlin mentioned to the crowd, during his Life is Worth Losing set at the Tachi Palace Casino in Lemoore, California, that he had been discharged from the hospital only six weeks previously for "heart failure" and "pneumonia", citing the appearance as his "first show back".

Carlin provided the voice of Fillmore, a character in the Disney/Pixar animated feature Cars, which opened in theaters on June 9, 2006. The character Fillmore, who is presented as an antiestablishment hippie, is a VW Microbus with a psychedelic paint job, whose front license plate reads "51237" — Carlin's birthday.

Carlin's last HBO stand-up special, It's Bad for Ya, aired live on March 1, 2008 in Santa Rosa, CA at the Wells Fargo Center For The Arts. Many of the themes that appeared in this HBO special included "American Bullshit", "Rights", "Death", "Old Age", and "Child Rearing". Carlin had been working the new material for this HBO special for several months prior in concerts all over the country.

On June 18, 2008, four days before his death, the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, DC announced that Carlin would be the 2008 honoree of the Mark Twain Prize for American Humor to be awarded in November of that year.

Personal life
In 1961, Carlin married Brenda Hosbrook (born August 5, 1936, died May 11, 1997), whom he had met while touring the previous year, in her parents' living room in Dayton, Ohio. The couple had a daughter, Kelly, in 1963. In 1971, George and Brenda renewed their wedding vows in Las Vegas, Nevada. Brenda died of liver cancer a day before Carlin's 60th birthday, in 1997.

Carlin later married Sally Wade on June 24, 1998, and the marriage lasted until his death - two days before their tenth anniversary.

In December 2004, Carlin announced that he would be voluntarily entering a drug rehabilitation facility to receive treatment for his dependency on alcohol and painkillers.

Carlin did not vote and often criticized elections as an illusion of choice. He said he last voted for George McGovern, who ran for President in 1972 against Richard Nixon.


“ If God had intended us not to masturbate he would've made our arms shorter. ”
— George Carlin

Although raised in the Roman Catholic faith, Carlin often denounced the idea of God in interviews and performances, most notably with his "Invisible Man in the Sky" and "There Is No God" routines. In mockery, he invented the parody religion Frisbeetarianism for a newspaper contest. He defined it as the belief that when a person dies "his soul gets flung onto a roof, and just stays there", and cannot be retrieved.

Carlin also joked that he worshipped the Sun, because he could actually see it, but prayed to Joe Pesci (a good friend of his in real life) because "he's a good actor", and "looks like a guy who can get things done!"

Carlin also introduced the "Two Commandments", a revised "pocket-sized" list of the Ten Commandments in his HBO special Complaints and Grievances, ending with the additional commandment of "Thou shalt keep thy religion to thyself."


“ The very existence of flame throwers proves that some time, somewhere, someone said to themselves, You know, I want to set those people over there on fire, but I'm just not close enough to get the job done. ”
— George Carlin

Carlin's themes have been known for causing considerable controversy in the American media. His most usual topic was (in his words) humanity's "bullshit", which might include murder, genocide, war, rape, corruption, religion and other aspects of human civilization. His delivery frequently treated these subjects in a misanthropic and nihilistic fashion, such as in his statement during the Life is Worth Losing show: "I look at it this way... For centuries now, man has done everything he can to destroy, defile, and interfere with nature: clear-cutting forests, strip-mining mountains, poisoning the atmosphere, over-fishing the oceans, polluting the rivers and lakes, destroying wetlands and aquifers... so when nature strikes back, and smacks him on the head and kicks him in the nuts, I enjoy that. I have absolutely no sympathy for human beings whatsoever. None. And no matter what kind of problem humans are facing, whether it's natural or man-made, I always hope it gets worse."

View attachment 68700
George Carlin in Trenton, New Jersey April 4, 2008

Language was a frequent focus of Carlin's work. Euphemisms that in his view, seek to distort and lie, and the use of language he felt was pompous, presumptuous or silly, were often the target of Carlin's routines.

Carlin also gave special attention to prominent topics in American and Western Culture, such as obsession with fame and celebrity, consumerism, Christianity, political alienation, corporate control, hypocrisy, child raising, fast food diet, news stations, self-help publications, patriotism, sexual taboos, certain uses of technology and surveillance, and the pro-life position, among many others.

Carlin openly communicated in his shows and in his interviews that his purpose for existence was entertainment, that he was "here for the show". He professed a hearty schadenfreude in watching the rich spectrum of humanity slowly self-destruct, in his estimation, of its own design; saying, "When you're born, you get a ticket to the freak show. When you're born in America, you get a front-row seat." He acknowledged that this is a very selfish thing, especially since he included large human catastrophes as entertainment.

In a late-1990s interview with radio talk show host Art Bell, he remarked about his view of human life: "I think we're already 'circling the drain' as a species, and I'd love to see the circles get a little faster and a little shorter."

In the same interview, he recounted his experience of a California earthquake in the early-1970s as: "...an amusement park ride. Really, I mean it's such a wonderful thing to realize that you have absolutely no control... and to see the dresser move across the bedroom floor unassisted... is just exciting." Later he summarized: "I really think there's great human drama in destruction and nature unleashed and I don't get enough of it."

A routine in Carlin's 1999 HBO special You Are All Diseased focusing on airport security leads up to the statement: "Take a fucking chance! Put a little fun in your life! ... most Americans are soft and frightened and unimaginative and they don't realize there's such a thing as dangerous fun, and they certainly don't recognize a good show when they see one."

Carlin had always included politics as part of his material (along with the wordplay and sex jokes), but by the mid-1980s had become a strident social critic, in both his HBO specials and the book compilations of his material. His HBO viewers got an especially sharp taste of this in his take on the Ronald Reagan administration during the 1988 special What Am I Doing In New Jersey? broadcast live from the Park Theatre in Union City, New Jersey.

On June 22, 2008, Carlin was admitted to St. John's Hospital in Santa Monica, California after complaining of chest pain. He died later that day at 5:55 p.m. PDT of heart failure at the age of 71.

Collection of works

Date of release Title Record Label
1963 Burns and Carlin at the Playboy Club Tonight ERA Records
1966 Take-Offs and Put-Ons One Way Records
January 27, 1972 FM & AM Eardrum Records
September 29, 1972 Class Clown Little David/Atlantic
October 1973 Occupation: Foole Little David
November 1974 Toledo Window Box Little David
October 1975 An Evening with Wally Londo Featuring Bill Slaszo Little David
April 1977 On the Road Little David/Atlantic
November 1981 A Place for My Stuff Atlantic
1984 Carlin on Campus Atlantic
July 30, 1986 Playin' with Your Head Atlantic
August 15, 1988 What Am I Doing In New Jersey? Atlantic
November 20, 1990 Parental Advisory: Explicit Lyrics Atlantic
November 10, 1992 Jammin' in New York Atlantic
October 27, 1992 Classic Gold Atlantic
April 10, 1995 Killer Carlin Uproar Entertainment
September 17, 1996 Back in Town Atlantic
May 14, 1999 You Are All Diseased Eardrum
October 19, 1999 The Little David Years (1971-1977) Atlantic
December 11, 2001 Complaints and Grievances Eardrum/Atlantic
March 12, 2002 George Carlin on Comedy Laugh.com
January 10, 2006 Life Is Worth Losing Eardrum/Atlantic
2008 It's Bad for Ya Eardrum/Atlantic

Year Movie
1968 With Six You Get Eggroll
1976 Car Wash
1979 Americathon
1987 Outrageous Fortune
1989 Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure
1990 Working Trash
1991 Bill & Ted's Bogus Journey
The Prince of Tides
1999 Dogma
2001 Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back
2003 Scary Movie 3
2004 Jersey Girl
2005 Tarzan II
The Aristocrats
2006 Cars
2007 Happily N'Ever After

HBO specials
Special Year
George Carlin at USC 1977
George Carlin: Again! 1978
Carlin at Carnegie Hall 1982
Carlin on Campus 1984
Playin' with Your Head 1986
What Am I Doing in New Jersey? 1988
Doin' It Again 1990
Jammin' in New York 1992
Back in Town 1996
George Carlin: 40 Years of Comedy 1997
You Are All Diseased 1999
Complaints and Grievances 2001
Life Is Worth Losing 2005
It's Bad for Ya 2008

"All My Stuff", a boxset of Carlin's first 12 stand-up specials (excluding George Carlin: 40 Years of Comedy) with bonus material was released in September 2007

Book Year Notes

Sometimes a Little Brain Damage Can Help 1984 ISBN 0-89471-271-3
Brain Droppings 1997 ISBN 0-7868-8321-9
Napalm and Silly Putty 2001 ISBN 0-7868-8758-3
When Will Jesus Bring the Pork Chops? 2004 ISBN 1-4013-0134-7
Three Times Carlin: An Orgy of George 2006 ISBN 978-1-4013-0243-6

The Kraft Summer Music Hall (1966)
That Girl (Guest appearance) (1966)
The Flip Wilson Show (writer, performer) (1971-1973)
Justin Case (as "Justin Case") (1988) TV movie directed Blake Edwards
The George Carlin Show (as "George O'Grady") (1994) Fox
Thomas the Tank Engine and Friends (as American Narrator) (1991-1998)
Shining Time Station (as "Mr. Conductor") (1991-1993)
Streets of Laredo (as "Billy Williams")

Brain Droppings
Napalm & Silly Putty
More Napalm & Silly Putty
George Carlin Reads To You
When Will Jesus Bring the Pork Chops?

In popular culture
In the early to mid-1960's George Carlin appeared in advertising as a spokesman for Ozark Airlines.
George Carlin appeared in the Simpsons episode "D'oh-in In the Wind" as a former hippie.
In "Homie the Clown," Krusty the Clown is told he's being sued by Carlin for plagiarizing the Seven Words You Cannot Say On TV. Krusty tries to defend himself by claiming that his seven dirty words were "entirely different" from Carlin's.
In the second season episode of Everybody Hates Chris, titled "Everybody Hates Dirty Jokes", Chris gets suspended from school for telling jokes based on Carlin's "Seven Dirty Words" routine.
In an episode of That '70s Show, the disc jockey, Donna, is fired from her job and replaced by a girl who is willing to show more skin in advertisements. In order to get them back, her boyfriend, Eric, convinces Donna to trick the new girl into playing George Carlin's "Seven Dirty Words" routine on the air to get her fired. Also, Eric says that after listening to it, he can say a number which is the number of the dirty word Carlin uses. When swearing, Eric only uses numbers.
Rick Moranis portrayed Carlin in several sketches on the late-night television comedy Second City Television (SCTV) in the early 1980s.
In CKY3, a clip is shown where Carlin says, "I know things you never see. Like you never see someone take a shit while running at full speed." Immediately after this clip is shown, there is a clip of Raab Himself disproving Carlin's statement by taking 18 ex-lax tablets and then defecating while running.

God Bless Him

Take Care All


Registered User
Dody Goodman
(October 28, 1914 – June 22, 2008)

Dolores "Dody" Goodman (October 28, 1914 – June 22, 2008) was an American character actress known for her portrayal of the title character's (played by Louise Lasser) mother on Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman. Her high-pitched voice could be heard announcing the show's title at the beginning of each episode.

Born Dolores Goodman in Columbus, Ohio, Goodman was notoriously secretive about her age, successfully shaving off 15 years (giving a birthyear of 1929) for many years before the discrepancy was publicly debunked.

Goodman gained a measure of newspaper column space for her dancing solos in such Broadway musicals as High Button Shoes (1947), and Wonderful Town (1953). In 1955, she stopped the show in Off Broadway's Shoestring Revue with the novelty song "Someone's Been Sending Me Flowers." She returned to Broadway in 1974 to appear in Lorelei with Carol Channing.

Adopting the guise of a fey airhead, Goodman was good for a few off-the-wall quotes whenever she submitted to an interview. She came to the attention of nighttime talkshow host Jack Paar who, after becoming enchanted with her ditzy persona and seemingly spontaneous malaprops, invited the lady to become a semi-regular on The Tonight Show.

As Goodman's fame grew, she became difficult to handle on the show, and Paar was not happy with her upstaging habits. Commenting on another guest one evening, Paar quipped "Give them enough rope." "And they'll skip!" ad-libbed Goodman brightly. Dropped summarily by Paar in 1958, Goodman spent the next decade showing up on other talk programs, game shows and summer stock as a "professional celebrity."

Following Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman, Goodman's career gained momentum with regular appearances on TV's Diff'rent Strokes and Texas, movie roles Grease and cartoon voiceover work The Chipmunk Adventure.

Goodman posed for photographs by Cris Alexander in the Patrick Dennis mock-biography First Lady, as Martha Dinwiddie's sister Clytie, who in the story married a European Count Przyzplätcki (pron. "splatsky") and perished on the S. S. Titanic. She also helped produce another book with Alexander's photography entitled Women, Women, Women!

She died June 22, 2008 at the Englewood, New Jersey Hospital and Medical Center, after having lived at Englewood's famed Lillian Booth Actors' Home, since October of 2007.

God Bless Him

Take Care All


Registered User
Mark Priestley
View attachment 83679

Mark Priestley (9 August 1976 – 27 August 2008), was an Australian actor. Born in Perth, Western Australia, he graduated from the National Institute of Dramatic Art (NIDA) with a degree in Performing Arts (acting) in 1999. His first big TV break was when he appeared in The Farm in 2000 and met director Kate Woods. She gave him a role in her mini-series Changi in 2001.

Priestley played a semi-regular role in The Secret Life of Us and appeared in Blue Heelers before his first on-air appearance in All Saints in July 2004. Priestley was a long-time friend of Wil Traval, his co-star on All Saints. The two were known to get up to countless pranks on set.

Priestley also had some notable theatre credits. He worked with the Bell Shakespeare Company, playing Silvio in The Servant of Two Masters, as well as with The Sydney Theatre Company in Major Barbara, both in 2003.

On the afternoon of 27 August 2008 Priestley checked into the Swissotel in Market Street, Sydney. He was found dead on an awning of the Myer store at Pitt St, on the corner of Market St, Sydney, at 2pm. Police sources said the 32-year-old jumped from the Swissotel and was killed instantly. There are unconfirmed reports he plunged from a 22nd-floor room. The actor was believed to have been suffering from depression.

A statement issued by the Seven Network said that Priestley was a "tremendous young person" who was loved and respected by the cast and crew of All Saints. Seven’s Director of Programming and Production, Tim Worner, wrote in the statement: "Mark was such a brilliant artist ... his work on stage and screen was admired by everybody who knew him."

Notable roles
All Saints (2004-2008) - Dan Goldman
The Secret Life of Us (2005) - Marcus Nelson
Loot (2004) - McLachlan
Blurred (2002) - Calvin the Holden Boy
Changi (2001) - John 'Curley' Foster
The Farm (2001) - Johnno McCormick
Better Than Sex (2000) - Guy A
Warlords Battlecry (2000) (voice in videogame)
Water Rats (2000) - Luke Harris
Marriage Acts (2000) - Dan Hawkins


Registered User
Geoffrey Perkins
View attachment 83961

Geoffrey Perkins (22 February 1953 - 29 August 2008) was a comedy producer, writer, and performer, who had been a central figure in British comedy broadcasting. He was educated at Harrow County School for Boys. He died in a road traffic accident in Marylebone, London on 29 August 2008.

He worked for several years in BBC Radio Light Entertainment, producing such shows as The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy. Along with Angus Deayton, he wrote and performed in Radio Active, which transferred to television as KYTV. He later produced The Uncyclopaedia of Rock for Capital Radio, which won the Monaco Radio Award. He created the game Mornington Crescent for the radio show I'm Sorry I Haven't A Clue.

View attachment 83962

He was a director of Hat Trick Productions, an independent television and radio production company for several years. His writing and production credits for television include Spitting Image, Saturday Live, Harry Enfield's Television Programme, Ben Elton: The Man From Auntie, Game On, Father Ted, and The Thin Blue Line.

He became BBC Television's Head of Comedy in 1995, and was an executive producer for Tiger Aspect.

He was married to Lisa Braun, who was a studio manager during the radio production of The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy.

In 2005 he cameoed in the fourth radio series of Hitchhiker's (The Quandary Phase), as the producer of the radio show Arthur Dent worked on, essentially playing himself to Arthur's Douglas Adams.

God Bless Him

Take Care All