Past & Curious: Nichelle’s Agony, Sly’s Ancient Turtles!

Links to the past with relevance today:

Nichols is in a bad way — and you feel for her. (GIF via GIPHY)

PAGE SIX: Nichelle Nichols, 86, can be heard screaming for her life in a heartbreaking recording leaked in the midst of a struggle over whether she needs a conservator. The Star Trek icon reportedly suffers from dementia.

Myself with Bob Mackie — full story (Image via Matthew Rettenmund)

VOGUE: An amazing oral history of "genius" Bob Mackie, 80! In it, he says:

Of course, my favorite movie star at that point was Carmen Miranda [1909-1955] because she was so much fun and she wore so many funny things, and so many colors, and high funny shoes, and fruit in her hat, and all this sort of thing. And then when I was about 10 or 11 years old, I went to see An American in Paris [1951], and when the ballet came on, I just thought it was the most beautiful thing I’d ever seen. I thought, “Wow! This is beautiful. I bet I could do this.” Thank God when you’re young you’re kind of stupid and you just go forward and keep pushing. I stopped and looked to see if I could find out: Well, how did this happen? They had the costume designer’s name there. Irene Sharaff became my favorite, my idol. I wasn’t that interested in fashion, I really wanted to be part of the entertainment industry, and that’s kind of how it all started. I never kind of wondered what I would do, I just thought I’d do that.

Those turtles are pushin' 50! (Image via Instagram)

LITTLE THINGS: The turtles from Rocky (1976) are still alive! And they're owned by Sylvester Stallone, 72.

Always very necessary (Image via album cover)

EXTRATV: The secret to the success of the iconic rap group Salt-N-Pepa.

Caridi was told by AMPAS: "You're finished." (Image via head shot)

THR: Carmine Caridi, an actor who appeared in The Godfather II (1974) and who in 2004 was expelled from AMPAS for selling his Oscar screeners, has died at 85.

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