Category Archives: ’60s

Kathy Garver Is ‘Aunt Cissy’!

Kathy Garver, 73, is one of those actors who has been blessed and cursed with instant recognition from an iconic project — she was sweet Cissy on TV's Family Affair (1966-1971), coming into our living rooms weekly with Brian Keith (1921-1997), Sebastian Cabot (1918-1977), Johnny Whitaker (b. 1959) and Anissa Jones (1958-1976). Forever Cissy (Images…
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Denise Nickerson of ‘Willy Wonka’ Dies @ 62

Denise Nickerson, best-known as Violet Beauregarde in the classic 1971 film Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory, died Wednesday. She was 62. THR reports her family removed her from life support Tuesday after she suffered a seizure. She had suffered a “severe stroke” in 2018 and had battled various health issues for at least a…
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Past & Curious: Tab Hunter + Valentina Cortese & More!

Links from the past with relevance today: Keeping Tabs (Image via SXSW) NEWNOWNEXT: Tab Hunter died at 86 a year ago. Now, his husband, Allan Glaser (b. 1959), is opening up about his death, which came out of nowhere. Cortese in her Oscar-nominated Day for Night (1973) role (GIF via Warner Bros.) NYT: Iconic Italian…
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Oscar Nominee Rip Torn Dies @ 88

Rip Torn, the force-of-nature actor who won an Emmy for his performance on The Larry Sanders Show, died Tuesday. He was 88. Torn in the 1997 mega-hit Men in Black (Image via Sony) His publicist announced that Torn died "peacefully at his home" in Lakeville, Connecticut, with his actress wife Amy Wright (b. 1950) and…
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Full ‘Judy’ Trailer Is Here

Renée Zellweger's take on Judy Garland (1922-1969) is coming this September. "Oh, please — I'm Judy." (Image via 20th Century Fox) Now, we have a full trailer by which to judge her impersonation (and through which to hear her vocal stylings). What do you think? Do these put you over the rainbow, or do the…
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‘Won Ton Ton’: A Dog of a Picture, but What a Cast

Have you ever seen Won Ton Ton, the Dog Who Saved Hollywood? Kahn, and the gun was to keep people in their seats (Image via Paramount) The 1976 film is ostensibly a comedy, but there is precious little joy in it — just a lot of celebrity cameos that would have been even more priceless were…
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Married John Schneider Marries + Disney Legend Dies & More!

Links to the past with relevance today: Did he have a best man, or a good ol' boy? (GIF via GIPHY) PEOPLE: John Schneider, 59, just got married — except he's still married to his most recent wife. Which is "General Lee" not acceptable. He has The Fog-giest. (Image via AVCO-Embassy) VARIETY: John Carpenter, 71,…
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Arte Johnson, ‘Verrry Interesting’ Comic Actor, Dies @ 90

Not long after the passing of similarly zany comic Tim Conway, also known for a bag of lunatic personae, Arte Johnson has died at 90. As creepy Renfield, with George Hamilton, in Love at First Bite (Image via AIP) He died after fighting bladder and prostate cancer for three years, his family announced. Born January…
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‘Alf’ Actor Max Wright Dies @ 75

Max Wright, who became known as Willie Tanner on Alf (1986-1990), died Wednesday of cancer. He was 75. Max Wright, August 2, 1943-June 26, 2019 (Images via NBC) Wright had been diagnosed with lymphoma in 1995. A stage actor first, Wright made his TV debut on an episode of Great Performances in 1974, in a…
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Past & Curious: Farrah’s Legacy, ‘Meatballs’ Love & More!

Links to the past with relevance today: Take a bow, Angel ... (GIF via GIPHY) PEOPLE: Ten years ago today, June 25, Farrah Fawcett (1947-2009) died after a long fight with anal cancer. Now, those who were around her recall her mission to destigmatize the killer disease. Her oncologist, Dr. Laurence Piro, recalls: “Farrah was…
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