Tag Archives: Elizabeth Taylor

Rock Hudson: First Famous Face of AIDS

Before Rock Hudson, 59, was outed as suffering from AIDS in July of 1985, other well-known figures had contracted HIV and even died of the resulting syndrome, but no household names of Hudson's caliber — and certainly no icons of masculinity and wholesomeness. Rock in his heyday (Image via movie still) By July of 1985, Hudson…
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‘Honey West’ Actor John Ericson Dies @ 93

John Ericson, the handsome German-born actor who made his mark on Broadway, in the movies, on TV and in the pages of Playgirl Magazine, died at 93 on May 3 at his home in Santa Fe, New Mexico. THR reports the actor died of pneumonia. Born on September 25, 1926, in Düsseldorf, Germany, he moved…
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Franco Zeffirelli, Italian Auteur Director, Dies @ 96

Franco Zeffirelli, the Italian director known for his interpretations of the work of the Bard on film and onstage, died Friday in Rome following a long illness. The filmmaker, one of the only living people shown to have been directly descended from Leonardo da Vinci (1452-1519), was 96. The film that is his most lasting…
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Madonna at 60: ‘You Think About Age Too Much’

Vanessa Grigoriadis for The New York Times Magazine profiles Madonna in this weekend's edition, focusing on what the idol, 60, has accomplished, is still accomplishing, and intends to accomplish in the future. Madonnas (Main images by JR for The New York Times) It's a remarkably perceptive read, and it is reassuring to read this kind…
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Past & Curious: Gere’s F-Buddy, Liz and Dick & More!

Links to the past with relevance today ... EW: Aretha!: A Grammy Celebration for the Queen of Soul is set to air Sunday. Check out this behind-the-scenes sneak peek! Millennials who think they invented selfies? Call me. (GIF via GIPHY) EXTRATV: A famous designer kisses and tells about a fling with Richard Gere, 69, back…
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Stanley Donen, Last of the Golden Age Directors, Dies @ 94

Stanley Donen, the final surviving director from the Golden Age of Hollywood — and one of its most acclaimed — died of heart failure February 21 at home in Manhattan, his sons confirmed. (See ExtraTV.com for a version of his obit.) He was 94. Donen was born April 13, 1924, in South Carolina. To deal…
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Offbeat Director Nicolas Roeg Dies @ 90

He directed Mick Jagger (b. 1943), David Bowie (1947-2016) and Elizabeth Taylor (1932-2011), among many others, establishing himself as an iconoclastic, visually adventurous director. (more…)
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Lypsinka Slays Wigstock

Lypsinka, a performer who reveres and revives famous folks of the past in her inimitable (and increasingly rare) live performances, lip-synched everyone under the table at Saturday's Wigstock revival in NYC. (more…)
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