Take time to deliberate, but when the time for action has arrived, stop thinking and go in.
- Napoleon

Monday, June 23, 2008


You know the old wives' tale about celebrity deaths, right? They always die in threes. Well recently we lost two great celebrities - not a thing similar about them, but both great in their own rights.

First, we lost Cyd Charisse. If you aren't familiar with this lady's work, go out an rent Brigadoon immediately. An excellent dancer, a beautiful lady and one hell of an actress. If you don't feel her disappointment when Tommy leaves, you need a heart transplant. And when she sings "Waitin' for Ma Dearie"... I love that song and I love her singing it. I don't think it would've been half as good if it had been any other actress.

Then we lost George Carlin. In honor of the man, I posted a piece of his wit as my quote of the day. He was a man unafraid of speaking his mind, and while I didn't always agree with him, I certainly respective his chutzpah in saying the things he said. Also an actor, you may know him from Bill and Ted's Excellent Adventure (where he played Rufus... dude) or more recently as the cardinal in Dogma. But of all his comedic genius, he was probably best know for his 'Seven Dirty Words' routine. He was mostly irreverant, occasionally crude, and sometimes out there in left field, but always funny.

They will both be missed, but they will live on in our hearts and our memories. (And on TMC or YouTube.)

Now, for the million dollar question: If celebrities really do die in threes, who's next? (Or did I miss one?) I'm going out on a limb and predicting the next famous person to die will be Senator Ted Kennedy. (Not a huge stretch since the announcement of his brain cancer, but there it is.)

ETA: Travis Erwin pointed out Tim Russert, so there's three. Anyone else?

PS. I just spent an hour on YouTube watching George Carlin (and then various other comedians) so forgive me if I'm in less than a proper mindset to talk about anything serious.


Travis Erwin said...

Maybe the thrid one was Tim Russert?

B.E. Sanderson said...

Ooooo, I totally forgot about him, which seems impossible since his death is getting more press than anyone else's. Maybe I was repressing. There's three. Anyone else dead recently?