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Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Nanu Nanu

    Normally, this blog is about writing and reading and things book related (and yes, movie and television related too) but today….today I’m doing something a little different. I have to say I am stunned by the passing of Robin Williams. A talented man, and from all accounts, a gentle soul, I grew up watching and listening to him (I feel the same about Bill Cosby…funny, funny men).  I loved his stand-up routines (I would have loved to have seen him in person, but some things are better on DVD or VHS and I’ll tell you why…you can play it again, hit that rewind button and catch all the things you missed while you were laughing/crying (and yes, I will admit, there were a few times when I laughed so hard, I almost peed my pants!)
     His appearances on the late night talk shows always had me staying up later than my usual bedtime but I couldn’t miss them because you never knew what would come out of his mouth (and I loved how Johnny Carson and David Letterman would crack up! That in itself was a reason to watch). 
     Then there were his movies. My favorites are Mrs. Doubtfire (“My first day as a woman and I am already having hot flashes”), Jack, Dead Poets Society, and Aladdin. And of course, Hook.
      Not only did his movies make you laugh (as we know, laughing is good for one’s soul…it has healing properties) but there was always a life lesson hidden within the laughter.  
     Lauren Bacall passed away last week as well. A Classy Dame my father called her (coming from my father, this was high praise) and she truly was a class act. From Key Largo and To Have and Have Not (“You know how to whistle, don’t you, Steve?”) to How to Marry a Millionaire and The Mirror Has Two Faces, she’d come on the screen with her distinct voice and beautiful face and you were mesmerized. At least, I was.  
     Both actors left an impression on me, both for different reasons, and I am grateful for having the opportunity to watch and be entertained.
     To quote Bob Hope (another great, in my opinion), thanks for the memories!

Keep laughing (and reading and writing)!

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