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    We thought it would be a good idea to start gathering the RIPs in one thread. We start tonight with the death of actor Ben Gazzara.

    Ben Gazzara, an intense actor whose long career included playing Brick in the original “Cat on a Hot Tin Roof” on Broadway, roles in influential films by John Cassavetes and work with several generations of top Hollywood directors, died on Friday afternoon in Manhattan. He was 81.

    He died of pancreatic cancer at Bellevue Hospital Center, his lawyer, Jay Julien, said. Mr. Gazzara lived in Manhattan.
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    Ya know who else is dead, is Charles Dickens.

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    • #3
      81... dies of Cancer not a bad run compared to others with the disease.
      He did a great rendition as a Porno tycoon along with Jeff bridges in the Big Lebowski!
      "After all is said and done, more is said than done."
      Aesop

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      • #4
        RIP Whitney Houston

        Wow, what a shame. She was 48. http://www.theinsider.com/gossip/496...ead/index.html
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          It is a shame. I need to qualify this with the fact that as a singer, I hated, loathed Houston. I'm sorry if that sounds disrespectful, but no matter what I thought of her music, 48 is too young. She certainly got the brunt of all that celebrity can dish out. It's a pity.
          People will believe anything, which means I will believe anything…I want to start believing in things that have shapeliness and harmony.
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          • #6
            I get it Nobert. I loved "I wanna dance with somebody" for the energy, but I have always preferred Dolly Parton's "I will always love you."
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            • #7
              this one took me by surprise ... RIP Whitney.
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              • #8
                I will always love you!
                "After all is said and done, more is said than done."
                Aesop

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                • #9
                  Yeah I saw that last night, we were at dinner and my friend was checking facebook for something else that we were talking about and it was in someone feed. Totally shocked about that one...
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                  • #10
                    Apparently Whitney's 18 year old daughter was admitted to the hospital with "undisclosed symptoms".
                    http://brokenspokedesign.com

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by Nobert View Post
                      It is a shame. I need to qualify this with the fact that as a singer, I hated, loathed Houston. I'm sorry if that sounds disrespectful, but no matter what I thought of her music, 48 is too young.
                      Really?

                      I was never a fan of that type of music, but I always thought she was (at least in her prime) tremendously likable.

                      She seemed to have a universal appeal, and for that late '80s early '90s she was THE American singer with no real peer.
                      Her appeal really transcended race. She became what I think as being the very first black "all-American girl next door" in a way.
                      She had the great voice, but she also had tremendous artistic sensibilities Where subsequent Divas tend to lay the melisma on way too thick, she would pick her spots much more dramatically. Same with all the vocal techniques, she was more careful not to overdo them.

                      The Superbowl national anthem performance* was like a moment in history and you KNEW it was when you watched it.





                      * It WAS lip synched, but it was still a remarkable rendition.
                      Keep Saturn in Saturnalia.

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                      • #12
                        Matter of taste, I suppose. I am slightly allergic to mellisma.

                        What seems more significant is that she quickly became go-to material for the tabloids and celebrity rags once she hit the A-list roller-coaster of personal problems. I can't imagine having to live like that. Whether said issues had anything to do with her untimely demise, I don't know, but being chewed up by fame is getting to be as much a statistical norm as being trapped by poverty.
                        People will believe anything, which means I will believe anything…I want to start believing in things that have shapeliness and harmony.
                        -Kurt Vonnegut, Jr.

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by Nobert View Post
                          Matter of taste, I suppose. I am slightly allergic to mellisma.

                          Well, she probably did set the table on that.

                          Though I think Stevie Wonder's later stuff was the real culprit.
                          I do thing she was much more careful in how she handled various techniques than any of the divas that came later.
                          Keep Saturn in Saturnalia.

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                          • #14
                            Wow, "melisma" I have always disliked the way most modern singers do that but I never knew it had a name.

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                            • #15
                              I just had to google that Kool

                              Didn't know there was a name for it
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