Deathiversary: Gil Scott-Heron (May 27, 2011)

π™Άπš’πš• πš‚πšŒπš˜πšπš-π™·πšŽπš›πš˜πš— (April 1, 1949 – May 27, 2011) πšœπš˜πšžπš• πšŠπš—πš πš“πšŠπš£πš£ πš™πš˜πšŽπš, πš–πšžπšœπš’πšŒπš’πšŠπš—, πšŠπš—πš πšŠπšžπšπš‘πš˜πš›, πš”πš—πš˜πš πš— πš™πš›πš’πš–πšŠπš›πš’πš•πš’ πšπš˜πš› πš‘πš’πšœ πš πš˜πš›πš” 𝚊𝚜 𝚊 πšœπš™πš˜πš”πšŽπš—-πš πš˜πš›πš πš™πšŽπš›πšπš˜πš›πš–πšŽπš› πš’πš— πšπš‘πšŽ 𝟷𝟿𝟽𝟢𝚜 πšŠπš—πš 𝟷𝟿𝟾𝟢𝚜, πšπš’πšŽπšœ πš˜πš— πšπš‘πšŽ πšŠπšπšπšŽπš›πš—πš˜πš˜πš— 𝚘𝚏 π™ΌπšŠπš’ 𝟸𝟽, 𝟸𝟢𝟷𝟷, πšŠπšπšπšŽπš› πš‹πšŽπšŒπš˜πš–πš’πš—πš πš’πš•πš• πšžπš™πš˜πš— πš›πšŽπšπšžπš›πš—πš’πš—πš πšπš›πš˜πš– 𝚊 π™΄πšžπš›πš˜πš™πšŽπšŠπš— πšπš›πš’πš™. πš‚πšŒπš˜πšπš-π™·πšŽπš›πš˜πš— πšŒπš˜πš—πšπš’πš›πš–πšœ πš™πš›πšŽπšŸπš’πš˜πšžπšœ πš™πš›πšŽπšœπšœ πšœπš™πšŽπšŒπšžπš•πšŠπšπš’πš˜πš— πšŠπš‹πš˜πšžπš πš‘πš’πšœ πš‘πšŽπšŠπš•πšπš‘ πš πš‘πšŽπš— πš‘πšŽ πšπš’πšœπšŒπš•πš˜πšœπšŽπšœ πš’πš— 𝚊 𝟸𝟢𝟢𝟾 π™½πšŽπš  πšˆπš˜πš›πš” π™ΌπšŠπšπšŠπš£πš’πš—πšŽ πš’πš—πšπšŽπš›πšŸπš’πšŽπš  πšπš‘πšŠπš πš‘πšŽ πš’πšœ π™·π™Έπš…-πš™πš˜πšœπš’πšπš’πšŸπšŽ. πšƒπš‘πšŽ πš›πšŽπšŸπš˜πš•πšžπšπš’πš˜πš— πš πš’πš•πš• πš—πš˜πš πš‹πšŽ πšπšŽπš•πšŽπšŸπš’πšœπšŽπš.

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Deathiversary: Black Dahlia (January 15, 1947)

Today marks the deathiversary of Elizabeth Short aka The Black Dahlia. 72 years ago, Short was found dead, severed in half, drained of her blood with a smile carved into her mouth. Her killer has never been found. The grisly murder case remains unsolved to this day. What are some of your theories? Any favorite books on the case?

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The Day I Met Carrie Fisher

π™Ύπš— π™³πšŽπšŒπšŽπš–πš‹πšŽπš› 𝟻, 𝟸𝟢𝟷𝟻, 𝙸 πš–πšŽπš πš–πš’ πšπš’πš›πšœπš πš•πš˜πšŸπšŽ, π™²πšŠπš›πš›πš’πšŽ π™΅πš’πšœπš‘πšŽπš›.

πš†πš‘πšŽπš— 𝙸 𝚠𝚊𝚜 πšπš’πšŸπšŽ-πš’πšŽπšŠπš›πšœ-πš˜πš•πš, 𝙸 𝚜𝚊𝚠 "πšπšŽπšπšžπš›πš— 𝚘𝚏 πšπš‘πšŽ π™ΉπšŽπšπš’" πš’πš— 𝚊 πšœπš–πšŠπš•πš• πšπš‘πšŽπšŠπšπšŽπš› πš’πš— πšŠπš— πšŽπšŸπšŽπš— πšœπš–πšŠπš•πš•πšŽπš› πšπš˜πš πš— πš’πš— πšπš‘πšŽ πš–πš’πšπšπš•πšŽ 𝚘𝚏 πšƒπšŽπš‘πšŠπšœ. π™°πšœ πšπš‘πšŽ πšŒπš›πšŽπšπš’πšπšœ πš›πš˜πš•πš•πšŽπš, πš–πš’ πš πš˜πš›πš•πš πš˜πš™πšŽπš—πšŽπš πšžπš™. 𝙸 πšπšŽπšŒπš’πšπšŽπš πšπš‘πšŽπš— πšŠπš—πš πšπš‘πšŽπš›πšŽ πšπš‘πšŠπš 𝙸 𝚠𝚊𝚜 πšπš˜πš’πš—πš 𝚝𝚘 πš›πšžπš— 𝚊𝚠𝚊𝚒 𝚝𝚘 𝚊 πšπšŠπš•πšŠπš‘πš’ πšπšŠπš›, πšπšŠπš› 𝚊𝚠𝚊𝚒 πšŠπš—πš πš“πš˜πš’πš— πšπš‘πšŽ πš›πšŽπš‹πšŽπš•πšœ πš’πš— πšπš‘πšŽπš’πš› πšπš’πšπš‘πš πšŠπšπšŠπš’πš—πšœπš πšπš‘πšŽ πšŽπšŸπš’πš• πšŽπš–πš™πš’πš›πšŽ. πšƒπš‘πšŽπšœπšŽ πšπšŠπš—πšπšŠπšœπš’πšŽπšœ πšžπšœπšžπšŠπš•πš•πš’ πšŽπš—πšπšŽπš πš’πš— πšŠπš— πšŠπš πšŠπš›πšπšœ πšŒπšŽπš›πšŽπš–πš˜πš—πš’ πš πš’πšπš‘ π™Ώπš›πš’πš—πšŒπšŽπšœπšœ π™»πšŽπš’πšŠ πš‹πšŽπšœπšπš˜πš πš’πš—πš πšžπš™πš˜πš— πš–πšŽ 𝚊 πš–πšŽπšπšŠπš• 𝚘𝚏 πš‘πš˜πš—πš˜πš› πšπš˜πš› πš–πš’ πš‹πš›πšŠπšŸπšŽπš›πš’ πšŠπšπšŠπš’πš—πšœπš πšπš‘πšŽ πšπš˜πš›πšŒπšŽπšœ 𝚘𝚏 πšŽπšŸπš’πš•. 𝙸 πšπš’πšπš—'𝚝 πš”πš—πš˜πš  πš’πš πšπš‘πšŽπš—, πš‹πšžπš πšπš‘πšŽ πš›πšŽπšŠπš• π™Ώπš›πš’πš—πšŒπšŽπšœπšœ π™»πšŽπš’πšŠ πš πš˜πšžπš•πš πš‹πšŽπšœπšπš˜πš  πšžπš™πš˜πš— πš–πšŽ 𝚊 πš‹πšŠπšπšπšŽ 𝚘𝚏 πš‘πš˜πš—πš˜πš› 𝚘𝚏 πš–πš’ πš˜πš πš— πšπš‘πš’πš›πšπš’ πš’πšŽπšŠπš›πšœ πš•πšŠπšπšŽπš›. 𝙸 πšπš˜πš•πš π™²πšŠπš›πš›πš’πšŽ π™΅πš’πšœπš‘πšŽπš› πš’πš— 𝟸𝟢𝟷𝟻 πšπš‘πšŠπš 𝙸 πš•πš˜πšŸπšŽπš πš‘πšŽπš› πš‹πšŽπšπš˜πš›πšŽ 𝙸 πš›πšŽπšŠπš•πš’πš£πšŽπš πšπš‘πšŠπš 𝙸 𝚠𝚊𝚜 𝚐𝚊𝚒. πš‚πš‘πšŽ πš‘πš˜πš πš•πšŽπš, πšπšŽπš•πš•πš’πš—πš πš–πšŽ πšπš‘πšŠπš 𝙸 πš πšŠπšœπš—'𝚝 πšπš‘πšŽ πšπš’πš›πšœπš 𝚐𝚊𝚒 πš–πšŠπš— 𝚝𝚘 πšπšŠπš•πš• πš’πš— πš•πš˜πšŸπšŽ πš πš’πšπš‘ πš‘πšŽπš›. πš‚πš‘πšŽ πš™πšžπš•πš•πšŽπš πš–πšŽ πš’πš— πšŒπš•πš˜πšœπšŽ, 𝚜𝚚𝚞𝚎𝚎𝚣𝚎𝚍 πš–πšŽ, πšŠπš—πš πšœπšπšŠπš›πšπšŽπš πš”πš’πšœπšœπš’πš—πš πš–πš’ 𝚏𝚊𝚌𝚎.

π™Ύπš— π™³πšŽπšŒπšŽπš–πš‹πšŽπš› 𝟸𝟽, 𝟸𝟢𝟷𝟼, π™²πšŠπš›πš›πš’πšŽ π™΅πš’πšœπš‘πšŽπš› πšπš’πšŽπš. πšƒπš‘πšŽ πš›πšŽπš‹πšŽπš•πš•πš’πš˜πš— πš•πš’πšŸπšŽπšœ πš˜πš—.

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Natalie Wood: A Slideshow

This is going to be so cool you guys! I will be projecting the entire slideshow on a pool on the anniversary of Natalie Wood’s death at the Public Pool Gallery in Encino, CA. It might even rain which would be insane because it was raining the night Natalie Wood died. If you want to join us this Thursday DM me for the address!

A Tale of Two Harbors

It’s never too early to start planning for Thanksgiving and with Natalie Wood’s latest movie, β€œBrainscan” with Christopher Walken winding down, Wood has the long holiday weekend to unwind before heading into rehearsals for her next movie, β€œAnastasia.” Her secretary and good friend, Peggy Griffin, usually comes over on Thanksgiving around 6PM for dessert, but can’t this year due to a friend’s hospitalization. Peggy later says, β€œEverything about this whole sad time to me was so ironic… My whole Thanksgiving got kind of turned around.” Natalie and her husband, actor Robert Wagner, decide to spend the holiday weekend moored off the coast of Catalina Island. Wood’s co-star, Christopher Walken, joins them…

Deathiversary: Steam McQueen

πš‚πšπšŽπšŠπš– π™ΌπšŒπš€πšžπšŽπšŽπš— πš–πšŠπš”πš’πš—πš πš‘πš’πšœ 𝚠𝚊𝚒 πš‘πš˜πš–πšŽ... πšπš›πš˜πš– πšπš‘πšŽ πšπš›πšŽπšŠπš πšŽπšœπšŒπšŠπš™πšŽ... πšπš’πšŸπšŽ πš‘πš’πš– πšœπšπšŽπšŠπš–... 𝚐𝚎𝚝 𝚊 πš•πš’πšπšŽ πš πš’πšπš‘ πšπš‘πš’πšœ πšπš›πšŽπšŠπš–πšŽπš›πšœ' πšπš›πšŽπšŠπš–...

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Research By the Beach

It's November 2nd and 82 degrees in L.A. We drive over to Venice Beach and get stoned in the car before walking the canals to the beach. I've spent the last week or two consumed by all things Halloween and River Phoenix - River's deathiversary is October 31, 1993 - so it was nice to jump back into Natalie Wood's life story... and on the beach! I was not expecting to spend the first weekend in November high by the beach. I arrive at the chapter where Wood is planning her ill-fated Thanksgiving weekend on Catalina Island. This Thanksgiving, my husband and I are spending Wood's deathiversary on Catalina Island. Anyone up for a seance over Thanksgiving dinner?

Deathiversary: Harry Houdini (October 31, 1926)

Magician Harry Houdini died on Halloween in 1926 of peritonitis, secondary to a ruptured appendix. He was 52. His last words before dying: "I'm tired of fighting." Witnesses to an incident in Houdini's dressing room at the Princess Theatre in Montreal speculated that a McGill University student, Jocelyn Whitehead, caused Houdini's death. Whitehead repeatedly struck Houdini's abdomen after asking the magician "if he believed in the miracles of the Bible" and "whether it was true that punches in the stomach did not hurt him." Whitehead then delivered "some very hammer-like blows below the belt" to Houdini who winced at each blow before stopping Whitehead in the midst of a punch. He had not expected Whitehead to strike him so suddenly and forcefully. Houdini performed that evening in great pain. He was unable to sleep and remained in constant agony for the next two days but did not seek medical help. When he finally saw a doctor, he was found to have a fever of 102 Β°F and acute appendicitis and was advised to have immediate surgery. He ignored the advice and decided to go on with the show.

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Deathiversary: Bette Davis, We Love You (October 6, 1989)

Bette Davis collapsed during the American Cinema Awards in 1989, and later discovered that her cancer had returned. She recovered sufficiently to travel to Spain, where she was honored at the Donostia-San SebastiΓ‘n International Film Festival, but during her visit, her health rapidly deteriorated. Too weak to make the long journey back to the U.S., she traveled to France, where she died on October 6, 1989, at 11:20 pm, at the American Hospital in Neuilly-sur-Seine. Davis was 81 years old.

She was entombed in Forest Lawnβ€”Hollywood Hills Cemetery in Los Angeles, alongside her mother Ruthie and sister Bobby, with her name in larger type size. On her tombstone is written: "She did it the hard way", an epitaph that she mentioned in her memoir Mother Goddam. 

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Deathiversary: Eddie Kendricks (October 5, 1992)

Born Eddie Kendrick, but is best known by the stage name Eddie Kendricks, was an American singer and songwriter. Kendricks was noted for his distinctive falsetto singing style. He co-founded the iconic Motown singing group The Temptations, and was one of their lead singers from 1960 until 1971. His was the lead voice on such famous songs as "The Way You Do The Things You Do", "Get Ready", and "Just My Imagination (Running Away with Me).” Exasperated by a lack of creative and financial control, Kendricks left Motown in 1978, with the requirement of signing away the rights to his royalties. He moved first to Arista Records, and later to Atlantic Records. By this time, his popularity had waned, and he was also gradually losing his upper range as a result of chain smoking. In late 1991, Kendricks, by now living in his native Birmingham, Alabama, underwent surgery to have one of his lungs removed in hopes of preventing the spread of the cancer. He continued to tour through the summer of 1992, when he fell ill again and was hospitalized. Kendricks died of lung cancer in Birmingham on October 5, 1992 at age 52.

Rapper Kendrick Lamar was named by his mother after Kendricks.

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Death Site: The Landmark Motor Hotel

On October 4, 1970, Janis Joplin, one of the most iconic female musicians of the 1960s died from an accidental overdose of heroin in room #105 of the Landmark Motor Hotel, at the tragic age of 27. The Landmark Motor Hotel (7047 Franklin Ave.) lies in the heart of Hollywood. The hotel’s name might have changed - it’s now called The Highland Gardens Hotel - but you can still stay in the same hotel room where Joplin died. She lived in this room for the last few months of her life. The closet contains a small brass plaque, commemorating Joplin’s life, and the walls are heavily decorated with fan art and notes, comprising a ever-evolving shrine to the late singer.

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Deathiversary: Janet Leigh (October 3, 2004)

The OG Scream Queen. Leigh died in October 2004 at age 77, following a year-long battle with vasculitis - an inflammation of the blood vessels.

In 1960, Leigh was cast in her most well-known role as murder victim Marion Crane in Alfred Hitchcock's Psycho (1960). Leigh was reportedly so traumatized by filming her character's shower murder scene that she went to great lengths to avoid showers for the rest of her life. Leigh received a Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actress and was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress.

Leigh's role in Psycho became career-defining, and she later commented: "I've been in a great many films, but I suppose if an actor can be remembered for one role then they're very fortunate. And in that sense I'm fortunate." Her character's death early in the film has been noted as historically relevant by film scholars as it violated narrative conventions of the time, while her murder scene itself is considered among both critics and film scholars to be one of the most iconic scenes in film history.

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Deathiversary Part 2: Rock Hudson

Throughout his career, numerous magazines declared Rock Hudson "Star of the Year" and β€œFavorite Leading Man.”  Hudson appeared in nearly 70 films and starred in several television productions during a career that spanned more than four decades. In 1956 he was nominated for an Oscar for his role in "Giant" - alongside James Dean. Hudson died from AIDS-related complications in 1985, becoming the first major celebrity to die from an AIDS-related illness.

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Deathiversary: Rock Hudson

Rock Hudson died on this day in 1985. While Hudson’s career developed, Hudson and his agent Henry Willson kept the actor's personal life out of the headlines. In 1955, Confidential magazine threatened to publish an exposΓ© about Hudson's secret homosexuality. Willson stalled this by disclosing information about two of his other clients. Willson provided information about Rory Calhoun's years in prison and the arrest of Tab Hunter at a party in 1950. Hudson's homosexuality was well known in Hollywood throughout his career, and former co-stars Elizabeth Taylor and Susan Saint James claimed that they knew of his homosexuality, as did Carol Burnett 

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