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Michael Jackson (1958—2009)

Michael Jackson was the "King of Pop" and had a ground-breaking talent that opened up a music era that was only precedented by Elvis Presley and the Beatles. He started as one of the Jackson Five and his popularity continued throughout his life. He had many songs and had athletic moves that characterized part of the pop culture. He had won a place on the Hollywood line of stars for his iconic star power and his memory will be there for us to have a look at when we remember his short life and memory of his music and his powerful life.

Farrah Fawcett (1947—2009)

Farrah Fawcett was a television and movie star who starred in "Charlie’s Angels" and "The Burning Bed" as well as many other memorable films. She was also a lovely woman whose photographs graced many locales. She has also has a star that is on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. She starred in many moving films that depicted lives similar to some that we have maybe recognized over the years. Her memory will live in our hearts.

Ed McMahon (1923—2009)

Ed McMahon was Johnny Carson’s sidekick on the "Tonight Show" and be had many recognizable "Here’S Johnny" and was able to help his monologue be humorous. He was a star who held many people’s attention and their interests and admiration .He helped make "The Tonight Show" be remembered. We will miss hm.

PAUL NEWMAN   (1925-2008)

Paul Newman was an icon of the Silver Screen where he was an actor, director and philanthropist who starred in many classic films such as “Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid”, “The Sting”, “Cool Hand Luke”, “Absence of Malice”, Mr. and Mrs. Bridge”, and “Where the Money Is” made him one of the  most famous actors of all time. He started “Newman’s Own” which has salad dressing and wine along with many other trademark items.  He gave all profits to charity and also organized “Hole in the Wall” center for handicapped children in many different countries in the world.  Paul Newman’s blue eyes mesmerized many and his legacy will remain forever in our hearts.

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STEVE IRWIN (1962-2006)

Steve Irwin was born and raised in Australia. He loved animals and shared this with his American-born wife.  His work with crocodiles earned him the name “CROCODILE HUNTER” and he was able to live up to this name. He ran the Australia Zoo and his work was attributed to the conservation of wildlife. He had a 2-year old son Bob and an 8-year old daughter Bindi who often accompanied him on his travels.  He was an exuberant role model for wildlife caretakers as well as well as viewers and everyone enjoyed watching his show and learned about conservation.

 

 

 

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KATHERINE HEPBURN (1907—2003)

Katherine Hepburn’s mother took her to a suffrage rally and together they co-founded Planned Parenthood. Katherine starred in many films and has won a multitude of awards for memorable films such as “The Merchant of Venice”, “Long Days Journey in to Night” “Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner” “The Lion in Winter” and  “:On Golden  Pond”. The list of her film achievements seems to be endless.  She did television work such as “The Glass Menagerie” and “One Christmas”.  Her family lived in Hartford, Connecticut. Her brother Robert was a doctor who practiced out of Hartford Hospital.  Her professional legacy is being carried on within her family. Katherine Houghton who appeared as her daughter in “Guess Who’s coming to Dinner” lived and died in the Fenwick section of Old Say brook. In the summer of 2008 a state-of- the art Katherine Hepburn Cultural Arts Center and Theater will open.

 CHRISTOPHER REEVE  (1952-2004)
HE WAS A WELL KNOWN ACTOR AND A RESPECTED DIRECTOR OF MANY FILMS AND DOCUMENTARIES.HE WAS AN ARTICULATE SPEAKER AND ADVOCATE FOR MANY CAUSES INCLUDING STEM CELL RESEARCH WHICH COULD HAVE HELPED MANY PEOPLE.  HE STARTED THE CHRISTOPHER REEVE PARALYSIS FOUNDATION WHICH  HELPS THOSE WITH  PARALYSIS AND OTHER DEBILITATING CONDITIONS.  HE WAS A MOTIVATIONAL SPEAKER WHERE ALL HEARD HIM.  HE WAS A  HUSBAND AND FATHER WITH A DEVOTED FAMILY.  CHRISTOPHER WAS AN INSPIRATION FOR MANY AND HIS LEGACY WILL REMAIN FOREVER.

 

Judy Garland (1922—1969)

Judy Garland was the star of many classic musical films including “The Wizard of Oz” (1939), “Strike Up the Band” (1940), “For Me and My Gal” (1942) and “Girl Crazy” (1943).  Born Ethel Marion Milne in Wisconsin and from a large family were her mother Evelyn gave her every advantage where she grew to be a pretty woman with dreams of stardom. Frances Gumm became Judy Garland and in spite of the Great Depression of 1929 the wings of song had begun to fly. She attended studio school with a select few like Lana Turner, Ann Rutherford, June Prissier.and Ava Gardner.  She was surrounded by the most beautiful women like Garbo, Lamar, Myrna Loy and Louise Rainier. She had a tour de force when she appeared at a party given for Clark Gable where she popped out of a birthday cake. Roger Eden was a musician who contributed too her growth. Arthur Freed was a songwriter who had written the lyrics for “Singin’ in the Rain”, “I Cried for You” and “You Were Meant for Me”. Playing opposite Judy, Mickey Rooney stood in constant admiration for her timing in delivery of lines.  That was in the early 1940’s when the work was grinding but there were the famous Garland legs in “For Me and My Gal’ (1942) and “Girl Crazy” (1943). She married Vincent Minnelli and had a daughter Liza (1946) who sings and dances.  Lana Turner went to wish Judy well before her Los Angeles Philharmonic Auditorium debut.(1952) with. both mother and daughter rehearsing for a show together at the Palladium (1964). Judy Garland also wrote many poems.  Her list of films and her many famous songs have proven their long-lasting appeal.