And if you’re like me, then the piece of you who faked sick from school to watch One Life to Live died too.
Philly.com says that Agnes Nixon, who gifted the world with the legendary soap operas One Life to Live and All My Children, has gone off to heaven where I’m sure a Greek chorus in white robes are waiting to greet her. Agnes died at her home in Pennsylvania this morning. TMZ says that she died from complications of Parkinson’s and pneumonia. She was 93.
Agnes started out as a writer on daytime soaps like Search For Tomorrow, Guiding Light and Another World. In 1968, Agnes’ first creation and my mom’s favorite soap of all-time One Life to Live was born on ABC and went on for more than 43 years. After One Life to Live took daytime BY STORM, the network gave the greenlight for All My Children, which came out in 1970 and aired for around 41 years. Agnes also helped to create Loving and The City. The Daytime Emmy Awards gave her a Lifetime Achievement Award in 2010.
Agnes’ son also told TMZ that she just finished writing her memoirs My Life to Live last week.
La Lucci, who played one of Agnes’ favorite characters, posted this note on Instagram:
Rest in peace, Agnes. Thank you for original HSOTD Dorian Lord, Erica Kane, Viki Lord Buchanan, Tina Lord #1, etc…
While many of us scream, “TELL IT!”, whenever Corey Feldman talks about the pedophiles crawling all over Hollywood, there’s one person who would like to cover up his mouth with duct tape and write “STFU” on it with a thick black Sharpie, and that someone is Corey Haim’s mom Judy Haim. Judy Haim is so over Corey Feldman telling “lies” about her son that she’s threatening to sue him for EVERYTHING he owns, which is an old BETA copy of License To Drive, an autographed picture of Bubbles and a hat tree full of fedoras.
The south is losing their jewels this month. First, Savannah lost The Lady Chablis when she sashayed on to the afterworld to read the angels. And yesterday, New Orleans lost Kim McGuire, who was one of the best parts of Cry-Baby. Kim was 60.
The Divine Facebook page broke the sad news yesterday. They also linked to a GoFundMe page that was started by Kim’s friend to help out her husband Gene Piotrowsky. Kim and Gene lived in Naples, FL. Gene tells TMZ that Kim caught a serious case of pneumonia earlier this week and was admitted to the ICU. The treatment for her pneumonia did her more bad than good and she went into cardiac arrest yesterday.
Kim was born and grew up in New Orleans and got her law degree at Loyola University School of Law. She put her plans to be a lawyer on hold to follow her dream of becoming an actress. Wikipedia says that John Waters had planned to do a stand-alone Hatchet-Face movie about a hot woman who’s Jayne Mansfield in the body and Margaret Hamilton in the face. That didn’t pan out so he put the character in 1990’s Cry-Baby. Kim got the role just a millisecond after she auditioned for it. And nobody worked a wonky eyebrow situation, a back alley cat eye and current day Depp teeth better than her!
Kim went on to act in Dream On, On the Air and Serial Mom. Wikipedia also claims that Kim got the role of Annie Wilkes in Misery, but producers eventually went with Kathy Bates, who won the Oscar, instead. Kim went back into law in the mid-90s and she and Gene eventually moved to Mississippi. They lost everything in Hurricane Katrina and lived in Alabama for a bit before moving to Florida.
Here’s a supercut of Hatchet-Face’s best moments:
Rest in peace, Kim. Rest in peace, Hatchet-Face.
Well, 2016 just keeps throwing the shocking drops of sadness at us. Alexis Arquette died early this morning while surrounded by friends and family including David Arquette, Patricia Arquette, Rosanna Arquette and Richmond Arquette. Alexis was only 47 years old. Richmond delivered the sad news on Facebook today and said that they all listened to David Bowie’s “Starman” as Alexis joined hands with The Lady Chablis and the two sashayed off to the afterworld:
“Our brother Robert, who became our brother Alexis, who became our sister Alexis, who became our brother Alexis, passed this morning September 11, at 12:32 am. He was surrounded by all of his brothers and sisters, one of his nieces and several other loved ones. We were playing music for him and he passed during David Bowie’s Starman. As per his wishes, we cheered at the moment that he transitioned to another dimension.”
We don’t know what Alexis died of. But TMZ says that Alexis was sick and fighting an illness.
Wikipedia says that Alexis’ first acting job was in 1983 as “a little kid riding on a ride with a bunch of women” in the video for The Tubes’ She’s A Beauty. Now THAT is how you make an acting debut! From there, Alexis had roles in Down and Out in Beverly Hills, Last Exit to Brooklyn, Of Mice and Men, Pulp Fiction, Threesome, The Wedding Singer, Bride of Chucky, She’s All That and Beggars and Choosers. In 2007, the documentary about Alexis’ transition, Alexis Arquette: She’s My Brother, came out. Alexis was also in the sixth and final season of the Vh1 reality trash masterpiece The Surreal Life.
On top of being an actress and trans activist, Alexis was also one of my favorite red carpet pose-makers who always brought the glamour and sparkle. And of course, thanks to Alexis, we’ll always think of Jared Leto’s peen as looking like a Praetorian Guard’s helmet.
Patricia tweeted this about the loss of Alexis:
Breaking through the veil singing StarMan https://t.co/A3way5S3Lb
— Patricia Arquette (@PattyArquette) September 11, 2016
Rest in peace, Alexis.
Georgia and the world is a lot less glamorous, sparkly and pucker-inducing today, because one of the crown jewels of Savannah and the grand dames of the drag world, The Lady Chablis, is now roaring up in heaven with the angels. WTOC reports that The Lady Chablis (or “The Doll” as many called her) died today at St. Joseph’s/Candler hospital in Savannah while surrounded by her family and friends. She was 59.
Yesterday 2016 took Juan Gabriel, and today we learn that it has taken another legend, Gene Wilder. At this point, everyone should take a carton of protein bars and a gallon jug of vodka to a cave and hibernate until it’s 2017. Because 2016 keeps finding the terrible ways to prove that it’s the worst. The producers of the Oscars are going to have to give the sad In Memoriam section its own 3-part series.
Gene Wilder’s nephew Jordan Walker-Pearlman confirmed the soul-hurting news to The Associated Press. Gene reunited with Gilda Radner in the after life on Sunday night when he died at his home in Stamford, Connecticut as a result of complications from Alzheimer’s Disease. He was 83. Jordan said in a heartbreaking and beautifully written statement to Variety that Gene was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s three years ago, but decided to keep it private because he didn’t want to disappoint any of his young fans. 🙁
“We understand for all the emotional and physical challenges this situation presented we have been among the lucky ones — this illness-pirate, unlike in so many cases, never stole his ability to recognize those that were closest to him, nor took command of his central-gentle-life affirming core personality. The decision to wait until this time to disclose his condition wasn’t vanity, but more so that the countless young children that would smile or call out to him, ‘there’s Willy Wonka,’ would not have to be then exposed to an adult referencing illness or trouble and causing delight to travel to worry, disappointment or confusion. He simply couldn’t bear the idea of one less smile in the world.
He continued to enjoy art, music, and kissing with his leading lady of the last twenty-five years, Karen. He danced down a church aisle at a wedding as parent of the groom and ring bearer, held countless afternoon movie western marathons and delighted in the the company of beloved ones.”
Gene Wilder could never disappoint. The only way he’d disappoint is if he was okay with that CGI’d diarrhea puddle of a Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory remake, which he wasn’t.
On top of being the only Willy Wonka who matters, Gene was also in a bunch of other classics like Blazing Saddles, The Producers, Young Frankenstein, See No Evil, Hear No Evil, The Woman in Red, The Frisco Kid, Stir Crazy and Silver Streak. Mel Brooks tweeted this about his frequent golden-haired collaborator:
Gene Wilder-One of the truly great talents of our time. He blessed every film we did with his magic & he blessed me with his friendship.
— Mel Brooks (@MelBrooks) August 29, 2016
Rest in peace, Gene Wilder.