This year’s Emmy’s In Memoriam just got longer (and the year is still young) because we have sadly lost another TV legend. Cindy Williams died on Wednesday after a short illness. Cindy’s children, Zak and Emily Hudson, delivered the news of sadness in this statement:
“The passing of our kind, hilarious mother, Cindy Williams, has brought us insurmountable sadness that could never truly be expressed. Knowing and loving her has been our joy and privilege. She was one of a kind, beautiful, generous and possessed a brilliant sense of humor and a glittering spirit that everyone loved.”
Cindy was 75.
Earlier today, Lisa Marie Presley went into cardiac arrest at her home in Calabasas, CA, and was taken to the hospital. Lisa Marie’s mother, Priscilla Presley, asked for prayers, and I was hoping that she’d pull through. But tragically, Lisa Marie died has died at 54. Priscilla confirmed the news in this statement:
“It is with a heavy heart that I must share the devastating news that my beautiful daughter Lisa Marie has left u. She was the most passionate strong and loving woman I have ever known. We ask for privacy as we try to deal with this profound loss. Thank you for the love and prayers. At this time there will be no further comment.”
And yes, I put on my Hedda Hopper flower hat to type “star of stage and screen,” but that’s exactly what the great Carole Cook was. Carole Cook’s talent touched several generations throughout her 60+ career with her performances in The Lucy Show (1960s), Kojak (1970s), Sixteen Candles and American Gigolo (1980s), and Home on the Range and Grey’s Anatomy (2000s). Carole’s husband of 58 years, Tom Troupe, shared the sad news that she died of heart failure in Beverly Hills, CA yesterday. Carole was 98.
Right before 2022 took its final bow and exited stage left, we were hit with more sad news and learned that we’d lost another Pointer Sister. Sadly, Anita Pointer, one of the founding members of the legendary Pointer Sisters, died on the last day of 2022. Anita’s death is one for the already-over-flowing Fuck Cancer files since she died after a long battle with cancer. Anita was 74.
Sadly, it feels like this time of year is when we lose many legends. And yesterday, we lost yet another icon who redefined every synonym for trailblazer. Barbara Walters died at her home yesterday. Her spokesperson confirmed the news with this statement:
“Barbara Walters passed away peacefully in her home surrounded by loved ones. She lived her life with no regrets. She was a trailblazer not only for female journalists but for all women.”
Barbara Walters was 93.
Just before 2022 finally makes its much-needed exit, it’s decided to kick everyone twice in the soul. Because today, the world has lost two big legends. Football icon Pelé died in São Paulo at 82 after battling colon cancer. And sadly, joining him in the afterworld is fashion legend, punk icon, and activist Dame Vivienne Westwood who died at her home in London today. She was 81.