Remembering Rodney Dangerfield

Posted by The G on November 22, 2011 under Celebrities | Comments are off for this article

Photo and autograph courtesy of the G Archives.

Rodney Dangerfield

Rodney Dangerfield

Back when I used to live in Los Angeles and collected celebrity autographs on a much grander scale than I do these days, I used to see today’s birthday boy, comedian Rodney Dangerfield a lot!  I loved his stand up routines a lot as well as his movies such as “Easy Money,” “Caddyshack” and “Back to School.”  I even enjoyed his foray into singing with “Rappin’ Rodney.”  He used to live at one of the hotels where many of the celebrity events took place.  Rodney lived quite a wild life and you’d often see him in the lobby of the hotel in his bathrobe looking totally out of it – but looking like a good time was being had by all in his room.  Happy birthday Rodney!  Who says you get no respect?

Remembering Phil Hartman

Posted by The G on September 24, 2011 under Celebrities | Comments are off for this article

Autograph and photo courtesy of the G Archives.

Phil Hartman

Phil Hartman

Comedian and actor Phil Hartman would be celebrating birthday number 62 today.  Phil Hartman had played so many characters on Saturday Night Live and he was always great in each transformation from playing a caveman to then President Bill Clinton.  I was fortunate enough to meet Phil many times and he was such a nice guy.  He was always polite and seemed genuinely surprised that anyone would want his autograph.  I remember the day I heard that Phil Hartman had been murdered by his wife, who then turned the gun on herself while his two kids were asleep in the house.  I couldn’t believe it.  It seemed so unexpected especially since Phil Hartman’s life was never the subject of tabloid scandals.  He always appeared to be so low key and as I said, from my experiences in meeting him, he was so down to earth and friendly.  So tragic.   His kids are probably fully grown by now and I hope they are doing ok after going through such a traumatic event in their lives.

Also born today: puppeteer Jim Henson, photographer Linda McCartney and writer F. Scott Fitzgerald.

Remembering Lisa “Left Eye” Lopes

Posted by The G on May 27, 2011 under Celebrities | Comments are off for this article

Photo and autograph courtesy of the G Archives.

TLC (from top to bottom): Chili, Lisa "Left Eye" Lopes, T-Boz

Today is Lisa “Left Eye” Lopes’ 40th birthday.  As part of the 90s R&B group TLC, the trio sang classics such as “Waterfalls,” “Red Light Special” and “Creep.”  Left Eye died in 2002 in a car accident in Honduras.  So sad.  She was always very nice to fans when she was out and about and I dislike it when cool people break on through at such a young age.

What’s your favorite TLC track?

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