It was a sad week for Hollywood and for me with the loss of two more people that I loved.
First Dennis Hopper passed away on May 29th from complications of prostate cancer. He was 74. A story in the New York Times written by Manohla Dargis said this:
Dennis Hopper — actor, filmmaker, photographer, art collector, world-class burnout, first-rate survivor — never blew it. Unlike the villains and freaks he has played over the decades — the psycho with the mommy complex in “Blue Velvet,” the mad bomber with the grudge in “Speed” — he has made it through the good, the bad and some spectacularly terrible times. He rode out the golden age of Hollywood by roaring into a new movie era with “Easy Rider.” He hung out with James Dean, played Elizabeth Taylor’s son, acted for Quentin Tarantino. He has been rich and infamous, lost and found, the next big thing, the last man standing.
May 17, 1936 – May 29, 2010
Then on June 3rd, Rue McClanahan passed away from a stroke. She was 76. Rue played the man crazy vixen Blanche Devereaux on The Golden Girls which ran on NBC from September 14, 1985 until May 9, 1992 and is still shown in reruns on WEtv and The Hallmark Channel. She also acted in several other shows including Maude and Mama's Family.
February 21, 1934 – June 3, 2010
The Golden Girls has always been one of my favorite shows. I have all 7 seasons on DVD and ironically was watching one of them when I heard the news. With Rue's death, Betty White is the sole surviving Golden Girl. Estelle Getty who played Sophia passed away in 2008 and Bea Arthur who played Dorothy passed away in 2009.
May they both Rest In Peace. They will be missed.