Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Welll this just about sums up the first month of 2017


9 comments:

Rick Robinson said...

She will be much mourned. Her TV roles were dazzling, such good humor, such grace. RIP.

J F Norris said...

Oh man! I know a lot of gay guys who are going to be very depressed for the next couple of days. Yet another of the TV heroes of my teen years gone. I think she really was one of the true originals of the entertainment world. Another sad ending to a January night for me.

Margot Kinberg said...

Such sad news. She will be missed...

George said...

MTM was class all the way. She set the standard for Quality TV.

Todd Mason said...

And she had David Letterman dancing on tv once. (In the first variety show after TMTMS.)

From the CBS retrospective tonight, I finally learned she was an alcoholic, which ran in the family...and which, atop diabetes, which I knew she had to cope with, is Very bad news. One of my friends I've lost touch with had that combo working against him, too...he, too, was rail thin, so that might've helped both live as long as they have.

I'd forgotten about her son accidentally shooting himself, apparently, age 24 and after they'd finally worked some things out between them. That probably didn't help the impulsive tippling at all.

One thing Dick Van Dyke and some others kept noting at one point in the hour was that she was the first to be both sexy and funny among actresses, which might come as a surprise to, say, Rosalind Russell or Lauren Bacall or at least the young Lucille Ball or Katherine Hepburn or Edie Adams or Elaine May or the Meadows sisters or Tallulah Bankhead or...but she sure was my Dad's favorite media crush for quite some time, particularly between Mitzi Gaynor and Diana Rigg, but along with and a bit ahead of Rigg, as well...

pattinase (abbott) said...

And Ordinary People shows she could play dark as pitch too.

Todd Mason said...

One of the more interesting soundbites from MTM herself on ORDINARY PEOPLE..."I went in thinking OK, my character is my dad...only realize, as soon as we start filming, that it's me."

pattinase (abbott) said...

That is exactly what happens to me with my therapist every week.

David Cranmer said...

Loved that show. Loved her in just about everything she did.