Saturday, November 13, 2010

Those Who Died Too Young/




I am not talking about those who died in childhood or of drug overdoses or suicides in their twenties or thirties. But rather people who had an impact at a distance on your life and died too young from your perspective. Three women I most revered growing up all seemed to disappear too early: Lee Remick, Elizabeth Montgomery and Audrey Hepburn all died before the age of 65 and all died in the early nineties from similar cancers.

I most remember Lee Remick's back in Anatomy of a Murder, Elizabeth Montgomery's nose in Bewitched and Audrey Heprburn's neck in Charade. And in many other films, of course. All three were charming at any rate.

Who died too early for you?

41 comments:

le0pard13 said...

Those are all memorable people who left too soon, patti. For me, I've always been a little haunted by Bruce Lee (32 at the time) and his son Brandon Lee (28, by way a stupid prop accident on a movie set).

Anonymous said...

Patti - Oh, those women really were powerful influences, weren't they? I can think of a few people who died far too young, actually. Reggie White (first of the Phil. Eagles and then Green Bay) died at 44. Walter Payton of the Bears was only 45. I was haunted by both of those losses. I was, too, by the death of Barbara Jordan, who was only 59 when she died.

Heath said...

Joey Ramone. I was depressed for a week afterwards. When Johnny Cash died, it was sad but we all saw it coming... Joey Ramone, though, was a bit of a shock to me.

pattinase (abbott) said...

Yes, those Lees, for sure. They seemed cursed. Walter Payton- I saw him beat the Lions so many times.
Joey Ramone, reminds me I want to see that doc. about them.

Charles Gramlich said...

I remember Elisabeth Montgomery the best of these three. Really enjoyed her stuff back in the day.

pattinase (abbott) said...

Do you remember here playing Lizzie Borden? She was great.

Joe Barone said...

Buddy Holly.

pattinase (abbott) said...

THE DAY THE MUSIC DIED. What a loss.

Naomi Johnson said...

John Lennon.

pattinase (abbott) said...

Of course.

Yvette said...

James Dean. I still remember the day I learned the news walking home from Junior High, simply could NOT believe it. I socked a kid in the jaw who was trying to make me believe it.

pattinase (abbott) said...

My daughter made a pilgrimage to his hometown so even a generation later, he had appeal.

Anonymous said...

That's easy. For me the one that jumps out first is John Lennon. Not sure why it affected me so much but at the time it really hit me hard. Partly it was because of who he was of course, but partly it was that he chose to live in New York and could be seen walking the streets like any of us.

James Dean and Buddy Holly were really before my time.


Jeff M.

K. A. Laity said...

Peter Cook. George Harrison. Angela Carter. Joey Ramone. Judy Holiday.

K. A. Laity said...

Well, I didn't know about Judy Holiday at the time she died, but I was so deflated to find out how young she had died when I finally discovered her.

Keith Moon was really the first really important person-I-didn't-actually-know who died. My mom told me. Well, what she yelled to me down the stairs to the basement was, "One of those guys in that band of yours died." May the gods forgive me: I said to myself, "Let it be Roger." Hence his longevity.

Kieran Shea said...

Joe Strummer, Walker Percy, and Stevie Ray Vaughan. Oh, and Groucho Marx. God damn, I wanted Groucho to live forever.

Dorte H said...

Stieg Larsson. Imagine, having sold three bestsellers only to die before he experiences one bit of the success.

pattinase (abbott) said...

I would even add Dudley Moore-tragic that people believed him to have a substance abuse problem.
Judy Holiday was a bolt from the blue. Adored Walker Percy: Lancelot.
Larsson is the most recent reminder.

pattinase (abbott) said...

Extinguishing genius is always tragic.

Milton T. Burton said...

They were all wonderful actresses. I miss them all and think about them frequently.

Deb said...

First and foremost--John Lennon. Sometimes I still find myself stunned to realize that he was only 40 years old when he died.

The writer Laurie Colwin (who wrote two wonderful books about life and food called HOME COOKING and MORE HOME COOKING, among other things) was in her late forties when she died of a heart attack. Like Angela Carter, she was a writer I only discovered after she died--but the loss still stings.

pattinase (abbott) said...

They had virtues actresses today find it hard to come by.
Love Laurie Colwin. So sad after reading Happy All the Time, esp. The cookbooks are fun too. Too young.

Chuck said...

Judy Garland was only 47 when she died and Marilyn Monroe was only 36. Both were huge losses to the world of entertainment upon which this inquiry appears to focus. Otherwise, there were JFK, RFK and MLK.

Anonymous said...

Oh, yes, James Dean. I was running around LA then, getting nowhere fast, taking acting lessons from Batami Schneider. We always headed for a nearby place called the Villa Capri after the class, which is where James Dean hung out with his girlfriend Vampira. I can't say I knew him, but he would often stop and talk with us now and then. He was making Giant, and then suddenly he crashed his Porsche and was gone, leaving a very big hole.

Ron Scheer said...

Steve McQueen...Heath Ledger...

Yvette said...

Oh, Heath Ledger, of course. That was one of those bolts out of the blue that was almost physical. BROKEBACK MOUNTAIN is one of my all time favorite films and I felt as if not only Ledger had died, but Ennis Del Mar as well. I still shake my head over that one. Such a freakin' waste.

Laurie Colwin. Yes, I'd read two of her books and was looking forward to more. Judy Holiday - yup - BIG surprise. On the day Marilyn Monroe died, I was on some kind of camping thing with my dad and some friends. I have a photo of us so every time I look at it, I think of Monroe.

Jack Bates said...

Wow. What's amazing is I Tweeted the same three women you have pictured here on Christa Faust's Twitter page. I also added Natalie Wood.

I loved the Montgomery Lizzie Borden. She played a wicked nurse in a movie with Kirk Douglas that also showed her talent.

Anonymous said...

Yes, Laurie Colwin. Just awful.

John Ritter - partly because he was born the same day and year as Jackie.

John Belushi. John Candy. River Phoenix. Heath Ledger.

Jeff M.

pattinase (abbott) said...

Sharon Tate.
Batami Schneider--what a great name. These are such sad memories.
John Ritter-I think I likes him most as the minister on THE WALTONs. He got it exactly right and he was a kid then.
Ted Bessell, Carole Lombard.

Cap'n Bob Napier said...

First and foremost, John Lennon, with George Harrison close behind. Janis Joplin. Mama Cass Eliot. Rick Nelson. Sam Cooke. Jackie Wilson. Mickey Mantle. Susan Strasberg. Nick Adams. Hugh Beaumont. I also agree with most of the people mentioned by everyone ahead of me.

Anonymous said...

Can't believe I forgot Sam Cooke, Bob. Also Otis Redding.

Jeff M.

Deb said...

Jeff & Cap'n Bob's comments remind me of another singer who died in a plane crash way before her time: Patsy Cline.

Anonymous said...

I was just going to say that, Deb!

Jim Croce
Richard Pryor
Gregory Hines
Cleavon Little


Jeff M.

pattinase (abbott) said...

Jim Henson.

Anonymous said...

Jim Hutton.

Jeff M.

George said...

Marvin Gaye.

Deb said...

All of these comments remind me of the night Heath Ledger died. My husband and I were watching TV and one of Wilfred Brimley's diabetes supply commercials came on. My husband turned to me and said, "Who would have thought Wilfred Brimley would outlive Heath Ledger?"

Anonymous said...

Patricia,

Batami and Benno Schneider were Russian refugees from Stalinist pogroms, students of Constantin Stanislavsky,and later involved in Method acting. Benno was the drama coach at Columbia Studios, and often sent his people to work with his wife. One of their proteges was Bob Francis, who died tragically in a plane crash after brilliantly performing in The Caine Mutiny. His ghost still haunted that little stage where we worked.

R

pattinase (abbott) said...

Thank you, Richard. I have always been interested in the various methods acting students are introduced to. More nuanced and deep performances seem to be a thing of the past.

Anonymous said...

Lee Remick was not only beautiful with that " something special", but a very talented actor. She had a great personality & she was a loving - bend - over - backwards type of Mother she loved her kids more than anything. And I am proud to say she was my Godmother & I knew her well. She made the world a nicer place.

pattinase (abbott) said...

How lucky you are to have known her.