So over the weekend we had two big news items regarding celebrities.
The first was Carrie Fisher, best known for playing Princess Leia Organa in the original Star Wars trilogy and reprising the role in Star Wars: The Force Awakens, suffered a heart attack while on a plane traveling to L.A. Based on some of the comments offered, things sounded very grim. However, the latest update, from Carrie Fisher’s mother Debbie Reynolds, is somewhat encouraging: She reported Ms. Fisher was “stable”.
I’ve noted many times I never got into Star Wars, even though I was of the right age and a sci-fi fanatic then (as I am now). Despite this, I have nothing but positive thoughts for Ms. Fisher, who not only was good in the role (a damsel in distress with a no-nonsense attitude), but also was quite good in other roles, including her hilarious turn as the ex-girlfriend from Hell turn in The Blues Brothers…
Then, yesterday, Christmas Day, came word that George Michael, ex-Wham! member and (even more successful) solo artist, had passed away at the very (too!) young age of 53. I’ll remember him most for this video, which was stylish and sexy as hell and introduced the world to Cindy Crawford:
He also had a great sense of humor and was the first musical guest to star in James Corden’s Carpool Karaoke for Comedy Relief…
Like Star Wars, I can’t say I was ever a big fan of George Michael’s music. Just wasn’t my thing. However, there is little doubt he had talent and a great voice and, let’s be fucking serious, 53 is not any kind of age to pass away at.
2017 has got to be better, no?
(Then he remembers who becomes President in 2017. Gulp.)