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February 21, 2005

Celebrity Passings

Hollywood lost both Sandra Dee and John Raitt this weekend.

Sandra Dee, who at the height of her fame in the 1960s was arguably the biggest female teen idol of her time, has died, leaving a legacy of film roles that includes "Gidget" and "Tammy and the Doctor."

"She was Gidget, and she was Tammy, and for a time she was young America's ideal," film historian Leonard Maltin once said of her. Dee later married another pop icon, singer Bobby Darin.

Though in his later years he joked that he had become best known as singer Bonnie Raitt's father, John Raitt was famous in his own right as the robust baritone who livened musicals such as "Carousel" and "The Pajama Game."

Raitt died Sunday of complications from pneumonia at his Pacific Palisades home, said his manager, James Fitzgerald. Raitt was 88.

--I think Dee's best film was "Imitation of Life." It's an amazing movie and if you haven't seen it, you should check it out. As for Raitt, he was fantastic in "Carousel." After being cast in that show in high school, our director made us watch it. He captured the multi-dimensional character of Billy Bigalow quite well.


Posted by Lawren at February 21, 2005 06:53 AM

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And proving the aphorism that all things come in threes, we also lost Hunter S. Thompson...

Says: LDH at February 21, 2005 03:05 PM

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