Hollywood Reporter has a fascinating article about Dr. Henry Heimlich, best known for the life-saving maneuver bearing his name. But did you know in the 70’s, the good doctor became somewhat of a celebrity to the rich and famous in Hollywood? Folks like the late Johnny Carson, John Voight and first cousin actor Anson Williams (best known for playing Potsie Webber on Happy Days) were just some of the celebrities he could call on to push a new idea or product. He was even married to the daughter of Authur Murray – the famed dancer and host of the variety show The Arthur Murray Party.
USA Today informs us Robin Williams was in the early stages of Parkinson disease . Could it have driven him to suicide? Was it fear he would never work again? Or fear of becoming a burden (common among suicide victims)?
A statement was written by his widow:
Robin spent so much of his life helping others. Whether he was entertaining millions on stage, film or television, our troops on the frontlines, or comforting a sick child — Robin wanted us to laugh and to feel less afraid.”
“Since his passing, all of us who loved Robin have found some solace in the tremendous outpouring of affection and admiration for him from the millions of people whose lives he touched. His greatest legacy, besides his three children, is the joy and happiness he offered to others, particularly to those fighting personal battles.”
“Robin’s sobriety was intact and he was brave as he struggled with his own battles of depression, anxiety as well as early stages of Parkinson’s Disease, which he was not yet ready to share publicly.”
It is our hope in the wake of Robin’s tragic passing, that others will find the strength to seek the care and support they need to treat whatever battles they are facing so they may feel less afraid.”
The subject featured in the article is “Adam” (not his real name) who struggles with his urges to abuse young children. Now a teen, Adam has been fighting the urge to abuse since childhood. When he was sixteen his only outlet to avoid abusing was viewing child porn. But child pornography is so illegal, in some jurisdictions, having it can be worse than the abuse itself.
The comic actor who will forever be remembered as Mork in the Happy Days spin off Mork and Mindy, died of an apparent suicide at the age of 63. The circumstances surrounding his death won’t fully be realized for days , but expect the same questions we asked after the shocking death of actor Philip Seymore Hoffman only months ago .
Was it drug related? Was it an overdose? Was it a relapse? If it was a relapse, why? What demons haunted these men? What monsters lie in wait for decades only to one day consume them?
I’m excited to read that Married at First Site was renewed for a second season and it’s doing solid ratings in its time slot. This new type of dating show pits two strangers together based on a formula cooked up by professionals in areas of sociology, sexology religion — ology, etc and marries them sight unseen. Imagine walking down the isle seeing your significant other for the first time. In the wedding episode bride Jamie nearly lost it.
Once you get past the “who in their right mind would do this” part, it turns out to be very engaging. Now on its fifth episode I went from this is a piece of crap to I can’t wait to see what happens.
I’ve been writing about a fascinating new wrinkle being used in copyright cases. Specifically its a new legal interpretation of the doctrine of laches. Judge Judy uses the latches doctrine to excuse many of her small claims lawsuits. And for years Hollywood used it to get out of paying copyright heirs monies on work produced by deceased artists. Laches basically says a lawsuit has to be “fresh”, it can’t be too old, to be heard. Filing a lawsuit in a timely manner is an essential requirement to avoid going to court.