DCS: eddie money

pack your bags, we'll leave tonight

I knew a few Eddie Money songs, but I would not consider myself a fan. He was just another average, innocuous singer on the radio… like Huey Lewis or Bob Seger. Eddie Money was one of those singers that made me think “every singer is someone’s favorite singer.”

I remember regularly hearing “Two Tickets to Paradise” on the radio all through my junior year of high school. The ubiquitous tune was the follow-up single of “Baby Hold On” which was released just a few months earlier. Both songs were from Eddie Money’s self-titled debut album. Soon, more Eddie Money songs were infiltrating the airwaves, including “Maybe I’m a Fool” and “Gimme Some Water” from his sophomore effort. Obviously a good sport, he appeared on The Howard Stern Show, happily parodying “Two Tickets to Paradise” at the height of his popularity.

But soon, Eddie Money’s popularity began to wane. He made a minor comeback with “Take Me Home Tonight,” which actually became more of a comeback for one-time girl group icon Ronnie Spector. But, Eddie never gave up on his career. He released a dozen albums and continued to tour, even if the venues weren’t as big as those early in his career.

In August 2019, during a routine check-up, Eddie was diagnosed with stage 4 esophageal cancer. He succumbed to the disease a month later at the age of 70.

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DCS: carol lynley

there's got to be a morning after

Carol Lynley started off her career as a child model, eventually transitioning to actress in such films as the controversial Blue Denim  with Brandon deWilde and Otto Preminger’s Bunny Lake is Missing. She is best remembered for her role as ingenue “Nonnie Parry” in The Poseidon Adventure, wherein she sang (actually lip-synched another actress’s voice) the Oscar-winning song “The Morning After.” In the star-studded disaster film, Carol was paired with veteran actor Red Buttons, who was 23 years her senior. The two characters were linked in a budding romance as they tried to overcome the perils of a capsized ocean liner. However, Carol and Buttons disliked each other intensely during production, refusing to speak to each other aside from acting. Later in their lives, they reconciled and Carol accompanied Buttons at his last public appearance — the premiere of the reboot of Poseidon in 2006.

carol made a career of numerous guest roles in episodic television, including eleven different roles on eleven different episodes of Fantasy Island. Conversely, she only made one appearance on The Love Boat. She capped her career with small roles in B-grade horror movies.

I met Carol at an autograph show many years ago. She was pleasant and personable, although she appeared a bit distant and other-worldly. There was just something a bit “off” about her.

Carol suffered a fatal heart attack at her home in Southern California. She was 77.

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DCS: valerie harper

when you're in love the whole world is jewish

“My name is Rhoda Morgenstern. I was born in the Bronx, New York in December, 1941. I’ve always felt responsible for World War II. The first thing I remember liking that liked me back was food. I had a bad puberty; it lasted 17 years. I’m a high school graduate. I went to art school. My entrance exam was on a book of matches. I decided to move out of the house when I was 24; my mother still refers to this as the time I ran away from home. Eventually I ran to Minneapolis, where it’s cold, and I figured I’d keep better. Now I’m back in Manhattan. New York, this is your last chance!”

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DCS: curt lowens

Curt Lowens had a successful, fifty-plus year career in Hollywood, mostly portraying German officers in World War II pictures. He played a similar role for laughs in an episode of the TV sitcom Hogan’s Heroes. Early in his career, he played the title role in the ill-conceived horror film Werewolf in a Girls’ Dormitory. Curt described the atmosphere on the set as chaotic, comparing it to the Tower of Babel, with actors speaking four different languages and not understanding each other.

However, prior to his arrival in Hollywood, Curt was part of a network of Dutch rescuers, assisting in helping Jewish children flee the Nazis during World War II. Curt’s father was a respected lawyer in his native Poland. With his governmental connections, he was able to circumvent the fate of Auschwitz for his family. Instead, Curt and his mother went into hiding and eventually joined the Dutch resistance group, leading over 150 children to freedom. Curt also aided two downed American Army Air Corps flyers, for which he later received a commendation from General Dwight D. Eisenhower. After the war, he worked with the British Army as an interpreter.

After emigrating the to United States, Curt appeared in over 100 films and television productions until his death in 2017 at the age of 91.

 

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