Remembering the Stars: Robin Williams and More

Paying tribute in The Hollywood Sentinel to those who have passed on is not something we like to have to do. We would much rather the stars be with us. However, as a publication that is both fan site and trade magazine, which honors New Hollywood, as well as the Golden Age, we do feel that it is our duty with this publication to provide remembrance, and we have duly been thanked by the families of many stars for doing just that.

We have lost many stars in 2014, including Elaine Stritch, Mary Anderson (Gone With the Wind), Marilyn Burns, Ruby Dee, Paul Mazursky, Harold Ramis, Mickey Rooney, Bob Hoskins, James Garner, Ann B. Davis (Alice from T.V.’s The Brady Bunch), Casey Kasem, Peaches Geldof, Maya Angelou, Alain Resnais (director of Hiroshima Mon Amour), and many more.

The following stars did not get much notice with their passing, and so we pay them a belated tribute here:

We pay tribute to TV’s Goober from Gomer Pyle and The Andy Griffith Show. Goober, aka George Lindsey, was a fine actor – and a T.V. legend who will be missed. We also pay tribute to Maurice Sendak, the brilliant author and illustrator of one of – if not thee best children’s book of all time, and my personal favorite- ‘Where The Wild Things Are.’ which was the basis of the feature film which I also highly recommend.

Robin Gibb of the Bee Gee’s passed earlier last year. Barry Gibb, is now the last surviving member of the legendary disco group. The music world also remembers Adam Yaugh, aka MCA of The Beastie Boys, and another disco and R&B veteran – Donna Summer. Legendary hair designer and business man Vidal Sassoon is also remembered, as is the former wife of Robert Kennedy, Mary Kennedy, who was addicted to pharmaceutical pills and reportedly took her own life due to the effects of the drugs. Ray Manzarek, keyboardist and founder of The Doors, as well as singer, producer, and director, born in Chicago- will always be remembered.

Jean Stapleton, star of All in the Family as Edith Bunker is missed, as is founder of L.A. Stage and theater veteran and leader Lee Melville. Aquatic musical film star, and swim champion Esther Williams will be missed.



Robin Williams July 21, 1951 – August 11, 2014

TV’s Laugh In, (1977) Happy Days, (1978) Mork and Mindy, (for five years starting in 1978) The Crazy Ones, (2014), motion pictures Good Will Hunting, Mrs. Doubtfire, The World According to Garp, Popeye, Cadillac Man, The Fisher King, Birdcage, voice over work for films including Hook and Aladdin, and further starring in other legendary films as our favorites; Dead Poets Society, and the hilarious and legendary Good Morning Vietnam, and so many more…These are just a few of the great titles that come to mind when reflecting on the work of the modern legend Robin Williams. Brilliant, hilarious, genuine, talented beyond compare, and a delight to watch whether in an interview on a talk show, doing stand up, on T.V., or on the big screen, Robin Williams helped raise generations of T.V. watchers and film goers. No one on the planet did not like Robin Williams, he was loved by all generations, all races, both sexes, and all types around the planet. When one thought of the name Robin Williams, one would think funny, and would usually get a warm smile on their face. He brought happiness, warmth, laughter, and delight to millions for decades, and was regarded justifiably as one the modern greats of Hollywood.

Robin Williams was the pinnacle by which other comedians were measured. And, to all those who personally knew him, they all repeated the same sentiments, of how he was kind, thoughtful, caring, polite, generous, helpful, compassionate, and loving to all he encountered, which is exactly what we would expect from the way he made us- the audience-feel. It is with these words that we feel sadness over Robin Williams untimely departure. We wish his family and loved ones the greatest of compassion, and we must all work to find a solution to help those that felt like he did, so that that hopefully they can find a way to break through from their feelings of despair, no matter what their physical or mental troubles. Robin Williams was one of the greatest and most talented stars of our time, and the funniest. He will forever be remembered and honored.

Joan Rivers

Joan Rivers was an amazing woman and a great friend. Her energy and talent were boundless. She will be greatly missed. – Donald Trump

Lauren Bacall September 16, 1924 – August 12, 2014

While a silly U.K. newspaper wrote of its headline that “Lauren Bacall will always be in the shadow of (her ex-husband) Humphrey Bogart,” the truth is, rags like that one will always be in the shadow of American media. Lauren Bacall was in fact in no one’s shadow, she was a powerhouse and great talent.

Standing at five feet eight and half inches tall, Lauren Bacall’s sultry voice, look, and mastery of her craft, and famous roles and lines will forever make her remembered and praised as one of Hollywood’s greatest leading ladies. She not long ago stated that she had been lucky, stating, “I had one great marriage, I have three great children and four grandchildren. I am still alive. I still can function. I still can work.” And according to The New York Times, she stated in 1996, “You just learn to cope with whatever you have to cope with. I spent my childhood in New York, riding on subways and buses. And you know what you learn if you’re a New Yorker? The world doesn’t owe you a damn thing.” And while that is true, the world did pay handsomely to Lauren Bacall. Actress, former studio founder, and icon, she will forever be cherished for the great woman that she was-one of Hollywood’s greatest, and known as such not only in Hollywood-the opinion leader of the world, but throughout the world at large. Lauren Bacall cast her own shadow, and she was legendary.

1. Just because someone is a part of a group that you trust, or connected to someone you trust, does not make them trustworthy or a good person. Be a good judge of character, and base your goals on long term decisions for the greater good, not merely short term gain.

2. If you see warning signs, don’t write off not dealing with a person as as ‘the benefit of the doubt’ and still deal with them, rather, heed the warning signs, and operate on your instinct. The human mind logically and naturally, usually makes the right conclusion about things. When you wrongly get conditioned into violating your instincts, that is when mistakes happen.

3. After God (if you believe), and you yourself, your friends and family are the most valuable and precious form of existence-at least they should be. Treat them like gold, and show thanks, honor, and appreciation for them.

4. As the book says, “Don’t sweat the small stuff, and it’s all small stuff!” When something goes wrong in your life, anything that does not go your way, is it really worth getting mad about? Most doctors and scientists now confirm that anger is a leading cause of many health problems. Is letting another person or situation not going how you want really worth risk to your life and peace? The answer is no, of course it is not. Whatever your job or position in life, controlling your self, your mind, your temper, and your state of being is the number one first goal you should strive to achieve and master. The days of the hot-headed actor, casting director, director, producer or agent who screams and throws phones or fits are over-at least they should be. We live in a new age where we ‘know better.’ Treat people how you yourself want to be treated, master your emotions, and then, you will master your life and the outcome you want to create.