Daily Archives: January 24, 2011
It is always a landmark for me when a theatre great passes on, and reading in this morning’s NY Times that costume designer Theoni V. Aldredge had died in Connecticut three days ago. struck me as one such landmark.
Aldredge won three Tony Awards for Costuming: Annie in 1977, Barnum in 1980 and La Cage aux Folles in 1987. She was nominated for Tonys 12 other times, most recently in 2006 for the revival of Follies.
Aldredge was born Theoni Athanasiou Vashlioti in 1932 in Salonika, Greece (which, oddly enough, is where my relatives on my Father’s side come from). She acquired her last name in 1953 when she married actor Tom Aldredge, who she remained with for the rest of her life.
She often worked for Joe Papp at the Public Theater and, when Papp brought his big pieces to Broadway, like Two Gentlemen Of Verona in the 1970s, it was Theoni Aldredge who costumed the huge cast. Aldredge was known for beautiful designs that took large budgets to create… surprising since she did so much non-profit work for Papp.
In films, she won three Oscars and had five other nominations. Her films included Ghostbusters, Network, Moonstruck and Addams Family Values – indicative of the range of styles she commanded.
- Costume designer Theoni Aldredge dies at 78 (abclocal.go.com)
- Theoni V. Aldredge, Costume Designer for ‘Chorus Line,’ ‘Annie,’ Has Died (artsbeat.blogs.nytimes.com)
- Oscar-Winning Costume Designer Theoni V. Aldrege Has Died (laist.com)
- Surface Thrills: Remembering the Costumes of Theoni V. Aldredge (artsbeat.blogs.nytimes.com)
- Costume designer Theoni V. Aldredge dies at age 78 (seattletimes.nwsource.com)
And, please, check out Humanitarikim. You’ll enjoy it.
- YouTube Changes Homepage To Be Simpler & More Personal (searchenginewatch.com)
- YouTube answer: Do you have to know someone to send them a friend invite on youtube (wiki.answers.com)
The whole article is available at Talking Points Memo:
- Chuck Schumer: Seniors Could Have To Pay Government $250 If Health Care Reform Is Repealed (huffingtonpost.com)
- Eric Cantor Refuses to Call the Birthers Crazy (crooksandliars.com)
- “Eric Cantor: ‘It’s Not Nice to Call Anyone Crazy'” and related posts (nymag.com)
- Cantor: I believe Obama is a US citizen (seattletimes.nwsource.com)
- It wasn’t a trick question (washingtonmonthly.com)
- Rep. Cantor: All Spending Cuts On The Table, Even In Cancer Research (mediaite.com)
You know, I actually believed that Jack LaLanne would live forever. I had been tripping over his appearances on television since the 1950s, running exercise classes, selling food processors with his wife, swimming and pulling boats behind him in Long Island Sound in his 70s… he was unstoppable.
His wife, Elaine, who had been with him for 51 years, said:
“I have not only lost my husband and a great American icon, but the best friend and most loving partner anyone could ever hope for.”
LaLanne was active and exercised right up to the end, according to his agent.
A LaLanne quote:
“The only way you can hurt the body is not use it. Inactivity is the killer and, remember, it’s never too late.”
In Jack LaLanne’s case, however, respiratory failure due to pneumonia was the killer.
- Fitness Guru Jack LaLanne Dead at 96 (newser.com)
- Jack LaLanne, Fitness Expert, Dead at 96 (tvsquad.com)
- Fitness guru Jack LaLanne dies at 96 in California (omg.yahoo.com)
- Exercise pioneer Jack LaLanne died at 96 and was doing great until the very end (video) (casesblog.blogspot.com)
- Jack LaLanne Dies at Age 96 (joemygod.blogspot.com)