Topic: obituaries

R.I.P. Karen Black: Looking Back On Some Of Her Most Memorable And Stylish Roles

R.I.P. Karen Black: Looking Back On Some Of Her Most Memorable And Stylish Roles

As you may already know, Karen Black, the celebrated actress who appeared in everything from Alfred Hitchcock‘s Family Plot to Easy Rider to numerous pulpy horror flicks, died today at the age of 74 after a long battle with cancer. She might not be the best known name in Hollywood these days, but she leaves behind a legacy of great roles that we would all do well to revisit, and was, by all accounts, a genuinely warm and intelligent person. From her role in Easy Rider as a prostitute with whom the male protagonists drop LSD, to her ascendance to scream queen status in Trilogy of Terror, she imbued everything she did with heart, soul, and no small amount of style. Let’s take a look back on some of the roles she played and the gorgeous looks she rocked, then make a date with Netflix to watch all the Karen Black films we haven’t seen yet. More »

R.I.P. Phyllis Diller: A Compendium Of The Pioneering Funny Lady’s Best Quotes

R.I.P. Phyllis Diller: A Compendium Of The Pioneering Funny Lady's Best Quotes

Sad news today for fans of women in comedy: pioneering comedienne and all-around fabulous person Phyllis Diller has passed away at the age of 95. Starting out on TV and radio in the 1950s, Diller was known for her quick wit, bizarre laugh, and pithy one-liners about children, family, her own looks, and her fictitious husband “Fang.” She made a name for herself in the entertainment biz at a time when society thought women were even less funny than it thinks we are now, and continued to work in TV and film right up until her death. Let’s take a look back on some of her most widely adored witticisms. More »

R.I.P. Helen Gurley Brown: A Compendium Of The Original Cosmo Girl’s Best Quotes

R.I.P. Helen Gurley Brown: A Compendium Of The Original Cosmo Girl's Best Quotes

Trailblazing Cosmopolitan editor Helen Gurley Brown passed away earlier today at the advanced age of 90, proving that a commitment to hard work, hard penises, and pretzel-like sex moves can help you live a long and happy life. You can say what you like about the more problematic aspects of her ideology (and I have), but the fact is that if it weren’t for Helen Gurley Brown, I might not be posting on this ladyblog right now, because “women’s media” as we know it would not be the same. As an instigator of the sexual revolution and a champion of certain aspects of feminism, this woman did much to propagate the then-radical ideas that women were just as competent as men and furthermore, could enjoy sex as much as men, without succumbing to any of those “ruined woman” tropes that had been oppressing us for so long. She was also eminently quotable! And so, without further ado, I give you some of Helen Gurley Brown’s best quotes on life, love, gender politics, and money. More »

Gallery: The Monkees’ Influence On Fashion (R.I.P. Davy Jones)

Gallery: The Monkees' Influence On Fashion (R.I.P. Davy Jones)

As you may know by now, Davy Jones died at the age of 66 today. Best known as the sole British member of The Monkees, Jones was famous for his catchy tunes and slick, mod styles, which have influenced fashion both here and across the pond from the 1960s up until right this moment. Put on your favorite Monkees record, pour one out for Davy, and look at these pictures of the famed guitar pop band and their imitators. More »