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Sep 23, 2011 3:14PM
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  I had the privilege of knowing the two people whom I will miss and may they rest in peace,

James Arness gave me my first truck driving job on his ranch in my home town of Simi Valley, California, where I also met his brother Peter Graves of 'Mission Impossible', and his father Rolf, and years later I met Rolf on a set in Simi Valley where Pete was making a movie, and my daughter Tracey and I  had lunch with Rolf, and was again welcomed on the ranch as a friend from the past by all of the Arness family.

 And Jane Russell was also a friend whom I met in the San Fernando Valley at the multi complex of  Apartments she owned at the West end near the Ventura Freeway, and after an incident where she defended me against a new resident who caused this, she bought us lunch and was very gracious every time I met her after that and always spent some time talking with me about my life, family, and friends we had in common, most of whom I met at the movie ranch owned by another friend, the actor Ray "Crash" Corrigan in Simi Valley, known as 'Corriganville',where movies such as Fort Apache with John Wayne were filmed, and many other films as well.

  I was very saddened by the news about Jim passing, and was not aware of Jane's passing until I went through the rest of the photos of those who have passed, so I wish them peace, and may the good Lord keep them in His Loving Hands safe from all harm.

  A friend and admirer of their works, and abilities as Actors and Human Beings.

                                              Thanks for being my friends,

                                                                                                 Gil.

Oct 10, 2011 3:11AM
Oct 6, 2011 1:22PM
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I was fortunate to meet Dame Elizabeth Taylor MANY years ago while she was playing in "Little Foxes" on Broadway in NYC.  I was a 'go-fer' person while she did an 'I Love New York' ad.  Ms. Taylor was the sweetest, down to earth person you might ever imagine.  We spoke of family, pets and things in general.  If I brought her a drink, she was sure I had one as well, etc., etc..  She never demanded or acted as if she was better than those around her.  She made everyone feel comfortable and welcome.  We kept in touch for awhile, and it is one of my most fond memories.   
Sep 23, 2011 4:56PM
Sep 23, 2011 3:43PM
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As a teenager, my sister, her Boyfriend, and I, drove from Long Beach, CA to Santa Barbara, CA, approximately an hour and a half drive, in the rain, to attend a Phoebe Snow Concert.  That was in the 1970's. As an 18 year old, attending college in San Diego CA, Ms. Snow performed at SDSU, and once again, I had another opportunity to see and hear this high frequency artist.  Today, in 2011, 35 years later, Ms. Snow's Greatest Hits CD is in my car stereo CD Player.  My Beloved Mother, and 2 SIsters, simply loved her music.  May the spirit and the power of her music continue to bless all those who have ears to hear! Rest in Eternal Peace. . . . . . . . . .

 

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2011 In Memoriam

Influential blues guitarist Hubert Sumlin died Dec. 4, 2011, at the age of 80. Sumlin was a longtime collaborator with Howlin' Wolf, and was ranked No. 43 on Rolling Stone's list of the 100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time. (AP Photo)

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