It’s been a really rough week. We lost three legends in the entertainment industry within the past few days.
Ed McMahon passed away Tuesday, after suffering from bone cancer. His voice was the most famous part about him, as most remember him as the voice that introduced Johnny Carson on The Tonight Show. Of course, we can’t remember him as the host of Star Search, either (always friendly to those little kids…). I even remember him on a Star Search-related Full House! Plus, who can imagine Publisher’s Clearing House or the Jerry Lewis Telethon without him? He was an icon in the entertainment industry, and it’s pretty clear that his legacy will long last his own life.
On the other side of the spectrum is Farrah Fawcett, who
made making a hairstyle cool before “the Rachel” was even a common name for babies. One of Charlie’s Angels, it’s hard to see her go. She was the sex symbol of the 1970s and great actress to boot. She even had a recurring role in The Guardian and Spin City. Also losing a battle with cancer, Fawcett passed away Thursday. Though she’d been fighting the cancer for years (and even appeared in a documentary about her struggle on NBC a month or so back), it’s still a tough loss for entertainment.
Lastly, and probably most surprisingly, was Michael Jackson, who also died Thursday. We’re still finding out details about his death–he went into sudden cardiac arrest–but as a pop icon for the 1980s, it’s a big blow. Despite his personal issues over the last few years, you can’t deny that his music has stood the test of time, and even today, people remember the “Thriller” music video and dance. You can be sure that his music is going to be played a lot over the next few weeks in memoriam, from his days as the adorable member in the Jackson 5 to his solo work.
It’s been a rough week, and one that has lost three bright stars in the industry. But they shone bright when they were here, and I don’t think their legacies are going anywhere, even if they themselves are gone.