William Hurt, who died Sunday at 71, had a look and an aura that appeared, at first, to fit all too snugly into Hollywood’s conception of what a movie star should be.
Tall and broad-shouldered, with a silky shock of wheat-colored hair, his handsome features set off by a cleft chin and a faraway gaze, he was, at a glance, the quintessence of the old-fashioned WASP he-man ideal.
(In hindsight, he looked like a blond Jon Hamm.) In movies, this sort of fellow was generally presented as a paragon of rectitude, a “strong silent type.” But there was nothing silent about William Hurt.
The first time audiences encountered him, he was floating in a sensory-deprivation tank in the loony-tunes acid-head psychodrama “Altered States” (1980), and the moment he climbed out of that tank, suffused with the visions he had seen, he couldn’t stop jabbering about them.
Movie fans spent Sunday night mourning the death of William Hurt — and celebrating his remarkable career.
The Oscar-winning actor, cemented into film history for roles in “Broadcast News,” “Body Heat,” “Kiss of the Spider Woman” and “The Big Chill,” among others, died March 13 at 71.
“It is with great sadness that the Hurt family mourns the passing of William Hurt, beloved father and Oscar winning actor, on March 13, 2022, one week before his 72nd birthday,” his son Will said in a statement obtained by Deadline and reported by other outlets. “He died peacefully, among family, of natural causes. The family requests privacy at this time.”
An Evening with Don Everly, February 1, 1937 – August 21, 2021
It is truly the end of an era with the passing of the talented, charming and iconic Don Everly. The influence The Everly Brothers have had on so many musicians and genres of music is immeasurable.
Don and his brother, Phil, are credited with two songs in the Library of Congress National Recording Registry; “Cathy’s Clown“ inducted in 2013, and their contribution to Paul Simon’s “Graceland” inducted in 2006.
I met Don Everly through Michelle Phillips of The Mamas & the Papas. In addition to being my closest friend and confidant for over 30 years, Michelle was a bridesmaid in my wedding, and we celebrate important milestones in our lives including new jobs, break-ups, my bridal shower, baby showers and many birthday celebrations.
Early in our friendship, we discovered our shared love of travel. We make it a point to schedule at least one trip a year, and during these adventures, it is not uncommon for Michelle to call an “old friend” who happens to live in our destination city. You never know who you will meet when hanging out with Mama Michelle.
Trying to name the coolest member of the Rolling Stones is like picking a favorite child or sibling.
But come on: it was obviously drummer Charlie Watts. In a band that defined glamour and excess, he was measured—the backbone of the group, musically and otherwise. What’s cooler than that?
With his death Tuesday, we’ve lost the man Keith Richards called “one of the greatest drummers the damn world is ever gonna see.” Watts was 80, and the news came a few weeks after it was announced that he’d be missing the Stones’s upcoming U.S. tour because of a recent surgery.
Otherwise, he hadn’t sat out a show since he got the gig in 1963. In the six decades between, he burned the openings to songs like “Honky Tonk Women” and “Sympathy for the Devil” into our collective consciousness.