Sunday, February 12, 2012

A Round of Lost Stars - Peter Breck and Whitney Houston

Coming off the losses of Grammy-winning singer Etta James and Soul Train founder and host, Don Cornelius, comes word of the death of two more people who brought me joy and happiness with their work and performances.

I was not a big fan of Whitney Houston's work in movies, but I am a big fan of her music.  Ms. Houston (who was born in 1963) was found dead (at the age of 48) in a room at the Beverly Hills Hilton in Beverly Hills, California, yesterday (Saturday, February 11, 2012).  My favorite Whitney Houston album is My Love is Your Love (1998), her last multi-platinum studio album.  Ms. Houston was set to appear in a remake of the 1976 film, Sparkle, which is currently slated for an August 2012 release.  R.I.P. Whitney.

I've also learned that American actor, Peter Breck, died Monday, February 6, 2012 at the age of 82.  I am a big fan of Breck because of his work in the 1960s ABC Western television series, The Big Valley, playing hot-tempered Nick Barkley, the middle son of Victoria Barkley (played by Barbara Stanwyck).  The handsome, rugged, dark-haired Breck was perfect for the part of Nick, playing a character that is basically the ramrod and de factor boss of the Barkley ranch.  Breck also played "Doc Holliday" on six episodes of the ABC Western television series, Maverick.  Thanks to MeTV, I can watch Breck at least five times a week on The Big Valley, forever young and strapping.  R.I.P. Mr. Breck.

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