It’s my birthday! Some other folks with May 22 birthdays: Arthur Conan Doyle, Laurence Olivier, Bernie Taupin, Morrissey, Brooke Smith, Naomi Campbell and Ginnifer Goodwin.
Actor, author, talk show host and professional curmudgeon Charles Grodin passed away this week at the age of 86. Grodin got his start in television series like The Virginian. His big movie break came in 1972 with The Heartbreak Kid. His films include Heaven Can Wait, Seems Like Old Times, The Great Muppet Caper,Midnight Run and Beethoven. In 1993, he co-starred in two of my favorites, Dave and Heart and Souls. In the mid-90s, he took a hiatus from Hollywood to raise his kids, but returned to acting in 2006 with The Ex.
On this day in 1985, A View to a Kill, the 14th James Bond film and the last to star Roger Moore, premiered in San Francisco. Featuring the glorious Christopher Walken and Grace Jones, an iconic Eiffel Tower set piece and a kick-ass theme song by my beloved Duran Duran, A View to a Kill was a delightfully cheesy way for Moore to exit the series.
On this day in 1992, Johnny Carson made his final appearance as the host of The Tonight Show. His guests were Robin Williams and Bette Midler. When Midler sang “One for my Baby (and One More for the Road)”, there wasn’t a dry eye in the house.
On this day in 2017, a suicide bomber killed twenty-two people and injured some 800 more after an Ariana Grande concert at Manchester Arena. On June 4, Grande hosted a benefit concert, “One Love Manchester”, that aired live on broadcast television, radio and social media.
On May 27, HBO Max will air the long-awaited Friends reunion. The trailer dropped earlier this week.