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Old 03-08-2019, 12:52 AM
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Who do you think will be the next *big* celebrity to die?


I mean big on the order of Elizabeth Taylor or Johnny Carson: long and storied career, many good things to say about them, cover of every entertainment magazine. My sister said Robert Redford, but I dunno. He's old, but he takes care of himself. He may go on and on, to 100 or even beyond. My first guess is Bob Dylan; second is Ringo Starr. (But not McCartney, for the same reason as Redford.) What say you?
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Old 03-08-2019, 12:58 AM
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Is Trebek *big* enough? You would think so, with all the attention the news is giving his recent announcement.

Wife thinks this was recorded long ago, just after his head injury, and was held till after the big All-Star thing, and that he is probably gonna go, like tomorrow.
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well wwe's vince McMahon is old as dirt and that's the only way hes gonna let anyone do anything overly useful so businesswise some hold out hope...….
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Old 03-08-2019, 01:32 AM
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Is Trebek *big* enough? You would think so, with all the attention the news is giving his recent announcement.
Yes, I meant besides him. Anyway, he's not dead yet.

Thought of another one: Joe Namath. ETA: Actually, what am I doing here? I should check everyone's Death Pool lists.

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Old 03-08-2019, 01:33 AM
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Kirk Douglas and Olivia de Havilland are over 100. Are they still "big enough" to count? Or have they outlived recognition by the majority?
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Old 03-08-2019, 01:33 AM
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Prince Phillip.

If he's not big enough, Queen Liz.
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Yes, I meant besides him. Anyway, he's not dead yet.

Thought of another one: Joe Namath. ETA: Actually, what am I doing here? I should check everyone's Death Pool lists.
I remember what he told me.
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Old 03-08-2019, 03:15 AM
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People has been betting on Dame Olivia de Havilland for more than a decade now. At some point it's bound to happen. Maybe.
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Old 03-08-2019, 03:49 AM
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Sean Connery. He's on a knife edge, I reckon.
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Old 03-08-2019, 04:04 AM
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I think Trebek. Only one person has him in the Death Pool. With this announcement a lot would select him for next year. Death will want to disappoint us by giving points to as few as possible.
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Old 03-08-2019, 07:29 AM
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Jimmy Carter. Or Rosalynn Carter. Maybe Bob Dole... he was looking pretty shaky at McCain's funeral.

Of course, I have no points yet in either Death Pool this year, so don't ask me!
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Old 03-08-2019, 07:55 AM
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No offense to Trebek, but he isn't that big. Either the monarch or consort would be good guesses. Pope Benedict has a shot as does Jimmy Carter. I wouldn't count Rosalynn as big, either. In entertainment, either surviving Beatle would be big though I don't see it happening soon. Keith Richard continues to defy medical science but for how much longer? Betty White isn't a bad bet.
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Old 03-08-2019, 07:58 AM
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Prince Phillip.

If he's not big enough, Queen Liz.
I hope she doesn't die soon, but when the queen does pass, it will be an enormous funeral.
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Clint Eastwood's pushing 90. Still seems to be in good shape, but at that age, every day's a roll of the dice.
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Sean Connery. He's on a knife edge, I reckon.
Does it count if he immediately gets resurrected?
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Prince Phillip.

If he's not big enough, Queen Liz.
Yep, one of those two or Kirk Douglas (102) were my first thoughts when I read the thread title.

Outside of them, and the obvious Olivia de Haviiland (102), Doris Day (96) and Betty White (97) come to mind.

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Stephen King. Between his misspent youth of drugs and alcohol and that horrific car accident, he's living on borrowed time anyways. Ditto Ben Vereen.

The three live theatre big ones are Stephen Sondheim, John Kander, and especially Hal Price. When that Prince dies, it will be bigger than Prince Phillip.
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Tom Cruise. Suspicious death, questionable circumstances.
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Donald Trump.
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Tom Cruise. Suspicious death, questionable circumstances.
Make sure to establish an alibi.
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Old 03-08-2019, 09:38 AM
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It won't be Keith Richards. He's gonna eventually transform into a living mummy. (if he hasn't already)

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Not a single mention of Ruth Bader Ginsburg? Maybe everyone is afraid to bring politics into this?
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Yep, one of those two or Kirk Douglas (102) were my first thoughts when I read the thread title.

Outside of them, and the obvious Olivia de Haviiland (102), Doris Day (96) and Betty White (97) come to mind.
I didnt know Od-H was still alive



I go for Regis Philbin and each year he keeps getting up each day.
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Old 03-08-2019, 10:45 AM
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Good calls on Carter, Dole, Stephen King, QEII/Prince Philip, Betty White and Clint Eastwood.

Sadly, I think Michael Douglas dying now would be a bigger deal than his father. (IIRC, Michael Douglas had some grim prognosis a few years ago, but he seems to have overcome whatever it was.) And perhaps Dame Olivia hasn't really "won" by outliving her sister, since Joan Fontaine's death was the one that settled the matter of who would be the last woman standing.

And I agree: cockroaches, Twinkies and Keith Richards will survive any extinction-level event. Mick Jagger dying, though, will be a huge deal.

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Old 03-08-2019, 10:48 AM
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Jan Michael Vincent?
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Old 03-08-2019, 10:59 AM
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Jan Michael Vincent?
I am going to go with "not big." No mention on the front page of CNN, and (most importantly) I have never heard of him.
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I am going to go with "not big." No mention on the front page of CNN, and (most importantly) I have never heard of him.
I only know of him because he was part of a skit on Rick and Morty. Never heard of him before.
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The one whose heart stops beating first I guess,
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Old 03-08-2019, 11:41 AM
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Here's a list of famous people alive over the age of 85:

http://www.deadoraliveinfo.com/dead....s-nf/oldpeople

I didn't Beverly Cleary was still alive at the age of 102; I'd be more upset at her death than any former politician or royal.
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Old 03-08-2019, 11:57 AM
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dorvan Joan Fontaine is on your list, and she's been dead for over 5 years.

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Here's my list of near centenarians from show biz.
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And I agree: cockroaches, Twinkies and Keith Richards will survive any extinction-level event.
Nitpicking but I'm pretty sure Twinkies aren't alive. My post-apocalypse survivor roster: Keith, cockroaches, coyotes, and gonorrhea. Keith and coyotes being "good", cockroaches and clap "bad."
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I am going to go with "not big." No mention on the front page of CNN, and (most importantly) I have never heard of him.
You never watched Airwolf?
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RBG and Phil the Greek seem to be tottering. And if Phil goes, Brenda will follow quickly from a broken heart.
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I am going to go with "not big." No mention on the front page of CNN, and (most importantly) I have never heard of him.
Just watched the first fifteen minutes of Damnation Alley the other day.

I say Olivia De Havilland (who i see was born in ...Tokyo?")

And Burt Bacharach, God bless em.
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The lovely June Lockliver. Oops, that's from a '60s Mad Magazine- I meant June Lockhart, of Lassie and Lost in Space fame.
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dorvan Joan Fontaine is on your list, and she's been dead for over 5 years.
She got better.
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not exactly a celeb herself but John McCain's mother is 107. At his funeral last year people thought she was his sister or another relative because they did not think his mother was still alive.
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R Kelly, by his own hand.
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Old 03-08-2019, 03:26 PM
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not exactly a celeb herself but John McCain's mother is 107. At his funeral last year people thought she was his sister or another relative because they did not think his mother was still alive.
I didn't realize she had had another birthday. Amazing.

Not a major celeb. and doesn't quite fit this thread, but I had to say something. Life insurance sites list her as almost 50% chance to die this year.
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I think the odds against both Carl Reiner and Mel Brooks both staying alive for long are slim. Carl will turn 97 soon and Mel is a "kid" at only 92.

For the purposes of this thread, I'd say Reiner is going to be gone soon.

Last I heard they still have lunch together on a regular basis.
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I think to make major news, it would have to be someone younger and still working. It also has to be a shock that they are gone, so anyone over 80 is out. Maybe Cher?

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I think the odds against both Carl Reiner and Mel Brooks both staying alive for long are slim. Carl will turn 97 soon and Mel is a "kid" at only 92.
Dick Van Dyke is also up there. But as suggested, this would hardly be a surprise.
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John Williams must be getting up there. I think when he goes many people are going to be mildly shocked at just how much memorable music he's created over the decades.
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I didn't Beverly Cleary was still alive at the age of 102; I'd be more upset at her death than any former politician or royal.
I came in here to mention Cleary. I read her books in elementary school.

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God help me for even saying it, Dylan. (When you only need the last name, that's big.)
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God help me for even saying it, Dylan. (When you only need the last name, that's big.)

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