There are some celebrities who for whatever reason seem immortal. Richard Wagstaff Clark, who we just learned has died of a massive heart attack at the age of 82, was certainly one of them. The American Bandstand host and legendary TV producer, whose health had been on the decline since a 2004 stroke that left him partially paralyzed and his speech impaired, suffered the attack following an outpatient procedure that he underwent last night at St. John’s Hospital in Santa Monica.
“The key ingredient is giving the audience what they expected to get,” Clark explained of his success in TV. “If I’m there to escape, let me escape. If I’m there to be taught, teach me. But, don’t suck me in, thinking I’m going to escape and then teach me. You’ve caught me off guard. You’d say, ‘I’ve been had,’ and you’d leave.”
While he racked up an impressive list of accolades over the course of his long career in show business — Emmys, Grammys, a Rock ‘n’ Roll Hall of Fame induction, a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame — and played a large part in bringing rock ‘n’ roll into the mainstream, Clark will probably be best remembered for maintaining an impossibly youthful appearance, even in his later years. As the man known as “the world’s oldest teenager” once famously quipped, “if you want to stay young looking, pick your parents very carefully.”
Click through to watch a clip from a 1999 interview for the Archive of American Television in which Clark discusses his legacy. … Read More
Attention all Fred Flintstone and game show enthusiasts: TV personality Dick Clark’s one-bedroom rock house in Malibu is now on the market for a cool $3.5 million. The whimsical home actually looks like its been carved from an enormous rock, inside and out, though the relator doesn’t mention this large fact in the listing — we guess the phrases “truly exceptional from within & without — the architecture of this home seamlessly marries form, function & beauty” and “intimate connection with nature” are code for “this house is a very fancy cave.” Click through to see a couple snaps from the property, and let us know if you’d like to live out your chichi caveman dreams under Dick Clark’s old rock. … Read More
Although most photographers ask their subjects to sit, the famous 20th-century portraitist Philippe Halsman commanded his sitters to jump. After shooting commissioned portraits for the top magazines of his day — Life, Look, and the Saturday Evening Post — Halsman would take a picture for his personal portfolio, which he published as Philippe Halsman’s Jump Book in 1959.
His whimsical Jumpology series features artists, celebrities, politicians, businessmen, and royals taking the leap of faith. Grace Kelly, who was soon to become a princess, holds her skirt from hiking too far up her legs, while grinning; Dick Clark lets loose in his suit and shiny loafers; Audrey Hepburn jumps barefoot over grass, while Psycho film star Janet Leigh takes sail in the California dunes; and Salvador Dalí paints a canvas in mid-air as cats and water fly past. … Read More
As the Negative Nancies at Gawker noted earlier this week, New Year’s Eve is a polarizing holiday. In pursuit of the mythic ultimate best time ever, partygoers find disappointment and drunken embarrassment as often as euphoria. And if you’re in New York, you’re probably already freaking out about the inevitable choice between the self loathing of paying out your last few dollars at a lavish party and the crushing resignation of watching the ball drop from the confines of your living room.
Of course, there are any number of ways to go with option three, actual fun, and we’ve got 4-1-1 on all of them at Flavorpill. But just in case you needed any more reason to separate yourself from the TV, here’s a summary of what the networks have lined up. And yes, Dick Clark is alive (at 79!) and involved. … Read More