You’ll recognize Eve Golden as one of the Daily Mirror regulars. Now that I’m no longer at latimes.com I’m free to use outside writers and Eve is my first addition. She describes herself as: a biographer, show-business historian, photo archivist and obituary writer. And a haughty dowager.
Queen of the Dead—dateline June 13, 2011
• Carl Gardner, the cutest and most elfin-looking of The Coasters, died on June 12, age 82. A tenor, he sang lead on such hits as “Yakety Yak,” “Charlie Brown,” “Poison Ivy,” and “Searchin’.”
• There are not many female movie producers in Hollywood, and now there is one less: Laura Ziskin, 61, died on June 12. She is best known for the hugely successful Pretty Woman—the annoying tale of an adorable, perky prostitute—but for my money her masterpiece was the dark, funny thriller To Die For, based on the Pamela Smart murder. Ziskin also produced four Spider-Man movies and was the first woman to produce the Oscars telecast (in 2002).
• Singer Seth Putnam, 43, died on June 11 after ingesting a truly impressive amount of Ambien. In a 25-year career, Putnam fronted for such festively named bands as Anal Cunt, Shit Scum, Adolf Satan, Vaginal Jesus, Necrophiliacs, and Seven Minutes of Nausea. Putman had a Sid Vicious-caliber death wish: “I have a really high drug and alcohol tolerance,” he somewhat optimistically told The Boston Phoenix in 2004, adding sadly that “I don’t want to be a suicidal mess anymore.”
• The Telegraph can always be relied upon for the very best in obit writing, and they did not let us down with the passing on May 5 of Henry Lorimer, 71. The Scottish-born marketing director started out to become a Benedictine monk, arriving at the Abbey in a Rolls-Royce, but his clerical career ended “when the novice master found fault with his polishing of the brass in the abbey. Lorimer is said to have upbraided him in turn with a large Easter candle before stuffing him into the confessional.” Hats off, as usual, to good folk at The Telegraph.