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Episode 25 - Jerry Goldsmith

This is a very special Last Ovation. A special guest helps honor the life and career of Jerry Goldsmith, whose timeless music has helped shape Hollywood into what it is today. Mr. Goldsmith created 214 film scores, 47 television series and themes and earned a much deserved Academy Award and 5 Emmys. Tune in as we pay tribute to this great man.

Duration: 00:44:15

Episode 24 - Edith Piaf

Edith Piaf is, and always will be, the voice of Paris. Her songs of love, loss and sorrow remain popular, even today. Tune in as we give La Mome Piaf her Last Ovation.

Duration: 00:32:35

Episode 23 - Patsy Cline

A Country Music icon and an amazing singer who left us far too soon, Patsy Cline has gone down in history as one of the best voices Nashville has ever heard. Still influencing musicians, even today, Patsy Cline is a name, and a voice, we will not soon forget.

Duration: 00:37:53

Episode 22 - Sister Rosetta Tharpe

Sister Rosetta Tharpe is best known as the Queen of Rock and Roll. This child prodigy turned Gospel Legend helped mold music into what we are familiar with today. Tune in as we give Sister Rosetta Tharpe a Last Ovation.

Duration: 00:19:11

Episode 21 - Freddie Mercury

Welcome to Season Two of The Last Ovation! A tribute to musicians would not be complete without the legendary Freddie Mercury rounding out the first spot on our list. Who doesn't need a little Queen in their life? Listen to learn all about one of the greatest musicians in our lifetime.

Duration: 00:45:32

Episode 20 - John Candy

Our Season One Finale! John Candy was an international celebrity and was a genuine Hollywood Good Guy. From his cherubic face, his contagious laugh and his permanent charm, John Candy is still missed today. Stay tuned for Season Two - Musicians, which will launch in August 2017. Thank you for listening to The Last Ovation.

Duration: 00:33:48

Episode 19 - Brittany Murphy

Brittany Murphy was at one time the Hollywood It-Girl. She had it all - beauty, talent and endless film opportunities. Then, her star began to fade and Brittany struggled to get back to the top. Suddenly, at the age of 32, Brittany Murphy was gone forever. Tune in to hear about her life, her career and her untimely death.

Duration: 00:33:21

Episode 18 - Leslie Nielsen

Earning his star at the age of 54, Leslie Nielsen began his career as a dramatic actor, taking on only serious roles, but earning little fame. Then, the movie "Airplane!" came calling, and Leslie's career changed forever.

Duration: 00:31:08

Episode 17 - Bruce and Brandon Lee

Bruce and Brandon Lee are a father/son duo who are martial arts legends. Like his father before him, Brandon took up acting and his star was on the rise. Also like his father before him, his star came crashing down when tragedy struck. Today's Last Ovation goes to two who left this world far too soon.

Duration: 00:41:22

Episode 16 - Madeline Kahn

Her comedic talent left an indelible mark in Hollywood. Her opera skills will echo the stages of Broadway forever. She was a force of human nature - a rare gem whose loss is felt, even today. Tune in as we provide a Last Ovation to the legendary Madeline Kahn.

Duration: 00:27:33

Episode 15 - Dudley Moore

Dudley Moore was a man short in stature, but huge in talent. With a quick biting wit, an endearing laugh and a gift with music, Dudley Moore left a mark in the world. A mark that can't ever be replaced and will forever be missed. Tune in to learn more about the life, the famed career and the tragic death of this great man.

Duration: 00:31:32

Episode 14 - The Cast & Crew of The Conqueror

The cast and crew of 1956's The Conqueror never knew that the soil beneath their feet and they air they were breathing were possibly spreading dangerous levels of radioactive materials into their bodies. With 220 people involved on the set, 91 of those people had been diagnosed with cancer. Today we provide a Last Ovation to those that were involved in the making of this movie, and to those who paid the ultimate price in seeing it completed.

Duration: 00:42:11

Episode 13 - Jonathan Brandis & Glenn Quinn

Actors Jonathan Brandis & Glenn Quinn had major successes in their short lifetimes, but that success came with a price. For Jonathan, it was the pressure to always be on top. For Glenn, it was the balance of living while in the throes of addiction. Both left this world far too soon, but they've left their imprint on Hollywood forever.

Duration: 00:29:19

Episode 12 - Eartha Kitt

Eartha Kitt was a legend who had to fight her way to the top. Taking on the United States Government and still standing tall, Eartha Kitt proved that she was a force to be reckoned with. A humanitarian, an activist and a vocal powerhouse, Eartha Kitt remains a world-wide treasure who will never be forgotten.

Duration: 00:28:48

Episode 11 - Vincent Price

Vincent Price is The King of Horror. With a decades-long career in radio, television and film, Vincent secured his spot as Hollywood Royalty. With a voice that still sends chills down the spines of film fanatics everywhere, Vincent Price remains dear to the hearts of cinema-lovers around the world.

Duration: 00:31:13

Episode 10 - Heather O'Rourke and Dominique Dunne

Heather O'Rourke and Dominique Dunne starred in one of Hollywood's most famous horror film, "Poltergeist", and soon thereafter both actresses were dead. One died of a mysterious illness, the other died at the hands of another. Today we provide a Last Ovation to these two young stars, whose lives ended far too soon.

Duration: 00:54:15

Episode 9 - Hervé Villechaize

Hervé Villechaize was a Little Person living a very big life. From James Bond to “Fantasy Island”, Hervé took American television by storm. When the downfalls of fame and overwhelming health issues stepped in, Hervé retreated into the dark world of depression. Listen in as we honor Hervé with a Last Ovation.

Duration: 00:26:55

Episode 8 - Frances Farmer

Frances Farmer's life was overshadowed by her continual bouts of alcoholism, mental illness and scandal. Struggling to earn her freedom from her mother and numerous doctors, Frances eventually died alone, with a story so sordid the truth may never be known. Listen in as we honor Frances Farmer with a Last Ovation.

Duration: 00:31:12

Episode 7 - Vic Morrow

Vic Morrow's life and career will forever be overshadowed by his tragic, violent death. A veteran television actor, Vic Morrow was trying to branch out to more motion picture roles at the time of his death. Sadly, while filming Twilight Zone: The Movie, tragedy struck and Vic's death impacted Hollywood forever.

Duration: 00:21:27

Episode 6 - Dorothy Dandridge

The one, the only - Dorothy Dandridge. Born in a time when African-American actresses were always treated "less-than", Dorothy pushed through boundaries and forced Hollywood to pay attention. Listen, as I discuss Dorothy's life, her career and eventually her untimely death that left a mark still felt today.

Duration: 00:30:40

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