“Soft despotism is a term coined by Alexis de Tocqueville describing the state into which a country overrun by "a network of small complicated rules" might degrade. Soft despotism is different from despotism (also called 'hard despotism') in the sense that it is not obvious to the people."

Monday, September 10, 2007

The Death of a Lady

Jane Wyman    1914-2007

In the course age of the pop tart and no shame exhibitionism, the passing of an elegant lady seems an anachronism. It is and that is a pity.

Jane Wyman, an Academy Award winner for her performance as the deaf rape victim in "Johnny Belinda," star of the long-running TV series "Falcon Crest" and Ronald Reagan's first wife, died Monday morning at 93.

Wyman died at her Palm Springs home, said Richard Adney of Forest Lawn Memorial Park and Mortuary in Cathedral City. No other details were immediately available.

Wyman's film career spanned from the 1930s, including "Gold Diggers of 1937," to 1969's "How to Commit Marriage," co-starring Bob Hope and Jackie Gleason. From 1981 to 1990 she played Angela Channing, a Napa Valley winery owner who maintained her power with a steely will on CBS' "Falcon Crest."

Her marriage in 1940 to fellow Warner Bros. contract player Reagan was celebrated in the fan magazines as one of Hollywood's ideal unions. While he was in uniform during World War II, her career ascended, signaled by her 1946 Oscar nomination for "The Yearling."


  1. Her marriage in 1940 to fellow Warner Bros. contract player Reagan was celebrated ...

    Seems a little animosity in that description. Of all the ways to describe Ronnie ...

  2. Justice for Tony "The Ant" Spilotro

    Nicholas "The Rat" Calabrese, fearful of death, drops the shoe on his own brother, Frankie Calabrese, along with James Marcello, Joey "The Clown" Lombardo, Paul Schiro, and retired Chicago cop Tony Doyle.

    Some of the trial focused on the death and internment of Tony "The Ant" Spilotro, the mob's man in Vegas, in a cornfield, where he will over time probably be turned into ethanol.

  3. You are too hilarious, AlBob!

  4. ""The lip-synching didn't work," said Barbara Walters.

    "She looks like she doesn't care," said Goldberg.
    "This is like a bad stripper."

    View guest Dr. Phil even said he watched the show and thought he'd "bought tickets to a train wreck." "

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  6. Never heard Jane nor Ronnie utter an unkind word about the other, although Jane originally thot Ronnie's turn against the Commies excessive, I think.

    Wonder how she saw that in her last years?