And “Thbbt” They Were Gone!
Two figures from pop culture have passed away.
Cousin Clem on Hee Haw, Gordie Tapp has died. The Hollywood Reporter is reporting that Tapp died Sunday in Burlington, Ontario after a long illness. He was 94. Born in London, Ontario in 1922, Tapp gained fame in the '50's and '60's on Canadian television. He created the Cousin Clem character in the '60's and was encouraged to take the character to Nashville. He did and became part of Hee Haw.
Not only was he a performer, he was a writer. In addition to writing episodes of the long-running variety series, he wrote Wild Horse Hank, a 1979 film he co-starred with Richard Crenna and Linda Blair. He also wrote, Sweet Country Music, a 1983 independent film.
Famous for being famous, Zsa Zsa Gabor passed away on Sunday as well. Crowned Miss Hungary in 1936, she followed her sister Eva to Hollywood in 1941. She was known more for her celebrity and marriages than her acting ability.
She was married nine times. Her most famous marriage was to Conrad Hilton. They one daughter, Francesca Hilton, who is the great-aunt of Paris Hilton.
Since a 2002 car accident, Gabor was confined to her home. She was recently hospitalized for a lung infection a couple days following her 99th birthday last February.
Sister Eva, who starred opposite Eddie Albert on Green Acres passed away in 1995.