Bring Out Your Dead

No one dared cheer or applaud during Celine Dion’s performance at the Oscars on Sunday night. She sang Charlie Chaplin’s “Smile” as pictures of deceased Academy members were shown. At most other award shows, the In Memoriam segment turns into an applause-o-meter popularity contest for the dead. The producers of the Emmys, Tonys, Grammys and next year’s Oscars should immediately book Celine for their future death montages.

The Paley Center in New York posed a question via Twitter. Who would be the last person in the montage? Their guesses were Dennis Hopper or Leslie Nielsen. A local Tweeter named Barry suggested that Patricia Neal could be the one. In fact, Lena Horne was given the place of honor.

I recently read that Patricia Neal converted to Catholicism a few months before her death. She was influenced by her friend Dolores Hart, an actress who became a nun.

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