Afternoon Greg: Whitney Houston’s new album is listened to; Ryan O’Neal on Farrah’s last hours
I’m in The OC for the rest of the week hanging out with family. My 26-year-old nephew, to whom I have always been very close, is visiting from Northern California so we are hanging out and having a great time. We’re going to see Bruno and I will blog about that tomorrow.
Here are a few items to wrap up the blogging day:
TENNIS LEGENDS HIT WITH KIDS: Martina Navratilova and Billie Jean King are not only two of the most accomplished tennis champions in history, but they are also equal rights pioneers who have always used their fame to fight for what is right.
The two fabulous ladies – each the winner of a record 2o Wimbledon titles in singles, women’s doubles and mixed doubles – hit with bunch of kids for a Youth Day tennis clinic before the World Team Tennis match between the Philadelphia Freedoms and the Boston Lobsters in King of Prussia Mall, Pa., this week.
WHITNEY HOUSTON’S PARTY: There was a listening party inside a room at Manhattan’s Lincoln Center for Whitney Houston’s new album I Look to You to be released Sept. 1 and the results are said to be sensational.
I’m very excited that among the tracks are Whitney’s version of Leon Russell’s A Song for You which is one of my favorite songs of all time.
Among those in attendance were her mother Cissy Houston, cousin Dionne Warwick, Alicia Keys and Diane Sawyer. It was Sawyer who was interviewing Whitney several years ago when she made the infamous remark: “Crack is whack.”
She credits her mentor, music mogul Clive Davis, who worked with her on the album, with pushing her to come back to the recording studio.
“He called me one day and he said, `It’s time.’ And I said, `Time for what?’ And he says, `Time for you to come back and sing for us again,’” she said. “It’s very special and I feel humbled to be asked to do it again and want to be heard.”
RYAN ON FARRAH’S DEATH:
Ryan O’Neal says even as Farrah Fawcett
lay dying, she clung to life.O’Neal told the The Today Show
that doctors had at one point said Fawcett had a couple of hours left, but she held on for a couple of days.
Their son, Redmond, was not able to be with his mother because he is in jail: “I held a phone to her ear. I think they spoke about regret and the horror of him not being able to see her again. It was horrible. We thought she would live just another couple of hours but she lived a couple of days. She wouldn’t move on, she wouldn’t pass, she just looked at us with a slight smile – it was awful, then she flat-lined after about 16 hours and she was gone.
“I said I would see her soon and I see her every day. I write in my journal to her. “In a sense, I am happy. She never closed her eyes – they were open for the last three weeks watching us. Then finally she closed her eyes.”
Ryan said Farrah’s eyes were open for the last three weeks of her life before she died . He thinks she was “holding on,” since she had so much left to do.
Finally, he says, she closed her eyes and she was gone
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