November 19, 2014

On Last Night's Daily Show:
Jon Stewart Namechecks Eddie Deezen

The Daily Show - "Classic Movie Nerd Eddie Deezen"

Your Moment of Zen starts just after 3:00...

October 18, 2014

THE DAY I SPOKE TO GEORGE C. SCOTT
ON THE PHONE

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THE MARVELOUS ACTOR GEORGE C. SCOTT, WHO WAS SO BRILLIANT IN PATTON AND SO MANY OTHER MOVIES, WAS BORN ON THIS DAY - OCTOBER 18, 1927.

I HAD JUST FINISHED FILMING A PILOT AT PARAMOUNT STUDIOS CALLED HOMEROOM - THIS WAS AROUND 1981. THE CAST WAS ALL AT A RESTAURANT FOR THE WRAP PARTY.

THE PHONE THERE RANG AND I PICKED IT UP. THE CALLER ASKED FOR SOMEONE IN A VERY FAMILIAR, GRAVELLY VOICE.

AFTER WE SPOKE FOR A MINUTE, HE ASKED:

IS THIS EDDIE DEEZEN?.

YES, I REPLIED.

YOU WERE GREAT IN 1941. THIS IS GEORGE SCOTT, HE SAID.

IS THIS GEORGE C. SCOTT? I ASKED, STUNNED AND AMAZED. (HEAVY ACCENT ON THE "C" WHEN I ASKED) (!!!!!)

YEAH, HE ANSWERED.

I THANKED HIM PROFUSELY, AND SHAKEN AND AMAZED, I WENT TO GET HIS FRIEND AT THE PARTY.

October 10, 2014

The Fest for Beatles Fans - LA

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I'LL BE AT THE LOS ANGELES FEST FOR BEATLES FANS 
TOMORROW AT THE LAX MARRIOTT.

I WILL BE AT THE SCREENING OF MY MOVIE I WANNA HOLD YOUR HAND AT 1:00 P.M. AND I'LL BE SIGNING AFTERWARDS.

I WILL DEFINITELY BE SHOPPING AROUND TOO AND BUYING BEATLES STUFF AND JUST ENJOYING SEEING AND MEETING ALL MY FELLOW BEATLE FANS.

September 10, 2014

ON THE EVE OF 9/11

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A HANDFUL OF EVENTS IN LIFE CONNECT US ALL. NEITHER SPECIFICALLY GOOD OR BAD, JUST CLASSIFIED AS EARTH-SHATTERING. NEVER TO BE FORGOTTEN. INDELIBLE IN EACH OF OUR INDIVIDUAL MEMORY BANKS.

ON THE GOOD SIDE, THERE WAS THE BEATLES COMING TO AMERICA AND THEIR APPEARANCE ON THE ED SULLIVAN SHOW. NEIL ARMSTRONG'S FIRST STEP ON THE MOON. MAYBE A FEW SPORTING EVENTS. A HANDFUL OF TV SHOWS PERHAPS. HMMMM.....MAYBE FEWER GOOD ONES THAN I HAD AT FIRST IMAGINED.

ISN'T IT ODD HOW THE BAD ONES SEEM TO OUTNUMBER THE GOOD?

I WAS SIX WHEN PRESIDENT JOHN F. KENNEDY WAS SHOT. I RECALL WALKING HOME FROM MY FIRST GRADE CLASS. WHEN I ARRIVED HOME I SAW MY MOTHER SITTING ON THE COUCH, WEEPING, HUGE SOBBING TEARS. I HAVE NEVER SEEN A WOMAN - OR ANYONE - EVER CRY LIKE MY MOM THAT DAY. I REMEMBER SEEING OUR SCHOOL FLAG HANGING AT HALF-MAST. THE DEATHS OF DR. KING AND ROBERT KENNEDY HAD NO REAL IMPACT ON MY INNOCENT, 13-YEAR-OLD MIND IN '68. HA! A LARK! MAYBE THERE'LL BE NO SCHOOL TODAY. IGNORANCE IS, INDEED, BLISS. MUCH DIFFERENTLY, THE DEATH OF JOHN LENNON IN 1980 HAD A DEEP AND PROFOUND EFFECT. I WAS A HUGE BEATLES FAN, LENNON MY SUPREME HERO. I WAS ABSOLUTELY SHELL-SHOCKED. SUCH A SMALL, PATHETIC MAN COULD ACTUALLY TAKE AWAY THE LIFE OF THIS GIANT - THE GREATEST ARTIST OF THE 20TH CENTURY.

LITTLE DID ANY OF US IMAGINE THE COLLECTIVE IMPACT OF 9/11, 13 YEARS AGO. COULD ANY OF US IMAGINE - IN OUR WILDEST DREAMS (NIGHTMARES) - HOW MANY HUMAN DEATHS WOULD HAVE OCCURRED ON AND AFTER THAT NOTORIOUS DAY? TOO HORRIBLE TO CALCULATE.

THE EVIL WE SEE ON OUR PLANET IN ITS WAKE - TOO HORRIFIC TO CONFRONT, MUCH LESS UNDERSTAND. AS WE LOOK AT THE CURRENT SITUATION IN THE MIDDLE EAST, I IMAGINE WE MUST FEEL LIKE AMERICANS IN THE 30'S AND '40'S AS THEY WATCHED THE NEWSREELS OF THE NAZIS GOOSE-STEPPING AND STORM-TROOPING. CHILLING. CREEPY. EVIL ON SUCH A GRAND SCALE ONE FEELS A TOTAL EFFECT.

WHAT CAUSES HUMAN HATE TO EXIST HAS BEEN SURMISED AND DEBATED BY THE GREATEST PHILOSOPHERS SINCE TIME IMMEMORIAL. ALL TOO OFTEN IN HUMAN HISTORY, THE EVIL TRUMPS THE GOOD.

I THINK WE ALL REALIZE THAT IF IT DOES TRIUMPH AGAIN, THERE MAY BE NO REAL TOMORROW FOR ANY DECENT PEOPLE.

I SEND MY LOVE TO ALL MY WONDERFUL FRIENDS.

MAY THE BETTER ANGELS OF OUR COLLECTIVE NATURE AS HUMAN BEINGS TRIUMPH.

MAY WE ALL LIVE TO SEE AND EXPERIENCE A BRIGHTER DAY!

August 31, 2014

MY REUNION WITH OLIVIA NEWTON-JOHN

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(PHOTO COURTESY OF OLIVIA NEWTON-JOHN)

ON THURSDAY NIGHT, WE WENT TO SEE OLIVIA NEWTON-JOHN AT THE FLAMINGO.

AS OLIVIA CAME OUT, SHE WAVED DAINTILY AT AT A FEW PEOPLE. THEN SHE SAW ME AT MY TABLE AND GAVE ME A BIG WAVE. I WAS DEEPLY TOUCHED. AT FIRST, I ACTUALLY WASN'T SURE THAT WAVE WAS FOR ME. (BUT IT WAS!!!)

OLIVIA SANG MANY OF HER HIT SONGS, THEN SHE GOT TO THE GREASE SONGS. THEN SHE SAID:

I WANT TO INTRODUCE ONE OF MY CO-STARS IN GREASE WHO IS HERE IN THE AUDIENCE: EDDIE DEEZEN, WHO PLAYED EUGENE.

I STOOD UP AND WAVED. SHE CALLED ME UP ON STAGE.

I RAN UP AND HUGGED OLIVIA AND GAVE HER A KISS ON THE CHEEK. I SAID:

YOU'RE STILL BEAUTIFUL.

(WHICH WAS VERY TRUE).

WE HUGGED AND I WENT BACK TO MY SEAT. OLIVIA SAID:

WE HAD FUN, DIDN'T WE?

TO ME. WE GOT GREAT CHEERS FROM THE PACKED HOUSE. IT WAS A TRULY MAGICAL MOMENT.

MOM AND I GOT TO SAY HI TO OLIVIA IN HER DRESSING ROOM AND LATER AT THE MEET AND GREET.

THIS WAS DEFINITELY THE HIGHLIGHT OF MY ENTIRE TRIP. OLIVIA WAS LOVELY, KIND AND GRACIOUS. SHE CALLED ME OVER TO GET A PHOTO TOGETHER. SHE SAID:

COME HERE, EUGENE.

THEN SHE APOLOGIZED FOR CALLING ME MY CHARACTER'S NAME.

I LOVED OLIVIA 37 YEARS AGO WHEN WE FILMED "GREASE" AND I STILL LOVE HER VERY MUCH.

I AM HAPPY AND PROUD SUCH A WONDERFUL LADY IS A PART OF MY LIFE.

July 02, 2014

THE GREATEST LOOK I EVER GOT
FROM A WOMAN

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I WAS REMINDED OF THIS MOMENT FROM A POST I JUST SAW ON SOMEONE'S FACEBOOK PAGE. THIS IS ONE OF THOSE INDELIBLE, UNFORGETTABLE MOMENTS THAT WE ALL EXPERIENCE IN OUR LIVES.

I WAS AT THE PREMIERE PARTY FOR A MOVIE I WAS IN CALLED I WANNA HOLD YOUR HAND IN 1978. IT WAS AT THE PLAZA HOTEL, WHERE WE WERE STAYING. (WE WERE THERE ON A PROMOTIONAL TOUR FOR THE FILM). AT THIS PARTY, I MET AND GOT TO CHAT WITH JOHN BELUSHI AND DICK CAVETT. I WAS AWESTRUCK, AS I IDOLIZED BOTH OF THESE GUYS. BUT THE MOST UNFORGETTABLE MOMENT WAS A LOOK I SHARED WITH GILDA RADNER. I WAS JUST WALKING SOMEWHERE, AND I TURNED AND I SAW GILDA. WE STOPPED FOR A MOMENT AND LOOKED AT EACH OTHER, JUST LIKE TWO PEOPLE WHO ARE IN LOVE IN SOME CORNY B-MOVIE.

THE LOOK SHE GAVE ME WAS A COMBINATION OF WARMTH, COMPASSION, HUMOR, UNDERSTANDING, AFFINITY, FRIENDSHIP AND KINDNESS. I GUESS MOMENTS LIKE THIS ARE REALLY INDESCRIBABLE. THESE ARE "YOU HAD TO BE THERE" MOMENTS. I THINK THE LOOK TOOK ALL OF TEN SECONDS.

NO WORDS WERE EXCHANGED. NO WORDS WERE SPOKEN BY EITHER ONE OF US.

AND IN THAT BRIEF MOMENT, I UNDERSTOOD THAT THE REALLY GREAT MOMENTS IN OUR LIVES HAVE NOTHING TO DO WITH TIME. TIME IS IRRELEVANT.

IN THAT MOMENT, I UNDERSTOOD WHY SO MANY LOVED GILDA RADNER SO MUCH.

June 08, 2014

Get better, Tracy!

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COMEDIAN TRACY MORGAN WAS IN A TERRIBLE CAR ACCIDENT YESTERDAY. HE IS CURRENTLY IN CRITICAL CONDITION. PLEASE SEND HIM YOUR PRAYERS AND/OR GOOD THOUGHTS.

I HONESTLY KNOW NOTHING ABOUT TRACY, BUT I SEND HIM MY PRAYERS. MAY HE RECOVER AND PULL THROUGH THIS HORRIBLE EVENT.

May 21, 2014

REFLECTIONS ON A GREAT HONOR

TODAY I HAD ONE OF THE GREAT HONORS OF MY LIFE. I WAS INDUCTED INTO THE ALLEGANY HIGH SCHOOL HALL OF FAME IN MY OLD HOMETOWN OF CUMBERLAND, MD.

IF YOU EVER SAW ME IN HIGH SCHOOL, YOU WOULD REALIZE HOW INCREDIBLY IRONIC THIS IS. IF YOU WERE TO LINE UP EACH AND EVERY KID I WENT TO HIGH SCHOOL WITH, I MAY HAVE BEEN THE SINGLE WORST STUDENT IN MY ENTIRE CLASS OF 1975. BUT LIVES TAKE STRANGE TWISTS AND TURNS. THE VICISSITUDES OF MY OWN LIFE NEVER CEASE TO AMAZE ME.

I AM DEEPLY PROUD OF THIS GREAT HONOR AND I AM JUST AS PROUD TO HAVE GROWN UP IN CUMBERLAND.

March 06, 2014

A MESSAGE TO ALL OF MY FRIENDS ON MY 57TH BIRTHDAY:

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WHAT A LONG, STRANGE TRIP IT'S BEEN!!!! (NICE START. PURE PLAGIARISM.)

I WANT TO THANK ALL OF YOU FOR YOUR VERY KIND AND THOUGHTFUL BIRTHDAY MESSAGES AND GIFTS TOO, FROM SEVERAL PEOPLE, WERE MORE THAN GENEROUS. I HAVE LEARNED MANY THINGS IN MY 57 (OMG!!!) YEARS. AMONG THEM IS THIS: FRIENDS ARE MORE VALUABLE THAN DIAMONDS AND GEMS. NOTHING IS MORE IMPORTANT THAN FRIENDSHIP IN THE LONG RUN OF LIFE. IT'S A VERY DARK, BLEAK, APPARENTLY MERCILESS UNIVERSE OUT THERE. FRIENDSHIP IS THE FIRE THAT LIGHTS UP THE DARKNESS.

I ONLY IT WERE POSSIBLE TO SEE EVERYONE AND THANK YOU PERSONALLY.

MUCH LOVE, YOUR FRIEND ALWAYS,

EDDIE

December 24, 2013

2013 CHRISTMAS MESSAGE TO ALL MY PALS



ISN'T IT FUNNY? I WAS BORN A JEW, RAISED A JEW AND AFTER ALL THESE YEARS, I'M STILL A JEW, BUT CHRISTMAS HAS ALWAYS BEEN MY FAVORITE DAY OF THE YEAR. WHY, YOU MAY ASK? (AND IF NOT, I'LL TELL YOU ANYWAY!)

I HAVE ALWAYS THOUGHT OF CHRISTMAS AS A YEARBOOK FOR ADULTS. REMEMBER IN SCHOOL? WE WERE ALL SO MEAN AND ROTTON TO EACH OTHER, PEER PRESSURE, CRUEL JOKES, ET AL. BUT THEN, AT THE END OF SCHOOL TERM, THE YEARBOOK COMES OUT AND WE ALL ASKED EACH OTHER TO SIGN. AND THEN IT WAS "TO THE COOLEST KID IN 8TH GRADE" OR "TO MY BEST FRIEND" OR "TO THE NICEST GUY I EVER MET". IT WAS KIND OF LIKE WE WERE PLAYING A CHILDISH GAME CALLED "BEING KIDS" AND THEN ALL AGREED TO A "TRUCE" AND WE REVEALED OUR TRUE FEELINGS FOR EACH OTHER. BUT HECK, WE'RE ADULTS NOW. WE DON'T PLAY SUCH PUERILE GAMES. OR DO WE? AND WE DON'T NEED A TRUCE. OR DO WE? HMMMM..... AND MAYBE THE "GAME" IS THE ILLUSION AND MAYBE THE "TRUCE" IS THE REALITY. WELL, ENOUGH OF MY PHILOSOPHICAL THEORIES. I WANT TO WISH EACH AND EVERY ONE OF YOU A VERY MERRY CHRISTMAS. MAY YOUR HOLIDAY BE BRIGHT AND FILLED WITH FUN, JOY AND LAUGHTER.

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