December 08, 2016

JOHN LENNON - IN MY LIFE...

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I RECALL CLEARLY THE BEATLES COMING TO AMERICA IN 1964.

I REMEMBER RIDING TO THE GROCERY STORE WITH MY FAMILY AND LAUGHING AND GETTING ALL THEIR NAMES STRAIGHT.

I REMEMBER THE EXCITEMENT AS I SAT ON THE FLOOR WATCHING THEM ON THAT UNFORGETTABLE ED SULLIVAN SHOW THAT LONG AGO NIGHT IN FEBRUARY OF '64.

I REMEMBER GOING TO SEE THEIR TWO MOVIES A HARD DAY'S NIGHT AND HELP!.

THERE WAS A CONSTANT SCREAM FROM THE GIRLS IN THE THEATER ALL DURING BOTH FILMS.

IT WAS SURREAL, A BIZARRE MOVIE-GOING EXPERIENCE, NEVER TO THIS DAY DUPLICATED.

90 MINUTES OF GIRLS SCREAMING - YOU COULDN'T HEAR THE DIALOGUE, JUST THE SCREAMS WAFTING THROUGHOUT THE THEATER.

MY PAL GORDY MANDELL AND I WERE TALKING ABOUT THE BEATLES ONE DAY AT LUNCH AND HE ASKED ME MY FAVORITE BEATLE.

WE LOOKED AT A SERVING TRAY WITH ALL FOUR BEATLES PHOTOS ON IT AND I IMMEDIATELY AND INSTINCTIVELY POINTED AT JOHN LENNON.

JOHN WAS THE BEATLE WHO WROTE THE BOOKS, THE FUNNY BEATLE, THE TOUGH BEATLE.

AS GEORGE HARRISON SO PERFECTLY PUT IT: "JOHN GAVE THE BEATLES THEIR HARD EDGE".

THEY WERE ALL FUNNY, ALL FOUR BEATLES, BUT JOHN'S WISECRACKS AND ANSWERS TO INTERVIEWER'S QUESTIONS WERE ALWAYS JUST A LITTLE FUNNIER, A BIT MORE CLEVER, THAN THE OTHERS.

HE ALWAYS SMILED, BUT ALWAYS WITH A LITTLE BIT OF A SMIRK BEHIND IT.

EVEN AT THEIR GREATEST MOMENT, ON THAT IMMORTAL FIRST "ED SULLIVAN SHOW", I SAW JOHN SMILING, BUT KIND OF SMIRKING.

AS THE WHOLE WORLD WAS FLIPPING OUT AND GOING GAGA OVER THE FAB FOUR, JOHN SEEMED TO BE SAYING TO HIMSELF, "ISN'T THIS SUCH BULLSH*T?"

JOHN HAD THE GREATEST VOICE IN THE HISTORY OF ROCK MUSIC.

OH, IT WASN'T AS PRETTY AS PAUL MCCARTNEY'S OR AS SMOOTH AS ELVIS PRESLEY'S, BUT IT JUST SO PERFECTLY CHANNELED WHAT ROCK 'N' ROLL IS.

IT WAS PRIMITIVE, VERY GUTTURAL.

BUT IT ELECTRIFIED YOU, MADE YOU WANT TO JUMP, TO GET UP OUT OF YOUR CHAIR AND DANCE, THIS IS WHAT GREAT ROCK MUSIC IS ALL ABOUT.

IT WAS PERFECT (ALTHOUGH, IRONICALLY, JOHN ALWAYS HATED HIS OWN VOICE. KIND OF LIKE THESE GORGEOUS, KNOCKOUT WOMEN WHO HATE THEIR OWN LOOKS.).

HE WAS THE GREATEST SONGWRITER EVER.

OMG------HELP, STRAWBERRY FIELDS FOREVER, IN MY LIFE, GIRL, TICKET TO RIDE, A HARD DAY'S NIGHT, TOMORROW NEVER KNOWS, ET AL.

AND THAT PERFECT WRITING COMBINATION WITH PAUL.

JOHN'S HARSHNESS, HIS TOUGHNESS, HIS CYNICAL, UNFORGIVING, RATHER BRUTAL NATURE- COMBINED WITH PAUL'S LIGHTHEARTED OPTIMISM, HIS WARMTH, HIS HOPEFULNESS, HIS SWEET MELODIC CHARM.

THEY OFFSET EACH OTHER SO PERFECTLY, MUCH LIKE DEAN MARTIN AND JERRY LEWIS HAD A FEW YEARS EARLIER.

LIKE SO MANY GREAT ARTISTS, JOHN SUFFERED.

HE WAS ALWAYS IN SPIRITUAL PAIN.

THIS WAS EASED, TO A GREAT DEGREE, ACCORDING TO HIM, BY HIS BELOVED WIFE AND PARTNER YOKO ONO.

MANY OF US BEATLE FANS COULD NOT COMPREHEND YOKO AND NEVER WILL, BUT THE FACT OF HER BRINGING SUCH JOY INTO JOHN'S LIFE WILL ALWAYS BE APPRECIATED BY US- JUST AS JOHN BROUGHT SO MUCH JOY INTO OURS.

I DON'T KNOW WHERE JOHN LENNON IS NOW- WHERE HE ENDED UP AFTER THAT JERK-OFF TOOK HIM AWAY FROM US.

WHEREVER HE IS, HE IS STIRRING UP TROUBLE SOMEHOW, STIRRING THE POT, I AM SURE, SASSING BACK AUTHORITY, ENTERTAINING, MAKING THEM LAUGH, ENCHANTING HIS FOLLOWERS.

JUST AS HE DID WITH US.

JOHN HAS ALWAYS BEEN MY GREATEST HERO.

ABOVE ALL THE OTHERS - ABOVE JERRY LEWIS AND DEAN MARTIN AND F.D.R. AND WYATT EARP AND WOODY ALLEN AND CLARK GABLE AND DOC HOLLIDAY AND OLIVER HARDY AND TOM BRADY AND ELVIS AND CHARLIE CHAPLIN AND BUSTER KEATON AND TOM HANKS AND JOHN TRAVOLTA AND MICHAEL JORDAN AND BABE RUTH.

AND YES, EVEN ABOVE PAUL, GEORGE AND RINGO.

I'VE MET MANY CELEBRITIES AND I'VE MET OR SEEN FIVE U.S.PRESIDENTS.

SOMETIMES I'VE BEEN DISAPPOINTED BY THESE ENCOUNTERS.

I DEEPLY REGRET NEVER MEETING JOHN LENNON.

SOMEHOW I KNOW IN MY HEART THAT MEETING HIM WOULD HAVE BEEN EXCITING, ELECTRIFYING AND UNFORGETTABLE.

BUT NEVER DISAPPOINTING.

THIS GUY WAS A FORCE OF NATURE.

HE WAS WILD, UNCHAINED, UNINHIBITED.

HE TOOK DRUGS LIKE THE REST OF US CONSUMED JELLYBEANS.

HE LASHED OUT, BOTH PHYSICALLY AND VERBALLY.

AND LIKE ALL OF US, HE OFTEN LATER REGRETTED WHAT HE'D SAID OR DONE.

JOHN WAS ALL OF OUR GREATEST LOVES.

THAT SPECIAL BOYFRIEND OR GIRLFRIEND WE'LL NEVER FORGET.

AND AS WITH ALL THE TRULY GREATS, WE ALL LIVED THROUGH HIM VISCERALLY - AT LEAST TO A DEGREE.

I KNOW I DID.

AND I ALWAYS WILL.

November 25, 2016

FLORENCE HENDERSON HAS DIED
- SHE WAS 82

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BRIEF THOUGHTS ABOUT FLORENCE HENDERSON.......

I NEVER LIKED THE BRADY BUNCH, I NEVER ONCE LAUGHED AT IT OR THOUGHT IT WAS FUNNY.

I THINK THE ONLY EPISODE I EVER WATCHED WAS THE ONE WHERE THE HOT CHEERLEADER DATES GREG- AND THAT WAS ONLY BECAUSE THE CHEERLEADER WEARS A SKIMPY BIKINI IN ONE SCENE (MAN, I LOVED THAT SCENE.)

BUT FLORENCE HENDERSON SEEMED LIKE THE NICEST LADY.

I NEVER HAD THE PLEASURE OF MEETING FLORENCE- OR EVEN SEEING HER IN PERSON.

BUT THERE IS NO DENYING HER ICONIC STATUS OR THE SHOW'S.

THE BRADY BUNCH BROUGHT JOY AND HAPPINESS TO MILLIONS OF PEOPLE THE WORLD OVER.

I GUESS MRS. BRADY WAS THE MOM EVERYONE WANTED TO HAVE.

I WISH FLORENCE HENDERSON A HAPPY AND SUCCESSFUL JOURNEY.

SHE BROUGHT SOMETHING VERY NICE INTO THE WORLD- AND MAYBE THAT'S THE BEST EPITAPH OF ALL.

 

October 30, 2016

Reunited - and it feels so good!

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The last day at Chiller gave Eddie a chance to make the rounds, and to say "hi" to some old friends - here he is with his I Wanna Hold Your Hand co-star Nancy Allen.

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She saw him walking up and called out "Eddieeee!"

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and then a big hug.


October 29, 2016

Day 2 at Chiller

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Pictured above (L-R): Sal Sirchia, EddieLaura "The Lady in Red" Madsen, and guitar legend Godfrey Townsend.

Eddie is having a blast at the Chiller Theatre Expo - Did you take a picture with Eddie at Chiller? Email it to us at:

Info@EddieDeezen.com

and maybe you'll see it right here!

October 12, 2016

EDDIE RETURNS TO CHILLER

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Come see Eddie in New Jersey at the Chiller Theatre Expo!

OCTOBER 28, 29 & 30

Eddie will be appearing with dozens of stars - including
Nancy Allen - his co-star in I Wanna Hold Your Hand

Click HERE for more information

August 11, 2016

Come see Eddie!

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Eddie is making a special appearance in Fond du Lac for
Pop-Up Outdoor Movie!

It's August 20 in Buttermilk Creek Park in Fond du Lac, Wisconsin. The movie, which starts at dusk,
is the original Grease!

Eddie will be there starting at approximately 6:30 pm for autographs, photo ops, and to meet fans. A little before the movie starts, grab a seat on Buttermilk's hill and listen as he tells stories from the making of Grease and more!

July 13, 2016

Didi turns 65 today!

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A SPECIAL HAPPY BIRTHDAY WISH TO MY OLD GREASE PAL DIDI CONN.

WE ALL KNOW DIDI FOR HER ROLE AS FRENCHY.

DIDI AND I WERE TWO OF THE ONLY GREASE CAST MEMBERS WHO WERE ALSO IN GREASE 2.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY, DIDI!!

HAVE FUN ON YOUR BIG DAY!!!

June 23, 2016

LATEST NEWS JUST IN FROM CONGRESS

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REPUBLICANS BEAT DEMOCRATS IN MUSICAL CHAIRS PLAY-OFF.

AS THE RECORD STOPPED, THE GOP LEADERS SCRAMBLED MADLY AND GRABBED ALL THE CHAIRS LEFT, WINNING THIS YEAR'S MUSICAL CHAIRS PLAY-OFF, LEAVING THE DEMS WITH ONLY THE FLOOR TO SIT ON.

BUT THE DEMOCRATS ARE HOPEFUL AND LOOKING FORWARD TO BEATING THE GOP AT JACKS, DODGE BALL AND FINGER PAINTING.

June 19, 2016

FOR FATHER'S DAY...

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MY DAD, ROBERT I. "BOB" DEZEN

MY EARLIEST MEMORY OF MY DAD IS OF ME IN MY CRIB.

MY DAD PLAYING WITH MY TOES- "THIS LITTLE PIGGY WENT TO MARKET, THIS LITTLE PIGGY STAYED HOME......."

I REMEMBER A DARK, SCARY NIGHT, WHEN I WAS A LITTLE KID.

IT WAS THE FIRST TIME I EVER WAS SCARED OF THE DARK.

I CRIED OUT INTO THE DARKNESS, HOPING MY DAD WOULD SOMEHOW HEAR ME.

AFTER MUCH CRYING AND HOPING, HE FINALLY DID.

HE CAME IN TO COMFORT ME AND ASSUAGE MY FEAR.

AND AT THAT MOMENT, MY DAD WAS JOHN WAYNE TO ME.

EVERY NIGHT WHEN MY DAD CAME HOME FROM WORK, I WOULD RUN UP AND JUMP INTO HIS ARMS, JUST LIKE MY OTHER HERO, GEORGE REEVES, DID ON THE ADVENTURES OF SUPERMAN.

AND DAD WOULD CATCH ME IN HIS STRONG ARMS, NEVER ONCE DROPPING ME.

AND I REMEMBER SITTING ON MY DAD'S LAP EVERY SUNDAY MORNING, AS HE READ US THE FUNNIES FROM THE COMICS SECTION OF THE SUNDAY NEWSPAPER.

AND DAD BUYING ME MY FIRST DOG FOR MY BIRTHDAY.

I NAMED HIM "MOE" BECAUSE I LOVED THE THREE STOOGES.

AND DAD AND MOE WERE BOTH MY PALS.

AND THOSE GLORIOUS SUMMERS IN ATLANTIC CITY.

THE SMELL OF THE OCEAN AS WE ARRIVED AND RUNNING OUT TO PLAY ON THE BEACH AND LAUGHING AND FROLICKING AS THE WAVES SPLASHED ALL AROUND US.

AND OUR CUSTOM ON THE BEACH EVERY YEAR: DAD LETTING US (ME AND MY BROTHER AND MY SISTER) BURY HIM IN THE SAND.

AND ONE DAY I REMEMBER I WAS SITTING AT PEOPLE'S DRUG STORE, EATING MY DINNER.

IT WAS A MONDAY NIGHT.

AND A BLACK MAN SAT DOWN BESIDE ME, AND I WAS TERRIFIED, BECAUSE I'D NEVER SEEN A BLACK MAN BEFORE,

SCARED AND CONFUSED, I LEFT MY SEAT AND SCURRIED DOWN, SEVERAL SEATS AWAY, TO WHERE IT WAS "SAFE".

AND DAD SAW THIS, AND HE CAME OVER TO ME, AND HE ASKED ME, "DID YOU RUN AWAY BECAUSE THAT MAN WAS BLACK?"

"NO", I SHOOK MY HEAD AND LIED, FOR EVEN AT THAT YOUNG AGE I KNEW I HAD DONE SOMETHING WRONG.

AND DAD TOLD ME IT WAS WRONG TO BE SCARED BECAUSE THE MAN HAD BLACK SKIN.

AND DAD MADE ME GO BACK TO MY ORIGINAL SEAT AND EAT MY DINNER THERE.

AND I WILL NEVER FORGET THE HURT LOOK ON THAT BLACK MAN'S FACE WHEN I RETURNED AND SAT DOWN BESIDE HIM.

AND I REALIZE NOW THAT MY DAD HAD AT THAT MOMENT TAUGHT ME MY FIRST LESSON IN LIFE, A LESSON ABOUT DECENCY AND HUMAN DIGNITY.

IT WAS A LESSON I NEVER FORGOT.

June 14, 2016

MY TELEVISION DEBUT

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THE GONG SHOW
PREMIERED ON TV FORTY YEARS AGO TODAY - JUNE 14, 1976.

I MADE MY TV DEBUT ON THE GONG SHOW ON NOVEMBER 29, 1976. I AUDITIONED IN A LITTLE THEATER IN HOLLYWOOD AND I WAS APPROVED. I TOOK THE BUS TO BURBANK AND WENT TO NBC STUDIOS ON A SATURDAY MORNING.

THERE WERE ABOUT 50 OTHER ACTS THERE WITH ME, WE WERE ALL PUT UP TOGETHER IN ONE BIG ROOM. WE WAITED SEVERAL HOURS, THEN FINALLY THE TAPING, THAT EVENING. I DID A LITTLE STAND-UP COMEDY ROUTINE. I WORE A SAILOR HAT. MY JOKES WERE ALL WRITTEN ON LITTLE INDEX CARDS I CARRIED.

I WENT ONSTAGE AND THE BRIGHT LIGHTS MADE IT HARD TO SEE THE CROWD. I DID ALL MY JOKES, GOT SOME LAUGHS, BUT PAUL WILLIAMS GONGED ME WITH ONE JOKE LEFT. JAMIE FARR, WHO I LATER DID A MOVIE WITH, WAS ONE OF THE JUDGES, AS WAS JAYE P. MORGAN. AS I WALKED OFFSTAGE AFTER BEING GONGED, JAYE P. MORGAN YELLED OUT, "WE LOVE YOU, EDDIE". (WHAT A NICE LADY). I WAITED UNTIL THE END OF THE SHOW AND CAUGHT THE LATE BUS BACK TO HOLLYWOOD.

30 YEARS LATER, I SAW PAUL WILLIAMS AT A VOICE-OVER GIG. I TOLD HIM ABOUT HIM GONGING ME, LO, THOSE MANY YEARS AGO. HE SINCERELY APOLOGIZED TO ME, OF COURSE, I SAID NO BIG DEAL, BUT PAUL WAS IN ALCOHOLIC'S ANONYMOUS AND WAS REQUIRED TO APOLOGIZE TO ANYONE HE MAY HAVE HURT WHILE DRINKING. OF COURSE I ACCEPTED HIS KIND APOLOGY.

I WAS LATER SENT A WAFFLE IRON BY NBC FOR BEING ON THE SHOW. I PAWNED IT AT A PAWN SHOP AND GOT TWO DOLLARS FOR IT.

BEING ON THE GONG SHOW WAS A VERY HAPPY DAY IN MY LIFE, A FUN DAY I WILL NEVER FORGET.

June 07, 2016

THERESA SALDANA

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I AM VERY SURPRISED AND SADDENED BY THE DEATH OF MY OLD CO-STAR THERESA SALDANA.

WORKING WITH THERESA ON I WANNA HOLD YOUR HAND WAS MY PLEASURE. 61 IS MUCH TOO YOUNG FOR ANYONE TO PASS AWAY, BUT 2016 HAS BEEN THAT KIND OF A YEAR, HASN'T IT?

MY LOVE AND GOOD WISHES GO OUT TO THERESA'S FAMILY, FRIENDS AND FANS, AND I WISH MY FRIEND THERESA A HAPPY JOURNEY.

May 27, 2016

HAPPY BIRTHDAY WISHES TO MY OLD PAL

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- THE GREAT CHRISTOPHER LEE -

CHRISTOPHER WAS BORN ON THIS DAY- MAY 27, 1922.

I HAD THE GREAT PLEASURE AND HONOR TO HAVE DONE THREE FILMS WITH CHRISTOPHER LEE.

HE WAS A WONDERFUL, WARM AND GRACIOUS FELLOW.

THE PERSONIFICATION OF THE WORD "GENTLEMAN".

I MISS CHRISTOPHER [He passed away last June at 93].

I WILL NEVER FORGET HOW NICE HE ALWAYS WAS TO ME.

May 08, 2016

HAPPY BIRTHDAY, STEPHEN!!

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A SPECIAL HAPPY BIRTHDAY WISH TO MY OLD PAL AND CO-STAR STEPHEN FURST.

STEPHEN WAS BORN ON THIS DAY - MAY 8, 1955.

I HAD THE GREAT PLEASURE OF WORKING WITH STEPHEN ON THE 1980 FILM MIDNIGHT MADNESS.

STEPHEN WAS NOT ONLY HILARIOUS IN THE FILM, BUT WAS A WONDERFUL GUY, SO MUCH FUN TO WORK WITH, A PLEASURE TO KNOW, AND AS WE ALL KNOW, STEPHEN IS IMMORTAL FOR HIS ROLE AS "FLOUNDER" IN THE CLASSIC 1978 FILM ANIMAL HOUSE.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY, STEPHEN!!

April 08, 2016

Come See Eddie In Person!

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TO ALL MY PALS.

I WILL BE A GUEST AND WILL BE SIGNING AT THE STEEL CITY COMIC CON NEXT WEEKEND.

THAT WILL BE NEXT FRIDAY, SATURDAY AND SUNDAY- APRIL 15, 16 AND 17.

PLEASE DROP BY IF YOU CAN AND ARE IN THE AREA.

I'VE DONE ABOUT 20 OF THESE SIGNING SHOWS ALL OVER THE COUNTRY, IN MANY CITIES, THEY ARE ALWAYS A BLAST.

I GET TO MEET SO MANY WONDERFUL PEOPLE AND I LIKE TO MEET THE CELEBRITIES TOO.

OMG, MY ALL-TIME FAVORITE FANTASY GIRL, BARBARA EDEN, WILL BE THERE TOO, SO COME ON DOWN, FOLKS!!

February 16, 2016

George Gaynes Has Passed Away at 98

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I WORKED FOR A SEASON ON THE TV SHOW PUNKY BREWSTER WITH GEORGE GAYNES.

I LOVED HIM VERY MUCH, HE WAS THE NICEST GUY YOU COULD IMAGINE.

HE WAS VERY MUCH LIKE A FATHER TO ME - HE TALKED TO ME LIKE A FATHER.

AS AN ACTOR, HE WAS A CONSUMMATE PRO.

WHEN PAUL McCARTNEY WAS A GUEST ON THE TONIGHT SHOW WITH JOHNNY CARSON IN 1984, IT WAS GEORGE WHO ARRANGED FOR ME TO GET TICKETS AND SEE PAUL (HE KNEW WHAT A BIG BEATLES FAN I WAS).

I WILL MISS GEORGE.

MY SINCERE CONDOLENCES GO OUT TO GEORGE'S FRIENDS AND FAMILY.

I SEND HIM ALL MY LOVE AND MY BEST WISHES ON HIS JOURNEY.

[Click HERE for Mr. Gaynes' Obituary in VARIETY]

September 02, 2015

Dean Jones

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I JUST HEARD THE NEWS THAT DEAN JONES DIED YESTERDAY AT THE AGE OF 84.

I HAD THE GREAT PLEASURE OF WORKING WITH DEAN ON A TV-MOVIE CALLED THE COMPUTER WORE TENNIS SHOES IN THE MID-90'S.

DEAN WAS A WONDERFUL GUY, A REALLY DOWN-TO-EARTH, FRIENDLY FELLOW.

I REALLY ENJOYED WORKING WITH HIM, ALBEIT FOR SUCH A SHORT TIME (I ONLY WORKED ON THE MOVIE FOR A FEW DAYS).

MY SINCERE CONDOLENCES GO OUT TO DEAN'S FAMILY AND FRIENDS.

August 26, 2015

See Eddie Tonight!

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Eddie is making a public appearance and signing autographs as part of Grease Night at tonight's Altoona Curve game.

Click HERE for details.

February 18, 2015

A QUICK NOTE FROM EDDIE

MY DEAR FRIENDS, I AM JUST GETTING HOME FROM MY POLYP REMOVAL OPERATION. I BELIEVE IT WENT WELL. I LOVE MY DOCTOR, DR. KARLA O'DELL, AND I LOVED ALL THE STAFF AT USC MEDICAL. THE POLYP ON MY VOCAL CORD IS NOW GONE.

I CAN'T SPEAK FOR NINE DAYS NOW!!!! I MISS SPEAKING ALREADY. I LOVE TO TALK AND COMMUNICATE SO MUCH.

I AM SO GLAD MY POLYP IS GONE. IT WAS TRULY ONE OF THE WORST THINGS THAT HAS EVER HAPPENED TO ME. BUT, AS THEY SAY, INTO EACH LIFE SOME RAIN MUST FALL.

MUCH LOVE, YOUR FRIEND ALWAYS, EDDIE

December 30, 2014

A NOTE ON THE DEATH OF MY DEAR FRIEND
CHRISTINE CAVANAUGH

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I JUST HEARD THE NEWS - CHRISTINE CAVANAUGH [THE ORIGINAL DEXTER ON DEXTER'S LABORATORY] - HAS PASSED AWAY.

I DID THE FIRST-EVER VOICEOVER JOB WITH CHRISTINE OF HER CAREER. I THINK WE PLAYED A YOUNG MARRIED COUPLE. I LOVED HER FROM THE WORD GO.

CHRISTINE AND I WORKED TOGETHER, ON AND OFF, FROM 1996 TO 2001 OR SO ON DEXTER'S LABORATORY. SHE LEFT THE SHOW DURING ITS RUN AND RETIRED FROM THE BUSINESS. ALTHOUGH I ALSO LOVED CANDI, THE GIRL WHO REPLACED HER, CHRISTINE WAS TRULY IRREPLACEABLE.

SHE WAS ALWAYS A JOY AND A DELIGHT TO WORK WITH. HER TIMING, HER INFLECTIONS, HER NATURAL SENSE OF HUMOR WERE ALL SO WONDERFUL.

I AM DEEPLY SADDENED BY CHRISTINE''S PASSING. MY GOD, SHE WAS ONLY 51. BUT LIFE IS ALL TOO OFTEN TRAGIC, AS WE ALL WELL KNOW.

I GUESS WHEN SOMEONE YOU LOVE AND ADMIRE PASSES ON, YOU FEEL SORRY FOR YOUR OWN LOSS AND YOU FACE THE SEVERE REALITY THAT YOU WILL NOT EVER SEE THEM AGAIN. I DO, MYSELF, BELIEVE IN AN AFTERLIFE, SO I HOPE THIS IS UNTRUE.

I WAS LUCKY TO HAVE KNOWN CHRISTINE.

I SEND HER ALL THE LOVE I HAVE. I SEND HER A HUG AND WISH HER A SAFE AND HAPPY JOURNEY.

MY CHARACTER, MANDARK, HAD A CATCHPHRASE ON DEXTER'S LABORATORY. IT WAS HIS LAUGH: "HA-HA-HA-HA-HA-HA-HA-HAAAAA!!!!".

NO CATCHPHRASE COULD BE LESS APPROPRIATE FOR THE WAY I FEEL RIGHT NOW.

December 14, 2014

1941 Premiered 35 Years Ago Today!

1941 - STEVEN SPIELBERG'S ONLY COMEDY - PREMIERED 35 YEARS AGO TODAY - DECEMBER 14, 1979.

THE BUDGET WAS AN ESTIMATED $42,000,000.00, AT THE TIME, THE HIGHEST BUDGET EVER FOR A FILM COMEDY.

JOHN WAYNE WAS OFFERED THE ROLE OF MAJOR-GENERAL STILLWELL IN THE FILM. HE FELT THE FILM WAS UNPATRIOTIC AND A SLAP IN THE FACE TO WORLD WAR II VETERANS, SO HE TURNED IT DOWN. (HE WAS ALSO VERY ILL AT THE TIME). CHARLETON HESTON ALSO WAS OFFERED AND TURNED DOWN THE ROLE.

SOME SCENES IN THE FILM WERE SO NOISY, WE COULDN'T HEAR STEVEN SPIELBERG SAY "CUT". HE ACTUALLY HAD TO FIRE A PROP MACHINE GUN IN THE AIR TO GET THE ACTION TO STOP.

I SPENT MOST OF 1941 UP IN A FERRIS WHEEL WITH MY PAL, MURRAY HAMILTON. ONE DAY, MURRAY AND I WERE REALLY GETTING WHIPPED AND SPUN AROUND BY STEVEN ON THE FERRIS WHEEL AND I GOT VERY MOTION SICK. STEVEN'S SECRETARY HELPED ME AND TOOK ME TO STEVEN'S DRESSING ROOM TO LIE DOWN.

I LAY ON STEVEN'S BED AND FELT VERY WOOZY AND NAUSEOUS. THEN I SHAKILY WALKED TO STEVEN'S BATHROOM AND THREW UP.

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IT DAWNED ON ME THAT I HAD JUST THROWN UP IN STEVEN SPIELBERG'S TOILET. THIS WAS A GREAT HONOR AND I STILL CONSIDER IT ONE OF THE HIGHLIGHTS OF MY CAREER.

Eddie's on the Cover!

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Check out who's on the cover of this month's Allegany Magazine!

December 08, 2014

John Lennon, My Hero

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I BELIEVE IN HEROES. I KNOW NOT EVERYONE HAS A HERO OR HEROES, BUT I HAVE ALWAYS HAD THEM AND I HAVE ALWAYS BELIEVED IN THEM.

ONE OF MY GREATEST HEROES, JOHN LENNON, DIED ON THIS DAY - DECEMBER 8 - IN 1980. WE ALL KNOW THE CIRCUMSTANCES OF JOHN'S PASSING, SO I WON'T MENTION THEM.

JOHN WAS ONE OF ROCK MUSIC'S GREAT ICONOCLASTS, HE WAS ACTUALLY A BOY SCOUT AND A CHOIR BOY IN HIS YOUTH.

IT WAS ACTUALLY JOHN WHO HELPED NAME THE GROUP THE BEATLES. HIS BEST FRIEND, STU SUTCLIFFE, THOUGHT OF THE NAME THE BEETLES, IN HONOR OF BUDDY HOLLY AND HIS BAND, THE CRICKETS. JOHN CHANGED THE SECOND "E" TO AN "A" BECAUSE THEY WERE A BEAT GROUP.

November 29, 2014

THE BEST COMEDY PARTNER I EVER HAD

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VERY SADLY, MY OLD FRIEND AND CO-STAR WENDIE JO SPERBER, DIED ON THIS DAY - NOVEMBER 29 - in 2005.

WENDIE WAS A JOY AND A DELIGHT TO WORK WITH AND ALTHOUGH SHE APPEARED IN SEVERAL MOVIES AND TV SHOWS, SHE WILL ALWAYS BE ROSIE FROM I WANNA HOLD YOUR HAND TO ME - IN MY HEART.

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

ONJ-ED-14
(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

Gilda

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!

Tmorgan
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.

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