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Lesleegp
08-10-2007, 10:28 AM
http://www.azcentral.com/ent/celeb/articles/0809merv0809.html

Merv Griffin, the entertainment mogul, singer, talk-show host and horseman who has called La Quinta, Calif., home for 20 years, is in grave condition with cancer, according to media reports.

“Entertainment Tonight” has reported that sources tell the Hollywood show that Griffin’s prognosis is not good. Griffin’s representatives have not returned calls to The Desert Sun to confirm or deny.

Linda7NJ
08-10-2007, 10:29 AM
:( Poor Merv.

capps
08-10-2007, 05:51 PM
oh gosh,that's sad news,seems like a lot of the old timers are passing. I hate to admit this,but I thought he passed some time last year ... obviously I thought wrong.

SadieMae
08-10-2007, 06:25 PM
I heard that on one the entertainment shows last night.

C.Whalen
08-10-2007, 06:38 PM
So sad

KrisNine
08-12-2007, 11:41 AM
They are saying that he passed away this morning. According to MSNBC. Sad.

Amraann
08-12-2007, 11:44 AM
They are saying that he passed away this morning. According to MSNBC. Sad.

WHy do we always think its sad??
He had a totally full and complete life!!
None of us are getting out of this alive.

The only sad part is if he suffered.

jilly
08-12-2007, 11:59 AM
Yes.....he has passed

http://www.cnn.com/2007/SHOWBIZ/TV/08/12/griffin.obit.ap/index.html

Peter Hamilton
08-12-2007, 12:00 PM
Indeed he had a great life--He sold his two game shows to Coca Cola for 250 million 20 years ago, which is $500,000,000 in today's money--then he got into real estate bigtime with Casinos and I think he built Paradise Resort in the Bahamas--just saw an interview with him a few weeks ago--He looked fine and stll had a lot of big plans--He was supposedly gay,I think, but maybe Nova would know for sure--RIP Merv

Amraann
08-12-2007, 12:02 PM
Indeed he had a great life--He sold his two game shows to Coca Cola for 250 million 20 years ago, which is $500,000,000 in today's money--then he got into real estate bigtime with Casinos and I think he built Paradise Resort in the Bahamas--just saw an interview with him a few weeks ago--He looked fine and stll had a lot of big plans--He was supposedly gay,I think, but maybe Nova would know for sure--RIP Merv


Thanks Peter!! Nice post:)
I totally fear death and I am trying to not think of it in such a way that it is scary.
I just think if you had a full wonderful life that is all any of us can ask for :)

CarpeDiem
08-12-2007, 12:10 PM
I'm sorry to hear this. He and Nancy Reagan were very close friends. I'm sure she is mourning greatly today.

BhamMama
08-12-2007, 01:16 PM
My mother and I use to watch his tv show every morning before I started school.

I don't remember much about that show except it was like a talk show. I know he's been around my whole life.

Jeana (DP)
08-12-2007, 01:35 PM
Indeed he had a great life--He sold his two game shows to Coca Cola for 250 million 20 years ago, which is $500,000,000 in today's money--then he got into real estate bigtime with Casinos and I think he built Paradise Resort in the Bahamas--just saw an interview with him a few weeks ago--He looked fine and stll had a lot of big plans--He was supposedly gay,I think, but maybe Nova would know for sure--RIP Merv

Born: 6-Jul-1925
Birthplace: San Mateo, CA
Gender: Male
Race or Ethnicity: White
Sexual orientation: Bisexual [1]
Occupation: Talk Show Host
Party Affiliation: Republican

[1] John Colapinto, "Dear Mister Fantasy", Rolling Stone, 1 June 2006. Sued for $200M in palimony in 1991 by Brent Plott, a case dismissed with prejudice. Sued again by secretary/bodyguard Denny Terrio for sexual harassment, also dismissed. "Merv does not refute the underlying implication in both cases: that he is gay... He parries any direct questions about his sexual orientation. 'You're asking an eighty-year-old man about his sexuality right now... Get a life!'"

http://www.nndb.com/people/418/000022352/

capps
08-12-2007, 01:59 PM
My mother and I use to watch his tv show every morning before I started school.

I don't remember much about that show except it was like a talk show. I know he's been around my whole life.

I always got Merv Griffin and Mike Douglas mixed up.Mike Douglas was also a tv talk show host.(Not to confuse Mike Douglas with Michael Douglas,Kirk Douglas' son.)

If this post isn't confusing and mixed up ... I don't know what is! lol.

close_enough
08-12-2007, 03:24 PM
Yes.....he has passed

http://www.cnn.com/2007/SHOWBIZ/TV/08/12/griffin.obit.ap/index.html

may he RIP......

Dark Knight
08-12-2007, 03:53 PM
RIP Merv. :(

arielilane
08-12-2007, 06:44 PM
I used to watch his talk show after school. RIP Merv Griffin.

Peter Hamilton
08-12-2007, 08:24 PM
Born: 6-Jul-1925
Birthplace: San Mateo, CA
Gender: Male
Race or Ethnicity: White
Sexual orientation: Bisexual [1]
Occupation: Talk Show Host
Party Affiliation: Republican

[1] John Colapinto, "Dear Mister Fantasy", Rolling Stone, 1 June 2006. Sued for $200M in palimony in 1991 by Brent Plott, a case dismissed with prejudice. Sued again by secretary/bodyguard Denny Terrio for sexual harassment, also dismissed. "Merv does not refute the underlying implication in both cases: that he is gay... He parries any direct questions about his sexual orientation. 'You're asking an eighty-year-old man about his sexuality right now... Get a life!'"

http://www.nndb.com/people/418/000022352/--thanks Jeana--one thing I don't understand tho--Denny Terrio a bodyguard? lol

FACE-IT
08-12-2007, 08:54 PM
Merv Griffin's niece lived at the same apartment complex that I did, in the late 70's, and he came by and played tennis with her a few times. We had really nice courts.

philamena
08-12-2007, 09:30 PM
Rest in peace Mr. Griffin. Article can be found in it's entirety at link.
http://www.nytimes.com/2007/08/13/arts/television/13griffin.html?hp
Merv Griffin (http://movies2.nytimes.com/gst/movies/filmography.html?p_id=28806&inline=nyt-per), a big-band singer who became one of television’s longest-running talk-show hosts and formidable innovators, creating some of the medium’s most popular game shows before becoming a major figure in the hotel and gambling businesses, died yesterday in Los Angeles. He was 82.

Peter Hamilton
08-12-2007, 09:31 PM
Larry King showing a past interview with Merv right now--Merv had a story about Orson Welles,where he had lunch with him and Orson didn't eat much,which surprised Merv since Welles was a big heavy man--After lunch, Merv followed him and saw that Welles stopped by a hot dog stand and bought 2 dozen hot dogs!--guess Welles was lucky that he lived to be 70

Peter Hamilton
08-12-2007, 09:34 PM
Rest in peace Mr. Griffin. Article can be found in it's entirety at link.
http://www.nytimes.com/2007/08/13/arts/television/13griffin.html?hp
Merv Griffin (http://movies2.nytimes.com/gst/movies/filmography.html?p_id=28806&inline=nyt-per), a big-band singer who became one of television’s longest-running talk-show hosts and formidable innovators, creating some of the medium’s most popular game shows before becoming a major figure in the hotel and gambling businesses, died yesterday in Los Angeles. He was 82.--In his early years,he had a hit song called "I've Got A Lovely Bunch Of Coconuts"--It sold THREE million copies!--guess the record-buying public back then were easily pleased

philamena
08-12-2007, 09:39 PM
Thanks for reminding me about that song. My dad used to sing that to me many years ago.

Camper
08-12-2007, 11:18 PM
I watched them all Mike Douglas and Merv Griffin. I never knew about Merv's propensity for s-x.

I saw the last half of LKL with the old interview with Merv. They should put his old talk shows in syndication would be fun to see all of the old stars etc.

He was one of a kind for certain.

Rest in Peace.

I wonder if his ex wife is still living They had one son only I believe, his name shows in producing credits here and there.

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Dark Knight
08-13-2007, 03:42 AM
Regis and him were close close friends and tennis partners. If it is live, I am sure Regis will have lots to say on Regis and Kelly this morning about it.

poco
08-13-2007, 05:31 AM
Odd, the name of the thread - think about it - GRAVE condition??? :silenced:

Dark Knight
08-13-2007, 06:58 AM
Odd, the name of the thread - think about it - GRAVE condition??? :silenced:

Yes, that's what it's often called before you die. :innocent:

Jeana (DP)
08-13-2007, 09:58 AM
--thanks Jeana--one thing I don't understand tho--Denny Terrio a bodyguard? lol

Well I guess that was before his Dance Fever days!;)

Peter Hamilton
08-13-2007, 09:28 PM
Larry king has Merv's son on, Vanna, Trebeck--Merv's son, Tony, gave the real story on Merv's health--He never really beat the prostate cancer he got in 1996--He kept his long battle with it a secret to the public--About 4 years ago he went to see a specialist to try to stop its spread--but It eventually spread to his bones--Merv also was a smoker and he could hardly breathe the last few months--A tube was put down his throat the last nine days of his life--Before he entered the hospital 2 months ago, he could hardly move from one room to another--towards the end he was in much pain and needed to be heavily sedated

Dark Knight
08-17-2007, 06:09 AM
Merv was gay????

http://news.yahoo.com/s/nm/20070817/people_nm/griffin_dc;_ylt=AqNTt6a5PiS6iBZT7Jv7DOe2GL8C

nanandjim
08-17-2007, 08:41 AM
Merv was gay????

http://news.yahoo.com/s/nm/20070817/people_nm/griffin_dc;_ylt=AqNTt6a5PiS6iBZT7Jv7DOe2GL8C
I recall there being rumors, way back when, about Merv's sexuality. However, it was never proven, as far as I know. Why do individuals have to come tell the world what their sexual preference is? It really is no one's business. Do heterosexual's announce to the world that they are heterosexual?

eve
08-17-2007, 09:34 AM
I recall there being rumors, way back when, about Merv's sexuality. However, it was never proven, as far as I know. Why do individuals have to come tell the world what their sexual preference is? It really is no one's business. Do heterosexual's announce to the world that they are heterosexual?

I think Merv always had a sense of humor about it when asked. Once he said he was a "Quadrosexual" - whatever that is! I am trying to imagine...

He was a sweetheart to everyone and was wonderful to the ladies, they all loved him, you could tell! (Yup, he must have been gay. LOL) He discovered so many people and gave them a start. One anecdote I remember is that he "chose" people who had "large" faces, that's what he noticed about Vanna White. I watched his show every night with my mom before dinner.

RIP, Merv, you were a class act.

Eve

Squishified
08-17-2007, 12:44 PM
I recall there being rumors, way back when, about Merv's sexuality. However, it was never proven, as far as I know. Why do individuals have to come tell the world what their sexual preference is? It really is no one's business. Do heterosexual's announce to the world that they are heterosexual?
I know. I couldn't care less if Merv was gay or straight.
Rest in Peace, Merv