'Til Death Do Us Part

Aside from being a political monstrosity of a year, 2016 also happened to snatch up some of the foxiest pop culture icons of our generation. Willie Wonka, Bowie, Carol Brady, George Michael and more... Every now and then my parents wax nostalgic about their whereabouts when they received news of Lennon/JFK Jr./Marilyn Monroe/Martin Luther King's passing, and it always sounds like another lifetime ago, but now that I'm nearing 40, I've started to rack up my own celeb death stories, and it makes me sad. Too many memories involving this years fatalities to count, but here's a few: listening to Ground Control To Major Tom every morning on repeat in my boom bedroom box, freshman year of high school, while getting dressed in my Doc boots and snapcrotch DKNY bodysuit, watching, every Sunday for years, the Brady Bunch while eating Micky Mouse-shaped pancakes with my brother, performing "I Want Your Sex" with Rachel Levin and Sarah Polacheck at the Jewish Community Center talent show in 1987 but replacing the word "sex" with "friendship" (true story), the list goes on.  Crazy to think about way back when these iconic figures were part of my private cultural teenage zeitgest. Literally seems like yesterday when I sat in my Dad's lap in the den watching Gene Wilder on SNL.

Maybe one day when I have liver spots and a long grey braid I'll sit knitting in the rocking chair surrounded by great grandchildren spinning yarn and stories about where/when/how I was the day the music died. Below, some of the best quotes from this year's casualties. — MRG

“I'm an instant star, just add water.” ― David Bowie,  English singer, songwriter and actor, January 8, 1947 — January, 10, 2016


"You'll never find peace of mind until you listen to your heart." — George Michael, English singer, songwriter, and record producer, June 25, 1963 – December 25, 2016


"Service to others is the rent you pay for your room here on earth." —  American professional boxer and activist Muhammad Ali, January 17, 1942 — June 3, 2016


"I never hated a man enough to give him his diamonds back." — Hungarian-American actress and socialite Zsa Zsa Gabor, February 6, 1917 —  December 18, 2016


"I can't decide whether to commit suicide or go bowling." — Florence Henderson, American actress and singer, best know for Carol Brady on The Brady Bunch, February 14, 1934 —  November 24, 2016


"There is something that happens when you get emancipated. You approach life differently. You eat differently. You respect yourself more. You respect the gift you have been given." — Prince, American singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, and record producer,  June 7, 1958 – April 21, 2016

"I'm going to tell you what my religion is. Do unto others as you would have them do unto you. Period. Terminato. Finito."  — Gene Wilder, American film and theater comic actor, screenwriter, film director, and author, June 11, 1933 – August 29, 2016


"There is a crack in everything, that's how the light gets in." — Leonard Cohen, Canadian singer, songwriter, musician, poet, novelist, and painter,September 21, 1934 – November 7, 2016

"The only way you learn is by failure." — Debbie Reynolds, American actress, singer, businesswoman, film historian, and humanitarian, April 1, 1932 — December 28, 2016

"Resentment is like drinking a poison and waiting for the other person to die." — Carrie Frances Fisher, American actress, writer, producer, and humorist, October 21, 1956 – December 27, 2016