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Samsung Philippine Amatuer 2009 (Golf Gigs) Samsung Philippine Amatuer 2009 (Golf Gigs) 3 Comments Rhonda Poynter "gannon'smom" April 9, 2013 at 2:44 pm 5 of 5 people found the following review helpful “Walking Distance” Could Have Been Telling Gig Young’s Own Story, October 5, 2010By Rhonda Poynter “gannon’smom” (SanFran) – Amazon Verified Purchase(What’s this?) This review is from: Final Gig: The Man Behind the Murder (Hardcover)This is a great, great book about an actor most remembered (unfortunately enough) for being in Bruce Lee’s last movie, “Game of Death” and for killing himself and his young bride in a murder/suicide, in 1978. George Eells turns out a well-researched, carefully crafted and respectful biography of a man who may not have had a bad bone in his body unless he was drinking – and even then, he still seemed to treat himself the very worst -, and whom, thirty odd years after his death still has loyal friends who do not believe the final report of the crime. Gig Young, they say, may have been able to hurt himself, but he would never have purposely hurt any other living individual. The man known mostly for friendly, affable characters – even when he played a drunk onscreen, he more often than not played it as an easy, he-won’t-hurt-nobody type -, was born Byron Elsworth Barr in Minnesota, in 1913; he knew from a very young age that he was the result of a ‘leak in the safe’, as it was said then, meaning somebody should have had a hefty case against the condom company. Byron grew up needing to be perfect to the extent that if he had to sneeze at the dinner table, he would not simply cover his face: this young boy, so sure he’d be completely disowned for being a bother or even noticed, would slide under the table, sneeze, and then return to his seat. What I find even more appalling than that story is that the future Gig Young’s parents kept right on eating and did not talk with him, soothe his fears, nothing. Tragic. Byron, despite being painfully shy, made it to Hollywood, made it into bit parts (uncredited in “Sergeant York”, so forth); he was eventually legally christened his character’s name from “The Gay Sisters”, and Gig Young was born. This book follows Gig’s years of always just-almost-the-lead-never-quite-there star; his performance could be snipped out of a movie in a heartbeat because he’d made the mistake of turning Joan Crawford down when she suggested a weekend at her cottage (shortly after he had lost his beloved second wife, Sophie, to cancer, no less). Despite earning two Academy Award nominations before the one that would finally be the charm for him (as for winning for his portrayal of Rocky in “They Shoot Horses, Don’t They?”, Gig felt that it turned out to be more of a curse than a blessing), it is often difficult to come up with names of Gig Young movies right off the top of one’s head. I would suggest “Come Fill The Cup”, if you can find it, and of course “Horses”…but I must admit, what originally turned me onto Gig Young was his turn in the classic, classic Twilight Zone episode, “Walking Distance”. As Martin Sloan, a burned out, disillusioned advertising executive, Gig took a thirty minute show and turned it into a performance worthy of any award the powers that be should have begged him to accept. Martin returns to his childhood home while waiting for his car to be repaired – it’s just “walking distance” that way, according to the gas jockey – to find that nothing has changed, that his parents are still alive and living in the family home, and that the child version of himself is busily carving his initials into the town’s carousel. Martin tries to warn his younger self to enjoy these carefree years, to hold onto each day and appreciate it, but he frightens the child, terrifies his parents when he goes in search of them, and changes nothing but – due to his stepping into the past – bringing serious physical injury to himself that he will now carry with him through his remaining days. Martin does realize, though, what the trip was for, and he returns to the gas station, a bit wiser…Gig Young, I’m sorry to say, may not have grown wiser in his real life. Alcohol soon clouded what may have been a Martin Sloan ability to ‘pick up’ that things were as they were for a reason, no matter how lousy or unfair it seemed: His marriage to his second wife, Sophie, and her subsequent death to cancer just two years later is really what I think started to shake an already very unsteady foundation for Gig’s spirit and heart. He married television’s “Bewitched” herself, Elizabeth Montgomery, and she put up with the drinking as long as she could bear and then got out with some sanity still intact. He drank more, married Elaine (“Realtor To The Stars”) Williams, whom would give him his only child, Jennifer. Jennifer was later denied by Gig and left the sum of ten dollars from her father’s estate. When you read throughout the book that Gig was supposedly a man who would never hurt a fly, you wonder just who the bad, bad guy was who got sloshed and did some really mean things. I can only say (having seen alcoholism and drug abuse in my own family) that addictions will, in fact, take the original human being and replace him/her with somebody else that you think just might have slipped out of Hell for the afternoon. I think that this might have been what was going on with Gig, and had he not picked up his first…Read moreHelp other customers find the most helpful reviews Was this review helpful to you? | Comments (3) CJS April 9, 2013 at 3:34 pm 1 of 1 people found the following review helpful Insightful and Well Researched, November 30, 2012By CJS (Hagerstown, MD USA) – Amazon Verified Purchase(What’s this?) This review is from: Final Gig: The Man Behind the Murder (Hardcover)Well researched bio of under appreciated actor Gig Young who is more remembered for his death than his film roles. He had an easy going acting style and certainly had the good looks. However, he was extremely insecure and so dependent on the women in his life, whom he felt betrayed him – from his mother to his wives. The author did a lot of research and talked to a lot of people who knew or worked with Young. Many of these people style don’t believe the circumstances of Young’s death. The book has some good photos and a filmography. I would have liked to have had some followup on his daughter whom Young essentially abandoned and disowned.Help other customers find the most helpful reviews Was this review helpful to you? | Comment Anonymous April 9, 2013 at 4:23 pm Great item, great service! Thanks for a great item and the speedy turnaround. Really appreciate the great item and service!, February 28, 2013By Jacob W. Deptula – Amazon Verified Purchase(What’s this?) This review is from: Final Gig: The Man Behind the Murder (Hardcover)Great item, great service! Thanks for a great item and the speedy turnaround. Really appreciate the great item and service!Help other customers find the most helpful reviews Was this review helpful to you? | CommentComments are closed.