"In Memoriam"... Charlie Horse...

......in observance of the Oscars, the "In Memoriam" section of the evening is always very moving. Reflecting on those members of the industry who have passed away; and those who may have died young, perhaps even at the height of their fame, I felt it was important to mention some of the lesser "CELEBRITIES WHO LOST THEIR LIVES PREMATURELY!!".....Shari Lewis' association with Charlie Horse (1951- 1965) ended after years of alcoholism, hospitalizations, and shoplifting of mascaras and small household appliances on his part. Increasingly unreliable at performances and even violent towards both Lamb Chop and Hush Puppy, his co-stars finally got an order of protection against him for “flannel battering”. He wasted vast amounts of money gambling on horse races that he was discovered to be throwing himself!.... Later, he vanished for 6 weeks during pilot-season and was found dead in the alley behind F.A.O. Schwartz clutching a stained lint-brush and an empty jug of Woolite by his side. Judging by the mildew on his terry cloth, he had probably been dead for several days.... His family asked that charitable donations be made to Anti-Glue causes in lieu of silk-flowers....

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