If you have read the Email Forum pages and certain other parts of this web site, then you know that I believe that we are heavily into a 1960s/1970s cycle (although events from other decades are also wielding their influences). It has recently come to my attention that a famous female film celebrity (one whom I had overlooked) fell victim to tragic circumstances that claimed her life on April 10, 1965.
On that day, Hollywood film star Linda Darnell, at the young age of 41, died of burns she suffered in the house fire of her former secretary. The heroic actress's final act was a futile attempt to save a child from the burning building. Once called "the woman with the perfect face," Darnell ironically had been watching Star Dust (1940) on television, the film that had set her career in motion when she was only 17. The cause of the fire was apparently accidental.
The chances of this tragedy occurring again grow smaller the nearer we come to closing the 49-year window (it closes in the year 2014). Currently, because of this, there is only a 28.6% chance that Linda Darnell's fate will happen to another female celebrity in April 2000. But the very strong 1965 influence indicates that if it is going to happen at all, it will likely be in the year 2000. Nevertheless, it is quite possible that this event is a non-repeater.
My research has determined that should a similar event occur, the first initial of the potential victim may also be an "L," but that the second initial will be off the "D" (of Darnell) by two letters. Thus the initials we must look out for are likely to be L.B. or L.F. However, if a suitable match is not found, the numeric system may slip down yet another letter to L.A. or leap two in the opposite direction to L.H. Also, because the "F" trend of 1997-99 (which revealed that Michael J. Fox had Parkinson's Disease and claimed the lives of Chris Farley, Frank Sinatra, Florence "FloJo" Joyner, Mary Frann, DeForrest Kelly, and JFK Jr.) will continue until October 2001, and because this is another double initial year, the initials could default to F.F.
Also, like Linda Darnell, we may be looking for someone who started in films in her early teens (Ms. Darnell's career began at the age of 13). She would now likely be in her late 30s or 40s.
Another factor to consider is the ironic. Linda Darnell, who died in a fire, reached the height of her career when she played opposite Cornell Wilde in 1947's Forever Amber where she survives the famed London fire. Therefore we may be looking for someone who played a memorable scene where fire, burning, or "the infernal" is involved or is, perhaps, metaphorically alluded to in the film's title and premise.
The following celebrity list has been compiled by using these above three sets of clues:
Lauren Bacall (L.B.) Should being near the age of Linda Darnell at the time of her death not be a factor, she would certainly be in danger.
Linda Blair (L.B.) Began film career in early teens, modeled as child. Age in April 2000: 41. Ironic film credits below.
Lisa Bonet (L.B.) Began television career at age 17 on The Cosby Show. Ironic film: Angel Heart. Age in April 2000: 32.
Linda Fiorentino (L.F.) Began acting at age 24. Ironic film title: Wildfire. Age in April 2000: 40.
Linda Hamilton (L.H.) Began acting at age 23. Age in April 2000: 43. Ironic film credits below.
Loni Anderson (L.A.)
Farrah Fawcett (F.F.) Began acting on television and film at age 22. Age in April 2000: 53. Ironic film title: The Burning Bed.
See also Prediction Evaluation (12/28/01)
See also Why the Recent Firey Death of Actress Teresa Graves is NOT A Fulfillment of This Prediction (1/14/03)
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Graphic and fiery death scene from nuclear attack sequence of Terminator 2: Judgement Day (1991). This is currently Hamilton's most memorable film.
|Appeared as a demonic-possessed child in the infernal epic The Exorcist (1973), a terrorised college student in Hell Night (1981), and as a victimised inmate at a womens' prison in Chained Heat (1983). All three films are Blair's most memorable and successful to date.|
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I will, of course, continue to do what I can to narrow the focus of this prediction. There may be very little precious time should this event occur prematurely in January or February 2000 rather than in April. The question remains: which will be stronger, the influence of 1965 or the 71.4% odds against this event happening at all?
Fiery Death of Actress Butterfly McQueen -- Not Linda Darnell -- is Repeated by "Get Christie Love" Actress
On December 22, 1995, seven years ago, black actress Butterfly (Thelma) McQueen, famous for many film roles but especially for her portrayal of Prissy in Gone With The Wind, died from burns received in a fire in her Augusta, Georgia apartment.
I was aware of the circumstances of McQueen's death since early 2002. However, I put off predicting that the same thing would happen in December 2002, seven years later.
The reason: there had not been a similar event occurring to a black actress during any of the previous years on the time line prior to 1995 (years like 1988, 1981, 1974, etc.). McQueen's death appeared to be a singular event -- one that I felt would have only a remote chance of being repeated, so I put off posting a warning and now it is too late.
This time the actress is Teresa Graves, an actress well-known to 1960s and 1970s audiences, especially in the Laugh In comedy series and in the role of undercover cop Christie Love. She died two nights ago on October 11, 2002, at age 53 in Los Angeles. Her death, like Butterfly McQueen's, was the result of a fire that erupted in her home. The one major difference is that McQueen died from burns and Graves, apparently, suffocated from smoke inhalation.
'Get Christie Love!' Actress Dies in House Fire
Fri Oct 11, 6:14 PM ET - LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Actress Teresa Graves, who appeared on "Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In" and starred as the sexy undercover cop on The 1970s TV series "Get Christie Love!," has died in a fire that erupted in her Los Angeles home, authorities said.
Graves, 53, was found unconscious in a rear addition to the house where a faulty space heater sparked the blaze, and she was pronounced dead early Thursday at Daniel Freeman Memorial Hospital in nearby Inglewood, according Los Angeles Fire Department officials.
They said the home in the city's Hyde Park district was equipped with working smoke detectors, but Graves may not have heard them from the room she was in. Neighbors said Graves lived with her mother, who had suffered a stroke last year.
Graves is perhaps best known for her title role as a sassy Los Angeles police detective in the ABC action drama "Get Christie Love," which aired from September 1974 to July 1975 and was one of the first prime-time series with a black woman in the lead. Other credits include a big-screen role as the Countess Vampira in the 1974 British horror spoof "Old Dracula," starring David Niven.
She also was a regular on NBC's "Laugh-In" from 1969 to 1970 and appeared in 1969's multimedia/variety flop "Turn-On," one of the biggest one-episode fiascos in television history. According to the Los Angeles Times, her final showbiz appearance was in a Bob Hope special in 1982.
Note that both actresses had first names beginning with the letter "T" (Thelma and Teresa). One died in October and the other in December, almost exactly seven years apart. The day was a double number in both cases (October 11 and December 22). Sadly, in 2002, Graves was too obscure a personality to have ever been considered as a likely victim of such a tragedy. Identifying her in advance would have been virtually impossible.
Still, if we learn anything at all from this, it is that base 7 system repetitions can, on occasion, be nearly exact. That precedents should never be ignored -- they just might be the beginning of a deadly new trend.
Butterfly McQueen and Teresa Graves are now linked by time, death, and the number 7. Their gruesome and unfortunate deaths serve as a warning to a formerly famous black actress of the future -- in 2009 or 2016 -- possibly one with a first name beginning with the letter "T".
IN CLOSING (1/14/03): The time for the Linda Darnell scenario to exert any influence has likely ended. Again, the vector was April 2000. If we include the potential for adjacent fulfillment either side of 2000, the period of concern would have been January 1999 to December 2001. Even so, premature fulfillments (occurring in the calendar year previous to the target year) are generally more rare than tardy ones (occurring in the calendar year following the target year).
As revealed in the Prediction Evaluation below, there were a number of close calls in late 1999, during the target year 2000, and twice in 2001 -- but no fire-related fatalities. The most dangerous period apparently was July 2000 through December 2001, with each close call much more dangerous than the one preceding.
The current influence is the Butterfly McQueen scenario, and it appears that this influence has already claimed the life it was destined to take: that of actress Teresa Graves. It is an influence that appears to consistently affect black celebrities only. A few weeks following Graves' death, the home of Aretha Franklin was reduced to ashes by flames. Franklin was not at home at the time.
Also dead from house fires, two male actors: in December 2002, Dennis Patrick (who was a regular on "Dallas" and "Dark Shadows"), and in January 2003, character actor Royce Applegate (also of "Dallas", "CHiPs", and "Twin Peaks."
I believe the deaths of Patrick and Applegate to be a premature fulfillment of the Jack Cassidy fire tragedy (Cassidy died in a blaze at his home in January 1976). The vector for this influence is January 2004. However, because these actors were only marginally famous, I fear that a more well-known male figure may be in danger.
However, as to THIS page, the book is now closed. This page is an archive. The exceptions being the following:
1) Any of the six actresses listed as those being in greatest danger from the Linda Darnell influence: Linda Hamilton, Linda Blair, Linda Fiorentino, Lauren Bacall, Lisa Bonet, Loni Anderson, or Farrah Fawcett.
2) Any of the celebrities who have already had a close call (see below).
3) A fire death or close call involving any other actress whose circumstances closely conform to the Linda Darnell scenario.
Personally, I find any of these points occurring as being most unlikely. I have never seen a prediction of mine fulfilled three or four years late. If it happened, it would be for the first time.
UPDATE (12/28/01): In assessing the success, closeness, or failure of this prediction several factors must be taken into consideration:
The best evidence is that the prophecy was nearly fulfilled five times: by one male, three females, and a pair of females (mother and daughter). These CLOSE repetitions of the 1965 tragedy are quite ironic but not in the least coincidental. There is no question of the danger Kurt Vonnegut was in. Fortunately, his daughter was there to retrieve him before it was too late. Likewise, Francesca Eastwood was in dire straits but was saved by her mother, Frances Fisher, who was herself in injured by the fire.
However, the prediction specified an actress, thus, technically, only four out of five close calls count. Since it appears that Kim Novak was not in any real danger, only the Shepherd, Barrymore, and Fisher fires posed the greatest peril. For what are now obvious reasons, the greatest danger was to Frances Fisher and her daughter.
Using the rules of the deux trois system above, I specified that an actress with a last name beginning "B" or "H" or with the double initials "F.F." was in greatest danger. Barrymore begins with "B." However, Drew Barrymore's initials are D.B., not L.B. Francis Fisher, on the other hand, does indeed equal F.F.
I do not believe the naming of "Lauren (Bacall)," "L(inda) Hamilton," "Linda Blair," or the providing of the initials "F.F." was any accident. Somehow the deadly Darnell influence brought death and injury to four -- and renewed fame to another.
This page will remain in "Active Archive" status until February 2002. What that means is that this prophecy still potentially has some teeth left. There is a rule regarding "adjacent fulfillment" of predictions. Although the odds are much lower, there remains a possibility that the year adjacent to 2000 -- 2001, in other words -- might continue to be a danger year. The Barrymore and Fisher fires have proven this to be the case. With only days remaining to 2001, a watch should still be maintained until February 2002, given events that have occurred this month.
Actually, I believe we have finally reached the end of the ordeal. Even so, continued attention must be paid to last names beginning with "B," "F," and "H." Continued attention must also be paid to the names listed above, especially actresses Linda Hamilton, Linda Blair, and Farrah Fawcett.
Relevant News Updates will appear in decending order, that is, most recent at top, oldest at bottom.
December 27, 2001 -- (Reuters) - Actress
Frances Fisher and her 8-year-old daughter with actor Clint
Eastwood escaped from a Christmas Day fire at their home in
Vancouver, a hospital spokeswoman said on Wednesday. Fisher, 49,
who appeared in the 1997 blockbuster "Titanic" and
Eastwood's Oscar-winning western "Unforgiven," suffered
a severe burn to her hand in the blaze, the hospital said. Eight-year-old
Francesca Eastwood was treated for smoke inhalation at Vancouver
General Hospital, the spokeswoman said, and the girl's actor-director
father reportedly raced to the hospital Tuesday night.
Fisher and her daughter had been living in Vancouver while the actress was shooting the upcoming television series "Glory Days."
The fire, which reportedly gutted the house, erupted early Tuesday morning, and Fisher was heard screaming for help from the front lawn, neighbor Katherine Charters told The Province newspaper in Vancouver. Francesca, initially trapped in an upstairs bedroom, jumped from the burning roof of the house into the arms of her mother and some neighbors.
Fisher became romantically involved with Eastwood in the late 1980s, appearing in his 1989 film "Pink Cadillac." She also starred as tough-talking prostitute Strawberry Alice in "Unforgiven," which won Eastwood Oscars for best picture and best director. She played Kate Winslet's snobbish mother in "Titanic."Francesca appeared with both her parents in the 1999 thriller "True Crime," which Eastwood directed.
The cause of the blaze was not immediately known.
UPDATE (12/28/01): It appears that the fateful initials were "F.F." after all. However, rather than Farrah Fawcett, the name associated with the letters was actress Frances Fisher. Also Francesca Eastwood misses by a letter in the last name.
The prediction appears to have completed full circle -- Linda Darnell died in a fire while saving a child. Ms. Fisher suffered severe burns to her hands while saving her daughter from the flames. It was the narrowest miss yet, as dangerous and potentially fatal as the Barrymore fire, and with some injuries suffered. I would suspect that unless the principal F.F. named (Farrah Fawcett) or one of the other principals listed (Linda Hamilton or Linda Blair) meet a fiery end soon, this will be the end of the bad run that began in December 1999.
The next vector for death by fire and a male actor or an actress comes in early 2004. There will be a separate page for that prediction.
So, after February 2002, this page will, at last, be history.
"My research has determined that should a similar event occur, the first initial of the potential victim may also be an "L," but that the second initial will be off the "D" (of Darnell) by two letters. Thus the (last) initials we must look out for are likely to be B. or F."
February 18, 2001 -- LOS ANGELES, California (CNN) -- Firefighters from the Los Angeles and Beverly Hills fire departments put out a blaze early Sunday at the reported home of actress Drew Barrymore. Camera crews at the scene report seeing Barrymore and her fiancé, comedian Tom Green, leaving the home, on the border of Beverly Hills and Los Angeles in the 90210 ZIP code. There were no injuries. Fire officials responded at 3:25 a.m. (6:25 a.m. EST) to find the home and the adjacent brush-covered hillside in flames. Damage to the two-story home was estimated at $700,000, said Fire Department spokesman Jim Wells. More than a dozen fire crews and two helicopters fought the blaze that engulfed the attic and second floor. It took 60 firefighters 54 minutes to put out the fire in the 5,000-square-foot home. The fire is under investigation.
UPDATE (2/18/01): This story is breaking. Despite the brevity of the article, this fire-related incident appears to be the most serious one that has occurred thus far (or at least on par with Cybill Shepherd's close call in November). Judging from the actual headline, I would suspect that Drew Barrymore and her fiancé were in some considerable danger.
Note that we are gradually closing in on one year from the April 2000 vector. Thus far, four predictions that I made for 2000 have been fulfilled this year (2001) instead. One of them, Friday's air attack on Iraq, was forecast for January 2000 -- thirteen months ago.
Drew Barrymore was listed as being in possible danger last year on the Celebrity Deaths and Mishaps: Name, Sound, and Letter Systems page (but no specific cause of danger could be arrived at). The list has since been deleted to make way for 2001 predictions.
"Barrymore" begins with letter "B" as projected, although "Drew" does not begin with "L" nor is it it "Linda." Still, the basic premise of a last name beginning "B" or "H" has occurred in this instance -- the first time in a fire-related accident. This is cause for some concern: are the specications for last year beginning to shape up this year?
Also, another version of the 9 letter spread chart above reveals something interesting:
Cybill Shepherd bbbbbDrew Barrymorekkkk?
Note that the Shepherd and Barrymore fires are the two most serious. Will the next incident involve an actress whose last name begins with the letter "K"?
Or will it be "B" or "H" as originally specified?
Even, more specifically, will it be Linda Hamilton or Linda Blair?
The next fire-related incident, whoever is involved, may be fatal.
Any follow-up news articles regarding the Barrymore fire will appear below.
DREW BARRYMORE FIRE
February 19, 2001 -- (Sky News) -- Hollywood actress Drew Barrymore has escaped unhurt from a serious fire at her luxury Beverly Hills house. The Charlie's Angel star was at home with her comedian boyfriend, Tom Green, when the blaze broke out. Firefighters confirmed that two people were evacuated as the fire, which caused £500,000 of damage, took hold. A spokesman for Los Angeles Fire Department said it took more than 60 firefighters an hour to extinguish the flames. He said damaged to the two-storey 3,500-square-foot home, was serious. The cause of the fire is under investigation, the Fire Department said.
"The house is totalled.
It's a pretty shocking sight to see an entire charred-out house..."
Monday, 19 February, 2001, 10:30 GMT (BBC News) -- Actress Drew Barrymore and fiancé Tom Green have escaped a fire that gutted their Los Angeles home. The star of Charlie's Angels and her comedian boyfriend were alerted to the fire by their dog Flossie who barked as it spread through the two-storey house north of Beverley Hills.Eddie Michaels, Barrymore's spokesman, said the dog had "literally banged on the bedroom door". "Flossie was really the main alert that there was a fire," he said.
Sixty fire-fighters took about an hour to bring the blaze under control, Fire Department spokesman Jim Wells said. Damage to the house is estimated at $700,000 (£482,000), according to fire-fighters. However, Mr Michaels said: "The house is totalled. It's a pretty shocking sight to see an entire charred-out house, but it is." The cause of the blaze is not known. Barrymore become a global star as a seven-year-old when she appeared in ET in 1982, but spent her childhood and teenage years going through drug-abuse and alcoholism. After rehabilitation she returned to the screen, and has since established herself as an actress and producer. Born into one of Hollywood's most esteemed acting dynasties, her godfather is Steven Spielberg, and her grandfather John Barrymore. She co-produced and starred in Charlie's Angels last year, for which she was reported to have been paid $9m (£6.2m).
UPDATE (2/20/01): What this article, in part, establishes is that Barrymore and Green were unaware of the fire. According to television reports they were "awakened" by the dog.
I had a feeling when this story first broke that there was more to it than was initially being reported -- that the fire and danger were much greater than was being made out.
This clearly was as close a call as one can get, considering the fact that the entire house was gutted and "charred-out." The actions of a house pet literally made the difference between life and death.
"Barrymore" begins with a "B" as I speculated, although I was apparently wrong about the first initial being an "L."
Of all the fire-related incidents involving actresses at home when a fire broke out that have occurred since last year, and there have only been two, Kim Novak and Cybill Shepherd, and no others to speak of before 2000 since the death of Linda Darnell in 1965, this could easily have ended up being the "great Drew Barrymore Fire Tragedy" that people would have recalled and spoken of for decades to come.
Of course, one hopes this is the end of the story. But with the critical April-August period still approaching for a possible adjacent fulfillment of my prediction, this could still be the final warning before a true tragedy strikes.
February 20, 2001 -- HOLLYWOOD, (Hollywood.com) -- Dogs are definitely an actress' best friend. Drew Barrymore's home was badly damaged by fire early Sunday morning, but no one was hurt, according to the Los Angeles Fire Department. Barrymore was at home with her fiancé, MTV comedian Tom Green, when the fire broke out in her 3,500-square-foot two-story home north of Beverly Hills. The surprising hero in this tragedy is Drew's dog, Flossie, who alerted the sleeping couple to the impending flames by barking and banging on their bedroom door, Barrymore's spokesman Eddie Michaels told the Associated Press. At the first sign of flames at 3:30 a.m. on Sunday, Flossie raced to the couple's bedroom and barked wildly to wake and ultimately rescue them. Barrymore and Green escaped safely and unharmed. "We're great," she told reporters. "Other than the fact that the home burned down," Green added. The damage is estimated at $700,000 and "the house is totaled," Michaels added. The fire took 60 firefighters approximately an hour to extinguish, and the cause of the blaze is currently under investigation. Barrymore recently produced and starred in the smash hit "Charlie's Angels" and received Harvard's Hasty Pudding Award.
UPDATE (2/21/01): I can't emphasis the significance of this event enough. As far as predictions go, it is on par with my El Salvadore and India earthquake projections (which were off by several months, but correct to the magnitude). When I first made my prediction about the danger of an actress dying in a house fire in 2000 back on Halloween 1999, I felt the probability of it happening was quite low. Subsequently, this page has always been somewhat of a tongue-in-cheek backwater of my web site.
It was the Cybill Shepherd incident that first opened my eyes to the possibility that I might be right, but perhaps a year late, about the timing of such an event.
If nothing else happens the rest of this year, the Drew Barrymore fire has vindicated the existence of this page and the rightness of my prediction. This near-tragedy has turned out to be something of a major media event, reported on television as well, unlike the Shepherd and Novak fires which were mere news briefs.
Hopefully, this was an instance of a prophesy being thwarted. There is every indication that this was the event in question. But if it should turn out that this was not the event I foresaw, and something worse is still waiting around the bend, it makes this page all the more important.
November 27, 2000 -- (Nancy Kaszerman/Zuma Press) -- A fire forced actress Cybill Shepherd to vacate her Memphis, Tenn., home Saturday night, The Associated Press reports. Shepherd called the fire department after seeing smoke in her attic. The brassy blonde, who hosts the new daytime talk show Men Are From Mars, Women Are From Venus, said she believed a bedroom fireplace may have been to blame, but officials are still investigating.
|The flames were quickly contained and no one was injured, according to the AP. According to the Web site of The Tennessean, it's not the first fire for the Memphis native's house. On Sept. 16, 1997, an electrical fire caused minor damage to a porch of the three-story building. No one was home at the time of that mini-blaze, which was spotted by a neighbor walking her dog. The actress, still best known for her '80s sitcom Moonlighting, started building the home in 1991. She filed a lawsuit in 1995 over alleged water leaks and improperly installed electrical wiring, which she settled out of court.|
UPDATE (11/27/00): This is the first celebrity house fire since July and only the second to strike a female celeb in the year 2000. A sobering reminder that this year is still far from over. And this being Cybill's second fire, what is it they say about being three times lucky (or unlucky?).
UPDATE (1/9/01): It appears that the day of the fire was much worse than initially reported according to the current National Enquirer. The flames and smoke were spreading and Cybill was forced to flee the house in a panic to call firefighters. On that same day her father, whom she had recently reconciled differences with, died suddenly. Also on the same day -- November 25 -- she arrived on set to discover the ratings of her television show had plummeted.
Overall, this was a very grim, sad, and potentially deadly day for Ms. Shepherd. The influence being channeled from the Darnell tragedy of 1965 and the MacAuliffe tragedy of 1986 was apparently quite powerful. This day could have been much worse and, fortunately, was not.
"If a suitable match is not found, the numeric system may slip down yet another letter to L.A. or leap two in the opposite direction to L.H."
24 October 2000 -- (London Daily Telegraph) -- LAUREN HUTTON, the actress and model, was in critical but stable condition yesterday after emergency surgery following a motorcycle crash.
|Hutton, 55, was taking
part in a celebrity cavalcade of riders, including the
British actor Jeremy Irons and Easy Rider star Dennis
Hopper, when she skidded off the road near Lake Mead,
outside Las Vegas. Doctors travelling with the riders
treated Hutton at the scene while Irons cradled her in
his arms. She was taken by helicopter to the University
Medical Centre in Las Vegas suffering from multiple
fractures to her legs and serious cuts and bruises.
Irons, who is a friend, accompanied her.
Doctors said she had received severe burn-like injuries to her body after being thrown from her motorcycle and skidding along the road. She avoided serious head and facial injuries by wearing a helmet. But doctors said she would have to remain in hospital for "some time yet".
An investigation is underway into the cause of the accident but no other riders were believed to have been involved. Before the event, Hutton said she had been riding motorcycles since she was a teenager. She said: "I love the feeling of being a naked egg atop that throbbing steel. You feel vulnerable but so alive." Hutton, whose films include American Gigolo (1978) and who has appeared on the cover of Vogue magazine a record 25 times, was one of about 50 people taking part in a 100-mile ride to celebrate the opening next year of the Hermitage-Guggenheim museum in Las Vegas. Its first exhibition will be The Art of the Motorcycle.
UPDATE (10/24/00): Again, not a fire. But the theme of "burning" has established itself. A horrifying reminder that fires can occur in vehicular accidents as well, although it is not explicitly stated that a fire occurred in this instance. What the report means by "burn-like injuries" is not clear. This time, unlike the case of Kurt Vonnegut Jr., the consequences have been far more serious and potentially more deadly.
Again, we have an L.H. match. Ten months ago it was the suicide of Lois Hamilton (a near-miss of Linda Hamilton). Now, linked with burn injuries, is Lauren Hutton. Ironically, another Lauren has been listed on this page since last year: Lauren Bacall.
|September 21, 2000 -- NEW YORK (CNN) -- This Friday, actress Linda Blair gets to re-live all the head-spinning horror, and the emotions that came with it, when "The Exorcist -- The Version You've Never Seen" hits theaters. The new movie includes a full reel of footage cut from the original release, as well as a digitally remastered and remixed soundtrack. Ask Blair, in Manhattan to promote the film, whether the re-release is a mixed bag for her, and she laughs out loud. "We never had a premiere," she says. "The opening was so overwhelming for me, at such a young age. This way, I get to enjoy it."|
Blair has never completely freed herself of Regan, the possessed child she played a quarter-century earlier. Even today, says Blair, she's occasionally recognized on the street as the blasphemous, vomit-spewing little girl from in the William Friedkin horror opus. "All these years later, the world knows who I am," says Blair. "When it was first released, nobody understood who I was." "The Exorcist" was the zenith of Blair's Hollywood career: She was nominated for an Oscar, and won a best supporting actress Golden Globe award for the role of Regan.
It was downhill from there. Blair went on to star in such B flicks as "Roller Boogie" (1979) "Red Heat" (1985), "Repossessed" (1990) and "Bedroom Eyes II" (1990). Today, she still credits "The Exorcist" with establishing her in Hollywood. "The good can outweigh the difficult times," she says. "...I've been able to do so much more because of 'The Exorcist.'" The movie, which cost $12 million to make, grossed some $160 million domestically. It catapulted the somewhat naive Connecticut resident into Hollywood's stratosphere.
Today, Blair says that acting isn't her raison d'etre. "I do stuff here and there," she says. "But I do what I want to do now. I don't always get offered the work I want to do, but that's life."
UPDATE (9/22/00): No, nothing bad has happened to Linda Blair.
The reason this report is on this page at all should be obvious: 1) Linda Blair is one of the two principal female celebrities (Linda Hamilton and Linda Blair) I predicted would make news in 2000 -- arrived at using the deux-trois system and the name of Linda Darnell. 2) Death by fire or the subject of 'the infernal' would be an issue in the news story. 3) Linda Blair hasn't appeared in a film of any worth whatsoever in a decade and hasn't been a hot news item in nearly twenty.
And now here she is -- and what a major story: the re-release of the supernatural cult thriller 'The Exorcist' -- with new, never-before-seen footage cut from the original restored -- nearly fifteen minutes worth.
Linda Blair, five months late from April, has arrived again on the correct year: 2000. Don't look for anything newsworthy regarding her since 1983. Seventeen years ago. And it wasn't the bombshell that was dropped with the announcement of the re-release of this film.
Linda Blair has returned to the metaphorical flames -- the flames of hell. Did I not say 'we may be looking for someone who played a memorable scene where fire, burning, or "the infernal" is involved or is, perhaps, metaphorically alluded to in the film's title and premise?'
Even though this is not "a tragedy" -- what are the odds of Linda Blair and 'The Exorcist' making headlines this year one must ask?
|July 26, 2000 -- EAGLE
POINT, Oregon (CNN) - A fire raced through part of Kim
Novak's home Monday, destroying all of the actress'
priceless mementos along with the computer containing the
autobiography she had worked on for 10 years.
"I take it personally as a sign my story should not be told," Novak said after the blaze badly damaged her one-story home.
The fire, which destroyed her scripts from "Vertigo" and "Picnic," started after a tree fell across a power line the night before. After Novak's husband, Bob Malloy, flipped a circuit breaker to restore power, flames spread across the back of the house.
Actress Kim Novak
UPDATE (7/26/00): After a rather lengthy hiatus in celebrity-linked fires, it appears the trend is beginning to re-assert itself. Being a writer, I can commiserate with Ms. Novak's situation: she worked ten years on an autobiography that is now up in smoke. That is a very long time. It was eight years ago in April that I began work on the Nostradamus manuscript that was turned down in 1997 and 1998 for rather bizarre reasons and am now in the process of nearing completion of the revised 2000 version. I know exactly how I would feel if something I had spent a large chunk of my life working on was suddenly "gone."
There appears to be no link to the "deux-trois" system. I only keep that system on this page now because it apparently anticipated the suicide death of actress Lois Hamilton.
However, here is something truly disturbing from the Celebrity Deaths and Mishaps: Name, Sound, and Letter Systems page:
Linda Darnell Influence - 2000 (7 or 9 letter spread?)
Note that on the right wing of the "D" are the highlighted letters "K" and "M." If one looks at the "L" between them too, the three letters almost appear to spell out the name "Kim" (KIM"). Perhaps this is a dangerous time for "Kim"s (Kim Mathers, wife of Brit rapper Eminem, attempted suicide earlier this month).
Metaphorically-speaking, Kim Novak's life was taken by flames -- her life in words.
To understand how the 7 and 9 letter spread works, visit the Celebrity Deaths and Mishaps: Name, Sound, and Letter Systems page.
UPDATE (2/1/00): The time for "close calls" is ending. Science fiction writer Kurt Vonnegut Jr. could have been killed in a house fire in the same manner as actor Jack Cassidy was in 1976. Luckily, he was discovered and removed from the blaze by his daughter Lily.
January 31, 2000 -- Reuters ltd. -- Kurt Vonnegut Jr., the celebrated author of such speculative fiction classics as Slaughterhouse-Five and Cat's Cradle, was hospitalized Sunday night after suffering smoke inhalation when a fire broke out in his Manhattan residence. The New York Times reports that 17-year-old Lily Vonnegut says her father is "fine" but would likely remain at New York Presbyterian Hospital for a few days. Both the author's wife and hospital administrators declined to comment on his condition. Vonnegut was reportedly watching the Super Bowl in an upstairs bedroom at the time of the blaze, the cause of which is under investigation. Lily and a neighbor who spied the flames pulled the author out of the burning room. Unidentified sources tell the New York Daily News that the 77-year-old Vonnegut had been smoking a cigarette immediately prior to the blaze. The fire was reported at approximately 7 p.m., and it took firefighters 20 minutes to extinguish.
Author Kurt Vonnegut Jr.
Lily Vonnegut, the author's daughter, like Lily Tomlin discussed earlier, has a first name beginning with the letter "L." Also, like "Linda," a name beginning with "Li."
Each fire grows more dangerous. The houses and buildings are no longer empty.
This time fire caused injury. By April, if not before, fire may cause death. And it could be due to carelessness.
It is impossible to be 100% careful -- but falling asleep while smoking is what killed actor Jack Cassidy in 1976. Linda Darnell, on the other hand, was unable to escape the burning house she died in on April 10, 1965.
According to base 7, the victim of a fatal fire is still likely to be a female celebrity. Note too the close proximity to danger females are in when the "property-loss" victim or "smoke-inhalation" victim is a male: Anthony Hopkins' wife, Kurt Vonnegut's daughter.
Vigilance and caution is urged. I can think of no other advice.
UPDATE (1/28/00): In a related development it has just come to my attention that a once-famous female celebrity, Lois Hamilton, passed away on December 23, 1999. However, the cause was suicide, not a fire-related accident:
January 28, 2000 -- National Enquirer (by Patricia Towle) -- BEAUTIFUL actress Lois Hamilton -- who appeared on "Three's Company" and "The Ropers" -- has taken her own life in far-off Rio de Janeiro after a bizarre reversal of fortune. An ENQUIRER investigation reveals the once-hot actress was battered by a career nose-dive, bankruptcy, divorce, severe car-crash injuries and a felony arrest! Just before Christmas, Lois, 57 -- who worked opposite Robert Redford, Burt Reynolds, Bill Murray and other stars -- flew to Rio, locked herself in a room at the Sheraton Hotel, carefully applied makeup, ingested a handful of pills and slipped a plastic bag over her head. A Rio police detective told The ENQUIRER: "Lois was alone and had spent three or four nights in the hotel before she killed herself. "On the afternoon of December 23, the chambermaid tried to enter the room. The door was chain-locked. When security opened it, they found her body. "She left two suicide notes..."
During her heyday, Lois had roles in "Stripes," "Cannonball Run" and other movies. Producer Paul Ryan, her longtime friend, told The ENQUIRER: "For a while Lois was everywhere -- 'Designing Women,' 'Hunter,' 'Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous.' "When she was cast to play John Ritter's girlfriend on 'Three's Company,' the director liked her so much that he brought her back many times, playing different girlfriends. "And when 'The Ropers' spin-off came about, Lois was cast in a recurring role of Debbie Hopper, the neighbor in the hot tub." But true stardom still eluded the sexy blonde. Then in 1986, she wed financier Charles W. Knapp. Seven years later, a federal indictment charged him in connection with a failed savings bank. Knapp was forced into bankruptcy and sent to federal prison, where he's scheduled to remain until February 2001. For Lois, things went from bad to worse. Last May 2 she was involved in a head-on collision while traveling to visit her then ex-husband Knapp in prison. Court documents on the car crash obtained by The ENQUIRER reveal she was using cocaine, diet pills, Prozac, Xanax and other drugs. Lois was charged with driving under the influence and causing bodily harm to four people. Said friend Ryan: "Lois was seriously hurt. She broke her jaw, several vertebrae and her hip in the crash. She walked with a serious limp. "It's a crime that her life ended the way it did."
The implications of this year-end tragedy may bode ill for the remaining L. Hamilton -- actress Linda Hamilton. If the Linda Darnell scenario plays out exactly she will be involved in a fire-related accident in April (or a few months either side). She must exercise as much caution as possible. A fire need not occur in a house -- it could happen in a car crash, plane crash, or even on a movie set (remember what happened to actor Vic Morrow in 1982 on the set of Twilight Zone: The Movie.)
Then again, there may be no fire -- only a 35-year (5 x 7) repetition of premature death between '"Linda"s or women with a two-syllable first name beginning with the letter "L." April 1965 to December 1999 is close enough to meet the 35-year requirement. Therefore, although I am most doubtful, it is remotely possible that the "Linda Darnell scenario" prediction has been fulfilled by the suicide of actress Lois Hamilton.
However, with celebrity house fires on the increase, I would continue to urge caution to all "L"s.
UPDATE (1/25/00): The year 2000 is seeing a continuation of fires gutting celebrities' homes while, fortunately, they are away. This is the third in a series in just over a month:
January 24, 2000 - LONDON -- Anthony Hopkins' wife (Jennifer Ann Lynton) returned to her London home on Sunday night to find firefighters extinguishing a blaze, the Sun reports. The tabloid reports the fire broke out in a bedroom, destroying 75 percent of the second floor of the multimillion-dollar home. No one was in the house at the time of the fire. Hopkins, 62, won a best actor Academy Award for his portrayal of Hannibal Lecter in the 1991 thriller "Silence of the Lambs." His whereabouts at the time of the fire were not immediately known.
It will be noted when checking the Celebrity Deaths and Mishaps: Name, Sound, and Letter Systems that A.H. (Anthony Hopkins) is one of the set of initials for death, mishap, or misfortune in the initals section of the page. This appears to be yet another very close call, both for Sir Anthony and for his wife, Jennifer.
Meanwhile, April draws nearer.
UPDATE (12/22/99): It's beginning already. Two close-calls regarding the destruction by fire of homes or offices belonging to female celebs indicates this prediction may have to be taken much more seriously than I originally believed. Here is what has occurred thus far:
December 20, 1999 -- LOS ANGELES (CNN) -- Lily Tomlin says she's grateful to firefighters who saved her Emmys from a blaze in her Hollywood office building on Saturday. The fire gutted two recording studios down the hall from her suite and caused about $1.7 million in damage. There were no injuries reported. Firefighters triumphantly waved two of Tomlin's Emmys out a window of the charred building after dousing the fire. She won three of those awards for comedy specials in the 1970s.
Note that Tomlin's first name is "Lily" -- a first name beginning with the letter "L." Also, like "Linda," a name beginning with "Li."
More disturbing is this breaking story:
|December 21, 1999 -- BEDFORD, New York (CNN) -- Firefighters are blaming faulty wiring for a fire that burned down Mariah Carey's dream house on Saturday. No one was in the $20.5 million mansion at the time. It had nine bedrooms, seven fireplaces, two swimming pools and a recording studio on 56 acres. The house was designed and built for the singer and her husband, Sony Music executive Tommy Mottola, in the mid-1990s.|
Singer Mariah Carey
Mishaps of this sort are unusual. It is not often that a report of a famous celebrity home being gutted by fire occurs. Perhaps several times in a decade. Twice in 35 years this has resulted in death: Linda Darnell in 1965 and Jack Cassidy in 1976. I find it disturbing that there have been two incidents a few days apart. Fortunately neither woman was in the buildings that burned down. This has happened only a few months before a predicted vector for a female celebrity dying in a fire.
Note that Mariah Carey's name does not conform to the letter system, while Lily Tomlin's at least partially does. Of course, neither was harmed.
This Deux-Trois letter system is highly experimental. The victim of the April 2000 fire could be anyone.
I am now working on three other name and letter systems that may be much more precise than the one discussed above. However, with one of them the letter "B" is still a strong possibility for the beginning of the fated last name (thus, Linda Blair remains in potential danger). I will reveal the new name systems soon.
NOTE: The new sound and name systems appear in the link below:
Celebrity Deaths and Mishaps: Name, Sound, and Letter Systems
The Year 2000: Part One
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