Here is a still from a movie I acted in recently. I won't spoil it by telling you I get killed off in the first scene, just like Drew Barrymore in Scream!
Here's a trailer for the movie.
I'm so tired of people thinking that I'm older than I am! I'm fine, well, working, happy, busy and I'll be 79 on my next birthday, so everybody, shut up!
Yesterday, Margaret Cho bought a motorcycle for charity and we all signed it. The pictures will be on Facebook and my website soon. Tippy Hedren, Melissa Manchester, Johnny Whitaker, lots of stars - I'll give you the full list later. Lots of fun!
Last Sunday I was invited to a luncheon given by the Beverly Hills Theater Guild with an awful lot of movie stars and nothing but fun people in attendance. It was to honor my dear, darling DEBBIE REYNOLDS. Norm Crosby, Carrie Fisher, Ruta Lee, Carl Reiner, Rene Taylor, Joe Bologna, Monty Hall, Joann Worley, Jack Carter, Peter Marshall, Phyllis Berkett and the lovely Janet Salter. It was sponsored by the Wells Fargo Charitable Foundation at the Beveryly Hills Four Seasons Hotel. Lots of comedians and different speakers. Many friends of Debbie, like Connie Stevens' daughter. It was a fascinating afternoon, especially among the speakers I mentioned. They had some comedians doing a miniature roast... Now, here's a thing: They had a harmonica player, playing "Lady of Spain"... on the harmonica... honoring Debbie Reynolds. I have to ask... what does that have to do with Debbie Reynolds? I'm still hysterical laughing so hard... No one knew what was happening. It started at 11:30 and ended at 4:30. A simple, elegant afternoon luncheon honoring Debbie. I don't think anyone realized it would be that calm! Paula Kent Meehan was the honorary event chairperson and she looked great.
My darling Phyllis Berkett, who was also in attendance, hired me in 1947 to work at her hotel in Miami Beach, Florida. It was the most elegant hotel on the strip, called the Thunderbird Hotel! I was hired for two weeks and held over for 18 months. One night I was about to go on, and into the showroom walked Eddie Fisher and Debbie Reynolds on their honeymoon! Naturally I was impressed and very nervous. They watched my show and it got Debbie laughing so hard she took me on the road in her act and the rest is history! We've been working together ever since. She helped me get on Broadway in Sugar Babies when Ann Miller said "If he throws that 'graffiti', I'm not going on. Debbie explained to Ann that it was confetti and not graffifi and the show went on - AND I went on to replace Mickey Rooney in the show.
I'm going to read from the program that they wrote:
"And now the legendary King of Confetti, Rip Taylor, has a new audience and a star on Hollywood Boulevard. When Debbie couldn't make it, she got Zsa Zsa Gabor to present Rip with the star that day. Zsa Zsa got on the microphone and said 'I want to present this star to my dear, dear friend...' then she looked to the side and said to someone 'What's his name?' Then she said 'Oh yes, Rip Taylor.' And that's how he got his star on Hollywood boulevard, for films and televisions. Most of his fans don't realize it, but Rip's career has spanned over 45 years! " (Their words, not mine!). "A master or comic timing!" "Consummate Schtick visibly and a consummate showman. He's hosted at the Copa Cabana and all of the top nightclubs the world over. "
"Rip has headlined in Las Vegas, appeared on 100s of television shows - yes, hundreds. Played the lead in varioous Broadway musicals such as 'Anything Goes', 'Peter Pan', 'Sugar Babies' (for five years!) with Julia Prowse and Carol Lawrence and 'A Funny Thing Happend on the Way to the Forum.' Adrian Lyne, the brilliant director, saw him and cast him in the movie 'Indecent Proposal', starring Demi Moore and Robert Redford for his dramatic debut. No one realized it was him. He took the hair off and became a serious dramatic actor, and is still doing it." It's no exaggeration to say he's succeeded in all of the entertainment industries. With his wild energy, The Gong Show, Password, Merv Griffin, Mike Douglas, Jackie Gleason, The Tonight Show, Late Night with David Letterman and the coveted center square on Hollywood Squares. For 40 years, Rip has worked with and for and with again, and still doing it, with his closest friend Debbie Reynolds. Don't miss him, because it is so rare to find the timing, the laughs and how often can you find two funny people who don't care who gets the laugh, because they have the admiration love for each other, and especially the humor AND THAT'S WHAT FRIENDS ARE FOR.
Well, I didn't write that folks, but every bit of it's true. And we're still at it, onward and upward! More news tomorrow.
Tomorrow, October 6th, the Beverly Hills Theater Guild is presenting the 2013 Spotlight Award at the Four Seasons hotel. It's honoring my darling, dear, partner/friend, the magnificent Debbie Reynolds. Phyllis Berkett and Janet Salter have asked me to speak. What an honor! Nothing but friends and a lot of movie stars. It's gonna be a star-studded day, and I can't wait to do it. I'll keep you posted when we get back. I'll tell you who all was there, what we did, what was said and everything else!
We're doing a huge luncheon honoring Debbie Reynolds on October 6th at the Four Seasons hotel! Lots of movie stars honoring Debbie. It's gonna be a big deal! I have to go now and polish my star on Hollywood Blvd, like I do every week!
Rip Taylor was born January 13th, 1935 and has been wreaking havoc ever since. With recent appearances in JackAss, The Aqua Bats and next in the new comedy movie Arthritis Hotel, the legendary King of Confetti, Rip Taylor, has been introduced to a new generation of fans which is another reason he has a star on Hollywood Boulevard for movies, film and television.
Although most of his new admirers don't realize it, Rip Taylor has dazzled audiences worldwide in a career that has spanned over forty years. A master of comedic timing and a consummate showman, Rip has headlined in Las Vegas, appeared on hundreds of television shows, played the lead in various plays and musicals, and frequently taken a dramatic turn in feature films. It is no exaggeration to say that Rip Taylor has succeeded in every facet of the entertainment industry.
The phenomenon that is Rip Taylor began when Ed Sullivan could not remember the young comedian's name, he introduced Rip as "The Crying Comedian." Ed Sullivan accidentally stumbled upon Rip's niche, and after that appearance Rip found himself booked solid for months. This taught the young performer the importance of having a memorable hook.
Bright costumes, outrageous props, wacky wigs and colorful confetti soon followed - and Rip Taylor became a pop culture sensation.
Rip is one of television's most recognizable celebrities. A guest star with over 2,000 television appearances under his belt, Rip has brought his wild energy to The Gong Show, Password, The Merv Griffin Show, The Mike Douglas Show,, The Tonight Show, Late Night with David Letterman and to the coveted center square on Hollywood Squares.
For a full credit list, visit the Internet Movie Database
virtually nothing to cry about, career wise, Rip Taylor, nevertheless
sobs buckets and sheds torrents of tears in his delirious comedy act.
He is known as "The Crying Comedian" (a title that led to
his bigger than life props, his handkerchief was akin to a small sheet
and audiences roar!). He has reinvented the use of confetti. His every
appearance is like a Parade (yearly you can see him in the Hollywood
Christmas Parade) or New Years Eve! Confetti (in dozens of forms including
the more usual paper, sequins, popcorn, sparklers, etc) are his comedic
appearance on THE ED SULLIVAN SHOW (seen by a Las Vegas show producer)
led to his first Las Vegas strip appearance with ELEANOR POWELL at the
Dunes Hotel. An instantaneous hit, he was held over for an additional
four weeks. This progressed to other tours including The Grand Ole Opry
and other Las Vegas engagements with headliners like Frank Sinatra,
Debbie Reynolds, Sammy Davis Jr., Ann-Margaret, Judy Garland, Mac Davis,
and many others. Las
Vegas became home and Rip starred in several revues including "Funny
Farm", Don Arden's superspectacle "Hello America" and
"Follies Bergere". Rip soon became known as The Prince of
Pandemonium, The Count of Chaos, and The Maharaja Of Mayhem.. Atlantic
City summoned Taylor to headline in his own show, "Rip Roarin"
(At Merv Griffin's Resorts International) and returned in "Starstruck"
to standing room only audiences. Rip
Taylor is one person who is continuously on the move with concerts,
night clubs, showroom appearance in Las Vegas, Atlantic City, Reno,
Tahoe, Honolulu, and hundred's of other entertainment venues around
the world, motion pictures, theatre and television. He's made thousands
of appearances for charitable causes. On
television, Rip was seen in the dual role on Warner Brothers
"Brotherly Love" as Rip Taylor and his cousin Hank. He has
been seen on "The Naked Truth", "Saturday Night Live",
"The Kids in the Hall" and "Martin Short Show".
He was Stanley, an angel on the cable series "Down to Earth",
starred in his own syndicated series "$1.98 Beauty Contest"
and has been aconstant guest on "The Jerry Lewis Telethon"
for nearly twenty years. He has entertained millions on all the talk
shows including the Rosie O'Donnell Show, Conan O'Brien, Carolyn and
Marilyn and Talk Soup. He holds the record for doing the "Tonight
Show" in sketches with Jay Leno, and numerous variety shows. Rip is even interactive as Wartle in the Activision CD-Rom, "Zork Grand
Inquisitor" Rip's career as a dramatic actor in motion pictures
was launched in the box office hit "Indecent Proposal" where
he portrayed Demi Moore's boss. Director, Adrian Lyne, saw another side
of Rip Taylor. The results led to more roles in one motion picture after
another. Director Chris Columbus quickly signed Rip to do Home Alone
2 then Howard Kotch, Jr. signed him to Wayne's World II, both being
instant box office hits.His
voice is a constant reminder to young and old alike, as Uncle Fester
(nominated for an Emmy, 1994) in the animated television series "Addam's
Family". He was Captain Kiddie in the animated motion picture "Tom
& Jerry" (which he also sang the title song 'I've Done It All"
under the direction of Henry Mancini), and he was Genie in Disney's
Duck Tales. He has garnered numerous awards and accolades; Comedy Star
of the Year (three years in a row), a Star on Hollywood Boulevard (in
front of the ugliest toupee shop on Hollywood Blvd) just to name a few It's
an endless cycle that has made Rip Taylor synonymous with every facet
in the entertainment industry. The secret is he loves what he does...
and so do the crowds!