Gisele MacKenzie, TV star, dead at 76
BURBANK, Calif. - Singer-actress Gisele MacKenzie, who became one of early
television's biggest stars through her appearances on "Your Hit Parade," has
died of colon cancer. She was 76.
MacKenzie died Friday at Providence St. Joseph's Medical Center in Burbank,
said her daughter, Gigi Downs.
Once known as Canada's first lady of song, the daughter of a Winnipeg doctor
and musically gifted mother moved to Los Angeles with her family in 1951.
Two years later she had joined "Your Hit Parade," whose regulars would sing the
seven most popular songs of the week.
In 1957, she left the show to headline her own musical variety program, "The
Gisele MacKenzie Show." It lasted half a year.
She returned to weekly television in 1963 as a regular on "The Sid Caesar
"She sang, played the violin, worked in the sketches - she did everything,"
Caesar told the Los Angeles Times. "She was a wonderfully, wonderfully talented
woman. She was a great singer and a great musician and had a great sense of
MacKenzie began singing and playing the violin and piano as a child in Canada,
studying at the Royal Conservatory in Toronto. She appeared on her own Canadian
Broadcasting Corp. show, "Meet Gisele," before moving to the United States.
In Los Angeles, she began appearing on radio with Edgar Bergen and Morton
Downey and was a regular on Bob Crosby's Club 15 show and a featured performer
on radio's "The Mario Lanza Show."
In 1952 and 1953 she toured with Jack Benny, who recommended her for a spot on
"Your Hit Parade."
She continued to appear regularly on television into the 1990s, on such shows
as "Studio One," "The Hollywood Squares," "Murder, She Wrote," "MacGyver" and
"Boy Meets World."
Survivors include her daughter and a son, Mac Shuttleworth.
I didn't figure he would last long after she passed away. It must be really
something wonderful to have a love that strong.
There is a lesson here. Go to the doctor no matter how much you hate it,
get a check up and get tested for the most common things pertainng to your
age. And above all take care of yourself.
Sunday we lost Warren Zevon, musician (Werewolves of London,
Another lesson, learn the basic symptoms of cancer and get tested. The
earlier you catch it the easier it is to treat and cure in many cases.
Fortunately my mother's was caught early and she has an excellent chance of
being cured. My aunt refused to go to the doctor and is no longer alive as
a result even though the type she had is the easiest to cure.
Yep, remember everything good, forget the bad, don't sweat the little stuff
and let God take care of the rest.
The condition can be detected, most doctors can detect it by placing their
hand on the abdomen during an exam. The condition can be treated by using a
balloon type device to strengthen the aortic wall. I merely stated that it
is good to get regular check ups. I never said Ritter avoided doctors and
did not take care of himself.
Many people are afraid to go to the doctor for any reason. Mny more are
afraid only when they know something is wrong because they don't want it
confirmed that there is a problem. The last time my aunt went to a doctor
was when my cousin was born 38 years ago. She knew something was wrong, she
had many symptoms, she was afraid to go to the doctor because she didn't
want the doctor to tell her she had cancer.
Most people don't go to the doctor early enough because they think "oh its
just a cough" or "Oh I've just got an ache there" and as a result end up
waiting too long. Most cancers can be successfully treated if caught early.
There are some that don't have symptoms until its too late though, thus the
testing during a regular checkup.
I think you missed my point. I was trying to encourage people to get
checkups and be tested for things common to their age groups as a
preventative. I did not imply that anyone who did not do this was a
"dummy". Would you not rather take care of yourself and reduce the chance
you develop an illness and by doing so not put your family through the
stresses and grief of having to watch while you waste away or worse?
No one is a "dummy" as you put it and I do not think "It's your fault you
got cancer and didn't get tested, dummy" about anyone. I was just trying to
encourage everyone to take care of their health, if not for themselves then
for those who love them.
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