Passage: Remembering Gina Lollobrigida and David Crosby


It happened this past week…

Actress Gina Lollobrigida
Italian actress Gina Lollobrigida is seen on the set of the 1959 film “La Legge” (“The Law”). 

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The actor once called “the most beautiful woman in the world,” Italian film star of the 1950s and ’60s Gina Lollobrigida, died in Rome.

Lollobrigida appeared in more than two dozen European films, before capturing the attention of American audiences in the early 1950s, when she starred in filmmaker John Huston’s “Beat the Devil” alongside Humphrey Bogart.

The release of an Italian-French period film in 1954 would land Lollobrigida on the cover of Time Magazine, which in some ways foreshadowed her second career, as a successful photojournalist in the 1970s, and the publication of several books.

In 1999, Lollobrigida unsuccessfully ran for the European Parliament. And just last year, she attempted to win a seat in Italy’s Senate.

Gina Lollobrigida died on Monday. She was 95 years old.

David Crosby In Detroit
David Crosby, of the group Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young, performs at Olympia Stadium on June 12, 1970 in Detroit. 

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We lost another legend this past week, a music-maker of a generation: singer, songwriter and guitarist David Crosby.

An original member of The Byrds, Crosby had a huge hit in 1965 with “Mr. Tambourine Man,” a Bob Dylan song:

The Byrds “Mr. Tambourine Man” on The Ed Sullivan Show by
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In 1968, along with Stephen Stills and Graham Nash, he formed the folk-rock supergroup Crosby Stills & Nash, later adding singer-songwriter Neil Young.

Their acclaimed album “Déjà Vu” sold eight million copies. 

To hear CSN&Y perform David Crosby’s “Déjà Vu” click on the player below:

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Rita Braver sat down with Crosby in 2008 for “Sunday Morning”:

Braver: “How’d you get top billing?”
Crosby: “It’s very simple: try saying it any other way.”
Braver: “Nash, Stills, Crosby? It’s okay. Probably Nash liked that!”
Crosby: “No, he didn’t. It doesn’t work any other way. One of them goes bum-ba da ba da, and none of the others do.”

From 2008: David Crosby on harmony (and disharmony)


David Crosby, who was twice inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, had a lengthy struggle with substance abuse, and received a liver transplant in 1994.  He died Thursday at the age of 81.

Story produced by Amy Wall. Editor: Joseph Frandino.


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