RIP Ray Liotta

Sad news tonight that Ray Liotta has sadly passed away in his sleep at the age of 67, in the Dominican Republic where he was currently filming. Probably most well known for his role in Goodfellas, he also appeared in Field of Dreams, Cop Land and more recently Marriage Story and The Many Saints of Newark with over 100 acting credits in his career. He will be a massive miss, rest in peace ❤️

RIP Estelle Harris

Estelle Harris has passed away at the age of 93, most well known for her role as Estelle Costanza in Seinfeld a show that I eventually watched for the first time last year and she was just perfect as George’s mother on the show. She was also the voice of Mrs. Potato Head in the Toy Story franchise. Rest in peace Estelle.

RIP Stephen Sondheim

Legendary musical theatre writer Stephen Sondheim has passed away at the age of 91! He dared to be different and pushed musicals to a totally new level and in a different direction. I have been lucky enough to see Sweeney Todd, Follies, Company and Gypsy on stage! All utterly breathtaking and timeless, he was also part of West Side Story, A Little Night Music, Into the Woods and more.

His musicals will last forever and his legacy will never be matched. Rest in peace.

9/11 – 20 Years on

On September 11th 2001, so many people innocently went about their normal morning routine before heading to work on what was a very normal day having no idea the tragedy that was about to come. In New York City a plane hit one of the twin towers and the world watched thinking it was a truly terrible accident until a second plane hit the second tower and it was clear that America was under attack.

As a 14 year old I can still remember coming home from school and seeing the news as the plane hit the pentagon and the fourth was “brought down” we later found out about the heroics of those on board United 93. Going to school the following day in an English lesson we talked about it with newspaper reports, all struggling to understand it.

In all honesty even now twenty years later I still cannot understand this truly tragic and horrendous day, which then turned to weeks, months and years of grief for so many people. The brave emergency service workers doing their duty and not really having any idea what exactly was happening.

Over the past few weeks I have found myself watching so many documentaries about this day and the true amazing moments of human courage to help save others, it really has been an emotional journey to see and hear about more stories from this day.

Forever rest in peace to all those people from around the world who were impacted on that day and still now.

RIP Prince Philip

At dinnertime today Buckingham Palace announced that Prince Philip had passed away at the age of 99. I felt I needed to post a tribute to the man who was married to the Queen for over 75 years which is just incredible. My thoughts go out to our beloved Queen and the rest of the Royal Family at this very sad and difficult time.