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♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ purple rain the stars we lost in 2016. >> the closer one gets to god one finds more meaning in life. >> "e.t." remembers a music legend. tv favorites and movie icons. >> right now i visit with three different shrinks. >> from princess leia carrie fisher to her mom debbie reynolds and brady mom, florence henderson. >> she's just one i could have spent more time with. >> and the sudden passing of beloved tv dad, alan thicke. >> to my dying day if that was the last thing on my epitaph, is phat he was the dad on "growing pains," thank the lord. gene wilder, the comedy icon in his own words. >> if this is it, i have no regrets. >> now for the december 30, 2016, this is "entertainment tonight." 2016, a year that we lost so many, too many hollywood
legends. tonight we remember them, the brightest stars of the stage and screen and we start with new details on the passing of debbie reynolds and her daughter carrie fisher. ♪ >> it was a double shock to lose both hollywood legends within a day of each other. yesterday, todd fisher, debbie's son and carrie's brother visited westwood village memorial park o and mortuary possibly looking for burial sites. carrie died first, suffering cardiac arrest on an airplane which was landing at lax. she never regained consciousness. devastated by carrie's death, debbie passed away the following day from a suspected stroke. the two had a very close, but complicated relationship. >> everybody should have a mother who is as great as she is in musical comedy. >> i wrote that for her. >> e.t. spoke with todd fisher by phone the night he lost his mother. >> she said this morring, the last thing she said was that she
missed her daughter and wanted to very much be with her, and then this morning she just said those words to me and 15 minutes later she had a stroke and virtually left. >> carrie was perhaps best known as princess leia from "star wars." >> help me, obi-wan kenobi. you're my only help. >> she wanted equal pay for women. >> i'm not worried about fans. my fans are 9, 10 and 12 years old. i don't think so. >> diagnosed with bipolar disorder in her 20s, carrie was admired for trying to take the stigma away from mental illness. billie lourd.hind her daughter, >> i feel my life has been blessed because in show business, i've met a lot of people and traveled all over the world, and i still have more life to go. ♪ good morning, good morning ♪
♪ good morning, good morning to you ♪ >> debbie got her big break, in 1952 in "singing in the rain." opposite gene kelly and donald o'connor. she was also known as a survivor after carrie's father, eddie fisher left her for elizabeth taylor. thrrughout her life, debbie stayed strong. >> i want to go out performing, singing and dancing. that's what i love. >> is there a reason to stop? >> not until the inevitable. >> losing debbie and carrie one day apart was unthinkable and unimaginable. like the passing of music superstar prince. ♪ purple rain, purple rain >> i have nothing left to prove. i feel like the greatest performer that i could have been. >> in april the singer was found
collapsed in his elevator in his paisley park estate. his cause of death was an accidental overdose of fentanyl. it's believed he used the drug for chronic pain. >> a man of few words who let o his music do the talking for him. to many one of his greatest achievements was his 1984 film "purple rain." he won an oscar for song score and starred as a musician. >> he did a movie, you know, you get that and you move on. ♪ ♪ ♪ >> in 1993, he became fed up with his record label and famously changed his name to assemble, combining the elements of male and female. most of us called him the artist formerly known as prince. ♪ i just want extra time and your kiss ♪ >> he would often reinvent
himself releasing new music and going out on tour. in our time with him we learned he was a deeply spiritual man. >> i study all of the time to keep myself grounded. i study the bible, and study life and love, and just spend your day doing that it keeps yo& pretty protected. we lost another music icon george michael on christmas day. the singer died of heart failure in his sleep in his home outside of london. ♪ >> "e.t." first interviewed george michael at an l.a. concert when he was still part of the pop group wham in 1985. >> at what point did you realize you were going to be a major star in america? >> to be perfectly honest, i suppose the minute that "wake me up" started moving up the charts. ♪ >> he went solo and quickly became a force in music. ♪ >> selling more than 100 million
records. ♪ i've gotta have faith >> george michael also made news for drug problems, health issues and run-ins with the law. despite all his struggles and there were many, the singer will be remembered as a trailblazer who pushed the boundaries of pop music. ♪ just let me go >> i do have a strong belief in my own ability to write music that people will relate to for years and years. >> of course, the music world lost another innovator this year. ii's hard to believe it will mark the one-year anniversary of the man knnwn as ziggy stardust, the one and only david bowie. we'll say good-bye to some of the stars of the small screen, mrs. brady, florence henderson touched all of our lives and she was a mom to her tv children who shared with us the speccal memories of this lovely lady. >> i'm hers, she's mine. how lucky.
how lucky i am. how lucky we all are. florence's heart was so good. you know? it's so funny because, you know, yeah, she played mother that, you know, many people joke about or say, you know, it's just so sweet and everything, but you know what? she was that sweet. she really was. >> she was a lovely lady they sing about in the brady song. >> she was the loveliest of ladies. >> shortly after her passing, on thanksgiving day, maureen's brady bunch brothers felt florence's loss. many people share this loss.at she will be remembered. she'll beloved for a long time. >> barry williams who played greg fought back tears. christopher knight who played peter broke down. >> regret, you know? >> go ahead and take a second.
>> she's just one i could have spent more time with. she's the kind of mom you want. she had a very important role in my life, and i a good deal of who i am because of her. ♪ here's the story of a lovely lady ♪ ♪ >> i rarely ever watch anything i've done. i believe in the present and moving forward into the future, but i do realize the impact that it's had all around the world. "e.t." spent so many wonderful moments with the woman whose known as the mom who could solve any problem. >> i have answered all my mail ever since i started in this business, every piece. i still do. the letters that i've received from young people saying could you come and get me? would you? my father's abusing me. i have such an unhappy home. oh, yeah, kids who want e to come and help them. >> you know, there's an old saying, quitters never win and winners never quit.
>> it's never been a curse for me because i don't allow it. a lot of actors, they do something and become very well known for it, and they hate what they were paid and they hate everything about the job. i don't hate it at all. it's part of my past. i cherish it. >> they would reunite for tv movies and florence always relished being with her tv family. >> we're very protective of the brady bunch. we don't like people to make fun of us. >> this hairdo now, which don't ask me how i reated this at the time, but a lot of people have this now. it's coming in again. up next, we remember the life and impact of oscar winner patty duke. >> i happen to prefer calling my disorder manic depression. then the passing of a true hollywood legend, "e.t." remembers the genius behind "happy days" and "pretty woman." >> enough cannot be said of my
this next star we lost in 2016, patty duke was just 16 years old when she landed the classic tv show that bore her name, the same age she won an oscar for "the miracle worker." the impact she made off screen was more important than the one she made on. >> there came a time after my diagnosis which was such a relief and treatment when i decided i couldn't keep it a secret. >> patty lived with bipolar disorder and became an outspoken advocate. >> there's no cure. it's a chemical imbalance of our
brain, but you can lead a balanced life. >> while she was steadily getting film and tv roles some people began to notice that off-camera she was sometimes erratic and rumors flew she was a substance abuser. >> drugs have never played a part in my life ever except as fantasy stories made up by other people about me. i never have. >> fter 35 years of going undiagnosed in 1982 doctors found out why she was struggling with highs and lows. >> i happen to prefer calling my disorder manic depression. it is known as bipolar disorder now. >> for the mother of sean and mackenzie astin, treatment stabilized her life. at age 39 she was elected president of the screen actors guild, but her greatest legacy might be for giving hope to others affected by mental illness. >> my goal is to talk about it so much that people will bb bored to tears with the idea of depressive disorder, manic depression and they'll go get
help. we also cannot forget the man who played her tv dad, william schallert. passed away just six weeks after she did. our look back with director garry marshall. >> i made people laugh and made their daa a little better. >> plus gene wilder remembered. we back at the "e.t." vault with his love life with snl star gilda radner. >> i know you love me. >> the willy wonka star in his own words. >> love in particular, throws you upside down and throws you around. closed captioning provided by --
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♪ ♪ if you want to view paradise ♪ welcome back to our special look at the stars we lost in 2016. gene wilder passed away at the age of 83 after a battle with alzheimer's disease, but he left behind one of the most endearing characters ever created on film and we were lucky to spend so many priceless moments with the comedy great. ♪ come with me and you'll be in a world of pure imagination ♪ >> i've had a wonderful career, and i have no complaints. if this is it i have no regrets. >> gene passed away holding hands with his family. by his side was his fourth wife karen whom he introduced to us in 1995. >> we've been married for three years now, three wonderful years and i'm happier than i've ever
been in my life. the star was lucky enough to find love again after losing gilda radner to ovarian cancer in 1989 while she was alive. e.t. saw firsthand how passionate they were. >> their relationship was also hot tempered with lots of arguments. >> i would pick up a plate and throw it. i know you love me. now i know you love me. >> the year after her death he returned to work in the comedy, "funny about love." >> after gilda died, a lot of emotion was not coming out of me, and i'd come home at night exhausted and i felt relieved because i could cry, and i said i'm finally healing. ♪ ♪ know where to go to ♪ >> he made us laugh making a ccreer out of being a straight gene himself was a quiet soul. >> i love those films, but
they're crazy and bizarre that i wanted to be a real human being. ♪ maybe there you'll be free iff you'll truly wish to be ♪ >> well, not all the big stars that we lost this year made their impact in front of the camera. garry marshall was one of hollywood's most beloved directors and producers from "pretty woman" and "princess diaries" to "laverne and shirley" and "happy days." garry created movies and television shows that just made us feel good. ♪ pretty woman ♪ >> enough cannot be said of my relationship with garry marshall and what ttat's done for me as a person and having the confidence to be funny and goofy. >> a big movie star. >> she was 19, and came to my office and wouldn't sit down. she was fidgety. worked with him loved him and considered him family. >> julia, ann, goldie, kate,
bette. all of the stars we love most, they adoreddgarry, not for his work behind the scene, but for his big heart. ♪ did you ever know that you're my hero. >> the garry we know was always open, humble and open to people's ideas. we did nearly 30 sitdowns over more than three decades. >> our last interview with garry waa the month he passed away from complications of pneumonia anniversary of the tv academy. >> it's a great thing to have come so far, and i have to be a part of it. i got all dressed up and came juut to talk to you. >> out of everything that you've done, what do you most want to be remembered for? >> that i made people laugh and made heir day a little better. i always said, i don't know how to change the world, but i can change a day for you if i make
you laugh and happy one day. that's how i would like to be remembered. people come up to me and it makes me feel young and they're 50-year-old people, i grew up on your shows. i was a little kid and 50 years old and they're telling me. >> we miss you, garry. here's something, for his incredible tv success garry never won an emmy. can you believe that? he was nominated five ttmes. here's something you may not know, garry marshall was good friends with alan thicke. they were neighbors and garry was a groomsman when alan married tanya in 2005 and "e.t"" got an invite and it's just one of the memories that we have with the growing pains dad. >> it's my main goal in life, i suppose, on my way out the door beloved, remembered and appreciated. >> the 69-year-old canadian-born actor died of a ruptured aorta. he'd been playing hockey with
his son carter. his death was a surprise because he seemed to be in good shape. more than anything, alan will be remembered as america's dad. >> oh, come on, mag. >> yeah, come on, maggie. >> "e.t." was on the set of "growing pains" in 1985 before . >> "e.t." was on the set of "growing pains" in 1985 befori. >> yeah, come on, maggie. >> "e.t." was on the set of "growing pains" in 1985 before. >> yeah, come on, maggie. >> "e.t." was on the set of "growing pains" in 1985 before . >> yeah, come on, maggie. >> "e.t." was on the set of >> yeah, come on, maggie.efor. >> "e.t." was on the set of "growing pains" in 1985 befor. >> yeah, come on, maggie. >> "e.t." was on the set of "growing pains" in 1985 beforg. >> yeah, come on, maggie. >> "e. of the night." 15-year-old cast member, a guy named kirk cameron who will probable be a thump, thump, thump, thump, heartthhob within months. ♪ show me that smile again >> to my dying day, if that's the last thing on my epitaph, that he was the dad on "growing pains," thank the lord. >> he had three boys and married three times we'll never forget the joy and day he and wife tanya said their "i dos." >> if the last breath i take would be to say how much i love you, then i'll know my life on earth will be complete.
nancy odell will be hosting the rose parade coverage again this year with help from gerard with josh temple from "house crashers," and look forward to january and they have a strict no-sunday policy..o cf1 o >> i like that. and we'll leave you now with some more stars that we lost this year who we will neeer forget. >> absolutely. good night. ♪ ♪ >> entertainment tonight? >> tonight. >> well, that's what i'm all about. i'm all about entertainment. ♪ >> this is important. there's a little joy in telling great stories. >> i'm a survivor and i'm out there and i'm working and winning awards.
the "insider," tracking the biggest stories making news today. >> inside debbie reynolds and carrie fisher's family's reported plans for a joint funeral. >> i get really upset when i get called carrie fisher's daughter. >> then meet the heiress who is set to inherit the fame and fortune they were trying to
protect her from. >> i was discouraged because both of my parents are in the business. >> then 2016 was a scandalous year. our round table is breaking down every fight and feud. >> she knows the beehive is fierce and got stung. >> why the stars just can't resist airing their dirty laundry. >> has anything good come out of leaving a snide comment on social media? >> he called me fat. it just hurt hearing him say that. >> then how olympic gymnast simone biles turned her struggles with body image into gold. >> kathy griffin's hollywood home is up for sale. she's taking me inside. >> that's how i bought this house. one offensive joke at a time. >> is she already targeting her new home's famous neighbors? do you plan to offend kanye? by any way? >> hopefully. now "the insider" tracking hollywood from the inside-out. as the famed chinese theater in hollywood dme