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Subject: Bittersweet "last days" of Kaye Ballard


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as reported in the Desert Sun
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Date Posted: Tuesday, January 22, 01:52:25pm
In reply to: Russ 's message, "Loved watching "Mothers-in-Law" in reruns as a kid. Ballard outlived the entire main cast except Jerry Vogel, 83, who played her son." on Tuesday, January 22, 01:17:37pm

"Kaye Ballard had a contented smile on her face as she watched herself, larger than life, at the Palm Springs International Film Festival screening of her documentary, Kaye Ballard: The Show Goes On, this month at the Palm Springs Cultural Center. She had been greeted in the lobby by mobs of fans, taking pictures and congregating around her wheelchair like close personal friends. It made her caregiver nervous, and she advised Ballard to leave the theater early more than once. Her heart was weak. She needed to be in bed.

But Ballard waved her off as the audience broke into spontaneous applause seven times during the film. Ballard stayed for about an hour, until just before a scene depicting her conflict with her mother. Then her caregiver wheeled her out of the theater one last time. When she was gone, a reporter sitting across the aisle sensed she was really gone. But there was one more celebration. A film festival official called her Saturday night, Jan. 12, and said her documentary had been named one of the Best of the Fest. Ballard was thrilled, said her closest friend, Myvanwy Jenn. Then she began to fade away.

Ballard, 93, died Monday night at her home in Rancho Mirage after lapsing into unconsciousness less than a week after being notified that Kaye Ballard: The Show Goes On would go on to have another festival screening as a Best of the Fest."

Read more at:https://www.desertsun.com/story/news/2019/01/22/kaye-ballard-dies-at-93-rancho-mirage/2620474002/

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I'll never forget when The Seeds appeared on "The Mothers in Law" & performed "Pushin' Too Hard" (NT).Tuesday, January 22, 02:32:06pm
So glad she SAW how appreciated she was, let along honored with her own biodoc! -Sleep, well. (NT)What a terrific article. Thanks for posting!Tuesday, January 22, 03:51:50pm


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