Thursday, March 1, 2012

A Tribute to Robert Easton November 23, 1930 - December 16, 2011

Some of the Hilights of Robert Easton's life: with redheaded daughter Heather Woodruff Perry & below that Robert Easton  & friend  Jsu Garcia in poster for  2007's  Spiritual Warriors - Robert portrayed spiritual leader Roger in the film and was fantastic

Robert Easton....  Photo Courtesy
Mr. & Mrs. Gary Owens

Painting of a young Robert Easton

Stella Stevens & guest Brian
Harrison Held & friend A.C. Lyles
Laugh In's Gary Owens

I had the honor of attending the memorial for actor/great person Robert Easton held at the Sportsmen's Lodge in Studio City.  Robert passed away December 16 at the age of 81.  The memorial was called "Celebrating the Extraordinary Life of Robert Easton" and what an extraordinary life he had...  Loved and celebrated by so many!  Everyone I know loved Robert who was also called "The Henry Higgins of Hollywood".  Not only was he a great and very accomplished actor but he was also quite possibly the best and most celebrated  dialect coach in the world.  Robert radiated good will wherever he went and his acting credits number in the hundreds and his students in the thousands.  Charlton Heston said in his autobiography  "If there is one person in Hollywood who should be cloned, it is Bob Easton".  Robert was the Jascha Heifetz of linguistics and there will never be another like him.  Welcoming remarks were eloquently made by Heather Woodruff Perry his honorary adopted beautiful beloved red haired daughter.  Heather shared how she became part of the life of June and Robert Easton, his wife of 44 years.  Heather was a young actress when Robert became her coach and British born June suggested she scheduled her lessons at the end of the day so she could be included in the outings that followed after classes. The trio bounded like real family, three was not a crowd here.  Following Heather's welcome we watched amazing clips of Robert throughout his career plus his star turn appearances on talk shows with Mike Douglas and Johnny Carson.  Not only was Robert a genius at his craft, he was a genius at being a human being.  I wasn't able to stay for the whole memorial but scheduled to speak were Forest Whitaker, Juliet Mills and Maxwell Caulfield and Jsu Garcia. There was also a taped message from super star friend John Travolta who Robert coached just weeks before his passing.  On the back of the program it says "My voice may be silenced, but my legacy will live on through my dialect library for actors and scholars of the dramatic arts."  Beautifully said Mr. Easton, in all dialects.....   HH(:  

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