Sparkling Celebrities

OMG! Leonard Nimoy aka Dr. Spock just died. I was never a fan of Star Trek, in fact, I’m not sure I saw one episode. I’m not a TV watcher. I only watch SNL and tennis and they must be taped.  I hate complicated, computerized, bionic remotes and I hate commercials. I have my vices; TV is just not one of them, which is weird because my father was in TV.

I was raised in the San Fernando Valley in Southern California, my mom was a gorgeous model, my father, Robert “Bob” Miles was the stunt man for Michael Landon on Bonanza all those years and he continued working the few stunts necessary for “Little House on the Prairie.” Michael Landon and my father loved each other. Then sadly as we all know, Michael died of cancer.

My Father no the set of Bonanza

My Father on the set of Bonanza

My parents divorced when I was very young and I never got to know my father well. He had an exciting life with Hoss, Little Joe, Ben and Adam Cartwright and was into partying heavily with those guys when they got off set. They must have gone on benders because days would go by when we wouldn’t see my dad at all. He apparently had an IQ off the charts but wasn’t smart enough (or in control enough) to treat us well and his behavior when he did come home was scary and totally unpredictable. He slapped me around several times as a very young child, was drunk a lot of the time and was angry.

The Bonanza Cast

The Bonanza Cast

My oldest sister, Lisa kept tabs years later on him, bless her heart. She sent me documentation that my father is the one who taught pretty boy Landon how to fight. Really fight. Not just for the cameras. I’m not sure why my father thought Michael needed to know this but from what little I know of my father, he probably thought everyone needed to know how to fight. There had to be a reason for that and I suspect it stems back to his own parents, whom I know almost nothing about except that they were both stunt people in the very early stages of the industry. That takes tough, especially in those days. Like them, my father, an only child, was tough, rugged and one time punched the man hard right in the face he thought was stealing his family. I was probably 4 years old and I remember it like it was yesterday.

10 years ago by complete coincidence because of my husband’s job, we lived in Studio City, California for a short time like I did in my childhood. It brought back so many weird memories. It’s called Studio City because it’s where all the TV studios are (Duh to anyone from California but not Duh to people who aren’t) and so all the TV celebrities live there. We ran into Dr. Spock’s cohort William Shatner (among other TV celebs) rather regularly at restaurants and shopping malls. Shatner must have lived very near us. On one occasion my husband was out of town and I was dining alone at a restaurant near our house and I saw Shatner with a woman and a bald child and I heard the encouraging words Shatner was saying to them both. I’m pretty sure it was a “Make a Wish” Foundation meeting, which is utterly lovely.

To keep the yin and yang of life in perspective however, too often we would see him around town in a Jack LaLanne leisure suit. (See photo of LaLanne and note the belt! Look what he was telling people not to eat 50 years ago!!  He misspelled “Pastries”!  And even if he knew it, he probably didn’t care!  Look at at the motivational technique of his body language!  Talk about a guy ahead of his time!!)

The Amazing Jack LaLanne

The Amazing Jack LaLanne 50 Years Ago

Shatner would be drunk, belligerent, cruelly degrading service personnel, yelling at restaurant managers and just being an all around AH.  He was fat, red faced and hostile and he was a disgrace to himself. At this stage of my life, I am not one to judge people but he was SO mean to people.  A year or so later when I moved back to Scottsdale, I couldn’t figure out how they made him look as good as he did for the travel company commercials he was doing.

How He Looked in Person

How He Looks in Person

How They Make Him Look in Commercials

How They Make Him Look in Commercials

Leonard Nimoy was the opposite and may he rest in peace and have fun on the next journey.  I suppose William Shatner is doing the best he can like the rest of us but are certain celebrities exempt from behaving decently? Or do their accomplishments in one narrow field allow them to be the exception to decency?  Or do we reinforce the behavior by “letting them off the hook” more than we would others?


22 thoughts on “Sparkling Celebrities

  1. What an interesting family history. Your dad sounds like an awful human being. Sorry to hear about Shatner. I won’t tell my wife about this because she’s a big fan. Maybe he was like that because he was Canadian. You know what we can be like.

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  2. Lisa

    AHAHAHAHA…wow…that covered a lot…and a lot of assholes but maybe Nimoy wasn’t one of them 😉 I also had no interest whatsover in Star Trek and have always been amazed at the cultish followings of these kinds of things! Different strokes and mellow yellow 😉

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    • Really? Yeah, I see what you mean now. At first I thought he looked mostly like you because of the eyes but I see what you mean. I got the weak lips and the frown mark between the brows. THANK GOD for botox!!!


  3. Mom

    I could write an entire blog regarding this one but I will limit it to saying… girlfriend produced Jack La Lannes TV show. She called one day because they were doing a mother/daughter thing and wanted me and all you girls on it. I almost automatically said no but then decided you should have a vote. You ALL said No emphatically without a second thought.

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  4. WOW, great story and we can compare notes later on family history. So glad your Mother removed you all from that situation! Divorce is so difficult and, as a women, I know how hard we try to fix it and keep it together even when it is incredibly broken. Look at what a beautiful, strong, independant, and happy woman you have become – awesome girl!

    I often wonder why some “stars” have all the entitlement issues they have. Maybe it’s their bullying that gets them to the top. It’s funny how we can love a part they are playing and have no comprehension of who they are as a person. I wonder how many more are like him.

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    • Thanks for the compliment, Linda! Looking forward to comparing notes. I think you might be on to something that many celebrities bully themselves to the top. I’m sure like anything else you have the super nice, self aware ones and the AH’s! See you soon!

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  5. tim elsner

    I see the physical resemblance to your dad. Can relate to this post on several levels, as my father was an alcoholic — we’ll have to discuss further (with our glasses of wine, of course!) As for Shatner…my life partner and his mother were on the same flight with him from Chicago to Ottawa. He was with his daughter. Upon landing, as he was getting his bag from overhead, partner’s 80-year-old mom said something to the effect, welcome back to Canada. He looked at her but didn’t respond. Partner said he clearly heard her just chose not to respond (or be bothered was the impression). Probably not a happy guy. Also looks like he might do well to look into some LaLanne video archives!

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    • Yeah, my sister Lisa pointed out that she could see all our sister’s in the face of my father. In that photo I thought he looked like her but the minute she said it, I could see all of us. Yes, let’s discuss further, I look forward to that.

      Yeah, what’s up with not responding to a welcome from an 80 year old!!


  6. David

    Thanks for these Hollywood and family insights. I never knew you had so many show business connections from the past. I remember Jack LaLanne and Bonanza so well as a kid. I too was not a big Star Trek fan, but respected Nimoy as a fine person and actor. It’s fun to reminisce about both the good and not so good times. …David

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