Jackson, Fawcett, McMahon

It’s been a rough week in the entertainment world, with the loss of three stars in music, Hollywood and television. With the passing of Michael Jackson (music, mostly in the 1980s), Farrah Fawcett (movies), and Ed McMahon (The Tonight Show and Star Search), the world has lost some significant talent. Each, in their own way, contributed something special and unique to their field.

You couldn’t have grown up in the 1980s and not been affected by Michael Jackson’s music (regardless of whether you liked him or not, doubtless one of your friends or girlfriend/boyfriend did). The later recriminations against Michael Jackson and his alleged interest in young boys no doubt will tarnish his otherwise popular rock career. Farrah Fawcett was, for better or worse, an icon of female sexuality in the 1970s and carrying over a little into the 1980s. And Ed McMahon was the perfect sidekick to Johnny Carson on The Tonight Show, but was in the news more recently for being broke despite his lucrative career. He also hosted the popular-at-the-time TV talent show, Star Search.

Our own Alicia Sparks has the coverage over at Celebrity Psychings: Jackson, Fawcett, McMahon: Coping With The Loss Of American Icons.