Saturday, March 31, 2012
Madeline Kahn, Gilda Radner
I loved Madeline Kahn, especially in "Young Frankenstein," from which Peg and I have quoted freely and frequently over the past 26 years. "The taffeta, darling, the taffeta..." Wonderfully talented comedian and singer. She was 57, the same age Peg is now, when she passed in 1999.
Gilda Radner's illness was somewhat similar to Peggy's; diagnosed, treated, in remission, CA-125 numbers looked good... then it came back. She was 42.
Peg and I talked tonight about the "undone" stuff. She was going to have her wedding ring melted down so she could have a cooler one made from the gold. Was going to see New Zealand after she went into remission the first time. Could have done some fun art classes with her friend Marjorie in Denver, back in the 80's.
No matter how long any of us live, there will always be things left undone. Places not visited. Things left unsaid. Loose ends.
Peg has made a difference in the world. Many of her former patients have come back from the darkest places to have fulfilling lives today because Peg was so very smart, intuitive, caring and skilled in her work. For the rest of us, our lives are richer for the love, wisdom and wickedly delicious humor she's brought to each of us. The "undone" stuff is just imaginary. The gifts Peg will leave behind for each of us are real.