No matter the awards show, be it the Grammys, Oscars, or Emmys, it seems like some people are always overlooked or forgotten about during the traditional In Memoriam segment of the show. I know everyone makes mistakes, but the person left out of this year's ceremony was a pretty big one to snub. So who was absent from the montage? None other than the late Taxi star, Jeff Conaway, who died last May.
Now I know that you're going to say he was mostly known for his roles in movies, especially the widely popular hit, Grease, where he played the lovable Kenickie. But that doesn't mean his television contributions should be ignored. I know the Emmys has to adhere to a strict schedule and that every minute is precious, but this is not the time (or the proper segment) to be chintzy. The programming "powers that be" couldn't have made a few cuts elsewhere to ensure that every deceased contributor to television got the proper tribute they deserved? I could have solved their problem right away by suggesting they lose those Emmytones (not even the audience liked them). And Conaway wasn't the only person who was excluded: also missing from the lineup were Cosby Show grandma Clarice Taylor and Seinfeld's Uncle Leo, Len Lesser, who both died earlier this year. These entertainers deserve the same recognition as everyone else. I think they've earned it.
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The Cosby Show and Sesame Street regular passed away on Monday (30May11).
The actress, who earned an Emmy Award nomination in 1986 for her role as matriarch Anna Huxtable on The Cosby Show, also starred in Tell Me That You Love Me, The Wiz and Junie Moon, opposite Liza Minnelli.
She also portrayed grandmother Harriet on America's children TV series Sesame Street.
The co-founder of Harlem's American Negro Theatre in New York, Taylor also enjoyed success on the stage and won acclaim for her portrayal of civil rights comedienne Moms Mabley in two hit plays.
Taylor retired from acting in 2009.