Model Christie Brinkley paid tribute to her ex-husband Billy Joel's late mother by writing a heartfelt letter praising the family matriarch. The Piano Man's mum, Rosalind Nyman Joel, died aged 92 on Sunday (13Jul14) at a hospice in Long Island, New York.
Brinkley and Joel's marriage ended 20 years ago, but the blonde beauty was moved to write an Instagram.com post about her former mother-in-law, who was grandmother to the former couple's daughter Alexa Ray Joel.
Along with a youthful black and white photo of Rosalind, Brinkley added in the caption, "At sad times we look for ways to find the good to lift our spirits, So I have only to imagine what Rosalinda's Eyes have seen to find cause to celebrate a life well lived!
"Just in this year alone she saw her son, (Billy Joel) receive the Kennedy Center Honor, the highest cultural honor possible, from the President of the United States no less, and Rosalind greatly appreciated the arts (sic)!
"She also saw her son get a regular gig at Madison Square Garden (where he already holds a record and where Roz is welcomed on a first name basis!). And her eyes sparkled with pride and joy as the former Gilbert and Sullivan chorus girl, watched her granddaughter Alexa perform at the famed Cafe Carlyle surrounded by a large group of her friends enjoying themselves.
"I know as a mom myself that when you see your kids happy healthy and enjoying their passions you feel content and happy. Rosalinda's Eyes will live on not only in the song inspired by her, but in Billy, and Alexa... and Nanny Roz herself would find that worth celebrating. #cherishedgrandmother #restinpeace (sic)."
Veteran musician Billy Joel is mourning the loss of his mother. Rosalind Nyman Joel passed away at a hospice in Long Island, New York on Sunday (13Jul14) at the age of 92.
The Piano Man hitmaker confirmed the sad news in a post on his website, offering up a tribute to his late mother, who he credits with giving him the musical education he needed to become a world renowned star.
A message posted on the site reads, "Rosalind Nyman Joel passed away July 13, 2014 at the age of 92. She is survived by son Billy Joel, and her daughter Judy Molinari; her sister, Bertha Miller; and her two granddaughters, Alexa Ray Joel, and Rebecca Molinari Gehrkin. In lieu of flowers the family requests a donation to The Little Shelter in her name."
Billy Joel's singer daughter Alexa Ray Joel is to make a return to the stage after collapsing during a show in New York in April (14). She will return to the same venue, the Cafe Carlyle, for a run starting on 24 June (14). Joel was diagnosed with vasovagal syncope, which causes fainting spells.
Billy Joel's daughter has assured fans she is OK after collapsing during a show in New York at the weekend (12Apr14). Alexa Ray Joel was wrapping up her two-week residency at Cafe Carlyle when she fainted and was admitted to New York Presbyterian Hospital, where doctors diagnosed the 28 year old with Vasovagal Syncope - a common cause of fainting which triggers a sudden drop in heart rate and blood pressure.
She issued a statement thanking fans for their support on Monday (14Apr14), and now she insists she is feeling "fine".
Joel tells news show Extra, "I’m doing fine, I’m great, I’m standing, I’m OK... but I do tend to get a little bit of a low blood sugar drop.
"I was working shows in a row, you know it happens, singing is a physical act. I think I was just building up my stamina and it was a lot of shows in a row."
She adds, "I really appreciate that everybody has been so respectful and not putting any salacious slant on the whole story. Everyone has been so caring and sweet and supportive, I’m getting all these messages on Facebook and social media of everyone asking how I’m doing, I really appreciate it, it’s helping me actually recover.”
Billy Joel's daughter Alexa Ray Joel has been admitted to New York Presbyterian Hospital after collapsing on stage this weekend (12-13Apr14). The 28 year old complained she was not feeling well before she was due to perform her last gig at the Big Apple's Cafe Carlyle on Saturday night (12Apr14), but decided the show must go on, according to the New York Post.
However, she ended up passing out on stage and was taken to hospital, where doctors diagnosed her with Vasovagal Syncope - a common cause of fainting which triggers a sudden drop in heart rate and blood pressure.
A statement issued by Joel on Monday (14Apr14) reads, "I wanted to thank everyone for coming out to support me. I was excited and determined to fulfill my final performance and I really wanted to end my run with a bang, but this was not what I had in mind and hope I have the opportunity to make it up to the wonderful audience very soon. Thanks for all the concern."
The singer's weekend show marked the end of her two-week residency at the Cafe Carlyle.
Model/actress Christie Brinkley has called on her ex-husband Billy Joel to duet with their singer daughter before it's too late. Alexa Ray Joel has followed in her famous father's footsteps and established herself as a musician, and although she covered his classic love song Just The Way You Are for a Gap denim commercial last year (13), the pair has yet to hit the stage or the studio together since performing the rock legend's track Baby Grand at a political fundraiser for U.S. President Barack Obama in 2008.
Brinkley admits she would love to see her ex make a surprise appearance during Alexa's two-week residency at New York's Cafe Carlyle, which wraps on Saturday (12Apr14).
The blonde beauty tells the Hampton Sheet magazine, "She (Alexa Ray) has proven herself and she should say to herself, 'I'm the daughter of a legend... I'm so lucky and I want to sing with my dad while I can.'
"Look at Natalie Cole, she had to sing with a film (of her dad Nat King Cole)... I don't want that to happen, I want them to work together. I think it would be logical now for them to be able to do something together."
Alexa isn't the only Joel to book a New York residency - the Piano Man is playing at the city's iconic Madison Square Garden venue every month throughout 2014.
Soul singer Natalie Cole reworked her father's classics Unforgettable and When I Fall in Love for hit virtual duets, while she also made use of recording technology again last year (13) to 'sing' Acercate Mas (Come Closer to Me) with her dad, who died in 1965.
Billy Joel's singer daughter, Alexa Ray, has shrugged off rumours she has undergone drastic cosmetic surgery after she showed off a head-turning new look at a concert on Tuesday (01Apr14). The 28-year-old daughter of the Piano Man and model Christie Brinkley kicked off her two-week residency at New York's Cafe Carlyle, and debuted a more mature look, prompting critics to suggest she has gone under the knife.
However, her representative denied the speculation to Us Weekly, saying, "Alexa has never had any plastic surgery other than a rhinoplasty, which she has admitted to. She's simply matured into a beautiful young woman."
The singer took to Instagram.com after the concert to show her gratitude to her fans for supporting her music career, writing, "Thank all of you for coming out to my first sold-out show... This showcase is my very own handmade love-letter to New York."
While her famous father also has a residency at the city's Madison Square Garden every month throughout 2014, Alexa's stint at Cafe Carlyle will only run until 12 April (14).
Billy Joel's singer daughter is following in her famous father's footsteps by taking up a New York City residency. The Piano Man is playing at the city's Madison Square Garden every month throughout 2014 and his daughter Alexa Ray Joel has decided to follow suit by performing in the city.
The 28 year old, whose mum is supermodel Christie Brinkley, will perform a string of shows at the Cafe Carlyle in the Big Apple from 1-12 April (14).
The brunette performed a cover of her dad's hit Just The Way You Are for a Gap commercial last year (13).
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Seventeen years ago, Harrison Ford grumbled four simple words that defined a genre, a demographic, and a country: "Get off my plane." In a pre-9/11 world, there was no shortage of jingoistic glee in a movie like Air Force One, in which a man's man American president doled out justice to a militia of Russian loyalist terrorists who made the silly mistake of attempting to hijack his flight home from Moscow. In 2014, we don't have the luxury of facing a plotline like this with reckless merriment. There's a damp gravity to the premise behind movies like Non-Stop, which in another time would have been nothing more than Taken on a Plane. But rigidly conscious of the connotations that attach to a story about a hijacking of a civilian international flight into John F. Kennedy Airport in New York City, Non-Stop doesn't play too fast and loose. It still plays, and has some good fun doing so, but carefully.
From the getgo, we're anchored into the grim narrative of Liam Neeson's U.S. Air Marshall Bill Marks, who settles his demons with a healthy spoonful of whiskey. A dutiful officer even when liquored up, Marks eyeballs every nameless face in London's Heathrow Airport, silently introducing the bevvy of characters who'll come into play later on. After takeoff, Marks finds himself on the unwitting prowl for the anonymous party who's attempting to take down the red-eye through a series of manipulative text messages, well-timed threats, and clandestine killings. Chatty passenger Julianne Moore and flight attendant Michelle Dockery join Marks in his efforts to identify the mysterious criminal before the entire aircraft falls to his or her whims. So less Taken, more Murder, She Wrote.
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It is fun — that's the miraculous thing. Without any "Get off my plane"s or "Yippee ki yay"s, Non-Stop keeps its action genre silliness in check (okay, there is a moment involving an airborne gun that'll institute some serious laugh-cheers), investing all of its good time in the game of claustrophobic Clue that we can't help but enjoy. It sacrifices some of its charm in a heavy-handed third act, tipping to one side of what was a pretty impressive balancing act up until that point. But its falter is not one that drags down the movie entirely. Fun and excitement are restored, sincerity is maintained, and even a few moments of sensitivity creep their way through. We might not live in a world of President Harrison Fords any longer, but Air Marshall Liam Neesons could actually be a step up.
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Alexa Ray Joel refused to take her dad Billy Joel's advice as she recorded a cover of his hit single Just The Way You Are because she wanted to put her own stamp on the classic love song. The singer, whose mother is model Christie Brinkley, performs her version in a new jeans commercial for Gap, and she admits she was wracked with nerves at the idea of reworking such an iconic track.
Her famous father even offered to help her jazz up the tune - but the 27 year old politely declined.
She tells U.S. talk show host Katie Couric, "It was a little scary at first and then I thought, 'OK, I really need to make this my own and put my stamp on it.'
"As soon as I sat down and started playing it, Dad was there and he was like, 'Well you know, you need rhythm, you need to make it catchy'. I said, 'No, I want to make it broken down and give it my own energy and vibe', and he said, 'Wow, you're really taking it and making it your own.'"