Before Ed Asner’s death on Sunday, the “Mary Taylor Moore” star reflected on his iconic television career, his political activism, and his confrontation with his former nephew, Governor Gavin Newsom. Dissatisfaction with the recall election.
when Hollywood Report When asked if Newsom is worthy of being recalled, the actor known for his rude news editor Lou Grant said: “Oh, don’t say it. He is a very, very smart, promising, honest politician, but Made a mistake. Many people have made one of the mistakes in their lives. Not as many as Andrew Cuomo.”
interview Happened on August 13, Less than two weeks after Asner passed away at the age of 91. Asner married Newsom’s aunt, Cindy Gilmore, until 2015.
The “mistake” Asner seems to mention is that Newsom chose to dine outdoors without a mask in a high-end French laundry in November 2020, which violated his own COVID-19 lockdown order. This “mistake” helped stimulate the opponent’s recall campaign.
In a tweet on Sunday, Newsom paid tribute to Asner, “He is an actor, activist, father, uncle and friend of many people”, saying that he “makes us laugh, warms our hearts, and fights for justice.” And stand up for what you think is right.”
Actors, activists, fathers, uncles, and friends of many people.
You make us laugh, warm our hearts, fight for justice, stand up for what you think is right.
You will be missed. rest in peace. https://t.co/L2kS77ztKn
-Gavin Newsom (@GavinNewsom) August 29, 2021
This mutual respect between Asner and Newsom, their family ties, and the common Democratic politics are one of the reasons Asner helped Newsom run for San Francisco in 2003. This also enabled the seven-time Emmy Award winner to be invited to Newsom’s wedding in 2001. Wife Kimberly Gilfoyle.
Asner and Gilmore flew all the way from Rome to the wedding, when he was shooting a movie, San Francisco Chronicle Report. Asner and his wife attended the wedding of Newsom and Gilfoyle at St. Ignatius’ Church with 500 other guests, which included members of San Francisco’s political and upper-class elites, and then in Anhe Gordon Getty’s Pacific Heights mansion held a grand reception. A friend of Newsom’s father.
More than two years later, Asner gave a speech at the inauguration on the steps of the City Hall in Newsom in January 2004. The crowd included the outgoing mayor Willie Brown, the district attorney-elect Kamala Harris, and the Kennedy family star Maria Shriver.
Asner stood on the podium next to Newsom and Gilfoyle, Delivered an inspiring speech, Centering on San Francisco’s status as a “world city”, its advantage lies in its historical embrace of people from various cultures.
“At this time, this world city, this beloved San Francisco, is welcoming a new mayor,” Asner said. “Through him, San Francisco opened up a new generation of leadership.”
Asner will not officially become Newsom’s uncle: Gilmore applied for separation in 2007, but they won’t get divorced until 2015.
Meanwhile, Newsom’s marriage to Gilfoyle ended soon after she moved to New York City to become a TV commentator. After her divorce in 2006, she became a Fox News host and later one of Donald Trump’s main supporters, especially after she started dating his son Donald Trump Jr.
In Asner’s “Hollywood Report” interview, he also talked about entering the show business, auditioning for the “Mary Taylor Moore Show” and dating Moore, even though they are just friends. Asner also said that as the chairman of the Screen Actors Guild, his political activism prompted CBS President William H. Paley to cancel his popular drama “Lou Grant.”
Asner also answered a question about what he thinks Joe Biden did as president-the day after the fall of the Afghan government and the Taliban’s control of Kabul.
“Afghanistan is a terrible setback for Biden, although he certainly should not be blamed-for God’s sake, he has only been in office for six months!” Asner said. “It’s a shame. But I believe he knows how to deduct and accept it. I think he has done a good job with the welfare bill. I think that when his presidency ends, we will be a bigger and better one. nation.”
The news of Asner’s death came from his family through his official Twitter page.
“We regret to say that our beloved patriarch passed away peacefully this morning.” Tweet reading“Words cannot express our sadness. Kiss your head-good night Dad. We love you.”