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Merv Griffin in grave condition
mydesert.com ^ | 8/10/07

Posted on 08/10/2007 6:55:43 AM PDT by peggybac

Merv Griffin, the entertainment mogul, singer, talk-show host and horseman who has called La Quinta home for 20 years, is in grave condition with cancer.

“Entertainment Tonight” has reported that sources tell the Hollywood show that Griffin’s prognosis is not good. Griffin’s representatives have not returned calls to The Desert Sun to confirm or deny.

Griffin, 82, was admitted to Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles in mid-July after a recurrence of the prostate cancer he battled in 1996 was found during a routine examination.

The creator of “Jeopardy!” “Wheel of Fortune” and the host of the iconic “Merv Griffin Show” talk program has kept a 250-acre ranch in La Quinta since he visited the desert with Johnny Carson in 1986 to see Jimmy Connors play tennis.

An active desert resident, he has been a supporter of the La Quinta Arts Festival and the owner of the Merv Griffin Givenchy Resort & Spa in Palm Springs, now The Parker. Most recently, he has been the developer of an upscale equine community on a section of his ranch.

In 2005, his thoroughbred Steviewonderboy, won the Eclipse Award for Horse of the Year, racing's top award for a horse. The horse's Kentucky Derby campaign was derailed by injury, despite his win at the Breeder's Cup. Griffin, earlier this year, campaigned a horse called Cobalt Blue on the Derby trail.

In February, the La Quinta Arts Foundation held its Silver Anniversary Gala saluting Merv Griffin.

In an interview at the time, Griffin said about helping found the Arts Festival: “There was a whole group at that time, wonderful women, who said, ‘Come on, let’s really do it up big.” So I lent my name and brought out as many famous people as I could. It wasn’t pretentious at all. You wandered around and bought, and there were some amazing things.”

For the latest information on Griffin’s condition, check mydesert.com


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Culture/Society; News/Current Events; US: California
KEYWORDS: hollywood; hollywoodright; mervgriffin
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Prayers up for this great American conservative.
1 posted on 08/10/2007 6:55:47 AM PDT by peggybac
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To: peggybac

Sad. He’s a friend of Nancy Reagan, too.


2 posted on 08/10/2007 7:05:32 AM PDT by Moonman62 (The issue of whether cheap labor makes America great should have been settled by the Civil War.)
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To: peggybac

Prayers for Merv.


3 posted on 08/10/2007 7:06:54 AM PDT by good old days
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To: peggybac

Prayers.

At first I thought he’d been holed up in a La Quinta hotel room for the last 20 years. Journalism 101 apparently is a snoozefest.


4 posted on 08/10/2007 7:07:02 AM PDT by mtbopfuyn (I think the border is kind of an artificial barrier - San Antonio councilwoman Patti Radle)
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To: Moonman62

Is he still with Eva Gabor?

Is Eva Gabor still alive?

Am I out of touch?


5 posted on 08/10/2007 7:07:50 AM PDT by altura
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To: altura
Is he still with Eva Gabor?

No.

Is Eva Gabor still alive?

No.

Am I out of touch?

Yes

6 posted on 08/10/2007 7:11:20 AM PDT by murdoog
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To: peggybac


Get well soon Merv!
7 posted on 08/10/2007 7:12:35 AM PDT by Liberty Valance (Keep a simple manner for a happy life :o)
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To: murdoog

LOL


8 posted on 08/10/2007 7:14:15 AM PDT by peggybac (Tolerance is the virtue of believing in nothing)
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To: peggybac
From a horse racing fan, get well, Merv:


9 posted on 08/10/2007 7:14:30 AM PDT by ConservativeStatement
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To: Liberty Valance

Always liked him ...even before I knew he was a conservative ...


10 posted on 08/10/2007 7:15:29 AM PDT by sushiman
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To: peggybac

get well Merv......thx for your insights in an industry who
has lost her way


11 posted on 08/10/2007 7:19:48 AM PDT by advertising guy (If computer skills named us, I'd be back-space delete.)
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To: peggybac

Heartfelt prayers for Merv, one of the good guys.


12 posted on 08/10/2007 7:21:59 AM PDT by Graymatter
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To: peggybac

“grave condition” perhaps not the most feliticious phrase to use.


13 posted on 08/10/2007 7:22:53 AM PDT by Oztrich Boy (The Simpsons already did it!)
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To: peggybac
Sounds bad, I just hope he isn't suffering.

The guy has bought a lots of smiles and entertainment to all people worldwide.

14 posted on 08/10/2007 7:26:16 AM PDT by BallyBill (Serial Hit-N-Run poster)
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Wishing Merv the very best during this fight. He’s a good man, so is his son. Good Republicans; friends of the Reagans (Merv was on the President Reagan cross-country memorial with Nancy - as pallbearer). And remember, it was Merv Griffin who helped put the kaibosh on the slanted CBS Reagan movie. He fought hard to block that - even appearing on shows like Larry Elder’s.....


15 posted on 08/10/2007 7:30:40 AM PDT by TheBridge
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To: peggybac
Oooooo......


16 posted on 08/10/2007 7:43:12 AM PDT by poindexter
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To: TheBridge


Merv was there for his friends Nancy and Ronald Reagan.
17 posted on 08/10/2007 7:44:57 AM PDT by Liberty Valance (Keep a simple manner for a happy life :o)
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To: peggybac

How sad, prayers for Merv.......


18 posted on 08/10/2007 7:46:28 AM PDT by tiredoflaundry (Bill O'Reilly is a pinhead.)
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To: peggybac

bttt


19 posted on 08/10/2007 7:48:37 AM PDT by Lancey Howard
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Prayers up for Merv.

Notre père, qui êtes aux cieux!
Que votre nom soit sanctificié. Que votre règne vienne.
Que votre volonté soit faite, sur la terre comme au ciel.
Donnez-nous aujourd'hui notre poindre ce jour.
Pardonnez-nous nos offenses, comme nous pardonnons aussi a ceux, qui nous ont offensés,
et ne nous soumetez pas à la tentation, mais délivrez-nous du mal.
Car c'est à toi qu'appartiènne, le régne, la puissance et la gloire, pour les siècles des siècles.
Amen.

Je vous salue, Marie, pleine de grâces,
le Seigneur est avec vous, vous êtes bénie entre toutes les femmes,
et Jésus le fruit de vos entrailles est béni.
Sainte Marie, Mère de Dieu, priez pour nous pauvres pécheurs,
maintenant, et à l'heure de notre mort. Ainsi-soit-il.

Garde la Foi, mes amis! Nous nous sommes les sauveurs de la République! Maintenant et Toujours!
(Keep the Faith, my friends! We are the saviors of the Republic! Now and Forever!)

LonePalm, le Républicain du verre cassé (The Broken Glass Republican)

20 posted on 08/10/2007 7:48:45 AM PDT by LonePalm (Commander and Chef)
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To: Oztrich Boy
“grave condition” perhaps not the most feliticious phrase to use.

Unfortunately, I think it is one of those very carefully chosen phrases used when there is little doubt as to the outcome.

Prayers for Merv's comfort and solace to his loved ones.

21 posted on 08/10/2007 7:49:59 AM PDT by SlowBoat407 (There's more than one way to burn a book. - Ray Bradbury)
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To: Liberty Valance


...with Nancy Reagan
22 posted on 08/10/2007 8:02:10 AM PDT by Liberty Valance (Keep a simple manner for a happy life :o)
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To: peggybac

23 posted on 08/10/2007 9:31:54 AM PDT by ConservativeStatement
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To: peggybac; MotleyGirl70; Cagey; Mr. Brightside; Rb ver. 2.0; lesser_satan; Taffini; jdm; countess; ..

Prayers for Merv from some of our Seinfeld FRiends.


24 posted on 08/10/2007 9:37:03 AM PDT by Larry Lucido (Hunter 2008)
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To: Larry Lucido

prayers


25 posted on 08/10/2007 9:40:30 AM PDT by F15Eagle (1Tim 1:4; Gal 1:6-10; 1Cor 2:2; Matthew 22:30; Mark 12:25; Luke 20:34-35; 2Thess 2:11; Jude 1:3)
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To: peggybac

You’ll be in my thoughts and prayers, Merv. You’re a great entertainer and a great American.


26 posted on 08/10/2007 9:41:14 AM PDT by reagan_fanatic (Ron Paul put the cuckoo in my Cocoa Puffs)
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To: peggybac
I've got great memories of his TV show... And the fact that he and "The Donald" didn't get along made me like him even more.

Mark

27 posted on 08/10/2007 9:44:17 AM PDT by MarkL (Listen, Strange women lyin' in ponds distributin' swords is no basis for a system of government)
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To: peggybac

The Merv Griffin Show, Jeopardy!, Wheel of Fortune...he gave us clean, family-oriented television that has outlasted most of the dreck seen on the airwaves in the past 40+ years. He’s a throwback to the days of Lawrence Welk, Ed Sullivan, Red Skelton, and Carol Burnett. Give it the good fight, Merv.


28 posted on 08/10/2007 9:45:54 AM PDT by quark
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To: peggybac

He is one of the class acts in Hollywood....prayers for him


29 posted on 08/10/2007 9:56:13 AM PDT by Kimmers (Si vis pacem, para bellum)
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To: peggybac

Prayers for Merv...


30 posted on 08/10/2007 10:08:21 AM PDT by BlessedBeGod
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To: peggybac

The Wheel of Fortune just came up “Lose a Turn.”


31 posted on 08/10/2007 10:21:22 AM PDT by Old Professer (The critic writes with rapier pen, dips it twice, and writes again.)
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To: peggybac

Prayers up.


32 posted on 08/10/2007 10:24:10 AM PDT by tioga
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Sad to hear. He is a great supporter of Tb horse racing. Steviewonderboy isn’t the first Tb he has owned and raced. The article does contain one inaccuracy: Steviewonderboy did not win 2005 Horse of the Year. He was 2 yr old of the year in 2005. The Horse of the Year winner in 2005 was Saint Liam.


33 posted on 08/10/2007 10:26:20 AM PDT by ShakeNJake (I see dumb people.)
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To: peggybac

Wasn’t “Let’s Make a Deal” his creation too?

Brilliant guy - I tape “Jeopardy” every night.


34 posted on 08/10/2007 10:36:01 AM PDT by Let's Roll (As usual, following a shooting spree, libs want to take guns away from those who DIDN'T do it.)
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To: Liberty Valance

Sad for Nancy—to lose another old friend.


35 posted on 08/10/2007 10:38:00 AM PDT by altura
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To: MarkL
I've got great memories of his TV show... And the fact that he and "The Donald" didn't get along made me like him even more.

I always think of that when Merv is mentioned too. Merv's had a lot of financial success in his life, but he's done it quietly and he is so much more likeable than Trump.

36 posted on 08/10/2007 10:41:05 AM PDT by Moonman62 (The issue of whether cheap labor makes America great should have been settled by the Civil War.)
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To: altura
Sad for Nancy—to lose another old friend.

************

Yes. It's not easy growing old.

37 posted on 08/10/2007 10:42:46 AM PDT by trisham (Zen is not easy. It takes effort to attain nothingness. And then what do you have? Bupkis.)
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To: peggybac

Damn.

He reminds me of the days when there were real gentlemen in Hollywood.

God Bless, Merv..


38 posted on 08/10/2007 10:45:21 AM PDT by SE Mom (Proud mom of an Iraq war combat vet -Fred'08)
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To: peggybac

WOW!!

I never knew all this about him!!

What a great guy!!


39 posted on 08/10/2007 10:47:06 AM PDT by ZULU (Non nobis, non nobis Domine, sed nomini tuo da gloriam. God, guts and guns made America great.)
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To: peggybac
Conservative celebrities are becoming an extinct species. Only a few left of vintage TV and virtually none of the glory days of Cinema.

Prayers up for Merv!!

40 posted on 08/10/2007 10:49:07 AM PDT by PISANO (There is NO security & there can be none as long as there are suicide bombers!!)
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To: peggybac

Prayers up!


41 posted on 08/10/2007 10:51:17 AM PDT by Peace4EarthNow (Come to know Jesus as your Savior, so YOU TOO can be saved!!)
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To: peggybac

Another sign of the passing of an age.

Merv certainly left his mark on Americana.


42 posted on 08/10/2007 10:57:47 AM PDT by Ramius (Personally, I give us... one chance in three. More tea?)
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To: quark

Including Art Linkletter, who is still up and around.


43 posted on 08/10/2007 11:05:14 AM PDT by gogeo (Democrats want to support the troops without actually being helpful to them.)
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To: mtbopfuyn
I was wondering about "La Quinta" too, but looking at the source, "MyDesert.com, I'm thinking it's the local media.

Ergo, *we* are out of context, not the "journalist".

44 posted on 08/10/2007 11:23:37 AM PDT by Calvin Locke
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And they never did catch Merv for being “The Elevator Killer”:

Dr. Michael Hfuhruhurr: You! You’re the elevator killer! Merv Griffin!
Merv Griffin: Yeah.
Dr. Michael Hfuhruhurr: Why?
Merv Griffin: I don’t know. I’ve always just loved to kill. I really enjoyed it. But then I got famous, and - it’s just too hard for me. And so many witnesses. I mean, *everybody* recognized me. I couldn’t even work anymore. I’d hear, “Who’s that lurking over there? Isn’t that Merv Griffin?” So I came to Europe to kill. And it’s really worked out very well for me.


45 posted on 08/10/2007 11:27:29 AM PDT by dfwgator (The University of Florida - Still Championship U)
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To: Let's Roll
Brilliant guy - I tape “Jeopardy” every night.

Try not to miss it myself. Last two weeks has been "Celebrity Jeopardy". Funny stuff. About 1 out of 3 of the "celebritys" have a brain and can answer a question. Can't help but bring back memories of SNL with the "celebrity" impersonators. Sean Connery and his "Your mother, Trebeck!" was great stuff.

46 posted on 08/10/2007 11:49:48 AM PDT by mc5cents (Show me just what Mohammd brought that was new, and there you will find things only evil and inhuman)
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To: peggybac
In LA, back in the 60’s and 70’s, his talk show used to be on at night. I thought it was very good and entertaining. He had some great guests and a great sense of humor. He will be missed.
47 posted on 08/10/2007 1:55:53 PM PDT by Uncle Hal
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To: gogeo

One of the MANY reasons I love Art:

Beloved former TV host and now senior citizens’ spokesman Art Linkletter has decided to go toe-to-toe with the AARP on politics and policy. Mr. Linkletter, the former host of “Kids Say the Darnedest Things” and current National
Chairman of the United Seniors Association (USA), made his views on the AARP known Monday in an interview on Fox News’ “Your World with Neil Cavuto.”

During the interview, the 93-year-old conservative Linkletter touted the importance of Social Security reform with personal retirement accounts and went on to call the
AARP, which opposes President Bush’s reform plan, “the largest liberal lobbying group in Washington.”

HUMAN EVENTS has learned USA has no intention of backing down from Linkletter’s criticism of the AARP. In fact, the coming issue of USA Next, a quarterly publication by USA and a special supplement to HUMAN EVENTS, takes on the AARP directly.

In addition, USA CEO Charlie Jarvis will appear on Fox News’ “O’Reilly Factor” on Thursday, February 10, to launch the “USA Next Stop Scaring Seniors NOW!” — a campaign
focusing on the AARP and the alleged damage it has done and continues to do to America.

(from 2005)


48 posted on 08/10/2007 2:05:52 PM PDT by peggybac (Tolerance is the virtue of believing in nothing)
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To: peggybac

For seniors not wanting to join AARP:

http://www.unitedseniors.org/


49 posted on 08/10/2007 2:12:38 PM PDT by peggybac (Tolerance is the virtue of believing in nothing)
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To: peggybac

Thank you for the link.


50 posted on 08/10/2007 2:14:49 PM PDT by gogeo (Democrats want to support the troops without actually being helpful to them.)
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