Celeste Holm Memorial Dish! It Gets Bitter!
I just got this account from a source who was at Celeste Holm's sad sendoff, which turned even sadder thanks to lingering hostilities that filled with proceedings:
"Celeste Holm's memorial was so gossipy!
"One of her sons, Ted, gave a speech saying Celeste made some bad decisions in her life without thinking about the consequences--like leaving Fox and also the men she married!"
This pointed reference obviously was a dig at her last husband, Frank Basile, who all eyes suddenly turned to as the memorial quickly turned into melodrama.
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Basile and the kids have battled through the years over money issues and other Celeste-related agendas, and it's not been pretty.
"No matter what some of you may have heard," continued the son, "we loved our mother just as much--or more so--than other people with louder voices."
Again, it was a dis. Basile happens to be an opera singer with a booming bass of a voice.
As a sidebar, my source said Basile and Celeste were singing "They Didn't Believe Me" when she died; the song was Basile's unofficial anthem about people who distrusted his motives, though insiders swear he did love her a lot and took good care of her!
Anyway, Basile's mom then took the pulpit to say, "I don't have a loud voice, so you'll have to listen very carefully."
Much better than your average Oscar winner's memorial.
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