Joel Siegel died yesterday, and while he wasn’t a friend, he spent time with my family when my daughter was three or four. He dated my sister, and they spent time at our house in the Hamptons. I haven’t seen him since then, but I cried when he died.
There are people who have a positive outlook on everything. I think he was one of them, and I didn’t realize it until he was gone. No one was mad at him at the end of a bad review. He made you laugh about terrible movies. And a letter to my sister made me cry to. He said that hearing her laugh in the movie theater next to him was as good as the movie.
He took Ms. Sarah to The Little Mermaid and then used her in his review. She watched him on TV mentioning her with glee, and kept saying what fun she’d had with him at the movie. This of course was long before bring your daughter to work day.
He struggled. His wife died after struggling with cancer, and his sister had cancer too.
So, he’s gone now and so is his brilliant humor and approach to that which can often be taken too seriously. And, I’m surprised that I want to mention him here. But happy too, because what could be better than to touch a person long ago and have them mourn your leaving years later.
Great legacy Joel Siegel. Great Movie, fabulous ending.