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Marilu Henner on the Loss of Jeff Conaway

by PopEater Staff, posted May 29th 2011 10:30AM
Marilu HennerMarilu Henner is speaking out about the death of her former 'Taxi' co-star Jeff Conaway.

"He was such a sweetheart," the actress, 59, told People.com. "I've known him since Nov. 28, 1972!"

The late actor, who was 60 when he died this week, first worked with Henner when both were hired as replacement cast members in the original Broadway production of 'Grease,' staged in the early '70s. Conaway played Danny Zuko at the time (the role immortalized by John Travolta in the hit film version, in which Conaway played Kenickie).

"We did 'Grease' together before we did 'Taxi.' We traveled in the national company of 'Grease' .. so I was connected to him, and worked with him quite a few times. We were like babies together. And then when he got 'Taxi' it was so great. He always reminded me of my brother Tommy, and I always reminded him of his sister Michelle, so we felt a real familial kind of connection."
Henner reportedly became choked up as she recalled Conaway as "the nicest person.... He was such a sweetheart, you know, a character. He had this wicked sense of humor, but he was so sweet, so sweet, in a way that I think a lot of people don't realize.... He was just a doll. Oh, we always talked on the holidays and stuff."

The actress told E! that she and her 'Taxi' co-star Tony Danza visited their ailing friend "almost daily" in the hospital where he ultimately took his last breath. She said in a statement, "Jeff looked the healthiest I'd seen him in a long time, and I really thought that he was going to come out of this."

Travolta recently spoke out about his friend's passing, saying, "Jeff Conaway was a wonderful and decent man, and we will miss him."

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life's choices catch up you. we all pay the ultimate price, whether you are a bible beater or a low-life. I guess in the final analysis he had a hell of a life.

May 30 2011 at 10:19 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Mike Siroky

I am pretty sure Marilua once published an article in which she said she boinked all her Taxi castamtes, one by one. So the connection was more than professional. Not judging, just sayin'

May 29 2011 at 11:12 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

what a tragic ending for any celebrity with fame and fortune (and even for those without fame and fortune) always sad when family, friends and rehabs try and could not help, will say a prayer for comfort to all those grieving

May 29 2011 at 12:20 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Matt Marquissee

Loved his work on Babylon 5, my favorite show! RIP

May 29 2011 at 11:55 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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