The Crosby Show: is it meaning a thing if it is not having the Bing?

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The Crosby Show: is it meaning a thing if it is not having the Bing?

Post  Yakima Canutt on Tue Jul 02, 2013 8:13 am

Dennis Crosby used to be the son of quadruple-threat entertainer Bing Crosby/ Dixie Lee and also he was the twin brother of Phillip Crosby. He attended Jesuit Bellarmine College Preparatory in San Jose with his other brothers where he graduated in 1952 and subsequently enrolled at Washington State University at Pullman.

In the late 1950s, Dennis and his brothers, Lindsay and Phillip, often performed as the Crosby Brothers in nightclubs and on Ed Sullivan's Show, though Dennis reputedly wished to avoid such appearances.

While a young man, Crosby performed military service in Germany.

On May 4, 1958, Crosby married Pat Sheehan, a Las Vegas showgirl and model who had once dated his father. She was also Miss San Francisco of 1950, Playmate of the month of October 1958, and part time actress. Within days, Crosby was sued by another woman, Marilyn Miller Scott, over the paternity of her daughter, Denise Crosby. The sensational lawsuit lasted three years and ended with Dennis being ordered to pay Scott child support and legal fees. This and the marriage to Sheehan and other details caused deep embarrassment for both him and his famous father. Although Bing died when his granddaughter was 19, the two reportedly never met.


Crosby and Sheehan had two sons: Dennis Michael, Jr., and Patrick Anthony. In 1963, while working in Los Angeles for Bing Crosby Productions, he met Arleen Newman. On July 3, 1964, Crosby and Sheehan were divorced. Later that year, Crosby married Newman, with whom he had three daughters, including Kelly Lee Crosby and Erin Colleen Crosby. Additionally, Crosby adopted Newman's daughter, Catherine Denise Crosby, from her first marriage to Mike Buell, which ended in divorce. Dennis and Arleen divorced in 1991.

On December 11, 1989, Crosby's younger brother Lindsay committed suicide by a shotgun blast to the head. Deeply distraught by his brother's death and his recent divorce and grappling with alcoholism, Dennis Crosby committed suicide on May 7, 1991 in Novato, California, also with a shotgun. On January 14, 2006, Dennis's former wife, Pat Sheehan, died at the age of 74. Their sons, Dennis Michael Crosby, Jr. died on January 15, 2010, and Patrick Anthony Crosby born New Year's Eve 1960, died at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, on September 19, 2011, after a lengthy illness. He was 50.

Denise Crosby attended LeConte Junior High School with actress Rita Wilson (wife of Tom Hanks). Her choice of career solidified at an early age and was influenced by the involvement of other family members in show business. Crosby's first high-profile role was as Lisa Davis on the soap opera The Days that are of our Lives.


In 1987, Crosby was cast in the role of Tasha Yar for the much publicized return of Star Trek to television in the syndicated series Star Trek: The Next Generation. She had been chosen to play Counsellor Deanna Troi before Gene Roddenberry switched the roles that she and Marina Sirtis had initially been given. Initially one of the top-billed characters and featured prominently in episodes such as "The Naked Now" and "Code of Honor", the role of Tasha gradually moved into the background as other members of the ensemble cast became a greater focus of the series. It has been reported that Crosby grew disillusioned with her role because of its "Uhura-like" status: "I was struggling with not being able to do much with the character. I had all these ideas and couldn't do them. I was just stage dressing." Ultimately, Crosby decided to leave the show. Her character was killed by the alien creature Armus during the episode "Skin of Evil." She had appeared in 22 episodes when she left.

In later years, Crosby approached the TNG production team with the idea of reprising her role of Tasha Yar. This came to be in season three's "Yesterday's Enterprise" in which an alternate timeline is created after the USS Enterprise-C, the predecessor to TNG's USS Enterprise-D, comes forward 22 years in time. Yar joined the Enterprise-C before it returned to its own time. During the documentary Trekkies, Crosby commented that her Tasha Yar character had to die in order to get "the best episodes."

Crosby also guest starred in several other TNG episodes such as "Redemption" as Romulan Commander Sela, the half-human, half-Romulan daughter of Tasha Yar, who had been taken prisoner in the past while on board the Enterprise-C.


Inspired by the character of Vasquez in !Aliens! the character was named "Macha Hernandez" and was the Tactical Officer on board the Enterprise. This was changed by the first casting call issued on December 10, 1986, when she was given the position of Security Chief instead. The producers considered Jenette Goldstein, who had played Vasquez, for the role, but writer Dorothy Fontana pointed out that the actress "is not Latina. She is petite, blue-eyed, freckle-faced". The character was subsequently renamed "Tanya" by March 13 for two days.

By the time that the writers and directors guide for the series was published, dated March 23, 1987, the character was named Natasha "Tasha" Yar. Her surname was suggested by Robert Lewin, drawing inspiration from the Babi Yar atrocities in Ukraine during the Second World War. Her biography in the guide stated that she was 28 years old, and confirmed her Ukrainian descent. It was planned for her to have a friendship with teenager Wesley Crusher, with this described in the guide as "she treats this boy like the most wonderful person imaginable. Wes is the childhood friend that Tasha never had." As of April 1987, Lianne Langland, Julia Nickson, Rosalind Chao, Leah Ayres and Bunty Bailey were each listed as being in contention for the role. Chao was described as a favourite for the role, while Denise Crosby was described as "the only possibility" for the character of Troi. The production staff were keen not to have two actresses in the bridge crew roles with similar physical types and hair colors, and so the team took account of the casting of the two parts together. After Crosby and Marina Sirtis had each auditioned on a handful of occasions for Troi and Yar respectively, Roddenberry decided to switch the actresses, resulting in Denise Crosby being cast as Tasha Yar. He felt that Sirtis appearance was better suited to the "exotic" Troi...


Natasha Yar's origins are explained in the season four episode "Legacy." She was born on the planet Turkana IV in 2337. She had a younger sister named Ishara (Beth Toussaint), who was born five years after her. Shortly after Ishara's birth, both their parents were killed and they were taken in by other people. However, they were subsequently abandoned and Tasha was required to look after her sister on her own. The government on the planet had collapsed, and the sisters were forced to scavenge for food while avoiding rape gangs. In 2352, Tasha managed to leave Turkana IV at the age of 15. She never saw Ishara again, who joined one of the factions on the planet called the "Coalition" ...

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Re: The Crosby Show: is it meaning a thing if it is not having the Bing?

Post  Yakima Canutt on Tue Jul 02, 2013 8:55 am

March 29, 2009.  The air was thick with Korean blackstrap molasses and opaque vigorishes. A popular but moderately reviled critically Fox telvision prog simulcasted an episode titled "Not All Dogs Go to Heaven" which barreled through the ionosphere in a manner not at all reminiscent of Herman Melville.  And just like a weed, Joe, it happened once more- Denise Crosby was demeaned, denigrated, defiled, Don Kinged by NewsCorp ... just as she had been easily disgraced by late-cycle Children of the Corn sequels and such


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Post  Yakima Canutt on Tue Jul 30, 2013 7:11 pm

Happened to catch Denise Crosby playing the mistress of Elliot Gould on the premiere of Showtime original series Ray Donovan starring Liev Schreiber and Sir Jon Voight.

Denise even had a few lines!  That being an improvement from her brief role on Mad Men as Horse Trainer.

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Post  Yakima Canutt on Sun Aug 11, 2013 7:49 pm

Saw Denise Crosby on Showtime's Ray Donovan again. This time she got to ruin Elliot Gould's ovarian cancer charity event and vomit on Liev Schreiber.

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Post  Yakima Canutt on Sun Aug 11, 2013 7:56 pm



Michael Dorn (Worf) on Denise Crosby coming back as a Half-Romulan; and Michael Dorn on Strek in general : "I don't understand any of it."

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Post  pinhedz on Fri Aug 16, 2013 5:57 am

I think Uzi is saying he is a fan of Denise Crosby, unless he is doing a parody of someone who is a fan of Denise Crosby, which might be the case if Uzi was an Earthling, but I think that Uzi's expressions of fandom are sincere, as such things are expressed on his planet. alien 


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Post  felix on Fri Aug 16, 2013 12:05 pm

yeahbut! ... did Yar really get ... killed?!?Suspect affraid 

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Post  Yakima Canutt on Fri Aug 16, 2013 2:12 pm

I suppose Denise Crosby fans are real, but only in the sense that The Corbomite Maneuver is real.  One thing Balok can say bout Denise, her "acting style" is downright Bressonian, or straight-to-videonian, depending on viewpoint natch


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Post  pinhedz on Fri Aug 16, 2013 2:49 pm

All I know is that Bing, just a few short weeks after Charley Paddock was taken out of circulation by Neva Malaby, was seen cavorting with Bebe Daniels at an establishment that was infamous for it's licentiousness and hedonism Shocked

Coincidence? Suspect 


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Post  pinhedz on Sun Dec 28, 2014 4:05 pm

Things you wouldn't have known if you didn't visit Stillwater Minnesota:

Bings mother was Catherine Hannigan from Stillwater.

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