Exclusive Interview: Young and the Restless Star Thom Bierdz Honors Diana

thom-80s2I make it no secret that I am a major Young and Restless fan I have been since I was able to sit up and watch  tv. I remember when this gorgeous young man stepped on my screen to portray Phillip Chancellor  III In 1986. Thom Bierdz took the show by storm when he came to Genoa City and then left us in mourning in 1989  when his character passed away after drinking and driving and having an accident.  Leaving behind his son Phillip The IV  and a legacy  that would change the show forever.  Little did we know that Thom had  a passion for artwork and is a artist in  his own right.   Shortly after the Murder of his mother  Thom found solace in his artwork and he has created a very telling portrait of Diana,  Like the Princess , Thom donates time painting live to bring both awareness and much needed funds to charities that are close to his heart. To date his art donations has raised over $100,000 for these important causes.

While listening to a Soap Podcast I came across his website and  I was lucky enough to find his email address and contact him today.Not only to  let him know that I was excited about seeing him on my screen again  reprising his role as Phillip III  but also I was able to ask him a few questions about his Diana portrait.  
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Interview With  Thom Bierdz 6/27/09

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Dani :What was the inspiration behind the Portriat of Diana and Charles?
 
 Thom B: she had a bigger than life story –  so unique a life
 
 
DANI: Is there a message behind the painting?
 
Thom B:She did not see the whole picture of what she was getting into. 
 
DANI:Would you consider your self  a Admirer of Diana, Princess of Wales? If So what was it that you admired Most about her?  
Thom: yes,that she learned to follow her instincts and not be told what to do and not do.
 
To see some of his awesome artwork you can  go to his Website:  ThomBierdz.com
 
Now  For those of you who  do not know Phillip III  will be returning,  so far we have only seen glimpes of  him  as “Langley”. His Costar Tricia Cast  who played his wife Nina  has returned  hopefully these two will reunite  soon. 
I want to thank Thom for taking time out of his schedule to do this interview. I will be watching for you on the small screen. 
 
     A Look at Thom as Phillip III  
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Phillip in Video
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Two 80’s Icons Lost in One Day

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Micheal Jackson:The King of Pop.

princessd5If you grew up in the 70’s and 80s you will remember the King of Pop as the artist who brought  us  Thriller, Billie Jean and Beat It. Micheal Jackson passed away today at the age of 50. Although he faced many trials and troubles In his life to those of us who grew up during the 80s will always remember him as the one who  taught us the moon walk  and blessed us with his musical talents. He was also a friend of the Princess of Wales who attended his concerts several times over the years the first in 1988. Our condolences are with his family. You can watch  the news clip about this event  here .

Farrah Fawcett:Televison’s Orignal Angel 

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The 70’s and 80’s Generation lost another Icon today as well Farrah Fawcett . She becamea international sensation when she posed for the Infamous swimsuit poster that claimed the walls of millions of men and teenage boys around the world.  Like Diana she will always be known as one of the worlds Iconic blondes, Before there the was the Lady Di Hairstyle there was the Farrah Wings her hairstyle was copied among many teanage girls around the globe.   Although She never reclaimed her television fame in a series she went on to make other memroable films such as Small Sacrafices and The Burning Bed. She lost her battle with cancer today but she will always be remembered for her strong determination to fight the disease with courage. Today she earned her real Angel wings. We will miss you Farrah. Our Condolences are with Her family and friends.

Diana Prints From The Sunday Mirror

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In the big box of clippings I receiveda couple of months ago I found these 4 prints and they are part of the Sunday Mirror tribute to Diana of 5 prints.  These are great for displaying with Diana dolls and plates they are  5×7 and will look great framed. I wish I knew what number 5 was so that I could complete the set. If any one knows please email me and let me know where I can find it.

Diana A Celebration In Hungary

I just heard from my friend Jody Who attended the Diana a  Celebration   in Hungary. She sent me some photos from her trip . The neat thing was that they had Diana Posters around poles outside leading the way to the exhibit. Here are some of her photos she sent to me.  There were not any free flyers or newspapers  which is a shame.  Because of where the dresses were display no photos were able to to be taken.  Jody did get some photos of the entrance of the musuem. Thanks Jody for sending these photos and I am so proud of you for stepping on that plane I know it took all you had to prepare for that flight!

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DIANA–The People’s Princess” exhibit Goes to Downtown Disney Orlando

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It has just been announced that the People’s Princess Charitable Foundation, Inc. (PPCF) is bringing “DIANA–The People’s Princess” – a major new exhibit of royal artifacts – to Walt Disney World Resort. Opening in early July 2009, this limited-time experience showcases the life and story of Princess Diana, one of the most iconic and inspirational figures in recent history, including a sampling of the royal dresses Diana chose to auction for charity and hundreds of authentic artifacts relating to her life.

“DIANA–The People’s Princess” exhibit will be held in the 17,500-square-foot setting at Downtown Disney West Side adjacent to DisneyQuest that formerly housed the giant record store. This unique exhibition is one of the largest collections of royal dresses and rare artifacts ever assembled for an American audience which provides an in-depth historical perspective of her life. The exhibit includes five rarely seen royal dresses worn by Princess Diana.

Tickets may be purchased at the exhibit – $14.50 (ages 10 and above), $5 (ages 3-9). The exhibition will run through Nov. 30, 2009. Hours are 11 a.m.-11 p.m. daily

Several New Video Clips have been uploaded

DianaIncCapI am still going through the box of videos That were sent to me and I have uploaded several new clips the following new ones are:Diana INC.  A segmanet from Dateline ,Channel 8 News clip on Diana’s condolence books,Diana’s Eating Disorders from 20/20, Final Hours From Dateline.  More will be added next week. Enjoy!

Vanity Fair Portraits: Photographs

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 When: October 26, 2008–March 1, 2009 | Hammer Building

Vanity Fair Portraits: Photographs 1913–2008 is the first major exhibition to bring together the magazine’s historic archive of rare vintage prints with its contemporary photographs. The exhibition explores the ways in which photography and celebrity have interacted and changed, with portraits from the magazine’s early period (1913–1936) displayed in conjunction with works from the contemporary Vanity Fair (1983–present). The Los Angeles presentation, which is sponsored by Burberry, will be the only U.S. stop on the exhibition’s international tour. Photographers to be represented include Cecil Beaton, Harry Benson, Julian Broad, Imogen Cunningham, Annie Leibovitz, Man Ray, Mary Ellen Mark, Steven Meisel, Helmut Newton, Herb Ritts, Edward Steichen, Mario Testino, and Bruce Weber.

Curators: Terence Pepper, curator of photographs, National Portrait Gallery, and David Friend, editor of creative development, Vanity Fair. Curator at LACMA: Charlotte Cotton, photography.

A collaboration between Vanity Fair and the National Portrait Gallery, London.

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