Sunday, April 21, 2024

Beach Boy Brian Wilson Mourns Death of Wife Melinda, 77, Who Basically Saved His Life


Beach Boys founder and genius Brian Wilson has announced the death of his second wife, Melinda. They were married for 28 years. She was 77, and basically saved his life.

At the time that Melinda came into Brian’s life he was under the thumb of Dr. Eugene Landy. Landy had isolated Wilson and wrecked his career. But once Melinda got involved, Brian broke free of Landy and went on to have a big solo career. Their story is seen in the excellent movie, “Love and Mercy.” She was played by Elizabeth Banks.

I met and talked to Melinda many times over the years. She was just lovely. I am really sorry that she’s gone. Condolences to everyone including their five children.

The Grammys should really include Melinda in their In Memoriam. Without her, there would have been no more Brian Wilson.

Brian wrote on Twitter:

My heart is broken. Melinda, my beloved wife of 28 years, passed away this morning.
Our five children and I are just in tears.
We are lost.
Melinda was more than my wife. She was my savior.
She gave me the emotional security I needed to have a career.
She encouraged me to make the music that was closest to my heart. She was my anchor. She was everything for us. Please say a prayer for her.
Love and Mercy Brian

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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