Renée Taylor and Joseph Bologna, celebrated their 52nd wedding anniversary two days ago. This morning Joseph Bologna at 82, lost his three year battle with pancreatic cancer. Active up until his death Bologna attended a 35th anniversary screening of “My Favorite Year” in Los Angeles. Bologna played the explosive TV star King Kaiser in the backstage comedy inspired by Mel Brooks’ experiences as a young TV writer on Sid Caesar’s legendary “Your Show of Shows.”
Introduced by their mutual manager, Buddy Allen, they were married on stage of “The Merv Griffin Show”. They renewed their vows five times over their half-century together, each time in a different religious ceremony.
Bologna’s final project was the upcoming film “Tango Shalom,” a comedy directed by his son, Gabriel. The couple’s daughter, Zizi, served as music supervisor.
We give this interview done in 1989 as a tribute to this loving couple that is now minus one.