I have not been able to confirm via her family that she did indeed die on Tuesday, January 19, 2010, but reports of her death are all over the Internet [Update, Noon, Wed. Jan 20: People.com has confirmed her death here].
Years ago, I met her at the studios of AMNorthwest. She was on the chat show to talk about being a breast cancer survivor. After that day, we stayed in touch and became friends. I love her dearly.
Here is the last email I received from her on Dec. 29, 2009:
I AM MOVING BACK TO OREGON THIS WEEK!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! CANNOT WAIT!!!!!! My mom and I will head up there with as much stuff as we can stuff in her van and move into our rental in Hood River...Looking forward to seeing you and Juan much more... xoxoxoxo, jenn
I was so excited for Jenn's return. One of her dearest friends, Kristy McKenzie (pictured below), and I had all sorts of plans for her.
Although Jenn may have came in fourth on Survivor: Palau, what happened to her after she was voted off that island in 2004, has proved this amazing woman is more than any mere "survivor."
She had been battling cancer for more than five years.
She first went public with her breast cancer diagnosis in 2005.
It has been a difficult period of her life, but also a time of great learning and compassion for the 38-year-old reality star and actress (she appeared in Daddy Day Care).
That's why she moved back to the place she considers home: Oregon.
Jenn was hoping to recover, once again, from a disease that continued to ravage her body.
I visited with her in Portland and Hood River in mid-October of 2009. On a walk along the Columbia River, Jenn who was still very optimistic about her future, told me she wanted to leave a "legacy."
I think she did. She was an amazing woman. I will miss her dearly. Here are photos from our walk on Oct. 19.
PHO & FAYE: Actress Faye Dunaway was spotted dining at Pearl District Vietnamese foodie favorite, Silk, late Tuesday night. Was she supping with Silk's upstairs neighbor, Gus Van Sant, or was the Academy award winning actress just visting the city where she filmed "The Temp" with Timothy Hutton and Lara Flynn Boyle (which by the way is where I shot this picture of Ms. Duwaway)? Inquiring minds, and a few Mommie Dearest-obsessed fans, want to know.
WET SUENOS: I tend to agree with Richard Wattenberg's Oregonian review here, but overall, I was pretty impressed by Teatro Milagros production of American Suenos. And the opening night after party kicked ass. Not only did the star of the show, Joaquin Lopez (above), provide the heart and soul of this compelling show, his family's biz, La Bonita, provided incredible platters of tamales. The bevvies—shots of tequila included—kept the evening rollling, too.
XANA-DONE:Xanadu has left the building, (the Keller actually) but not without me having the chance to see it one more time. Yes, I went on Saturday night. Again. Before the show moved on to Seattle. It was great. Juan and I even took a picture. The picture was taken by Bend Bulletin reporter Nick Budnick (he was their with his girlfriend, Willamette Week reporter, Beth Slovic). Yes, I had no idea Budnick was a musical theater lover too.
FYE GETS POLITICAL: Pawing
through the used DVD racks at the Lloyd Center FYE store, I came across a modified tab title for Fahrenheit 9/11(see photo above) in the documentary section of this national music/video chain. So what are you trying to tell us FYE? I'm pretty curious what your corporate HQ would say about your local editorializing of Michael Moore's film. Hmmmm....
LOGAN'S RUN: Logan Lynn's bio kicks off like this: "If the Land of Misfit Toys elected a team of cultural ambassadors, Logan Lynn would be its poet laureate. In Portland, Oregon’s pulsating indie music scene, he occupies a singular position: an emo prophet with a penchant for electronic beats, preaching the Good Word to drug-damaged crybabies and unemployed, bearded yuppies."
But I just know Lynn as that cool dude who used to work at Seaplane. And oh yeah, his granny used to teach music to some dude namedJohnny Cash.
Now he is a full-blown rockstar, or maybe, popstar. Whatever he is, he is awesome.
And he has a new video to share, "The Last High," from his hot and very dance-friendly album, "From Pillar to Post," that's on The Dandy Warhol's label, Beat The World Records. It's a big deal. And just might make him as famous as Beth-You-Know-Who.
Here is what he has to say about his new direction in music: "I've gone full blown pop with this new record that is coming out late this year. New producer, new direction. I'm, like...HAPPY or something...FINALLY."
And I am very happy to share a world exclusive at Byronbeck.com.
Here is one of the very first public peeks at "The Last High"—it comes out Tuesday as a single and will be available at loganlynnmusic.com.