This week, both Thinking of Candice by Marty McKee and Faces I Love #10: The Candice Rialson Edition by Dennis Cozzalio respond in some manner to recent comments left by her brother, Scott Rialson, on their earlier tributes.
As noted elsewhere he wrote, "I don't think she ever knew of such following as she never became acclimated to computers and as such never had any access to find out."
But prior to the rather sizable outpouring of genuine affection that came after we all learned of her passing, what was there? Several references to her credits and sites that had posted topless vidcaps. Hardly the kind of warm memories and heartfelt tributes to her charm and genuine talent that we saw at the time that her untimely passing came to all of our attentions.
Perhaps if Code Red DVD had gotten in touch with her before, there would have been people involved in that contact who obviously appreciated her talents. Perhaps if she'd made an appearance on a Pets DVD, all of us would have expressed how seeing her back on camera reminded us of all our warm feelings for her.
But none of that happened... so I'm not sure that there was much the more computer savvy Candy could have found if she'd learned to Google herself. Not a lot of praise for her winning personality and acting talent, all of which stood out whether she was playing against the most seasoned veterans or the most wooden hack. Not a grand outpouring of wishes that she'd had a longer or more successful career.
Not until she was no longer around to find them herself or have any family, friends or acquaintances happen upon their message along.
I mention all of this, not to wallow in the sadness or to chastise us, as movie fans, for our failings.
But perhaps all of us could take this as a reminder that there are more of these people out there. People who are famous to us, as fans, but have for whatever reason slipped into obscurity without having gotten the kind of recognition they deserve. Perhaps it would be a good thing if more of us in the online community took the time to occasionally fill in the gaps; write glowing celebrations of people whose work we've admired but who seem to have fallen off the map.
I'm by no means suggesting this isn't done. There are a couple of fine blogs with regular features along those lines and several others that do similar things, from time to time. But it certainly is something to keep in mind, if only for myself, as something that could have more value than simply filling up blog space from time to time.