Natalie Wood’s daughter to explore the late star’s life in new documentary

Production has begun on the HBO Documentary Films presentation "Natalie Wood: What Remains Behind," which will explore the life of the Hollywood icon through the perspective of her daughter, Natasha Gregson Wagner, and others who knew her best. The film is slated to debut on the premium cable network in 2020. "Natalie Wood: What Remains … Continue reading “Natalie Wood’s daughter to explore the late star’s life in new documentary”

Production has begun on the HBO Documentary Films presentation "Natalie Wood: What Remains Behind," which will explore the life of the Hollywood icon through the perspective of her daughter, Natasha Gregson Wagner, and others who knew her best. The film is slated to debut on the premium cable network in 2020.

"Natalie Wood: What Remains Behind" will feature previously unseen home movies, photographs, diaries, letters and artifacts, as well as intimate interviews with her friends, family, co-stars and colleagues. The film will re-examine her personal and professional triumphs and challenges, which have often been overshadowed by her tragic death at age 43 when Gregson Wagner was only 11 years old.

The documentary comes from Amblin Television and will be produced by Gregson Wagner and Manoah Bowman, author of "Natalie Wood: Reflections on a Legendary Life," to which Gregson Wagner contributed. Laurent Bouzereau, director of Amblin TV’s Netflix documentary "Five Came Back," will serve as director and will also produce. Darryl Frank and Justin Falvey are executive producing for Amblin TV.

“I’m looking forward to working with HBO, Amblin Television and our director, Laurent Bouzereau, to create this unprecedented portrait of a woman who was an actress, a legend and ultimately, my mother,” Gregson Wagner said.

Wood starred in many films during the golden age of Hollywood, earning Academy Award nominations for her roles in "Love with the Proper Stranger," "Splendor in the Grass," and "Rebel Without a Cause." She also starred as Maria in Jerome Robbins and Robert Wise’s 10-time Academy Award-winning movie musical "West Side Story" which is being remade by Amblin principal Steven Spielberg.

This article originally appeared in Deadline.

Richard Matt’s daughter recalls Dannemora prison break in new doc: ‘That son of a gun actually did it’

Jamie Scalise said she finally feels ready to come forward about the brief relationship she had with her father Richard Matt, a vicious killer who escaped prison only to meet a grim demise.

The 29-year-old is participating in Oxygen’s new special, “Dannemora Prison Break,” which delves into the shocking story of two homicidal inmates breaking out of a maximum-security prison in the sleepy town of Dannemora, N.Y.

The two-hour documentary features interviews with former guards and family members of the pair, among others.

Killers Matt, 49, and David Sweat, now 38, famously escaped from the Clinton Correctional Facility in 2015 by using power tools to saw through a steel cell wall and several steel steam pipes. They bashed a hole through a 2-foot brick wall and squirmed through pipes to escape.

The prison break also inspired a seven-part TV series that aired in November on Showtime titled “Escape at Dannemora,” which was filmed on location. It starred Paul Dano and Benicio Del Toro as Matt.

Matt was behind bars for beating, torturing, killing and dismembering his elderly boss during a dispute over money in 1997, the New York Daily News reported. He was serving 25 years to life.

Scalise told Fox News she has little memories of Matt from her childhood. “I have one memory of him taking me out of a bath as a child,” said Scalise. “He wasn’t around as I got older.”

Matt initially attempted to reach out to Scalise when she was 14 years old by writing the teenager a letter. However, she wasn’t ready to address his pleads to bond with her.

“As much as it wanted to tug at my heartstrings, it just didn’t do that for me,” said Scalise. “I handed the letter back to my mom. I really wasn’t ready to dive into that. And she didn’t really want me to embrace it either. So we tuck it away for a number of years.”

Richard Matt holding Jamie Scalise when she was an infant. (Courtesy of Jamie Scalise)

It wasn’t until 2011 when Scalise received another letter from Matt — and this time she was ready to respond.

“I was older and I had been on my own for several years now,” she explained. “I got married when I was 19. I was just ready to explore this person and stop ignoring it. I was ready to embrace that part of my life at 21.”

And once Scalise responded, a friendship between father and daughter blossomed through letters.

“As soon as I sent one letter out to him, he got around and immediately send me another," Scalise recalled. "We wrote with extreme frequency for the first year at least. He contacted me through that first letter in January. And by July we had planned our first visit.”

Scalise, who by then had developed a strong bond with Matt, was compelled to visit him in prison.

Jamie Scalise with her father, Richard Matt, during her first visit with him at the Clinton Correctional Facility in Dannemora, NY. — Courtesy of Jamie Scalise

“I had plenty of questions naturally,” she explained. “He told me if I ever had questions, he would answer them all. And honestly, I had some respect for that. He knew that if he lied to me, and I got wind of it somehow, it would ruin this relationship that he’s wanted for all these years. So I felt like I could talk to him about anything.

"[And] it really was the father-daughter relationship I had longed for — for years. It was dysfunctional the way that it happened, but it just felt very natural once we started writing back and forth. Nothing felt forced. We never ran out of things to talk about. … We just kept staring at each other. He hadn’t seen me since I was a baby. And I had no recollection of him."

For about three years Scalise, a self-employed hairdresser, would make the seven-hour drive twice a year to see her father. The letters continued with great speed. It didn’t take long for Matt to reveal his dreams of freedom.

When asked if Matt ever brought up the idea of escaping, Scalise quickly responded, “all the time.”

“He talked about getting out as if it were a for-sure thing,” she explained. “He wasn’t going to die in there an old man. He was going to get out somehow. He talked about how, one way or another, he was getting out of there and referenced escaping often.

A law enforcement officer stands on a road and looks into the forest near Dannemora, N.Y., Friday, June 12, 2015.  (AP)

“I would just brush it off as standard prison fantasies that I’m sure every guy sitting in there had wished about late in their bunk at night. I never in a million years thought that anything would come from it. It just seemed impossible.”

However, Matt was serious. And on the morning of June 6, 2015, New York State Police revealed Matt and Sweat were missing during the morning count.

Authorities said the men had filled their beds in their adjacent cells with clothes to make it appear they were sleeping when guards made overnight rounds. On a cut steam pipe, the prisoners left a taunting note that read “Have a nice day.”

Clinton County District Attorney Andrew Wylie said they apparently used tools stored by prison contractors, taking care to return them to their toolboxes after each night’s work.

Prosecutors said Joyce Mitchell, a prison tailoring shop instructor who got close to the men while working with them, had agreed to be their getaway driver but backed out because she felt guilty for participating.

Joyce Mitchell — AP

During that morning, Scalise was grooming a bridal party. Her phone suddenly started ringing and it refused to stop.

“I had a 2-year-old daughter,” said Scalise. “So I’m thinking the worst. I thought something happened to the baby. I saw my husband had called. I went to call him back, but when I picked up the phone, my mom was calling. So I answered my mom first. She had panic in her voice. She said, ‘Rick escaped. Lock your doors.’ It sounded like a joke. But when I heard that panic and fear in my mother’s voice, I knew it was real… I couldn’t believe what was happening. That son of a gun actually did it.”

Scalise said she tried not to get herself worked up because just a few days before she had learned a second baby was on the way. However, she found herself surrounded by reporters, who camped right outside her home. She was on 24-hour surveillance and two officers would rotate shifts to watch her every move. Wherever she went, three cars followed. A helicopter hovered over her property. Scalise's phone was also tapped and every piece of mail was reviewed. Still, Scalise stressed she was fully compliant because there was nothing to hide.

Two days after the escape, Scalise received a letter from Matt. It was dated June 1. It would be the last letter she would ever receive from her father.

“It’s eerie,” she said. “It did foreshadow that something was going to happen. But it didn’t detail it in any way, shape or form about an actual escape by any means. But he would say things like, ‘I gave you my word that someday I will see you outside these walls… When I give my word, I mean it. And always know that wherever I am, I will always love you.’

This photo provided by New York State Governor’s office shows Gov. Andrew Cuomo on a catwalk looking into the cell that inmates escaped from at a maximum-security prison near the Canadian border in Dannemora, N.Y. (AP)

“It sounded like somebody was going to be leaving or, worst case scenario, someone was contemplating suicide… I knew my dad struggled. He did have depression. And you could see that reflected in some of his letters. But then he would always bounce back.”

The manhunt lasted for three weeks and ended when Matt was killed in a shootout with police. Sweat was captured near the Canadian border.

Scalise recently penned a memoir detailing her experience, a move she described as "therapeutic." But even after opening up, there’s one thought that still lingers.

“I just wish I could have written him more to keep him in tune with our lives and what we were doing,” she said. "[But] I think we understood that we cared and loved each other.”

Scalise emphasized that she in no way justified Matt’s wrongdoings. However, she hopes her story will help others understand why she attempted to befriend the killer.

Jamie Scalise today. — Courtesy of Jamie Scalise

“We were moving on with our lives in the outside world, but he was just stagnant,” she said. “I guess he had other plans.”

“Dannemora Prison Break” premieres Dec. 15 at 7 p.m. on Oxygen. Fox News' Rick Leventhal, Matt Dean, Ron Ralston and the Associated Press contributed to this report.

Jessica Starr, FOX2 Detroit meteorologist, mourned and memorialized by colleagues, fans

Jessica Starr's high school basketball coach lauded the Michigan native as a "hometown hero," pointing to the hard-working and well-liked meteorologist as an example of what it means to have "made it."

A day after the 35-year-old Starr's shocking suicide was announced — live, on-air by her emotional colleagues — coach Robert Schopf said nothing has changed about the way he'll describe her.

"Kids have been hearing about her — and that's not going to stop,” Schopf told FOX2 Detroit, the television station Starr worked for. “She's still a success story from Walled Lake Central [High School] and I'm not going to stop telling that story."

Colleagues, friends and the Detroiters who'd welcomed Starr into their homes each newscast continued to mourn her loss Friday, with online tributes and a video honoring her work. At one point Thursday, FOX2 broadcast various clips from Starr's six-year tenure at the news station. A narrator in that video tribute lamented her sudden death as “Time cut short in a life that gave so much light to this world.”

Her success at FOX2 made her a symbol of success, especially for those attending her alma mater, Walled Lake Central in Commerce Township.

"She's been a hometown hero for us for a long time. Her picture with my basketball team has been on my wall for 18 years,” Schopf told the station, showing an image of Starr in a uniform with the number 33. “I have pointed out to students, 'that's the channel 2 weather person, look how she's made it. Look how well she's doing.'”

But when the camera turned off, Starr had her struggles.

She recently had been off the air for several weeks recovering from Lasik eye surgery and subsequent complications. She last tweeted Nov. 14 and, at the time, it was believed her comments referred to the post-op difficulties she'd been having. In retrospect, it's not so clear.

"Yesterday was a struggle for me. I really wanted to come back but need more time to recover. Please keep me in your thoughts during this challenging time," Starr wrote.

Born in Southfield and raised in Commerce Township, Starr held two meteorology degrees, from Michigan State University and Mississippi State University.

Starr leaves behind two children and her husband, according to a tweet posted by FOX2 anchor Roop Raj.

In FOX2 Detroit's tribute video on Thursday, the unidentified narrator summed up the staff's broken-hearted reflections on Starr's life.

“A story 35 years short that begged for a different ending,” the narrator. “So we stop in deep sadness and give thanks that number 33 made it to two — FOX2. A shining star. A light that will never fade in the eyes of the town she loved and called home.”

Fox News’ Tyler McCarthy contributed to this report.

Sondra Locke, frequent co-star in Clint Eastwood films, dead at 74

LOS ANGELES – Actress and director Sondra Locke, who was nominated for an Academy Award for her first film role in 1968's "The Heart is a Lonely Hunter" and went on to co-star in six films with Clint Eastwood, has died.

Locked died Nov. 3 at her Los Angeles home of cardiac arrest stemming from breast and bone cancer, according to a death certificate obtained by The Associated Press. She was 74. Authorities were promptly notified at the time, but her death was not publicized until RadarOnline first reported it Thursday. It is not clear why it took nearly six weeks to come to light.

Locke was best known for the six films she made with Eastwood — whom she dated for 13 years — starting with the Western "The Outlaw Josey Wales" in 1976 and ending with the Dirty Harry movie "Sudden Impact" in 1983.

Born Sandra Louise Smith — she would later take on a stepfather's last name and take on the stage name Sondra — Locke grew up in Tennessee, where she worked at a radio station and appeared in a handful of plays before winning a nationwide talent search in 1967 to be cast opposite leading man Alan Arkin in the movie adaptation of Carson McCullers' 1940 novel "The Heart is a Lonely Hunter."

She would win raves for the role along with nominations for a Golden Globe and an Oscar. Both awards went to Ruth Gordon for "Rosemary's Baby."

She had a run of unmemorable film and TV roles until meeting Eastwood on the set of "Josey Wales," which he both directed and starred in.

Sondra Locke and Clint Eastwood made six films together. They settled a highly publicized lawsuit for an undisclosed amount during jury deliberations in 1996. (Associated Press)

Her career would mirror his for the next several years. The pair's hit films also included the 1978 street-fighting and orangutan comedy "Every Which Way But Loose" and its 1980 sequel "Any Which Way You Can."

Locke also played singer Rosemary Clooney in a 1982 TV biopic, and directed the 1986 film "Ratboy," which flopped in the U.S. but was popular with critics in Europe.

In 1989, Locke's charmed life came to an end as Eastwood broke up with her, she later wrote. The locks were changed and her things were placed outside a home she thought had been a gift from Eastwood.

She sued Eastwood for palimony then later sued him for fraud saying a movie development deal he arranged for her was a sham to get her to drop the palimony suit. They settled the highly publicized lawsuit for an undisclosed amount during jury deliberations in 1996.

The following year she released her memoir, titled "The Good, the Bad and the Very Ugly: A Hollywood Journey," which also detailed the double mastectomy and chemotherapy that came with her first bout with breast cancer.

She told the AP at the time that the title, a play on one of Eastwood's films, was "applicable to the story."

"I try to cover the good years as well as the bad and the ugly," Locke said. "Also, that in even the worst ugly things there can sometimes be a lot that will make you a better person."

Locke had married actor Gordon Anderson in 1967. According to her death certificate, the two were still legally married when she died, and he was the person who reported her death. She described their relationship to the AP in 1997 as just good friends. A phone number listed in Anderson's name rang without being picked up.

Fox 2 Detroit meteorologist Jessica Starr dies at 35

FOX2 Detroit meteorologist Jessica Starr, a 35-year-old Michigan native, committed suicide, the station announced on air Thursday.

She leaves behind two children and her husband, according to a tweet posted by FOX2 anchor Roop Raj.

Stunned co-workers struggled to make sense of the tragedy, with morning anchor Amy Andrews tweeting, "Our hearts are broken."

Starr had been at the network since 2012. She had recently been off the air while recovering from Lasik surgery.

Starr last tweeted Nov. 14, commenting about the difficulties she was having after the operation, The Detroit Free Press reported.

"Yesterday was a struggle for me. I really wanted to come back but need more time to recover. Please keep me in your thoughts during this challenging time," she wrote in part.

The statement announcing Starr's death was read live by her former colleagues Thursday and then posted to the station's website.

“Last night we were informed of the heartbreaking news that our friend and colleague, meteorologist Jessica Starr took her life. All of us here at FOX2 are in deep shock and cannot believe that such a wonderful, bright and intelligent individual will no longer be with us,” the statement read. “Her family and friends will be in our thoughts and prayers in the coming days as we all deal with our grief.”

The FOX2 team was clearly emotional as they gathered to report the tragic news and remember Starr's life.

“It’s tough to be here today but as a family and thinking of her family, we’re all working to get through this together,” Andrews said on air. “Just keep Jessica’s family in your thoughts and prayers as we go through this time.”

Born in Southfield and raised in Commerce Township, Starr held two meteorology degrees, from Michigan State University and Mississippi State University, according to her station biography page.

Dolly Parton speaks out on brother Floyd’s death: ‘He lived a short life of love and beautiful songs’

Dolly Parton is mourning the death of her brother Floyd Estel Parton, who passed away last Thursday. He was 61.

"Dolly, and the entire Parton Family, wish to thank everyone for their kindness," a rep for the legendary country music star said in a statement to Fox News on Tuesday.  "Yesterday, we laid our sweet baby brother to rest.

"We all sang his lovely song 'Rocking Years' together as a family at the service to say goodbye to him," the statement continued. "He lived a short life of love and beautiful songs."

The Parton family noted that fans, friends and loved ones can also make a donation in the late singer-songwriter's honor to the My People Senior Activity Center in Sevierville, Tenn.

"A renaissance man, Floyd was a man of many talents and areas of knowledge," an obituary shared by the Atchley Funeral Home read. "He was an avid outdoorsman and had an abundant knowledge of nature as well as being an incredible cook."

It also shared two of his most famous songs: "Rockin' Years," recorded by Dolly and Ricky Van Shelton, as well as "Nickels and Dimes," also recorded by his sister and later by George Burns.

Per the obituary, Floyd is survived by his siblings and their spouses, as well as several nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews.

Fox News' Julius Young contributed to this report. 

Amy Winehouse’s ex-husband Blake Fielder-Civil stuns ‘Good Morning Britain’ audience with shocking appearance

Amy Winehouse's ex-husband Blake Fielder-Civil's appearance shocked "Good Morning Britain" viewers Tuesday as he slammed her dad's plans for a hologram tour.

The 36-year-old was married to the late singer from 2007 to 2009 with the pair having a notoriously turbulent relationship.

Appearing on Tuesday's show, Blake shared his unhappiness at Mitch Winehouse's plans to stage a hologram tour for his daughter's fans.

Blake said: "The way I feel about the actual hologram itself it's no different to watching a video clip or listening to her music.

"I object to every sort of opportunity that's been made, it seems since Amy passed away seven years ago there's been three films, a hologram tour, to me I can't see many other reasons for this tour."

However host Piers Morgan pointed out Blake had also cashed in on his late wife's memory by selling his story to the press.

Blake said it wasn't "life-changing money" and added: "To call it cashing in is a bit misleading, I would have done it without any money but the reason I ended up taking money was I had been in a situation where I found it really hard to get a job and couldn't really earn money any other way."

In response to his comments, Amy's family released a statement that read:  "All the family’s proceeds from the hologram tour will go to the Amy Winehouse Foundation which is helping 1000s of young people around the UK and abroad through its drugs and alcohol education, music programmes, women's recovery house and much more.

"Though there has been a positive reaction from her fans, not everyone has to welcome the hologram. But ultimately Amy believed passionately in helping those in need and that is a vital part of her legacy we want to secure."

Later on the show Blake also tried to defend claims he was the one who got Amy — who died at 27 — into hard drugs during their relationship.

Amy Winehouse and Blake Fielder-Civil. (AP)

He said: "The drug thing has been attributed to me for years, the fact me and Amy only used drugs together six months of our marriage.

"I'm not willing to be the only person to take responsibility.

"I feel like I'm the only one who has taken responsibility since Amy died.

"People don't realize Amy didn't do anything Amy didn't want to do.

"I will always carry a burden of guilt of how I should have acted."

Amy Winehouse with her father Mitch. (Getty Images)

However, viewers were too distracted by his appearance to pay much attention to what he was saying.

One wrote on Twitter: "Kids, Blake Fielder-Civil on #GMB should be a warning to live healthily and brush your teeth."

Another added: "Omg amy winehouse's husband is a state #gmb" while a third tweeted: "What a mess…..The blake fellow is…get him off."

A fourth agreed, writing: "Blake should be on #jeremykyle #gmb."

This article originally appeared in The Sun.

Doris Day gets candid on her friendship with Rock Hudson in rare interview

Doris Day gave a rare interview about her beloved friend Rock Hudson decades after she left Hollywood behind in 1973.

Closer Weekly recently reported the 96-year-old actress and singer participated in Mark Griffin’s new book, titled “All That Heaven Allows: A Biography of Rock Hudson.”

Hudson, a screen idol during the ‘50s and ‘60s who was often paired with America’s Sweetheart in romantic comedies, died in 1985 at age 59 after suffering of AIDS for more than a year.

The New York Times reported Hudson was the first major public figure to openly acknowledge that he was suffering from the incurable disease. The newspaper added that while acquaintances often described Hudson as being gay, the actor never publicly commented or acknowledged the reports.

Closer Weekly revealed that Day, who fiercely preserves her private life away from cameras and rarely gives interviews, didn’t hesitate to sing the praises of her close friend.

“Between scenes, we’d walk and talk and laugh, and I guess our comedic timing grew out of our friendship and how naturally funny we were together,” Day told Griffin.

“I honestly don’t think I taught him anything he didn’t already know after all his years in the business,” she added.

Hudson and Day played leading roles in 1959’s “Pillow Talk,” 1961’s “Lover Come Back” and 1964’s “Send Me No Flowers.” Griffin told the magazine their chemistry both on and off the screen was undeniable.

“They just played off one another beautifully,” said Griffin. “What’s interesting now, years after these movies have been released, is if you say Rock Hudson, the next thing people inevitably say is Doris Day. They’re synonymous with each other.”

While Day and Hudson made the perfect on-screen couple, Griffin revealed in his book the star struggled as a closeted gay man who publicly played the role of a red-blooded, heterosexual male.

“Long before he landed in Hollywood, he understood that if he wanted to be accepted, the very essence of who he was would have to be edited out of the frame,” wrote Griffin, as reported by Closer Weekly. “From an early age, he learned that you could talk about pretty much anything, except what you truly felt and what you really wanted.”

This isn’t the first time that Day, who has settled into a quiet life in California, has given glimpses about her friendship with Hudson.

Back in 2015, Day admitted to People magazine that the star, who loved to make her laugh even when cameras stopped rolling, never left her mind.

“I still miss him,” said Day.

Day still vividly remembered the first time they met on the set of “Pillow Talk.”

“I remember asking someone ‘Is his name really Rock? That’s odd, don’t you think?’” she said. “I knew nothing about him! [But] he was so funny. He always had a nickname for me but he liked Eunice best. He’d come into the makeup area and holler, ‘Eunice, are you here? I’ll be over in a minute with a donut.'"

And despite being diagnosed with AIDS, Hudson kept his vow to appear on her variety show in 1985. Day was stunned by what she witnessed.

“I hardly knew him,” said Day. “He was very sick. But I just brushed that off and I came out and put my arms around him and said ‘Am I glad to see you.’”

Day shared his last visit broke her heart.

“He’d get very tired,” said Day. “I’d bring him his lunch and fix him a big platter but he couldn’t eat it. I’d say, ‘What if I get a fork and feed you?’ But he said ‘Doris I can’t eat.’

“They had a small plane to get him to the airport. We kissed goodbye and he gave me a big hug and he held onto me. I was in tears. That was the last time I saw him — but he’s in heaven now.”

Rock Hudson in 1985. — Getty

Day has since dedicated her life to helping animals in need through the Doris Day Animal Foundation. However, Day insisted she still cherishes the love she once shared with Hudson, an admiration that still lives on.

“I think the reason people liked our movies is that they could tell how much we liked each other,” said Day. “It came across that way on screen. He was a good friend.”

Back in March, Barbara Rush, who starred as evil Nora Clavicle in the hit series “Batman” in 1968, told Fox News Hudson was head over heels for Day long before the pair bonded as close friends on and off the screen.

The duo starred together in “Taza, Son of Cochise,” “Captain Lightfoot,” and “Magnificent Obsession” during the ‘50s.

“He loved Doris Day before he even met her,” said Rush. “He did, he absolutely did. He just loved her singing. We were on location [filming] and he would play some of her music. He just loved it. Doris had such a wonderful singing voice. I remember him playing her records on the jukebox. He played it a lot.”

Floyd Parton, singer-songwriter and Dolly Parton’s brother, dead at 61

Floyd Estel Parton, a singer-songwriter and Dolly Parton's brother, has died, Fox News can confirm. He was 61.

He passed away last Thursday, according to Atchley Funeral Home.

"A renaissance man, Floyd was a man of many talents and areas of knowledge. He was an avid outdoorsman and had an abundant knowledge of nature as well as being an incredible cook," the obituary read.

It noted two of his most famous songs: "Rockin' Years," recorded by Dolly Parton and Ricky Van Shelton, and "Nickels and Dimes," recorded by Dolly Parton and later by George Burns.

A rep for Dolly Parton did not immediately respond to Fox News' request for comment.

Per the obituary, Floyd is survived by his siblings and their spouses, as well as several nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews.

This is a developing story. Check back here for updates.

Jenna Bush Hager hosts heartfelt tribute to her late grandfather George H.W. Bush

NBC News’ Jenna Bush Hager hosted an hour-long special that acted as a tribute to her late grandfather, former president George H.W. Bush, who died earlier this month at 94.

Bush, the 41st president of the United States, was memorialized last week, and his granddaughter capped off the coverage with the Dateline NBC special in his honor. Currently available to view online, the tribute, titled “Remembering George H.W. Bush: A Love Letter to Gampy,” aired Saturday and focused entirely on both the professional and personal life of the departed commander-in-chief.

“Tonight a deeply personal look at George H.W. Bush, one only our family can show you,” the special began, narrated by Jenna.

A choked-up Bush Hager continued: “It seemed like my grandfather packed six lifetimes into one. He was a fighter pilot, congressman, ambassador, director of the CIA, vice president and president. In the rough and tumble world of politics, he tried to work across party lines. Someone even called him the presidency’s last gentleman. But to me, he was Gampy. The one who cried as easily as I do, wrote prolific love letters, shaved his head to support a child with cancer, once drank martinis in his hospital bed and jumped out of planes again, and again, and again. Tonight, the man I’ll miss.”

The special ran through a slew of home movies, private interviews with the late president and conversations about his legacy with former President George W. Bush, Laura Bush, the late Barbara Bush, former President Bill Clinton, and many more who knew the former personally.