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  • Breaking SAD NEWS: Country music legend Jean Shepard dies; was Grand Ole Opry staple (NASHVILLE)

    09/26/2016 6:05:20 AM PDT · by GailA · 21 replies
    Toronto Sun ^ | 9/26/16 | AP
    NASHVILLE — Jean Shepard, “the grand lady of the Grand Ole Opry” who had a long recording career as an influential female in country music, died Sunday, according to an Opry spokeswoman. Shepard was 82. Spokeswoman Jessie Schmidt said in a news release that Shepard had entered hospice care last week and died in Nashville. “The Opry family is truly saddened by the news of Jean’s passing,” Opry vice-president and general manager Pete Fisher said in the statement. “Although we will miss Jean’s presence on the Opry stage, she has left us the wonderful gift of her music which will...
  • LEGENDARY GOLFER ARNOLD PALMER DIES AT 87, UNITED STATES GOLF ASSOCIATION ANNOUNCES

    09/25/2016 5:53:12 PM PDT · by Biggirl · 98 replies
    FoxNews.com ^ | September 25, 2016 | FoxNews.Com
    Breaking News.
  • W.P. Kinsella ends his own life under assisted-dying legislation (Field of Dreams ends in suicide.)

    09/16/2016 6:30:52 PM PDT · by jerod · 35 replies
    CBC News. ^ | 2016-09-16 | CBC News
    W.P. Kinsella, the B.C.-based author of Shoeless Joe, the award-winning novel that became the film Field of Dreams, has died at 81. His literary agency confirms the writer had a doctor-assisted death on Friday in Hope, B.C. The agency did not provide details about Kinsella's health. Kinsella suffered a head injury when he was in a car accident in 1997. Three years after the accident, he said he had no interest in writing fiction and was spending his days playing Scrabble on the internet.
  • Edward Albee, Playwright of a Desperate Generation, Dies at 88

    09/16/2016 5:56:09 PM PDT · by Borges · 13 replies
    NYT ^ | 9/16/16 | Bruce Weber
    Edward Albee, widely considered the foremost American playwright of his generation, whose psychologically astute and piercing dramas explored the contentiousness of intimacy, the gap between self-delusion and truth and the roiling desperation beneath the facade of contemporary life, died Friday at his home in Montauk, N.Y. He was 88. His personal assistant, Jakob Holder, confirmed the death. Mr. Holder said he had died after a short illness. Mr. Albee’s career began after the death of Eugene O’Neill and after Arthur Miller and Tennessee Williams had produced most of their best-known plays.From them he inherited the torch of American drama, carrying...
  • Ed Edelman, crusading L.A. County supervisor, dead at 85

    09/13/2016 1:06:07 PM PDT · by EveningStar · 1 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | September 12, 2016 | Jocelyn Y. Stewart
    Ed Edelman, the longtime Los Angeles County supervisor whose crusading policymaking influenced many aspects of local life including child welfare, health services and environmental preservation, has died. He was 85. During his 20 years on the Board of Supervisors, Edelman championed efforts to improve the way county government treated its most vulnerable citizens while also fighting to protects parts of the Santa Monica Mountains from development.
  • 'Crazy Eddie,' electronics chain kingpin with 'insaaane' prices, dead at 68

    09/11/2016 1:14:15 PM PDT · by SMGFan · 38 replies
    —He was known as Crazy Eddie. Eddie Antar, the electronics kingpin who once presided over a retail empire spanning four states, died Saturday, according to a family member. Antar's company was known for its  frenetic television advertising of a seemingly crazed pitchman—before it all collapsed like a house of cards in a multi-million-dollar securities fraud.
  • Alexis Arquette Dead At Age 47

    09/11/2016 12:23:23 PM PDT · by drewh · 59 replies
    Radar Online ^ | Posted on Sep 11, 2016 @ 13:41PM | By Radar Staff
    Alexis Arquette died Sunday morning, RadarOnline.com has learned. The transgender activist passed while surrounded by her family, according to her brother Richmond’s Facebook post. Other details remain unclear. 1473614851 A source close to the Arquettes told Radar, “she was in a coma for four days at Cedars and no one was allowed to see her except for family.” Arquette was born Robert, and transitioned from male to female in 2006. The entertainer’s transition was documented in Alexis Arquette: She’s My Brother. David, Patricia and Rosanna Arquette have not commented yet.
  • Woman in beloved WWII sailor's kiss photo dies at 92

    09/10/2016 4:47:42 PM PDT · by Extremely Extreme Extremist · 30 replies
    WXYZ.COM ^ | 10 SEPTEMBER 2016 | AP
    NEW YORK (AP) — The woman kissed by an ecstatic sailor in Times Square celebrating the end of World War II has died. Greta Zimmer Friedman's son says his mother died Thursday at a Richmond, Virginia, hospital of what he called complications from old age. She was 92. Friedman was a 21-year-old dental assistant in a nurse's uniform on Aug. 14, 1945. She went to Times Square amid reports that the war had ended. That's when she was kissed by George Mendonsa celebrating Japan's surrender.
  • Lord Littlebrook dies at 87 (British midget professional wrestler)

    09/10/2016 9:32:26 AM PDT · by EveningStar · 4 replies
    CANOE -- SLAM! Sports - Wrestling ^ | September 10, 2016 | Greg Oliver
    Lord Littlebrook, easily one of the most famous midget wrestlers in history, has died after a long battle with a variety of health ailments. He was 87 years old. Born Eric Tovey on January 3, 1929 in England, he came of age as the Second World War was on, and ran away from home at age 14 to join the circus. While on a tour of the United States, the circus closed down. On a friend's suggestion, he took up wrestling. After a few months of training, he made his debut against Irish Jackie -- and lost. He was Lord...
  • The Lady Chablis, transgender 'Midnight' star, dies at 59

    09/08/2016 12:45:43 PM PDT · by fivecatsandadog · 71 replies
    Fox News ^ | 9/8/16 | AP
    The Lady Chablis, the transgender performer who became an unlikely celebrity for her role in the 1994 best-seller "Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil," died Thursday in Savannah. She was 59. Chablis' sister, Cynthia Ponder, confirmed she died at Candler Hospital. A close friend, Cale Hall, said Chablisdied from pneumonia and had been in the hospital for the past month. A modern, nonfiction take on Southern Gothic storytelling, author John Berendt's "Midnight" thrust Savannah into the pop-culture spotlight. And the sassy, blunt-spoken Chablis rode the book's popularity to a level of fame that was rare for transgender performers at the time. "The...
  • Bobby Chacon, former two-division boxing champion from Sylmar, dies at 64

    09/07/2016 6:00:16 PM PDT · by EveningStar · 8 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | September 7, 2016 | Lance Pugmire
    Bobby Chacon, a San Fernando Valley boxer who won world titles in two weight classes, died Wednesday at age 64. Chacon, who had long suffered from the effects of brain damage, fell and struck his head in a Hemet care facility early Wednesday morning and succumbed to his injuries, said Ricky Farris, president of the West Coast Boxing Hall of Fame. “One of the most exciting fighters in the history of the West Coast, an amazing blood-and-guts brawler who took on the best fighters in three divisions,” Farris said of Chacon, who will be inducted into the West Coast Boxing...
  • TV's 'Wyatt Earp' marries for first time (Hugh News !)

    06/26/2006 12:48:21 PM PDT · by COUNTrecount · 21 replies · 466+ views
    Yahoo ^ | June 26, 2006
    GLENDALE, Calif. - "Wyatt Earp" star Hugh O'Brian, 81, has married for the first time in what the couple described as "a wedding to die for." The weekend ceremony was held at Forest Lawn Memorial Park. "This is my first, and most definitely, my last trip down the aisle," O'Brian said in a statement announcing his marriage Sunday afternoon to his girlfriend of 18 years, teacher Virginia Barber, 54. It was the bride's second marriage. Some 300 guests — including look-alikes of John Wayne and Pope John Paul — witnessed the ceremony at the cemetery's Hall of Crucifixion-Resurrection, publicist Monique...
  • Cultural CONSERVATIVE Icon Phyllis Schalfy dies at 92, EAGLE FORUM

    09/06/2016 7:15:01 AM PDT · by GailA · 23 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 9/04/16 | NA
    Phyllis Schlafly, a conservative activist, lawyer and author who is credited with almost single-handedly stopping the passage of the Equal Rights Amendment in the 1970s and who helped move the Republican Party toward the right on family and religious issues, died Monday at her home in St. Louis. She was 92.
  • Phyllis Schlafly, 1924-2016 (Phyllis Schlafly has died)

    09/05/2016 4:16:10 PM PDT · by RightGeek · 233 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | 9/5/2016 | Christine Rouselle
    Conservative icon Phyllis Schlafly passed away on Monday. She was 92. Schlafly, the founder of Eagle Forum, rose to prominence in the 1960s when she wrote the book A Choice, Not an Echo, which sold more than three million copies. She was a leading voice of opposition against the Equal Rights Amendment, fighting to preserve traditional gender roles. She wrote a total of 23 books, the most recent being an expanded edition of A Choice, Not an Echo. In March, Schlafly endorsed Donald Trump for president. Schafly was predeceased by her husband, John, and is survived by her six children.
  • Conservative icon Phyllis Schlafly passes away

    09/05/2016 4:39:50 PM PDT · by DarthVader · 26 replies
    FoxNews ^ | 9/5/2016 | STAFF WRITER
    Phyllis_Schlafly_by_Gage_Skidmore (KTVI) – Conservative icon Phyllis Schlafly has died. Her passing was announced in an email from Eagle Forums, First Vice President Eunie Smith, saying Schlafly died Monday after a long illness. Schlafly founded the Eagle Forum in St. Louis following the defeat of the Equal Rights Amendment.
  • Hugh O'Brian, actor who played Wyatt Earp, dies at 91

    09/05/2016 6:15:55 PM PDT · by EveningStar · 36 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | September 5, 2016 | Dennis McLellan
    Hugh O'Brian, who helped tame the Wild West as the star of TV's “The Life and Legend of Wyatt Earp” and was the founder of a long-running youth leadership development organization, has died. He was 91.
  • Fred Hellerman, Last of the Weavers Folk Group, Dies at 89

    09/03/2016 9:50:23 AM PDT · by EveningStar · 49 replies
    The New York Times ^ | September 2, 2016 | William Grimes
    Fred Hellerman, a singer, guitarist and songwriter and the last surviving member of the Weavers, the quartet that in the 1950s helped usher in the folk music revival, died on Thursday at his home in Weston, Conn. He was 89... With songs like “If I Had a Hammer,” “Goodnight Irene” and “Kisses Sweeter Than Wine,” the Weavers brought folk music to a mass audience, paving the way for singers like Joan Baez, Bob Dylan and Peter, Paul and Mary, who galvanized a young, politically conscious audience in the 1960s. Mr. Hellerman’s mellow baritone, rock-steady guitar and songwriting talent made him...
  • Actor Jon Polito, known for roles in Coen brother films ... dead at 65

    09/02/2016 9:06:17 AM PDT · by EveningStar · 45 replies
    New York Daily News ^ | September 2, 2016 | Nicole Bitette
    Full title: Actor Jon Polito, known for roles in Coen brother films 'The Big Lebowski' and 'Miller's Crossing,' dead at 65 Actor Jon Polito, who was best known for his roles in Coen brother films like "The Big Lebowski," "Miller's Crossing" and "Barton Fink," has died. He was 65.
  • Legendary 747 designer Sutter dies age 95

    08/31/2016 9:19:54 AM PDT · by EveningStar · 117 replies
    ATWOnline | Air Transport World ^ | August 30, 2016 | Guy Norris
    Joe Sutter, who was dubbed “Father of the 747” by the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum, has died at age 95. As the former chief engineer of Boeing’s 747, Sutter is credited with leading the birth of the first widebody airliner, which ushered in the globe-shrinking age of mass air travel.
  • "Willy Wonka" star Gene Wilder Dead at 83, Family Says

    08/29/2016 6:40:41 PM PDT · by Extremely Extreme Extremist · 22 replies
    ABC 13 ^ | 29 AUGUST 2016 | SANDY COHEN - AP
    OS ANGELES -- Gene Wilder, the frizzy-haired actor who brought his deft comedic touch to such unforgettable roles as the neurotic accountant in "The Producers" and the deranged animator of "Young Frankenstein," has died. He was 83. Wilder's nephew said Monday that the actor and writer died late Sunday at his home in Stamford, Connecticut, from complications from Alzheimer's disease. Jordan Walker-Pearlman said in a statement that Wilder was diagnosed with the disease three years ago, but kept the condition private so as not to disappoint fans. "He simply couldn't bear the idea of one less smile in the world,"...
  • Gene Wilder, ‘Willie Wonka’ Star and Comedic Icon, Dies at 83.

    08/29/2016 12:27:39 PM PDT · by carriage_hill · 276 replies
    Variety ^ | 8/29/2016 | Richard Natale
    Gene Wilder, who regularly stole the show in such comedic gems as “The Producers,” “Blazing Saddles,” “Young Frankenstein,” “Willie Wonka and the Chocolate Factory” and “Stir Crazy,” died Monday at his home in Stamford, Conn. His nephew Jordan Walker-Pearlman said he died of complications from Alzheimer’s disease. He was 83. He had been diagnosed with non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma in 1989.
  • Gene Wilders gone

  • Mr Fuji, WWE Hall of Famer, Dies at 82

    Harry Fujiwara known to WWE fans as Mr. Fuji, died Sunday morning. The five-time WWE World Tag Team Champion was known for his black tuxedo and bowler hat and his trademark move of grabbing a handful of salt (hidden in a small bag in his tights) and throwing it in the eyes of his opponents to “blind” them.
  • Arthur Hiller, Director of ‘Love Story,’ Dies at 92

    08/17/2016 12:06:10 PM PDT · by Borges · 61 replies
    Variety ^ | 8/17/2016 | Carmel Dagan
    Canadian-born director Arthur Hiller, who spent more than a decade mostly working in television before a career in feature helming that included “Love Story,” “The Americanization of Emily” and comedy “Silver Streak,” died Wednesday. He was 92. “Love Story,” based on the bestseller by Erich Segal, was an enormous box office hit in 1970 and was nominated for seven Oscars, including best picture. Though many critics dismissed the movie as too sentimental, it is No. 9 on the AFI’s list of the most romantic films of all time. Hiller served as president of the Directors Guild of America from 1989-93...
  • John McLaughlin dead at 89, hosted 'The McLaughlin Group' since 1982

    08/17/2016 12:21:18 AM PDT · by Mr. K · 25 replies
    NEW YORK DAILY NEWS ^ | Tuesday, August 16, 2016, 8:58 PM | http://www.nydailynews.com/authors?author=Don-Kaplan
    John McLaughlin, the stalwart political commentator who created television’s “McLaughlin Group,” died Tuesday at his home in Virginia. He was 89. His death came less than two days after he missed the first episode of his show in 34 years. “As a former Jesuit priest, teacher, pundit and news host, John touched many lives,” the show’s producers wrote on Facebook. “For 34 years, ‘The McLaughlin Group’ informed millions of Americans. Now he has said bye bye for the last time, to rejoin his beloved dog, Oliver, in heaven. He will always be remembered.”
  • John McLaughlin, The McLaughlin Group Host Since 1982, Dead at 89

    08/16/2016 1:22:13 PM PDT · by Borges · 146 replies
    TV Line ^ | 8/16/2016 | Matt Webb Mitovich
    John McLaughlin, the host of TV’s The McLaughlin Group since its debut in January 1982, died on Tuesday at age 89. The political commentator’s passing comes just days after he missed his first hosting of his eponymous syndicated public affairs program in more than 34 years. “I am under the weather,” McLaughlin explained in a note that prefaced this past weekend’s telecast. His distinct, once-bellowing voice, heard in pre-taped intros, was “weaker than usual,” McLaughlin acknowledged. “Yet my spirit is strong and my dedication to the show remains absolute!”
  • Family: Marion Christopher Barry Dies After Drug Overdose

    08/14/2016 10:11:24 AM PDT · by PROCON · 39 replies
    nbcwashington.com ^ | Aug. 14, 2016
    Marion Christopher Barry, son of the late D.C. mayor, has died after a drug overdose, family members told News4’s Tom Sherwood. Sherwood first reported the story on Twitter just before 6 a.m. Sunday. He said Barry had struggled with drug use and ran unsuccessfully for the Ward 8 Council seat in 2015 after his father, former Mayor Marion Barry, died.Christopher Barry, 36, was the son of Marion and Effi Barry. Marion Barry was mayor of Washington, D.C., from 1979 to 1991 and 1995 to 1999. He also served on the Council of the District of Columbia for three terms, one...
  • Gun Rights Groups Lose a Powerful Voice and Unyielding Patriot

    08/13/2016 4:10:46 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 11 replies
    American Thinker ^ | August 13, 2016 | M Catherine Evans
    Patriotic and resolute until the very end, Sipsey Street Irregulars' Mike Vanderboegh died on Wednesday, August 10, 2016 at the age of 64. He wrote this back in January: I beat the odds of my first cancer diagnosis for five years through the grace of God, who evidently wasn't done with me yet. In those five years, we broke the Fast and Furious scandal story ... and generally became a thorn in the side of the empire[.] In December 2010, the Obama-controlled media complex desperately wanted to ignore an illegal government-sponsored gun-walking operation known as Fast and Furious. And it...
  • R2-D2 is dead: 3ft 8in actor Kenny Baker...has passed away

    08/13/2016 11:04:24 AM PDT · by rickmichaels · 39 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | Aug. 13, 2016 | Victoria Finan
    Kenny Baker, the 3ft 8in actor most famous for immortalising robot R2-D2 in Star Wars, has died at the age of 81. The Birmingham-born actor passed away today according to family members. He had suffered problems with his lungs and had been ill for some time, his niece Abigail Shield said.
  • Glenn Yarbrough Dies

    08/12/2016 5:29:10 PM PDT · by smalltownslick · 29 replies
    Glenn's daughter ^ | 8-12-16 | Holly Yarbrough
    Friends - I wanted to let you know that Dad died very peacefully last night about 9:30. He was here at home surrounded by people who love him. My dear friend Julie Adams and I were flanking him in bed, my husband Robert was nearby and Gertie was curled up next to the bed. Dad was listening to Baby the Rain Must Fall when his breaths spaced out and he drifted up and out during the last chorus - catching a ride on the Perseids to his next Great Adventure. It was a very good death. More stories to tell...
  • Helen Delich Bentley, congresswoman who was a staunch advocate of the port of Baltimore, dies

    08/06/2016 10:41:34 PM PDT · by Impy · 9 replies
    The Baltimore Sun ^ | 8-6-16 | Michael Dresser
    Helen Delich Bentley, the colorful and cantankerous former Maryland congresswoman whose fierce advocacy for the port of Baltimore led to its being named in her honor, died Saturday. Mrs. Bentley, who was 92, died at her home in Timonium, said longtime aide Key Kidder. She had brain cancer. She had a long and varied career that took her from The Baltimore Sun newsroom to the Federal Maritime Commission to the U.S. House of Representatives. She ran for governor in 1994 but lost in the Republican primary. "Congresswoman Bentley worked with tenacity, energy, and passion on behalf of her constituents, making...
  • This guy was loved so much both wife (Bearetta), girlfriend (Princess) place obits in newspaper

    08/05/2016 2:01:57 PM PDT · by dead · 34 replies
    NJ.com ^ | August 05, 2016
    EGG HARBOR TWP., NJ — Leroy "Blast" Bill Black was much loved, as evidenced by the fact that he has two obituaries printed in today's Press of Atlantic City. It might have looked like a mistake on the obituary page this morning when two identical-looking (at first glance) listings appeared on top of one another, but the two different, but similar, obituaries were placed by his wife and girlfriend, respectively. Black died at home Tuesday of lung cancer at the age of 55, the obituaries state. And depending which one you are reading, he was survived by his "loving...
  • ACTOR DAVID HUDDLESTON DEAD AT 85.

    08/05/2016 7:17:13 AM PDT · by Dick Bachert · 25 replies
    VANITY | 8 5 2016 | Dick Bachert
    Actor David Huddleston dead at 85! Best known for The Big Lebowski, THIS is MY choice for his finest performance! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YyZ9b4My6NU RIP, Dude!
  • Steven LaTourette, Ohio Republican with an independent streak, dies at 62

    08/04/2016 11:41:23 AM PDT · by grayboots · 7 replies
    Washington Compost ^ | 08/04/2016 | Emily Langer
    teven C. LaTourette, an Ohio Republican who was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives in his party’s 1994 sweep of the chamber and stepped down after nine terms citing his frustration at rancorous partisanship, died Aug. 3 at his home in McLean, Va. He was 62. His former chief of staff, Dino DiSanto, confirmed his death. Mr. LaTourette was diagnosed in 2014 with pancreatic cancer and filed a claim against the government in May 2015 alleging that a Capitol physician had failed to inform him three years earlier of a lesion on his pancreas. Mr. LaTourette, a lawyer, won...
  • Gloria DeHaven, Effervescent Star of MGM Musicals, Dies at 91

    07/31/2016 7:11:30 PM PDT · by EveningStar · 23 replies
    The Hollywood Reporter ^ | July 31, 2016 | Mike Barnes and Duane Byrge
    Singer-actress Gloria DeHaven, the perky star of MGM musicals in the 1940s and a stalwart of show business for more than six decades, has died. She was 91. DeHaven, who made her screen debut in Charlie Chaplin’s Modern Times (1936) as Paulette Goddard's kid sister — her father served as an assistant director on the film — died Saturday while in hospice care in Las Vegas, her daughter, Faith Fincher-Finkelstein, told The Hollywood Reporter. DeHaven suffered a stroke about three months ago, she said.
  • JERRY DOYLE DEAD AT 60

    07/28/2016 9:51:33 AM PDT · by raccoonradio · 83 replies
    TMZ ^ | 7/28/16 | TMZ
    Actor Jerry Doyle, also a talk host, has died at 60
  • Jack Davis, 'MAD' Magazine Cartoonist, Dies at 91

    07/27/2016 8:17:10 PM PDT · by Beowulf9 · 58 replies
    http://www.hollywoodreporter.com ^ | July 27, 2016 | Graeme McMillan
    The veteran illustrator also provided covers for 'TV Guide' and poster artwork for 'The Long Goodbye' and 'It's A Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World.' Jack Davis, a cartoonist and illustrator best known for being one of the founders of MAD Magazine, has died, the humor publication confirmed Wednesday. He was 91.
  • Miss Cleo Dead at 53

    07/26/2016 10:46:28 AM PDT · by Trump20162020 · 19 replies
    TMZ ^ | July 26, 2016 | Staff
    There won't be any more calls to Miss Cleo ... the iconic TV psychic is dead after battling cancer ... TMZ has learned. A rep for Miss Cleo -- whose real name was Youree Harris -- tells us she died Tuesday morning in Palm Beach County, FL. We're told she was recently hospitalized, but was discharged last week to a hospice center. We're told Cleo was originally diagnosed with colon cancer ... but it spread to her liver and lungs.
  • Died: Tim LaHaye, Author Who 'Left Behind' a Long Legacy

    07/26/2016 7:16:47 AM PDT · by Lee N. Field · 7 replies
    Christianity Today ^ | 7/25/2016 | Jeremy Weber
    Tim LaHaye, the best-selling author best known for the Left Behind series, “graduated to heaven” early this morning after suffering a stroke at age 90. His family announced the news of his passing at a San Diego hospital on his ministry Facebook page. On the eve of his death, ministry partners, fans, and friends urgently asked for prayer on social media this weekend, offering a wave of early tributes that spread through end-times prophecy circles and chapters of Concerned Women for America (CWA), the 600,000-member public policy organization founded by LaHaye’s wife, Beverly. Some circulated a statement by LaHaye’s daughter...
  • 'Left Behind' Author Tim LaHaye Dead at 90

    07/25/2016 9:48:01 AM PDT · by Borges · 65 replies
    Charisma News ^ | 7/25/2016 | JESSILYN JUSTICE
    Author, pastor and prophet Tim LaHaye died of a stroke on Monday. He was 90. LaHaye was perhaps best known for his Left Behind end times series with co-author Jerry B. Jenkins. "Thrilled as I am that he is where he has always wanted to be, his departure leaves a void in my soul I don't expect to fill until I see him again," Jenkins said. "The Tim LaHaye I got to know had a pastor's heart and lived to share his faith. He listened to and cared about everyone, regardless of age, gender, or social standing. If Tim was...
  • Marni Nixon, the Voice Behind the Screen, Dies at 86

    07/25/2016 7:22:47 AM PDT · by massmike · 14 replies
    nytimes.com ^ | 07/25/2016 | MARGALIT FOX
    Marni Nixon, the American cinema’s most unsung singer, died on Sunday in New York. She was 86. The cause was breast cancer, said Randy Banner, a student and friend. Classically trained, Ms. Nixon was throughout the 1950s and ’60s the unseen — and usually uncredited — singing voice of the stars in a spate of celebrated Hollywood films. She dubbed Deborah Kerr in “The King and I,” Natalie Wood in “West Side Story” and Audrey Hepburn in “My Fair Lady,” among many others. Starting as a teenager in the late 1940s and continuing for the next two decades, Ms. Nixon...
  • U.S. Army Officer Who Rescued Jews During Holocaust Dies at 99

    07/23/2016 10:56:02 PM PDT · by Scutter · 28 replies
    jspace news ^ | 7/22/2016 | Jewish News Service
    A U.S. officer who helped liberate 2,500 Jews during the Holocaust has died at the age of 99. On April 7, 1945, Lt. Frank Winchester Towers, who was the division liaison officer of Regiment 743 of the 30th Infantry Division of the U.S. Army during World War II, approached (with his regiment’s tanks) a stopped train in which there were 2,500 Jewish prisoners bound for the Theresienstadt concentration camp in Czechoslovakia. The Nazis stopped the train because they were ordered to destroy it and drown the passengers in the Elbe river. When the U.S. regiment approached, the passengers shouted, “We’re...
  • Betsy Bloomingdale, widow of department store heir, dies at 93

    07/22/2016 3:58:44 AM PDT · by iowamark · 5 replies
    LA Times ^ | July 20, 2016 | AP
    Betsy Bloomingdale, a department store heir's widow who hobnobbed with the world's elite, epitomized high fashion and was best friends with former first lady Nancy Reagan, has died. She was 93... “She maintained that the quality of one's lifestyle does not necessarily depend on wealth; that a sense of style and taste are acquired with knowledge, not money,” according to an obituary from her family. “She's really a fashion icon,” the designer James Galanos told Women's Wear Daily in 2009. “She still has a great figure. She's tall and willowy. She knows what's stylish and what suits her.” When not...
  • Bill Cardille, Channel 11 icon and host of 'Chiller Theater', has died

    07/21/2016 11:39:28 AM PDT · by Wolfie · 40 replies
    WPXI ^ | July 21, 2016
    Bill Cardille, Channel 11 icon and host of 'Chiller Theater', has died Bill Cardille, the host of 'Chiller Theater', has died after a battle with cancer, according to a Facebook post by his daughter. Lori Cardille wrote, "Our dear father, William Cardille, peacefully passed away early this morning in his home, with his family, where he wanted to be. My sister Marea, was reading him some of the letters that you all wrote to him. It meant so much to him. I knew it would. From the bottom of our hearts, my sister Marea, my brother Billy and our beautiful...
  • Garry Marshall, ‘Pretty Woman’ Director, Dies at 81

    07/20/2016 4:13:03 AM PDT · by Wolfie · 58 replies
    NY Times ^ | July 20, 2016
    Garry Marshall, ‘Pretty Woman’ Director, Dies at 81 If one were to count up the number of times any American — or maybe anyone anywhere — laughed in the last half-century, the person responsible for more of those laughs than anyone else might well be Garry Marshall, who died on Tuesday in Burbank, Calif. He was 81. The lawyer Martin Garbus, who was a childhood friend of Mr. Marshall’s, said he died after a series of strokes. It would be difficult to overstate Mr. Marshall’s effect on American entertainment. His work in network television and Hollywood movies fattened the archive...
  • Melvin Durslag, longtime Los Angeles sportswriter and columnist, dies at 95

    07/19/2016 7:00:30 PM PDT · by EveningStar · 5 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | July 18, 2016 | Jill Leovy
    Melvin Durslag, a sports columnist who covered the Los Angeles scene for decades beginning in 1939, died Sunday at a convalescent home in Santa Monica after a brief illness, according to friend and former colleague Larry Stewart. He was 95. Durslag was said to string “together words like Nolan Ryan strings together strikeouts,” in the words of former Dodgers manager Tommy Lasorda.
  • Viktor Korchnoi dies at 85

    07/07/2016 1:46:23 PM PDT · by fhayek · 11 replies
    Chess Base ^ | 6/6/2016 | Frederic Friedel
    He was one of the truly great chess players, a legend. He played in three matches that produced the World Champion, but in each case lost to Anatoly Karpov. It made him the strongest player never to have won the title. In 1976 he defected from the Soviet Union and took up residence in Switzerland, where he continued to be active into his eighties in spite of a stroke. Now he has gone and leaves a grieving chess community.
  • Tom Marr, Widely Recognized Host of WCBM Baltimore, Dies at Age 73

    07/07/2016 1:00:53 PM PDT · by SMGFan · 58 replies
    Newsmax ^ | July 7, 2016
    Tom Marr, the longtime WCBM-AM Radio talk show host widely recognized in Baltimore and beyond, died Thursday of a stroke following back surgery. He was 73. "It is with the heaviest of hearts that we announce Thomas A. Marr has passed away today due the severity of his stroke," said a statement on the WCBM website posted Thursday. "Please keep him and his family in your thoughts and prayers!"
  • Former U.S. senator, Colorado Springs Sun owner Bill Armstrong has died

    07/06/2016 6:51:45 PM PDT · by george76 · 17 replies
    The Gazette ^ | July 6, 2016 | Wayne Heilman
    Bill Armstrong, a former U.S. senator, congressman, owner of the defunct Colorado Springs Sun daily newspaper, and president of Colorado Christian University in Lakewood, died Tuesday, after a five-year struggle with cancer. He was 79. Armstrong served two terms in the U.S. Senate after defeating Floyd Haskell in 1978. He declined to seek a third term, ending a career in elective office that began with his election to the state House of Representatives in 1963. ... As president of Colorado Christian University, Bill Armstrong sought to 'pass the torch' by preparing students for their future roles in leadership." ... Colorado...
  • Noel Neill, Actress Who Played First Lois Lane, Dies at 95

    07/04/2016 7:19:53 PM PDT · by massmike · 57 replies
    http://variety.com/ ^ | 07/04/2016 | Pat Saperstein
    Noel Neill, the first actress to play Superman’s gal pal Lois Lane onscreen, died July 3 in Tucson, Ariz. after a long illness. Her manager and biographer Larry Ward shared a statement on Facebook, saying that she “maintained that bright, perky and engaging personality up until her death.” Her first appearance as Lois Lane was in the 1948 movie serial “Superman,” which showed her talent for humor. She then appeared in the sequel “Atom Man vs Superman.” The 1950s television series “Adventures of Superman,” starring George Reeves, gave her a longtime role as the intrepid reporter, and she said later...