Archive for February, 2012

Davy Jones Obituary

Wednesday, February 29th, 2012


Davy Jones dies at 66; Monkees’ romantic heartthrob



The British-born performer sang the leads on several of the Monkees’ hits, including ‘Daydream Believer’ and ‘A Little Bit Me, a Little Bit You.’ The band, created for a TV show, charted numerous hits between 1966 and 1970.


By Randy Lewis
Los Angeles Times
February 29, 2012


Davy Jones was a promising 18-year-old actor from England when he found himself among the guest performers on “The Ed Sullivan Show” on Feb. 9, 1964 — the same night about 75 million people tuned in to catch the American debut of the Beatles. Like so many others who watched the show from near and far, Jones considered it a life-changing experience.


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Death of Whitney Houston

Saturday, February 11th, 2012


Whitney Houston, 48, found dead in Beverly Hills



Los Angeles Times
February 11, 2012


Singer Whitney Houston, who reigned as one of the world’s top pop stars in the 1980s and ’90s but suffered from recurring bouts with drugs and alcohol, was found dead in a Beverly Hills hotel room Saturday.


Law enforcement sources told The Times that paramedics arrived at the Beverly Hilton hotel, where Houston was staying, and found her dead. Her cause of death was unknown, said the sources, who asked to remain anonymous because the investigation is ongoing.


Houston, 48, was in the Los Angeles area for a musical tribute for music executive Clive Davis and had performed earlier this week.


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Ben Gazzara Obituary

Saturday, February 4th, 2012


Ben Gazzara dies at 81; veteran actor of stage and screen



In a 60-year career that began on stage, the gravel-voiced Ben Gazzara appeared in more than 100 films and TV movies. He also starred in the 1960s series ‘Run for Your Life,’ enjoyed a renaissance in the ’90s and won an Emmy in 2002.


By Dennis McLellan
Los Angeles Times
February 4, 2012


A New York native of Sicilian heritage, Ben Gazzara was a strongly masculine, subtly menacing screen presence with a gravelly voice that one writer described as “saloon-cured” and another said could strip paint at 50 paces.


The veteran actor, who died Friday in New York City, found fame on Broadway in the 1950s, starred in the TV series “Run for Your Life” in the 1960s and was closely identified on the big screen with independent filmmaker John Cassavetes.


The cause of death was pancreatic cancer, said his attorney Jay I. Julien. He was 81.


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