Archive for July, 2012

Chad Everett Obituary

Tuesday, July 24th, 2012


Chad Everett, actor who appeared on ‘Medical Center’ and ‘Mulholland Drive,’ dies at 75




LOS ANGELES — Chad Everett, the blue-eyed star of the 1970s TV series “Medical Center” who went on to appear in such films and TV shows as “Mulholland Drive” and “Melrose Place,” has died. He was 75.


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Sherman Hemsley Obituary

Tuesday, July 24th, 2012


Sherman Hemsley, ‘Jeffersons’ Star, Dies at 74




by Mike Barnes , Jordan Zakarin
Hollywood Reporter
July 24, 2012


Sherman Hemsley, best known for his starring turn as the charming yet curmudgeonly George Jefferson in the sitcom The Jeffersons, has died, TMZ reports. He was 74.


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William Asher Obituary

Wednesday, July 18th, 2012


William Asher dies at 90; ‘I Love Lucy,’ ‘Bewitched’ director




William Asher directed more than 100 episodes of ‘I Love Lucy’ and persuaded Elizabeth Montgomery to take the role as Samantha in ‘Bewitched,’ which he also produced.


By Dennis McLellan
Los Angeles Times
July 18, 2012


As the director of more than 100 episodes of the enduringly classic 1950s sitcom “I Love Lucy,” William Asher considered the first episode he directed to be one of his most memorable: Lucy and Ethel working in a chocolate factory.


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Celeste Holm Obituary

Sunday, July 15th, 2012


Celeste Holm, Oscar-winning actress, dies at 95



From the Associated Press
July 15, 2012


Celeste Holm, a versatile, bright-eyed blonde who soared to Broadway fame in “Oklahoma!” and won an Oscar in “Gentleman’s Agreement” but whose last years were filled with financial difficulty and estrangement from her sons, died Sunday, a relative said. She was 95.


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Sage Stallone Obituary

Saturday, July 14th, 2012


Sage Stallone, son of Sylvester Stallone, dies at 36



Sage Stallone’s body is found at his Studio City home. The actor appeared in movies and short films and was co-founder of Grindhouse Releasing.


By Bob Pool
Los Angeles Times
July 14, 2012


Sage Stallone, son of actor Sylvester Stallone, was found dead Friday at his home in the 8100 block of Mulholland Terrace in Studio City. He was 36.


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Richard Zanuck Obituary

Friday, July 13th, 2012


Richard Zanuck, Oscar-winning producer, dies at 77



Richard Zanuck, who was head of production at 20th Century Fox and later ran his own production company, marshaled films including ‘Jaws,’ ‘Driving Miss Daisy’ and ‘The Sting.’ He produced six films by director Tim Burton and helped launch the career of Steven Spielberg, who has called Zanuck ‘a director’s producer.’


By Dennis McLellan
Los Angeles Times
July 13, 2012


Richard D. Zanuck, who emerged from the shadow of his legendary movie-mogul father as head of production at 20th Century Fox in the 1960s and later became an Oscar-winning independent producer whose films included “Jaws,” “The Verdict” and “Driving Miss Daisy,” died Friday. He was 77.


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Sydney Chaplin Residence

Sunday, July 8th, 2012


Sydney Chaplin Residence



 Above is the former residence of Sydney Chaplin, who was the brother of Charlie Chaplin. The house stood just north of, and on the same block as the Chaplin Studios, which still exist but are now the Jim Henson Studios. (LAPL)




 The site of the Sydney Chaplin residence as it looks today at the southeast corner of Sunset and La Brea. An improvement?? (Hollywoodland)



Ernest Borgnine Obituary

Sunday, July 8th, 2012


Ernest Borgnine dies at 95; won Oscar for ‘Marty,’ showed comic side in sitcom



The stocky, gap-toothed Connecticut native won an Academy Award for his portrayal of a lonely Bronx butcher looking for love in the 1955 drama ‘Marty.’ He also starred in the popular TV show ‘McHale’s Navy.’


By Dennis McLellan
Los Angeles Times
July 8, 2012


Ernest Borgnine, who delivered an Academy Award-winning performance as the lonely Bronx butcher looking for love in the 1955 drama “Marty” and displayed his comic side in the 1960s as the star of the popular TV sitcom “McHale’s Navy,” has died. He was 95.


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Andy Griffith Obituary

Tuesday, July 3rd, 2012


Andy Griffith, folksy TV sheriff and comedian, dies at 86



Andy Griffith was beloved by TV viewers as the drawling star of the ’60s sitcom ‘The Andy Griffith Show’ and later as a lawyer on ‘Matlock.’ To former costar Ron Howard he was ‘like a wonderful uncle.’


By Dennis McLellan
Los Angeles Times
July 3, 2012


Andy Griffith, whose folksy portrayal of the wise and good-humored sheriff of Mayberry in the classic 1960s situation comedy”The Andy Griffith Show” made him one of television’s most beloved stars, has died. He was 86.


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Clark Gable, in Pictures

Monday, July 2nd, 2012


Clark Gable, in Pictures:

Candid Images of the Actor’s Life



By Chrystopher J. Spicer


About the Book
From the very beginning of Clark Gable’s screen career, the life of the glamorous film star came under the scrutiny of the camera. While audiences are familiar with the public Gable as seen through the studio lens, the private Gable as seen in photos taken by members of the public, friends, and family is much less known.


This collection of candid photographs, many of them published here for the first time, has been compiled by biographer Chrystopher J. Spicer from his archives and from sources around the world. As with Spicer’s acclaimed centenary biography Clark Gable (McFarland, 2002), this volume provides rare insight into the life of the man behind the star.



“These distinctively personal images are themselves informative, and Spicer provides a richly detailed narrative to accompany them. Delving into each major area of Gables’s life…Spicer presents an impressive amount of information…this is a thoroughly researched work with great visual appeal that illuminates some of the less emphasized aspects of Gable’s life. Spicer’s empathetic and comprehensive portrait will certainly resonate with Gable fans as well as film historians and enthusiasts and will find a permanent place in both popular and special collections”–Library Journal.


About the Author
Chrystopher J. Spicer has written extensively about Australian and American film and history. He teaches writing and communication at James Cook University in Queensland, Australia.


CLICK HERE to check out CLARK GABLE, IN PICTURES at McFarland’s website