Archive for February, 2014

Ralph Waite Obituary

Friday, February 14th, 2014

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Ralph Waite dies at 85; actor played ‘The Waltons’ patriarch

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A Marine, an ordained minister and an editor before he took up acting, Ralph Waite later became involved in politics in the Coachella Valley.

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Los Angeles Times staff and wire reports
February 13, 2014

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Ralph Waite, an actor who played the patriarch of a Depression-era Virginia family on the classic television series “The Waltons,” has died. He was 85.

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Sid Caesar Obituary

Wednesday, February 12th, 2014

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Sid Caesar dies at 91; comedy giant of the small screen

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Sid Caesar, hailed as a genius of live TV sketch comedy, won two Emmys for ‘Your Show of Shows’ in the ’50s. He ‘always took comedy to a stratospheric level,’ said Mel Brooks.

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By Dennis McLellan
Los Angeles Times
February 12, 2014

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In a day before comedy was laced with irony and studded with mean-spirited barbs, Sid Caesar was more than funny. He was hilariously, outrageously, tear-inducingly, gather-up-the-whole-family-for-this funny. A veteran of the Catskills with an elastic face, a knack for gibberish and a mind that could find comedy gold in the workings of a Bavarian cuckoo clock, Caesar was the king of live television sketch comedy in the 1950s.

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Some of the best writers — Carl Reiner, Neil Simon and Mel Brooks — vied to work for him. No slouches at comedy themselves, they were dazzled by his genius and, at times, horrified by his temper; he once tore the sink from a hotel bathroom and threatened to throw Brooks out an 18th-story window.

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Caesar went public with some of his emotional problems in 1956, long before it was common for celebrities to do so. He is best known, though, not for his tormented inner life but for the inspired zaniness of the sketches on his trademark programs, “Your Show of Shows” and “Caesar’s Hour.”

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A two-time Emmy Award-winning performer, Caesar died Wednesday at his home in Beverly Hills after a brief illness, according to his biographer Eddy Friedfeld. He was 91.

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Shirley Temple Obituary

Tuesday, February 11th, 2014

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Shirley Temple Black, iconic child star, dies at 85

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By Valerie J. Nelson
Los Angeles Times

February 11, 2014

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Shirley Temple Black, who as the most popular child movie star of all time lifted a filmgoing nation’s spirits during the Depression and then grew up to be a diplomat, has died. She was 85.

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Rodolph Valentino in “Blood and Sand”

Friday, February 7th, 2014

RUDOLPH VALENTINO

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Ramon Novarro’s 115th Birthday

Thursday, February 6th, 2014

HAPPY BIRTHDAY

RAMON NOVARRO

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Ramon Novarro was born on February 6, 1899 in Durango, Mexico

and died on October 30, 1968 at his home in Studio City,California

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