Archive for the ‘Obituaries – 2011’ Category

Rita Hayworth’s grandson, Andrew Embiricos dies

Saturday, December 17th, 2011


Rita Hayworth’s grandson ‘did not commit suicide’, claim devastated loved ones


Andrew Embiricos and Princess Yasmin 



By Daily Mail Reporter


The death of Rita Hayworth’s grandson was not suicide, his distraught family and friends have claimed.


Andrew Ali Aga Khan Embiricos, 25, was found lying on his bed in his Manhattan apartment on Sunday evening after apparently suffocating himself with a plastic bag. The circumstances are under investigation.  


Mr Embiricos had battled a long and difficult drug addiction and had previously attempted suicide.


According to the young man’s best friend, Jake Dingler, it was not suicide but he refused to comment further on how the grandson of the silver-screen legend might have died at his Chelsea home.


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Harry Morgan Obituary

Wednesday, December 7th, 2011


Harry Morgan dies at 96; star of TV’s ‘MASH’



Emmy Award-winning Harry Morgan played LAPD Officer Bill Gannon opposite Jack Webb in ‘Dragnet’ and Col. Sherman T. Potter in the hit series ‘MASH.’ He also appeared on the Broadway stage and in more than 50 films.


By Stephanie Stassel
Special to The Los Angeles Times
December 7, 2011


Emmy Award-winning actor Harry Morgan, who played the crusty yet sympathetic Col. Sherman T. Potter in the sitcom “MASH” and the hard-nosed LAPD Officer Bill Gannon in the television drama “Dragnet,” died Wednesday. He was 96.


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Judy Lewis Obituary

Wednesday, November 30th, 2011


Judy Lewis dies at 76; daughter of stars Loretta Young and Clark Gable



A psychotherapist and actress, Judy Lewis wrote tenderly about her only meeting with Gable at age 15. Young, an unmarried, staunch Catholic, faked an adoption of Lewis, who did not learn the truth about her parentage until an adult.


By Elaine Woo
Los Angeles Times
December 1, 2011


Judy Lewis, a psychotherapist and former actress who wrote a book about her complicated heritage as the illegitimate daughter of Hollywood legends Loretta Young and Clark Gable, has died. She was 76.


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Ken Russell Obituary

Monday, November 28th, 2011


Ken Russell, Controversial Director, Dies at 84



By Dennis Lim
New York Times,
November 28, 2011


Ken Russell, the English filmmaker and writer whose outsize personality matched the confrontational brashness of his movies, died on Sunday. He was 84.


The Associated Press quoted his son, Alex Verney-Elliott, as saying Mr. Russell died after a series of strokes.


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Sid Melton Obituary

Saturday, November 5th, 2011


Sid Melton; character actor in dozens of TV, film projects




Sid Melton, 94, a character actor perhaps best known for his roles in the hit television shows “Green Acres” and “The Danny Thomas Show,” died of pneumonia Wednesday at Providence St. Joseph Medical Center in Burbank, his family said.


During a career that spanned nearly 60 years, Melton appeared in about 140 television and film projects. They included two 1951 movies, “Lost Continent” with Cesar Romero and the Samuel Fuller-directed “The Steel Helmet,” and 1972’s “Lady Sings the Blues” with Diana Ross.


On the 1950s TV show “Captain Midnight,” Melton co-starred as the hero’s sidekick, Ichabod Mudd. Decades later, he recalled that fans still greeted him with the character’s signature line: “Mudd with two Ds.”


A regular on “The Danny Thomas Show” from 1959 to 1971, Melton played club owner Uncle Charley Halper. Melton also had a recurring role in the late 1960s on the sitcom “Green Acres” as Alf Monroe, half of an inept brother-sister carpenter team. He also appeared in flashback sequences as the husband of Estelle Getty’s widowed character on “The Golden Girls” sitcom, which originally aired from 1985 to 1992.


He was born Sidney Meltzer on May 22, 1917, in New York City. His father, Isidor Meltzer, was a comedian in Yiddish theater.


On the stage, Melton debuted in 1939 in a touring production of “See My Lawyer” and appeared in 1947 on Broadway in “The Magic Touch,” using his stage name, Sid Melton.


Melton broke in to Hollywood with the help of his older brother, Lewis Meltzer, a screenwriter who adapted “Golden Boy” and “Man With the Golden Arm.” After interviewing at MGM, the actor soon had a small part in the 1941 film “Shadow of a Thin Man” with William Powell and Myrna Loy.




Andy Rooney Obituary

Saturday, November 5th, 2011


Andy Rooney dies at 92; ’60 Minutes’ longtime curmudgeon



His end-of-show essays turned him into a reluctant celebrity. TV Guide called him ‘America’s favorite grump.’ He retired in October 2011 after 33 years on the show.


By Dennis McLellan
Los Angeles Times
November 5, 2011


Andy Rooney, CBS News’ longtime resident curmudgeon whose whimsical and acerbic essays on “60 Minutes” turned the rumpled writer into an unlikely — and reluctant — TV celebrity, died Friday night, only weeks after retiring from the show. He was 92.


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Paulette Dubost Obituary

Saturday, September 24th, 2011


Paulette Dubost, French actress who worked with Renoir, dies at 100




French actress Paulette Dubost, died on September 21. Dubost, born on October 8, 1910 in Paris, began her career at the age of 7 at the Paris Opera. She appeared in over 25o films and worked with such directors as Jean Renois, Jacques Tourneur, Marcel Carné, Julien Duvivier, Preston Sturges and Max Ophüls. Her 1934 film, Le Bonheur with Charles Boyer was recently screened at Cinecon 47 in Hollywood. One of her most famous roles was as Lisette in Renoir’s La Règle du jeu.



Dolores Hope Obituary

Monday, September 19th, 2011


Dolores Hope, widow of Bob Hope, dies at 102



Dolores Hope oversaw the couple’s charitable giving and played a key role in establishing the Eisenhower Medical Center in Rancho Mirage. She was a singer when she met Bob Hope; their 69-year marriage ended with his death in 2003.


By Valerie J. Nelson
Los Angeles Times
September 19, 2011


Dolores Hope, who throughout her 69-year marriage to comedian Bob Hope oversaw their charitable giving and played a key role in establishing the Eisenhower Medical Center in Rancho Mirage, has died. She was 102.


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Frances Bay Obituary

Saturday, September 17th, 2011


Frances Bay dies at 92; veteran character actress



Starting later in life, actress Frances Bay found success in a series of character parts, including roles on ‘Happy Days’ and ‘Seinfeld’ and in David Lynch’s films.


By Myrna Oliver
Special to the Los Angeles Times
September 17, 2011


Frances Bay, the sweet, gentle housewife who became a successful actress in middle age, appearing in more than 50 motion pictures and 100 television shows, including roles as the “marble rye lady” on “Seinfeld” and the grandmother in Adam Sandler’s “Happy Gilmore,” has died. She was 92.


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Cliff Robertson Obituary

Saturday, September 10th, 2011


Cliff Robertson, 88; actor starred in films and on stage and TV



Robertson won an Oscar for ‘Charly,’ played JFK in ‘PT 109’ and exposed the check-forging scandal of David Begelman.


By Dennis McLellan
Los Angeles Times
September 10, 2011


Cliff Robertson, who starred as John F. Kennedy in a 1963 World War II drama and later won an Academy Award for his portrayal of a mentally disabled bakery janitor in the movie “Charly,” died Saturday, one day after his 88th birthday.


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