Archive for the ‘Obituaries – 2011’ Category

Sherwood Schwartz Obituary

Tuesday, July 12th, 2011


Sherwood Schwartz dies at 94; ‘Gilligan’s Island’ and ‘Brady Bunch’ creator



Comedy writer and producer Sherwood Schwartz also wrote the memorable theme song lyrics for the wacky tale of a shipwrecked ‘three-hour tour’ and the story of the marriage between a ‘lovely lady’ with three daughters and ‘a man named Brady’ with three sons.


By Dennis McLellan
Los Angeles Times
July 13, 2011


Sherwood Schwartz, the comedy writer and producer who created “Gilligan’s Island” and “The Brady Bunch,” which have remained two of the most enduringly popular TV series in worldwide syndication, died Tuesday morning. He was 94. 


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Rex Bell, Jr. Obituary

Monday, July 11th, 2011


Rex Bell Jr., former Clark County district attorney, dies at 76


Clara Bow with her husband Rex Bell and her two sons: Rex  Jr. and George.


By Doug McMurdo
and John L. Smith
Las Vegas Review-Journal


Rex Bell Jr., former Clark County district attorney, Las Vegas justice of the peace and the son of Hollywood royalty, died Saturday after a battle with cancer. He was 76.


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Edith Fellows Obituary

Friday, July 1st, 2011


Edith Fellows dies at 88; child actress




Fellows had made about 30 films by the age of 13, when she became the subject of a high-profile 1936 custody case driven, she later said, by “my money — past, present and future.” She later moved on to stage roles.


By Valerie J. Nelson
Los Angeles Times
June 30, 2011


Child actress Edith Fellows had made about 30 films by the age of 13 when she starred in a heart-wrenching, high-profile 1936 custody case, which was driven, she later said, by “my money — past, present and future.”


Abandoned as an infant by her mother, she was being raised by her paternal grandmother, who brought Edith, then 4, to Hollywood from South Carolina after a “talent scout” guaranteed her a screen test for a $50 fee.


The address they were given led to a vacant lot, and her grandmother responded to the con man’s ruse by cleaning houses so that they could afford to stay. Within two years, Edith was cast in her first film, the 1929 short “Movie Night.”


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Peter Falk Obituary

Friday, June 24th, 2011


Peter Falk dies at 83; actor found acclaim as ‘Columbo’




In a more than 50-year acting career that spanned movies, stage and TV, Falk’s disheveled Lt. Columbo became one of TV’s most memorable characters.


By Dennis McLellan
Los Angeles Times
June 24, 2011


Peter Falk, the gravel-voiced actor who became an enduring television icon portraying Lt. Columbo, the rumpled raincoat-wearing Los Angeles police homicide detective who always had “just one more thing” to ask a suspect, died Thursday. He was 83.


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James Arness Obituary

Friday, June 3rd, 2011



 James Arness is best known for his role as Marshal Matt Dillon in ‘Gunsmoke,’ one of the longest-running prime-time series in network TV history. He was a towering symbol of frontier justice in the series that broke the mold for TV westerns.


By Dennis McLellan
Los Angeles Times
June 3, 2011


James Arness, the towering actor best known for portraying Marshal Matt Dillon, the strong and commanding symbol of frontier justice on the landmark TV western series “Gunsmoke,” died Friday. He was 88.


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Jeff Conaway Obituary

Friday, May 27th, 2011


Jeff Conaway, actor in ‘Grease’ and ‘Taxi,’ dies at 60



Jeff Conaway came to fame in the movie ‘Grease’ and on TV’s ‘Taxi.’ More recently he was known for appearances on ‘Celebrity Rehab With Dr. Drew.’


By Dennis McLellan
Los Angeles Times
May 27, 2011


Jeff Conaway, an actor who came to fame in the late 1970s as a high school greaser in the hit movie musical “Grease” and as a regular on the TV series “Taxi” but in more recent years was known for his appearances on “Celebrity Rehab With Dr. Drew,” died Friday. He was 60.


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Huguette Clark Obituary

Tuesday, May 24th, 2011


 Huguette Clark Dead: Reclusive Mining Fortune Heiress Dies At 104





NOTE-HOLLYWOOD CONNECTION: Huguette Clark is the half-sister of William Andrews Clark Jr., who founded the Los Angeles Philharmonic and is interred in his own iconic mausoleum at Hollywood Forever Cemetery.



NEW YORK — Huguette Clark, the 104-year-old heiress to a Montana copper fortune who once lived in the largest apartment on Fifth Avenue, has died at a Manhattan hospital even as an investigation continues into how her millions were handled.


Clark spent the last two decades of her life in New York City hospitals. She died Tuesday, “with dignity and privacy,” her lawyer, Wallace Bock, said in a statement.


The statement was released by Robert Anello, an attorney who represents Bock in an investigation into Clark’s finances.


The Manhattan district attorney is looking into claims made by Clark’s family that she was kept isolated from almost everyone except Bock and her accountant and that she may not have understood decisions being made related to her fortune.


Clark was born in 1906 to a then 67-year-old U.S. senator, William A. Clark of Montana, and a 28-year-old Michigan woman named Anna Eugenia La Chapelle. Clark had made a fortune in mining and was one of the richest men in America. He built railroads across the United States, founding Las Vegas in the process.


Huguette Clark’s fortune is believed to be worth some $500 million. As of last year, she still owned a 42-room, multi-floor apartment at 907 Fifth Ave.; a Connecticut castle surrounded by 52 acres of land; and a Santa Barbara, Calif., mansion built on a 23-acre bluff overlooking the Pacific Ocean.


The Daily News writes that Huguette “traded in aristocracy for eccentricity” and removed herself from the outside world — and her vast fortune — after the death of her mother.


MNBC ran a report about Huguette’s elusive lifestyle and her abandoned mansions. Andre Baeyens, Clark’s grand-halfnephew, told NBC’s “Today” show that “Everything stopped for her when her mother died. She didn’t want to go out. She didn’t want to have beautiful things, no, no. She just wanted to be home and play with her dolls.”


Beginning in the 1960s, Clark rarely left her Fifth Avenue home, having whatever she needed delivered. She moved into a hospital in the 1980s. Bill Dedman of MSNBC tracked Clark down last year and found her living in a very nondescript, almost “drab” hospital room. She was doing fine, but said she just wanted to be left alone.


Bock and accountant Irving Kamsler had been in charge of her financial affairs for years, and they’re among the few people who have contact with her. Distant relatives say they have not seen her in years.



Norma Zimmer Obituary

Friday, May 13th, 2011


Norma Zimmer, ‘Champagne Lady,’ dies at 87




May 12, 2011


Norma Zimmer, 87, the “Champagne Lady” of television’s “The Lawrence Welk Show” and a studio singer, died Tuesday at her home in Brea. Her son, Larry, did not give the cause of death.


Zimmer performed on Welk’s network and later syndicated show from 1960 to 1982 as the “Champagne Lady,” the title Welk traditionally gave to his orchestra’s lead female singer. Zimmer sang solos, sang duets with Jimmy Roberts and waltzed with Welk to the strains of his effervescent dance tunes tagged “champagne music.”


She appeared on the orchestra’s public TV specials that have aired (along with repeats of the series) since 1987. Zimmer took part in a tribute to Welk and his show held earlier this year at the Paley Center for Media in Beverly Hills.


Welk, who stopped performing in 1989, died in 1992.


Zimmer, born in 1923 in Larson, Idaho, grew up in Seattle. The petite blond sang with the Girlfriends, a quartet that performed with Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin and Bing Crosby, including on Crosby’s famous recording of “White Christmas.”


Zimmer made several film and TV appearances and was the voice of the White Rose in the 1951 Disney film “Alice in Wonderland.”



Dolores Fuller Obituary

Thursday, May 12th, 2011


Dolores Fuller dies at 88; actress dated director Ed Wood



Years after starring in her boyfriend’s low-budget films ‘Glen or Glenda’ and ‘Jail Bait,’ Fuller became something of a cult icon. She also co-wrote several Elvis Presley movie songs, and founded a record company.


By Dennis McLellan
Los Angeles Times
May 11, 2011


Dolores Fuller, the onetime actress-girlfriend of cross-dressing schlock movie director Ed Wood who co-starred with Wood in his low-budget 1950s cult classic “Glen or Glenda,” has died. She was 88.


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Dana Wynter Obituary

Saturday, May 7th, 2011


Dana Wynter dies at 79; actress in ‘Invasion of the Body Snatchers’




Dana Wynter, best known for her role in “Body Snatchers,” appeared in numerous TV and film projects. The science-fiction film became a cult classic partly because of its “McCarthy-era subtext,” film critic Leonard Maltin wrote.


By Keith Thursby
Los Angeles Times
May 8, 2011


Dana Wynter, an actress best known for her role in the 1956 science-fiction classic “Invasion of the Body Snatchers,” has died. She was 79.


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