Archive for the ‘Obituaries – 2011’ Category

Jane Russell Obituary

Monday, February 28th, 2011

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Jane Russell dies at 89; screen siren had sensational debut in ‘The Outlaw’

 

  

Her provocative performance in the 1943 Howard Hughes film — and the publicity shots posing her in a low-cut blouse while reclined on a stack of hay bales — marked a turning point in moviedom sexuality. She became a bona fide star and a favorite pinup girl of soldiers during World War II

 

By Claudia Luther
Special to the Los Angeles Times
March 1, 2011

 

Jane Russell, the dark-haired siren whose sensational debut in the 1943 film “The Outlaw” inspired producer Howard Hughes to challenge the power and strict morality of Hollywood’s production code, died Monday at her home in Santa Maria, Calif. She was 89.

 

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Betty Garrett Obituary

Sunday, February 13th, 2011

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Betty Garrett, versatile comedic actress, dies at 91

 

  

The veteran performer was in MGM musicals and a regular on “All in the Family” and “Laverne & Shirley.” She also starred on Broadway and in Los Angeles theater productions.

 

By Kate Linthicum
Los Angeles Times
February 13, 2011

 

Betty Garrett, a comedic actress who was a fixture in such MGM musicals as “On The Town” and “Take Me Out to the Ballgame,” a regular on the television series “All in the Family” and “Laverne & Shirley” and a star on Broadway and in Los Angeles theater productions, has died. She was 91.

 

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Peggy Rea Obituary

Thursday, February 10th, 2011

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TV Character Actress Peggy Rea Dies

 

 

  

The veteran performer was regular on ‘Grace Under Fire’ and ‘Dukes of Hazzard.’

 

HOLLYWOOD REPORTER

 

Peggy Rea, a veteran TV actress who played Brett Butler‘s mother-in-law on the ABC sitcom Grace Under Fire, died Feb. 5 of congestive heart failure at her home in Toluca Lake, Calif. She was 89.

 

Rea also was a regular on such series as The Waltons (as Olivia Walton’s cousin Rose Burton), The Dukes of Hazzard (as the man-chasing Lulu Hogg) and Step by Step (as Ivy Baker, the mother of Suzanne Somers‘ character).

 

The Los Angeles native began her TV career in the 1960s as a member of Red Skelton‘s stock company. She also appeared on such series as I Love Lucy; Have Gun, Will Travel; The Phil Silvers Show; Bonanza; Gunsmoke; Ironside; Hunter; Marcus Welby, M.D.; Burke’s Law; and MacGyver.

 

Rea’s film credits include Cold Turkey (1971), In Country (1989), Love Field (1992) and Made in America (1993).

 

Interment will take place at 11 a.m. on Feb. 28 at Santa Barbara Cemetery in the mausoleum in the Pines Courtyard.

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J. Paul Getty III Obituary

Tuesday, February 8th, 2011

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J. Paul Getty III dies at 54; scion of oil dynasty

 

  

J. Paul Getty III was kidnapped in Italy in 1973. The kidnappers severed his ear and sent it to Getty’s father and grandfather as proof. His grandfather then paid $2.2 million. Getty was incapacitated by a stroke in 1981.

 

By Elaine Woo
Los Angeles Times
February 7, 2011

 

 J. Paul Getty III, a scion of the Getty oil dynasty whose tragedies — mutilation by kidnappers in the early 1970s and an incapacitating, drug-induced stroke in the 1980s — brought into high relief the dysfunctional relations that beset his famously wealthy family, has died in Buckinghamshire, England. He was 54.

 

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Maria Schneider Obituary

Friday, February 4th, 2011

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Maria Schneider dies at 58; actress in ‘Last Tango in Paris’

 

  

‘Last Tango in Paris’ is considered a classic, but it also included notorious sex scenes. In her later years, Maria Schneider expressed regret about appearing in the film, saying ‘I felt a little raped’ by costar Marlon Brando and director Bernardo Bertolucci.

 

By Dennis McLellan
Los Angeles Times
February 4, 2011

 

Maria Schneider, the French actress who appeared opposite Marlon Brando in “Last Tango in Paris,” the 1972 movie whose strong sexual content stirred international controversy, has died. She was 58.

 

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Charlie Callas Obituary

Saturday, January 29th, 2011

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Charlie Callas dies at 83; zany, character-oriented comedian

 

 

His visual brand of humor was punctuated with a bizarre array of facial expressions and sound effects. Mel Brooks says he ‘was a cast of thousands all by himself.’

 

By Dennis McLellan
Los Angeles Times
January 29, 2011

 

Charlie Callas, the veteran comedian who punctuated his zany, character-oriented comedy routines with a bizarre array of facial expressions and sound effects, has died. He was 83.

 

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Jack LaLanne Obituary

Monday, January 24th, 2011

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Jack LaLanne dies at 96; spiritual father of U.S. fitness movement

 

 

The ever-buoyant LaLanne opened what’s believed to be the country’s first health club in Oakland in 1936. In the ’50s he started a TV exercise show geared toward housewives, and he sold a popular line of exercise equipment, supplements and health food.

 

By Claudia Luther
Special to The Times
January 23, 2011

 

Jack LaLanne, the seemingly eternal master of health and fitness who first popularized the idea that Americans should work out and eat right to retain youthfulness and vigor, died Sunday. He was 96.

 

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Margaret Whiting Obituary

Wednesday, January 12th, 2011

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Margaret Whiting dies at 86; pop singer mentored by Johnny Mercer

 

 

 

In a career that spanned seven decades, Margaret Whiting recorded more than 700 songs, including ‘That Old Black Magic’ and ‘Come Rain or Come Shine,’ and had a dozen gold records.

 

By Don Heckman
Special to the Los Angeles Times
January 13, 2011

 

Margaret Whiting, a pop singer for television, film, cabaret and Broadway whose recordings of such standards as “That Old Black Magic” and “Come Rain or Come Shine” sold millions of copies in the 1940s and ’50s, has died. She was 86.

 

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David Nelson Obituary

Wednesday, January 12th, 2011

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David Nelson dies at 74; last surviving member of the TV sitcom family

 

Casablanca Productions (Don Kelsen / Los Angeles Times)

 

 

 

David Nelson and his brother, Rick, joined their parents on ‘The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet’ on radio in 1949. The show moved to TV in 1952 and ran for 14 years. David Nelson later became a director.

 

By Dennis McLellan
Los Angeles Times
January 12, 2011

 

David Nelson, the elder son of Ozzie and Harriet Nelson and the last surviving member of the family that became an American institution in the 1950s and ’60s as the stars of the classic TV sitcom “The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet,” died Tuesday. He was 74.

 

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Christopher Trumbo Obituary

Wednesday, January 12th, 2011

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Christopher Trumbo dies at 70; screen and TV writer whose father was blacklisted

 

 (Nancy Escher)

 

Trumbo, the son of Dalton Trumbo, wrote TV episodes for series such as ‘Ironside,’ ‘Quincy, M.E.,’ and ‘Falcon Crest.’ He was an expert on the blacklist and wrote a play, ‘Trumbo: Red, White & Blacklisted,’ based on his father’s letters.

 

By Dennis McLellan
Los Angeles Times
January 12, 2011

 

Christopher Trumbo, the screen and television writer son of Oscar-winning screenwriter Dalton Trumbo, who was blacklisted and imprisoned during the Red Scare as a member of the Hollywood 10, has died. He was 70.

 

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