Archive for the ‘Obituaries – 2012’ Category

William Windom Obituary

Monday, August 20th, 2012


William Windom dies at 88; Emmy-winning character actor




The veteran character actor’s Emmy-winning role in the TV series ‘My World and Welcome to It’ marked the start of a long-term relationship with humorist James Thurber’s whimsical Americana.


By Reed Johnson
Los Angeles Times
August 20, 2012


In the role that won him an Emmy Award for best actor in a comedy series, William Windom played John Monroe, a writer-cartoonist for a New York magazine who harnessed an active fantasy life to escape the doldrums of his middle-class Connecticut existence. Based on the work of American humorist James Thurber, “My World and Welcome to It” survived only one season on NBC.


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Veronique Peck Obituary

Sunday, August 19th, 2012


Veronique Peck dies; Gregory Peck’s widow was L.A. philanthropist



 Gregory Peck with daughter Cecilia, left, and wife Veronique in 2000 at the Cannes Film Festival. (Jack Guez, Agence France Press / May 16, 2000)


Veronique Peck helped her husband raise $50 million for the American Cancer Society in the late 1960s, and she supported a South L.A. theater and the L.A. Public Library.


By Valerie J. Nelson
Los Angeles Times
August 19, 2012


French-born Veronique Peck, who was the widow of actor Gregory Peck and an ardent supporter of civic and cultural causes in her adopted country, died Friday of heart failure at her Los Angeles home, her family said. She was 80.


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Phyllis Thaxter Obituary

Wednesday, August 15th, 2012


Actress Phyllis Thaxter, Superman’s Mom, Dies at 90




She played Ma Kent in the 1978 superhero film after appearing years earlier in such classics as “Thirty Seconds Over Tokyo” and “Act of Violence.”


By Mike Baxter
Hollywood Reporter
August 15, 2012


Phyllis Thaxter, the wholesome actress who played Ma Kent in 1978’s Superman and the faithful girlfriend to vengeful POW Robert Ryan in the 1948 film noir classic Act of Violence, has died. She was 90.


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Ron Palillo Obituary

Wednesday, August 15th, 2012


Ron Palillo; actor played Arnold Horshack on ‘Kotter’



Los Angeles Times
August 15, 2012


Ron Palillo, 63, an actor whose signature role was Arnold Horshack in the 1970s TV sitcom “Welcome Back, Kotter,” died Tuesday of a heart attack in Palm Beach Gardens, Fla., said his agent, Jackie Stander.


Along with John Travolta’s Vinnie Barbarino, Robert Hegyes’ Juan Epstein and Lawrence Hilton-Jacobs’ Freddie “Boom Boom” Washington, Palillo’s Horshack was one of the original Sweathogs in the James Buchanan High School class taught by Gabe Kaplan’s Mr. Kotter.


Horshack was the nasally teen who yelped “Oooh, ooh” and shot his hand skyward whenever Kotter posed a question.


The show ran on ABC from 1975 to 1979. After it ended, Palillo’s career stalled.


He said he felt exiled throughout the 1980s, unable to find parts, sinking into depression and rarely venturing from his apartment. When offers did come, he felt typecast as Horshack.


“While I loved him, I really loved him, I didn’t want to do him forever,” he said in a 1994 interview with the Birmingham (Ala.) News.


He was born Ronald Paolillo on April 2, 1949, in Cheshire, Conn., and eventually dropped the first “o” from his surname. His father died of lung cancer when he was 10 and he developed a stutter. His mother thought getting him involved in a local theater might help. He fell in love with the stage and overcame his speech impediment.


He attended the University of Connecticut and earned parts in Shakespearean productions before his big break.


Palillo had bit parts in shows including “The Love Boat,” “Cagney and Lacey” and”The A-Team”and played himself for a time on the series “Ellen.” But “Kotter” remained his most well-known acting part, and he focused on stage directing and writing.


More recently Palillo taught acting at a high school in West Palm Beach and was due to return for the upcoming school year.



Helen Gurley Brown Obituary

Tuesday, August 14th, 2012


Helen Gurley Brown, longtime Cosmopolitan editor, dies at 90



Helen Gurley Brown’s 1962 book, ‘Sex and the Single Girl,’ broke ground by discussing the sex life of single women and casting them as ‘the newest glamour girl of our times.’ The book led to her longtime role at Cosmopolitan magazine.


By Claudia Luther
Special to The Times
August 14, 2012


In her bestselling 1962 book “Sex and the Single Girl,” Helen Gurley Brown dared to tell American women that they inherited their “proclivity” for sex, that it “isn’t some random piece of mischief you dreamed up because you’re a bad, wicked girl.”


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Judith Crist Obituary

Tuesday, August 7th, 2012


Judith Crist dies at 90; film critic ‘most hated by Hollywood’



Often caustic, Judith Crist was the longtime critic for the ‘Today’ show and ‘TV Guide.’ She was also the first woman to become a full-time film critic at a major American newspaper.


By Dennis McLellan
Los Angeles Times
August 8, 2012


As one of America’s most widely read and influential film critics from the 1960s through the ’80s, Judith Crist was known for her often-caustic reviews that earned her a reputation as “the critic most hated by Hollywood.” Director Billy Wilder once joked that inviting Crist to review a film was “like asking the Boston Strangler for a neck massage.” Director Otto Preminger referred to her simply as “Judas Crist.”


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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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