Archive for the ‘Obituaries – 2013’ Category

Joan Fontaine Obituary

Sunday, December 15th, 2013

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Joan Fontaine, star of ‘Suspicion’ and ‘Rebecca,’ dies at 96

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The star of 1940s film won an Oscar for Alfred Hitchcock’s ‘Suspicion’ and was also well-known for her rivalry with her sister, actress Olivia de Havilland.

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By Claudia Luther
Los Angeles Times
December 15, 2013

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Joan Fontaine, the coolly beautiful 1940s actress who won an Academy Award for her role in Alfred Hitchcock’s “Suspicion” and who became almost as well-known for her lifelong feud with her famous older sister, Olivia de Havilland, died Sunday. She was 96.

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Peter O’Toole Obituary

Sunday, December 15th, 2013

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 Peter O’Toole, Star of ‘Lawrence of Arabia,’ Is Dead at 81

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By Benedict Nightingale
New York Times
December 15, 2013

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Peter O’Toole, an Irish bookmaker’s son with a hell-raising streak whose magnetic performance in the 1962 epic film “Lawrence of Arabia” earned him overnight fame and put him on the road to becoming one of his generation’s most accomplished and charismatic actors, died on Saturday, according to his agent, Steve Kenis. He was 81.

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Audrey Totter Obituary

Friday, December 13th, 2013

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Audrey Totter, a blond leading lady of 1940s film noir who starred as a tough-talking dame in “Lady in the Lake,” dies at 95.

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Los Angeles Times
December 13, 2013

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Audrey Totter, 95, a blond leading lady of 1940s film noir who starred as a tough-talking dame in “Lady in the Lake,” “The Set-Up” and “High Wall,” died Thursday at West Hills Hospital, said her daughter, Mea Lane. Totter, a Woodland Hills resident, had a stroke and suffered from congestive heart failure.

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Eleanor Parker Obituary

Monday, December 9th, 2013

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Eleanor Parker dies at 91; played baroness in ‘The Sound of Music’

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A versatile character actress, Parker appeared in more than three dozen movies and was nominated three times for Academy Awards.

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By Susan King and Elaine Woo
Los Angeles Times
December 9, 2013

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Eleanor Parker, a versatile leading lady of the 1940s, ’50s and ’60s who earned three Oscar nominations — none of which were for her best-known role as the baroness in “The Sound of Music” — died Monday in Palm Springs of complications of pneumonia. She was 91. Her death was confirmed by her son, actor Paul Clemens.

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Marvin Paige Obituary

Wednesday, November 13th, 2013

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Marvin Paige, Casting Director on ‘Star Trek,’ ‘General Hospital’ Dies

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By Pat Saperstein
Variety
November 13, 2013

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Marvin Paige, who cast movies including “Star Trek: The Motion Picture,” two Woody Allen films and shows including “General Hospital,” worked as a celebrity handler and owned an extensive Hollywood archive, died Wednesday in Los Angeles of injuries sustained in a car crash in Laurel Canyon last month. He was in his 80s.

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For his work on nearly 100 episodes of “General Hospital,” he received two Artios nominations from the Casting Society of America. He cast thesps such as Demi Moore and Tia Carrere in the soap.

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Paige spent several decades as a casting director, then reinvented himself in later years as a keeper of Hollywood history who could always find the right person to appear at a tribute or showbiz celebration, such as a recent Cinecon event for Shirley Jones and Pat Boone. “He was essential in targeting the right celebrities for the right event,” said publicist Edward Lozzi, who confirmed his death.

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Lozzi said that Paige helped book classic showbiz figures for numerous organizations including AMPAS, AFI, the American Cinematheque and the Night of 100 Stars Oscar party.

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Among the other shows he cast were the “Planet of the Apes” TV series, “Lassie” and “Combat!”

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In film, he worked with Woody Allen on “Take the Money and Run” and “Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Sex.” Though he was uncredited, he got his start in the casting department for “Breakfast at Tiffany’s.”

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He also worked on numerous TV movies such as “Terror on the Beach” and “Mayday at 40,000 Feet!”

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Paige’s Motion Picture and Television Research Archive was used by shows such as “American Masters,” “Backstory” and “Biography.”

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Jay Robinson Obituary

Wednesday, October 2nd, 2013

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Jay Robinson dies at 83; gained brief fame as Caligula in ‘The Robe’

 

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The character actor won accolades on Broadway and then in the film ‘The Robe,’ but his Hollywood career was derailed for years after a drug conviction.

 

Los Angeles Times
October 2, 2013

 

Jay Robinson, 83, a character actor who had a burst of fame after his film debut as Caligula in the 1953 biblical epic “The Robe” but saw his career take a downturn following his arrest for drug possession, died Friday at his home in Sherman Oaks, said longtime friend Lee Brandon. Robinson had congestive heart failure and had been in poor health since suffering a fall last year.

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A. C. Lyles Obituary

Monday, September 30th, 2013

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A.C. Lyles dies at 95; producer and popular Paramount lot figure

 

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A.C. Lyles produced such westerns as ‘Young Fury’ and ‘Waco’ and was an unofficial goodwill ambassador for the studio, having spent decades on the lot.

 

 

By Dennis McLellan
Los Angeles Times
September 30, 2013

 

A.C. Lyles’ Paramount career began early in one century and ended well into the next.

 

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Karen Black Obituary

Thursday, August 8th, 2013

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Karen Black dies at 74; actress starred in ‘Five Easy Pieces’ and ‘Easy Rider’

 

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With a distinctive appearance, Black built a film resume that included prostitutes, murderers, waitresses, transsexuals and thieves.

 

By Rebecca Trounson
Los Angeles Times
August 8, 2013

 

Karen Black, the bravely offbeat actress who burst into the public consciousness in such iconic counterculture films as “Five Easy Pieces” and “Easy Rider,” has died. She was 74.

 

Black, who was found to have ampullary cancer in 2010, died Thursday at West Hills Hospital, said her husband, Stephen Eckelberry.

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Cory Monteith Obituary

Sunday, July 14th, 2013

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‘Glee’ star Cory Monteith, 31, found dead in Vancouver hotel

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By Amy Kaufman
Los Angeles Times
July 13, 2013

 

Cory Monteith, star of the hit Fox series “Glee,” was found dead Saturday in a Canadian hotel room, according to Vancouver police.

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The sudden death of the 31-year old Canadian actor came several months after he had voluntarily checked himself into a treatment facility for substance addiction.

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Vancouver Police Department Acting Chief Doug LePard said at a televised news conference late Saturday “all indications are that there was no foul play.” He also said that “the cause of death wasn’t immediately apparent.”

 

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James Gandolfini Obituary

Wednesday, June 19th, 2013

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James Gandolfini Is Dead at 51; Tough-Talking Mob Boss in ‘Sopranos’

 

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By Dave Itzkoff
New York Times
June 19, 2013

 

James Gandolfini, the Emmy Award-winning actor who shot to fame on the HBO drama “The Sopranos” as Tony Soprano, a tough-talking, hard-living crime boss with a stolid exterior but a rich interior life, died on Wednesday. He was 51.

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