Archive for the ‘Obituaries – 2014’ Category

Luise Rainer Obituary

Wednesday, December 31st, 2014

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Luise Rainer dies at 104; 1930s star had meteoric rise and fall in Hollywood

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By Claudia Luther
Los Angeles Times
December 30, 2014

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With her soulful eyes, luminous beauty and an emotional intensity that melted hearts, Luise Rainer was well on her way to becoming a queen of Hollywood after only a handful of movies in the 1930s.

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Her wrenching performance in “The Great Ziegfeld” (1936) — memorable for the telephone scene in which her character smiles through tears to congratulate ex-husband Flo Ziegfeld on his remarriage — brought Rainer’s first Academy Award. The next year, as a Chinese peasant in the Pearl Buck saga “The Good Earth” (1937), she won again, becoming at 28 the first actor to win back-to-back Oscars.

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Edward Herrmann Obituary

Wednesday, December 31st, 2014

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Edward Herrmann, who played FDR and ‘Gilmore Girls’ patriarch, dies at 71

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By Lauren Raab
Los Angeles Times
December 31, 2014

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Edward Herrmann, an Emmy- and Tony-winning actor whose television roles included Franklin D. Roosevelt in “Eleanor and Franklin” and Richard Gilmore on “Gilmore Girls,” and who was celebrated for his performance in “Mrs. Warren’s Profession” on Broadway, has died. He was 71.

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Roger Sinclair Obituary

Saturday, October 18th, 2014

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Roger Sinclair, Hollywood’s “Godfather of Graving” dies at 83

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By Allan R. Ellenberger

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Roger Sinclair, known in grave hunting circles as the “Godfather of Graving,” died this morning it was announced by his close friend Kimberly Eazell: “It’s with heavy, heavy heart this morning that I got the phone call we all dread. My good friend and buddy Roger B. Sinclair and our ‘Godfather of Graving’ has passed peacefully at 6:50 am this morning.”

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Sinclair, who had a wealth of knowledge of celebrity graves and the cemeteries where they resided, had practiced his hobby since the late 1960s. After going to what was then called Hollywood Memorial Park Cemetery (now Hollywood Forever), he used the free map they handed out at the flower shop and visited all the celebrities that were marked on it until a friend told him that there were many more that were not listed. From then on, he went back every weekend and walked the cemetery grounds, grave-by-grave, finding obscure and unknown people that were involved in the movie industry and began making his own list. What resulted was multiple binders that he filled with photographs and brief biographies that he would share with anyone who needed to know where some famous star was buried.

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In addition, he attended celebrity funerals whenever possible, including the services for such stars as Rita Hayworth, Bonita Granville and John Carradine.

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A memorial service for Roger Sinclair will be held in January 2015 at Forest Lawn Memorial Park in Glendale in the Great Mausoleum.

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Joan Rivers Obituary

Thursday, September 4th, 2014

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Joan Rivers dies at 81; driven diva of stand-up comedy, TV talk

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Lauren Bacall Obituary

Tuesday, August 12th, 2014

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Lauren Bacall, who taught Humphrey Bogart how to whistle, dies at 89

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By Dennis McLellan
Los Angeles Times
August 12, 2014

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At 19, Lauren Bacall was living every red-blooded American woman’s dream: Humphrey Bogart was standing inches from her, waiting for her to speak.

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They were shooting a crucial scene in director Howard Hawks’ 1944 wartime drama “To Have and Have Not,” but her head was shaking, as was her hand and the cigarette she was holding. And trembling was not in the script.

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So Bacall tipped her head down so that her chin almost touched her chest. It was the only way she could steady herself. From that stance she gazed upward at Bogart.

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In that moment “the look” was born — the one that would make the sultry-voiced actress a screen legend and redefine sexuality for generations to follow.

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Robin Williams Obituary

Monday, August 11th, 2014

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Robin Williams dies at 63; Oscar-winning actor, comic genius

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By Steve Chawkins, Steven Zeitchik contact the reporters
Los Angeles Times
August 11, 2014
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When Robin Williams graduated from Redwood High School in Marin County, his classmates couldn’t help themselves: They voted him both “most humorous” and “least likely to succeed.” He topped them.

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Williams became one of the world’s most successful entertainers, an actor and comedian whose energy animated characters who, like himself, seemed to be spinning hilariously out of control — sometimes into dark places that only the “most humorous” can understand.

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Williams, whose first major role was as a lovable alien in the TV series “Mork & Mindy” but who soon graduated to films such as “Good Will Hunting,” “Dead Poets Society,” “Mrs. Doubtfire,” and “Good Morning, Vietnam,” died Monday in what appears to be a suicide from asphyxiation, Marin County authorities said.

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James Garner Obituary

Sunday, July 20th, 2014

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James Garner dies at 86; TV antihero of ‘Maverick,’ ‘Rockford Files’

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By Dennis McLellan
Los Angeles Times
July 20, 2014

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James Garner, a master of light comedy who shot to fame in the 1950s as the charming and dry-witted gambler on the hit TV western Maverick and later won an Emmy Award as the unconventional L.A. private eye on The Rockford Files, has died. He was 86.

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Elaine Stritch Obituary

Thursday, July 17th, 2014

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Elaine Stritch dies at 89; Broadway actress had blue-collar attitude

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By David Ng
Los Angeles Times
July 17, 2014

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Elaine Stritch, the raspy-voiced actress whose forceful personality and salty language enlivened the New York stage for more than six decades, died Thursday at her home in Birmingham, Mich. She was 89.

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Dick Jones Obituary

Tuesday, July 8th, 2014

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Dick Jones dies at 87; actor who provided voice of Disney’s Pinocchio

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Actor Dick Jones appeared in more than 100 films and television shows in his long career, but he is best known by far for a role in which he was not seen on screen. At about 10, when he was known as Dickie, Jones was chosen by Walt Disney to be the voice of Pinocchio in the classic 1940 animated film.

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Meshack Taylor Obituary

Sunday, June 29th, 2014

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 ‘Designing Women’ Star Meshach Taylor Dies at 67

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He played Anthony on the 1986-93 sitcom about Atlanta interior designers, then followed with a starring role on another CBS comedy, “Dave’s World.”

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Meshach Taylor, who played the lovable assistant Anthony Bouvier, who worked at the Sugarbaker interior design firm in the CBS hit sitcom Designing Women, has died, his agent Dede Binder confirmed to The Hollywood Reporter. He was 67.

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