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2008 Celebrity Deaths…

Posted by Allan Ellenberger on Dec 31st, 2008
2008
Dec 31

OBITUARY

Celebrity deaths of 2008

 

Heath Ledger

 

Actors, actresses and entertainers

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Actor Paul Newman died this year. So did Larry Harmon, who was better known as “Bozo the Clown”; W. Mark Felt, who was the mysterious “Deep Throat”; and William Stulla, who as “Engineer Bill” delighted a generation of children with a glass of milk.

 

William F. Buckley, the father of the modern conservative movement, also left the scene, as did singer and self-proclaimed “sex kitten” Eartha Kitt and the Nobel Prize-winning playwright Harold Pinter.

 

Millionaire Steve Fossett’s adventurer’s life came to an end after a plane crash on a California hillside. And, after 28 years in a coma, socialite Martha “Sunny” von Bulow died in December.     (Click on ‘Continue Reading’ for a list of celebrity deaths in 2008)

 

(Source: Los Angeles Times)

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Obit…Lark Previn

Posted by Allan Ellenberger on Dec 30th, 2008
2008
Dec 30

OBITUARY

Lark Previn, daughter of Mia Farrow, dies at 35

 

Mia Farrow and family

Actress Mia Farrow with her children (back row L-R) Matthew, Sascha, Soon-Yi; (front row L-R) Daisy, Fletcher, Moses and Lark; on their way to New Year’s Eve Mass (Time, Inc.)

  

Associated Press
December 30, 2008

 

NEW YORK — Lark Previn, a daughter of actress Mia Farrow whose sister Soon-Yi Previn was at the center of Farrow’s messy breakup with Woody Allen, has died. She was 35.

 

The medical examiner’s office says Lark Previn died Christmas Day at New York Methodist Hospital in Brooklyn. No cause of death was given. A cremation was held today at Brooklyn’s Green-Wood Cemetery.

 

Lark Previn was born in Vietnam in 1973. She was one of three children adopted by Farrow and her then-husband, conductor Andre Previn. The couple also had three biological children.

 

Representatives for Farrow and Previn didn’t immediately return calls seeking comment.

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Obit…Ann Savage

Posted by Allan Ellenberger on Dec 29th, 2008
2008
Dec 29

OBITUARY

Ann Savage dies at 87; femme fatal starred in cult favorite ‘Detour’

 

Ann Savage

 

From Times Staff And Wire Reports
December 29, 2008

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Ann Savage, who earned a cult following as a femme fatale in such 1940s pulp-fiction movies as Detour, has died. She was 87.    (Click on ‘Continue Reading’ for more)

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Obit…Robert Graham

Posted by Allan Ellenberger on Dec 28th, 2008
2008
Dec 28

OBITUARY

Robert Graham, L.A. sculptor, dies at 70

 

 Robert Graham and Angelica Huston

 Robert Graham and Angelica Huston

 

The artist designed major civic monuments throughout the country. His legacy is visible all over L.A.

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By Suzanne Muchnic and Cara Mia DiMassa
Los Angeles Times
December 28, 2008

 

Robert Graham, a Los Angeles sculptor with a towering public presence who designed major civic monuments across the nation, died Saturday at Santa Monica-UCLA Medical Center, his friend Roy Doumani said. Graham, who had been ill for about six months, was 70.    (Click on ‘Continue Reading’ for more)

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Obit…John Costelloe

Posted by Allan Ellenberger on Dec 25th, 2008
2008
Dec 25

OBITUARY

‘Sopranos’ actor ‘Johnny Cakes’ dead in suicide

 

Joe Gannascoli and John Costelloe

Joe Gannascoli and John Costelloe

 

Former firefighter John Costelloe joined HBO cast in 2006

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The Associated Press
Dec. 25, 2008
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NEW YORK – The actor who portrayed the gay lover of a closeted mobster on The Sopranos has died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound in New York, police said.

 

Police spokesman Lt. John Grimpel said John Costelloe was found dead in an apparent suicide at his Brooklyn home on Dec. 18.

 

Police were called to his residence after family members were unable to reach him.

 

The 47-year-old former New York City firefighter gained fame in 2006 when he was cast as short-order cook Jim “Johnny Cakes” Witowski opposite Joseph Gannascoli, who played gay mobster Vito Spatafore on the hit HBO show.

 

Costelloe was performing as a hustler in a theater production of Gang of Seven at the time of his death.

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Obit…Eartha Kitt

Posted by Allan Ellenberger on Dec 25th, 2008
2008
Dec 25

OBITUARY

Eartha Kitt dies at 81; TV’s Catwoman, sultry singer of ‘Santa Baby’

 

Eartha Kitt

 Brad Oscar, dressed as Santa Claus, watching Eartha Kitt perform during the Christmas Pageant of Peace Opening Ceremony on the Ellipse in Washington.

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Gerald Herbert
Associated Press
December 25, 2008

 

NEW YORK — Eartha Kitt, a sultry singer, dancer and actress who rose from South Carolina cotton fields to become an international symbol of elegance and sensuality, has died, a family spokesman said. She was 81.   (Click on ‘Continue Reading’ for more)

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Obit…Page Cavanaugh

Posted by Allan Ellenberger on Dec 24th, 2008
2008
Dec 24

OBITUARY

Page Cavanaugh dies at 86; pianist-singer led Southland jazz trio

 

Pge Cavanaugh

Page in front of the Click Bar, Philadelphia, ’48
(http://www.pagecavanaugh.com/cd.htm)

 

By Dennis McLellan
Los Angeles Times
December 24, 2008

 

Page Cavanaugh, a veteran pianist-singer whose trio was a popular nightclub and recording group in the late 1940s and ’50s and who became one of Southern California’s most enduring lounge jazz artists, has died. He was 86.    (Click on ‘Continue Reading’ for more)

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Obit…Majel Barrett Roddenbery

Posted by Allan Ellenberger on Dec 19th, 2008
2008
Dec 19

OBITUARY

Majel B. Roddenberry dies at 76; wife of ‘Star Trek’ creator was voice of the Enterprise

 

Majel Barrett and Gene Roddenberry

Majel Barrett and Gene Roddenberry

 

By Dennis McLellan
Los Angeles Times
December 19, 2008

 

Majel Barrett Roddenberry, the widow of Star Trek creator Gene Roddenberry and an actress whose longtime association with the Star Trek franchise included playing Nurse Christine Chapel in the original series, died early Thursday morning. She was 76.    (Click on ‘Continue Reading’ for more)

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Obit…Sam Bottoms

Posted by Allan Ellenberger on Dec 18th, 2008
2008
Dec 18

OBITUARY

Sam Bottoms dies at 53; actor appeared in ‘Apocalypse Now,’ ‘Last Picture Show’

 

Sam Bottoms

In 1976, Francis Ford Coppola cast Bottoms in the role of California surfer turned GI Lance Johnson in the Vietnam War epic “Apocalypse Now.” (Times file photo)

 

By Dennis McLellan
Los Angeles Times
December 18, 2008

 

Sam Bottoms, a film and television actor who played the role of California surfer-turned-GI Lance Johnson in Francis Ford Coppola’s 1979 Vietnam War epic Apocalypse Now, has died. He was 53.    (Click on ‘Continue Reading’ for more)

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Obit…Van Johnson

Posted by Allan Ellenberger on Dec 12th, 2008
2008
Dec 12

OBITUARY

Van Johnson, MGM’s boy- next-door, dies at 92

 

Janet Leigh and Van Johnson

Van Johnson with Janet Leigh during the filming of Wives and Lovers in 1963.

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Johnson rose to stardom in ‘A Guy Named Joe’ and ‘Thirty Seconds Over Tokyo.’ His World War II-era films drew such a huge bobby-soxer following that columnists dubbed him ‘The Voiceless Sinatra.’

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By Dennis McLellan
Los Angeles Times
December 12, 2008

 

Van Johnson, who soared to stardom during World War II as MGM’s boy-next-door in films such as A Guy Named Joe and Thirty Seconds Over Tokyo and became one of the era’s top box-office draws, died today. He was 92.    (Click on ‘Continue Reading’ for more)

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