Archive for the ‘Obituaries – 2008’ Category

Obit…William Gibson

Friday, November 28th, 2008

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William Gibson dies at 94; Tony Award-winning playwright was best known for ‘The Miracle Worker’

 

William Gibson sits in on a reading of his play “Golda,” an autobiography of former Israeli Prime Minister Golda Meir. The playwright was known for the demanding roles he wrote for women.

 

By Adam Bernstein
November 28, 2008

 

Reporting from WashingtonWilliam Gibson, 94, a Tony Award-winning playwright best known for The Miracle Worker, the inspirational story of Helen Keller and her teacher Anne Sullivan, died Tuesday at his home in Stockbridge, Mass. The family did not disclose the cause of death.    (Click on ‘Continue Reading’ for more)

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Obit…Joe Hyams

Tuesday, November 11th, 2008

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Joe Hyams dies at 85; former Hollywood columnist, best-selling author

 

By Dennis McLellan
Los Angeles Times
November 11, 2008

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Joe Hyams, a former Hollywood columnist and best-selling author of books ranging from biographies of Humphrey Bogart and James Dean to a popular tome on Eastern philosophy, has died. He was 85.   (Click on ‘Continue Reading’ for more)

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Obit…Michael Crichton

Wednesday, November 5th, 2008

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Best-Selling Author Michael Crichton Dies

 

 

LOS ANGELES, Nov. 5, 2008

(CBS) Best-selling author and filmaker Michael Crichton died unexpectedly in Los Angeles Tuesday, after a courageous and private battle against cancer, according to a statement released by his family. He was 66.   (Click on ‘Continue Reading’ for more)
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Obit…Yma Sumac

Monday, November 3rd, 2008

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Yma Sumac, ‘Peruvian songbird’ with multi-octave range, dies at 86

 

Bursting onto the American music scene after signing with Capitol Records in 1950, the raven-haired Sumac was known as the “Nightingale of the Andes,” the “Peruvian Songbird” and a “singing marvel” with a 4 1/2-octave (she said five-octave) voice.

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The singer with a persona matching her exotic voice became an international sensation in the 1950s.

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By Dennis McLellan
November 3, 2008

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Yma Sumac, the Peruvian-born singer whose spectacular multi-octave vocal range and exotic persona made her an international sensation in the 1950s, has died. She was 86.   (Click on ‘Continue Reading’ for more)

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Obit…Delmar Watson

Tuesday, October 28th, 2008

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Delmar Watson, child actor turned news photographer, dies at 82

 

 

Delmar and his eight siblings acted in more than 1,000 films. He went to work for the L.A. Mirror in 1948 and later opened an archive of historical L.A. photos.

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By Valerie J. Nelson
Los Angeles Times
October 28, 2008

 

Delmar Watson, a member of a family of child actors who appeared in more than 1,000 films in the early days of Hollywood, has died. He was 82.   (Click on ‘Continue Reading’ for more)

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Obit…Mr. Blackwell

Monday, October 20th, 2008

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‘Mr. Blackwell’ dies at 86; compiled ‘worst dressed’ celebrity lists for nearly 50 years

 

 

 

Born Richard Selzer, the caustic self-proclaimed arbiter of taste wagged his finger at the likes of Marilyn Monroe, Madonna, Britney Spears and even Queen Elizabeth.

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By Mary Rourke
Los Angeles Times Staff Writer
October 20, 2008

 

“Mr. Blackwell,” whose annual “worst dressed” list dinged movie stars, music icons and European royalty and helped turn him into a household name from the 1960s through the ’80s, has died. He was 86.   (Click on ‘Continue Reading’ for more)

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Obit…Edie Adams

Thursday, October 16th, 2008

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Actress, singer Edie Adams dies at 81

 

 

Tony winner gained fame as television foil to husband Ernie Kovacs

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The Associated Press
Thurs., Oct. 16, 2008
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LOS ANGELES – Actress and singer Edie Adams, the blonde beauty who won a Tony Award for bringing Daisy Mae to life on Broadway and who played the television foil to her husband, comedian Ernie Kovacs, has died. She was 81.   (Click on ‘Continue Reading’ for more)

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Obit…Guillaume Depardieu

Monday, October 13th, 2008

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Actor Guillaume Depardieu dead at 37

PARIS (AP) — Hospital officials say 37-year-old French actor Guillaume Depardieu has died from complications linked to a sudden case of pneumonia.

 

The son of French movie star Gerard Depardieu had been hospitalized since Sunday night, said officials at the Raymond-Poincare de Garches hospital in the western suburbs of Paris.

 

Guillaume Depardieu won the prize in 1996 as the most promising young actor at the Cesar awards — France’s equivalent of the Academy Awards — for his role in the film Les Apprentis (The Apprentices).

 

He starred with his father in a 1991 film, but they had a public falling-out in 2003. Guillaume Depardieu had his right leg amputated in 2003 to end years of pain from a bacterial infection following a motorcycle accident in 1996.

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Obit…House Peters, Jr.

Wednesday, October 1st, 2008

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Mr. Clean actor House Peters Jr. dead at 92

 

 

LOS ANGELES (AP) — House Peters Jr., a TV actor who became the original Mr. Clean on Proctor & Gamble’s commercials for household cleaners, died Wednesday. He was 92.

 

Peters died of pneumonia at the Motion Picture and Television Fund Hospital in Los Angeles, said his son, Jon Peters.

 

The elder Peters’ most memorable role came as Mr. Clean — a muscular man with a bald head, a hoop earring and a no-nonsense attitude toward dirt and grime. From the late 1950s and into the early 1960s, Peters Jr. helped advertise the famous household cleaner with the trademark jingle, “Mr. Clean, Mr. Clean.”

 

Peters Jr. played many supporting roles through his career, including working with Roy Rogers and Gene Autry on their television shows. He also appeared in Perry Mason, Gunsmoke, The Twilight Zone and Lassie.

 

“He always played the heavy,” Jon Peters said, referring to his father’s customary roles as a villain or brawny character. “Even though he wasn’t happy about being cast in those roles, he worked really hard at it.”

 

His father’s acting career spanned 1935-1967, according to his Web site. He also wrote an autobiography, “Another Side of Hollywood,” in which he describes growing up the son of an actress and silent film actor in Beverly Hills. His father, Robert House Peters Sr., has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

 

Peters Jr. was never a leading man, but played many character parts in cowboy movies and won a Golden Boot Award in 2000 for his lifetime contributions to the western genre, his son said.

 

Peters Jr. was born Jan. 12, 1916, in New Rochelle, N.Y., as Robert House Peters Jr. His son said Peters Jr. studied drama in high school and became inspired to pursue an acting career.

 

He also is survived by his wife, Lucy Pickett, a daughter, another son and four grandchildren.

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Obit…Paul Newman

Saturday, September 27th, 2008

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Paul Newman Dies at 83

 

 

WESTPORT, Conn. (AP) – Paul Newman, the Academy-Award winning superstar who personified cool as an activist, race car driver, popcorn impresario and the anti-hero of such films as Hud, Cool Hand Luke and The Color of Money, has died. He was 83.    (click on ‘Continue Reading’ for more)

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