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Strange person. Is there a published biography around?

Peter Whitehead, 60s filmmaker, (Tonite, let's make love in London) has shuffled off this mortal coil...
https://www.theguardian.com/film/2019/j ... d-obituary



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Fashion icon and artist Gloria Vanderbilt dies at 95

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Gloria Vanderbilt was an American artist, designer, author and actress.

(CNN) Gloria Vanderbilt died Monday morning, according to her son, CNN's Anderson Cooper. The fashion designer and socialite was 95.

Vanderbilt died at home with friends and family at her side.

"Gloria Vanderbilt was an extraordinary woman, who loved life, and lived it on her own terms," Cooper said in a statement. "She was a painter, a writer and designer but also a remarkable mother, wife, and friend.
"She was 95 years old, but ask anyone close to her, and they'd tell you: She was the youngest person they knew -- the coolest and most modern."

Born in New York in 1924, Vanderbilt grew up in France. Her father, Reginald Vanderbilt, the heir to a railroad fortune, died when she was a baby.

Young Gloria was the focus of media attention at an early age, the subject of an intense custody battle between her mother and her father's enormously wealthy sister, Gertrude. The latter prevailed in court proceedings.

"As a teenager she tried to avoid the spotlight, but reporters and cameramen followed her everywhere," Cooper said. "She was determined to make something of her life, determined to make a name for herself, and find the love she so desperately needed."


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Susan Bernard, 71, Dies; Actress and Keeper of a Photographic Legacy

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/06/30/obit ... -dies.html

As an actress, Ms. Bernard was probably best known for her role at the age of 16 in the Russ Meyer cult favorite “Faster, Pussycat! Kill! Kill!” (1965), the tale of three go-go dancers on a murderous spree in the California desert. Ms. Bernard played a woman whom they kidnapped.

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Los Angeles Angels pitcher Tyler Skaggs found dead at age 27

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The Angels announced Monday that pitcher Tyler Skaggs died. The team was scheduled to begin a series against the Texas Rangers in Arlington, but the game has been canceled.

The Southlake, Texas, police department released the following statement: “[Monday] at 2:18 p.m. CDT the Southlake Police Department responded to a call of an unconscious male in a room in the Hilton hotel at 1400 Plaza Place. Officers arrived and found the male unresponsive, and he was pronounced deceased at the scene.”

The statement went on to say that no foul play is suspected and an investigation is ongoing. A Southlake police spokesman said suicide “is not suspected.”

more here :arrow: https://www.latimes.com/sports/la-sp-tyler-skaggs-angels-dies-texas-statement-20190701-story.html


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Lee Iacocca, father of the Ford Mustang who later rescued Chrysler, dies at 94

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Lee A. Iacocca, an ambitious immigrant's son and salesman extraordinaire whose blunt and swaggering persona dominated the automobile industry like nobody since Henry Ford, died Tuesday. He was 94.

Iacocca, who spent his last years living in Los Angeles, died Tuesday morning at his Bel-Air home from complications of Parkinson’s disease, according to a family spokeswoman.

Iacocca hacked out a spectacular career, punctuated by his role as father of the wildly popular Ford Mustang in 1964, his epic 1978 firing at the hands of Henry Ford II and his dramatic rescue of Chrysler in the early 1980s.

A powerful speaker with ego to spare, Iacocca became a heroic figure to millions of Americans. He also became a household name by starring in Chrysler’s television commercials, where he pointed a finger at viewers and delivered a sales pitch that entered the lexicon: “If you can find a better car, buy it.”

But Iacocca also attracted countless critics who considered him a hypocrite and self-promoter, and saw his downfall from the presidency of Ford Motor Co. as just deserts for what they viewed as his Machiavellian scheme to reach the top.

In a characteristic response, Iacocca snapped in a 1992 interview with The Times: “Machiavelli, my ass.”

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In a parallel universe, former President Iacocca

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Artie Johnson dead at 90
(announced just a few hours ago...) :|

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^ I'm all out of Walnettos, or I'd have one in his honor.

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Laugh In...Artie a stable there... :cry: ...I wonder how many survivors of that landmark show are left...Lily Tomlin and Goldie Hawn come to mind...


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Laugh In...Artie a stable there... :cry: ...I wonder how many survivors of that landmark show are left...Lily Tomlin and Goldie Hawn come to mind...


Joanne Worley and Ruth Buzzi are still with us.

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. . . as is Goldie Hawn. 8)


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Bossa Nova pioneer and legend, João Gilberto, 88, father of Bebel Gilberto

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João Gilberto: Brazilian 'father of bossa nova' dies aged 88

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The Grammy-award winning artist avoided the spotlight in recent years

Influential Brazilian musician João Gilberto has died aged 88.

The singer and composer was known best as a pioneer of the bossa nova genre, which found international popularity in the 1960s.

Reports say Gilberto died at home in Rio de Janeiro after a period of illness. His son confirmed the news of his death in a Saturday Facebook post.

"His fight was noble, he tried to maintain dignity," Marcelo Gilberto said.

Born in the north-east state of Bahia in 1931, Gilberto began singing aged 18.

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His release of the record Chega de Saudade in the late 1950s was considered a game-changer for Brazilian music.

Gilberto's style - mixing traditional and modern musical influences - inspired bossa nova, or new trend, music and many other artists after him.

In 1964, he famously collaborated with America saxophone player Stan Getz. Their album sold millions of copies and won international praise, including a US Grammy for Album of the year.

A pioneer in his field

By Leonardo Rocha, BBC News Americas Editor

João Gilberto introduced bossa nova to the world in 1958: he created a new beat, with his unique guitar style, mixing traditional samba music with modern jazz influences.

His music depicted a period of huge optimism in Brazil: an urban, industrialised country that was building a new capital and dreaming of better

His versions of songs like Quiet Nights and The Girl from Ipanema became standards in world music.

For the past decade, João Gilberto lived alone in Rio, struggling with mental health and financial issues.

Bernardo Araujo, a music journalist for Brazilian newspaper Globo, told AFP news agency last year his influence was "incalculable".

"He was the principal voice of the best known Brazilian style in the world and a revolutionary without even really meaning to be," Araujo said.

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The influential musician had not been seen in public for several years.

The cause of his death has not yet been officially announced.

https://www.bbc.com/news/world-latin-america-48894651

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This helps a bit. https://www.koin.com/news/oregon/the-mysterious-death-of-a-mouseketeer/2061566295

July 13, 2018: Ernie Caswell fell several times at the home he shared with Dennis Day. Emergency responders went to the house at 510 Pine Street and took Caswell to a hospital. He was later taken to a long-term care facility, where he currently lives.

July 17, 2018: Dennis Day was set to visit friends and come back in several days, the Phoenix Police Department learned. Over the next several weeks, officers made welfare checks at the home.

July 26, 2018: A domestic disturbance call in Coos County brought the Oregon State Police to Hwy 42 near milepost 30. There they found a man and woman in Dennis Day's car. The woman, who was driving, was ticketed for driving with a suspended license and the car was impounded.

July 27, 2018: Phoenix police searched Dennis Day's house and weren't able to find anyone inside. He was then listed as a missing person.

August 8, 2018: A "bad smell" was reported to police coming from Dennis Day's home. Responding officers said they didn't observe or smell anything in the area.

January 28, 2019: The Jackson County Sheriff's Office and the Oregon State Police each provide a detective to help the Phoenix Police Department with the investigation.

April 4, 2019: A cadaver dog was brought in to search the house on Pine Street and found a body. OSP took over the lead in the investigation.

June 6, 2019: Using "strong circumstantial evidence," the medical examiner ruled the body found in the house was Dennis Day. But officials have not said how or exactly when he died.

Dennis Day was 75 or 76 years old at the time of his death.


His handyman has been arrested in his death.

https://deadline.com/2019/07/original-mouseketeer-dennis-days-ex-handyman-arrested-in-his-death-1202642621/


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Ross Perot dead at 89.

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Emmy-winning actor Rip Torn has died at the age of 88
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Rip Torn has died aged 88.

Rip Torn, the free-spirited Texan who overcame his quirky name to become a distinguished actor in theatre, television and movies and win an Emmy in his 60s for his comedy turn on TV's The Larry Sanders Show, has died.

He was 88.

Torn died Tuesday afternoon at his home with his wife, Amy Wright, and daughters Katie Torn and Angelica Page by his side, according to his publicist Rick Miramontez.

No cause of death was given.

His career on stage and screen spanned seven decades, ranging from an early career of dark, threatening roles to iconic comedic performances later in life.

After acclaimed performances in Cross Creek, Sweet Bird of Youth: and other dramas, Torn turned to comedy to capture his Emmy as the bombastic, ethically challenged television producer in The Larry Sanders Show.

Created by and starring Garry Shandling, HBO's spoof of TV talk shows aired from 1992 to 1998 and is widely credited with inspiring such satirical programs as 30 Rock and Curb Your Enthusiasm.

Born Elmore Rual Torn, the actor adopted the name Rip in his boyhood, following the tradition of his father and uncle.


It was the subject of endless ridicule during his early days as a stage actor in New York, and fellow drama students urged him to change it.

With customary stubbornness, he refused, eventually overcoming the jokes with a series of powerful performances that led to his being regarded, along with Marlon Brando, Paul Newman and James Dean, as actors of a postwar generation who brought tense realism to their craft.

He was also a political activist who joined James Baldwin, Harry Belafonte and other cultural and civil rights leaders for a frank and emotional 1963 meeting with then-Attorney General Robert F. Kennedy about the country's treatment of blacks.

Torn made his film debut in 1956 in an adaptation of Tennessee Williams' Baby Doll, and within a few years was a respected film and television actor, working on occasions with his second wife, Geraldine Page.

At the Actors Studio, he gained the attention of Elia Kazan, who hired him as understudy to Alex Nicol, then playing Brick Pollitt in the Tennessee Williams classic, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof.

Toward the end of the show's Broadway run, Torn took over the role of the alcoholic, emotionally troubled former football hero. He did so billed against his wishes as Elmore Torn.

Cast later in a US Steel Hour production for television, he was told to either change his name or forfeit the role.

He threatened to return to his native Texas, but finally agreed to be credited as Eric Torn. He was billed as Rip Torn thereafter.

His success eventually inspired a younger cousin to take up acting, too - Oscar winner Sissy Spacek.

Other film credits included: Critics Choice and The Cincinnati Kid. In Albert Brooks' Defending Your Life, he was featured as a gregarious attorney in the afterlife.

On television he played such figures as Richard Nixon, Lyndon B. Johnson and Walt Whitman.

His career hit a dry spell in the 1970s, and he blamed it on the buzz in Hollywood at the time that he was difficult to work with, a reputation sealed when tension on the set of Easy Rider led to his being replaced by Jack Nicholson for the 1969 release and missing out on one of the biggest hits of the era.

"I wouldn't say that I was blacklisted," he told The Associated Press in 1984, "but the word got around that I was difficult and unreliable. Unreliable! In all my years in the theatre I have never missed a performance."

He managed to keep working in small projects in theatre, films and TV, returning to the mainstream in 1983 with Cross Creek, in which he played table-smashing backwoodsman Marsh Turner. The role brought him his only Oscar nomination, for best supporting actor.

Among his other films: City Heat, The Hunt for Red October and Men in Black.

But he never entirely shook his rebellious reputation.

"What do they say about all the guys that are tremendous actors?" he told The New York Times in 2006.

"Don't they say they have a volatile temper and emotions? Yeah, sure they do! They're not saying they like a nice, mild guy. Look at Sean Penn.

In 1994, actor-director Dennis Hopper said on The Tonight Show With Jay Leno that Torn once pulled a knife in a New York restaurant as he complained about being replaced in Easy Rider. He sued Hopper for slander and won a $475,000 judgment.

He remained active in film and television in later years, including a recurring role in 30 Rock and a voice acting gig in the 2007 animated Bee Movie.

He weathered a couple of drunken driving arrests, including one in December 2008 near his home in Salisbury, Connecticut, that led to his placement in an alcohol education program.

Born in Temple, Texas, Torn initially studied agriculture at Texas A&M and acting at the University of Texas.

After service as a military policeman during the Korean War, he hitchhiked to Hollywood. Landing only tiny roles in movies and TV dramas, and supporting himself as a fry cook and dishwasher, he decided to shift to New York and seek more training as an actor.

Torn and his first wife, actress Ann Wedgeworth, had a daughter, Danae, before divorcing. In 1963 he married Page, with whom he had co-starred in the touring production and movie version of "Sweet Bird of Youth."

They had three children, a daughter, Angelica, and twins Jon and Tony, and appeared in productions together until her death in 1987. Torn also had two children, Katie and Claire, with actress Amy Wright.

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Prominent journalist and keen democracy defender in Brasil, great loss in obscure times...

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Jerry Lawson, leader of a cappella Persuasions, dies at 75
Andrew Dalton, Ap Entertainment Writer Updated 2:34 am EDT, Friday, July 12, 2019

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FILE - In this Oct. 8, 2017 file photo, singer Jerry Lawson performs the song "Lay Down" at a life celebration and statue unveiling for the late actor Anton Yelchin at Hollywood Forever Cemetery in Los Angeles. Lawson, for four decades the lead singer of cult favorite acapella group the Persuasions, has died. Longtime friend Rip Rense says Lawson died Wednesday, July 10, 2019 in Phoenix after a long illness. He was 75. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP, File)

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Jerry Lawson, who for four decades was the lead singer of the eclectic cult-favorite a cappella group the Persuasions, has died. He was 75.

Lawson died Wednesday at a Phoenix hospice after a long illness, longtime friend and sometime Persuasions producer Rip Rense said.

Lawson's smooth baritone led the group of five and later six singers, who were revered as the "The Kings of a Cappella" by their small but devoted fan base.

Through 25 albums the Persuasions recorded rock, blues, gospel and pop songs, all with no sound other than their own voices, long after the doo-wop era and long before the "Pitch Perfect" movies, when a cappella was rare.

"Thirty-eight years and we still ain't got no band, man!" Lawson told The Associated Press in 2000. "That's the story right there."

They had many famous fans including Rod Stewart, the Grateful Dead's Jerry Garcia, the members of Boyz II Men and Frank Zappa, who gave their career a boost when he discovered them in the late 1960s.

"After working together at the Hurricane Katrina Benefit Concert, I admired the undeniable depth in Jerry's big voice," Stewart said in a statement. "A true soul singer."

They began as a casual and nameless collection of singers on the basketball courts and front stoops of Brooklyn in 1962, with Lawson bringing the warm, friendly voice he developed singing gospel songs during his youth in Apopka, Florida.

"It was just five guys who used to stand on the corner or go down to the subway station every night and just do this," Persuasions member Jimmy Hayes told the AP in 2000.

Joseph Russell, Herbert Rhoad and Jayotis Washington rounded out the original quintet.

They got their break when Zappa signed them to his independent label for their first album in 1969.

The Persuasions performed with everyone from Liza Minnelli to Joni Mitchell to the Seattle Symphony Orchestra and covered the songs of Motown, Sam Cooke and Paul Simon.

The eclecticism that made them so beloved also kept them from reaching pop stardom.

Music executives never knew how to market them and commercial radio had no clue what niche to stick them in.

"They've never gotten their due," Rense told the AP in 2000. "They're the greatest, most enduring American a cappella group. In another country like Japan they'd be declared a living treasure."

Lawson left the group in 2002. A few years later he joined a much younger group of San Francisco acapella singers that had based themselves on the Persuasions to form "Jerry Lawson and the Talk of the Town."

The group released an album, co-produced by Lawson and his wife, in 2007, and in 2011 they appeared on NBC's music competition show, "The Sing-Off."

In 2015, he released his only solo album, "Just a Mortal Man."

A documentary on Lawson is in the works and is expected to be released later this year.

He is survived by wife Julie Lawson and daughters Yvette and Wanda Dawson.

At his request, no funeral will be held, his family said in a statement.

Associated Press Writer John Rogers contributed to this story.

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