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Toby Sheldon Dead: Reality TV Star And Justin Bieber Look-Alike Was 35

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Reality star Toby Sheldon, (aka Tobias Strebel), has died, his rep confirmed to Deadline. He was 35. Sheldon, who appeared on reality series E!’s Botched and TLC’s My Strange Addiction, was perhaps best known as a look-alike for Justin Bieber. He went missing on August 18. His body was found August 21 in a motel room in the San Fernando Valley. An autopsy has been conducted, but no cause of death has been given. Obsessed with Bieber, Sheldon revealed he had spent $100,000… Read


Howard Lipstone Dies: Longtime TV Exec Co-Founded The Landsburg Company

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Howard Lipstone, a longtime TV executive whose company produced In Search Of…, Gimme A Break and several socially conscious telefilms and miniseries in the 1970s and ’80s, has died. He was 87. Lipstone died Monday at Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center in Westwood of complications from a recent stroke. Lipstone’s son Greg was named CEO of All3Media America this month and was a founding partner and former board member at ICM Partners, and his son Lewis is founder and owner… Read


Karolyn Ali Dies: Oscar-Nominated Producer Was 70

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Oscar-nominated producer Karolyn Ali has died. Ali, nominated for the 2004 documentary feature Tupac: Resurrection, was 70 and passed away from natural causes August 18 at her home in Los Angeles. Ali was a collaborator on a wide variety of projects encompassing movies, documentaries, music videos and commercials for more than three decades. Since 2013, Ali had served as executive assistant to Motion Picture Academy President Cheryl Boone Isaacs, a longtime friend. For… Read


Joel Silver’s Assistant Carmel Musgrove Dies In Bora Bora

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Carmel Musgrove, associate producer and assistant to Joel Silver, has died while vacationing with Silver, his family and Silver Pictures employees in Bora Bora. She was 28. Musgrove was found dead on the beach Thursday morning. Authorities believe she drowned, but an autopsy has yet to be performed. A spokesperson for Silver says Musgrove’s friends started searching for her after attempts to reach her on Wednesday were unsuccessful. After an extensive search, authorities… Read


Yvonne Craig Dies: TV’s Batgirl Was 78

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Yvonne Craig, best known for originating the role of Batgirl on the 1960s Batman TV series, has died. The actress and ballet dancer passed away Monday after a two-year battle with breast cancer. She was 78. Craig, who was born in 1937 in Illinois, began her career as the youngest member of The Ballet Russe de Monte Carlo, touring with the company for three years. According to her official obituary, she was “accidentally discovered” by John Ford's son Patrick who cast her… Read


Bud Yorkin Dies: ‘All In The Family’ & ‘Good Times’ Co-Producer Was 89

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UPDATED WITH DGA STATEMENT Bud Yorkin, a film and TV director, producer and writer who partnered with Norman Lear on the groundbreaking television comedies All In The Family, Maude, Good Times and Sanford and Son, died today of natural causes at his home in Bel-Air. He was 89. “As one of television's most influential director-producers, Bud was a driving creative force behind some of most memorable and innovative sitcoms and variety shows on television, including The… Read


Roger H. Davis Dies: Longtime William Morris Agent Was 92

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Roger H. Davis, 32-year veteran of the William Morris Agency, has died. He was 92 and passed away this morning in Los Angeles after a decade-long battle against cancer, surrounded by his family. Born in Chicago, Davis moved to Los Angeles when he was a child. Following graduation from Burbank High School he served as a captain in the U.S. Army in the Philippines and New Guinea for 2 ½ years during World War II. After the war he graduated from UCLA and earned his law… Read

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Broadway Will Go Dark In Memory Of Agent & Producer Samuel “Biff” Liff

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The marquees of Broadway theaters will be dimmed on Friday, August 14, at exactly 7:45 PM for one minute in memory of Samuel “Biff” Liff, who died Monday night at home in Westchester County, NY. He was 96. "Biff Liff had a long and multifaceted theater career influencing legendary productions and a galaxy of talented artists," said Charlotte St. Martin, President of the Broadway League. "He will be greatly missed. Our thoughts are with his colleagues, family and… Read


Legendary Agent, Producer Samuel “Biff” Liff Dies at 96; Stage Managed ‘My Fair Lady’

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EXCLUSIVE: Known universally as Biff and ever-present both backstage and at Broadway openings when Broadway openings mattered, Liff wore hats as a manager and producer, and as a longtime talent agent for William Morris during a career that spanned more than six decades. Liff died Monday at home in Westchester County, New York, his longtime friend and colleague, producer Emanuel Azenberg, confirmed. “He was a giant. A giant,” said Azenberg, who worked with Liff for David… Read


Tony Lara Dead: ‘Deadliest Catch’ Star Was 50

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Tony Lara, who appeared on Discovery Channel’s Deadliest Catch, died Saturday in Sturgis, S.D. He was 50. Lara was found dead at a private residence in Sturgis, and autopsy results are pending for a cause of death, according to the local sheriff’s office. Lara is described on Discovery’s website as a crab catcher who joined Deadliest Catch to help Josh Harris out as captain of the Cornelia Marie after Capt. Phil Harris died in 2010, Yesterday we lost a member of the… Read


Sólveig Anspach Dies: French Filmmaker Was 54

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Sólveig Anspach, the award-winning Icelandic-French filmmaker, has died after a long battle with breast cancer. She was 54. A prolific writer-director of feature films and documentaries, Anspach was honored at the Cannes Film Festival in 2001 for her Made in the USA, a searing exploration of an execution in Texas. Her Queen of Montreuil took home the Audience Award at the 2011 Reykjavik International Film Festival, and she won the best director award at the Ghent… Read


Frank Gifford Dies At 84; Sportscaster Was ‘Monday Night Football’ Icon

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Frank Gifford, one of the most popular sportscasters in TV history and the husband of Today cohost Kathie Lee Gifford, died of natural causes today, his family confirmed, just a week shy of his 85th birthday. “It is with the deepest sadness that we announce the sudden passing of our beloved husband, father and friend, Frank Gifford,” the family statement said. “Frank died suddenly this beautiful Sunday morning of natural causes at his Connecticut home. We rejoice in the… Read