Miss Cleo Dies: Self-Described Psychic Of TV Infomercials Fame Was 53
Miss Cleo, the Jamaican-accented self-described psychic who rose to fame via ubiquitous informercials in the late 1990s, has died. She was 53. Media reports say she died this morning of cancer at a hospital in Palm Beach County, FL.
Born Youree Harris on August 12, 1962, in Los Angeles, she produced and acted in local Seattle theater before landing the gig that would make her famous. She took a job with the Psychic Readers Network and, dubbed Miss Cleo, became a familiar… Read
James M. Nederlander Dies: Broadway Icon Ruled Main Stem Real Estate
James M. Nederlander Sr., whose Broadway real estate holdings include nine Main Stem houses that made his Nederlander Organization the largest family-owned theater business, died Monday in South Hampton, NY. He was 94.
Nederlander started his regional theatre business in Detroit and began acquiring New York properties in the 1960s. Only the Shubert Organization owns more property on Broadway with 16, and Jujamcyn Theaters owns five.
"He was my best friend, and partner in… Read
Marni Nixon Dies: Hollywood’s Voice Behind The Stars Was 86
Marni Nixon, the voice behind the stars of such films as West Side Story, The King and I and My Fair Lady, has died. She was 86. Nixon died of breast cancer Sunday in Manhattan, according to The New York Times and other media outlets.
Nixon’s film career began in the 1940s, singing the voices of the angels heard by Ingrid Bergman in Joan of Arc. She was Margaret O’Brien’s singing voice in Big City that same year and The Secret Garden in 1949.
She went on to what would… Read
Hollywood Mourns Garry Marshall; Henry Winkler, Scott Baio & More Pay Respects
REFRESH FOR UPDATES… Henry Winkler, who played the career-making role of the Fonz on the classic Garry Marshall sitcom Happy Days, was among the first to pay respects to the late TV icon, who died Tuesday. Winkler thanked Marshall “for my professional life.” Scott Baio, the Joanie Loves Chachi star who gave a controversial speech at this week’s Republican National Convention, called Marshall his “2nd father.”
Here are some Hollywood reactions. Deadline will update as… Read
Garry Marshall Dies: ‘Happy Days’ Creator & ‘Pretty Woman’ Helmer Was 81
Garry Marshall, a giant of TV comedy whose long list of credits include such landmark series as Happy Days, The Odd Couple and The Dick Van Dyke Show, has died. He was 81. He also helmed 18 feature films including Pretty Woman, and had acting credits dating to the 1960s. His publicist Michelle Bega said Marshall died Tuesday at a Burbank hospital from complications of pneumonia following a stroke.
Henry Winkler, who played Arthur “The Fonz” Fonzerelli on Happy… Read
David Horowitz Dies: Famed Hollywood Publicist Known For Oscar Campaigns And Work With Bill Clinton
David H. Horowitz, the longtime Hollywood publicist and a man known for helping to boost and revitalize soon-to-be President Bill Clinton’s political fortunes, died yesterday at his home in Los Angeles. He was 86.
Over the course of five decades as a top public relations executive, Horowitz was known not only for his association with major stars such as Barbra Streisand (with whom he worked on early films such as Funny Girl, Hello Dolly and What’s Up Doc) but also for… Read
Héctor Babenco Dies: Oscar-Nominated ‘Kiss Of The Spider Woman’ Director Was 70
Héctor Babenco, the Argentina-born Brazilian director whose films often examined deep political and class divisions and was best known for his Oscar-winning Kiss of the Spider Woman, died Wednesday night in Sao Paulo following a heart attack. He was 70.
Born in Buenos Aires, Babenco was raised in Mar del Plata, but in 1969 relocated permanently to Sao Paulo, Brazil after several years spent living in Europe. Subsequently, his work often explored themes stemming from his… Read
Julie Payne Dies: Longtime Ridley Scott Collaborator Was 64
The well-respected film producer Julie Payne, who managed the London operations of Ridley Scott’s Scott Free Film for 15 years, has died following a short and brave battle with cancer. She was 64. Payne produced and exec produced projects for the company including Richard Loncraine's The Gathering Storm and follow-up Into The Storm, winning 2 Golden Globes and 2 Emmys in the process.
Subsequently, Payne also exec produced Scott's own France-set comedy A Good Year, and… Read
Rick Marroquin Dies: CAA Agent & Industry Veteran Was 45
Rick Marroquin, a lifestyle agent at CAA, died Sunday of complications from lung cancer. He was 45.
Marroquín joined CAA in 2011 and provided expert insight on multicultural audiences. "Rick was a beloved member of the CAA family and we are heartbroken by his passing," the CAA partners said in a joint statement. "He lived his life with boundless courage and optimism and was tremendously generous and kind to all who knew him. Our hearts go out to Rick's loving family. He… Read
Matt Villines Dies: ‘SNL’ & Funny Or Die Comedy Shorts Director Was 39
Matt Villines, who directed comedy shorts for Saturday Night Live and Funny or Die, died Saturday at his home in Los Angeles after a two-year fight with cancer. He was 39.
As one half of directing duo Matt and Oz, Villines and his creative partner Osmany Rodriguez collaborated on several popular shorts for SNL, including the acclaimed “Sad Mouse” starring Bruno Mars — see tweet below from former SNL head writer Seth Meyers — "Uber for Jen" and "(Do It On My) Twin Bed."… Read
John McMartin Dies: Broadway Veteran Of ‘Follies’ & ‘Sweet Charity’ Fame Was 86
John McMartin, the longtime Broadway staple and film and TV charactor actor who was part of the original cast of Stephen Sondheim’s Follies and starred in Sweet Charity on both the stage and the screen, has died. He was 86. The five-time Tony nominee had cancer, according to The New York Times.
His last Broadway role was playing conservative… Read
Noel Neill Dies: Lois Lane Of TV’s ‘Adventures Of Superman’ Was 95
Noel Neill, TV’s early – and to many Boomers, only – Lois Lane, died at her home in Tucson, Arizona yesterday. The Adventures of Superman costar (opposite George Reeves’ Superman and Jack Larson’s Jimmy Olsen) was 95. The former actress had been in ill health since suffering a broken hip in 2010.
Her death was announced by her friend and biographer Larry Thomas Ward. “Noel Neill maintained that bright, perky and engaging personality up until her death,” Ward said. Funeral… Read