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L.M. Kit Carson Is Dead: ‘Paris, Texas’ Writer, USA Film Fest Co-Founder

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An iconoclast in the worlds of independent film and journalism who embodied — and celibrated — Texas individualism, Carson died October 20 in Dallas following a long battle with osteoporosis and other illnesses. He was 73. A Dallas native whose career took him to Austin, Houston, New York, Los Angeles and many places far afield and in between, Lewis Minor Carson was best known as co-author with Sam Shepard of the Wim Wenders film Paris, Texas (Carson's official credit was… Read

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Marcia Strassman Dead: Starred In ‘Welcome Back Kotter,’ ‘Honey I Shrunk The Kids’

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Actress Marcia Strassman has died at the age of 66 after a long battle with breast cancer, her sister Julie Strassman confirmed. Though Marcia Strassman acted in a wide range of TV shows and feature films, she was best known for her lead roles in the TV show Welcome Back Kotter and the comedy feature Honey I Shrunk the Kids and its sequel, Honey I Blew Up the Kids. Strassman also served on the national board of the Screen Actors Guild. “She was the funniest, smartest… Read

Business

Terry Keenan Dead: Longtime Business Reporter-Anchor At CNN, CNBC & Fox News

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Terry Keenan, a veteran business journalist who worked at CNN, CNBC and Fox News during nearly a nearly quarter-century TV career, died Thursday in New York of a cerebral hemorrhage. She was 54. For the past five years, Keenan had written a weekly business column for The New York Post; her final column was posted just days ago, on October 19. She learned the ropes in the 1980s working on Louis Rukeyser's PBS series Wall Street Week and then on Lou Dobbs' Moneyline at CNN… Read

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Ben Bradlee Dead At 93, Washington Post Editor During Watergate Era — Update

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Update, 6:18PM: President Barack Obama reacts to Ben Bradlee's death with the following statement: “For Benjamin Bradlee, journalism was more than a profession - it was a public good vital to our democracy.  A true newspaperman, he transformed the Washington Post into one of the country's finest newspapers, and with him at the helm, a growing army of reporters published the Pentagon Papers, exposed Watergate, and told stories that needed to be told - stories that helped… Read

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Oscar De La Renta Dies: Fashion Icon Was 82 – Update

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Update 9:50PM: Hollywood reacts to the death of their beloved designer, who died at 82 after a long battle with cancer: Said Taylor Swift on Instagram, “My all-time favorite designer has passed away. Oscar, it was an honor to wear your creations and to know you. In loving memory.” Iconic legendary genius, gone but definitely not forgotten #OscarDeLaRenta My heart goes out to the De La Renta family. -ZS — Zoe Saldana (@zoesaldana) October 21, 2014 Sad to hear of… Read

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Misty Upham Found Dead: Family Of ‘Frozen River’ Actress Says Police Uncooperative In Search – Update

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UPDATE, FRIDAY, 4:40 PM: The King County Medical Examiner in Washington state has positively identified Misty Upham's body, which was discovered the day before by a family-led search party at the bottom of a ravine near her apartment in Auburn, WA. Upham died on October 5, the state coroner said, according… Read

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Elizabeth Pena Dies: Actress In ‘Modern Family,’ ‘Matador,’ ‘La Bamba’

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Actress Elizabeth Pena died October 14 of natural causes after brief illness. She was 55. Pena received an Independent Spirit Award for her work in John Sayles' Lone Star. She was perhaps best known for her roles in La Bamba and Down And Out In Beverly Hills, and for a recurring role in Modern Family as Pilar, the mother of Sofia Vergara's character. She also recently played the mother of the principal character in the recently wrapped first season of El Rey Network's Mata… Read

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Susan Jackson Dead: Freestyle Releasing Co-Founder Was 54

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Veteran distributor Susan Jackson, who co-founded indie film distribution label Freestyle Releasing in 2004, died Tuesday morning in Los Angeles after a long battle with breast cancer. She was 54. The UK-born Jackson dove into the distribution game after serving in exec positions in sales, acquisitions and marketing at the Samuel Goldwyn Co, Vestron, Goodtimes, BMG/Bertelsmann, Sony and the BBC. She headed BMG Independents, snagging rights to indie titles for BMG's North… Read

TV

Sarah Goldberg Dead: ‘7th Heaven’ And ‘90210’ Actress Was 40

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Sarah Goldberg, an actress who appeared on such TV series as 7th Heaven, 90210 and Judging Amy, has died. Her family told the Chicago Sun-Times that she died September 27 in her sleep of natural causes at their Wisconsin cabin. She was 40. The Sun-Times reported that an autopsy was inconclusive but the family suspects a heart ailment. Goldberg started out onstage in her native Chicago before moving to California and landing roles in features including Jurassic Park III, Tr… Read

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Marian Seldes, Broadway’s Quiet Lioness, Is Dead At 86

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UPDATE, TUESDAY AFTERNOON: Broadway will dim the lights in memory of Marian Seldes at 7:45 PM Wednesday, October 8 Five-time Tony nominee Marian Seldes began her Broadway career at age 19 in 1947, performing in John Gielgud's staging of Medea with Dame Judith Anderson. She became an enduring stage legend through her performances in Equus and Deathtrap opposite such stars as Anthony Hopkins, Richard Burton and John Wood and enjoyed a resurgent career when she was well into… Read

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R.I.P. “Un-Cola” Man, Bountiful Artist Geoffrey Holder

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UPDATE, WEDNESDAY: Broadway will dim the lights of every theater on Friday, October 10 at 7:45 p.m. in honor of Geoffrey Holder. Geoffrey Holder, the only theater man who at 6 feet, 6 inches could look Tommy Tune right in the eye and say “Abosolutely maaaaah-velous,” died Sunday in New York City. He was 84. Charles M. Mirotznik, a spokesman for the family, told the New York Times the cause was complications of pneumonia. As well known for the honey-smooth bass-baritone… Read

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