Joe Cocker Dead At 70; Singer’s Music Highlighted Woodstock, Films And TV
Joe Cocker, the gravel-voiced singer whose music graced memorable scenes in Nine 1/2 Weeks and An Officer And A Gentleman along with the Woodstock documentary, died today in Crawford, Colo., at 70 from a form of lung cancer.
Although he was primarily known for his covers of songs written by the Beatles, Randy Newman and others, Cocker's music appeared in seemingly countless TV shows and films, beginning at the end of the 1960s with appearances on a series of music shows… Read
‘The Omen’ & ‘The Krays’ Billie Whitelaw Dead At 82
Stage and screen actress Billie Whitelaw was perhaps best known to international audiences for her role as Mrs Baylock in 1976 horror film The Omen, but she had a versatile career at home in the UK where she was a muse to Samuel Beckett and won BAFTAs for her film and television work. Whitelaw passed away on Sunday at a London nursing home, her son told the BBC. She was 82. Among her vast big screen credits, which stretch back to 1953, are 1967's Charlie Bubbles with… Read
Actor Booth Colman Dies At 91
Veteran actor Booth Colman - a character actor who appeared on seemingly countless TV shows and in more than 50 films over five decades - has died at the age of 91. He died in his sleep on Dec. 15.
An expert on Shakespeare who typically portrayed authority figures, Colman made frequent appearances on shows such as Gunsmoke, Hogan's Heroes, Perry Mason, Chicago Hope, Lou Grant, Star Trek, The Waltons, Frasier, The Rifleman, Bonanza, Mannix and Marcus Welby, among much… Read
Emerson Stone, Long-Time CBS News Radio Executive, Dies At 86
Former CBS News Executive Emerson Stone, a two-time Peabody Award winner, has died at the age of 86, from complications of a fall in his Greenwich, Conn., home on Sunday. He died Monday at Greenwich Hospital.
Stone worked for CBS News nearly 35 years, first in radio, where he brought Charles Osgood to the network, and led it to 24-hour news coverage. He also oversaw the 1977 radio broadcast of Ask President Carter, a live two-hour program hosted by Walter Cronkite. Stone… Read
Norman Bridwell Dies; Creator Of Clifford The Big Red Dog
Norman Bridwell, creator of the beloved children's book character Clifford the Big Red Dog, has died. He was 86. Scholastic Trade Book Publishing said the author and illustrator died Friday on Martha's Vineyard.
"Norman Bridwell's books about Clifford, childhood's most loveable dog, could only have been written by a gentle man with a great sense of humor," Scholastic chief Dick Robinson said. "Norman personified the values that we as parents and educators hope to… Read
Dominic Di-Natale Dead: Fox News Veteran Was 43
Dominic Di-Natale, who covered the recent riots in Ferguson, MO, for Fox News and earlier had reported from Osama bin Laden's compound and the Arab Spring riots in Egypt, was found dead Wednesday in Jefferson County, CO. He was 43. Fox News said the local coroner ruled Di-Natale's death a suicide.
Di-Natale began his career as a magazine writer in the late 1980s and moved to BBC World in 1995, working from Dubai, Frankfurt, Brussels, London and NYC. He joined Fox News in… Read
Mary Ann Mobley, TV & Film Actress, Miss America 1959, Dead At 75
Mary Ann Mobley, who segued into a successful TV and film acting career after her reign as Miss America 1959, died Monday after a battle with breast cancer. She was 75.
Mobley, a Mississippi native, launched her acting career on Broadway in the musical Nowhere To Go But Up after serving her year as Miss America 1959. She went on to co-star in Guys And Dolls, a role that led to her first film contract and starring roles opposite fellow Mississipian Elvis Presley in Girl Hap… Read
‘Hit The Floor’ Actress Stephanie Moseley Shot To Death By Husband, Police Say; Floyd Mayweather Interviewed – Update
UPDATED, 12:07 PM: LAPD investigators confirmed today that they spoke with boxing champ Floyd Mayweather Jr on Wednesday regarding the killing of Stephanie Moseley by her husband Earl Hayes and that he was cooperative. Detectives added, however, that the information gleaned from that interview, as well as those of other people involved with the investigation, will remain confidential.
PREVIOUSLY, December 8: LAPD homicide detectives said tonight that actress-dancer… Read
Ann Marcus Dies: Emmy-Winning ‘Mary Hartman’ Writer Was 93
Pioneering TV writer Ann Marcus, the Emmy-winning head writer of Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman and a former WGA board member and TV Academy governor, died December 3 at her home in Sherman Oaks. She was 93.
A successful playwright, Marcus broke through Hollywood's glass ceiling in the 1960s to write for such TV shows as Lassie, Dennis The Menace, Gentle Ben, Please Don't Eat The Daisies and The Hathaways. She was also a staff writer on Peyton Place and The Debbie Reynolds Sho… Read
Malia Langen Dies: CBS Comedy Development Coordinator Was 38
Malia Langen, CBS' TV Comedy Development Coordinator for almost a decade, died today after a battle with leukemia. She was 38.
Langen started with CBS as a page in December 1999 and joined the comedy department in 2002. She was promoted to Comedy Development Coordinator in 2005. Langen, who also received a kidney transplant as a teenager, sat on the boards of two national nonprofit organizations: Renal Support Network and Donate Life Hollywood.
“Malia was an invaluable… Read
Iconic Mexican Comedian Chespirito Dead at 85
One of Latin America's biggest comedy stars, Mexican actor Roberto Gomez Bolanos, better known as Chespirito, died Friday in Cancun from heart failure. He was 85. The beloved comedian's career spanned six decades and was highlighted by his signature roles roles in the Televisa series El Chavo del Ocho, El Chapulin Colorado and Chespirito. Chespirito's Red Grasshopper character from El Chapulin Colorado served as inspiration for Bumblebee Man on The Simpsons. “Mexico has… Read
Frank Yablans, Former Paramount President, Dead At 79
Frank Yablans was president of Paramount during some of the studio's most golden years from 1971 to 1975. Working under notorious owner Charlie Bludhorn, Yablans' tenure included such Oscar winners and nominees as The Godfather, The Godfather Part II, Serpico, Paper Moon, Chinatown and Murder On The Orient Express. He died peacefully in his sleep of natural causes this morning, his son, ICM Partners' Eddy Yablans, told Deadline.
Frank Yablans worked in his early years… Read