Anne Meara Dies; Actress, Comedian Of Stiller Family Was 85
Actress and comedian Anne Meara died Saturday from natural causes, her family confirmed today. The Emmy and Tony nominated wife of Jerry Stiller, and mother to actor-comedian Ben Stiller, was 85. In a statement released to the Associated Press, the family described Jerry Stiller as Meara’s “husband and partner in life.”
“The two were married for 61 years,” the statement said, “and worked together almost as long,”
Born in Brooklyn in 1929, Meara was raised Roman Catholic… Read
Mathematician John Nash, Subject Of ‘A Beautiful Mind’, Dies In Car Crash
Nobel prize-winning mathematician John F. Nash Jr., subject of Ron Howard’s Oscar-winning film A Beautiful Mind, was killed Saturday in a car crash in New Jersey along with his wife, Alicia. Nash was 86.
The couple had just returned to the US from Norway, where Nash was awarded the Abel Prize by The Norwegian Academy of Science and Letters. The driver of their taxi lost control of the vehicle during an attempt to pass another car, hitting the guard rail and a third… Read
Memorial Service Set For Barbara Dreyfus
UPDATED with memorial information: A celebration of life memorial for Barbara Dreyfus, who died May 15, is set for May 27 at 10 AM at the Wilshire Ebell Club in Los Angeles. In lieu of flowers, her family later will name a charitable organization for donations.
PREVIOUSLY, May 15: Barbara Dreyfus, a longtime agent who left UTA last year to join filmmaker Will Packer as the head of his production company, was found dead at her home this morning. Details are sketchy, but… Read
Elizabeth Wilson, Quiet Luminary Of Movies, TV And Broadway, Dies At 94
If you can picture Dustin Hoffman’s mother in The Graduate, or Ralph Fiennes’ in Quiz Show, or, in her best known, if least characteristic film role as the treacherous foil to Jane Fonda and Lily Tomlin in 9 To 5, you can probably summon Elizabeth Wilson’s face more quickly than her name. A ubiquitous presence in movies, television and on Broadway stages throughout a seven-decade career, Wilson died Saturday in New Haven.
With a patrician bearing that barely concealed a… Read
Ellen Albertini Dow Dies: ‘Wedding Singer’s’ Rapping Granny Was 101
Ellen Albertini Dow, whose memorable take on “Rapper’s Delight” stole the show in the 1998 Adam Sandler movie The Wedding Singer — and whose screen career started in her 70s — died today. She was 101. Her longtime manager Juliet Green confirmed the actress’ death to Deadline but offered no details.
Albertini Dow studied acting with Michael Shurtleff and Uta Hagen in NYC, worked with mimes Marcel Marceau and Jacques LeCog in Paris and played the Borscht Belt as part of a… Read
Grace Lee Whitney Dies; Janice Rand Of ‘Star Trek’ Was 85
Grace Lee Whitney, known to legions of Star Trek fans as Yeoman Janice Rand, died Friday in her Coarsegold, California home at 85, her son announced today.
It was through Gene Roddenberry’s vision of the future that she would make her mark on popular culture. A mainstay of the Trekverse from the beginning, Whitney first appeared as Captain Kirk’s personal assistant during the first season of the original Star Trek. Appearing only in eight of the first thirteen episodes… Read
Nigel Terry Dies; ‘Excalibur’ Actor Was 69
Actor Nigel Terry, best known for playing King Arthur in Excalibur, has died from emphysema. He was 69.
Born Peter Nigel Terry in Bristol, England on August 15, 1945, Terry trained as a stage actor with repertory companies including the Oxford Meadow Players and Bristol Old Vic. He then embarked on a prolific stage career with many appearances in productions by the Royal Shakespeare Company, the Round House Theatre and the Royal Court Theatre. His film career was less… Read
Stephen Milburn Anderson Dead: ‘South Central’ Filmmaker Was 67
Filmmaker Stephen Milburn Anderson, best known for South Central (produced by Oliver Stone) and for Ca$h (starring Sean Bean and Chris Hemsworth), died May 1 at his home in Denver after a six-month battle with throat cancer. He was 67. A graduate of UCLA film school with 25 years of film-related work, Anderson was a pioneer in the use of digital film making and an early advocate of the New Mexico Film Incentive Program. In his career he wrote and directed eight films and… Read
Suzanne Crough Dead: ‘Partridge Family’ Daughter Was 52
Suzanne Crough Condray, who played the youngest daughter on the 1970s comedy series The Partridge Family, has died. She was 52. She died Monday at her home in Laughlin, NV, according to the Clark County coroner’s office. An autopsy is scheduled Wednesday to determine the cause of death. Crough Condray played the tambourine-playing Tracy Partridge on the series that ran from 1970-74 on ABC. The child actress had roles on other 1970s shows including Read
Andrew Lesnie Dies: Oscar-Winning ‘Lord Of The Rings’ Cinematographer Was 59
Andrew Lesnie, the cinematographer on all six of Peter Jackson’s Lord Of The Rings and Hobbit movies and an Oscar winner in 2002 for the seminal franchise kickoff The Fellowship Of The Ring, died Monday. He was 59. The Australian Cinematographers Society confirmed “the sudden death of Andrew,” according to Australian news outlets.
The Aussie-born DP’s most recent film was Russell Crowe’s directorial debut The Water Diviner, which debuted in the U.S. in a platform release… Read
Paul Ryan Dies: Actor, TV Host & ‘ET’ Correspondent Was 69
Paul Ryan, an actor, TV host and former Entertainment Tonight correspondent, has died. He was 69. Ryan died April 23 of leukemia at Providence Saint Joseph Hospital in Burbank.
He hundreds of celebrity interviews as ET‘s Hollywood correspondent, co-hosted the local Mid-Morning Los Angeles and most recently produced web series A BraveHeart View. Ryan also authored the 2007 book The Art Of Comedy: Getting Serious About Being Funny.
His acting career included more than two… Read
Jayne Meadows Allen Dies: Broadway Actress Wooed And Won TV & Film Audiences
Jayne Meadows Allen, a gifted comedian in the Lucille Ball vein who became familiar to TV audiences as a longtime panelist on CBS’ I’ve Got A Secret, died April 26 of natural causes at her home in Encino, CA. She was 95. Her death was announced by her son Bill Allen, CEO of the Los Angeles County Economic Development Corp, who was with her in her final hours along with his wife Marie and Jayne’s grandchildren Bradley, Robert and Amanda. She had lived in the San Fernando… Read