Christine Kaufmann Dies: Golden Globe-Winning Actress Was 72
Christine Kaufmann, Golden Globe-winning actress, died in Munich, Germany, after battling leukemia, her management company told the dpa news agency on Tuesday. She was 72.
“Christine was a unique and wonderful woman, a very caring person with the love of life,” read a statement on her Facebook page. “Your endless wisdom, your poetic nature and boundless tolerance and love for people make you unforgettable. She loved her family, was a reliable friend and enchanted everyone… Read
Sol Negrin Dies: Emmy-Nominated Cinematographer Was 88
Sol Negrin, five-time Emmy-nominated cinematographer, best known for his work on Kojak (1974-77) and St. Elsewhere (1982), died on March 20, ICG confirmed today. He was 88.
Born in New York City, after planning to become a naval architect, he decided to pursue his love for photography in the movie industry, starting as a camera assistant from 1948 to 1960. Negrin then became a camera operator on the TV series The Naked City, The Defenders, Car 54, Where Are You? and The P… Read
Darlene Cates Dies: ‘What’s Eating Gilbert Grape’ Star Was 69
Darlene Cates, who starred as the housebound mother in What’s Eating Gilbert Grape has died. Cates died in her sleep Sunday morning at her home in Forney, Texas. She was 69.
Her daughter Sherri Cates Morgan announced her mother’s death on Facebook (see below). In the announcement, Morgan wrote "We take comfort in knowing that she is no longer in pain and is in the arms of our Heavenly Father.”
Cates is best known for her role of Bonnie Grape, the housebound, overweight… Read
Noreen Fraser Dies: Stand Up To Cancer Co-Creator & TV Producer Was 63
Noreen Fraser, co-creator of the Stand Up To Cancer initiative and TV producer, died on Monday at her home in California after a 16-year battle with breast cancer, a representative for the Noreen Fraser Foundation confirmed to Deadline. She was 63.
Fraser worked as a producer on television shows including Entertainment Tonight, Home Show on ABC and The Richard Simmons Show. She was a co-creator and co-producer on the Stand Up To Cancer telethons that aired in 2008 and… Read
Dan Aykroyd, Griffin Dunne Remember Carrie & Debbie, “Beloved Showboats”
Dan Aykroyd, one of the speakers honoring Carrie Fisher and Debbie Reynolds during the public memorial for the famed mother-daughter pair, was describing his friend Carrie but could just as easily been speaking of Debbie with these two words: beloved showboat.
The former Saturday Night Live funnyman recalled a long-ago moment when he saved Fisher’s life by performing the Heimlich maneuver. She was choking on a brussels sprout, he said before lamenting, only half jokingly… Read
Watch Public Memorial For Debbie Reynolds & Carrie Fisher Livestreamed Here – Update
UPDATE The livestreamed memorial service has closed.
UPDATE with livestream, below Fans of Debbie Reynolds and Carrie Fisher can say goodbye today, with a public memorial at Forest Lawn Memorial Park set to be livestreamed and featuring the music of James Blunt and Star Wars composer John Williams.
Organized by Todd Fisher (Reynolds’ son, Fisher’s brother), the memorial will take place in the cemetery’s 1,200-seat Hall of Liberty theater, with overflow crowds offered… Read
Richard A. Roth Dies: ‘Summer Of ’42’ Producer Was 76
Richard A. Roth, producer of the romantic coming-of-age melodrama Summer of ’42, died March 17 at his home in New York City. He was 76.
His death was announced by his family.
He was a producer of 1975’s Gene Wilder-directed The Adventure of Sherlock Holmes’ Smarter Brother.
According to his family, Roth had graduated from Stanford University Law School and was working for a small literary agency when he read the Summer of ’42 screenplay from a slush pile. He borrowed… Read
R.I.P. Jonathan Weisgal, Former CAA Agent & Indie Film Executive
I've just learned that Jonathan Weisgal, the former CAA agent who was a titan in the early days of the rise of the indie film business, passed away Sunday in Los Angeles at age 55. Weisgal, who died after a 2 1/2-year fight against pancreatic cancer, was buried in New Jersey.
Many of his Hollywood colleagues saluted him today at a memorial held at The Mark in Los Angeles, where testimonials were read from industry colleagues who benefited from Weisgal’s counsel including… Read
Cuban-American Actor Tomas Milian Dies Aged 84
Tomas Milian, the Cuban-American-Italian actor best known for his work in Italian genre films and Spaghetti Westerns, has died at the age of 84. Italian news agency ANSA reported that he died of a stroke in his Miami home on Wednesday.
Milian, whose real name was Tomas Quintin Rodriguez Milian, worked with a host of top-notch directors such as Steven Soderbergh, Bernardo Bertolucci and Steven Spielberg, and was recognized for the emotional intensity and humor he brought… Read
Robert Blackmore Dies: NBC Ad Sales Exec Who Oversaw First $1B Upfront Was 90
Robert Blackmore, a longtime NBC ad sales executive who rose to EVP and oversaw the industry’s first billion-dollar upfront, has died. His family said he died March 9, a week before his 91st birthday.
A Los Angeles native, Blackmore served in the Army Air Corps before launching his TV career as a page and sales service rep for CBS in Hollywood. He joined crosstown rival NBC in 1953 as a sales supervisor with NBC Films. After stints in San Francisco and Chicago, Blackmore… Read
Chuck Barris Dies: ‘Gong Show’ Host Was 87
Chuck Barris, host of The Gong Show, died Tuesday, March 21, of natural causes in Palisades, New York, The Associated Press confirmed. He was 87.
Best known for hosting the 1970s NBC game show The Gong Show, he also created genre classics The Dating Game and The Newlywed Game.
The Gong Show, created and produced by Barris, aired on NBC in daytime from 1976 through 1978, and in first-run syndication from 1976 to 1980 and 1988 to 1989. Barris hosted the show on NBC and from… Read
Robert Day Dies: Prolific Film & TV Director Was 94
Robert Day, the British director whose long list of credits includes multiple 1960s Tarzan movies and dozens of TV series and telefilms, has died. He was 94. His family said Day passed away March 17 on Bainbridge Island near Seattle.
Born on September 11, 1922, in Sheen, England, his first film was the dark comedy The Green Man (1956), and from there Day would helm movies starring the likes of Boris Karloff (1958’s The Haunted Strangler and Corridors of Blood), Shirley… Read