Lela Swift Dies: Pioneering TV Director Was 96
Lela Swift, who rose from the secretarial pool at CBS to become a pioneering force for female TV directors, died today at her Santa Monica home of natural causes. She was 96. Swift went from gopher to an AD job on the network’s Studio One in 1948, to directing nearly 600 episodes of Dark Shadows and winning three Daytime Emmys over 14 years of helming the soap opera Ryan’s Hope.
Born Lela Siwoff on February 1, 1919, in New York City, she joined the then-nascent CBS in the… Read
Stuntman Shawn Robinson Found Dead
Shawn Robinson, a veteran Hollywood stuntman and rigger whose credits include Guardians Of The Galaxy and the first three Transformers films, was found dead last week. He had been working on Peter Berg's new film Deepwater Horizon in New Orleans; when he didn't show up for work on July 28, a fellow stuntman went to his hotel room and found Robinson’s body. The Orleans Parish Coroner’s Office hasn’t released a cause of death pending toxicology results.
Robinson, the son of… Read
Gabrielle Krengel Dies: Domain Talent Co-Founder Was 49
Veteran talent agent Gabrielle Krengel, partner at Domain Talent agency, died Monday, August 3. She was 49. Krengel had been diagnosed with cancer in late 2014, for which she underwent treatment. In July, she had fallen ill from pulmonary embolisms, complications from which ultimately caused her death.
Krengel’s passing shocked many in the talent world as very few had been aware that she was sick. “She didn’t tell anyone, so no one had the chance to tell her how loved she… Read
Peter Grad Dies: TV Executive & Philanthropist Who Co-Founded ‘A Night At Sardi’s’ Fundraiser
Peter Grad, whose career as a TV executive included running MTM Studios and who later co-founded the A Night at Sardi’s fundraiser, died August 1 of a heart attack while vacationing in Vail, CO. He was 75.
Born March 22, 1940 in Newark, NJ, Grad tried his hand at many vocations — including engineering, finance, acting and producing — before he found his calling as a television executive. He began his career at Paramount Television before moving to 20th Century Fox… Read
Cilla Black, UK Singer & TV Host, Dies; Remembered By Paul McCartney & Ringo Starr
Cilla Black, English recording artist, host of two of Britain’s longest-running entertainment shows and Cavern Club favorite of The Beatles, has died at the age of 72.
“Such a shock to hear about Cilla's passing,” Paul McCartney tweeted. “She was a lovely girl who infected everyone with her great spirit. From first meeting her as a cloakroom girl at the Cavern in Liverpool, to seeing her many times since, she always had a fun loving dignity that made her a great pleasure… Read
“Rowdy” Roddy Piper Dies: Pro Wrestling Icon & Veteran Actor Was 61
“Rowdy” Roddy Piper, a wrestler and actor who was one of the kings of the squared circle during the WWF’s go-go days in the 1980s, died overnight at his home in Hollywood. He was 61. His agent Jay Schachter told Deadline that Piper, whose real name was Roderick George Toombs, died peacefully in his sleep. No cause of death was given. Piper had been diagnosed with Hodgkin’s lymphoma in 2007 but said last year that he was cancer-free.
“I am shocked and beyond devastated,”… Read
Sean Malone Dies: ‘The Fighter’ Actor Was 54
Actor Sean Malone, known for his roles in The Fighter and Gone Baby Gone, has died, nine days after he was pulled unconscious from the water at a South Boston beach. He was 54.
The Boston Fire Department announced his death last night on Twitter.
Sean Malone succumbed to his injuries this evening surrounded by his son Sean, parents and siblings at Boston Medical Center
— Boston Fire Dept. (@BostonFire) July 30, 2015
Malone played Wolfie in the 2007 film The Fighter… Read
Ann Rule Dies: Prolific Crime Writer’s Friendship With Ted Bundy Basis For Book & TV Movie
Ann Rule, the former co-worker and friend of serial killer Ted Bundy who went on to become a prolific true crime writer, has died. Several of her books were turned into TV movies, and she was a frequent guest on true crime TV shows, including 48 Hours. She died on Sunday after suffering a heart attack. She was 83.
Rule was a budding author in the early 1970s, living in Seattle and working on a book about a local serial killer. She didn't know it then, but one of her… Read
‘Deadliest Catch’ Former Producer Killed: Suspect Found Dead In Car In West L.A. – Update
WRITETHRU, 6:20 PM: Police have found their suspect in the Pasadena shooting death of former Deadliest Catch producer Joseph McMahon. The L.A. County Sheriff’s Department reported that the suspect was found dead in his car with what appeared to be a self-inflicted gunshot wound.
Los Angeles Police Department detectives located the car in the West Los Angeles Division area. The name of the suspect, who the LASD said is a man about 24 years old, has not been released… Read
Boyfriend Charged With Murder In Death Of SundanceTV Reality Star – Update
UPDATE, 5:1o PM: Robert Reagan was charged with murder Friday in the July 22 stabbing death of his girlfriend, Loredana Nesci, who starred on SundanceTV reality series Loredana, Esq. He faces once count of murder with a knife-use allegation, according to a statement from the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office. Reagan is being held on $1 million bail. He faces a maximum of 26 years to life in state prison if convicted.
PREVIOUSLY, July 22: Loredana Nesci, the… Read
Harvey Weinstein On How Jerry Weintraub Made His Daughters Feel Like High Rollers In Vegas
Since Jerry Weintraub passed away, there have been several lively reminiscences of his larger than life journey that began promoting Elvis Presley concerts, to becoming the producer of films like Ocean’s Eleven. Many of the best stories focused on the hijinks surrounding the making of the Ocean’s Eleven series of films in Las Vegas. Occasional Deadline contributor Harvey Weinstein had a good one and was gracious enough to share.
Jerry Weintraub had style.
He was Old… Read
James L. White Dies: ‘Ray’ Screenwriter Was 67
James L. White, who penned the script for the Ray Charles biopic Ray that won Jamie Foxx the Best Actor Oscar in 2004, died Thursday at his home in Santa Monica. He was 67. His attorney, Matthew H. Saver, told Deadline that White died of complications from pancreatic cancer.
Ray landed six Oscar nominations that year, winning for Foxx’s turn as well as sound mixing. Taylor Hackford was nominated for Best Director (he and White shared the story-by credit) and the movie was… Read