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Miss Cleo Dies: Self-Described Psychic Of TV Infomercials Fame Was 53

Miss Cleo

Miss Cleo, the Jamaican-accented self-described psychic who rose to fame via ubiquitous informercials in the late 1990s, has died. She was 53. Media reports say she died this morning of cancer at a hospital in Palm Beach County, FL. Born Youree Harris on August 12, 1962, in Los Angeles, she produced and acted in local Seattle theater before landing the gig that would make her famous. She took a job with the Psychic Readers Network and, dubbed Miss Cleo, became a familiar… Read

Box Office

James M. Nederlander Dies: Broadway Icon Ruled Main Stem Real Estate

** FILE **This May 15, 1991 file photo shows Broadway producer James M. Nederlander in New York. Dozens of the best high school musical actors and actresses from around the country will compete on Broadway next year for a new national award named after theater owner and producer Nederlander.  (AP Photo/Richard Drew/FILE)

James M. Nederlander Sr., whose Broadway real estate holdings include nine Main Stem houses that made his Nederlander Organization the largest family-owned theater business, died Monday in South Hampton, NY. He was 94. Nederlander started his regional theatre business in Detroit and began acquiring New York properties in the 1960s. Only the Shubert Organization owns more property on Broadway with 16, and Jujamcyn Theaters owns five. "He was my best friend, and partner in… Read

Film

Marni Nixon Dies: Hollywood’s Voice Behind The Stars Was 86

LOS ANGELES - APR 27:  Marni Nixon arriving at the TCM Classic Film Festival &  World Premiere Of "An American In Paris" at Grauman's Chinese Theater on April 27, 2011 in Los Angeles, CA..; Shutterstock ID 76183753; Usage: Web`; Issue Date: 7/25/16

Marni Nixon, the voice behind the stars of such films as West Side Story, The King and I and My Fair Lady, has died. She was 86. Nixon died of breast cancer Sunday in Manhattan, according to The New York Times and other media outlets. Nixon’s film career began in the 1940s, singing the voices of the angels heard by Ingrid Bergman in Joan of Arc. She was Margaret O’Brien’s singing voice in Big City that same year  and The Secret Garden in 1949. She went on to what would… Read

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Hollywood Mourns Garry Marshall; Henry Winkler, Scott Baio & More Pay Respects

Garry Marshall

REFRESH FOR UPDATES… Henry Winkler, who played the career-making role of the Fonz on the classic Garry Marshall sitcom Happy Days, was among the first to pay respects to the late TV icon, who died Tuesday. Winkler thanked Marshall “for my professional life.” Scott Baio, the Joanie Loves Chachi star who gave a controversial speech at this week’s Republican National Convention, called Marshall his “2nd father.” Here are some Hollywood reactions. Deadline will update as… Read

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Garry Marshall Dies: ‘Happy Days’ Creator & ‘Pretty Woman’ Helmer Was 81

Garry Marshall

Garry Marshall, a giant of TV comedy whose long list of credits include such landmark series as Happy Days, The Odd Couple and The Dick Van Dyke Show, has died. He was 81. He also helmed 18 feature films including Pretty Woman, and had acting credits dating to the 1960s. His publicist Michelle Bega said Marshall died Tuesday at a Burbank hospital from complications of pneumonia following a stroke. Henry Winkler, who played Arthur “The Fonz” Fonzerelli on Happy… Read

Business

David Horowitz Dies: Famed Hollywood Publicist Known For Oscar Campaigns And Work With Bill Clinton

David Horowitz

David H. Horowitz, the longtime Hollywood publicist and a man known for helping to boost and revitalize soon-to-be President Bill Clinton’s political fortunes, died yesterday at his home in Los Angeles. He was 86. Over the course of five decades as a top public relations executive, Horowitz was known not only for his association with major stars such as Barbra Streisand (with whom he worked on early films such as Funny Girl, Hello Dolly and What’s Up Doc) but also for… Read

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Héctor Babenco Dies: Oscar-Nominated ‘Kiss Of The Spider Woman’ Director Was 70

Source: Wikipedia. Photo by Caio do Valle.

Héctor Babenco, the Argentina-born Brazilian director whose films often examined deep political and class divisions and was best known for his Oscar-winning Kiss of the Spider Woman, died Wednesday night in Sao Paulo following a heart attack. He was 70. Born in Buenos Aires, Babenco was raised in Mar del Plata, but in 1969 relocated permanently to Sao Paulo, Brazil after several years spent living in Europe. Subsequently, his work often explored themes stemming from his… Read

International

Julie Payne Dies: Longtime Ridley Scott Collaborator Was 64

54TH ANNUAL PRIMETIME EMMY AWARDS -- Pictured: Outstanding Made for Television Movie HBO's "The Gathering Storm" (l-r) Ridley Scott, Julie Payne, Tracey Scoffield, Tony Scott, Lisa Ellzey, Frank Doelger-- Photo by: Paul Drinkwater/NBCU Photo Bank

The well-respected film producer Julie Payne, who managed the London operations of Ridley Scott’s Scott Free Film for 15 years, has died following a short and brave battle with cancer. She was 64. Payne produced and exec produced projects for the company including Richard Loncraine's The Gathering Storm and follow-up Into The Storm, winning 2 Golden Globes and 2 Emmys in the process. Subsequently, Payne also exec produced Scott's own France-set comedy A Good Year, and… Read

Business

Rick Marroquin Dies: CAA Agent & Industry Veteran Was 45

Rick Marroquin

Rick Marroquin, a lifestyle agent at CAA, died Sunday of complications from lung cancer. He was 45. Marroquín joined CAA in 2011 and provided expert insight on multicultural audiences. "Rick was a beloved member of the CAA family and we are heartbroken by his passing," the CAA partners said in a joint statement. "He lived his life with boundless courage and optimism and was tremendously generous and kind to all who knew him. Our hearts go out to Rick's loving family. He… Read

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Matt Villines Dies: ‘SNL’ & Funny Or Die Comedy Shorts Director Was 39

Matt Villines

Matt Villines, who directed comedy shorts for Saturday Night Live and Funny or Die, died Saturday at his home in Los Angeles after a two-year fight with cancer. He was 39. As one half of directing duo Matt and Oz, Villines and his creative partner Osmany Rodriguez collaborated on several popular shorts for SNL, including the acclaimed “Sad Mouse” starring Bruno Mars — see tweet below from former SNL head writer Seth Meyers — "Uber for Jen" and "(Do It On My) Twin Bed."… Read

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Noel Neill Dies: Lois Lane Of TV’s ‘Adventures Of Superman’ Was 95

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Noel Neill, TV’s early – and to many Boomers, only – Lois Lane, died at her home in Tucson, Arizona yesterday. The Adventures of Superman costar (opposite George Reeves’ Superman and Jack Larson’s Jimmy Olsen) was 95. The former actress had been in ill health since suffering a broken hip in 2010. Her death was announced by her friend and biographer Larry Thomas Ward. “Noel Neill maintained that bright, perky and engaging personality up until her death,” Ward said. Funeral… Read