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V.S. Naipaul Dies: Nobel Prize Winning Author was 85

Author V.S. Naipaul, who documented the Third World and immigrant migrations as the British empire disintegrated, has died. He passed Saturday at age 85 at his London home, according to family members. The conservative and controversial Naipaul, often compared to Joseph Conrad and Leo Tolstoy, wrote a dozen novels and more than 30 books overall. His most famous works include A House for Mr. Biswas, An Area of DarknessIndia: A Wounded Civilization, and A Bend in the Riv… Read

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Ronnie Taylor Dies: Oscar-Winning ‘Gandhi’ Cinematographer Was 93

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Ronnie Taylor, the British cinematographer who shared an Oscar for Richard Attenborough’s Gandhi and whose collaborations with that director and Ken Russell produced some of the most memorable films of their eras, died August 3 in Ibiza. He was 93 and had suffered a stroke months earlier. His death was announced by The British Society of Cinematographers, where Taylor served as president from 1990-1992. In addition to Gandhi, Taylor’s work with Attenborough includes… Read

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Rowland Perkins Dies: First CAA President And One Of Agency’s Founders Was 84

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UPDATED with additional quote: Rowland Perkins, considered the elder gentleman of the original founders of Creative Artists Agency, has died. He was 84. Perkins was actually the first president of the talent agency when it began back in 1975 in the old Hong Kong bank building on Wilshire Boulevard in Los Angeles. He was made president when the founders put all their names in a hat and his was pulled out. Perkins was a known agent in town when the agency began, and also… Read

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Richard H. Kline Dies: Academy Award-Nominated ‘Camelot’ And ‘King Kong’ Cinematographer Was 91

Known for his work in a wide array of film genres, Academy Award-nominated cinematographer Richard H. Kline died Tuesday in Los Angeles. He was 91. Kline was known for his work for the 1967 movie musical Camelot starring Vanessa Redgrave and Richard Harris. He received his first Academy Award nomination for the Joshua Logan-directed film and earned his second nomination for the 1976 remake of King Kong starring Jeff Bridges and Jessica Lange. Born on Nov. 15, 1926, Kline… Read

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Charlotte Rae Dies: House Mother On ‘The Facts Of Life’ Was 92

Charlotte Rae, whose role as lovable house mother Mrs. Garrett on The Facts of Life charmed a TV generation, has died.  She was 92 and passed Sunday at her Los Angeles home, according to representatives. Rae revealed last year that she had bone and pancreatic cancer, but a cause of death was not immediately revealed. Born Charlotte Rae Lubotsky in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, Rae got her start doing theater and radio. She later did local theater, but broke into television as… Read

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Howard Felsher Dies: Game Show Producer & Quiz Scandal Survivor Was 90

Howard Felsher, the Emmy-award winning executive producer of the Richard Dawson-era Family Feud who bounced back after getting caught up in the game show fixing scandal of the 1950s, died July 23 at home in Tarzana, California. He was 90. His death was announced by his family an obituary in the Los Angeles Times. Though his professional relationship with Dawson was sometimes contentious – including the occasional on-air dust-up when Dawson disagreed with Felsher’s game… Read

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Mary Carlisle Dies: Musical Comedy Starlet Of The ’30s & Bing Crosby Co-Star Was 104

Musical comedy actress Mary Carlisle who came up in the ’30s as a talented Hollywood ingenue and starred in multiple films with Bing Crosby died Aug. 1 in a retirement community a for actors in the Woodland Hills of Los Angeles. She was 104. Carlisle’s son, James Blakeley III confirmed her death, according to the Washington Post. No details about her cause of death were revealed. Born Gwendolyn Witter in Boston on Feb. 3, 1914, Carlisle she was brought to Hollywood by her… Read

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Jessica Vogel Dies: Former ‘Hell’s Kitchen’ Contestant Was 34

Hell’s Kitchen contestant Jessica Vogel died Monday. She was 34. Her fiance, John Michael Keyser, said that she was being treated for chronic inflammatory bowel disease and her heart gave out, according to NorthJersey.com. Additional details about her death have not been released. Vogel was a contestant on season 12 of Fox’s Gordon Ramsay-hosted reality cooking competition. Out of 20 contestants, she was the ninth chef eliminated. She also appeared on the Food Network’s Cu… Read

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William Loud Dies: Father Of One Of First Reality TV Families Was 97

William Loud, the patriarch of one of the first reality TV families, died today of natural causes. His death was announced on the Loud Family Facebook page. According to the post, he died at 9:40 AM and was attended by all surviving members of his family. He was 97 and died at home. An American Family was a television documentary that was filmed from May 30 through December 31, 1971 and first aired in the United States on the Public Broadcasting Service.  The series… Read

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Nicholas “Duffy” Fudge Dies: ‘Wicked Tuna’ Cast Member Was 28

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Nicholas “Duffy” Fudge, a cast member on National Geographic Channel’s Wicked Tuna reality series, has died. The Remick and Gendron Funeral Home in Hampton, N.H., posted on its website that Fudge died July 19. A cause of death was not given. He was 28. Fudge was the first mate on Capt. McLaughlin’s fishing vessel, Pinwheel. The series, which follows Gloucester commercial fishermen as they brave the North Atlantic to catch the elusive bluefin tuna, wrapped its seventh… Read

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Elmarie Wendel Dies: ‘3rd Rock From The Sun’ Actress Was 89

Actress Elmarie Wendel, best known for her role as the eccentric Mrs. Dubcek on NBC’s long-running sitcom 3rd Rock From The Sun, has died. Her daughter, actress J.C. Wendel, confirmed her mother’s death on Instagram (see below).  No cause of death was given. Wendel was 89. Wendel began her career on the stage in New York City in both Broadway and off-Broadway productions. She joined the national touring company of Annie, which brought her to Los Angeles, and a successful… Read

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Jonathan Gold Dies: LA Food Critic, Age 57, Was First To Win Pulitzer Prize

Jonathan Gold, the Los Angeles Times critic whose love of the obscure ethnic food shops of Los Angeles turned on a generation to tastes they may not have otherwise discovered, has died. He was 57 and passed from pancreatic cancer at St. Vincent Medical Center in Los Angeles tonight, according to his wife, Times arts and entertainment editor Laurie Ochoa. He was only diagnosed with the disease in early July, and his rapid demise shocked colleagues. He was the first food… Read