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Post by CielOnTap » Sat Dec 06, 2008 3:22 pm

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Aleksy II, center, with Vladimir Putin, left, and Dmitri Medvedev at the Kremlin last January. (Misha Japaridze/The Associated Press)
Russian Orthodox Patriarch Aleksy II dies at age 79
By Sophia Kishkovsky Published: December 5, 2008

MOSCOW: Patriarch Aleksy II of the Russian Orthodox Church, who presided over the restoration of his church as the largest Orthodox church in the world and a powerful influence in Russian society after decades of Soviet persecution, died on Friday at his country residence in Peredelkino, outside of Moscow. He was 79.

The Moscow Patriarchate said that doctors were determining the cause of death. The patriarch had reportedly suffered from myocardial ischemia for years and been treated in Russia and at European clinics.

Aleksy II, who became patriarch in 1990, significantly deepened the role of the church in Russia's everyday life - erecting and restoring cathedrals, introducing Orthodox religious education in public schools and becoming a prominent voice on moral issues. During Russia's war with Georgia last August over the breakaway region of South Ossetia, he called for peace and reminded Russians that Georgia is also an Orthodox country. http://www.iht.com/articles/2008/12/05/europe/obit.php

I am late to post the passing of the Patriarch. He knew how to create some headlines of his own during his latter years of his office.
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Post by dreamon » Sun Dec 07, 2008 9:43 am

'My Three Sons' Actress Beverly Garland Dead at 82

Beverly Garland, the B-movie actress who starred in 1950s cult hits like "Swamp Women" and "Not of This Earth" and who went
on to play Fred MacMurray's TV wife on "My Three Sons," died. She was 82.

Garland died Friday at her Hollywood Hills home after a lengthy illness, her son-in-law Packy Smith told the Los Angeles Times.

Garland made her film debut in the 1950 noir classic "D.O.A.," launching a 50-year career that included 40 movies and dozens
of television shows.

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Post by deja vu » Fri Dec 12, 2008 9:03 am

Pinup model Bettie Page dies
The 1950s icon helped set the stage for the sexual revolution

Bettie Page, the 1950s secretary-turned-model whose controversial photographs in skimpy attire
or none at all helped set the stage for the 1960s sexual revolution, died Thursday. She was 85.

Page suffered a heart attack last week in Los Angeles and never regained consciousness, her agent
Mark Roesler said. Before the heart attack, Page had been hospitalized for three weeks with pneumonia.


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Post by deja vu » Fri Dec 12, 2008 6:06 pm

Van Johnson, 1940s Heartthrob, Dead at 92


Van Johnson, whose boy-next-door wholesomeness made him a popular Hollywood star in the '40s and
'50s with such films as "30 Seconds over Tokyo," "A Guy Named Joe" and "The Caine Mutiny," died Friday
of natural causes. He was 92.

Johnson died at Tappan Zee Manor, an assisted living center in Nyack, N.Y., said Wendy Bleisweiss,
a close friend.

With his tall, athletic build, handsome, freckled face and sunny personality, the red-haired Johnson
starred opposite Esther Williams, June Allyson, Elizabeth Taylor and others during his two decades
under contract to MGM.


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Post by deja vu » Thu Dec 18, 2008 5:32 pm

Wife of ‘Star Trek’ creator dies at 76
Majel Barrett-Roddenberry also voiced ship's computer, played Troi's mom

Majel Barrett-Roddenberry, the wife of “Star Trek” creator Gene Roddenberry, has passed away,
Access Hollywood has learned. She was 76.

The actress died of leukemia at 12:27 AM on Thursday with her son, Rod, by her side. She was diagnosed
with the disease six months ago.

Majel, whose acting credits included “Bonanza” and “Leave It To Beaver,” had been a part of “Star Trek”
in all of its forms since it first premiered on September 8, 1966.


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A legend in her own right. The ‘First Lady of Star Trek,’ carried on with the "Star Trek" empire following
her husbands death.

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Post by CielOnTap » Thu Dec 18, 2008 6:01 pm

Majel has something in parallel with the lead actor of the Italian movie, Il Postino (The Postman): he died just after filming was completed.

She certainly had some fun as Troi's mother on the show. I actually am anticipating the new Star Trek movie with the new "cast" actors, especially John Cho. Added bonus is knowing Majel's voice will be part of the soundtrack.
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Post by dreamon » Thu Dec 18, 2008 10:42 pm

‘Apocalypse Now’ star Sam Bottoms dies
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Actor died of brain cancer at his home in Los Angeles; he was 53

Sam Bottoms, who had small but memorable roles in the 1970s classics “Apocalypse Now” and
“The Last Picture Show,” has died.

Bottoms, one of four actor brothers, died Tuesday of brain cancer at his home in Los Angeles,
wife Laura Bickford told the Los Angeles Times. He was 53.

In “Apocalypse Now,” Francis Ford Coppola’s 1979 Vietnam War epic, Bottoms played pro
surfer-turned-soldier Lance B. Johnson, who takes to the waves amid bombs and bullets under the
orders of the maniacal, surfing-mad Lt. Colonel Bill Kilgore played by Robert Duvall.


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Post by deja vu » Fri Dec 19, 2008 9:30 am

W. Mark Felt, Watergate's Deep Throat, dies
Former FBI No. 2 was source for stories that brought down Nixon

W. Mark Felt, the former FBI second-in-command who revealed himself as "Deep Throat" 30 years after
he tipped off reporters to the Watergate scandal that toppled a president, has died. He was 95.

Felt died Thursday of congestive heart failure in Santa Rosa after several months of failing health, said
family friend John D. O'Connor, who wrote the 2005 Vanity Fair article uncovering Felt's secret.

The shadowy central figure in the one of the most gripping political dramas of the 20th century, Felt insisted
his alter ego be kept secret when he leaked damaging information about President Richard Nixon and his
aides to The Washington Post.


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Post by sharkeys » Fri Dec 19, 2008 11:55 am

Ah, Mr. Felt's "nickname" was the inspiration for the same-named character on The X-Files. It must have been difficult to live with that moniker for decades before speaking out.
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Post by deja vu » Sun Dec 21, 2008 2:48 pm

Poet Adrian Mitchell dies at 76
Writer was known for works about nuclear war, Vietnam and racism

Poet Adrian Mitchell, whose passionate works about nuclear war, Vietnam and racism were often
sung at left-wing rallies, has died at 76.

Publisher Bloodaxe Books said on its Web site that Mitchell died in his sleep early Saturday of a
suspected heart attack after suffering from pneumonia for two months.

One of his best known poems, "Human Beings," was voted the poem people would most like to
see launched into space in a 2005 poll by the writing charity The Poetry Society.


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