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Post by dreamon » Mon Dec 22, 2008 12:22 pm

'To Kill a Mockingbird' Director Robert Mulligan Dead at 83

HARTFORD, Connecticut — Robert Mulligan, who directed the classic film "To Kill a Mockingbird," with its sensitive look
at a child's world shaken by the racism of a Southern town, has died at 83.

Mulligan died early Saturday at his home in Lyme, Connecticut, after a battle with heart disease, his wife, Sandy,
said Monday.

Mulligan was nominated for an Oscar for "Mockingbird," the adaptation of Harper Lee's best-selling, Pulitzer
Prize-winning novel.

The 1962 film starred Gregory Peck, who won the best-actor Oscar for his portrayal of Atticus Finch, the small town
lawyer who defends a black man falsely accused of rape.


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Post by yukon » Thu Dec 25, 2008 2:36 pm

UK playwright Harold Pinter dies


Nobel Prize-winning playwright Harold Pinter, who had cancer, died on Christmas Eve aged 78.

He wrote more than 30 plays including The Caretaker and The Birthday Party. His film scripts include The
French Lieutenant's Woman.

His style was so distinctive, "Pinteresque" entered the Oxford English Dictionary.

His wife, Lady Antonia Fraser, said: "He was a great, and it was a privilege to live with him for over 33 years."

He had been due to pick up an honorary degree earlier this month from the Central School of Speech and Drama
in London but was forced to withdraw due to illness.


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Post by dreamon » Thu Dec 25, 2008 5:31 pm

Singer-actress Eartha Kitt dies at 81
Was a star on Broadway, in movies, on recordings

Singer and actress Eartha Kitt has died of colon cancer at age 81, her longtime publicist Patty Freedman told
NBC News on Thursday.

Kitt died in Connecticut with her daughter by her side.

Kitt was a star of Broadway, records and films; she even played Catwoman in the Batman television show in the 1960s.
One of her hit songs was the campy Christmas song "Santa Baby." She spoke out against the Vietnam War at a
White House luncheon in 1968.


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Post by dreamon » Sun Dec 28, 2008 6:52 pm

Rock songwriter Delaney Bramlett dies at 69
He penned ‘Let It Rain’ with Eric Clapton; ‘Superstar’ with Leon Russell

LOS ANGELES - Singer-songwriter-producer Delaney Bramlett, who penned such classic rock songs as "Let it Rain" and
worked with musicians George Harrison and Eric Clapton, has died. He was 69.

Bramlett died early Saturday at UCLA Ronald Reagan Medical Center in Los Angeles as a result of complications from
gallbladder surgery, his wife Susan Lanier-Bramlett said.

Born in Mississippi, Bramlett enjoyed a career in the music business that spanned 50 years. With his then-wife Bonnie Lynn,
he created the Southern blues-rock band Delaney & Bonnie & Friends. The group opened for Blind Faith, which featured
British guitarist Clapton, in 1969.

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Sculptor Robert Graham dies at age 70
Influential artist created Joe Louis Memorial, other iconic works

SANTA MONICA, California - Sculptor Robert Graham, whose massive bronze works mark civic monuments across
America, including the Franklin Delano Roosevelt Memorial in Washington, has died at 70.

Graham, who had been ailing, died Saturday at the Santa Monica UCLA Medical Center and Orthopaedic Hospital with
his family at his side, including his wife, Academy Award-winning actress Anjelica Huston, the governor's office confirmed.

"Robert was an amazing sculptor who forever shaped the presence of sculpture art throughout California and the world.
His work was truly influential and he will forever remain an icon in this state," Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger said in a
statement. He said he and his wife, Maria Shriver, were deeply saddened by Graham's death.

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Post by sharkeys » Sun Dec 28, 2008 7:50 pm

Regarding Mr. Pinter's passing:
His wife, Lady Antonia Fraser, said: "He was a great, and it was a privilege to live with him for over 33 years."
Not quite sure how to read that line as it could be good or bad reflection of their relationship.
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Post by yukon » Thu Jan 01, 2009 10:24 am

Helen Suzman, a celebrated South African MP and anti-apartheid campaigner, has died at the age of 91.

Ms Suzman, a member of parliament first for the United Party and later the liberal Progressive Party, was an
outspoken critic of apartheid.

For 13 years, Suzman, the daughter of Lithuanian Jews, was the only MP to openly condemn South Africa's
whites-only apartheid regime.

She was made an honorary dame by the Queen in 1989. She was also twice-nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize.

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The former MP, who had been in a frail condition recently, died at her home in Johannesburg early on Thursday.

Ms Suzman, who first entered the South African parliament in 1953, was a thorn in the side of the apartheid regime,
says the BBC's Peter Biles, in Johannesburg.

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Post by deja vu » Thu Jan 01, 2009 6:38 pm

Former Sen. Pell, creator of Pell Grants, dies
Rhode Island lawmaker remembered for helping millions go to college

NEWPORT, R.I. - Claiborne Pell, the quirky blueblood who represented blue-collar Rhode Island
in the U.S. Senate for 36 years and was the force behind a grant program that has helped tens
of millions of Americans attend college, died Thursday after a long battle with Parkinson's
disease. He was 90.

Pell, a Democrat, died at his Newport home just after midnight, according to his former
assistant, Jan Demers.

Pell was first elected to the Senate in 1960. The skinny son of a New York congressman, Pell spoke
with an aristocratic tone but was an unabashed liberal who spent his political career championing
causes to help the less fortunate.

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Post by yukon » Fri Jan 02, 2009 10:08 am

Prolific mystery writer Donald Westlake dead at 75
The author of more than 90 books collapsed from an apparent heart attack

NEW YORK - Donald Westlake, a prolific author considered one of the most successful and versatile mystery writers in
the United States, has died. He was 75.

Westlake collapsed from an apparent heart attack as he headed to New Year's Eve dinner while vacationing in Mexico,
his wife, Abigail, told The New York Times.

In a lengthy career that spanned a half-century, Westlake won three Edgar Awards, an Academy Award nomination for
his screenplay “The Grifters” and the title of Grand Master from the Mystery Writers of America in 1993. His first novel,
“The Mercenaries,” was published by Random House in 1960.

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Post by sharkeys » Fri Jan 02, 2009 11:30 am

Bernie Hamilton, 'Starsky and Hutch' captain, dies
Jan. 2, 2009 07:24 AM
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LOS ANGELES -- Actor Bernie Hamilton, who played the no-nonsense police captain on the 1970s TV series "Starsky and Hutch," has died. He was 80. Hamilton died of cardiac arrest Tuesday night at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, said his son, Raoul Hamilton.

Born in Los Angeles in 1928, Hamilton ran away from home as a teenager and wound up staying in someone's garage and attending Oakland Technical High School, where he played football and got involved in acting.

Hamilton appeared in more than 20 films, including "The Young One," "The Devil at 4 O'Clock," "Synanon," "The Swimmer," "Walk the Walk" and "The Organization." http://www.azcentral.com/ent/celeb/arti ... ilton.html

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Post by dreamon » Sun Jan 04, 2009 7:51 pm

Veteran actor Pat Hingle, 84 dies at home in Carolina Beach, N.C.

Pat Hingle, a veteran actor whose career included a recurring role as Commissioner Gordon in several Batman movies
in the 1990s, has died. He was 84.

Family friend Michele Seidman says Hingle died at his home in Carolina Beach shortly after 10 p.m. Saturday.

Seidman says Hingle decided to settle in the coastal town after shooting the movie "Maximum Overdrive" in the area in
1986 and had lived there for more than 15 years.

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