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- 17-03-16, 10:51 AM #1
Today we have three more people who have moved on to the next life.
Frank Sinatra Junior
Frank Sinatra Junior dies, aged 72 - BBC News
The American singer, Frank Sinatra Junior, who carried on his father's legacy with his own career in music, has died at the age of 72.
He suffered a heart attack in Daytona Beach in Florida where he was due to give a concert.
He followed his father in the music business as a teenager, and later became his father's musical director and conductor.
Frank Junior had been due to perform his show Sinatra Sings Sinatra, including some of his father's greatest hits interwoven with family reminiscences, at Peabody Auditorium on Wednesday night.
"Frank Sinatra Jr has passed away," the venue announced on its Facebook page. "Our love to his family and friends."
His sister Nancy, who also followed their father into the music business, said on her Facebook page: "Sleep warm, Frankie."
Cliff Michelmore: BBC radio and TV broadcaster dies aged 96 - BBC News
Cliff Michelmore, a familiar figure in BBC radio and TV broadcasting since the 1940s, has died in hospital aged 96.
In a career spanning some 60 years, Michelmore anchored coverage of events including the Apollo moon landings and two general elections.
Known for his unflappable style, he interviewed figures including Prince Charles, Prime Minister Harold Wilson and a 17-year-old David Bowie.
BBC director general Tony Hall said he was an "outstanding broadcaster".
He also anchored major live events, including news of the assassination of President John F Kennedy in 1963, which broke while he was live on air, and the return of the of the damaged Apollo 13 spacecraft.
Paul Daniels: TV magician dies after brain tumour diagnosis - BBC News
Magician Paul Daniels has died aged 77, after being diagnosed with a brain tumour.
He was at his Berkshire home with wife Debbie McGee when he died in the early hours of Thursday.
"Debbie and the family would like to thank everyone for their support and asks that their privacy be respected at this sad time," his publicist said.
He fronted BBC's Paul Daniels Magic Show for 15 years and became one of the biggest stars on British TV.
- 17-03-16, 11:53 AM #2
Frank Sinatra Junior, never heard of him till now. He had a famous father though!
Have a friend who was very close to Paul Daniels, well married a close relative.
We had quite a few meals, parties, events with them, Paul and his wife over the years, sad indeed.
Paul was a very funny man indeed, wonderful entertainment over many years and of course a great magician.
Makes you feel old reading that about Cliff, as I remember the moon landings as a kid as if it were yesterday and so much more he did in that article.
Always thought one of his specials was the election night coverage, well worth watching those repeats on the BBC Parliament channels, if you have never seen. That was quality broadcasting.
- 18-03-16, 05:26 PM #3
Larry Drake. Robert G Durant.
Larry Drake dead: LA Law actor found dead in Hollywood home aged 66 | People | News | The Independent
- 20-03-16, 05:28 PM #4
Barry Hines, creator of Kes, dies at 76
Barry Hines, creator of Kes, dies at 76 - BBC News
Barry Hines, the Yorkshire author who wrote the novel on which Ken Loach's film Kes was based, has died aged 76.
The news was announced on Twitter by the poet Ian McMillan and subsequently confirmed by a friend of the author.
Born in a mining village near Barnsley, Hines also wrote Threads, a 1984 BBC film that dramatised the effects of a nuclear strike on Sheffield.
Hines, who collaborated with Loach on a number of other projects, was diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease in 2009.
Hines, who was born in Hoyland Common in 1939, left school without qualifications but later returned to complete his education.
He went on to become a teacher before turning to writing and publishing his first novel, The Blinder, in 1966.
His second novel - A Kestrel for a Knave - about a young working-class boy named Billy who finds and trains a kestrel, was published in 1968 and filmed the following year.
According to McMillan, the book had a massive impact on a generation of Yorkshire writers.
"It was our Moby Dick," he told BBC News. "It taught us that people from around here can write, that the places we live in can be fit places for literature."
Two of Hines's subsequent novels, The Gamekeeper and Looks and Smiles, were also filmed by Loach, for whom the author also wrote the 1977 TV drama The Price of Coal.
Hines's other credits include the 1992 TV film Born Kicking, about a female footballer signed up to play for her local team.
The author had himself played football as a child for the England Grammar School team.
- 14-04-16, 01:43 PM #5
Gareth Thomas, Blake's 7 actor, dies aged 71
Gareth Thomas, Blake's 7 actor, dies aged 71 - BBC News
Gareth Thomas, star of '70s BBC sci-fi series Blake's 7, has died aged 71.
As Roj Blake in the cult series, the Welsh actor led a group of rebels on their Liberator space ship against an evil federation that ruled the galaxy.
Thomas was also an accomplished stage actor who appeared in several Royal Shakespeare Company (RSC) productions.
His later television appearances include playing Nathaniel Clegghorn in ITV's Heartbeat and David Baddiel's father in Sky's Baddiel's Syndrome.
Born in 1945, Thomas attended the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts in the 1960s and later became a Rada associate.
His roles at the RSC included Orsino in Twelfth Night, Cassio in Othello and Mat Burke in Eugene O'Neill's Anna Christie.
Yet he remains best known for Blake's 7, which ran on BBC One from 1978 to 1981.
At its peak, the series was watched by 10 million viewers and was sold to 40 countries.
Thomas claimed never to have watched a single episode of the show, which was derided by some for its shaky sets and basic special effects.
The show also had a distinctly pessimistic tone - typified by the final episode, in which all the main characters were apparently killed off.
Reports of the actor's death began to circulate after a Blake's 7 fan site announced he had died on Wednesday from heart failure.
"Our thoughts are with his wife Linda, and his family and friends," the message continued.
His death was confirmed by a friend who worked on a Blake's 7 remake, according to the Press Association.
Fans, friends and former colleagues have been paying their respects on Twitter, among them an actress who said she had appeared with him on stage in Salisbury.
"Our characters hated each other but he was a lovely actor and a lovely man," tweeted Ruth Mitchell.
Scottish broadcaster Muriel Gray, meanwhile, said she had "adored" Thomas and called the news "miserable".
- 25-04-16, 11:38 AM #6
Soul's Billy Paul, singer of Me and Mrs Jones, dies
Soul's Billy Paul, singer of Me and Mrs Jones, dies - BBC News
The American soul singer Billy Paul has died at the age of 80.
He was best known for his 1972 hit Me and Mrs Jones, which won a Grammy award and reached number one in the US.
A statement on his website said he died on Sunday of a "serious medical condition". The NME music magazine has reported that this was pancreatic cancer.
Mr Paul, who was born as Paul Williams in Philadelphia, helped shape the course of modern R&B music.
In his youth, he performed alongside soul legends including Charlie Parker and Nina Simone.
His biggest hit Me and Mrs Jones, about an extra-marital affair, has been covered by artists including Michael Buble and Hall & Oates.
In 2003, Mr Paul won a $500,000 (then £250,534) lawsuit for royalties owed for it from 1994 to 2002 by Assorted Music.
The company said it was an accounting issue and not a case of trying to cheat anyone out of money.
Mr Paul is survived by his wife, Blanche Williams.
- 14-06-16, 08:22 PM #7
Penelope Pitstop voice actress Janet Waldo dies aged 96
Penelope Pitstop voice actress Janet Waldo dies aged 96 - BBC News
Janet Waldo, who voiced cartoon characters including Penelope Pitstop and Judy Jetson has died aged 96.
Her daughter confirmed to ABC News that she died on Sunday morning, having been diagnosed with a benign but inoperable brain tumour five years ago.
As well as starring in The Perils of Penlope Pitstop and The Jetsons, Waldo also appeared in hit US TV series I Love Lucy in 1952.
She had a variety of roles in The Flintstones including Pearl Slaghoople.
Waldo was born in Washington and she is best-known for her cartoon voice work during the '60s, '70s and '80s.
As well as voicing Josie McCoy in Josie and the Pussycats, she also voiced Morticia Addams in a short-lived cartoon version of the TV series in 1973 and a character called Hogatha in The Smurfs during the 1980s.
One of her final roles was in 1998 in the hugely popular adult animated TV series King of the Hill, in which she guest starred as Mrs Tobbis in one episode.
She began acting in 1938 with small roles in several films but by the '70s she worked almost exclusively in animation.
- 26-07-16, 08:26 AM #8
Marni Nixon dies at the age of 86
Marni Nixon dies at the age of 86 - BBC News
Marni Nixon, who was best known for singing Audrey Hepburn's parts in My Fair Lady, has died aged 86.
Nixon also sang the high notes for Marilyn Monroe in Diamonds Are A Girl's Best Friend.
She was only credited for her work later on in her career when it was revealed that she had sung such high profile parts, but was sworn to secrecy.
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- 26-07-16, 12:46 PM #9
Some great miming from Audrey in The Fair Lady though;
There was also another famous one Marni Dixon did, dubbing Deborah Kerr singing a few numbers in the King and I, the great Rodgers and Hammerstein 1956 film classic with Yul Brynner;
Why did they dub Norma Jeane, she had a great singing voice
- 28-07-16, 05:00 PM #10
Mad magazine cartoonist Jack Davis dies aged 91
Mad magazine cartoonist Jack Davis dies aged 91 - BBC News
Cartoonist Jack Davis, the "long-time legendary" artist on the US magazine Mad, has died at the age of 91.
Davis, who also created posters for films such as The Long Goodbye and Bananas, was one of the founding artists on the publication in 1952.
He contributed to the magazine for several decades, drawing many portraits of its mascot Alfred E Neuman.
Mad art director Sam Viviano said Davis' "immediately recognisable style revolutionised comic illustration".
'One of the greats'
A spokesman for the magazine, which began as a comic book in 1952, said a list of his "most legendary pieces would run to several pages in length".
He added: "Among his most iconic parodies from Mad's comic book days are of The Lone Ranger and High Noon.
"From the magazine, his notable parodies include spoofs of Raiders of the Lost Ark, Gone with the Wind, and M*A*S*H."
The magazine's editor John Ficarra said there "wasn't anything Jack couldn't do".
"Front covers, caricatures, sports scenes, monsters - his comedic range was just incredible.
"His ability to put energy and motion into his drawings, his use of cross-hatching and brush work, and his bold use of colour made him truly one of the greats."
Davis began his career at the University of Georgia, where he drew for the campus newspaper - his depictions of the athletics teams, the Georgia Bulldogs, still grace the walls of the institution.
The university's alumni association tweeted that Davis would be "missed by the Bulldog family".
Georgia radio station WGAU said Davis' first success after university was to illustrate a Coca-Cola training manual, "a job that gave him enough cash to buy a car and drive to New York".
Once there, he worked as a freelance cartoonist, before finding a role with EC Comics, contributing to a number of their titles, including Tales From The Crypt and Incredible Science Fiction.
The editors of those titles - William M Gaines, Albert B Feldstein and Harvey Kurtzman - went on to launch Mad, which Davis contributed to from the start as one of the "Usual Gang of Idiots", the magazine's spokesman said.
Away from the magazine, Davis drew posters for films and designed a stamp for the US Postal Service in 1989, breaking the rule banning the portrayal of living people by sneaking in a self-portrait.
He received the National Cartoonists Society's Milton Caniff Lifetime Achievement Award in 1996 and the Reuben Award in 2000 and was inducted into the Will Eisner Hall of Fame in 2003.
Celebrities and fellow cartoonists paid tribute to Davis online. The Monkees' drummer Micky Dolenz retweeted a picture Davis had drawn of the group, while author Neil Gaiman said Davis was "so wonderful" and "a legend".
Marvel comic book writer Brian Michael Bendis described Davis as "one of the greatest cartoonists that ever lived", The Walking Dead artist Tony Moore said he was a "consummate professional and gentleman" and Gremlins director Joe Dante called him "the Maddest of the Mad artists".
Davis' final cover for the magazine came in 1995 - a picture of magazine mascot Neuman plunging radio presenter Howard Stern in a toilet bowl, which the spokesman said "remains a Mad classic".
Ficarra said Davis would "always be remembered for his charming modesty and Southern gentleman manner, which completely belied his rascally sense of humour and wry wit".
"Everyone at Mad and DC Entertainment send their heartfelt condolences to Jack's wife, Dena, and the entire Davis family," he added.
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