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#1 princess

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Posted 27 July 2010 - 03:46 PM

Eonline.com The guy whose mouth could give Ari Gold's a run for its money has been silenced. Veteran character actor Maury Chaykin, who had memorable roles in such films as Dances With Wolves, A Life Less Ordinary and Mystery, Alaska but was arguably best known for his Harvey Weinstein parody in HBO's Entourage, died Tuesday—on his 61st birthday. Chaykin, who had been battling a kidney ailment, passed away at a Toronto hospital surrounded by his family. Clips of his work:

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Posted 24 September 2010 - 09:31 AM

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1959: Elizabeth Taylor with Eddie Fisher before their marriage.




Eddie Fisher Dies at 82
By Alison Schwartz
Friday September 24, 2010 08:00 AM EDT
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After suffering complications from recent hip surgery, 1950s pop icon Eddie Fisher passed away at the age of 82.

"Late [Wednesday] evening, the world lost a true American icon," Fisher's family said in a statement. "He was an extraordinary talent and a true mensch." Father to Star Wars actress Carrie Fisher, he died in his home in Berkeley, Calif. The statement also read: "He was loved and will be missed by his four children: Carrie, Todd, Joely, and Tricia Leigh as well as his six grandchildren."

The late Fisher was one of the most successful pop voices of the 1950s, with chart-toppers like "I Need You Now," "Wish You Were Here" and "I'm Walking Behind You." Besides making waves on the radio, he had his own TV series, Coke Time with Eddie Fisher and The Eddie Fisher Show.

He continued to record music into the 1960s, although his pop appeal and following of teenage devotees faded with the birth of rock 'n' roll.

And his personal life made just as many headlines as his music career: Fisher was married five times, including his famous romancing of Elizabeth Taylor. Fisher left his first wife, singer-actress Debbie Reynolds (with whom he had two children with, including Carrie) for Taylor, which daughter Carrie compared to the modern-day "Brangelina" saga.

He also married actress Connie Stevens (with whom he had two more children) when he was 39 and 21-year-old beauty queen Terry Richard when he was 47. He later married Chinese-born businesswoman Betty Lin in 1993, his fifth and longest marriage. Lin died in 2001.

His relationship with Carrie, 53, may have been rocky when she was growing up, but the two reconciled before his death.

On Friday morning, the actress shared the news of her father's death on Twitter. "My Puff Daddy passed away Wednesday night due to complications following his hip surgery," she Tweeted. "He was an extraordinary talent and a true mensch."

In August, she spoke to journalists about their mended relationship, as well.

"I saw him more on TV than in the planet," she said at a TV Critics Association Summer Press Tour. "But I have a great relationship with him today."

#3 KikiTopaz

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Posted 30 September 2010 - 10:48 AM

Tony Curtis has passed away at age 85 I don't know how to post a picture here but I was a great fan of Tony Curtis. I adored him in the story of Houdini, I think it was one of the earliest movies I remember when I cried at the ending.

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Posted 30 September 2010 - 05:15 PM

Tony Curtis has passed away at age 85
I don't know how to post a picture here but I was a great fan of Tony Curtis. I adored him in the story of Houdini, I think it was one of the earliest movies I remember when I cried at the ending.


I loved that movie!

You know, I always got him and Eddie Fisher confused, no doubt because they both had famous daughters. Odd that they died so close together.

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Posted 30 September 2010 - 05:53 PM

He was wonderful in "Some Like It Hot." I haven't seen the Houdini movie; I'll check to see if Netflix has it.
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Posted 30 September 2010 - 08:23 PM

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You know, I always got him and Eddie Fisher confused, no doubt because they both had famous daughters. Odd that they died so close together.



All day long I have been trying to tell my husband that I read his obituary earlier in the week. That there was even a quote from his actress daughter about how they finally grew closer when she was older. I was POSITIVE I was right. It wasn't until just now when I read this thread that I realized the mistake I made. And apparently I am not the only one with this issue!

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Posted 16 October 2010 - 04:15 PM

Barbara Billingsley, who gained supermom status for her gentle portrayal of June Cleaver, the warm, supportive mother of a pair of precocious boys in "Leave it to Beaver," died Saturday. She was 94. Ms. Billingsley, who had suffered from a rheumatoid disease, died at her home in Santa Monica, said family spokeswoman Judy Twersky. When the show debuted in 1957, Jerry Mathers, who played Beaver, was 9, and Tony Dow, who portrayed Wally, was 12. Ms. Billingsley's character, the perfect stay-at-home 1950s mom, was always there to gently but firmly nurture both through the ups and downs of childhood. Beaver, meanwhile, was a typical American boy whose adventures landed him in one comical crisis after another. Ms. Billingsley's own two sons said she was pretty much the image of June Cleaver in real life, although the actress disagreed. "She was every bit as nurturing, classy, and lovely as "June Cleaver" and we were so proud to share her with the world," her son Glenn Billingsley said Saturday. She did acknowledge that she may have become more like June as the series progressed. "I think what happens is that the writers start writing about you as well as the character they created," she once said. "So you become sort of all mixed up, I think." A wholesome beauty with a lithe figure, Ms. Billingsley began acting in her elementary school's plays and soon discovered she wanted to do nothing else. Although her beauty and figure won her numerous roles in movies from the mid-1940s to the mid-1950s, she failed to obtain star status until "Leave it to Beaver," a show that she almost passed on. "I was going to do another series with Buddy Ebsen for the same producers, but somehow it didn't materialize," she told The Associated Press in 1994. "A couple of months later I got a call to go to the studio to do this pilot show. And it was 'Beaver.'" Decades later, she expressed surprise at the lasting affection people had for the show. "We knew we were making a good show, because it was so well written," she said. "But we had no idea what was ahead. People still talk about it and write letters, telling how much they watch it today with their children and grandchildren." After "Leave it to Beaver" left the air in 1963 Ms. Billingsley largely disappeared from public view for several years. She resurfaced in 1980 in a hilarious cameo in "Airplane!" playing a demur elderly passenger not unlike June Cleaver. When flight attendants were unable to communicate with a pair of jive-talking hipsters, Ms. Billingsley's character volunteered to translate, saying "I speak jive." The three then engage in a raucous street-slang conversation. "No chance they would have cast me for that if I hadn't been June Cleaver," she once said. She returned as June Cleaver in a 1983 TV movie, "Still the Beaver," that costarred Mr. Mathers and Mr. Dow and portrayed a much darker side of Beaver's life. In his mid-30s, Beaver was unemployed, unable to communicate with his own sons and going through a divorce. Wally, a successful lawyer, was handling the divorce, and June was at a loss to help her son through the transition. "Ward, what would you do?" she asked at the site of her husband's grave. (Hugh Beaumont, who played Ward Cleaver, had died in 1982.) The movie revived interest in the Cleaver family, and the Disney Channel launched "The New Leave It to Beaver" in 1985. The series took a more hopeful view of the Cleavers, with Beaver winning custody of his two sons and all three moving in with June. In 1997 Universal made a "Leave it to Beaver" theatrical film with a new generation of actors. Ms. Billingsley returned for a cameo, however, as Aunt Martha. "America's favorite mother is now gone," Mr. Dow said in a statement Saturday. "I feel very fortunate to have been her "son" for 11 years. We were wonderful friends and I will miss her very much." In later years she appeared from time to time in such TV series as "Murphy Brown," "Empty Nest" and "Baby Boom" and had a memorable comic turn opposite fellow TV moms June Lockhart of "Lassie" and Isabel Sanford of "The Jeffersons' on the "Roseanne" show. "Now some people, they just associate you with that one role (June Cleaver), and it makes it hard to do other things," she once said. "But as far as I'm concerned, it's been an honor." In real life, fate was not as gentle to Ms. Billingsley as it had been to June and her family. Born Barbara Lillian Combes in Los Angeles on Dec. 22, 1915, she was raised by her mother after her parents divorced. She and her first husband, Glenn Billingsley, divorced when her sons were just 2 and 4. Her second husband, director Roy Kellino, died of a heart attack after three years of marriage and just months before she landed the "Leave it to Beaver" role. She married physician Bill Mortenson in 1959 and they remained wed until his death in 1981. Ms. Twersky said Ms. Billingsley's survivors include her sons, a stepson and numerous grandchildren. —Copyright Associated Press 2010

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Posted 19 October 2010 - 05:34 PM

Happy Days tv dad Tom Bosley has died at age 83. Tom Bosley has passed away at the age of 83 in his Palm Springs California home from complications of a staph infection. Tom Bosley first started his acting career in 1963 when he co starred with screen beauty Natalie Wood in the classic film "Love With A Proper Stranger." Tom Bosely is best known as his long running role as Howard Cunningham on the comedy show 'Happy Days." Tom began his role as the famous Mr. C the father of Richie and Joanie Cunningham, he was always the supportive,understanding ,kind go to for advice role model on the show. He was liked and respected by his former cast members and will be greatly missed by many.

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Posted 20 October 2010 - 05:45 AM

So, a somewhat snarky friend of mine commented - mom died, dad died - the nanny better watch out. Tony Danza, god is watching you!

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Posted 20 October 2010 - 06:32 AM

So, a somewhat snarky friend of mine commented - mom died, dad died - the nanny better watch out. Tony Danza, god is watching you!


It probably wouldn't hurt to add Fran Drescher to that list as well.....just to be safe.

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Posted 20 October 2010 - 06:34 AM

So, a somewhat snarky friend of mine commented - mom died, dad died - the nanny better watch out. Tony Danza, god is watching you!


It probably wouldn't hurt to add Fran Drescher to that list as well.....just to be safe.

He (my friend) actually wanted to know if Alice was still alive- I think not but couldn't remember for sure.....

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Posted 20 October 2010 - 07:04 AM

Happy Days tv dad Tom Bosley has died at age 83.

Tom Bosley has passed away at the age of 83 in his Palm Springs California home from complications of a staph infection.

Tom Bosley first started his acting career in 1963 when he co starred with screen beauty Natalie Wood in the classic film "Love With A Proper Stranger." Tom Bosely is best known as his long running role as Howard Cunningham on the comedy show 'Happy Days."

Tom began his role as the famous Mr. C the father of Richie and Joanie Cunningham, he was always the supportive,understanding ,kind go to for advice role model on the show. He was liked and respected by his former cast members and will be greatly missed by many.



I forgot he was in Love With a Proper Stranger! He was so endearing as the nice guy/blind date she rejects. You almost rooted for him.
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Posted 21 October 2010 - 03:32 PM

Mom, dad and now the King of Smut... "Penthouse founder and controversial US businessman Bob Guccione has died after a long battle with cancer, aged 79. He courted controversy, and built up an empire around Penthouse magazine, launched in 1969. But a series of poor investments and the advent of internet pornography saw his company General Media go brankrupt in 2003"

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Posted 24 October 2010 - 09:57 AM

So, a somewhat snarky friend of mine commented - mom died, dad died - the nanny better watch out. Tony Danza, god is watching you!


It probably wouldn't hurt to add Fran Drescher to that list as well.....just to be safe.

He (my friend) actually wanted to know if Alice was still alive- I think not but couldn't remember for sure.....


According to IMDB she is -- she was born in 1926

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Posted 08 November 2010 - 08:34 PM

Jill Clayburgh passed away a few days ago at the age of 66. Always liked the lady - very classy. I had no idea she had been dealing with leukemia for the last 20 years or so. My sympathies to her family.

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Posted 28 November 2010 - 06:21 PM

Leslie Nielsen Dies :(
21 minutes ago by TMZ Staff

Legendary funny man Leslie Nielsen died today of complications of pneumonia in a hospital near his home in Fort Lauderdale, this according to his agent. He was 84.

His agent tells TMZ Nielsen passed surrounded by his wife and friends at about 5:34 PM ET.

Nielsen was best known for his roles in "Airplane" and the "Naked Gun" series. His "Airplane" co-star, Barbara Billingsley, passed away last month.

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Posted 28 November 2010 - 06:29 PM

Aw man, I'm gonna miss you Buck Frobisher. :(
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Posted 28 November 2010 - 06:33 PM

Legendary funny man Leslie Nielsen died today



Noooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo!

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Posted 28 November 2010 - 10:08 PM

Aww - 84 - But what a good life he had! RIP, Mr. Nielson

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Posted 29 November 2010 - 06:59 AM

And this is number 2?


'Empire Strikes Back' director Kershner dies in LA


PARIS (AFP) – US director Irvin Kershner, renowned for making the second Star Wars film, "The Empire Strikes Back", has died in Los Angeles, his goddaughter Adriana Santini told AFP on Monday. He was 87 years old.

Kershner, who besides the 1980 sci-fi epic also directed Sean Connery as James Bond in "Never Say Never Again" (1983) and Peter Weller in "Robocop II" (1990), died at home after a long illness, said Santini, who lives in France.

Born in Philadelphia in 1923, Kershner trained as a musician and in photography before starting making documentaries and then feature films.

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