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« Reply #1500 on: January 06, 2018, 01:48:35 PM »

Jerry Van Dyke has died at 86. I haven't watched a lot of Coach, but I know that's what he's best known for. It was always fun to see when he'd guess star on shows like The Dick Van Dyke Show and The Andy Griffith Show.

https://www.nytimes.com/2018/01/06/obituaries/jerry-van-dyke-dead.html?smid=tw-share
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« Reply #1501 on: January 06, 2018, 04:55:59 PM »

Hey Christopher ... how's about posting in our trivia thread! :D

http://www.clinteastwood.org/forums/index.php?topic=10649.msg236838#msg236838

Off-topic, I know, I know ...  :-[
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« Reply #1502 on: February 06, 2018, 06:49:38 AM »

John Mahoney, who played Frasier's dad on Frasier, has died at age 77. I went through the whole series on Netflix a while back. I also remember him having a small role in In the Line of Fire, which is listed in the article linked below.

http://www.msn.com/en-us/tv/celebrity/john-mahoney-the-cantankerous-dad-on-frasier-dies-at-77/ar-BBIKeWm?li=BBmkt5R&ocid=ientp
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« Reply #1503 on: February 21, 2018, 11:33:58 AM »

The Reverend Billy Graham has passed away.

Billy Graham, America's pastor, has died

God Bless you, sir.  May you Rest In Peace.




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« Reply #1504 on: March 03, 2018, 07:51:02 PM »

David Ogden Stiers, Major Charles Emerson Winchester III in 'M*A*S*H,' Dies at 75

May God Bless you, sir.  Rest In Peace. 🙏






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« Reply #1505 on: March 14, 2018, 04:44:34 AM »

Stephen Hawking: Visionary physicist dies aged 76

God Bless you, Mr. Hawking.  Rest In Peace, sir.




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« Reply #1506 on: March 14, 2018, 07:15:29 AM »

What is with all this God blessing of dead people? It seems to me it's too late to ask for that. ???
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« Reply #1507 on: March 14, 2018, 07:23:54 AM »

Wasnt he a staunch athiest anyway ??

I tried reading A Brief History of Time but struggled to be honest.. Still, it always drew admiring glances when I was spotted carrying it around on the train :)
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« Reply #1508 on: March 14, 2018, 07:33:32 AM »

Ken Dodd  RIP

English comedian (From Liverpool) Kenn Dodd passed away on the !!th March aged 90.



Dodd was pretty much the last of the old skool comedians who's career stretched way back to the music hall days.
I real old trouper who was still  performing quite frequently up until quite recently.. Famous for incessant delivery of often surreal jokes, and often known to perform for anything up to three hours..;  I remember him mainly from the 60's and 70's when he was rarely off the tv.. had a few hit records too and was quite a decent singer...

"Liverpool was the first environmentally freindly city... we had unleaded churches "

I think you'd have to be from Liverpool to get that joke  ;D ;D

England will be a sadder place without him..




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« Reply #1509 on: March 15, 2018, 12:06:31 AM »

Oh, it’s never too late.  I do it out of respect, regardless of ones’ religious beliefs.  My mom was a staunch atheist as well.  That didn’t, and doesn’t, stop me from asking for God’s blessing of her and to ask that she Rest In Peace.


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« Reply #1510 on: March 15, 2018, 01:53:13 AM »

Well, hope you're answered.

Gant, here's a link to the Times obituary of Ken Dodd:

https://www.nytimes.com/2018/03/13/obituaries/ken-dodd-veteran-british-comedian-is-dead-at-90.html
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« Reply #1511 on: March 15, 2018, 10:27:40 AM »

Thanks KC, nice obituary ... He's just another of those characters that's been around forever.. I can't remember a time with no Ken Dodd and his passing is another reminder of my own mortality..
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« Reply #1512 on: March 15, 2018, 02:33:03 PM »

Hawaii child actress, singer Donna Butterworth dies at 62

Rest In Peace, Ms. Butterworth.  God Bless. 







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« Reply #1513 on: March 15, 2018, 04:10:33 PM »

Now for an obituary of a star of a different kind, in the fashion world:

Hubert de Givenchy, Pillar of Romantic Elegance in Fashion, Dies at 91


Hubert de Givenchy in 1960 in France. He was emblematic of a generation of gentlemanly designers who nurtured personal relationships with customers and created collections with specific women in mind.
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He was perhaps best known for his association with Audrey Hepburn:

Audrey Hepburn in Mr. Givenchy’s elegant, simple little black dress as Holly Golightly in the 1961 movie “Breakfast at Tiffany’s.”
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But as Mr. Givenchy told the story, she was not actually the Hepburn he had hoped to dress when he was told an actress wanted to meet him.

“Roman Holiday” had not yet premiered, so he thought it was Katharine Hepburn calling. Audrey Hepburn was searching for designs that would inspire the character of Sabrina Fairchild, a chauffeur’s daughter who is transformed into a sophisticate while studying in Paris, in Billy Wilder’s film “Sabrina” (1954).

“She wore tight little pants and a little T-shirt, and I was so disappointed she wasn’t Katharine,” Mr. Givenchy said of the actress, who came before him in ballerina flats and a straw gondolier’s hat. “I said I had no time — I was in the middle of making my second collection, and I didn’t have too many workers then. But we had dinner that night, and before dinner was over, I told her, ‘I’ll do anything for you.’ ”

The whole obituary is definitely worth a read, even if you don't follow fashion and Audrey Hepburn isn't one of your favorite movie stars. There's also an appreciation of Givenchy and Hepburn as the first "brand ambassadors":
https://www.nytimes.com/2018/03/13/fashion/hubert-de-givenchy-audrey-hepburn-designer-muse.html

And these excerpts from interviews with Givenchy, on Hepburn:
https://www.nytimes.com/2018/03/13/fashion/hubert-de-givenchy-audrey-hepburn.html

R.I.P., Count Hubert James Marcel Taffin de Givenchy (his full name).
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« Reply #1514 on: March 16, 2018, 10:22:16 AM »

Thanks KC, great read... My kinda guy.. :)
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« Reply #1515 on: March 22, 2018, 04:52:45 AM »

Longtime WCVB-TV Channel 5 personality Frank Avruch dies; played Bozo, hosted ‘The Great Entertainment’

More than just a local celebrity.  God Bless you, Sir.  May you Rest In Peace.

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« Reply #1516 on: April 16, 2018, 12:31:52 AM »

R. Lee Ermey, ‘Full Metal Jacket’ Golden Globe Nominee, Dies at 74

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« Reply #1517 on: April 16, 2018, 05:54:08 PM »

Wow, didn’t see this one coming.

Harry Anderson, ‘Night Court’ Star, Dies at 65

Rest In Peace, sir.  God Bless.






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« Reply #1518 on: April 16, 2018, 08:33:02 PM »

And now for someone really important:

Milos Forman, 86, Dies; Won Oscars for ‘Cuckoo’s Nest’ and ‘Amadeus’

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Milos Forman, a filmmaker who challenged Hollywood with his subversive touch and twice directed movies that won the Oscar for best picture, died on Friday in a hospital in Danbury, Conn. He was 86.
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Mr. Forman came to the United States from what was then Czechoslovakia in the late 1960s as a rebellious young filmmaker whose satirical bent had been little welcomed at home in the wake of the 1968 Soviet invasion.

Just a few years later, Mr. Forman’s “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest” — an adaptation of Ken Kesey’s tragicomic novel of revolt and repression in a mental institution — won five Oscars, including those for best director and best picture.

The film put Mr. Forman in the front rank of directors who struggled to make big, commercial films with countercultural sensibilities. His sympathy for the odd man out was always apparent, even as his movies grew in scope.


From left: Michael Douglas, Mr. Forman, Ms. Fletcher, Mr. Nicholson and Saul Zaentz after winning Oscars for “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest” in 1976.
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« Reply #1519 on: April 17, 2018, 06:51:32 PM »

Former First Lady Barbara Bush Dies at 92

God Bless you, Mrs. Bush.  Rest In Peace.




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