Robert Bernard Altman (February 20, 1925 – November 20, 2006) was an American film director known for making films that are highly naturalistic, but with a stylized perspective. In 2006, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences recognized his work with an Academy Honorary Award.
His films MASH and Nashville have been selected for preservation in the United States National Film Registry.
Death of Robert Altman Altman died on November 20, 2006 at age 81 at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, in Los Angeles. According to his production company in New York, Sandcastle 5 Productions, he died of complications from leukemia. Altman is survived by his wife, Kathryn Reed Altman; six children, Christine Westphal, Michael Altman, Stephen Altman (his set decorator of choice for many films), Connie Corriere, Robert Reed Altman and Matthew Altman; 12 grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren
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Motion pictures The Delinquents (1956) (Altman's big-screen directorial debut) The James Dean Story (1957) (documentary) (co-dir: George W. George) The Katherine Reed Story (1965) (short documentary) Pot au feu (1965) (short) Girl Talk (1966) (ColorSonics short starring Bobby Troup) The Party (1966) (ColorSonics short starring Robert Fortier) Speak Low (1966) (ColorSonics short starring Lili St. Cyr) Ebb Tide (1966) (ColorSonics short starring Lili St. Cyr) Countdown (1968) That Cold Day in the Park (1969) MASH (1970) Brewster McCloud (1970) McCabe & Mrs. Miller (1971) Images (1972) The Long Goodbye (1973) Thieves Like Us (1974) California Split (1974) Nashville (1975) Buffalo Bill and the Indians, or Sitting Bull's History Lesson (1976) 3 Women (aka Robert Altman's 3 Women) (1977) A Wedding (1978) Quintet (1979) A Perfect Couple (1979) Health (1980) Popeye (1980) Come Back to the Five and Dime, Jimmy Dean, Jimmy Dean (1982) Streamers (1983) Secret Honor (1984) O.C. & Stiggs (1984) (released in 1987) Fool for Love (1985) Beyond Therapy (1987) Aria (1987) - segment: Les Boréades Vincent and Theo (1990) The Player (1992) Short Cuts (1993) Prêt-à-Porter also known as Ready to Wear (1994) Kansas City (1996) The Gingerbread Man (1998) Cookie's Fortune (1999) Dr. T & the Women (2000) Gosford Park (2001) The Company (2003) A Prairie Home Companion (2006), also distributed as The Last Show
Jack Palance (born Volodymyr Palahniuk; February 18, 1919 – November 10, 2006) was an Academy Award-winning American film actor. With his rugged facial features, Palance was best known to modern movie audiences as both the characters of Curly and Duke in the two City Slickers movies, but his career spanned half a century of film and television appearances.
Death of Jack Palance Jack Palance died at the age of 87, of natural causes, at his home in Montecito in Santa Barbara County.He was cremated and his ashes were retained by family and friends
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Hollywood Walk of Fame Palance has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 6608 Hollywood Boulevard. In 1992, he was inducted into the Western Performers Hall of Fame at the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.
Academy award and nominations 1952 – Nominated – Best Actor in a Supporting Role – Sudden Fear 1953 – Nominated – Best Actor in a Supporting Role – Shane 1992 – Won – Best Actor in a Supporting Role – City Slickers
Edward Rudolph Bradley, Jr. (June 22, 1941 – November 9, 2006) was an American journalist, best known for 26 years of award-winning work on the CBS News television magazine 60 Minutes. During his earlier career he also covered the fall of Saigon, was the first black television correspondent to cover the White House, and anchored his own news broadcast, "CBS Sunday Night with Ed Bradley." He was the recipient of multiple awards, including 19 Emmy Awards, and a Lifetime Achievement Award by the National Association of Black Journalists.
Death of Ed Bradley In the company of his longtime friend Jimmy Buffett, Bradley died on November 9, 2006 at Mount Sinai Hospital in Manhattan of complications from leukemia.He was sixty-five.
Arnold Jacob "Red" Auerbach (September 20, 1917 – October 28, 2006) was a highly successful and influential basketball coach of the Washington Capitols, the Tri-Cities Blackhawks and the Boston Celtics. After he retired from coaching, he served as president and front office executive of the Celtics right up until his death. As a coach, he won 938 games (a record at his retirement) and 9 National Basketball Association (NBA) championships, a coaching record shared with Phil Jackson. As general manager and team president of the Celtics, he won an additional 7 NBA titles, for a grand total of 16 in a span of 29 years, making him one of the most successful team officials ever in the history of North American professional sports
Death of Red Auerbach On October 28, 2006, Auerbach died of a heart attack. NBA commissioner David Stern said "the void by his death will never be filled" and ex-players Bill Russell, K.C. Jones, John Havlicek and Larry Bird as well as contemporaries like Jerry West, Pat Riley and Wayne Embry universally hailed Auerbach as one of the greatest personalities in NBA history. Auerbach was survived by his two daughters, Nancy and Randy. Auerbach was buried in Falls Church, Virginia at the King David Memorial Gardens / National Memorial Park on October 31, 2006.
Jane Waddington Wyatt (August 12, 1910 – October 20, 2006) was a three-time Emmy-winning American actress perhaps best known for her role as the housewife and mother on the television series Father Knows Best and as Amanda Grayson, the human mother of Spock on the science fiction television show, "Star Trek".
Death of Jane Wyatt Jane Wyatt died on October 20, 2006 of natural causes at her home in Bel-Air, California. She was 96 years old.
Though one of her early suitors was John D. Rockefeller III, Wyatt was married to investment broker Edgar Bethune Wardon from November 9, 1935 until his death on November 8, 2000, just one day short of the couple's 65th wedding anniversary. The couple met in the late 1920s when both were weekend houseguests of Franklin D. Roosevelt at Hyde Park. Wyatt was survived by two sons, and according to an obituary in The Washington Post, a third son died in infancy in the early 1940s.
Stephen Robert Irwin (February 22, 1962 – September 4, 2006), known simply as Steve Irwin and nicknamed "The Crocodile Hunter", was an Australian wildlife expert and television personality. He achieved world-wide fame from the television program The Crocodile Hunter, an internationally broadcast wildlife documentary series co-hosted with his wife Terri Irwin. Together with her, he also co-owned and operated Australia Zoo, founded by his parents in Beerwah, Queensland.
Steve Irwin's Cause of Death: Steve Irwin died in 2006 after being fatally pierced in the chest by a stingray barb. Steve Irwin was 44 years old at the time of his death.
Born: 22 February 1962 Essendon, Victoria, Australia Died: 4 September 2006 (aged 44) Batt Reef, Queensland, Australia Occupation: Naturalist, Zoologist, Conservationist, Television Personality Spouse: Terri Irwin, Children? Bindi Sue Irwin, Robert (Bob) Clarence Irwin Website: CrocodileHunter.com.au
Gwyllyn Samuel Newton "Glenn" Ford (May 1, 1916 – August 30, 2006) was an acclaimed Canadian-born actor from Hollywood's Golden Era with a career that spanned seven decades. Ford was a versatile actor best known for playing either cowboys or ordinary men in unusual circumstances.
Death of Glenn Ford Flenn Ford suffered a series of minor strokes which left him in frail health in the years leading up to his death. Glenn Ford was 90 years old at the time of his death
Early life and career He was born to Anglo-Quebecer parents at Jeffrey Hale Hospital in Quebec City, Quebec and was a great-nephew of Canada's first Prime Minister Sir John A. Macdonald. Ford moved to Santa Monica, California with his family at the age of eight, and became a naturalized citizen of the United States in 1939.
Jack Warden (September 18, 1920 – July 19, 2006) was an Emmy Award-winning, Academy Award-nominated American character actor.
Death of Jack Warden Jack Warden died of heart and kidney failure in a New York hospital on July 19, 2006. Jack Warden was 85 years old at the time of his death.
Career Warden had his first credited film role in The Man with My Face in 1951, and in 1952 he began a three-year role in the television series Mr. Peepers. After a role as a sympathetic corporal in From Here to Eternity (1953), Warden's breakthrough film role was his performance as Juror No. 7, a salesman who wants a quick decision in a murder case, in 12 Angry Men (1957).
He received a supporting actor Emmy Award for his performance as Chicago Bears coach George Halas in Brian's Song (1971), and was nominated for Academy Awards as Best Supporting Actor for his performances in Shampoo (1975) and Heaven Can Wait (1978). He also had notable roles in such films as All the President's Men (1976), ...And Justice for All and Being There (both 1979), Used Cars (in which he played a celebrated dual role in 1980), The Verdict (1982), Problem Child (1990) and its sequel (1991), While You Were Sleeping (1995), and the Norm MacDonald film Dirty Work (1998).
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Warden appeared in over one hundred movies, typically playing gruff cops, sports coaches, trusted friends and similar roles, during a career which spanned six decades. His last film was 2000s The Replacements, opposite Gene Hackman and Keanu Reeves.
Personal life Warden married French actress Vanda Dupre in 1958 and had one son, Christopher. Although they separated in the 1970s they never divorced.
Early life Warden was born John H. Lebzelter in Newark, New Jersey, the son of Laura M. (née Costello) and John Warden Lebzelter, who was an engineer and technician. Raised in Louisville, Kentucky, he was expelled from high school for fighting and eventually fought as a professional boxer under the name Johnny Costello. He had 13 welterweight bouts but earned little money. He worked as a nightclub bouncer, tugboat deckhand and lifeguard before joining the Navy in 1938. He was stationed in China for three years with the Yangtze River Patrol.
In 1941, he joined the United States Merchant Marine; but quickly tiring of the long convoy runs, he switched to the Army in 1942 where he served as a paratrooper in the elite 101st Airborne Division during World War II. In 1944, on the eve of the D-Day invasion (during which many of his friends died), Warden shattered his leg by landing on a fence during a night-time practice jump in England. After almost a year in the hospital (during which time he read a Clifford Odets play and decided to become an actor after the end of the war), he recovered enough to participate in the Battle of the Bulge in 1944.
After leaving the military with the rank of sergeant, he moved to New York City and pursued an acting career on the G.I. Bill. He joined the company of the Dallas Alley Theater and performed on stage for five years. In 1948 he made his television debut on The Philco Television Playhouse and Studio One. He made an uncredited film debut in 1951 in You're in the Navy Now, a movie which also featured the film debuts of Lee Marvin and Charles Bronson.
Filmography The Replacements (2000) Bulworth (1998) Chairman Of The Board (1998) Dirty Work (1998) Mighty Aphrodite (1995) Problem Child 3: Junior in Love (1995) While You Were Sleeping (1995) Bullets Over Broadway (1994) Toys (1992) Problem Child 2 (1991) Problem Child (1990) The Presidio (1988) Dead Solid Perfect (1988)(Cable TV) Still Crazy Like a Fox (1987) (TV) September (1987) Crazy Like a Fox (1984) TV Series Crackers (1984) The Verdict (1982) So Fine (1981) The Great Muppet Caper (1981) Used Cars (1980) Being There (1979) Topper (1979) (TV) The Bad News Bears (1979) TV Series ...And Justice for All (1979) Death on the Nile (1978) Heaven Can Wait (1978) Raid on Entebbe (1977) (TV) The White Buffalo (1977) All the President's Men (1976) Jigsaw John (1976) TV Series Shampoo (1975) The Apprenticeship of Duddy Kravitz (1974) The Man Who Loved Cat Dancing (1973) Brian's Song (1971) (TV) Who Is Harry Kellerman and Why Is He Saying Those Terrible Things About Me? (1971) Bye Bye Braverman (1968) N.Y.P.D. (1967) TV Series The Invaders (1967) TV series guest appearance The Wackiest Ship in the Army (1965) TV Series The Thin Red Line (1964) Bewitched - It Shouldn't Happen To A Dog (1964) TV series Guest appearance Donovan's Reef (1963) The Asphalt Jungle (1961) TV Series Wake Me When It's Over (1960) The Twilight Zone (1960) TV series Guest appearance That Kind of Woman (1959) Run Silent, Run Deep (1958) Darby's Rangers (1958 film) 12 Angry Men (1957) From Here to Eternity (1953) Mr. Peepers (1952) TV Series Man with My Face (1951) You're in the Navy Now (1951) (uncredited)
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Red Buttons (February 5, 1919 – July 13, 2006) was an American comedian and actor.
Death of Red Buttons Red Buttons died of vascular disease on July 13, 2006 at his home in the Century City area of Los Angeles. Red Buttons was 87 years old. Buttons had been ill for some time and was with family members when he passed away
Early life Red Buttons was born Aaron Chwatt on February 5, 1919 in New York City to Jewish immigrants. At sixteen years old, Buttons got a job as an entertaining bellhop at Ryan's Tavern in City Island, Bronx. The combination of his red hair and the shiny buttoned bellhop uniform inspired orchestra leader Charles "Dinty" Moore to call him Red Buttons, the name under which he would later perform.
Later that same summer, Buttons worked on the Borscht Belt; his straight man was Robert Alda. In 1939, Buttons started working for Minsky's Burlesque; in 1941, José Ferrer chose Buttons to appear in a Broadway show The Admiral Had a Wife. The show was a farce set in Pearl Harbor, and it was due to open on December 8, 1941. It never did, as it was deemed inappropriate after the Japanese attack. In later years Buttons would joke that the Japanese only attacked Pearl Harbor to keep him off Broadway.
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Career In September 1942, Buttons at last got his Broadway debut in Vickie with Ferrer and Uta Hagen. Later that year, he appeared in the Minsky's show Wine, Women and Song; this was the last Burlesque show in New York City history, as the Mayor La Guardia administration closed it down. Buttons was on stage when the show was raided.
1943 saw Buttons in the Army Air Corps. He was chosen to appear in the Broadway show Winged Victory, as well as appearing in the Darryl F. Zanuck movie version. He later went on to entertain troops in the European Theater of operations in the same unit as Mickey Rooney.
After the war, Buttons continued to do Broadway shows. He also performed at Broadway movie houses with the Big Bands. In 1952, Buttons received his own variety series on television - The Red Buttons Show ran for three years, and achieved high levels of success. His catch phrase from the show, "strange things are happening," entered the national vocabulary briefly in the mid-1950s.
His role in Sayonara was a dramatic departure from his previous work. In that film, he played Joe Kelly, an American airman stationed in Kobe, Japan during the Korean War, who falls in love with Katsumi, a Japanese woman (played by Miyoshi Umeki), but is barred from marrying her by military rules intended to reassure the local populace that the U.S. presence is temporary. His portrayal of Kelly's calm resolve not to abandon the relationship and touching reassurance of Katsumi impressed audiences and critics alike; both he and Umeki won Academy Awards for the film. After his Oscar-winning role, Buttons performed in numerous feature films, including Hatari!, The Longest Day, Harlow, The Poseidon Adventure, They Shoot Horses, Don't They?, Pete's Dragon, and 18 Again! with George Burns. Buttons also made many memorable TV appearances on programs including Little House on the Prairie, It's Garry Shandling's Show, ER and Roseanne.
He became a nationally recognizable comedian, and his "Never Got A Dinner" sketch was a standard at the Dean Martin roasts for many years.
Number 71 on Comedy Central's list of the 100 Greatest Stand-Ups of All Time, Buttons received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame for television, located at 1651 Vine Street.
Personal life Buttons was married to actress Roxanne Arlen in 1947, but it soon ended in divorce. His next marriage was to Helayne McNorton, from December 8, 1949 until 1963. His last marriage was to Alicia Pratt, which lasted from January 27, 1964 until her death in March 2001. Buttons had two children, daughter Amy Buttons and son Adam Buttons. He was the advertising spokesman for the Century Village, Florida retirement community.
Buttons was an early member of the Synagogue for the Performing Arts, and at the time, Rabbi Jerome cutler was the Rabbi.
June Allyson (October 7, 1917 – July 8, 2006) was a Golden Globe-winning American film and television actress, popular in the 1940s and 1950s.
Death of June Allyson June Allyson had been in failing health since undergoing a hip-replacement surgery, and died at her home in Ojai, California on July 8, 2006. She was 88 years old. Her death was a result of pulmonary respiratory failure and acute bronchitis. Her husband of nearly 30 years, David Ashrow, was at her side.
For her contribution to the motion picture industry, June Allyson received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 1537 Vine Street.
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Features Best Foot Forward (1943) Thousands Cheer (1943) Girl Crazy (1943) Meet the People (1944) Two Girls and a Sailor (1944) Music for Millions (1944) Her Highness and the Bellboy (1945) The Sailor Takes a Wife (1945) Two Sisters from Boston (1946) Till the Clouds Roll By (1946) The Secret Heart (1946) High Barbaree (1947) Good News (1947) The Bride Goes Wild (1948) The Three Musketeers (1948) Words and Music (1948) Little Women (1949) The Stratton Story (1949) The Reformer and the Redhead (1950) Right Cross (1950) Too Young to Kiss (1951) The Girl in White (1952) Battle Circus (1953) Remains to Be Seen (1953) The Glenn Miller Story (1953) Executive Suite (1954) Woman's World (1954) Strategic Air Command (1955) The Shrike (1955) The McConnell Story (1955) The Opposite Sex (1956) You Can't Run Away from It (1956) Interlude (1957) My Man Godfrey (1957) A Stranger in My Arms (1959) They Only Kill Their Masters (1972) Blackout (1978) That's Entertainment! III (1994) A Girl, Three Guys, and a Gun (2001)
Short subjects Ups and Downs (1937) Pixilated (1937) Swing for Sale (1937) Dime a Dance (1937) Dates and Nuts (1937) Not Now (1938) Sing for Sweetie (1938) The Prisoner of Swing (1938) The Knight Is Young (1938) All Girl Revue (Short subject, 1940) Screen Snapshots: Hollywood, City of Stars (1956)
Early life Allyson was born Eleanor (Ella) Geisman in the Bronx, New York City to Clara Provost and Robert Geisman on October 7, 1917. Her paternal grandparents, Harry Geisman and Anna Hafner, were immigrants from Germany, although Allyson has claimed that her last name was originally "Van Geisman", and was of Dutch origin.June was six months old when her alcoholic father who'd worked as a janitor abandoned the family. Her mother worked as a telephone operator and restaurant cashier. Allyson was brought up in near poverty. At eight, a dead tree branch fell on her while she was bicycling. Several bones were broken, and doctors said she would never walk again. She underwent months of swimming exercises and regained her health.
Career After graduating from a wheelchair to crutches to braces, she was inspired to dance by obsessively watching Ginger Rogers and Fred Astaire movies. In 1938, fully recovered, she tried out for a chorus job in the Broadway show "Sing out the News." The choreographer gave her a job and a new name: Allyson, a family name, and June, for the month.
Like other musical performers in New York, the 5'1" Allyson found work in movie short subjects that were filmed there. Her first opportunity came from Educational Pictures at its Astoria, Long Island studio. Educational cast her as an ingenue opposite singer Lee Sullivan, comic dancers Herman Timberg, Jr. and Pat Rooney, Jr., and future comedy star Danny Kaye. When Educational ceased operations, Allyson moved over to Vitaphone in Brooklyn, and starred or co-starred (with dancer Hal LeRoy) in musical shorts until that studio discontinued New York production in 1940.
Allyson returned to the New York stage. After her appearance in Best Foot Forward in 1941, she was selected for the 1943 film version, and followed it up with several other musicals, including Two Sisters from Boston (1946) and Good News (1947). She also played straight roles such as Constance in The Three Musketeers (1948), the tomboy Jo March in Little Women (1949), and a nurse in Battle Circus (1953). June was very adept at opening the waterworks on cue, and many of her films incorporated a crying scene. Fellow MGM player Margaret O'Brien recalled that she and Allyson were known as "the town criers."
In 1950, June Allyson had been signed to appear opposite Fred Astaire in Royal Wedding, but had to leave the production due to pregnancy. (She was replaced initially by Judy Garland, and later Jane Powell.)
James Stewart was a frequent co-star, teaming up with Allyson in films such as The Glenn Miller Story, The Stratton Story and Strategic Air Command.
Allyson was an extremely active star in the 1940s and 1950s. She won a Golden Globe Award for her performance in the comedy Too Young To Kiss in 1951. In 1955, she was named the ninth most popular movie star in the annual Quigley Exhibitors Poll and the second most popular female star (behind Grace Kelly). She starred in 1956 with a young rising star named Jack Lemmon in a musical comedy, You Can't Run Away From It.
After her film career ended in the late 1950s, Allyson starred on television as hostess and occasional star of The DuPont Show with June Allyson. The anthology series lasted two seasons. In later years the actress appeared on popular shows such as The Love Boat and Murder, She Wrote.
Personal life On August 19, 1945, Allyson caused Hollywood studio chiefs some consternation by marrying Dick Powell, who was 13 years her senior and had been previously married to Mildred Maund and Joan Blondell. They had two children, Pamela Allyson Powell (adopted in 1948 through the Tennessee Children's Home Society in an adoption arranged by Georgia Tann) and Richard Powell, Jr. born on December 24, 1950. The couple briefly separated in 1961, but reconciled and remained married until his death on January 2, 1963, which led to Allyson's effective retirement from the screen.
Following Powell's death, she went though a bitter court battle with her mother over custody of her children, Ricky and Pamela. Reports at the time revealed that writer/director Dirk Summers, with whom Allyson was romantically involved from 1963 to 1975, was named legal guardian for Ricky and Pamela as a result of a court petition. Members of the nascent jet-set, Allyson and Summers were frequently seen in Cap d'Antibes, Madrid, Rome and London. However, Summers refused to marry her and the relationship did not last. Allyson twice married and divorced Powell's barber, Alfred Glenn Maxwell, who she claimed physically abused her. During this time, Allyson struggled with alcoholism, which she overcame in the mid-seventies. She was married to David Ashrow, a dentist turned actor, from 1976 until her death. The couple occasionally performed together in regional theater.
Allyson returned to the Broadway stage in 1970 in the play Forty Carats and later toured in a production of No, No Nanette.
Dick Powell had been a major television player with his own production company, Four Star, owning several network shows. When he died, Allyson was left very well off and didn't need to work. She occasionally made appearances on talk and variety shows.
After Dick Powell developed kidney problems and died of cancer, June Allyson committed herself to charitable work on his behalf. She championed the importance of research in urological and gynecological diseases in seniors, and represented the Kimberly-Clark Corporation in commercials for Depend adult diapers. Her name made the headlines again when actor-turned-agent Marty Ingels publicly charged Allyson with not paying his large commission on the Depend deal. Allyson counter-charged that Ingels was harassing her with dozens of phone calls daily and nightly.
Allyson made a special appearance in 1994 in That's Entertainment III, as one of the film's narrators. She spoke about MGM's golden era, and introduced vintage film clips.
Roger Keith "Syd" Barrett (January 6, 1946 – July 7, 2006) was an English singer, songwriter, guitarist and artist. He is most remembered as a founding member of British progressive rock band Pink Floyd, providing major musical and stylistic direction in their early work, although he left the group in 1968 amidst speculations of mental illness exacerbated by heavy drug use.
Death of Syd Barrett Barrett died on Friday 7 July 2006 at his home in Cambridge. He died of pancreatic cancer, but this was usually reported as "complications from diabetes." The occupation on his death certificate was given as "retired musician."
According to a local Cambridge newspaper, Barrett left approximately £1.25 million to his two brothers and two sisters. This income was apparently largely acquired via royalties from Pink Floyd compilations and live recordings which featured songs he had written whilst with the band.
A tribute concert was held at the Barbican Centre, London on 10 May 2007 with Robyn Hitchcock, Captain Sensible, Damon Albarn, Chrissie Hynde, Kevin Ayers and his Pink Floyd bandmates performing (albeit not on stage at the same time for the last).
Patricia Ann "Patsy" Ramsey (December 29, 1956 - June 24, 2006), was the mother of JonBenét Ramsey, a 6-year-old American beauty pageant contestant who was murdered on December 26, 1996.
Death of Patsy Ramsey Patsy Ramsey had been diagnosed with ovarian cancer in 1993 but the cancer was in remission at the time of her daughter's murder. In 2003, she suffered a relapse and died on June 24, 2006. She died less than two months before Boulder law enforcement officials announced their plans to arrest John Mark Karr, a former elementary school teacher who falsely confessed to the murder
On July 9, 2008, nearly 12 years after their daughter's murder, John and Patsy Ramsey were officially cleared in the death by the Boulder District Attorney's office based on new DNA evidence collected from JonBenet's clothing; this particular type of DNA analysis did not exist at the time of the killing. Boulder County District Attorney Mary Lacy said new DNA tests point to an "unexplained third party" as responsible for the murder.
Claydes Charles Smith (September 6, 1948 – June 20, 2006) was an American musician best known as co-founder and lead guitarist of the group Kool & the Gang.
Born in Jersey City, New Jersey, he was introduced to jazz guitar by his father in the early 1960s.
Later in that decade he was in a group of New Jersey jazz musicians, including Ronald Bell (later Khalis Bayyan), Robert "Kool" Bell, George Brown, Dennis Thomas and Robert "Spike" Mickens, who became Kool & the Gang. Other members would include lead singer James "JT" Taylor.
Kool & the Gang grew from jazz roots in the 1960s to become one of the major groups of the 1970s, blending jazz, funk, R&B, and pop. Despite their popularity waning briefly, the group enjoyed a return to stardom during the 1980s.
Illness forced Smith to stop touring with the group in January 2006. He died in Maplewood, New Jersey.
Smith, who was known professionally as Charles Smith, wrote the hits "Joanna" and "Take My Heart," and was a co-writer of others, including "Celebration," "Hollywood Swinging," and "Jungle Boogie."
Smith is survived by his six children -- Claydes A. Smith, Justin Smith, Aaron Corbin, August Williams, Uranus Guray, and Tyteen Humes -- and nine grandchildren.
Aaron Spelling (April 22, 1923 – June 23, 2006) was an American film and television producer. As of 2007, Spelling holds the record for most prolific television producer, with 218 producer and executive producer credits
Illness, lawsuit, and death In 2001, Spelling was diagnosed with oral cancer.
On January 28, 2006, Spelling was sued by his former nurse, who sought unspecified damages for 10 claims, including sexual harassment, discrimination, retaliation, sexual battery, assault, wrongful termination and intentional infliction of emotional distress.
On June 18, 2006, Spelling suffered a severe stroke at his estate in Holmby Hills, Los Angeles, California. He died there on June 23, 2006, from complications of the stroke, at the age of 83. A private funeral was held several days later, and Spelling was entombed in a mausoleum in Culver City's Hillside Memorial Park Cemetery.
Notable productions Spelling worked in some capacity on almost 200 productions beginning with the Zane Grey Theatre in 1956. His most recognizable contributions to television include Charlie's Angels, Dynasty, Starsky and Hutch, Family, Hotel, The Rookies, Beverly Hills 90210 and its adult spin-off Melrose Place, The Love Boat, Fantasy Island, Vega$, Hart to Hart, The Colbys, T.J. Hooker, Nightingales, Kindred: The Embraced, 7th Heaven, Charmed, Burke's Law, Honey West, The Mod Squad, and S.W.A.T.. His company also co-produced the David Lynch series Twin Peaks (although Spelling himself was not directly involved in its production).
He also produced the HBO miniseries And the Band Played On, based on Randy Shilts's bestseller. The miniseries won an Emmy Award, Spelling's first.
William Everett "Billy" Preston (September 2, 1946 - June 6, 2006) was an American soul musician from Houston, Texas, raised mostly in Los Angeles, California. In addition to his successful, Grammy-winning career as a solo artist, Preston collaborated with some of the greatest names in the music industry, including the Beatles, the Rolling Stones, Nat King Cole, Little Richard, Eric Burdon, Ray Charles, George Harrison, Elton John, Eric Clapton, Bob Dylan, Sam Cooke, King Curtis, Sammy Davis Jr., Sly Stone, Aretha Franklin, the Jackson 5, Quincy Jones, Richie Sambora, and Red Hot Chili Peppers. He played the Fender Rhodes electric piano and the Hammond organ on the Get Back sessions in 1969.
Preston is the only non-Beatle to receiving billing as an artist alongside the Beatles (as distinct from receiving credit as a session musician on album packaging) on an official Beatles record release. The label of the Get Back single credits the artists on the record as "The Beatles with Billy Preston".
Death of Billy Preston Billy Preston had battled kidney disease in his later years, brought on by his hypertension. He received a kidney transplant in 2002, but his health continued to deteriorate. He died on June 6, 2006 in Scottsdale, Arizona, of complications of malignant hypertension that resulted in kidney failure and other complications. He had voluntarily entered a drug rehabilitation clinic in Malibu, Calif., and suffered pericarditis there, leading to respiratory failure that left him in a coma since November 21, 2005. His funeral was held on June 20 at the Faithful Central Bible Church in Inglewood, California. Preston was interred at Inglewood Park Cemetery, Inglewood, California.
Billy Preston - Nothing from nothing 1975
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Billy Preston Discography
Albums (1965) The Most Exciting Organ Ever (1965) Early Hits of'65 (1966) The Wildest Organ in Town (1967) Club Meeting (1969) That's The Way God Planned It (1970) Encouraging Words (1971) I Wrote a Simple Song (1972) Music Is My Life (1973) Everybody Likes Some Kind of Music (1974) Live European Tour 1973 featuring Mick Taylor on guitar (CD release A&M, 2002) (1974) The Kids and Me (1975) It's My Pleasure (1976) Billy Preston (1977) A Whole New Thing (1979) Late At Night (1981) The Way I Am (1982) Pressin' On (1984) On the Air (1986) You Can't Keep a Good Man Down (2001) You and I (featuring the Italian band "Novecento") (2004) The Wildest Organ in Town (Re-released on Stateside Records)
Gospel albums (1962) Sixteen Years Old Soul (1965) Hymns Speak from the Organ (1973) Gospel In My Soul (Re-edition of Hymns Speak from the organ) (1978) Behold! (1980) Universal Love (1994) Ministry of Music (1995) Minister of Music (1996) Words and Music (2001) Music From My Heart
Singles 1969: "That's the Way God Planned It" - US Pop #62, UK #11 1971: "My Sweet Lord" - US Pop #90, US R&B #23 1972: "I Wrote a Simple Song" - US Pop #77 1972: "Outa-Space" - US Pop #2, US R&B #1, UK #44 1972: "That's the Way God Planned It" (re-release) - US Pop #65 1972: "Slaughter" - US Pop #50, US R&B #17 1973: "Will It Go Round in Circles" - US Pop #1, US R&B #10 1973: "Space Race" - US Pop #4, US R&B #1 1974: "You're So Unique" - US Pop #48, US R&B #11 1974: "Nothing from Nothing" - US Pop #1, US R&B #8 1974" "Struttin'" - US Pop #22, US R&B #11 1975: "Fancy Lady" - US Pop #71, US R&B #11 1977: "Wide Stride" - US R&B #33 1978: "Get Back" - US Pop #86 1979: "With You I'm Born Again" (with Syreeta Wright) - US Pop #4, UK #2 1980: "One More Time for Love" (with Syreeta Wright) - US Pop #52 1982: "I'm Never Gonna Say Goodbye" - US Pop #88
As a guest/session performer (1963) Night Beat (Sam Cooke) (1969) Get Back and Don't Let Me Down (The Beatles) (1970) All Things Must Pass (George Harrison) (1970) John Lennon/Plastic Ono Band, piano on "God" (John Lennon) (1971) Sticky Fingers (Rolling Stones) (1971) The Concert for Bangla Desh (George Harrison And Friends) (1971) There's a Riot Goin' On (Sly & the Family Stone) (1971) Live at Fillmore West (King Curtis & Aretha Franklin) (1971) Barbara Joan Streisand, Billy plays keyboards, drums (1972) Exile on Main Street (Rolling Stones) (1972) Wind of Change, Billy plays piano, keyboards, harpsichord, accordion (Peter Frampton) (1973) Ringo, organ on "I'm The Greatest" (1973) Goats Head Soup (Rolling Stones) (1974) Goodnight Vienna, clavinet on the title track, electric piano on "Only You (And You Alone)" (1974) It's Only Rock'n Roll (Rolling Stones) (1975) "You Are So Beautiful" (Joe Cocker's biggest hit) (1975) "Blood on the Tracks" (Bob Dylan) (1976) Thirty Three & 1/3 (George Harrison) (1976) Black and Blue (Rolling Stones) (1978) Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band (also acted the part "Sgt. Pepper" in the film) (1981) Tattoo You (Rolling Stones) (1986) "Great Gosh A'Mighty (Been A Long Time Comin')" (co-written with Little Richard - from the hit motion picture 'Down And Out in Beverly Hills'. Little Richard - vocal.) (1990) Ringo Starr and His All-Starr Band (Billy plays keyboards and vocals) (1990) Giovani Jovanotti (Jovanotti) (Billy plays keyboards & Fender Rhodes) (1991) ...E La Vita Continua (Nino D'Angelo) (1996) "Voyage of Dreams" - Jephté Guillaume and the Tet Kale Orkestra (Billy plays Organ, Strings on Al Di Yo, Go Tell Them, Kanpe, Get Up) (1997) Bridges to Babylon (Rolling Stones) (1998) Undiscovered Soul (Richie Sambora) (2000) The Harsh Light of Day (Fastball) (Billy played keyboards on "You're An Ocean") (2001) Songs From The West Coast - Elton John ("Electric organ" on "I Want Love", "The Wasteland"; "Love Her Like Me") (2001) Reptile (Eric Clapton) (2001) One More Car, One More Rider (Eric Clapton, live) --DVD includes live performance of Will It Go Round in Circles (2003) The Colored Section (Donnie) (Billy plays Hammond B3 on the last track: "The Colored Section") (2003) Concert for George -- including Isn't It a Pity and My Sweet Lord (2003) Get Born (Jet) (2004) Me and Mr. Johnson (Eric Clapton) (also appears in the DVD companion Sessions for Robert J) (2004) Eric Clapton: Crossroads Guitar Festival (Eric Clapton) (2004) Genius Loves Company (Ray Charles) (2005) 12 Songs (Neil Diamond) (2005) Back Home (Eric Clapton) (2005) Choose Love (Ringo Starr) (2005) The Concert for Bangladesh (George Harrison and Friends) (Re-mastered version & video) (2006) Stadium Arcadium (Red Hot Chili Peppers) (on "Warlocks") (2006) The Road to Escondido (J. J. Cale and Eric Clapton)
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