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Archive - Jan 2011

January 11th

David Nelson, last of 'Ozzie and Harriet's' dies 74


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David Oswald Nelson (October 24, 1936 – January 11, 2011) was an American actor, director, producer, and son of bandleader/TV actor Ozzie Nelson and singer Harriet Hilliard and the older brother of late singer Ricky Nelson.

Career
David and Ricky Nelson, along with their parents, appeared on the long-running sitcom The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet in the 1950s and 1960s. During the run of the series, Nelson directed several episodes. After the series' end, Nelson continued acting, directing and producing. Nelson's last film appearance was in Cry-Baby (1990).

Death of David Nelson
David Nelson died on January 11, 2011 in Century City, California of complications from colon cancer.

Ozzie and Harriet - An Evening With Hamlet (1/2)

Part 2/2
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1vYIjfRjPzU

January 10th

With throat tumor gone, Michael Douglas begins 3-year waiting game

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"It’s great news that they can’t see any cancer," said Dr. Bert W. O’Malley, a professor and chairman of the department of otorhinolaryngology-head and neck surgery at the University of Pennsylvania Medical Center. "He’s over the first hurdle. The next is what happens over the next three years."

Three years is considered the benchmark for deeming such a patient truly cancer-free.

Margaret Whiting, Iconic Standard Recording Artist Dies 86

Margaret Whiting (July 22, 1924 — January 10, 2011) was a singer of American popular music and country music who first made her reputation during the 1940s and 1950s.

Recording career
Whiting's first recordings were as featured singer with various orchestras:

Television career
Margaret and Barbara Whiting starred as themselves in the situation comedy Those Whiting Girls. The show, produced by Desilu Productions, aired on CBS as a summer replacement series (in place of I Love Lucy) between July, 1955 and September, 1957.

Death of Margaret Whiting
Margaret Whiting died in 2011, aged 86, from natural causes at the Lillian Booth Actors' Home in Englewood, New Jersey.

Margaret Whiting: "My Foolish Heart"

Margaret Whiting and Johnny Mercer - Baby Its Cold Outside

John Dye, 'Touched By An Angel' Star dies 47

John Carroll Dye (January 31, 1963 – January 10, 2011) was an American film and television actor known for his role as Andrew in the television series Touched by an Angel.

Death of John Dye
Dye was found dead in his home in San Francisco, California on January 10, 2011, family have reported that he passed away from a heart attack.

John Dye in "The Perfect Weapon" (1/2)

January 9th

Peter Yates, 'Bullitt' Director Dies 81

Peter Yates (July 24, 1928 – January 9, 2011) was an English film director and producer. He was born in Aldershot, Hampshire.

Deathe of Peter Yates
Peter Yates died in London on 9 January 2011. He was 82 years old.

Bullitt Official Trailer (1968)

Bob Dole Hospitalized Again

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Former Senator and presidential candidate Bob Dole was admitted to Walter Reed Army Medical Center Tuesday evening with a fever, discharged Friday morning then went back to the hospital for treatment because his fever had recurred.

January 6th

George Jones Hospitalized in Nashville

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Country music legend George Jones was hospitalized in Nashville on Wednesday, after a routine checkup.

Specifics are vague, but the doctors wanted to “monitor” him overnight,

January 4th

Gerry Rafferty, Singer 'Baker Street', dies 63

Gerald "Gerry" Rafferty (April 16, 1947 – January 4, 2011) was a Scottish singer and songwriter best known for his hits "Right Down the Line" and "Baker Street". He was the son of a Scottish mother and an Irish father.

Death of Gerry Rafferty
Gerry Rafferty died on 4 January 2011, at the age of 63 of liver failure.

In November 2010, Rafferty was admitted to a hospital in Bournemouth, Dorset, suffering from liver failure. His family was told that there was little chance of his survival, although after he was taken off life support, his condition began to improve.

Related Blog

Gerry Rafferty - Baker Street

January 2nd

Pete Postlethwaite, Oscar-nominated, 'Inception' actor dies 64

Peter William "Pete" Postlethwaite, OBE (February 7, 1946 – January 2, 2011) was an English stage, film and television actor.

After minor television appearances including in The Professionals, Postlethwaite's first success came with the film Distant Voices, Still Lives in 1988. He played a mysterious lawyer "Kobayashi" in The Usual Suspects, and he appeared in Alien 3, In the Name of the Father, Amistad, Brassed Off, The Shipping News, The Constant Gardener, Inception, and in Baz Luhrmann's Romeo + Juliet.

Death of Pete Postlethwaite
Postlethwaite died in the Royal Shrewsbury Hospital on 2 January 2011 after a battle with cancer.  Pete Postlethwaite was 64 at the time of his death.

Postlethwaite was diagnosed with testicular cancer in 1990, and had one testicle removed.

Pete Postlethwaite talks about The Age of Stupid on BBC Breakfast

Anne Francis, 'Forbidden Planet', 'Honey West', actress dies 80

Anne Francis (September 16, 1930 – January 2, 2011) was an American actress, best known for her role in the science fiction film classic Forbidden Planet (1956), and as the female private detective in the television series Honey West (1965–66). She won a Golden Globe and was nominated for an Emmy award for her role in Honey West. Francis holds the distinction of starring in the first TV series with a female detective character's name in the title.

Her first leading role was in Blackboard Jungle (1955).

Anne Francis found success in television, with several appearances on The Twilight Zone, including the title character in "Jess-Belle" and as Marsha White in "The After Hours." She was a frequent guest star in 1960s, 1970s, and 1980s TV movies and programs. She appeared in two episodes of the popular TV western The Virginian.

Anne Francis was treated for lung cancer in 2007-2008. She kept her followers informed of her progress on her official website.

Death of Anne Francis
Anne Francis died on January 2, 2011, due to complications of pancreatic cancer at a retirement home in Santa Barbara, California, a city in which she was a longtime resident.  Anne Francis was 80 years old at the time of her death

Movie Legends - Anne Francis

Chuck Berry collapses on stage

On Saturday January 1, 2011, 84 years old Chuck Berry was taken off stage in Chicago in the middle of a performance at the Congress Theater.

He returned 20 minutes later after most of the auditorium had cleared out. He tuned up his guitar and tried to play before telling the audience he had no strength. 

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Charles Edward Anderson "Chuck" Berry (born October 18, 1926) is a guitarist, singer, and songwriter, and one of the pioneers of rock and roll music. With songs such as "Maybellene" (1955), "Roll Over Beethoven" (1956), "Rock and Roll Music" (1957) and "Johnny B. Goode" (1958), Chuck Berry refined and developed rhythm and blues into the major elements that made rock and roll distinctive, with lyrics focusing on teen life and consumerism and utilizing guitar solos and showmanship that would be a major influence on subsequent rock music.