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Archive - Apr 2011

April 9th

Sidney Lumet, director of 12 Angry Men, dies 86

Sidney Lumet (June 25, 1924 – April 9, 2011) was an American film director, producer and screenwriter with over 50 films to his name, including 12 Angry Men (1957), Dog Day Afternoon (1975), Network (1976) and The Verdict (1982), all of which earned him Academy Award nominations for Best Director.

Sidney Lumet Cause of Death
Sidney Lumet died of lymphoma (form of Cancer)
Sidney Lumet was 86 years old at the time of his death

Orrin Tucker, Big Band Leader, Dies 100

Robert Orrin Tucker (February 17, 1911 – April 9, 2011) was an American bandleader born in St. Louis, Missouri, whose theme song was Drifting and Dreaming. His biggest hit was Oh Johnny, Oh Johnny, Oh! (1939), sung by vocalist "Wee" Bonnie Baker.

Tucker and his orchestra remained active until the 1990s, when health problems forced him to retire. In 2003, Tucker was interviewed about his passion for music and his long career as a bandleader by the NAMM Oral History program. He died on April 9, 2011, aged 100.

Cause of death was not released (yet)

Orrin Tucker - You're The One (1941)

April 6th

Scott Hall hospitalized after indy appearance, (videos)

On April 7, 2011, Wrestler Scott Hall was taken to the hospital (after Indy appearance) due to drug overdose though Hall's representative quickly responded that the info was untrue and fabricated. Hall was however taken to the hospital for low blood pressure and a change to his blood pressure medication. His rep said that Scott visits his doctor on a regular basis and is still recovering from his double pneumonia and being treated for his heart.

Hall gave a interview on April 7 discussing a appearance in Florida the following day saying that the fans who bought tickets would get their money's worth. He discussed his problems with alcohol and drugs by saying that while alcohol is fun and drugs are when you want to quit, you can't and it hurts everyone that is close to you. Hall stated that he has been to rehab 19 times and attended thousands of AA and NA meetings but this time was making a honest attempt to stay sober. Hall credited close friends such as Kevin Nash, Sean Waltman and Shawn Michaels with helping him through his battles.

Scott Oliver Hall (born October 20, 1958), is an American professional wrestler. He is best known for his tenure with World Wrestling Federation, under the ring name Razor Ramon, as well as in World Championship Wrestling under his real name.

SHOCKING FOOTAGE: Scott Hall Hospitalized After Wrestling Show

Razor Ramon debut - WWF 1992(?), about 19 years ago.

April 6th

Amanda Bynes' Beloved Lost Pup Dies 4 Months Old

Amanda Bynes's Twitter Account

Amanda Laura Bynes (born April 3, 1986) is an American actress, fashion designer and singer. Bynes appeared in several successful television series, such as All That and The Amanda Show, on Nickelodeon in the mid to late 1990s and early 2000s, and in 2002, she starred in the TV series, What I Like About You. She transitioned to a film career, starring in several films aimed at teenage audiences, including What a Girl Wants (2003), Love Wrecked (2005), She's the Man (2006), Hairspray (2007), and Easy A (2010).

Bynes was named one of Teen People's "25 Hottest Stars Under 25" in 2006, and in 2007, Forbes listed her as the fifth highest paid celebrity under 21, with earnings of $2.5 million.

April 5th

Ashley Judd details painful childhood, sexual abuse in new memoir

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(CBS) - In her new book "All That is Bitter & Sweet," actress Ashley Judd opens up about her troubled past, revealing she felt like a stranger in her famous country-music family and was a victim of sexual abuse as a child.

"My mother, while she was transforming herself into the country legend Naomi Judd, created an origin myth for the Judds that did not match my reality," Judd writes in the memoir



Gil Robbins, 60s folk group the Highwaymen, Tim Robbins' father, dies 80

The Highwaymen were a circa 1960 "collegiate folk" group, which originated at Wesleyan University and had a Billboard number-one hit in 1961 with "Michael" and another Top 20 hit in 1962 with "Cottonfields". "Michael" sold over one million copies, and was awarded a gold record.

Gill Robbins spent three years with the group.

Gill Robbins is a father of Academy Award winning actor Tim Robbins.

Gill Robbins Cause of Death
Gill Robbins died on April 5, 2011 in of prostate cancer.
Gill Robbins was 80 years old at the time of his death.

Michael - The Highwaymen

April 2nd

Dispatch from Detroit: Charlie Sheen bombs in his concert kickoff

FYI: Charlie sheen scheduled 23 live shows in 20 cities.  It was the opening day today.

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Charlie Sheen got a lesson in the fickleness of crowds Saturday night. While doing his best to cash in on his recent cult with the launch of his "My Violent Torpedo of Truth / Defeat Is Not an Option Show," he tried to position himself as a folk hero of freedom. Unfortunately for him, the audience that turned out here at the Fox Theatre took him at his word: They essentially booed him off the stage.


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