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Jack LaLanne, Fitness guru, dies 96

Jack LaLanne (September 26, 1914 - January 23, 2011) was an American fitness, exercise, nutritional expert, and motivational speaker who had been called "the godfather of fitness". He published numerous books on fitness and hosted a fitness television show between 1951 and 1985. He had four children.

LaLanne gained recognition for his success as a bodybuilder, as well as his prodigious feats of strength. He was inducted to the California Hall of Fame and has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

Until his death at the age of 96, LaLanne continued to work out every morning for two hours. He spent 1½ hours in the weight room and half an hour swimming or walking. When interviewed by Katie Couric on NBC's Today show, LaLanne said his two simple rules of nutrition are: "if man made it, don't eat it", and "if it tastes good, spit it out." He often said, "I cannot afford to die, it will ruin my image."

On December 8, 2009, the 95-year-old LaLanne underwent heart valve surgery at a Los Angeles Hospital.

Death of Jack LaLanne
Jack LaLanne died on January 23, 2011 of respiratory failure due to pneumonia at his home in Morro Bay, California. He was married to Elaine LaLanne; they had two sons and a daughter.

Jack LaLanne Sings His Theme Song

 Jack Lalanne - Unhappy people

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

1501 Vine Street

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.

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

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)

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)

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.

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Gerry Rafferty - Baker Street

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

Bobby Farrell, Boney M's 'Daddy Cool' Dies 61

Roberto "Bobby" Alfonso Farrell (October 6, 1949 – December 30, 2010) was a dancer and performer, best known as the male member of the successful 1970s pop and disco group Boney M.

Death of Bobby Farrell
Bobby Farrell died in a hotel in St Petersburg. He was complaining of breathing problems after performing with his band the evening before. The cause of death is still unknown. Bobby Farrell was 61 years old at the time of his death

 BONEY M - DADDY COOL.  Bobby Farrell on far left

Bill Erwin, character actor, 'Seinfeld' Grumpy Old Man, dies 96

William Lindsey "Bill" Erwin (December 2, 1914 – December 29, 2010) was an American television, film, and stage actor with over 250 television and film credits. As a veteran character actor, he was widely known for his role of Sid Fields, an embittered, irascible man on Seinfeld – for which he received an Emmy nomination – as well his regular appearances in Star Trek: The Next Generation.

In the late 1950s, Erwin was in such pictures as "A Streetcar Named Desire" He played Jack Nicholson's father in "Cry Baby Killer,"  He would later co-star alongside Christopher Reeve and Jane Seymour in the Somewhere in Time.

Erwin has appeared in Planes, Trains and Automobiles, She's Having a Baby, Home Alone, and Dennis the Menace.

His TV credits were even more numerous in the 1950s as he appeared in such television shows as I Love Lucy, Crusader, Trackdown, Colgate Theatre, "Perry Mason" and The Rifleman. In the 1960s, Erwin appeared in television shows such as: The Andy Griffith Show, Mister Ed, Maverick, The Twilight Zone, 87th Precinct, The Fugitive, and Mannix. Continuing his growing television stardom, Erwin, in the 1970s, was found in such television shows as: Barnaby Jones, Cannon, and Gunsmoke. Entering into the 1980s and 1990s, Erwin established his legacy on television by appearing in shows like ER, Highway to Heaven, Voyagers, Seinfeld, Dukes of Hazzard, Married With Children, Growing Pains, Full House, The Golden Girls, Moonlighting, My Name is Earl, and Star Trek: The Next Generation. He had been on television continuously from 1948 to 2006.

In the Seinfeld episode ("The Old Man"), Erwin played Sid Fields ("Sid Fields" was the name of the writer for Abbott and Costello, and a person admired by Jerry Seinfeld), a member of the Foster-A-Grandpa Program. Erwin was Jerry's foster grandparent, and his aggressive character and sheer hatred for Jerry made the relationship fail. Furthermore, Erwin's character bit Kramer on the arm causing him to lose his dentures. Irwin received an Emmy nomination for outstanding guest actor for the role, and later reunited with Michael Richards when he guest starred on the short-lived The Michael Richards Show.

In the 2000s, Erwin appeared on Monk, The West Wing, King of Queens, Everwood and My Name Is Earl.

Death of Bill Erwin
Bill Erwin died of natural causes in Studio City.
Bill Erwin was 96 years old at the time of his death.

 "The Twilight Zone" Will the Real Martian Please Stand Up?
Bill Erwin as Peter Kramer (The Shop Owner? - need a fact check )

Billy Taylor Grammy & Emmy-Winning Jazz Musician Dies 89

Billy Taylor (July 24, 1921 – December 28, 2010) was an American jazz pianist, composer, and educator. He was the Robert L. Jones Distinguished Professor of Music at East Carolina University in Greenville. Since 1994, Taylor was the artistic director for jazz at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C.

With over twenty three honorary doctoral degrees, Taylor is also the recipient of two Peabody Awards, NEA Jazz Masters Award (1998) an Emmy Award (1983) for "Outstanding Informational, Cultural or Historical Programming", a Grammy Award (2004) and a host of prestigious and highly coveted prizes, such as the National Medal of Arts (1992), the Tiffany Award, and the Lifetime Achievement Award from Down Beat Magazine. He was also honored in 2001 with the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP) Jazz Living Legend Award, and election to the Hall of Fame for the International Association for Jazz Education.

Death of Billy Taylor
Billy Taylor of died of heart failure.
Billy Taylor was 89 years old at the time of his death.

I Wish I Knew How It Would Feel To Be Free - Billy Taylor

Teena Marie, Singer/songwriter, 'LoverGirl', Died at 54

Teena Marie (March 5, 1956 - December 26, 2010) was an American Grammy Award-nominated singer–songwriter–producer. Marie, nicknamed Lady Tee, (sometimes spelled Lady T), was a protégée of late funk legend Rick James, and was notable as one of the few successful white performers of R&B. She played rhythm guitar, keyboards and congas. She also wrote, produced, sang and arranged virtually all of her songs since her 1980 release Irons in the Fire. She said it was her favorite album. She had a daughter, Alia Rose, who, as of 2009, sang under the name Rose Le Beau.

As a child, she had an acting role on The Beverly Hillbillies, credited as Tina Marie Brockert. She also sang at the wedding of actor Jerry Lewis's son when she was 10 years old.

Death of Teena Marie
Marie died on Sunday, December 26, 2010, at home, as announced by her manager, Mike Gardner. She was 54.  She died in her sleep (Sunday nap).  Cause of death is not known for now.

"Lovergirl" by Teena Marie

Portugese Love - Teena Marie

Lead Me On

Bernard Wilson , Soul singer, "If You Don't Know Me by Now," dies 64

Bernard Wilson (1946 – December 26, 2010) was a second tenor and baritone R&B, funk and soul music vocalist who was a member of Harold Melvin & the Blue Notes and thus helped to define the “Sound of Philadelphia” in the 1970s.

Death of Bernard Wilson
Bernard Wilson died at a hospital in New Jersey after suffering a stroke and a heart attack.  Bernard Wilson was 64 years old at the time of his death

Harold Melvin & The Blue Notes - If You Don't Know Me By Now

Bernard Wilson is on the far right (red, orange)
Lead Singer is Teddy Pendergrass (March 26, 1950 — January 13, 2010)

Geraldine Doyle, WWII Poster 'We Can Do It!' Inspiration, Dies 86

Geraldine Hoff Doyle (July 31, 1924 — December 26, 2010) was the real-life model for the World War II era We Can Do It posters, an embodiment of the iconic World War II character Rosie the Riveter.

Because the We Can Do It poster was created for an internal Westinghouse project, it did not become widely known until the 1980s, when it began to be used by advocates of women's equality in the workplace.

In 1942 Geraldine found work as a metal presser in a Michigan factory. (As men started enlisting and being drafted into military service for World War II, women began to support the war effort by taking on roles, including factory work, that were formerly considered "male only.")

Because she was a cello player, Geraldine feared a hand injury from the metal pressing machines and soon left the factory. During the brief time she worked there a wire photographer took a picture of her. That image - re-imagined by graphic artist J. Howard Miller while working for the Westinghouse Company's War Production Coordinating Committee -- became the basis for the poster Miller created during a Westinghouse anti-absenteeism and anti-strike campaign.

Doyle didn't know she was the model for We Can Do It until 1984, when she came across the original photograph in a 1940's back issue of Modern Maturity Magazine.

Death of Geraldine Doyle
Geraldine Doyle died in Lansing, Michigan, due to complications from arthritis.
Geraldine Hoff Doyle was 86 years old at the time of her death.

Bud Greenspan, Olympic Documentary Filmmaker Dies 84

Jonah J. "Bud" Greenspan (September 18, 1926 – December 25, 2010) was a film director, writer, and producer, mostly known for his sports documentaries.

Death of Bud Greenspan
Greenspan died of Parkinson’s disease on December 25, 2010, at the age of 84 in New York City.

 Greg Louganis - Film by Bud Greenspan

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