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Shirley Temple, legendary Child Star, Dies 85

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Shirley Temple Black (April 23, 1928 – February 10, 2014) was an American film and television actress, singer, dancer and public servant, most famous as a child star in the 1930s. As an adult, she entered politics and became a diplomat, serving as United States Ambassador to Ghana and later to Czechoslovakia, and as Chief of Protocol of the United States.

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Temple began her film career in 1932 at the age of three.

Shirley Temple was a lifelong smoker.

Shirley Temple cause of death

Shirley Temple died on February 10, 2014. She was at her home in Woodside, California, surrounded by family and caregivers. Despite her family claiming she died of natural causes, according to her death certificate, revealed on March 3, 2014, it was actually due to chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.  A lifelong smoker, she avoided revealing her habit in public to avoid setting a bad example to her fans. She is survived by her three children, as well as a granddaughter and two great-grandchildren.  Shirley Temple was 85 years old at the time of her death.

Patti Page, Singer, 'Tennessee Waltz', dies 85

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Clara Ann Fowler (November 8, 1927 - January 1, 2013), known by her professional name Patti Page, was an American singer, one of the best-known female artists in traditional pop music. She was the best-selling female artist of the 1950s, and sold over 100 million records. Her nickname was The Singin' Rage (a phrase commonly followed by "Miss Patti Page").

In 1950, she had her first million-selling single "With My Eyes Wide Open, I'm Dreaming", and would eventually have 14 additional million-selling singles between 1950 and 1965.

Page's signature song, "Tennessee Waltz", recorded in 1950, was one of the biggest-selling singles of the 20th century, and is also one of the two official state songs of Tennessee. "Tennessee Waltz" spent 13 weeks atop the Billboard magazine's Best-Sellers List in 1950. Page had three additional No. 1 hit singles between 1950 and 1953, with "All My Love (Bolero)", "I Went to Your Wedding", and "(How Much Is That) Doggie in the Window".

She also recorded "Mockin' Bird Hill," "Hush, Hush, Sweet Charlotte," and "Allegheny Moon." She teamed with George Jones on "You Never Looked That Good When You Were Mine."

  • Patti Page won her Grammy Award in 1999.
  • Patti Page was inducted to the Hollywood Walk of Fame on February 8, 1960

Patti Page cause of death

Patti Page's cause of death was not published. Patti Page was 85 years old at the time of her death

The Tennessee Waltz - singer Patti Page 1950

Dick Beals, voice of Gumby and Speedy Alka Seltzer, dies 85

Richard "Dick" Beals (March 16, 1927 - May 29, 2012) was an American voice actor. He performed many voices in his career, which spanned the period from the early 1950s into the 21st century. He specialized primarily in doing the voices of young boys.

Perhaps his most recognizable characterization was the voice of the stop-motion animation figure called "Speedy Alka-Seltzer", featured in television commercials for more than 50 years.

His high voice and boyish appearance were due to a glandular problem; he did not go through puberty. Beals was 4 foot 7 inches (just under 140 cm) tall and weighed just under 70 pounds (about 31 kg).

During the late 1980s, Beals provided the voices for various characters on Garfield and Friends with the most major character he voiced being Jon's cruel nephew Rosco.

Dick Beals cause of Death
Dick Bealspassed away on May 29, 2012, at the age of 85

Vintage Alka Seltzer Commercial - Funny Buster Keaton

Alan Sues, 'Laugh-In' regular, dies 85

Alan Grigsby Sues (March 7, 1926 – December 1, 2011) was an American comic actor widely known for his roles on the 1968–1973 television series Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In. Sues' on-screen persona was campy, outrageous and contained verbal slapstick; typical of his humor was a skit that found him following a pair of whiskey-drinking cowboys to a Wild West bar and requesting a frozen daiquiri. Sues' recurring characters on the program included Big Al the Sportscaster and Uncle Al the Kiddie's Pal. He also parodied castmate JoAnne Worley when she left the show, appearing in drag.

He was the only known gay man on TV at that time.

Alan Sues cause of death
Alan Sues died of heart attack.
Alan Sues was 85 years old at the time of his death

Laugh-In - Uncle Al, the kiddies Pal

Billy Grammer, Grand Ole Opry member, dies 85

Billie Wayne Grammar (August 28, 1925 – August 10, 2011), known professionally as Billy Grammar, was an American country music singer and noted guitar player. He is best known for the million-selling "Gotta Travel On", which made it onto both the country and pop music charts in 1959. It was Grammar's first hit record, and his most enduring.

In 1990, Grammar was inducted into the Illinois Country Music Hall of Fame, along with Tex Williams, Lulu Belle and Scotty, and Patsy Montana. Grammar suffers from a degenerative eye disease called retinitis pigmentosa. He became completely blind. On February 27, 2009, he was honored by the Grand Ole Opry for his 50 years as a member.

Billy Grammer cause of death
Grammar died on August 10, 2011, at 12:20 a.m. He was in Benton Hospital being treated for a long-term illness, which included suffering a heart attack in January.
Billy Grammer was 85 years old at the time of his death.  He was eighteen days short of his 86th birthday.

Gotta Travel On - Billy Grammer

Farley Granger, Hitchcock actor, 'Strangers on a Train', dead at 85

Farley Earle Granger (July 1, 1925 – March 27, 2011) was an American actor. In a career spanning several decades, he perhaps was known best for his two collaborations with Alfred Hitchcock, Rope in 1948 and Strangers on a Train in 1951.

Farley Granger Cause of Death
Farley Granger died of natural causes
Farley Granger was 85 years old at the time of his death.

Strangers on a Train Trailer

Ferlin Husky, Country Music Hall of Fame Inductee, Dies 85

Ferlin Eugene Husky (December 3, 1925 – March 17, 2011) was an American singer who became well-known as a country-pop chart-topper under various names, including Terry Preston and Simon Crum. In the 1950s and 60s, Husky had several hits, including "Gone" and "Wings of a Dove", each reaching number one on the country charts. In 2010, he was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame.

Husky has suffered from heart problems for many years and has been hospitalized several times since the late 1970s, most recently for heart surgery in 2005 and blood clots in his legs in 2007. He was admitted to St. John's Hospital in Springfield, Missouri on April 19, 2009, with congestive heart failure and pneumonia. On July 15, 2009 his spokesman said he was recuperating at home after being released from a Nashville hospital.

Death of Ferlin Husky
On March 17, 2011, Management released a statement saying that Husky died from congestive heart failure.
Ferlin Husky was 85 years old at the time of his death.

Ferlin Husky - Wings of a Dove

Tony Curtis, Hollywood Icon, Dies 85

* Tony Curtis was once married to actress Janet Leigh (Psycho, 1960) and fathered actresses Jamie Lee Curtis

Tony Curtis (June 3, 1925 – September 29, 2010) was an American film actor. He played a variety of roles, from light comedy, such as the musician on the run from gangsters in Some Like It Hot, to serious dramatic roles, such as an escaped convict in The Defiant Ones, which earned him a nomination for the Academy Award for Best Actor. From 1949, he appeared in more than 100 films and made frequent television appearances.

Tony Curtis cemented his reputation with breakthrough performances such as in the role of the scheming press agent Sidney Falco in Sweet Smell of Success (1957) with Burt Lancaster and an Oscar-nominated performance as a bigoted escaped convict chained to Sidney Poitier in The Defiant Ones. He did both screen comedy and drama together and became the most sought after star in Hollywood: Curtis' comedies include Some Like It Hot (1959) and Sex and the Single Girl (1964), and his dramas include The Outsider (1961), the true story of WW II veteran Ira Hayes, and The Boston Strangler (1968), in which he played the self-confessed murderer of the film's title, Albert DeSalvo. The latter film was praised for Curtis' performance.

Curtis also appeared frequently on television; he co-starred with Roger Moore in the TV series The Persuaders!. Later, he co-starred in McCoy and Vega$. In the early 1960s, he was immortalized as "Stony Curtis," a voice-over guest star on The Flintstones.

Throughout his life, Curtis enjoyed painting, and since the early 1980s, painted as a second career. His work commands more than $25,000 a canvas now. In the last years of his life, he concentrated on painting rather than movies

Death of Tony Curtis
Tony Curtis died in bed at his Las Vegas home, on September 29, 2010, at 9:25 PM of cardiac arrest.  Tony Curtis was 85 years old at the time of his death.

Jack Lemmon and Tony Curtis

Fess Parker, 'Davy Crockett' Star dies 85

Fess Elisha Parker, Jr.
Born: August 16, 1924 Fort Worth, Texas, United States
Died: March 18, 2010 (aged 85) California, United States

Fess Elisha Parker, Jr. was an American film and television actor best known for his 1950s portrayals of Davy Crockett for Walt Disney and of Daniel Boone in the late 1960s. He was also known as a wine maker and resort owner-operator.

Death of Fess Parker
Fess Parker died of complications from old age.
Fess Parker was 85 years old at the time of his death.

Davy Crockett - "Old Betsy" - Song performed by Fess Parker and Buddy Ebsen (Disneyland Opening Day)
 

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Fess Parker Filmography

    * Harvey (1950)
    * No Room for the Groom (1952)
    * Untamed Frontier (1952)
    * Springfield Rifle (1952)
    * Take Me to Town (1953)
    * The Kid from Left Field (1953)
    * Island in the Sky (1953)
    * Thunder Over the Plains (1953)
    * Dragonfly Squadron (1954)
    * Them! (1954)
    * The Bounty Hunter (1954)
    * Battle Cry (1955)
    * Davy Crockett, King of the Wild Frontier (1955)
    * The Great Locomotive Chase (1956)
    * Davy Crockett and the River Pirates (1956)
    * Westward Ho, The Wagons! (1956)
    * Old Yeller (1957)
    * The Light in the Forest (1958)
    * The Hangman (1959)
    * Alias Jesse James (1959)
    * The Jayhawkers! (1959)
    * Hell Is for Heroes (1962)
    * Smoky (1966)
    * Daniel Boone: Frontier Trail Rider (1966)

Television

    * City Detective, (1 episode, 1955)
    * Mr. Smith Goes to Washington (1962-1963)
    * Daniel Boone (lead cast member from 1964-1970, with Ed Ames, Patricia Blair, Darby Hinton, and Veronica Cartwright)
    * Climb an Angry Mountain (1972)
    * The Fess Parker Show (1974) (unsold pilot)

Val Avery, Tough-Guy Actor in Movies, dies 85

Val Avery (July 14, 1924 - December 12, 2009) was an American character actor who appeared in hundreds of movies and television shows since the 1950s. In a career that spanned 50 years, Avery appeared in over 100 films and had appearances in over 300 television series.

Avery portrayed a cat burglar who conspires with Lieutenant Columbo to catch another criminal, the deputy police commissioner, in A Friend in Deed (1974), directed by another Cassevetes collaborator, Ben Gazzara. He also appeared in Dead Weight (1971), The Most Crucial Game (1972) and Identity Crisis (1975).

Avery appeared Cassavetes' Too Late Blues (1961), Faces (1968), Minnie and Moskowitz (1971), The Killing of a Chinese Bookie (1976) and Gloria (1980). Avery's other appearances have come in everything from films like The Long, Hot Summer (1958), The Magnificent Seven (1960), Requiem for a Heavyweight (1962) The Wanderers (1979) and Donnie Brasco (1997) to TV shows like Gunsmoke, The Twilight Zone, The Munsters and Law & Order.

Death of Val Avery
Avery died Saturday December 12, 2009 in his Greenwich Village home. He was 85.

Betsy Blair, Actress, Gene Kelley's ex-wife, dies 85

Betsy Blair (December 11, 1923 - March 13, 2009) was an American actress of film and stage, long based in London.

Born as Elizabeth Winifred Boger, Blair pursued a career in entertainment from the age of eight, and as a child worked as an amateur dancer, performed on radio, and worked as a model, before joining the chorus of Billy Rose's Diamond Horseshoe in 1940. There she met Gene Kelly; they were married the following year, when she was 17 years old; they divorced 16 years later in 1957.

Death of Batsy Blair
Batsy Blair died in London after a bout with cancer. Batsh Blair was 85 years old at the time of her death. She is survived by a daughter, three stepchildren and several grandchildren.

After work in the theatre, Blair began her film career playing supporting roles in films such as A Double Life (1947) and Another Part of the Forest (1948). Her interest in Marxism led to an investigation by the House Un-American Activities Committee and Blair was blacklisted for some time, but resumed her career with a critically acclaimed performance in Marty (1955), winning a BAFTA Award and a nomination for an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress.

She continued her career with regular theatre, film and television work until the mid 1990s.

Batsy Blair as Clara - "Marty" with Ernest Borgnine
(Ernest Borgnine is still alive)

Pinup Legend Bettie Page Dies 85

Bettie Page ComaBettie Page (April 22, 1923 - December 11, 2008) was a former American model who became famous in the 1950s for her fetish modeling and pin-up photos. She was also one of the earliest Playmates of the Month for Playboy magazine.

Death of Bettie Page
Bettie Page died on December 11, 2008, having been on continuous life support since her heart attack in December 2008

While she faded into obscurity in the 1960s after converting to Christianity and serving as a Baptist missionary in Angola, she experienced a resurgence of popularity in the 1980s and had a significant cult following. Her look, including her jet black hair and trademark bangs, has influenced many artists. Bettie is a great aunt of comedian/writer Benjy Bronk and Bettie is a cousin of actress Mena Suvari.

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Record producer Ray Ellis (Chances are, Splish Splash) dies 85

Ray Ellis (July 28, 1923 Philadelphia - October 27, 2008 Encino, California) was an American record producer, arranger and conductor. The orchestration for Billie Holiday's Lady in Satin is perhaps his best known work in the jazz vein.

Ellis arranged many hit records in the 1950s and 1960s. Included are classics such as "A Certain Smile" by Johnny Mathis; Broken Hearted Melody by Sarah Vaughan; and "Standing On The Corner" by the Four Lads. In 1970 he produced Emmylou Harris' debut LP Gliding Bird.

Ellis work encompassed all areas of music, from records to film, commercials, and television. His television theme music credits include NBC News At Sunrise with Connie Chung and the original cartoon series Spider-Man. In the early 1960s, Ellis had a contract to produce his own easy listening record albums with RCA Victor, MGM, and Columbia, the most popular probably being Ellis in Wonderland.

Death of Ray Ellis
Ray Ellis died of complications from melanoma
Ray Ellis was 85 years old at the age of his death.

Janet Blair, 40s actress

Janet Blair Dead ActressJanet Blair (April 23, 1921 - February 19, 2007) was an American film and television actress.

Death of Janet Blair
Janet Blair died of complications from pneumonia, at St. John's Health Center in Santa Monica, California.
Janet Blair was aged 85 at the time of her death.

Born as Martha Jane Lafferty (she took her acting surname from Blair County, Pennsylvania) in Altoona, Pennsylvania, she began her acting career on film in 1942. She left films for many years after she was dropped by her studio, Columbia Pictures, and disliked the roles she was offered.

Instead, she took the lead role of Nellie Forbush in a production of the stage musical South Pacific, making more than 1,200 performances in three years. " never missed a performance", she noted proudly. During the tour, she also got married to second husband, producer-director Nick Mayo, and they became parents of Amanda and Andrew.

She made a rare dramatic appearance in the 1962 British horror film Night of the Eagle.

Her last performance was on television in a 1991 episode of Murder, She Wrote, starring Angela Lansbury.

Janet Blair Singing "To Me"

Jack Warden,

Emmy Award Winner 

Jack Warden ActorJack 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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Carbon Copy (1981) trailer - Jack Warden taking a small roll here

Jack Warden's biography & filmography continues 

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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