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Jean Stapleton, Actress, "All in the Family", Edith Bunker, dies 90

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jeanJean Stapleton (born Jeanne Murray; January 19, 1923 – May 31, 2013) was an American character actress of stage, television and film.

Stapleton is best known for having portrayed Edith Bunker, the long-suffering, yet devoted wife of Archie Bunker (played by Carroll O'Connor) and mother of Gloria Stivic (played by Sally Struthers), on the 1970s situation comedy All in the Family. Stapleton also made occasional appearances on the All in the Family follow-up series, Archie Bunker's Place, but, tired of the role, asked to be written out as a regular character after the first season.

Stapleton's awards for All in the Family include three Emmys and two Golden Globes. She was offered a role in the feature film Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory as Mrs. Teevee, but she declined because it coincided with the production of the All in the Family pilot (the role went to Nora Denney).

She declined the opportunity to lead in the television mystery programme Murder, She Wrote, which from 1984 to 1996 instead starred Angela Lansbury.

In 1996, Stapleton played opposite John Travolta, portraying the eccentric rooming house owner, Pansy Milbank in Nora Ephron's hit Michael. Stapleton also appeared in the 1998 feature You've Got Mail as a close co-worker in whom Meg Ryan's character confides.

Jean Stapleton Cause of Death

Jean Stapleton died of natural causes, in New York City, surrounded by family and friends. Jean Stapleton was 90 years old at the time of her death. She is survived by her two children, John, a TV director, and Pamela, a TV producer.

Jean Stapleton - Simple Melody

All In The Family Intro

Jack Klugman, Actor, 'The Odd Couple' and 'Quincy,' dies 90

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Jacob Joachim "Jack" Klugman (April 27, 1922 - December 24, 2012) was an American stage, film and television actor. He was best known as Felix Unger's sloppy roommate Oscar Madison in the American television series The Odd Couple (1970-1975), for his starring role in Quincy, M.E. (1976-1983), as Juror #5 in 12 Angry Men, and his multiple appearances on The Twilight Zone.

A heavy smoker, Klugman was diagnosed with throat cancer in 1974. In 1989, he lost a vocal cord to cancer, but continued to act on stage and television, though he was left with a raspy, scratchy voice.

Jack Klugman cause of death

Klugman died at the age of 90 at his home in Northridge, California, with his wife, Peggy, at his side. He is survived by his sons, David and Adam, and two grandchildren.

Johnny Otis, Singer, 'Willie and the Hand Jive', dies 90

Ioannis Alexandres Veliotes (December 28, 1921 – January 17, 2012), better known as Johnny Otis, was an American singer, musician, talent scout, disc jockey, composer, arranger, recording artist, record producer, vibraphonist, drummer, percussionist, bandleader, and impresario. Born in Vallejo, California, he is commonly referred to as the "Godfather of Rhythm and Blues".

Johnny Otis cause of death
Cause of death is not released yet.
Johnny Otis was 90 years old at the time of his death

Hand Jive - The Johnny Otis Show

Wilma Lee Cooper, Grand Ole Opry Star, Dies 90

Wilma Lee Leary (February 7, 1921 - September 13, 2011), known professionally as Wilma Lee Cooper, was an American bluegrass-based country music entertainer.

Wilma Leary and the husband Stoney scored seven hit records between 1956 and 1961, with four top ten hits on Billboard charts, notably "Big Midnight Special" and "There's a Big Wheel." They remained connected to the Leary Family tradition as well, recording popular gospel songs like "The Tramp on the Street" and "Walking My Lord Up Calvary's Hill."

Husband Stoney Cooper died in 1977 but Wilma Lee stayed on the Opry as a solo star and on occasion recorded an album for a bluegrass record label. In 2001 she suffered a stroke while performing on the Opry stage which ended her career, but Cooper defied doctors who said she would never walk again and has since returned to the Opry to greet and thank the crowds.

The Cooper's daughter, Carol Lee Cooper, is the lead singer for the Grand Ole Opry's backup vocal group, The Carol Lee Singers.

Wilma Lee Cooper cause of death
Wilma Lee Cooper passed away in Sweetwater, Tennessee from natural causes.
Wilma Lee Cooper was 90 years old at the time of her death

Wilma Lee Cooper - Big Midnight Special

GD Spradlin, veteran character actor, Godfather actor, dies 90

Gervais Duan "G. D." Spradlin (August 31, 1920 – July 24, 2011) was an American actor. He often played devious authority figures. He is credited in over 70 television and film productions, and has performed alongside such notable actors as Marlon Brando, Al Pacino, Johnny Depp, and George C. Scott, among others.

Spradlin portrayed a corrupt U.S. Senator from Nevada, Pat Geary, in The Godfather, Part II. He also played a conspirator in the attempted assassination of a state governor in Nick of Time. Among his film credits are One on One (1977) (as an authoritarian basketball coach), Apocalypse Now (as the general who assigns Martin Sheen's character to the search mission). He played the head football coach B.A. Strother of the North Dallas Forty (1979), General Durrell the commandant of the "Carolina Military Academy" in the 1983 movie The Lords of Discipline, and Ed Wood and The Long Kiss Goodnight, as the President of the United States.

In 1984, Spradlin played a villainous Southern sheriff in Tank. In 1988, he played Admiral Raymond A. Spruance in the miniseries War and Remembrance. In 1989, Spradlin played a small role in the film War of the Roses as a divorce lawyer, with Michael Douglas and Kathleen Turner.

Spradlin retired from acting after his last film, Dick (1999), in which he played Ben Bradlee. He appeared in the Electronic Arts Godfather II video game in 2009.

GD Spradlin cause of death
GD Spradlin died of natural causes at his cattle ranch in San Luis Obispo.

Neva Patterson, Actress in 'Affair to Remember', Dies 90

Neva Louise Patterson (February 10, 1920 – December 14, 2010) was an American character actress.

Her first feature movie was the 1953 film Taxi; other film credits include The Buddy Holly Story, All of Me, and as Cary Grant's fiancee in An Affair to Remember.

Her television credits included Nichols, The Governor & J.J., and as Eleanor Dupres in V, which she reprised in V: The Final Battle. She made guest appearances on The Defenders, Ironside, Barnaby Jones, The Dukes of Hazzard, and St. Elsewhere.

Patterson died from complications from a broken hip at age 90.

 

Alex Anderson, creator of Rocky and Bullwinkle dies 90

Alexander "Alex" Anderson, Jr. (September 5, 1920 – October 22, 2010) was an American cartoonist who created the characters of Rocky the Flying Squirrel, Bullwinkle, and Dudley Do-Right, as well as the more obscure Crusader Rabbit. He was not directly involved in The Rocky and Bullwinkle Show however, because he did not want to move from San Francisco to Los Angeles with business partner and childhood friend Jay Ward. Ward recruited others in Los Angeles, and Anderson functioned only in a consulting role, thereby missing out on most of the credit for his creations.

Death of Alex Anderson
Alex Anderson died due to complications of Alzheimer's disease at a nursing home in Carmel, California.  Alex Anderson was 90 years old at the time of his death

Rocky and Bullwinkle Opening Theme

Academy Award-winning actress Jennifer Jones dies at age 90

Jennifer Jones (March 2, 1919 – December 17, 2009) was an American actress. A five-time Academy Award nominee, Jones won the Academy Award for Best Actress for her performance in The Song of Bernadette

Death of Jennifer Jones
Jones enjoyed a quiet retirement in Southern California close to her son. She granted no interviews and rarely appeared in public. She died of natural causes at her home on December 17, 2009, aged 90

Jones married Selznick on July 13, 1949, a union which lasted until his death on June 22, 1965. After his death, she semi-retired from acting. According to media reports, Jones attempted suicide in November 1967 by jumping off a cliff; she was hospitalized in a coma before eventually recovering. Her daughter, Mary Jennifer Selznick (1954–1976), committed suicide by jumping from a 20th-floor window on May 11, 1976. This led to Jones' interest in mental health issues.

Jennifer Jones

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Year Film Role
1939 New Frontier Celia Braddock
Dick Tracy's G-Men Gwen Andrews
1943 The Song of Bernadette Bernadette Soubirous
1944 Since You Went Away Jane Deborah Hilton
1945 Love Letters Singleton/Victoria Morland
1946 Cluny Brown Cluny Brown
Duel in the Sun Pearl Chavez
1948 Portrait of Jennie Jennie Appleton
1949 We Were Strangers China Valdés
Madame Bovary Emma Bovary
Gone to Earth Hazel Woodus
1952 Carrie Carrie Meeber
Ruby Gentry Ruby Gentry
1953 Beat the Devil Mrs. Gwendolen Chelm
1954 Indiscretion of an American Wife Mary Forbes
1955 0Love Is a Many-Splendored Thing Dr. Han Suyin
Good Morning Miss Dove Miss Dove
1956 The Man in the Gray Flannel Suit Betsy Rath
1957 The Barretts of Wimpole Street Elizabeth Barrett
A Farewell to Arms Catherine Barkley
1962 Tender Is the Night Nicole Diver
1965 The Idol Carol
1969 Angel, Angel, Down We Go Astrid Steele
1974 The Towering Inferno Lisolette Mueller

 

Gene Barry, Actor of TV, Film and Stage, Dies at 90

Gene Barry (June 14, 1919 – December 9, 2009) was an American stage, screen, and television actor.

Death of Gene Barry
Gene Barry died on December 10, 2009 at Sunrise Senior Living in Woodland Hills, California, at the age of 90.He is survived by his sons, Michael and Frederick, and his daughter, Elizabeth, as well as three grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. His wife, Betty, preceded him in death after nearly 58 years of marriage in 2003.

Gene Barry plays Bat Masterson
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Gene Barry's filmography & Television work
Filmography

    * The Atomic City (1952)
    * The Girls of Pleasure Island (1953)
    * The War of the Worlds (1953)
    * Those Redheads from Seattle (1953)
    * Alaska Seas (1954)
    * Red Garters (1954)
    * Naked Alibi (1954)
    * Soldier of Fortune (1955)
    * The Purple Mask (1955)
    * The Houston Story (1956)
    * Back from Eternity (1956)
    * China Gate (1957)
    * The 27th Day (1957)
    * Forty Guns (1957)
    * Hong Kong Confidential (1958)
    * Thunder Road (1958)
    * Maroc 7 (1967)
    * Subterfuge (1968)
    * The Second Coming of Suzanne (1974)
    * Guyana: Crime of the Century (1979)
    * War of the Worlds (2005)

Television work

    * Our Miss Brooks (cast member from 1955 - 1956)
    * Bat Masterson (1958 - 1961)
    * Burke's Law (1963 - 1966)
    * Prescription: Murder (1968)
    * Istanbul Express (1968)
    * The Name of the Game (1968 - 1971)
    * Do You Take This Stranger? (1971)
    * The Devil and Miss Sarah (1971)
    * The Adventurer (1972 - 1973)
    * Ransom for Alice! (1977)
    * Aspen (1977) (miniseries)
    * A Cry for Love (1980)
    * The Girl, the Gold Watch & Dynamite (1981)
    * The Adventures of Nellie Bly (1981)
    * Perry Mason: The Case of the Lost Love (1987)
    * Turn Back the Clock (1989)
    * The Gambler Returns: The Luck of the Draw (1991)
    * Burke's Law (1994 - 1995)
    * These Old Broads (2001)
 

Radio Legend Paul Harvey Dies 90

Paul Harvey Aurandt (September 4, 1918 - February 28, 2009), better known as Paul Harvey, was an American radio broadcaster for the ABC Radio Networks. He broadcasted News and Comment on weekday mornings and mid-days, and at noon on Saturdays, as well as his famous The Rest of the Story segments. His listening audience was estimated at 22 million people a week. Harvey liked to say he was raised in radio newsrooms

Harvey died on February 28, 2009, at the age of 90 after being taken to a hospital in Phoenix, Arizona. He died while surrounded by family and friends. His son, Paul Harvey Jr., said "millions have lost a friend" in response to his father's passing.  The cause was not immediately known.

Claiborne Pell - US Senetor created Pell Grant dies 90

Claiborne Pell Grant diesClaiborne Pell (November 22, 1918 – January 1, 2009) was a former United States Senator from Rhode Island, serving six terms from 1961 to 1997, and was best known as the sponsor of the Pell Grant, which provides financial aid funding to U.S. college students. A Democrat, he was that state's longest serving senator.

Death of Claiborne Pell
Claiborne Pell suffered from Parkinson's Disease. Pell died on January 1, 2009. He was 90 years old

Pell attended St. George's School in Newport, Rhode Island, then received a Bachelor of Arts degree in history from Princeton University in 1940, and a Master of Arts degree from Columbia University in 1946. While in Princeton, he was a member of Colonial Club.

Pell was married to the former Nuala O'Donnell, a descendant of the Hartford family and, as such, one of the heirs to the Great Atlantic and Pacific Tea Company fortune

All My Children's Eileen Herlie Dies 90

Eileen Herlie (born Eileen Herlihy; March 8, 1918 – October 8, 2008) was a Scottish-American actress.

Until the late 1990s, Herlie was one of the few actresses to ever portray the same character on three different soaps. In 1993, she portrayed Myrtle on the All My Children sister-soap Loving. In December 2000, she portrayed Myrtle in crossover appearances on the soap opera One Life to Live, where a 'Who's the Daddy?' storyline was playing out on all four ABC soaps (All My Children, One Life to Live, General Hospital, and the now canceled Port Charles).

Death of Eileen Herlie
On October 8, 2008, Eileen passed away due to complications from pneumonia. She was 90 years old.

All My Children - Aileen Herlie

Eileen Herlie's biography continues next page

Eileen Herlie was born to a Catholic father and a Protestant mother in Glasgow, Scotland. Herlie was trained as a theatre actress, but her first big film break was being cast by Laurence Olivier in his 1948 film adaptation of William Shakespeare's Hamlet. She portrayed Hamlet's mother, Gertrude, despite the fact that she was 11 years younger than Olivier, who portrayed her son, Hamlet. She reprised her Gertrude in the 1964 Broadway production starring Richard Burton. She repeated her Gertrude in the 1964 film version of the Broadway stage production.

After Olivier's Hamlet Herlie continued to make sporadic film appearances, but remained primarily in the theatre. In 1955 she was Irene Molloy in The Matchmaker on Broadway (this play was later made into Hello Dolly!). In 1960, she was nominated for a Tony Award as 'Best Actress in a Musical' for Take Me Along, in which she played opposite Jackie Gleason.

In 1976, Herlie made the move to television soap operas in the role of Myrtle Fargate on All My Children. In the 1980s, Herlie was nominated for three consecutive Daytime Emmy Awards (1984, 1985 and 1986). She became close friends with fellow cast member Louis Edmonds, and spoke at his funeral in 2001.

Grammy-Winning Singer Jo Stafford Dies at 90

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Joe StaffordJo Stafford (November 12, 1917 – July 16, 2008), born Jo Elizabeth Stafford, in Coalinga, California, was an American pop singer whose career spanned the late 1930s through the early 1960s. Stafford is greatly admired for the purity of her voice and was considered one of the most versatile vocalists of the era. She was also viewed as a pioneer of modern musical parody, having won a Grammy Award for Best Comedy Album in 1961 (with husband Paul Weston) for their album Jonathan and Darlene Edwards in Paris.

Death of Jo Stafford
Jo Stafford is died of congestive heart failure.
Jo Stafford was 90 years old at the time of her death

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You Belong To me

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Albums
Kiss Me, Kate (1949)
Jo Stafford with Gordon MacRae (1949)
Autumn in New York (1950)
Songs for Sunday Evening (1950)
American Folk Songs (1950)
Songs of Faith (1950)
Jo Stafford: Capitol Collectors Series (1950)
As You Desire Me (1952)
Starring Jo Stafford (1953)
Broadway's Best (1953)
New Orleans (1954)
Garden of Prayers (1954)
My Heart's in the Highland (1954)
Soft and Sentimental (1955)
Songs of Scotland (1955)
Memory Songs (1955)
Happy Holiday (1955)
Ski Trails (1956)
A Girl Named Jo (1956)
Once Over Lightly (1957)
Swinging Down Broadway (1958)
Ballad of the Blues (1959)
I'll Be Seeing You (1959)
Jo Stafford's Greatest Hits (1959)
Jo + Jazz (1960)
Music of My Life (1961)
Jonathan and Darlene Edwards in Paris (1961)
Whispering Hope (1962)
The Hits of Jo Stafford (1963)
Peace in the Valley (1963)
Joyful Season (1964)
Getting Sentimental over Tommy Dorsey (1964)
Sweet Hour of Prayer (1964)
This is Jo Stafford (1966)
Do I Hear a Waltz? (1966)
Big Band Sound (1970)
Piano Artistry of Jonathan Edwards (1985)
G.I. Joe (1987)
Broadway Revisited (1987)
You Belong to Me (1989)
America;s Most Versatile Singing Star (1990)
Fabulous Song Stylists (1991)
You'll Never Walk Alone (1992)
Greatest Hits (1993)
Sixteen Most Requested Songs (1995)
The Very Best of Jo Stafford (1995)
Say It's Wonderful (1995)
For You (1995)
Spotlight on Jo Stafford (1996)
Jazz (1996)
Drifting and Dreaming with Jo Stafford (1996)
Jo Stafford Story (1997)
The One and Only (1997)
Walkin' My Baby Back Home (1998)
G.I. Jo Sings the Hits (1998)
Too Marvellous for Words (1998)
Coming Back Like a Song: 25 Hits: 1941-47 (1998)
No Other Love (1998)
Jo Stafford (1940-44 (1998)
Happy Holidays: I Love the Winter Weather (1999)
Jo + Broadway (1999)
Jo + Blues (1999)
Songs of Faith, Hope and Love (1999)
Just Reminicin' (2000)
Jo and Friends (2000)
The Columbia Hits Collection (2001)
Candy (2001)
Haunted Heart (2001)
A–You're Adorable (2001)
International Hits (2001)
Cocktail Hour (2001)
The Magic of Jo Stafford (2001)
My Darling, My Darling (2001)
Jo Stafford on Capital (2001)
Best of the War Years (2001)
The Old Rugged Cross (2001)
The Two of Us (2001)
I Remember You (2002)
The Ultimate Jo Stafford (2002)
The Best of Jo Stafford (2003)
Meet Jo Stafford (2003)
You Belong to Me (2003)
Stars of the Summer Night (2004)
Over the Rainbow (2004)
Alone and Together (2005)
Memories Are Made of These (2005)
Love, Mystery and Adventure (2006)
Sincerely Yours (2006)
This is Gold (2006)
Vintage Years (2006)
All Hits (2006)
Ultimate Capitol Collection (2007)
Jo Stafford and Friends (2007)
Her Greatest Hits (2008)

Notable songs

Solo
"All The Things You Are"
"Allentown Jail"
"Autumn in New York"
"Black Is the Color"
"Day By Day"
"Early Autumn"
"Feudin' and Fightin'"
"Goodnight Irene" 
"Haunted Heart"
"Here I'll Stay"
"I Love You"
"Indiscretion"
"I'll Be Seeing You"
"It Could Happen to You"
"It's Almost Tomorrow"
"Ivy"
"Jambalaya"
 "Keep It a Secret"
"Just One Way to Say I Love You"
"The Last Mile Home"
"Let's Take the Long Way Home"
"Long Ago (And Far Away)"
"Make Love to Me!"
"The Nearness of You"
"No Other Love" 
"On London Bridge"
"Out Of This World"
"Ragtime Cowboy Joe"
"September Song"
"Serenade of the Bells"
"Shrimp Boats"
"Some Enchanted Evening"
"Suddenly There's a Valley"
 "Swingin' On Nothin'"
"Symphony"
"Teach Me Tonight" 
"Thank You for Calling"
"That Sugar Baby O' Mine"
"That's for Me"
"(Now and Then) There's a Fool Such As I"
"There's No You"
"The Things We Did Last Summer"
"White Christmas" 
"Wind in the Willow"
"With a Little Bit of Luck"
"You Belong to Me"

With Frankie Laine
"Back Where I Belong"
"Basin Street Blues"
"Floatin' Down To Cotton Town"
"Goin' Like Wildfire"
"Hey Good Lookin'"
"In the Cool, Cool, Cool of the Evening"
"Pretty-Eyed Baby"
"Settin' The Woods On Fire"
"Way Down Yonder In New Orleans"

With Gordon MacRae
"'A' — You're Adorable"
"Bibbidi-Bobbidi-Boo (The Magic Song)" 
"Dearie"
"Echoes"
"My Darling, My Darling"
"Say Something Sweet To Your Sweetheart"
"Whispering Hope"

With Johnny Mercer
"Candy"
"It's Great to Be Alive"

Jo Stafford Biography 

Early years
Stafford was born to Grover Cleveland Stafford and Anna York Stafford, a distant cousin of Sergeant Alvin York. Originally, she wanted to become an opera singer and studied voice as a child. However, because of the economic Great Depression, she abandoned that idea and joined her sisters Christine and Pauline in a popular vocal group, "The Stafford Sisters," which performed on Los Angeles radio station KHJ.

The Pied Pipers
When her sisters married, the group broke up and Stafford joined a new vocal group, The Pied Pipers. This group consisted of eight members: John Huddleston (who was Stafford's husband at the time), Hal Hooper, Chuck Lowry, Bud Hervey, George Tait, Woody Newbury, and Dick Whittinghill, besides Stafford. The group became very popular, working on local radio and movie soundtracks, and caught the attention of two of Tommy Dorsey's arrangers, Axel Stordahl and Paul Weston.

In 1938, Weston persuaded Dorsey to sign The Pied Pipers for his radio show, and they went to New York for a broadcast date. Dorsey liked them enough to sign them for ten weeks, but after the second broadcast the sponsor heard them and disliked them, firing the group. They stayed in New York for three months, but landed only a single job that paid them just $3.60 each, though they did record four sides for RCA Victor Records.

Half the members of the Pied Pipers returned to Los Angeles, but they had a difficult time trying to make a living until they got an offer from Dorsey to join his big band in 1939. This led to success for the whole group, but especially for Stafford, who was also featured in solo performances. The group also backed Frank Sinatra in some of his early recordings.

In 1942, the group had an argument with Dorsey and left, but in 1943 it became one of the first groups signed to Johnny Mercer's new label, Capitol Records. Capitol's music director was the same Paul Weston who had been instrumental in introducing Stafford to Dorsey. Weston and Stafford married in 1952. They went on to have two children, Tim and Amy.

Solo career
In 1944, Stafford left the Pied Pipers to go solo. Her tenure with the USO, in which she gave countless performances for soldiers stationed overseas, acquired her the nickname "GI Jo."

Beginning in 1944, she hosted the Tuesday and Thursday broadcasts of an NBC musical variety radio program — the Chesterfield Supper Club.

In 1948 Stafford and Gordon MacRae had a million-seller with their version of "Say Something Sweet to Your Sweetheart" and in 1949 repeated their success with "My Happiness".

In 1950, she left Capitol for Columbia Records, then returning to Capitol in 1961. At Columbia, she was the first recording artist to sell twenty-five million records. During her second stint at Capitol, Stafford also recorded for Frank Sinatra's Reprise label. These albums were released between 1961 and 1964, and were mostly retrospective in nature. Stafford left the label when Sinatra sold it to Warner Bros.

In the 1950s, she had a string of popular hits with Frankie Laine, six of which charted; their duet of Hank Williams' "Hey Good Lookin'" making the top ten in 1951. It was also at this time that Stafford scored her best known hits with huge records like "Jambalaya," "Shrimp Boats," "Make Love to Me," and "You Belong to Me". The last song was Stafford's all-time biggest hit, topping the charts in both the United States and the United Kingdom (the first song by a female singer to top the UK chart).

Comedy career
Stafford briefly experimented with comedy under the name "Cinderella G. Stump" with Red Ingle and the Natural Seven. True success in the comedy genre, though, would come about almost accidentally.

Throughout the 1950s, Stafford and Paul Weston would entertain guests at parties by putting on a skit in which they assumed the identities Jonathan and Darlene Edwards, a bad lounge act. Stafford, as Darlene, would sing off-key in a high pitched voice; Weston, as Jonathan, played an untuned piano off key and with bizarre rhythms.

Finding that she had time left over following a 1957 recording session, Stafford, as a gag, recorded a track as Darlene Edwards. Those who heard bootlegs of the recording responded positively, and later that year, Stafford and Weston recorded an entire album of songs as Jonathan and Darlene, entitled Jo Stafford and Paul Weston Present: The Original Piano Artistry of Jonathan Edwards, Vocals by Darlene Edwards. As a publicity stunt, Stafford and Weston claimed that the Edwardses were a New Jersey lounge act that they had discovered, and denied any personal connection; much time would pass before people realized (and Stafford and Weston admitted) that they were in fact the Edwardses. The album was followed up with a "pop standards" album, on which the pair intentionally butchered popular music. The album was a commercial and critical success; it proved to be the first commercially successful musical parody album, laying the groundwork for the careers of later "full time" musical parodists such as Weird Al Yankovic.

The couple continued releasing Jonathan and Darlene albums, with their 1961 album, Jonathan and Darlene Edwards in Paris winning that year's Grammy Award for Best Comedy Album (they "tied" with Bob Hope, as the Grammys decided, in a rare move, to issue two comedy awards that year. Hope was given an award for "Spoken Word Comedy.") It was the only major award that Stafford ever won.

The couple continued to release Jonathan and Darlene albums for several years, and in 1977 released a final, one-off single, a cover of The Bee Gees' "Stayin' Alive" backed with "I Am Woman." The same year also saw a brief resurgence in the popularity of Jonathan and Darlene albums when their cover of "Carioca" was featured as the opening and closing theme to The Kentucky Fried Movie.

Retirement
In 1966, Stafford went into semi-retirement, retiring completely from the music business in 1975. Except for the 1977 Jonathan and Darlene Edwards version of "Stayin' Alive," Stafford wouldn't perform again until 1990, at a ceremony honoring Frank Sinatra.

Stafford won a breach-of-contract lawsuit against her former record label in the early 1990s, which won her the rights to all of her old recordings, including the Jonathan and Darlene recordings. Following the lawsuit, Stafford, along with son Tim, reactivated the Corinthian Record label which began life as a religious label the deeply religious Paul Weston had started. With Paul Weston's help, she compiled a pair of Best of Jonathan and Darlene albums, which were released in 1993. In 1996, Paul Weston died of natural causes. Stafford continued to operate Corinthian Records. In 2006, she donated her library and her husband's to the University of Arizona.

Arthur C. Clarke - science fiction writer, 2001: A Space Odyssey

Arthur C ClarkeSir Arthur Charles Clarke (December 16, 1917 – March 19, 2008) was a British science fiction author, inventor, and futurist, most famous for his novel 2001: A Space Odyssey, and for collaborating with director Stanley Kubrick on the film of the same name.

In December 2007, the occasion of his 90th birthday, Clarke recorded a video message to his friends and fans, bidding them good-bye.

Clarke died in Sri Lanka at 1:30am on March 19, 2008 local time, after suffering from breathing problems, according to Rohan de Silva, one of his aides

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Dabbs Greer, actor

dabbs greerRobert William "Dabbs" Greer (April 2, 1917 — April 28, 2007) was an American character actor who performed many diverse supporting roles in film and television for about 50 years.

Greer was born in Fairview, Missouri and attended Drury University, where he was a member of Theta Kappa Nu. His Southern voice fitted well in shows featuring rustic characters, such as Westerns.
 
Dabbs Greer in 1999He was recognizable to fans of The Adventures of Superman, as he appeared in three separate episodes on that show, including the series' inaugural entry, Superman on Earth (1952). He was the major guest star, as a man framed for capital murder in Five Minutes to Doom (1954 - see photo on right), and as an eccentric millionaire in The Superman Silver Mine (1958).

Greer had a prominent continuing role in the NBC TV series Little House on the Prairie as Reverend Alden from 1974 to 1983. Often cast as a minister, he performed the marriages of Rob and Laura Petrie on The Dick Van Dyke Show and of Mike and Carol Brady on The Brady Bunch, and he tended to the spiritual needs of the townfolk in fictional Rome, Wisconsin, as Reverend Henry Novotny in Picket Fences.

In the 1958 film I Want to Live! he played the San Quentin captain who finished strapping down Barbara Graham in the gas chamber prior to her execution and was the last person to speak to her. He had a similar role in the 1999 film The Green Mile, in which he played the elderly version of Tom Hanks' Death Row officer Paul Edgecomb.

In the May 9, 1991, episode of L.A. Law called "On the Toad Again", he played a character who was addicted to a "high" produced by licking the skin secretions of psychoactive toads.

Death

Greer, a Missouri native, died April 28, 2007 at Huntington Hospital in Pasadena California after a battle with kidney and heart disease.  He was 90 years old

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