Kitty Kallen (May 25, 1921 – January 7, 2016) was an American popular singer whose career spanned from the 1930s to the 1960s—to include the Swing era of the Big Band years, the post-WWII pop scene and the early years of rock 'n roll. She performed with some of the most popular big bands of the 1940s, including those of Jimmy Dorsey and Harry James, before striking out on a solo career.
She is widely known for her 1954 solo recording '"Little Things Mean a Lot" — a song that stayed at the U.S. number one spot for nine consecutive weeks, charted in the U.S. for almost seven months, hit #1 on the UK singles chart, and sold more than two million copies. AllMusic called the recording a "monster hit", and music historian Jonny Whiteside said the song "ably characterizes Kallen’s impressive, and graceful, transition from classic big band swing to modern post-war pop".
Voted "most popular female singer" in 1954 in both Billboard and Variety polls, Kallen lost her voice at the Palladium in 1955 at the top of her career and left singing for four years, suffering paralyzed vocal cords. After testing her voice under a pseudonym in small town venues, she ultimately returned and went on to achieve 13 top-ten career hits.
Kallen died on January 7, 2016 at her home in Cuernavaca, Mexico, at the age of 94.
Kitty Kallen, Little Things Mean a Lot, 1955 Perry Como TV
Harry James , Kitty Kallen - IT'S BEEN A LONG,LONG TIME
Oscar Benjamin "Ossie" Schectman (March 30, 1919 – July 30, 2013) was an American professional basketball player. He is credited with having scored the very first basket in the National Basketball Association (NBA), at that time the Basketball Association of America.
On November 1, 1946, in the first ever game of the Basketball Association of America (BAA), Schectman made the opening basket for the New York Knicks against the Toronto Huskies at Toronto's Maple Leaf Gardens. The Knicks won the game 68–66. In 1949, the BAA became the National Basketball Association (NBA); thus, Schectman's basket is considered the first in NBA history.
In 1946–47 (his only year in the NBA), Schectman played in 54 games for the Knicks and was third in the league with 2.0 assists per game.
Ossie Schectman cause of death
Ossie Schectman died at age 94 in Delray Beach, Florida.
Michael Gough (November 23, 1916 – March 17, 2011) was a British character actor who appeared in over 100 films. He is perhaps best known to international audiences by his recurring role as Alfred Pennyworth in all four movies of the Burton/Schumacher Batman franchise, beginning with Batman (1989).
He won Broadway's 1979 Tony Award as Best Actor (Featured Role – Play) for Bedroom Farce. He was also nominated in the same category in 1988 for Breaking the Code.
He won a BAFTA TV Award in 1957 and was nominated for a BAFTA Film Award in 1972 for his work in The Go-Between.
He was nominated for a Drama Desk Award Outstanding Featured Actor in a Play in 1979 for Bedroom Farce and again in 1988 for Breaking the Code.
Death of Michael Gough Michael Gough died on Thursday, March 17th, 2011 at the age of 94. He is survived by his 4th wife, Henrietta.
Barbara Billingsley (December 22, 1915 - October 16, 2010) was an American film, television, voice and character actress of stage, who in her five decades of television came to prominence in the 1950s in the big screen in The Careless Years opposite Natalie Trundy, followed by her best-known role, that of June Cleaver on Leave it to Beaver and its sequel Still the Beaver (also known as The New Leave It to Beaver).
After Leave it to Beaver When production of the show ended in 1963, Billingsley had become typecast as saccharine sweet and had trouble obtaining acting jobs for years. She traveled extensively abroad until the late 1970s. After an absence of 17 years from the public eye (other than appearing in two episodes of The F.B.I. in 1971), Billingsley spoofed her wholesome image with a brief appearance in the comedy Airplane! (1980), as a passenger who could "speak jive". She became the voice of Nanny and The Little Train on Muppet Babies from 1984 to 1991.
Death of Barbara Billingsley Barbara Billingsley died of polymyalgia at her home in Santa Monica, California on October 16, 2010, at the age of 94. She is interred at Inglewood Park Cemetery in Inglewood, California.
Joseph "Joe" Mantell (December 21, 1915 – September 29, 2010) was an American actor. He was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for his role as "Angie" in the 1955 film Marty, which earned the Best Picture Award, and the Best Actor Oscar for Mantell's co-star, Ernest Borgnine.
Mantell also appeared in Storm Center (1956) and Chinatown (1974). In the latter he played Lawrence Walsh, partner of private eye Jake Gittes, and the agency's primary photographer. He delivered the film's famous last line, "Forget it, Jake, it's Chinatown." The character of Walsh reappeared in The Two Jakes.
Mantell's other notable credits include "The Birds," "Nervous Man in a Four Dollar Room" and several episodes of "The Twilight Zone."
Death of Joe Mantell Joe Mantel died after a long illness. Joe Mantel was 94 years old at the time of his death.
Joe Mantell - Alfred Hitchcock Presents, Guilty Witness Joe Mantell is Stanley, the first person in the scene
Meinhardt Raabe (September 2, 1915 – April 9, 2010) was an American actor. One of the last surviving Munchkin-actors in The Wizard of Oz, he was also the last surviving cast member with any dialogue in the film.
Raabe still made occasional appearances at Wizard of Oz conventions and celebrations across the country. In 2008 he was honored by the International Wizard of Oz Club with the organization's L. Frank Baum Memorial Award.
Death of Meinhardt Raabe He died on April 9, 2010 from a heart attack at age 94.
He was the coroner in The Wizard of Oz in 1939, with his only lines being:
As coroner, I must aver I thoroughly examined her And she's not only merely dead She's really, most sincerely dead!
Lester William Polfuss, known as Les Paul (June 9, 1915 - August 13, 2009) was an American jazz guitarist and inventor. He was a pioneer in the development of the solid-body electric guitar which "made the sound of rock and roll possible." His many recording innovations included overdubbing, delay effects such as "sound on sound" and tape delay, phasing effects, and multitrack recording. He is often credited as being the 'father of modern music'.
Death of Les Paul On August 13th, 2009, Les Paul died of complications from pneumonia at White Plains Hospital in White Plains, NY. His family and friends were by his side
Marilyn Monroe described him as "the best in the world".
Jack Cardiff OBE, B.S.C. (September 18, 1914 - April 22, 2009) was a British cinematographer, director and photographer.
His career spanned the development of cinema, from silent film, through early experiments in Technicolor (and, less successfully, Smell-o-vision), to filmmaking in the 21st century. He was best known for his influential cinematography for directors such as Powell, Huston and Hitchcock.
In 2000 he was awarded an OBE and in 2001 he was awarded an Honorary Oscar for his contribution to the cinema.
Born in Great Yarmouth, Norfolk, Cardiff's parents were music hall entertainers. He worked as an actor from an early age, both in the music hall and in a number of silent films: My Son, My Son (1918), Billy's Rose (1922), The Loves of Mary, Queen of Scots (1923) and Tiptoes (1927). At 15 he began working as a camera assistant, clapper boy and production runner for British International Pictures, including Hitchcock's The Skin Game
Cause of death: unknown
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Cinematography A Matter of Life and Death (1946) directed by Powell and Pressburger Black Narcissus (1947) directed by Powell and Pressburger The Red Shoes (1948) directed by Powell and Pressburger Under Capricorn (1949) directed by Alfred Hitchcock The Black Rose (1950) starring Orson Welles The Magic Box (1951) a biopic of William Friese-Greene Pandora and the Flying Dutchman (1951) The African Queen (1951) directed by John Huston The Barefoot Contessa (1954) War and Peace (1956) The Prince and the Showgirl (1957) directed by Laurence Olivier Legend of the Lost (1957) The Vikings (1958) Fanny (1961) Death on the Nile (1978) The Awakening (1980) Ghost Story (1981) The Dogs of War (1981) Conan the Destroyer (1984) Rambo: First Blood Part II (1985)
Directorial work Web of Evidence (1959) Scent of Mystery (1960) — the first production in Smell-o-vision My Geisha (1962) The Long Ships (1963) Young Cassidy (1965) The Mercenaries (1968) The Girl on a Motorcycle (1968) starring Marianne Faithfull The Mutations (1973) starring Donald Pleasence Penny Gold (1973)
Ken Annakin, OBE (August 10, 1914 – April 22, 2009) was an English film director. His career in films followed his work experience in documentaries. He made his directing debut in 1947 at the Rank Organisation, although the following year he moved to Gainsborough Pictures to direct three films about the Huggetts, a working class family living in suburban England. Annakin became known for a series of Walt Disney adventures including The Story of Robin Hood and His Merrie Men (1952), The Sword and the Rose (1953) and Swiss Family Robinson (1960).
Annakin was a friend of George Lucas, and was Lucas's inspiration for the naming of the character Anakin Skywalker in Star Wars.
He died on 22 April 2009, the same day as Jack Cardiff, who had been his cinematographer on the 1979 film The Fifth Musketeer.
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Ken Annakin's Filmography West Riding (1946) It Began on the Clyde (1946) Fenlands (1946) Holiday Camp (1947) Miranda (1948) Broken Journey (1948) Quartet (1948) Here Come the Huggetts (1948) Vote for Huggett (1949) The Huggetts Abroad (1949) Landfall (1949) Double Confession (1950) Hotel Sahara (1951) The Story of Robin Hood and His Merrie Men (1952) The Planter's Wife (1952) The Sword and the Rose (1953) You Know What Sailors Are (1954) The Seekers (1954) Value for Money (1955) Loser Takes All (1956) Three Men in a Boat (1956) Across the Bridge (1957) Nor the Moon by Night (1958) Third Man on the Mountain (1959) Swiss Family Robinson (1960) Very Important Person (1961) The Hellions (1961) The Fast Lady (1962) The Longest Day (1962) Crooks Anonymous (1962) The Informers (1963) Those Magnificent Men in Their Flying Machines (1965) Battle of the Bulge (1965) The Long Duel (1967) The Biggest Bundle of Them All (1968) Monte Carlo or Bust! (1969) The Call of the Wild (1972) Paper Tiger (1975) The Fifth Musketeer (1979) Cheaper to Keep Her (1981) The Pirate Movie (1982) The New Adventures of Pippi Longstocking (1988) Gengis Khan (1992) Genghis Khan: The Story of a Lifetime (2002)
Irving Brecher (January 17, 1914, New York City - November 17, 2008, Los Angeles) enjoyed early success as a screenwriter for the Marx Brothers; he was the only writer to get sole credit on a Marx Brothers film including At the Circus in 1939 and Go West in 1940. He was also one of the numerous uncredited writers on the screenplay of 1939's The Wizard of Oz. Some of his other screenplays were Shadow of the Thin Man (1941), Ziegfeld Follies (1946) and Bye Bye Birdie (1963).
He wrote and directed Sail A Crooked Ship starring Ernie Kovacs and a young Robert Wagner. He received an Academy Award nomination in 1944 for his screenplay of Meet Me in St Louis. His memoir is scheduled for 2008 publication by Ben Yehuda Press
Death of Irving Brecher Irving Brecher died of age-related causes at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center Irving Brecher was 94 years old at the time of his death.
Estelle Reiner (June 5, 1914 - October 25, 2008), described by The New York Times as "matriarch of one of the leading families in American comedy", was an actress who was the wife of Carl Reiner and the mother of Rob Reiner. Reiner, herself, has been credited with delivering one of the most memorable lines in movie history.
Death of Estelle Reiner Estelle Reiner died of natural causes on October 25, 2008 at age 94 in her home in Beverly Hills, California.
Estelle Reiner's most enduring film role was in 1989's When Harry Met Sally..., in which director Rob Reiner cast his mother as a customer in a scene with stars Billy Crystal and Meg Ryan at Katz's Delicatessen, in which Ryan fakes what was described as "a very public (and very persuasive) orgasm". Approached by a waitress after Ryan finishes, Reiner deadpans "I’ll have what she’s having". The line was ranked 33rd on the American Film Institute's list of the Top 100 movie quotations, just behind Casablanca's "Round up the usual suspects".
Howard G Minsky (January 21, 1914 - August 10, 2008) is the producer of the blockbuster film Love Story which when released in 1970 was widely thought to have saved Paramount Pictures during a financially strained time. He later produced Jory in 1973.
Death of Howard Minsky Howard Minsky died of natural causes at a hospital in Florida. He was 94 years old at the time of his death. Howard Minsky lived in Palm Beach, Florida.
Howard Minsky started working from silent movie era. Howard Minsky had married to his wife Sylvia for over 65 years until her death in 2002.