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Hank Cochran, country music songwriter, dies 74

Garland Perry "Hank" Cochran (August 2, 1935 – July 15, 2010) was an American country music singer and songwriter. Starting in the 1960s, Cochran has been a prolific songwriter in the genre, including major hits by Patsy Cline, Ray Price, Eddy Arnold and others. Cochran was also a recording artist between 1962 and 1980, charting seven times on the Billboard country charts, with his highest solo peak being the #20 "Sally Was a Good Old Girl."

Rough Childhood
Born during the Great Depression in Isola, Mississippi, he contracted pneumonia, whooping cough, measles and mumps all about the same time at age 2. The doctor didn't think that he would survive. His parents divorced when he was 9, he moved with his father to Memphis, Tennessee, but then went to an orphanage. He was sent to live with his grandparents, in Waynesboro, Mississippi, after he had run away from the orphanage twice.  He started to work at the oil rig when he was 16.

Then he quickly took over the County Music scene and became a legend.
Hank Cochran wrote a lot of songs for many artists.

Death of Hank Cochran
He had cancerous tumors surgically removed from his pancreas and lymph node at a Nashville Hospital in July 2008. Cochran had a grapefruit-sized aortic aneurysm removed at a Nashville hospital in April 2010. He passed away on July 15, 2010.

 THE LEGEND HANK COCHRAN

 
 Notable artists who have recorded his songs include:
 
    * Eddy Arnold
    * Patsy Cline
    * Natalie Cole
    * Elvis Costello
    * Bing Crosby
    * Ella Fitzgerald
    * Mickey Gilley
    * Vern Gosdin
    * Merle Haggard
    * Emmylou Harris   
    * Rebecca Lynn Howard
    * Burl Ives
    * George Jones
    * Norah Jones
    * Loretta Lynn
    * Henry Mancini
    * Dean Martin
    * Reba McEntire
    * Ronnie Milsap
    * Brad Paisley
    * Johnny Paycheck
    * Elvis Presley
    * Ray Price
    * Jim Reeves
    * Linda Ronstadt
    * Dinah Shore
    * Nancy Sinatra
    * George Strait
    * Hank Williams Jr
    * Lee Ann Womack

Dennis Hopper, 'Easy Rider' actor, director, movie legend, dies 74

Dennis Lee Hopper (May 17, 1936 - May 29, 2010) was an American actor, filmmaker and artist. Hopper became interested in acting and eventually became a student of the Actors Studio. He made his first television appearance in 1955, and appeared in two films featuring James Dean, Rebel Without a Cause (1955) and Giant (1956). Over the next ten years, Hopper appeared frequently on television in guest roles, and by the end of the 1960s had played supporting roles in several films. He directed and starred in Easy Rider (1969), winning an award at the Cannes Film Festival and was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay as co-writer of the film's script.

Death of Dennis Hopper
Dennis Hopper died at his home in the coastal Los Angeles suburb of Venice at 8:15 a.m. surrounded by family and friends, from complications of prostate cancer

Related past blog posts on Dennis Hopper (hollywoodmemoir.com)

Mean Magazine Presents: The Art of Dennis Hopper

Dennis Hopper's Filmography continues next page

Dennis Hopper Filmography

Features:

    * Rebel Without a Cause (1955)
    * I Died a Thousand Times (1955)
    * Giant (1956)
    * Gunfight at the O.K. Corral (1957)
    * The Story of Mankind (1957)
    * Sayonara (1957) (voice only)
    * From Hell to Texas (1958)
    * The Young Land (1959)
    * Key Witness (1960)
    * Night Tide (1961)
    * Tarzan and Jane Regained... Sort of (1964)
    * The Sons of Katie Elder (1965)
    * Queen of Blood (1966)
    * The Trip (1967)
    * Cool Hand Luke (1967)
    * The Glory Stompers (1968)
    * Hang 'Em High (1968)
    * Panic in the City (1968)
    * Easy Rider (1969) (Director)
    * True Grit (1969)
    * The Festival Game (1970) (documentary)
    * The American Dreamer (1971) (documentary)
    * The Last Movie (1971) (Director)
    * The Other Side of the Wind (1972) (unfinished)
    * Crush Proof (1972)
    * Kid Blue (1973)
    * Tracks (1976)
    * Mad Dog Morgan (1976)
    * The American Friend (1977)
    * The Sorcerer's Apprentice (1977)
    * Flesh Color (1978)
    * Last In, First Out (1978)
    * Apocalypse Now (1979)
    * Bloodbath (1979)
    * Out of the Blue (1980) (Director)
    * Reborn (1981)
    * King of the Mountain (1981)
    * Neil Young: Human Highway (1982)
    * Rumble Fish (1983)
    * The Osterman Weekend (1983)
    * White Star (1983)
    * The Dynamite Coffin Stunt (1983)
    * Jungle Warriors (1984)
    * The Inside Man (1984)
    * My Science Project (1985)
    * Riders of the Storm (1986)
    * The Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2 (1986)
    * River's Edge (1986)
    * Blue Velvet (1986)
    * Hoosiers (1986)
    * Running Out of Luck (1987)
    * Black Widow (1987)
    * Straight to Hell (1987)
    * O.C. and Stiggs (1987)
    * The Pick-up Artist (1987)
    * Blood Red (1989)
    * Chattahoochee (1989)
    * Flashback (1990)
    * Hollywood Mavericks (1990) (documentary)
    * Catchfire (1990) (Director)
    * Superstar: The Life and Times of Andy Warhol (1990) (documentary)
    * Motion & Emotion (1990) (documentary)
    * Sunset Heat (1991)
    * Paris Trout (1991)
    * Hearts of Darkness: A Filmmaker's Apocalypse (1991) (documentary)
    * Picture This: The Times of Peter Bogdanovich in Archer City, Texas (1991) (documentary)
    * The Indian Runner (1991)
    * Eye of the Storm (1991)
    * SnowwhiteRosered (1991) (documentary)
    * Red Rock West (1992)
    * The Revenge of the Dead Indians (1993)
    * Boiling Point (1993)
    * Super Mario Bros. (1993)
    * True Romance (1993)
    * Chasers (1994)
    * Speed (1994)
    * Search and Destroy (1995)
    * Waterworld (1995)
    * Cannes Man (1996)
    * Carried Away (1996)
    * Space Truckers (1996)
    * Basquiat (1996)
    * The Last Days of Frankie the Fly (1996)
    * Top of the World (1997)
    * The Good Life (1997)
    * The Blackout (1997)
    * Who Is Henry Jaglom? (1997) (documentary)
    * Road Ends (1997)
    * Black Dahlia (1998) (video game)
    * Michael Angel (1998)
    * Meet the Deedles (1998)
    * Robert Rauschenberg: Inventive Genius (1999) (documentary) (narrator)
    * The Prophet's Game (1999)
    * Lured Innocence (1999)
    * The Source (1999) (documentary)
    * EDtv (1999)
    * Straight Shooter (1999)
    * Jesus' Son (1999)
    * The Venice Project (1999)
    * Bad City Blues (1999)
    * The Spreading Ground (2000)
    * Jason and the Argonauts (2000)
    * Luck of the Draw (2000)
    * Welcome to Hollywood (2000)
    * Held for Ransom (2000)
    * Ticker (2001)
    * Choke (2001)
    * Knockaround Guys (2001)
    * Jazz Seen: The Life and Times of William Claxton (2001) (documentary)
    * L.A.P.D.: To Protect and to Serve (2001)
    * 1 Giant Leap (2002) (documentary)
    * I Don't Know Jack (2002) (documentary)
    * Unspeakable (2002)
    * Leo (2002)
    * Venice: Lost and Found (2002) (documentary)
    * The Piano Player (2002)
    * Easy Riders, Raging Bulls: How the Sex, Drugs and Rock 'N' Roll Generation Saved Hollywood (2003) (documentary)
    * A Decade Under the Influence (2003) (documentary)
    * Dennis Hopper: Create (or Die) (2003) (documentary)
    * The Night We Called It a Day (2003)
    * Legacy (2004)
    * The Keeper (2004)
    * Out of Season (2004)
    * Tell Them Who You Are (2004) (documentary)
    * Inside Deep Throat (2005) (documentary) (narrator)
    * House of 9 (2005)
    * Hoboken Hollow (2005)
    * Americano (2005)
    * Going Through Splat: The Life and Work of Stewart Stern (2005) (documentary)
    * Champion (2005) (documentary)
    * The Crow: Wicked Prayer (2005)
    * Land of the Dead (2005)
    * Sketches of Frank Gehry (2005) (documentary)
    * Tainted Love (2006)
    * The Holy Modal Rounders: Bound to Lose (2006) (documentary)
    * Rising Son: The Legend of Skateboarder Christian Hosoi (2006) (documentary) (narrator)
    * 10th & Wolf (2006)
    * Andy Warhol: A Documentary Film (2006) (documentary)
    * 3055 Jean Leon (2006) (documentary)
    * Memory (2006)
    * By the Ways: A Journey with William Eggleston (2007) (documentary)
    * Hell Ride (2008)
    * Sleepwalking (2008)
    * Bananaz (2008) (documentary)
    * Elegy (2008)
    * Générations 68 (2008) (documentary)
    * Swing Vote (2008)
    * Chelsea on the Rocks (2008) (documentary)
    * Palermo Shooting (2008)
    * Ferlinghetti: A City Light (2008) (documentary)
    * An American Carol (2008)
    * Shooting Palermo (2008) (documentary)
    * The Brothers Warner (2008) (documentary)
    * No Subtitles Necessary: Laszlo & Vilmos (2008) (documentary)
    * Dead On: The Life and Cinema of George A. Romero (2008) (documentary)
    * The Last Film Festival (2009)
    * Forever (2009)
    * Deadly Creatures (2009) (video game)
    * Alpha and Omega (2010)

Short Subjects:

    * The Thirteen Most Beautiful Boys (1964)
    * Screen Test#1 (1965)
    * Screen Test#2 (1965)
    * Screen Test#3 (1966)
    * Screen Test#4 (1966)
    * Luke (1967)
    * A Hero of Our Time (1985)
    * New Scenes from America (2003)

Ronnie James Dio, Heavy Metal Legend, dies 67

* Thank you 1metalfan for original post.

" Sad news for the Rock & metal world today. Ronnie James Dio has lost his battle with Cancer. It was reported that he passed away today. He will be sorely missed. "
- 1metalfan -

Ronald James Padavona
Born: July 10, 1942 Portsmouth, New Hampshire, USA
Died: May 16, 2010 (67) Houston, Texas, USA

Ronnie James Dio was an American heavy metal vocalist and songwriter. He performed with Elf, Rainbow, Black Sabbath, Heaven & Hell, and his own band Dio. Other musical projects include the collective fundraiser Hear 'n Aid. He was widely hailed as one of the most powerful singers in heavy metal,  renowned for his consistently powerful voice and for popularizing the "devil's horns" hand gesture in metal culture. He was collaborating on a project with former Black Sabbath bandmates Tony Iommi, Geezer Butler and Vinny Appice, under the moniker Heaven & Hell, whose first and only studio album, The Devil You Know, was released on April 28, 2009.

Death of Ronnie James Dio
Ronnie James Dio died at 7:45 am (CDT) of stomach cancer.
Ronnie James Dio was 67 years old at the time of his death.

Statement from Official Fan Site:
"Today my heart is broken, Ronnie passed away at 7:45am 16th May. Many, many friends and family were able to say their private good-byes before he peacefully passed away. Ronnie knew how much he was loved by all. We so appreciate the love and support that you have all given us. Please give us a few days of privacy to deal with this terrible loss. Please know he loved you all and his music will live on forever."

1983 Ronnie James Dio "Rainbow In The Dark" (Rock Palace)

Oscar Nominated Lynn Redgrave (Redgrave Acting Dynasty) dies 67

Lynn Rachel Redgrave (March 8, 1943 – May 2, 2010) was an English actress.

A member of the well-known British family of actors, Lynn Redgrave trained in London, before making her theatrical debut in 1962. By the mid-1960s she had appeared in several films, including Tom Jones (1963), and Georgy Girl (1966) which won her a New York Film Critics Award and nominations for an Academy Award and a Golden Globe Award.

Redgrave was born in London, England, the daughter of actors Sir Michael Redgrave and Rachel Kempson. Her sister is actress Vanessa Redgrave; her brother was actor and political activist Corin Redgrave. She was the aunt of actor Carlo Gabriel Nero and actresses Joely Richardson, Jemma Redgrave and Natasha Richardson.

Death of Lynn Redgrave
Lynn Redgrave died following her long seven-year battle with breast cancer.

Lynn Redgrave discussed her health problems associated with bulimia and breast cancer, the latter of which she was diagnosed with in December 2002. She had a mastectomy in January 2003, and chemotherapy.

The Muppet Show - Ending with Lynn Redgrave

Johnny Maestro, singer 'Sixteen Candles' dies 70

Johnny Maestro begin his career in the 1950s with The Crests, whose hits included "16 Candles."

Johnny Maestro died of cancer

JOHNNY MAESTRO - Worst That Could Happen

Merlin Olsen, NFL Hall of Famer, Actor on "The Little House" dies 69

Merlin Jay Olsen
Born     September 15, 1940 Logan, Utah
Died     March 10, 2010 (aged 69) Duarte, California

Merlin Olsen was a former American football player in the National Football League and an actor. He played his entire 15-year career with the Los Angeles Rams and was elected to the Pro Bowl  in 14 of those seasons, a current record shared with Bruce Matthews. He is a member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame and the College Football Hall of Fame. As an actor he portrayed Jonathan Garvey on Little House on the Prairie. After leaving that series, he starred in his own NBC drama, Father Murphy, playing the title role of a traveling priest.

NFL Career
Olsen played professionally (from 1962 to 1976) for the Los Angeles Rams of the National Football League. A leading defensive star of his era, he missed only two games in his 15-season NFL career. He was named the NFL's Rookie of the Year in 1962 and was First-team All-Pro in 1964, and 1966 through 1970. He was voted Second-team All-Pro in 1965, 1973 and 1974.

Acting Career
He also enjoyed success as an actor. When Little House on the Prairie actor Victor French left to star in his own comedy Carter Country in 1977, Olsen was tapped to play Michael Landon's new sidekick Jonathan Garvey for several years. One memorable quote from Merlin during the series, "I don't know nothin' bout football!" was when Charles and Jonathan were to coach a boys football team. A couple of years later, Landon cast Olsen as the eponymous Father Murphy.

Illness and Death of Merlin Olsen
Merlin Olsen was diagnosed with mesothelioma  in 2009  and underwent three courses of chemotherapy. In January 2010 he filed a lawsuit against NBC Studios, NBC Universal, and 20th Century Fox for exposing him to asbestos.  Merlin's brother Orrin Olsen announced that he died on March 11, 2010, aged 69, following Merlin's brief battle with cancer.

Merlin Olsen on LIttle House on the Prairie

Knack (My Sharona) lead singer Doug Fieger dies of cancer 57

Doug Fieger (August 20, 1952 - February 14, 2010) was an American singer-songwriter. He is the lead singer for The Knack, and co-wrote the 1979 hit "My Sharona", with lead guitarist, Berton Averre.

Before forming The Knack, Doug Fieger played bass and sang lead in the group Sky, which was founded by producer Jimmy Miller (Rolling Stones, Traffic, Blind Faith) when Fieger was still in high school. Sky recorded two albums for RCA Records, produced by Miller with Andy Johns (Led Zeppelin).

Fieger played bass guitar in the German progressive rock band Triumvirat for a short period in 1974.

In addition to performing, Fieger also produced the Rubber City Rebels debut album for Capitol Records and another album for LA-based club staples Mystery Pop. He and Rebels drummer Brandon Matheson had been bandmates in The Sunset Bombers and had one album released on Ariola Records, before Fieger formed The Knack.

Fieger underwent brain surgery in August 2006 to have two tumors removed, and has since had chemotherapy to treat lung cancer. He is the younger brother of attorney Geoffrey Fieger.

Death of Doug Fieger
Doug Fieger died of cancer.  He was 57 years old at the time of his death

The Knack (lead singer Doug Fieger) - My Sharona

Pernell Roberts of 'Bonanza' and 'Trapper John, MD' dies 81

Pernell Elvin Roberts (May 18, 1928 – January 24, 2010) was an American television actor and singer. He was best known for his roles as Ben Cartwright's eldest son, Adam Cartwright, on the western series Bonanza (a role he played from 1959 to 1965), and as chief surgeon, Dr. John MacIntyre, the title character on Trapper John, M.D. (1979-1986).

Born: Pernell Elvin Roberts Waycross, Georgia, U.S.
Died: Malibu, California, U.S.

He came to prominence playing Ben Cartwright's urbane eldest son, Adam, in the Western television series Bonanza. Despite the show’s success, he left after the sixth season in 1965 due to disagreements with the writers and a desire to return to legitimate theatre.

He was known for his activism, which included participation in the Selma to Montgomery marches in 1965, and pressuring NBC to refrain from hiring whites to portray minority characters.

Death of Pernel Roberts
Roberts died of cancer at his home in Malibu, California on January 24, 2010, aged 81

Pernell Roberts

Jean Simmons, Actress, Hollywood Legend, dies 80

Best Musical/Comedy Actress, Guys and Dolls (1956)Outstanding Supporting Actress - Series/Special, The Thorn Birds (1983)

Jean Merilyn Simmons, OBE (January 31, 1929 – January 22, 2010) was an English actress who appeared predominantly in motion pictures, beginning with British-made films during and after World War II, followed mainly by Hollywood films from 1950.

In 1953, she starred alongside Spencer Tracy in The Actress, a film that was one of her personal favourites. Among the many films she appeared in during this period were The Robe (1953), The Egyptian (1954), Guys and Dolls (1955), The Big Country (1958), Elmer Gantry (1960), (directed by her second husband, Richard Brooks), Spartacus (1960), and The Happy Ending (1969), again directed by Brooks and for which she received her second Oscar nomination.

She had two daughters, Tracy Granger (born 1956) and Kate Brooks, one by each marriage – their names bear witness to Simmons' friendship with Spencer Tracy and Katharine Hepburn.

Breast Cancer
Jean Simmons was a breast cancer survivor (treated some years ago)

Death of Jean Simmons
Jean Simmons died of lung cancer in Santa Monica, California.
Jean Simmons was 80 years old at the time of her death

Marlon Brando & Jean Simmons - Guys and Dolls - I'll Know

Jean Simmons' filmography continues on next page

Jean Simmon Filmography

* Sports Day (1944)
* Give us the Moon (1944)
* Mr. Emmanuel (1944)
* Kiss the Bride Goodbye (1945)
* Meet Sexton Blake (1945)
* The Way to the Stars (1945)
* Caesar and Cleopatra (1945)
* Great Expectations (1946)
* The Woman in the Hall (1947)
* Uncle Silas (1947)
* Black Narcissus (1947)
* Hungry Hill (1947)
* Hamlet (1948)
* The Blue Lagoon (1949)
* Adam and Evelyne (1949)
* So Long at the Fair (1950)
* Cage of Gold (1950)
* Trio (1950)
* The Clouded Yellow (1951)
* Angel Face (1952)
* Androcles and the Lion (1952)
* Young Bess (1953)
* Affair with a Stranger (1953)
* The Robe (1953)
* The Actress (1953)
* She Couldn't Say No (1954) (AKA Beautiful but Dangerous )
* Demetrius and the Gladiators (1954)
* The Egyptian (1954)
* A Bullet Is Waiting (1954)
* Désirée (1954)
* Footsteps in the Fog (1955)
* Guys and Dolls (1955)
* Hilda Crane (1956)
* This Could Be the Night (1957)
* Until They Sail (1957)
* The Big Country (1958)



* Home Before Dark (1958)
* This Earth Is Mine (1959)
* Elmer Gantry (1960)
* Spartacus (1960)
* The Grass Is Greener (1960)
* All the Way Home (1963)
* Life at the Top (1965)
* Mister Buddwing (1966)
* Divorce American Style (1967)
* Rough Night in Jericho (film) (1967)
* Heidi (1968)
* The Happy Ending (1969)
* Say Hello to Yesterday (1971)
* Mr. Sycamore (1975)
* The Dain Curse (TV) (1978)
* Dominique (1978)
* Beggarman, Thief (TV) (1979)
* A Small Killing ((TV, 1981)
* The Thorn Birds (TV, 1983)
* December Flower (TV, 1984)
* Midas Valley (TV, 1985)
* Yellow Pages (1985)
* North and South (1985)
* North and South Book II (1986)
* Perry Mason: The Case of the Long Lost Love (1987)
* The Dawning (1988)
* Great Expectations (1989)
* Star Trek: The Next Generation (1991)
* Dark Shadows (1991) Elizabeth Collins Stoddard / Naomi Collins
* They Do It with Mirrors (1991)
* How to Make an American Quilt (1995)
* Daisies in December (TV) (1995)
* Final Fantasy: The Spirits Within (2001) (voice)
* Jean Simmons: Rose of England (2004) (documentary)
* Howl's Moving Castle (Hauru no ugoku shiro) (2004) (voice)
* Through the Moebius Strip (2005)
* Shadows in the Sun (2008)

Teddy Pendergrass, Soul Singer, dies 59

Teddy Pendergrass (March 26, 1950 — January 13, 2010) was an American R&B/soul singer and songwriter. Also known by the nicknames Teddy P, TP, or Teddy Bear, Pendergrass first rose to fame as lead singer of Harold Melvin & the Blue Notes in the 1970s before embarking on a successful solo career at the end of the decade.

Death of Teddy Pendergrass
Teddy Pendergrass died at Bryn Mawr Hospital at age 59, from complications following surgery for colon cancer.

Pendergrass was Paralyzed from the waist down since 1982
On March 18, 1982, in the Germantown section of Philadelphia on Lincoln Drive, Pendergrass was involved in an automobile accident. The brakes failed on his 1981 Rolls-Royce Silver Spirit, causing the car to hit a guard rail, cross into the opposite traffic lane, and hit two trees. Pendergrass and his passenger, Tenika Watson, a transsexual nightclub performer with whom Pendergrass was casually acquainted, were trapped in the wreckage for 45 minutes. While Watson walked away from the accident with minor injuries, Pendergrass suffered a spinal cord injury leaving him paralyzed from the waist down

Teddy Pandergrass - close the door (live)

Teddy Pandergrass discography continues next page

Discography

Albums

    * 1977: Teddy Pendergrass (Philadelphia International) - US Pop #17, US R&B #5
    * 1978: Life Is a Song Worth Singing (Philadelphia International) - US Pop #11, US R&B #1
    * 1979: Teddy (Philadelphia International) - US Pop #5, US R&B #1
    * 1979: Live! Coast to Coast (Philadelphia International) - US Pop #33, US R&B #5
    * 1980: TP (Philadelphia International) - US Pop #14, US R&B #3
    * 1981: It's Time for Love (Philadelphia International) - US Pop #19, US R&B #6
    * 1982: This One's for You (Philadelphia International) - US Pop #59, US R&B #6
    * 1983: Heaven Only Knows (Philadelphia International) - US Pop #123, US R&B #9
    * 1984: Love Language (Asylum) - US Pop #38, US R&B #4
    * 1985: Greatest Hits (Philadelphia International) - US R&B #65
    * 1985: Workin' It Back (Asylum) - US Pop #96, US R&B #6
    * 1988: Joy (Elektra) - US Pop #54, US R&B #2
    * 1991: Truly Blessed (Elektra) - US Pop #49, US R&B #4
    * 1993: A Little More Magic (Elektra) - US Pop #92, US R&B #13
    * 1997: You and I (Surefire) - US Pop #137, US R&B #24
    * 1998: The Best of Teddy Pendergrass (The Right Stuff)
    * 1998: This Christmas I'd Rather Have Love (Surefire/Wind-Up) - US R&B #83
    * 2001: Greatest Slow Jams (The Right Stuff) - US R&B #98
    * 2002: From Teddy with Love (Razor & Tie) - US R&B #63
    * 2004: Love Songs Collection (The Right Stuff) - US R&B #70

Singles

    * 1977: "I Don't Love You Anymore" - US Pop #41, US R&B #5
    * 1977: "The Whole Town's Laughing At Me" - US R&B #16
    * 1978: "Close the Door" - US Pop #25, US R&B #1
    * 1978: "Only You" - US R&B #22
    * 1979: "Turn Off the Lights" - US Pop #48, US R&B #2
    * 1979: "Come Go With Me" - US R&B #14
    * 1980: "Shout and Scream" - US R&B #21
    * 1980: "It's You I Love" - US R&B #44
    * 1980: "Can't We Try" - US Pop #52, US R&B #3
    * 1980: "Love T.K.O." - US Pop #44, US R&B #2
    * 1981: "Two Hearts" (with Stephanie Mills) - US Pop #40, US R&B #3
    * 1981: "I Can't Live Without Your Love" - US R&B #10
    * 1982: "You're My Latest, My Greatest Inspiration" - US Pop #43, US R&B #4
    * 1982: "The Gift of Life" / "Nine Times Out of Ten" - US R&B #31
    * 1982: "I Can't Win for Losing" - US R&B #32
    * 1983: "I Want My Baby Back" - US R&B #61
    * 1984: "Hold Me" (with Whitney Houston) - US Pop #46, US R&B #5
    * 1984: "You're My Choice Tonight (Choose Me)" - US R&B #15
    * 1985: "Never Felt Like Dancin'" - US R&B #21
    * 1986: "Love 4/2" - US R&B #6
    * 1986: "Let Me Be Closer" - US R&B #67
    * 1988: "Joy" - US Pop #71, US R&B #1
    * 1988: "2 A.M." - US R&B #3
    * 1988: "Love Is the Power" - US R&B #57
    * 1990: "Glad to Be Alive" (with Lisa Fischer) - US R&B #31
    * 1991: "Make It with You" - US R&B #23
    * 1991: "It Should've Been You" - US R&B #1
    * 1991: "I Find Everything in You" - US R&B #31
    * 1993: "Voodoo" - US R&B #25
    * 1994: "Believe in Love" - US R&B #14
    * 1994: "I'm Always Thinking About You" - US R&B #90
    * 1997: "Don't Keep Wastin' My Time" - US Pop #90, US R&B #39
    * 1997: "Give It to Me" - US R&B #57

George Michael of "Sports Machine" dies of Cancer 70

George Michael (March 24, 1939 - December 24, 2009) was a sportscaster best known nationally for his long-running American sports highlights show called The George Michael Sports Machine. Started as a local show in 1980 called George Michael's Sports Final and then nationally syndicated in 1984, the nationally broadcast show was distributed for syndication by NBC until it left the air following the March 25, 2007 airing. Michael won a Sports Emmy in 1985 for his work on The George Michael Sports Machine.

Death of Geroge Michael
Michael died on December 24, 2009 at 70 years old after a 2 year battle with cancer.

Alaina Reed, Olivia Robinson on 'Sesame Street', dies 63

Alaina Reed Hall (November 10, 1946 – December 17, 2009) was an American actress best known for her roles as Olivia, Gordon's younger sister, on the long-running children's television series Sesame Street, and Rose Lee Holloway on the NBC sitcom 227.

After 227 ended in 1990, Hall appeared in guest roles on various TV shows, including Herman's Head and Blossom. She also provided the voice for the animated characters on Where on Earth Is Carmen Sandiego? and Sonic the Hedgehog. In 1995, Hall co-starred on the short-lived WB sitcom Cleghorne!, starring Ellen Cleghorne. The following year she appeared in the television film The Cherokee Kid. She has since had recurring roles on Ally McBeal, Any Day Now, and ER.

In addition to stage and television work, Hall has also appeared in several films including Death Becomes Her (1992), opposite Goldie Hawn and Meryl Streep, Cruel Intentions (1999), and the 2007 independent feature I'm Through with White Girls (The Inevitable Undoing of Jay Brooks).

Death of Alaina Reed Hall
Alaina Reed Hall died on December 17, 2009, aged 63, from breast cancer. At the time of her death she was married to Tamim Amini.

Sesame Street - Sing (Olivia & Linda)

Roy Disney, Walt Disney's nephew, dies 79

Roy Edward Disney (January 10, 1930 – December 16, 2009) was a longtime senior executive for The Walt Disney Company, which his father Roy Oliver Disney and his uncle Walt Disney founded. At the time of death he was a shareholder (over 16 million shares or about 1%),and served as a consultant for the company and Director Emeritus for the Board of Directors. He is perhaps best known for organizing the ousting of two top Disney executives: first, Ron Miller in 1984, and then Michael Eisner in 2005. He graduated from Pomona College in 1951.

Death of Roy Disney
Disney, who had been battling stomach cancer, died at Hoag Memorial Hospital Presbyterian in Newport Beach, California.  He was 79 years old.

Soupy Sales, comedian from the Golden Age of Television, dies 83

Soupy Sales (January 8, 1926 – October 22, 2009) was an American comedian, actor, and radio-TV personality and host. He was best known for his long-running local and network children's television show, Lunch with Soupy Sales; a series of comedy sketches frequently ending with Sales receiving a pie in the face, which became his trademark.

From 1968 to 1975, he was a regular panelist on the syndicated revival of What's My Line? and appeared on several other TV game shows. During the 1980s Sales hosted his own show on WNBC-AM in New York City.

Death of Soupy Sales:
Soupy Sales is died of cancer at Calvary Hospice in the Bronx.
Soupy Sales was 83 years old at the time of his death

Henry Gibson, original 'Laugh-In' cast member, dies 73

Henry Gibson (September 21, 1935 – September 14, 2009) was an American actor and songwriter, best known as a cast member of Rowan and Martin's Laugh-In and for his recurring role as Judge Clark Brown on Boston Legal.

Personal life of Henry Gibson
On April 6, 1966, he married Lois Joan Geiger, with whom he had three sons: Jonathan David Gibson, Charles Alexander Gibson and James Gibson.She died on May 6, 2007

Gibson spent three years as part of the Laugh-In television show's cast. He often played "The Poet," reciting poems with "sharp satirical or political themes".Gibson would emerge from behind a stage flat, wearing a Nehru jacket and "hippie" beads and holding an outlandishly large artificial flower. He would state the "[Title of poem] — by Henry Gibson", bow stiffly from the waist, recite his poem, and return behind the flat

Death Henry Gibson
On September 14, 2009, Gibson died of cancer at his home in Malibu, California, a week before his 74th birthday.

The Poetry Of Henry Gibson: A Tribute

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Filmography
The Nutty Professor (1963)
Kiss Me, Stupid (1964)
The Outlaws Is Coming (1965)
Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In (1968-1971)
Evil Roy Slade (1972)
Every Man Needs One (1972)
Charlotte's Web (1973) - Wilbur (voice)
The Long Goodbye (1973)
The Mini-Munsters (1973) - Mr. Grundy (voice)
Nashville (1975)
The New Original Wonder Woman (1975) - Nickolas
The Last Remake of Beau Geste (1976)
The Kentucky Fried Movie (1977)
Escape from Bogen County (1977)
Halloween is Grinch Night (1977)
The Night They Took Miss Beautiful (1978)
Amateur Night at the Dixie Bar and Grill (1979)
A Perfect Couple (1979)
The Halloween That Almost Wasn't (1979) - Igor, Count Dracula's butler
The Blues Brothers (1980) - Head Nazi
For the Love of It (1980)
HealtH (1980)
The Incredible Shrinking Woman (1981)
The Smurfs (1981)
Tulips (1981)
Nashville Grab (1981)
The Biskitts (1982)
Quincy M.E. (ep. "Murder on Ice") (1983)
The Wuzzles (1985)
Slow Burn (1986)
The Blinkins (1986)
Galaxy High School (1986)
Monster in the Closet (1987)
Long Gone (1987)
Innerspace (1987)
Switching Channels (1988)
The 'Burbs (1989)
 Around the World in 80 Days (1989)
Night Visitor (1989)
Brenda Starr (1989)
The Magic Balloon (1990)
Return to Green Acres (1990)
Gremlins 2: The New Batch (1990)
Tune in Tomorrow... (1990)
Tom and Jerry: The Movie (1993)
Vault of Horror I (1994)
AAAHH!!! Real Monsters (1994)
The Bears Who Saved Christmas (1994)
Cyber Bandits (1995)
Daisy-Head Mayzie (1995) - The Cat in the Hat (voice)
Escape to Witch Mountain (1995) - Ravetch
Santo Bugito (1995)
Color of a Brisk and Leaping Day (1996)
Bio-Dome (1996)
Mother Night (1996)
Asylum (1997)
Stranger in the Kingdom (1998)
Rocket Power (1999)
Magnolia (1999)
Sunset Beach (1999)
Mullitt (2000)
The Luck of the Irish (2001) (TV)
Rocket Power: Race Across New Zealand (2002)
The Year That Trembled (2002)
Teddy Bears' Picnic (2002)
No Prom for Cindy (2002)
The Commission (2003)
The Goldfish (2003)
Never Die Alone (2004)
Boston Legal (2004-2008)
Wedding Crashers (2005)
Trapped Ashes (2006)
Big Stan (2008) 

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