Maurice Jarre (September 13, 1924 - March 29, 2009) was a French composer and conductor. Although he composed several concert works, he is best known for his film scores for motion pictures, particularly those of David Lean: Lawrence of Arabia (1962), Doctor Zhivago (1965), and A Passage to India (1984). All three of these scores won Academy Awards. Other notable scores of his include The Message (1976), Dead Poets Society (1989) and Ghost (1990). Jarre was awarded a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame
Death of Maurice Jarre Maurice Jarre died of cancer. Maurice Jarre was 84 year old at the time of his death
Danny Wayland Seals (February 8, 1948 - March 25, 2009) was an American musician. In the 1970s, he was the "England Dan" half of the soft rock duo England Dan and John Ford Coley, who are best known for their hit single "I'd Really Love to See You Tonight". He was also the younger brother of Jim Seals (from the duo Seals & Crofts).
After departing the duo, Seals began a solo career in country music. In his solo career, he released sixteen studio albums and charted more than twenty singles on the country charts. Eleven of his singles reached Number One: "Meet Me in Montana" (with Marie Osmond), "Bop" (also a #42 pop hit), "Everything That Glitters (Is Not Gold)", "You Still Move Me", "I Will Be There", "Three Time Loser", "One Friend", "Addicted", "Big Wheels in the Moonlight", "Love on Arrival", and a cover of Sam Cooke's "Good Times". Four more of Seals' singles also reached Top Ten on the country charts.
Death of Dan Seals In 2008, Seals completed radiation treatments for lymphoma at Vanderbilt in Nashville and M.D. Anderson Cancer Center in Houston and received a stem cell transplant in late 2008 at NIH in Maryland. Seals died on March 25, 2009 at his daughter's home, following treatment for mantle cell lymphoma. Dan Seals was 61 years old at the time of his death.
I'd Really Love to See You Tonight (Dan Seals with guitar, left handed)
Ronald Silver (July 2, 1946 - March 15, 2009) was an American actor, director, producer and political activist.
Death of Ron Silver Ron Silver died of esophageal cancer, after battling the disease for two years Ron Silver was 62 years old at the time of his death.
Silver made his film debut in Tunnel Vision in 1976. Additional screen roles include Lovesick (1983), the devoted son of Anne Bancroft in Garbo Talks (1984), an incompetent detective in Eat and Run (1986), and the lead in Paul Mazursky's Oscar-nominated Enemies: A Love Story (1989). He also portrayed defense attorney Alan Dershowitz in Reversal of Fortune (1990), based on the trial of Claus von Bülow.
Silver has been featured in such diverse films as Billy Crystal's Mr. Saturday Night (1992), Timecop (1994) with Jean-Claude Van Damme, and as Muhammad Ali's boxing cornerman Angelo Dundee in Michael Mann's Ali. From 2001 to 2002 and 2005 to 2006, Silver portrayed presidential campaign advisor Bruno Gianelli on The West Wing.
From 1991 to 2000, Silver served as president of the Actors' Equity Association.
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)
Jimmy Boyd (born January 9, 1939 in McComb, Mississippi; died March 7, 2009) was an American singer, musician, and actor.
Death of Jimmy Boyd On March 7, 2009, he passed away from cancer. Jimmy Boyd was 70 years old at the time of his death
Jimmy recorded the song "I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus" for Columbia Records, when he was 12 years and 11 months old. Even in those days of limited media, it became a record industry phenomenon, selling over two and a half million records in its first week's release. Jimmy's name became an international household word, and he skyrocketed to the status of a major star. Columbia Records execs were baffled at the song's popularity. They had already presented Jimmy with two gold records. (In the days before the Grammy Award existed, gold records were effectively the Grammys, and they were actually real gold). Jimmy's record went to number one on the charts again the following year at Christmas, and went on to sell again and again every Christmas. Today on the internet it sells worldwide to new generations, and has reportedly sold over 60,000,000 records since its initial release.
Jimmy Boyd - I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus Playing on original 78 rpm record
James Allen Whitmore, Jr. (October 1, 1921 - February 6, 2009) was an American two-time Academy Award-nominated, Emmy- and Golden Globe-winning film actor.
Death of Jame Whitmore Whitmore was diagnosed with lung cancer in November of 2008. He died of the disease, at his home in Malibu, California, James Whitmore was 87 years old at the time of his death.
Biography Following World War II, Whitmore appeared on Broadway in the role of the Sergeant in Command Decision. MGM hired Whitmore on contract, however his role in the film was played by Van Johnson. Whitmore's first major movie was Battleground that was turned down by Spencer Tracy, for which Whitmore was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor. Other major films included The Asphalt Jungle, The Next Voice You Hear, Above and Beyond, Kiss Me, Kate, Them!, Oklahoma!, Black Like Me, Guns of the Magnificent Seven, Tora! Tora! Tora!, and Give 'em Hell, Harry!, for which he was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Actor for his portrayal of former President of the United States Harry S Truman.
To a younger generation, he was probably best known, in addition to his role in The Shawshank Redemption, as the commercial spokesman for Miracle-Gro plant food for many years.
Brooks Commits Suicide - James Whitmore as Brooks
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James Whitmore's Filmography
The Majestic (2001) Here s To Life (2000) Behind the Planet of the Apes (1998) The Relic (1997) Wild Bill, Hollywood Maverick: The Life and Times of William A. Wellman (1996) The Shawshank Redemption (1994) Where The Red Fern Grows - Pt. 1 & 2 (1992) Old Explorers (1990) Glory! Glory! (1988) All My Sons (1987) Frontier Heritage (1987) Nuts (1987) Celebrity (1985) The Adventures of Mark Twain (1985) The Killing of Randy Webser (1981) Rage (1980) The First Deadly Sin (1980) Bully (1978) The Word (1978) The Serpent's Egg (1977) Give 'Em Hell, Harry! (1975) I Will Fight No More Forever (1975) Where the Red Fern Grows (1974) High Crime (1973) The Harrad Experiment (1973) Chato's Land (1971) Tora! Tora! Tora! (1970) Guns of the Magnificent Seven (1969) Madigan (1968) Nobody's Perfect (1968) Planet of the Apes (1968) Chuka (1967) Waterhole Number 3 (1967) Black Like Me (1964) Who Was That Lady? (1960) Face of Fire (1959) The Restless Years (1958) The Deep Six (1957) Crime in the Streets (1956) The Eddy Duchin Story (1956) The Last Frontier (1956) Battle Cry (1955) Oklahoma! (1955) The McConnell Story (1955) Them (1954) All the Brothers Were Valiant (1953) Kiss Me Kate (1953) The Girl Who Had Everything (1953) The Great Diamond Robbery (1953) Above and Beyond (1952) Because You're Mine (1952) The Next Voice You Hear (1950) Battleground (1949) Ray Bradbury Dancing Among the Muses
Philip Carey (July 15, 1925 - February 6, 2009) was an American actor.
A former U.S. Marine, Carey made appearances in films such as This Woman is Dangerous with Joan Crawford (1952) Calamity Jane (1953), Pushover (1954) and Monster (1979).
From 1965-1967, Carey played Captain Edward Parmalee on the NBC western television series Laredo, set in the South Texas city located on the Rio Grande. After Laredo, Carey guest starred in an episode of ABC's military-western Custer starring Wayne Maunder in the title role.
From 1979 until late 2007, he has played the protective Texan patriarch Asa Buchanan on the ABC soap opera, One Life to Live.
Death of Philip Carey Philip Carey died of lung cancer Philip Carey was 83 years old at the time of his death. Philip Carey was diagnosed with lung cancer in January 2006 and underwent chemotherapy.
David "Fathead" Newman (February 24, 1933 - January 20, 2009) was an American saxophonist.
Death of David Newman On January 20, 2009, Newman died from complications of pancreatic cancer
David Newman Biography In 1954, David joined Charles in his band as the baritone saxophone player (although he is more famous as a tenor saxophone and flute player) and began a twelve year gig with Charles. He later joined Herbie Mann, with whom he played for another ten years.
Over the years up to 2008, Newman has recorded over thirty-eight albums under his own name, including his first, Ray Charles-Presenting David "Fathead" Newman (1959) and second, Wide Open Spaces, which was produced by Cannonball Adderley, the following year
David Fathead Newman & David Leonhardt - "Heads Up"
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David "Fathead" Newman Discography Ray Charles-Presenting David "Fathead" Newman - 1959 (Atlantic Records) Wide Open Spaces - 1960 Straight Ahead - 1962 (Atlantic Records) House of David (Atlantic Records) Captain Buckles (Atlantic Records) Live at the Village Gate (Atlantic Records) The Weapon - 1972 Teasin' - 1973 - Cornell Dupree Mr. Fathead - 1976 (Warner Bros. Records) Back To Basics - 1977 (Milestone) The Atlantic Family Live at Montreux - 1977 Still Hard Times - 1982 (Muse) Fire! Live at the Village Vanguard - 1988 (Atlantic Records) Return to the Wide Open Spaces - 1990 Mr. Gentle Mr. Cool - 1994 Under a Woodstock Moon I Remember Brother Ray - 2005 Kissing in 29 Days - 2006 - JW-Jones Cityscape- 2006 Life - 2007
Martin Patterson "Pat" Hingle (July 19, 1924 - January 3, 2009) was an American actor.
Hingle is traditionally known for playing judges, police officers, and other authority figures. One of his notable roles is the father of the character played by Warren Beatty in Splendor in the Grass (1961). While he is probably best known in recent times for playing Commissioner Gordon in the 1989 film Batman and its three sequels, Hingle has a long list of television and movie credits to his name, going back to 1948. Among them are Hang 'Em High (1968), Sudden Impact (1983), Road To Redemption (2001), When You Comin' Back, Red Ryder? (1979), Stephen King's Maximum Overdrive (1986), The Grifters (1990), Citizen Cohn (1992), Muppets from Space, and Shaft (2000). Along with Michael Gough, who played Alfred Pennyworth, he is one of only two actors to appear in all of the first four Batman films.
In the 1997 revival of the musical 1776, Hingle played Benjamin Franklin, with Brent Spiner as John Adams. In 2002, he was a regular cast member of ABC's series The Court. He also played Horace in 1995's "The Quick and the Dead".
Recently, he appeared in Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby, as the original owner of Dennit Racing.
Death of Pat Hingle He died of blood cancer on January 3rd, 2009.
Actor Pat Hingle - In His Own Words
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Early life Hingle was born Martin Patterson Hingle in Denver, Colorado, the son of Marvin Louise (née Patterson), a schoolteacher and musician, and Clarence Martin Hingle, a building contractor. Hingle enlisted in the U.S. Navy in December 1941, dropping out of the University of Texas. He served on the destroyer USS Marshall during World War II. He returned to the University of Texas after the war and earned a degree in radio broadcasting.
Near fatal 1960 accident In 1960, he had been offered the title role in Elmer Gantry, but could not do it due to a near fatal accident; caught in an elevator in his West End Avenue apartment building that had stalled between the second and third floors, he crawled out, trying to reach the second floor corridor, lost his balance and fell 54 feet down the shaft, fracturing his skull, wrist, hip and most of the ribs on his left side, breaking his left leg in three places and losing the little finger on his left hand. He lay near death for two weeks and his recovery took more than a year.
Merry Christmas Singer of "Santa Baby" Eartha Kitt dies on Christmas Day 2008
Eartha Mae Kitt (January 17, 1927 – December 25, 2008) was an American actress, singer, and cabaret star. She was perhaps best known for her role as Catwoman in the 1960s TV series Batman, and for her 1953 Christmas song "Santa Baby". Orson Welles once called her the "most exciting woman in the world".
Death of Eartha Kitt Eartha Kitt died of colon cancer on Christmas Day, December 25, 2008. Ironically as she is mostly known for her Christmas hit Santa Baby.
Career Kitt started her career as a member of the Katherine Dunham Company and made her film debut with them in Casbah (1948). A talented singer with a distinctive voice, her hits include "Let's Do It", "Champagne Tatse", "C'est si bon", "Just an Old Fashioned Girl", "Monotonous", "Je cherche un homme", "Love for Sale", "I'd Rather Be Burned as a Witch", "Uska Dara", "Mink, Schmink", "Under the Bridges of Paris", and her most recognizable hit, "Santa Baby". Kitt's unique style was enhanced as she became fluent in the French language during her years performing in Europe. She had some skill in other languages too, which she demonstrates with finesse in many of the live recordings of her cabaret performances
Eartha Kitt - Santa Baby
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Awards and nominations
1960 Hollywood Walk of Fame - 6656 Hollywood Boulevard.
2001 Annie Award for Best Voice Acting by a Female Performer in an Featured Film - The Emperor's New Groove
2007 Annie Award for Best Voice Acting in an Animated Television Production - The Emperor's New School
2007 Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Performer in an Animated Program - The Emperor's New School
2008 Annie Award for Best Voice Acting in an Animated Television Production - The Emperor's New School
2008 Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Performer in an Animated Program - The Emperor's New School
1966 Emmy Award for Outstanding Single Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Drama - I Spy
1978 Tony Award for Best Actress in a Musical - Timbuktu!
1996 Image Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series - Living Single
2000 Tony Award for Best Featured Actress in a Musical - The Wild Party
2000 Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Featured Actress in a Musical - The Wild Party
Filmography Casbah (1948) New Faces (1954) The Mark of the Hawk (1958) St. Louis Blues (1958) Anna Lucasta (1959) Saint of Devil's Island (1961) Uncle Tom's Cabin (1965) (voice) Synanon (1965) All About People (1967) (short subject) (narrator) Up the Chastity Belt (1971) Friday Foster (1975) All By Myself: The Eartha Kitt Story (1983) The Serpent Warriors (1985) The Pink Chiquitas (1987) (voice) Dragonard (1987) Master of Dragonard Hill (1989) Erik the Viking (1989) Living Doll (1990) Ernest Scared Stupid (1991) Boomerang (1992) Fatal Instinct (1993) Unzipped (1995) Harriet the Spy (1996) Ill Gotten Gains (1997) I Woke Up Early the Day I Died (1998) The Jungle Book: Mowgli's Story (1998) (voice) The Emperor's New Groove (2000) (voice of Yzma) The Making and Meaning of We Are Family (2002) The Sweatbox (2002) (documentary) Anything But Love (2002) Holes (2003) On the One (2005) Preaching to the Choir (2005) Kronk's New Groove (2005) (voice of Yzma) And Then Came Love (2007)
Samuel John "Sam" Bottoms (October 17, 1955 – December 16, 2008) was an American actor and producer.
He is perhaps best remembered for his role as Lance Johnson, a Navy Gunner's Mate stationed on a river boat in Francis Ford Coppola's 20th century opus, Apocalypse Now.
Bottoms earlier appeared with Clint Eastwood in The Outlaw Josey Wales.
At the age of 16 while watching the shooting of the film The Last Picture Show, which his older brother Timothy was starring in, Peter Bogdanovich decided to give him a screen test. Sam ended up getting the part of Billy in the movie.
Death of Sam Bottoms Sam Bottoms died of glioblastoma multiforme, a brain tumor. Sam Bottoms was 53 years old at the time of his death.
Bottoms was born in Santa Barbara, California, the third son of James "Bud" Bottoms (a sculptor and art teacher) and Betty (Chapman). He is the brother of actors Timothy Bottoms, Joseph Bottoms and Ben Bottoms.
The Last Picture Show - Sam Bottoms as Billy
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Television NYPD Blue (2004) My Neighbor's Daughter (1998) Mercenary II: Thick & Thin (1997) The X Files (1995) Zooman (1995) Murder, She Wrote (1989-1991) 21 Jump Street (1990) Island Sons (1987) The Witching of Ben Wagner (1987) Gringo mojado (1986) No Earthly Reason (1984) Return to Eden (1983) Desperate Lives (1982) East of Eden (1981) The Eddie Capra Mysteries (1978) Greatest Heroes of the Bible (1978) Marcus Welby, M.D. (1976) Cage Without a Key (1975) Lucas Tanner (1974) Savages (1974) Doc Elliot (1974)
 Filmography Finishing the Game (2007) SherryBaby (2006) Winter Passing (2005) Shopgirl (2005) Havoc (2005) Seabiscuit (2003) Looking Through Lillian (2002) True Files (2002) Shadow Fury (2001) The Unsaid (2001) Joseph's Gift (1998) Snide and Prejudice (1997) Project Shadowchaser III (1995) Sugar Hill (1994) The Trust (1993) North of Chiang Mai (1992) Dolly Dearest (1992) Ragin' Cajun (1991) After School (1988) Gardens of Stone (1987) Hunter's Blood (1987) Prime Risk (1985)
Jimmy Carl Black (born James Inkanish, Jr., February 1, 1938 – November 1, 2008) was a drummer and vocalist for The Mothers of Invention.
Born in El Paso, Texas, he was of Cheyenne heritage. His trademark line was "Hi Boys and Girls, I'm Jimmy Carl Black, and I'm the Indian of the group." He has been credited on some Mothers albums as playing "drums, vocals, and poverty".
He appeared in the movie 200 Motels and sings the song Lonesome Cowboy Burt.
He worked as a guest vocalist with Muffin Men, a Frank Zappa tribute band based in Liverpool, England, and with Jon Larsen, on the surrealistic Strange News From Mars project, featuring several other Zappa alumni, such as Tommy Mars, Bruce Fowler, Arthur Barrow.
Black was diagnosed with lung cancer in August 2008, and died on November 1st. A benefit will be held on 9 November 2008 at the Bridgehouse II in London.
Levi Stubbles (June 6, 1936 - October 17, 2008), better known by the stage name, Levi Stubbs, was an American baritone singer, best known as the lead vocalist of the famed Motown R&B group The Four Tops.
Death of Levi Stubbles Levi Stubbles died October 17, 2008 at his home in Detroit after a long serious illness including cancer and a stroke -- that forced him to stop performing in 2000. Levi Stubbles was 72 years old at the time of his death
The Four Tops Stubbs began his professional singing career with friends Abdul "Duke" Fakir, Renaldo "Obie" Benson and Lawrence Payton to form the Four Aims in 1954. Two years later, the group changed their name to the Four Tops. The group began as a supper-club act before finally signing to Motown Records in 1963; by the end of the decade, The Four Tops had over a dozen hits to their name.
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Four Tops - I'll be there. Lead singer is Levi Stubbs
The most popular of the Four Tops hits, all of which featured Stubbs on lead vocals, include "Baby I Need Your Loving", "I Can't Help Myself (Sugar Pie, Honey Bunch)", "It's the Same Old Song", "Reach Out I'll Be There", "Standing in the Shadows of Love", "Bernadette", "Still Water (Love)", and "Ain't No Woman (Like the One I've Got)".
Although Stubbs was a natural baritone, most of the Four Tops' hits were written in a tenor range to give the lead vocals a sense of urgency. Stubbs and the other Tops remained a team until Payton died in 1997, at which point Theo Peoples took his place. The Four Tops were elected to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1990. Benson also died on July 1, 2005.
Other work As an actor, credited as Levi Stubbs, Jr., he provided the voice of the carnivorous plant "Audrey II" in the movie version of the musical, Little Shop of Horrors (1986) and the voice of Mother Brain in the animated TV series Captain N: The Game Master (1989). Stubbs has also guest starred in a number of TV shows as himself.
Personal life Stubbs and his wife Clineice were married from 1960 until his death, and had five children. In 1995, Stubbs was diagnosed with cancer, and later, a stroke, and therefore stopped touring. Since 2000, Theo Peoples has taken Stubbs' place as the lead singer of The Four Tops, with Ronnie McNeir taking the place that Payton originally held. Stubbs was a cousin of soul singer Jackie Wilson.
Edie Adams (April 16, 1927 - October 15, 2008) was an American singer, Broadway, television and film actress and comedienne.
Edie Adams made sporadic appearances through the decades on television, including on Fantasy Island The Love Boat, Murder, She Wrote and Designing Women.
Death of Edie Adams Edie Adams died of cancer and pneumonia in Los Angeles, where she resided, aged 81
Husband Ernie Kovacs Edie Adams was married to Husband Ernie Kovacs for 8 years (1954 - 1962). Ernie Kovacs (January 23, 1919 – January 13, 1962) was an American comedian whose uninhibited, often ad-libbed, and visually experimental comic style came to influence numerous television comedy programs for years after his early death in an automobile accident. Such iconoclastic shows as Rowan and Martin's Laugh-In, Monty Python's Flying Circus, The Uncle Floyd Show, Saturday Night Live and even Captain Kangaroo and Sesame Street, and TV hosts such as David Letterman are seen as having made use of Kovacs' influence.
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Adams starred on Broadway in Wonderful Town (1953) opposite Rosalind Russell (winning the Theatre World Award), and as Daisy Mae in Li'l Abner (1956), winning the Tony Award for Best Featured Actress in a Musical. She played the Fairy Godmother in Rodgers and Hammerstein's original 1957 Cinderella broadcast. She played supporting roles in several well-known films in the 1960s, including "Miss Olsen" in The Apartment (1960). In 2003, as one of the last surviving headliners from the all-star movie, It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World, she joined actors Marvin Kaplan and Sid Caesar at 40th anniversary celebrations of the movie. She was also a favorite nightclub headliner. Adams "both embodied and winked at the stereotypes of fetching chanteuse and sexpot blonde".
Television Ernie in Kovacsland (1951) (canceled after 2 months) The Ernie Kovacs Show (1952–1956) Cinderella (1957) Lucy Meets the Moustache (1960) Take a Good Look (panelist from 1960–1961) Here's Edie (1963–1964) Evil Roy Slade (1972) Cop on the Beat (1975) Superdome (1978) Fast Friends (1979) The Seekers (1979) Make Me an Offer (1980) Portrait of an Escort (1980) A Cry for Love (1980) The Haunting of Harrington House (1981) As the World Turns (cast member in 1982) Shooting Stars (1983) Ernie Kovacs: Between the Laughter (1984) Adventures Beyond Belief (1987) Jake Spanner, Private Eye (1989) Tales of the City (1993) (miniseries)
Filmography Showdown at Ulcer Gulch (1956) The Apartment (1960) Lover Come Back (1961) Call Me Bwana (1963) Under the Yum Yum Tree (1963) It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World (1963) Love with the Proper Stranger (1963) The Best Man (1964) Made in Paris (1966) The Oscar (1966) The Honey Pot (1967) Up in Smoke (1978) Racquet (1979) The Happy Hooker Goes Hollywood (1980) Boxoffice (1982) Broadway: The Golden Age, by the Legends Who Were There (2003)