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Mary Murphy, Actress, opposite Brando in ‘Wild One’ died 80

Mary Murphy ( January 26, 1931 - May 4, 2011) was an American film actress of the 1950s, 1960s and 1970s. She was born in Washington, D.C., before moving to Los Angeles. Shortly out of high school she was signed to appear in films for Paramount Pictures in the late 1940s.

Murphy first gained attention 1953, when she played a good-hearted girl who tries to reform Marlon Brando in The Wild One. The following year, she appeared opposite Tony Curtis in Beachhead, and the year after that as Fredric March's daughter in the thriller The Desperate Hours, which also starred Humphrey Bogart. She co-starred with actor-director Ray Milland in his Western A Man Alone. She appeared in dozens of television series including Perry Mason, I Spy and Ironside. She was long absent from the big screen before acting in 1972 with Steve McQueen in the Sam Peckinpah film Junior Bonner. She had retired from acting by the 1980s.

Mary Murphy Cause of Death
Mary Murphy died from heart disease complications on May 4, 2011; she was 80 years old.

 Johnny meets Kathie (Marlon Brando & Mary Murphy ) - The Wild One(1953)

Tony Peluso, Carpenters' Guitar Player (Goodbye To Love) - Dies 60

Tony Peluso (March 28, 1950 – June 5, 2010) was an American guitarist and record producer. He was lead guitarist for pop duo Carpenters from 1972 to 1983

Peluso is probably best known for his disc jockey impersonation that links the medley of oldies tracks on side 2 of the Carpenters album Now & Then, and his fuzz guitar solo on their song "Goodbye to Love".

The Carpenters
1972 - Please view video below

After Carpenters
Following the death of Karen Carpenter in 1983, Peluso moved on to record producing. He worked for the next decade at Motown Records where he recorded artists such as Smokey Robinson, The Temptations, the Four Tops and Michael Jackson.

Peluso went on to produce and/or engineer for artists such as Kenny Loggins, Seals and Crofts, Apollonia Kotero, Player, Animotion, Stephanie Mills, The Fixx, Dave Koz and Boyz II Men.

In 1992, Peluso began working with Gustavo Santaolalla. They pioneered the Rock en Español genre. Peluso worked with Latin pop musicians such as Ricky Martin, Molotov and Cafe Tacuba. In 2005, Santaolalla and Peluso produced the soundtrack to Brokeback Mountain.

Death of Tony Peluso
Tony Peluso died from heart disease.
Tony Peluso was 60 years old at the time of his death.

 the carpenters - goodbye to love [history]

Connie Hines, wife on 'Mister Ed' dies 79

Connie Hines (March 24, 1931 – December 18, 2009) was a retired American actress, best-remembered for playing Alan Young's wife, Carol Post, on the 1960s syndicated and then CBS sitcom Mister Ed.

Death of Connie Hines
Hines died from heart problems at her home in Beverly Hills, California. She was 78 years old.

Mister Ed: Ed Saves Christmas Part II of III
Connie Hines is Carol (Blonde)

To Kill a Mockingbird' director, Robert Mulligan, dies at 83

Emmy award winner 

Robert Mulligan (August 23, 1925 in The Bronx, New York - Died December 20, 2008 Lyme, Conn) is an American film and television director.

In 1957 Robert Mulligan directed his first motion picture (Fear Strikes Out) and five years later received wide acclaim and Academy award and Directors Guild of America nominations for To Kill a Mockingbird. In the same year, he also directed a film with stars Rock Hudson and Burl Ives, called The Spiral Road, based on the book by Jan de Hartog.

Death of Robert Mulligan
Robert Mulligan died of had heart disease.
Robert Mulligan was 83 years old at the time of his death

In 1972 he was nominated for a Golden Globe Award for Best Director and another Directors Guild Award for the highly successful Summer of '42.

He is the brother of actor Richard Mulligan who is best remembered for his television roles of Burt Campbell in the sitcom Soap and of Dr. Harry Weston in Empty Nest.

Robert Mulligan's biography & filmography continues next page

Employed by the CBS network, Mulligan began his television career at the bottom of the ladder, working as a messenger boy. He worked his way up, learning the business to where in 1948 he was directing important dramatic series. In 1959 he won an Emmy Award for directing The Moon and Sixpence, a made-for-television production that marked the American small-screen debut of Sir Laurence Olivier.

Selected filmography
The Man in the Moon (1991)
Clara's Heart (1988)
Kiss Me Goodbye (1982)
Bloodbrothers (1978)
Same Time, Next Year (1978)
The Nickel Ride (1974)
The Other (1972)
Summer of '42 (1971)
The Pursuit of Happiness (1971)
The Stalking Moon (1969)
Up the Down Staircase (1967)
Inside Daisy Clover (1965)
Baby the Rain Must Fall (1965)
Love with the Proper Stranger (1963)
To Kill a Mockingbird (1962)
The Spiral Road (1962)
Come September (1961)
The Great Impostor (1961)
The Rat Race (1960)
Fear Strikes Out (1957)

Atlantic Record's Jerry Wexler, record producer, dies at 91

Last living partner of Atlantic Records

Gerald "Jerry" Wexler (January 10, 1917 – August 15, 2008) was a music journalist turned music producer, and was regarded as one of the major record industry players behind music from the 1950s through the 1980s. He coined the term "Rhythm & Blues", and was integral in signing and/or producing many of the biggest acts of the last 50 years, including Ray Charles, Aretha Franklin, Led Zeppelin, Wilson Pickett, Dusty Springfield and Bob Dylan. Wexler was inducted in the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 1987.

Death of Jerry Wexler
Wexler died at a hospice in Sarasota, Florida on August 15, 2008 from congenital heart disease according to his son, Paul.  Jerry Wexler was 91 years old of age at the time of his death.

Bernie Brillstein - Agent, manager, producer dies 77

Hollywood Walk of Famer 

Bernard J. "Bernie" Brillstein (April 26, 1931, in New York City, New York - August 7, 2008, in Los Angeles, California) was an American film and television producer and executive producer.

Death of Bernard Brillstein:
On the evening of August 7, 2008, around 9:00pm, Brillstein died of chronic pulmonary heart disease at a Los Angeles hospital.[4] He is survived by his wife Carrie, daughter Leigh and Kate Brillstein, and three sons Michael Brillstein, David and Nick Koskoff.

Bernard Brillstein formed The Brillstein Company in 1969. There, he continued to manage stars and develop television programming. He produced such popular television hits as Hee Haw, The Muppet Show and Saturday Night Live.

Bernard Brillstein later became manager of SNL alums Gilda Radner , John Belushi and Lorne Michaels, as well as Jim Henson (of Muppets fame) and Paul Fusco (voice and operator of ALF). He produced such other television shows as Alf: The Animated Series, and Normal Life.

Bernard Brillstein has been responsible for such successes as The Blues Brothers, Ghostbusters, Dragnet, Ghostbusters II, Happy Gilmore and The Cable Guy.

Bernard Brillstein received the honor as recipient of a star on Hollywood Walk of Fame, on April 18, 2001.

Brillstein Quote. "...you're no one in this business, unless someone wants you dead."

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