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Debbie Reynolds, 'Singin' in the Rain', Dies 84

Debbie Reynolds dies one day after daughter Carrie Fisher passes

Mary Frances "Debbie" Reynolds (April 1, 1932 – December 28, 2016) was an American actress, singer, businesswoman, film historian, and humanitarian. Her breakout role was the portrayal of Helen Kane in the 1950 film Three Little Words, for which she was nominated for the Golden Globe Award for Most Promising Newcomer. However, it was her first leading role in 1952 at age 19, as Kathy Selden in Singin' in the Rain, that set her on the path to fame. By the mid-1950s, she was a major star. Other notable successes include The Affairs of Dobie Gillis (1953), Susan Slept Here (1954), Bundle of Joy (1956 Golden Globe nomination), The Catered Affair (1956 National Board of Review Best Supporting Actress Winner), and Tammy and the Bachelor (1957), in which her rendering of the song "Tammy" reached number one on the music charts. In 1959, she released her first pop music album, entitled Debbie.

Debbie Reynolds cause of death

On December 23, 2016, Reynolds' daughter, actress and writer Carrie Fisher, suffered a heart attack on a transatlantic flight from London to Los Angeles. On Christmas Day, Reynolds reported Fisher was in a stable condition. However, Fisher died at the age of 60 on December 27.

The next day (December 28), Reynolds was hospitalized at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, Los Angeles, in fair-to-serious condition after a stroke at her son's home. Later that afternoon, Reynolds died in the hospital.

Debbie Reynolds - Tammy

Andy White, Drummer on the Beatles’ ‘Love Me Do,’ Dies at 85

Andrew "Andy" White (July 27, 1930 – November 9, 2015) was a Scottish drummer, primarily as a session musician. He was affectionately christened "the fifth Beatle" as he is best known for replacing Ringo Starr on drums on the Beatles' first single, "Love Me Do". White was featured on the American 7" single release of the song, which also appeared on the band's debut British album, Please Please Me. He also played on "P.S. I Love You", which was the B-side of "Love Me Do".

White played with other prominent musicians and groups both in the United Kingdom and the United States, including Chuck Berry, Billy Fury, Herman's Hermits and Tom Jones. AllMusic called White "one of the busier drummers in England from the late '50s through the mid-'70s".

White died after a stroke in Caldwell, New Jersey on 9 November 2015 at the age of 85.

Love Me Do - Andy White

Julie May Wilson, singer and actress, dies 90

Julie May Wilson (October 21, 1924 – April 5, 2015) was an American singer and actress. She was nominated for the Tony Award for Best Featured Actress in a Musical in 1989 for her performance in Legs Diamond.

Wilson suffered a stroke on April 5, 2015 in Manhattan and died the same day. She was 90.

Julie Wilson in This Could be the Night (1957)

Lauren Bacall, Legendary Actress, Dies 89

Lauren Bacall (born Betty Joan Perske; September 16, 1924 – August 12, 2014) was an American film and stage actress and model, known for her distinctive husky voice and sultry looks.

She first emerged as a leading lady in the Humphrey Bogart film To Have and Have Not (1944) and continued on in the film noir genre, with appearances in Bogart movies The Big Sleep (1946), Dark Passage (1947), and Key Largo (1948), as well as comedic roles in How to Marry a Millionaire (1953) with Marilyn Monroe and Designing Woman (1957) with Gregory Peck. Bacall worked on Broadway in musicals, gaining Tony Awards for Applause in 1970 and Woman of the Year in 1981. Her performance in the movie The Mirror Has Two Faces (1996) earned her a Golden Globe Award and an Academy Award nomination.

In 1999, Bacall was ranked #20 of the 25 actresses on the AFI's 100 Years... 100 Stars list by the American Film Institute. In 2009, she was selected by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences to receive an Academy Honorary Award "in recognition of her central place in the Golden Age of motion pictures."

Lauren Bacall cause of death

Lauren Bacall died from a stroke in New York City.  She was 89 years old at the time of her death.

Mini Biography: Lauren Bacall

Margaret Thatcher, Former Prime Minister of the UK, Dies 87

MTMargaret Hilda Thatcher, Baroness Thatcher, LG, OM, PC, FRS (October 13, 1925 - April 8, 2013) was a British Conservative Party politician who was Prime Minister of the United Kingdom from 1979 to 1990 and the Leader of the Conservative Party from 1975 to 1990. She was the longest-serving British Prime Minister of the 20th century and is the only woman to have held the office. A Soviet journalist called her the "Iron Lady", a nickname that became associated with her uncompromising politics and leadership style. As Prime Minister, she implemented policies that have come to be known as Thatcherism.

Margaret Thatcher Cause of Death

Margaret Thatcher died on 8 April 2013 at The Ritz Hotel in London after suffering a stroke. Margaret Thatcher was 87 years old at the time of her death.

She had been staying at a suite in The Ritz Hotel since Christmas after having difficulty with stairs at her Chester Square home. She had suffered from poor health for several years.

Hal David, Music Legend, 'Raindrops' Lyricist, Dies 91

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Harold Lane "Hal" David (May 25, 1921 – September 1, 2012) was an American lyricist. He grew up in Brooklyn, New York City. He was best known for his collaborations with composer Burt Bacharach and his association with Dionne Warwick.

Hal David and Burt Bacharach's hits included "Raindrops Keep Fallin' on My Head", "This Guy's in Love with You", "I'll Never Fall in Love Again", "Do You Know the Way to San Jose", "Walk On By", "What the World Needs Now Is Love", "I Say a Little Prayer", "(There's) Always Something There to Remind Me", "One Less Bell to Answer", and "Anyone Who Had a Heart".

The duo's film work includes the Oscar-nominated title songs for "What's New Pussycat?" and "Alfie", "The Look of Love", from Casino Royale; and the Oscar-winning "Raindrops Keep Fallin' on My Head" from Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid In addition, "Don't Make Me Over", "(They Long to Be) Close to You", and "Walk On By" have been inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame.

David and Bacharach were awarded the 2011 Gershwin Prize for Popular Song bestowed by the Library of Congress, the first time a songwriting team was given the honor.  David and Bacharach won an Oscar for "Raindrops Keep Fallin' on My Head" (from the movie "Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid"), and Grammys and Tonys for the songs from the hit Broadway musical "Promises, Promises."

Hal David's work with other composers includes Willie Nelson and Julio Iglesias's "To All the Girls I've Loved Before", with Albert Hammond; Sarah Vaughan's "Broken Hearted Melody", with Sherman Edwards; the 1962 Joanie Sommers hit "Johnny Get Angry". also with Edwards; and "We Have All the Time in the World", written with John Barry and sung by Louis Armstrong for the 1969 James Bond film On Her Majesty's Secret Service. With Paul Hampton, David co-wrote the country standard "Sea of Heartbreak", a hit for Don Gibson and others.

Hal David cause of death
David died of stroke
Hal David was 91 years old at the time of his death.

Hal David Hollywood Walk of Fame
Hal David was inducted to the Walk of Fame on Friday, October 14, 2011, at 6752 Hollywood Boulevard, in front of The Musicians Institute.

Rain Drops keep falling on my head - Written by David & Bacharach

Kitty Wells, first female country music pioneer, dies at 92

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The Queen of Country Music.

Kitty Wells (August 30, 1919 – July 16, 2012), born Ellen Muriel Deason, was an American country music singer. Her 1952 hit recording, "It Wasn't God Who Made Honky Tonk Angels", made her the first female country singer to top the U.S. country charts, and turned her into the first female country star. Her Top 10 hits continued until the mid-1960s, inspiring a long list of female country singers who came to prominence in the 1960s.

Wells ranks as the sixth most successful female vocalist in the history of Billboard's country charts, according to historian Joel Whitburn's book The Top 40 Country Hits, behind Dolly Parton, Loretta Lynn, Reba McEntire, Tammy Wynette, and Tanya Tucker. In 1976, she was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame and is currently its oldest living member. In 1991, she became the third country music artist, after Roy Acuff and Hank Williams, and the eighth woman to receive the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award. Wells' accomplishments earned her the nickname The Queen of Country Music.

Kitty Wells cause of death
Kitty Wells died from complications after a stroke.
Kitty Wells was 92 years old at the time of her death

Kitty Wells - It Wasn't God Who Made Honky Tonk Angels

Kitty Wells "I Can't Stop Loving You"

Dimitra Arliss, 'The Sting' actress, dies 79

Dimitra Arliss (October 23, 1932 - January 26, 2012), sometimes credited as Dimitra Arlys, was an American actress.  She played a hired killer alongside Robert Redford and Paul Newman in The Sting.

Partial filmography
The Sting (1973)
Rich Man, Poor Man Book II (1976)
The Other Side of Midnight (1977)
A Perfect Couple (1979)
Xanadu (1980)
Firefox (1982)
Eleni (1985)
It's My Party (1996)
Bless the Child (2000)

Dimitra Arliss cause of death
Dimitra Arliss died of complications from a stroke.
Dimitra Arliss was 79 years old at the time of her death

The Sting (7/10) Movie CLIP - Johnny Gets the Girl (1973)

Clarence Clemons, saxophonist for Bruce Springsteen's E Street Band, dies 69

Clarence Anicholas Clemons, Jr. (January 11, 1942 – June 18, 2011), also known as The Big Man, was an American musician and actor. From 1972 until his death, he was a prominent member of Bruce Springsteen's E Street Band, playing the saxophone. He released several solo albums and in 1985 had a hit single with "You're a Friend of Mine", a duet with Jackson Browne. As a guest musician he also featured on Aretha Franklin's classic "Freeway of Love" and on Twisted Sister's "Be Chrool to Your Scuel" as well as performing in concert with The Grateful Dead and Ringo Starr & His All-Starr Band. As an actor Clemons featured in several films, including New York, New York and Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure. He also made cameo appearances in several TV series, including Diff'rent Strokes, Nash Bridges, The Simpsons and The Wire. Together with his television writer friend Don Reo he published his autobiography, Big Man: Real Life & Tall Tales, in 2009.

Clarence Clemons Cause of Death
Clarence Clemons suffered a stroke on June 12, 2011. He underwent two surgeries after which he was in serious, but stable condition. According to Rolling Stone Magazine, he had been showing signs of recovery. However, Clemons died from complications caused by the stroke on June 18.
Clarence Clemons was 69 years old at time of his death.

Bruce Springsteen - Santa Claus is coming to town - Paris 07
Clarence Clemon on Sax, also sings "You better be good for goodness sake"

Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band - Jungleland

Nate Dogg, Rapper (West Coast Ganster Funk), dies 41

Nathaniel Dwayne Hale (August 19, 1969 – March 15, 2011), better known by his stage name Nate Dogg, was an American musician.

Death of Nate Dogg
Nate Dogg died on March 15, 2011 in Long Beach, California. In 2007, Nate Dogg had a massive stroke, and another stroke in 2008, however it is unknown if that contributed to his death.
Nate Dogg was 41 years old at the time of his death

Nate Dogg - I Got Love

Bernard Wilson , Soul singer, "If You Don't Know Me by Now," dies 64

Bernard Wilson (1946 – December 26, 2010) was a second tenor and baritone R&B, funk and soul music vocalist who was a member of Harold Melvin & the Blue Notes and thus helped to define the “Sound of Philadelphia” in the 1970s.

Death of Bernard Wilson
Bernard Wilson died at a hospital in New Jersey after suffering a stroke and a heart attack.  Bernard Wilson was 64 years old at the time of his death

Harold Melvin & The Blue Notes - If You Don't Know Me By Now

Bernard Wilson is on the far right (red, orange)
Lead Singer is Teddy Pendergrass (March 26, 1950 — January 13, 2010)

Rue McClanahan, 'Golden Girls', dies from stroke 76

Rue McClanahan (February 21, 1934 – June 3, 2010) was an American  actress, known for her roles as Vivian Cavender Harmon on Maude, Fran Crowley on Mama's Family, and Blanche Devereaux on The Golden Girls, a role that won her an Emmy Award.

Death of Rue McClanahan
McClanahan's manager, Barbara Lawrence, said McClanahan died Thursday June 3, 2010 at 1am. of a stroke.
Rue McClanahan was 76 years old at the time of her death

"She went in peace."

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 Rue McClanahan on Dame Edna's Hollywood (May 1992)
 
Rue McClanahan's Television Work & Filmography continues next page
 
Rue McClanahan's Television work

    * Another World (cast member from 1970 – 1971)
    * Where the Heart Is (1971 – 1972)
    * Hogan's Goat (1971; TV movie)
    * All in the Family (1972; 1 episode: "The Bunkers and the Swingers")
    * The Rimers of Eldritch (1974; TV movie)
    * Maude (1974 – 1978)
    * Apple Pie (1978)
    * Gimme A Break (1981-1987; 2 episodes)
    * Mama's Family as Fran (1983 – 1985)
    * Murder, She Wrote (1985; 1 episode: "Murder Takes the Bus")
    * The Golden Girls (1985 – 1992)
    * The Man in the Brown Suit (1989; TV movie)
    * Children of the Bride (1990; TV movie)
    * Baby of the Bride (1991; TV movie)
    * The Dreamer of Oz: The L. Frank Baum Story (TV movie; 1991)
    * The Golden Palace (1992 - 1993)
    * Mother of the Bride (1993; TV movie)
    * Boy Meets World (1993; 1 episode)
    * A Saintly Switch (1999; TV movie)
    * Safe Harbor (1999; 11 episodes)
    * Ladies Man (2000; 2 episodes)
    * Hope & Faith (2005; 1 episode)
    * King of the Hill (2007; 1 episode)
    * Sordid Lives: The Series (2008; 12 episodes)
    * Law & Order (2009; 1 episode)
    * Celebrity Ghost Stories (October 17, 2009 episode)
    * Tyler Perry's Meet the Browns (December 2, 2009 episode)

Filmography

    * The Rotten Apple (1961)
    * Angel's Flight (1965)
    * Walk the Angry Beach (1968)
    * Hollywood After Dark (1968)
    * The Unholy Choice (1968)
    * The People Next Door (1970)
    * Some of My Best Friends Are... (1971)
    * They Might Be Giants (1971)
    * The Wickedest Witch (1989)
    * Message from Nam (1993)
    * A Christmas to Remember (1995)
    * Dear God (1996)
    * Innocent Victims (TV movie) (1996)
    * Annabelle's Wish (1997)
    * Out to Sea (1997)
    * Starship Troopers (1997)
    * The Fighting Temptations (2003)
    * Back to You and Me (2005)
    * Generation Gap (2008)
 

Stage legend La Rue dies at 81

Danny La Rue, OBE (July 26, 1927 - May 31, 2009) was an Irish-born British entertainer known for his singing and drag impersonations.

Accolades
He was made an OBE in the 2002 Queen's Birthday Honours List. Other accolades included Royal Variety Performance appearances in 1969, 1972 and 1978, Variety Club of Great Britain Showbiz Personality of the Year (1969), Theatre Personality of the Year (1970), Entertainer of the Decade (1979) and the Brinsworth Award from the EABF for his outstanding contribution to the entertainment profession and the community.

Death of Danny La Rue
La Rue suffered a mild stroke in January 2006 and all of his planned performances were cancelled. He had several subsequent strokes. He died at his home shortly before midnight on 31 May 2009 after suffering from prostate cancer. His friend Annie Galbraith was with him at their home in Kent at the time of death 

Personal life
La Rue would often perform parts of his show in men's clothes, and was often seen out of costume on television. In later life, he was more candid about his private life, including his homosexuality. La Rue lived for many years with his partner and manager, Jack Hanson, until Hanson's death in Australia in 1985, following a stroke.

Danny La Rue

Vern Gosdin, country music singer-songwriter, dies 70

Vern Gosdin (August 5, 1934 - April 28, 2009) was an American country music singer. He idolized The Louvin Brothers and The Blue Sky Boys as a young man and sang in a gospel quartet called The Gosdin Brothers. Nicknamed "The Voice," an inheritor of the soulful honky tonk style of Lefty Frizzell and Merle Haggard rose to the top of the business and notched hit after barroom hit. Some of these scored hits in the 1970s and 1980s, included "Chiseled in Stone," "Set 'em Up Joe," "I'm Still Crazy," "That Just About Does It," "If You're Gonna Do Me Wrong (Do It Right)," "Today My World Slipped Away," "Slow Burning Memory," "This Ain't My First Rodeo," "Way Down Deep" and "I Can Tell By The Way You Dance (You're Gonna Love Me Tonight)."

Death of Vern Gosdin
Gosdin, who suffered a stroke at the start of April 2009, died peacefully in his sleep at a Nashville hospital the evening of April 28, 2009 at the age of 74

Vern Gosdin - Chiseled in Stone

Battle of the Bulge director Annakin dies 94

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.

Ken Annakin's Filmography continues next page 

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)

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