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Charlie Louvin, Country Singer, Dies 83

Charles Elzer Loudermilk (July 7, 1927 - January 26, 2011), known professionally as Charlie Louvin, was an American country music singer and songwriter. He is best known as one of the Louvin Brothers.

Death of Charlie Louvin
Charlie Louvin died of complications of pancreatic cancer

Charlie O'Donnell, 'Wheel of Fortune' Announcer Dies 78

Charlie O'Donnell (August 12, 1932 – October 31, 2010) was an American television announcer best known for his work on Wheel of Fortune

Wheel of Fortune and other game shows
O'Donnell may be best known as the announcer for Wheel of Fortune. He filled this role from 1975 to 1980, acted as a substitute for his successor, Jack Clark, and returned to the show permanently several months after Clark's death in 1988, and continued with the show until his death in 2010. M.G. Kelly briefly served as announcer between Clark and O'Donnell.

Among the game show companies O'Donnell had worked for as a primary announcer were Stefan Hatos-Monty Hall Productions (1973-1977), Merv Griffin Enterprises/Sony Pictures Television (1975-80 and 1989-2010), Barry & Enright Productions (1981-86), and Barris Industries (1986-89). He has also announced game shows for Mark Goodson-Bill Todman Productions (Card Sharks, Trivia Trap, Family Feud, To Tell the Truth); Bob Stewart Productions, and for Hill-Eubanks Group's All Star Secrets and The Guinness Game. He and John Harlan filled in for Rod Roddy on different occasions on Press Your Luck.

Death of Charlie O'Donnell
Charlie O'Donnell in his sleep from heart failure, at his home in Sherman Oaks, California.  Charlie O'Donnell was 78 years old at the time of his death

Cammie King "Gone with the Wind" Child Actress, Dies 76

Eleanore Cammack "Cammie" King (August 5, 1934 – September 1, 2010) was a former child actress in American films. She is best known for being one of the actresses who portrayed "Bonnie Blue Butler" in Gone with the Wind (1939). She also provided the voice for the doe "Faline" in the animated Disney film, Bambi (1942).

She was the godchild of Herbert Kalmus, co-founder of Technicolor, and became his stepchild in 1949 when he married her mother, Eleanore King.

In the early 2000s, King made a guest appearance as a contestant on the TV game show To Tell the Truth, hosted by John O'Hurley.

Upon reflecting on her film career, King once joked, "I peaked at 5." She spent 40 years working as a marketing coordinator for the Fort Bragg-Mendocino Coast Chamber of Commerce.

Death of Cammie King
King died on September 1, 2010, at her home in Fort Bragg, California, aged 76, from lung cancer.

 Cammie King - Gone with the Wind

80's Teen Actor Corey Haim Dies of Overdose at 38

Corey Ian Haim (December 23, 1971 - March 10, 2010)
Born: Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Died: North Hollywood, California (38)

Corey Haim was a Canadian  actor, known for a 1980s Hollywood career as a teen idol. He starred or co-starred in a number of films such as Lucas, Murphy's Romance, The Lost Boys, License to Drive and Dream a Little Dream. Most notably, he collaborated numerous times with Corey Feldman, the pair being dubbed "The Two Coreys". Haim and Feldman starred in a TV 'reality' show titled The Two Coreys, which aired on the A&E Network from 2007 to 2008.

  • Corey Haim filed for bankruptcy in 1997.
  • In the 2000s, Corey Haims spent time in rehab for addiction (Valium & etc.)
  • Corey Haim was living with his mother in the apartment.
  • His partner & friend Corey Feldman once refused to have contacts with Haim until he recovered from his addiction.

Death of Corey Haim
Corey Haim was taken to Providence Saint Joseph Medical Center in Burbank, California and pronounced dead at 3:30 a.m.
Cory Haim was 38 years old at the time of his death.
Preliminary cause of death was accidental drug overdose. (Keep reading below)
* On May 4, 2010, the L.A. County Coroner's office autopsy report revealed that Haim died of diffuse alveolar damage and pneumonia, together with hypertrophic cardiomyopathy and coronary arteriosclerosis, ruled a natural death.  As to speculation about whether drugs were involved, the Coroner stated: "the toxicology report revealed no significant contributing factor."

Corey Haim in Lost Boys

 

Corey Haim's Filmography continues next page

Cory Haim's Filmography

    * The Edison Twins (1982) (TV)
    * Firstborn (1984)
    * Secret Admirer (1985)
    * Silver Bullet (1985)
    * A Time to Live (1985) (TV)
    * Murphy's Romance (1985)
    * Lucas (1986)
    * Roomies (1987) (TV)
    * The Lost Boys (1987)
    * Watchers (1988)
    * License to Drive (1988)
    * Dream a Little Dream (1989)
    * The Dream Machine (1990)
    * Fast Getaway (1991)
    * Prayer of the Rollerboys (1991)
    * Oh, What a Night (1992)
    * The Double 0 Kid (1992)
    * Blown Away (1992)
    * Double Switch (1993) (VG)
    * Anything for Love (1993)
    * Fast Getaway II (1994)
    * National Lampoon's Last Resort (1994)
    * Dream a Little Dream 2 (1995)
    * Life 101 (1995)
    * Snowboard Academy (1996)
    * Shooter on the Side (1996)
    * Fever Lake (1996) (V)
    * Demolition High (1996)
    * Busted (1996)
    * Never Too Late (1997)
    * Demolition University (1997) (V)
    * Merlin (1998) (TV)
    * Without Malice (2000) (TV)
    * The Back Lot Murders (2002)
    * Dickie Roberts: Former Child Star (2003)
    * Universal Groove (2007)
    * Lost Boys: The Tribe (2008)
    * Crank: High Voltage (2009)
    * Shark City (2009)
    * Terminal Hotel (2009)[20]
    * American Sunset (2009)
    * Trade In (2009)
    * The Girl (2010)
    * The Pick Up (2010)
    * SAD (Standard American Diet)

Carl Smith, Country Music Hall of Famer, Grand Ole Opry, dies 82

Carl Smith (March 15, 1927 – January 16, 2010) was an American country music singer. Known as "Mister Country," Smith was the husband of June Carter (later June Carter Cash) and Goldie Hill, the drinking companion of Johnny Cash, and the father of Carlene Carter. He was one of country's most successful male artists during the 1950s, with 30 Top 10 hits. His success continued well into the 1970s, when he had a charting single every year except one. He is a member of the Country Music Hall of Fame.

In 1952, Smith married June Carter (who later became the wife of Johnny Cash), the daughter of Maybelle Carter of the Carter Family. In 1955 the couple had a daughter, Rebecca Smith, who later became known as Carlene Carter, a country singer in her own right.

During the rest of the 1950s, Smith made regular appearances on Billboard's country charts, racking up many hits, including 30 in the Top 10. His biggest hits include "Loose Talk", "Wicked Lies", "Hey Joe!" and "You Are the One". He only had five number one hits in his career; "Loose Talk" was his last, in 1955.

In 1957, Smith and June Carter divorced. That same year, he married country music singer Goldie Hill, best known for the number one hit "I Let the Stars Get In My Eyes".

Death of Carl Smith
Carl smith died of natural causes
Carl smith was 82 years old at the time of his death

 Carl Smith - Loose Talk

Casey Johnson, Johnson & Johnson heiress, dies 30

Casey Johnson (September 24, 1979 – January 4, 2010) was an American socialite. She was also one of the great-great-granddaughters of Robert Wood Johnson I, co-founder of Johnson & Johnson.

Death of Casey Johnson
On January 4, 2010, Johnson was found dead in her Los Angeles home. The cause of death is yet to be determined (pending coroner's toxicology report), however authorities reported "no evidence of foul play" and that she might have been dead a few days. Tequila said Johnson had not answered her phone since December 29, 2009. Tequila later posted to her Twitter that Johnson was not dead, but in a coma. Later she backtracked stating that Johnson was, in fact, dead

At the age of 14, Johnson co-wrote a book with her father entitled Managing Your Child's Diets. She has appeared as herself on the television shows The Fabulous Life of... and E! True Hollywood Story. In addition she was a popular Hollywood socialite known for making outrageous headlines.

Johnson openly declared her sexuality as a lesbian.

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)

Cincinnati Bengals Chris Henry died from a fall from a pickup truck 26

Chris Henry (May 17, 1983 – December 17, 2009) was an American football wide receiver who played five years in the National Football League for the Cincinnati Bengals. He played college football at West Virginia and was drafted by the Bengals in the third round of the 2005 NFL Draft.

Death of Chris Henry
On December 16, 2009, Henry was involved in a car accident in Charlotte, North Carolina, where he sustained life-threatening injuries. Charlotte police stated that Henry fell out the back of his fiancee's moving truck while engaging in a domestic dispute with her. On December 17, 2009, Charlotte police announced that Henry had died at 6:36 a.m. ET. No cause of death was immediately released.

Henry had been involved in a string of legal troubles during his professional career, which include several arrests for such offenses as driving under the influence, marijuana possession, assault, and criminal damage. He was suspended for the first four games of the 2008 season.

Carl Ballantine - Magician, Comedian (McHale's Navy) Dies 92

Carl Ballantine (born Meyer Kessler; September 27, 1917 - November 3, 2009) was an American actor, magician and comedian. Billing himself as "The Great Ballantine," "The Amazing Ballantine" or "Ballantine: The World's Greatest Magician," his vaudeville-style comedy routine involved transparent or incompetent stage magic tricks, which tended to flop to the wisecracking Ballantine's mock chagrin.

Ballantine is probably best remembered as Lester Gruber, one of the PT boat sailors in the ABC sitcom McHale's Navy (1962-1966), starring with Ernest Borgnine, Joe Flynn and Tim Conway. He made his only appearance on Broadway as Lycus the slave merchant in the 1972 revival of A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum starring Phil Silvers.[2] His most recent film appearance was in Aimee Semple McPherson, a 2006 biopic about the female evangelist.

Ballantine's wife was actress Ceil Cabot (March 8, 1927 - January 24, 2000) He was known as an inveterate smoker of Cuban stogies.

Death of Carl Ballantine
Carl Ballantine died of natural causes on November 3, 2009 at his Hollywood, California home. He is survived by his daughters actress Sara Ballantine and Molly and his sister Esther Robinson.

Carl Ballantine

Charles Schneer, 50's Film producer dies 88

* Charles Schneer produced the only movie that starred Ronald & Nancy Reagan

Charles H. Schneer (May 5, 1920 - January 21, 2009) was a film producer most widely known for working with special effects pioneer, Ray Harryhausen. He was born in Norfolk, Virginia and died in Boca Raton, Florida.

After studying at Columbia University, he served in the US Army's Signal Corps Photographic Unit. After the war he moved to Hollywood, and after joining Columbia Pictures he was introduced to Ray Harryhausen by a mutual friend from his Army days.

Together they made It Came From Beneath The Sea, about a giant octopus-like creature that wreaks havoc. This film made use of stop-motion photography which the pair were to use to great effect in later films including Jason and the Argonauts, The Golden Voyage of Sinbad and Clash of the Titans.

Schneer also produced the 1967 film version of the stage musical Half A Sixpence starring Tommy Steele

Death of Charles Schneer
Charles Schneer died 88 after a long illness.

Charles Schneer's Filmography continutes on next page

Filmography

Filmography
The Seventh Voyage of Sinbad
First Men in the Moon
The Valley of Gwangi
20 Million Miles to Earth
I Aim at the Stars
Clash of the Titans
Sinbad and the Eye of the Tiger
The Golden Voyage of Sinbad
Mysterious Island
Good Day for a Hanging
It Came from Beneath the Sea
Jason and the Argonauts

Claiborne Pell - US Senetor created Pell Grant dies 90

Claiborne Pell Grant diesClaiborne Pell (November 22, 1918 – January 1, 2009) was a former United States Senator from Rhode Island, serving six terms from 1961 to 1997, and was best known as the sponsor of the Pell Grant, which provides financial aid funding to U.S. college students. A Democrat, he was that state's longest serving senator.

Death of Claiborne Pell
Claiborne Pell suffered from Parkinson's Disease. Pell died on January 1, 2009. He was 90 years old

Pell attended St. George's School in Newport, Rhode Island, then received a Bachelor of Arts degree in history from Princeton University in 1940, and a Master of Arts degree from Columbia University in 1946. While in Princeton, he was a member of Colonial Club.

Pell was married to the former Nuala O'Donnell, a descendant of the Hartford family and, as such, one of the heirs to the Great Atlantic and Pacific Tea Company fortune

Connie Haines, almost forgotten Jazz star dies 87

** Connie Haines' mother Mildred JaMais is still alive at 109 years of age.

Yvonne Marie Antoinette JaMais (January 20, 1921 – September 22, 2008) was an American singer who performed under the stage name Connie Haines. Her 200 recordings were frequently up-tempo big band songs with the Tommy Dorsey Orchestra and Frank Sinatra.

Life and career
She began performing at age 4, and by age 9 had a regular radio show performing as Baby Yvonne Marie, the Little Princess of the Air.

After a number of regional successes and winning the Major Bowes contest, she was hired by Harry James, who asked her to change her name. She and James both later joined Tommy Dorsey, and Haines credited Dorsey with developing her style further. Haines performed in a number of films, including Duchess of Idaho.

She died in Clearwater Beach, Florida of myasthenia gravis.

Cyd Charisse, actress, dancer, legend dies 87

Hollywood Walk of Famer 

Cyd CharisseCyd Charisse (March 8, 1922 – June 17, 2008) was an American dancer and actress.

Death of Cyd Charisse
In her eighties, Cyd Charisse made occasional public appearances and appeared frequently in documentaries spotlighting the golden age of Hollywood.

Publicist Gene Schwam said Charisse was admitted to Cedars-Sinai Medical Center on June 16, 2008 after suffering an apparent heart attack. She died the following day, aged 86.

Honors
On November 9, 2006, in a private White House ceremony, President George W. Bush presented Cyd Charisse with the National Medal of the Arts and Humanities, the highest official U.S. honor available in the arts

Charlton Heston - a movie legend died 83

 

Celebrity Deaths  Charlton Heston Hollywood
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Charlton hestonCharlton Heston (October 4, 1924 – April 5, 2008) was an Academy Award-winning American film actor. In a long career, Heston was known for playing heroic roles, such as Harry Steele in Secret of the Incas , Moses in The Ten Commandments, Colonel George Taylor in Planet of the Apes and Judah Ben-Hur in Ben-Hur. Early in his career, he was one of a handful of Hollywood stars to publicly speak out against racism and was active in the civil rights movement. During the latter part of his movie career, he starred in films such as The Omega Man and Soylent Green that had a strong environmental message. He was president of the National Rifle Association from 1998 to 2003.

Death of Charlton Heston
Heston died on April 5, 2008 at his home in Beverly Hills, California with his wife by his side. Charlton Heston was 84 years old at the time of his death. He had Alzheimer's disease since 2002 but the cause of death is not known.

Charlton Hester - Ben-Hur (1959) Trailer

Celebrity Deaths  Charlton Heston Hollywood
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Charlton Heston's Filmography

Peer Gynt (1941) (student film)
Dark City (1950)
Introducing Charlton Heston (1950)
Julius Caesar (1950 film) (1950)
Ruby Gentry (1952)
The Greatest Show on Earth (1952)
The Savage (1952)
Arrowhead (1953)
Bad for Each Other (1953)
Pony Express (1953)
The President's Lady (1953)
Three Lives (1953)
Secret of the Incas (1954)
The Naked Jungle (1954)
Lucy Gallant (1955)
The Far Horizons (1955)
The Private War of Major Benson (1955)
The Ten Commandments (1956)
Three Violent People (1957)
The Big Country (1958)
The Buccaneer (1958)
Touch of Evil (1958)
Ben-Hur (1959)
The Wreck of the Mary Deare (1959)
El Cid (1961)
The Fugitive Eye (1961) (hosted by Fred Astaire)[19]
The Pigeon That Took Rome (1962)
55 Days at Peking (1963)
Diamond Head (1963)
The Five Cities of June (1963)
Major Dundee (1965)
The Agony and the Ecstasy (1965)
The Greatest Story Ever Told (1965)
The War Lord (1965)
The Egyptologists (1965)
Khartoum (1966)
Think Twentieth (1967)
Maugli (1967) (narrator in English version)
All About People (1967)
The American Film: 1966 White House Festival of the Arts (1967)
 While I Run This Race (1967)
Counterpoint (1968)
Planet of the Apes (1968)
Rowan & Martin at the Movies (1968)
Will Penny (1968)
The Movie Experience: A Matter of Choice (1968)
Number One (1969)
The Heart of Variety (1969)
Rod Laver's Wimbledon (1969)
Beneath the Planet of the Apes (1970)
Julius Caesar (1970)
The Hawaiians (1970)
The Festival Game (1970)
King: A Filmed Record... Montgomery to Memphis (1970)
The Last Man Alive (1971)
The Omega Man (1971)
Antony and Cleopatra (1972)
Skyjacked (1972)
The Call of the Wild (1972)
Our Active Earth (1972)
A Look at the World of Soylent Green (1973)
Soylent Green (1973)
The Three Musketeers (1973)
Lincoln's Gettysburg Address (1973)
Airport 1975 (1974)
Earthquake (1974)
The Four Musketeers (1974)
The Fun of Your Life (1975)
Midway (1976)
The Last Hard Men (1976)
They Were There (1976)
Two-Minute Warning (1976)
America at the Movies (1976)
Crossed Swords (1977)
Gray Lady Down (1978)
The Awakening (1980)
 The Mountain Men (1980)[20]
Mother Lode (1982)
Chiefs (1983) (mini-series)
The Fantasy Film Worlds of George Pal (1985)
Directed by William Wyler (1986)
Proud Men (1987)
Call from Space (1989) (voice)
Almost an Angel (1990)
Solar Crisis (1990)
Treasure Island (1990)
Genghis Khan (1992) (unfinished)
A Thousand Heroes (1992) (TV)
Tombstone (1993)
Wayne's World 2 (1993)
SeaQuest DSV (1993) (TV)
True Lies (1994)
A Century of Cinema (1994)
In the Mouth of Madness (1995)
Friends (1995) (Guest as Himself)
The Avenging Angel (1995) (TV)
Alaska (1996)
Hamlet (1996) (1 Player)
Ben Johnson: Third Cowboy on the Right (1996)
The Dark Mist (1996)
Off the Menu: The Last Days of Chasen's (1997)
Alaska: Spirit of the Wild (1997)
Hercules (1997)
Armageddon (1998)
Any Given Sunday (1999)
Gideon (1999)
Planet of the Apes (2001)
The Order (2001)
Town & Country (2001)
Last Party 2000 (2001)
Cats & Dogs (2001) (voice)
My Father, Rua Alguem 5555 (2003) 

Biography

Early life
Heston was born John Charles Carter in Evanston, Illinois, the son of Lilla (née Charlton) and Russell Whitford Carter, a mill operator.[3] When he was ten, his parents divorced. Shortly thereafter, his mother married Chester Heston. The new family moved to well-off Wilmette, Illinois, a northern suburb of Chicago. Heston (his new surname) attended New Trier High School.

He enrolled in the school's drama program, where he performed with such outstanding results that he earned a drama scholarship to Northwestern University from the Winnetka Community Theatre in which he was also active. While still in high school, he played in the silent 16 mm amateur film adaptation of Peer Gynt made by David Bradley. Several years later the same team produced the first sound version of William Shakespeare's Julius Caesar, in which Heston played Mark Antony.

In 1944, Heston left college and enlisted in the United States Army Air Forces. He served for two years as a B-25 radio operator/gunner stationed in the Alaskan Aleutian Islands with the Eleventh Air Force, rising to the rank of Staff Sergeant.

While in the service, he married fellow Northwestern student Lydia Marie Clarke in 1944. After the war, the two lived in Hell's Kitchen, New York City, where they worked as models. They have a son, Fraser Clarke Heston and an adopted daughter, Holly Ann Heston.

Seeking a way to make it in theater, Charlton and Lydia Heston decided in 1947 to manage a playhouse in Asheville, North Carolina. In 1948, they went back to New York where Heston was offered a supporting role in a Broadway revival of Shakespeare's Antony and Cleopatra, starring Katharine Cornell. He also had success in television, playing a number of roles in CBS's Studio One, one of the most popular anthology dramas of the 1950s.

Acting career
Heston's most frequently played roles on stage include the title role in Macbeth, Sir Thomas More in A Man For All Seasons, and Mark Antony in both Julius Caesar and Antony and Cleopatra. He also cited Mister Roberts as one of his favorite roles, and tried unsuccessfully to revive the show in the early '90s.

He was unable to use his birth name, John Carter, as an actor because it bore too close a resemblance to the name of the hero in Edgar Rice Burroughs' first novel A Princess of Mars, which was in development at the time although the production fell through. In 1950, he earned recognition for his appearance in his first professional movie, Dark City. His breakthrough came in 1952 with his role of a circus manager in The Greatest Show on Earth. Heston was Billy Wilder's first choice to play JJ Sefton in Stalag 17 (1953). The role was eventually given to Oscar winner William Holden. But the muscular, 6 ft 3 in, square jawed Heston became an icon by portraying Moses in The Ten Commandments, a part he was chosen for reportedly because director Cecil B. DeMille thought that he bore an uncanny resemblance to the statue of Moses by Michelangelo.

He played leading roles in a number of fictional and historical epics—such as Ben-Hur, El Cid, 55 Days at Peking, The Agony and the Ecstasy (as Michelangelo himself), and Khartoum—during his long career. He won the Academy Award for Best Actor for his 1959 performance in the title role of Ben-Hur, one of 11 earned by that film. Heston accepted the role in Ben-Hur after Burt Lancaster, another similarly tall, muscular, square jawed, blonde, blue eyed actor, turned it down. Many years later, Lancaster charged that if Heston became typecast in heroic roles it was his own fault, because "he accepted the limitation." And although Lancaster later took on the role of Moses in a TV version of Moses' life, it was Heston who would be identified with the Biblical epic more than any other actor, voicing the role of Judah Ben-Hur for a cartoon version of the Lew Wallace novel as late as 2003.

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Carl Karcher of Carl's Jr restaurant chains

Carl KarcherCarl Nicholas Karcher, (January 16, 1917 – January 11, 2008) was the American founder of the Carl's Jr. hamburger chain, now owned by parent company CKE Restaurants, Inc.

Carl karcher's Death:
Carl Karcher died on January 11, 2008 from complications of Parkinson's Disease.
Carl Karcher 5 day from his 91st birthday at the time of his death.

Born on a farm near Upper Sandusky, Ohio, Karcher was the son of Ohio natives Leo and Anna Maria (Kuntz) Karcher. Leo Karcher's grandparents had immigrated from Belgium; Anna Maria Kuntz was of German ancestry. Carl N. Karcher moved to Anaheim, California, where his uncle ran a small business. He was hired by his uncle and worked for him for three years, later he dropped that job to work at a bakery as a delivery boy which doubled his salary monthly. He married Margaret Magdalen Heinz Karcher in 1939.

Karcher and his wife started their first business, a hot dog stand, on July 17, 1941 in Los Angeles, California when they borrowed $311 against their Plymouth automobile and added $15 from Margaret's purse. The stand initially sold hot dogs and Mexican tamales. On January 16, 1945, they opened their first restaurant, Carl's Drive-In Barbecue in Anaheim.

Their restaurant quickly grew and they opened several more restaurants, numbering 100 by 1974 and more than 300 by 1981. He served for a time as Chairman and CEO of the company.

He has been awarded the Horatio Alger Award for outstanding individual initiative and commitment to excellence while assisting those less fortunate.

On January 16, 2007, which was his 90th birthday, Karcher and his deceased wife Margaret were recognized with the placement of a star on the Anaheim/Orange County Walk of Stars.

His son Jerome Karcher, who is a priest for the Orange County Diocese, has recently received the Man of Character Award from the Boy Scouts of America for creating mercy houses in Orange County for the homeless and those with AIDS.

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