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Karen Black, Actress Appeared in Over 100 films, Dies 74

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Karen Black (July 1, 1939 – August 8, 2013) was an American actress, screenwriter, singer and songwriter. She is known for her appearances in such films as Easy Rider (1969), Five Easy Pieces (1970), The Great Gatsby, Rhinoceros and Airport 1975 (all 1974), The Day of the Locust, Nashville, (both 1975), and Alfred Hitchcock's final film, Family Plot (1976). Over the course of her career, she won two Golden Globe Awards (out of three nominations), and an Academy Award nomination in 1971 for Best Supporting Actress.

Karen Black cause of death

Karen Black died in Los Angeles from ampullary cancer.  After her final films in 2010, she was diagnosed with cancer and did not make any more public appearances. Karen Black was 74 years old at the time of her death.

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Kyle Bennett, Three-time BMX world champion, dies 33

Kyle Bennett (September 25, 1979 – October 14, 2012) was an American professional "New/Current School" Bicycle Motocross (BMX) racer and Dirt Jumper. He competed for 2008 Summer Olympics.

Kyle Bennett cause of death
In the early hours of October 14, 2012, Bennett's 2006 Toyota Tundra pickup truck went off the road while traveling at high speed. The truck smashed through a culvert pipe, a wrought-iron gate, and several other objects before coming to rest upside down. Responding EMTs extracted Bennett from the vehicle, and later pronounced him dead at the scene. Officials said he was not wearing a seat belt.

Kyle Bennett was 33 years old at the time of his death.

Kyle Bennett riding for USA in BMX World Championships 2012

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"

Kathryn Joosten, 'Desparate Housewives' actress dies 72

Kathryn Joosten (December 20, 1939 – June 1, 2012) was an American television actress best known for her regular role as Karen McCluskey in Desperate Housewives, for which she won two Emmy Awards, and for her recurring role in The West Wing as Dolores Landingham.

In 2005 and 2008, Joosten won an Emmy for Outstanding Guest Actress - Comedy Series for her portrayal of Karen McCluskey in Desperate Housewives.

In 2001, she quit her 45 year smoking habit when she was diagnosed with lung cancer. In September 2009, Joosten was diagnosed with lung cancer for a second time. She subsequently underwent surgery and four rounds of chemotherapy, and was officially declared cancer-free in January 2010.

Kathryn Joosten cause of death
Joosten subsequently died of lung cancer on June 1, 2012. Her death followed, by a few weeks, the on-screen death of her character Karen McCluskey on the final episode of Desperate Housewives.

Kaye Stevens, Rat Pack singer and USO performer, dies 79

Catherine Louise "Kaye" Stevens (July 21, 1932 – December 28, 2011) was an American singer and actress.

Stevens's big break in show business came at the Riviera Hotel in Las Vegas, when the headliner for the night, Debbie Reynolds, became ill and Stevens filled in for the night. She then went on to do small shows at the Plaza Hotel's Persian Room, New York's Waldorf Astoria, and Caesars Palace on the Las Vegas Strip near Las Vegas, Nevada. One of these shows includes the Frank Sinatra Spectacular TV Show. She went on to appear on such television game shows as Match Game, Hollywood Squares, Celebrity Sweepstakes, The Price is Right, and Password.

Stevens went on a USO tour with Bob Hope in 1965. She traveled to Vietnam with Hope and a group of fellow entertainers in the hopes of boosting the morale of thousands of American soldiers. She was quoted as saying “I came back in 1965 and my life was in shambles because of what I saw.”

Kaye Stevens cause of death
Kaye Stevens lived in retirement in Summerfield, Florida. She died of breast cancer and blood clots. She left no immediate survivors.
Kaye Stevens was 79 years old at the time of her death

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Kaye Stevens is the third act.  Kaye Stevens comes after Sammy Davis Jr. and roller skate stunt.

Kenneth Mars, Comedic Actor in TV and Film, Dies 75

Kenneth Mars (April 14, 1936 – February 12, 2011) was an American television, movie and voice actor. He may be best-remembered for his roles in several Mel Brooks films: the insane Nazi playwright Franz Liebkind in 1968's The Producers, and the relentless Police Inspector Hans Wilhelm Fredrich Kemp in 1974's Young Frankenstein.

He voiced the roles of Ariel's father King Triton in The Little Mermaid, and Littlefoot's Grandpa Longneck in The Land Before Time movie series and the spin-off television series.

Death of Kenneth Mars
Kenneth Mars died of pancreatic cancer.
Kenneth Mars was 75 years old at the time of his death.

The Producers (1968) - Franz Liebkind (Kenneth Mars)

Broncos wideout Kenny McKinley commits suicide 23

Kenny McKinley (January 31, 1987 – September 20, 2010) was an American football wide receiver for the Denver Broncos of the National Football League. He was drafted by the Broncos in the fifth round of the 2009 NFL Draft. He played college football at South Carolina.

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McKinley was drafted by the Denver Broncos in the fifth round, 5th pick (141st overall) during the 2009 NFL Draft. McKinley played in eight games in 2009 as a kick returner. He returned seven kicks for a total of 158 yards. He also recorded 3 special teams tackles.

He was placed on injured reserve with a knee injury on December 28, 2009.

Death of Kenny McKinley
McKinley was found dead on September 20, 2010, from an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound. His death was reported as a suicide by local media, and later confirmed by members of the Arapahoe County Sheriff's office. He was found in the second floor master bedroom of his home.

Kevin McCarthy, 'Body Snatchers', Prolific Actor, Dies 96

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Dana Wynter, Actress from 'Invasion of the Body Snatchers' Dies 79 (May 5, 2011)

Kevin McCarthy (February 15, 1914 – September 11, 2010) was an American stage, film, and television actor. McCarthy has appeared in over two hundred television and film roles. For his role in the 1951 film version of Death of a Salesman, he was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor and won a Golden Globe Award for New Star of the Year - Actor.

He graduated from Campion High School in Prairie du Chien, Wisconsin in 1932 and attended the University of Minnesota where he participated in his first play Henry IV, Part 1 and discovered a love of acting.

Deaht of Kevin McCarthy
Kevin McCarthy died of natural causes on Saturday, September 11, 2010.
Kevin McCarthy was 96 years old at the time of his death.

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Related:
Dana Wynter, Actress from 'Invasion of the Body Snatchers' Dies 79 (May 5, 2011)

Kathryn Grayson, 'Kiss Me Kate' dies 88

Kathryn Grayson (February 9, 1922 – February 17, 2010) was an American actress and operatic soprano singer.

Grayson was contracted to MGM and was given lead roles in such films as Show Boat (1951) and Kiss Me Kate (1953). She was paired with Howard Keel and Mario Lanza in some of her films.

She progressed to theatre work including the highly successful Camelot from 1962 until 1964. During the 1960s, she performed in several operas, including La bohème, Madama Butterfly, Orpheus in the Underworld and La traviata.

Personal life & Death of Kathryn Grayson
In Hollywood she married twice, first to the actor John Shelton and then to the actor/singer Johnnie Johnston. Both marriages ended in divorce. Her second marriage produced her only child, her daughter Patricia Kathryn Johnston (b. October 7, 1948).

Grayson died in her sleep at her home in Los Angeles, California on February 17, 2010, at the age of 88

Kathryn Grayson and Carl Esmond - "You and the Waltz and I"

Kathryn Grayson's Filmography continues on next page

Kathryn Grayson Filmography

1941     Andy Hardy's Private Secretary
1942     The Vanishing Virginian
1942     Rio Rita
1942     Seven Sweethearts
1943     Thousands Cheer
1945     Anchors Aweigh     Susan Abbott     
1946     Ziegfeld Follies
1946     Two Sisters from Boston
1946     Till the Clouds Roll By
1947     It Happened in Brooklyn
1948     The Kissing Bandit
1949     That Midnight Kiss
1949     Some of the Best
1950     The Toast of New Orleans
1951     Grounds for Marriage
1951    Show Boat
1952     Lovely to Look At
1953     The Desert Song
1953     So This Is Love
1953     Kiss Me Kate
1956     The Vagabond King
1977     The Amazing World of Psychic Phenomena
1994     A Century of Cinema
2003     Cole Porter in Hollywood: Too Darn Hot
2004     The Masters Behind the Musicals

Kim Peek - 'Rain Man' inspiration dies 58

Kim Peek (11 November 1951 – 19 December 2009) was an American prodigious savant known as a megasavant. He had a photographic or eidetic memory, but also social developmental disabilities, possibly resulting from congenital brain abnormalities. He was the inspiration for the character of Raymond Babbitt, played by Dustin Hoffman, in the movie Rain Man. He was not autistic and likely had FG syndrome.

Kim Peek was born with macrocephaly, damage to the cerebellum, and, perhaps most important, agenesis of the corpus callosum, a condition in which the bundle of nerves that connects the two hemispheres of the brain is missing; in Peek's case, secondary connectors such as the anterior commissure were also missing. There is speculation that his neurons made other connections in the absence of a corpus callosum, which results in an increased memory capacity.

Death of Kim Peek
Peek died on 19 December 2009, of a heart attack. He is survived by his father.  He was 58 years old at the time of his death

'Remote Control' gameshow host Ken Ober dies 52

Ken Ober (July 3, 1957 – November 15, 2009)was an American game show host, comedian, and actor.

Born in Brookline, Massachusetts, he was raised in Hartford, Connecticut. Ober hosted four game shows over the course of his career. He received his break after appearing as a contestant on Star Search. He was most widely known for his role on the MTV game show Remote Control, which he hosted for three seasons, spanning 1987 to 1989, then in reruns for an additional two years. Ober was known among '90s and '00s audiences for his hosting jobs on Make Me Laugh, Smush, and the ESPN game show Perfect Match.

In 1995, Ober hosted a Los Angeles talk radio show with former Brady Bunch star Susan Olsen. The show, known as Ober and Olsen, aired on 97.1 KLSX. (Olsen had previously appeared on an episode of Remote Control that featured Brady Bunch cast members competing.)

In 2002, Ober served as supervising producer for Colin Quinn's Tough Crowd with Colin Quinn, which was a reunion of sorts; Quinn was the announcer on Remote Control. He was also a guest on one episode.

Ober starred in the Blues Traveler video for the song "Hook". He also had a smaller role in the same band's videos for "Run-Around" and "The Mountains Win Again".

He served as a producer for the CBS comedy The New Adventures of Old Christine, and is also known for a series of Jenga commercials.

Death of Ken Ober
Ken Ober died at his home in Santa Monica on November 15, 2009 at the age of 52. According to friends, Ober had been feeling ill and was complaining of headaches, chronic chest pain, and flu-like symptoms the previous afternoon and did not meet them later as planned.

Oscar-winning actor Karl Malden dies 97

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Karl Malden (March 22, 1912 – July 1, 2009) was an Academy Award winning American actor. In a career that spanned over seven decades, he was featured in classic films such as A Streetcar Named Desire, On the Waterfront and One-Eyed Jacks with Marlon Brando. Among other notable film roles are Archie Lee Meighan in Baby Doll, Zebulon Prescott in How the West Was Won and General Omar Bradley in Patton. His best-known role was on television as Lt. Mike Stone on the 1970s crime drama, The Streets of San Francisco.

Death Karl Malden
Karl Malden died of natural causes at his home in Los Angeles's Brentwood neighborhood.
Karl Malden was 97 years old at the time of his death

Karl Malden - American Express

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Selected filmography

Winged Victory (1944)
13 Rue Madeleine (1947)
Boomerang (1947)
Kiss of Death (1947)
The Gunfighter (1950)
Where the Sidewalk Ends (1950)
Halls of Montezuma (1951)
A Streetcar Named Desire (1951)
The Sellout (1952)
Diplomatic Courier (1952)
Operation Secret (1952)
Ruby Gentry (1952)
I Confess (1953)
Take the High Ground! (1953)
Phantom of the Rue Morgue (1954)
On the Waterfront (1954)
Baby Doll (1956)
Fear Strikes Out (1957)
Bombers B-52 (1957)
Time Limit (1957) (director)
The Hanging Tree (1959) (also co-director)
Pollyanna (1960)
The Great Impostor (1961)
One-Eyed Jacks (1961)
Parrish (1961)
All Fall Down (1962)
Birdman of Alcatraz (1962)
How the West Was Won (1962)
Gypsy (1962)
Come Fly with Me (1963)
Dead Ringer (1964)
Cheyenne Autumn (1964)
The Cincinnati Kid (1965)
Nevada Smith (1966)
Murderers' Row (1966)
Hotel (1967)
The Adventures of Bullwhip Griffin (1967)
Billion Dollar Brain (1967)
Blue (1968)
Hot Millions (1968)
Patton (1970)
The Cat o' Nine Tails (1971)
Wild Rovers (1971)
Summertime Killer (1972)
Beyond the Poseidon Adventure (1979)
Meteor (1979)
Miracle on Ice (1981)
Twilight Time (1982)
The Sting II (1983)
Fatal Vision (1984) (television miniseries)
Dario Argento's World of Horror (1985) (documentary)
Billy Galvin (1986)
Nuts (1987)
Broadway: The Golden Age, by the Legends Who Were There (2003)

Singer-songwriter Kenny Rankin dies of lung cancer at 67

Kenny Rankin (February 10, 1942 - June 7, 2009) was an American pop and jazz singer and songwriter from the Washington Heights neighborhood of New York City, New York.

Rankin appeared on The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson more than 25 times. Host Johnny Carson was so impressed by him that he wrote the liner notes to Rankin's 1967 debut album Mind Dusters, which featured the single "Peaceful," a cover of which Helen Reddy would reach #12 in 1973. Georgie Fame also had a hit with this song in 1969.

When Paul McCartney and John Lennon were inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 1987, McCartney asked Rankin to represent them at the ceremony based on the strength of his 1975 versions of McCartney's songs Blackbird and Penny Lane.

Death of Kenny Rankin
Rankin passed away from lung cancer on June 7, 2009
Kenny Rankin was 67 years old at the time of his death

Kenny Rankin - Blackbird

Kenny Rankin: Haven't We Met

Chicago blues legend Koko Taylor dies at 80

Koko Taylor born Cora Walton, September 28, 1928 – June 3, 2009) was an American blues musician, popularly known as the "Queen of the Blues." She was known primarily for her rough and powerful vocals and traditional blues stylings.

Death of Koko Taylor
Taylor died on June 3, 2009, after complications from a surgery on May 19, 2009. Her final performance was at the Blues Music Awards, on May 7, 2009.

I'm a Woman - KoKo Taylor

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.

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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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