Kitty Kallen (May 25, 1921 – January 7, 2016) was an American popular singer whose career spanned from the 1930s to the 1960s—to include the Swing era of the Big Band years, the post-WWII pop scene and the early years of rock 'n roll. She performed with some of the most popular big bands of the 1940s, including those of Jimmy Dorsey and Harry James, before striking out on a solo career.
She is widely known for her 1954 solo recording '"Little Things Mean a Lot" — a song that stayed at the U.S. number one spot for nine consecutive weeks, charted in the U.S. for almost seven months, hit #1 on the UK singles chart, and sold more than two million copies. AllMusic called the recording a "monster hit", and music historian Jonny Whiteside said the song "ably characterizes Kallen’s impressive, and graceful, transition from classic big band swing to modern post-war pop".
Voted "most popular female singer" in 1954 in both Billboard and Variety polls, Kallen lost her voice at the Palladium in 1955 at the top of her career and left singing for four years, suffering paralyzed vocal cords. After testing her voice under a pseudonym in small town venues, she ultimately returned and went on to achieve 13 top-ten career hits.
Kallen died on January 7, 2016 at her home in Cuernavaca, Mexico, at the age of 94.
Kitty Kallen, Little Things Mean a Lot, 1955 Perry Como TV
Harry James , Kitty Kallen - IT'S BEEN A LONG,LONG TIME
Kevin Anthony "Moochie" Corcoran (June 10, 1949 – October 6, 2015) was an American director, producer, and former child actor. He appeared in numerous Disney projects between 1957 and 1963, frequently as an irrepressible character with the nickname Moochie. One of eight children, most of whom did some acting in the late 1950s to early 1960s, Corcoran was the sibling whose work is best remembered. His father, William "Bill" Corcoran, Sr. (1905–1958), was a police officer and then director of maintenance at MGM Studios.
Kevin Corcoran and Tommy Kirk played brothers in five films, beginning with 1957's Old Yeller. The other films in this category were The Shaggy Dog (1959), Swiss Family Robinson (1960), Bon Voyage! (1962) and Savage Sam (sequel to Old Yeller, 1963). Fred MacMurray played their father in The Shaggy Dog and Bon Voyage!; Dorothy McGuire played their mother in Old Yeller and Swiss Family Robinson.
Kevin Corcoran cause of death
Kevin Corcoran died in Burbank after a five-year battle with colorectal cancer. Keven Corcoran was 66 years old at the time of his death.
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 (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 (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
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.
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
Sammy Davis Jr. hosts Hollywood Palace 2-11-67 with Liberace Kaye Stevens is the third act. Kaye Stevens comes after Sammy Davis Jr. and roller skate stunt.
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)
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.
Denver Broncos 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 (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.
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"
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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 (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
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.
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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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)
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