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Len Lesser, Veteran Actor, Seinfeld's 'Uncle Leo', Dies 88

Leonard King "Len" Lesser (December 3, 1922 – February 16, 2011) was an American actor. He was best known for his recurring role as Uncle Leo on Seinfeld, which began during the show's second season in "The Pony Remark" episode.

Before he played the role of Uncle Leo, Lesser worked for years in film, TV and on stage. His resume includes projects with Clint Eastwood, Barbra Streisand, Lee Marvin, Dustin Hoffman and Steve McQueen. Lesser has appeared on American television steadily since 1955 on scores of TV classics such as The Monkees, "Bat Masterson," The Outer Limits, Alfred Hitchcock Presents, Get Smart, Quincy, The Rockford Files, Mad About You, All in the Family, Boy Meets World, and, most recently, Castle. He has also appeared in a variety of films such as The Outlaw Josey Wales, including a key role in the Clint Eastwood movie Kelly's Heroes.

Death of Len Lesser
On February 16, 2011, Lesser died from cancer-related pneumonia in Burbank, California, at the age of 88.

"Can you blame her?"

Leslie Nielsen dies 84

Leslie William Nielsen, OC (February 11, 1926 - November 28, 2010) was a Canadian actor and comedian. Although his acting career crosses a variety of genres in both television and films, Nielsen achieved his greatest successes in the comedy films Airplane! and The Naked Gun. His portrayal of serious characters seemingly oblivious to (and complicit in) their absurd surroundings gives him a reputation as a comedian.

Nielsen's lead roles in the films Forbidden Planet and The Poseidon Adventure came long before he considered a turn to comedy. His deadpan delivery as a doctor in 1980's Airplane! marked a turning point in Nielsen's career, one that would make him, in the words of film critic Roger Ebert, "the Olivier of spoofs." Nielsen appeared in over 100 films and 1,500 television programs over the span of his career, portraying over 220 characters.

Death of Leslie Nielsen
In November 2010, Nielsen was admitted to a Fort Lauderdale, Florida hospital for pneumonia. On November 28, Nielsen's nephew announced to the CJOB radio station that Nielsen had died in his sleep around 5:30 p.m. EST, surrounded by family and friends. His nephew reflected on Nielsen's life, "He was truly a nice man. A very caring, naturally funny guy in day-to-day life, not just because someone wrote something on paper for him. He was a very tender-hearted man. He was one of my best friends and I loved him dearly. I'll miss him greatly."

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Naked Gun - Umpiring

Gertrude "Luna" Vachon, Former WWE Wrestler, Dead 48

Gertrude Elizabeth Vachon (January 12, 1962 – August 27, 2010) was a Canadian professional wrestler better known by the ring name Luna Vachon

Career

  • Early career (1985-1992)
  • World Wrestling Federation (1993-1994)
    • Luna's first WWF appearance was in April 1993 at WrestleMania IX, 
    • In 1994, Luna was the first woman to appear in a WWF video game,
  • Independents and Extreme Championship Wrestling (1994-1996)
  • World Championship Wrestling (1997)
  • World Wrestling Federation (1997-2000)
  • Independent circuit (2000-2007)
    • her last match took place on December 7 for Great Lakes Championship Wrestling in Milwaukee. She successfully defended her GLCW Ladies Championship against Traci Brooks and then retired as champion.

Death of Luna Vachon
On the morning of August 27, 2010, Luna Vachon was found dead at her Florida home, when her mother called on her. According to the autopsy, she died of a drug overdose. Investigators found oxycodone  and multiple prescription drugs in her bedroom. The Medication was due to her many injuries suffered during her career as well as her bipolar disorder. Luna became addicted to the medication at some point and underwent rehabilition, paid for by WWE, which she completed in June 2009. She was buried in a ceremony open to immediate family only, at the ranch formerly owned by her close friend Andre the Giant.

Madusa vs Luna Vachon - 1997

Lena Horne, Singer Who Helped Integrate Hollywood, Dies 92

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Lena Horne (June 30, 1917 - May 9, 2010), was an American singer, actress and dancer.

Horne joined the chorus of the Cotton Club at the age of sixteen and became a nightclub performer before moving to Hollywood where she had small parts in numerous movies, and more substantial parts in the films Cabin in the Sky and Stormy Weather . Due to the red scare and her progressive political views, Horne found herself blacklisted and unable to get work in Hollywood.

Returning to her roots as a nightclub performer, Horne took part in the March on Washington, and continued to work as a performer, both in nightclubs as well as television, and releasing well received albums. In the early 1970s, her husband, son and father died within a period of twelve months. Horne announced her retirement in March 1980, but the next year starred in a one woman show, Lena Horne: The Lady and Her Music, which ran for more than three hundred performances on Broadway, and earned her numerous awards and accolades. Horne recorded sporadically following the show.

Death of Lena Horne
Lena Horne died at NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital.
Lena Horne was 92 years old at the time of her death

Lena Horne - Stormy Weather (1943)

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Lena Horne on Cosby Show

Lena Horne on Rosie O'Donnell 1997

Oscar Nominated Lynn Redgrave (Redgrave Acting Dynasty) dies 67

Lynn Rachel Redgrave (March 8, 1943 – May 2, 2010) was an English actress.

A member of the well-known British family of actors, Lynn Redgrave trained in London, before making her theatrical debut in 1962. By the mid-1960s she had appeared in several films, including Tom Jones (1963), and Georgy Girl (1966) which won her a New York Film Critics Award and nominations for an Academy Award and a Golden Globe Award.

Redgrave was born in London, England, the daughter of actors Sir Michael Redgrave and Rachel Kempson. Her sister is actress Vanessa Redgrave; her brother was actor and political activist Corin Redgrave. She was the aunt of actor Carlo Gabriel Nero and actresses Joely Richardson, Jemma Redgrave and Natasha Richardson.

Death of Lynn Redgrave
Lynn Redgrave died following her long seven-year battle with breast cancer.

Lynn Redgrave discussed her health problems associated with bulimia and breast cancer, the latter of which she was diagnosed with in December 2002. She had a mastectomy in January 2003, and chemotherapy.

The Muppet Show - Ending with Lynn Redgrave

Lech Kaczy?ski, President of Poland, dies in Plane crash

Lech Aleksander Kaczy?ski (June 18, 1949 – April 10, 2010) was the President of the Republic of Poland from 2005 to 2010, a politician of the party Prawo i Sprawiedliwo?? (Law and Justice, PiS). Kaczy?ski served as Mayor of Warsaw from 2002 until 22 December 2005, the day before his presidential inauguration. He was the identical twin brother of the former Prime Minister of Poland and current Chairman of the Law and Justice party, Jaros?aw Kaczy?ski.

Death of Lech Kaczy?ski
On 10 April 2010, he and his wife Maria Kaczy?ska died when a Polish Air Force Tupolev Tu-154 crashed while attempting to land at Smolensk-North airport in Russia. There were no survivors on the plane, which was carrying senior Polish government officials on a trip to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the Katyn massacre.

Lech Kaczynski was 60 yearsold at the time of his death

All 96 passengers died in a 26 years old plane. most passengers were Polish state delegates. 

News Clip on the Airplane

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Lionel Jeffries, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang star, dies 83

Lionel Charles Jeffries (June 10, 1926 – February 19, 2010) was a British actor, screenwriter and film director.

He built a successful career in British films mainly in comic character roles and as he was prematurely bald he often played characters older than himself, such as the role of father to Caractacus Potts (played by Dick Van Dyke) in the film Chitty Chitty Bang Bang (1968), although Jeffries was actually six months younger than Van Dyke, who was born on December 13, 1925. His acting career reached a peak in the 1960s with leading roles in other films like Two-Way Stretch (1960), The Trials of Oscar Wilde (1960), First Men in the Moon (1964) and Camelot (1967).

Death of Lionel Jeffries
Following a long illness, Jeffries died in a nursing home in Poole, Dorset, on 19 February 2010 at the age of 83. He was married to Eileen Mary Walsh from 1951 until his death. Their son and two daughters survive him.

Lionel Jeffries sings Posh! - Chitty Chitty Bang Bang
 
Lionel Jeffries' filmography continues next page
Selected filmography
As actor


    * Stage Fright (1950)
    * Will Any Gentleman...? (1953)
    * The Black Rider (1958)
    * Windfall (1955)
    * The Colditz Story (1955)
    * The Quatermass Xperiment (1955)
    * No Smoking (1955)
    * All for Mary (1955)
    * Bhowani Junction (1956)
    * Jumping for Joy (1956)
    * Up in the World (1956)
    * The Baby and the Battleship (1956)
    * Eyewitness (1956)
    * Lust for Life (1957)
    * High Terrace (1956)
    * Hour of Decision (1957)
    * Doctor at Large (1957)
    * The Vicious Circle (1957)
    * The Man in the Sky (1957)
    * Blue Murder at St Trinian's (1957)
    * Barnacle Bill (1957)
    * Behind the Mask (1958)
    * Girls at Sea (1958)
    * The Revenge of Frankenstien (1958)
    * Dunkirk (1958)
    * Up the Creek (1958)
    * Further up the Creek (1958)
    * Orders to Kill (1958)
    * Nowhere to Go (1958)
    * Law and Disorder (1958)
    * The Nun's Story (1959)
    * Please Turn Over (1959)
    * Bobbkins (1959)
    * Idle on Parade (1959)
    * Jazz Boat (1960)
    * Life is a Circus (1960)
    * Let's Get Married (1960)
    * Two-Way Stretch (1960)
    * Tarzan the Magnificent (1960)
    * The Trials of Oscar Wilde (1960)
    * The Hellions (1961)
    * Fanny (1961)
    * Mrs. Gibbon's Boys (1962)
    * Operation Snatch (1962)
    * The Notorious Landlady (1962)
    * Kill or Cure (1962)
    * The Wrong Arm of the Law (1963)
    * The Scarlet Blade (1963)
    * Call me Bwana (1963)
    * Murder Ahoy! (1964)
    * The Long Ships (1964)
    * The Truth About Spring (1964)
    * First Men in the Moon (1964)
    * You Must Be Joking! (1965)
    * The Secret of My Success (1965)
    * The Spy with a Cold Nose (1966)
    * Drop Dead Darling (1966)
    * Rocket to the Moon (1967)
    * Camelot (1967)
    * Chitty Chitty Bang Bang (1968)
    * 12 + 1 (1969)
    * Twinky (1969)
    * Eyewitness (1970)
    * Whoever Slew Auntie Roo? (1971)
    * What Changed Charley Farthing? (1974)
    * Royal Flash (1975)
    * The Prisoner of Zenda (1979)
    * Better Late Than Never (1982)
    * A Chorus of Disapproval (1988)
    * Abel's Island (1988)

As writer-director

    * The Railway Children (1970)
    * Baxter! (1972)
    * The Amazing Mr Blunden (1972)
    * Wombling Free (1977)
    * The Water Babies (1978)

Les Paul (as in Gibson Guitar, Les Paul and Mary) dies 94

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Lester William Polfuss, known as Les Paul (June 9, 1915 - August 13, 2009) was an American jazz guitarist and inventor. He was a pioneer in the development of the solid-body electric guitar which "made the sound of rock and roll possible." His many recording innovations included overdubbing, delay effects such as "sound on sound" and tape delay, phasing effects, and multitrack recording. He is often credited as being the 'father of modern music'.

Death of Les Paul
On August 13th, 2009, Les Paul died of complications from pneumonia at White Plains Hospital in White Plains, NY. His family and friends were by his side

Lucy Gordon, Spider-Man 3 Actress, Committed Suicide at 29

Actress died 2009Lucy Gordon (May 22, 1980 – May 20, 2009) was an English actress and model, born in Oxford. Gordon was found dead in her Paris flat, on 20 May 2009, two days before her 29th birthday.

Death of Lucy Gordon
A French police official, speaking on condition of anonymity, said the cause of death appeared to be suicide

Lucy Gordon Filmography
1999: 2point4 children (episode "After the Fox") as Lampety Jones
2001: Perfume as Sarah
2001: Serendipity as Caroline Mitchell
2002: The Four Feathers as Isabelle
2005: The Russian Dolls as Celia Shelburn
2007: Serial as Sadie Grady
2007: Spider-Man 3 as Jennifer Dugan
2008: Frost as Kate Hardwick
2009: Brief Interviews with Hideous Men as Hitchhiker
2009: Cinéman as Fernandel's friend
2010: Serge Gainsbourg, vie héroïque as Jane Birkin

Four Tops' Lead Singer Levi Stubbs dies 71

Levi Stubbles (June 6, 1936 - October 17, 2008), better known by the stage name, Levi Stubbs, was an American baritone singer, best known as the lead vocalist of the famed Motown R&B group The Four Tops.

Death of Levi Stubbles
Levi Stubbles died October 17, 2008 at his home in Detroit after a long serious illness including cancer and a stroke -- that forced him to stop performing in 2000. Levi Stubbles was 72 years old at the time of his death

The Four Tops
Stubbs began his professional singing career with friends Abdul "Duke" Fakir, Renaldo "Obie" Benson and Lawrence Payton to form the Four Aims in 1954. Two years later, the group changed their name to the Four Tops. The group began as a supper-club act before finally signing to Motown Records in 1963; by the end of the decade, The Four Tops had over a dozen hits to their name.

Levi Stubbs' biography continues next page

 Four Tops - I'll be there.  Lead singer is Levi Stubbs

The most popular of the Four Tops hits, all of which featured Stubbs on lead vocals, include "Baby I Need Your Loving", "I Can't Help Myself (Sugar Pie, Honey Bunch)", "It's the Same Old Song", "Reach Out I'll Be There", "Standing in the Shadows of Love", "Bernadette", "Still Water (Love)", and "Ain't No Woman (Like the One I've Got)".

Although Stubbs was a natural baritone, most of the Four Tops' hits were written in a tenor range to give the lead vocals a sense of urgency. Stubbs and the other Tops remained a team until Payton died in 1997, at which point Theo Peoples took his place. The Four Tops were elected to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1990. Benson also died on July 1, 2005.

Other work
As an actor, credited as Levi Stubbs, Jr., he provided the voice of the carnivorous plant "Audrey II" in the movie version of the musical, Little Shop of Horrors (1986) and the voice of Mother Brain in the animated TV series Captain N: The Game Master (1989). Stubbs has also guest starred in a number of TV shows as himself.

Personal life
Stubbs and his wife Clineice were married from 1960 until his death, and had five children. In 1995, Stubbs was diagnosed with cancer, and later, a stroke, and therefore stopped touring. Since 2000, Theo Peoples has taken Stubbs' place as the lead singer of The Four Tops, with Ronnie McNeir taking the place that Payton originally held. Stubbs was a cousin of soul singer Jackie Wilson.

Dave Matthews Band's saxophone player dies 46

LeRoi Moore (September 7, 1961 - August 19, 2008) was an American saxophonist best known as a founding member of the Dave Matthews Band. Moore often arranged music for the songs written by frontman Dave Matthews. Moore also co-wrote many of the band's songs, notably "Too Much" and "Stay".

Death of LeRoi Moor:
LeRoi Moor died of complications from his injuries in the ATV accident.
LeRoi Moor was 46 years old at the time of his death

ATV accident and death:
Moore was injured on June 30, 2008 in an ATV accident on his farm outside Charlottesville, Virginia, breaking several ribs and puncturing a lung, and was hospitalized at UVA for several days. Jeff Coffin, the saxophonist from Béla Fleck and the Flecktones, stood in for Moore on subsequent tour dates. Though released several days later, Moore was re-hospitalized in mid-July for complications related to the accident.

On August 19, 2008, the official Dave Matthews Band website reported that Moore died of complications from his injuries in the ATV accident. The following statement was released on the band's website:

We are deeply saddened that LeRoi Moore, saxophonist and founding member of Dave Matthews Band, died unexpectedly Tuesday afternoon, August 19, 2008, at Hollywood Presbyterian Medical Center in Los Angeles from sudden complications stemming from his June ATV accident on his farm near Charlottesville, Virginia. LeRoi had recently returned to his Los Angeles home to begin an intensive physical rehabilitation program.

Dave Matthews paid tribute to Moore on August 19, 2008 at the Staples Center, Los Angeles, after the band's first song of the performance - "Bartender". "We all had some bad news today," Matthews told the sold-out crowd. "Our good friend LeRoi Moore passed on and gave his soul up today and we will miss him forever." Fans then shouted Moore's name in remembrance.

Larry Harmon, Bozo the Clown, dies at 83

Larry Harmon (January 2, 1925 - July 3, 2008) was an American entertainer, best-known as Bozo the Clown.

Together with a group of investors, Harmon purchased the licensing rights to the Bozo character from Capitol Records. Harmon marketed the Bozo property aggressively. By the late 1950's Harmon had created local Bozo TV shows in nearly every major U.S. market, and across the world in places as far away as Thailand, Greece and Brazil.

Lois Maxwell

Lois Maxwell, James Bond, MoneypennyLois Maxwell (February 14, 1927 – September 29, 2007) was a Golden Globe-winning Canadian actress, known for originating the role of Miss Moneypenny in the James Bond franchise. Starring in fourteen James Bond movies, many fans credit her as the definitive Miss Moneypenny. She was succeeded by Caroline Bliss and later Samantha Bond.

In late 90's she was diagnosed with bowel cancer; following surgery in 2001, she left the United Kingdom and moved to Perth, Western Australia to live with her son's family. She remained there until her death at Fremantle Hospital, on September 29, 2007; she was 80 years old.

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I was never a fan of James Bond, but I remember Miss Moneypenny.  I never paid much attention to her though.   She was the origianl Miss Moneypenny.  She was in total 14 of James Bond movies.

 

Luciano Pavarotti

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Luciano Pavarotti, Cavaliere di Gran Croce OMRI (October 12, 1935 – September 6, 2007) was a celebrated Italian tenor in operatic music, who successfully crossed into popular music becoming one of the most beloved vocal performers. Known for his televised concerts, media appearances, and as one of The Three Tenors, Pavarotti also was noted for his charity work benefiting refugees, the Red Cross and other causes. 

Cause of Death: Cancer. Age 72
While undertaking an international "farewell tour," Pavarotti was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in July 2006. The tenor fought back against the implications of this diagnosis, undergoing major abdominal surgery and making plans for the resumption and conclusion of his singing commitments. On September 6 2007, however, in an e-mail statement, his manager, Terri Robson, wrote, "The Maestro fought a long, tough battle against the pancreatic cancer which eventually took his life. In fitting with the approach that characterized his life and work, he remained positive until finally succumbing to the last stages of his illness."

According to several reports, before he died the singer had reconciled with the Roman Catholic Church and received the sacrament of the Anointing of the Sick before his death.

Pavarotti's remains were honored in Modena Cathedral. The Vienna State Opera and the Salzburg Festival Hall flew black flags in mourning. Tributes were published by many opera houses, such as London's Royal Opera House.

Pavarotti was survived by four daughters: three, Lorenza, Cristina and Giuliana with first wife Adua, to whom he was married for 34 years; and one, Alice, with second wife Nicoletta Mantovani. At the time of his death, he had one granddaughter.

Leona Helmsley

Leona HelmsleyLeona Helmsley (July 4, 1920 – August 20, 2007) was a billionaire New York City hotel operator and real estate investor. She was a flamboyant personality and had a reputation for tyrannical behavior that earned her the nickname "Queen of Mean." The image of Helmsley was sealed when a former housekeeper testified that she heard Helmsley say: "We don't pay taxes. Only the little people pay taxes." She was convicted of federal income tax evasion and other crimes in 1989 and served 19 months in prison (and two more months in house arrest), after receiving an initial sentence of 16 years.

Death

Leona Helmsley died from congestive heart failure, at the age of 87, on August 20, 2007, at her summer home in Greenwich, Connecticut Cardiovascular disease ran in her family, claiming the lives of her father, son and a sister. After a week at the Frank E. Campbell Funeral Chapel, she was entombed next to Harry Helmsley in a mausoleum constructed for $1.4 million and set on 3/4 acre in Sleepy Hollow Cemetery, Westchester County, New York.

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I grew up in the 80's. I probably heard Johnny Carson cracking jokes about Leona Helmsley about thousand times.

She was a great person in a way.  She started out as a secretary, then took over the industry.  I wish I was like that.

Then she made some bad decisions later in her life.

She must have been lonely, because she left 12 million dollars to her dog.

 

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