Claudia Alta "Lady Bird" Taylor Johnson (December 22, 1912 – July 11, 2007) was First Lady of the United States from 1963 to 1969, having been the wife of U.S. President Lyndon B. Johnson. Throughout her life, she was an advocate for beautification of the nation's cities and highways and conservation of natural resources. The former First Lady was an entrepreneur, creating the $150 million LBJ Holdings Company, and was a recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom and the Congressional Gold Medal, the highest civilian honors.
Cause of death: natural causes, Lady Bird Johnson was 94 years of at time of her death
Anne Elisabeth Jane "Liz" Claiborne (March 31, 1929 – June 26, 2007) was a Belgian-born American fashion designer and entrepreneur. Claiborne is best known for founding Liz Claiborne Inc. which in 1986 became the first company founded by a woman to make the Fortune 500
Death She had been advised in 1997 that she had a rare form of cancer affecting the lining of the abdomen. Liz Claiborne died on June 26, 2007 at the age of 78, following a long battle with the cancer. Liz Claiborne was 78 years old when she died.
In retirement, Claiborne and Ortenberg founded a foundation that distributed millions in funding to environmental causes including funding the television series Nature on PBS television and nature conservancy projects around the world.
Louis Allen Rawls (December 1, 1933 – January 6, 2006) was a Chicago-born American soul music, jazz, and blues singer. Known for his smooth vocal style, Frank Sinatra once said that Rawls had "the classiest singing and silkiest chops in the singing game." Rawls released more than 70 albums, sold more than 40 million records, appeared as an actor in motion pictures and on television, and voiced-over many cartoons. He had been called "The Funkiest Man Alive".
Death of Lou Rawls Rawls died on January 6, 2006 at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles from complications of the cancers. Lou Rawls was 74 years old at the time of his death.
Lou Rawls is well known for:
Phrase "Yeahhhh, buddy!"
Songs "Lady Love", "You'll Never Find Another Love Like Mine", "Love Is a Hurtin' Thing"
Les Brown, Sr. (March 14, 1912 – January 4, 2001) and the Band of Renown are a big band that began in the big band era of the late 1930s and now performs under the direction of his son Les Brown, Jr.
Death of Les Brown Les Brown's cause of death was not specified to public. Les Brown was 91 years old at the time of his death. Les Brown Sr. is interred in the Westwood Village Memorial Park Cemetery in Los Angeles, California.
Biography "Les Brown and the Band of Renown" brought Doris Day into prominence with their recording of "Sentimental Journey" in 1945. The release of "Sentimental Journey" coincided with the end of WWII in Europe and was the homecoming theme for many veterans. They had nine other number-one hit songs, including "I've Got My Love to Keep Me Warm."
Loretta Young (January 6, 1913 – August 12, 2000) was an Academy Award-winning American actress.
Early life She was born in Salt Lake City, Utah as Gretchen Young (she took the name Michaela at confirmation) she moved with her family to Hollywood when she was three years old. Loretta and her sisters Polly Ann Young and Elizabeth Jane Young (screen name Sally Blane) worked as child actresses, of whom Loretta was the most successful. Young's first role was at age 3 in the silent film The Primrose Ring. The movie's star Mae Murray so fell in love with little Gretchen that she wanted to adopt her. Although her mother declined, Gretchen was allowed to live with Murray for two years. Her half-sister Georgiana (daughter of her mother and stepfather George Belzer) eventually married actor Ricardo Montalban. During her high school years, she was educated at Ramona Convent Secondary School.
Death of Loretta young Loretta young died of ovarian cancer at the Santa Monica, California home of her half-sister, Georgiana Montalban, and was interred in the family plot in the Holy Cross Cemetery in Culver City, California. Loretta young was 87 years old at the time of her death
Young has two stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame — one for motion pictures, at 6104 Hollywood Blvd, and another for television, at 6141 Hollywood Blvd.
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Career She was billed as "Gretchen Young" in the 1917 film, Sirens of the Sea. It wasn't until 1928 that she was first billed as "Loretta Young", in The Whip Woman. That same year she co-starred with Lon Chaney in the MGM film Laugh, Clown, Laugh.The next year, she was anointed one of the WAMPAS Baby Stars.
In 1930, Young, then 17, eloped with 26-year-old actor Grant Withers and married him in Yuma, Arizona. The marriage was annulled the next year, just as their second movie together (ironically titled Too Young to Marry) was released.
Young made as many as seven or eight movies a year and won an Oscar in 1947 for her performance in The Farmer's Daughter. The same year she co-starred with Cary Grant and David Niven in The Bishop's Wife, a perennial favorite that still airs on television during the Christmas season and was later remade as The Preacher's Wife with Whitney Houston. In 1949, Young received another Academy Award nomination (for Come to the Stable) and in 1953 appeared in her last film, It Happens Every Thursday.
Moving to television, she hosted and starred in the well-received half hour anthology series The Loretta Young Show. Her "sweeping" trademark appearance at the beginning of each show was to appear dramatically in various high fashion evening gowns. She returned at the program's conclusion to restate to the viewer the moral of the story just seen. (Young's introductions and conclusions to her television shows, which were widely satirized at the time, are not rerun on television because she had it legally stipulated that they not be; the ever image-conscious Young didn't want to be seen in "outdated" wardrobe and hairstyles.) Her program ran in prime time on NBC for eight years, the longest-running prime time network program ever hosted by a woman up to that time.
The program, which earned her three Emmys, began with the premise that each drama was an answer to a question asked in her fan mail; the program's original title was Letter to Loretta. The title was changed to The Loretta Young Show during the first season, and the "letter" concept was dropped altogether at the end of the second season. At this time, Young's health required that there be a number of guest hosts and guest stars; her first appearance in the 1955-56 season was for the Christmas show. From this point on, Young appeared in only about half of each season's shows as an actress and merely functioned as the program host for the remainder. This program, minus Young's introductions and summarized conclusions, was rerun in daytime by NBC from 1960 to 1964 and also appeared, again without the introductions and conclusions, in syndication.
Affair with Clark Gable In 1935, Young had an affair with Clark Gable, who was married at the time, while on location for The Call of the Wild. During their relationship, Young became pregnant. Due to the moral codes placed on the film industry Young covered up her pregnancy in order to avoid damaging her career (as well as Gable's). Returning from a long "vacation" (during which she secretly gave birth to her daughter), Young announced that she had adopted the little girl. The child was raised as "Judy Lewis" after taking the name of Young's second husband, producer Tom Lewis. According to Lewis's autobiography Uncommon Knowledge, Lewis was made fun of because of the ears that she received from her father, Clark Gable. Over the years she had heard rumors and secretly knew that Clark Gable was her biological father, but it was not until 1958 when Judy's future husband Joseph Tinney told her that "everybody" knew the rumors that she really began to suspect. It was not until a few years later, after becoming a mother herself, that she finally got the nerve to ask her mother, who, after promptly vomiting, admitted to her that Clark Gable was her father and the she was "a mortal sin."
Marriages and relationships Married to actor Grant Withers from 1930-1931. Married producer Tom Lewis in 1940 and they divorced very bitterly in the mid 1960s. Lewis died in 1988. They had two sons, Peter (Peter Lewis of the legendary San Francisco rock band Moby Grape) and Christopher, a film director. Married fashion designer Jean Louis in 1993. Louis died in 1997. Involved in affairs with Spencer Tracy and Clark Gable; in 1935, she gave birth to Gable's daughter, who was known as Judy Lewis.
Later life Loretta Young was the godmother of actress Marlo Thomas, whose parents (her father was Danny Thomas), were, like Young, devout Roman Catholics. From the time of Young's retirement in the 1960s, until not long before her death, she devoted herself to volunteer work for charities and churches with her friend of many years, Jane Wyman. Young did, however, briefly come out of retirement to star in two television films, Christmas Eve (1986), and Lady in a Corner (1989). Young was the mother of Peter Lewis, guitarist and vocalist of seminal 60's San Francisco underground rock band Moby Grape.
Young died at 87 from ovarian cancer at the Santa Monica, California home of her half-sister, Georgiana Montalban, and was interred in the family plot in the Holy Cross Cemetery in Culver City, California.
Young has two stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame — one for motion pictures, at 6104 Hollywood Blvd, and another for television, at 6141 Hollywood Blvd.
The Primrose Ring
Sirens of the Sea
The Only Way
Child on the operating table
White and Unmarried
Naughty But Nice
Her Wild Oat
Bit by Ping Pong Table
The Whip Woman
Laugh, Clown, Laugh
The Magnificent Flirt
The Head Man
Seven Footprints to Satan
One of Satan's victims
The Girl in the Glass Cage
Patricia Mason Stratton
The Careless Age
The Forward Pass
The Show of Shows
Ann Harper Berry
The Man from Blankley's
Show Girl in Hollywood
Herself, Cameo Appearance at Premiere
The Second Floor Mystery
Road to Paradise
Mary Brennan/Margaret Waring
Warner Bros. Jubilee Dinner
The Truth About Youth
The Devil to Pay!
How I Play Golf, by Bobby Jones No. 8: 'The Brassie'
Lawrence Lavonne "Larry" Linville (September 29, 1939 – April 10, 2000) was an American actor. Larry Linville was born in Ojai, California, and is best known for his portrayal of obnoxious, self-important Major Frank Burns in the television series M*A*S*H.
Health and death A longtime smoker and drinker, Linville began to suffer in the late 1990s as his excesses began to catch up with him. In February 1998, he underwent surgery to remove part of his lung after doctors found a malignant tumor under his sternum. His health problems continued over the next two years. Linville died of pneumonia in New York City on April 10, 2000, after complications from cancer surgery. Linville died on fellow M*A*S*H actor Harry Morgan's 85th birthday.
Larry Linville was 60 years old at the time of his death
Lloyd Vernet Bridges, Jr. (January 15, 1913 - March 10, 1998) was an Emmy Award-nominated American actor. Bridges starred in popular television series, and appeared in more than 150 films.
Death of Lloyd Bridges Lloyd Bridges died of natura causes. Lloyd Bridges was 85 years old at the time of his death.
Lloyd Bridges appeared in more than 150 films. He started as a contract performer for Columbia Pictures, appearing in classics such as High Noon, Little Big Horn, and Sahara. By the end of his career, he was a staple of parody films such as Airplane!, Hot Shots!, and Jane Austen's Mafia!. He acted in the role of "The President" in the movie Hot Shots: Part 2.
Bridges made his Broadway debut in 1939 in a production of Shakespeare's Othello. He made a few film appearances before enlisting in the U.S. Coast Guard. Following World War II, he returned to film acting. He was blacklisted briefly in the 1950s after he admitted to the House Un-American Activities Committee that he had once been a member of the Actors' Lab, a group with links to the Communist Party. He resumed working after being cleared by the FBI, finding his greatest success in television.
Seinfeld. Izzy Mandelbaum - played by Lloyd Bridges
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Features Freshman Love (1936) Dancing Feet (1936) The Lone Wolf Takes a Chance (1941) They Dare Not Love (1941) The Medico of Painted Springs (1941) The Son of Davy Crockett (1941) Here Comes Mr. Jordan (1941) Our Wife (1941) Harmon of Michigan (1941) Two Latins from Manhattan (1941) You Belong to Me (1941) Three Girls About Town (1941) The Royal Mounted Patrol (1941) Sing for Your Supper (1941) Honolulu Lu (1941) Harvard, Here I Come! (1941) West of Tombstone (1942) Blondie Goes to College (1942) Cadets on Parade (1942) Shut My Big Mouth (1942) Canal Zone (1942) Tramp, Tramp, Tramp (1942) North of the Rockies (1942) Alias Boston Blackie (1942) The Wife Takes a Flyer (1942) Sweetheart of the Fleet (1942) Riders of the Northland (1942) Flight Lieutenant (1942) Atlantic Convoy (1942) The Talk of the Town (1942) A Man's World (1942) The Spirit of Stanford (1942) The Daring Young Man (1942) Boston Blackie Goes Hollywood (1942) Pardon My Gun (1942) Underground Agent (1942) Counter-Espionage (1942) (uncredited) (waiter) Commandos Strike at Dawn (1943) City Without Men (1943) One Dangerous Night (1943) Destroyer (1943) Passport to Suez (1943) Hail to the Rangers (1943) Sahara (1943) The Heat's On (1943) There's Something About a Soldier (1943) Crime Doctor's Strangest Case (1943) Once Upon a Time (1944) She's a Soldier Too (1944) Louisiana Hayride (1944) The Master Race (1944) Saddle Leather Law (1944) Secret Agent X-9 (1945) Strange Confession (1945) A Walk in the Sun (1945) Abilene Town (1946) Miss Susie Sagle's (1946) Canyon Passage (1946) Ramrod (1947) The Trouble with Women (1947) Thunderbolt (1947) Unconquered (1947) Secret Service Investigator (1948) 16 Fathoms Deep (1948) Moonrise (1948) Hideout (1949) Red Canyon (1949) Home of the Brave (1949) Calamity Jane and Sam Bass (1949) Trapped (1949) Colt .45 (1950) Rocketship X-M (1950) The White Tower (1950) The Sound of Fury (1950) Little Big Horn (1951) Three Steps North (1951) High Noon (1952) Plymouth Adventure (1952) Last of the Comanches (1953) The Tall Texan (1953) The Kid from Left Field (1953) City of Bad Men (1953) The Limping Man (1953) Pride of the Blue Grass (1954) The Deadly Game (1954) Wichita (1955) Apache Woman (1955) Wetbacks (1956) The Rainmaker (1956) Ride Out for Revenge (1957) The Goddess (1958) A Pair of Boots (1962) Around the World Under the Sea (1966) Daring Game (1968) Attack on the Iron Coast (1968) The Happy Ending (1969) Scuba (1972) (documentary) (narrator) To Find a Man (1972) Running Wild (1973) The Fifth Musketeer (1979) Bear Island (1979) Airplane! (1980) Airplane II: The Sequel (1982) The Thanksgiving Promise (1986) Weekend Warriors (1987) The Wild Pair (1987) with son Beau Bridges Tucker: The Man and His Dream (1988) Winter People (1989) Cousins (1989) Joe Versus the Volcano (1990) Hot Shots! (1991) Honey, I Blew Up the Kid (1992) Earth and the American Dream (1992) (documentary) (narrator) Mr. Bluesman (1993) Hot Shots! Part Deux (1993) Blown Away (1994) Jane Austen's Mafia! (1998) Meeting Daddy (2000) From Russia to Hollywood: The 100-Year Odyssey of Chekhov and Shdanoff (2002)
Short subjects The Great Glover (1942) They Stooge to Conga (1943) A Rookie's Cookie (1943) His Wedding Scare (1943) Mr. Whitney Had a Notion (1949) My Daddy Can Lick Your Daddy (1962) The World of Inner Space (1966) I Am Joe's Heart (1987) (voice)
Television work Sea Hunt (1957-1961) The Lloyd Bridges Show (1962-1963) The Eleventh Hour with son Beau, "Cannibal Plants, They Eat You Alive" as Leonard McCarty (1964) The Loner (1965-1966) Mission: Impossible (1966) (Fakeout:Anastas Poltroni) A Case of Libel (1968) Lost Flight (1969) Silent Night, Lonely Night (1969) The Silent Gun (1969) The Love War (1970) San Francisco International Airport (1970-1971) Do You Take This Stranger? (1971) A Tattered Web (1971) Deadly Dream (1971) Water World (1972-1975) (narrator) Haunts of the Very Rich (1972) Trouble Comes to Town (1973) Crime Club (1973) Death Race (1973) Benjamin Franklin (1974) (miniseries) The Whirlwind (1974) Stowaway to the Moon (1975) Cop on the Beat (1975) Joe Forrester (1975-1976) Force of Evil (1977) Roots (1977) (miniseries) Telethon (1977) Shimmering Light (1978) Battlestar Galactica (1978 TV series) (Commander Cain) Alice in Wonderland (1985 miniseries) (White Knight) Shining Time Station: 'Tis a Gift (PBS TV Special) (Mr. Nicholas) Leona Helmsley: The Queen of Mean (1990) (Harry Helmsley) In The Nick Of Time (1991 Christmas Movie) (Santa Claus) The Outer Limits – "The Sandkings" (March 26, 1995) Dress Gray (1986) (miniseries) Seinfeld (1997) (Izzy Mandelbaum)
Laurie Bird (September 26, 1953 – June 15, 1979) was an American actress and photographer. She appeared in just three films: Two-Lane Blacktop (1971), Cockfighter (1974), and a small role in Annie Hall (1977). Bird shot the cover photo for Art Garfunkel's Watermark album in 1978, and was the still photographer on Cockfighter.
Bird's mother died when she was three, and her father worked long hours, so she more or less raised herself. She was romantically involved with her Blacktop and Cockfighter director Monte Hellman, and later with Garfunkel for several years.
Bird committed suicide in Garfunkel's New York apartment.
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