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Marni Nixon, voice of classic movie songs, dies 86

Margaret Nixon McEathron (February 22, 1930 – July 24, 2016), better known as Marni Nixon, was an American soprano and playback singer for featured actresses in movie musicals. She is best known for dubbing the singing voices of the leading actresses in films, including The King and I, West Side Story and My Fair Lady.

Besides her voice work in films, Nixon's varied career included some film roles of her own, television, opera, concerts with major symphony orchestras around the world, musicals on stage throughout the United States, and recordings.

Nixon died on July 24, 2016, in New York from the effects of breast cancer, aged 86.

Marni Nixon (dubbing Deborah Kerr) and Chorus sing "Getting to Know You"

West Side Story - Tonight - Natalie Wood - Marni Nixon

Marni Nixon - Movie and TV Clips

Muhammad Ali, 'The Greatest,' dies 74

Muhammad Ali (Cassius Marcellus Clay, Jr., January 17, 1942 – June 3, 2016) was an American professional boxer, generally considered the greatest heavyweight in the history of the sport. Early in his career, Ali was known for being an inspiring, controversial and polarizing figure both inside and outside the boxing ring. He is one of the most recognized sports figures of the past 100 years, crowned "Sportsman of the Century" by Sports Illustrated and "Sports Personality of the Century" by the BBC. He also wrote several best-selling books about his career, including The Greatest: My Own Story and The Soul of a Butterfly.

Ali was diagnosed with Parkinson's syndrome in 1984, a disease that commonly results from head trauma from activities such as boxing.

Ali was hospitalized on June 2, 2016 with a respiratory condition. His condition was initially described as "fair". The following day, Ali's condition worsened, and he was placed on life support. His condition did not improve, and late on June 3, it was announced that Ali had died at the age of 74.

Merle Haggard, country music legend, dies 79

Merle Ronald Haggard (April 6, 1937 – April 6, 2016) was an American country music songwriter, singer, guitarist, fiddler, and instrumentalist. Along with Buck Owens, Haggard and his band the Strangers helped create the Bakersfield sound, which is characterized by the twang of Fender Telecaster and the unique mix with the traditional country steel guitar sound, new vocal harmony styles in which the words are minimal, and a rough edge not heard on the more polished Nashville sound recordings of the same era.

On December 5, 2015, Haggard was treated at an undisclosed hospital in California for pneumonia. He made a recovery, but postponed several concerts.

In March 2016, Haggard was once again hospitalized. His concerts for April were cancelled due to his ongoing double pneumonia. On April 6, 2016, his 79th birthday, he died of complications from pneumonia at his home in Palo Cedro, California.

Merle Haggard - Lonesome Fugitive & Sing Me Back Home

Merle Haggard - Mama Tried (Live)

Maurice White, Founder of Earth, Wind & Fire, Dies 74

*Maurice White was the bandleader and producer of most of the albums by Earth, Wind & Fire.

Maurice White (December 19, 1941 – February 3, 2016) was an American singer-songwriter, musician, record producer, arranger and bandleader. He was the founder of the band Earth, Wind & Fire. He was also the older brother of current Earth, Wind & Fire member Verdine White, and former member Fred White. Maurice served as the band's main songwriter and record producer, and was co-lead singer (along with Philip Bailey). White won seven Grammys, and was nominated for 21 Grammys in total.

White was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and the Vocal Group Hall of Fame as a member of Earth, Wind & Fire, and was also individually inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame. Also known by his nickname Reese, he worked with several famous recording artists including; Deniece Williams, The Emotions, Barbra Streisand and Neil Diamond.

White was diagnosed with Parkinson's disease in the late 1980s, which led him to eventually stop touring with Earth, Wind & Fire in 1994. However, White retained executive control of the band, and remained active in the music business.

Maurice White cause of death

White died in his sleep from the effects of Parkinson's disease at his home in Los Angeles, California on February 3, 2016 at the age of 74.

Earth, Wind & Fire - Boogie Wonderland.  Maurice White singing.

Maureen O'Hara, Hollywood's 'Queen Of Technicolor,' Dies 95

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Maureen O'Hara (born Maureen FitzSimons; 17 August 1920 – 24 October 2015) was an Irish-American film actress and singer. The famously red-headed O'Hara was known for playing fiercely passionate but sensible heroines, and often worked with director John Ford and longtime friend John Wayne. She was one of the last surviving stars from the Golden Age of Hollywood.


John Ford, casted her as Angharad in How Green Was My Valley (1941), which won the Academy Award for Best Picture. Later in the decade, she starred as Doris Walker and the mother of a young Natalie Wood in 20th Century Fox's Miracle on 34th Street (1947).

In 1946, she became a naturalised citizen of the United States and held dual citizenship with the US and her native Ireland. An icon of Hollywood's Golden Age, at the height of her career O'Hara was considered one of the world's most beautiful women. She is often remembered for her onscreen chemistry with John Wayne. They made five films together between 1948 and 1972: Rio Grande, The Quiet Man, The Wings of Eagles, McLintock! and Big Jake.

In addition to her acting skills, O'Hara had a soprano voice and described singing as her first love.

Maureen O'Hara cause of death

Maureen O'Hara died in her sleep at her home in Idaho.  She was 95 years old at the time of her death.

*Inducted to the Walk of Fame on February 8, 1960

Maureen O'Hara - 90th Birthday Tribute

Martin Milner, 'Adam-12' & 'Route 66' Star, dies 83

Martin Sam Milner (December 28, 1931 – September 6, 2015) was an American film, stage, radio and television actor. Milner is best known for his performances in two popular television series: Route 66, which aired on CBS from 1960 to 1964, and Adam-12, which aired on NBC from 1968 to 1975.

After Adam-12 Martin Milner starred as Karl Robinson in a television series version of The Swiss Family Robinson (1975–1976), produced by Irwin Allen. Most of his following work was as a television guest star, most notably in action-adventure series MacGyver (as James MacGyver, MacGyver's father), Airwolf, Life Goes On , Murder, She Wrote and RoboCop: The Series. In 1983, Milner hosted a morning radio wake-up show on AM 600 KOGO, San Diego.

Milner also has the distinction of having portrayed the victim in the premiere episode of Columbo titled "Murder by the Book".

Martin Milner cause of Death

On September 6, 2015, Milner died of heart failure at his home in Carlsbad, California, at the age of 83.  His memorial service was held by Law Enforcement and community members in Oceanside, California six days later.

Martin Milner on left


Melody Patterson, Wrangler Jane on 'F Troop,' Dies 66

Melody Patterson (April 16, 1949 – August 20, 2015) was an American actress known for her role as Wrangler Jane in the 1960s television series F Troop. She was 16 years old when she first appeared on the show. After the 1967 cancellation of F Troop, Patterson worked in television, radio, and the theater and entertained troops in Vietnam.

Melody Patterson cause of death

Patterson died in a nursing home in Hollister, Missouri on August 20, 2015, at the age of 66. Multiple organ failure was the reported cause.


Mike Nichols, Oscar-winning director of 'The Graduate,' dies 83

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He was married to former ABC World News anchor Diane Sawyer on April 29, 1988 (until his death)

Mike Nichols (born Mikhail Igor Peschkowsky; November 6, 1931 – November 19, 2014) was a German-born American film and theatre director, producer, actor and comedian. He began his career in the 1950s with the improv troupe The Compass Players, predecessor of the Second City in Chicago and as one half of the comedy duo Nichols and May, along with Elaine May. May was also in the Compass. In 1968 he won the Academy Award for Best Director for the film The Graduate. His other films include Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, Catch-22, Carnal Knowledge, Silkwood, Working Girl, The Birdcage, Closer, Charlie Wilson's War (his final picture), and the TV mini-series Angels in America. He also staged the original theatrical productions of The Apple Tree, Barefoot in the Park, Luv, The Odd Couple and Spamalot.

Nichols was one of a small group of people who have won an Emmy, Grammy, Oscar, and Tony Award. His other honors included the Lincoln Center Gala Tribute in 1999, the National Medal of Arts in 2001, the Kennedy Center Honors in 2003 and the AFI Life Achievement Award in 2010. His films garnered a total of 42 Oscar nominations and seven awards.

Mike Nichols cause of death

Nichols died of a heart attack on November 19, 2014, at his apartment in Manhattan.  Mike Nichols was 83 years old at the time of his death.

Meshach Taylor, Actor,'Designing Women', 'Mannequin' Dies 67

Meshach Taylor (April 11, 1947 – June 28, 2014) was an American actor. He is best known for his Emmy-nominated turn as Anthony Bouvier on the CBS hit sitcom Designing Women (1986–93), and for his portrayal of Hollywood Montrose, a flamboyant window dresser in the box office hit and cult classic romantic comedy film Mannequin. He played Sheldon Baylor on the CBS sitcom Dave's World (1993–97), appeared as Tony on the short-lived NBC sitcom Buffalo Bill opposite Dabney Coleman, and appeared as the recurring character Alastair Wright, the social studies teacher and later school principal, on Nickelodeon's sitcom, Ned's Declassified School Survival Guide.

Taylor's movie roles included a flamboyant window dresser in the 1987 comedy-romance Mannequin as well as Damien: Omen II.

Taylor died from colorectal canceron at his home in Altadena, California.  Taylor is survived by his wife Bianca Ferguson Taylor, his daughters Tamar Lashae, Yasmine Taylor, Esme Taylor, his son Tariq Taylor, his mother Hertha Ward Taylor, his sister Judith Taylor, his brother Hussain Taylor and his four grandchildren.

Designing Women Season 3 Episode 3 "E. P. Phone Home" 1/3

Mannequin 1987

Mickey Rooney, Legendary Hollywood Star, Dies 93


Mickey Rooney (born Joseph Yule, Jr.; September 23, 1920 – April 6, 2014) was an American film actor and entertainer whose film, television, and stage appearances spanned nearly his entire lifetime.

He received multiple awards, including a Juvenile Academy Award, an Honorary Academy Award, two Golden Globes and an Emmy Award. Working as a performer since he was a child, he was a superstar as a teenager for the films in which he played Andy Hardy, and he had one of the longest careers of any actor, spanning 92 years actively making films in ten decades, from the 1920s to the 2010s. For a younger generation of fans, he gained international fame for his leading role as Henry Dailey in The Family Channel's The Adventures of the Black Stallion.

Upon his death in April 2014, along with Jean Darling, Carla Laemmle, and Baby Peggy, Rooney was one of the last surviving stars who worked in the silent film era. He was also the last surviving cast member of several films in which he appeared during the 1930s and 1940s.

Mickey Rooney Cause of death

Rooney died of natural causes, surrounded by his family at his home in North Hollywood, Los Angeles, California on April 6, 2014. Mickey Rooney was 93 years old at the time of his death.


  • Ava Gardner (m. 1942–1943)
  • B.J. Baker (m. 1944–1948)
  • Martha Vickers (m. 1949–1951)
  • Elaine Devry (m. 1952–1958)
  • Carolyn Mitchell (m. 1958–1966)
  • Marge Lane (m. 1966–1967)
  • Carolyn Hockett (m. 1969–1975)
  • Jan Chamberlin (m. 1978–2014)

Marc Platt, '7 Brides for 7 Brothers', 'Oklahoma!, Dies 100

Marcel Emile Gaston LePlat (December 2, 1913 – March 29, 2014), known professionally as Marc Platt, was an American ballet dancer, musical theatre performer, and actor. He was best known for his portrayal of Daniel Pontipee, one of the seven brothers in the film Seven Brides for Seven Brothers.

Platt danced the role of Chalmers/Dream Curly in the original 1943 Broadway production of Oklahoma!.

Platt appeared in the 1955 film version of Oklahoma! in a dancing / speaking role as one of Curly's cowboy friends. He is the cowboy friend who buys Curly's saddle for $10 at the auction - and who also comments that, the previous year, Ado Annie's sweet potato pie gave him a 'three day bellyache' (Marc Platt is credited in the cast list of the film as a dancer). After he stopped dancing, Platt ran the Radio City Music Hall Ballet for several years, then transitioned to full-time teaching. In 2000, Platt was presented with the Nijinsky Award at the Ballets Russes Reunion. He appeared in the 2005 documentary Ballets Russes.

Marcel LePlat cause of death

Marcel Platt died of pneumonia at a hospice in San Rafael, California on March 29, 2014. Marcel LePlat was 100 years old at the time of his death.

Barn Raising Dance - Seven Brides for Seven Brothers

Marc Platt (Dan) in purple shirt

Mitch Leigh, Mitch Leigh, Composer, ‘Man of La Mancha’, Dies 86

Mitch Leigh (born Irwin Michnick; January 30, 1928 – March 16, 2014) was an American musical theatre composer and theatrical producer best known for the musical Man of La Mancha.

He also composed the jingle: "Nobody Doesn't Like Sara Lee". He established Music Makers, Inc., in 1957 as a radio and television commercial production house and is its creative director.

Leigh won a Tony Award for composing the music for Man Of La Mancha. He was also nominated for a Tony Award as the director of the revival of The King and I.

He received the Contemporary Classics Award from the Songwriter’s Hall of Fame for "The Impossible Dream."

The Impossible Dream-Man of La Mancha

Marcia Wallace, 'Simpsons' star, dies 70

1992 Outstanding Voice-Over Performance

marciaMarcia Karen Wallace (November 1, 1942 – October 25, 2013) was an American character actress, comedienne and game show panelist, primarily known for her roles in television situation comedies. She is perhaps best known for her roles as receptionist Carol Kester on the 1970s sitcom The Bob Newhart Show, and as the voice of elementary school teacher Edna Krabappel on the animated series The Simpsons, for which she won an Emmy for Outstanding Voice-Over Performance in 1992.

Marcia Wallace cause of death

On October 25, 2013 Wallace died due to complications from breast cancer. Staff on The Simpsons had reportedly been aware of her illness.


Edna Krabappel is a fictional character from the animated TV series The Simpsons, who was voiced by Marcia Wallace until her death on October 25, 2013. She is the teacher of Bart Simpson's 4th grade class at Springfield Elementary School, and Ned Flanders's wife in later seasons. Krabappel was the only character Wallace voiced on a regular basis. The show's producers intend to retire the character following Wallace's death.


Marilyn King, Last of Singing Sisters’ Group, Dies at 82

The King Sisters were an American big band-era vocal quartet

Marilyn King died on August 7, 2013, aged 82, from cancer, in California surrounded by her loving children.

The King Sisters Everybody Loves Somebody Sometime King Family Special 1964

"Route 66" by the Four King Sisters

* I may be wrong, but Marilyn King is the shortest person.

Michael Ansara, Star Trek Actor, Dies 91

Hollywood Walk of Fame

MichaelMichael Ansara and actress Barbara Eden was married between 1958–1974 and had one son together, actor Matthew Ansara, who died on June 25, 2001, of a heroin overdose.

Michael George Ansara (April 15, 1922 – July 31, 2013) was a Syrian-born American stage, screen, and voice actor best known for his portrayal of Cochise in the American television series Broken Arrow, Kane in the 1979–1981 series Buck Rogers in the 25th Century, Commander Kang on three different Star Trek television series, Deputy U.S. Marshal Sam Buckhart on the NBC series, Law of the Plainsman, and providing the voice for Mr. Freeze in Batman: The Animated Series and several of its spin-offs.

Michael Ansara was inducted to the Walk of Fame on February 8, 1960 with 1 star.

Michael Ansara cause of death

Ansara died after a long illness at his home in Calabasas on July 31, 2013.

 "Broken Arrow", starring Michael Ansara as "Cochise".

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