Jean Shepherd – narrator of “A Christmas Story”, Writer, Actor

Voice of A Christmas StoryJean Parker Shepherd (July 26, 1921 – October 16, 1999) was an American raconteur, radio and TV personality, writer and actor who was often referred to by the nickname Shep.

With a career that spanned decades, Shepherd is best-known to modern audiences for narrating the film A Christmas Story (1983), which he co-wrote, based on his own semi-autobiographical stories.

Death of Jean Shepherd
Jean Shepherd died on Sanibel Island in 1999 of "natural causes." at Lee Memorial Hospital near his home on Sanibel Island, Fla. Jean Shepherd was 78 years old at the time of his death.

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Jean Shepherd – "Ollie Hopnoodle’s Haven of Bliss"

Early life
Born on the south side of Chicago, Illinois, Shepherd was raised in Hammond, Indiana, where he graduated from Hammond High School in 1939. As a youth he worked briefly as a mail carrier in a steel mill and earned his Amateur radio license when he was 16. He later attended several universities.

During World War II, he served in the U.S. Army Signal Corps. Shepherd then had an extensive career in a variety of media:

Filmography
America, Inc. NET Playhouse (1970) (TV)
Jean Shepherd’s America (1971) (TV)
The Phantom of the Open Hearth (1976) (TV)
The Great American Fourth of July and Other Disasters (1982) (TV)
The Star-Crossed Romance of Josephine Cosnowski (1983) (TV)
A Christmas Story (1983)
The Great American Road-Racing Festival (1985) (TV)
Ollie Hopnoodle’s Haven of Bliss (1988) (TV)
My Summer Story (aka It Runs in the Family) (1994)

Radio career
Shepherd began his broadcast radio career on WSAI-AM in Cincinnati, Ohio in 1948. From 1951 to 1953 he had a late-night broadcast on KYW-AM in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, after which he returned to Cincinnati for a show on WLW. After a stint on television (see below), he returned to radio. "Shep," as he was known, settled in at WOR radio New York City, New York on an overnight slot in 1956, where he delighted his fans by telling stories, reading poetry (especially the works of Robert W. Service), and organizing comedic listener stunts. The most famous of the last involved creating a hoax about a non-existent book, I, Libertine, by the equally non-existent author "Frederick R. Ewing", in 1956. Later co-written by Shepherd, Theodore Sturgeon and Betty Ballantine, this Ballantine Book is now a collector’s item. Among his close friends in the late 1950s were Shel Silverstein and Herb Gardner. With them and actress Lois Nettleton, Shepherd performed in the revue he created, Look, Charlie. Later he was married to Nettleton for about six years.

Print
Shepherd wrote a series of humorous short stories about growing up in northwest Indiana and its steel towns, many of which were first told by him on his programs and then published in "Playboy." The stories were later assembled into books titled "In God We Trust, All Others Pay Cash," "Wanda Hickey’s Night of Golden Memories," and "A Fistful of Fig Newtons." Some of those situations were incorporated into his movies and television fictional stories. He also wrote a column for the early "Village Voice," a column for "Car and Driver" and numerous individual articles for diverse publications, including "Mad Magazine."

Television and films
Early in his career, Shepherd had a television program in Cincinnati called "Rear Bumper." Reportedly he was eventually recommended to replace the resigning Steve Allen on NBC’s "The Tonight Show." NBC executives sent Shepherd to New York City to prepare for the position, but they were contractually bound to first offer it to Jack Paar. The network was certain Paar would hold out for a role in prime time, but he accepted the late-night assignment. However, he did not assume the position permanently until Shepherd and Ernest Kovacs had co-hosted the show.

In the early 1960s he did a weekly television show on WOR in New York. Between 1971 and 1994, Shepherd became a screenwriter of note, writing and producing numerous works for both television and cinema. He was the writer and narrator for the show "Jean Shepherd’s America," produced by Boston Public Television station WGBH in which he told his famous narratives, visited unusual locales, and interviewed local people of interest. He used a similar format for the New Jersey Network TV show "Shepherd’s Pie." On many of the Public TV shows he wrote, directed and edited entire shows.

He also wrote and narrated many works, the most famous being the feature film "A Christmas Story," which is now considered a holiday classic. In the film, Shepherd provides the voice of the adult Ralph Parker. (This narrative style was later appropriated, without acknowledgment, in the popular television sitcom "The Wonder Years.") He also has a cameo role playing a man overseeing the line at the department store waiting for Santa Claus. Much to Ralphie’s chagrin, he points out to him that the end of the line is much further away.

A 1994 movie sequel, "My Summer Story," was narrated by Shepherd but featured an almost entirely different cast from the previous film. The PBS series "American Playhouse" aired a series of television movies based on Shepherd stories, also featuring the Parker family. These included "Ollie Hopnoodle’s Haven of Bliss," "The Great American Fourth of July and Other Disasters," and "The Phantom of the Open Hearth."

Live performances and recordings
Shepherd also performed for several years at The Limelight Cafe in New York City’s Greenwich Village, and at many colleges nationwide. His live shows were a perennial favorite at Rutgers and Fairleigh Dickinson Universities. He performed at Princeton University annually for 30 years, until 1996. The Limelight shows were broadcast live on WOR radio.

He also performed before sold-out audiences at Carnegie Hall and Town Hall. He was also emcee for several important jazz concerts in the late 1950s. Shepherd improvised spoken word lyrics for the title track on jazz great Charles Mingus’s 1957 album The Clown. Eight record albums of live and studio performances of Shepherd were released between 1955 and 1975. Shepherd also recorded the opening narration and the voice of the Audio-Animatronics "Father" character for the updated Carousel of Progress attraction at Walt Disney World Magic Kingdom.

Music
Many of his broadcasts were accompanied by novelty songs such as "The Bear Missed the Train" (a parody of the Yiddish ballad "Bei Mir Bist Du Schoen") and "The Sheik of Araby", or by Shepherd himself, playing the Jew’s harp, nose flute and kazoo.

On radio as well as on his WOR-TV show, he frequently used his own head as a musical instrument, knocking the top of his skull with his knuckles while changing the size of his open mouth to produce different notes. Shep facetiously claimed that his "Head Thumping" (as he called it) spanned about an octave.

Ham Radio
Jean held the Ham Radio call K2ORS. He was very active on ham radio until his death. Jean is also credited as the voice for the ARRL’s tape series ‘Tune in the world with Ham Radio’. This series of tapes helped many young people become ham radio operators.

John F. Kennedy, Jr – Biography, Cause of Death

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John F Kennedy JrJohn Fitzgerald Kennedy, Jr. (November 25, 1960 – July 16, 1999), often referred to as John F. Kennedy, Jr., JFK Jr., John Jr. or John-John, was an American lawyer, journalist, socialite and publisher. He was the son of President John F. Kennedy and Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, and the younger brother of Caroline Kennedy (as well as of the deceased Arabella Kennedy and older brother of the deceased Patrick Bouvier Kennedy).

Early life
Born 17 days after his father was elected to the presidency, John F. Kennedy, Jr., was in the public spotlight from infancy. He had lived for most of the first three years of his life in the White House and under the eye of the media who adored his antics. The nickname "John-John" came from a reporter mishearing his father calling him ("John" spoken twice in quick succession), and the name stuck. His father was assassinated on November 22, 1963, three days before Kennedy, Jr.’s third birthday.

The funeral procession actually took place on his birthday, November 25, 1963. While his father’s flag-draped casket was being carried out from St. Matthew’s Cathedral, young JFK, Jr. stepped forward, and in one of the most heartbreaking and iconic images of the 1960s gave his father a final salute.

John, Jr. grew up primarily on the Upper East Side of Manhattan in New York City. Even as a boy, he was often photographed and still referred to publicly as "John-John", although Kennedy family members themselves did not use the nickname. After his father’s death, his mother was married to Greek shipping tycoon Aristotle Onassis from 1968 until the latter’s death in 1975, when John was 14 years old.

Education
John F Kennedy JrJohn F. Kennedy, Jr. attended The Collegiate School in New York City for the first through tenth grades, and later graduated from the Phillips Academy. Despite a less-than-average academic record, John F. Kennedy, Jr. was accepted into Harvard University, where his father and sister graduated; however, John Jr. turned down the offer, wanting to avoid that degree of special treatment, especially because it would have been regarded as undeserved by the public and his peers. Subsequently, Kennedy matriculated at Brown University, graduating in 1983 with a bachelor’s degree in history. At Brown, Kennedy was a member of the Phi Kappa Psi Fraternity. In 1989, he earned a J.D. degree from the New York University School of Law. He failed the New York bar exam twice before passing on the third try.

Career
He spoke at the 1988 Democratic National Convention in Atlanta. He was an assistant district attorney in Manhattan from 1989 to 1993. In 1995, he founded George, a glossy politics-as-lifestyle monthly which sometimes took editorial aim even at members of his own family. The magazine ceased publication shortly after Kennedy’s death.

Marriage
Through the 1980s until his death, Kennedy was an often-seen and much-photographed personality in Manhattan. He married Carolyn Bessette on September 21, 1996 on Cumberland Island in Georgia, and had dated Madonna, Sarah Jessica Parker, Cindy Crawford and Daryl Hannah prior to his marriage.

Death
On July 16, 1999, at the age of 38, John F. Kennedy Jr. was killed along with his wife and his sister-in-law, Lauren Bessette, when the aircraft he was piloting, N9253N, a Piper Saratoga II HP, crashed on a hazy night into the Atlantic Ocean en route from Essex County Airport in Fairfield Township, Essex County, New Jersey, to Martha’s Vineyard, where the Kennedy family has a vacation house. Kennedy and his wife were traveling to the wedding of cousin Rory Kennedy, which was then postponed. Lauren was to have been dropped off at Martha’s Vineyard.

John F. Kennedy Jr.Kennedy was a relatively inexperienced pilot, with 310 hours of flight experience, including 55 hours of night flying and 36 hours in the high-performance Piper Saratoga, but some conspiracy style doubts exist over pilot error being the cause of the crash. He had completed about half of an instrument training course, but was not yet rated for flying in low-visibility conditions. The National Transportation Safety Board investigation found no evidence of mechanical malfunction and determined that the probable cause was "the pilot’s failure to maintain control of the airplane during a descent over water at night, which was a result of spatial disorientation. Factors in the accident were haze, and the dark night." The report noted that spatial disorientation as a result of continued VFR flight into adverse weather conditions is a common cause of fatal airplane accidents. (To prevent spatial disorientation, instrument-training courses use a mask that allows the pilot to see only the instruments and not the sky.) According to literature found in most FAA-approved flight training books, a pilot’s inability to see the horizon leads to spatial disorientation. The inner ear may give the pilot the impression that the plane is turning when it isn’t. It takes many hours of instrument training for a pilot to be able to fly in IFR conditions, conditions that most likely existed when Kennedy was flying on his route to Martha’s Vineyard. Over the water at night there are few lights, and those lights that existed were most likely obscured by the haze, resulting in the boundary between sky and water on the horizon becoming difficult to determine.

Kyle Bailey, 25 and a pilot believed to have been the last person to see Kennedy alive at Essex County Airport, subsequently stated that he had cancelled his own flight to Martha’s Vineyard because the enroute weather was "a little too hazy." It also emerged that while Kennedy had flown from Essex County Airport to the Vineyard several times before, he had never done it without an instructor pilot aboard or at night — factors which can make a night flight challenging, especially for a relatively inexperienced, non-instrument-rated pilot.

During the memorial service on July 23, 1999, Kennedy’s uncle, Massachusetts Democratic Senator Ted Kennedy, said that, "We dared to think that this John Kennedy would live to comb grey hair, with his beloved Carolyn by his side. But, like his father, he had every gift but length of years." And of his nephew’s marriage, he invoked what had been said of his brother’s Presidency: both lasted 1,000 days. Then U.S. President Bill Clinton attended the service and ordered that the flag at the White House be lowered to half-staff in honor of John F. Kennedy, Jr.

At President Clinton’s orders, warships of the United States Navy earlier assisted in the search for the downed plane. With the permission of Secretary of Defense William Cohen, a memorial service for the three victims was held aboard the Navy ship USS Briscoe. The cremated remains of Kennedy, his wife and sister-in-law were then scattered from the ship off the coast of Martha’s Vineyard. A wrongful death lawsuit by the Bessette family against the Kennedy estate concluded with an out of court settlement. This avoided the publicity of a public trial, as the accident was ultimately caused by pilot error.

 

John F. Kennedy, Jr.

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John F Kennedy JrJohn Fitzgerald Kennedy, Jr. (November 25, 1960 – July 16, 1999), often referred to as John F. Kennedy, Jr., JFK Jr., John Jr. or John-John, was an American lawyer, journalist, socialite and publisher. He was the son of President John F. Kennedy and Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, and the younger brother of Caroline Kennedy (as well as of the deceased Arabella Kennedy and older brother of the deceased Patrick Bouvier Kennedy).

John F. Kennedy’s Cause of Death:
On July 16, 1999, at the age of 38, John F. Kennedy Jr. was killed along with his wife and his sister-in-law, Lauren Bessette, when the aircraft he was piloting, N9253N, a Piper Saratoga II HP, crashed on a hazy night into the Atlantic Ocean en route from Essex County Airport in Fairfield Township, Essex County, New Jersey, to Martha’s Vineyard, where the Kennedy family has a vacation house. Kennedy and his wife were traveling to the wedding of cousin Rory Kennedy, which was then postponed. Lauren was to have been dropped off at Martha’s Vineyard.

Lloyd Bridges, movie giant dies 85 – natural causes

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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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Filmography

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)

Prncess Diana (Frances) – August 31, 1997

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Princess DianaDiana, Princess of Wales (Diana Frances July 1, 1961 – August 31, 1997) was the first wife of Charles, Prince of Wales. Their sons, Princes William and Henry (Harry), are second and third in line to the thrones of the United Kingdom and fifteen other Commonwealth Realms.

Death of Princess Diana
On 31 August 1997, Diana died after a high speed car accident in the Pont d’Alma road tunnel in Paris along with Dodi Al-Fayed and the acting security manager of the Hôtel Ritz Paris, Henri Paul, who was instructed to drive the hired Mercedes-Benz through Paris secretly eluding the paparazzi. Their black 1994 Mercedes-Benz S280 (registration no. 688 LTV 75) crashed into the thirteenth pillar of the tunnel. The two-lane tunnel was built without metal barriers between the pillars, so a slight change in vehicle direction could easily result in a head-on collision with a tunnel pillar. None of the four occupants wore seatbelts.

River Phoenix dies 23 years old

River Phoenix DeathRiver Jude Phoenix (August 23, 1970 – October 31, 1993) was an American film actor. He was listed on John Willis’s Screen World, Vol. 38 as one of twelve "promising new actors of 1986", and was hailed as highly talented by such critics as Roger Ebert and Gene Siskel. He was the older brother of actors Joaquin Phoenix and Summer Phoenix.

River Phoenix’s Cause of Death
On October 31, 1993, Phoenix collapsed from a drug overdose of heroin and cocaine (known as a speedball) outside the Viper Room, a Hollywood night club partially owned by actor Johnny Depp until 2004. On the night of Phoenix’s death, River was to perform onstage with Flea from the Red Hot Chili Peppers. At some point in the evening Phoenix went to the bathroom to take drugs with various friends and dealers. It is reported that an acquaintance offered him some Persian Brown (a powerful form of methamphetamine mixed with opiates, which is then snorted) and soon after consuming the drug he became ill. Upon leaving The Viper Room, he collapsed onto the sidewalk and began convulsing for eight minutes. His brother Joaquin, sister Rain and actress Samantha Mathis were at the scene. Joaquin dialed 911; during the call Joaquin was unable to determine whether River was breathing. River had, in fact, already stopped breathing. Paramedics arrived on the scene and found Phoenix in asystole (flatline), when they administered drugs in an attempt to restart his heart. He was rushed to the Cedars-Sinai Medical Center via an ambulance. Further attempts to resuscitate Phoenix (including the insertion of a pacemaker) were unsuccessful. He was pronounced dead at 1:51 a.m. PST on the morning of October 31, 1993.

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Elis Regina, one of the most important singers in Brazil, 36

Elis Regina (March 17, 1945 – January 19, 1982) was a singer of Brazilian popular music. She is considered one of the most important Brazilian singers of her time by many critics.  She had recorded dozens of top-selling records in her career.

In the late 1960s and early 1970s, along with Gal Costa, Caetano Veloso and Gilberto Gil, Elis Regina helped to popularize the work of the tropicalismo (Tropicália) movement, recording songs by musicians such as Gilberto Gil. Her 1974 collaboration with Antonio Carlos Jobim, Elis & Tom, is often cited as one of the greatest bossa nova albums of all time, which also includes what many consider the all-time best Brazilian song, "Águas de Março". She also recorded songs by Milton Nascimento, João Bosco, Aldir Blanc, Chico Buarque,Guinga, Jorge Ben, Baden Powell, Caetano Veloso and Rita Lee. She possessed an exciting voice and superb pronunciation and intonation, and excelled at up-tempo numbers and ballads under the banner of Brazilian Popular Music (Música Popular Brasileira). Her nicknames were "furacão" ("hurricane") and "pimentinha" ("little pepper").

Death of Elis Regina
Elis Regina died at the age of 36 in 1982, from a cocaine overdose.

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Elis Regina –  Aquarela Do Brasil

Laurie Bird (25)- Female version of James Dean

Laurie Bird ActressLaurie 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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