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Apr 8 2014 Mickey Rooney Dead at 93

LOS ANGELES - Actor Mickey Rooney, who became the United States’ biggest movie star while a brash teenager in the 1930s and later a versatile character actor in a career that spanned 10 decades, died on Sunday of natural causes, Los Angeles authorities said. He was 93.
Rooney, who developed a reputation as a hard-partying, off-screen […]


Feb 13 2014 Sid Caesar Dead At 91

NEW YORK - Pioneering U.S. television comedian Sid Caesar, who set the standard for TV comedy in the early 1950s, has died at 91.
The New York born-Caesar began his career as a big band saxophonist before moving into nightclubs and the Broadway stage.
He started his television career in 1949 when he partnered with the late […]


Feb 11 2014 Actress Shirley Temple Dies At 85

LOS ANGELES - Shirley Temple Black, who lifted America’s spirits as a bright-eyed, dimpled child movie star during the Great Depression and later became a U.S. diplomat, died late on Monday evening at the age of 85, a family spokeswoman said in a statement.
Temple Black, who lured millions to the movies in the 1930s during […]


Feb 3 2014 Philip Seymour Hoffman Dead At 46

NEW YORK - Academy Award winning actor Philip Seymour Hoffman was found dead Sunday in his New York apartment of a suspected drug overdose. He was 46 years old.
Police say they went to the actor’s home in Manhattan’s Greenwich Village after receiving a call from one of his friends. The Associated Press and The New […]


Sep 11 2011 Cliff Robertson Dead At 88

NEW YORK - American movie actor Cliff Robertson, who won an Academy Award for his portrayal of a mentally disabled janitor in the 1968 movie Charly, died Saturday, a day after his 88th birthday.
Robertson’s long career began in the mid-1950s and continued into the 21st century.  His later roles included kindly Uncle Ben in the […]


Jun 25 2011 Peter Falk Dead At 83

LOS ANGELES - Actor Peter Falk has died at the age of 83.
Falk is best known for his portrayal of the rumpled, seemingly slow-witted television detective Columbo, a role that earned him four Emmy awards.
One of Lieutenant Columbo’s trademarks was an ever-present, wrinkled raincoat that was plucked from Falk’s personal closet.
In 2006 Falk wrote a […]


May 25 2011 Oprah Winfrey Hosts Final Show

CHICAGO - U.S. television star Oprah Winfrey, 57, has ended her quarter-century-long talk show, tearing up as she told her millions of worldwide viewers that they and the program have been “the great love” of her life.
Earlier in the week, in the lead-up to the finale, Winfrey brought in top Hollywood celebrities to share the […]


May 10 2010 Lena Horn Dead At 92

NEW YORK - Legendary American singer and actress Lena Horne has died.  She was 92.
She began her career at 16, joining the chorus of the Cotton Club, the famed Harlem nightclub where blacks performed before white audiences.
She became a favorite singer in clubs from the 1940s through the 1960s, comfortable in a wide musical range. […]


Jan 8 2010 Elvis Presley Honored On His 75th Birthday

MEMPHIS - From his birthplace in the southern U.S. city of Tupelo, Mississippi to Sydney, Australia, fans of legendary music star Elvis Presley are honoring him on what would have been his 75th birthday.
Presley’s former wife, Priscilla, and daughter, Lisa Marie, were presiding at a special ceremony at Graceland, the singer’s Memphis, Tennessee mansion. The […]


Dec 28 2009 Percy Sutton Dies At 89

NEW YORK  - African-American lawyer and politician Percy Sutton has died at age 89.
Sutton was born the son of an ex-slave in Texas and went on to become one of New York City’s most powerful voices.
As a young man, Sutton hid on a passenger train to make his way to New York. He became a […]


Dec 22 2009 Michael Jackson Secret Files Released By FBI

WASHINGTON - More than 300 previously classified pages include investigation of man who threatened to kill pop star but no new information revealed about his death
The U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation has released previously classified files related to pop star Michael Jackson, who died earlier this year.
The more than 300 pages from FBI files describe […]


Nov 11 2009 Norman Rockwell Captured Small Town America

STOCKBRIDGE - For a man identified so closely with small-town America, Norman Rockwell spent much of his life living in or near America’s biggest city. He was born in New York City in 1894, and did not move to a small town - Arlington, Vermont — until he was well into his forties. He spent […]


Oct 23 2009 Soupy Sales Dies At 83

NEW YORK - Popular U.S. television comedian Soupy Sales has died.  He was 83 years old.
Sales died Thursday at a hospice in New York City.  He suffered from a number of health problems.
The U.S. comedy icon was wildly popular in the 1950s and 1960s.  He is best remembered for his pie-in-the-face acts, with thousands of […]


Sep 19 2009 Remembering Mary Travers

WASHINGTON - Mary Travers, the glamorous blond who sang into the middle microphone with folk trio Peter, Paul and Mary, died September 16 at 72 after a long battle with leukemia.  
Born in 1936, Mary Travers was two years old when her parents moved the family from Kentucky to Greenwich Village in New York City. […]


Sep 15 2009 Patrick Swayze Dies At 57

LOS ANGELES - Patrick Swayze was born in Houston. His mother, choreographer Patsy Swayze, owned a dance studio and Patrick became a dancer himself, moving on to advanced training in ballet in New York City.
He played in the original production of Grease on Broadway, and broke into films in 1979.  
Swayze had a role in The […]


Sep 3 2009 Rest In Peace Michael Jackson

LOS ANGELES - Pop star Michael Jackson will be laid to rest Thursday at a Los Angeles-area cemetery well known as the final resting place for scores of celebrities.
Jackson’s gold-plated coffin will be placed in a mausoleum at the Forest Lawn Memorial Park during a private evening service (7:00 pm local time, 0200 universal).  He […]


Aug 29 2009 Michael Jackson Death Ruled As Homicide

WASHINGTON - The official report from the medical examiner in Los Angeles concludes the death of pop icon Michael Jackson was a homicide.
The report - released Friday - says the singer died from a lethal combination of drugs that included the powerful anesthetic propofol and the sedative, lorazepam.
It says other drugs also contributed to his […]


Aug 26 2009 Michael Jackson Was Victim Of Homicide

WASHINGTON - The death of pop-singer Michael Jackson has become the focus of a murder investigation, although no charges have been filed against the main suspect, the entertainer’s personal physician, Houston-based Dr. Conrad Murray. Investigators say Dr. Murray administered a lethal combination of drugs to Jackson in an attempt to overcome the performer’s chronic insomnia.
A […]


Aug 15 2009 Remembering Les Paul

WASHINGTON - Guitar legend and recording industry pioneer Les Paul died on Thursday, August 13, at a hospital in White Plains, New York, of complications from pneumonia. He was 94 years old.  Known for his virtuosity on guitar, Paul made breakthrough discoveries that forever changed the sound of popular music.
Les Paul single-handedly changed the course […]


Aug 14 2009 Guitar Legend Les Paul Dies at 94

WASHINGTON - Legendary inventor, guitar player and recording artist Les Paul has died from complications from pneumonia.  He was 94 years old.
Paul revolutionized the music scene with his solid-body electric guitar that he first built in the 1940s in his quest for a guitar with amplified sound.  In 1952, Gibson Guitar company began production of […]


Jun 28 2009 Jackson Family Wants Second Autopsy For Michael

LOS ANGELES - Michael Jackson’s family said Saturday they are seeking a private, second autopsy to figure out what caused the sudden death of the American pop icon Thursday at his Los Angeles home.
The Los Angeles County coroner’s office conducted an autopsy of Jackson’s body Friday and said there were no indications of external trauma […]


Jun 26 2009 Michael Jackson Remembered

WASHINGTON - American music superstar Michael Jackson died June 25 after suffering cardiac arrest at his home in Los Angeles. He was 50 years old. One of the most-recognized performers in the world, Jackson’s blend of pop, rock and soul appealed to people of all races and cultures.
Michael Jackson’s life was described as one of […]


Jun 25 2009 Farrah Fawcett Dead At 62

LOS ANGELES - Hollywood actress Farrah Fawcett, a glamorous face on television in the 1970s series Charlie’s Angels, has died in Los Angeles at age 62.  The actress succumbed to cancer after a 2.5 - year battle.
Farrah Fawcett was born in Corpus Christi, Texas in 1947 and got her start as a model and actress […]


Jun 23 2009 Ed McMahon Dies At 86

LOS ANGELES - A longtime mainstay of late-night American television, Ed McMahon, has died at the age of 86.
A spokesman for the announcer and television host said McMahon died early Tuesday at a hospital in Los Angeles. The spokesman did not give a cause of death.
McMahon was best known as Johnny Carson’s sidekick on the […]


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