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    Phyllis George, 70

    Former Miss America and TV personality Phyllis George has died of a blood disorder she developed decades ago.
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    Beatles photographer Astrid Kirchherr

    One of the most important people in the early years of the Beatles has passed away at the age of 81. A talented artist in her own right, she was an influence during their formative years and (thanks...
  3. Thread: Agnes Moorehead

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    Just caught the episode where Endora meets her...

    Just caught the episode where Endora meets her son-in-law for the first time. Very touching when Darrin opens the door and Endora's standing there, looking apprehensive and vulnerable. Bewitched at...
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    Loved him in the original Hairspray, wasn't he...

    Loved him in the original Hairspray, wasn't he also in the remake ? (That I refuse to watch)
    This year will be the first Festivus without its creator. We must all make an effort to remember to...
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    Bucky Pizzarelli

    Another victim of the pandemic.

    https://www.nytimes.com/2020/04/02/arts/music/bucky-pizzarelli-dead-coronavirus.html
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    Does anyone know how to merge? If so, they can...

    Does anyone know how to merge? If so, they can create a thread with the correct name of "Faith Dane" and merge this to it. Thanks !
    Guess I made the typo because I was so verklempt at reading...
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    Danny Goldman ("Brainy Smurf")

    Danny never recovered from two strokes he had earlier this year. If you watched the Smurfs, he provided the voice for Brainy Smurf for about 14 years (on the Smurfs and on Robot Chicken). Looks like...
  8. Thread: Lon Chaney Jr

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    In Doug McClelland's The Golden Age of B Movies,...

    In Doug McClelland's The Golden Age of B Movies, Ankers explained the genesis of Chaney's animosity towards her. Before starting work on The Wolf Man, the bigshots in the studio's Front Office...
  9. Thread: Lon Chaney Jr

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    Sadly, I think it was one of the last films of...

    Sadly, I think it was one of the last films of once two great actors: Lon Chaney(The Wolfman) and of course: Basil Rathbone (Sherlock Holmes)

    Yeah, looking at Basil's credits on IMDB it seems that...
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    Dane Faith (Miss Mazeppa in "Gypsy")

    My favorite scene in Gypsy is the musical number in the burlesque house featuring Misses Mazeppa, Electra and Dressy Tessie Turra. She'd be 97 this October, not sure if she's a casualty of the...
  11. Thread: James Drury

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    James Drury

    Western star James Drury has died.
    https://www.usatoday.com/story/entertainment/tv/2020/04/06/james-drury-star-nbc-western-series-the-virginian-dead-85/2955966001/
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    Part of James Card's Seductive Cinema describes...

    Part of James Card's Seductive Cinema describes his efforts to preserve what was (at that time) probably the only known copy of The Crowd to exist. Instead of tryng to preserve as many silent films...
  13. Thread: Mary Philbin

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    Philip J Riley wrote The Phantom of the Opera...

    Philip J Riley wrote The Phantom of the Opera (Hollywood Archives Series) which has various quotes from Mary. Her reaction in the unmasking scene is genuine, Lon kept his facial makeup a secret from...
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    I found it kind of tough to watch the series...

    I found it kind of tough to watch the series after Arthur passed away. Then Trevor Bannister left the series - as much as I like Mike Berry, the writers failed to develop Mike's character at all. ...
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    Just saw a horrible film starring Alice Cooper -...

    Just saw a horrible film starring Alice Cooper - Monster Dog from 1984. Plot synopsis: Alice is a rock star who returns to his family mansion (after an absence of many years) with a crew of five to...
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    French actress Suzy Delair, aged 102

    Laurel & Hardy fans will remember her for her role in their final film Utopia aka Atoll-K. Most L & H fans consider this film to be their worst. It was once on TCM so I recorded it, and stopped...
  17. Thread: Lillian Roth

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    She once said working with the Marx Brothers was...

    She once said working with the Marx Brothers was like just one step removed from a three ring circus.

    People have said similar things about working with Abbott & Costello, but still they found the...
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    Not to make fun of him or of his acting efforts,...

    Not to make fun of him or of his acting efforts, but I do remember Night of the Lepus, which tried in vain to make bunny rabbits look menacing.
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    Maybe Lyle was hired on the cheap as a male...

    Maybe Lyle was hired on the cheap as a male counterpart to Vicki, both of whom would ostensibly appeal to the younger viewers ? Both he and Vicki were unknowns; he has only 2 or 3 apperances listed...
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    Probably the last TV appearance he made was on...

    Probably the last TV appearance he made was on that Burnett 50th anniversary show in 2017. Oddly enough they had him on for just one segment, where they discussed how funny Tim Conway (who was too...
  21. Thread: Dead Porn Stars

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    Gay-for-pay performer Sebastian Young has been...

    Gay-for-pay performer Sebastian Young has been killed in a police shoot-out. ...
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    No idea who decided to cast Judith as Rita...

    No idea who decided to cast Judith as Rita Hayworth's mom in Salome, I mean they look SO much alike lol. Seriously, Judith was good in that role, manipulating Salome into believing the lies she told...
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    I can't stand what MGM did to the series, making...

    I can't stand what MGM did to the series, making it way too talky and preachy. I love the Hal Roach shorts, especially with her, Jackie Cooper and Wheezer. In Pups is Pups the kids say what they'd...
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    ]I have heard about these sisters... think their...

    ]I have heard about these sisters... think their mother earned a fortune on them;) Constance seems to have been very intelligent... she knew what was her talent, and her limitations... and I do think...
  25. Thread: Estelle Taylor

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    Interesting to realize that in spite of her...

    Interesting to realize that in spite of her relatively young age -- 37/38 -- she played mother-roles to actresses Sylvia Sidney (in Street Scene) and Clara Bow (Call Her the Savage). Also, she was...
  26. Thread: Anissa Jones

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    Today she would've been 62.

    Today she would've been 62.
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    Actor Max Von Sydow, 90

    He was both Jesus Christ AND Ming the Merciless !
    https://deadline.com/2020/03/max-von-sydow-dies-flash-gordon-the-seventh-seal-actor-was-90-1202877327/
  28. Diana Serra Cary, silent film star "Baby Peggy", 101

    With her passing, the silent film era also died with her; I believe she was the last survivor of that era.

    https://www.nytimes.com/2020/02/25/arts/diana-serra-cary-baby-peggy-dead.html

    This is...
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    I also loved her as Mrs. Avery on The PJs.

    I also loved her as Mrs. Avery on The PJs.
  30. Thread: Clark Gable

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    Was rummaging through some old boxes in the...

    Was rummaging through some old boxes in the basement trying to determine what to donate, what to throw out, etc. A very nice cut-glass wine decanter was wrapped in some pages of the Phila. Daily...
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    Some of the actresses he schtupped over the...

    Some of the actresses he schtupped over the years:

    https://heavy.com/entertainment/2020/02/kirk-douglas-ex-girlfriends-and-mistresses-dated/

    I read elsewhere (can't find it online, maybe it's...
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    Reading more books about the Romanovs, one of...

    Reading more books about the Romanovs, one of which mentions that during the time of their imprisonment Nicholas, Alexandra and their five children were individually photographed criminal-style,...
  33. Thread: Thelma Todd

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    Thelma was cremated, her cremains were buried...

    Thelma was cremated, her cremains were buried with her mother. Stan and Ollie were cremated as well. Not to veer away from the subject, so was Anna Anderson, the most-famous of the Anastasia...
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    Natalie Trundy, 79

    She was in multiple Planet of the Apes movies, most effectively as the mutant human in the ruins of NYC in Beneath the POTP. She would then go on to play a human scientist in the Apes movie where...
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    Monique Van Vooren, 92

    She worked with the child molester Lex Barker (just read Cheryl Crane's autobio Detour and you'll know what I'm referring to) when he was playing Tarzan, and also appeared with Liz and Dick as well...
  36. Thread: Jack Burns, 86

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    Jack Burns, 86

    He was a multi-talented performer; I know him primarily for taking on the thankless role of trying to replace Don "Barney Fife" Knotts on The Andy Griffith Show. Burns' character was the deputy who...
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    Elizabeth Sellars

    Actress who appeared in films with the likes of Brando, Bogart & Heston. Her last screen appearance (according to IMBD) was in 1990.
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  38. Thread: Thelma Todd

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    The mansion used to film Another Fine Mess still...

    The mansion used to film Another Fine Mess still survives, wonderfully preserved (Thelma appeared in this with Laurel & Hardy). On youtube they've matched-up some screenshots with the mansion as it...
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    Christopher Beeny

    I remember him as the footman on Upstairs, Downstairs but he also appeared in the final seasons of Last of the Summer Wine.


    https://www.bbc.com/news/entertainment-arts-51035015...
  40. Thread: Edd Byrnes

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    Edd Byrnes

    One-time idol of teens and one of the stars of "77 Sunset Strip" has died. I remember his very amusing self-parodying appearance on Married With Children.
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  41. Thread: Buck Henry, 89

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    I remember one SNL sketch in particular that will...

    I remember one SNL sketch in particular that will most likely never be shown again: Buck as "Uncle Roy" the single guy who volunteers to babysit pre-pubescent girls. Amongst his "good deeds" while...
  42. Jean Fergusson ("Marina" from Last of the Summer Wine)

    Recently actress Juliette Kaplan died; her Last of the Summer Wine character Pearl was married to Howard, who was always flirting with Marina.
    Anyway, the actress who played Marina just passed away...
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    Jerry Fogel ("Mothers in Law")

    The actor who played the young husband on the sitcom The Mothers in Law has died. Kaye Ballard (who was only ten years older than Jerry) played his mother; she died in January. Years ago I read an...
  44. Thread: Judy Garland

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    Went to the Allentown Art Museum and saw a...

    Went to the Allentown Art Museum and saw a collection of Hollywood costumes owned by Gene London (he was a Phila.-area TV host). Saw one of Judy's costumes from Babes on Broadway (can't find any...
  45. Juliette Kaplan (Pearl from "Last of the Summer Wine")

    Best known for her role as battle-axe Pearl on LOTSW. Her pipsqueak husband Howard was always trying to sneak away for a quick cuddle with his girlfriend Marina. His various escape attempts were...
  46. Thread: Sid Haig RIP 80

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    Damn, I was hoping that Gilbert Gottfried (a real...

    Damn, I was hoping that Gilbert Gottfried (a real Lon Chaney Jr. fan) would've gotten around to interviewing Sid on his podcast. I only know of Sid from Spider Baby but what a film! Low-budget but...
  47. Thread: Pola Negri

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    Check out this, Woman of the World. She's a...

    Check out this, Woman of the World. She's a sophisticated, exotic European who (to get away from the boyfriend who cheated on her) moves to the U.S. Midwest - she conveniently has a married male...
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    Valentina Cortese

    I first saw her in the epic Jesus of Nazareth as Queen Herodias. Sadly, few obituaries about her are available as of today and none of them seem to mention this role, focusing instead on the few...
  49. Thread: Peter Sallis

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    Peter is in the Bergman-Brynner Anastasia, I...

    Peter is in the Bergman-Brynner Anastasia, I believe he's unbilled but he has a brief speaking part: @ approx. 36 minutes he comments to a fellow Russian émigré that "if she [Anastasia] were real,...
  50. Thread: Pola Negri

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    Just saw The MoonSpinners on TCM and Pola was...

    Just saw The MoonSpinners on TCM and Pola was great as Madame Habib. Smart move by Disney to persuade her to come out of retirement for one more great role. Looking online for the documentary Life...
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