Novella Nelson, a powerful and versatile actress whose long career included prominent roles in the hit Broadway musical “Purlie” in 1970 and the film “Antwone Fisher” more than 30 years later, died on
Michael Friedman, a versatile, cerebral, and witty composer and lyricist who brought a historian’s eye and a journalistic sensibility to pathbreaking work off and on Broadway, died on Saturday in Manhattan.
Len Wein, a prolific comic book writer who collaborated on bringing to life two of the art form’s best-known characters, Wolverine and Swamp Thing, died on Sunday in Los Angeles. He was 69. His wife, Valada,
LONDON — Peter Hall, who created the Royal Shakespeare Company at the age of 29, oversaw the National Theater’s move to the south bank of the Thames and exerted a commanding influence on theater in the
Jeremiah Goodman was a house painter to the stars. Not the guy who smeared two coats on the siding and shutters, but the preferred illustrator commissioned to paint shimmering portraits of glamorous interiors
J. P. Donleavy, the expatriate American author whose 1955 novel “The Ginger Man” shook up the literary world with its combination of sexual frankness and outrageous humor, died on Monday at a hospital
In August 1969, Nina Simone took the stage at Mount Morris Park in Harlem for a remarkable performance in which she sang “To Be Young, Gifted and Black” and recited a poem that asked, provocatively, if
Harry Dean Stanton, the gaunt, hollow-eyed, scene-stealing character actor who broke out of obscurity in his late 50s in two starring movie roles and capped his career with an acclaimed characterization
SAN JUAN, P.R. — Read the latest with Thursday’s live updates on Hurricane Maria. Hurricane Maria battered Puerto Rico with a one-two punch of high winds and driving rain before beginning its deliberate
Jerry Lewis, the comedian, actor and filmmaker who was adored by many, disdained by others, but unquestionably a defining figure of American entertainment in the 20th century, died on Sunday morning at
Sonny Burgess, a rockabilly singer whose hollering vocal style and frantic, jangling guitar made him one of the most electrifying stars in the Sun Records galaxy in the 1950s, died on Friday in Little
Thomas Meehan, who won Tony Awards for writing the books for three of the most successful Broadway musicals of the past 40 years — “Annie,” “The Producers” and “Hairspray” — died on Monday at his home
M. T. Liggett, a gruff-talking, self-taught folk artist from Kansas whose roadside sculptures, signs and whirligigs often carried scabrous political messages and brought him a measure of fame, died on
Jack Rosenthal, a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist, government official and civic leader who was the principal editor of a landmark 1968 federal report on urban riots that found an America moving “toward
Felo Ramirez, a Spanish-language announcer who, beginning in Cuba in 1945, became one of the pre-eminent radio voices of Major League Baseball throughout Latin America for more than 72 years, died on in
Bea Wain, one of the last surviving vocalists of the big band era, whose four No. 1 hits included a swing adaptation of a Debussy melody, died on Saturday in Beverly Hills, Calif. She was 100. The cause
Jay Thomas, an actor and radio personality whose work on the television series “Murphy Brown” won him two Emmy Awards in the early 1990s, died on Thursday at his home in Santa Barbara, Calif. He was 69.
Alan Root, an innovative wildlife filmmaker with a daredevil streak and the scarred body to prove it, died on Saturday in Kenya, where he lived on the edge of the Lewa Wildlife Conservancy near Mount He
Bernard Pomerance, a playwright whose biggest success, “The Elephant Man,” became the talk of Broadway and the 1979 Tony Award winner for best play, died on Saturday at his home in Galisteo, N.M. He was
TOKYO — Sumiteru Taniguchi, who survived the atomic bombing of Nagasaki as a teenager and went on to become a leading advocate for nuclear disarmament, died on Wednesday in Nagasaki. Overcoming a lifetime
Syd Silverman, who for three decades was the owner of Variety, the show-business bible that transmogrified slanguage with neologisms like deejay, sitcom and kidvid as it covered an industry in transition,
Richard Anderson, a character actor known for playing sturdy authority figures in films and on television, most notably the government agent who doled out perilous missions on two popular series, “The
Janine Charrat, a noted French ballerina who became a major choreographer at a time when few women were engaged in that pursuit and survived a midcareer accident that left her badly burned, died on Tuesday
Shelley Berman, whose brittle persona and anxiety-ridden observations helped redefine stand-up comedy in the late 1950s and early ’60s, died early Friday morning at his home in Bell Canyon, Calif. He 92.
Walter Becker, the guitarist and songwriter who made suavely subversive pop hits out of slippery jazz harmonies and verbal enigmas in Steely Dan, his partnership with Donald Fagen, died on Sunday. He 67.
John Ashbery, a poet whose teasing, delicate, soulful lines made him one of the most influential figures of late-20th and early-21st-century American literature, died on Sunday at his home in Hudson, He
Murray Lerner, whose documentaries captured some of the world’s greatest folk and rock musicians in era-defining performances, died on Saturday at his home in Long Island City, Queens. He was 90. The was
Kate Millett’s first and most famous book, “Sexual Politics” (1970), is credited with inciting a Copernican revolution in the understanding of gender roles, but it began life somewhat unobtrusively, as