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Ellen Albertini Dow, The Wedding Singer’s rapping granny, dies at 101

Ellen Albertini Dow, known for performing “Rapper’s Delight” in the 1998 film The Wedding Singer, died Monday, as reported by Deadline. She was 101.

Born in Pennsylvania in 1913, she studied dance and piano as a child before moving to New York, where she pursued acting. In addition to performing …

Rap Music

Maya Plisetskaya, Ballerina Who Embodied Bolshoi, Dies at 89

MOSCOW — Maya Plisetskaya, one of the greatest ballerinas of the 20th century and virtually the embodiment of the Bolshoi Theater for decades, died of a heart attack in Munich on Saturday at age 89..

Ms. Plisetskaya, renowned for her fluidity of movement, expressive acting and willful personality, …

Maya Plisetskaya

William Sokolin, Wine Seller Who Broke Famed Bottle, Dies at 85

The slightest mishap can cause someone to cry over their beer, or shed tears over spilled milk, but on April 23, 1989, at the Four Seasons restaurant in Manhattan, nobody could have blamed William Sokolin if he had sobbed over a broken bottle of wine.

Not just any bottle, even by Four Seasons …


Fanchon Blake dies at 93; lawsuit broke LAPD's glass ceiling for women

In 1971, after nearly two decades with the Los Angeles Police Department, Fanchon Blake openly objected to policies that prevented her and other women from rising above the rank of sergeant.

Then-Chief Ed Davis belittled her stance at a meeting of female officers, making it clear he felt real police …

Women Leaders

Rolf Smedvig, Trumpeter in the Empire Brass, Dies at 62

Rolf Smedvig, a virtuoso classical trumpeter who helped found the Empire Brass, a renowned quintet whose repertory extends from the Renaissance to the Jazz Age, died on Monday at his home in West Stockbridge, Mass. He was 62.

The cause was a heart attack, said his manager, Mark Z. Alpert.

A former …


Marty Napoleon, 93, Dies; Jazz Pianist Played With Louis Armstrong

Marty Napoleon, a jazz pianist best known for his many years with Louis Armstrong, died on Monday in Glen Cove, N.Y. He was 93.

His death was confirmed by his son, Marty Jr.

Mr. Napoleon taught himself to sing and play piano as a teenager and performed as both a sideman and a leader for more than …

Louis Armstrong

Ben E King dies aged 76

Ben E King, the singer best known for the hit Stand By Me, has died aged 76.

King started his career in the late 1950s with The Drifters, singing on hits including There Goes My Baby and Save The Last Dance For Me.

After going solo, he hit the US top five with Stand By Me in 1961.

The track returned …

Ben E. King

Weight Watchers Founder Jean Nidetch Dies at Age 91

PARKLAND, Fla. — A half-century after dropping 70 pounds and keeping them off, Weight Watchers founder Jean Nidetch made some allowances: Cokes in her fridge, Klondikes in her freezer, the occasional potato or extra piece of bread on her plate. But she never again touched the chocolate marshmallow …

Weight Watchers

Jean Nidetch Dies at 91; Co-Founder of Weight Watchers and Dynamic Speaker

She never ate dessert in public. But at night, by the dim light of the refrigerator, she gorged on goodies. Then one day in 1961, Jean Nidetch, a 214-pound Queens housewife with a 44-inch waist and an addiction to cookies by the box, ran into a neighbor at the supermarket.

“Oh, Jean, you look so …

Weight Watchers

Lil' Chris found hanging by friend, inquest hears

Reality TV star made famous by Channel 4's Rock School died after friend found him hanging at Lowestoft home, Suffolk inquest hears

Lil' Chris, the reality TV star and singer, was found hanging at his home by a friend, an inquest has heard.

The 24-year-old pop star - real name Chris Hardman - died on


Suzanne Crough, Actress in ‘The Partridge Family,’ Dies at 52

Suzanne Crough, who played the youngest daughter on “The Partridge Family,” the hit 1970s sitcom about a family band, died on Monday at her home in Laughlin, Nev. She was 52.

The Clark County coroner, John Fudenberg, said that the cause was unknown and that an autopsy would be performed.

Winsome with …

David Cassidy

Paul Ryan, actor and Entertainment Tonight correspondent, dies at 69

Actor, host and former Entertainment Tonight correspondent Paul Ryan, who suffered from leukemia, died on April 23 at Providence Saint Joseph Hospital in Burbank. He was 69.

Originally from Philadelphia, Ryan’s career in Los Angeles spanned more than four decades. According to The Hollywood Reporter, …

Paul Ryan

Iris Is a Surprisingly Warm Look at a Top Fashionista

The late Albert Maysles takes viewers inside the world of a heavily accessorized nonagenarian

The late documentarian Albert Maysles, who died in March at age 88, was best known for his 1976 cult classic Grey Gardens. Made with his brother David, Grey Gardens has lived on in the public imagination …

Fashion in Film

Lord of the Rings cinematographer Andrew Lesnie dies aged 59

Australian cinematographer Andrew Lesnie, an Oscar winner for his work on Peter Jackson’s Lord of the Rings trilogy, has died at the age of 59.

The Sydney film-maker won the Academy award for best cinematography for The Fellowship of the Ring in 2002, and also worked with Jackson on King Kong, The …

The Lord of the Rings

Sid Tepper dies at 96; songwriter for Elvis, other stars

Songwriter Sid Tepper, who co-wrote more than 40 songs specifically for Elvis Presley plus hundreds of others performed by Frank Sinatra, the Beatles, Dean Martin, Eartha Kitt, Perry Como, Jeff Beck and many more, died Friday at his home in Miami Beach. He was 96.

He died of natural causes, said his …

Elvis Presley

Ellen Turner Dies at 87; Opened Kitchen to Feed the Needy of Knoxville

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — Ellen Turner, who with her twin sister founded the Love Kitchen, which feeds several hundred people a week and drew national attention, died here on Wednesday. She was 87.

Her death was confirmed by Stanley Cash, her great-nephew.

Ms. Turner and her twin sister, Helen Ashe, worked …


William Price Fox, Southern Novelist, Is Dead at 89

William Price Fox, a novelist and humorist who plumbed his South Carolina roots for the colorful characters in his work, earning fans in the upper echelons of American literary life if not necessarily over a wide range of the nation’s readers, died on April 19 at his home in Washington. He was …


Richard Corliss, 71, Longtime Film Critic for Time, Dies

Richard Corliss, whose well-informed and spirited movie reviews appeared in Time magazine for 35 years, died on Thursday in Manhattan. He was 71.

His wife, Mary, said the cause was complications of a stroke. He had been in a hospice care center.

A prolific contributor to Time who also wrote profiles, …

Film Criticism

Mary Keefe, Model for Rockwell’s ‘Rosie the Riveter,’ Dies at 92

Mary Keefe, a 19-year-old Vermont telephone operator whom her neighbor Norman Rockwell immortalized as his model for the heroine of “Rosie the Riveter,” the World War II feminist anthem that empowered women to leave home and pinch-hit in military plants, died on Tuesday at her home in Simsbury, …

Women's History

Former Polish foreign minister Bartoszewski dies at 93

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Wladyslaw Bartoszewski, a former Auschwitz prisoner and member of Poland's underground World War II resistance who helped save Jews and later served twice as the country's foreign minister, died Friday in Warsaw. He was 93.

Bartoszewski died after being taken to a hospital in …


Model for Rockwell's Rosie the Riveter painting dies at 92

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Mary Doyle Keefe, the model for Norman Rockwell's iconic 1943 Rosie the Riveter painting that symbolized the millions of American women who went to work on the home front during World War II, has died. She was 92.

Keefe died Tuesday in Simsbury, Connecticut, after a brief …


Jonathan Crombie, star of 'Anne of Green Gables,' dies at 48

Jonathan Crombie, the Canadian actor best known for his role as Gilbert Blythe in the "Anne of Green Gables" television miniseries, has died.

His sister, Carrie Crombie, told the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation on Saturday that he died Wednesday in New York City of a brain hemorrhage.

"He was …

Anne of Green Gables

A. Alfred Taubman, mall magnate jailed in auction scandal, dies at 91

Shopping mall magnate A. Alfred Taubman, who developed the Beverly Center and was a past owner of the Irvine Co. — and who went to prison late in his career for his role in a scandal that rocked the art auction world — died Friday at his home in Bloomfield Hills, Mich. He was 91.

The cause was a …


Vivian Nicholson, Rags-to-Riches-to-Rags Icon, Dies at 79

She went to London to collect her prize wearing borrowed stockings and cardboard in the soles of her shoes. There, as flashbulbs exploded, she became an international celebrity — the factory worker who had come into a fortune.

Vivian Nicholson was just 25 when, in 1961, she and her husband, Keith, …


Irwin Schatz, 83, Rare Critic of Tuskegee Study, Is Dead

Nobody knows how many people read the December 1964 issue of the journal Archives of Internal Medicine, but apparently only one, Dr. Irwin Schatz, was so appalled by one of its articles, about a syphilis experiment using uneducated black men in Tuskegee, Ala., that he wrote the study’s author to …


A. Alfred Taubman, Shopping Mall Tycoon Involved in Price-Fixing Scandal, Dies at 91

A. Alfred Taubman, an art collector and shopping mall tycoon who sold Renoirs and root beer with equal panache and turned a sleepy Sotheby’s auction house into a global power of art sales, but went to prison in a commission-fixing scandal involving its archrival Christie’s, died at his home in …

Root Beer

Stanislav Gross, Czech Leader Who Erred on Iraq Link to 9/11, Dies at 45

Stanislav Gross, who in 2004, at age 34, became the Czech Republic’s youngest prime minister and who played a small role in the buildup to the Iraq war, died on Thursday in Prague. He was 45.

The cause was amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease, local news media …

Middle East

Cardinal Francis E. George, Who Urged ‘Zero Tolerance’ in Abuse Scandal, Dies at 78

Cardinal Francis E. George, who was the Roman Catholic archbishop of Chicago for 17 years and helped shape the American Catholic bishops’ response to the child sexual abuse scandal and their resistance to the Obama health plan’s contraception coverage, died on Friday at his residence in Chicago. He …

Zero Tolerance

Robert P. Griffin Dies at 91; Senator Urged Nixon to Quit

Robert P. Griffin, a former Republican senator and congressman from Michigan who co-sponsored one of the nation’s most rigorous laws to fight corruption in unions and who delivered a critical blow to Richard M. Nixon’s presidency by withdrawing his support during the Watergate crisis, died Thursday …