Neil Armstrong, 1st Man On The Moon, Dies At 82

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Neil Armstrong, one of the first two men to land on the Moon, and the first to walk on it, in 1969 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Cincinnati, OHNeil Armstrong was a soft-spoken engineer who became a global hero when as a steely-nerved pilot he made “one giant leap for mankind” with a small step onto the moon. The modest man, who had people on Earth entranced and awed from almost a quarter-million miles away, but credited others for the feat, died Saturday. He was 82.

Armstrong died following complications resulting from cardiovascular procedures, his family said in a statement. Armstrong had had a bypass operation this month, according to NASA. His family didn’t say where he died; he had lived in suburban Cincinnati.

Armstrong commanded the Apollo 11 spacecraft that landed on the moon July 20, 1969, capping the most daring of the 20th century’s scientific expeditions. His first words after becoming the first person to set foot on the surface are etched in history books and the memories of those who heard them in a live broadcast.

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Phyllis Diller Dead At 95: Pioneering TV Comedienne Passes Away At Los Angeles Home

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English: Phyllis Diller. Picture taken at the her home in Brentwood, California, USA (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Phyllis Diller, who kicked down the door for a generation of women comedians by creating one of America’s first desperate housewives, died yesterday at her Los Angeles home.  She was 95.

She had been living at home in hospice care.  She had a heart attack in 1999 and TMZ reports she recently suffered a serious fall.

Diller made her reputation as a standup comedienne who costarred in 23 TV specials with Bob Hope and later had her own ABC show.

Joan Rivers, among others, has noted she did this at a time when the comedy field, unlike today, was male-dominated.

Read more: http://www.nydailynews.com/entertainment/tv-movies/phyllis-diller-pioneering-tv-commedienne-dead-95-article-1.1140434#ixzz2498fZ8xy

Sherman Hemsley Of TV’s ‘The Jeffersons’ Dies

Editor’s note:  George has moved on up!

EL PASO, Texas — George Jefferson was a bigot.  A loudmouth.  Rude.  Obsessed with money. Arrogant. And yet he was one of the most enjoyable, beloved characters in television history.

The Jeffersons in 1984

The Jeffersons in 1984 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Much of that credit belongs to Sherman Hemsley, the gifted character actor who gave life to the blustering black Harlem businessman on “The Jeffersons,” one of TV’s longest running and most successful sitcoms — particularly noteworthy with its mostly black cast.

The Philadelphia-born Hemsley, who police said late Tuesday died at his home in El Paso, Texas, at age 74, first played George Jefferson on the CBS show “All in the Family” before he was spun off onto “The Jeffersons.” The sitcom ran for 11 seasons from 1975 to 1985.

With the gospel-style theme song of “Movin’ On Up,” the hit show depicted the wealthy former neighbors of Archie and Edith Bunker in Queens as they made their way on New York’s Upper East Side. Hemsley and the Jeffersons (Isabel Sanford played his wife) often dealt with contemporary issues of racism, but more frequently reveled in the sitcom archetype of a short-tempered, opinionated patriarch trying, often unsuccessfully, to control his family.

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Singer Robin Gibb Has Died At 62

LONDON  —  With his carefully tended hair, tight trousers and perfect harmonies, Robin Gibb, along with his brothers Maurice and Barry, defined the disco era. As part of the Bee Gees — short for the Brothers Gibb — they created dance floor classics like “Stayin Alive,” ”Jive Talkin’,” and “Night Fever” that can still get crowds onto a dance floor.

The catchy songs, with their falsetto vocals and relentless beat, are familiar pop culture mainstays. There are more than 6,000 cover versions of the Bee Gees hits, and they are still heard on dance floors and at wedding receptions, birthday parties, and other festive occasions.

Robin Gibb, 62, died Sunday “following his long battle with cancer and intestinal surgery,” his family announced in a statement released by Gibb’s representative Doug Wright. “The family have asked that their privacy is respected at this very difficult time,” it said.

Read more: http://thetimes-tribune.com/singer-robin-gibb-has-died-at-62-1.1318029

Adam Yauch Of Beastie Boys Dead

Adam Yauch, one-third of the pioneering hip-hop group the Beastie Boys, has died at the age of 47, Rolling Stone has learned. Yauch, also known as MCA, had been in treatment for cancer since 2009. The rapper was diagnosed in 2009 after discovering a tumor in his salivary gland.

Read more: http://music.msn.com/music/article.aspx?news=725977

Jonathan Frid, Ghoulish ‘Dark Shadows’ Star, Is Dead At 87

Jonathan Frid, a Shakespearean actor who found unexpected — and by his own account unwanted — celebrity as the vampire Barnabas Collins on the sanguinary soap opera “Dark Shadows,” died last Friday, April 13, in Hamilton, Ontario. He was 87.

He died from complications of a fall, said Kathryn Leigh Scott, who played several characters on the show. Mr. Frid, who lived in Ancaster, Ontario, leaves no immediate survivors.

Mr. Frid, along with several castmates, makes a cameo appearance in Tim Burton’s feature film “Dark Shadows,” to be released on May 11. Johnny Depp stars as Barnabas.

Read more:http://www.nytimes.com/2012/04/20/arts/television/jonathan-frid-ghoulish-dark-shadows-star-dies-at-87.html

Charles W. Colson, Watergate Felon Who Became Evangelical Leader, Dies At 80

Charles W. Colson, who as a political saboteur for President Richard M. Nixon masterminded some of the dirty tricks that led to the president’s downfall, then emerged from prison to become an important evangelical leader, saying he had been “born again,” died on Saturday. He was 80.

The cause was complications of a brain hemorrhage, according to Prison Fellowship Ministries, which Mr. Colson founded in Lansdowne, Va. He died at Inova Fairfax Hospital in Falls Church, Va., and lived in Naples, Fla., and Leesburg, Va.

Mr. Colson had brain surgery to remove a clot after becoming ill on March 30 while speaking at a conference, according to Jim Liske, the group’s chief executive.

Read more: http://www.nytimes.com/2012/04/22/us/politics/charles-w-colson-watergate-felon-who-became-evangelical-leader-dies-at-80.html?_r=1&hp#

TV Emperor Of Rock ’N’ Roll And New Year’s Eve Dies At 82

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Publicity photo of American Bandstand host Dick Clark. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Dick Clark, the perpetually youthful-looking television host whose long-running daytime song-and-dance fest, “American Bandstand,” did as much as anyone or anything to advance the influence of teenagers and rock ’n’ roll on American culture, died on Wednesday in Santa Monica, Calif. He was 82.

A spokesman, Paul Shefrin, said Mr. Clark had a heart attack at Saint John’s Health Center on Wednesday morning after entering the hospital the night before for an outpatient procedure.

Mr. Clark had a stroke in December 2004, shortly before he was to appear on the annual televised New Year’s Eve party he had produced and hosted every year since 1972. He returned a year later, and although he spoke haltingly, he continued to make brief appearances on the show, including the one this past New Year’s Eve.

Read more: http://www.nytimes.com/2012/04/19/arts/television/dick-clark-tv-host-and-icon-of-new-years-eve-is-dead-at-82.html?_r=1&hpw#

Mike Wallace, CBS Pioneer Of ‘60 Minutes,’ Dies At 93

 

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Publicity photo of journalist Mike Wallace for the television program Mike Wallace Interviews. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Mike Wallace, the CBS reporter who became one of America’s best-known broadcast journalists as an interrogator of the famous and infamous on “60 Minutes,” died on Saturday. He was 93.

On its Web site, CBS said Mr. Wallace died at a care facility in New Canaan, Conn., where he had lived in recent years. Mr. Wallace, who received a pacemaker more than 20 years ago, had a long history of cardiac care and underwent triple bypass heart surgery in January 2008.

A reporter with the presence of a performer, Mr. Wallace went head to head with chiefs of state, celebrities and con artists for more than 50 years, living for when “you forget the lights, the cameras, everything else, and you’re really talking to each other,” he said in an interview with The New York Times videotaped in July 2006 and released on his death as part of the online feature “Last Word.”

Read more: http://www.nytimes.com/2012/04/09/business/media/mike-wallace-cbs-pioneer-of-60-minutes-dead-at-93.html?ref=business

Hollywood Legend Elizabeth Taylor Dies

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Elizabeth Taylor was as famous for her off-screen antics as she was for the movies she starred in.  Taylor, once one of Hollywood’s biggest stars and sex symbols, led a tumultuous life filled with many marriages, divorces and a myriad of health problems and surgeries which eventually left her wheelchair bound.

Taylor made over 50 movies and received countless awards and honors for her films and charity work.  She exemplified the golden age of Hollywood and was a bona fide movie star.  She lived her life in the public eye, which at times worked in her favor and other times made her the butt of jokes and the object of much ridicule and hate.  She was once even chastised by the Vatican for her off-screen escapades with Richard Burton.

Elizabeth Taylor died yesterday of congestive heart failure at the age of 79.  She is survived by four children, ten grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.  A private family funeral is planned for later this week.

Hollywood Legend Tony Curtis Dies

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For those of you over 50, you will most likely remember Tony Curtis and his many movies.  He made 120 by all accounts.  Mr. Curtis was part of the golden age of Hollywood and was a contemporary of Bea Arthur, Walter Matthau, Harry Belafonte, Jack Lemon, Sidney Poitier and Marilyn Monroe to name a few. Mr. Curtis died at his Las Vegas home at the age of 85 from cardiac arrest. 

Here is a very fitting obituary found in the Pittsburg Post Gazette: 

http://www.post-gazette.com/pg/10274/1091731-60.stm