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    Actress who played Louisa von Trapp in Sound of Music passes away...

    Heather Menzies-Urich, The Sound of Music's Louisa von Trapp, dies
    25 Dec.`17 - Heather Menzies-Urich, who played Louisa Von Trapp in The Sound of Music, has died aged 68.
    Her death was announced by the estate of the musical's creators, Rodgers & Hammerstein, on Monday. She was diagnosed with brain cancer four weeks ago and died on Christmas Eve, news site TMZ quoted her son Ryan as saying. "She was an actress, a ballerina and loved living her life to the fullest," he told TMZ. Born Heather Menzies in Toronto, she was 15 when the musical film was released in 1965. It went on to win 10 Oscars, including best picture.


    Twitter post by @SoundofMusic: We Mourn the Loss of Heather Menzies-Urich.

    She played the mischievous third Von Trapp child Louisa, but her later television and film appearances did not hit the same heights. At 23, she posed nude for Playboy magazine under the headline The Tender Trapp, a decision she said horrified her Presbyterian parents, who were originally from Scotland. She married film producer Robert Urich in 1975, but he died in 2002.


    From L to R: Heather Menzies-Urich (Louisa von Trapp), Debbie Turner (Marta) and Kym Karath (Gretl) at the 50th anniversary of the film in 2015

    Among those to pay tribute were Kym Karath, who played Gretl in the film. "Heather was part of 'the family'," Ted Chapin, of the Rodgers & Hammerstein estate, said. "Heather was a cheerful and positive member of the group, always hoping for the next gathering. We are all lucky to have known her, and she will happily live on in that beautiful movie. We will miss her." Her death comes 14 months after that of Charmian Carr, who played the eldest Von Trapp daughter Liesl.

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    Rose Marie, 'Dick Van Dyke Show' passes at 94...

    Rose Marie, 'Dick Van Dyke Show' star, dies at 94
    December 28, 2017 - Rose Marie, best known for her role as Sally Rogers on “The Dick Van Dyke Show,” died Thursday in Van Nuys, Calif. She was 94. Publicist Harlan Boll confirmed her death.
    Rose Marie was Emmy nominated three times for her work on “The Dick Van Dyke Show,” in which she played part of the writing team, led by Van Dyke’s Rob Petrie, for the fictional “Alan Brady Show.” The actress began a five-season stint as Sally Rogers in 1960, but decades earlier, she had been a child singing star under the name Baby Rose Marie. She began her career at 3, starring in her own show on NBC radio by the age of 5, cutting records and appearing in vaudeville, in shorts including 1929’s “Baby Rose Marie the Child Wonder” and in Paramount’s 1933 feature “International House” with W.C. Fields. Variety founder Sime Silverman himself mentioned Rose Marie in its pages for “The Child Wonder,” writing, “Though but a kidlet, she seemed to have an idea of her own.” Later, as a teenager, she became a nightclub singer before returning to radio as a comedienne.

    In the early 1950s Rose Marie appeared on television variety shows as a singer and dancer, and she returned to the bigscreen in 1954, starring opposite Phil Silvers in “Top Banana,” an adaptation of Silvers’ Broadway show about a TV comedian. The actress recurred on “The Bob Cummings Show” as Martha in 1958-59, and she was a series regular on a brief TV adaptation of “My Sister Eileen.” After “The Dick Van Dyke Show” she guested on a variety of TV shows, including “The Monkees” and “My Three Sons,” and she recurred on “The Doris Day Show.” During the 1960s she also appeared onstage in “Bye Bye Birdie” and in a pair of features, starring opposite her “Van Dyke” co-star Morey Amsterdam in “Don’t Worry, We’ll Think of a Title,” and appearing in “Dead Heat on a Merry-Go-Round,” starring James Coburn.


    Rose Marie made a steady stream of TV appearances from the early 1970s until the early 2000s, appearing, for example, on “Adam-12” and “Kojak”; recurring as Hilda the sandwich delivery lady on “S.W.A.T.”; appearing repeatedly in different roles on “The Love Boat”; guesting on “Cagney and Lacey” and “Murphy Brown”; appearing as a series regular on the brief 1994 sports comedy “Hardball”; and guesting on “Caroline in the City” (with Amsterdam), “Wings” and “Suddenly, Susan.” She was also a semi-regular on “Hollywood Squares” in the 1980s and ’90s.

    Onstage, she starred with Rosemary Clooney, Helen O’Connell and Margaret Whiting in the musical revue “4 Girls 4,” which toured the U.S. and made television appearances for several years beginning in 1977. In the 2000s she appeared in another comedienne’s HBO special, “Tracey Ullman in the Trailer Tales,” and returned to the “Van Dyke” fold for Carl Reiner’s animated “The Alan Brady Show” and for 2004’s “The Dick Van Dyke Show Revisited.” Rose Marie Mazetta was born in New York City. She was married to trumpeter Bobby Guy from 1946 until his death in 1964. She is survived by a daughter.

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    Rose Marie, 'Dick Van Dyke Show' passes at 94...

    Rose Marie, 'Dick Van Dyke Show' star, dies at 94
    December 28, 2017 - Rose Marie, best known for her role as Sally Rogers on “The Dick Van Dyke Show,” died Thursday in Van Nuys, Calif. She was 94. Publicist Harlan Boll confirmed her death.
    A very funny lady. She lived a long life. May she rest in peace.
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    There was an article in the paper about her just a week or two ago - something about a documentary of her life that someone recently made, I think. I must say I was surprised that she was still around. By the way, International House is one of my favorite older comedies. W.C. Fields, Burns & Allen, Franklin Pangborn, Bela Lugosi, Cab Calloway, among others - a real treat.
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    There was an article in the paper about her just a week or two ago - something about a documentary of her life that someone recently made, I think. I must say I was surprised that she was still around. By the way, International House is one of my favorite older comedies. W.C. Fields, Burns & Allen, Franklin Pangborn, Bela Lugosi, Cab Calloway, among others - a real treat.
    I remember that movie I liked it alot.

    The pink panther just cracked me up especially when his butler kato would jump him when he walked in the door, hilarious.

    Some others, Animal House, Airplane, Blazing Saddles, its a mad mad world, with sid ceasar and buddy hackett, Ethel Merman and Mickey Rooney. The blues bros, the 3 amigos, Caddy Shack.

    They just dont make them like that anymore
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    'Coach' Jerry van Dyke passes away at 86...

    'Coach' actor Jerry Van Dyke, younger brother of Dick Van Dyke, dead at 86
    Jan. 6, 2018 - Jerry Van Dyke, the actor, comedian and younger brother of Dick Van Dyke, died Friday, according to the Los Angeles Times and The New York Times. He was 86.
    Van Dyke's wife, Shirley Ann Jones, told the newspapers his health had deteriorated since a car accident two years ago. He passed away at a ranch in Hot Spring County, Ark., that he and his wife have owned for 35 years. The couple were alone together at the time of his death, the cause of which remains unknown. Born in Danville, Ill., Van Dyke got his start in TV by making appearances on The Dick Van Dyke Show, the American sitcom that starred his real-life older brother. He also made appearances on The Ed Sullivan Show and The Judy Garland Show.


    Jerry Van Dyke as a member of the coaching staff of the Minnesota State Screaming Eagles football team in the popular comedy series 'Coach.'

    In 1965, he played Dave Crabtree in NBC series My Mother the Car, which ran for a single season. He was best known for his role as Assistant Coach Luther Horatio Van Dam on the TV series Coach, which earned him four Emmy Award nominations. The series ran from 1989 to 1997. Van Dyke spoke with USA TODAY in 1990 about one of his Emmy nominations, joking about whether it marked a comeback in his career. "Everybody talks about me making a comeback," he said. "I say, 'comeback from what?' This is as good as it's ever been."

    He also spoke about his famous brother, who made an appearance on Coach the same year as his long-lost father. "I was always known as Dick Van Dyke's brother and the guy that did My Mother the Car. Now people know me that never knew me before, that don't even know Dick. That's really a thrill," he said. More recently, Van Dyke made several appearances as Tag Spence on the ABC series The Middle.

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    Edgar Ray Killen, convicted in 'Mississippi Burning' killings, dead at 92...

    Edgar Ray Killen, convicted in 'Mississippi Burning' killings, dead at 92
    January 12, 2018 - Edgar Ray Killen, the preacher and Ku Klux Klansman convicted and sent to prison more than 40 years after he plotted the 1964 slayings of three civil rights activists in the “Mississippi Burning” case, died on Thursday night at the age of 92, Mississippi correction officials said.
    Killen, who would have turned 93 on Jan. 17, was pronounced dead at the hospital at Mississippi State Penitentiary, according to a statement on the state Department of Corrections website on Friday. The cause and manner of death were pending an autopsy, the statement said. No foul play was suspected. Killen, whose 2005 manslaughter conviction came on the 41st anniversary of the crime, was serving a 60-year prison sentence - the maximum 20 years for each victim. In a 2015 interview with the Associated Press, Killen refused to discuss his case but said he was still a segregationist, although he had no ill will for blacks. The slayings of James Chaney, Andrew Goodman and Michael Schwerner in Philadelphia, Mississippi, on June 21, 1964, at the hands of the Klan, local law enforcement officers and others was one of the most shocking and galvanizing moments of the U.S. civil rights movement.

    Historians say the outcry over the incident, which was portrayed in the 1988 Oscar-winning film “Mississippi Burning,” helped win support for subsequent civil rights legislation, including the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the Voting Rights Act of 1965. Chaney was a 21-year-old black man from Meridian, Mississippi, while Schwerner, 24, and Goodman, 20, were white New Yorkers. They were part of a campaign to register black voters in the South during the “Freedom Summer” and caught the attention of law enforcement authorities and Klansmen when they came to Philadelphia. The three men had been taken into custody on a speeding charge and while they were detained, Killen assembled the mob that later would chase them down and kill them, prosecutors said at his 2005 trial. Killen, who operated a sawmill and was known by the nickname Preacher because he presided part time at a Baptist church, told the mob to buy gloves and how to dispose of the bodies but was not accused of being at the murder scene, the prosecution said.

    NO STATE CHARGES

    Chaney, Schwerner and Goodman were shot on a rural road near Killen’s home and then buried 15 feet deep in an earthen dam. Their disappearance became a national news story and federal agents were sent to search for them. Thanks to an informant, the bodies were discovered 44 days after the killings. The state of Mississippi declined to pursue murder charges in the case but in 1967, 18 men, including Killen, local Klan leader Sam Bowers and the county sheriff, were tried on federal charges of violating the victims’ civil rights. An all-white jury convicted seven of the men, including Bowers and a sheriff’s deputy, and they were given sentences ranging from three to 10 years. The jury was unable to agree on a verdict for Killen with the hold-out juror saying she could never convict a preacher. The others were acquitted. “Those boys were Communists who went to a Communist training school,” Killen said of the victims in a 1998 interview with the New York Times. “I‘m sorry they got themselves killed. But I can’t show remorse for something I didn’t do.”

    Killen went quietly about his life after the verdict. But reporter Jerry Mitchell of the Jackson, Mississippi, Clarion-Ledger revived interest in the case in 1998 with stories about taped interviews at the Mississippi Department of Archives and History in which Bowers said he was “quite delighted to be convicted and have the main instigator of the entire affair walk out of the courtroom a free man.” Mitchell’s reporting also eventually led to the convictions for Bowers in the murder of another 1960’s activist, as well as Byron De La Beckwith in the 1963 assassination of NAACP leader Medgar Evers, and Bobby Cherry, who killed four girls by bombing a Birmingham, Alabama, church in 1963 - all decades after the crimes were committed. Forty years after the “Mississippi Burning” killings and at age 80, Killen became the first and only person to be tried for murder in the case. His attorneys conceded Killen was a member of the Klan and the trial featured testimony that he had lauded the KKK as a benevolent Christian group that would keep schools segregated. Prosecutors said he encouraged members of his congregation to join the Klan.

    Killen did not testify at the trial, which was attended by Schwerner’s widow and the mothers of Chaney and Goodman, and sat impassively in a wheelchair, breathing from an oxygen tank as the verdict was announced. Much of the testimony had come from transcripts of the 1967 federal trial. With key witnesses dead and memories faded, the jurors, including three black members, said they convicted Killen of the lesser charge of manslaughter because the state’s case was not strong enough to prove murder. In June 2016, the state of Mississippi finally officially closed the case.

    https://in.reuters.com/article/peopl...-idINKBN1F12AB

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    She could cross one eye while the other stayed normal...

    Nanette Fabray passes at 97
    23 Feb.`18 - Nanette Fabray, an Emmy and Tony Award-winning actress and humanitarian, died Thursday, Feb. 22, 2018 of natural causes, according to multiple news sources. She was 97.
    Born Ruby Bernadette Nanette Fabares Oct. 27, 1920, in San Diego, California, Fabray became involved in showbiz as a child. Fabray learned to tap dance, and she made her professional stage debut at age 3. She spent much of her childhood appearing in vaudeville shows, learning and refining skills that would serve her well in musical comedy. In her 20s, Fabray was diagnosed with hereditary hearing loss. She had four operations throughout her lifetime to restore her hearing. She also began wearing a hearing aid and speaking publicly about her disability in her 30s. "I was the first celebrity to stand up and say, 'I'm not perfect,'" she told The Morning Call in a 1996 interview.


    Nanette Fabray

    Undeterred by her physical challenges, Fabray became a successful musical theater actress in the 1940s, winning the 1949 Tony Award for best performance by a leading actress in a musical for her performance in "Love Life." She began appearing on TV in the 1950s. She received great acclaim acting opposite Sid Caesar on his sketch comedy show "Caesar's Hour." She won three Emmy awards during her two seasons on the show, from 1954 to 1956. In 1961, she starred on her own series, which lasted 13 episodes. Fabray made frequent appearances on sitcoms, often as the mother of a show's main character. These shows included "The Mary Tyler Moore Show," "One Day at a Time," and "Coach," where she played mother to her real-life niece, actress Shelley Fabares.

    Throughout her life, Fabray continued to advocate for people with hearing disabilities. Her efforts contributed to the Americans With Disabilities Act, and she was a founding member of the National Captioning Institute, which was instrumental in passing a law requiring that all TV sets be equipped with captioning in 1994. Fabray was preceded in death by her husband, the screenwriter Ranald MacDougall. She is survived by her son and grandchildren.

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