Category Archives: Late Greats

‘Who’s the Boss?’ & ‘Soap’ Star Katherine Helmond Dies @ 89

Katherine Helmond, five-time Emmy nominee TV fans will always remember as scatter-brained Jessica Tate on Soap and libidinous Mona Robinson on Who's the Boss? has died. Helmond with her younger hubby, David Christian, circa 1977 (Image via After Dark) She was 89. THR reports Helmond died February 23 at home in Los Angeles. The cause is reportedly Alzheimer's disease…
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Nathaniel Taylor, Rollo on ‘Sanford and Son,’ Dies @ 80

Nathaniel Taylor, the actor known as Rollo on 32 episodes of Sanford and Son, died Wednesday, several days after suffering a heart attack. He was 80. Nathaniel Taylor: March 31, 1938-February 27, 2019 (Images via NBC) Taylor's death was confirmed by his friend, promoter and entertainer Alonzo Williams, who wrote: Today black Hollywood lost a…
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Oscar-Winning Composer André Previn Dies @ 89

Composer and pianist André Previn died Thursday at home in NYC, The Telegraph reports. He was 89. A career that stretched back 73 years (Image via album cover) Previn was Berlin-born, Paris-raised and moved to L.A in the 1940s. Still just in his teens, the prodigy began composing music for films, starting with The Sun…
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Mark Hollis of Talk Talk Dies @ 64

Mark Hollis, the frontman of influential '80s group Talk Talk, has died at 64. A family member confirmed his passing on Twitter: https://twitter.com/globalhlthtwit/status/1100077058372366342 Hot on the heels of the collapse of his band Reaction, Hollis was a founding member [with Lee Harris (b. 1962) and Paul Webb (b. 1962)] of Talk Talk in 1981, its…
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Beverley Owen, 1st Marilyn Munster, Dies @ 81

Beverley Owen, best-known for her portrayal of "ugly" cousin Marilyn Munster on Season 1 of The Munsters (1964), died Thursday, February 21, her daughter confirmed. She appeared in — appropriately — 13 episodes! (Image via video still) She was 81. The pert, pretty starlet had a brief career, appearing on As the World Turns (1961-1964),…
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Stanley Donen, Last of the Golden Age Directors, Dies @ 94

Stanley Donen, the final surviving director from the Golden Age of Hollywood — and one of its most acclaimed — died of heart failure February 21 at home in Manhattan, his sons confirmed. (See ExtraTV.com for a version of his obit.) He was 94. Donen was born April 13, 1924, in South Carolina. To deal…
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Jackie Shane, Trans Soul Pioneer, Dies @ 78

Jackie Shane, a transgender singer who tasted trailblazing success in the '60s before disappearing from public view from 1971-2010, has died, her label confirmed. She was 78. Jackie Shane: May 15, 1940-February 2019 (Image via Numero Group) Born in 1940 in Nashville, Shane moved to Montreal in 1960. There, still presenting as male, she was invited…
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Peter Tork, the Offbeat Monkee, Dies @ 77

Peter Tork, a bassist and singer with '60s teen sensations the Monkees, has died Thursday at 77. His sister, Anne Thorkelson, confirmed his death. Peter Tork: February 13, 1943-February 21, 2019 (Image via NBC) Though no cause of death has been given, he had been diagnosed with adenoid cystic carcinoma, a cancer of the tongue,…
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Karl Lagerfeld, Fashion Icon, Dies @ 85

Karl Lagerfeld, one of the most prolific and influential fashion designers in history, died Tuesday in Paris. He was 85. Karl Lagerfeld: September 10, 1933-February 19, 2019 (Image via Lagerfeld) His death was confirmed by Chanel, for which he has been creative director since 1983. He was also creative director of Fendi since 1965, and…
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Lee Radziwiłł, American Princess, Dies @ 85

Lee Radziwiłł, the sister of Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis (1929-1994) and a prominent American socialite and style icon in her own right, died Friday, Vogue reports. She was 85. (Image via The New York Times Style Magazine) Born into wealth as Caroline Lee Bouvier on March 3, 1933, the young stunner fancied a career in acting,…
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