Jill Clayburgh, Dead at 66
Published by Toronto Mike on November 6, 2010 @ 11:13 in Celebrity Deaths
Jill Clayburgh was 66. She was the sophisticated Hollywood and Broadway actress known for portrayals of empowered women in a career spanning five decades, highlighted by her Oscar-nominated role of a divorcee exploring life after marriage in the 1978 film "An Unmarried Woman."
Sparky Anderson, Dead at 76
Published by Toronto Mike on November 4, 2010 @ 16:33 in Celebrity Deaths
Sparky Anderson was 76. He was the first major league manager to win a World Series in both the American and National Leagues. He managed the Cincinnati Reds to World Series victories in 1975 and 1976 and the Detroit Tigers to a World Series victory in 1984.
Gregory Isaacs, Dead at 59
Published by Toronto Mike on October 27, 2010 @ 20:04 in Celebrity Deaths
Gregory Isaacs was 59. He was the Jamaican reggae singer whose smooth style earned him the nickname "Cool Ruler."
Denis Simpson, Dead at 59
Published by Toronto Mike on October 23, 2010 @ 12:51 in Celebrity Deaths
Denis Simpson was 59. He was the original bass vocalist for The Nylons, but I knew him best as host of Polka Dot Door.
Bob Guccione, Dead at 79
Published by Toronto Mike on October 21, 2010 @ 14:23 in Celebrity Deaths
Bob Guccione was 79. He was the founder and publisher of Penthouse magazine.
Tom Bosley, Dead at 83
Published by Toronto Mike on October 19, 2010 @ 15:12 in Celebrity Deaths
Tom Bosley was 83. He was the patient, understanding father on television’s long-running "Happy Days."
Rest in peace, Mr. C.
Barbara Billingsley, Dead at 94
Published by Toronto Mike on October 16, 2010 @ 18:39 in Celebrity Deaths
Barbara Billingsley was 94. She gained supermom status for her gentle portrayal of June Cleaver, the warm, supportive mother of a pair of precocious boys in "Leave it to Beaver."
I enjoyed her performance in Airplane.
My brother Steve had Barbara Billingsley in The Dead Pool, drafted in September 2000. This gave him another 6 points, but he's still in last place.
Solomon Burke, Dead at 70
Published by Toronto Mike on October 10, 2010 @ 11:38 in Celebrity Deaths
Solomon Burke was 70. He was the larger-than-life "King of Rock and Soul," whose songs blended soul, gospel, country and R&B.
Greg Giraldo, Dead at 44
Published by Toronto Mike on September 30, 2010 @ 14:10 in Celebrity Deaths
Greg Giraldo was 44. He was the stand-up comedian perhaps best known for his Comedy Central roasts.
Tony Curtis, Dead at 85
Published by Toronto Mike on September 30, 2010 @ 11:23 in Celebrity Deaths
Tony Curtis was 85. He shaped himself from a 1950s movie heartthrob into a respected actor, showing a determined streak that served him well in such films as "Sweet Smell of Success," "The Defiant Ones" and "Some Like It Hot."