I don’t know if Joan Rivers was an original, but she exhibited stalwart qualities. she toiled, rose, fell down, adapted and got back up again, from Hank Stuever, Washington Post: In her long and relentless comedy career, Joan Rivers, who died Thursday at 81, worked plenty hard enough to become famous many times over, from […]
From Hollywood Reporter: Lauren Bacall, the willowy actress whose husky voice, sultry beauty and all-too-short May-December romance with Humphrey Bogart made her an everlasting icon of Hollywood, has died, The Hollywood Reporter has confirmed. She was 89. Bacall died Tuesday morning of a stroke in her longtime home in the Dakota Video:
An American icon has passed. Shirley Temple Black dead at age eighty-five, from Norman Eisen: We at Embassy Prague mourn the passing of Shirley Temple Black, U.S. Ambassador to Czechoslovakia and Ghana, movie star, and American icon. She was Ambassador here during one of this nation’s most important moments: the Velvet Revolution of 1989. The […]
The Lion has died. Ariel Sharon dead at eighty-five: (CNN) — Ariel Sharon, the former Israeli prime minister who died Saturday at age 85, made a name for himself as a military and political leader who put Israel’s security above all else. It was a position that earned the controversial figure the nickname “the bulldozer” […]
Mikhail Kalashnikov, the inventor of the AK-47, has died, from the BBC: The inventor of the Kalashnikov assault rifle, Mikhail Kalashnikov, has died aged 94, Russian officials say. The automatic rifle he designed became one of the world’s most familiar and widely used weapons. Its comparative simplicity made it cheap to manufacture, as well as […]
Oh Joy! An obituary that you can feel good about, from Today: She was a winner, a relentless competitor, and as befits her name, a pleasure to be around. Joy Johnson, 86, who ran her 25th New York City Marathon on Sunday, died one day later at Bellevue Hospital in Manhattan. Johnson had fallen and […]
Deanna Durbin has taken the Low Road, video:
From the Mail (UK) Martin Richard, 8, who was waiting at the finish line with his father, mother and siblings, was among those killed when the two bombs detonated at the crowded sports event. His mother has undergone brain surgery and his six-year-old sister lost a leg. His 12-year-old brother escaped injury. Rest in Peacek
May be the most loved person of her generation, myself included, Annette Funicello has died. More from Ann Althouse.
Margaret Thatcher, the Iron Lady has passed, more from Nice Deb. Leaders like Thatcher are a rare breed
Hugo Chavez: Dead: CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — President Hugo Chavez was a fighter. The former paratroop commander and fiery populist waged continual battle for his socialist ideals and outsmarted his rivals time and again, defeating a coup attempt, winning re-election three times and using his country’s vast oil wealth to his political advantage. Noted.
From Fox News: Former Mayor Ed Koch, the combative, acid-tongued politician who rescued the city from near-financial ruin during a three-term City Hall run in which he embodied New York chutzpah for the rest of the world, died Friday. He was 88. New York City has had long line if colorful mayors. Koch certainly continued […]
Ladies and gentlemen, radial Islam is at war with us: ALGIERS, Algeria (AP) — In a bloody finale, Algerian special forces stormed a natural gas complex in the Sahara desert on Saturday to end a standoff with Islamist extremists that left at least 23 hostages dead and killed all 32 militants involved, the Algerian government […]
An American hero has pass. Second Lieutenant Daniel K. Inouye dead at age eighty-eight. Citation via Halls of Heros: Second Lieutenant Daniel K. Inouye distinguished himself by extraordinary heroism in action on 21 April 1945, in the vicinity of San Terenzo, Italy. While attacking a defended ridge guarding an important road junction, Second Lieutenant Inouye […]
Matt Welch, Nick Gillespie and Meredith Bragg|Nov argue the case that Larry Hagman helped save Rumania from communism, from Reason: The death of actor Larry Hagman will no doubt bring many to write about his remarkable television career that included stints as Maj. Anthony Nelson on I Dream of Jeannie and J.R. Ewing onDallas. But […]