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Comedian Phyllis Diller, a groundbreaking comedian who paved the way for female comics in the generations that followed, has died at the age of 95.
Diller recently hurt her wrist and hip in a fall, and her health had been on the decline ever since. She had been living in hospice care at her home.
The mother of three children, Diller passed away in Brentwood, Calif.
Diller deconstructed the role of homemaker, a role society expected to be immaculate following popular sitcoms of the times like Leave it to Beaver.
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David Rakoff, an award-winning author best known for his dark humor and cynical outlook on life, passed away today after a long battle with cancer. He was 47.
Rakoff wrote for The New York Times and Newsweek, among other publications, and his essay collection “Half Empty” won the Thurber Prize for American Humor. He also penned the bestselling books “Don’t Get Too Comfortable” and “Fraud.”
Rakoff’s death was confirmed by Doubleday and Anchor Books.
“The world is a little less kind and a little less beautiful today,” his longtime editor, Bill Thomas, said in a statement, adding:
Tragic news today out of the world of professional sports: Garrett Reid, the son of Philadelphia Eagles Head Coach Andy Reid, was found dead in his room at the club’s training camp at Lehigh University. He was 29.
Reid’s body was found by local police after a 911 call was placed at 7:20 a.m.
Police chief Edward Shupp says “no suspicious activities” have been reported.
The team gathered for practice this morning, without Andy Reid present, and said a prayer prior to assistant coaches leading the squad through a walk-through.
Garrett and younger brother Britt have each battled substanceMore >
Marilyn Monroe’s death occurred 50 years ago today.
The star died of a drug overdose under still-debated circumstances at the age of 36. To say her legend has grown in the last half century is an understatement.
Marilyn. Her name alone conjures up memories of an icon blessed with beauty, shrouded in mystery, befallen by tragedy and passing away far too soon.
Those who knew Marilyn Monroe considered her talented, versatile, vivacious, troubled and profoundly sexual. Today, future generations know her no differently.
Marilyn Monroe, age 23, in 1949.
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Sherman Hemsley, the actor who created one of the most memorable characters in sitcom history, died today of at his home in El Paso. He was 74.
Hemsley starred first on All My Family and later on The Jeffersons as George Jefferson. He was also a professional singer who released a single in 1989 titled “Ain’t that A Kick in the Head.”
TMZ first reported Hemsley’s passing and has no news on the cause of his death. The actor does not leave behind any wife or children.
Follow this link: Sherman Hemsley, Star of The Jeffersons, Dead at 74
Sally Ride, the first woman to ever go into space, passed away today after a 17-month battle with pancreatic cancer. She was 61.
Ride’s company, Sally Ride Science, made the announcement a couple hours ago and said Sally died in California.
Ride joined NASA in 1978 and rocketed into space six years later. She was also the youngest American to enter space – at age 32 – at the time.
In 1987, Ride left NASA to work at Stanford’s Center for International Security and Arms Control. We send our thoughts to her friends and family.
Ernest Borgnine, a veteran actor who took home the Academy Award for his portrayal of a butcher in the 1955 film Marty, passed away of renal failure today. He was 95.
According to the Associated Press, the star was surrounded by close family members Cedars-Sinai Medical Center at the time of his death.
Borgnine starred on the big screen and in television for sixty years, with a memorable turn on McHale’s Navy from 1962-1966.
He was a real-life veteran who served for 10 years in the actual Navy, fighting in World War II and rising to the rank of Gunner’s Mate 1st Class.
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Actress Doris Singleton, who portrayed Lucy and Ricky Ricardo’s neighbor on I Love Lucy among other roles in a lengthy career, has died. She was 92.
Lucie Arnaz, daughter of the show’s titular character and stars Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz, confirmed the death in a post on her Facebook page.
Singleton died Tuesday, Arnaz reported.
That was the same day we lost Nora Ephron, as Arnaz acknowledged in her post, saying, “They were loved and appreciated and will be missed.”
Singleton appeared on dozens of TV shows in the 1950s, 60s and 70s, including Perry Mason, My Three Sons, All in theMore >
Don Grady, who was one of television’s most beloved big brothers as Robbie Douglas on the long-running 1960s hit My Three Sons, died Wednesday.
He was 68.
His My Three Sons co-star Barry Livingston, who played youngest brother Ernie, confirmed Grady’s death to The Associated Press late Wednesday.
Livingston said Grady suffered from cancer and received hospice care at his home in Thousand Oaks, Calif. The exact cause of death is unknown.
“It’s the oldest cliche in the world when TV brothers refer to each other like biological brothers, but he was the oldest, and somebody I looked up to andMore >
Nora Ephron, the acclaimed screenwriter behind such iconic romantic comedies as Sleepless in Seattle and When Harry Met Sally, has passed away. She was 71.
The three-time Academy Award nominee reportedly had been suffering from leukemia, although she kept her illness a secret from the public until today’s tragic news.
Ephron was once married to famous Watergate reporter Carl Bernstein. She now is survived by her third husband, Goodfellas scribe Nicholas Pileggi, and two sons she shared with Bernstein.
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Rodney King, whose beating by L.A. police in 1991 was caught on tape and sparked riots after the acquittal of the officers involved, was found dead Sunday.
He was found in his swimming pool, local authorities said.
King’s fiancee, Cynthia Kelly, found his body. He was 47.
Police in Rialto, Calif., received a 911 call from King’s fiancee, Kelly, about 5:25 a.m., said Capt. Randy DeAnda. Responding officers discovered King at the bottom of the swimming pool, removed him and attempted to revive him.
King was pronounced dead at a local hospital.
There were no preliminary signs of foul play,More >
Ann Rutherford, who played Scarlett O’Hara’s sister Carreen in Gone with the Wind, died Monday evening in her Beverly Hills home. She was 94.
The actress, who made her mark opposite Mickey Rooney as Andy Hardy’s girlfriend Polly Benedict in the late ’30s, had been in declining health.
Born in Vancouver to a singer father and a silent-film actress, Rutherford moved with her family to Los Angeles when she was nine years old.
As a teenager, she figured out that if she became a radio actress she could get out of school. So she became a radio actress. Simple as that!
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Mitchell Guist, one of the stars of Swamp People on the History Channel, died this morning from injuries suffered during a fall off his boat.
Authorities tell WBRW.com the accident occurred around 9 a.m. along the Belle River in Louisiana.
Attempts to perform CPR on Mitchell – who appeared on Swamp People along with his brother, Glenn, and hunted alligators on the program – were unsuccessful and he was pronounced dead at a local hospital not long after the boat returned to shore.
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Renowned hair stylist and fashion icon Vidal Sassoon, known for creating the “bob” style and for a line of consumer products that bear his name, has died.
Sassoon passed away today from an unspecified illness at his home on Mulholland Drive in Hollywood. Family members were by his side. Vidal was 84.
He was reportedly diagnosed with leukemia in 2009. It’s unclear what role the cancer played in Sassoon’s death. His official cause of death is natural causes.
When Sassoon picked up his shears in the 1950s, styled hair was typically curled, teased, piled high and shellacked into place. ThenMore >
Dick Clark passed away Wednesday at the age of 82.
An entertainment icon for generations, Clark will be missed by legions of fans young and old, and in the wake of the tragic news, his celebrity brethren immediately took to the Twitterverse to express their thoughts on the loss of a legend.
Here’s a look at some stars’ statements on Clark:
Ryan Seacrest: “I am deeply saddened by the loss of my dear friend Dick Clark. He has truly been one of the greatest influences in my life.”
Joan Rivers: “Very sad to hear about Dick Clark. What a great life. What a great career. Relevant until the end.More >