Legendary British Actor and Academy Award-Winning Director Lord Richard Attenborough Has Died at Age 90 … RIP

Legendary British Actor and Academy Award-Winning Director Richard Attenborough has passed Away … RIP

Legendary British actor and Academy Award-winning director Richard Attenborough has died at age 90.  The actor’s son, Michael Attenborough, told the BBC that his father died Sunday.  Attenborough had been in poor health for some time. According to The Guardian, in 2013 Attenborough was moved into a care home in west London, having suffered a stroke five years earlier that confined him to a wheelchair. His family said last year that Attenborough never fully recovered from the stroke that left him in a coma for several days. Richard Attenborough won a Best Director Oscar for the 1982 best picture, “Gandhi,” however, may be better known to other for his many acting roles including Professor John Hammond in “Jurassic Park” and Kris Kringle in “Miracle on 34th Street”. One of my favorite Attenborough acting roles was in the 1963 movie,” The Great Escape” when he starred as German POW prisoner, RAF Squadron Leader Roger Bartlett.

Richard Attenborough_1923–2014

 Richard Attenborough (1923–2014)

Lord Richard Attenborough, the respected British actor and Academy Award-winning director of “Gandhi,” the multiple-Oscar-winning best picture of 1982, has died. He was 90.

Attenborough died Sunday, his son Michael told the BBC in London. No cause was given, but he had been in poor health after a fall in 2008.

Once described by Variety as “one of the stoutest pillars of the British film industry,” Attenborough was an alumnus of the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art and a World War II veteran who became a familiar screen face in postwar British films.

One of his most notable early roles was Pinkie Brown, a psychopathic young gang leader, in the 1947 crime-thriller “Brighton Rock” — a starring role that Attenborough originated on the London stage four years earlier.

Brighton Rock (1947) -Film Noir, Attenbourough as Pinkie Brown

Over more than six decades he appeared in more than 70 films, including “Guns at Batasi,” “The Great Escape,” “Seance on a Wet Afternoon,” “The Flight of the Phoenix,” “The Sand Pebbles,” “Doctor Dolittle,” “10 Rillington Place,” “Brannigan,” “Jurassic Park,” “The Lost World: Jurassic Park” and the 1994 remake of “Miracle on 34th Street,” in which he played Kris Kringle.

Affectionately known as Dickie, Attenborough made his directorial debut in 1969 with “Oh! What a Lovely War,” a musical satire of World War I.

UK Telegraph: In the entire history of British film, there was never such a prodigious multi-tasker as Richard Attenborough.

Attenborough made his film debut in Noel Coward’s patriotic In Which We Serve (1942), playing a fearful young sailor. He became a household name five years later, when he played the vicious teenage gangster Pinkie Brown in Brighton Rock. By then he was married to the actress Sheila Sim; they both appeared in the first production of The Mousetrap on the West End stage in 1952.

From the time of their marriage, they were very much the fashionable young couple. “In the late 1940s,” Attenborough once told me, “there weren’t any pop stars and TV didn’t exist. We lived in Chelsea, and it came to a point where we couldn’t go shopping on the Kings Road. We brought crowds to a halt. I came to hate it.”

He continued acting, but going behind the camera intrigued him more – and kept the public at arm’s length. In the late 1950s he and Bryan Forbes formed the production company Beaver Films, and the two men made a slew of thoughtful, modestly budgeted British movies: The Angry Silence, Whistle Down the Wind, The L-Shaped Room, Séance on a Wet Afternoon. Producing, it appeared, was Attenborough’s forte.

The Great Escape – “Good Luck!”

He set out to produce more ambitious films: the patchy but entertaining Oh! What a Lovely War (1969) also marked his directing debut. Then came an account of Churchill’s early life, Young Winston (1972); it’s fair to say his achievement in getting it made outstripped its virtues.

At some point in the mid 1960s Attenborough resolved to make a film about Gandhi. He could hardly have foreseen what a gargantuan task it would turn out to be; it took 18 years for the film to go into production. Yet this epic was the high water mark of his career: eight Oscars (two for him), five Baftas and 11 Bafta nominations – not to mention the launch of Ben Kingsley’s enduring career.

Gandhi vindicated Attenborough’s preference for non-fictional subjects: “I like to make films about people who changed the lives of others and asserted human dignity,” he once told me. After Churchill and Gandhi, these would include anti-apartheid activist Steve Biko (Cry Freedom) and Chaplin. For more than a decade he nursed a desire to make a film about the American (though English-born) revolutionary Tom Paine, but he could never get it off the ground; the time of lengthy historical epics about great men had passed. This may have been partly due to the lukewarm reception for Chaplin (1992), another film with a lengthy gestation period.

Welcome to Jurassic Park

On a smaller scale, Attenborough was deservedly acclaimed for the poignant, well-acted Shadowlands (1993), starring Antony Hopkins (who he employed frequently) as CS Lewis and Debra Winger as his American wife Joy Gresham.

Miracle on 34th Street 1994 Trailer

He made a return to acting after a 15-year gap in Steven Spielberg’s Jurassic Park (1993) with an enjoyable performance as John Hammond, the entrepreneur with a dotty vision about a theme park inhabited by dinosaurs. And Attenborough was a natural casting choice as Kris Kringle in the remake of Miracle on 34th Street (1994). But from this point his career as a successful producer and director began to peter out.

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Daily Commentary- Wednesday, August 13, 2014 – The Suicide Death of Robin Williams Is a Reminder To Us All



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Golden Age of Hollywood Legendary Actress Lauren Bacall Dies at 89 … Together Again With Humphrey Bogart

Bogie and Bacall, together again … Lauren Bacall passes away at age 89.

Famed actress from the Golden Age of Hollywood, Lauren Bacall, has passed away at age 89 in New York from an apparent stroke. She was born Betty Joan Perske on September. 16, 1924 in New York City, the only child of immigrant parents. Bacall was a model turned actress when she was discovered after she modeled for Harper’s Bazaar magazine, which published a photograph of her. The rest is Show biz Hollywood history as Lauren Bacall became one of Hollywood’s leading ladies. Bacall was only 19 when Hawks cast her in her first movie, 1944′s “To Have and Have Not.”  Lauren Bacall won two Tony Awards and an honorary Oscar. She  was also nominated for three Emmy Awards. It is hard to believe she never won a best actress Oscar along the way. Lauren Bacall made up one half of my favorite Hollywood couple of all-time, Bogey and Bacall. The two were married from May 21, 1945 until Bogey’s death,  January 14, 1957. The duo also starred together in some of the greatest films ever made, “The Big Sleep,” “Key Largo,”  “Dark Passage”  and “To Have and Have Not.”

Lauren Bacall, the sultry actress with the heavy-lidded eyes and husky voice who captured Humphrey Bogart’s heart both on and off the movie screen, died on Tuesday at the age of 89.

“With deep sorrow, yet with great gratitude for her amazing life, we confirm the passing of Lauren Bacall,” the estate of the Bogart family said on a verified Twitter account.

Bacall was married to Bogart from 1945 until his death in 1957. They had two children.

The public knew her as Lauren, the screen name hung on her by director Howard Hawks, while friends used her given name, Betty. Bogart simply called her “Baby” in a love story that ended prematurely with his cancer death in 1957.

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New York Times Obit:

“You know you don’t have to act with me, Steve,” her character says to Bogart’s in the movie’s most memorable scene. “You don’t have to say anything, and you don’t have to do anything. Not a thing. Oh, maybe just whistle. You know how to whistle, don’t you, Steve? You just put your lips together and blow.”

The film was the first of more than 40 for Ms. Bacall, among them “The Big Sleep” and “Key Largo” with Bogart, “How to Marry a Millionaire” with Marilyn Monroe and Betty Grable, “Designing Woman” with Gregory Peck, the all-star “Murder on the Orient Express” (1974) and, later in her career, Lars von Trier’s “Dogville” (2003) and “Manderlay” (2005) and Robert Altman’s “Prêt-à-Porter” (1994).

But few if any of her movies had the impact of her first — or of that one scene. Indeed, her film career was a story of ups, downs and long periods of inactivity. Though she received an honorary Academy Award in 2009 “in recognition of her central place in the Golden Age of motion pictures,” she was not nominated for an Oscar until 1997.

The theater was kinder to her. She won Tonys for her starring roles in two musicals adapted from classic films: “Applause” (1970), based on “All About Eve,” and “Woman of the Year” (1981), based on the Spencer Tracy-Katharine Hepburn movie of the same name. Earlier she starred on Broadway in the comedies “Goodbye, Charlie” (1959) and “Cactus Flower” (1965).

She also won a National Book Award in 1980 for the first of her two autobiographies, “Lauren Bacall: By Myself.”

Watch Bogey and Bacall below in two of their film classics. Sorry, they just don’t make movies like this anymore and it is a shame. Lauren Ball and Bogey are together again, Rest in eternal peace.

Key Largo – Movie Trailer from 1948

The Big Sleep from 1946

Actor and Comic Robin Williams Dead at the Age of 63 from an Apparent Suicide …NA NU NA NU, Rest in Peace

How profoundly sad …

63 year old Robin Williams was found dead in his northern California home of an apparent suicide. According to the Marin County Sheriff’s Office, authorities found Williams’ body inside his home. Williams was found unresponsive, unconscious and not breathing.  The coroner suspects suicide due to asphyxia. Robin Williams had been battling severe depression of late.So very tragic that a man who made so many of us laugh, would suffer from such profound depression that it would cause him to take his life.

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FOX News:

Oscar-winning actor and comedian Robin Williams, who dazzled in such wide-ranging dramatic and comedic roles as alien, nanny, therapist and cartoon genie during a four-decades long career, was found dead in his northern California home in a suspected suicide Monday. He was 63.

The Marin County Sheriff’s Department said in a statement that Williams was found unconscious and not breathing in his home around noon. The statement said the investigation into Williams’ death is ongoing, but the coroner “suspects the death to be a suicide due to asphyxia.”

A representative for Williams said in a statement the actor had been battling “severe depression of late.”

“This is a tragic and sudden loss,” Mara Buxbaum said. “The family respectfully asks for their privacy as they grieve during this very difficult time.”

The death of Robin Williams is truly like a death of so many childhood memories. So many great TV shows and movies. But the best of all was his brilliant comic ad-lib. I can remember Robin Williams from when he first came to our TV’s on Happy Days as Mork. This would in turn spin off into Mork & Mindy where he starred with Pam Dawber as an alien living in Bolder, CO. Williams starred in some of my favorite movies like The Bird Cage, Good Morning Vietnam, Good Will Hunting, August Rush, Moscow on the Hudson, The World According to Garp and Dead Poets Society.

Mork Meets The Fonz

Mork & Mindy: 1978 – 1982 (Season 2 Episode 2 Stark Raving Mork)

Good Morning Vietnam

Dead Poets Society – the mass of men lead lives of quiet desperation; don’t resign to that…

Not only a great movie scene, but words to live by. “We much constantly look at things in a different way. Just when you think you know something, you have to look at it in a different way.”

Robin Williams Crazy First Appearance on Johnny Carson’s Tonight Show

The Dana Pretzer Show – Tuesday, August 5, 2014 – A Classic TV Special with Guests, Stanley Livingston, Fred Ewanuick and Keith Thibodeaux

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President Barack Obama, A Man of the People in His Rancho Mirage, $4.25 Million, Gated Community Future Home

Rancho Mirage, California … Obama may be coming to town,  there goes the neighborhood.

Rumor has it that Barack and Michelle Obama are buying a home in Rancho Mirage, CA for $4.5 million. Hmm, so is this the reason why Obama continued to tank the economy and not to get the US out of a recession so that he could buy a home after his president days in Rancho Mirage $4.25 million, when 8 years ago the same home went for 12.5 million? Oh yes, Obama is just a man of the people.  When is the Left going to understand that Barack Obama is a 1%’er. He would rather be in Martha’s Vineyard than mingling with the blue collar riff-raff. The White House says the “rumors” about the home are not true. Which means that they are 100% true because the Obama WH is the most lying, dishonest and corrupt one that this country has sadly ever seen.

Just curious, who thinks it is fair that under Obama millions of people lost their jobs, homes and business and he gets to buy a home like this after increasing the national debt to historic levels? Hmm, wonder what the carbon footprint is on this home?

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See Pics at Realtor.com by Clark Dugger Photography

President Obama and his wife, Michelle, could be the owners of a home in Rancho Mirage listed at $4.25 million before the month is out.

The First Family is believed to be in escrow on a contemporary home in a gated community where entertainers Frank Sinatra, Bob Hope and Bing Crosby once maintained estates.

The White House said rumors regarding a home in Rancho Mirage are not true.

But area real estate agents, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said the Obamas are the buyers of the Rancho Mirage home. Listing agents Marc Lange and Carl Blea of HOM Sotheby’s International declined to comment.

I have an idea. If the tax payers pay for the home, can Obama move there and leave the White House Now!!!

‘Maverick’ and ‘Rockford Files’ Acting Icon James Garner Dies at Age 86 … RIP

ACTING ICON JAMES GARNER DIES … RIP.

Acting icon James Garner, best known for his role on the hit TV series “Maverick” and “The Rockford Files,” has died at the age of 86. According to police accounts, Garner died of natural causes at his home in the Brentwood area of Los Angeles, CA Saturday evening. Garner also stared in movie hits like “The Great Escape” (1963), “The Americanization of Emily” (1964), “Victor/Victoria” (1982) and “Murphy’s Romance” (1985), the last earning him an Academy Award nomination.

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 James Garner: April 7, 1928 – July 19, 2014 … RIP

James Garner, 86, star of the hit TV series “Maverick” and “The Rockford Files,” has died, Los Angeles police told AFP on Sunday.

Police and fire department personnel responded to a call at Garner’s home at 8 pm Saturday (0400 GMT Sunday), said officer Alonzo Iniguez at the West Los Angeles police station.

Garner “died of natural causes and the body was released to the family,” Iniguez said, giving no further detail.

CNN:

James Garner, the understated, wisecracking everyman actor who enjoyed multi-generational success on both the small and big screen, has died. He was 86.

Police, who were called to his residence Saturday night in Los Angeles, say he died of natural causes.

Garner starred in hit TV series almost 20 years apart — “Maverick” in the late 1950s and “The Rockford Files” in the 1970s. He also had a notable film career, starring in such classics as “Sayonara” (1957), “The Great Escape” (1963), “The Americanization of Emily” (1964), “Grand Prix” (1966) and “Victor/Victoria” (1982), as well as the TV movies “My Name Is Bill W.” (1989) and “Barbarians at the Gate” (1993). More recent films included “Space Cowboys” (2000) and “The Notebook” (2004).

James Scott Bumgarner was born April 7, 1928, in Norman, Oklahoma. His mother died when he was 5 and his father remarried a year later. Garner didn’t get along with his stepmother and, after a particularly vicious argument, left home at 14. His father, who divorced his stepmother, eventually moved to Los Angeles. At 16, Garner followed, attending Hollywood High School and finding a job as a swimsuit model.

“I made 25 bucks an hour!” he told “People Magazine”. “That’s why I quit school. I was making more money than the teachers. I never finished the ninth grade.

After joining the Merchant Marine and the National Guard, he served in the Korean War, where he won a Purple Heart. After the war, he returned to Los Angeles and took up acting — for the same reason he started modeling, he told the L.A. Times.

James Garner discussing acting and talks about some of the greats, Spencer Tracy, Henry Fonda, Steve McQueen, Brando and and many more …

Casey Kasem’s Body is Missing … Could This Family Custody Battle Get any More Bizarre?

GOOD GRIEF, COULD THEY JUST LET CASEY KASEM REST IN PEACE …

Casey Kasem, the legendary radio icon, died last month at the age of 82 from Lewy body disease, a common form of progressive dementia. However, that does not seemed to have stopped the ongoing bitter custody battle between Kasem’s children and his widow, Jean Kasem. It is being reported that Casey Kasem’s body is now missing. It is believed the body went missing two days before a judge ordered Jean Kasem to keep the body there for an autopsy. Could these people just let this man rest in peace!!!

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Casey Kasem’s body was flown from the funeral home in Tacoma, Washington to a funeral home in Montreal, Canada on July 14, two days before a judge ordered Casey’s widow Jean Kasem to keep the body in Tacoma for an autopsy.

But mysteriously, Casey’s body never arrived.

A representative for Kerri Kasem, Casey’s daughter, has confirmed that her father’s body is missing.

MailOnline has learned that Casey’s body was put on a plane by staff at the Gaffney Funeral Home in Tacoma on July 14 and shipped to Urgel Bourgie Funeral Homes in Montreal. But staff at the Canadian funeral parlor say they have no record for any arrangements for the arrival of Kasem’s body under his name, his birth name Kemal Amen Kasem or his wife Jean’s name.

Family sources told TMZ they believe the radio host’s widow Jean, who has long battled with his three daughters from his first marriage, has taken the body from a funeral home in Tacoma.

But MailOnline confirmed that Casey’s body was shipped by the Gaffney Funeral Home on July 14 to Montreal, two days before a judge ordered her to keep it in Tacoma so that an autopsy could be carried out, at the request of one of Kasem’s daughters, the website reported.

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