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Obits 2007
Topic by: hamano
Posted: January 10, 2007 - 3:16 PM PST
Last Reply: November 10, 2007 - 8:21 AM PST

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hamano
post #1  on January 10, 2007 - 3:16 PM PST  
Helen Hill, independent animation filmmaker and community activist, was killed on Jan. 7 in her home. She was shot by an intruder. Her husband was found bleeding from his own injuries, shielding their two year old son who escaped injury.

Apparently 14 people have been killed in New Orleans since Dec. 29, 7 of them during the 24 hours preceding Helen Hill's death. People there are being killed at a higher rate than American soldiers in Iraq for the same period.
Cinenaut
post #2  on January 10, 2007 - 4:52 PM PST  
When Ray Davies (of The Kinks) was shot in New Orleans, the doctors told him it was the best place in the world to be shot, because they handle so many gunshot wounds.

This was before Katrina, though.
hamano
post #3  on January 10, 2007 - 5:45 PM PST  
Also Mrs. Moses passed away. Or Mrs. Munster, depending on how you look at it...

RIP Yvonne De Carlo, age 84.
hamano
post #4  on January 11, 2007 - 7:25 AM PST  
I'm sorry I keep coming back to Helen Hill, but such a meaningless death of a filmmaker who was so committed to her community seems to deserve attention. This guy who knew her sums my feelings up better, because he's there and he was a friend.

NPR Commentary by David Koen

Related analysis of what's going on in the Big Easy

We're sending more troops to Iraq, we're beefing up Homeland Security. But on TV crime shows they joke about how the local police can't get any help from the feds unless the bad guys are named "Achmed" or something. Sad and scary.
hamano
post #5  on January 20, 2007 - 7:08 AM PST  
Japanese-American animator Iwao Takamoto, who created the character Scooby-Doo and also worked on shows like The Flintstones and The Jetsons, passed away at the age of 81.

Coming to America plaintiff Art Buchwald also died this week, of kidney failure.
hamano
post #6  on February 7, 2007 - 12:47 PM PST  
High on his Blazing Saddle, theme song crooner Frankie Laine went Rollin Rollin Rollin into the sunset for the final time.

He died of heart failure. He was 93.
underdog
post #7  on February 7, 2007 - 5:20 PM PST  
> On February 7, 2007 - 12:47 PM PST hamano wrote:
> ---------------------------------
> High on his Blazing Saddle, theme song crooner Frankie Laine went Rollin Rollin Rollin into the sunset for the final time.
>
> He died of heart failure. He was 93.
> ---------------------------------

They re-ran Terry Gross' interview with him on Fresh Air this morning if anyone's interested. I think it's on their web site. He revealed how he didn't know at the time he was hired to sing Blazing Saddles that it was a farce, a comedy - they told him to sing it straight because it would be funnier that way. He also was a great jazz singer but was known for his more western-tinged ballads after Rawhide and could never go back, much to his chagrin, it seems.
hamano
post #8  on February 9, 2007 - 2:32 AM PST  
Larger than life celebrity Vickie Lynn Hogan swung herself around a pole for the final time, age 39. Hogan used what assets she had to gain attention, fame, and a rich husband more than 60 years older. Throughout her life she seemed to lose as much or more than she gained, whether it was a companion, a child, money, whatever...

She is survived by an infant daughter of uncertain parentage, and leaves behind a potential fortune worth millions... enough to kill for? We all liked to make fun of her, and god knows her life invited that kind of attention, but no body wanted the story of Anna Nicole Smith to end like this or to see her daughter motherless. Except for her mortal enemies who were fighting her for that inheritance...
hamano
post #9  on February 9, 2007 - 11:02 AM PST  
I've been isolating myself from TV today, but apparently the Anna Nicole story is on continuous loop EVERYWHERE, including CNN. I'm starting to think that the White House had her knocked off to divert attention away from the troop surge thing in Iraq... For a week we've heard nothing beside what a smart and qualified leader David Petraeus is and how he's going to solve all our problems in Iraq, then BOOM! All Nicole All The Time...
Eoliano
post #10  on February 9, 2007 - 4:40 PM PST  
Ian Richardson has died at the age of 72
hamano
post #11  on March 7, 2007 - 2:04 PM PST  
Matrix cultural theorist Jean Baudrillard attained a new kind of autonomy on March 6, at his home in Paris. But did he die? Things do not happen if they are not seen to happen. So maybe he's still alive....
hamano
post #12  on April 12, 2007 - 5:00 AM PDT  
That was I. That was me. That was the author of this book.

Kurt Vonnegut Jr. dotted his last "i" on Wednesday. He was a novelist who often made cameo appearances in films made from his books.

and so it goes....
hamano
post #13  on April 15, 2007 - 8:12 AM PDT  
Hawaiian crooner Don Ho popped his final tiny bubble Saturday, at age 76. He died of heart failure, after several years of cardiac disease. I guess eating Luau pork every night is a bad idea... or was it the poi that killed him?
woozy
post #14  on April 15, 2007 - 2:18 PM PDT  
> On April 15, 2007 - 8:12 AM PDT hamano wrote:
> ---------------------------------

>... or was it the poi that killed him?

poi never killed anyone. You just wish it would so you could stop eating it.

>> I guess eating Luau pork every night is a bad idea> ---

Well, if it made him happy. In the words of the lat Kurt Vonnegut Jr. we're put on this world to fart around and don't let anyone tell you otherwise. Luau pork every night is a great way to fart around.

artifex
post #15  on April 16, 2007 - 12:00 PM PDT  
Barry Nelson, the first on-screen James Bond, has died at the age of 89.

If I remember correctly, he also played the manager interviewing Jack Nicholson for the job of caretaker in the film, "The Shining."
hamano
post #16  on April 27, 2007 - 7:33 AM PDT  
Silver coiffed crusader Jack Valenti stamped his last NC17 yesterday at age 85. He is survived by a useless movie rating system, a variety of costly and ineffective anti-pirating schemes, the inane and annoying Digital Millennium Copyright Act, and antiquated laws for defining and protecting intellectual property. Mr. Valenti reportedly patronized a barber who used a candle flame instead of shears to style hair.

Today I am mourning the passing of cello virtuoso, conductor and extraordinary force of classical nature Mstislav Rostropovich. I have had the pleasure of attending a concert featuring Maestro Rostropovich as a teen... his performance was, as always, stupendous. I felt a bit sorry for the Toronto Symphony, which was having a hard time keeping up with him. He was exiled by the Soviets in 1978 and became a US citizen. His citizenship was restored by Russia in 1990. Maestro Rostropovich died of intestinal cancer in Moscow just a month after celebrating his 80th birthday. Now I'm gonna go to iTunes to download something he played...
woozy
post #17  on April 27, 2007 - 3:48 PM PDT  
> On April 27, 2007 - 7:33 AM PDT hamano wrote:
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> I have had the pleasure of attending a concert featuring Maestro Rostropovich as a teen...
> ---------------------------------

Wow! You're older than I thought.
woozy
post #18  on May 19, 2007 - 6:18 PM PDT  
Well, this is sad. Lloyd Alexander may not have had much to do with movies other than the, like all Disney movies based on outside sources(bar absolutely none), sadly disappointing and mostly tarnished "Black Cauldron", but he was a fantastic author and will be morned by readers of great stories and great writing everywhere. His last book The Golden Dream of Carlo Chuchio will be published in August.

Man, am I bummed.
hamano
post #19  on July 30, 2007 - 4:42 AM PDT  
Ingmar Bergman, at age 89, finally lost a chess match at his home in Faro, Sweden on July 30. His black robed opponent finally cornered him into a checkmate after more than 50 movies...
underdog
post #20  on July 30, 2007 - 8:09 PM PDT  
> On July 30, 2007 - 4:42 AM PDT hamano wrote:
> ---------------------------------
> Ingmar Bergman, at age 89, finally lost a chess match at his home in Faro, Sweden on July 30. His black robed opponent finally cornered him into a checkmate after more than 50 movies...
> ---------------------------------

The weird thing is I'd just rented The Seventh Seal this past weekend from GC because I'd always wanted to see it in its entirety (only saw bits and pieces of it in film school). I hadn't gotten around to watching it, but now I feel like I should. Except it's going to really creep me out watching it now.

Anyway, may he rest in peace.
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