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Obits II (from Aug. 20, 2004)
Topic by: hamano
Posted: August 20, 2004 - 10:05 AM PDT
Last Reply: December 28, 2005 - 11:00 PM PST

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author topic: Obits II (from Aug. 20, 2004)
Eoliano
post #161  on November 16, 2005 - 7:07 PM PST  
Television host of This is Your Life, Ralph Edwards, dies at 92
pooja
post #162  on November 21, 2005 - 2:16 PM PST  
Alfred Anderson, the last WW1 vet who had been part of the "Christmas Truce" depicted in the film Joyeux NoŽl, will be spending the holidays with his comrades-in-arms this year... He passed away today at age 109.

Also guitarist Link Wray, whose ubiquitous instrumental "Rumble" was used for many soundtracks including Pulp Fiction, has played his last power chord. He died in Copenhagen earlier this month at age 76.
pooja
post #163  on November 25, 2005 - 6:53 AM PST  
Wax on... Wax off.
Wax on... Wax off.
Wax on...
hamano
post #164  on November 29, 2005 - 1:37 PM PST  
When things go wrong as things might do
The Berenstain Bears will find a way through
Mama, Papa, Sister and Brother
They'll always be there for each other...


Sadly, they'll have to do it without their creator, Stan Berenstain, who passed away on Nov. 24 at age 82. He thought up the name-deprived family of tree-dwelling bears with his wife Jan, and co-authored over 200 books about them over 40 years. This led to a mind-numbing (for adults) PBS cartoon series, and the violent Chinese kung-fu children's epic Bears Team Up! ("Genre: Kids, Live Action, Hong Kong") This and the other whacky DVD adventures of the superursine suburbanites are not available at GreenCine, but you can request'em!
Eoliano
post #165  on November 30, 2005 - 11:24 AM PST  
Keith Andes

Jocelyn Brando

Constance Cummings
Cinenaut
post #166  on December 1, 2005 - 9:46 AM PST  
Wendie Jo Sperber, of breast cancer.

She starred in Bosom Buddies and was featured in lots of fun movies like I Wanna Hold Your Hand.
pooja
post #167  on December 1, 2005 - 10:50 AM PST  
> On December 1, 2005 - 9:46 AM PST Cinenaut wrote:
> ---------------------------------
> Wendie Jo Sperber, of breast cancer. She starred in Bosom Buddies

Oh, my, you're as bad as hamano!
Cinenaut
post #168  on December 1, 2005 - 11:31 AM PST  
Sorry, pooja, but breast cancer is no laughing matter.
pooja
post #169  on December 1, 2005 - 12:50 PM PST  
> On December 1, 2005 - 11:31 AM PST Cinenaut wrote:
> ---------------------------------
> Sorry, pooja, but breast cancer is no laughing matter.
> ---------------------------------

Of course you're right! That's why I was surprised at your wording, the kind of juxtaposition that professional obit writers tend to avoid lest they be interpreted as being disrespectful... But in your case in particular it's hard to tell. I imagine a thought balloon next to your happy ducky icon quacking "breast cancer is no laughing matter." Not the kind of imagery that pops up in NBCC brochures.
Cinenaut
post #170  on December 1, 2005 - 2:13 PM PST  
Now you know why I'm not a professional obit writer!

Of course, it was you who edited it into one sentence and left out the part about "lots of fun movies..."
pooja
post #171  on December 1, 2005 - 2:35 PM PST  
Cinenaut, could you do me a favor and post "Aflac! Aflac!" somewhere? I think that'll cheer me up...
woozy
post #172  on December 1, 2005 - 3:44 PM PST  
> On December 1, 2005 - 2:35 PM PST pooja wrote:
> ---------------------------------
> Cinenaut, could you do me a favor and post "Aflac! Aflac!" somewhere? I think that'll cheer me up...
> ---------------------------------

Awwww, your new icon *does* look sad, now that you mention it. I'll make my bee icon do loop de loops if it will help.

I've never heard of this actress and I've never seen an episode of "Bosom Buddies" but I'd imagine this is the role she is probably most well known for (she was in other stuff but none of them seemed as well known). To make an arched eye brow or a meaningful pause or a cheap joke or saying "hyuk, hyuk, breast cancer and bosom buddies" would be ... in poor taste, as would pointing out "Bosom Buddies" were she much more well known for other and more serious roles. But as this seems her most well-known role this seems a natural sentiment.

Speaking of taste: One assumes The New York Times' obituaries are the standard. Here is the NYT obit. Note they made the "Bosom Buddies" conection almost immediately as well:

"Wendie Jo Sperber

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Actress Wendie Jo Sperber, who starred opposite Tom Hanks on TV's ''Bosom Buddies'' and who in his words became ''a walking inspiration'' after she contracted cancer, died at home Tuesday after an eight-year battle with breast cancer, publicist Jo-Ann Geffen said Wednesday.

Sperber was in her 40s, but sources differed on her exact age.

A Los Angeles native, Sperber appeared in dozens of television shows and movies, including all three ''Back to the Future'' films.

After being diagnosed with breast cancer in 1997, the actress became an advocate for cancer care. In 2001, she founded the weSPARK Cancer Support Center, which provides free emotional support, information and social activities for individuals and families affected by cancer.

Sperber helped unveil and promote a breast cancer stamp for the U.S. Postal Service in 1998, Geffen said."

pooja
post #173  on December 1, 2005 - 6:40 PM PST  
My apologies, Cinenaut... I didn't realize that Bosom Buddies was her most well remembered credit! I'm glad that she seems to have been aware of that irony and perhaps was able to exploit it in her activism. RIP, Wendie Jo!
Cinenaut
post #174  on December 2, 2005 - 5:20 PM PST  
Well, actually, she was in the Back to the Future movies, but I don't even remember her from those.
pooja
post #175  on December 3, 2005 - 6:08 PM PST  
> On November 25, 2005 - 6:53 AM PST pooja wrote:
> ---------------------------------
> Wax on... Wax off.
> Wax on... Wax off.
> Wax on...

> ---------------------------------

Oops, that link has expired! Sorry Mr. Miyagi... How about this one?
woozy
post #176  on December 10, 2005 - 1:45 PM PST  
Richard Pryor

and Sen. Eugene McCarthy
pooja
post #177  on December 10, 2005 - 2:25 PM PST  
It's too bad GC doesn't have a copy of Blue Collar, my favorite Richard Pryor film and maybe Paul Schrader's best.
pooja
post #178  on December 17, 2005 - 6:42 AM PST  
Spencer for hire? Not anymore...

Veteran stage, TV and movie character actor John Spencer died of a heart attack, just short of his 59th birthday. No one connected with the show The West Wing has made an announcement about his role as Leo McGarry, who is currently Matt Santos's running mate.

In addition to acting, Spencer was a dedicated gardener.
Eoliano
post #179  on December 17, 2005 - 8:49 AM PST  
Passings:

Movie actress Jean Parker, at 90

Independent film producer Robert Newmyer, at 49

Author Rodney Whitaker aka Trevanian, at 74
Eoliano
post #180  on December 26, 2005 - 12:47 PM PST  
Character actor and cookbook author Vincent Schiavelli dies at 57

Filmography

Books

Ciao Vince!
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