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May 25 2016
Beth Howland, Lovable Ditz Vera on ALICE, Died In December @ 74 Comments (0)

Screen Shot 2016-05-25 at 9.32.57 AMBeth Howland: May 28, 1941-December 31, 2015 (Promotional image via CBS)

So sad to report that the delightful Beth Howland of Alice fame has died at age 74.

Just last week, I was at Joe Allen in NYC and remarked that a friend of mine, within the past couple of years, had encountered Howland and her husband, Murphy Brown's Charles Kimbrough, and been granted a picture. (Her first husband was Michael J. Pollard.)

More ironically, she was already long-dead—she died on New Year's Eve, but she didn't want her death announced.

From The New York Times:

The cause was lung cancer, her husband, the actor Charles Kimbrough, said, adding that she had not wanted a funeral or a memorial service.

“It was the Boston side of her personality coming out,” Mr. Kimbrough said. “She didn’t want to make a fuss.”

Howland played dingy chick Vera on Alice from 1976 to 1985.

Another snippet from her obit is so 1970s it has to be savored:

After being cast as the wife of a character played by Bert Convy on an episode of “The Mary Tyler Moore Show,” she moved to Los Angeles to work in television. She appeared on “Love, American Style,” “Cannon,” “The Rookies” and other shows before taking the role of Vera on “Alice.”

Along with her work as Vera—who had a Katharine Hepburn-esque quality spiked with inimitable dottiness—Howland was of course famed for her “Getting Married Today” from Company. Here she is reprising her performance in 1993 at an original-cast reunion:

May 22 2016
MISTER ED's Alan Young Dies @ 96, 60 MINUTES Staple Morley Safer Dies @ 84 Comments (0)

60mins-candidsafer-640x360_1463675286877_2385892_ver1.0Morley Safer (November 8, 1931-May 19, 2016)

I was traveling this weekend, so was not able to post a lot of breaking news, but I would be remiss if I did not mention the passing of two TV figures: Alan Young and Morley Safer.

Safer, who worked for 46 seasons on 60 Minutes, and whose reports from Vietnam helped shape the public's perception of that war, died Thursday at the age of 84.

For a man whose career was all about TV, he seemed to schedule his exit, announcing his retirement, being the center of a tribute show and dying within the same month.

According to The Hollywood Reporter:

Safer's August 1965 piece from Vietnam, in which he witnessed and reported on a U.S. Marines mission that destroyed the village of Cam Ne with flame throwers, matches and cigarette lighters, aired on the CBS Evening News With Walter Cronkite.

The segment prompted the U.S. military to issue new rules of engagement and earned the wrath of members of the Lyndon Johnson administration, who called CBS News executives “unpatriotic” and accused Safer of being a communist.

Said Safer in the 2003 book Reporting America at War: An Oral History: “Cam Ne was a shock, I think. It’s hard for me to know exactly, because I was 13,000 miles away, with really lousy communication, so I only got the reverberation of the shock. I think [viewers] saw American troops acting in a way people had never seen American troops act before, and couldn’t imagine.”

DPkabuGAlan Young: November 19, 1919-May 19, 2016 (Image via CBS)

English-Canadian Alan Young died the same day as Safer, at age 96. He starred alongside a talking horse on Mister Ed (1961-1966), one of the most popular—and goofiest—sitcoms of the '60s. Young's charm in the role sold a preposterous storyline in a way that Scott McKay (1915-1987) could not, having appeared in a pilot that failed to sell. The show has become a pop-culture touchstone, and featured memorable guest stars, like Mae West and Jack LaLanne.

Young was recognizable as Mister Ed's Wilbur Post, to put it mildly, but continued making many TV guest appearances and was doing voice roles up until this year. You may know him as the voice of the contemptible Scrooge McDuck.

The rest of the primary cast members of Mister Ed pre-deceased Young: Connie Hines (1931-2009), Allan “Rocky Lane,” the voice of Ed (1909-1973), Bamboo Harvester, the horse who played Ed (1949-1970)

Previously, along with a smattering of film roles, Young had starred in The Alan Young Show (1950-1953), for which he won the Emmy. 

May 16 2016
Jane Little, World's Longest-Serving Orchestral Musician, Dies @ 87 While Performing THERE'S NO BUSINESS LIKE SHOW BUSINESS Comments (0)

Going forward, when people speak about the ability to do what you love best for as long as you can, the name Jane Little should always come up.

The 87-year-old bassist debuted in 1945, and keeled over dead on Sunday while nearing the end of a performance of the Broadway classic “There's No Business Like Show Business.”

Her 44-year-old fellow bassist Michael Kurth told WaPo:

She seemed to be made of bass resin and barbed wire. She was unstoppable. I honestly thought I was going to retire before she did, honestly.

RIP, Little lady.

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Screen Shot 2016-05-15 at 5.09.15 PMWWE superstahhhh Darren Young @ the GLAAD Awards (Image by Dimitrious Kambouris/Getty Images for GLAAD)

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*widget boy cultureSinger Julius La Rosa, who was infamously fired live on the air by Arthur Godfrey, dies at 86.

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May 15 2016
Madeleine Lebeau, Last Surviving CASABLANCA Actor, Dies @ 92 Comments (0)

Casablanca-Lebeau-Vive-la-FranceMadeleine Lebeau: June 10, 1923-May 1, 2016 (Film still via Warner Bros.)

Madeleine Lebeau, a French actress whose claim to fame was playing the ex-lover of Humphrey Bogart's Rick in Casablanca (1942), has died at 92. following a fall.

With her death, there are now no remaining cast members from the iconic film.

Lebeau was no mere extra in the film—her Yvonne stands and shouts, “Viva la France!” during the singing of “La Marseillaise,” one of its most stirring scenes.

A real-life refugee who escaped the Nazis shortly before the film was made, Lebeau was married to Marcel Dalio (1900-1983), who played Emil, a croupier at Rick's, in Casablanca. She later married Tullio Pinelli (1908-2009), a prolific writer who wrote La Strada (1954) and La Dolce Vita (1960).

Busy in the '50s, Lebeau retired from acting 46 years before her death.

The last surviving major player of Casablanca was Paul Henreid—who died nearly 25 years ago.

May 11 2016
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*widget boy cultureMatt Irwin, a celeb & fashion photographer, died at 36. Celebs (Gaga, Rita Ora, 1D) have mourned his mysterious death on social media, in which he'd been active.


So talented. #RIPMattIrwin ❤️🙏🏼

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May 09 2016
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6a00d8341c2ca253ef01bb08e9cf88970d-800wiThe sad story of gorgeous Grant Williams, star of The Incredible Shrinking Man (1957), who was probably gay, probably died of AIDS. His grave.

Screen Shot 2016-05-09 at 2.25.38 PMGrant Williams with co-star Randy Stuart in The Incredible Shrinking Man (Movie still via Universal)

6a00d8341c2ca253ef01bb08e9cf88970d-800wiVeteran gay indie publicist Mickey Cottrell—who worked on the movie version of Boy Culturehad a stroke, needs your help.

6a00d8341c2ca253ef01bb08e9cf88970d-800wiEditor Jeremy Kinser is out at Queerty, which doesn't bode well for the venerable LGBT site we hate to love:

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William Schallert, PATTY DUKE SHOW Dad, Longtime TV & Film Actor, Dies @ 93 Comments (0)

William-schallert-pattyduke-3William Schallert: July 6-May 8, 2016 (Image via CBS)

Veteran character actor William Schallert, perhaps best known as Patty Duke's dad on The Patty Duke Show, has died at 93, his son reports.

Schallert was a very familiar face to lovers of '50s and '60s TV, in particular. He made impressions on early fare like Commando Cody: Sky Marshal of the Universe (1955), The Adventures of Jim Bowie (1957-1958), Steve Canyon (1958-1959), Philip Marlowe (1959-1960), Twilight Zone (1960), Alfred Hitchcock Presents (1962), Perry Mason (1957-1962), The Many Loves of Dobie Gillis (1959-1962), Get Smart (1967-1970), The Partridge Family (1971), The Nancy Walker Show (1976-1977), The Hardy Boys/Nancy Drew Mysteries (1977-1979), Dream On (1994-1997), True Blood (2008-2011) as well as dozens of drama anthologies.  

William Shallert_sw7gifWith Elvis Presley in 1968's Speedway (Movie still via MGM)

Frankly, it would be hard to think of a classic or not-so-classic early TV series on which Schallert didn't show his face. 

His final TV appearance was an uncredited part—which was how he started his prolific career in the '40s—on the regrettably popular 2 Broke Girls (2014), but isn't it great that he worked into his nineties?

Among Schallert's other diverse achievements: He was directed on the stage by Charlie Chaplin in 1948, worked with Elvis, was the voice of the Pop-Tarts toaster, appeared in one of TV's most beloved episodes (Star Trek's “The Trouble with Tribbles” in 1967) and was president of SAG (1979-1981).

Nilz_BarisIn “The Trouble with Tribbles” (Image via CBS)

Though far better known for his TV parts, Schallert made appearances in a string of big-screen genre flicks, including Mighty Joe Young (1949), The Man from Planet X (1951), Them! (1955) and The Incredible Shrinking Man (1957), and popped up in famous films like The Red Badge of Courage (1951), Singin' in the Rain (1952), Written on the Wind (1956), Pillow Talk (1959), In the Heat of the Night (1967) and Innerspace (1987).

I would be remiss if I did not mention Schallert starred in the 1976 exploitation classique Dawn: Portrait of a Teenage Runaway on TV.

In recent years, Schallert gamely appeared at autograph shows, greeting fans in spite of his fragile health.


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