Legendary comedian and actress Phyllis Diller has passed away at the age of 95.
Diller’s career began in 1952 at KROW radio in Oakland. She was celebrated for her brand of kooky, odd-ball humor and, in the 1960s, began appearing in TV specials alongside Bob Hope.
These appearances gave way to her very own program, “The Phyllis Diller Show,” which aired from 1966-1967 and “The Beautiful Phyllis Diller Show” in 1968. She… Continue reading Phyllis Diller Dead: Legendary Comedian Dies At 95
Director Mel Stuart passed away Thursday night. He was 83.
Stuart is best known for his 1971 Roald Dahl adaptation, “Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory,” which starred Gene Wilder as the oddball chocolatier. Despite its poor return at the box office, the film went on to become a cult classic, inspiring a generation of kids and adults with its memorable songs and colorful visuals.
Before the movie was released in theaters… Continue reading Mel Stuart Dead: 'Willy Wonka And The Chocolate Factory' Director Dies At 83
Legendary composer Marvin Hamlish has passed away at the age of 68.
Jason Lee, a family spokesman, said Hamlisch died on Monday after a brief illness.
The composer had a wildly successful career — an EGOT winner, he earned a Tony, three Oscars, four Emmys, and four Grammys — and is most famous for his scores for “A Chorus Line” and “The Way we Were.”
After breaking into the music business co-writing songs… Continue reading Marvin Hamlisch Dead: 'The Way We Were' Composer Dies At 68
Lupe Ontiveros, who starred in the 1997 film “Selena,” died today at the age of 69, after a battle with liver cancer.
Though Ontiveros played Selena’s killer in the Jennifer Lopez flick, the actress was best known as the consummate maid of film (she’s estimated to have played the role around 300 times, both in film and on stage).
Her “Selena” co-star Jacob Vargas was at her bedside last night, and broke… Continue reading Lupe Ontiveros Dead: 'Selena' Actress Dies At 69
Academy Award-winning screenwriter Frank Pierson has passed away at the age of 87.
Pierson is best known for his Oscar-nominated screenplays “Cool Hand Luke,” “Cat Ballou” and “Dog Day Afternoon,” the latter of which won him the gold in 1976. The Hollywood staple also served as President of the Writers Guild of America, from 1981-1983 and again from 1993-1995. More recently, he was President of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts… Continue reading Frank Pierson Dead: 'Dog Day Afternoon' Screenwriter Dies At 87