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Broadway, TV Actress Reed-Amini Dies

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Alaina Reed-Amini, the Broadway star and TV actress best known for her long-running roles on Sesame Street and the sitcom 227, died last week at age 63.


King Sister, Yvonne, Dies at 89

Thursday, December 17, 2009

Yvonne "Vonnie" King Burch, one of the King Sisters famous in the big band era, died Sunday at age 89.


Evangelist Oral Roberts Dies at 91

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Oral Roberts, the charismatic evangelist, has died of complications from pneumonia in Newport Beach, California. He was 91.


Haydn and Mozart Scholar Dies at 83

Friday, November 27, 2009

H.C. Robbins Landon, a Haydn and Mozart scholar, died Friday at age 83.



Friday, November 20, 2009

Jeanne-Claude created environmental works of art with her husband and fellow-conspirator/collaborator Christo. Together, they wrapped the Reichstag in Berlin, the Pont-Neuf in Paris, and created The Gates, with billowy orange drapes, in Central Park.


Artist Jeanne-Claude, Co-Creator of 'The Gates,' Dies

Thursday, November 19, 2009

Artist Jeanne-Claude, co-creator of the Central Park installation 'The Gates,' has died at the age of 74.

Her family says it was from complications of a brain aneurysm.

With The Gates, in 2005, Jeanne-Claude her husband, Christo, covered Central Park's footpaths with thousands of saffron-colored drapes hung from specially designed ...


French Artist Jeanne-Claude Dies

Thursday, November 19, 2009

French artist Jeanne-Claude, who created the Central Park installation "The Gates" in 2005 along with her husband Christo, has died at the age of 74.


Photographer Roy DeCarava Dies at 89

Friday, October 30, 2009

The photographer best known for his black-and-white depictions of Harlem died in Manhattan Tuesday.

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Roy DeCarava

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

During a career that spanned almost 60 years, Roy DeCarava portrayed the lives of ordinary people, and jazz giants. And, in the process, he became one of our most important photographers. Roy DeCarava was the first black photographer to win a Guggenheim Fellowship, in 1952. He died recently at the age of 89. You can hear Leonard’s last interview with him from 1996.


Soupy Sales Dies at 83

Friday, October 23, 2009

Comedian Milton Supman (left), known by his stage name Soupy Sales, died Thursday in New York.


Legendary DJ Mr. Magic Dies at 53

Wednesday, October 07, 2009

Legendary New York radio disc jockey Mr. Magic died on Friday at the age of 53. DJ Mister Magic born John Rivas is credited with launching and hosting the first all-rap radio show in the US. WNYC's Janaya Williams has this remembrance.


Patrick Swayze

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Patrick Swayze mixed grace with athleticism in his movies – and rose to stardom with roles in “Dirty Dancing” and “Ghost.” He died just recently after a battle with pancreatic cancer. And you can hear his interview with Leonard Lopate from July 16, 2002, when he came by to discuss appearing in the film, “Green Dragon.”


Dominick Dunne

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Dominick Dunne was a famous novelist and Hollywood producer. But he may be best remembered for covering trials of the rich and famous – from Claus von Bulow to O. J. Simpson. He died just recently at the age of 83. But you can still hear his interview with Leonard from November 23, 2001, when he was discussing crimes, trials, and punishments.


Les Paul, Legendary Guitar Virtuoso and Inventor, Dies at 94

Friday, August 14, 2009

Local musicians are honoring the legacy of Les Paul, the guitar virtuoso and inventor who died yesterday at the age of 94.

As an inventor, Paul helped bring about the rise of rock 'n' roll, and multi-track recording. That's the technology that lets artists record layers of different sounds, and ...


Merce Cunningham Dies at 90

Monday, July 27, 2009

The famed avant garde dancer and choreographer Merce Cunningham has died at age 90. A spokeswoman for the Merce Cunningham Dance Company, Leah Sandals, says Cunningham died on Sunday at his Manhattan home of natural causes. His career spanned more than 60 years and some 150 works. He revolutionized dance ...


Photographer Helen Levitt Dead at 95

Monday, March 30, 2009

Photographer Helen Levitt has died. She was renowned for her street scenes of New York City life -- especially of children in the 1930s and 40s. Levitt died Sunday in her sleep in her Manhattan apartment.

Her death was confirmed by Thomas Roma, a close friend and the director of ...


Natasha Richardson Dies at 45

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Natasha Richardson

The actress Natasha Richardson, whose career highlights included the film 'Patty Hearst' and a Tony-winning performance in a stage revival of 'Cabaret,' has died.

A statement issued Wednesday evening by a publicist for Richardson's husband, the actor Liam Neeson, described Neeson ...

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William Tatum Dies at 76

Thursday, February 26, 2009

The publisher emeritus of the New York Amsterdam News has died. The Harlem newspaper announced that Wilbert Tatum died Wednesday evening at a hospital in Croatia, where he was vacationing with his wife Susan. Tatum, who was diabetic, died after multiple organ shutdown, according to his daughter Elinor Tatum, who ...


Joe Ades, "Gentleman Peeler," Dead at 75

Wednesday, February 04, 2009

Joe Ades, a familiar fixture at the Union Square Green Market where he sold Swiss vegetable peelers for $5 a pop, died Sunday. He was 75. A quick search on Flickr gives one an idea of his ubiquity.



Gerald Schoenfeld, Tireless Promoter of Broadway, Dies at 84

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Broadway will dim its lights tonight at seven in memory of a giant of New York theater – Gerald Schoenfeld, a New York native and theater impresario died today. WNYC's Allison Lichter has more.

REPORTER: From "A Chorus Line" to "Ain’t Misbehavin" to this year’s revival of "Equus," Gerald Schoenfeld ...